|Michael Fowler – Science Department Chair
Michael Fowler graduated from San Diego State University in 2004 with a degree in psychology and biology with emphasis in neuroscience and human physiology. While completing coursework for his bachelor's degree, as well as his teaching credential, he took up a two-year internship in the forensic toxicology division of the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office. By the end of this internship he had attained his teaching credential in integrated science as well as the life sciences. He taught for two years in a San Diego City middle school before coming to DAIS in the fall of 2007. Mr. Fowler believes in a hands-on inquiry-based approach to science, where students learn important skills and techniques through scientific questioning and creation of their own experiments.
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.
Pradeep Malik is a fully qualified science teacher who has taught internationally for nearly a decade. After his teacher training in the United Kingdom at the University of East Anglia, he worked for a top secondary school in the area. In addition to introducing IB Physics for the first time and starting an initiative to support girls in physics, he organized various events to promote science in the school and wider community. His passion to learn and live in different cultures led to him travel and teach in countries like Thailand, Philippines and most recently, Russia. He believes students learn best when they see science in action and provides opportunities for students to experiment with their ideas to help them learn. With keen interest in service and community-based solutions for modern problems, he has worked with various charities in different countries and involved students in providing sustainable solutions for their needs. Cooking, running, cricket and travelling are some of other things he is passionate about.
Ryne Holstrom graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in biology with an emphasis in secondary education. After completing his bachelor’s degree Mr. Holstrom spent six years teaching both biology and chemistry at the high school level in Arizona. While teaching in Arizona, Mr. Holstrom completed his master’s degree in educational leadership and administration at Grand Canyon University. Mr. Holstrom’s educational philosophy is to motivate students to take control of their learning, by promoting student-to- student collaboration and an inquiry-based approach that allows students to discover the theoretical and applied concepts within biology and chemistry. This is Mr. Holstrom’s first year at DAIS along with his wife Grace Holstrom and their two boys (Everett and Reed.)
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.
Tim Sim first became interested in science as a teenager when he discovered the book A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking. Despite struggling with the challenging concepts after chapter four, this was the catalyst that propelled him to university where he studied for an undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Exeter near his home in the southwest of England. Following graduation Tim worked for several years in the UK before deciding to adventure into the wider world, where he taught English as a second language for three years in Vietnam. This teaching experience motivated him to return to his first love, so he decided to train as a science teacher, completing a Postgraduate Certificate of Education back in the UK. Since gaining qualified teacher status, Tim has continued his adventures working around the world in England, Slovenia, Cambodia and now China. He is grateful that his love of science has opened so many doors.