Chris Harmon

Athletic Director
Physical Education Teacher

Home:

Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Education:

B.A., Cedarville University

MCAA, Concordia University – Irvine (2017)

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What do you consider “excellent education”?

         Excellent education is anything that is helping the students learn on a daily basis. I believe education should always put the students first, and hopefully the excellent part means we are going to any lengths necessary to help them achieve their goals.

What is the most important thing you want to pass along to your students? 

         I want to pass along that school and life is not just about math, English and science (though those three subjects are important). They need to know that they should be learning how to communicate, develop relationships, and have fun with their peers. If they are learning that in our school, then we are succeeding at preparing them for life.

What is your favorite memory or experience in ISW?

         My favorite experience has been the ISC basketball tournament that we host every year in Wuxi. It is such a fun time of having people from all 6 schools on campus, competing at a high level. I think it’s one of the most enjoyable times to be on ISW campus.

What is something unique you want others to know about yourself?

         I avoid, and dislike, all crunchy foods except for crackers, which happen to be one of the crunchiest foods you can eat!

Sangmin Jang

Physical Education Teacher

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Cathy Wang

Physical Education Co Teacher

Home:

Wuxi, Jiangsu, China

Education:

B.A. in Chinese Language & Literature (teacher oriented), Jiangnan University

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What do you consider “excellent education”?

 

To build a base for students’ happy life, to cultivate a good citizen for the society

 

What is the most important thing you want to pass along to your students?

Love, responsibility and knowledge

 

What is your favorite memory or experience in ISW?

 

Everyone helped me when I left for family event.

 

What is something unique you want others to know about yourself?

 

I am friendly, and I love smiling

Brittany Walker

Music Teacher

Home:

Scottsbluff, Nebraska, USA

Education:

BME, Music Education, Northwest Missouri State University

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What is the most important thing you want to pass along to your students?

I want to pass along to my students the ability to independent in their future studies and life. If a student can learn to be independent then they can go out in the world and teach others and better themselves.

What is your favorite memory or experience in ISW?

My favorite experience at ISW so far was meeting my students on the first day of school. I was able to learn about their interests and goals for my class as well as build relationships with each other

What is something unique you want others to know about yourself?

My hidden passion is performing with my Horn. It is my major instrument and I have had the amazing opportunity to perform at NMEA (Nebraska Music Educators Association) as an All-State player, played in numerous honor bands throughout high school, was principal chair for the Bearcat Marching Band, Northwest Pep Band, Northwest Wind Symphony, and Northwest Orchestra for three years, performed at MMEA (Missouri Music Educators Association) as part of the Missouri All-Collegiate band, and other performances with many different groups I had the privilege to perform with.

Emily Zhong

Music

Home:

Inner Mongolia, China

Education:

B.Ed. in Music, Inner Mongolia Normal University of Music College

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Esther Ong

Art Teacher

Home:

Singapore

Education:

B.A.  Fine Art (Painting), University of Melbourne

M.A. Studio Art, University of Sydney

Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Nanyang Technological University

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What do you consider “excellent education”?

I consider “excellent education” can be visibly seen, felt and touched. When the people around you miss you in your absence and is constantly celebrating you, you are definitely on the way of being the “excellent education” exemplar.

 

What is the most important thing you want to pass along to your students?

Good memories and experiences in ISW.

 

What is your favorite memory or experience in ISW?

My favorite experience would be whenever the Chinese people in ISW reply back “没事” (mei shi) when it comes to getting things done. I love it!

 

What is something unique you want others to know about yourself?

The first time I ever completed reading a Chinese book was back in 2014.

Fiona Fan

Art
Home:

Wuxi, Jiangsu, China

Education:

B.A. in High School Art, Light Industry University of Wuxi

Teacher Qualification Certificate

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Amy Kim

Head of the Counseling Department

Elementary Guidance Counselor
Home:

Troy, Michigan, USA

Education:

M.A. in Professional Counseling with School Guidance Counselor Endorsement (k-12), Central Michigan University

B.A. in Child Development, California State University

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How do you define good education?
A good education includes not only learning to read and to do math, but learning good social skills. Students can learn good social skills as they learn to make good decisions, get along with others, manage anger, solve problems, and become aware of their own strengths and weaknesses.

How do you, personally, want to make an impact to students within ISW?
Many of important social skills are taught at home. It is my intent to supplement learning that takes place at home with small group counseling and classroom guidance.

What is your favorite memory or experience in ISW?
I was impressed by ISW’s climate to make everyone accepted and valued.

What is something unique you want others to know about yourself?
During my college years, I went to Southeast Asia and to Ukraine. Through these two international journeys, God gave me a compassionate heart toward people of different cultures. That was why I had studied Professional and Guidance Counseling in graduate school. Now I am grateful for being in Wuxi to serve and to interact with multicultural staff and students.

Lianne Ong

Secondary Counselor

Home:

California, USA

Education:

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University

B.A. in Music and Philosophy, Westmont College

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What do you consider “excellent education”?

“Excellent education” is developing the whole person—intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It goes beyond teaching facts and information and challenges students to apply what they learn to improve personal wellbeing and interpersonal relationships.

 

What is the most important thing you want to pass along to your students?

I want help students to develop a sense of identity and purpose for their lives and to thrive even when they face challenges.

 

What is your favorite memory or experience in ISW?

I enjoyed getting to know students on a personal level and seeing students develop their friendships with each other during the spring trip.

 

What is something unique you want others to know about yourself?

I enjoy playing any musical instrument that I have the opportunity to play. My favorites are the piano, French horn, and percussion.

Robin Buess

Library

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Shelly Lam

Library Assistant

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Emily Shao

Library Assistant

Home:

Wuxi, Jiangsu, China

Education:

B.S. in English Language and Literature, Jiangnan University

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What do you consider “excellent education”?

Excellent education is both intellectual and moral are well educated, and the students can combine theory with practice to contribute to their society.

 

What is the most important thing you want to pass along to your students?

To be diligent and honest.

 

What is your favorite memory or experience in ISW?

Giving classes to students to guide them how to do the projects.

 

What is something unique you want others to know about yourself?

I’ve been here in ISW for 6 years so I’m familiar with most of the things. If you need help on the school, I can be the guide. Also I loving baking and playing with my son.