English Language Arts Department
|Joshua Carter – English Language Arts Department Head, Curriculum Specialist
Joshua Carter received his Bachelor 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.
|Jennifer Sylvester – High School English Language Arts, 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.
|Joel Sparks – High School English Language Arts
Joel Sparks’s teaching and learning adventure has been an exciting one, taking him around the world and back again. Joining DAIS in the spring of 2018, Joel is coming to Dalian from the historic and beautiful city of Istanbul, where he taught for three years in a bilingual international school for Turkish citizens. Joel originally earned his honours and master’s degrees in English literature from the universities of Saskatchewan and Ottawa in Canada before setting off on his first classroom teaching position in the South Korean public school system, where he taught for three years. Following that life-changing experience, he returned to Canada to earn his Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University before setting back out for Istanbul. Joel believes in active, learner-centered classrooms that emphasize student responsibility and participation in a larger, though ever shrinking, world. He asks his students to engage with real world topics, apply critical thinking skills, and to be brave in presenting and sharing their work.
|Jordan Reed – High School English Language Arts
Jordan graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in integrated language arts and his secondary teaching certification. He moved to Dalian, China in 2011 to teach English in a different atmosphere. Jordan is a lifelong learner who brings his enthusiasm for learning into the classroom every day. His love of writing and literature propels him to help students find a voice that is their own.
|Kevin Stofocik – High School English Language Arts, AP Literature and Composition
Kevin Stofocik graduated from George Mason University in 2008 with a BA in English. He continued his studies at George Mason and completed his master’s degree in education in 2011. Following his studies, he taught American literature at his former high school in Virginia for two and a half years before moving to Ulsan, South Korea to teach English to elementary students. Upon returning to the US, he worked with a local nonprofit in Virginia that supported adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After two years of nonprofit work, he returned to teaching and moved to work in a rural Alaskan Native school. Although he enjoyed his time there, he was looking for an opportunity to both share his love of literature and expand his professional knowledge. Thus, he was excited to be offered a secondary English teaching position at DAIS. He now looks forward to working closely with students, engaging them with literature, and being part of the DAIS community.
|Rachel West – High School English Language Arts
Rachel came to DAIS after teaching for 14 years in Northern California. She has taught a variety of English courses and electives during her teaching career. She began teaching immediately after receiving her BA degrees in both Communications Studies and Political Science from Sonoma State University (California). During her first year of teaching she completed her MA in Secondary Education (San Francisco State University). She loves teaching and learning and is currently finishing her Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Pacific in Stockton, California. She loves coffee, animals, and reading, and loves to explore China!
|Sarah Applegate – Junior Seminar, Senior Seminar
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.