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Principal of HFI
  • Sheldon Smith

    Sheldon Smith

    Principal of HFI

    -Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester


    -Bachelor of Science in Pure Mathematics (Hons) from the University of Birmingham


    -Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults (DELTA)


    -Teaching experience in China since 2002


    -Working at HFI since 2005



AP English
  • Laura Merleau-Mcgrady

    Laura Merleau-Mcgrady

    Head of the AP English dept. AP Year 12 English and AP Language and Composition Teacher


    -Ph.D. English from University of Kansas


    -Has taught in St. Louis University and Washington University






  • Carlton Cook

    Carlton Cook

    AP English Literature and Composition Teacher

    -Bachelor of Language Art and Psychology from John Brown University


    -8 years of teaching experience in H.L. Watkins Middle School in U.S.



  • Chelsea North

    Chelsea North

    Year 12 English and AP Lauguage and Composition Teacher

    -Bachelor of Arts in English from Seattle Pacific University


    -Taught AP English Language Arts and Writing in Schools of North America (WASC Accredited) in Vietnam


    -Washington State Residency Teaching Certification, Secondary Education, Language Arts

  • Matthew Bender

    Matthew Bender

    AP Year 11 English Teacher

    -MA in Secondary Education from Piedmont College


    -BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Appalachian State University


    -Taught AP Literature course in Schools of North America (WASC Accredited) in Vietnam


    -Experience as Head of English Department


    -Obtained CELTA-Cambridge English Language Teaching Accreditation

  • Melanie Sievers

    Melanie Sievers

    Drama Teacher


    -Master of Writing Program from the University of San Francisco


    -B.A.of Theatre  from the Hunter College, New York, 


    -17 years’ experience in high school and middle school



  • Senen Amor

    Senen Amor

    EAP Teacher

    -Master of arts in Literature and Language Teaching  from University of the Philippines

    -Master of Arts in English from Saint Francis College – Philippines

    -Teaching experience since 2004


  • Toby Eichas

    Toby Eichas

    Pre-AP English Teacher

    -26 years' teaching experience in high schools in U.S. and Asia;


    -Master of Arts in Communication;


    -Bachelor of Arts in Communication, English, and teacher certification from Mercyhurst College;


    -Certificates in CELTA and IB programs

  • Jouvon Evans

    Jouvon Evans

    EAP / Year 11 English Teacher

    -Bachelors of Arts, Honors English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor


    -Teaching experience since 2013

AP Science and Mathematics
  • Geoffrey Fitzgerald

    Geoffrey Fitzgerald

    Head of the Math & Science dept. AP Physics Teacher


    -Bachelor of Education Majoring in Math and Physics from the Queensland University of Technology.


    -11 years’ experience teaching math and physics including 1st year university Lecturer in Electric Circuits and Engineering Statics.



  • Russael Johanys

    Russael Johanys

    AP Calculus BC and Advanced Calculus Teacher


    -Master of Business Administration from Stanford University


    -Master of Education in Secondary Mathematics from George Washington University


    -Bachelor degree from the United States Military Academy


    -Has taught AP Calculus and Physics in international schools in Korea and Japan



  • James Rogers

    James Rogers

    AP Economics / IFY Business & Economics Teacher

    -Bachelor of Science, Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point


    -Certifications: Six Sigma; Certified Financial Analyst, Candidate; Teachers License, Massachusetts State


    -Teaching experience in China since 2009. Taught Economics, Business, and Statistics.





  • John Scramling

    John Scramling

    Chemistry Teacher

    -Masters in Curriculum and Instruction (Cleveland State)

    -Bachelor’s in Education (Michigan State)

    -Certification:  Ohio Permanent Cert. in Chemistry, Physics, and General Science (Gr. 7 – 12). Holds a State of Ohio Pupil Supervisory Certificate (for coaching)

    -30 years of teaching primarily Chemistry in the USA


  • Robert Moore

    Robert Moore

    AP Biology / Environmental Science Teacher

    -Biology and Chemistry teacher with 12 years of teaching experience

    -Master of Education and Teacher Certification from the College of New Jersey

    -Bachelor of Biological Science from the University of Central Oklahoma, B.S. in Biology



  • Jenny Ge

    Jenny Ge

    AP Calculus and Math in Chinese Teacher

    - Master of Accounting from Grand valley state university

  • May Luo

    May Luo

    Computer Science Teacher

    -Master of computer science from Northern Illinois University

    -Bachelor of Chemistry from South China University of Technology



  • George Mao

    George Mao

    AP Statistics Teacher

    -Master of Computer Science from Yunnan University, Kunming, China

    -Taught  ACT Math, AP Statistics , Physics and Calculus in  GAC/ACT Centre, Kunming, China and Alevel Mathematics(Mechanics) Jersey College for Girls, Channel Island Jersey, UK

    -Teaching math subjects since 2008

AP Social Science
  • Damon Six

    Damon Six

    Head of the Social Science dept. AP Psychology Teacher

    -Bachelor of Arts in History from Texas Tech University


    -Teacher Certification/Education from University of Texas-Permian Basin


    -Teaching in U.S., Korea and China since 2000


    -Taught AP Psychology and Government & Politics in Seoul International School

  • Matt Augspurger

    Matt Augspurger

    AP world History / AP Human Geography Teacher

    -Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington 


    -Master of Arts in Teaching from the Concordia University, Portland, Oregon


    -Teaching Experience since 2004


    -Taught in RDFZ Xishan AP Center – China American International School, American International School, Universal American School, H.B. Lee Middle School, Cascade Academics…




  • Matthew Frost

    Matthew Frost

    AP Art History and AP European History Teacher

    -Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from Hunter College, New York


    -Masters of Science in Ed. (MS Ed.) from Hunter College, New York


    -Bachelor of Arts (BA) from SUNY, College at Purchase, New York


    -Teaching experience since 2000






  • Jerry Redfield

    Jerry Redfield

    AP US History / AP Economic Teacher

    -Bachelor of Arts, Economics from Wheaton College


    -Teaching experience since 2012


    -Experienced AP teacher



Local teachers
  • Helen Cui

    Helen Cui

    Head of Bilingual Teacher. English teacher

    -Bachelor’s Degree in English Education, South China Normal University

    -Cambridge CELTA Teaching Certificate TEM 8

    -Teaching experience since 1999

    -Working in HFI since 2007English teacher

  • Delia Yi

    Delia Yi

    GE Tteacher

    -Master’s Degree in English Language Studies, Sichuan International Studies University

    -Been teaching TOEFL & SAT test-preparation courses since 2008

    -Working in HFI since 2011

  • Wendy He

    Wendy He

    English teacher


    -Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Bristol

    -Bachelor’s Degree in English Teaching, Southwest China University

    -TESOL Certificate

    -Working in HFI since 2014



  • Rachel Li

    Rachel Li

    Chemistry in Chinese teacher


    -Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry Education, Hunan Jishou University 

    -Certificate of Senior High School Teacher

    -12 years of Chemistry teaching experience

    -Researches in AP Chemistry teaching, experienced AP Chemistry teacher and SATII trainer

    -Working in HFI since 2010



  • Jiayun Xu

    Jiayun Xu

    Physics in Chinese Teacher

    -Senior High School Physics Teacher

    -Awarded Guangzhou Excellent Teacher title

    -35 years of Physics teaching experience

    -Working in HFI since 2009

  • Harky Li

    Harky Li

    Dean of Students' Affairs Office / PE Teacher

  • Susan Chen

    Susan Chen

    Math in Chinese Teacher

    -Master’s Degree in Mathematics Competition, South China Normal University

    -Member of The National Elementary Mathematical Society

    -Teaching experience since 2006

    -Working in HFI since 2015

  • Lillian Li

    Lillian Li

    Biology teacher

    -Master’s Degree in Life Science,Beijing Normal University Member of Guangzhou Teaching and Research Office Biology Center

    -Awarded Distinguished Contribution to Gaokao, Excellent Teacher title, etc.

    -Involved in writing and editing Senior High School Biology course book 

    -Teaching experience since 2005

    -Working in HFI since 2015

  • Yoee Yang

    Yoee Yang

    EAP Teacher and Head of Language Centre

    -Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Bath 

    -Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications 

    -TESOL Certificate

    -Working in HFI since 2015

  • Cece Duan

    Cece Duan

    EAP Teacher and Principal Assistant

    -MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, K-12), New York University, New York
    -Chinese Teacher Certification in English (K-12)

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