Ancillary and Specialist
Ana Baltatescu joined DAIS in August 2016 from Xiamen (China), where she lived for six years. Ms. Baltatescu holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and French Language and Literature and a Master’s Degree in International Education from Framingham State University. Ana Baltatescu started her teaching career as a High School English and French teacher in her home country, Romania. Her international experience includes working at schools from China and U.S. where she mainly taught ESL, MYP Language Acquisition and MUN. Ms. Baltatescu seeks to inspire her students through her passion for foreign languages and literature.
|Betsy Woolley - PreK-12 Library Media Specialist
Betsy Woolley earned an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and completed a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas, Austin. After working for a few years in public libraries, she became a school librarian and has worked at the elementary, middle, and high school level for over twenty-three years. As a high school librarian in Pensacola, Florida, she also served as a member of the statewide Florida Teens Read committee for several years. This is her first international position. She is tremendously excited about living in China and working at DAIS.
|Costin Tescu - Secondary Choir
Costin Tescu comes from the south east part of Romania - a region with a rich and long history. He graduated from the "George Enescu" University of Arts in 2003 with a Bachelors degree in Choir Conducting and got his music teacher certification from the Teacher's Training Department. After graduating a Master's degree in "Contemporary Music" he worked for 7 years at "Ovidius" University as a choir master and activity ambassador of the Art Department. Along with his family he began the international teaching adventure in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as primary, secondary and highschool music teacher. He is very proud and happy to join DAIS family along with his wife and two daughters.
|Daniel Gould - Director of College Counseling
Dan Gould comes to DAIS with over 10 years of experience working in the field of college admissions and academic advising. Holding Master's Degrees in Humanities and Higher Education Administration; prior to coming to DAIS Dan had worked in China as an ESL Lecturer for Hebei Normal University and as Director of College Counseling for Zhejiang Fuyang High School. Currently, Dan is pursuing his Doctorate in Education through the University of Nottingham while joining the DAIS team.
Dan is amazed to work with DAIS students!!!! Each student's future is limitless, Dan enjoys exploring all the difference majors and universities available while walking alongside each student during the college admissions process. College admissions can be a grueling process for high school students, but Dan's calm demeanor, patience, and clear guidance makes the process seem effortless.
While most of Dan's time will be devoted to working with Juniors and Seniors as DAIS learn about US higher education and explore college choices and options, his door is always open to every student or parent for help, a patient ear for venting, or just to talk about the events of the day
Danielle Allie teaches Grade 8 Humanities in the Huamei Academy at DAIS. She is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Elementary Education (K-8) and a minor in history. She also holds a M.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Studies from The State University of New York. Prior to working at DAIS, Danielle taught Grade 6 English Language Arts at La Escuela Internacional in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. She also taught Grade 4 Homeroom and Grade 6 English Language Arts for four years at The Columbus School in Medellin, Colombia.
|Meghan Peter - Secondary Art
Meghan Peter has over eight years of experience in education. A California native, she studied Visual Arts at the University of San Diego on a NCAA Division 1 swimming scholarship. After graduation in 2008, she dedicated a year of service work in Sacramento through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She earned her teaching credential in Art from Brandman University with Magna Cum Laude honors and has taught elementary, middle, high school, and Advanced Placement Studio Art. She enjoys practicing and teaching all art media, and especially enjoying exploring the world through the lens of a camera. She employs an active approach to learning, focused on guiding students to realize and cultivate their extensive and exciting creative potential.
|Martin Moratillo - Elementary Art
Martin Moratillo (Peru, 1968) graduated from Faculty of Art at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) as Specialist in Printmaking- Bachelor of Fine Arts, completed the License on Education program in the Faculty of Education also at PUCP and obtained a Master degree on Academic Direction Management on Education. He won a scholarship sponsored by Unesco as artist in residence to the National College of Arts in Lahore Pakistan. His works, drawings and prints, has been shown in different galleries in Peru and overseas. Working in Peru, Martin taught Printmaking at Faculty of Arts in PUCP , Drawing of Human figure at Corriente Alterna Art College and Creativity and History of Modern Art at Universidad Privada del Norte . Also he was artist and teacher visitor in schools from UK and US. He has taught Visual Arts in every grade, K – 12, since 1991. In his past schools Martin assumed responsibilities as Head of Art Department and IB Diploma Coordinator.
Martin has developed his career as Art teacher, print maker, Art Consultant for schools, Consultant for Faber–Castell Peruana, author, illustrator and draftsman. He believes that “Art is a need, when facing a globalize world, Art keeps it’s pureness, nothing could do all human beings to think, feel and dream the same….thus Art has an Human essence , Art is always changing, always necessary”.
|Pam Haban - College Counselor
Pam Haban's international adventure started in Colombia, South America when she volunteered for one year with WorldTeach through Harvard's Institute for International Development. She is happy to be under the blue skies and sea breezes in Dalian, after having lived in Beijing (TsingHua International School, Beijing 21st Century Experimental School) and Chongqing (Maple Leaf International School-CQ). She holds a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies from Colorado State University and a Master's in Counseling from Arizona State University. In the U.S., she spent her professional years working in higher education in Student Affairs. (She won't tell you how many years, because then you'll try to guess her age.) Pam holds membership in American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and International Association of College Admissions Counseling (IACAC.) Pam's true passion is helping students uncover their potential and then helping them actualize it! Or, in the words of one of her favorite authors: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”
|Ray Ackenbom - Elementary PE
Ray Ackenbom attended Virginia Tech. on a track scholarship. He graduated with a degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. At Virginia Tech., he was an All American in track and field. After college he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He competed in the 1984 Olympic trials for Modern Pentathlon, then returned to Virginia to direct Camp Friendship. After his three daughters graduated from college, Ray and his wife taught in Egypt. He was the Athletic Director, taught PE to grades k-9, and coached numerous sports before moving to China to coach and teach at DAIS.
|Rodica Burghelea - Elementary Music
Rodica Burghelea Tescu started her teaching career as a cover music specialist teacher for IGSCE and A level at National College of Arts from Iassy, Romania in 2004. She has a bachelor degree with the major in Musicology from "George Enescu" University of Arts and a teacher certification from the Teacher's Training Department. After graduating her Master's degree in "Contemporary Music" she worked at schools across Romania teaching music at secondary and primary. Along with her husband Costin and their two adorable daughters she decided to continue her career and share the joy of music to the international community of Jeddah International School in Saudi Arabia in 2010. She loves to guide students in their journey through life using music as a wonderful driving force and inspiration.
|Stefanie Goebel - Secondary Visual Arts
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. — Confucius
Experience: 25 years teaching Art in International schools in Europe, South America, Middle East and Asia.
• Travel club - adventure Travel during Easter Break with students
• Part of a team of Pioneering teachers opening NCPA in the south of China, one of the first American run HS for Chinese nationals only
• Developing and initiating MS art programs in various schools
• Arts Appreciation club – weekend gallery and museum visits
• Setting up and starting the Fun after School cooking club,
• Cooking classes for adults at weekends,
• Organizing Exhibitions of student artwork in professional venues outside of school
• Working with Embassies promoting student art work/ exhibitions
• Initiating a visit and presentation by the artist Christo to ACS in Abu Dhabi
“ If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse. However, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.” — Goethe
|Steve Arrastia - Secondary Music
Steve Arrastia has been teaching music for over 24 years. More than half of those years have been at international schools. He began his career in the Seattle, Washington area public schools and has also taught in Amman, Jordan, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Steve has his Bachelor’s degree from California State University at Northridge and his Master’s degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. In addition to teaching Steve has also raised a family (2 children) overseas with his wife Teresa who is also a teacher. They are both here at DAIS with their son Sebastian who will be in the 10th grade. As professionals they are excited about being part of the team at DAIS and as a family they are very excited about making a home in Dalian.