English Faculty




Luke Matthias

Head of Faculty-English, Teacher of English

PGCE(i) from the University of Nottingham (Distinction)

The Cambridge English Language Teaching Award (CELTA)

Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of William and Mary

Luke Matthias has been at SCIE since 2014, and has taught English and Drama during this time. He is currently undergoing the National Principal Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) and expects to be awarded this certification in 2021.

Previously to working at SCIE, Luke worked as an English teacher for various institutions such as EF English First and ILA Vietnam. He has a range of experience with many other fields outside of academia, including the mortgage and retail industries. Luke enjoys using his life experience to help him in the classroom, and he is always looking for ways to continue his education in the future.

Clare Symons

 Head of Subject-GL English, Teacher of English

BA Honors in English and American Literature with History and Theory of Art of University of Kent Art and Design

BTEC Art Foundation Course of City College Brighton and Hove

Ms. Clare has taught English for more than 9 years, including teaching in England and Oman.

Mike Dawick

Head of Subject-English Languages, Teacher of English

Diploma in Teaching from Auckland College of Education

Master of Arts in English (First Class Honours) from University of Auckland

Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults from Auckland Technical Institute

Bachelor of Arts (English Major) from University of Auckland

Mr.Dawick has been working as an English teacher for twenty years. He has been a former Assistant Principal in ACG English School.

Kevin McCaustlin

Teacher of English

BEd of Atlantic Baptist University

BA of Arts in Political Science/Philosophy of Saint Mary’s University.

He has experience in English teaching for more than 10 years. He has taught in Canada, Germany and China.


Kaisar Marogi

Teacher of English

Bachelor of Education of University of Windsor

Bachelor of Art in English Language and Literature of University of Windsor

Ontario College of Teaching Certification

Mr. Kaisar has three years of teaching experience. He taught English in United Arab Emirates and China.


Sunday Liu

Teacher of English

TELF Certificate

B.A Professional English of University of Idaho, US MSc

Language Education of University of Edinburgh, UK

Sunday taught Math and English at the Moscow High School and the University of Idaho.



Zoe Chen

Teacher of English

Postgraduate Certificate in Education of University of Nottingham

Bachelor of Arts (English Major) of Fuzhou University. Zoe joined SCIE in 2008.

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Aaron Owen

Head of Subject-English Literature, Teacher of English

PGCE in Secondary English of Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Honours) in English Literature of University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Mr. Owen once served in Japan as language consultant and in China as English teacher more than ten years.


Karen Clancy

Pastoral Deputy Principal, Teacher of English

MASTER OF EDUCATION, Deakin University

PGCE Australian Catholic University

Bachelor of teaching Graduated with Distinction, Deakin University

Bachelor of ARTS, Deakin University

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Sean Patrick

Teacher of English

Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Colorado at Denver

State of Colorado Language Arts Teaching Certification

Sean has taught English internationally in Egypt, Niger, Mauritania, and Malawi.

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Philip Norton

English and Humanities Teacher

PGCE in Secondary History, University of West of England

BA (Hons) in Economic History, University of Portsmouth

Philip has taught in China, Rumania and Singapore. He was a Humanities teacher at SCIE from 2011 to 2016.

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Steve Boyland

Teacher of English

Bachelor of Arts in English, University of Waikato

Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching, University of Waikato

Mr. Boyland has taught in his home country and the UK, and at international schools in the Middle East and China.

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Curtis Zimpfer

Teacher of English

BA in English and Music theory, Saint Joseph’s University

Curtis Zimpfer comes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He’s been living and teaching in Shenzhen for seven years.

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Jane Ford

Teacher of English

PGCE in Secondary English,University of Edinburgh

BA in English Literature,University of Melbourne

Jane has experience of teaching Language and Literature for more than 15 years in Scotland UK.

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Abi Graves

Teacher of English

MA Nineteenth Century British LIterature, University of Reading

BA English Education, Illinois State University

Ms. Abi Graves has 14 years of experience teaching in Thailand, Pakistan, Taiwan, and Oman. She loves talking about literature with her students.

Ruth Cooper

Ruth Cooper

Head of Subject-GL English, Teacher of English

MA Medieval History (Distinction) – King’s College London

Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary, English) – Birmingham City University

BA(Hons) History (i) – King’s College London

Ruth spent two years with the Teach First Leadership Development Programme working in Derby, UK. In her previous role, she was Reading Coordinator and has a passion for inspiring students to love literature. Ruth has also lived in New Zealand.


Eoghann MacLeoid

Head of Subject-EPQ, Teacher of EPQ, Teacher of English

MA (Hons.) English Literature and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

LL.B Law, University of Edinburgh
PGDE, University of Strathclyde

Prior to teaching at SCIE, Mr MacLeòid has been teaching since 2017 in Scotland.


Jack Smith

Teacher of English

Master of Arts (First Class Honours) in English Literature and History, University of Glasgow

Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education (English), University of Glasgow

Jack is an English teacher with two years of experience from Scotland, United Kingdom.


Camilla Myers

Teacher of English

Bachelor of Arts – English Literature and Linguistics in The University of Westminster

PGCE from the University College London

QTS in England Department of Education

Camilla has 6 years of work experience teaching English language and English literature in high schools in the UK before join SCIE.

Katie McGinty

Katie McGinty

Teacher of English

BA in English, University of Sheffield

Mrs McGinty has been teaching English Literature and Language for the past 5 years in both the UK and Malaysia with her husband. She has experience as a KS3 Coordinator, and has taught pupils aged 11-18.


Yusri vdSchyff

Teacher of English

BA English Language and Literature  and Arabic Language and Literature, University of Cape Town

PGCE Further Education, University of Cape Town

BEd (Hons), University of Cape Town

Yusri is from South Africa and has been teaching abroad for over 5 years now. He has enjoyed working with students of all ages in China and Thailand and can speak English, Afrikaans, Arabic and a little bit of French.

Daniel Newsham

Teacher of English

BEng (Hons), Architectural Environment Engineering, University of Nottingham

Joined SCIE in 2006.He has nearly 20 years experience in the field of English teaching.