Mr Dawid BochenSecondary School Assistant Principal - IB DP Coordinator; IB MYP Coordinator; Interdisciplinary Learning Coordinator; Music; ATL/ Personal Project Coordinator; IB History Poland
Mr Dawid Bochen comes from Poland. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy (graduated with honors) from the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Pedagogy, with Specialization in Child Care and School Counseling from the University of Wroclaw. Dawid performed a variety of functions throughout his professional career.
He has been working as an IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator, music instructor and school counselor, and before that as a music therapist and university lecturer. Dawid is also a certified IB workshop leader.
He considers himself to be a lifelong learner, driven by the old Chinese proverb: “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand”, which in his opinion is reflected in the inquiry based approach promoted by all IB programmes. Dawid lives in Beijing with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, experiencing different cultures, being involved in sports, and further developing his passion for music.
Ms Jing ZhaiChinese Language & Literature USA
Ms Jing Zhai is originally from Beijing, China. She holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin, USA. Upon graduation, Ms Jing Zhai was offered faculty positions from Marquette University and University of Notre Dame.
Prior to coming to BISS, Jing Zhai worked with Marquette University as the Chinese instructor and program coordinator, working primarily to set up the Chinese program. Jing Zhai enjoys traveling as well as spending time with family and friends.
Dr Esther KimKorean Language & Literature Korea
Dr Ky-Ok (Esther) Kim is a Korean with Multicultural background. She was born in Seoul, Korea, but has grown up and studied in Mongolia, America, Russia and China. She earned her Doctor of Literature degree from Peking University, a Master of Literature from Seoul National University, and a Bachelor of Literature from Korea University.
She previously taught Literature and Film in Yonsei and Hanyang University. She published academic papers both in Chinese and Korean, and presented her work in numerous international conferences and workshops.
Dr Ky-Ok Kim’s doctoral research focused on the subject of the “Cold War culture”, and she wrote her masters thesis on the subject of “diaspora”. She is interested in several fields such as Comparative literature, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, and Women’s Studies. Current research focuses on the subject of media, memory and re-writing history. She enjoys reading, sports, film, and spending time with friends and family.
Mr Michael NeuwahlIT Coordinator & Design Holland
Mr. Neuwahl is a 33 year old Dutchman who loves to teach, travel and cook.
On the personal level, he is happily married to Kristi Neuwahl and they have three wonderful children, by the names of: Logan Aaron (2009), Morgan Brett (2011) and Maya Nora (2016).
Professionally, Michael has 11 years of relevant international experience in the IT field, holding positions ranging from IT technician to IT director and he also has a few years of teaching experience in a few subject areas.
In the area of academics, he is determined to obtain additional credentialing in the IT and educational fields in pursuit of "Doing as we teach." and being a lifelong learner.
Michael's hobbies include (In no particular order.): Cooking, nature walks, sports, reading, boardgames, the occasional computer game and spending quality times with friends and family.
Ms Selinna MuChinese Language Acquisition/ Chinese Language & Literature; Chinese Culture Facilitator China
Ms Selina Mu holds a Master degree of Art from Peking University and majored in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.
She has been teaching Chinese Language for over 10 years. She likes reading, hiking, listening music. She is the mother of two lovely kids. And all her family members are keen to travel. This is her first year in BISS and she hopes to implement an environment in which everyone enjoys Chinese Language and culture.
Mr Richard FranklandMYP English Acquisition/ DP English Language B; English Acquisition Coordinator United Kingdom
Mr Pambos ChatzithomasIndividuals & Societies (Economics & Business Management); ESOL Support; ASAs Coordinator Greece
Mr. Pambos Chatzithomas comes from Athens, Greece. He holds an MBA and BSc Degree from the University of Aston in Birmingham in the UK, the Diploma in Marketing from the Institute of Marketing and, on examination and after election to membership, has qualified as a Diploma Member of The Market Research Society UK.
Born in Ghana, raised in Qatar and Cyprus, Mr. Chatzithomas went to the UK for his University tenure and embarked on his career with Procter & Gamble Hellas S.A. and after 5 years left as a Senior Brand Manager to join Pepsi Cola International MENA Division in Dubai, UAE as Field Marketing Manager for the lower Gulf. Within 5 years he grew to Market Manager Arabian Peninsula, to Marketing Manager of the entire MENA Division (22 countries) and to Country Market Manager of Jordan. He then returned to Greece and started working for many years at the IB Diploma level teaching Business Management & Economics fulfilling his wish to share with his students his invaluable experience with multinationals.
In 2016 he followed his wife to Beijing, China and now works at BISS International School in Beijing where he expands on his multicultural savvy teaching international and local students at the IB DP level.
Mr. Pambos Chatzithomas loves learning and taking on new challenges and is always willing to assist colleagues and students.
Mr Gabriel RiveraAthletic and Activities Director/PHE Teacher USA
Gabriel Rivera holds a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Endicott College, Massachusetts, USA. He started his coaching and teaching career in 2000 with the Polk County School District before moving into management. After moving to Beijing in 2015, he returned to his roots of teaching and coaching.
He has a passion for the game of baseball that he played from a tender age of six. The sport of baseball paved a path for his education as he played four years for Warner University in the NAIA Sun Conference in Florida. Gabriel is a firm believer that sport and fitness play a big role in a child’s life.
Gabriel lives in Beijing with his beautiful wife Destyni and his growing sons, Gabriel and Julian. He has a daughter, Kiana that lives, works, and studies in the US.
Ms Tomoko TakimotoJapanese Language & Literature Japan
Ms. Takimoto hails from Japan, she holds the Bachelor of Art in Literature from Aoyama Gakuin University. She has taught English and Japanese to Junior High and High School l students for several years until my first son was born.
She has been residing in Beijing for the past three years with her husband and two children. During her time in China she has continued her education by studying Chinese Language at the University in Beijing.
In her free time she enjoys expanding her knowledge of China and Chinese cultures with exciting travels.
Mr David WangChinese Language Acquisition China
Mr David Wang holds a Master of Education from Beijing Culture and Language University.
He has been working as a Chinese teacher more than 30 years. He loves Chinese culture and has the passion to share his knowledge of Chinese culture with his students and colleagues.