ISC FAST FACTS
With our first school established in Tianjin in 1986, iSC schools are among the oldest in China today. In our schools you are likely to find the children of diplomats and business people, some freshly arrived, some having been abroad for most of their lives. They come from Korea and the Americas, from Germany, Australia, the Phillipines and beyond. iSC schools operate in six Chinese cities and we are proud to offer an American-based curriculum, providing a solid foundation in both education and character. Our schools are open to students regardless of race, color or creed. Our curriculum is college preparatory, and our results speak for themselves with many of our students attending the finest universities in North America, Asia and Europe. We also believe that our students’ success depends on parental participation, and we strive to create strong relationships with both parent and child.
- School Year: 178 days per year. Begins mid-August, ends by June 9th
- Ages Served: Junior Kindergarten (3 or 4 years old) to Grade 12
- School Locations: Chengdu, Qingdao, Shenyang, Tianjin, Wuhan, Wuxi Yantai
- Curriculum: North American in scope and sequence, college-preparatory in structure, and taught with a high emphasis on character. See each school’s website (in the footer, below) for their curriculum specifics.
- Average Class Size: K-5 = 14; 6th-12th Grade = 12
Our Mobilization Team
Whether at our home office in Atlanta, or on the road — in a town near you! — our Mobilization Team Members are eager to meet you. Check the calendar and see when we might be able to meet up, and shoot us a line. Otherwise, any of our Mobilization Team Members are happy to field your questions, or work with you in filling out an interest form or application.
Our Road Schedule
Val Akins – Mobilization Director
Prior to joining LDi, Val spent 17 years in Nashville, TN where he owned a staffing company specializing in information technology services. Val and his family moved to Georgia in 2003, where he operated a commercial real estate company until joining LDi in 2008.
As the US Director of Mobilization, Val oversees the activities of recruiting, processing and sending of new staff, as well as the partnership development of supported staff. He also participates in frequent recruiting trips and travels to LDi’s host countries annually.
Phil Bassett - Recruiter
Prior to joining ISC/LDi, Phil was Professor of Education and Department Chair at Cedarville University in Ohio where he taught for 13 years. Before moving to higher education, Dr. Bassett spent 11 years in public and private schools as a teacher and administrator.
In addition to helping plan ISC teacher conferences and other professional development, Dr. Bassett helps oversee Living Rock, LDi’s Chinese teacher training center, and also makes two trips a year to the U.S. to help recruit new teachers for LDi.
Bill Gandy - Recruiter
Previously, Bill served as the director of admissions and school counseling, and as an academic adviser for two separate iSC schools. Bill highly values individuals and believes, “There is hope in forgiveness”– John Piper. While serving as a school counselor Bill focused on helping families and individuals in the transition process as they entered and left international school communities. Bill was awarded a Master of Education degree in School Counseling at the State University of New York-Buffalo after receiving his undergraduate diploma from Dallas Baptist University.
Enthusiasm and opportunities to apply his prior work experience and talents motivate Bill as he recruits teachers and professionals to serve with the LDi/iSC team. Bill inserts fun, when he can, with a goal of enhancing relationships and creating an enjoyable work atmosphere. Availability and approachability are two key assets Bill uses to develop positive relationships in the recruiting process for LDi teachers and professionals.
Kris Crum - Recruiter
Although originally from the northeast, Kris has lived in Littleton, Colorado since returning to the US from China in 2011 to be near family.
In 1996, she began her education career as a third grade teacher in Tianjin, China. Kris fell in love with the international community and the local people of China and a 2 year contract turned into 15 years of service with International Schools of China (ISC). She served as an Elementary Teacher (grades 2-7), Admissions and Guidance Counselor and the Head of Student Services & College Counselor in Qingdao, China. Kris’ vast experiences and rich heritage with ISC is a valuable asset as she shares the LDi story with those she meets.
Tammy Preston - Digital Recruiter
Tammy is a graduate of Berry College. Her professional experience was forged while championing the Team and Leadership Development efforts for the WinShape Foundation in Rome, Georgia for 20 years. In 2011, she and her family moved to Nairobi, Kenya for 4 years. While there, Tammy combined her leadership and facilitating background to help with consulting projects, teaching at the international school her children attended, and providing hospitality for people and groups traveling to Kenya.
Tammy and her husband, David, have been married for 23 years. They live in Peachtree City, GA and have two children: Wesley, 19, and Hannah, 16. She loves family time, travel, outdoor adventures, and culinary arts.
Gregg Vossler - Recruiter & New Educational Initiatives
Recruiter & New Educational Initiatives
In 2016 Gregg joined the New Educational Services of LDi with his focus primarily on helping develop new educational initiatives in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans. He also is a member of the LDi recruiting team and is active in helping recruit and mentor educators for LDi’s growing network of eight international schools in China and the Middle East.
Gregg brings a unique combination of expertise as both a practitioner and an educational entrepreneur. His deep heart passion is to develop schools that are filled with excellent educators who are vibrant and purposeful men and women and to see these schools impact communities and nations in life changing ways.
Becky Neufeld - Applicant Liaison
A California native, Becky currently lives in Newnan, Georgia. She had her first overseas experience in her early teens and from then on, grabbed every opportunity to experience new cultures. Teaching in China one summer, she returned to China the next year and left 13 years later. Her China students can be found in many professions including government, education, and the military. She has enjoyed watching first hand the many facets of China’s emergence onto the world stage.
China remains a big part of Becky’s life. She loves sharing the China story. She enjoys walking through the process with LDi applicants because she knows the wonderful impact China will have on them and they will have on those who become part of their lives in China.
Susan Phillips - Partnership Development
Completing 5 years in China, they joined the U.S. Mobilization Office. Susan considers it a delight and joy as a Partnership Development Coach to have an ongoing “high touch” relationship with LDi’s supported staff throughout their time of service with LDi/ISC. As a Short Term Applicant Liaison, she understands the “vision casting” value of short-term service as a bridge to full time service, and enjoys facilitating individuals through the process.
Peter Simmonds - Applicant Liaison
Peter, his wife Jenny, and his 5 children relocated to Georgia in October 2013 so he could take on the role of Applicant Liaison. In this new role he walks applicants through the hiring process so they can join the LDi team.
Lori Whitney - Lead Applicant Liaison
Lead Applicant Liaison
While in Shenyang, Lori fostered and then adopted her daughter, Sarah, from the Municipal Orphanage. In 2010, Lori joined the HR staff as an Applicant Liaison in our US office to better meet the needs of Sarah who has cerebral palsy. Before going to China, Lori taught for 11 years in the US. She has a BA in Elementary Education, an MA in Special Education, and an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction. She has taught students in grades K-11 and has worked with children from a variety of backgrounds.
Lori loved working in ISC schools most of all and enjoys keeping in touch with former students and co-workers from there. She also enjoys working with applicants who can fill the staffing needs of our LDi schools and other entities.
LDi Global Family
The parent company, Leadership Development International, has corporate offices in Atlanta, Tianjin and Beijing. Representing our work around the world, LDi connects people with opportunities to train, educate, build families, and to inspire through camps and sports.
LDi Education operates a network of K-12 international schools — International Schools of China — and provides educational management services (including hiring teachers) in the Middle East. Our students are the children of expatriates working for multinational companies. And their unique experiences today will influence how they lead the world tomorrow.
As the longest established international training and coaching firm in China, LDi Training helps individuals and organizations grow from the inside out. We develop world-class leaders and influencers through character-based coaching, mentoring, training and consulting services.