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 five 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.
English Language Arts and Social Studies 英语和社会科学
Born and (mostly) raised in Austin, Texas, Ben attended the University of Texas at Austin where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and his teaching certificate through the UTeach Liberal Arts program. Since 2009, he has taught Social Studies and English Language Arts in both elementary and middle school, English in high school, and several college courses as well. In the process he also earned a Master of Arts in English through the University of Texas at Tyler.
While most of Ben’s teaching experience occurred in Austin, a year teaching in Madrid, Spain was the spark that has driven him to explore the world and its myriad cultures through his chosen profession. His passion for learning begins with his own and extends to his students, their parents, and the other educators around him. When he is not teaching, Ben can usually be found reading, writing, or spending active time with his wife, Angela, and their two sons, Gibson and Emerson.
Ben在德克萨斯州的奥斯汀出生并长大，他就读于位于奥斯汀的德克萨斯大学，在那里他获得了英语文学学士学位，并通过UTeach Liberal Arts program获得了教师资格证。自2009年以来，他在小学和初中教授社会科学和英语课，在高中教授英语，同时还教授部分大学课程。在此过程中，他还获得了德克萨斯大学泰勒分校的英语文学硕士学位。
Timothy 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.
Timothy Sim第一次对科学产生兴趣是在他十几岁的时候，当时他发现了史蒂芬·霍金的《时间简史》。尽管在读完第四章之后，书里的科学概念对当时的他晦涩艰深，但这段学习经历成为了他大学攻读科学方向的催化剂，他在英格兰西南部的埃克塞特大学(university of Exeter)攻读了物理学本科学位。毕业后，Tim在英国工作了几年，然后决定去更广阔的世界冒险，他在越南教授了三年ESL英语为第二语言的英语课程。
Mandarin Language and Chinese History 中文和历史
Xiaomei Guan graduated from Shenyang Normal College in 1982. She has been a middle school teacher for 33 years, she has the work experience of the head teacher, she retired from No 6 Middle School in DDA. She loves children and she likes teaching, so she came to DAIS in Aug 2020 after her retirement, she teaches Chinese History and Mandarin here, she will make the children know about the traditional Chinese culture and its long history, she will help the children to establish the right history values and distinguish right from wrong.
English as an Additional Language 英文专项课EAL
Mary Porter joined the DAIS Family in 2016 as the Middle School English Language Learning Specialist. She hails from Houston, Texas by way of Gloster, Mississippi. Mary has 18 years of teaching experience in Elementary grades 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, including experience as an Instructional Coordinator and an ESL Coach. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Southern University in Louisiana and a Master Degree from the University of Houston-Victoria in Texas in Administration and Supervision.
Mary’s Educational Philosophy is that every child can learn when given the skills and opportunity and teaching the whole child promotes life-long learning. She looks forward to continuing her journey in China and all that it has to offer.
Mary Porter于2016年加入了大连美国国际学校的大家庭，担任中学英语学习专项老师。她来自德克萨斯州的休斯顿，经由密西西比州的格洛斯特。Mary有18年的教学经验，包括担任教学协调员和ESL(英语为第二语言的英语课程) 教练的经验。她在路易斯安那州的南方大学获得小学教育学士学位，在德克萨斯州的休斯顿-维多利亚大学获得教育行政管理硕士学位。