Ancillary and Specialist

  Ana Baltatescu
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
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.
  Emily Foster - College Counselor
Emily Foster is a proud North Carolina native! She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Journalism from Appalachian State University and a Master of Science in School Counseling from Mercer University. Before joining the DAIS family, Emily was a professional school counselor at a large public high school in Atlanta, GA. She holds membership in the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the International Association of College Admission Counseling (IACAC). Emily’s favorite part about being a counselor is helping high school students prepare for the exciting transition to postsecondary life! She enjoys visiting college campuses and learning about interesting options for her students. This is Emily’s first experience at an international school and traveling to China was her first overseas trip! She looks forward to growing in her role as an international school college counselor and collaborating with DAIS students and families.
  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”.
  Matthew Krakowski – ES/MS Physical Education Teacher
Matthew Krakowski graduated from Springfield College in 2012 with a degree in Movement Studies in Sport's Medicine. In 2014, he has completed two Masters' Degrees in Athletic Administration and Teacher Licensure for Physical Education. He taught for Springfield College as a Graduate Assistant for one year. He has also taught for Qingdao #1 International School of Shandong Province for three years, as a Athletic Director and both Lower/Upper School Physical Education Teacher. This is his first year at DAIS, teaching Elementary School Physical Education and After School Activities Coordinator. Mr. Krakowski believes in teaching under the philosophy of developing the Psychomotor, Affective, and Cognitive Domains. The students will be given a wide-variety of activities to enhance learning in all domains.
  Olga van Doorn – SS Music Teacher
This is Olga's first year at DAIS and she is thrilled to be here. Having previously taught in Africa, southern China, and Cambodia, Olga brings a wealth of international experience and perspective. She holds a dual Master's degree in pedagogy and methodology in both music and primary education, and she has experience teaching all levels of band, choir, and music theory. Her mission is to inspire students to love music as much as she does and to be lifelong learners. She draws her inspiration from her students and feels fortunate that her life allows her to contribute to their musical development.
  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

Nationality: German

Experience: 25 years teaching Art in International schools in Europe, South America, Middle East and Asia.

Past initiatives

• 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



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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