Daniel Asad

Instructor of History and Comparative Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy


M.A, History, American Public University; B.S., Social Science Education, University of South Florida

Daniel Asad was born to South Asian parents who raised him in Paraguay, Brazil and Germany, all the while attending American international schools. He traveled extensively, and by the time he was 18 he had already visited over 30 nations on five continents. All of this travel helped him acquire a taste for linguistics, and he is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi and Italian (although the latter one is a bit rusty). A Third Culture Kid himself, he has a special place in his heart for young students who live between multiple nations.

After attending John Brown University for a BS in Broadcast Communication, Daniel worked in IT for four years before returning to school and earning a BS in Social Science Education. He then headed back to South America to teach at an American international school for a few years. After returning to the US to teach at both public and private institutions in Florida, Maryland and Illinois, he finally arrived at Interlochen in the Fall of 2012.

Daniel has taught a wide range of social studies courses, including Psychology, US History, Human Geography, World Religions, Civics, Latin American Studies and AP World History. He even gets to travel to Salt Lake City, Utah every year to score AP World History tests from all over the world for the College Board.

A veteran traveler, Daniel has introduced students to Brazil, Italy and Greece by taking them on overseas educational excursions. He has coached soccer at the varsity level for a combined seven years.

Daniel is married to Emily, also an educator, and together they have two daughters. The Asads spend their summers in South America, where Daniel writes articles on the history and the politics of Latin America for academic journals.

In his spare time, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, reading, watching and coaching soccer, experimenting with new grilling recipes, and attending student performances.