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Sheryl Fisher, Yew Chung International School of Qingdao
Sheryl has a Bachelor of Education degree and many years of teaching experience as an Early Childhood teacher. Currently, she is the Early Childhood Leader at Yew Chung International School in Qingdao, China (3 years) and the Western co-teacher for children aged 2- 5 years old (7 years). Prior to that Sheryl was the owner of a bilingual kindergarten (4 years) and a swim school for beginner swimmers (5 years) in South Africa.
Having learnt an incredible amount about international schooling, the importance of play based learning and of developing close relationships with parents whose children are immersed in bilingual learning, she would like to share the skills and experiences she has acquired with others.
Presentation Topic: Parent communication; the vital link in bilingual Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Asyriawati Hamzah, Unihearts International Education Group
Asyriawati binte Mohd Hamzah(Ash) is an energetic, nurturing and highly driven professional who has more
than 15 years of early childhood experiences in teaching and leadership. Her positive personality and desire to share new innovative ways to teach teachers to make curriculum come alive have been inspiring and meaningful. She graduates from University of South Australia with a MEd and BEd. Her passion continues as she furthers her studies in the areas of special needs and IB education. She has presented papers in early childhood conferences in Paris, Melbourne, Bali and Singapore. Her specialized areas of training topics include child development, curriculum, technology and innovation. She is a firm believer for continuous professional development to raise early childhood teacher's competencies to problem solve and innovate with children and familiesI am currently the Director of English Curriculum & Trainer who actively train, guide and mentor foreign teachers namely expatriate who are working in Qingdao, China to teach English to young children in an international kindergarten. I am also an associate lecturer with a local Singapore early childhood institute.
Presentation Topic: Embracing change in early childhood schools in China through raising quality in teaching and learning practices
Rebecca Maxwell, Yew Chung Education Foundation
Rebecca has significant experience in schools in a wide variety of education systems within Australia, the Middle East, Hong Kong and China. She has worked as a classroom teacher, school Principal, systemic curriculum consultant and is currently the Senior Fellow at the Chor Hang Educational Research Institute. Rebecca’s educational passion lies in enabling teachers to be the best that they can be as they strive to empower children to meet the challenges of the future.
Presentation Topic: Learning in an Emergent Play Based Early-Years Multi-Lingual Classroom
Ben Milburn, Hangzhou International School
Ben Milburn is from Devon, England. Since graduating, his adventures have taken him to South Korea, Japan, and Uganda. For the past four years Ben has been living in Hangzhou. Ben joined HIS in August as a Kindergarten teacher, where he has been able to share his passion for inquiry-based learning with his colleagues.
Presentation Topic: Models of Inquiry in practice
Audra Miller, Bromsgrove School at Mission Hills
Audra has 11 years of teaching experience and holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Elementary Reading. For 6 years she taught at high risk schools in America, and then she decided to take her expertise abroad. The past 4 years she has been teaching in Abu Dhabi, UAE where she has led many Professional Development courses on the importance of play and Play Based Curriculum. This is her first year working in China at Bromsgrove School Mission Hills, where she is a leader in Inquiry and Play Based Learning.
Presentation Topic: The importance of play in a dual language classroom
Diana Rehfeldt, Hangzhou International School
Diana was raised in California, studied in Illinois, and made her way to the East Coast. As a former learning specialist at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, Diana supported students with a wide range of learning profiles. Prior to her Independent School experience, she taught grades K-5 as a special education teacher for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). In 2010-12, she facilitated professional development workshops for teachers seeking to enhance differentiated instruction in the general education classroom. In August 2017, Diana took the longest journey of her career so far to take up the role of Lower School Learning Specialist at Hangzhou International School. Diana is deeply committed to educating young people, supporting families, and building connections with colleagues.
Presentation Topic: Early Identification and Best Practices to Support Children with Developmental Delays
Kimberly Romyn, Canadian International School of Guangzhou
Kim Romyn is from Alberta, Canada. She graduated with both her Bachelors and Masters of Education (BEd, MEd) from Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta. Ms. Romyn is fully fluent in both French and English and has taught in a French Immersion setting for 8 years in Alberta. In addition, Ms. Romyn worked for Alberta Education for three years improving curriculum and resources for the Mathematics Program of Studies. She has completed her first year as a Grade 3 teacher at the Canadian International School of Guangzhou and has returned this year to her new role of Learning Support Teacher.
Presentation Topic: Vocabulary Building Activities
Mariann Tasber and YaChen Wu, Bromsgrove School Mission Hills
Mariann Tasber has a Masters in Early Childhood. She has worked in schools in America, Germany, South Korea and China, many of which were bi-lingual.
YaChen has a Masters in Teaching Chinese as an International Language. She has worked in schools in Thailand, UK and China.
We are partner teachers in a bilingual school. Half of our students are new to learning English this year. Working together with our school’s literacy coach, we have developed a range of strategies which helped our students to greatly enhance their speaking and listening skills in English and Mandarin, as evidenced by our assessment.
Presentation Topic: How can we best support young children to develop speaking and listening skills in two languages?
Kate Xu, Yew Chung International School of Qingdao
Kate is a Chinese co-teacher at Yew Chung International School of Qingdao. She is a certified positive discipline parenting educator and has effectively practiced positive discipline in her own classroom.
Presentation Topic: Positive Discipline in the Classroom
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