|Cindy Pacholik – Pre-K-12 English as an Additional Language Curriculum Specialist
Cindy comes from the Canadian prairies and has been part of the DAIS community since 2017. She is delighted to return this year in the exciting new role of EAL curriculum specialist. Cindy holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Certificate in English Language Teaching from Cambridge University and is currently pursuing graduate coursework specializing in TESOL. Her professional experience includes teaching at elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels in Egypt, Canada, and China as well as EAL program design and curriculum development. Cindy is committed to engaging in positive relationships with students, families, and colleagues which she believes are all essential for student success. She enjoys exploring the world as a traveler, a reader, a writer, and a learner who is perpetually inspired by those she meets along the way.
|Edward Bruce – Secondary Technology Integration Specialist
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 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.
|Erin Wilson – Pre-K-12 Library and Media Specialist
Erin Wilson is excited to work in the DAIS libraries with all the students. She hasn’t read all the books in the library but has read many of them and loves to suggest many great books to everyone. In fact, her favorite series is Unwind by Neal Shusterman. She lives in Dalian with her teenage daughter and prior to Dalian, they lived in Xiamen, China for three years. Erin graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a Master of Library Science. Her bachelor’s degree is from Goshen College in history and environmental studies. In between her two degrees she received a Fulbright Scholarship to study dance in Indonesia. Outside of school, Erin enjoys being outdoors exploring and looking for opportunities to travel around China.
|Grace Holstrom – Learning Support Coordinator
Grace Holstrom graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2011 with a dual bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education. She has recently joined the DAIS community with her husband Ryne, who also teaches biology and chemistry at DAIS, and her two sons, Reed and Everett. Grace was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where she has spent the last six years working in the special education field. Her educational philosophy is that all students can learn through consistency, hard work, and the support of teachers and parents. During her free time, Grace enjoys hiking/exercising, exploring new areas and spending time with her family.
|Jennifer Sylvester – Secondary Curriculum Specialist
Jennifer Sylvester is a native Texan who loves reading, writing, and traveling. She and her husband Brian and daughter Bryleigh joined the DAIS community in 2016 from Houston, Texas, where she taught reading and English. She is passionate about lifelong learning for herself and students alike. She holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Houston and her Master of Education degree from University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. Jennifer looks forward to teaching students from around the world and looks forward to a fantastic school year.
|Joshua Carter – Secondary Curriculum Specialist, Technology Integration Specialist
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.
|Kimberly Blake – Elementary Curriculum Specialist
Kimberly Blake happily joined Dalian American International School in August 2010 as a second grade teacher, and gladly transitioned with her students to third grade in the fall of 2011. Ms. Blake grew up in Southern California and lived most of her adult life in Northern California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Development with a minor in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus. She then spent a year and a half abroad working as a nanny in London, England and traveling extensively throughout Europe. Upon returning home from her European experiences, Ms. Blake attended Sonoma State University where she received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She then spent the next 20 years teaching elementary school children in Rohnert Park, California. During this time, she served on various committees for the betterment of the school environment and educational experiences for children.
|Matthew Krakowski – After School Activities Coordinator
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.
|Michael Felker – Athletic Director
Michael Felker is originally from Middleburg, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from DeSales University in 2011 and his master’s degree in online technology from Slippery Rock University in 2017. Before joining DAIS in 2014, Michael spent two years teaching in Bangladesh. Outside of school Michael enjoys playing golf and traveling.
|Miles McFall – Bilingual School Curriculum Specialist
Miles McFall believes that all learning is essentially language learning. Miles is currently Director Advisor for the Huamei Children’s Center as well as curriculum specialist for the Huamei Bilingual School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Gannon University and a graduate certification in applied linguistics from Pennsylvania State University. Having lived and taught in Dalian since 2008, Miles has had the privilege of working in numerous Chinese public schools including Wanghai, Shanping and Jiefang Primary Schools as well as Number 24 Senior High School and the Dalian University of Foreign Languages. Having helped establish curriculum for multiple language institutes, he focuses on the importance of the role of identity in language acquisition as well as building intercultural competence in communication.
|Sarah Applegate – Elementary Technology Integration Specialist
Sarah Applegate has been teaching for 23 years and is looking forward to her second year at DAIS. Sarah graduated from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington with a BA degree in 1992 and a Master in Teaching degree in 1995. She spent her entire US teaching career in the same high school, first as an English teacher and then as the teacher librarian. The year prior to coming to China, Sarah worked for a nonprofit organization supporting schools, districts and the Washington State Department of Education in implementing teacher leadership. Sarah believes teacher leadership can transform schools and improve student learning. Sarah is thrilled to be teaching in the same building where her daughter goes to school and cannot wait to explore more of China during her second year at DAIS.