Uncompromising in its commitment to recruiting only the very best specialist educators and teaching assistants, SEIPS’ staff is second to none. All qualified professionals, their backgrounds span psychology, child and adolescent development, bilingual education and early childhood education and more. At SEIPS, our reputation is built on not just staff’s credentials and achievements, but also their professionalism, patience, compassion and kindness. Trust SEIPS to have your child’s best interests at heart.


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Carla Pracilio

Principal (Lujiazui)

Carla Pracilio is our Principal at the Lujiazui SEIPS campus. She has been a homeroom teacher at SEIPS teaching the Nursery Plesios and Kindergarten Pachyos classes. Carla comes from Perth, Australia where she studied and obtained an Early Childhood Education Bachelor Degree. She brings with her 13 years of experience teaching young children within the early childhood years in various early childhood settings. Carla is a dedicated and knowledgeable early childhood educator. She believes that the children’s learning needs are to be catered for within a holistic approach by incorporating social emotional, academic, fine and gross motor development, as it allows for young learners to utilise their senses as well as cater for a range of different learning styles. An integral component is to provide a safe, supportive, creative learning environment to encourage all young learners in the learning process. This will be Carla’s third year at SEIPS.

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Candy Li

Vice Principal (Lujiazui)

Candy has graduated with a B.A. in Preschool Education from Nanjing Normal University. Candy has been happily teaching kindergarten children since 2004 and loves seeing he children’s enjoyment as they try new learning paths, games and activities. Being a mother, she understands the growing challenges and triumphs children undergo in their development. Candy started at SEIPS as one of the first Mandarin teachers back in 2008 when we first opened our doors. In 2015 she overtook the position of Vice Principal and is supporting the team and parent community with joy and excitement.

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Barbara Poppell

Developmental Specialist

Barbara Poppell is the Developmental Specialist providing parents, teachers and the community with training, information sessions and important tips and research about child development. She believes every child has the right to learn and experience the world through developmentally appropriate experiences. Barbara received her B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development with an emphasis in Developmental Disorders while she lived in California. She first moved to Shanghai in 1999 when she was a child, and was pleased to move back in 2011. Barbara has worked in inclusive settings here in Shanghai and has helped develop programs that support the healthy development of children using best practices. She is currently a Master’s candidate for a Masters in Education – Early Childhood Education and Administration.

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Ella Shen

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Ella is from Shanghai and has her diploma in Early Education as well as her Senior Nursery Teaching Certification.  She has been teaching for 4 years and is passionate about art.  Ella is a very warm and friendly teacher and likes her classroom to feel like home. She loves to see the development of the children and feels proud of their achievements. She strives to teach them to be respectful of one another and grateful for what they have.  Ella is excited to begin her fourth year with SEIPS and will be teaching Nursery aged children in the Pteros classroom.

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Joanne Pendlebury

Homeroom Teacher (English)

Joanne is from Manchester, U.K., and came to work in Shanghai in September 2011 after travelling the world and discovering all of the wonderful opportunities available in China! Joanne has a BA (hons) Early Childhood Studies from the University of Hull, England, and has particular interest in speech and language in the early years. Joanne promotes a welcoming classroom with an open door policy, and practices to make a positive difference for children at the very start of their lives. She is looking forward to working with the school community at SEIPS this year in the Sabers Toddlers class.

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Suki Zou

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Suki has graduated from Shanghai Normal University, obtaining a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. She joined SEIPS in 2010. She is very energetic and creative and enjoys bringing this into the classroom. She believes each child has unique talents that deserve personalised attention and care. She is excited to be the Mandarin homeroom teacher to begin her seventh year with SEIPS for the Nursery Paras class (ages 3 to 4).

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Chardae Schnabel

Homeroom Teacher (English)

Chardae Schnabel has a B.A. in Psychology and Hispanic Studies from Trent University. She has been working with children in a variety of settings for almost 10 years (including pre-schools across Asia, Europe, and North America). She is originally from Canada, and has been working in China for over a year now. She strives to create a safe learning environment that promotes creativity and academic development. Appreciating how formative pre-school years are, Chardae places a strong emphasis of self-love as the foundation for all of her teaching. She is really excited for her introduction year at SEIPS teaching Nursery aged children in the Paras class.

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Phoebe Anthony

Homeroom Teacher (English)

Phoebe has been teaching and living in Shanghai for the last 12 years. She has experience with a range of age groups with the majority being in the early years, in international school settings. Phoebe received her bachelor’s degree in behavioural studies from Melbourne, Australia. Her major was in psychology with a minor in advanced psychology. She also holds an English as an Additional Language (EAL,ESL, TEFL) qualification which contributes to a strong foundation for language acquisition for her students. Phoebe believes in positively encouraging and guiding children to meet their social and emotional potential to enrich their interactions with their peers, to build confidence when tackling tasks and to support their learning as a whole. This is Phoebe’s second year at SEIPS and she is the English homeroom teacher for Kindergarten the Pachyos class.

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Mandy Hua

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

This is Mandy’s third year at SEIPS. Mandy has a Diploma in teaching and a BA in Textile Engineering from SETU. She came to SEIPS with five years of primary school teaching experience and two years of middle school teaching experience. Mandy enjoys being with children and loves to see them grow and learn happily. She displays confidence and is patient when teaching children and Mandy believes children learn their best when content in class. This year she is facilitating the learning of the Pre-Primary children in the T-Rex class.

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Fred Ward

Homeroom Teacher (English)

Fred has twelve years of kindergarten teaching experience at both international and local schools in Shanghai. Born in London, UK, he came to China in 2001 to study Traditional Chinese Medicine. While studying, he began teaching English at a local Kindergarten and discovered his love for early childhood education. He loves teaching toddlers and particularly enjoys singing with his students, teaching English conversation and playing fun learning games. He currently teaches First Steps in the Mammoth classroom (ages 1 to 2) and he has been with us since 2009.

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Li Dong

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Li graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Education from Central China Normal university in Wuhan. She is a qualified nursery teacher as well as a certified kindergarten teacher. This is Li’s 5th year at SEIPS as a Mandarin teacher and she is experienced teaching very young children of first steps and toddler age. Li’s love of children combined with her passion for teaching the little ones provides them with an outstanding foundation. She is always making sure the toddlers are safe while still having a great time exploring and having fun! Li is very excited to be teaching the toddlers Sabers class this year.

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Michelle Blaeser

Homeroom Teacher (English)

Michelle comes to us from Minnesota, USA with a BA in Japanese and more than ten years of teaching experience in Japan and China. She has a special passion for working with young learners.  Michelle spent four years working at the Shanghai Japanese Elementary School where she taught and then managed the English Department. She believes learning should be fun and works hard to create a positive learning environment where children can be confident and expressive individuals. Michelle is excited to begin her second year with SEIPS as the homeroom teacher for Nursery aged children in the Pteros classroom.

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Candy Wang

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Candy came to SEIPS in 2012 after having worked as a kindergarten teacher for three years. Candy is a qualified early years educator and is a state certified preschool teacher in China. Candy believes that a career in education should be challenging however rewarding and she strives to constantly learn and improve her teaching skills. Candy loves to see children grow and learn happily each day and she hopes to grow along with the children.

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Oscar Liu

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Oscar has been teaching at SEIPS for the last two years previously in the capacity of a Teacher Assistant and Teacher Assistant Leader. He earned a bachelor degree specialising in primary school music education from Yingtian College in his hometown of Jiangsu. Oscar strongly believes in fun and fairness while learning and he has built a great rapport with students because of this. He also likes to be engaging with his students and he creates an atmosphere of mutual respect by meeting children at their level and also believing that they can surpass their own goals. Oscar will be joining the Pachyos Kindergarten classroom as a Mandarin teacher this school year.

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Jani Van Wyk

Homeroom Teacher (English)

Jani is from South Africa, where she completed a degree in Psychology, and an honours degree specialising in Abnormal Psychology. She enjoyed her Psychology internship year at a school for girls aged 4 -18 after which she embarked on a degree in teaching early years. Jani has spent the last 5 years teaching and has a passion for early years’ education. Jani is returning to SEIPS this year to teach the Nuresry aged children in the  Plesios class again. She strives to run a learner-directed classroom in which each individual is encouraged to explore and learn at their own pace in order to achieve their full potential.

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Vivian Yuan

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Vivian Yuan graduated from East Normal University and engaged in early childhood education since 2006. Vivian is proud of the children that she taught three years ago and have graduated from SEIPS. Vivian is now a Mum and she is returning to SEIPS this school year as the Mammoth’s First Steps home room Mandarin teacher. Vivian understands that every child is unique and she caters for children’s learning and development within a holistic approach to education. Vivian believes early childhood is a time for children to explore, create, play and have fun as the laughter of children is of importance to promote happy experiences. Vivian is looking forward to her time teaching First Steps this year at SEIPS.

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Robert Phippard

Homeroom Teacher (English)

Robert Phippard is from Canada, and has been living in Shanghai for almost 10 years. Robert has been working with young learners prior to moving to Shanghai as he spent some time in Korea and some time before that in his native Canada. Robert is a motivated and passionate teacher who delights in providing engaging and interactive activities for his students whilst also promoting the students’ own learning and discovery at their own pace. Robert believes children learn best within a warm, positive environment and he encourages them to ask questions for learning. Robert is pleased to join the SIEPS team this year as the Brontos Kindergarten homeroom teacher and he looks forward to a great school year!

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Fiona Wang

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Fiona graduated from Jiangxi University of Science and Technology and her major is pre-school. Fiona joined SEIPS in 2014. She loves children and she believes that every child is our hope for the future and she understands every child is different and caters for their learning. Fiona always displays a positive and optimistic attitude and her hope and desire is for children to also become a positive and optimistic person. This year Fiona is happy to be the homeroom teacher for our toddler Stegs class.

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Kiki Sun

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Kiki came to SEIPS in November 2013 with a strong background in teaching early childhood education and has done so for six years. Kiki is a very enthusiastic teacher who likes to challenge her students while at the same time making sure they are comfortable and happy when learning. Kiki is proud to be the homeroom teacher of the Nursery children in the Plesios classroom this year.

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Penny Tang

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Penny Tang has a Diploma in teaching and a BA in English Literature from Shanghai International Studies University. She began her career in preschool education as a teaching assistant at Shanghai Community International School. Two years later, she was promoted to homeroom teacher and held that position for four years. She is passionate about children and believes the most effective learning environment a teacher can offer is one that brings out a child’s full potential. Penny is proud mum to a 9-year-old boy. She is in her sixth year with us and will be the homeroom teacher of Toddlers group (ages 2 to 3) in our new SEIPS Kangqiao campus.

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Marissa Ding

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Marissa is a graduate of pre-school education from her hometown in Henan. She was able to put the theories that she leared there into practice when she joined SEIPS. Marissa is happiest when she is able to create artwork with the children and see their progress. She has a passion for teaching and is motivated and enthusiastic to find new ways to keep classes interesting and fun. This year Marissa is happy to be the homeroom teacher for Kindergarten in the Brontos classroom.

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Natalie Brimacombe

Homeroom Teacher (English)

Natalie Brimacombe grew up in England where in 2009 she obtained her BEd (Hons) in Primary Education for The University College of St Mark and St John. After travelling around Asia she settled in Cambodia for six months teaching English as a second language to children in an orphanage. Upon returning to the UK Natalie enjoyed working for several different schools for pre school children with social and emotional problems. This experience has enabled Natalie to grow as a teacher and she believes in building strong, positive relationships with both children and parents. She strives to make her classroom a fun, happy, comfortable and settled learning environment where all children feel valued. Natalie teaches the Pre-Primary T-Rex class.

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Miki Jiang

Homeroom Teacher (Chinese)

Miki graduated from GanNan Normal University six years ago. She had taught in a bilingual pre-school for three years before joining the team at SEIPS. This is now her third year working gaining further experience working with young children at SEIPS. On the weekend in her spare time she enjoys studying further courses abut pre-school education. She is now a Mummy, who loves her little family and values the knowledge she has about early childhood education, to which she applies into practice at work. She believes every child is special and deserves kindness, love and understanding everyday. Miki teaches the First Steps Ceras class.

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Nazhelli Mendez

Hatchlings Program Coordinator (English)

Nazhelli Mendez, originally from Mexico City, holds a B.A in Psychology with honors from the Franco Mexicana University. She speaks Spanish and English and has been living in Shanghai for 10 years now. Teacher Nazh has experience working with children in different programs involving movement, expression, skills improvement and early stimulation. She also has a corporate background in her career for many years. However she found her real passion in teaching, specifically the infant age. Teacher Nazh finds fulfillment in being able to assist and empathize with parents whose babies are of this age. Her background in being a certified yoga teacher does come in handy when assisting the class in their movement class. Teacher Nazh is passionate in ensuring her class will help create a strong and healthy bond between parents and babies, and form a community of learners and supporters within her class.