Mr Dawid BochenHead of School Poland
Mr Bochen has over 10 years of experience as an educator and pedagogical leader in candidate and authorised IB world schools. As an IB workshop leader he conducts workshops for teachers across the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to that he works with the IB as School Visit Team Leader, Reader, and Consultant. Mr Bochen holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy (graduated with honours) from the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw (Poland), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Pedagogy, with Specialization in Child Care and School Counseling from the University of Wroclaw. After completing courses at The Principals Training Center in London and Miami, Mr Bochen was awarded the Certificate of International School Leadership. Mr Bochen has been with BISS since year 2014, he lives in Beijing with his wife and two children.
Mr Christopher Theodore WilsonSchool Counsellor United Kingdom
Christopher Theodore Wilson attended Westminster University in London, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with honor in Psychology and Physiology. Mr Wilson has worked with High School students for many years as a counsellor, mentoring, guiding and supporting talented students as well as students who had a range of specific learning difficulties. He strives to provide students with the strategies and tools that would allow students with special educational needs to flourish and reach their full academic, emotional and social potential. After completing his Master of Science in Occupational and Counselling Psychology, Mr Wilson began his international counselling career and so far has worked in five different countries: United Kingdom, Malaysia, Oman, India and Kazakhstan, where he continued his passion and commitment of helping and inspiring young people to self-actualize and become the very best version of themselves.
Dr Esther KimIB Diploma Programme Coordinator,DP History and TOK Teacher, MYP and DP Korean Language and Literature Teacher Korea
Dr Kim has a strong passion for educating young people, and always encourages and empowers students to develop into caring, knowledgeable and principled human beings, who can impact the world in positive ways. Dr Kim holds a Doctor’s degree in comparative literature from Peking University, and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from Seoul National University, Korea. Her doctoral research focused on the subject of the “Cold War culture”, and she wrote her master’s thesis on the subject of “diaspora”. Dr Kim enjoys reading literary works, and is especially interested in Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, and Women’s Studies.
Ms Jing ZhaiMYP and DP Chinese Language and Literature Teacher USA
Prior to joining BISS, Ms Zhai worked with Marquette University in Wisconsin in US as the Chinese instructor and program coordinator, working primarily to set up the Chinese program. A Beijing native, Ms Zhai holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Language and Literature from the University of Wisconsin. Upon graduation, Ms Jing Zhai worked as faculty members at University of Notre Dame in Indiana in US and at Marquette University.
Mr Kwok Hei NgMYP Mathematics, IB DP Maths Hong Kong
Mr Ng is originally from Hong Kong but he has lived in New Zealand for a long time. He received his first degree in Surveying and second degree in Mathematics from University of Otago, New Zealand. After finishing his Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching from University of Canterbury, New Zealand, he taught in New Zealand for more than three years before going to teach at an international school in Korea for two years. During his teaching career, he has taught all middle school and high school level Mathematics, and high school level Statistics and Physics.
He enjoys traveling and exploring new places and travels whenever he can. Beijing is one of his favorite places since it is full of history and dynamic. This is his first year at BISS and he expects that his time here will be filled with enjoyable memories with his students and BISS family.
Mr Michael NeuwahlMYP and DP Design teacher, E-Learning Coordinator Holland
Mr Neuwahl has over 10 years of relevant international experience in the IT field, and has held positions ranging from IT technician to IT director. He has taught a number of subject areas, among which are MYP and DP Design, as well as English and world history. In the area of academics, he is determined to obtain additional credentials in both IT and education fields, and is constantly in pursuit of "doing as we teach" as a lifelong learner.
Mr Pambos ChatzithomasMYP Individuals & Societies Teacher, DP Business and Management Teacher, Individuals and Societies Department Coordinator Greece
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 Pepci Cola Middle-east North Africa Division as marketing manager, repsonsible for 22 countries. He then returned to Greece and started working for many years at the IB Diploma level, teaching Business Management & Economics while fulfilling his wish to share with students his invaluable experience with multinationals and world trade.
In 2016 he followed his wife to Beijing, China and now works at BISS International School. Mr Chatzithomas holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Aston in Birmingham in the UK, and has qualified as a Diploma Member of the Market Research Society UK.
Ms Tomoko TakimotoMYP and DP Japanese, Language and Literature Teacher Japan
Ms Takimoto has taught English and Japanese to Junior High and High School students for several years. She holds the Bachelor of Art degree in Literature from Aoyama Gakuin University. Hailing from Japan, Ms Takimoto has been residing in Beijing for the past three years with her husband and two children. During her time in China she has continued learning Chinese. Ms Takimoto enjoys expanding her knowledge of China and Chinese cultures with her exciting travels across China.
Ms Su RenMYP and DP Visual Arts teacher, Arts Department Coordinator China
Ms SuRen (Cao Xiaoyan) comes from Sanyuan County, Xianyang City, which has a rich history of Chinese calligraphy. She started to learn traditional Chinese ink painting at the age of 9, and other forms of art such as watercolor painting, sketch, and gouache later on until 17. Ms SuRen graduated from Communication University of China in Beijing with a Bachelor degree of Arts minored in Art Design (Media Creation), majored in Journalism, and a Master degree in Communication. Ms SuRen has been teaching as mandarin teacher and Chinese art instructor for the past 10 years in Beijing. Since 2014 she started SuRen Ink Workshop and has been bringing her calligraphy and ink painting workshop to other countries, such as Germany, France, Korea and Mexico.
Ms SuRen is full of energy and passion for communicating with others and sharing art with people from all over the world. She believes that with time and practice everyone can write calligraphy, do ink and oil painting, sketch, take photos, make videos, or create any other pieces of art to express oneself.
Ms Selinna MuMYP Chinese Acquisition and DP Chinese Ab Initio Teacher, Chinese Culture Facilitator, Extended Essay Coordinator China
Ms Mu holds a Master's degree of Arts from Peking University, majoring in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. She likes to do research on teaching methods, Chinese culture and classical philology, as well as compiling textbooks. She has been teaching Chinese Language for over 12 years, eight years of which were in international schools. Ms Mu devotes herself to educating students diligently and building good relationships with them. She believes that good skills development is as important as knowledge acquisition. Ms Mu likes reading, hiking, and traditional music.