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Katherine Patton Brewer - New Hongqiao Head of School

I am so very happy to be joining you for the upcoming 2014-15 school year. Before I arrive, I wanted to take the chance to introduce myself from afar. I am originally from Nashville, Tennessee, but my family and I are currently living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We’ve been here in Addis for three years where I have been serving as the Deputy Head of School. My husband Alan and I started our international careers in the Dominican Republic working at the Carol Morgan School. Alan served as the Athletic Director and taught elementary PE. Coincidentally, we also started our family there as well; our twins, Austin and Gavin, are now almost four and have successfully mastered their own twin dialect, none of which is intelligible to anyone else. We seem to be steadily working our way east around the world and could not be more excited about moving to Shanghai, one of my favorite cities in the world.

I know that we will have the opportunity to get to know each other more in the upcoming months, but I wanted to share a bit about my core values as an educator. I believe that children learn best when they are engaged, challenged, and can contribute to their own learning experience in an authentic way. We not only develop their skills, but we also create the experiences, the memories, and the love for learning that those children carry with them into adulthood, and that is an amazing responsibility.

I also firmly believe that each of us rise to the expectations that those people who are important in our lives set for us. It is our responsibility as educators to set high expectations for our students, and then to believe they can reach them. We are the caretakers who provide the support for every learner in our community.

I look forward to becoming a part of your community and working with you to create the best learning experiences possible for our students, while being always focussed on the high standards you already have put in place. The holistic approach that SCIS has towards education, valuing all aspects of a child’s development, is one that I wholeheartedly believe in. I believe the role of the Head of School is to provide you with the time, resources, and vision necessary to enable you to focus on student learning, and I am committed to this responsibility.

Before we have the chance to meet in person, I welcome your questions or comments via email. Until then, have a great holiday season and second semester! 



Katherine Brewer 


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