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.                                                            

Oliver Gorman

Director of Recruitment, Shanghai

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

Ashley comes from Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada where she studied a bachelor’s degree in English. She made her way to South Korea and taught ESL for four years before making the move to Shanghai where she found the opportunity to help other teachers have amazing overseas experiences just like she did, through Teaching Nomad. Ashley is an avid hiker and enjoys kayaking, hockey, and snowboarding.                                                           

Moira McNally

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.

Jayne Donabie

Associate Placement Consultant

Jayne is from a town just outside London, England. She has an undergraduate degree in law and recently completed a masters in criminal law and security. Her love for people and passion for helping others has drawn her to a career in recruitment which is why she joined Teaching Nomad. Jayne loves to travel and has spent a lot of time visiting Hong Kong and China. She enjoys charity work, learning Chinese and yoga.                                                            

June A. Chang

Associate Placement Consultant

June was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She studied Business Administration and Marketing at the University of Richmond in Virginia before moving to Shanghai. Prior to Teaching Nomad, June has worked in marketing at an educational services company and tech start up. Her interests include watching all the Dallas sports teams, keeping up with GOT and the fan theories, and going to museums.                                                            
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Brendan Allen

Associate Placement Consultant

Brendan grew up in Denver, Colorado. he has traveled to 11 other countries. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder. In his final year of school, Brendan began working for the CU Boulder study abroad office and found his passion for international education. He now brings that passion to the recruitment team of Teaching Nomad. Brendan's other passions include travel, golf, and coaching sport. 
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Ali Jaramillo

Associate Placement Consultant

Ali was born and raised in the sunshine state of Florida. She went to school at the University of Central Florida where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Human Communication. Before moving to Colorado, she backpacked through Europe for the first time. She is always seeking adventure and new challenges. Some of her passions include photography, puppies, pizza, and words that start with 'P'.                                                                                  

Michael T. Ostrowski

Associate Placement Consultant

Mike was born in Chicago, and will stop at nothing to tell you that Chicago-style pizza is the best pizza in the world. With a background in marketing, as well as experience teaching in China, Mike was inspired to combine these experiences and begin recruiting, so that he can help other teachers live out their dreams of working and living abroad. In his spare time, Mike likes to listen to and play music, study Chinese, play various sports, and religiously watch the Chicago Cubs. 

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.                                                         
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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.  

Olivia Ghisoni

TEFL Trainer

Olivia was born in Nice, France and educated in the UK. She holds a master’s degree in Field Linguistics from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Olivia has a passion for languages and education and moved to China in 2015 to teach at Soochow University. She has five years of experience in teaching and two in curriculum design. Olivia spends most of her free time cycling and running trails in the Chinese countryside. She is a dedicated triathlete and loves discovering new places..  

Iris Zhou

Human Resources

Iris comes from the south of China and has been living in Shanghai for over 4 years. She graduated from Shanghai University in 2017 with a Bachelors degree in English. Before graduation, she did several internships including in sales, administration and ESL teaching. She finally decided to work at Teaching Nomad as an intern. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, swimming and spending time with her friends.                                                             

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.  

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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   Kangding Road No.1018, Third Floor, Suite 306 Shanghai, Prc

   1660 S.Albion St. Suite 826, Denver,CO USA

 (+86) 21 8025 3905

 (+1) 720 531 6136



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