Michael Belenardo, Elementary Learning Support Teacher at Shanghai American School (SAS)-Pudong Campus.
Michael Belenardo is the Elementary Learning Support Teacher at Shanghai American School (SAS)-Pudong Campus. Michael is starting his seventh year at SAS-Pudong and prior to that he was a special education teacher in the United States. Michael worked in public schools in the state of California ranging from Early Childhood through secondary. Michael’s main area of interest has been on creating supports for all learners to meet their academic potential. Michael is excited to be a participant on the SENISH board and helping build connections within the community.
Jami Sefiane, Director of Student Support Services for Concordia International.
A native of Washington, Jami has lived and taught internationally in several different countries. She has lived and taught in Morocco, the island of Saipan, the United Arab Emirates and the US. Jami graduated with a Master’s degree in Special Education from Western Oregon State College. Her work in Houston, Texas with Deaf/Hard of Hearing gave her extensive experience with language development, as well as working with a wide range of students with disabilities. She is fluent in American Sign Language. Jami enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, taking cultural walks, and reading. Her passion is empowering teachers and coaches to see that all students succeed. She is currently the Director of Student Support Services for Concordia International.
Mr. Hao Lu, a Pharmacy Manager and Pharmacy training program Director
Mr. Hao Lu is a registered pharmacist in China and the UK. After completing his Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degree at Cardiff University, he has served in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK as a clinical pharmacist. With an interest in advancing healthcare in China, he came back to China in the roles of pharmacy manager and pharmacy training program director. He then completed his MBA in healthcare administration and certified as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). After joining LIH Olivia’s Place in Shanghai, he has gained significant experience in pediatric development and supporting parents with children with special needs. He has led the therapy team in LIH Olivia’s Place to double in capacity and also built collaboration with Shanghai Mental Health Centre. His current interest lies in supporting Chinese children and parents with localized education and therapy programs.
Lana Revutsky, a Lower School Learning Support Teacher at Shanghai Community International School- Pudong.
Lana Revutsky is a Lower School Learning Support Teacher at Shanghai Community International School- Pudong. This is her 2nd year at SCIS and before that, she worked in NYC as a Special Education teacher and BCBA. In the US, she worked in NYC and Hawaii, with experience in Early Intervention, Behavior Analytics, as an Early Childhood Director and Supervisor, and as a Classroom Teacher. Her areas of focus are on the reduction of behaviors, increase in academic and life skills, and answering the question “how can I help students achieve their greatest potential?” She is looking forward to creating systems and structures for SENISH and a means of communication for the greater Shanghai community.
Ms. Christine Carey, received a Specialist qualification in Special Education and has been working at YCIS Pudong.
Ms. Christine Carey has been working at YCIS Pudong since August, 2015. Being part of a military family in Canada, Ms. Carey grew up with an international experience, while retaining a Canadian patriotism. Ms. Carey received an Honors degree in English literature with a German Minor from McMaster University. Her Bachelor of Education is from the Brock University, where she also received a Specialist qualification in Special Education. Currently, Ms. Carey is completing her dissertation towards her Master’s Degree. Ms. Carey has 17 years of teaching experience. After working in the public education system in Canada, Ms. Carey spent over 5 years teaching at an International School in Papua New Guinea. That international post led her to her position at YCIS in Shanghai. Ms. Carey believes that all children can and want to learn. All students are individuals and need to be treated as such.