Humanities Faculty


Richard Driscoll

Head of Faculty-Humanities, Sociology Teacher, Cambridge Trainer

PGCE in Social Science – Institute of Education of University of London

Bachelor of Arts in Social Policy – University of York.

Richard has taught in high school in London and he has experience as the Head of Social Sciences.

Dean Aldred

Sociology Teacher

Graduate Teacher Training Programmed Newman College University, UK

International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, DePaul University

BA (Hons) Sociology with Politics, University of Central Lancashire

Dean has over 15 years teaching experience in a range of schools and sixth form colleges across the UK and China.

Matthew Bellis

Head of Year-G1, Teacher of Global Perspectives

Math &Global Perspectives Teacher

Bachelor of Politics, Liverpool John Moores University.

Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Liverpool Hope University.

Mr. Bellis has taught in Shenzhen for 5 years and has also previously taught in Spain and the UK.


James Fish

Head of Subject-History, Teacher of History

Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Goldsmiths, University of London

BA (hon) 2.1 Degree in Politics, University of Sussex

James is a History teacher with five years History teaching experience both in the UK and internationally teaching KS3, GCSE, IGCSE and AS History.  He finds working at SCIE challenging and rewarding; challenged by the demands of high ability and motivated students, and rewarded by their enthusiasm for learning in and out of the classroom.

James enjoys playing sports including squash, kickboxing and jujitsu.  He also instructs the self-defense ECA.

Nicholas Wood

Teacher of History

Master of Education, Freie Universität

Bachelor’s in history and English, Freie Universität

Nick has been teaching History in Germany and China for more than 8 years.

Kathryn Edwards

Teacher of History

BA in Government and Public Policy from Northumbria University

PGCE from The University of Newcastle

Kathryn Edwards has 20 years of teaching experience in secondary schools in the UK, Qatar and Egypt. She is also a trained school inspector for ‘British Schools Overseas’ (BSO).

Alex Lennartz

Teacher of History

Master of Arts in International Policy Studies from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Bachelor of Arts in Media Production from Florida State University College of Communication

CELTA Certification of International House Budapest

Alex has been teaching English as a second language in China since 2013 and teaching history in SCIE since 2016. He also has experience in Social Studies teaching and Methodology instruction.

Julian Fabian

Head of Level-A Level, Teacher of History

PGCE (Secondary History & Social Studies) from University of York

Master of Arts Degree in Museum Studies from University of Leicester

BA (Hons) Degree in History & Archaeology from Cardiff University

Julian has 23 years experience teaching History and Social Studies in the UK and American system and at IB level. He has taught in countries as diverse as Tanzania, Kuwait, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.


Stuart Ashmore

Head of Subject-Geography, Teacher of Geography

PGCE Geography and Supportive Education of Brunel University College

BA (Hons) Geography and Social Sciencesc 2(i) of Leeds University

GCSE O-level: Spanish (B) of North West Kent College

Ben Tainsh-Griffiths

Teacher of Geography

Bachelor’s human Geography (First-class), Queen Mary University of London

Master’s in leadership, Institute of Education University College London

Ben has taught Geography as well as Government and Politics over his seven years of teaching in London and Shenzhen.

Rachel Reiss

Teacher of Geography

PGCE in Secondary Geography

Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Geography from University of Leeds

Rachel has taught both geography and economics in London schools from 2013. She also has experience running the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the UK.


Gary Ellis

Psychology / Sociology Teacher

MA in Social Sciences, the open University

BSc (Hons) in Sociology, CNNA

Post Graduate Certificate in Education, University of Surrey

Post Graduate Diploma in Social Research Methods, The Open University

Mr. Gary Ellis joined SCIE from August 2012.

Lisa Bray

Psychology Teacher

PGCE, Canterbury Christchurch University

Bachelor(Honours) of Science in Social Science Canterbury Christchurch University

Bachelor(Honours) of Arts in History Canterbury Christchurch University

Previous to working at SCIE Lisa was a Head of Department for Sociology and Psychology at an academy in the United Kingdom. In addition, Lisa has 9 years’ experience teaching History to Advanced Level. Lisa has a wealth of experience in working with students on UCAS applications and UK university application procedures.


Amanda Sturchio

Psychology Teacher

Master of Education of University of Nottingham

PGCEi of University of Nottingham

Bachelor of Science in Psychology of Worcester State University

Ms. Amanda has taught Psychology for many years. She has rich experience in teaching China.