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 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 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 Huang

Chairman of School

B.S.: Cornell University

M.S.: Harvard University

Seth Roberts

Principal

B.S. West Chester University

M.A. Penn State

Seth_Roberts@hcas.com.tw

It is a great pleasure to begin my 23rd year as an educator at HCAS. I am a fourth-generation educator. I graduated West Chester University in 1998 with a Secondary Social Studies Education degree. I received my master's in Community and Economic Development from Penn State in 2007.

 

I spent over a decade promoting Model United Nations and served as the Model U.N. Director for the UNESCO Club and Centers of America. I have done adjunct lecturing at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and Frederick Community College, and I have coached World Scholar's Cup and the Fed Challenge very successfully. World Scholar's Cup named me Coach of the Year for 2017. I have served as an evaluator for Middle States accreditation visits in the past. 

 

If you would like to know more about me please visit my website at: https://setharobertsedlead.com/ 

Greetings HCAS community and please accept my sincere thanks for your kind welcome and strong support.  I am originally from Denver Colorado, but I have been traveling and working in education in various places around the world since 2007.  I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Philosophy, a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and will be completing another Master's Degree in International School Leadership during the 2021-2022 school year.  I have come to Taiwan because I not only see Taiwan serving as an important role as a bridge between the Eastern and Western worlds, but also because I find this country to be such a hospitable and pleasant place to be.

 

My educational leadership belief is that a leader's main role is to serve others.  This includes serving students to ensure they have a challenging yet enjoyable learning environment, serving parents with ensuring their voices are heard and responded to as well as serving teachers with providing the goals and support needed for professional growth.  To lead others truly means to serve others.  

Nathan Bryant

Assistant Principal

B.S. Fort Lewis College

M.A. Norwich University

 

Nathan_Bryant@hcas.com.tw

Michelle Roberts

College Counselor

B.S. Temple University

M.A. McDaniel College

 

Michelle_Roberts@hcas.com.tw

Greetings to everyone! It is my absolute pleasure to join HCAS as the College Counselor. I bring over 25 years of experience in high school education as an English teacher and counselor. I am welcoming and approachable, so please contact me as soon as you have any questions and concerns. 

My job as College Counselor is to assist students in building a strong college application package that showcases resourcefulness and initiative. I will help students in finding the RIGHT FIT for their interests and abilities. 

Paul Cornelius

Dean of Students

B.A.: University of Colorado

Paul_Cornelius@hcas.com.tw

Paul Cornelius serves the HCAS community as a science teacher, WASC Coordinator, and Dean of Students.  He has served as an educator since 2011, and joined HCAS in 2018. Prior to his career in education, he worked as an emergency medical technician for the Denver Paramedic Division. As a U.S. Air Force brat, he had a nomadic upbringing; growing up in several different countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America.  Outside of school, he enjoys running, swimming, and spending quality time with his wife, their son, and their two dogs.    

Faculty

Kindergarten

My name is Brandy Sheahan, and I am so happy to be joining the HCAS team as the K2 teacher. I completed my diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Developmental Services Worker before beginning my undergraduate studies. I obtained a B.A. in Psychology and then went on to complete a B.A. in Education at Queen’s University. I am in my tenth year of teaching in Taiwan. While I have taught different age levels, my passion is in Early Education. I love creating a positive, happy, and fun environment for children to learn and grow. My goal is to establish a love for learning and encourage curiosity from the first days of school life. My philosophy is that when children are engaged and having fun, they are learning without realizing it. 

Brandy Sheahan

B.A.: Carleton University
B.A.: Queen's University

Brandy_Sheahan@hcas.com.tw

Miette Beynon

B.A.: University of Toronto

M.A.: Queen's University

Miette_Beynon@hcas.com.tw

Hello everyone! I am very excited to be joining the kindergarten team at HCAS this year. I graduated from the University of Toronto with an honors degree in Political Science and went on to earn a Master of Education from Queens University. I am certified to teach K-3, ESOL K-6 and IB (PYP).  

 

I began my teaching career in Taiwan in 2004. Having taught young learners all over Asia in the years since, my heart has always belonged to this beautiful island and I am excited to be returning this fall. I believe that young children develop their understanding of the world around them when learning is rooted in their own interests, questions and experiences. A kindergarten environment is fun, engaging and encouraging and reflects the joyful nature of the students and teachers who make it their own. 

First Program

My name is Danni Blumenthal, and I am delighted to be the 1st-grade teacher at HCAS. I have been teaching since 2013 in various countries around the world. However, I have fallen in love with Taiwan and now call it home. My educational background is in marketing and psychology, and I am currently completing my Masters in Education with The College of New Jersey.   

  

I believe in whole-child education and am also dedicated to student Social-emotional growth. I consider my classroom a place where students can explore their curiosities, and the love of learning is ignited and nurtured. I am a lifelong learner and hope to pass on my passion to my students. I am excited about the adventure ahead of us this year. 

Danni Blumenthal  

Danni_Blumenthal@hcas.com.tw

Louise Harvey  

B.A.: University of South Africa

M.A.: Sunderland University

Louise_Harvey@hcas.com.tw

My name is Louise Harvey. I am excited to be the 2nd grade teacher at HCAS this year. It will be my first year at the school but I have 12 years of varied instructional experience in Taiwan. I am a creative, resourceful teacher that is invested in educating with a holistic approach to encourage students to reach their full potential. My goal is to create and maintain a communicative and supportive classroom, in which each student feels safe, secure, and appropriately challenged. 

  

I initially studied Architecture and graduated in 2001, but when I started traveling, my passion for teaching became apparent. In 2019, I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of South Africa. I am currently completing my Masters in International Education from Sunderland University which has provided a wealth of information that will compliment my teaching repertoire. I am eager to see what we can accomplish this year. 

Rachel Mccoullough

 

Teacher Licence from State of Indiana

M.A. St. Francis University

Rachel_Mccoullough@hcas.com.tw

Rachel McCoullough joined HCAS as the grade three homeroom teacher after 8 years of teaching ESL in Kaohsiung. She graduated with a master’s degree in the art of teaching from St. Francis University in Indiana, and received her teaching license from the State of Indiana as well. She is also a certified TEFL instructor and has a certification in teaching English to young learners.

 

After 8 years of living in Kaohsiung, Rachel is excited to explore another part of the island. While not at school, she enjoys reading books, creating art, going to museums, doing yoga and being in nature.

Dan Ritco

M.A.: Northcentral University

P.D.P.: Simon Fraser University

B.A.: Simon Fraser University

Dan_Ritco@hcas.com.tw

Hello everyone! I will be the grade four homeroom teacher this year. I am a native English- speaking career international educator originally from British Columbia (BC), Canada. I have a master’s degree from Northcentral University in Arizona. I completed both my bachelor’s degree in history and K-12 teaching certification (P.D.P.) at Simon Fraser University in BC. I also possess a TEFL certificate from London Teacher Training Centre (England) and certification to teach adults from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Finally, I have leadership and human resources certificates from Cornell University, New York. 

 

For almost thirty years now I have taught preschool to university level students on three continents. Prior to joining the HCAS faculty, my grade four teaching positions were in Canada, China, Greece and Puli (Taiwan). Educating students of all ages is not just a job for me. It is my life! I am a caring, passionate, energetic educator who strives to make meaningful contributions in the lives of my learners. I am confident we will have a great year together! 

Middle & Upper School English

Corinne Cheong-Marcucci

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.

Peter Sawyer

 

B.A. University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth

M.A. Teachers College at Columbia University

Peter_Sawyer@hcas.com.tw

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.

Monty Harrison

 

B.A. Western Washington University

M.A. College of New Jersey

Monty_Harrison@hcas.com.tw

Monty holds a Master’s in Education, USA teaching certificate, undergraduate degree in language arts, and almost a decade of teaching experience. He enjoys bicycles, board games, roller skating, and the Oxford comma.

 

My experience has taught me that, “No matter where you go, there you are.” As technology develops and the world changes, the most stable resource students can invest in is their own thinking. We won’t solve problems we encounter by quoting Shakespearean soliloquies - we’ll do it through the application of studied techniques and through our developed critical analysis and collaboration skills.

Dave Vaughn

 

B.A. Wilfred Laurier University

Dave_Vaughn@hcas.com.tw

Dave Vaughan is a Canadian with experience teaching in Beijing, Taichung and Sulaymaniyah, Iraq. He discovered the joy and value of teaching growing up in a largely connected extended family in small-town Ontario. Dave has shown great interest in developing his institution’s approach to international education, both through the organization of extracurricular activities (MUN conferences and Young Diplomats training) and curriculum flexibility (project-based learning courses and international learning projects). He enjoys hiking for the sake of feeding his need for adventure and exploration, while also contributing to a coalition of writers and activists online.

5th Grade

Math and Science

Travis McDonald

 

B.A. Towson University

M.A. University of Saint Francis

Travis_McDonald@hcas.com.tw

Travis McDonald—math and science teacher extraordinaire! I have been teaching in Taiwan for eight years and began at HCAS in 2020 with my lovely lady, Rachel McCoullough, grade 3 teacher. We completed our masters of teaching and teaching licensure last year, when we were student teaching at Kaohsiung American School in the south of Taiwan.

 

Right now, our species is facing more problems than ever. I believe that with a firm grasp on math and science, our students will be able to confront these problems and save the world! Learning is a continual process, and I always encourage my students to try different things. Some of the things I do when I’m not teaching include hiking, biking, snorkeling, scuba diving, traveling, graphic design, music recording, video editing, and learning languages

(但是我的中文還很爛哦).

5th Grade

English and Social Studies

Henokh Sharon

 

B.A. Saint Mary's College of Maryland

M.A. University of Maryland Public Honors College of SMCM

Henokh_Sharon@hcas.com.tw

Hello all! My name is Henokh Sharon and I’m the 5th grade teacher for English language arts and social studies at HCAS. Before I came to HCAS, I taught a wonderful 4th grade classroom in the United States. I completed my master’s degree in Primary Education and my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Maryland’s Public Honors College of Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. Before I delved into my teaching program, I was also a coach for World Scholar’s Cup. In 2015, I was in charge of three teams from Indonesia that made it to the Global Rounds. Although my teaching experience is fairly novel, I am a passionate and driven individual. I believe that education is vital for the betterment of a person and by extension society itself. It is with great joy that I embrace this opportunity to be a part of the HCAS family and I look forward to a great year! 

Mathematics

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. 

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.

William Ma

B.S: University of Washington

William_Ma@hcas.com.tw

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 for delicious food in Malaysia and 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 found teaching a very rewarding experience. 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, challenging students to achieve their best potential has become one of my mottos 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.

Greg Eng 

 

BAA: Ryerson University

PGDip: University of Canterbury 

Greg_Eng@hcas.com.tw

Greg Eng is originally from the West Coast of Canada and has lived half of his life in Toronto.  He graduated from Ryerson University (BAA) and earned his Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching and Learning in Mathematics and Health & Physical Education at The University of Canterbury in New Zealand. 

As a teacher, Greg has taught 6 subjects (Mathematics, Health-Physical Education, Theory of Knowledge, Business, Media Studies and Digital Design) in 5 countries - New Zealand, Germany, Egypt, South Korea and Taiwan.  Greg became a teacher to extend his personal enthusiasm for learning.  His favorite part of the school year is Parent-Teacher Meetings when he gets to share the students’ successes with their parents. 

  

Prior to his career in education, Greg was an independent business owner based out of Toronto, Canada. 

When not in a classroom, he can be found involved in sports, music, design & building and outdoor activities. 

Lin Yeh

Part-Time Teacher

 

B.S. National Tsing Hua University

M.A. Penn State University 

Lin_Yeh@hcas.com.tw

My name is Lin Yeh and I am originally from Taiwan. I have been teaching middle school Math for more than two years now and I am very excited to join HCAS in 2020. I was inspired to become a teacher during my motherhood. Prior to that, I worked as a programmer in the software industry in the US for about ten years. It is a rewarding experience to help the students learn how to solve various problems.

 

I completed my master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State University, USA. I enjoy reading and classical music in my spare time. I also love spending time and exploring new things with my daughter.   

Science​

Department Head

Jenny Juan

 

B.S. National Taiwan University

M.A. National Taiwan University

Teacher Certification from National Taiwan University

Jenny_Juan@hcas.com.tw

Hi, I am Jenny, a certified science teacher with more than four years of teaching experience.  I am a patient and creative teacher committed to fostering a student-centered classroom environment based on mutual respect and collaboration. I am dedicated to intriguing students’ passions in science and wish for a productive and cheerful school year.

Hello everyone! I am Raman Gupta, a licensed 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 my master's, I received teaching license 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.

Raman Gupta

B.Ed.: Kurukshetra University

M.S.: Kurukshetra University

Raman_Gupta@hcas.com.tw

Arman Torus

B.A. University of Toronto

Arman_Torus@hcas.com.tw

Arman Torus is a science teacher originally from Toronto, Canada. He completed his Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Toronto in 2006. Shortly after that, he enrolled at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelors of Education in 2008.

 

He moved to Taiwan in the Summer of 2008. Over the last several years in international schools, he taught every major field of science (Chemistry, Biology and Physics) as well as Physical Science, Earth Science and Integrated Science.

 

Aside from his interest in Science, he is also a songwriter and musician having learned guitar, drums and piano. He still performs music at various events and charities. His other hobbies include biking, camping, playing chess, swimming, hiking and playing soccer.

Social Studies

Department Head

Lori Braunstein

 

B.A. Arizona State University

M.A. University of Colorado

Lori_Braunstein@hcas.com.tw

Hi! My name is Lori Braunstein and I teach Middle and High School Social Studies. I look forward to joining the HCAS family. I started my career teaching English in Japan in 1993, and have taught Social Studies, Math, ESL, and Business Studies in the state of Colorado in the United States, and in Qatar most recently.

 

I enjoy travelling, hiking, running, and spending time with family and friends. I have 2 kids who will be joining my husband and I in the secondary school. I look forward to getting to know more about the culture and people of Taiwan and exploring the country.

Billy Braunstein

 

B.S. University of New Mexico 

M.A. Grand Canyon University

Billy_Braunstein@hcas.com.tw

Hello, my name is Billy Braunstein and I will be teaching Middle and High School Social Studies. I am looking forward to my new adventure in Taiwan. I have been teaching Social Studies for the last 17 years, as well as Special Education. I spent 14 years teaching in the US before moving to teach in Qatar for the last three years.

 

My interests include exercise, soccer, and motorcycles. My wife will also be teaching at HCAS as well as our two children who will be in 9th and 7th grade. I am excited for this part of my teaching journey.

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.  

Adam Cole

B.A. History Bethel University

M.A. Asian Studies University of Sydney

Adam_Cole@hcas.com.tw

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, thanks to National Sun Yat-sen University. 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, and a GEPT teacher in Kaohsiung Municipal Cianjhen Junior High School. Prior to joining HCAS, I was an English instructor, and mainly 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.

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 studied 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 here. 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.

Jimmy Ivan Quezada 

M.A.: Universidad Nebrija

Spanish IBDP, American Curriculum, TEFL/TESOL Certified

Ivan_Quezada@hcas.com.tw

¡Hola a todos! / Hello everyone!  

 
My name is Mr. Quezada. I am a native from Chile who became very interested in the vocation of education from the good examples of my teachers when I moved to live in the United States at age 13. Years later, while studying a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a minor in Spanish at Utah State University, I had the opportunity to see what it was like to be a teacher while being an ESL interpreter at a local school. Through this experience, while seeing students that did not spoke the English language were progressing and slowly learning the new language, I was able to find besides writing another of my life’s passion, teaching. It wasn’t long when I had decided to pursue a full-time teaching career in 2007 and have never stopped since then.   

Teaching my native language (Spanish) has given me the opportunity to teach in South and Central America, United States, China and Vietnam. I hold a master’s degree in Spanish from Universidad Nebrija in Spain, as well as Spanish IBDP, American curriculum, and a TEFL/TESOL certifications.   

I firmly believe that our children should strive to learn as much as possible from other cultures and as many languages as possible to be able to understand our ever-changing world and most importantly, to become a more understanding person in general towards everyone around them.  

  

I look forward to meeting your son and/or daughter in my classroom ready to learn some Español.  

¡Nos vemos!   

Connie Fan

B.A. Qing  Hua University 

M.A. Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

Connie_Fan@hcas.com.tw

Hello everyone! I'm Connie Fan. I graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. I stayed in Shanghai about three years and taught the CAL (Teaching Chinese as Second Language) classes in the language center of SJTU. In recent years, Chinese has become more popular, making more and more people learn Chinese. As Taiwan is a rare place that still uses traditional Chinese characters, we should let students know the importance and how lucky they are. In my Chinese class, I like to make students reading and thinking instead of giving them a test in each class. Learning a language is not about the number of words they know, or how much grammar they can recognize. we have to let the students know the culture behind this sentence and the thought the author wants to tell us. I hope every student can enjoy themselves in my Chinese class, and from the bottom of their heart to love Chinese.

Yunzhen Chang 

 

M.A. National Chung Cheng University 

Jenny_Chang@hcas.com.tw

Ms. Yunzhen Chang is very excited to start her first year at HCAS. She earned her master degree in English literature at National Chung Cheng University and obtained the Certificate of Qualification to Teach Chinese as a Second/ Foreign Language. Prior to HCAS, Ms. Chang taught in Thailand and Taiwan. The education she received and teaching experience she gained have prepared her to teach and work with students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She is very passionate about learning and implementing different teaching methods to support as well as challenge students. Ms. Chang is looking forward to joining the HCAS team. 

EAL Specialist

Department Head

Hi! My Name is Shad Henderson and I’ll be working as an EAL teacher this year. I graduated in 2005 from St. Mary’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. The following year I moved to Taiwan and started teaching kindergarten and elementary. While enjoying this vocation, I became increasingly interested in language acquisition and the science of how people learn to read. Because of this interest, I went back to University to get my Bachelor of Education with the intention of being a reading specialist. Besides an interest in how our brains learn, I also enjoy many outdoor activities such as soccer, rock climbing and camping. I’m very excited about this coming year at HCAS!

Shad Henderson

B.A.: St. Mary's University

B. Ed.: University of PEI

Shad_Henderson@hcas.com.tw

Music, Art, Drama and Dance (MADD)

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 writers:

“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.

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's 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 in drawing, anatomy, art history, and sculpture works with clay, paper, and stone. During my art 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 with children, especially when different cultures become 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.

Tamas Szvet

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

Tamas_Szvet@hcas.com.tw

Chante Geary is a South African creative who has found herself teaching drama in Taiwan. Chante specialized in children’s theatre and theatre in education. She uses these skills to make learning a fun experience instead of something that is dreaded. She believes in finding ways to teach without students realizing that they are learning. “Drama is a moment to escape, express and empower!”

 

Chante has taught at schools such a Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy Taiwan as well as independent drama schools in South Africa. She has had some television time herself and enjoys entertaining. She likes painting and plays in a band in her spare time, where she sings and plays the ukulele.

Chante Geary

B.A. University of Pretoria

Education Certificate and Teaching License from University of Pretoria

Chante_Geary@hcas.com.tw

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 Bachelor 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 favorites.  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.

Greetings to all! I’m very excited to be joining the HCAS community and am looking forward to a full experience of learning and growth. I am originally from the United States but have been teaching internationally for nearly 15 years. I’m certified to teach by the State of Virginia where I graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching. Throughout the years I’ve taught students from the youngest of preschool ages all the way to adults in universities. I’ve also found fulfilling work coaching fellow teachers in using effective education technology resources and tools to assist students in becoming true 21st century learners.  
 

The majority of my professional career has been spent in Taiwan where my family has been blessed with three wonderful children.  I enjoy a multitude of activities ranging from spending time in the great outdoors, competitive sports, multimedia production and computer hobbies.  It will be my pleasure to work in the lower and middle school computer science divisions and I look forward to seeing what adventures the future brings for both myself and the students at HCAS.   

Daniel Neu

Daniel_Neu@hcas.com.tw

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.

Staff

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