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.

Seth Roberts


B.S. West Chester University

M.A. Penn State

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: 

Nathan Bryant

Academic Director


B.S. Fort Lewis College

M.A. Norwich University

Greeting parents and students of HCAS. I have already had the pleasure of meeting some of you,and please accept my sincere thanks for such a warm welcome. Your kind words and thoughtful actions have not only demonstrated to me how much this community values education, but also how invested everyone is to see HCAS continue to grow as a school of excellence, I am truly lucky to be able to join such a team.


If you would like to learn more about my background, please fell free to explore my own website:


Thank you and looking forward to a great year!

Michelle Roberts

College Counselor


B.S. Temple University

M.A. McDaniel College

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. 



Talita Keller

B.A.: Onderwyskollege Pretoria


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.  

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.    

Paul Cornelius

Dean of Students

B.A.: University of Colorado

Cynthia Carter

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

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.

A Happy Hello to everyone!

My name is Natasha Compaan.  I’m a qualified teacher from South Africa. I studied B. Ed (4 years) at the University of the Free State, and specialized in Junior Primary Education. (Grade 1 to Grade 3).

I have been teaching for more than twenty one years. (Seven of those 21 years were in Taiwan). I have joined the HCAS Team in the beginning of the new semester, and I have the great privilege to teach the K1 Class.

I am a positive, happy, creative and energetic person. I LOVE teaching! 

In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping and traveling.

First Program

Madison Materne

B.S.: Texas State University

TESOL Certified

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

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.

Natasha Compaan

B.A.: University of the Free State

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

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

Rachel Mccoullough


Teacher Licence from State of Indiana

M.A. St. Francis University

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.

Nelly Brown


B.A. University of South Africa

My Theoretical instruction includes a Bachelor of Arts(BA) Degree in Psychology, specializing in (Health Science & Social Services) at the University of South Africa. While completing my post-graduate studies in Research Methodology and Abnormal Behavior, I developed an interest in Neuroscience. Recent advances in technology have provided insight into the way the mind works and how we learn. This is of 

particular intrigue to me. These together with Waldorf principles inform my Teaching Pedagogy. I have lived with my daughter and taught in Taiwan for the last 7 years. Being a mother has been my greatest gift as it has challenged me to be a better Teacher. I am currently completing training to advance my Teaching skills, which in turn compliment my teaching experience.

Middle & Upper School English

Corinne Cheong-Marcucci

B.A. University of Toronto

M.A: Ateneo de Manila University

TESOL Certified, Trinity College UK

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

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.

Monty Harrison


B.A. Western Washington University

M.A. College of New Jersey

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 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—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


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

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! 


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

Gloria Chiu

B.A: University of Canterbury

M.Ed: University of Southern Queensland

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.

Thanh Mai


B.S. York University 

M.A. York University

Greetings! I’m the new math teacher at HCAS this year.  I mainly teach high school algebra, geometry and precalculus courses.  I’m a certified secondary math and social science teacher from Toronto, Canada.  I’ve taught at both the public school and private school levels in Canada as well as abroad in Taiwan and South Korea.  I believe in promoting a positive learning environment where students are given the opportunity to develop their skill sets, apply the concepts and make connections to the real world.  In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, trying new things and living a balanced life.  

Lin Yeh

Part-Time Teacher


B.S. National Tsing Hua University

M.A. Penn State University

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.   


Department Head

Jenny Juan


B.A. National Taiwan University

M.A. National Taiwan University

Teacher Certification from National Taiwan University

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.

Raman Gupta

B.Ed.: Kurukshetra University

M.S.: Kurukshetra University

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.

Arman Torus

B.A. University of Toronto

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

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

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.

Adam Cole

B.A. History Bethel University

M.A. Asian Studies University of Sydney

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.  

William Chuang


B.A. University of Toronto

M.A. University of Phoenix

William started his teaching career in 2002. He received his BA from the University of Toronto with a major in Economics and a minor in Religion. He later pursued a master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, with certified teaching subjects in Economics and Structured English Immersion. William has taught in public and private schools in Taiwan as well as in Canada. 


Aside from teaching, he has been a basketball coach for over twenty years.  He was also on the track and field team during his time at U of T. William’s educational philosophy is to be a positive influence on students, and be an educator in and out of the classroom.

Foreign Language

Mina Lai

B.A.: : Wenzao Ursuline

College of Languages

M.A.: National Kaohsiung

Normal University

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.

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.

Victor Boissin

B.A.: Universite Lille

David Yuan

B.A.: National Changhua University of Education

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.

Alexandre Lopes


B.A., M.A. University of Plymouth

Alex Lopes has taught in the U.K., Thailand and Hong Kong. He has a BA in HIspanic & Germanic Studies, an MA in Modern Foreign Languages and he has just finished a BSc. In Tourism and Management from the University of Plymouth U.K.


Alex comes originally from Lisbon in Portugal/Vigo-Galicia in Spain, but grew up in Germany and England where he spent most of his student and professional life. He speaks 6 languages fluently: English, Portuguese, Spanish, German, French, Italian and also some Dutch. He has also been learning Mandarin and hopes to become fluent in the language now that he moved to Taiwan. He considers himself to be innovative and enthusiastic about all aspects of language teaching/learning and life, which enables him to keep his lessons fresh, relevant and highly topical.


His main hobbies are exercising, hiking and writing about his travels and people. He also loves reading fantasy and science-fiction books, diving, meditation and above all learning new languages and travel to new places to know and learn with different cultures and its people.

Connie Fan

B.A. Qing  Hua University 

M.A. Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Hello everyone! I'm Connie, fan. I graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. (SJTU) TI 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 than making more and more people start to learn Chinese. As Taiwan is a rare place still use traditional Chinese characters, we should let students know the importance and how lucky they are. In my Chinese class, I will 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 many grammars they can recognize. we have to let the students know the culture behind this sentence and the truly thought the author wants to tell us. I hope every student can enjoy themselves in my Chinese class, and from the bottom of her heart to love Chinese.

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

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. 

Andrew Specht

B.A.: U.C. Santa Cruz

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

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

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

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.

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

Computer Science

David Toyne

Computer Science Department Head

B.Sc.: University of Melbourne

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.

Chris Johnson Myers

B.A. University of Texas

UTeach Teacher Certification Program

A graduate of the University of Texas with years of experience teaching in schools from America to Taiwan. He is eager to share his enthusiasm for computers and technology with students. Inside his classroom, students will learn the full range of skills, knowledge, and values necessary to succeed as digital citizens in a world that's increasingly being transformed by technology. Outside of the classroom, he can be found riding a bicycle, playing boardgames or bouldering.

Physical Education

Shane Blanchard

B.S. : National University of Tainan

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.

William Chuang


B.A. University of Toronto

M.A. University of Phoenix

William started his teaching career in 2002. He received his BA from the University of Toronto with a major in Economics and a minor in Religion. He later pursued a master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, with certified teaching subjects in Economics and Structured English Immersion. William has taught in public and private schools in Taiwan as well as in Canada. 


Aside from teaching, he has been a basketball coach for over twenty years.  He was also on the track and field team during his time at U of T. William’s educational philosophy is to be a positive influence on students, and be an educator in and out of the classroom.


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