Bryan Ashby: Primary, Middle School, & High School Principal
Nationality: New Zealand Qualification: Bachelor of Teaching and Learning; Post Graduate Diploma of Educational Leadership (NZ) Experience: 9 years of International experience as an administrator - 6 years Principal of Boys’ School in Saudi Arabia; Elementary Coordinator in Dubai; Assistant Principal in New Zealand. Excited to be a part of the HQIS team making a difference to children's lives, and developing an outstanding educational institution here in Shanghai. Interests: Photography, Rugby, Organic Gardening, Reading, Travel and learning about different cultures.
Paula Ashby: PYP Curriculum Coordinator
Nationality: New Zealand Qualification: Bachelor of Education, Waikato University, New Zealand Experience: 35 years experience in education in a range of teaching and leadership positions; Kindergarten Coordinator in Dubai, K-12 Curriculum Coordinator in Saudi Arabia for 6 years developing PYP and Conceptual Curriculum. My second year at HQIS supporting, guiding and working with an amazing team of experts. Quote: “Reading is the most important skill – once you can read, you can learn anything!”
Joseph Palazzo Vice-Principal & Assistant Curriculum Coordinator
Nationality: Canadian Experience: 10 years of experience as an Elementary School Teacher Qualification: Bachelor of Education; Masters in Early Childhood Literacy Interests: Exploring and learning through different mediums including: sport, literature, travel, education, technology, food, etc. Quote: Potential is governed by expectations and effort
Melissa Markevich: Early Childhood Principal
Hello! My name is Melissa Markevich and I'm excited to tell you a little about myself. I originally began my career in Early Childhood in my hometown of Vancouver, Canada as a Montessori Directress working with children 2-5years old.My educational focus has been on the younger years for the better part of 17 years now, working mainly with children aged 18months-3. In 2005 I decided to challenge myself both professionally and personally moving to Shanghai and I've been here ever since. It's been almost 12 years and it has been an amazing experience for me, I believe in promoting a holistic, global approach to learning, encouraging the child to go further, to support their interests and instill that love of knowledge and hands-on experiences.