Ben is originally from the US. He graduated from Colby College with a double major in History and American Studies. He has a Graduate Certificate in Cross Cultural Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation from the School for International Training as well as a master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Columbia University. He brings over seventeen years' experience in education from some of the top middle schools, high schools, and universities in the United States. His passion is in integrating education, multi-cultural issues, and leadership development. He is joined at MSB with his wife, Margareta Farrell. While not at MSB, Ben enjoys reading, coaching and spending quality time with his family.
Geraldine is originally from the Philippines. She completed her master’s degree in psychology with a concentration in education from Walden University. Also, she holds a postgraduate certificate in special education. Geraldine brings over 19 years of experience in teaching and educational leadership as a program coordinator for the Rainbow Project in Hong Kong Academy and Sunshine House Preparatory School, as well as the program director for the Rainbow Model Center for children with autism and related developmental delays. During her time in Beijing, she serves as a consultant for learning support teams in various international schools, including MSB. Geraldine specializes in developing and delivering curriculum to enhance students’ knowledge base and ability to utilize knowledge in a real-world environment. Her previous role as MSB’s Head of Learning Support department allowed her to build a strong rapport with students and colleagues based on knowledge, professionalism, and integrity. Geraldine is highly lauded for her attention to detail, adherence to standards, and expert technical background. Her passion lies in sharing her knowledge and skills in the fields of special education and developmental psychology to other teachers and parents through workshops and conferences in China and across Asia. Geraldine has been at MSB for five years. While not at MSB, Geraldine enjoys reading books and traveling.
Margareta is originally from the US. She completed her masters in Biology, with a Microbiology focus, from the University of West Georgia. Margareta has over 14 years’ experience in education. She brings her expertise in teaching Grade 5 science this year. She is joined at MSB by her husband Benjamin Farrell. While not at MSB, Margareta enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family.
As MSB IT Manager, Nick is in charge of all technological issues about computer, printer, system, program, network and cooperates with teachers to make IT plan for students. He also trains teachers with efficient work program or system. He has been with MSB for 7 years.
Alice is originally from China. She is the head of our Elementary and Middle School Chinese program. In addition, she is the developer of those two programs. She completed her master’s in education degree from Monash University in Australia. She is a fully trained elementary Montessori teacher. She is a long serving member of MSB with 26 years at the school. She loves teaching and enjoys being around children. She also loves to spend time with her dog Teddy. They take walks together in the morning and in the evening.
Candy is originally from Beijing. She completed her PhD in Philosophy from the Beijing Normal University and certified to teach Chinese as a second language and English as an Additional Language. She has her Montessori teaching certificate from 3 to 6 and currently studying the AMS secondary course from the Houston Montessori Center in the US. She has over 15 years' experience in education. Candy is passionate about challenge and the unknown. She has been at MSB for eight years. While not at MSB, Candy enjoys reading and traveling.
Charles is originally from France. He earned his certification in sports education from IREPS Bordeaux. Charles has over 35 years’ experience. Charles teaches the Grades 3-6 music and is the head curator of the annual Winter Show extravaganza show held in December. He is a long serving member of MSB with 21 years at the school. His passion is enjoying life. While not at MSB, Charles still enjoys life.
Elisa is originally from China. She qualified as a Montessori 3-6 teacher and has over 20 years' experience in education. She likes to work with younger children and always believes they give her more than she can do for them. Elisa's passion is to challenge herself by learning new things and different as Montessori education teaches us that "Education is to life". She is a long serving member of MSB with 24 years at the school. While not at MSB, Elisa enjoys spending time with her grandson and reading.
Frances is originally from South Africa & UK. She has Montessori training for the ages 0-3 and 3-6 from Canada and the US respectively. She has over 20 years’ experience in education. Frances spearheads the implementation of our infancy program, The Little MSBees. She worked for two years in a toddler’s workshop program for two years for children aged 18-24months. Her passion is working with children of all ages. Frances is a long serving member of MSB with 24 years at the school. While not at MSB, Frances enjoys traveling, reading, playing scrabble and spending quality time with friends and family.
Grainne is originally from Ireland. She is a qualified Montessori teacher and gained her qualifications from Killester College, Ireland. Grainne has over 19 years' experience in education. She has taught in Switzerland and Germany. Her passion is musical theatre and further studies in the field of education. She is a long serving member of MSB with 13 years at the school. While not at MSB, Grainne enjoys traveling and going to dance classes.
Jaime is originally from Spain. He got his bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of Seville. He has over 10 years' experience in education. Jaime has taught in Spain, Morocco, and Hong Kong. He is the head curator of the annual Art Show held in May that showcases individual and group projects. The group projects are auctioned to raise money for charity. Jaime is passionate about music and art, of course. Jaime has been at MSB for eight years. While not at MSB, Jaime enjoys getting lost in town just hunting for art exhibitions and other different types of events.
Sarah-Jane is originally from Canada. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Canada with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, as well as a post-graduate degree in grief counseling and palliative care. Sarah-Jane posses preschool, lower and upper elementary Montessori qualifications from the Toronto Montessori Institute. She has taught from Toddler to Grade 3. She is passionate about visiting extended family in both Ireland and Canada as well as continuing to be a lifelong learner by seeking out interesting professional development. Sarah-Jane is a long serving member of MSB with 18 years at the school. While not at MSB, Sarah-Jane enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading and exercising.
Shahir is originally from Canada. She completed her Montessori training in preschool and elementary in the UK. In addition, she has early childhood education training from Canada. Shahir has over 23 years’ experience in education including administration and in the classroom. She has taught in Canada, Mozambique and China. Her passion is sharing her love of Chinese culture, collecting antiques and looking for ways to enrich her students learning experience. Shahir has been at MSB for six years. While not at MSB, Shahir enjoys research, reading and traveling.