Merril is an early childhood educator who has been fortunate to work with children around the world, from New York City, the Netherlands, and most recently in Beijing. She is inspired by progressive and constructivist learning theory and practice, cultivating student agency, and nurturing a language-rich classroom. Merril is honored to be a member of the ACAMIS early childhood planning committee and is looking forward to sharing, learning, and constructing meaning alongside fellow educators.
This is Shemo’s 6th year at Nanjing International School. As an Early Years teacher, she hopes to enable learners to discover their potential by providing a thoughtful inquiry based environment where all students feel included and empowered in their learning. Shemo is passionate about inquiry, play-based learning and documentation. She is excited to be part of the ACAMIS planning team and looks forward to meeting other Early Years educators at the ECE conference at Nanjing International School.
Shanghai Community International School - Pudong Campus
I am Aleksa Moss and I have been teaching for thirteen years, the last seven in Asia. I have taught preschool through kindergarten at three different international schools in Macau, Sumatra, and China. I currently live in Shanghai, China with my husband and menagerie of rescue animals. I love collaborating with Early Childhood teachers across many schools and programs. Working with ACAMIS allows me to build professional relationships, helping me grow as an educator.
Leda is the Assistant Principal for the Early Primary at Shekou International School. She has been teaching for the past 23 years, which provided her to work in various schools in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea and China. She has been in the international school circuit since 2005 and has worked with four IB World Schools since then. Her passion includes early childhood education, language development, concept-based curriculum and teacher training. Together with SIS and ACAMIS planning teams, Leda is looking forward to meeting more early years educators in the next ECE conference at Shekou International School!
Karen is a Kindergarten Teacher and Year Group Coordinator at Suzhou Singapore International School. This is her 6th year at SSIS and her 10th year in China. As an educator for over 18 years, she is guided by her ‘image of the child’ and her belief that children enter her classroom as naturally curious, capable and knowledgeable individuals with whom she co-constructs meaning of the world. Karen sees her role as a member of ACAMIS-ECE Planning Committee as a chance to network and to learn alongside educators on the committee.
Nick Chignall is the Kindergarten Vice Principal at the International School of Macao. He strives to have students develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically through play-based learning and views children as confident, capable and active learners. Nick believes we are here to guide our students and learn and explore alongside them as they build their knowledge, skills and attitudes. A school is first and foremost a community of teachers, staff and parents that work collaboratively to provide the best possible environment for our children to grow. ECE is a crucial part of a child's life and we as teachers within this field are constantly learning how to support our youngest learners.