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!
B.Ed: National Pingtung University of Education
Nationality: Taiwan (ROC)
Hello, my name is Chelsea. I work in kindergarten here at HCAS. I graduated my Bachelor of Education degree in National Pingtung University of Education. I have kindergarten and special education teaching licenses. I have taught children from year 0 to 12 before I joined HCAS.
I love spending time with kids to discover, invent, and dream. I believe that children are made to dream in one hundred ways. They also have a hundred ways to explore the world. The prime task for a teacher is to keep kids’ imagination and creativity active.
During my free time, I enjoy making handicraft, reading and traveling.
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
Hello, I'm Paul Cornelius, and I teach elementary school science and math. 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.A. : University of California, Davis
Hello all! My name is Leland Hsu. I currently serve as the 4th grade homeroom teacher leading classes in our elementary division. I am also a Linguistics subject specialist for the high school division. I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics and a Minor in Music from the University of California, Davis. My main focus is in language education, second language acquisition, child language development, applied linguistics and pronunciation techniques.
I have taught music theory, violin performance and English to children and young adults. Music has been an integral part of my life, and I have regularly performed in ensembles from orchestra to jazz band and even Ukulele.
Languages have also fascinated me throughout my life, and I dedicate myself as a language teacher to spread the importance of language communication. I believe communication through language is a crucial aspect to creating greater harmony and unity with diverse individuals around the world. The canvas of language interaction is bridging two clashing cultures together into a beautiful collage of cultural appreciation.
I enjoy sharing my passions and experiences with my students. Especially, helping students find a connection to appreciate language education acquired in their own classroom and outside environment. I continually remind students to always be the best version of themselves. During my free time, I enjoy photography, songwriting, traveling, exploring new cultures and languages.
B.M.: The University of Auckland
M.O.T.: The University of Melborne
Nationality: New Zealand
Hello everyone, my name is Nancy, I am the homeroom teacher of grade 5. I teach social studies and English across grades 3 to 5. I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and graduated my Bachelor of Music degree in The University of Auckland. After that, I moved to Melbourne, Australia to continue my studies and I completed my Master of Teaching degree (specializing in elementary teaching) from The University of Melbourne.
I love spending time with children and get to know about their lives, I often share my own experiences and stories with my classes and they enjoyed it very much! In my spare time, I love watching movies and enjoy a good cup of coffee.
This is something I always encourage my students to have in their minds, “Live a life you will remember.”
B.S. : National University of Taiwan
Nationality: St. Lucia
Middle and High School
Christiaan (Christo) Johannes Barnard
B.A. : North-West University
Nationality: South Africa
I am a proud graduate of Rustenburg High School, and I excelled in Physical Education, I often thought PE had a bad reputation, so I made it a goal of mine to become a PE teacher that provided the foundation for enjoyment and social development through physical activity, and access to a physically-active lifestyle. I did my undergraduate work at the North West University (South Africa) earning a bachelor's degree in Education.
As health education exists today, I see myself as an individual among a group of health educators that has the awesome responsibility of preparing our future. Therefore, I attempt to model to students with the energy, enthusiasm, and passion for leading a healthy lifestyle.
I currently teach sections of Health, Individual Sports and Team Sports to the Grade 3, 5, middle- and high school. I am also currently the head of the PE/Health Department.
When I'm not preparing students for the presidential fitness test or babbling about sports, I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors as well as hobbies such as coaching table tennis, running/biking and playing rugby on weekends.
This year at Hsinchu County American School the PE department will provide a variety of both traditional and innovative activities that focus on participation, effort, and meeting goals.
B.A.: Soochow University
M.A.: Soochow University
Nationality: Taiwan (ROC)
Hello everyone! I’m Cynthia Chang and I teach Chinese classes for our students. I graduated from the Sociology Department of Soochow University. After that I studied psychology for my master’s degree. In addition to Chinese, I am also the student counselor for HCAS.
Prior to becoming a teacher, I was a news anchor on TBC News and a social worker at Tao-Yuan General Hospital. These experiences made me a better speaker and I have learned how to care for people in need, which inspired my enthusiasm for the society and passion for helping others.
I enjoy sharing this variety of experiences with my students and helping them connect their own lives to the works of literature that we study together in class. Outside of class, I enjoy reading ,writing, swimming,and in particular listening to music!
B.A. : Fu Jen Catholic University
M.A. : Beijing Language University
Nationality - Taiwan (ROC)
B.A.(F.A.): University of the Witwatersrand
Hello. I’m Colin Cochrane, a Canadian teaching English in the upper school. I am also Head of the English Department. My Fine Arts Degree includes English and French, and I have a Canadian high-school teaching license. I have taught in private and public schools internationally (including in the U.S.A.). My professional background and interests are in the history and appreciation of art and architecture, European and US history, architectural conservation, cultural history museums and the international antiques industry.
My favorite pastimes are reading, visiting museums and listening to classical music, and the National Palace Museum in Taipei has almost become my second home!
I enjoy helping my students explore humanity and prepare for life after school. It is genuinely rewarding to use my experience to connect the curriculum to the world beyond the school walls, so that my students can build a useful, rewarding, and dignified place for themselves.
María Peón Espiña
B.A.: University of Vigo
M.A.: University of Vigo
Hello! My name is María Peón Espiña and I am originally from Spain. I am currently teaching French in HCAS. In addition to teaching French, I've also taught Spanish and English as a foreign language in other countries. Prior to joining HCAS, I worked as a tour guide in Norway. Before this, I was as a medical interpreter for Duke University and Health System in the US, helping patients who didn't speak English.
I love learning about other cultures and languages and I hope to transmit this passion to my students.
When I am not in school, I like watching movies, reading, hiking and of course traveling!
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.Ed.: Edgewood College
Nationality: South Africa
My name is Kerry Hesom and I hail from sunny South Africa.
I have three children and years of extensive, valuable teaching experience. I have taught in bilingual schools, co-ed schools, single sex schools and have been involved in adult training. My varied teaching experience has been of all ages from Kindergarten right through to Grade 11.
I am interested in the intellectual, moral and cultural preparation of young people – assisting them to reach their full potential. I am creative and try to use unique and fun ways to educate my students, fostering the appropriate skills and social abilities to enable optimum development. I believe that every child can learn and excel in a healthy, safe and encouraging environment.
In my spare time I enjoy music (I have passed grade 4 in piano), gardening, nature and reading. I have completed a course in interior decorating and have done many floral arrangements for special occasions. I have an Advanced scuba diving certificate and enjoy being where there is water.
My sense of adventure and a desire for a new challenge has brought me to Taiwan, although I miss my family immensely.
Life is a journey, not a parking garage. Life is for growth, movements, purpose and achievements. Enjoy the ride!
MSc. Science, York University, Canada
Nationality: Taiwan (ROC)
Hi, I’m Lewis and I teach middle and high school physical science as well as advanced placement courses in physics. Before coming to HCAS, my interest was doing research, building models and developing theory that help understanding the origin of the Universe. On top of this, I am a licensed financial councilor which helps people with taxing and pension issues. My students do not really get the knowledge directly from me. Instead, I would like them to explore the nature themselves. Most of the time, we chat and exchange opinion how they look the world and I share my experience of how I would look at the world from a different angle. During my free time, I love to workout and I am dug into ways of muscle building.
B.A. University of Vigo
M.A. University of Alcala
¡Hola! My name is Ricardo Martínez and I teach Spanish language to middle and high school students at HCAS. Additionally, I also offer Spanish as extra-curricular activity to elementary students and coach the Chess lab.
I am from Spain and I love learning about other cultures. For that reason I studied a bachelor degree in Geography and History at the University of Vigo and a Master degree in Latin American studies at the University of Alcala.
During that time I joined to different programs to work as archaeologist in Poland (Erasmus student exchange program) and to study other languages in Ireland. All of them were amazing experiences! However, after serving as teacher in a public school in Madrid, I found that teaching was my passion and decided to complete a Master in Education at the University of Alcala.
My favorite hobbies include reading, hiking and, of course, playing sports. I especially like basketball and handball, and I think my height of 196 centimeters gives me a good advantage!
Paul Michael McIssac
B.A.: St. Francis Xavier University
Hello, everyone, I’m Paul McIsaac, from beautiful Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. I am the homeroom teacher for Grade 10 and teach Economics, World History and Grade 6 Social Studies. I also mentor Film-making and Independent Academic Learning Labs.
For the past 19 years, I have been teaching a variety of subjects in Private and International Schools in Taiwan and around Asia. My most rewarding experiences have been mentoring students to succeed outside of the classroom during competitions such as the NTNU English Playlet Competition, the MOFA Young Diplomat Competition and Model United Nations Conferences. Seeing my students grow, develop and discover new skills and confidence is truly rewarding.
Teaching is my third career. Prior to teaching, I served in the 3rd Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), Canadian Armed Forces with 4 UN Peacekeeping tours. After that, I worked as a Business Change Project Manager with iNeX - a division of the Boston Group.
Outside of school, I love the sport of hockey. I play on ice (Chinese-Taipei Typhoon) and play with the Taichung Tigers Ball Hockey team. I also help coach an in-line team (Aspire Draco). I also play e-sports – yes, teachers play computer games too - find me on Warframe, Warface, CSGO, Rainbow 6 Siege and PUBG - if you can.
B.S. Psychobiology, UCLA
Nationality: U.S.A./Taiwan (ROC)
Hello everyone! I’m Sarah Ting and I teach AP Biology at HCAS. I have also taught elementary, middle, and high school sciences at this school before. The experiences of transferring knowledge to and interacting with students have been amazing for me.
Prior to teaching, I’ve worked as a project manager and a regulatory affairs specialist at a couple of biotechnology companies in Taiwan. Throughout college, I also worked as a New Student Advisor at UCLA and a research intern at the Institute of Medical Device and Imaging at the National Taiwan University College of Medicine. I initially developed my interest in education when I volunteered during the summers of high school to set up camps for victimized children in the country sides of Taiwan and China. I taught English, drama, and music over there.
Outside of work, I enjoy hiking, running, playing badminton, listening to and playing music as well as learning new languages at my convenience. I hope to share not only what’s taught in the textbooks, but also my life experiences with the students here. Best wishes to the students at HCAS!
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.
Art and Music
Joanna Yu-Shan Chou
BA: University of British Columbia
MA: Teachers College, Columbia University
Hi everyone! This is Joanna the visual arts teacher. Welcome to the art room! I believe art is an important drive for identity development; here in art students are given the opportunity to freely express their ideas through creative and combined mediums, thus helping to shape their unique individual self. We engage in tons of artistic activities here but in short, we will have a blast in art!
Prior to teaching I have worked with the Ministry of Education and NTNU to organize the 1st International Arts Olympiad-Taiwan, R.O.C., a contest event focusing on interdisciplinary artistic collaboration (arts, music, and dance). I have also worked at an AI startup company in which I was exposed to many newest technologies including AR, VR, and wearable devices that I hope to incorporate into my art class.
Outside of class I enjoy drawing and painting, movies, playing piano, discover new restaurants and travel. I also speak Japanese and have been to Japan more than 20 times.
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.: Simon Fraser University
Nationality: Taiwan (ROC)
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.