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Announcing the New Hongqiao Head of School

On behalf of our Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Katherine

Patton Brewer as the next Head of School of SCIS-Hongqiao beginning in July 2014.

Katherine is currently serving as Deputy Head of School at the International Community School of Addis Ababa (ICSA), a three-program IB World School in Ethiopia. She carries teaching and administrative credentials, as well as certifications in IB Language A and Administration. She holds a BA in English Literature with a minor in History, an MA in Teaching, and is currently pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership at Lehigh University.

Katherine hails from Nashville, Tennessee, where she began her educational career as an IB English and high school language arts teacher. She took her first international post at the Carol Morgan School in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she continued as an AP English teacher. Over the years, Katherine engaged in many leadership opportunities: steering accreditation committees, presenting professional development workshops, leading strategic planning initiatives, and overseeing budget development, to name a few. She became Assistant Principal at Carole Morgan and quickly established herself as a strong and very capable leader. Eventually, Katherine and family made the decision to move to Africa where she started in the post of Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

Katherine will be joined by her husband, Alan, who will also be working at SCIS-Hongqiao, in the Physical Education Department. Alan has many years of teaching PE, and coaching soccer, gymnastics, and fitness. He was voted “Soccer Coach of the Year” in Nashville, Tennessee. Katherine and Alan have twin boys, Austin and Gavin, who are excited to become red dragons next school year.

We are also pleased to announce the appointment of Tina Santilli as our new Middle School Principal at SCIS-Hongqiao. Tina holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, MA degree in Education and Human Development, and BA in Special Education, as well as teaching and administrative credentials. She is currently working as the Vice Principal at NIST in Thailand, and served in principalship and other leadership posts at TLCS, Qatar; TAS, Taiwan; ISS, Singapore; JIS, Indonesia; and IST, Tanzania. Tina already has two strong connections to SCIS: she worked with our current Principal, Dan Kerr, at JIS; and she was a member of the WASC visiting team for the October, 2007 visit to Shanghai.

For now, please join me in welcoming Katherine and Tina to our administrative team of educators and our SCIS-Hongqiao community. Below you will find a letter of introduction from Katherine Brewer.

Yours in Education, 


Jeffry R. Stubbs
Superintendent of Schools
Shanghai Community International School – Hangzhou International School 


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