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I believe that each child is unique and precious. Exceptional individualities, with endless potential, children need the just-right amount and type of support, encouragement, care and intellectual stimulation to grow, to reach their full potential and ultimately to make the world a better place. I am dedicated to the development of the whole child; therefore, in my teaching I am driven by the desire to ensure that each child benefits from the environment and the tools necessary for his or her complete development, while addressing the different learning styles and intelligences. The main ideas leading my teaching are: (1) all teaching and learning is student centered, (2) a child can learn best if his or her curiosity is promoted and encouraged, and (3) all things and people deserve respect and appreciation. 

I believe that the teacher’s role is that of a guide, rather than the ultimate source of all information. When students’ curiosity is awakened, encouraged and respected, they take ownership of their own learning and start to search for knowledge and to discover ways to find answers to their questions. It is my desire to develop in children a passion for learning, which will not stop the moment the school year has finished but will lead and accompany them for the rest of their life. Providing students with access to hands-on activities, first-hand experiences and meaningful contexts where to apply their learning creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to happen. I believe that positive, consistent and timely feedback is crucial in providing the child with information on his or her progress, success and need for growth. 

AI in schools - yes or no?
It's the biggest question in education today. Do we ignore it, confront it, reject it, embrace it, teach with it, or ban it?
Read my opinion here.







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Different international institutions have emphasized the relevance of education to developing citizens who contribute to achieving the SDGs for 2030. However, a review focused on physical education (PE) has yet to be performed. I believe there are several SD Goals that can be addressed in Physical Education. What I have written here is an attempt to highlight the SDGs I can incorporate into my classes, and where they might sit. Please click Read More if you are interested in my ideas. 


My strong belief in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion stems from the conviction that they are not just ethical imperatives but also essential for building more innovative, prosperous, and equitable societies and organizations. Embracing diversity is a path toward a better future for everyone, and it is a cause worth championing. It is also very personal. My eldest son, Conor, was adopted by us as a 3 week old baby whilst we were living in Seoul. Some of the ignorant, vile, racial attacks he has endured tear my heart apart. 'Go back where you came from' is so racist it makes me livid. If you want to read more, please click the button. 

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Achieve Xiamen International School Fujian China


PYP PE Teacher and Coach (PS-Grade 3), EAL K Grade 1 Grade 2

Concordia International School Shanghai

2018 - 2023

Early Childhood Specialist Music and Movement Teacher

(Pre-school to Kindergarten)

Concordia International School Shanghai

2017 - 2018

Elementary PE Teacher 2017-2018 PS-Grade 4)

“The core of education is the relationship between the teacher and the student, and the extent to which that relationship nurtures the longing of the child to matter in the world, and the longing of the teacher to nurture and fulfil that desire.”
–Timothy Shriver and Jennifer Buffet


University of South Australia

1985 - 1988

Bachelor of Education

Majoring in Physical Education and English



USA Swim Coach Certificate

American Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certificate

Mandatory Notification and Child Safety


When I meet people, I like to ask questions. The kind of questions I like to ask helps me understand their paradigm; what they believe about the world. So, if I were you, and I was asking myself a bunch of questions, I’d ask things like; do you have a partner? Where did you meet? Where did you get married? Do you have children? Where are you from? What’s your favourite holiday ever, and why? What do you do for a job? Do you like it? What hobbies do you enjoy? Do you like sport? Which ones and why? If you had the choice, who would you invite to dinner if everyone who is now passed was actually still alive? So, I’m going to start my bio there. 




A Scott, International School Moshi

"Sue is an excellent teacher. Head of Department and Director of the Sports Programme. She has taught PE and Life Skills at the school."


F Grisham, Seoul International School

"Ms Russell is an extremely professional woman, setting very high standards of conduct for herself and her students."


T Oughton, Principal, Scotch College 

"Sue immediately made a positive impact on the school, and especially amongst our group of international students."



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AXIS, Xiamen, Fujian, China


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