Learning Support Services
At SSIS, we recognize each student is a unique individual, coming to us with varying aspirations, abilities, interests, and needs. We also recognize that options for expatriate students with special learning needs is limited in Suzhou. In keeping with our mission of providing an excellent expatriate education, we work to provide learning support for students with learning diversities, and those who may require additional support to participate in our school programs and activities.
Our Learning Support team is made up of specially trained teachers that have the background to assist students in their learning needs. Our team provides individualized and differentiated support to both the student and our homeroom teachers. Learning Support can take many forms and may include classroom accommodations, program modifications, in-class support and small group or individualized programming.
Meet Our Team
I joined SSIS in 2018 as the High School Learning Support Teacher. I was born and raised in Milan, Italy and moved to the United States during my high school years. I was myself a student abroad and my passion is teaching in multicultural environments where students can be exposed to different ways of thinking like I was.
I lived in Arizona where I graduated from Northern Arizona University in Special and Elementary Education in 2012. Prior to moving to Suzhou in August 2018 I worked for three years as the Learning Support and EAL specialist in South Korea, and previously I worked two years in Abu Dhabi.
When I’m not teaching, I’m usually traveling around the world to scuba dive and hike. I am excited to be part of the community at SSIS and to live in China for the next years.
I joined SSIS in the fall of 2018 as elementary Learning Support Teacher. I graduated from Western Carolina University, USA with a BA in Radio and Television and an MA in Speech Pathology. I had the privilege of spending a portion of my childhood in Shenyang in northern China where I attended public school in the late 1970s.
I believe each child is unique and deserves individualized attention and instruction. I am a proponent of student agency so I highly value plans that give them a voice and level of control, autonomy, and empower them to impact and drive their experiences in education. In as much as possible this is extended to their choice of learning environment, subject matter, approach, and pace.
I know from experience passion and enthusiasm are two key ingredients that engage students and encourage them to overcome challenges both personal and academic. For this reason I am collaborative in my approaches to planning and delivering meaningful and authentic learning experiences.
I have lived and been a student in the USA, Hong Kong, China, and American Samoa so I strive to instil a global perspective and mindset in my students. Now as an adult I am enjoying exploring cultures and traveling with my husband and our five children. I am thrilled to be back "home" in mainland China and very much look forward to what the future holds for all of us.
I joined the SSIS community in 2019 as a Learning Support Teacher. Prior to joining SSIS, I worked for nine years in both public and private schools in Atlanta, GA, USA as an English teacher, Film teacher, Special Education teacher, and a Special Education Department Chair. I graduated from Georgia State University in 2010 with a Master's of Arts in Teaching. I have worked with a diverse set of learners from many different backgrounds, and I am very happy to have brought my skill set to SSIS. My main mission as a teacher is to encourage students to take interest in the world around them and to become lifelong learners. I am joined by my partner Leigh Herman in Suzhou and look forward to exploring the city.
Learning. Collaborating. Facilitating. Supporting. Communicating. Caring.
As Elementary Head of Student Services, I have the opportunity to work with teachers and students across the elementary sector. I enjoy the diversity of my position as I not only work with an experienced team of learning facilitators, but liaise with external groups, and work closely with parents and teams to support our diverse student population.
I have completed a Master of Arts (International Education), a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Teaching and truly value the importance of educators continuing their personal learning journeys.
My family and I joined the SSIS community in August 2009 and have been enjoying our international experience ever since.
I graduated from Nanjing Normal University with a degree in Preschool Education. I then taught Pre-Nursery to Kindergarten children for five years at a local school. I have been teaching in the Early Years Programme at SSIS since 2004 and have focused on Learning Support since 2015. I got my certificate as a Psychological Counselor in 2017.
I love working with children, we learn many things from each other: love, caring, sharing, open-mindedness, communication, knowledge…. I am so glad to be a Learning Support teacher here at SSIS and I’m ready to support more children, parents and teachers.
There is limited access to specialized support services in Suzhou and at our school. We may not be able to meet the needs of every student, especially if they require a higher level of support. It is recommended that parents of students with special educational needs contact the Admissions Office before they decide to move to Suzhou so that we may work with you to determine if we are able to support your child.