Meet Our Teachers

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

I feel very privileged to be apart of the SSIS community and am Assistant Principal in the Early Years. I am from Auckland, New Zealand and have happily been involved in Education since 1995.  It is my passion. My teaching career has predominantly been in Early Years and Primary Education. I have taught in and around various parts of New Zealand and embarked on our first International School in 2001 in China - Nanjing International School. Throughout my educational career I have worked as a classroom teacher, Team Leader, IB Curriculum Coordinator, Early Years Coordinator and Assistant Principal. 

I am extremely excited and enthusiastic to be part of a school that offers quality IB Education. I feel very fortunate that my husband and I share a passion for the same profession and I believe that parents, students and educators are members of a team, that when respectful relationships are formed, all contribute to the progress of our children's educational journey. 

As a parent of two confident, talented and wonderful children myself, it is rewarding to see the growth in them and seeing them reach their full potential, becoming meaningful contributors to our global 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!