Shenyang No.2 Sino-Canadian High School 

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Frank Tenure: 2018


Hello, I am Dr. Frank Covey an experienced Nova Scotia teacher, principal, and education consultant. I had worked for 34 years in Nova Scotia schools and have now been associated with the Nova Scotia Sino-Canadian Program for 11 years. I am pleased to now serve as the International Education Director for York International Group, Inc. During my Nova Scotia government tenure, I was the Director, International Programs and had the privilege to officially open the Shenyang No.2 High School Sino-Canadian Program in 2007. I am looking forward to being back in Shenyang again and a contributing member of the Sino-Canadian Program community.


Gregory Tenure: 2011

I have found working at Shenyang No. 2 High School to be both an edifying and a fulfilling experience, both professionally and personally.

In professional terms, teachers and administration have consistently demonstrated their shared commitment to creating an environment that is conducive to student learning. The results have been fantastic. Students here have been excelling in all aspects of academic life, from their coursework to their extracurricular activities to their genuine appreciation of what it means to be a lifelong learner. As a teacher, I cannot imagine a better school in which to work: students are always well-behaved and respectful of their teachers, classroom management issues do not exist here, and the administration has never wavered in its support of teachers. This development of a positive learning community, based on shared goals in education, has been instrumental to my own personal growth as an individual.

In personal terms, I was, frankly, surprised by the ease with which I adapted to this unique learning environment. I had never visited China before, nor had I ever spent such a long time away from familiar surroundings. Yet, I had never the experienced the “trough” that most first-year teachers experience – indeed, it has been a very comfortable initiation to the teaching profession. I am always looking forward to coming back for the next term.

Steve Tenure: 2013 

Teaching in China has been an enjoyable experience with an inclusive group of excellent teachers, a supportive administration, good accommodations, and a variety of nutritious food. The weather is just like Ottawa, but without the volumes of snow or variability.

I was pleasantly surprised at the intensity of learning displayed by some of the students and their dedication to getting better. This has made my experience rewarding and enjoyable. All the students are respectful and polite.

My approach at The Sino-Canadian program has been to relay Nova Scotia’s curriculum and help the students increase their English language comprehension as well as their study skills to make the transition to post secondary studies in North America smoother.

Nathan Tenure: 2017

This is my first year teaching at Shenyang No. 2  High School and my first year in China. Before coming to SCP, I taught for 3 years in the United States. You will not find better students than the ones we have here. They are smart, motivated, and respectful. It is truly a pleasure to teach them every day. 

The school and our apartments are in Shenbei, a suburb of Shenyang. It is a quiet area where locals rarely see foreigners, so we are sometimes treated like celebrities. There are many Chinese restaurants and a grocery store near where we live along with a street market. In Shenyang, one can find many western food, shopping, and many entertainment options. We are approximately 75 minutes by bus and 45 minutes by cab to downtown depending on traffic. 

I believe China is a great place for foreigners. The people here are incredibly kind and accepting. I spend many weekends traveling and the opportunity to explore and learn about the culture has been one I will never forget. 

Andrew Tenure: 2016


My name is Mr. Andrew N. Banya. I was born in Sierra Leone, Africa but, have lived most of my life in Canada. I attended high school in Victoria, British Columbia. I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Science from the University of Victoria with a double major in Mathematics and English. I later obtained a Bachelor of Secondary Education from The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta. Upon graduating from The King’s University, I started working at Shenyang No. 2 High School. While teaching at this school I have had the privilege of working with a great team of teachers and administrative staff, who I can call friends. My experience at Shenyang No. 2 High School has been wonderful and I cannot be any happier. The students are great and staff members are welcoming. In fact, my experience in China so far has really been a blessing and I highly recommend Shenyang No. 2 High School to anyone hoping to join our team.

Best Wishes,

Mr. Banya

Sonia Tenure: 2015

I am a self-motivated person who finds teaching a very fulfilling profession. After thirteen years in the field I was promoted as head of the Mathematics Department in one of the secondary schools in the Philippines. I was tasked to do supervisory and administrative duties by my superiors. Aside from these, I was often involved by the Department of Education to write materials and train teachers to help enhance the mathematics curriculum.

My involvement in different organizations, especially in the field of information and communication technology (ICT), helped broaden my horizons and helped prove what I am capable of.

Kathir Tenure: 2014

My name is Kathir Brabaharan. I have a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, with a focus on Laser Spectroscopy. My in-depth understanding of Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics combined with my enthusiasm for these subjects allow me to create an optimal learning environment in my classroom and provides an integrated approach to learning. Fostering a balanced learning environment provides students with the opportunity to make connections across the curriculum and with the world around them. My teaching often involves innovative problem solving and pushes students to understand these subjects on a deeper level; as opposed to a purely mechanical application of the subject. Canadian teachers in this school are supported by a high quality curriculum provided with the necessary resources for teaching and learning. I have been working with Chinese students in Canada and in China for over 25 years and experienced tremendous success with them as an educator. It has been a pleasure to teach Physics to highly motivated, talented and diligent students while working with both Chinese and Canadian administrators and teachers of the Nova Scotia, Sino-Canadian Program of Shenyang No.2 High School.

Cecilia Tenure: 2017

This is my first year at Shenyang No. 2 High School and it has been a pleasure teaching Biology 12 and Science 10 to a group of wonderful, respectful, and hard-working individuals through the Sino-Canadian program. Although this is my first time teaching outside of Canada, the school, Canadian and Chinese staff, and welcoming students have made the transition very smooth and enjoyable. Throughout this short time, I have had multiple opportunities to grow both personally and professionally, and I appreciate the supportive teaching environment that allows me to explore different teaching strategies and activities in order to engage students in the sciences. All in all, I look forward to continue working alongside our students, as we prepare them for further education in Canada.

Paul Tenure: 2017

My name is Paul Henderson and I am from Winnipeg, Canada. I have been teaching for a long time- some of it in Canada, and a lot of it overseas- in Greece, The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, 10 summers in England, and in China. Previously, I spent 8 years near Guangzhou. Most of my career has been spent teaching English, but also some other things. At the end of January this year, I had my first novel published- a work of historical fiction. It felt good for that to happen. Now I wait to make the best sellers list! I have enjoyed my teaching time in China, feeling like my work bears results. Teaching is demanding, but seeing students get hold of new ideas, explore their own ideas and feel comfortable in English is a great reward.

Tom Tenure: 2016

A native of Kingston, ON and a Queen’s University graduate, I have taught high school English, ESL, and Teacher-Librarianship in Niagara Falls, Thorold, Mississauga, Toronto, and Ottawa over the past three decades and also enjoyed teaching at some post-secondary schools in Nantes, France in the late 1990’s. My classroom experience with Grade 11 and 12 English students here at SCP during the past two years has been delightful.

Gaye Tenure: 2018

I am from Nova Scotia, Canada. I live right next to the Northumberland Strait in a place called Brule. I received my BSc in science from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, and my BEd from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS. I was a grade 11, 12 Biology teacher in NS for 35 years. In 2006 I obtained a MSC in Agriculture at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro, NS. I am now in my last year of a PhD program at Dalhousie University, Halifax. My area of study is Biology (plant science). I have three successful children, and 5 grandchildren. In my spare time I like to dance, exercise, and play bridge.