Kimi Isom - Associate Principal


Kimi Isom is originally from the USA. She received her bachelor in media arts from Brigham Young University and her master degree from Northern Arizona University. She taught English to second language learners in China for fourteen years. She began working at Clifford School in 2015 as a teacher and switched to administration as the Western Associate Principal in 2020.


She enjoys working with young adults and helping them work towards realizing their future aspirations. 




Graham Macfarlane - Head of Performing Arts


My name is Graham Macfarlane and I am originally from the United Kingdom. I have a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, History and Politics and a master’s degree in Education. I have been teaching for over 20 years, both in the UK and China. Alongside my teaching career, I have also been an actor, writer and director for theatre and television and a musician. I started at Clifford Secondary School in 2017. I am the head of performing arts. I teach drama to all the grade 7 and 8 classes and Media Arts to the grade 12 Chinese-American High School students.


I believe that performing the English language is the most effective way of mastering it. This is my aim when delivering my classes. 



Raymond Ferguson - Dean of Chinese American High School


Hello everyone!

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 fifth year of work at Clifford Bilingual Secondary School where I teach on the Chinese American High School Program and also in grade 8 bilingual.


Ted Anderson



I am Ted Anderson and I am from Toronto, Canada. I have a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, a Master’s degree from Ritsumeikan in Kyoto as well as a teaching certificate from the American Board and a CELTA ESL certificate from Cambridge.  I have taught middle school English in Japan for one year, AP History and Economics at Guangzhou Number Six School for five years and I have been working at Clifford since March of 2020.  I currently teach World History, Macroeconomics, Financial Literacy and Grade 10 English.


I look forward to another year at this excellent institution.


David May

My name is David May, and I am originally from Canada. I completed my undergraduate studies in Canada before later coming to Asia to teach and study. Since arriving in China in 2015, I have enjoyed teaching Social Studies and ELA for programs in Shangahi, Tianjin, and Guangzhou. I began teaching English in the Bilingual Secondary section at Clifford in 2021.


Adam Kaynak


Hello, my name is Adam Kaynak. I am from England, London. I have a bachelor of arts in English Language and Literature, pedagogical formation certificate and master’s degree in OHS. I have been teaching English for 5 years, and this is my third year teaching in China. I began teaching at Clifford school in 2020 and I teach grades 7 and 9.


I am looking forward to having a great new semester.


Paul Loerlein

Hello! My name is Paul Loerlein, and I am from Detroit Michigan in the United States. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA in Mathematics for Secondary Teaching, certified to teach Math and Computer Science for grades 6-12. I have been teaching for 7 years, with 3 of those years here at Clifford.  I have taught everything from STEM to English, grades 6-12.


I love helping students improve themselves and have more confidence in their own abilities.

Alicia Maldonado

Hi! My name is Alicia Maldonado, and I’m from the US. I graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in English with an English teaching certificate for grades 8-12. I started my teaching career in 2010 and have taught in the US and China. I started teaching at Clifford in 2018, and I have taught English for grades 7-9.

My focus is to help all my students improve their English skills so that they can better understand and communicate in English and be successful in their future English goals. 


Jake Compton 


Hi, my name is Jacob Compton. I am from America. I received my Teaching Certificate from Arizona, I also have 120 TEFL Certificate and a Master’s in Education. I have been teaching for 14 years now, this is my first year in Clifford.


Learning a new language should be like playing game; something enjoyable and nothing like work.


Steve Lum


My name is Steven Lum and I come from Carlsbad, California. I graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in education. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, starting in Japan, then to Thailand, and finally China. I started working in Clifford in 2021 where I currently instruct grades 7 and 9.


My hope is to create an environment of learning, support, and creativity where students can reach their full potential in their academics and personal growth.



Tashiel Hargovan

My name is Tashiel Hargovan, and I am originally from South Africa. I have a Bachelors in Financial Management, TEFL C, and am Celta Certified. I have nine years experience teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea and China.  I came to Clifford in 2021 to teach English in the Bilingual Secondary to grade 8 and 9 students.


My classroom quote comes from Nelson Mandela: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."


Andy Richards


My name is Andy Richards and I come from the Thousand Islands, New York. I attended the State University of New York at Oswego, where I received a bachelor’s degree in Education K-12 (TESOL), in addition to a minor in Linguistics. I began my teaching career teaching a diverse group of English language learners, including both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers in Upstate New York, after which I taught in Poland for two years. In 2016 I came to China to begin working at Clifford, where I teach English to grades 8 and 9 students.


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. 


Jeff Walker


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 five years now. This is my second year teaching in Clifford Secondary Bilingual! Two years ago, 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 love teaching older students, because you can teach them more than just studies but also how to be a good person to others.


This will be a great year, and I can’t wait to see their progress throughout the year as students and young adults.