Meet Our Team

Senior Management Team

Dr. Jing Wang

Founder of School

B.S.: Cornell University

Johns Hopkins Hospital

Dr. Jing Wang is the Founder of Hsinchu County American School. As a child, she moved from Beijing, China to the United States with her family.  She attended Cornell University where she received her bachelor's degree and met her husband Peter Huang. She went on to study medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

 

Today she is a board certified medical physician who practices in the United States part of the year.  She has a first hand experience of how a western education develops innovative thinkers because kids are taught how to think not necessarily what to think; they are taught how to figure out the process not the result.  This independent thinking is so important in the development of a person's character.  

 

Her vision for the Hsinchu County American School is to bring together dedicated and motivated professionals that have an innate passion to provide great services to students. We strive to provide opportunities, resources, and rigor in all our programs to fulfill our students’ expectations to prepare them to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Peter Huang

Chairman of School

B.S.: Cornell University

M.S.: Harvard University

Peter Posen Huang is the Chairman of Hsinchu County American School. He has been instrumental in the founding stages of the school, assembling the best people and resources to help students succeed and position the school as a leading American School in Taiwan and Asia.

 

Born in Taiwan, he grew up in Montreal, Canada where he completed elementary, middle and high school. Subsequently he went to U.S. for college and graduate school, completing his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduate studies at Harvard University.

 

As a result of his upbringing, he has a deep appreciation for the North American education, for the way it empowers individuals in independent thinking, creativity and having the courage to pursue their passion and succeed at their respective fields. Ultimately, he wishes to bring elements of the North American education to Taiwan so students can go on to top colleges of their choice internationally and have a world of opportunities open to them.

 

In addition to actively building up the school, he continues to take interests in architecture and cuisine, as a licensed chef and restaurant owner. He is married to Jing Wang and is father of two boys, Oscar and Lucas.

Peter Shon

Head of School

B.S. Nyack College

M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University

Peter Shon is the Head of School for Hsinchu County American School (HCAS). He is also an international doctoral student at Nazarbayev University, Graduate School of Education (NUGSE) in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania, GSE. Peter’s research interests include globalization, internationalization of higher education, and international student mobility.

Prior to his work in HCAS, Peter worked as the Director and Associate Head of international schools (K to 12) in Shanghai, China; Incheon, South Korea; and Astana, Kazakhstan. He has led the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process in the past and helped to implement both Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Before his tenure in international schools, Peter worked as the Assistant Director of Admission at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City where he recruited and admitted both national and international educators. He currently has over 20 years of combined experience working in primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

He is married to Dariga Akhmetova and has two daughters – Sophia and Stephanie. They were both made in China.

Faculty

Kindergarten

Talita Keller

B.A.: Onderwyskollege Pretoria

Talita Keller@hcas.com.tw

My name is Talita Keller and I am the K1 teacher. I have been an Educator for more or less  20 years now. I am a proud mother of three teenagers and my husband is also a professional teacher. We are from South-Africa and very fortunate to enjoy the opportunities Taiwan provides. Apart from teaching and being a mother, I love to bake, cook and paint. I have a BA in Education and always try to stay up to date with new teaching strategies and better educational instruction methods. I am happy to be part of the HCAS team.  

My name is Vivian Liu. I graduated from Taipei Municipal College of Education (台北市立師範學院) with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. I have been teaching young children for 20 years. I believe that children are born to learn. As a teacher, our responsibility is to provide guidance and support to children’s learning, design a child-centered curriculum, and provide a learning environment that respects each child’s differences.

Vivian Liu

Taipei Municipal College of Education

Vivian_Liu@hcas.com.tw

Izelle Brink

B.A.: The Independent Institute of Education

Izelle_Brink@hcas.com.tw

Hello everyone! I am Izelle Brink, the kindergarten teacher as well as the Director of the Kindergarten Program here at HCAS. I am from Cape Town, South Africa. I spend my weekends in nature, doing what I love most: exploring, trail running, and triathlon training!

 This is my 7th year as a full-time teacher in Taiwan. I graduated from The Independent Institute of Education (South Africa) with a BA in Communications Management and am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Elementary Education with The College of New Jersey.

I believe that project-based learning enables students to acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges.

Olivia Pan

B.A.: National Pingtung University

M.A.: National Pingtung University

Olivia_Pan@hcas.com.tw

My name is Olivia and I am from Pingtung in Southern Taiwan, which is known as the warmest place in Taiwan. I graduated from National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Care, and furthered my studies at National Pingtung University with a Master's Degree in Teaching Chinese. As a kindergarten teacher with ten years of experience in education, I believe that the art of education is to motivate and inspire throughout the learning process.
In my free time, I like to read, travel and exercise.

Cynthia Carter

M.A.: Asbury University
B.A.: Jacksonville State University

Cynthia_Carter@hcas.com.tw

Hello! I am Cynthia Carter and I am from America. This will be my fifth year working in Asia. I am teaching kindergarten this year. My undergraduate degrees are in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and I have a master’s degree in Special Education. As a teacher, I want to exhibit to students that learning is extremely essential.

In my free time, I like to hike through the wilderness. Also, I love to spend time with my family and read novels and the Bible. I love learning and experiencing the Chinese culture.

First Program

Madison Materne

B.S.: Texas State University

TESOL Certified

Madison_Materne@hcas.com.tw

Howdy! I’m Ms. Materne and I am the 1st grade teacher here at HCAS. I’m from Texas, the Lone Star State! I went to Texas State University and got my bachelors degree in Elementary Education.

This is my 6th year as a full time teacher. I was a 1st grade teacher in Schertz, Texas for one year. After that, I moved to Sendai, Japan and taught as a kindergarten teacher. Next, I moved to Ochang, South Korea and taught in a cram school. Then, I went to Matsuyama, Japan and worked as a kindergarten teacher. This is my first time in Taiwan and so far it’s been great!

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy playing board games, watching movies, and traveling. I believe students should enjoy learning and look forward to coming to school, so I do my best to make every lesson fun!

Marie-Therese Marjorie (Majo) Walter

B.A.: Edgewood College

Marjorie_Walters@hcas.com.tw

My name is Majo Walter and I was born on the beautiful island of Mauritius where French was my home language. After writing my Cambridge A levels, I moved to South Africa where I studied at Edgewood College, majoring in English and Junior Primary Studies, specialising in the first three years of primary schooling. I even learned Afrikaans and Zulu, which meant that I can now (more or less!) speak 5 languages. South Africa, with its beautiful scenery, its great people and its fabulous life style really appealed to me and I didn’t leave until I decided it was time for another adventure. This is what lead me to Taiwan in 2017.

I am passionate about education and the well-being of children. I believe it is important that we develop well-rounded, global citizens. I enjoy the challenges and rewards involved in teaching, learning from, nurturing and encouraging young people. A balanced social, emotional and academic foundation is key to a student’s success in reaching his/her full potential. My need for challenges has awarded me the opportunity to teach in varied environments, namely bilingual, international, remedial and adult education, as well as a stint in management.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, photography, travelling, spending time with trees, ballroom dancing, Zumba and Sudoku puzzles.

Annie Lin

 

B.Ed: University of Toronto

B.A: University of Toronto

Annie_Lin@hcas.com.tw

Hello! I am Ms. Lin and I will be the third grade teacher at HCAS for the 2019-2020 school year. I am a certified K-6 teacher and have a double-degree in Education and Sociology from University of Toronto in Canada. This will be my 5th year teaching in Taiwan. I just got engaged and am excited to settle in Taiwan, teaching!

 

As an educator, I like to use meaningful activities and/or information to motivate student learning. Working with young children, I know how important this is! Students need to feel connected to what they are trying to learn in order to understand it, and then apply it in their own way. Through guidance, students will develop their own critical thinking skills, knowledge, and views. My all-time favorite quote: “No one is perfect and that’s why pencils have erasers!” We are here to explore, experience, make mistakes and learn from them!

Outside of school, I enjoy learning different languages and cultures. I also love traveling and cooking. I believe that one of the best ways to learn is being exposed to the learning.

Hello everyone!

My name is Kwan Kim, a 4th-grade learning facilitator at HCAS. I spend most of my time at school with the lovely 4th graders and when I am not with them, I think of fun and educational project ideas to make learning come alive for both students and myself.

I was born in South Korea, but thanks to my parents' work, I had the opportunity to travel all around the world. The countries I have lived in include: Kenya, Zimbabwe, UK, Malaysia, China, and Taiwan. I graduated from Fudan University with a BA in International Politics, then I decided to further my studies at the University of Sheffield and received an M.A. in Globalizing Education.

In my spare time, I like to watch videos about different lifestyles around the world, spend time with my loved ones, eat yummy food, and encourage myself to read more broadly.

Kwan Kim

B.A.: Fudan University 
M.A.: University of Sheffield

Kwan_Kim@hcas.com.tw

My name is Erin Wang and I am from Kaohsiung in Southern Taiwan. In my free time, I love to go travelling and spend time with my family and friends.

 I graduated from Providence University with a Bachelor’s of English Literature.  I have been teaching young kids for eleven years. I believe deeply that kids can learn anytime and anywhere. All what teachers can do are to inspire and motivate them and show them how to become responsible for themselves and be passionate with life.

Erin Wang

B.A.: Providence University

Erin_Wang@hcas.com.tw

My name is Jelly. I love to learn new things and grow up with students. I always try my best and spend lots of time on my students. I hope everyone can get what they need and learn something in this school

Jelly Chen

B.A.: National Central University

Jelly_Chen@hcas.com.tw

Middle & Upper School English

Corinne Cheong-Marcucci

B.A. University of Toronto

M.A: Ateneo de Manila University

TESOL Certified, Trinity College UK

Corinne_Cheong@hcas.com.tw

I am a product of an East-meets-West education. I grew up in both Canada and the Philippines and spent different stages of my formative years in both countries. I studied English Literature at the University of Toronto and finished my Masters in English Language and Literature Teaching at the Ateneo de Manila University.

My professional experience started in the world of business, but I kept hearing the call of teaching. I answered the call in 2004 and never looked back. In the 13 years that I’ve been teaching, I’ve taught English and Literature at middle school, high school, and university levels; EFL to students ranging from young learners all the way to adults; and Professional or Business English courses. For the majority of my classes and courses, I have had the opportunity to design the curriculums and materials—a task that I actually enjoy. I find it both challenging and exciting to research and come up with different and innovative ways to help learners learn. This school year, I’ll be working with the middle and upper school classes.

Teaching is a passion of mine, and the joy of seeing my students question, discover, and learn is like cheering on a favorite athlete. Like a fan or a coach, I share in their triumphs and encourage them on when they encounter obstacles. As a teacher, my personal goal is to create an environment where students are challenged to be independent, critical thinkers who recognize their individual strengths in order to achieve success in the classroom and beyond.

When I’m not in the classroom (or thinking about my classes), I enjoy reading, painting, dancing, watching musicals and plays, visiting galleries and museums, learning about different cultures through travel, connecting with family and friends (who are all over the world), and spending quality time with my husband.

Drew Bennett

B.A. University of Southern California

M.A. California State University

Drew_Bennett@hcas.com.tw

Hello! My name is Drew Bennett and I teach middle and upper school English. I was born and raised in New York, but I have spent much of my adult life in California, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in cinematic arts from the University of Southern California and also my master’s degree in linguistics from California State University. As such, I am very passionate about storytelling and language, and my interests vary from literature and world travel to history and hiking. Though I have worked as a bartender of wine and also as a writer’s assistant in Hollywood, I find the most joy and fulfillment in being a teacher. For years, I have taught in various capacities, in both service-learning education in the U.S., as well as in English language education in Asia. Having also lived in Brazil, South Korea, and Japan, I love to experience new places and people, but it is Taiwan that has a special place in my heart.

Peter Sawyer

 

B.A. University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

M.A. Teachers College at Columbia University

Peter_Sawyer@hcas.com.tw

Hi, Everyone!
 

I’m Peter Sawyer, and I teach Upper- Level English classes as well as serving as Director of the English Program.  I’ve been teaching university and high-school English for 22 years, and I’m always ready for a great classroom discussion on Literature, the Writing Process, and, perhaps most interestingly for my students, how popular culture and current events tie into our discussion of texts and connect to teens’ lives.

 

My background is unusual because I am curious about all the disciplines and how they interconnect.  I log Theatre Arts, Cartooning, Animation, and Astronomy among my passions, and my decade-long professional broadcasting career on Martha’s Vineyard in my native Massachusetts whet my appetite for good Writing, ultimately leading to my returning to school to become a teacher.

 

I graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a B.A. in English, with a focus on Writing and Communications.  I went from there right to Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York City to procure my M.A. in the Teaching of English; I’ve been teaching English ever since.

 

I enjoy Reading, Writing my own fiction and poetry, stargazing, watching movies, going to the theatre, sketching, music, and biking and hiking the ever-wonderous trails of Taiwan.

Mathematics

William Ma

Intern Academic Director

B.S: University of Washington

William_Ma@hcas.com.tw

Hi everyone! I'm William Ma, and I will be teaching Mathematics. Prior to becoming a full-time school teacher nearly a decade ago, I was a former software engineer and project manager at engineering firms.

I grew up in Bellevue, Washington, and I enjoy outdoor activities, movies, traveling, and exercising. This will be my first year at HCAS, and I am very excited to be part of the family.

I enjoy spending time with children and helping them to resolve problems. It is my passion to motivate and inspire children both in and out of the classroom on all aspects. I wish to make school an enjoyable place for everyone.

Gloria Chiu

B.A: University of Canterbury

M.Ed: University of Southern Queensland

 

Gloria_chiu@hcas.com.tw

Hello everyone! I am Gloria Chiu and I teach Mathematics at HCAS. I was brought up in a small city named Ipoh, a place that is very famous of delicious food in Malaysia and it has been referred as one of the top 10 destinations to visit by Lonely Planet in 2017! Upon completion of my high school education, I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from University of Canterbury, New Zealand and then a Master of Education in Leadership and Management from University of Southern Queensland, Australia. Before joining HCAS, I taught in a British school in Malaysia for 7 years. During the years, I find teaching a very rewarding experience as setting myself a role model to the students consistently enhances my disciplinary manner, understanding students’ questions and doubts in lessons improves my communication skills and, last but not least, listening to the students fosters my teacher-student relationship. As such, challenge students to achieve their best potential has become one of my motto in teaching.

Being brought up in a multiracial country, I am very blessed to have the privilege to experience different cultures, traditions and languages which builds up my passion for traveling and meeting people from different region of the world. Besides teaching, I love reading, sewing, swimming, origami and spending time with my daughter.

Jason Merk

B.A.: in Math, University of Hawaii at Hilo

Jason_Merk@hcas.com.tw

Aloha Everyone! I’m Jason Merk and I teach mathematics at HCAS. I was born in and grew up in Hawaii. Hawaii is a multicultural environment where the east and west meet, so I learned to use a fork and chopsticks at the same age. Hawaii gave me a window to the whole world, and I wanted more. I attended a private high school much like HCAS in there were students from all over the world. After high school, I felt an urge to live life and find a direction before settling on a career, so I pack a bag and came to Taiwan. From the moment that I got off the plane, I knew that Taiwan had become my new home. This is were I found my passion for teaching. I started off teaching English in Taichung. I returned to Hawaii to finish up my BA in Math at the University of Hawaii but the youth in me didn’t want to wait the extra year to finish my teaching certificate, so I was back on a plane to Taiwan days after graduation. After a few years, I moved to Malaysia where I got married and spent a few years teaching computer science in a Chinese private high school in Malaysia. But again, I felt the need to return to Taiwan again. The last few years, I have spent teaching math at HCAS sister school, Korrnell Academy. During my time at Korrnell Academy, I was finally ready to finish up my teaching certificate and now I am ready for a new challenge.

Besides teaching, I also enjoy travelling and playing computer games and doing puzzles. I also feel strongly that we need to prepare the children of today with not only a material education but also a social and moral education as well.

Science​

Paul Cornelius

Dean of Students

B.A.: University of Colorado

Paul_Cornelius@hcas.com.tw

Hello, I'm Paul Cornelius, and I teach middle and upper school science. Prior to joining HCAS, I taught science for several years at a private school in Kaohsiung.

My first career was in healthcare, working as an emergency medical technician for the Denver Paramedic Division. I enjoy sharing my healthcare experience with my students to show the importance of science, and its application in the real world.

I believe science is the most natural subject to teach, as it is a field driven by curiosity. I strive to engage my students every day by presenting them with new breakthroughs in science, and by encouraging them to think critically about what they are learning.

In addition to teaching science and math, I also enjoy sharing my travel experiences with my students, As a U.S. Air Force brat, I had a nomadic upbringing; growing up in five different countries, I am currently mentoring the geography class for our elementary school lab.

Outside of class, I enjoy surfing, rock climbing, and spending time with my wife, our son, and our two dogs.

Raman Gupta

B.Ed.: Kurukshetra University

M.S.: Kurukshetra University

CRaman_Gupta@hcas.com.tw

Hello everyone! I am Raman Gupta, a licenced Science teacher from India. I teach Science to upper and middle school. I possess a master’s degree in Chemistry (Kurukshetra University) as well as in English literature with extensive teaching experience. Beside Masters, I received teaching licence in Science and English. It is my second year of teaching in Taiwan out of total 7 years of teaching. I am enthusiastic and committed teacher with natural ability to appreciate and inspire children. I am a mature, positive and hardworking individual, who always strives to achieve the highest standard possible, at any given task. My passion for learning, teaching and loving has lead me to this road.

When I am not teaching, I am very fond of music, yoga, meditation and of course reading books.

Michael Moura

B.A.: U.C. Berkeley

M.S.: University of North Dakota

Michael_Moura@hcas.com.tw

Hello, I’m Mike Moura I’m from California. I’ll be teaching high school math and science. I’ve been teaching most of my adult life and in Taiwan for the last eight years. I believe it’s important to understand the theory as well as the real life application. As a teacher I feel it is important to help nurture the intellectual as well as the individual in students. It is important that students have a moral and ethical balance to the knowledge they obtain. I have a wide range of interests and enjoy learning. I try to pass on that enthusiasm to my students to encourage them to expand their knowledge of the world around them. My interests include aviation, cooking, and traveling.

Social Studies

Mike Brockman

B.A.: University of Washington
M.A.: University of Washington

Mike_Brockman@hcas.com.tw

My experience with teaching English began in 1990 in Taiwan. I taught for 1 year and departed and returned again to teach for another year in 1992. I went back to America and returned again to make Taiwan my home in 2012. For the 5 years up until now, I have been teaching as a University English language lecturer. I also have experience as the first Business English writing instructor at the Regional Civil Service Development Institute, DGPA, Executive Yuan where I taught civil servants from all across Taiwan. Aside from teaching experience, I have achieved professional development through workshops, seminars, and conferences, as well through attending talks given by professors who have experience and expertise on a variety of "how to's" in the classroom and in course design.

We here at Hsinchu County American School incorporate the latest research-based instructional strategies. These include, for example, the "flipped-classroom," and project-based learning which encourage deeper, student-centered active learning. My teaching philosophy is based on the understanding that learning is student centered and that students need to be equal, if not greater, partners in the learning process. In the classroom, my role involves me putting the necessary resources in the hands of students; or more likely, to be sure that students are well equipped to find and evaluate the resources they need in order to answer their own questions. Beyond striving to ensure that students learn the fundamental content of the courses I instruct, my objectives as a teacher are (a) to foster critical thinking skills and (b) to facilitate the acquisition of social skills as well as lifelong learning skills.

Veronica Edwards

B.A.: University of Colorado

Veronica_Edwards@hcas.com.tw

Hola, my name is Veronica Edwards. I will be teaching social studies at HCAS. I was born and raised in South Texas, along the Texas- Mexico border. Growing up in a Spanish speaking community I quickly realized the importance and advantages of being bilingual. Therefore, I understand the challenges and the benefits of speaking, understanding, reading and writing multiple languages. My goal is to provide a safe learning environment which will grant my students the freedom to think, learn, and express themselves. I believe it is very important for my students to become life long learners and positive members of society.

I graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Psychology and earned both my Elementary Teaching Certification and ESL Certification from the State of Texas, USA. I have worked in the Texas Public School System, American School in Saudi Arabia, and this is my 4th year teaching here in Taiwan.

Outside of school, I keep busy with my family but I do enjoy traveling, going to the theatre, cinema, concerts venues and going out to eat. Shopping is one of my favorite past times, I love all things jewelry and collect handmade items.

Adam Cole

B.A. History Bethel University

M.A. Asian Studies University of Sydney

Adam_Cole@hcas.com.tw

Hello, I'm Adam Cole and I teach upper school social studies. A little background about me, I grew up in a small town in Minnesota. I majored in history and with minors in political science and business. In 2006, I spent a month observing different schools in China, Hong Kong, and Macau. This brief trip showed me how much of the world I had still yet to see and two months after college graduation, I was in South Korea teaching.  After that, I completed my M.A. at the University of Sydney in 2010 and moved to Taiwan in 2011. I have been here ever since, travelling when I get the chance. Most of the time I've spent abroad has been teaching for public and private schools. Teaching is my passion and my career, followed closely by my love for history. I'm so excited to get the chance to teach this subject! The way human societies have formed and interacted fascinates me, and my goal is always to inspire that fascination and passion in others. I also enjoy a strong passion for soccer, snowboarding, and any activity that involves water and a boat.  

Foreign Language

Mina Lai

B.A.: : Wenzao Ursuline

College of Languages

M.A.: National Kaohsiung

Normal University

Mina_Lai@hcas.com.tw

Greetings everyone! My name is Mina Lai, and it is an honor for me to be part of this big family in HCAS! Teaching Chinese to foreign students is my major responsibility, and thanks to National Sun Yat-sen Univerisity, the Teacher Training Courses for CSL certificate helps me a lot to meet the need of the school.

When it comes to teaching languages, my experiences include the opportunity of being an exchange intern teacher at St. Theresia Tourism High School in Jakarta, my last year in college; a part-time English teacher in Kao-Yuan Vocational High School of Technology & Commerce, and National Feng-Shan Senior Commercial & Industrial Vocational School; a GEPT teacher in Kaohsiung Municipal Cianjhen Junior High School. Prior to joining HCAS, I was an English instructor, and manily teaching English conversation and TOEIC courses for years in National Kaohsiung University. I reflect clearly a dynamic and easygoing personality with the distinguishing characteristics including passion, ambition, and the qualities of righteousness and thoughtfulness. I have been having solid awareness of languages, communications and experiences in education with attention to details. I am also a well-determined individual. I encourage myself to fight for what is desired all the time. Nothing great comes easy, and what I believe is that what cannot be cured must be endured.

When I am not working, I enjoy travelling, reading, playing piano, and appreciating classical music. As for exercises, I love swimming and Zumba dancing. My self-driven incentives will surely push me to keep on going and going, not only to motivate the students, but the whole team. I bear this inspiring quote in mind for life, and I would like to share it with all of you: "Musicians never retire; they stop when there's no more music in them." - Louis Armstrong.

Naomi Chen

B.A.: Fu Jen Catholic University

M.A.: Beijing Language University

Naomi_Chen@hcas.com.tw

Hi there, I’m Naomi Chen and I teach Chinese, both to natives and foreigners. 

 

I have taught at the Peking University, the Harvard Summer Program, Academia Sinica, and the International School in Beijing. I was also awarded "Excellent Teacher" recognition from the Department of Education in Taiwan. I also help out with marketing and other various projects such as advertising, designing, managing the social media.  Yes, I also work as translator.

 

Travelling is my favorite hobby, and I love to see new places and experience the beauty, FOOD and people of different regions.   

Paloma Garcia

B.A.: Ming Chuan University
M.A.: Jaen University, Spain

Paloma_Garcia@hcas.com.tw

Hola! My name is Paloma  Garcia. This is my first semester in  Hsinchu Country American School.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Applied English from Ming Chuan University and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from Jaen University in Spain.  My thesis, “Critical Period Hypothesis for the Second Language Acquisition” won the award for best thesis. For 7 years, I was a Spanish teacher at the Chinese Culture University then I spent two years working in several government projects, such as ICDF and the Institute for Information Industry.

I love promoting my culture. In 2010, I organized a conference promoting La Antigua Guatemala with the Guatemalan Embassy in Taiwan, and in 2013, I organized another conference with the Representative Office of Peru called “Discovering Peru”.

I demonstrate my dedication to my students through exposing them to Spanish language and culture as much as possible. Last year, I organized the first Spanish competition in Taiwan inviting the most prestigious International Schools in Northern Taiwan. The reason why I love teaching Spanish is because I would like to give my students more opportunities to study and work in Spanish-speaking countries in their future.

I currently teach Spanish 1 and Spanish 2. I have been married 21 years to my husband Shown, and I have one daughter, age 20 studying in the United States and one son, age 3, living in Taiwan. I enjoy spending time with family, watching documentaries, and doing charity.

“ Yo hago lo imposible, porque lo posible lo hace cualquiera”
I do the imposible, because the possible anyone can do it.

Pablo Picaso 1881- 1973

Victor Boissin

B.A.: Universite Lille

Victor_Boissin@hcas.com.tw

Hi, bonjour! I'm Victor Boissin.

I'm teaching French in Middle and Upper Schools at HCAS. I grew up in the north of France in the city named Lille where I have been studying international business. I've always loved to travel, and it's after having worked for an international Taiwanese company that I have decided to live there. I also love to learn new languages; I currently can speak French, English, Chinese, and Spanish.

Teaching French as a foreign language has become my passion and I want my students to feel the same. My goal as a French teacher in HCAS is to make students to fall in love with the French language and to give their best in making French their 3rd language.
As the French soccer team won the world cup in 2018, I hope the French language will get more popular.

David Yuan

B.A.: National Changhua University of Education

David_Yuan@hcas.com.tw

Hello everyone! My name is David Yuan, an energetic Chinese teacher. It is my pleasure to join HCAS.

I’m graduated from National Changhua University of Education. Literature is my expertise including poetry and prose.

Perceptual writing should be based on logical thinking. I hope my students can feel the charm of literature and use the power of words in my class. I love students to interact with me during class so that I can find what they need from the process of communicating with them.

EC teacher who teaches GO and table tennis is my other identity. As a Go coach and a six-segment chess player, I want to emphasize that GO is a strategic board game for two players which could inspire logical thinking so much.

It’s my interest to throw darts in free time. In addition, I also extensively involved in various sports to maintain physical and mental health.

“Always look at the students with an appreciation, always face the students with a tolerant attitude.” This is what I always remind myself.

ESL Specialist

Andrew Specht

B.A.: U.C. Santa Cruz

Andrew_Specht@hcas.com.tw

Hello everyone! I am Andrew Specht and I teach ESL. 

In addition to teaching ESL to large classes of young students, I have also taught individual students English for business and GEPT preparation skills. Prior to teaching English in Taiwan, I worked in Los Angeles, CA as a substitute teacher, music teacher and as a musical performer who recorded for film and performed at many events and concerts. I enjoy sharing this variety of experiences with my students and helping them connect with subject material in a variety of ways. Outside of class, I enjoy reading, hiking, practicing musical instruments, going to concerts, traveling and studying Spanish. 

Music, Art, Drama and Dance (MADD)

Dan Mark

B.A.: University of Minnesota

Dan_Mark@hcas.com.tw

My name is Dan Mark and I teach performing arts at HCAS.

I grew up in Clear Lake, Iowa in the USA where I developed a passion for performance at a young age. I became involved in two children's theaters around the age of twelve and quickly found that this is what I want to do with my life. I have a bachelors degree in performing arts from the University of Minnesota and a wealth of performance experience, having worked in children's theaters, community theaters, two universities, and two professional theaters. I've performed in over forty plays, and directed two. I've worked in the scenic design shop (University of Minnesota), fulfilled the role of Master of Properties for a show at the Guthrie Theater, and was the Technical Director for a production of The Lion King Jr. at Murray Middle School in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Just as theater is an inter-disciplinary art form, so too am I an inter-disciplinary artist. In my free time I enjoy writing and playing music, painting, writing poems, and I have recently begun carving! I am currently working on publishing my second book of poems, as well as producing my second album. I have worked in over ten art studios in the Twin Cities area as a life-drawing and portrait model. I have traveled, and spent time in much of the USA and Europe. I am fluent in German, working on Chinese, and have a general passion for languages. It's a great joy to share these skills with the students in either a classroom, or an extra curricular setting!

Performance gives us the opportunity to live the experiences of others, and to discover who we are in a variety of situations and contexts. I'm thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to help the students at HCAS discover new worlds filled with strange characters and challenging mysteries.

Afra Su

M.M.: University of Auckland

M.M.: Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover

D.M.A.: Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden

Afra_Su@hcas.com.tw

Hi students, parents and friends! My name is Afra Su and I teach music in HCAS. I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and I have been passionate about music for as long as I can remember. I started to learn piano when I was 6 years old and during my school years I also learned violin, guitar and voice across a variety of genres. I attended University of Auckland for my Bachelor of Music with honors and went onto Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover for my Master and D.M.A in Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden. As a teacher at HCAS, my goal is to encourage students to appreciate music, master their own talents, and be creative. I try to explore my students to different genres and styles of music so they create a passion for music, just as I have.

I also enjoy traveling, hiking and reading outside the school. Here is a quote from one of my favorite writer. “Oh music! A melody occurs to you; you sing it silently, inwardly only; you steep your being in it; it takes possession of all your strength and emotions, and during the time it lives in you, it effaces all that is fortuitous, evil, coarse, and sad in you; it brings the world into harmony with you, it makes burdens light and gives wings to depressed spirits. “ – Hermann Hesse

Serdar Kurbanov

M.Ed.: Chinese Culture University 

Serdar_Kurbanov@hcas.com.tw

Hello. My name is Serdar Gurbanov and I am from Turkmenistan. I completed my Master’s Degree in Sports coaching science, from Chinese Culture University, in the Spring of 2015. In addition to my degree, I also obtained the Coaching Degrees from National Tai Chi Chuan Association of ROC as well as the National Sepak takraw Association of ROC.

Prior to joining HCAS, I worked for ten years as a Wushu coach. As a children's coach in Taiwan, I understand how important a positive sports experience is, and will provide a fun, active, and knowledgeable learning experience for your child. I love to work with all ages, but teaching preschool and elementary student levels has a special place in my heart.

My hobbies include reading complicated Russian novels, collecting postcards, and of course sports which includes Wushu and conditioning training. In the future, I want to learn to bake and learn to fly an airplane.

Tamas Szvet

M.A.: Hungarian University of Fine Arts PHD.: Doctoral School Budapest

Tamas_Szvet@hcas.com.tw

Hello everyone! I am Tamas Szvet an artist and a visual art teacher. I developed my art education in Hungary, Denmark, and the Netherlands. I obtained my Master degree in the department of sculpture and as a visual art teacher at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2007. In 2009, I started an artistic research project at the Doctoral School of Budapest, which I continued at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. I received a – Doctor of Liberal Arts – title from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2018. I have been practicing as a visual art teacher for three years in an Art High School in Hungary before joining the team of HCAS. I have trained students for drawing, anatomy, art history and sculpture works with clay, paper, and stone. During my artist career I have participated in Artist-in-Residence programs in Taiwan, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Finland, France, South Korea, Iceland, and in the United States. During my travel I organized workshops, exhibitions and public events. I really enjoy working together with children, especially when different cultures becomes the main topic of creation. My art class in HCAS will contain a lot of magic. Outside of class, I enjoy travel, swimming, reading… and of course making my own artworks.

Computer Science

David Toyne

Computer Science Department Head

B.Sc.: University of Melbourne

David_Toyne@hcas.com.tw

G’day everyone!  My name is David Toyne and I am joining the team here at HCAS to teach Computer Science.  I have a Bachelors degree in Science from the University of Melbourne where I majored in Computer Science, with a strong emphasis on programming.  I have worked as an Analyst/Programmer for a pharmaceutical retailer in Australia as well as on software and hardware projects as an independent consultant.  Of course, I am often recruited by friends and family members to fix their computers – the joys of being a computer geek in an IT world!

In addition to my experience in IT, I have also been an ESL teacher in Korea and China after finishing university.  During my years abroad, I have traveled to many different countries throughout Asia, from the temples of Angkor Wat to the jungles of Sumatra, from the heights of Mount Fuji to the beaches of the Gili Islands, where I swam with turtles.  I consider travel to be such a great way to broaden the mind and to open our eyes to a range of cultures, interesting people and how the simple problems of humanity can be solved in so many fascinating ways.

In 2011, while working as a programmer, I became very interested in online trading, which led me to eventually quit my job and make a living from trading forex.  The market is a puzzle that is endlessly interesting and I will be bringing that enthusiasm to the very first HCAS Hedge Fund Lab!  I hope that I can provide some insight into the world of finance, an area that is not well understood but lies at the heart of our global economy.

In my free time, I like hiking, riding and working out at the gym.  I love to play sports; golf and tennis being my two favourites.  Being from Australia, I’m always happy to visit a beach or even a river which I can jump into and have a swim, so if you know any great hiking trails with a waterfall or river nearby, send me the location and I’ll be your best friend!

I’m very glad to be here with you in the beautiful county of Hsinchu as we all learn and grow together.

Nathan N. Youngblut

B.A: University of Iowa

B.S: Univesity of Massachusetts

Nathan_Youngblut@hcas.com.tw

Hello World! My name is Nathan Youngblut, and I will be teaching Computer Science this year.

I grew up in America’s heartland, next to a lake in small town Iowa. At age two, my parents bought a Super Nintendo, and I immediately fell in love with Super Mario Brothers. I spent the rest of my childhood as an avid video-gamer. At age fourteen, I began to experiment with website design and basic programming.

Near the end of high school, I shifted my focus away from computers and gaming. Diving head-first into politics at age seventeen, I began volunteering for local candidates. While studying at the University of Iowa, I was also working full-time for political organizations and candidates. I have since worked throughout much of America for current US Senators, Congressmen, and various organizations.

Exhausted from the nature of politics in the States, and in pursuit of new adventures and opportunities, I decided to move abroad. The next few years flew by quickly as I was studying, working, and traveling through most of South and Central America. In Chile and Paraguay, I worked in the real estate sector, and I taught English at a bilingual elementary school in Costa Rica.

Last year, wanting to start another new chapter in my life, I moved to Taiwan to teach English. I also returned to my love of computers, beginning an online degree in Information Technology with the University of Massachusetts. Enchanted by Taiwan, I decided to stay, and I feel very privileged to now be part of the community here at HCAS!

When I am not at my keyboard, I have several hobbies to distract myself with. For exercise, I have been doing yoga for several years, and I love to spend time at the beach or in the gym. As a gamer, I now prefer board games with friends, old-school arcade games, and pinball machines (when I can find them).

Physical Education

Shane Blanchard

B.S. : National University of Tainan

Shane_Blanchard@hcas.com.tw

Hello Everyone, My name is Shane Nick Blanchard from the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia. I am the fourth of five children of Andrina Blanchard . I attended the St. Mary's College, which is a high school in my home country where I graduated as the top performing athlete. At the university level I graduated from the National University of Tainan having received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education and Sports.

I have a passion for sports and I am very much active in the sports of basketball and soccer. During my leisure time If I am not playing sports I most likely will be viewing on television or debating with my friends. During the summer vacation I am usually engage in a sports camp for kids.

I am very proud to be associated with Hsinchu County American School in the form of a Physical Education teacher for K1 , K2, Grade 1 and 2. Not only sports but in class where I teach Health and Fitness. Students must know how to take care of their bodies so they can be better prepared to participate in sports.

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