SABEH Board of Directors
SABEH is an all-volunteer, 501c3 registered non-profit in the Boston, MA area. It is composed of experienced teachers and administrators who are passionate about traveling to and working in China. Income generated is used for programs that build professional relationships with teachers in China and host Chinese teachers of English in the US.
Bedford High School, Bedford, NH
Evan Czyzowski is an English teacher and theater director at Bedford High School in New Hampshire. Each year he leads student trips to various countries throughout the world to help students broaden their understanding of the connections between cultures. He served four terms on New Hampshire’s National Education Association (NEA-NH) State Executive Board, and he currently chairs NEA-NH’s government relations committee. Evan has taught in China with the Sino-American Bridge for Education each summer since 2012, he has served as the Director of Education, and he is currently Chair of SABEH’s Board of Directors. He has lived and taught in Poland, co-directed a summer school in Poland for four summers, and taught two semesters of “First Year Writing” at the University of New Hampshire. Beginning in 2018, Evan began serving on the NH Humanities Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a BA in English and an MA in literature. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the “40 Under Forty” professionals in New Hampshire by the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Vice Chair / Director of Education
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Farmingham, MA
Gail works with all students at the school to increase academics and decrease behaviors. During her 32 years as an educator in Framingham, Gail has worked closely with local colleges and universities as a mentor to Student Teachers along with teaching a course about De-escalation for High Risk Students. Gail has developed curriculum units to be used in the classroom along with working collaboratively with educators across the district as well as in the state. Gail has participated in many committees to analyze data, create school improvement plans, develop positive behavior plans and has piloted many academic programs. Gail has been Co-Director of the Framingham Summer Scene program for the past seventeen years. As the Director, she was able to create a program for children in grades Pre-Kindergarten thru Grade 8 that offers academic and enrichment courses for all Framingham children. Gail’s many accomplishments over the past several years include becoming a CPI certified instructor and coordinator for the district, obtaining her Administration degree along with becoming RETELL-SEI certified. Gail is on a committee to bring educators from China to Framingham to teach Mandarin to three schools in the Framingham School District. She is also mentored the three Chinese educators to help them make their experience in the United States a positive one. She has worked very closely with BostonWise to bring 20 high school students to China in April 2016. Gail is a member of MESPA, ASCD and the Massachusetts Reading Association.
Assistant Director of Education
Unionville Elementary School, Kennett Square, PA
Mike has been teaching at Unionville Elementary School in Kennett Square, PA since 2011. He is certified in both elementary education as well as special education from the University of Delaware. He has taught several years in both regular and special education settings. Currently he is teaching second grade. Mike prides himself in his innovate approach to education. It is not unusual to see his young students programming robots, searching the internet for answers to life’s questions, and even participating in an occasional yoga stretch. In addition to classroom teaching, Mike is a Teacher Ambassador for the Library of Congress and has run workshops helping educators to navigate the Library. He has also served on the technology team in his school district, worked with gifted high school students at both Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University, and taught newly immigrated refugee children for several years on a volunteer basis. Mike has taught in China with SABEH since 2015.
Susan C. Thanas
Duxbury, MA Public Schools
Susan Cook Thanas, retired English teacher from Duxbury, Massachusetts, helped co-found SABEH in 2004. She has taught as an AFS teacher in Stavropol, Russia, and directed four choral exchanges in Russia/the USSR. Particularly interested in helping people of differing cultures learn about one another, she has hosted and mentored several people, including AFS teachers from Chongqing, China, and Bangkok, Thailand; AFS students from Thailand and Switzerland; and two students from Korea. She taught at Jin Cai High School in Shanghai in 2005-2006, at Anhui University in Hefei in 2012-2013, and for SABEH in Beijing, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Nanjing, and Hangzhou over several summers. She now enjoys sharing her love of Chinese culture and history by teaching Lifelong Learning courses at local Senior Centers.
Matthew Bruce is a dual registered financial advisor in Middleboro, MA. He has been in practice for 20 years, and he has been on the SABEH Board of Directors since 2011
Zhengxiang (Jason) Wang
U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University, Smithfield, RI
Zhengxiang(Jason) Wang joined the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University as an Academic Coordinator in March 2012. He is a Bryant University alumnus with a BS in Marketing and study focus on Global Supply Chain Management.
Prior to his present position, Jason worked as an Assistant Manager to assist in the development of international/local marketing and sales for both Chinese and American companies. He interned at the U.S.-China Institute and engaged in Institute’s major events. He was also a consultant for Chinese and American companies on policies and procedures of cross cultural business. Meanwhile, he instructed American and international students in the language and culture exchange programs. Jason is bilingual and familiar with educational systems and cultures of both China and U.S.
Anne S. Watt, Ed.D, Member at Large
Founder, Primary Source, Watertown, MA, retired
Anne S. Watt, Ed.D. (now retired), was Co-founder of Primary Source and its New England China Network, a 21-year-old professional development center for K-12 teachers specializing in multicultural and global education. She taught graduate courses on geography and China reaching more than 11,000 teachers. A global activist, she helps non-profit startups with missions of international service through education, and has partnered for 12 years with a Chinese friend to improve education in his village near Xi’an. She has co-led 9 study tours to China and Southeast Asia with her husband. As Vice-Chair of the all-voluntary Board/Staff of SABEH she has spent the last four years assisting with every aspect of its development.
Before co-founding Primary Source she taught in public schools, directed a rural Teacher Center serving 13 school districts in Vermont, served as a public school Director of Curriculum & Staff Development in New Jersey and New York, as an elementary Principal in New York, and served on the faculty of two colleges of education.
Joe Chismar, Member at Large
Whitman Hanson Regional School District, Hanson, MA
As a new member of the board at SABEH, Joe is excited to bring his love of travel and cultural and passion for education to this amazing program. Joe has been fortunate to travel to nearly 40 countries, but China is the one country to which he continues to return. He has been to China three times with SABEH; most recently he was the site leader at a school in Beijing. And over the past four years he has been a guest speaker for the local China Town Hall hosted by Whitman Hanson High School in coordination with the National Committee on U.S. China Relations.
Joe is a graduate of Boston University's School of Education. He earned his undergraduate degree in Social Studies Education, and most recently his master's degree in Education Leadership and Policy. He currently teaches history at Whitman Hanson High School. He is also the co-director of the high school's community evening school.
Heather-Marie Larson, Member at Large
Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, MA
Heather is a sixth grade English language arts teacher and high school soccer coach in Arlington, Massachusetts. During her time in Arlington, she has served on the Gibbs School Leadership Committee; mentored new teachers; and supervised the student-teaching practica of local teacher candidates. In 2018, the Arlington Education Foundation named her Ottoson Middle School's STARS Teacher of the Year. As a passionate educator and avid traveler, she was thrilled to teach in China for the first time in 2018. Heather has a BS in English Education and BA in English, and is currently working towards an Ed.M in Curriculum and Teaching, all from Boston University.
Rosemary Hunter, Emeritus
Principal, Greenwood Elementary, Warick, R.I.
Rosemary Hunter is a career educator with over twenty-five years in K-12 education, the last thirteen as a school principal, receiving Honor and Distinguished Service Recognition Awards during this time. In addition to administrative experience, Rosemary brings to the SABEH Board skills as a teacher, technology coordinator, mentor, grant writer, curriculum and training developer. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Bridgewater State University and a Master of Education degree in Computers in Education from Lesley University. Presently, Rosemary is pursuing further studies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) through the School of International Training, and Chinese through Bryant University. She is a member of the Rhode Island Association of School Principals, The Teacher Association for China Studies in Southern New England at the U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute at Bryant University, the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (MATSOL), and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL, Inc.). As a participant in the summer 2009 STARTALK Chinese Language and Culture program at Bryant University, Rosemary visited China on a two-week study trip that proved to be a pivotal moment in her career. Returning to the States with fervor for all things Chinese, Rosemary expanded her role as Principal to teach students about China, and implemented an after school “Passport to China” program. Upon learning about SABEH from a former colleague, Rosemary eagerly joined the Board finding in SABEH a vision and mission to which she is wholeheartedly devoted.
Sloan Sable, Ph.D, Emeritus
Winsor School, Boston, MA
Sloan Sable, Ph.D. in European history, is a recently retired teacher after forty-plus years of teaching non-Western, world and European history mostly at the Winsor School in Boston, MA. Her teaching career began in the Peace Corps in the early sixties in Liberia, West Africa. Since then she has taught students of all ages from middle school to college. Some honors she has received include a fellowship for independent study from the Council for Basic Education, two Fulbright-Hays Fellowships to India and China, and teaching awards from Winsor School students and administrators. Sloan co-authored a series of grammar workbooks titled, “Rules of the Game.” Sloan’s passion for all things Chinese was sparked by the Department of Education Fulbright trip to China in 1989-1990 when her group was the first official China/US contact after June 4th 1989. Since that time Sloan’s teaching and research has focused on Chinese history, and she has visited China many times traveling, leading student trips and teaching for a semester at Number Four Middle School in Hangzhou. At Winsor, Sloan was instrumental in establishing a student exchange with the Yu Hua School in Hangzhou.
Lu Jian - SABEH Project Coordinator, Retired, Advisor
Fujian Institute of Education, retired
Lu Jian, Professor of Fujian Institute of Education (just retired), has been working in the educational career for 38 years. In 1980, he graduated from Ningde Teacher’s College and became a teacher of English in Ningde Normal School. In 1986, he took the 3rdand 4thyears’ undergraduate program in Fujian Institute of Education and became a teacher of English there after graduation in 1988. In 1992, he was sent to Singapore National Institute of Education of Nanyang Technological University to do the Postgraduate Diploma in English Language Teaching. He became Vice Dean of the Department of Foreign Languages in Fujian Institute of Education when he completed his studies in Singapore in 1993. In 2003, he became Dean of the Department of Foreign Languages and has been in that position until he was retired in July, 2018. He has been with SABEH’s summer workshop since 2013 and has been the major liaison of SABEH’s summer programs in Fuzhou.
Chen Jian - Teacher and SABEH Liaison and consultant, Advisor
Kengyuan Middle School, Lianjiang County, Fujian Province, China
Chen Jian been an English teacher for over twenty years, working in several public junior high schools, grade 7 to 9. Currently, he is teaching 8th grade in Kengyuan Junior High School of Lianjiang County in Fuzhou where he also works as a school administrator. In 2015, he returned to the Fujian Normal University to work on his postgraduate degree, and he is an M.Ed candidate for 2018. Chen Jian has worked with SABEH since 2008 as the liaison, guide, and education consultant for summer program in Fuzhou. Each summer he has provided SABEH teachers in China with invaluable guidance with regards to Chinese education and culture.