Stay tuned for more updates!

2018 Conference Highlights

The following are some of the highlights of the 2018 ELL Conference that took place at International School of Tianjin on April 20-21, 2018:

Hosting School

The International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS) is a premier Canadian international school with students ranging from Pre-K through Grade 12. Celebrating 15 years, ISNS is home to over 800 students from 32 different countries. The School provides students with the tools to achieve excellence in academics, personal growth and success beyond the classroom. ISNS understands every student is different, and is committed to personalize each child’s path to ensure they are passionate about learning. ISNS is a place of opportunity, offering students both the Canadian New Brunswick diploma and the full International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum; PYP, MYP and DP.

Head of School: David Swanson

International School Nanshan Shenzhen
11 Longyuan Road, Taoyuan Sub-District, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, P.R.China, 518055

ISNS Campus Location

Hotel Reservation

Hotel information will be available soon.

Notes with hotel reservation:
  1. You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the conference/workshop).
  2. Transportation will be provided only between the above hotel(s) and the host school during the workshop or conference days.
  3. You can book other hotels but you (and/or your colleagues) will need to make your own way to the host school.

Planning Committee

Carrie Di

Carrie Di
International School of Nanshan Shenzhen

Twelve years ago, Carrie returned to China and taught EAL at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS). She gained experience teaching in both primary and secondary. EAL teaching is not just about covering content, she believes that it must be about the student, it must be student-centered in order for it to be effective. She always keeps in mind that her goal as an EAL teacher is to teach with consideration to the needs and learning styles of her students. She believes that people learn differently and that the best learning takes place when a student feels secure to take risks and is actively involved in the process of learning.

Carrie Di is the EAL Director and the Head of Language Acquisition. She likes to share experiences with all teachers and encourages them to build a strong team and effectively support students. She feels so lucky to work with so many excellent educators at ISNS.

Kristy Goodman

Profile will be available soon.

Andrea Griego

Andrea Griego, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai

Andrea Griego is the Student Support Coordinator at YCIS Shanghai, Regency Park Campus where she leads the Student Support Team which includes the English as an Additional Language and Learning Resource departments. She provides in-house professional development for teachers focusing on strategies for ESL students in the mainstream classroom, differentiation, and data collection and analysis. Aside from leading her team, Andrea teaches one EAL class and conducts admission’s interviews. She has been at YCIS for four years and is part of the campus leadership team. As a seasoned educator, Andrea has worked in the United States, Untied Arab Emirates and Colombia. Andrea led the ELL Conference Committee last year and was the MC, as YCIS Shanghai RP was last year’s conference host. She has been delighted to be part of this year’s committee and is excited to see the fruit of this year’s planning.

Emma McBride

Emma McBride, Nanjing International School

Emma McBride is an ELL Support teacher at Nanjing International School. She has previously worked at international schools in Bangkok and the UAE. After 13 years teaching internationally, Emma will be returning to the UK in June 2018, where she will be using all her knowledge of working with different cultures to try and fit back in to UK life. You will be able to read about this as she writes her new blog: “Making It Work in Tunbridge Wells”

Maureen McCoy

Profile will be available soon.

Lori Zhai

Lori Zhai, International School of Tianjin

Lori Zhai is a MYP teacher at the International School of Tianjin (IST), teaching both Language Acquisition and Humanities for EAL (HEAL). She has been at IST for 5 years and previously worked as an elementary ELL teacher in the US. Lori is a Grade 6 Homeroom teacher and helps young students acclimate smoothly into secondary school. She also leads the transition from elementary to secondary prior to students entering in Grade 6, having knowledge in both areas. She has a holistic approach to teaching that includes explicit instruction on different reading and writing strategies. She believes in creating meaningful lessons that engage the interests of her students and help build their confidence. Lori’s organizational skills have served her well throughout the process of bringing so many educators together. Leading the 2018 ACAMIS ELL Conference has been a rewarding experience.