As of Dec. 15, 2017
CHIST Teaching Staff

The teaching staff has abundant experience in international education

CHIST has a diverse teaching staff with rich international experience, and the ability to provide world standard education.
Each teacher assists the students with kind, detailed and useful guidance based on our cutting edge education curriculum.


Elementary School Principal
Margaret M. Fitzpatrick
She received her Ph.D. degree in International Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M.A. degree in Communication with an emphasis on writing from Stanford University. Her extensive experience in international education includes international schools, undergraduate and graduate schools, secondary schools and other educational institution in the U.S.A, Albania, Egypt, Kuwait, China, Korea and a number of other countries. Dr. Fitzpatrick specializes in curriculum development and teacher training.
Classroom Teacher
Sarah Bielec
Ms. Sarah Bielec received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a K-9th grade licensed teacher with middle school endorsements in General Science, Language Arts, and Social Science. She has experience working with various elementary grade levels including gifted classrooms. She is also currently pursuing a Master of Education in International Education Administration and Leadership.
Classroom Teacher
Emily Hopkins
Ms. Emily Hopkins received her Master's Degree in Education from Baker University in Kansas City and her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has her Missouri Teacher's Certificate to teach grades 1-6. She had taught for 6 years in various grades. She also taught world religions to her Sunday School students at Unity Temple on the Plaza "Where diversity is praised and peace and harmony are the rewards".
Classroom Teacher
Brad Leonard
Mr. Brad Leonard was currently working on his Doctorate from the University of Kansas in the areas of Educational Policy and Leadership. Mr. Leonard had worked as a classroom teacher in grades 2-6, with a particular emphasis on grade 5. He had worked in a high achieving public and charter school in Kansas City, Missouri. When he has time to explore, Mr. Leonard enjoys hiking, watching baseball, and exploring new places.


Art Teacher
Frederic Beaugeard
After teaching art and French many years in diverse international school settings around the world, Mr. Frederic Beaugeard is now an IB visual art teacher. He has an official qualification delivered by the IB organization and he was recently accepted as an IB examiner for World and Cultures. His former education in France, a baccalaureate in art, French literature, and philosophy, and a master in art from the Beaux-arts of Paris gave him the necessary rigor and flexibly, academically and mentally, to teach successfully the IB program, which is originally from the francophone part of Switzerland. Later he obtained his K12 teaching certification in art and French at Millikin University, Illinois. It included a student teaching internship at the university level. Note that he also taught the related AP program in the American School of Kuwait. Throughout his career in education he basically taught all grade levels. Finally he is an artist which is an advantage in teaching studio art in a less didactic way closer to the process of creation requiring students' autonomy and self-reflection, and a writer.
Music Teacher
Victoria Sewell
Ms. Victoria Sewell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Instrumental Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Ms. Sewell had taught band at the middle and high school levels in Illinois. As a teacher she strives to inspire her students to become life-long learners, wise consumers of music, and to develop a life-long appreciation of the arts through music.
Japanese Teacher
Kaori Hakone
Kaori Hakone earned B.A. Dip Ed., M.A. (with merit), and M.S. degrees. Her expertise is Japanese as a foreign language, as well as a heritage language, to the students whose instructional language is English. She has taught in Japan and Australia, including international schools. She has experience in teaching PYP, MYP and IB, and she has been an IB examiner. She is very passionate about integrating technology into education, and teacher training. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Class of 2011, an ADE Asia Pacific Advisory Board Member, a Google Certified Innovator, and a Google Certified Trainer.
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Japanese Teacher
Megumi Fukada
Megumi Fukada received her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics for Language Teachers in Australia. She also received her teacher's certificate in Japan. She has broad experience in teaching Japanese language at all levels from primary school to university. She has taught in Japan and Australia. She has also worked a number of times as an invited lecturer for training courses for Japanese language teachers. The high quality of her teaching is supported by the high scores of her Students Evaluation of Educational Quality. She knows not only the enjoyment of living and working in Japan but also utilises her experience of working overseas in her performance. As a result, she is a caring teacher having a genuine interest in individual students and always  enthusiastically learning and adopting new ideas and technologies to meet the changing needs of students.