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.

I came to SSIS in 2012 from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. After attaining my diploma and bachelor teaching qualifications at two different stages of my 20 year teaching career, I have experienced teaching in various locations in remote and suburban Queensland before moving here for my first international teaching role. My husband, Tim, also teaching at SSIS and our three children have reveled in the incredible opportunities of working and living abroad. I love the PYP philosophy and have a passion for nurturing life long learners with a global perspective. I feel incredibly fortunate to live and work within 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 joined SSIS in 2014 as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher and coordinator. I am a passionate early childhood educator with more than 20 years of experience in Australian Early Years classrooms and six years experience in international settings including EtonHouse, GEMS World Academy Dubai and British International School Jakarta. I hold a Bachelor of Education – Early Childhood from Australia, University of Southern Queensland. I have IB PYP certification and have immersed myself in the PYP program and ethos of inquiry based learning leading to an educational experience of excellence.

My classroom reflects one that is inviting, caring and supportive, where children are enthusiastic, caring and responsible learners. Every child is valued as an individual and supported to ensure they achieve their full potential.

I join my family at SSIS, with my husband teaching Physical Education and my two daughters studying in the Secondary School.

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!