Faculty

Faculty

Kindergarten

Alice Hung
Alice Hung

Alice Hung

BA: University of British Columbia

MA: Teachers College, Columbia University Nationality: Canada

alice_hung@hcas.com.tw

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!

 

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Cynthia Carter

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

Nationality: USA

Cynthia_Carter@hcas.com.tw

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

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

First Program

Madison Materne
Madison Materne

Madison Materne

B.S.: Texas State University

TESOL Certified

Nationality: U.S.A.

Madison_Materne@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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

Marjorie Walter
Marjorie Walter

Marie-Therese Marjorie (Majo) Walter

B.A.: Edgewood College

Nationality: South Africa

Marjorie_Walters@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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

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Veronica Edwards

B.A.: University of Colorado

Nationality: Texas, USA

Veronica_Edwards@hcas.com.tw

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.

Kerry Hesom
Kerry Hesom

Kerry Hesom

B.Ed.: Edgewood College

Nationality: South Africa

Kerry_Hesom@hcas.com.tw

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!

Middle and Upper School
English

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Corinne Cheong-Marcucci

B.A. University of Toronto

M.A: Ateneo de Manila University

TESOL Certified, Trinity College UK

Nationality: Canada

Corinne_Cheong@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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

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

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Mike Brockman

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

Nationality: U.S.A.

Mike_Brockman@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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John DallOlio

B.A.: York University

Nationality: Canada

John_DallOlio@hcas.com.tw

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

Mathematics

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William Ma

B.S: University of Washington

Nationality: U.S.A.

William_Ma@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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

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Gloria Chiu

B.A: University of Cancerbury

M.Ed: University of Southern Queensland

Nationality: Taiwan (ROC)

gloria_chiu@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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Dariga Akhmetova

B.S.: Kazakh National University

M.S.: Kazakh National University

PhD: In progress

Nationality: Kazakhstan.

Dariga_Akhmetova@hcas.com.tw

Hi, My name is Dariga and I hail from the 9th largest country in the world with abundant natural resources - Kazakhstan. I completed my bachelors and masters degree studies in Physics under the classic Soviet system. While working toward my doctoral degree, I taught students from prominent families in MIRAS and American Kazakh School. Though my specialty was in the application of Thermal Dynamics, I am also familiar with theoretical subjects such as None-linear Physics and Quantum Physics. Without mathematics, solving complex physics equations would be impossible. Hence, teaching math is my passion.

Prior to the education sector, I worked with non-governmental organizations (NGO). In particular, I worked in United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help improve the lives of people in Central Asia. In China, I taught mathematics under Ms. C.Y. Huang who led the math department in Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. Lastly, I taught in the flagship university in Central Asia, Nazarbayev University prior to joining HCAS.

Science

Paul Cornelius
Paul Cornelius

Paul Cornelius

B.A.: University of Colorado

Nationality: U.S.A.

Paul_Cornelius@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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

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

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

Raman Gupta
Raman Gupta

Raman Gupta

B.Ed.: Kurukshetra University

M.S.: NIMS University

Nationality: India

Raman_Gupta@hcas.com.tw

Hello everyone! I am Raman Gupta, a licenced Science teacher from India. I teach Science to upper and middle school. I possess a master’s degree in Chemistry (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.

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Jesse Duffield

B.S: University of Canterbury

Nationality: New Zealand

Jesse_Duffield@hcas.com.tw

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.

Social Studies

Paul McIsaac
Paul McIsaac

Paul Michael McIssac

B.A.: St. Francis Xavier University

Nationality: Canada

Paul_McIsaac@hcas.com.tw

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.

Roy Wilkins
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Roy Wilkins

B.A.: George Mason University

M.A.: Johns Hopkins University

Nationality: U.S.A.

Roy_Wilkins@hcas.com.tw

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.

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Geoffrey Merrill

B.A.: Franklin & Marshall College

M.A.: Cambridge College

Nationality: USA

Geoffrey_Merrill@hcas.com.tw

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.

Foreign Language

Cynthia Chang
Cynthia Chang

Cynthia Chang

B.A.: Soochow University

M.A.: Soochow University

Nationality: Taiwan (ROC)

Cynthia_Chang@hcas.com.tw

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!

Naomi Chen
Naomi Chen

Naomi Chen

B.A. : Fu Jen Catholic University

M.A. : Beijing Language University

Nationality - Taiwan (ROC)

Naomi_Chen@hcas.com.tw

Hi there, I’m Naomi Chen and I teach Chinese, both to natives and foreigners. 
 
I have taught at the Peking University, the Harvard Summer Program, Academia Sinica, and the International School in Beijing. I was also awarded "Excellent Teacher" recognition from the Department of Education in Taiwan. I also help out with marketing and other various projects such as advertising, designing, managing the social media.  Yes, I also work as translator.
 
Travelling is my favorite hobby, and I love to see new places and experience the beauty, FOOD and people of different regions.   
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Mina Lai

B.A. : Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages

M.A. : National Kaohsiung Normal University

Nationality - Taiwan (ROC)

Mina_Lai@hcas.com.tw

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.
Ricardo Martinéz
Ricardo Martinéz

Ricardo Martínez

B.A. University of Vigo

M.A. University of Alcala

Nationality: Spain

Ricardo_Martinez@hcas.com.tw

¡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!

Victor Boissin
Victor Boissin

Victor Boissin

B.A: Universite Lille

Nationality: France

Victor_Boissin@hcas.com.tw

Hi, bonjour! I'm Victor Boissin.

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

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

Music, Art, Drama and Dance (MADD)

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Joanna Yu-Shan Chou

BA: University of British Columbia
MA: Teachers College, Columbia University

Nationality: Canada

Joanna_Chou@hcas.com.tw

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.

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Dan Mark

B.A.: University of Iowa

Nationality: USA

Dan_Mark@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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

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

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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

Afra_Su@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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Sabung Pinang

B.A: China University of Technology Diploma: National Taiwan College of Physical Education

Nationality: Taiwan

Sabung_Pinang@hcas.com.tw

Lokah! My name is Sabung Pinang and I am the dance instructor and choreographer at HCAS. My greatest drive is to inspire my students to reach their highest potential.

I studied dance professionally for over 25 years and have taught dance to kids of all ages for about 15 years.This passion brought me to Rome, where I continued to receive dance education and experience. I received Ballet training courses at National Dance Academy and performed a musical at the Teatro Orione in Rome. I am honored to have studied with great dance masters Roberto Salaorni, Mauro Mosconi and Flavio Bennati. I created many dance performances like “Tkari Saku” (Hsinchu City Theater) and “Warrior Dance” (Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo). I have also produced dance works such as “Believer” and “Absens”. Performing and creating performances or a meaningful dance work is the reason for my being. As a creator, I thrive off of sharing my experities to inspire my students.

I am a native Taiwanese belonging to the Tayal tribe from Jianshi mountain in Hsinchu. I had a wonderful childhood inheriting the sunshine in the forest; bouncing off of numerous rocks at the top of the river and interpreting nature into my soul. This perhaps started my dance expression through years of consistency by being positive and motivated.

When I am not dancing, I paint with my heart creating contemporary indigenous art. I have been lucky to show in several group exhibitions at ART TAIPEI 2012 and Formosa Wall Painting at Ishinomaki, Japan.

All of these experiences have taught me how to artistically express myself; and more importantly how to inspire others.

Computer Science

Sam Durgesh
Sam Durgesh

Dr. Durgesh Samnadhiya

PhD: Chung Hua University Taiwan

Nationality: India

sam_d@hcas.com.tw

After completing my master's degree in Computer Application from the College of Engineering at Roorkee, India. I completed my Ph.D. in Information Management at Chung Hua University, Taiwan. I also published in number of peer reviewed international journals and conferences. I've participated in many conferences as keynote speaker, technical chair, and guest for delivering lectures in different conference and universities.

After completing my Ph.D., I worked with the Taiwanese government research center named “National Applied Research Laboratories” with collaboration from “National Chiao Tung University”. I successfully completed multiple proposals for government projects. On top of all that, I am also the Editor in Chief  for multiple academic journals and a member of multiple research and development societies. My research and development career continues on.

Here at HCAS, I manage the desktops, network systems, help desk, school resources as well as providing top tier support to all the teachers and staff. I also help to manage the website. Other than my IT duties, I also manage the science labs with supply orders for the school.

Nathan
Nathan

Nathan N. Youngblut

B.A: University of Iowa

B.S: Univesity of Massachusetts (in progress)

Nationality: USA

Nathan_Youngblut@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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

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

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

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

Physical Education (PE)

Shane Blanchard (2)
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Shane Blanchard

B.S. : National University of Taiwan

Nationality: St. Lucia

Shane_Blanchard@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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

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Serdar Kurbanov

M.Ed.: Chinese Culture University Nationality: Turkmenistan

Serdar_Kurbanov@hcas.com.tw

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

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

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

College Counselor

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Steven Sung

B.A.: Simon Fraser University

Nationality: Canada

Steven_Sung@hcas.com.tw

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.