Meet The Team

Secondary School
  • Mr David Wang

    Chinese Language Acquisition China

    Mr David Wang holds a Master of Education from Beijing Culture and Language University.

    He has been working as a Chinese teacher more than 30 years. He loves Chinese culture and has the passion to share his knowledge of Chinese culture with his students and colleagues.

  • Mr Gabriel Rivera

    Athletic and Activities Director/PHE Teacher USA

    Gabriel Rivera holds a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Endicott College, Massachusetts, USA. He started his coaching and teaching career in 2000 with the Polk County School District before moving into management. After moving to Beijing in 2015, he returned to his roots of teaching and coaching.

    He has a passion for the game of baseball that he played from a tender age of six. The sport of baseball paved a path for his education as he played four years for Warner University in the NAIA Sun Conference in Florida. Gabriel is a firm believer that sport and fitness play a big role in a child’s life.

    Gabriel lives in Beijing with his beautiful wife Destyni and his growing sons, Gabriel and Julian. He has a daughter, Kiana that lives, works, and studies in the US.

  • Dr Priya Gopalan

    MYP Sciences and DP Physics teacher India

    Basically an Indian by origin, Dr Gopalan came to Beijing four years back under Chinese academy of sciences and the world academy of sciences fellowship program for pursuing a Doctoral degree. She holds a Doctoral degree in natural Sciences with specialisation in Physics from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. Before getting into research field Dr Gopalan was teaching undergraduate students back in India. In order to pursue and complete her studies Dr Gopalan left teaching for a while, completed her PhD and joined BISS to continue her passion for teaching. Dr Gopalan has been passionate in her commitment to increasing individual student performance, inspiring student’s interest in Science and providing them with opportunities for personal growth. Apart from teaching Dr Gopalan does research on solar physics and in free time likes listening to some old melodies from Indian music and reading biographies. On personal level she is a home bird and likes spending time with her family. She lives in Beijing with her husband (who is an Astrophysicist) and her daughter.

  • Mr Richard Frankland

    MYP English Acquisition and DP English B teacher United Kingdom

    Mr Richard Frankland comes from a small town near London in the county of Kent. He holds a CELTA teaching certificate from The University of Cambridge in England, and a Post Graduate Certificate in International Education (with Merit) from the The University of Nottingham in England. He is also completing his Master's Degree in Education at Nottingham University, studying policy, research and practice, and is specialising in practitioner inquiry and action-based research. Mr Frankland taught English as a foreign language for seven years, briefly working in Hong Kong and Japan, before settling down with his Chinese wife in Beijing. He then became an English language teacher trainer for three years, working in a pioneering research project that is run in collaboration between the Chaoyang Education Committee and Beijing BISS International School. Richard now teaches Language Aquisition (MYP) and English B (DP) to reflect the needs of his students and the school, and he aims to deepen and refine his pupils capacity to reflect critically on the way they work, and how they use English language to express opinions. He also states that one of the critical purposes of professional development is to improve both the professional skills of the individual and to improve the school - teaching and learning is a community-wide endeavour, and we must all work hard together. In his spare time, Richard enjoys learning Chinese, hiking, learning to cook Chinese food, and cycling.

  • Ms Viorica Barbu

    MYP and DP English Language and Literature teacher Romania

    Viorica Barbu comes from Romania and holds a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) from Lancaster University, and a BA in English Language & Literature and History. Ms Barbu’s experience in education includes eleven years of teaching in various settings and countries – Romania, England, and China – as well as one year working as a teacher trainer at BISS Teacher Training Institute. Ms Barbu has been living and working in China for six years, and Beijing is her favorite city so far, particularly because of the sense of community that she has found here, but also because of the professional and personal growth opportunities that the city has to offer. She loves dancing, reading, exploring new places and cultures, and learning from all those around her, and she is interested in mindfulness and helping others grow.

  • Mr Joshua Brown

    MYP and DP Mathematics teacher United Kingdom

    Mr Brown has been teaching mathematics for six years, predominately in the UK. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham, and he has QTS through the Graduate Teacher Programme. During his time teaching in the UK Mr Brown taught all levels up to and including A-Level Further Mathematics as well as aiding students in their preparations for mathematics entrance tests for Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He has been an Assistant Head of Mathematics in the UK, as well as holding the role of Head of Mathematics in another school in China. Mr Brown's interests include playing football and playing chess.

  • Dr Prince Amoah Barnie

    DP Biology and MYP Science Teacher Ghana

    Dr. Prince Amoah Barnie comes from Ghana. He obtained his PhD in Laboratory Medicine from Jiangsu University, China, Master of Philosophy in Microbiology from University of Ghana as well as the Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Science Education from the University of Cape Coast. Dr Barnie has over 8 years of teaching experience at Secondary School and University level and a passion for the teaching of science to students using models that help to explain various scientific principles. Apart from teaching, Dr Barnie does research in cancers, autoimmune diseases and pathogenic biology. His academic papers were published in a number of international journals. Dr Barnie loves to run Science Clubs in schools to inspire students’ interest in learning science. At his leisure time, he loves to read published articles in scientific journals, watch movies and travel around the world.