Middle School

  Angelia Guan – Mandarin Language
Angelia Guan is a Mandarin teacher in DAIS. She happily joined the school in August, 2011, after she earned her Master of Education from Hong Kong University in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. Ms. Guan earned her Bachelors degree from HuaQiao University. During that period, she had several opportunities to teach abroad and she developed deep love for her career. Presently, Ms. Guan is enjoying expressing her love of both Chinese language and culture to her students.
  Annie Cui – Mandarin Language Department Head
Annie Cui graduated from Shenyang Normal University in 2008 with a degree in English and education. While completing course work for her bachelor’s degree, she took up a half-year internship in a Chinese public middle school, working as a homeroom teacher. She currently holds two official teaching certificates, a National Teacher Certificate and a Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Ms. Cui came to DAIS in the fall of 2009. She believes that it is better to teach a man to fish than to give him a fish, and she is very passionate about spreading Chinese language and culture to the world.
  Brooks Perry – Physical Education and Health Education
Brooks Perry graduated from the University of Kansas in the spring of 2010 with a Bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. While at the University of Kansas he was employed by a public research affiliate of the university called Energy Balance Laboratory. His primary role was to develop fitness plans for research subjects studying the effects of whey protein on muscle mass development. After graduating, he worked as Peace Corps volunteer in rural Zambia for 2 years under the health umbrella. He returned to the United States in 2012 and began working in physical education and outdoor education for at-risk students at a therapeutic boarding school in Idaho. In this capacity, he developed a working knowledge of instructing adolescents from a holistic perspective. In August of 2015, Brooks joined the DAIS academic team as the secondary health/physical education/outdoor education teacher. He believes in empowering students through meaningful activities that encourage them to be life-long learners and positive contributors to a growing world community.
  Elizabeth Lobe – Health Education
Elizabeth Lobe graduated from Washington State University in 1989 with a degree in Home Economics Education with a minor in Health. She received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Leadership from University of Portland in 1998. Elizabeth is National Board Certified Teacher from the United States which she received in 2009. She and her husband Randy joined the DAIS community in 2016 from Lacey, Washington, where she taught Family and Consumer Science (formerly, Home Economics) for 26 years plus AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college and career ready course, the last three years. In addition to teaching, she loves to cook, swim and explore new surroundings. Mrs. Lobe believes in hands-on, applied learning approach to her teaching. The connection between the topic discussed in class and everyday living is an integral part of understanding the world we live in.
  Ezana Negash – English Language Arts and Social Studies
Ezana Negash graduated from Fort Lewis College in Colorado in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in humanities (concentrations in African history, English, and French.) He then worked as a metatext editor for netlibrary.com making the first ebooks and etextbooks, before making the move to education. He completed his Master in Education in 2008 at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Ezana began his teaching career as a sixth and eighth grade literacy teacher at South Middle School in Aurora, Colorado and worked almost exclusively with second language learners for nine years. He was a member of the Curriculum & Instruction Literacy Advisory Group writing curriculum aligned to Common Core Standards at the district level. Ezana first came to China in 2014 to teach high school English at Nansha College Preparatory Academy in Guangzhou.
  Helen Mortlock de Gil – Visual Arts
Helen Gil has taught art in high schools for over 30 years in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Venezuela. The expressive and visual arts are a necessary part of education. Through the arts each student can develop a true sense of identity and find a way to comment and express that self-understanding. Her aim as a teacher of visual arts is to make students feel successful so that at some time in their life a few years on they will pick up a brush, a pencil, or a pen again and begin to do something that they learned during their time in her classes. She is a founding member of AVA, the Venezuelan Watercolour Association, a member of the Caracas Drawing Circle (Circulo de Dibujo), and the Caracas and London Urban Sketchers group. She has become passionate about urban sketching and has a blog where you can follow her sketching posts.
  Joseph McPherson – Science
Joseph came to Huamei/DAIS with years of teaching experience in science and TESOL. He began his teaching career with his wife Michelena in Japan in 1998. Coming to China with their daughter four years ago was the realization of a dream to share with her the experience of living internationally. Joseph has taught 7th through 12th grade science in his four years at Huamei/DAIS and enjoys caring for a small but eclectic menagerie of critters in his classroom. Joseph has also taken up the facilitation of the THIRST internship program. THIRST in an NGO that trains students to present locally on water issues faced by China. In the last two years, our THIRST participants have orchestrated school visits and presented to over 1,000 students at area schools. Joseph can often be found playing his assortment of bamboo flutes or working on his dart game.
  Julie Yue – Mandarin Language
Julie Yue graduated from XinYang College with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature in 2014. From 2010 to 2013, she served as the editor of the college’s literature club publications. From September 2014 to June 2015, she taught Chinese at a public high school. In 2018 she graduated from Qinghai University of Nationalities with a master’s degree in the theory of art and literature. Before coming to DAIS, she taught in Anyang City High School for one year, and then came to DAIS in the fall of 2018. Julie believes that teaching creates happiness and helps her to learn and grow with her students.
  Logan Bryant – Drama
Mr. Bryant graduated from the University of Southern California in 2014 with a degree in international relations with an emphasis in Pacific Rim studies. Growing up, Mr. Bryant was an actor auditioning for major television network series and films. In college, he began studying Chinese language and culture, seeking a slightly different career path. In 2014, Mr. Bryant moved to Shanghai, China and studied Chinese language at Fudan University. Mr. Bryant has been with DAIS/Huamei for two and a half years and is looking forward to teaching drama and EAL this year. In his free time, Mr. Bryant likes playing with his dog, making Chinese food with his wife, playing video games, watching films, and writing for his blog.
  Matthew Krakowski – Physical Education
Matthew Krakowski graduated from Springfield College in 2012 with a degree in movement studies and a minor in sports medicine. In 2014, he completed two master’s degrees in athletic administration and teacher licensure for physical education. He taught at Springfield College as a graduate assistant for one year. Afterwards, he taught both lower and upper school physical education at Qingdao #1 International School of Shandong Province for three years and served as the athletic director. This is his second year at DAIS, teaching elementary/middle school physical education and serving as the coordinator of after-school activities. Mr. Krakowski’s physical education teaching philosophy focuses on developing students’ psychomotor, affective, and cognitive domains. Mr. Krakowski is also the head women's volleyball coach and head women's basketball coach here at DAIS.
  Melissa Lassers – Language Arts and Social Studies
Melissa Lassers joined DAIS in 2013. Melissa grew up in San Francisco, California and comes from a family of teachers going back two generations! She obtained her Bachelor Degree from Portland State University and her Master's in Education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She has taught middle school Language Arts and Social Studies in the Vancouver, Washington school district for ten years and loves her job as a teacher. She has three grown boys: two are in the U.S. military (U.S .Marines and U.S. Navy), and one is a worldwide competitive horseback rider. This is Ms. Lassers’ fist adventure in international teaching and she is very excited to be a member of the DAIS staff. Her passion for teaching enables her to make amazing connections with her co-workers, students and their families!
  Melody Gifford – Choral Music
Melody Gifford joins the DAIS community this year as the middle school and high school choir teacher. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado and her master’s degree in choral conducting from Penn State University. This year begins her 20th year of teaching, having previously taught music and choir in Colorado, Israel, China, and The Dominican Republic. She is passionate about creating a safe space for her students to grow as they explore music in the ensemble setting as well as for their own personal enjoyment. She loves to see students gain confidence in performing and celebrates students’ successes on the stage and in the classroom. She is joined by her husband, Cody Gifford, who is the elementary school music teacher, and their two daughters.
  Oliver Bernabe – Mathematics
Oliver Bernabe graduated with a degree in mathematics and completed his Certificate in Professional Education at the University of Rizal System in the Philippines. The school year following his college graduation, his alma mater employed him to teach mathematics in the secondary and tertiary levels. After eight years of teaching in the Philippines, he traveled to China and afterwards found himself teaching ESL to Chinese students of different age levels. He also taught A-level mathematics to Chinese students who will complete their university studies in the UK. Oliver has now worked at DAIS for more than four years and considers every moment of teaching as a learning experience not just towards being a better instrument for student’s understanding of mathematics and its applications, but also as an ambassador of understanding and appreciating cultural differences and diversity among his students, colleagues, peers and the community.
  Peter Wang – Mandarin Language
Mr. Wang graduated from Changchun Normal University in 2007 with a Bachelor degree in Chinese Language and Literature. He taught Chinese literature for three years in Dalian University and Liaoning Institute of Science and Technology College before coming to DAIS in the fall of 2010. Mr. Wang joined the Huamei Academy in the fall of 2014 as a Mandarin Teacher. The experience of teaching assistant for four years at DAIS has enabled him to organically integrate traditional Chinese teaching concepts with Western teaching methods in order to broaden the students’ thinking. Mr. Wang believes that students reach their potential by taking an active role in the classroom.
  Robert Campbell – English Language Arts and Social Studies
Robert Campbell graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1992 with a degree in Liberal Arts with emphasis in political economy, Spanish, and literature. To add to his Spanish credentials he studied in Morelia, Mexico for a quarter. After pursuing a high-level amateur road cycling career, he returned to The Evergreen State College where he earned his Master in Teaching degree in 2002. Mr. Campbell taught for six years as a junior high Spanish and Social Studies teacher near his home in Olympia, Washington, and later, another six years as a Dual Language Social Studies and English teacher at another middle school. Mr. Campbell comes to Huamei/DAIS with his wife Sarah and daughter Marieka. He tries to foster independence and ownership for learning in his students.
  Scott McCoy – English Language Arts and Social Studies
After graduating from the University of Montana with a forestry degree, Scott McCoy earned an English literature degree from the University of Texas at Tyler. He began his career teaching English at John Tyler High School for two years, and then he and his wife Sharon moved to Portland, Oregon where he taught middle school humanities in the Gresham School District for the next twenty-eight years. In 2006 Scott became a nationally certified teacher and renewed his certification in 2016. Scott has three children: Dylan, Morgan, and Lance. Following extensive training through Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Scott believes a workshop approach to reading and writing is the key to nurturing lifelong passionate readers and writers. His favorite adult novel is Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (Paris, Spain, bullfighting, fly fishing-- what’s not to love?). His favorite student novel is The Hobbit or any other good fantasy author.
  Sonsie Ang – Mathematics
Sonsie Ang completed her Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering and Maters Degree in Business Administration in Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in the Philippines. After a few years of working as a civil engineer and having a small business, she took up part time teaching at Lourdes College. Here, she found that her true passion is teaching which led her to get a certificate in Professional Education and a Diploma in Special Education. She then went and taught in Virginia and New Mexico as a middle school math teacher for four years. She is currently teaching middle school math and high school physics.
  Wagner Pierre – Science
Wagner Guy Pierre earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Miami in May 2003 and began teaching at West Miami Middle School. In 2006, he decided to relocate and taught at River Trail Middle School for 5 years. During his time there, he was selected among teachers across the country to participate in the Northrop Grumman Foundation's Weightless Flights of Discovery in 2008. A few years later, he was honored as a Georgia Master Teacher for consistently providing high-quality teaching to his students, based on standardized test scores of his students. In 2012, he earned his Master of Education degree from the University of Georgia. During that same year, he accepted a teaching position at GEMS Dubai American Academy and worked there for 4 years. In 2017 he has made Dalian his new home and is proud to be a member of the science department at DAIS!


What Parents are Saying

"DAIS is more than just a school.. we are a community. And I am so lucky to have my children growing up in such a loving, caring environment. The small classroom and warm environment at DAIS have provided my children with such a unique education... our family is grateful for the opportunity. My kid are excited every day they leave for school. The feel at home in the halls at DAIS and are having so much fun, they don't even realize they're learning!"
Jennifer (America)

"This is our fourth year at Dalian American International School. The teachers and administration at DAIS truly care, and do anything to help the students. We are seeing strong academics and small class sizes but learning here is also about building character. Our children are becoming well-rounded thinkers that see themselves as an important part of a bigger community."
Brianna (America)

"I have seen my children bloom educationally during the last two years while they have attended DAIS. The school has a focus on small class sizes, an excellent teaching staff and a friendly international environment which has created a positive learning atmosphere for my daughters. My kids look forward to school on a daily basis and I feel that says it all."
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