Kimi Isom - Associate Principal
Kimi Isom is originally from the USA, but she has called China home for the last 14 years. She received her bachelor in media arts from Brigham Young University and her master degree from Northern Arizona University. She has been teaching English to second language speakers for the last 14 years, of which five have been at Clifford School. This is her first year working as the Western Associate Principal for Clifford Secondary.
Graham Macfarlane - Director of Curriculum and Head of Performing Arts
My name is Graham Macfarlane. I am Dean of Curriculum and Head of Performing Arts. My responsibilities include implementing a comprehensive speech and performance programme for all classes in grade 7, 8 and 9 of the bilingual school and grade 10, 11 and 12 in the Chinese-American High School. I am originally from just outside London in the United Kingdom. I started teaching Media, English and Performance nearly twenty years ago and since then, I have taught these subjects at various schools and colleges in the UK to a range of age-groups. In addition, I have also had a career as a writer, director and performer across several media platforms. I have also taught English as a foreign language abroad, including a year spent in Prague in the Czech Republic. For the past few years, I have been living in the Philippines with my wife and our family. I am very excited to be at Clifford and am looking forward to helping the students I teach achieve great things over the next few years
Raymond Ferguson - Dean of Chinese American High School
My name is Raymond Ferguson: I am originally from the North of Ireland. For the past 10 years I’ve been living and teaching in the beautiful city of Guangzhou. During my time here, I have worked as an English teacher in a broad range of educational institutions such as universities, kindergartens, elementary, middle, and high schools. Before coming to Guangzhou, I also taught English at a secondary school in Hungary, and later at a financial company in Germany. I am currently in my fourth year of work at Clifford Bilingual Secondary School where I teach on the Chinese American High School Program.
Hello everyone, my name is Mr. Anderson. I come from Toronto, Canada. I have a Bachelors of Arts from McGill University and a Master’s degree from Ritsumeikan University. I have lived in worked in Canada, Japan and Thailand and now this is my sixth year here in China. I am currently teaching Economics, American History and World History. This is only my second semester here in Clifford but I am extremely happy to be here. It is an excellent environment with professional staff and ambitious students. Let’s make this year the best year yet.
Greetings, this is my eighth year of teaching at Clifford School Secondary Bilingual; I have taught for over fourteen years. I am a life-long learner, and I am a certified and professional educator. I am a graduate: of the American College of Education with a Master of Education in Teaching English Learners; Ohio University, with a Bachelor of Science in Adolescent to Young Adult Education with a minor in the Social Studies, a dual Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science; and an Associate of Applied Arts; Belmont Technical College, an Associate of Science in Business Management; University of Anaheim in California, with certification in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL); the University of South Carolina, with certification in Gifted and Talented Education (GT); and Clemson University, with certification in Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH). I am also a member of two academic honor societies: Phi Alpha Theta for History; and Kappa Delta Pi for Education. My beautiful wife who is the best teacher I know, Mrs. Doty, is the 4.1 teacher in the Bilingual Upper Elementary. She has already told me much about all of you. I hope you all have a great experience.
Hello, my name is Adam Kaynak. I am from the United Kingdom, London. I have a bachelor of arts in English Language and Literature and master’s degree in OHS. I have been teaching English for 4 years and this is my second year teaching in china. This is my first year in Clifford and I will be teaching grades 7 and 9 in the bilingual department. I am looking forward to having a great new semester.
Hello, my name is Mr. Loerlein. I am an American from the state of Michigan. I am happily married to my beautiful wife from Guangxi, China, with two babies, a boy and a girl. I am teaching Math to grade 9 and 11, as well as AP Calculus and Computer Science to grade 12. I have a Bachelors of Science for teaching Secondary Math and Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University. I have been teaching for six years and this is my third year teaching at Clifford School. Clifford School has a wonderful staff and facilities, and the students are the best I have ever taught! I look forward to a great experience working with you all, learning together.
Hi, I am Mrs. Maldonado, and I am from San Antonio, Texas. I have lived in China with my wonderful husband and my two cute little boys for about eight years now. I love teaching in Clifford Secondary Bilingual! I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a teaching certificate in grades 8-12 English Language Arts and Reading. I also have a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate. I truly believe all my students can learn and reach their potential, and it’s my calling to be the best teacher that I can be for them.
I’m from the state of Texas in United States. I’ve been living and teaching in China for 8 years. I am excited to teach 8th grade this year. My wife, Mrs. Maldonado also teaches 7th grade here at Clifford School. We have two boys and we all love living life and growing up in China.
I would like to introduce myself, my name is Katrina Mathews, students know me as Ms. Katie. I am from Australia, Melbourne. I have been teaching for 20 years. I have taught grades KG2 through to adults and various curriculums at different international schools. Previously I taught in Thailand, Nigeria and Egypt. This will be my 10th year at Clifford School, I have taught Grades 1, 3 and 6 here. I am very happy to be working in Secondary Bilingual. I will be teaching grades 8, 10 and 11. I have a Bachelors of Nursing Sciences from Monash University, PYP, and a Certificate IV TESOL. I look forward to working with the students and having a bit of fun with them while learning.
Joseph van der Merwe
Hello, my name is Joseph van der Merwe, and I come from Cape Town, South Africa. I am the high school science teacher in the Chinese-American programme and will be teaching Biology (Grade 12), AP Environmental Science (Grade 11), and Rhetoric for some of the 9th grade classes. I have been teaching in China for six years; two years at different universities, four years at an International high school. I also lived and taught for two years in South Korea. Prior to teaching in Asia, I taught science related subjects for six years at two different universities in South Africa (Botany, Soil Science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Satellite Remote Sensing). I gained my Master of Science (Botany) in 1998 and a second Master of Science (GIS: Analyses and Decision Making) in 2008; specializing in developing Geographic Information Systems and Satellite Remote Sensing applications in various fields of Environmental Science. In addition, I have also had a career for eight years as a science researcher in several fields of Environmental Science; doing research and development, and applying Satellite Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Management Systems technologies. I am fortunate and very excited to teach Biology and Environmental Science at Clifford School, which I believe are interesting and exciting subjects, as well as leads to various job opportunities anywhere in the world. My first impressions of Clifford School, and in particular our Bilingual Secondary department, have been positive, professional, and supportive. My goal is to inspire and motivate students to succeed both academically and develop a passion for science. I look forward to a great experience working with you all, and learning together the amazing world of science.
Greetings! My name is Esperanza McLean. I’m from Seattle, Washington in USA. I graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor degree in Global Studies and an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences. I am excited to be a part of the Clifford Bilingual Secondary School team.
In USA, I taught students in the elementary level and secondary level for over ten years. I also taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to students who newly immigrated to the United States of America at our local college in the Seattle Metropolitan area.
Prior to teaching at Clifford Bilingual School, I taught for four years at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), which many of you know as Guangwai University. I taught Year 1 and Year 2 university students, professionals, and educators before going abroad to earn their degrees from various universities in English speaking countries (Australia, Canada, UK, USA, Australia, and New Zealand).
My name is Andy Richards and I come from the Thousand Islands, New York. This is my fifth year at Clifford School, as well as my fifth year in China. I began my teaching career teaching a diverse group of English language learners, including both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers in Upstate, New York. After that I taught for two years in Krakow, Poland, and then I moved to Guangzhou. I attended the State University of New York at Oswego, where I received a bachelor’s degree in TESOL K-12, in addition to a minor in Linguistics. My goal is to inspire students to succeed both academically and socially, as well as to foster a sense of learning as its own reward. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my classes.
Hello! I am Mrs. Stolk from sunny Southern Alberta, Canada. I am blessed with 2 beautiful daughters and 6 of the most amazing grandchildren. I went back to school 10 years ago and obtained my BAA in Justice Studies. While studying for my degree, I acquired a CELTA certificate. My first teaching job was in Sri Lanka where I taught Cambridge English, History and Geography for 4 years. I then moved to UAE and taught in a Military High School for two years. I have only been in China for one year and I already know this will be the last stop. I am excited to share my passion for teaching with the students in the Secondary Bilingual program at Clifford School.
Hi, I am Mr. Walker, and I am from Houston, Texas. I have lived in China with my beautiful wife, son and
newborn daughter for about four years now. This is my first year teaching in Clifford Secondary Bilingual! For the past two years I was teaching at Clifford Bilingual Elementary. I have a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and a teaching certificate in grades 6-12 for Business Education. I also have a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate. Before moving to China, I was
teaching high school and coaching football and baseball in Houston, Texas. I am very happy to get back to teaching older students, and can’t wait to see their progress throughout the year as
students and young adults.
Hello. My name is Michael Wallace, and I am from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where summers are hot and winters are freezing cold. This is my second year at Clifford but fifth year in mainland China. I had taught English at international schools in Tianjin for the past three and a half years and, before that, I taught at the college level for three years in Hong Kong SAR.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at the University of Toronto. I have also completed teacher training in Teaching English as a Second Language through a college in the USA, as well as TESOL certification through Trinity College London. I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham in the UK. My goal is to eventually complete a PhD in Linguistics.
My name is Christopher Vail. I am the middle school science teacher in the bilingual program and I also teach 8th grade English in the bilingual program. I am from upstate New York and have been living in Guangzhou for almost five years. I studied at the State University of New York at Cortland. Cortland has a long history as a teachers college and I received my bachelors and master’s degrees from Cortland. I enjoyed working with a geologist and botanist doing research while in graduate school. I look forward to working with students from Clifford whose goal is to broaden their studies in a second language.