McGavran, Don

Donald McGavran

Head Principal
Home Country: USA

Education

PhD – Columbia International University

Masters – University of Evansville

Bachelors – Trinity University

Bio

For the past 17 years we have lived in India, Kenya, Indonesia and now China. Have served in school leadership roles in each of these schools. Vicki and I have been married for 29 years and have 3 grown children. Tyler , 25 years old, a computer engineer; Brittany, 22 years, senior at Palm Beach Atlantic University; Hunter, 20 years old at United States Naval Academy.

Willow lin

Willow Lin

Head Principal Assistant
Home Country: China

Education

Modern linguistics- Hunan Normal University

Teacher certificate

Advanced Certificate in teaching Foreigner Chinese

Chinese Teacher Certificate

Bio

I was born and raised in Shaoyang, Hunan province. I have completed my B.A studies in Modern Linguistics and a one year education program in Beijing. In 2017, I finished my M. Div studies. Following graduation from Hunan Normal University, I joined ISC and worked as an associate teacher at the Wuhan Yangtze International School in 2008. Three years later, I moved to Beijing to teach Chinese at the Leadership Development International (LDi) training center. At the same time, I have taught English in a local Kindergarten for a year. Most recently I worked as an administrative assistant in the LDi Qingdao office before moving to Yantai to assume my current position in the winter of 2015. I like to read, play the piano, and sports. I enjoy being near the ocean and riding my bike along the beach.

Lee, Kathy

Kathy Lee

Foundation Teacher
Home Country: South Korea

Education

French Language & Literature, KonKuk University, Seoul, Korea

Early Childhood Education and Care, Box Hill Institute, Melbourne, Australia

Bio

I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. After I got married, I finished my diploma of Early Childhood Education in Melbourne, Australia. I started working at kindergarten and dedicated a lot of my time to taking care of children. I must say I enjoy every minute of it. I am dedicated to the social and emotional development of each child and make it my goal to make sure that each child receives the best care and love that they all deserve. I enjoy reading, movies, going out with friends and spending time with my beautiful daughter. I feel very blessed to be a part of YHIS family and to be teaching children!

Zhang, Wendy

Wendy Zhang

Associate Teacher
Home Country: Jiangsu, China

Education

Yantai University

Bio

I was born in the city of Yancheng, Jiangsu province. When I was twelve, I came to Yantai with my family for business. I earned my degree in Polymer Material and Engineering at Yantai University. After graduating, I worked as a laboratory assistant at Yantai Yusheng Chemical Co. A friend told me about YHIS. I love children and now I have the opportunity to be an associate teacher. I am excited to learn teaching ideas and methods. I like reading and playing Chinese chess, badminton, swimming, and ping-pong.

Masluk, Renee

Renee Masluk

Junior Kindergarten Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Early Childhood Education, Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI

Bio

I was born and raised in a small town in Michigan and have grown up enjoying camping, bonfires, bike rides, swimming, and, lots and lots of snow! I have worked with children of all ages through camp counseling, tutoring, and substitute teaching, however, I have a special place in my heart for younger children. The early childhood years are critical in one’s development and I desire to provide meaningful, age-appropriate, and nurturing activities for students to grow and learn. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy volunteering, singing, running, reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family.

Yu, Tracy

Tracy Yu

Associate Teacher
Home Country: Yantai, China

Education

Qingdao University of Technology

Bio

I was born and raised in Yantai, Shandong Province. I attended Qingdao University of Technology and graduated in 2016 with my bachelor’s degree.  I love my hometown very much, so I chose to return to Yantai after graduation. Being an excellent teacher has always been my dream. I am very thankful I have the chance to join the YHIS family. I love children and I will try my best to help them grow and achieve their life values.  I enjoy reading, playing sports and spending time with friends and family.

Jutte, Lydia

Lydia Jutte

Kindergarten Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Elementary Education, Crown College, St. Bonifacius, MN

Bio

I attended college in Minnesota and earned my degree in elementary education with a focus on pre-primary. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, and being outdoors. I also enjoy reading and painting. My goal for every child in my classroom is to help them achieve their personal best. I want my students to feel encouragement from me and the other teachers at YHIS.
Xu, Ariel

Ariel Xu

Associate Teacher
Home Country: Yantai, China

Education

Yantai University

Bio

I have studied and worked in Yantai since 2006. I love the city for its sea and mountains. Spending time with kids is my favorite thing to do, whether in teaching or just hanging out together. In my free time, I enjoy reading, movies, and baking. The smell of cake in the oven always makes me happy. It is a great privilege for me to be a part of the YHIS team, and I look forward to the school year very much.

Moran, Jenny

Jenny Moran

Grade 1 Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Early Childhood Education, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

TESOL Certificate

ACSI Certificate

Bio

I am one of seven children and always dreamed of being a teacher. I attended Cedarville University for my education degree and completed my student teaching at the International School of Qingdao (ISQ). I taught fourth grade at a private school in Kentucky for four years. In 2015, I taught in ISQ’s summer English program. In my free time, I enjoy reading, biking, playing piano, sports, baking and traveling.

Li, Anna

Anna Li

Associate Teacher
Home Country: Yantai, China

Education

North China University of Technology

Bio

I have lived in Yantai, my hometown, before I went to college. During my years at North China University of Technology, I met with several people who impacted my life. A respectful father in the orphanage named me Anna. I loved this name and was touched by his words that everyone should have a goal for their life. In 2010, I began a career in education. It is by grace that I have stayed in the teaching profession despite many difficulties. I am so happy to work with students and colleagues at YHIS.

Cox, Renee

Renee Cox

Grade 2 Teacher
Home Country: New Zealand

Education

Bachelor of Teaching, Primary Education, University of Otago, New Zealand.

Bio

I come from a fantastic little school in Dunedin New Zealand. I have taught Grade 1 and 2 for the past 5 years. I absolutely love teaching! Some of my favorite things to do are swimming, baking, biking, going to the beach, drinking good coffee and travel adventures with friends.

Yang, Judith

Judith Yang

Associate Teacher
Home Country: Yantai, China

Education

Yantai University

Bio

I went to Yantai University and graduated in 2015. I chose to stay in this city because of its beauty. I believe that everyone has a favorite teacher who affected him(her) deeply and I would like to be that person. I want to give my students a positive impact, coupled with love. I feel very fortunate to be one of the YHIS family.

Bond, Hannah

Hannah Bond

Grade 3 Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Middle Childhood Education: Social Studies and Language Arts, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH
ACSI Certificate

Bio

I was born and raised in the great state of North Carolina. My love for travel took me to Ohio, specifically Cedarville University, where I completed a degree in Middle Childhood Education. This past year, I taught school in Wyoming. My love for travel and for engaging diverse cultures has led me to work in Yantai, where I am honored to teach third grade learners. In my free time, I enjoy eating chocolate, board games, reading, and new adventures.

Li, Grace

Grace Li

Associate Teacher
Home Country: Taian, China

Education

Shandong Women’s University

Bio

I was born and raised in the city of Taian, Shandong province. I love teaching, so after graduation from Shandong Women’s University, I went to Beijing for a teacher training program. I interned for one year at Shenyang International School. Then I worked in an elementary school for two years teaching Chinese.  I enjoy reading books with my students, because when we listen to the characters’ voices, we take fantastic adventures together. I want the students I teach to be people of influence, and to learn to think in critical ways.  I enjoy reading, traveling, singing, going to movies, and being with friends.

Winston, Jessica

Jessica Winston

Grade 4 Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Middle Level Education, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA

Bio

I was born in Brazil, lived in Taiwan for eight years, and then moved to Long Island, NY, where my family now resides.  Having grown up being nurtured in a wonderful family of eight and attending international schools all around the world, I have become passionate about life and am now deeply honored to explore the wonders of our world with the YHIS students.  I hope to do so by not only providing meaningful content, but by helping them engage with their whole self – heart, mind and body.

I am thrilled to be coming back to Asia (13 years later) and am excited to get to know the YHIS team and students. I love to explore beauty – to hike, try new foods, read a good book, enjoy a sunset at the beach, and when in doubt, drink tea.

Lasiewicz, Andy

Andy Lasiewicz

Grade 5 Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI
M.S. Educational Leadership and Administration, Cairn University, Philadelphia, PA

Bio

Having spent a good portion of my youth on a farm in the state of Wisconsin, I developed a love of gardening, baseball, and bratwursts (not necessarily in that order). I put myself through the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, graduating with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I have worked in China since 2001. Twelve of the last 14 years have been spent at SYIS, both as an administrator and elementary school teacher. In 2009, I married my beautiful wife Diana. We have three very energetic children.

Feng, Roy

Roy Feng

Associate Teacher
Home Country: Heze, China

Education

English Education, Ludong University

Bio

I was born and raised up in my hometown, Heze, Shandong Province. In 2013, I went to Ludong University to study English Education, and graduated in the year of 2017.  I love being with kids and also enjoy teaching them about the things I know. I like singing songs, playing sports and reading. It is my great honor to meet you all at YHIS.

Dahl, Tom

Tom Dahl

Multi-media & Communications Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.S. Industrial Arts/Visual Communication

Bio

I have taught graphic arts and videography since 1998, as well as, woodworking and cabinetry. I hold a continuing education certificate in instructional media. I met my lovely wife, Michelle, in 1985 when we were both working for campus security and pursuing Graphic Design degrees. After completing my degree, I led a national marketing niche for a printing company. I returned to college in 1995 to add the teaching component to my education. Since then I have worked in public education and private international schools. Michelle and I have two wonderful children who attend college at a private Christian college in Minnesota.

Van Santen, Jonathan

Jonathan Van Santen

Secondary Social Studies Teacher
Home Country: Canada

Education

B.A. History, Redeemer University College, Ancaster, ON

B.Ed. Redeemer University College, Ancaster, ON

Bio

Having grown up as a landlocked Canadian with a love for sailing and seafood, I am excited to live on the Yantai coast and experience life in a new culture! My wonderful wife, Rebekah, and I were married in 2015 and share a passion for coffee and adventure. I believe the joy of teaching comes through engaging students with real-life problems and enabling them to discover and create together. When I am not studying or teaching, I enjoy reading, baseball, and choral music.

Tham, Andrew

Andrew Tham

High School Science Teacher
Home Country: Singapore

Education

M.S., National University of Singapore, Singapore

Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers, University of Cambridge, England

Bio

I have always been interested in two things – how the natural world works and B-grade science fiction. My lifelong fascination with them began when, as a six-year-old, I visited the Singapore Science Center after watching a B-grade silent film adaptation of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. The first “original” question I remember asking is – why do we hear explosions in films about outer space when space is a vacuum? After many detours later in life, including a post-graduate degree in science and research work as a rain forest conservationist, I became a teacher with the intention of helping young people de-mystify science and appreciate nature.

Park, Du Bin

Du Bin Park

Middle School Science Teacher
Home Country: Korea

Education

B.A. Middle Childhood Education, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Bio

While I am South Korean by passport, I don’t necessarily have a place to call home.  I was born and raised in four different countries – Singapore, China, Thailand, and America. I am an adventurer by heart! I enjoy nature and my passion lies in nourishing dreams and nurturing potentials within children.

Shi, Lee

Lee Shi

Associate Teacher
Home Country: Linyi, China

Education

Yantai University.

Bio

My hometown is Linyi, Shandong. I moved to Yantai to attend college. Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher. During my college years I became interested in biology and plants and animals. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, travelling, playing sports, taking care of plants and animals, listening to music and reading. I`m excited to be a part of the YHIS family.

Cha, EunSong

Bethany Cha

Middle School Math Teacher

Home Country: Korea

Education

B.A. Middle Childhood Education: Math/Science, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

Bio

Although I am Korean by passport, I was born in Singapore, moved to China when I turned three, and stayed there until I graduated high school. I attended Chengdu International School (one of the ISC schools) from kindergarten all the way to high school. After receiving my education degree from Cedarville University, my desire for teaching overseas grew. I am very thankful and beyond excited to be returning to ISC as a teacher!
Salzarulo, Pam

Pam Salzarulo

High School Math Teacher

Home Country: USA

Education

A.A. Mathematics, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, California

B.A. Mathematics Education, California State University Northridge, Northridge, California

ACSI Teaching Certificate

CBEST Certificate

CSET Secondary Math Certificate

Bio

I was born and raised in sunny Southern California. I have been teaching secondary math for the last 12 years. I love watching my students work hard to understand concepts and seeing  them reach the “ah-ha!” moment! I am a wife and mom of 3 children. We are very excited to be joining the YHIS family.

Lasiewicz, Diana

Diana Lasiewicz

Secondary Math Teacher

Home Country: USA

Education

B.S. Mathematics Education, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

Bio

I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University and received my teaching license for secondary mathematics from the State of Indiana in 2007. I have lived in China since that time, and have taught at both the International School of Wuxi and Shenyang International School. I am a wife and a mother of three children.

Price, Kyle

Kyle Price

Secondary Social Studies Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Middle Eastern Studies, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC

Bio

Although I am an American, I have lived most of my life outside of the U.S. I chose my college program, Middle Eastern Studies, because of my desire to learn more about other cultures and people. In my first week studying at University I met Faith, and two weeks after graduation we were married! We enjoy traveling, cooking, and coffee.

Carroll, Rhonda

Rhonda Carroll

Secondary English Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

Ph.D.

Bio

I have been teaching with International Schools of China since April 2009. Prior to that I taught at an international school in Chengdu, Sichuan Province. My previous teaching experience includes William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA where I taught Social Cultural Foundations of Education and Psychological Foundations of Education in the Teacher Credentialing Program. My family lives between California and Texas. I am the third of five siblings. I like to read and write, and have authored several books. I also like to write and record music. I believe that these creative elements in my personal life assist me in developing creative teaching practices.  My experience with the iSC family has been excellent and I anticipate more exciting times with them at YHIS.

Howell, Matt

Matt Howell

Secondary English Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. English, Whitworth University; Spokane, WA
Dip.C.S. Regent College; Vancouver, BC
M.A. Cross-Cultural Studies; Fuller, Pasadena, CA
M.Div. Regent College; Vancouver, BC
D.Min Denver Seminary, Denver, CO

Bio

I grew up in Seattle, Washington and have enjoyed living in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and rooting for my home team, the Seattle Seahawks.  Teaching has always been a passion of mine and has given me the opportunity to live overseas both in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Tokyo, Japan.  While in college, I was an exchange student to Hong Kong and lived with a Chinese family. My wife, Liz, and I have two adult children.

McCarthy, Rick

Rick McCarthy

Secondary Art Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.S. Education, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR

M.Ed. Curriculum and Teaching, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN

Bio

I grew up in the beautiful Northwest United States surrounded by mountains, trees and rivers. I love fishing and walking about the giant trees of the Oregon rain forest. My hometown, Portland, Oregon is a melting pot of diversity with people from all over the world. In school, I had great teachers and coaches that taught me how to be a positive impact on the culture around me. Because of these people, I wanted to become a teacher. In my ten years of teaching, I have been a Grade 5 teacher, Middle School Science teacher and a K-Grade 12 Art teacher, and now a Character Education teacher.

Sokol, Irena

Irena Sokol

Art Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

A.A. Fine Arts, American River College, Sacramento, CA

B.A. Creative Arts, William Jessup University, Rocklin, CA

ACSI Teaching Certificate

CBEST and CSET Certificates

Bio

Irena, with her husband Dmitri and their three children C.J., John and Amitta came to China from Sacramento, California. Before moving to Yantai she has been working with children for 20 years, five of which were teaching art at a bilingual school. She enjoys painting, reading, tea, chocolate and family time. Learning to live and love cross-culturally has been her motto.
Lydia Chaffee

Lydia Chaffee

Music Teacher
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Music Education, Seattle Pacific University

P-12 Music Teacher Certification

Bio

I grew up in the Bay Area of sunny California, with a Caucasian father, Chinese mother, and older brother and sister. As a homeschooling family, we engaged in adventures like camping and backpacking in nature, and crafting, cooking, and reading at home, all of which I still enjoy doing. Sunday worship and mid-week Bible studies have always been a prominent part of my life. I enjoyed four eventful years studying at a Christian university, where I met a cheerful LDi recruiter and eventually applied and accepted the position at YHIS. I am thankful for this new adventure that combines my love for children, music, and Chinese people and culture.

Guo, Gracie

Gracie Guo

Associate Teacher
Home Country: Weifang, China

Education

Yantai University

Bio

I moved to Yantai to attend college. I love the city for its beautiful sea and mountains. I am happy to be a teacher because of the opportunities to guide students in loving life and living better. In my free time, I enjoy reading, singing, dancing and traveling. It is a great honor for me to be part of the YHIS family.

Nathaniel's

Nathaniel Bond

Director of Student Services
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Early Childhood Education, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

Grades 4 and 5 Endorsement

ACSI Certificate

Bio

Having lived in, and traveled to, many places, I enjoy exploring and experiencing new cultures. I graduated with an early childhood education degree from Cedarville University, where I played the euphonium and valve trombone in the symphonic, jazz, and pep bands. Cedarville is where I met my wife Hannah. Hannah and I enjoy traveling, board games, and antique shopping. I also greatly enjoy playing and watching sports. My favorite sports are soccer and ultimate frisbee. My favorite sports teams include Chelsea FC, Brazil, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the University of Connecticut.

Yi, Alice

Alice Yi

Library Technician
Home Country: Yantai, China

Education

International Trade, Shandong Foreign Affairs Translation College

Bio

I was born in Yantai,and I grew up in a loving family. As a student, my most memorable moments were when I was learning and reading in the school library. After graduation, I was employed in import & export management for five years in a foreign capital enterprise. I am grateful to join the YHIS family. Working as a librarian is not just a job to me, but a mission to bring enthusiasm and love to the students and their parents.

Teng, Catherine

Catherine Teng

Library Assistant
Home Country: Weihai, China

Education

Yantai University

Bio

I was born and raised in Weihai, Shandong. I have studied in Yantai since 2012. It is a great privilege to have this opportunity to work at YHIS and be a part of the team. I love Chinese language and Chinese culture, so I spend a lot of time at the library reading Chinese literature. I also enjoy volunteering, running, reading and music.

Wang, Linda

Linda Wang

Registrar
Home Country: Shenyang, China

Education

Ren Min University of China

Shenyang Normal University (M.A. in progress)

Bio

I have been working at iSC international schools since 2003. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to join iSC in Yantai at YHIS. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and spending time with friends.

Echo Fan

Echo Fan

Chinese Language Teacher
Home Country: Linyi, China

Education

Ludong University

Bio

I was born into a big family in a small village in Linyi, Shandong Province. Time was slower there, with lots of green fields, woods and mountains that encircled my village. I spent most of those quiet times dreaming about life. One of my dreams was to love children and impact their lives. In 2007, I graduated from Ludong University and began teaching. However, the more I taught, the more I realized I knew too little about teaching. In 2015, I took a break and studied education for one year in Beijing. That year not only improved my professional skills, but also changed my life. I still have a long way to go, but I am glad to have started on the right path, as effective teaching always flows from a rich life. I look forward to my new life at YHIS! In my free time, I enjoy mountain climbing, soccer, handcrafts and cooking.

Zhang, Joshua

Joshua Zhang

Chinese Language Teacher
Home Country: Rizhao, China

Education

Qingdao Technological University

Bio

I grew up in the countryside of Shandong providence, and am the youngest of three children. When I was in college, I realized I wanted to be a teacher.  So after graduation, I worked as an associate teacher at YHIS’ sister school, the International School of Qingdao. I really enjoy working with students, and teaching brings me a strong sense of satisfaction. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running and traveling. I am very excited to join YHIS as a Chinese teacher.

Wang, Miranda

Miranda Wang

Chinese Language Teacher
Home Country: Shenyang, China

Education

B.S. Shenyang University

M.A. in progress, Shenyang Normal University

Bio

Being a teacher has been my dream since I was little. I enjoy being with students and am passionate about teaching. Teaching Chinese is an enjoyable and honorable job for me. The students are not only learning to build up their language skills but also learning about Chinese culture which helps them look at things from different perspectives and to be more open minded. I believe learning Chinese language and culture brings more opportunities for students and benefits them lifelong in a variety of ways. In my spare time, I like reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Wendy Xu

Wendy Xu

Chinese Tutor
Home Country: Wuhan, China

Education

Wuhan Second Business Technology College

Bio

I am so excited to be a part of the YHIS team. I speak Chinese and English and have been working with a variety of foreign employers for many years. I am very patient when communicating with foreigners and I enjoy helping them learn about the Chinese culture and life in China. I have been teaching Chinese as a foreign language for two years now, and I enjoy it very much!

Jeffers, Ryan

Ryan Jeffers

Director of English Language Support
Home Country: USA

Education

M.Div. Theology/Apologetics, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Ed.S. Curriculum and Instruction, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Bio

I grew up in Huntington, WV but lived in Virginia and North Carolina before settling in Louisville, KY with my family. I attended Marshall University and Liberty University. Before moving to Yantai, I worked in financial aid, IP insurance and most recently as the Director of an English center. I love all things sports, particularly basketball, football and anything involving the Louisville Cardinals. My passions are traveling, teaching, and developing an environment where all students feel challenged, loved and valued.

Lee, Hyun

Hyun Lee

English Language Support

Home Country: Korea

Education

B.A. English Education; Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

M.A. Intercultural Studies; Fuller Graduate Schools, Pasadena, CA

Bio

I was born and raised in Korea. After I graduated from college, I became an English teacher in a middle school in Korea. Though I live in China now, I still keep in contact with some of my students who are now in college. Being a teacher is such rewarding work, and I am glad I could return to teaching after studying at Fuller. I enjoy reading books, singing, and playing piano. I also love taking walks and chatting with friends over coffee or tea.

McCarthy, Andrea

Andrea McCarthy

English Language Support
Home Country: USA

Education

B.S. Education; LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas

Bio

I was born in Taiwan, adopted to my American family, and raised in Okinawa, Japan. I attended both Japanese public and American International schools. I was very blessed to grow up as a Third Culture Kid where I learned to be flexible and appreciate people from many different cultural backgrounds. I lived in the US for a total of five years (four for attending university and one for teaching in Texas). Since coming over to China in 2007 as a single teacher at the International School of Wuxi, God has given me a great husband and two wonderful kids. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2:9

Price, Faith

Faith Price

English Language Support
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Middle Eastern Studies, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC

M.A. T.E.F.L., Columbia International University, Columbia, SC

Bio

California is where I am from, but it is not the only place that I have lived! I love to travel and experience cultures that are different from my own. I have a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Columbia International University. It was there that I met and fell in love with my husband, Kyle. We enjoy hiking, cooking, coffee, and adventuring.

Rubsam, Anna

Anna Rubsam

English Language Support
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Teaching English as a Second Language K-12, Bethel University.

Bio

I graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Teaching English as a Second Language K-12. I taught English in China for one summer as an internship, and that is how I became interested in working here. I enjoy working with students of all ages, from elementary school through adults. In my free time, I like to run, cook, read, and play the clarinet or piano. I also love to study other languages- I speak Spanish, I’m learning Mandarin, and I want to learn more in the future!

Varble Lindsey

Lindsey Varble

English Language Support
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, Liberty University

Bio

I am from a small town in rural Illinois, so coming from a landlocked part of the U.S., I am thrilled to be in Yantai with its beaches and ocean views. I studied Teaching English as a Second Language at Liberty University, and from a young age I was fascinated with China, which led me to Yantai. I enjoy traveling, and in my free time I also enjoy playing the piano, reading, baking, exploring, going for walks, and Bible study.

Dahl, Michelle

Michelle Dahl

English Language Support
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. German

M.A. TEFL

Bio

I am a veteran and am happily married to Tom. Our son, Jorgen, and daughter, Maarja, graduated from CDIS in June 2014 and attend the University of Northwestern in Minnesota. My favorite past time is being with family and friends.

Vicki McGavran

Vicki McGavran

Admissions Manager
Home Country: USA

Education

Master of Counseling, Georgia State University

Bio

It is a privilege to be working in China at YHIS. I have lived overseas for many years and find it exciting to now live in China. I will be serving in the admissions department as well as Child Safety Director for ISC. I am married to Don; we have 3 adult children living in the United States. I enjoy hiking, coloring, and I’m learning to quilt.

Zhang, Winnie

Winnie Zhang

Admissions & Marketing
Home Country: Yantai, China

Education

B.S. Kyung Hee University

M.S. Kyung Hee University

Bio

  • I was born in Yantai and I love my hometown for the beautiful sunshine and blue ocean. I earned my master’s degree from Kyung Hee University, majoring in International Trade. After graduation, I worked in a marketing department for 3 years. During my free time, I enjoy hiking. I love fruits, like durian, cherry and grapes, so much that my friends call me ”Fruit King”. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the admissions and marketing department of YHIS.
Yuk, Luke

Luke Yuk

Vice Principal
Home Country: Korea

Education

Masters – The Ezra Bible Institute for Graduate Studies

Bachelors – Korea University

Bio

I have been doing a number of new projects in China for the past 23 years as a member of a Korean company or personally in China. Since May 2014, I have been carrying out the project of establishing Yantai Huasheng International School. Now I serve in the long-term development of the school. Hannah and I have two children who are already married. Our daughter’s family lives in Seoul and son’s family lives in Shanghai, China.

Li, Gloria

Gloria Li

Graphic Designer
Home Country: Harbin, China

Education

Dalian Polytechnic University

Bio

My hometown is Harbin, Heilongjiang province. In April 2015, I came to Yantai, a beautiful coastal city. I am so thankful to witness our school getting started, signing the contract, constructing the school building, getting the interior decoration and having parent information meetings. I am also grateful to join the YHIS family. It is my sincere hope that the staff and students  will grow together.

Choi, JooEun

JooEun Choi

Marketing Assistant
Home Country: Korea

Education

Bachelors of Business, Yonsei University

Bio

I was born and raised in Korea. I love to challenge myself in various ways. Studying abroad in America was one of the challenges which later turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made since I met my lovely wife, Dubin, in the United States. We are enjoying our newlyweds life together. I love traveling, playing soccer and guitar. I am excited to part of making the history with YHIS, looking forward to exciting year.

Hyun, Hannah

Hannah Hyun

Director of Korean Liaison Department
Home Country: Korea

Education

Depatment of Vocal Music- Sookmyung Women’s University

Bio

I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. My husband and I have 2 grown and married children. I feel so grateful to work with wonderful teachers here in YHIS as one family. I’m excited to be part of YHIS community where all students and staff members work together to create such a loving and united school.

Park, Christina

Christina Park

Korean Liaison
Home Country: Korea

Education

B.A. English Language and Literature, Yonsei University – Seoul, South Korea

M.A. Applied Linguistics (completed four courses) at University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

Bio

I was raised in many different countries, including Singapore, China, and Thailand. After I completed my bachelor’s degree in Yonsei University, I worked four years as a college counselor in private academies. I was married in 2012 and have a little daughter.

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Jin Moon

Assistant Korean Liaison
Home Country: Korea

Education

B.A. Hansei University, South Korea

Barista Certification “Coffee of Dream, KABEDURIM ((咖啡豆林)”, Korea

Bio

I was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. My husband and I lived in Canada and Shanghai after our marriage. I worked in educational companies for several years. In 2014, I received a barista training with the hopes of going into coffee business in China. This led me to various opportunities to share my passion for coffee through designing and managing cafes in Shandong area. I’m thankful to be part of YHIS this year and for the opportunity to assist in building a united community and cheerful atmosphere. I enjoy playing the piano, spending time with my husband, our three energetic kids, and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.

Deng, Amanda

Amanda Deng

Vice Principal Administration
Home Country: China

Education

Bachelors of Business Administration

Bio

For the past 12 years, I’ve been working in the multi-cultural environment, traveling to many places all over the world, America, Europe, Africa and other Asian countries…  I am married and have a 6 year old daughter. As a mother, I know how blessed it is for a child to study in a professional school with quality education and full of love. Therefore,I feel privileged to serve in YHIS.

Salzarulo, Tim

Tim Salzarulo

Director of Operations
Home Country: USA

Education

Bachelors in Business Management – University of Phoenix

Bio

Husband.

Father of 3. Try’s to live by 5 Principles:

  1. Faith.
  2. Respect.
  3. Honesty.
  4. Health.
  5. M.L.F (Make Life Fun).
Xu, Aaron

Aaron Xu

Driver
Home Country: Laizhou, China

Education

Bio

Gong, Lillian

Lillian Gong

Transportation Coordinator
Home Country: Yantai, China

Education

Woosuk University

Bio

I was born and raised in Yantai. After graduating from Woosuk University in Korea, I worked as a purchasing manager for a Korean Company. I recently joined the YHIS team and I am excited to work at the beautiful YHIS campus. I enjoy reading and traveling.

Yue, Grace

Grace Yue

Resource Curator
Home Country: Yantai, China

Education

Xi’an FanYi University

Bio

I was born in Northeast China and moved to Yantai, with my parents, when I was 14 years old. I studied at Xi’an FanYi University in Shanxi Province, and upon graduation worked in Chengdu for 10 years. In 2017, I returned to Yantai to be near my parents and live my faith.  I love reading, baking, accounting and learning new things.  It is my pleasure to serve the students and staff when they visit the library at YHIS.

Feng, Kyle

Kyle Feng

Operations Assistant
Home Country: Shanxi, China

Education

B.A.  Ocean University

Bio

After college, I worked for five years as an internet project manager. Then I was invited to become part of the YHIS family. I am excited to share my Chinese culture and faith, and to help our foreign staff to learn Chinese, and skills for living in China.

Sokol, Dmitri

Dmitri Sokol

IT Director
Home Country: USA

Education

A.S. Computer Science, American River College, Sacramento, CA

PC Support Management Certificate

Advanced Electronics & Telecommunication Certificates

Bio

Dmitri moved to Yantai from Sacramento, California, known as the most diverse city in the USA. Before coming to YHIS, he worked at Comcast Cable for 10 years as a ComTech. Dmitri, his wife Irena and their three children are a multicultural family. He enjoys working with people. His hobbies are reading, playing saxophone, going to the gym, and playing soccer.

Qu, Joey

Joey Qu

IT Support
Home Country: Jilin, China

Education

Tianjin University of Technology

Bio

I was born in Meihekou, Jilin province. I attended elementary and secondary school in my hometown. After graduating from Tianjin University of Technology, I worked for an internet company. My wife, Echo, and I moved to Yantai in April of 2016 to work with YHIS.

Howell, Liz

Liz Howell

Finance Manager
Home Country: USA

Education

B.A. Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

A.A.S. Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY

Bio

I was raised in Seattle and have enjoyed living in the Pacific Northwest corner of the U.S.
Shortly after marrying in 1984, my husband, Matt, and I lived in Tokyo, Japan where we taught English. Before moving to Yantai, I worked for ten years at a university in the Seattle area. My husband and I have two children, both college graduates. Our son, Stephen, is a Software Engineer and our daughter, Julia, works in Marketing and Graphic Design.

Liu, Echo

Echo Liu

Finance Assistant
Home Country: Jiangxi, China

Education

Tianjin University

Bio

I spent my first 18 years in my sweet hometown of Nanchang, Jiangxi. I went to college in Tianjin and lived there for ten years before moving to Yantai with my husband, Joey. I like Yantai for the beach nearby and being a part of the YHIS team.

Chi, Tom

Tom Chi

Cashier
Home Country: Yantai, China

Education

Shandong Institute of Business and Technology

Bio

I was born in Yantai, Shandong province. After graduating from Shandong Institute of Business and Technology, I worked for Yantai Dongfang Company. Now, I have joined the YHIS family. I am happy to grow together with YHIS.