Secondary Faculty

  Angelia Guan
Angelia Guan is a Mandarin teacher in DAIS. She happily joined the school in August, 2011, after she earned her Masters (Masters 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.
  Anna Harding
Anna Harding graduated from Arizona State University in 2008 with a bachelor degree in secondary education social studies and a minor in religious studies. She went on to complete her Master through Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instruction in 2012. In the summer of 2012 she was invited to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to attend a Primary Source Institute. She taught eighth grade history for three years in Phoenix, Arizona before coming to DAIS in 2014. Anna loves traveling, as it is a great opportunity for life-long learning.
  Annie Cui
This is Annie Cui’s fifth year at Dalian American International School as one of a five teacher Mandarin team. She is an eager member of this team. She has a bachelor’s degree from Shenyang Normal University in the English Education program. She also graduated with an English and Mandarin teaching certificate.Ms Cui comes from Benxi City in Liaoning province. Her initial teaching experience was in a Liaozhong County school that served local children from grades one to nine. Ms. Cui is teaching Middle School and High School aged students in DAIS this year. She enjoys students' passion and enthusiasm of learning Chinese language and culture from her teaching.
  Cos Fi
Cos Fi holds Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, graduate degrees (MA and Ph.D) in Mathematiscs Education, and Master of Science (MS) in predictive analytics. He has experience in Mathematics teachers’ professional development/learning, supporting students’ cognition of school mathematics, and Data Science & Predictive Analytics. Cos has taught at the high school and university levels, trained teachers and worked on inservice teachers’ professional learning. Cos joins DAIS in 2014 and is looking forward to helping students develop deep understanding of mathematics.
  Danielle Burgoon
Danielle Burgoon is thrilled to be teaching Geometry and AP Statistics at DAIS this year! She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Statistics. During her time there, she studied abroad in Luxembourg, which sparked her interest in living and working abroad. Prior to moving to Dalian, she taught middle school math for 3 years at a charter school in Chicago, Illinois. Dani enjoys running in her spare time and coached our inaugural ACAMIS cross country team Fall 2015! While she loves to support all Chicago sports teams, her favorite is the Chicago Blackhawks. She is an avid reader and her favorite series is Harry Potter. She is looking forward to a wonderful school year and working with DAIS students and teachers!
  Edward Bruce
Edward Bruce earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Public Policy from the University of Delaware in 2009, with a minor in History. He went on to receive his Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. After his undergraduate work, Edward spent a year with AmeriCorps working in a program called City Year, located in the city of Philadelphia. Edward also spent four years teaching 7th and 8th grade social studies in his home state of Delaware. Outside of school, Edward enjoys drawing, sports, and new opportunities to travel.
  Elizabeth Lobe
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.
  Elizabeth Otani
Elizabeth and her son Tomoki join DAIS from Herndon, Virginia where they lived for the past 14 years. Elizabeth received her Bachelors degree in English Literature from Rutgers University. After spending the next three years teaching in Sakai, Japan, she returned home to earn her Masters degree in English Literature and then a Specialist degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Florida. Elizabeth has taught English, drama, and film studies for the past 20 years in Florida and Virginia schools, and looks forward to the coming years in China – every year she learns something new.

  Jaclyn Mailen & Kent Mailen
Jaclyn Mailen and her husband Kent Mailen are excited to be joining the DAIS team, from Casablanca, Morocco. They met and previously taught, in Morocco, at George Washington Academy. Jaclyn is from Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin- River Falls, where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry. Mrs. Mailen loves chemistry and knew she wanted to teach after having an amazing chemistry teacher in high school. She has taught: biology, chemistry, physical science, AP chemistry and PLTW principles of engineering. She is known for her student centered, semi-flipped, and inquiry based classroom. She also loves coaching and advising and has lead/coached: Student Council, cross country, track and field, girls soccer, international Emerging Leaders, and a girls wellness group. Being healthy, active, and respectful to the environment are core values Mrs. Mailen believes in and follows.
  Jay Goodman
Jay Goodman teaches American Literature, Creative Writing and both junior and senior seminar courses. He has taught in Canada, Honduras and Colombia and holds an MSc in education from the State University of New York. He is excited to be teaching in China and looks forward to learning about the culture and exploring the country.
  Jennifer Sylvester
Hi ya’ll! I am a native Texan from the Houston metropolitan area. I love reading, writing, and traveling. Fortunately, I was awarded the opportunity to explore these passions while studying English Literature and Language at the University of Houston. After earning my degree and teaching certificate, I taught area students and I fell in love with the art of teaching. Shortly after, I decided to continue my education at the University of St. Thomas where I earned my M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. Though I spent my career serving students in the area in which I was raised, I am thrilled for the chance to combine both my love for travel and education by moving to China and joining the DAIS family. I look forward to teaching students globally and anticipate a fantastic school year! Go Sea Dragons!
  Jordan Reed
Jordan Reed graduated from the University of Akron in 2010 with a Bachelors degree in Integrated Language Arts and his secondary teaching certification. After spending time in the American classroom, he moved to Dalian, China to teach English in a different atmosphere. Jordan is a life-long learner who brings his enthusiasm for learning into the classroom everyday. His love of writing and literature propels him to help students find a voice that is their own, and give them the skills to express it articulately. After two years in China teaching all age levels of students, he is very excited about becoming a part of the DAIS community.
  Joseph B. McPherson
Joseph began his career in Japan in 1998 with his wife Michelena during which time their daughter Naia was born. With a mind to teach abroad again someday he obtained his MA in TESOL at San Francisco State. Relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico, he taught for 4 years at Central New Mexico Community College before making the move to Middle School and Science education in a dual-language setting. Recently he has enjoyed working with a team of Science teachers in Project Based Unit Design and looks forward to continuing to develop in this vein with the students of DAIS. The McPhersons are overjoyed to be joining DAIS and the vibrant community of international teachers.
  Joshua Carter
Joshua Carter received his Bachelors of Arts in English in 2010 from California State University, Chico where he also completed the post baccalaureate work for his teaching credential the following year. Josh taught and coached for three years in a rural school east of San Diego, California prior to joining DAIS. He believes that through literature we can come to more clearly understand ourselves as well as the world around us, and it's these experiences of discovery that he enjoys most in his teaching. Since joining DAIS in 2014, Josh continues to share his love of language and literature in addition to exploring the Chinese landscape.
  Kim Michalk
Kim Michalk has been part of the Campus Village community since moving here in 2008 in support of the new Intel plant. Later in 2013, Kim joined the teaching community at DAIS/Huamei Academy as EAL Instructional Assistant and GST Coordinator, and the following year she added Employment Specialist to her varied job titles and responsibilities. Kim studied engineering at Texas Tech University but discovered her calling in life as an educator while homeschooling her four children over the course of seventeen years.
  Melissa Lassers
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's 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!
  Michael Felker
Michael Felker is originally from Middleburg, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelors degree in Mathematics from DeSales University in 2011. During his time there he played both soccer and golf, and still enjoys competing in anything athletic. Before coming to Dalian in 2014, Michael spent the last two years teaching in Bangladesh. He believes that learning should be fun, and that an experiential approach to mathematics is a great way to learn and fully understand the content.
  Michael Kuropatwinski
After being born and raised in western New York, Michael received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Certification in Adolescence Education (7-12): Social Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2003. He received a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2010. For the past 11 years he has taught social studies both at the junior high and high school level in the surrounding Rochester, New York area. The 2014-15 school year was his first experience teaching internationally and he is very excited and pleased to be at Dalian American International School.
  Oliver Bernabe
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. For the past three years, he has been teaching A-level Mathematics to Chinese students who will complete their university studies in the UK. He is very excited to joining DAIS this year as a Secondary Mathematics teacher.
  Rachel Mann
Rachel Mann is thrilled to be joining the DAIS community in August 2014 from Long Island, New York. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University at Buffalo in International Studies and Italian. While in college, Rachel studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She then continued her education and received her Master's degree in TESOL from Hunter College. Prior to coming to China, Rachel has worked in public schools on Long Island. She has a passion for travel and photography and has visited Australia and several countries in Europe and the Middle East. Rachel is looking forward to her next adventure in China.
  Rachel West
Rachel came to DAIS after teaching for 14 years in Northern California. She has taught a variety of English courses and electives during her teaching career. She began teaching immediately after receiving her BA degrees in both Communications Studies and Political Science from Sonoma State University (California). During her first year of teaching she completed her MA in Secondary Education (San Francisco State University). She loves teaching and learning, and is currently finishing her Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Pacific in Stockton, California. She loves coffee, animals, and reading, and can't wait to meet her new students and explore China!
  Randy Lobe
Randy Lobe graduated from Washington State University 1989 with degrees in Mathematics and Education. He has minors in History and Computer Science. He received his Master’s in Secondary Curriculum with an emphasis in Technology from Western Washington University in 1992. He has taught 6 years in middle school and 21 years in high school. He taught at Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington before coming to DAIS, with his wife Elizabeth, in the fall of 2016. In addition to teaching, he is a National Instructor for Teachers Teaching with Technology. As a T^3 National Instructor, he provides training to math and science teachers on integrating graphing calculator technology into their classrooms. Mr. Lobe believes in challenging his students to think, internalize and relate the mathematics to their own lives. Math is everywhere. The more we see these connections, the more we understand it and can make sense of it.
  Robert Campbell
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.
  Rory Parsons
Rory Parsons graduated from Reading University in 2008 with a degree in Biological sciences. From there he spent two years in a local secondary school as a senior science technician where he developed a passion for teaching. Inspired by his colleagues he returned to Reading University where he qualified as a science teacher. He spent three years working in the American International School of Mozambique before starting at DAIS in 2014. Rory is a strong believer in life-long learning and relishes the opportunity to join an exciting and dynamic work environment here at DAIS.
  Rowena Lau Tung
Rowena Lau Tung is excited to join and contribute to the DAIS community after spending numerous years as a teacher and most recently as an administrator in Dalian. She has also taught in secondary schools in her hometown Vancouver, Canada and as an English teacher in Kyoto, Japan. Ms Tung holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Bachelor of Education in secondary teaching from the University of British Columbia. A life long learner she is passionate about on-going professional development and brings her love of learning to the classroom by creating a positive culture for learning. She is As Louise Hay writes, “A wonderful thing to say every day to yourself is, ‘What can I learn today?’”
  Shane Twaddell
Shane Twaddell graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Tampa in 2010, where he also completed coursework with a research fellowship at Oxford University. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in History from the University of South Florida in 2014. For the last 5 years he has taught high school history and economics in Tampa, Fl. and has taught World History as an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa. Shane is passionate about history, and believes connections to our past make the present worth living in. He is very excited to be teaching at DAIS this year.
  Sonsie Ang
Sonsie Ang completed her Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering and Maters Degree in Business Administration in Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (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.
  Wagner Pierre
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. Now, he has made Dalian his new home and has become a new 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."
Nathalie (Canada)
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