Chairman of School
B.S.: Cornell University
M.S.: Harvard University
Peter Posen Huang is the Chairman of Hsinchu County American School. He has been instrumental in the founding stages of the school, assembling the best people and resources to help students succeed and position the school as a leading American School in Taiwan and Asia.
Born in Taiwan, he grew up in Montreal, Canada where he completed elementary, middle and high school. Subsequently he went to U.S. for college and graduate school, completing his undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduate studies at Harvard University.
As a result of his upbringing, he has a deep appreciation for the North American education, for the way it empowers individuals in independent thinking, creativity and having the courage to pursue their passion and succeed at their respective fields. Ultimately, he wishes to bring elements of the North American education to Taiwan so students can go on to top colleges of their choice internationally and have a world of opportunities open to them.
In addition to actively building up the school, he continues to take interests in architecture and cuisine, as a licensed chef and restaurant owner. He is married to Jing Wang and is father of two boys, Oscar and Lucas.
Dr. Jing Wang
Founder of School
B.S.: Cornell University
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Dr. Jing Wang is the Founder of Hsinchu County American School. As a child, she moved from Beijing, China to the United States with her family. She attended Cornell University where she received her bachelor's degree and met her husband Peter Huang. She went on to study medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Today she is a board certified medical physician who practices in the United States part of the year.She has a first hand experience of how a western education develops innovative thinkers because kids are taught how to think not necessarily what to think; they are taught how to figure out the process not the result.This independent thinking is so important in the development of a person's character.
Her vision for the Hsinchu County American School is to bring together dedicated and motivated professionals that have an innate passion to provide great services to students. We strive to provide opportunities, resources, and rigor in all our programs to fulfill our students’ expectations to prepare them to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Head of School
B.S. Nyack College
M.A. Teachers College, Columbia University
Peter Shon is the Head of School for Hsinchu County American School (HCAS). He is also an international doctoral student at Nazarbayev University, Graduate School of Education (NUGSE) in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania, GSE. Peter’s research interests include globalization, internationalization of higher education, and international student mobility.
Prior to his work in HCAS, Peter worked as the Director and Associate Head of international schools (K to 12) in Shanghai, China; Incheon, South Korea; and Astana, Kazakhstan. He has led the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation process in the past and helped to implement both Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
Before his tenure in international schools, Peter worked as the Assistant Director of Admission at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City where he recruited and admitted both national and international educators. He currently has over 20 years of combined experience working in primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
He is married to Dariga Akhmetova and has two daughters – Sophia and Stephanie. They were both made in China.
Paul Michael McIssac
B.A.: St. Francis Xavier University Nationality: Canada
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.