how we teach

Your child will learn better when they’re happy, our teachers are dedicated to making that a reality.
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School


Our teachers are recruited for their high-level qualifications, experience and passion for education.
Dr. Richard Swann
Richard Swann
Head of School

Dr. Swann holds two Baccalaureate degrees in education and music, a Master’s degree from the University of Western Australia, and earned his PhD in education from Florida State University (USA). He has served learning communities for over 35 years in Australia, the USA, Europe, the Middle East, South-East Asia and China, where he has been the principal/head of school in internationals schools as well as in bilingual schools.

In addition, Dr. Swann is also a professional musician. He is an orchestral and choral conductor, instrumentalist, and singer.

Zhou Jie
Zhou Jie
National Principal
Ms. Zhou has 40 years’ experience in education. With over 20 years’ management background as the principal of elite Chinese public schools, Jie is dedicated to developing character, integrating eastern and western advantages, and preparing for the future.
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Melinda Alford
International Principal
Ms. Alford holds a Master's degree in Education and School Management Certification from Harvard Graduate School. She is an international administrator, teacher, an expert public speaker, consultant, and curriculum developer. She has been in China for the past 20 years. Her student goals are cooperation, creativity, and care in an atmosphere of excellence for all. She is ISTE & WIDA certified, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a graduate of the IB Leadership Program.
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Alice Zhang
Chinese National Curriculum Coordinator
Ms. Zhang graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Language Arts, and now completing a Master's degree at King’s College London. She obtained national high school English teacher qualification and the TKT Cambridge English teaching certificate. She was also given the award of Excellent teacher in Jinpu New District Dalian in 2021. She has 9 years of teaching experience in international schools. Ms. Zhang is a member of the founding team of Huamei School and served as the homeroom teacher of the first class of graduates.
Nick Wong
Nick Wong
Head of English Curriculum

Mr. Wong is from Scotland, UK, and has been working in education for over 15 years. He graduated from Stirling University with Honors in Marine Biology and has completed a Postgraduate Certificate of Education and currently completing his Master's degree in Education Leadership. He has worked in several different international schools and has experience with the UK, US and IB curricula. He held positions both in an academic and management capacity. He has extensive experience teaching a wide range of students from many different backgrounds.

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Vivian Liu
Bilingual Head of Chinese Curriculum
Ms. Liu graduated from Shenyang Normal University with a bachelor's degree in English and later studied in Beijing Language and Culture University's courses in Chinese as a Foreign Language and Framingham State University's postgraduate courses in International Education. She received a CET-8 certificate and TESOL/TEFL/TESL certificates. Ms. Liu has 10 years of international teaching experience, including teaching Chinese as a foreign language. She hopes that students will be naturally attracted to learning through interactive classroom activities.
Wendy Ji
Wendy Ji
Heritage Head of Chinese
Ms. Ji graduated from Liaoning Normal University and has been teaching for 9 years. She has a primary and junior high school teacher qualification certificate. With 6 years of work experience in public primary schools, she was given the award of Excellent teacher in Jinpu New District and many other distinguished educational awards. Ms. Ji joined Huamei in 2020, and her classes have won the honorary title of "Outstanding Classes" in Dalian.
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Yan Zhao
Heritage Head of Math and Science
Mr. Zhao scored full marks in chemistry and biology in the college entrance examination. He was awarded outstanding graduate of Dalian University of Technology, and his case was awarded 2019-2020 IVEY BEST SELLER AWARD. He also participated in the compilation of "Huanggang Small Scholar Workbook".


Our teachers are recruited for their high-level qualifications, experience and passion for education.
Mr. Nathan Burton
Nathan Burton
Secondary School Principal

Nathan has over 30 years of educational experience, including experience as an Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, Web Master. and professional tennis instructor.

A North Carolina native and world traveler, Nathan holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Education and a Master's degree in School Leadership. He brings his passions for service learning, global citizenry, and problem-based learning to DHS. 

Ms. Iveth Morillo
Iveth Morillo
Secondary School Curriculum Coordinator

Ms. Morillo earned her Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She has 12 years of experience in education, including one year in China. 

Her previous positions include PK-12 Curriculum and IB Coordinator, Department of World Languages Chair, Asst Academic Coordinator, ELL Teacher, IB Examiner, and IBDP English and Spanish Literature Teacher.

Ms. Lubaina Essack
Lubaina Essack
Secondary School Assistant Principal

Ms. Essack holds a Master's degree in Science and a PGCE in Education. Her professional experience includes being a Secondary School Principal, a Curriculum Coordinator, a Department Head, a Middle School/High School Science and Biology teacher and a School Guidance Counsellor.

As a school leader, Lubaina values authenticity, transparency, academic rigor, and the spirit of harmonious collaboration. Her primary educational focus is on inquiry and skills-based teaching that promotes critical and creative thinking, information literacy, communication, collaboration, and innovation.

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Meik Loughran
EAL Department Head

Meik Loughran joined the DAIS community in 2013. Born and raised in Colorado, he studied foreign language education at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Karlsruhe, Germany before graduating from the University of Northern Colorado in 2010 with a bachelor’s in German and philosophy. In 2016 he earned a master’s degree in EAL international education, curriculum and instruction preK-12 from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

He believes that even beginning-level English language learners can work at all levels of higher-order thinking and that reading and writing proficiency is dependent upon the development of rich oral academic language.

Mr. Fabian Sanchez
Fabian Sanchez
Science Department Head

Mr. Sanchez holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech and Louisiana State University, respectively. Mr. Sanchez came to United States when he was 17 years old from Colombia, South America and earned a scholarship to complete his undergraduate studies from EXXON corporation.

Mr. Sanchez has been a Secondary Science teacher, primarily in the area of Chemistry for the past 11 years. He holds an IBDP Certification and AP Certification.

Ms. Sonsie Ang
Sonsie Ang
Math Department Head

Ms. Ang completed her Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and Master's 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 worked in Virginia and New Mexico as a Middle School Math Teacher for four years. She has more than 10 years' experience working at DAIS.

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Jordan Reed
English Language Arts Department Head

Jordan graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Art degree in Integrated Language and his secondary teaching certification.

In 2011, Jordan moved to Dalian to teach English in a different environment. 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.

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Robert Flanagan
Social Studies Department Head

Bobby Flanagan serves as the DAIS Social Studies Department head and is an extremely proud graduate of the first public university in the United States, The University of North Carolina, with a Bachelor of Arts in History and currently working on a Master's degree in Educational Leadership.

His teaching experience started 20 years ago, and since then he has been working alongside grades 8-12. An expert in Geography and History, he has worked with both AP and IB curricula. Mr. Flanagan has been involved in all areas of school life, having been a Student Government advisory, grade level leader, Prom Coordinator, and varsity basketball, track, and soccer coach.

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Annie Cui
Mandarin Language Department Head

Annie graduated from Shenyang Normal University in 2008 with a degree in English and Education. While completing course work for her bachelor’s degree, Annie took up a half-year internship in a Chinese public middle school, working as a homeroom teacher. She currently holds two official teaching certificates, a National Teacher Certificate and a Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages. Ms. Cui came to DHS in the fall of 2009.

Mr. Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson
Athletics and Activities Director
Mr. Robinson got his Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Sport & Fitness Science/Health Science from the University of Luton and his Master's degree with distinction (Performance Football Coaching) from St. Mary’s University. He has a FFA/AFC Coaching License (Australia/Scotland), Management and School Leadership Certification (Harvard Business School), and other certifications.

He has been working in education for more than 25 years, including 16 years in China. Paul's interests include volleyball, basketball, swimming, softball, cricket, football, freeletics, gym, fitness, DDPY, boxercise coaching, cycling, running, golf, travel, history, music, cooking, and reading.


Our combination of national and international teachers ensures a well-rounded bilingual education for your child. An average of 15 years’ experience per teacher provides a solid foundation for high quality learning.


Our blend of Chinese and international teachers continually educate each other and provide support while getting the best ongoing development training available.

  • Teachers join training at Nord Anglia University, meaning our educators are at the cutting-edge of their profession.
  • We offer an Executive Master’s in International Education from Kings College, providing our teachers with an in-depth understanding of school leadership in international settings.
  • We take select teachers on subject-specific training every year with MIT and Juilliard.
  • Our Regional Education Team provides all teachers with Becoming Bilingual training.
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Exceptional teachers make exceptional schools, and our educators are some of the very best. Our bilingual learning environment is enhanced by a balanced ratio of national and international teachers.

Passionate about inspiring young minds and helping students thrive, our teachers never stop learning through local and global, continuous professional development programs – something that attracts talent both in China and from around the world.

At DHS we celebrate our teachers with these additional benefits:

  • Strong savings potential
  • Highly competitive pay package
  • Comprehensive medical coverage
  • On-campus housing
  • Summer flights
  • Tuition for dependents

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