BA: University of British Columbia
MA: Teachers College, Columbia University Nationality: Canada
Hello, my name is Alice. I’m the kindergarten teacher. I graduated from the Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education / Special Education. I have taught in different schools in New York City for the past two years. As an Early Childhood Educator, I view every child as a unique individual who is innately motivated to learn and is competent in acquiring new skills and knowledge.
I also firmly believe that the role of a teacher is to attend to every child’s interests and needs, to develop strategies to foster their development in every aspect, and to scaffold the process of their learning. In my spare time, I like cooking and reading. I also love traveling and learning new languages. So far I have learned five different languages!
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.
B.A.: Taipei Municipal College of Education
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.
B.S.: Texas State University
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
Nationality: South Africa
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.
B.A.: University of Colorado
Nationality: Texas, USA
Hola, my name is Veronica Edwards. I will be teaching 3rd grade 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.
B.A.: Fudan University
M.A.: University of Sheffield
Nationality: South Korea
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.
Middle and Upper School
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.
B.A.: University of Washington
M.A.: University of Washington
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.
B.A.: York University
Greetings from a typically polite Canadian. I have taken quite a circuitous but fortunate, seven year route through China and Taiwan, to finally end up here at HCAS. My teaching journey took me to Shanghai, Zhunan, Taipei, Beijing and Guilin. I currently teach English Literature to Middle and Upper School students.
I have a passion for languages and culture which lead me to choosing a degree in Classical Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. Classical Studies is the study of ancient Roman and Greek literature, language, and culture. I did a student exchange program in Paris, France, where I studied French and French literature. I currently study Mandarin on my own time and I am looking forward to the day I become completely fluent! During and after my studies in Classics, I served in the Canadian Armed Forces.
As for my teaching philosophy, I believe the most important belief to instill in a student is learning is a life long pursuit. If learning is enjoyable and becomes part of a person’s daily routine, then any subject matter or skill can be mastered with time. It is my hope that all my students will use reading and writing as a way to define themselves.
Aside from learning languages and teaching, I enjoy exercising regularly. I run, swim and I occasionally participate in duathlons and marathons. I am also addicted to Brazilian Jujitsu
B.S: University of Washington
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.
B.A: University of Cancerbury
M.Ed: University of Southern Queensland
Nationality: Taiwan (ROC)
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.
B.A: University of California at Berkeley
Hi there! I'm Annabelle Chiang. It took me a long time to find “the color of my parachute.” I had worked in the Biotech field for many years and was a lab manager at UC Irvine College of Medicine. After that, I tried to enter the financial sector and invested my energy in pursuing an actuarial credential. But once I attained my certificate of Associate Actuary from The Society of Actuaries, I came to the awareness that teaching should be my primary calling and forsook all other options to become an educator. All my prior seemingly irrelevant experiences have turned into enriching perspectives in classroom discussions and helping students to understand the real world application of the lessons.
Young people nowadays are confronted by intense competition and complication in the world. I embrace the HCAS vision of preparing young people academically, emotionally, socially, physically, and spiritually before they go to college. I desire to impact the young people at HCAS with my best endeavor and be part of the joint effort that makes them world changers of the future.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, cooking, and DIY projects such as soap making, fermenting vegetables, making cheese from scratch, and more.
B.A.: University of Colorado
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.
B.Ed.: Kurukshetra University
M.S.: NIMS 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 (NIIMS 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.
B.S: University of Canterbury
Nationality: New Zealand
My name is Jesse Duffield, and I am very happy to have this opportunity to teach physics and physical science here at HCAS. I grew up in the northern-most part of New Zealand, but I developed my passion for teaching science in Christchurch. After graduating with my degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Canterbury, I worked at a public observatory and a planetarium, where I taught astronomy to children. From this experience I chose teaching for my career, so I completed a graduate diploma in teaching from the nearby Christchurch College of Education, and went on to teach physics and general science at high schools in Auckland for four years.
I have lived in Taiwan for about seven years, and have spent most of it teaching physics here in Hsinchu, and a year studying in Taipei. I have also lived in Japan, where I taught physics and middle school science at Yokohama International School for three years. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, cycling, skiing, and writing.
B.A.: George Mason University
M.A.: Johns Hopkins University
I received a postgraduate professional teaching license from the state of Virginia with endorsements in Social Studies, Russian as a Foreign Language, and Middle School Mathematics. My hobbies include foreign languages and basketball. I'm also the coach of the basketball team at HCAS.
I began my career in teaching with the Peace Corps where I worked as a volunteer in Kyrgyzstan. My experience in Central Asia motivated me to learn more about the region and become an educator. As a result, I received an M.A. at Johns Hopkins to study international economics and Eurasian studies. I also went to graduate school at George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development.
I believe in the importance of education and its role in society to develop students with great experiences. "No man's knowledge can go beyond his experience," according to John Locke. At HCAS, I hope to contribute to the positive experiences that students are receiving.
During my childhood, I had the opportunity to live in different locations as an US military BRAT in West Germany, Korea, Louisiana, Virginia, and the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Teaching abroad has allowed me to broaden my viewpoint and to develop as a professional educator.
I enjoy learning and want students to enjoy learning because it's a lifelong process.
B.A.: Franklin & Marshall College
M.A.: Cambridge College
It is with great joy that I will be joining the staff at Hsinchu County American School for the 2018-2019 academic year as a high school social studies teacher. I have spent many years as an ELA teacher in China and Taiwan, as well as social studies and science instructor, in Virginia and Massachusetts. I have found upper grade social studies to be the area I am most effective in. I very much look forward to furthering HCAS's students understanding of American and international history, government, and civics.
As an educator, I have found that students benefit the most when the lesson is a combination of traditional, direct instruction and child-centered education where the teacher acts as a mentor. Studies show that by doing only the former, students are subjected to boredom and their interests in the topics are delayed. One of my objectives is to encourage all my students to conduct their own independent experiments and to participate in role-playing, debate, and other constructive classroom activities where the teacher serves as a guide and the curriculum is less rigid. My hope is that by applying both practices, each of my students will benefit from diverse methods of learning.
When I am not teaching, I keep myself as active as possible. I enjoy swimming, tennis, kickboxing, film, trivia, trying new Taiwanese cuisines, practicing Mandarin via language exchange, and spending time with friends and my cats. Above all else, I love to scuba dive and have done so all over the world since I first learned how in Malaysia in 2003. I am avid ice hockey player and played from my town's team between 1st grade and when the town led the league championships my final year in high school. Lastly, I very much enjoy traveling; have been to 6 of the 7 continents, including all counties in Taiwan. I enjoyed seeing the islands of Penghu, the mountains in Chiayi, the ocean coast in Hualien, and the hot springs in Pingtung. I have made it a priority to visit them again this autumn.
B.A. : Wenzao Ursuline
College of Languages
M.A. : National Kaohsiung
Nationality - Taiwan (ROC)
Greetings everyone! My name is Mina Lai, and it is totally 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.
B.A. : Fu Jen Catholic University
M.A. : Beijing Language University
Nationality - Taiwan (ROC)
B.A. : National University of Tainan
Nationality - Taiwan (ROC)
Hello Everyone! I am Joanne Lee. My Chinese name is Jialing Lee. I am very happy to have this opportunity to teach Chinese Curriculum here at HCAS.
I grew up in Kaohsiung City and studied in Tainan City for ten years. After graduating with my degree in Tainan Teacher’s College, I worked at a primary where I taught Chinese and English. In addition, I led many extra-curricular activities outside of the classroom.
I have lived in Hsinchu with my family for about eight years. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music, playing the guitar, exercising, studying magazines and newspapers.
B.A: Universite Lille
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.
B.A: Ming Chuan University
M.A: Jaen University, Spain
¡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
Music, Art, Drama and Dance (MADD)
B.A.: University of Iowa
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.
Dr. 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
Nationality: New Zealand
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
B.A: University of Victoria
Hi, my name is Meghann. I'm the Art teacher. I've been making art since I could hold a crayon. I'm fascinated by science, horticulture and architecture. In order to have a career which satisfies all my curiosity, I studied Visual Arts at the University of Victoria, and graduated magnum cum laude in painting.
I have over 20 years of experience teaching. I believe that anyone can make art, and anyone can learn new skills and improve. Our imaginations can be a powerful tool. I'm honored to nurture the creativity and emotional expression of our students everyday.
Nathan N. Youngblut
B.A: University of Iowa
B.S: Univesity of Massachusetts (in progress)
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).
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.
Physical Education (PE)
B.S. : National University of Taiwan
Nationality: St. Lucia
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.
M.Ed.: Chinese Culture University Nationality: Turkmenistan
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.
B.A.: Simon Fraser University
My name is Steven Sung and I am the college counselor here, at HCAS. I had received my B.A. in archaeology from Simon Fraser University and I made a career change in 2014. I am TESOL certified and has worked at a bilingual school in Keelung prior to joining HCAS.
I grew up in Canada but I had also spent some significant time in Japan so I can speak some conversational Japanese. I am an archaeologist by training and I had participated in several fieldworks both in Japan and in Taiwan. I enjoy traveling and is always open to ideas for going to new and exotic places. I enjoy baseball and archaeology so I’m always up for a good chat about the sport and about old things.
It is always a big decision when it comes to choosing an university, and I understand both parents and the students’ anxiety, so I welcome and encourage parents and students to make appointment with me to talk about plans for the future. Parents who do not speak English should not be discouraged to contact me as I also speak Mandarin and can offer advices as someone who had studied abroad before. I look forward in working with all of you.