Social Studies Department
|Shane Twaddell – Social Studies Department Chair
Shane Twaddell graduated with a Bachelor 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 degree in History from the University of South Florida in 2014. For five 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 continue his teaching career at DAIS.
Bryan Mcloughlin graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1996 with a degree in commercial recreation. His path to a teaching career took an unusual twist. Before starting his teaching career, he worked as a park narrator at Sea World, a blimp crewman, and held various jobs at Disney resorts, including corporate team building with the American Gladiators. In 2001 Bryan decided to go back to school to get his Florida teaching credentials. He completed his education coursework at the University of Central Florida and Rollins College. After obtaining his teaching credential, he taught 12 years at Poinciana High School in Kissimmee, Florida. In 2014 he began his international teaching career at the American International school of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. During his teaching career he has taught various social studies classes such as AP World History, AP United States History, World History, and Model United Nations. Mr. Mcloughlin believes in an approach to social studies that focuses on historical thinking skills rather than a traditional content acquisition focus.
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.
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 Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2010. For 11 years he taught social studies both at the junior high and high school level in the surrounding Rochester, New York area. Michael joined DAIS for the 2014-15 school year, his first experience teaching internationally. He is very excited to teach at Dalian American International School.
Robert Rojas graduated from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is 2013 with a degree in history and secondary education. Robert has worked internationally before, as he held a social studies position in Guangzhou, China from 2014 to 2017. Robert then went back to the USA to work in the same state where he attended college. This year Robert will return to China for his fourth year of international teaching. Mr. Rojas believes strongly in collaborating in social studies to gain a better understanding of history as well as improving communication and confidence.
Rowena is joined the DAIS community in the fall of 2017 after spending numerous years as a teacher and as an administrator in Dalian. She has also taught in secondary schools in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada and as an English teacher in Kyoto, Japan. Ms. Liu holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Bachelor of Education in secondary teaching from the University of British Columbia. A lifelong 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. Louise Hay writes, “A wonderful thing to say every day to yourself is, ‘What can I learn today?’”