Our middle and high school teachers bring both experience and passion to the classroom to give students the guidance they need to navigate successfully through not only their academic but personal growth and prepare them for high school at Stamford.  Supported by our STEMinn experts they also ensure science, technology, engineering, math, and innovation) is integrated across subjects, fostering both curiosity and an innovative mindset in our students.

Tristan Benson

Humanities and STEMinn, BA, MEd

Tristan Benson

Tristan joined Stamford with a decade of teaching experience in the U.S. and China. He has a Master of Teaching Secondary Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies. Tristan has taught Geography, Economics, Civics, and History and has also run many extra-curricular activities such as coding, fitness, and 3D printing.

Tristan says, “I am passionate about humanity and its role on Earth. This is why I decided to become a Humanities teacher. I enjoy engaging in debates and discussions with my students and helping them develop their critical thinking skills. I also have a personal interest in STEMinn as I am a drone enthusiast and coder. I love being able to combine the two subjects that I am passionate about and have students innovate solutions to complex issues using new technology.”

Raquel Bernardo

Mathematics, BA, MA

Raquel Bernardo

Raquel joins Stamford with over 10 years of experience teaching Mathematics and holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in the subject. Raquel has been teaching middle and high school IBDP math at an international school in Portugal for the past eight years. In addition to teaching, she has been integral in developing the curriculum alignment in the secondary school.

In addition to her passion for math, Raquel brings her own experience living in different countries as a child, which helps her connect with her students. Her interest in developing student passions has led her to found two book clubs, and two math clubs focused on practicing for competitions such as MATHCOUNTS and Portuguese Championship of Mathematical Games. Her commitment to being a lifelong learner is evident in the various additional courses she has pursued, such as a course on “Differentiation” taught by the prestigious Harvard University.

Raquel says, “I was inspired to be a Mathematics teacher by my first Math teacher when I was 10. Throughout my academic life, I have been persuaded by different mentors to change course and find a career in other fields, but I persisted and I could not be happier with the decision I made as a 10-year-old. The desire to be in a classroom and watch my students’ ‘ah-ha!’ moments gets me out of bed every morning. Watching students overcome their fears, gain confidence, and develop their strengths in Mathematics is a dream I am fortunate to see come true every day.”

Greta Bradley

STEMinn Teacher, BEd TAS; MSc ITE (Hons)

Greta Bradley

Greta brings to Stamford over 20 years of teaching and academic experience in Australia and Hong Kong. She commenced her career teaching Design & Technology plus related subjects in New South Wales, Australia to a diverse range of students, including those from migrant backgrounds. During this time, Greta acted as an official marker for the NSW secondary leaving certificate.

Since coming to Hong Kong in 2013, Greta has combined her education career with post-graduate study to develop and deepen her understanding of STEM education. Greta is experienced in STEM teaching and programming, supporting both EAL and top students, and is passionate about helping students design and create new ideas whilst developing skills required for careers in the 21st Century.
Greta says, “As educators, we have a role in leaving a positive legacy with each of our students, believing there is no limit in what they can achieve or inspire others to achieve.”

Ryan Enright

Science and IB Biology Teacher, BSc, BEd.

Ryan Enright

Ryan will be joining the Stamford Science team with 14 years of experience in a wide range of international settings. Along with a degree in Secondary Education, Ryan has also completed his undergraduate degree in Science. He has been the Head of Science at various schools and is very experienced with the IB Biology program.
Ryan says, “Science is a very exciting field of study as it affects everything we experience in our world. New theories and discoveries within the individual fields of science are constantly arising and create endless opportunities for exploration. The more you immerse yourself in the world of Science, the more you realize how important it is.”

Todd Fedan

Humanities and IB Economics Teacher, BS, MEd

Todd Fedan

Todd is originally from the United States and joins Stamford with experience in teaching in the US, South Korea, and Mainland China. He has a Master’s degree in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University. He also has Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and History and a Minor in Economics from Penn State University. Throughout Todd’s teaching career, he has taught Economics, History, Geography, Journalism, American Literature. He has taught within the American Curriculum, the British National Curriculum, and the IGCSE and IB Curriculums. The last few years, he has coached Touch Rugby and ran Boxercise and Chess extra-curricular activities.

Todd says, “I enjoy teaching because it allows me the opportunity to show students the different perspectives of the world they will enter as they reach adulthood. I have always been passionate about the humanities, and helping to prepare students for the world by having them understand the people within it has been very rewarding. I enjoy fostering debates and discussions about societies and different points of view in my lessons. I feel it is vital for students to understand humanity, so they are prepared to lead it through the next generation.”

April Gudenrath

English, BA, MEd

April Gudenrath

Ms. Gudenrath joins Stamford with over 17 years of IB experience across multiple countries and continents. She also has been an examiner for the IB for over ten years in her DP subject areas (English and Theory of Knowledge). Her MAEd is in curriculum and instruction which she considers to be an area of expertise. Beyond the MAEd, she also has a credential from the University of Colorado in Online Learning. Most recently, Ms. Gudenrath has been working in South Korea at an international IB school where she has taught DP Language A, Theory of Knowledge as well as being the Extended Essay coordinator and Media Integration Specialist. In her three years teaching in Korea, her school achieved multiple scores of 45 awarded from the IB. Prior to South Korea, Ms. Gudenrath taught full-time in a public high school in Colorado Springs, CO, USA while consulting for schools around the globe concerning educational pedagogy. Ms. Gudenrath is a published author and an expert on Flipping classrooms and has talks on TED-Ed and TEDx.

Ms. Gudenrath says, “I believe that setting a high expectation for your students is not only possible but positive. By believing that they can do it, it helps build a relationship of trust. Teaching is my passion and helping students understand the universality of literature or shifting their paradigm of thinking brings me joy.”

Mara Horowitz

English and Humanities Teacher, BA, PGCE, MSocSci

Mara Horowitz

Mara joins Stamford with a decade of teaching experience in South Africa, Taipei, and Beijing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English, a PGCE, and a Master of Social Sciences in Organizational Psychology and Education Management. Mara has taught English, Humanities, Life Orientation, and EAL in MYP and inquiry-based learning style schools and has experience creating lessons that interest and inspire students.

Mara says, “I love how exciting the life of a teacher is. Each day is different because of the immense privilege of gaining access to what students think and how they perceive the world. I love helping my students learn how to think critically about the information they encounter and how to express their opinions clearly and compassionately.”

Martin Iltis

English, BA, DipEd

Martin Iltis

Mr. Iltis joins Stamford with over 10 years of experience in international schools, having worked in Germany, Laos, and, most recently, at a fellow Cognita school, the International School Ho Chi Minh City. Mr. Iltis is a highly experienced IB educator; he has taught both MYP and DP Language and Literature, as well as MYP Humanities. His many years of experience teaching and building the middle school and the IBDP curriculum will support Stamford students as they progress through secondary school until graduation.

Mr. Iltis has a Bachelor of Arts from the Australian National University specializing in English, Politics and History, and a Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne.

Mr. Iltis says, "I came into teaching a bit later in life after working as an administrative officer for an Australian government department. When I decided to teach, I knew I'd found my life calling. I get so much satisfaction seeing the whole student grow both educationally and as a global citizen. I enjoy enabling them to make real-life connections with academic studies and life experiences. I have also coached school soccer teams at the international schools that I serve. It is rewarding to see students develop and interact outside of the classroom too.”

Richard Lindemann

Science, BSc, Post Grade Secondary Education

Richard Lindemann

Originally from the USA, Rick grew up in Verona, NJ about 30mins from NYC. He spent six years as a field marine mammologist in Alaska and then became a teacher. Rick taught in a Upik Native Alaskan village and then moved to Hawaii where he taught science in Hawaii for 12 years as well as SCUBA. Rick brings to Stamford over 20 years of teaching and science, 10 of those years being in an international setting. Rick has taught science in grades 7 -12 including the MYP and DP curriculum as well as the USA curriculum. He loves the outdoors and playing sports and enjoys sharing these experiences with students of all ages. He is a dedicated secondary educator that likes to let the students explore their interests through inquiry as well as sharing his love of science and the environment.

Rick says, “Science is the truth.”

Sandra Navar

Mathematics and Science, BA, MSc

Sandra Navar

Ms. Navar joins Stamford with 19 years of teaching experience. She began her career working with at-risk English language learners in Colorado in the US and continued in international schools in Warsaw, Poland and Manila, Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies for international educators. Ms. Navar has extensive experience working with academically and linguistically diverse students, which has shown her the value of differentiated instruction and building a supportive classroom community where every student can find success. Ms. Navar’s favorite thing to do is to visit new places and experience different cultures. Working in international schools has been a wonderful way to combine her passions for teaching and travel.

Ms. Navar says, “I strive to help students develop skills they can apply for the rest of their lives. One of the most important of these is perseverance. I believe that someone who can persevere in the face of challenges is going to be successful no matter what grade they get. This is why I teach students to take risks and value mistakes. I endeavor to cultivate an environment where every student is aware of their strengths as well as their needs and is comfortable asking for help. In my classroom, we value the process as much as the result.”

Dennis Ming Nichols

STEMinn, BA, MA, PGCE

Dennis Ming Nichols

Originally from the U.S., Nichols brings to Stamford 10 years of international experience teaching Math, Science, ICT, History, and EAL in China, Guatemala, and Hong Kong. He has dedicated his career to middle school and believes the transition from adolescence to adulthood is a unique and fundamental moment for each student. He is also an experienced robotics coach and musician who looks forward to supporting these programs at Stamford.

Nichols says, “I am passionate about teaching because I care about our future, and our students are the leaders of that future.”

Caroline Peel

English and Humanities, BA, PGCE

Caroline Peel

Caroline joined Stamford with both experiences teaching middle school and high school. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Humanities from Stellenbosch University, South Africa with majors in English, Psychology, and History. In her Postgraduate studies, Caroline specialized in English, both home language and EAL, History and Life Orientation. In addition to teaching English and Humanities, Caroline has interests in educational psychology, reading and literature, public speaking, drama and singing, netball, swimming and community development.

Caroline says, “I am passionate about empowerment through education and teaching students to take ownership of the opportunities made available to them in a 21st-century classroom setting. I am also passionate about community development and learning new innovative techniques to facilitate and motivate learners to unlock their greatest potential.”

Luke Sales

English and Humanities Teacher, BA, PGCE, FET

Luke Sales

Luke studied a Bachelor of Arts in English Language & Literature and Environmental & Geographical Sciences in Cape Town, South Africa. After realizing his passion for teaching, he then obtained his PGCE in Senior Phase and FET Teaching (English Home Language & EAL and Geography). Luke has experience teaching both middle and high school in South Africa, South Korea, and Hong Kong. He is also an avid reader and sportsman. 

Luke says, “I am a young and enthusiastic educator looking to empower the students I teach to take ownership of their education. I strive to provide an environment in which students are actively involved in an inquiry-based climate.”

Michelle Storer

English and Humanities Teacher, BA, MEd, PGCE

Michelle Storer

Michelle joins the Stamford secondary team, teaching English in Grades 7-9. She is an international educator with more than 12 years’ experience in 3 countries: Japan, Germany, and the UK. Michelle has also taught in both American and IB MYP curriculum frameworks as a Middle School specialist in three subject areas: English, Humanities, and EAL. She has recently completed her Master's degree in Education in Teaching English as an Additional Language from The College of New Jersey, USA. As an international educator, she has focused her study on evidence-based differentiation for all our diverse learners. Michelle is passionate about teaching the skills students need for learning and to be able to look after themselves and others. 

Michelle says, "My favorite thing about teaching in middle grades is to see students grow in independence and agency. My goal as an educator is to help them develop as critical thinkers, creative problem-solvers, and compassionate communicators so they can make a difference in their communities and the world."

Andrew Sukhai

Mathematics Teacher, BA, B.Ed, M.Sc, OCT

Andrew Sukhai

Andrew is a well-educated teacher that has a wealth of international teaching experience before joining SAS. Before his international teaching experiences, Andrew received a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, and a Master's of Science in Mathematics and is a fully certified teacher by The Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Andrew has had teaching experiences in Canada, Ecuador, China, Hungary, and Norway, teaching middle school, high school, college, and university level mathematics. Andrew has also been responsible for extra-curricular clubs such as guitar clubs and different sports clubs such as rugby and archery. Andrew has a lot of experience delivering the IB mathematics curriculum through inquiry-based learning and conceptual understanding.
Andrew says, “I enjoy teaching students mathematics through inquiry-based learning. Mathematics is a natural science that can be learned and understood at any point and at any time. Mathematics can be a difficult subject to learn for any person, but it gives me deep gratification when I see students understanding mathematics and using it in their day-to-day lives. What I enjoy more than teaching students mathematics is being able to inspire students to be global citizens of the world. It always excites me to hear about how successful my students are doing on their life-long journey of education.”

Brian Totman

Science and STEMinn Teacher, BS, MAT

Brian Totman

A career international educator, Brian has taught sciences in Namibia, UAE, Kyrgyzstan, mainland China, Seychelles, and now in Hong Kong. Originally from the USA, Brian has a broad range of curriculum experience since earning his Master’s degree in teaching from the University of California, Irvine. Brian also brings to Stamford practical science experience as a former marine naturalist specializing in Humpback whale interpretation for the Pacific Whale Foundation in Maui, Hawaii.

Brian says, “From the mountains to the sea and beyond. My passion for science teaching has always come from a personal curiosity to learn, share, and grow an understanding of the universe. I love making connections to the natural world and our place in it. Using student experience and my own from across the globe, science learning is tangible, exciting, and ever-changing.”