Brett Isis

Founder & President

Brett is an entrepreneur originally from Colorado, USA. He brings with him many years of professional experience in different fields including human resources & recruiting. He handles much of the day-to-day operations and business development. Brett lived in Shanghai for five years before opening TN's Denver office in 2016.

Sophia Isis

Vice President, Business Development & Placements

Sophia was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She earned a BA in Biology from the University of Texas. She has 5 years' teaching experience and has traveled to over 20 different countries. Her love of teaching and travel make her excited to be able to share the opportunity with others through Teaching Nomad.

Ginger de Ridder

Director, Teacher Link

Ginger is a Dutchman who has been working in China since 2012. He has lived in different countries including the US, Italy, and Lesotho and trained both foreign as well as local teachers. Now he heads Teacher Link and loves loves helping teachers develop their teaching skills and start their amazing journey as abroad.
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Ila Afshar

Director of Recruitment, Shanghai

Ila is a Swiss/Iranian who grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. She graduated from the Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality in 2011 and later worked for 2.5 years in Human Resources before moving to Shanghai in Spring 2015. Ila has a passion for fashion, cooking and animal welfare. Ila loves to travel and live life to the fullest which is what lead her to move to Shanghai!

Oliver Gorman

Senior Placement Consultant & Account Manager

Oliver was born near Manchester, England and has a 1st class degree in International Business and Chinese with distinction in spoken Chinese. He has lived full time in Shanghai since 2013 and before this spent time living in Paris as he really enjoys travelling to new places and experiencing different cultures. Oliver’s interests include football (Manchester United), MMA, golf, podcasts and astronomy.

Ashley Farrell

Senior Placement Consultant & Account Manager

Ashley is a Canadian who was born and raised in Nova Scotia. She studied Contemporary Studies and English at the University of King’s College in Halifax and graduated in 2010. After graduating, she moved to South Korea where she worked as an English teacher for four years. Ashley then received her Graduate Diploma in Business Administration in 2015 and moved to Shanghai the following year. She enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking.

Jacklynn Blanchard

Associate Placement Consultant

Jacklynn has spent most of her life in Colorado. She graduated cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in English: Creative Writing. For nearly 2 years, she worked as an English teacher and writer in Vietnam and Germany. She enjoys reading, podcasts, traveling, vintage fashion, and cooking.

Mary Long

Associate Placement Consultant

Mary is a Cambodian/American who grew up in Colorado. She had the opportunity to study abroad in New Zealand for a semester which sparked her desire to travel around the world. Upon graduation, Mary had the opportunity to travel to Cambodia before settling in South Korea for a year as an English Teacher. Mary enjoys music concerts, trying new foods, hiking and playing flag football.

Josie Piehl

Associate Placement Consultant

Josie was born and raised in Surrey, England to Swedish parents. She first fell in love with China when doing an internship for Teaching Nomad back in 2012. After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a degree in sociology, she taught English in Beijing, traveled South East Asia and later returned to Shanghai to work at an online language learning start up. She now helps others have an awesome experience abroad!

Moira McNally

Associate Placement Consultant

Moira was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. Upon graduation from university, Moira made the decision to move to Shanghai, where she studied abroad, to teach English for a year. With a background in sales and a passion for education, Moira was drawn to a career in teacher recruitment. In her spare time, she enjoys weekend adventures, seeing live music, binge watching new television shows, & spending time with friends.

Joseph Alter

Associate Placement Consultant

Joseph was raised in North Carolina, USA and studied plant ecology and American folklore. After graduation, Joseph taught ESL in the DC metro area though AmeriCorps. He them became a DIV I NCAA fencing coach for UNC Chapel Hill. Joseph came to China originally as a fencing coach. He enjoys learning Chinese, making costumes, playing old-time fiddle/banjo tunes and dancing at square dances.

Chloe Wang

TEFL Student Relations Specialist

Chloe is a native Chinese who was born in Shanghai and graduated from Shanghai Normal University. She was a teacher manager in a public university and a training school for 4 years. Before she came to teaching nomad, she was an administration supervisor in a financial company. Now she is studying for a master degree at Shanghai Jiaotong University. In her spare time she like travelling and watching TV series.
Nikhil Patel

Nikhil Patel

TEFL Trainer

Nik has been living and teaching in China since 2010. In that time, He's had the opportunity to teach adults, secondary and primary school English learners. He can't think of a moment when it wasn't enjoyable! Whilst doing so, He had the privilege to be welcomed into family homes, become part of a school's team of teachers and take part in much more than just teaching English. He can't think of another serious profession that so regularly delivers so many giggles. 

Daniel Moors

TEFL Trainer

Daniel is from the north of England and has been living in Shanghai for over 4 years now. Back in 2011, his wife and he decided to quit their jobs and travel the world for 12 months. It was a bit daunting at first, but turned into an amazing experience and gave him a new perspective on what was actually important in life. It also helped him realize I wanted to embark upon a new profession: teaching English. Daniel has been teaching kids and training teachers since Spring 2012 and loves it. 

Lisa Li

Head of Chinese Teacher Training

Lisa has been teaching English for over a decade and has been a teacher trainer for nearly five years. She's taught long-term specialized courses for small groups of teachers in addition to seminars to over a hundred teachers. In 2012 she received a government award for being the best teacher in Shanghai's Changning district. If Lisa is not training teachers she enjoys eating and baking cakes with her husband, watching TV and shopping on taobao.

Deshawn Peterson

Campus Ambassador Leader

Deshawn was born in raised in Detroit, Michigan and earned his BA in Marketing from Western Michigan University. After graduation, he moved to Chicago to spend the next couple years working in marketing. Deshawn moved to Shanghai in 2014 to teach ESL. He later returned to his trade by joining TN as the Campus Rep Program Manager. He enjoys studying Mandarin Chinese, reading about e-commerce, and traveling.



Laura comes from France, where she graduated from a Bachelor in Applied Foreign Languages. After studying abroad in Germany for a year, she went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Management. She studied in Texas for a semester and wanted to travel even more. Laura therefore moved to Shanghai and joined TN in June as a Marketing intern. She likes reading, traveling and going to restaurants.

Teaching Nomad is your connection to teaching in Asia & The Middle East! We are a western owned and operated teacher placement agency with offices in Denver & Shanghai. We take a lot of pride in connecting teachers with great teaching opportunities.


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