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DR. LINGFANG TANG

Science Department Chair

Since joining Dalton Academy, Dr. Lingfang Tang has consistently brought passion and dedication every single day. Dr. Lingfang Tang goes above and beyond with her students: they have been extracting fish oil from both deep-sea fish and freshwater fish. They administered a test to see if the collected fish oil, when given to rats, could decrease blood lipid levels. This type of work is an example of how our science department is allowing our students to connect with real-world scientific practices.

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JODI BERRY

English Liberal Arts Department Chair

Born and raised in the United States, Jodi has lived and worked in many different countries, including Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Guatemala and now China. She is the definition of an international teacher! Dalton is very fortunate to count Jodi among its faculty members. She has started a Writing Center at Dalton Academy, which will have a lasting impact on students writing ability as they move forward into higher education and their professional lives.

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DR. ROGER L. RUSSELL

Independent Research Program Coordinator

Dr. Roger L. Russell has been working at the school for the past 3 years. Since his arrival at Dalton Academy, he has put his heart in the Independent Research Project, one of our core programs. He has developed a solid program, which today enables students to engage in a substantive year-long project of their choice informed by academic research under the supervision of a Dalton Academy teacher. Dr. Russell has pushed the boundaries and structured the program in a way that impacts students both academically and personally for university and their professional life after that.

Mathematics Department Chair

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DR. GARAY MENICCUCI

Global Studies Department Chair

Dr. Garay Meniccuci is an inspiring teacher who has developed an Experiential Learning Course called: Introduction to the Refugee Crisis in the Middle East. The course directly addresses global social justice issues and has been nothing short of life-changing for everyone involved. One outcome of the initial Refugee Crisis course and the student experiential learning trip to Jordan has been an institutional commitment to support two annual full scholarships for students at risk in Jordan to complete their last year of high school at Dalton Academy. We are really proud to say that we are the first and only high school in China with this kind of scholarship!

DR. WEIBO ZHANG

Biology and Chemistry Department Chair

Since joining Dalton Academy, Dr. Lingfang Tang has consistently brought passion and dedication every single day. Dr. Lingfang Tang goes above and beyond with her students: they have been extracting fish oil from both deep-sea fish and freshwater fish. They administered a test to see if the collected fish oil, when given to rats, could decrease blood lipid levels. This type of work is an example of how our science department is allowing our students to connect with real-world scientific practices.

JODI BERRY

English Liberal Arts Department Chair

Born and raised in the United States, Jodi Berry has lived and worked in many different countries, including Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Guatemala and now China. She is the definition of a hardworking international teacher who has achieved a lot in the past 10 years! Dalton is very fortunate to count Jodi among its faculty members as she is an extremely devoted educator who never ceases to impress people with her creative teaching methods and academic projects both inside and outside the classroom. When she joined the Dalton family two years ago, she accepted the challenge of starting the first student-led secondary writing center in China. The Dalton Writing Center is now two years old and has had a lasting impact on students’ writing abilities as they move forward into higher education and their professional lives. 

DR. Nkoyo Roberta Edoho-Eket

Independent Research Program Coordinator

As one of the coordinators of the Independent Research Program, Dr. Nkoyo Edoho-Eket introduces students to research skills and methodology, enabling them to conduct in-depth research into a topic of their choice under the guidance of both the IRP coordinators and an academic supervisor. Dr. Edoho—Eket focuses on cultivating an atmosphere in which students feel empowered to engage with their own experiences in order to build a practice of creative scholarly inquiry. To this end, she facilitates a classroom in which students can refine their analytical skills, and practice those skills with thoughtful consideration, compassion, and enthusiasm. She has taught previously at Florida State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her own research and teaching interests include philosophy of religion, gender studies, visual culture in contemporary South Asia, and representations of the Hindu Goddess/Mahadevi.

India Winter

Mathematics Department Chair

India studied Art History as an undergraduate and then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Urban Education with a focus in Mathematics. She is particularly interested in mathematical application and pushing students to think beyond memorization and formulas. She is currently teaching in her 7th year, with 4 years teaching experience in China. In the past she has taught primarily AP Calculus and Precalculus. Now she teaches a discussion-based mathematics curriculum from Phillips Exeter Academy.

DR. HUANG XIAOJUAN

Chinese Liberal Arts Department Chair

Dr. Huang Xiaojuan joined Dalton Academy two years ago, and we are so thankful she decided to embark with us on this meaningful journey of transforming education. A devoted educator, Dr. Huang truly understands our students’ reality as she also graduated from The Affiliated High School of Peking University. She has an incredible academic background: Master’s degree completed at Peking University and a Ph.D. at Princeton University. Dr. Huang has lived abroad for a total of ten years (the United States and Canada). She also worked in France, Italy, and Belgium as a visiting scholar and a postdoctoral fellow focusing her research for a year on religious and social history in pre-modern China. We are extremely fortunate to count Dr. Huang among our faculty members. Not only does she passionately share her rich knowledge with our students but she also incorporates project-based learning into her Chinese Liberal Arts classes so students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills. These meaningful projects help students define their cultural identity but also bolster their knowledge as it pertains to their cultural heritage.

THOMAS WEBER

Arts & Technology Department Chair

A passionate advocate for The Arts, Thomas was Dalton’s first ever Drama teacher, building the course into a flourishing part of our community. He is a graduate of both Wollongong and Sydney Universities, having achieved a Bachelor of Theatre Studies and Creative Writing and a Masters of Education. Thomas is an experienced educator having taught in China, South Korea and his native Australia. Drama is his passion, believing in the value of the form to allow students to express themselves creatively, communicate with respect and empathise with others. Thomas endeavours to construct a safe space for his students, for such an environment allows teenagers to be vulnerable and take risks, ultimately leading to a better understanding and greater learning.

DR. MA JIYUN

Physics & Engineering Department Chair

Born and raised in Shandong province (China), Dr. Ma is a passionate and dedicated teacher who has been part of the Dalton family for the past seven years. We feel very fortunate to benefit from Dr. Ma’s knowledge, skill set, and enthusiasm. Dr. Ma’s area of expertise is superconductivity. She is the Physics and Engineering Department Chair and teaches Physics 1 (Mechanics, Electromagnetics and Waves) and Physics 2 (Thermal & Modern Physics) courses. Apart from being a remarkable teacher, Dr. Ma also invests a lot of her time into the international physics competitions where she coaches students and prepares them to outperform other teams! She is wholly committed to transforming students into apprentice physicists as she often gives her students the chance to work on some projects with industry professionals. 

Cui Wendi

Independent Research Program Coordinator

Cui Wendi is a passionate and innovative educator dedicated to the Independent Research Program (IRP) since she joined Dalton. In the past two years, she has redesigned the Senior 2 IRP, a research oriented PBL course, to enable students to explore into fields of their interests through research with substantial supports, while enhancing trainings of academic reading, writing, and presentation skills. She has also improved communication with the faculty supervisors and facilitated the cooperation between the IRP and other departments over curriculum design. Currently, Wendi is initiating the reform of Senior 3 IRP course both through practices and data collection across faculty and students. Conducting the independent research projects in her course is a meaningful experience to students for it not only enables academic growth but much personal development and maturity.

Haidian District, Beijing Huangzhuang, Beijing, China  (Zip code: 100190)

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