|Danielle Burgoon – Mathematics Department Head
Danielle Burgoon is thrilled to continue teaching geometry and AP Statistics and to begin coaching teachers as we implement standards-based grading! In May of 2018, she became a Master of Education in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois. She also has a BS in education and a BA in mathematics and statistics from Miami University. During her time there, she studied abroad in Luxembourg, which sparked her interest in living and working abroad. Prior to moving to Dalian, she taught middle school math at a charter school in Chicago, Illinois. Dani enjoys running in her spare time and is a coach of the cross-country team! While she loves to support all Chicago sports teams, her favorite is the Chicago Blackhawks. She is an avid reader and her favorite series is Harry Potter. She is looking forward to a wonderful school year and working with DAIS students and teachers!
Holli Niesner received her BA in both mathematics and music from Texas Lutheran University, and her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, K-14 Mathematics from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. She has taught high school mathematics since 2003 across all subject levels. She taught for two years in San Antonio, Texas before moving to Alaska to teach for three years. Her first overseas teaching position was in Cairo, Egypt in 2009. She has since taught in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. Ms. Niesner is passionate about pedagogy focused on a holistic educational experience involving character education, service learning, and research-driven, inquiry-based, student-centered instruction that allows students to follow their passions and explore the interconnectedness of mathematics as it applies to the real world.
Michael Felker is originally from Middleburg, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from DeSales University in 2011 and his master’s degree in online technology from Slippery Rock University in 2017. Before joining DAIS in 2014, Michael spent two years teaching in Bangladesh. Outside of school Michael enjoys playing golf and traveling.
Oliver Bernabe graduated with a degree in mathematics and completed his Certificate in Professional Education at the University of Rizal System in the Philippines. The school year following his college graduation, his alma mater employed him to teach mathematics in the secondary and tertiary levels. After eight years of teaching in the Philippines, he traveled to China and afterwards found himself teaching ESL to Chinese students of different age levels. He also taught A-level mathematics to Chinese students who will complete their university studies in the UK. Oliver has now worked at DAIS for more than four years and considers every moment of teaching as a learning experience not just towards being a better instrument for student’s understanding of mathematics and its applications, but also as an ambassador of understanding and appreciating cultural differences and diversity among his students, colleagues, peers and the community.
Randy Lobe graduated from Washington State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and with Washington state teaching certification. He has minors in history and computer science. He received his master’s in secondary curriculum with an emphasis in technology from Western Washington University in 1992. He has taught six years in middle school and 23 years in high school. Before coming to DAIS with his wife Elizabeth in the fall of 2016, he taught at Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington. In addition to teaching, he is a National Instructor for Teachers Teaching with Technology. As a T^3 National Instructor, he provides training to math and science teachers on integrating graphing calculator technology into their classrooms. Mr. Lobe believes in challenging his students to think, internalize and relate the mathematics to their own lives. Math is everywhere. The more we see these connections, the more we understand it and can make sense of it.
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.