Patricia M. Ng - Principal


A warm welcome to you all!  I am originally from Florida, the Sunshine State, in the United States, so the temperature is quite similar to Guangzhou. I am blessed to have 3 wonderful children and 4 happy and healthy grandchildren. They all live in the states so I only see them twice a year. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida. I am certified in middle school science and teaching English to second language learners.  I have been teaching for 16 years including high school sciences in a private US college preparatory high school, middle and high school science at American International School in Guangzhou, and the past 10 years in Clifford’s Secondary Bilingual Department.  From the moment I arrived we have continuously built and improved our program to help your children be more competitive and competent in the global community.



I am honored to be your principal and I look forward to building on the excellent work that we have already accomplished. Our teachers this year are professional, concerned and enthusiastic.  Our student population is growing.  Our program is expanding. Please feel free to stop by my office to check on your child’s progress or any concerns about your child.  Adolescence is not an easy time and I believe that it is our job together as teachers, parents and administrators to help your son or daughter to become the best that he or she can be!

Douglas Bissonnette


My name is Mr. Bissonnette. This will be my seventh year teaching at the Clifford School. I have been teaching overseas for 22 years; one year in Korea, 14 years in Taiwan. This year I will be teaching grade 7.3A and 8.5 English and Social Studies and Grade 9.3B English. In addition I am the Grade 8 Curriculum Coordinator and Middle School Team Leader. I have a bachelor’s degree in American History from Brock University, a Masters of Education with a specialty in teaching second languages and a Masters in Applied Linguistics, both from the University of Southern Queensland. As well, I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (International) from the University of Nottingham.  I look forward to an exciting 2018-19 school year.

Kayla Crenshaw


Hello! I am Ms. Crenshaw. I teach 7.2a, 8.4, and high school. I was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Redding, California, but I lived in the green state of Oregon for six years before moving to Guangzhou in 2013. This is my fifth year of teaching and my first year at Clifford. In America, I received my B.A. in English Education and my M.A. in Teaching from Southern Oregon University (which certified me to teach middle/high school Language Arts). However, for the past 4 years I have been teaching at the university level at several Chinese universities – Guang Dong Pharmaceutical University, Guang Dong University of Foreign Studies, and Guangzhou University. After so much time in the university system, I cannot tell you how excited I am to be back to my roots teaching young learners! In addition to teaching, my interests include traveling, reading, and spending time with my husband, Adam (and our growing family – our first child will be born this year!). I am looking forward to the first of what I suspect and hope will be many happy years at Clifford.


Julia DeLeon



I was born in Florida and raised most of my life in Oklahoma, the land of cowboys and Native Americans. I received my Bachelor of Arts and Science at the University of Tulsa with a double major in Political Science and Chinese Studies.  I’ve lived in China for four years, three of those years in Guangzhou teaching English, math, and science at the International Department of GuangFu.  I love teaching and inspiring students to read above and beyond their maximum potential.  This is my first year teaching at Clifford and I’m excited to see how I can be useful to the school and to the students.

Jim Doty


My name is Mr. Doty. This is my fifth year of teaching at Clifford School; I have taught for over ten years. I am originally from the city of Martins Ferry, which is the Great State of Ohio’s oldest settlement, located in the United States of America. I am married to my beautiful wife Andrea who teaches in the elementary.

 I believe that there is nothing more important in life than education and the pursuit of knowledge. I am a life-long learner and I will never stop learning. I am a certified and university trained professional educator. I am a graduate from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio which is Ohio’s first and finest university. I possess three degrees from Ohio University; a Bachelors of Science in Adolescent to Young Adult Education with a minor in Social Studies; a dual Bachelors of Arts in History and Political Science, and an Associates of Applied Arts. I also attended Belmont Technical College, in St. Clairsville, Ohio, and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Business Management. I also have completed certification in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language through the University of Anaheim. Furthermore, I have attended the University of South Carolina to obtain certification in Gifted and Talented Education and Clemson University for certification in Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH).

 Most importantly: your children need to study their vocabulary cards every night for at least 10 minutes; they must also always have an Oxford Bookworm Reader for their appropriate reading level with them at all times.


Raymond Ferguson


Hi all. My name is Raymond Ferguson. I am originally from a small town called Strabane, in Northern Ireland. I gained my Master of Arts from the University of Ulster in 2010; specializing in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Since graduating, I have been living and working in Guangzhou as an English teacher. First, I worked at The Agricultural University, in Wushan, Guangzhou. There I spent 4 years as an English Academic Purposes teacher (EAP). In 2015, I began to work for Hua Shi Fu Zhong, also as an EAP teacher. I spent two years working in Hua Shi before joining Clifford Secondary Bilingual School, in August 2017.


Having lived in China for some time now, and having experienced work at a range of educational institutions and schools, I can say that my first impressions of Clifford School, and in particular our Bilingual Secondary department, have been positive, professional, and supportive. Our team has members of staff who have worked at the school for many years, and they are always ready to offer advice-whether that is on a professional or personal level. Although I have only just begun to work at Clifford School I can already tell that I will likely stay here for a number of years. 


Dan Gilfillen


My name is Mr. Gilfillen. I teach grades 7.4B, 9.3A and 8.4B English and Social Studies. I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, but I have lived abroad for ten years, teaching at international schools in Central Asia, the Middle East, and China. I have a Bachelor's degree in History from Ohio University and a Master's Degree in Education- Curriculum and Instruction-TESOL from the University of Cincinnati. I am currently in my last year of doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at the American College of Education. This is my sixth year here at Clifford School. In addition to teaching duties, I also organize technology, including this website, in the Secondary Bilingual English Department, our online vocabulary support through, and our computer lab. I am the curriculum coordinator for grade 7 English and social studies.

Darrin Lee



Please allow me to introduce myself.  I am an Ontario College of Teachers and New Zealand Teachers Council Media, Social Studies, English and TEFL certified teacher with nearly a decade of full    time     teaching experience in eight countries. I have devoted three years teaching elementary, secondary and adults in South Korea,six months each at the University level in Saudi Arabia and the College level in Malaysia, one month elementary to college level in India and Cambodia, over a year part time at the college level and six months high school tutoring in Canada, as well as two seven week blocks teaching junior and senior English and Media Studies, in New Zealand.  This is my fourth year state curriculum subject teaching in Guangzhou and I am currently teaching Grade 7-10 in Bilingual Secondary Department at Clifford School.

Paul Loerlein


Hello, my name is Mr. Loerlein. I am American from the state of Michigan. I am happily married to my beautiful wife from Guangxi with two babies, a boy and a girl. I am teaching Math to grades 10-12, including AP Calculus, also AP Computer Science and Robotics to grade 12. I have a Bachelor of Science for teaching Secondary Math and Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University. I have been teaching for four years and this is my first year teaching at Clifford School. I am very excited to teach Computer Science this year which I think is a fun class as well as leads to a multitude of job opportunities anywhere in the world! Clifford School has wonderful staff and facilities, and the students are the best I have every taught. I look forward to a great experience working with you all, learning together



Graham Macfarlane


My name is Graham Macfarlane. I am Head of Performing Arts. My responsibilities include implementing a comprehensive speech and performance programme in both the grade 7 honours class 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.

Alicia Maldonado 


Hi, I am Mrs. Maldonado, and I am from San Antonio, Texas. I have lived in Guangzhou for five years and in Kunming for one year, with my wonderful husband. I temporarily moved back to San Antonio to have my cute baby boy, and it’s great to be back in Guangzhou again. I am very excited to teach grades 7-9 at Clifford Secondary Bilingual this year. I have a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English and a teaching certificate in 8-12 grade English Language Arts and Reading. I also have a Teaching English as a Second Language (TEFL) certificate. In the US, I taught at Zachry Middle School and Great Hearts Academies in San Antonio. In China, I taught at Guangzhou University, GZU Affiliated High School, and Yunnan University. I truly believe all my students can learn and reach their potential, and it’s my calling to be the best teacher I can be for them. Cheers to an amazing school year! 



Caleb Palfreyman


I have been fortunate to teach a lot of wonderful students, and I’m looking forward to teaching the young men and women at Clifford Schools. This is my sixteenth year teaching. I taught two years at a private high school in Taiwan, eleven years at two different public high schools in the United States, and one year at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English education and history from Southern Utah University. I also hold a master’s degree in creative writing from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  One of the highlights from my undergraduate program was an educational tour that took me across the United States where I visited sites from American history and literature—places such as Jamestown, Mount Vernon, Walden Pond, Gettysburg, Hannibal, and Chimney Rock to name a few. It’s been helpful to remember this experience as I prepare to teach American history and literature this year. I love living in China because I like learning the language, eating the food, and above all, meeting the people.


Andy Richards


My name is Andy Richards and I come from the Thousand Islands, New York. This is my third year at Clifford School, as well as my third year in China. Prior to teaching in Guangzhou, I taught in Krakow, Poland. Before Poland, I taught a diverse group of English language learners, including both Mandarin and Cantonese speakers, back home in America. 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.







Carl Tucker


Hello, my name is Carl Tucker and I am from America I have lived in a couple of different places and States in the United States. I grew up outside of Chicago on a farm in Plainfield, Illinois. When I was a young adult, I move to Phoenix, Arizona where I lived and worked most of my adult life as a Merchandising/Distribution Ice Cream Expert.  I have two adult children-a girl, Erin and a boy, Andrew. I received my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Aurora University in Illinois. I have been a teacher for 12 years. The places in the world where I have taught are Illinois and Arizona in the United States, Kuwait, South Korea and in Qingdao, China while this is the start of my fifth year in Clifford. I have had the pleasure of teaching students from three years old to adults.



Christopher Vail


 My name is Christopher Vail. I am the high school science teacher in the Chinese-American program and I also teach a class in the 7th grade bilingual program. I am from upstate New York and have been living in Guangzhou for almost three 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.


Matt Zandstra


My name is Mr. Zandstra. It is my privilege to be back at Clifford School after an 8 year hiatus. I was previously here from 2002-2009 teaching in both the elementary and secondary bilingual programs. I have worked in Thailand and Shenzhen China since my departure, but am really enjoying  seeing so many familiar faces upon my return to Clifford School. I will teach in the bilingual secondary this year in Grades, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th.  This is my 16th year in Asia and my 20th year in Education. I have a bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Education with a speciality in Teaching Reading from Aquinas College. In my personal time I enjoy reading and writing, exercising, exploring and inspiring students to fall in love with language. It’s my goal to instill confidence in each student so they feel comfortable conversing in English in any situation.  I love being a visitor in this wonderful country and am very proud to call China my adopted home. I look forward to an exciting 2018-19 school year.