Head of School

Daniel Waterman comes from Canada and is an experienced International School Head having directed 6 schools-- 3 of which were in China.  Mr. Waterman has a B. Ed. from the University of Alberta, and an M.A. in Educational Adminsitration from George Washington University. He has been an educator for 16 years. He is an avid photographer and leads the school photography club. You can see his photos at 


Secondary HOD/HS Social Studies

Jennifer Burns is an American who has lived and taught in many places around the world, including the USA, Cyprus, Morocco, South Korea, Thailand, and now China. She is a certified teacher in Florida and has her M.A. in Education. It is her fourth year at AIAN, and her 17th year teaching abroad. Mrs. Burns is the Middle/High School Head of Department, the College and Careers Counselor, and a High School Social Studies Teacher.


Elementary HOD/Grade 1

Liz Taylor has extensive experience working in International schools in Asia including working as Head of department for over 7 years in Myanmar. There, she wrote the elementary curriculum, planned, implemented and trained the local teachers on how to use it.  Liz has worked in Thailand, Myanmar, China and Spain. She is also an examiner for Cambridge exams.  She has a B.A. Hons in English Literature and has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Animal Behaviour.  Liz has a Montessori Teaching Diploma in Elementary Education.


ELL HOD/High School ELL

 Glen Porritt is from the United Kingdom and has been teaching English as a Second Language for almost ten years. He studied his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Hull and his Master’s at the University of Teesside. He has his Advanced Teaching English in a Foreign Language Certification from The University of Columbia teaching college and had worked in both South Korea and England before coming to China in 2011. He will be working primarily with the high school students; teaching both English Language Learning and College Writing, and he also is the primary proctor and administrator for MAP testing here at AIAN


Mandarin HOD

Janet Bao has been teaching Mandarin in AIAN for five years. She taught English as a foreign language &TOEFL in the former school for more than two years. She graduated from Zhejiang Normal University with the B.A. degree &majored in English education.She has the Certificate in International Chinese Language teaching in Ningbo University


Office Manager

Shirley graduated with a BA degree in English from Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology in 2008. She has been working in AIAN for more than five years. She loves the school environment and has smiles for everyone-- students, parents, and colleagues. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family, enjoy coffee time, and listen to the music.