Dana Guest

Founder and Teacher

Dana has more than 25 years of cross-cultural and international experience in school leadership, curriculum development, project management, and business development gained through studying, living, and working in the USA, Canada, and South East Asia. She is a citizen of Poland, Canada, and the United States.
Born in Poland, Dana moved to Canada at 17, where she completed high school and went on to complete her undergraduate degree and became a Commercial and Personal Banker at the Toronto-Dominion Bank. She later moved to the United States where she completed her post-graduate degree in School Leadership and Management. Dana embarked on a 20+ year career in the American education system, teaching business courses at the high school and university levels, and leading various national and international schools. Dana was honored to be nominated for the Teacher of the Year award in the USA in 2014.

Dana built upon her award-winning teaching and leadership skills to become a Department Chair at an International Baccalaureate school in Portland, Oregon in the U.S. Dana grew the business and finance department by 50% by using her professional banking background to develop curriculum and teach new finance classes. She also established and implemented dual credit programs with Portland State University and Portland Community College, and negotiated contracts for college credits to be accepted nation-wide. She was then recruited to principalship positions in international schools in South East Asia. Dana developed and implemented instructional coaching programs for teachers, collaborated and mentored to infuse expeditionary learning into the curriculum, developed a career exploration system for students at a private international school, restructured an international school, implemented an instructional coaching program, and organized a trekking trip to the Himalayas. Dana has vast experience in working in multicultural environments and in communicating effectively with diverse communities. She has been successful in establishing and maintaining working relationships on four continents with everyone from representatives from local businesses, private educational institutions, foreign embassies, to the Sherpas in the Himalayas. After evaluating Warsaw and Kraków, Dana decided to select Gdańsk for The American Academy® location because of the dynamic impact on the Tri-City area of the tech industry, international business, and tourism.

Credentials:

University of Oregon – Post Graduate Program in Leadership and Management, Portland, Oregon, USA, 2016

University of Georgia – Specialist in Workforce Education, Leadership and Social Foundations; Athens, Georgia, USA, 2011

University of Georgia – Doctor of Education (Ed.D), Athens, Georgia, USA, 2006 -2009 

University of Georgia – Master of Arts in Teaching in Business Education; Athens, Georgia, USA, 2006

University of Guelph – Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing; Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 1996

 

Certifications:

School Principal and Program Administrator from the State of Washington and the State of Oregon, USA
Professional Teaching from the State of Washington and the State of Oregon, USA

Ronald D. Waugh

Curriculum Adviser

Ronald Waugh, who has an MBA from Harvard University (finance), is currently employed as an Adjunct Instructor in Portland State University’s School of Business Administration and a business teacher at Lincoln High School in Portland, Oregon (USA). His curriculum development efforts at Lincoln High School have led to a 50% increase in enrollment in the business program over a four-year period and the successful expansion of the course offering to include International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, a Portland State dual credit course and a robust entrepreneurship course. He is Secretary of the Oregon Business Education Association.

For many years, Ron was a senior executive with Cargill’s (formerly W.R. Grace & Co.’s) billion-dollar industrial cocoa and chocolate business in the Netherlands, responsible for Business Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Strategic Planning. He has significant experience with organizational change and organizational culture and was part of an executive team that successfully led the company through a global reorganization, a change of shareholder, and then through a major acquisition. Subsequently, as a Partner with the Miami-based consulting firm, LIM Leadership in Motion, Ron was responsible for (co-)designing and leading leadership and team development programs throughout the world, bringing a combination of interpersonal, intercultural, and business skills to the firm’s clients. Ron has broad cultural experience. Born and raised in the United States, he has lived most of his life in Europe and Latin America and speaks several languages fluently.

Karolina Skupien

Curriculum Writer and On-Line Instructor

Karolina proudly considers herself Polish despite being born in Canada and raised in the United States. She is a native speaker of English and Polish. Karolina is currently a student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada studying Sustainable Urban and Recreational Design.

Besides being an avid environmentalist, Karolina has an unwavering passion for the outdoors. She spends her weekends and spare time skiing in Whistler, hiking in the Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge and Vancouver’s Trails, or camping on top the Pacific Northwest’s volcanoes. She also trekked in the Himalayas. At her university, Karolina serves the role of the Vice-President of Events for the Graphic and Architectural Design Team, is a staff writer for the university’s student newspaper, The Ubyssey, and the President of the university’s Polish Students’ Association. In the past, she has been a teacher and a photographer at Polish School in Portland, a student leader at Oregon Outdoor School, Founder and President of Polish Student Union at Lincoln High School in Portland. She is the author of an original screenplay “The Final Showdown”, which was published in Oregon Literary Arts in Portland, and she is the creator of series of paintings and short films presented at Lincoln High School Environmental Art Show in Portland. Karolina also directed music videos for Aspen Anonda Music, which were nominated for Best Youth Music Video at Georgia Music Award.

Dominick Simon

Teaches L2-L5 level courses

Even though Dominick was born and raised in the United States, he proudly considers himself Polish. He is a native speaker of English, and possesses a basic knowledge of Polish. He currently studies Electronic and Computer Engineering at the University of Science and Technology in Wrocław. During his free time, Dominick likes cooking, skiing, and spending time outdoors with his friends. One of his favorite memories is the trip to the Himalayas. 

 

As a teenager, Dominick traveled through the American, European, and Asian continent. He finished high school in the United States, but he attended an international high school in Indonesia in his 3rd year. Because if his international experience, Dominick finds it very easy to communicate with a diverse group of people. As of November 2019, Dominick lives in Poland, and he chose Wrocław as his “hometown”.