Meet Our Teachers

Carmen Murray, Assistant Principal of Early YearsWelcome from Our Assistant Principal of Early Years

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to SSIS. We are so very glad you are interested in joining our family-focused community of little learners. One of the best things about having new families start is being able to warmly welcome them and help them settle in. We know that in the Early Years this may be a bit difficult and look a bit wobbly, both for the parent and the child. This is why we focus on supporting families from day one, ensuring the transition into school for your new little SSIS learner is as smooth as possible. We are a very supportive school, one that believes in initiating a strong parent teacher relationship from the very beginning. The education of your child is of the utmost importance to us and we believe open communication is the key to student success. My team and I look forward to working with you and your family as together we develop little lifelong learners.

Niamh Norris, Pre-Nursery Coordinator

My name is Niamh and I am an Elementary Teacher from Ireland. I spent four wonderful years working with lower elementary and special needs children in Ireland before making the decision to relocate to Suzhou in 2012. I feel very lucky to work in partnership with amazing colleagues, families and students from all around the world. I am passionate about inquiry based teaching and learning I earned both my Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. My Masters Degree research focused on the roles of play, drama and creativity in early and lower Primary education. I am accompanied by my husband and little boy, and on weekends we enjoy exploring new places and doing lots of baking! We are delighted to be part of the SSIS community.

I joined SSIS in 2012 as part of the Early Years team. I taught Early Years in Australia and Vietnam before moving to Suzhou. As a Nursery teacher, I enjoy watching students grow and develop into independent and inquisitive lifelong learners. I believe students learn best through exploration and hands on play experiences. I believe parents are a child’s first and most important teachers and enjoy working in partnership with the families of my students to create and support learning inside and outside the classroom. I enjoy working in the international community where I am able to meet and work with people from all over the world. I feel very lucky to be sharing this experience with my husband and two boys.

 

I’m proud to say that I have been a part of the SSIS team since July 2012 and truly value the global-minded, caring and supportive community environment it has been for my family since we arrived here. As a teacher of Elementary and Early Years, I have observed this amazing school from many perspectives and have developed a wide range of knowledge and skills since coming here after teaching in Australia for 20 or so years.

With three children attending the school, with our eldest daughter moving back to Australia for University, and, my husband Mr Bell teaching at SSIS also, we are a happy family living in China and travelling as much of the world as we can. I am a proud member of SSIS having a Bachelor of Education (Learning Support) and a Masters of Education (Early Childhood). I have a passion for nurturing children as our future especially their literacy skills which value their home language and culture and I believe that all children’s social and emotional well-being is of the upmost priority.

I am a Kindergarten educator and I have been involved in education for over 16 years. I am very positive minded and when students enter my classroom, I view them as already very knowledgeable individuals. After teaching in both public and private schools in my home country Jamaica, I moved to The Bahamas where I was introduced to the IB programme. I fully embrace its intercultural nature as it ‘helps students understand their own culture and encourages them to explore the cultures of others.’ I have a Teaching diploma from Moneague College, a founding teacher training institutions in Jamaica, a Bachelors degree from Nova Southeastern University in the USA and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. I have attended numerous IB/PYP/MYP training workshops in the Asia-Pacific and US regions. While I joined SSIS in 2012, my family and I have been living in China since 2009 and have found the experience to be nothing short of remarkable!