six female students playing outside tianjin international school elementary department

Our Elementary years give children the chance to explore the world with wonder, as they move, explore, create and learn together.

A warm welcome from our Principal

Welcome to our Elementary school!

Come and see students actively participate in the classrooms and beyond. Each day, our students participate in various learning experiences, including teacher-directed and student-directed activities. Our curriculum aims to provide core content areas as the basis for the development of student's critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Our staff are always excited to foster relationships with the students by building trust and giving support. With opportunities provided in and out of the classroom, our goal is to make our students well-rounded young men and women who can go on to make a positive difference in the world.

We can't wait to meet such excited learners!

Dani Beth Barsalou

ECC + Elementary Principal

Bringing the curriculum to life

Sustained language development

The English language is central to the way in which our elementary students understand and appreciate their world, and to the ways in which they participate socially and culturally. Our language arts program inspires students to read for pleasure, learn new information, share their thoughts and feelings, and speak confidently.

Daily 5 Literacy Program

By focusing on intentional instruction, along with extended periods of practice, students will see growth in their reading, writing, and listening proficiency. Students choose from five components each day: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Word Work, Read to Someone and Listening to Reading.


Our curriculum is designed to allow students to connect with, build upon, and refine their skills in numbers, functions, geometry, patterns and algebra. Our problem-solving approach not only helps each student to learn a specific concept, but to really grasp the process by which they learned it.

Character development

Purpose, humility, courage, compassion, persistence, discernment, service, curiosity and connection… These are the nine qualities we instill in all our students, from their early childhood years on.

Learning beyond lessons

Co-curricular activities offer students the motivation to learn, build confidence, develop their character, grow physically, and nurture their creativity. Students who are involved in co-curricular opportunities also become more invested—socially and academically—in their overall school experience.

Partnering with parents

A strong partnership with parents ensures a better education for their children. Through multiple formal and informal parent events, and regular communication throughout the school year, we keep parents up-to-date on various aspects of education, vital for their child’s success.

Our Elementary teaching team

Michelle Barrios

Elementary Teacher

Chrisilda Sarsalejo

Elementary Teacher

Diego Brito

Elementary Teacher

TJ Rodriguez

Elementary Teacher

Lee Williams

Elementary Teacher

Mei Smith

Elementary Teacher

Lisa Gines

ELS Coordinator

Phoebe Pang

Science Teacher

Olivia Guo

General Teaching Assistant

Jessie Hu


Jessie Gao

General Teaching Assistant

Emily Wang

General Teaching Assistant

Felicia Liu

General Teaching Assistant

Christina Wu

ECC / Elementary Principal Assistant

Erin Jin

Music Teacher

Jessica Guan

Elementary Art Teacher

Ada He

Director of Chinese Program

Fang Liu

Chinese Teacher

Amy Shen

Chinese Teacher

Amanda Wang

Chinese Teacher

Emily Zhao

Chinese Teacher

Grace Zhou

Chinese Teacher

Recognized for excellence

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Tianjin International School is accredited by Cognia, the largest education improvement organization in the world—demonstrating our commitment to learners, teachers, leaders and communities.

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