SENIOR EXECUTIVE TEAM

Sue Su

Executive President

Brian Rotunno

Academic Principal

David Bremner

Assistant Academic Principal

Matthew Kirk

DP Coordinator

Carlos Arboleda

Student Services Director
College Counsellor

Lucas Pfaffenroth

EY Coordinator

Jerica Claassen

PYP Coordinator

Laura Ward

MYP Coordinator

Salow Hua

Admin Director

Alex Zhang

IT Director

Agnes Zhu

HR Director

Rebecca Zhang

Finance Director

Brian Rotunno is now in his third year at Boston International School.  He served for one year as Principal of the Primary and Early Years and one year as the Academic Principal over the whole school.

Brian has a Masters Degree in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. Previously, he taught English at the middle school and high school levels.  Before coming to Boston, he worked as a District IB coordinator where he oversaw the IB program in Texas, USA.  During this time, he grew the program from one school to nine schools over three years.  He has worked with parents, community members, principals, coordinators, and teachers around a variety of different educational topics.

His wife, Mary, is a teacher at BIS, and his three children also attend the school. He considers BIS to be like family and has plans to remain in the area for the long term.

Brian Rotunno is now in his third year at Boston International School.  He served for one year as Principal of the Primary and Early Years and one year as the Academic Principal over the whole school.

Brian has a Masters Degree in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. Previously, he taught English at the middle school and high school levels.  Before coming to Boston, he worked as a District IB coordinator where he oversaw the IB program in Texas, USA.  During this time, he grew the program from one school to nine schools over three years.  He has worked with parents, community members, principals, coordinators, and teachers around a variety of different educational topics.

His wife, Mary, is a teacher at BIS, and his three children also attend the school. He considers BIS to be like family and has plans to remain in the area for the long term.

Laura Ward is the newly appointed MYP Coordinator at Boston International School, after having thrived as Boston’s DP and MYP English Language Arts teacher for two years. Laura has fervently studied English language and literature since high school, which is why she originally obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree (with Honours) in English Language and Literature. Wanting to share this passion, she followed her degree with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education, specializing in teenagers and young adults. Laura has been teaching English to teenagers for the last 13 years, never getting tired of the ‘lightbulb moments’ or wide-eyed expressions of joy on students’ faces when they grasp a new concept or theory in the realm of literature.

As the MYP Coordinator, Laura’s goal is to coordinate the delivery of a middle years programme that keeps every student at its centre whilst upholding Boston’s missions and values. Collaboration with students and teachers is key to this and Laura is excited to have this opportunity.

When not at work, Laura spends her time with her husband, 11-year-old son and crazy poodle. Playing board games, listening to music and discussing their favourite sci-fi hero are the moments Laura most looks forward to.

Carlos Arboleda celebrates 20 years in education! He was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, USA and when he was young his family moved to the expansive and beautiful Arizona desert in the United States. His wife Kerina is also an educator. They have lived in China with their four children now for more than ten years consider it their new home.

Carlos graduated from the University of Redlands in Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in integrated studies in storytelling and literacy and again with a master’s in education counseling. His inspirations for entering the field of education have been the dedicated teachers in his life, his high school counselor, college professors, and a drive to honor the life changing service they provided. He has a passion for innovative and inclusive education, wellbeing of families, and contributing to vibrant academic communities. His personal hobbies include taijiquan, music production, and of course, working with students to realize their potential as contributors to an advancing global society.

Jerica Claassen, the PYP Coordinator at Boston International School, hails from South Africa. She holds two bachelor degrees; one in Education and one in Law and is currently in the process of attaining a Master degree in both of them as well.

Jerica has vast teaching experiencing across different continents and with a variety of different types of curriculums. She began her teaching career in South Africa, trying her hand in many different grades utilizing the CAPs curriculum. She then moved onto the middle east where she adapted to the British curriculum and then China, where her focus and passion settled onto the IB curriculum.

Once Jerica embraced IB, she knew she had found a home for all of her educational beliefs. IB curriculum, holistic child development, and driving towards high academic standards align with the core of her pedagogical philosophy of education.

Jerica strives for a balanced and fair leadership style that is collaborative and inclusive, yet always holds the students at the core of all her decisions. Assuring that high quality academics and transdisciplinary social development are happening across every spectrum of the PYP from core classes, to specialist classes to school activities, Jerica is a driving force of growth at Boston International. However, behind all of that passion and discipline, focus and drive, Jerica always makes the time for a smile or kind word or an impromptu stop in to visit students, after all, everything she does is for the betterment of the students, the teachers and the entire community at Boston.

David Bremner is Assistant Principal at Boston International School, having had a successful two years as the school's PYP Coordinator. Prior to coming to Wuxi, David worked as PYP Coordinator at a large IB school in Cairo, Egypt, and before that he was a homeroom teacher and coordinator at an IB school in Kiev, Ukraine. His classroom experience ranges from EY3 homeroom teacher, up to language classes for teenagers. David is passionate about education for sustainability, making the inclusion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals part of what he does with teachers and students. He has already led the Boston community to reduce its food waste from lunch each day and is moving on to tackle single-use plastic use, electricity efficiency, and water waste. David heads up several areas at Boston, including staff development where he brings his creative ideas, knowledge of what works with students, and data from the classroom to inform teacher practices. He also works closely with the Student Services team to lead initiatives around student behavior.

When not at Boston, David enjoys running in Jinkue park, DJing around town, and spending time with his family. David hosts a regular podcast called deconflections and pedagogy (www.deconflectionsandpedagogy.com)  about education and school leadership.

Originally from the Midwest USA, Lucas Pfaffenroth obtained his Bachelor degree in English from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2011, and his Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2018. He has been teaching in China for over ten years and moved to Wuxi with his wife Jennifer in early 2022.

Lucas has taught students of all age groups from two years old to postgraduate adults but has spent the majority of his career working with preschool and kindergarten aged children as both a homeroom teacher and coordinator. He has taught in IB, Reggio and inquiry-based schools since 2017 and is a strong proponent of organic, integrated and student-centered curriculum. He believes that the best curriculum and teaching methods are those that are most well adapted to the individual community, school and student needs.

In addition to teaching, Lucas is a fervent student himself and is always on the hunt for new knowledge and skills. He is fluent in Chinese and is currently learning Korean. In his spare time he enjoys reading, volunteering, running and fitness activities.

Matthew is from Worksop, Nottinghamshire (the land of Robin Hood) in the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (with Honors) in Chemistry, from the University of Sheffield, UK. Deciding to embark on a career as a Secondary School Science teacher, Matthew earned a Post Graduate Certificate (with Qualified Teacher Status) in 2001. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership, from Manchester Metropolitan University. In line with our ethos of lifelong learning, Matthew is currently pursuing a Master’s degree and is expecting to complete that within the next 12 months.

Matthew has been a teacher for 20 years. He has worked in two state Secondary Schools in the UK and International Schools in Dubai (UAE), Hanoi (Vietnam) and now in Wuxi. During his professional teaching career, Matthew has been a Science teacher, Head of 2 large Science Departments and a UK government recognized Learning Coach (helping to professionally develop newly qualified teachers to meet national standards and practices).

He has vast experience in teaching middle school Science, IGCSE Sciences, A-levels and IB Diploma Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) as well as Theory of Knowledge.  In addition to teaching, Matthew has been the IB Diploma Coordinator at Boston International School since 2018.  Matthew is student-centered and enthusiastic in his approach to teaching and learning and is a strong advocate for holistic student development through the IB Approaches to Learning. Matthew has a daughter in Grade 4 who very much enjoys attending Boston International School.

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