Highly Qualified Professionals
We know from research that the teacher is the most important in-school factor that affects student learning. Many other factors matter as well – curriculum, facilities, leadership, resources – but every day it is our teachers that engage our students in the rich and diverse learning that is at the core of our identity at KAS.
We are fortunate to have some of the best teachers in the world at KAS. Roughly 70% hold Master’s or other advanced degrees, 12 are trained as members for WASC and/or IB evaluation teams, and 27 hold certifications in IB and/or AP.
Our teachers teach in an environment with hard-working and talented students, caring and supportive parents, a future-minded governing Board, and a world-renowned curriculum. When you put these elements together, it’s no surprise that our graduates go on to accomplish great things. KAS is an American school in Taiwan that positions students for global success, and our faculty is a driving force behind that effort.
Meet the Faculty
Discover all the members of the Kaohsiung American School family:
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Ben Ploeger
Dr. Ploeger joined the KAS community as Superintendent in 2017. He earned his EdD and MEd from Teachers College at Columbia University, his MA and MAT from Xavier University of Louisiana, and his BS in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is certified as a superintendent, principal, and secondary math teacher in Colorado and New York. Dr. Ploeger has worked as a head of school, principal, vice principal, math teacher, and science teacher at the high school and middle school levels. He served in the United States Peace Corps in the island nation of Vanuatu. He lives in Kaohsiung with his wife Torey, and they enjoy traveling together.
High School Principal
Dawn came to Kaohsiung and KAS in 2007. She earned a BA in Literature from the University of California, San Diego, in 1992; a Masters in Educational Administration from Michigan State University in 2008; and has completed her coursework for an EdD in Leadership in International Education from the University of Minnesota. She has Teacher Certification from the state of California and administrative certification from the state of Michigan. In addition, she has completed training as an administrator in both IB MYP and DP. She currently serves as High School Principal. Before joining KAS, Ms Rock taught in Yaounde, Cameroon; Beirut, Lebanon; Edmonton, Canada; Alexandria, Egypt, and in California. Having experience in elementary, middle and high school teaching, Dawn appreciates all students’ journeys and strives to create a high school environment which values individuals and supports all to help them achieve success. Dawn has a husband who teaches in the high school and a son who began his school career in prekindergarten at KAS in 2007.
Middle School Principal
Daryl joined KAS in 2016. He earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Whitman College, 1990; a Masters in Educational Leadership from Western Washington University, 2003; and a Certificate of Educational Technology & Information Literacy (COETAIL), from State University of New York (SUNY), 2012. Daryl received his Administrative Certification (K-12) and Teacher Certification (Japanese, Art, K-8 Generalist endorsements) from Washington State and MYP Certification for Category 1 & 2 for Coordinators and Heads of Schools. Daryl is currently the Middle School Principal. Previously, Daryl was an Elementary Assistant Principal in Bangkok, Thailand (2012-2016), and Middle School Administrator in Seattle, Washington (2001-2006). He also worked in Tokyo, Japan, at the American School in Japan (ASIJ) (2006-2012). Daryl is passionate about nurturing middle school students to achieve to their fullest potential. When not in school, Daryl enjoys training for and participating in the many cycling and triathlon events in Taiwan. He has two boys that are currently developing their Japanese and English skills at an international school in Japan.
Elementary School Principal
Carmen became part of the KAS community in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Maine, USA, 1978; a Certificate of Advanced Studies from l’Université de Moncton, NB, Canada, 1989; and a Masters’ degree in Educational Administration from l’Université de Moncton, NB, Canada, 1994. Carmen has both teaching and School Administration certifications from the Province of New Brunswick, Canada, and MYP Certification for Heads of School and Coordinators. Mrs. Peters was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, taught for 10 years in Canada, and served as a Vice Principal for two years. Since 1998 Carmen has been a Principal, a district level Elementary Supervisor, a consultant and now the Elementary School Principal at KAS. She is impassioned by early literacy and is committed to providing KAS elementary school students with a strong base to serve them as they continue their studies in Middle School and High School. She describes KAS as the most satisfying professional experience of her career. Her husband, a retired school administrator, lives here in Kaohsiung with her.
Director of Learning Technology
Brian is new to KAS for 2018. He is a 2007 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Applied Networking, Security, & Systems Administration. Prior to working in education, Brian was a engineer with Eastman Kodak Company, where he worked in the technology aspects of print workflow, graphic design, and digital imaging. His experience in connecting solutions to people comes from his time as an IT consultant in Western NY. Brian is the director of Learning Technology at KAS. He came to KAS from his previous role as the Director of Information Technology for a independent school in Rochester, NY. He is joined by his wife, Danielle, and two children, Loren & Elena.
Candy Chiu joined KAS in 2011 as Business Manager. She graduated from National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan, Kaohsiung. Candy earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from NSYSU. Before joining KAS, Candy worked more than 13 years for a worldwide retailing company. Since her first day at KAS, Candy learned to love the construction of the new campus and its LEED certification. Candy lives in PingTung with her family.
Julia came to KAS in 2017. She earned a BA in Spanish from Bridgewater College in 2001, and an MA Ed in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from the College of William and Mary in 2002. She holds a Virginia Postgraduate Professional License in Elementary Education, PreK-6. Julia teaches second grade at KAS. Julia has worked in elementary schools in four diverse districts in Maryland and Virginia, teaching kindergarten, first, and second grades since 2002. She continues to create, study and refine methods for teaching beginning readers and enjoys finding ways to incorporate technology into the classroom in meaningful ways. Julia is married to Ross Bair, a biology teacher at KAS, and has a set of boy-girl twins who attend the elementary school. Outside the classroom Julia likes to spend time with her family, reading, swimming, and playing the violin.
Ross Bair joined KAS in 2017. He earned a BA in Biology from Bridgewater College (2002); an MS in Secondary Science Education from McDaniel College (2005;) and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy (2013) from George Mason University, where he is a doctoral candidate in Environmental Science and Policy. He has a postgraduate professional license to teach Biology and Chemistry from the Commonwealth of Virginia and has completed training in MYP in science and DP Biology. Ross teaches High School Biology at KAS. Ross has taught Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, Chemistry, Ecology and Horticulture in three schools in Maryland and Virginia. Ross is the father of twin 5th graders and his wife Julia teaches second grade. In his free time Ross enjoys running, reading and playing guitar.
Kathryn joined KAS as a third grade teacher in 2018. She earned a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Elementary Education, both from Washington University in St. Louis. She is certified by the state of Missouri, where she taught grade 4 for six years before teaching at an international school in Nigeria. She is a Google Certified Educator and has had extensive training in Reading and Writing Workshop, guided reading, and teaching mathematics through problem solving. She is currently pursuing her certification as a mathematics specialist in international schools. During her free time she enjoys reading, baking, and traveling.
Amanda joined KAS in 2013. She graduated with a BA from Lawrence University with majors in Chinese Language and Literature as well as in Music Performance. She is certified by the state of Florida and has completed additional MYP and IB training. Currently, Amanda teaches high school English and Global Studies and Diplomacy. Before joining KAS, Amanda spent a year in Kaohsiung as a Fulbright Scholar working with local teachers to better understand the differences between the Taiwanese and American educational systems and pedagogy.
Greg came to KAS in 2015 from extensive experiences living in various Asian countries for the past 25 years. Originally from Canada, Greg has worked as a counselor in Mexico, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Thailand. High school counseling, especially college counseling, is Greg’s passion. Greg earned his B.A. and B. Ed. In Canada, and holds an M. Sc. Ed in Counseling, as well as Administrative qualifications for high school, in the United States. Every year, Greg visits several college campuses in person to gain a better insight into the general atmosphere of the campus as well as to meet with college admissions representatives so he can find out about new programs, degrees, and financial aid opportunities for KAS students. He believes his vast network of colleagues in the admissions departments of various universities can also help him to counsel students towards making the right college choice.
Olenka Bodnarskyj joined the KAS community in 2018. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a BFA in Printmaking and earned an MFA in Studio Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is certified by the state of Illinois to teach Art (K-12) and is MYP certified. Before joining KAS, Olenka began her teaching career in 1999 as a museum educator and teaching artist in museums and arts organizations including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Additionally, she has taught Visual Arts (K-12) at independent schools in Chicago, Illinois and Buffalo, New York. In her free time, Olenka enjoys traveling, cooking, making jewelry, and latin dancing.
Bruce joined KAS in 2011. He graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, with a B.A. degree in Mathematics. He also graduated from the University of South Florida with a Masters degree in Administration. Bruce has his teaching certificate in Mathematics from the state of Florida, and is IB and MYP trained and certified through workshops in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and online. Bruce teaches Math at the high school level at KAS and has been teaching math since 1974. His personal time is spent traveling and spending time with his two children Jake and Jacklyn, and his two grandsons Knox and Penn.
Ms. Bull entered the KAS community as a Middle School teacher of Individuals & Societies, and Language and Literature in 2018. She is a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a Masters in Education. Ms. Bull also holds a number of professional certifications, including MYP, IBDP, AP English, PENTA Certification, and is a Google Classroom Certified Teacher. A veteran teacher of eight years, Ms. Bull has called Tennessee, Egypt, and now Taiwan her home. She enjoys swimming, running, and biking and is trains for triathlons, completing her first one in Egypt in 2017! She also enjoys traveling and exploring new places! Her current favorite author is Kazuo Ishiguro.
Dr. Trudie Byers
Dr. Byers is the IB English teacher for grade 11. She joined KAS in 2018. Trudie holds a BA in history from Loyola University and both a MA and PhD in American Studies from St. Louis University where she wrote a dissertation on American rhetoric surrounding the communist takeover of China. Before moving to Kaohsiung, Trudie taught for 32 years in Texas and was a finalist for Texas State Teacher of the Year. She loves to travel and is passionate about the need to continue learning both personally and professionally throughout one’s life.
Karel Campbell is the IBDP Core Coordinator for grades 11 and 12. She joined KAS in 2018. She holds a BA in French from Colorado State University (1975) and an MEd from Lesley University in Computers in Education (1994). She began her teaching career in 1989, taught in Wyoming for 12 years, and has been an international school teacher since 2001. She is a strong advocate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the benefits it offers students.
Margo Carnahan joined KAS in 2012 as a Grade 2 teacher, and then moved Grade 3 in 2015. She originally comes from Oregon where she earned her BS in Human Development and Family Science. She also holds a Master of Art in Teaching with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Prior to teaching at KAS, Ms. Carnahan taught Grade 2 at an international school in Nigeria and Grade 4 in Oregon. Margo has also completed a Peace Corps volunteer assignment in Moldova. She is a Technology Ambassador at KAS and presented at the KASGoogle Summit in2017. Margo is an avid swimmer and coaches here at KAS.
James Carter joined KAS this year as a Physics teacher and is also working in the Math department. He is originally from New York but got his BA in Economics and Mathematics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. His first experience with Physics was as a nuclear reactor operator for a small TRIGA Mark 2 reactor in Oregon. He worked for three years as a software engineer for Indian IT firms based primarily in New Delhi and then returned to the US to start teaching in 2011. James is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Modeling Teachers Association and the European Science on Stage consortium. His current research interests include work on the ICE Cube Neutrino telescope in Antarctica and the ELENA project at CERN, both projects that he is building into his instruction in Physics class.
Dan Castelaz joined the KAS community in 2013, after a two-year sabbatical spent working on sculptures in his studio in Portland, Oregon. Dan has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1976) and an MA English (TESOL) from Michigan State University (1985). He was certified in both disciplines in the state of Michigan, and has received training in both IB and AP visual arts courses. In addition, Dan has been an IB Visual Arts Examiner. At KAS, Dan is the High School Art Teacher. Dan has been teaching since 1983 and has worked at Taipei American School, Southern Illinois University in Japan, and Indiana University in Malaysia. Two of his adult children are pursuing advanced degrees in New York and London, while a third is currently the principal at National Teachers Academy in Chicago. He also has twins (boy and girl) who are attending university.
Gene Marie Chagaris joined the KAS team in 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and CLAD Teaching Credential (Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development) at San Diego State University, California. She is currently enrolled in the COETAIL program (Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy). Gene Marie also has training in Balanced Literacy, Writing Workshop, PYP and MYP. Ms. Chagaris taught in the upper elementary level at KAS from 2012 – 2017, and joined the middle school team in 2017. She is currently teaching grade 6 math and science and is currently a Technology Ambassador at KAS. Before coming to Taiwan, Gene Marie taught for 16 years in six different countries at international schools, teaching primarily Grades 5-6. Ms. Chagaris is originally from California and she has a passion for science, traveling, and outdoor activities. She also loves trying new and innovative ways to motivate her students to learn and work toward their potential.
Ling joined the KAS faculty in 2018, after teaching locally in Tainan for several years. She earned her BA in Spanish from the University of Missouri. Ling is TESOL certified to teach English, Chinese, and Spanish. She also holds a BA in Curriculum Development and Teaching from the University of Michigan. She has worldwide experience teaching various ages and language proficiency levels. Ling was a globetrotter from a young age, having grown up in Ecuador and the United States. In her spare time, Ling enjoys travelling, and experiencing cultures around the world.
Julia came to Kaohsiung and KAS in 2007. She majored in violin and piano at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education and a Postgraduate Higher Diploma of Education. She also earned a CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adult) from Cambridge University. She has completed training in teaching PYP, MYP and IBDP music, as well as trained and became a WASC member in 2017 . She currently serves as middle school, high school music teacher and the director/conductor of KAS Orchestra. Before joining KAS, Ms Chen taught for six years at Rondebosch Boy’s School in Cape Town, and six years at AST (American School in Taichung) Taiwan. Julia comes from and grew up in the Republic of South Africa; she is an animal lover who has a cat and two dogs. Her hobbies are traveling and riding on her super bike motorcycles.
Lulu started teaching Grade 4 at KAS in 2014. She has a Master of Education in ESL/World Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (2009), and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Educational Studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota (2007). She has certification from Minnesota to teach K-12 ESL and an elementary certification from the state of Massachusetts. In addition to the formal degrees, she has had training in Responsive Classroom, Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy and Lucy Calkins’ Writing Workshop. Prior to joining KAS, Lulu worked in the Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts as well as in Osaka, Japan. Lulu was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, but grew up in Singapore and California. After living all her life abroad, she returned to Taiwan to be closer to her family. She enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors to learn more about the world and other cultures.
Melody Chen became part of the KAS community in 2000. She has a BA and an MA in Early Childhood Education from California State University, Los Angeles, United States (2002). Melody is a certified Teacher in the state of California, maintains a “Child Development Site Supervisor Permit” credential from the state of California, and has credentials and teaching experience in Montessori schools in the United States. Ms. Melody has five years experience teaching Prekindergarten and kindergarten in Los Angeles and has been teaching kindergarten at KAS since 2000. She has been trained in and has experience teaching PYP, ELL Vocabulary Practice, Balanced Literacy and Writing Workshop. Melody is impassioned by early child education and has been very successful developing early literacy in kindergarteners. She is committed to providing kindergarten students with a strong base for reading skills and getting children ready for Grade 1. Melody describes KAS as her second home and is proud to be a part of it!
Stella joined KAS in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from Brigham Young University-HawaiI, United States (2015). Stella is currently in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in physical education. Last year she fulfilled requirements to receive her lifeguard and CPR/ First Aid certificate from the Chinese Taipei Water Life Saving Federation. Her teaching career started right here at KAS, and she currently works in the Physical Education department where she is an MYP-certified Physical Education teacher for Grades 5 – 8. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, traveling, cooking and spending time with family. She also enjoys coaching and teaching the varsity boys volleyball team at KAS.
Yumin joined our KAS team as an elementary school Chinese teacher in 2015. She earned her MA Teaching Chinese as a Second / Foreign Language from National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU) in 2011, and her BA in Elementary Education from National Pingtung University (NPU) in 2007, with two minors in Special Education and English Education.. Yumin holds certification in elementary school and teaching Chinese as a second /foreign language awarded by the Education Ministry of Taiwan. Yumin also has a Teaching Proficiency Certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (2011) issued by Beijing Language and Culture University . Yumin has 10 years experience teaching Chinese to native speakers, American-born Chinese, and foreign students in Taiwan, the United States and Poland. Before joining KAS, Yumin was a lecturer in the TCAFL Program at NKNU, designed to give state-of-the-art training to Taiwanese students and professionals interested in learning how to teach Chinese as a second language at. Enthusiastic and passionate in her teaching, Yumin prides herself in creating an environment where the students are engaged and interested in both the language and culture of China. Yumin now lives in Kaohsiung with her family and enjoys traveling, reading, hiking and watching movies in her free time.
Stacy joined KAS in 2018 as a Spanish teacher. She earned her BA in Spanish and Education from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and her MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. Stacy has her teaching and principal’s license from the state of Colorado and is a Google certified educator. She has taught in the USA and South Korea before coming to Taiwan. Stacy enjoys traveling the world and embracing new adventures.
MacKenzie joined KAS as a middle school math and science teacher in 2018. She received her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Houston. Her previous teaching experience was in Texas as a high school math teacher. She has an English as a Second Language supplemental certificate as well as training in MYP. MacKenzie is also excited to coach basketball at KAS. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband travelling around Taiwan.
Lori came to Kaohsiung and KAS in 2011 and currently serves as the Prekindergarten – Grade 12 guidance counselor. With a combined 20 years of experience in both teaching and counseling, Lori has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Master in Counseling from Chapman University. She also has teacher certification from the states of California and Wisconsin. Before joining KAS, Lori taught in San Diego, California, and at Ruamrudee International School in Thailand. In addition, Lori was both a guidance and college counselor at Grossmont High School for three years. Lori has a husband and two young children and enjoys the outdoors. Since graduating from college Lori has always had a passion for helping students of all ages reach their potential and develop their love for learning.
Adam teaches Individuals and Societies and Language and Literature to both 8th and 9th graders. Adam, his wife Vicki (also a teacher) and their four year old son Jack joined KAS in 2018. He has a bachelors in education from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and an MED from the University of Northern Iowa. Adam has taught in China, Korea, and has lived in worked in the US, England, and New Zealand. He moved to Taiwan for the ample outdoor adventure scene and loves to surf and be in nature with his family.
Vicki Duchac joined KAS in 2018 as a 6th grade Language and Literature and Individual and Societies teacher. She is joined in Kaohsiung by her husband (also a teacher) and their 4 year old son who will be attending KAS this year. She has a Bachelors degree from Lincoln University and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from Christchurch College of Education. For her adult life she has been been living around the globe in Japan, Australia, U.S.A, South Korea, England and China. She has spent the last fifteen years teaching all ages in international and public schools in Birmingham, Seoul, North Carolina and Shanghai. She is very passionate about protecting the environment and helping people and enjoys volunteering with different groups to help make the world a better place. She loves being outside enjoying nature with her family while biking river paths, hiking in the mountains or swimming at the beach.
Michelle joined KAS in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in 2007 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in 2009. Michelle is a MYP-certified drama teacher at KAS. She teaches Elementary School, Middle School and High School Drama as well as Middle School Humanities. Michelle started her teaching career at Rangitoto College in Auckland, New Zealand, spending four years teaching dance, drama and music. She then moved to the southern part of New Zealand to take up a position as head of department in drama at Dunstan High School, in Alexandra. Michelle’s husband, Richard Ferguson,is the Aquatics Director at KAS. She has a keen interest in directing and choreographing, and has herself performed in many musicals. She and her husband have a young daughter, and especially enjoy travel and experiencing new food and cultures.
Richard Ferguson joined Kaohsiung American School in 2016. He was born and raised in Hokitika, New Zealand. In 2008, Richard graduated from Canterbury University with a BSPC (Bachelor of Sports Coaching). While at Canterbury, he also studied Te Reo Maori, Indigenous Science, and the precolonial history of New Zealand. Richard also completed a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from Canterbury University in 2009, majoring in Physical Education and Outdoor Education. In 2013, he re returned to his studies at Massey University, New Zealand in order to further his ability to teach Te Reo Maori. Richard has seven years teaching experience in New Zealand. In 2010 he started his teaching career at Rangitoto College, teaching physical education, Maori and social studies. Richard is MYP-certified and is currently the Aquatics Director at KAS. In this position he holds an Outdoors First Aid Certificate as well as a New Zealand Pool Lifeguard Skills award. Richard was a competitive swimmer from a young age, qualifying for the New Zealand Nationals in 2004. This is his first job teaching internationally. Richard and his wife, Michelle, who is also a teacher at KAS, now call Taiwan home.
Chikako joined KAS in 2003. She graduated from Australian National University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Teaching degree. Chikako then became a certified Japanese Language Teacher by completing training from New Global Language Training Center in Tokyo. She teaches Middle and High School Japanese. Chikako has been trained in the MYP and in both IBDP Japanese B and Ab-Initio. Chikako has a husband and two children, and enjoys cooking and traveling with them.
Rhonda George joined KAS in 2017. She earned a BS in Biology from Colorado State University and a Masters in Education in Technology in the Classroom from Lesley University, Boston, Massachusetts. Rhonda has a professional license to teach all sciences grades 7-12 from Colorado. She has completed DP training in the IB Career-Related Program (IBCP) and DP Environmental Systems and Societies (ESS). Rhonda has taught Middle School Science, MYP Chemistry, IGCSE Biology and Chemistry and DP ESS. Rhonda is married to Ray and they have one son, Jonathan. In her free time Rhonda enjoys travel, learning, family, friends and planning the next great adventure.
James Gerber is our Elementary Physical Education Teacher for Prekindergarten to Fourth Grade. He also coaches Middle School Basketball and Elementary Feeder Sports . James joined KAS in 2015. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chaminade University (2012) and a Sports Coaching/Physical Education certification from the United States Sports Academy (2013). He is a certified lifeguard and CPR/First Aid from the Chinese Taipei Water Life Saving Federation. Growing up he lived in Hong Kong, China; Seoul, Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Manila, Philippines; Shanghai, China; and Honolulu, United States. He attended various american international schools and is happy to be back in Asia. His hobbies are playing basketball, watching movies, weight training, traveling and spending time with family.
Angela Hsu joined KAS in 2016 as a lifeguard. She earned her BA from Kaohsiung Medical University in Sports Medicine and her MA from National Kaohsiung Normal University in Teaching. Angela is a certified lifeguard and Lifesaving Coach, volleyball referee and coach, and has her EMT license. Angela is also an athletics trainer for local, national and international events, including the National Games in Taiwan and ACAMIS in Hong Kong and China. She and her sister live together in Kaohsiung; they enjoy traveling, cooking, swimming and watching movies.
Hsin Yi Hsu
Hsin Yi Hsu joined KAS in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Tainan Teacher College, Taiwan, and her Master of Arts degree in Music Education with Kodaly Emphasis from Holy Name College in Oakland, California. She teaches elementary classroom music, elementary string orchestra, middle school music and high school choir. Ms Hsu is a certified MYP music teacher. Hsin Yi comes to us from another international school in Kaohsiung where she taught for 11 years. She is married and has two sons.
Dorothy joined KAS in 1996 with extensive experience teaching in Grade 1. Working with first graders is very rewarding for her as she enjoys watching her students learn to read and write. Dorothy began her teaching career in Los Angeles as a Grade 3 public school teacher. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics and a Master of Education degree, both from the University of Southern California. Dorothy holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a BCLAD (bilingual, crosscultural, language and academic development) emphasis from the state of California. She is certified to teach elementary level students and ELL. Dorothy also has training and experience in PYP, Balanced Literacy, and Writing Workshop. Dorothy dedicates herself to creating a rich, nurturing learning environment, where she strives to develop confidence and enthusiasm for learning among her students. Dorothy is married with two adult sons who are both graduates of KAS. She is honored to be a part of the KAS family.
Matthew Jurgens joined the KAS middle school math department in 2015 and quickly moved into the position of department head. He received his undergraduate degree in Kentucky and later attended the University of South Florida, where he received his MA in Special Education. He is certified in math, history and special education and has received certification in MYP Mathematics. A native of Kentucky, Matt spent most of his life as a Florida resident where he began teaching in 1988. His career has included owning his own tutoring company in Florida, serving as an online math tutor and teaching internationally in the Dominican Republic. He has a sports background as a coach and player, having attended college on a football scholarship. Matt shares his love of sports through coaching various teams at KAS. He feels Taiwan, Kaohsiung and KAS are the best experiences of his life.
Gloria Kao has taught at KAS since 1990. She currently teaches High School Chinese. Gloria holds a teaching degree from the ‘Department of Chinese Language and Culture for International Students’ at National Taiwan Normal University. Gloria has been trained in DP Literature, MYP Language & Literature, and CAS. Gloria previously served as the DP CAS Coordinator for 4 years. Gloria has a strong passion for community outreach and community service and enjoys sharing this with students in her role as High School Community Service Coordinator. In addition, Gloria leads the KAS Community Service Club, Orphanage Club, Red Cross Club, Zonta clubs , Charity Art Club, Food Bank Donation and Shou-Shan ES Teaching Club. Outside of school, Gloria enjoys listening to classical music and operas, as well as visiting museums.
John joined KAS in 2016. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1993; a teaching degree from National University in San Diego, and holds a California State Teaching Credential. John worked at Mcfadden Intermediate School in Santa Ana, California, as a Grade 6 math and science teacher and then as a Grade 4 teacher at Roosevelt Elementary school before moving overseas in 2001. He taught for 12 years at American Pacific International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he served as a middle school coordinator and teacher before transitioning to Grade 5 for four years in the PYP program at APIS. John is certified as an MYP teacher and currently teaches Individuals and Societies in the middle school at KAS. He has a passion for integrating technology in the classroom and is an Apple Certified Teacher (2017) as well as a member of the Tech Ambassadors Program at KAS. John is here with his wife and two daughters and in his free time enjoys swimming, reading and photography.
Karen Kenyon joined KAS full-time this year. She earned her BA in Spanish and French (First Class) from the University of Oxford, UK (1993) and her MA in Social Anthropology from the University of London, UK (1994). She gained her Teaching Certificate from the University of Sunderland, UK (2017). She is certified to teach English as a Second Language to both adults and children. She spent the first half of her career working in overseas aid, traveling extensively. Ten years ago, she followed her husband to Taiwan and began working with young children. Her two children study at KAS.
Wanda Kline Kiernan moved to Kaohsiung in July, 2005. She earned a BS in Education from Lock Haven University. She has a range of trainings and certifications including:teaching the gifted and talented, special education, Writer’s Workshop and IB and MYP training. Wanda was selected by her principal in Virginia Beach to serve on the planning committee for a Math/ Science Academy and was the one of the two teachers who piloted the program. She takes continuing education courses in math at Berkeley and Penn State. Currently, Ms Kiernan teaches high school math. She began her teaching career in Portsmouth, Virginia and then in Virginia Beach, but took a three-year break to experience the private world of sales and marketing. Wanda lives in the Gushan area with her husband and two local rescue cats. She is passionate about learning, food, fashion, and yoga.
Kali Knudson joined KAS this year as a 4th grade teacher. She is originally from Oregon, where she received her bachelor degree in Human Services and Family Science, double majoring in Human Services and Early Childhood Education from Oregon State University. She then earned her Masters of Art in Teaching from Eastern Oregon University. This is Kali’s ninth year teaching and seventh year teaching internationally. She taught Pre-K and sixth grade in Oregon, 5th grade in Yangon, Myanmar, and most recently 4th grade in Bogota, Colombia. Kali has extensive training in Reading and Writing Workshop. She lives in Kaohsiung with her husband, Jitesh. They enjoy traveling and spending summers and holidays with their families.
Irene Lee joined KAS as a high school Chinese teacher this year. She holds a M.Ed degree from National Kaohsiung Normal University. She has been trained in DP Literature, Language & Literature, and MYP Language & Literature courses. She has a strong passion for all classical and contemporary literature, and also enjoys sharing this with students in her role. Before coming to KAS, she taught as an DP/MYP teacher since 2006. She also has two lovely children; an older girl and a younger boy. She loves to travel, reading, watch movies, and be with her family.
John became part of the KAS community in 2015. He is an MYP/DP Language & Literature trained and experienced teacher. John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at National Changhua University of Education and has his certificate from the Education Ministry of Taiwan. Mr. Lin has eight years of experience as an international school teacher and now he is teaching middle school Chinese. When not in school, John likes to watch different kinds of movies and dramas. That gives him lots of inspiration for teaching.
Joyce Lin is from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and joined the KAS staff as a Chinese Teacher from in 2012. Joyce earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan. and is certified by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan. Joyce received IB training and certification related to Inquiry-based teaching and assessments. Prior to coming to KAS, she taught as an MYP teacher for ten years and was the head of Chinese Department at a Bilingual IB school. In addition, she has more than 14 years of teaching experience. Joyce loves traveling, reading , watching movies, and being with family. She lives with her family in Kaohsiung and appreciates their continuous support.
Dania Manasfi joined KAS in 2017 as a Kindergarten teacher. She earned her BA in Early Childhood Education at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1993. Before becoming a member of the KAS team, Dania’s twenty-four year career included stints at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon, Singapore International School in Bangkok, Thailand, and in Malaysia at the Excelsior International School in Johor. Dania enjoys working with this age group because she loves their curiosity, excitement and their fascination with the world around them. Being part of their learning journey is vital for her. She is passionate about photography and food. Dania is married to Robert Iyer who is a soft skills and communication skills trainer and life coach. They both love living in Asia and enjoy traveling.
Terea Marcum arrived at KAS in 2012. Ms. Marcum graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Education (2006), and went on to earn her MS in Literacy for Secondary Education from Walden University (2010). She completed the COETAIL certificate for integrating technology and learning in 2015 and became an Apple Teacher in 2017. She received her first MYP training while teaching in North Carolina in 2009. Ms. Marcum was recertified in the new chapter of MYP in 2014. She is qualified to teach multiple subject areas in secondary education such as English 6-12, History 6-12, and ESL K-12. Ms. Marcum has been teaching since January of 2007. She has a passion for incorporating technology into the classroom using a variety of platforms. She is dedicated to learning and growing as an educator as well as creating an environment where students are creators and innovators. She resides in Kaohsiung with her husband and her daughter. When time permits, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, reading, and baking.
Leah McGinnis joined Kaohsiung American School in the fall of 2015. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Indiana in 2009 with two bachelor of arts degrees in Spanish and Elementary Education. Leah has extensive training in guided reading and teaching mathematics through problem solving, and has completed post-graduate work in teaching English language learners. After completing her studies, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English at a local elementary school in Madrid, Spain. Upon completion of the grant, Leah spent three years as a second grade teacher in Denver, Colorado, followed by two years in Cartagena, Colombia. She is now teaching Grade 5 at KAS. Leah’s family is spread out around the world, with her brother living in the United States and her parents in Porto, Portugal. She enjoys travelling and exploring new places and cooking, especially with her family.
Les Meuret will be teaching grade 9, 11, & 12 science. Les earned his BS from Northern Illinois University in Chemistry and his MA in Education from Benedictine University in Illinois. He has taught high school Chemistry for the last 11 years. He has also served in the Peace Corps in Africa. Les has lived in Taiwan for more than 17 years and looks forward to being active in the school and community.
Diana Pacheco joined KAS in 2017 as a Prekindergarten teacher. She attended the University of Buffalo and earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology in 2004. Upon graduating from UB, Diana attended Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she received her MS in Education. Diana holds two teaching certificates from the state of Massachusetts. While earning her masters she worked at The New England Center for Children in Southborough, MA, teaching students on the autism spectrum. Diana then began working in the Early Childhood Program at Boston Public Schools as a Prekindergarten teacher. In 2010, Diana began her international teaching career in Dubai where she taught Prekindergarten and Grade 1. She has also taught Kindergarten in Cairo. Diana will begin her second year at KAS. During her free time she enjoys reading, knitting, and traveling.
Caro Paglialunga joined KAS in 2011. She earned a BA in English from the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina (2006), and a Masters in Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Jaén, Spain (2010). She has national teaching certification from Argentina, has completed IB training in both the DP and the MYP programs, and is an IB examiner She is the head of the World Languages Department at KAS, and teaches Spanish at the High School level. Before coming to KAS, Ms. Paglialunga taught for 8 years in Argentina, and lived in the United States for two years. She passionately believes that learning a foreign language not only enriches people’s lives immensely, it also brings with it an understanding of the culture associated with that language. Ms Paglialunga hopes to inspire all her students and broaden their minds. Caro has a husband, Adam, who is the Athletic Director at KAS, and two sons, Kai and Ociel.
Justin Pilon joined KAS in 2010. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Master’s of Education from George Mason University.. Mr. Pilon is MYP experienced and qualified. He teaches Middle School Design (Y1, Y2, Y3), Elementary Technology, and High School Digital Media Making. He has been responsible for the production of the school yearbook since 2013 and the the school media report since 2015. He has a strong interest in programming and was employed as a software engineer prior to becoming a teacher. Justin is an Apple certified teacher as well as member of the Tech Ambassadors program at KAS. He is fluent in English and French, and can also speak conversational Mandarin.
Library and Media Director
Natalie Rector came to KAS in 2014 and is the Library and Media Director. Natalie has 15 years of experience as a university librarian, a K-12 media specialist, an ELL and English teacher in Orange County Public Schools and, as a Peace Corps volunteer and ELL Teacher/Teacher-Trainer. She is certified in K-12 ESOL, as a K-12 media specialist, and in Grades 6-12 English and K-6 Elementary Education from the state of Florida. She has training and certification in IB/MYP and Extended Essay materials. Natalie earned her BA in English and Children’s Literature from Hollins University, a Masters in Library and Information Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Online Instructional Design from Florida State University. She is an experienced international presenter at ICTE, FETC, ALA and Computers in Libraries, on topics ranging from information science, technology, and pedagogy to instructional design. Natalie enjoys reading, knitting, cake decorating, traveling with her family and playing with her cat in her free time.
Fides Armela Rivera joined KAS in 2017. She is currently teaching high school math. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Master’s degree in Mathematics and Education Administration and Supervision. She has teaching certifications from the Philippines and South Carolina, USA. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has taught high-level Math including AP ,Cambridge IGCSE and IB DP Math HL/SL. Prior to joining KAS, she has taught in the USA and Vietnam. Fides moved to Kaohsiung with her husband, Rommel who is a US/Philippines licensed nurse and with her son, Romele Robe Marcial who is a high school student at KAS.
Peter Rock currently teaches high school social studies. He has taught Information Technology for 18 years, completed his IB Economics certification, and has worked as an IB Economics examiner. Mr. Rock was born in Canada and earned his BEd in 1998 from the University of Alberta with a major in drama and minor in social studies. He has taught in his hometown of Edmonton, Canada, and at international schools in Egypt, Lebanon, and Cameroon. Mr. Rock has been at Kaohsiung American School since 2007 and his spouse Dawn works as the high school principal. Their son Simon has been a KAS student since prekindergarten. Mr. Rock is an avid chess player.
Jeff Roth-Vinson teaches IB Biology, Theory of Knowledge and Forensic Science at KAS. Mr. Roth-Vinson taught for fifteen years in Oregon before joining KAS in 2015. He has a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. He holds an M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Middle-Secondary Instruction from the University of Oregon. He is also trained in IB Biology and TOK. Mr. Roth-Vinson is a published author and contributor to AP Biology and Forensic Science textbooks and instructor manuals. He is also the KAS Science Department Chair and faculty sponsor of the Science Club, and leads international summer field science programs for students around the world. Jeff has also taught AP Biology, Microbiology, Zoology and Environmental Science. He is married and has two children in elementary and middle school at KAS.
Douglas Ryan joined the KAS faculty in 2018 as an MYP science teacher, teaching 9th grade Introduction to Physics and 10th grade Biology and Environmental Science. Mr. Ryan earned his Masters in Science and Engineering Education for the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and minored in chemistry at the University of Texas graduating in 1995. Mr. Ryan holds a State of Texas Teaching Certificate and is certified to teach all sciences in grades 8-12. He has taught most of them including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Aquatic Science and Astronomy. In addition to teaching Mr. Ryan has worked as a biologist, a journalist, a freelance writer and photographer, and has started several private businesses. His great passion is for the ocean and marine conservation. He lives in Kaohsiung with his husband, Andy Ryan and their dog, Pluto. They love traveling as a family and are avid scuba divers and hikers.
Carole Rylander joined the KAS faculty in 2017 as a fifth grade teacher. Ms. Rylander earned her BS in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and her MS in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She holds Texas Teacher Certification in Elementary Education (PK – 6); Gifted and Talented Educator; and Middle School (4 – 8) Mathematics. She taught 4th and 5th grades in the San Antonio, Texas, public schools for over 25 years and prior to that she directed an outdoor education center for environmental sciences in the Texas Hill Country. She is an avid reader and also loves hiking, traveling and hanging out at the beach.
Monique Shenefield is new to KAS this year and is taking on a new dual role as Inclusion Coordinator/Literacy Specialist. Mrs. Shenefield earned her BS and B. Ed. Secondary from the University of Manitoba in Canada. In addition to holding a teaching certificate in the Province of Manitoba, she has Texas Teacher Certifications in Special Education, Middle School Science and Upper Elementary. Monique also has an Advanced TESOL and has been working with English Language Learners throughout her career. Monique has taught Biology, General Science, Middle School Science and EAL. Monique’s International experience started in 2011 when she moved to Dubai in the UAE. She has spent the last 7 years in Learning Support as either EAL, Reading & Literacy and Spec. Ed support and was the school’s first Inclusion Co-ordinator. Monique likes to read, go to the movies, cook, sample fine foods from around the world, entertain, hike and travel. She lives in Kaohsiung with her husband, Corey.
Stephanie Sherlock is a Grade 2 teacher from Honolulu, Hawaii. She joined the KAS staff in 2015. Ms Sherlock has her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is certified by the state of Hawaii. She also received certification as a Nursing Assistant from Leeward College of Hawaii and has been certified in CPR/First Aid for many years. Stephanie also has a certification in TEFL, and has taught English overseas. She has been trained in balanced literacy and in technology. Stephanie has volunteered in after-school programs for 17 years and has many years of experience working with the ELL community at a variety of public and private schools. She is currently working on obtaining National Board Teacher Certification and a Master Degree in Elementary Education. Stephanie comes from Japanese and Korean ancestry; she can read and speak basic Japanese. She loves reading, spending time with family, playing with her 2 dogs, and fashion design.
Natasha Stacey came to Kaohsiung and KAS from Australia in 2014; however, she is also a graduate of KAS. Natasha has a Bachelor of International Relations and Chinese from the University of Southern Queensland. She also studied at Cheng Kung University in Tainan, Zhejiang University City College in Hangzhou, China, and Han Chiang College in Penang, Malaysia, where she completed her language studies. Natasha has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning specializing in History and Chinese from the University of Southern Queensland and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. Natasha is currently studying for her Masters of Applied Linguistics, specialising in Teaching English as a Second Language. Natasha has also completed certification for MYP, is trained in using Google in the classroom, as well as in Writer’s Workshop and balanced literacy. She currently teaches English Language Learners (ELL) at KAS. Natasha and her husband Garrett, who is also an educator, enjoy working in and exploring the beautiful landscape of Taiwan!
Monica (Chien-Fang) Su
Monica joined KAS in 2015 as the first performing arts director. She holds a master’s degree in cello performance from the University of Southern California, where she studied with the renowned cellist Ronald Leonard. As a solo, chamber music and orchestral musician, Monica has made concert appearances worldwide — from the United States, China,and Japan to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Australia and Thailand. Monica has been a faculty member at the National Arts Institute of Taiwan, National Teacher’s College in Taipei, and Teacher’s College in Tainan, and she has also taught in many gifted programs. Monica joined the National Symphony of Taiwan in 1995, and was the founder of the Taipei Fine Arts Trio. She has been a faculty member at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since she moved to Hong Kong in 2000 with her husband and three sons. Her role at KAS includes promoting and booking our auditorium, organizing visiting artists and outreach programs, and working with the student Art Ambassadors group.
Sandy Su joined KAS in 2015. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Elementary Education in 2004, and obtained her MA in International Education Administration from Endicott College in 2015. Sandy is certified as an elementary teacher in the states of Maryland and California. Sandy began her teaching career in 2005 and has been teaching lower elementary ever since. A PYP-trained teacher with many years of experience teaching in PYP schools, Sandy is also trained in balanced literacy and Writing Workshop. Currently, she teaches Grade 1 at KAS. Prior to joining KAS, Sandy taught in international schools in Taiwan and California. She is married with two daughters and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jenny (Meng-Chun) Tsai
Jenny Tsai joined KAS in 2016 as a Chinese teacher. She is from Kaohsiung, one of a family of seven. She earned her Master of Arts degree from Kaohsiung Normal University in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and her Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Literature, Certification for Teaching Education program of Elementary school. Jenny has her certification in Elementary Education, Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and MYP. Before coming to KAS, Jenny taught two years in Taipei FuHsing private school (Bilingual Department), six years at the NSYSU Chinese language center, and four years at JingXin private school (Taipei) as a homeroom teacher. During off-work hours, she likes photography, running, reading, and baking.
Nyala Walker joined KAS in 2018. She teaches US History and IB History at the High School. Ms. Walker earned her Bachelor of Science in History/Political Science and Secondary Education from FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University) in Tallahassee, FL (2006), and her Master of Clinical Psychology came from the University of Maryland at College Park (2015). She is certified to teach Social-Studies 6-12 in FL, MD and DC. Ms. Walker taught history and worked as a life-skills trainer in the Greater Washington Metropolitan area for 12 years before moving to Taiwan. Hailing from the state of California, she enjoys travel, the great outdoors, live music, art and fashion.
Wendy joined KAS in July, 2004 as an elementary ELL teacher. She graduated from Fu-Jen Catholic University with a BA in English Literature and earned her MA in Education from the University of Texas. She has certification in English and ELL teaching from Montana State University, and has training and experience in MYP. Wendy currently teaches middle and high school ELL. She loves working with ELL students; she is always amazed at how much progress students can make and feels proud of them. When not working, Wendy enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
Laurie Williamson joined Kaohsiung American School in 2015 as a high school social studies teacher. She has a BA in Classics/Archaeology from Bowdoin College and a JD from the University of Maine School of Law. Mrs. Williamson is certified to teach social studies (grades 7-12) by the State of Maine. She is also qualified to teach both MYP Individuals and Societies and DP Psychology SL/HL. Mrs. Williamson is the faculty advisor to Student Council, , Metro World Child Club, and MUN. Her husband teaches at KAS and their daughter attends the school. They all hail from the great state of Maine and enjoy living in Kaohsiung, outdoor sports, travel, and their beloved Springer Spaniel, Agatha.
Thomas Williamson joined KAS in 2013. He earned a BA in Classics and History from Bowdoin College, Maine, in 1982; an AB in Paramedicine from Southern Maine Community College in 2005; and an MS in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine in 2012. He holds teacher certification from the state of Maine in English 7-12, Social Studies 7-12, Latin K-12, and Administration K-12. Mr. Williamson teaches English in the high school and coaches soccer teams, and is trained in IB MYP, IB DP, and COETAIL (Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy). Prior to joining KAS, he had many years of experience teaching high school English, middle and high school Latin, and coaching several sports. Mr. Williamson also has extensive experience in EMT training (Emergency Medical Technician) at the community college level in Maine. His wife is a teacher in the high school, and their daughter is an active student-athlete at KAS.
Adam became a part of the KAS team in 2017. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree (honors) in Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto, Canada (2005). He has also completed his Masters degree in Physical Activity and Health from the European University Miguel de Cervantes (Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes) in Spain (2013). He obtained NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) level 1 and 2 in Canada (2005), as well as personal training certification from the Canadian Fitness Professionals (Canfitpro) in 2005. Adam is the Athletic Director at KAS. He has been working as an educator in physical education, health, coaching, junior sport development, and advanced training in Canada, South Africa, Argentina and Taiwan since 2004. Adam thoroughly enjoys being generally active and spending time outdoors. His wife Caro, is the MS/HS Spanish teacher at KAS, and they have two sons, Kai and Ociel.
Holly Younglove joined KAS Physical Education department in 2018 as the middle school P.E. and Health teacher. She originally comes from New York City where she earned her BS and MA in Physical Education and Health. Holly has taught in NYC for 6.5 years and AISC in Chennai, India for 4 years. She is an passionate about Mindful Sound and Mindful Yoga and plans to incorporate more mindful activities into the P.E. Program. Holly loves to surf, scuba dive and teach mindful sound and yoga.
Daisy joined KAS in 1999. From 1994 to 1999, Daisy was the secretary of AmCham Kaohsiung which at the time was affiliated with KAS, hence the opportunity to move to our school. Prior to that she worked five years for the Jupiter International Company, a subsidiary enterprise of Japan Airlines, after she had graduated from university. Daisy majored in English at the Providence University in Taichung and then graduated from TamKang University in Taipei. She finished her training and got her secretary certification from the Chinese Personal Executive Association in 2015. Daisy was a teacher assistant in Grade 1 at KAS in 1999 and became the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent in 2000. She has been in charge of office operations, acted as cashier and purchaser, and has worn many hats as needed over the years. She is married and has one daughter.
Rachel Chen has been at KAS since 2004. She has her BA in Management Science from Gonzaga University, Spokane, in the United State. Rachel is the school registrar and database (PowerSchool) administrator. She has trained at the PowerSchool University in San Diego and at summer institutes in New York and Washington, D.C. . She participated in the KAS Google Summit and is always eager to learn about technology.
Ellen Chiang has been a KAS Receptionist in the Superintendent’s office since 2005, working closely with the Administrative Assistant. Ellen graduated from Shih Chien University, majoring in Fashion Design & Merchandising. She also finished her training and got her secretary certification in 2015 from the Chinese Personal Executive Association. Before coming to KAS, she was an administrative assistant and teacher assistant in an after-hours language school for over 10 years. Ellen enjoys greeting our many visitors at the front desk. When not working, Ellen enjoys designing and creating clothing and accessories.
Robert Chuang worked at KAS from 2006 to 2007, then returned to us in 2011. He graduated from National Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where he earned his BS in Information Management in 2002, and his MS in Information Management in 2011. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). He is the Senior Technology Specialist in the office of Learning Technology at KAS where he supports all IT and learning technology needs. Robert also provides the audio and video technical support for the school. Before joining KAS, Robert gained IT and management experience working for over 17 years at various semiconductor, telecom, networking and system integration companies. He has one teenage daughter. He enjoys traveling, movies, music, learning and being with his family.
Lisa Fang joined KAS in 2015 as an admissions officer and in 2017 became the Director of Admissions . Lisa graduated from Wenzao Ursuline College with a degree in German and an English emphasis. Before joining KAS, Lisa worked at BMW in management with German colleagues. She is married and has one son.
Jeannie Huang joined KAS in 2010 as an Accountant. She earned a Bachelor’s’ degree in Accounting from National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences. Before joining KAS, Jeannie worked for 12 years at the Tax and Consulting Department in KPMG, one of top CPA firms in Taiwan. In 2008, Ms Huang earned her license as a Bookkeeper. When she isn’t working, Jeannie enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.
Nancy Huang is the middle school secretary and works at the KAS reception desk. Nancy joined KAS in 2013. Before she transitioned to the main office, she worked as a library assistant, then as prekindergarten and Grade 5 assistant. Nancy graduated from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages where she majored in English. Nancy enjoys working with students and parents, helping answer their questions, translating, chaperoning trips, or supporting our teachers. In her free time, Nancy enjoys eating out with friends and family.
Vivien Huang has been a KAS office staff member since 2010 and wears many hats. She graduated from WenZao Language College in 2001 with a majoring in German. She worked as Grade 5 teacher assistant for half a year, then became the administrative assistant to the IB Coordinator and the Athletic Director.. She finished her training and got her secretarial certification from the Chinese Personal Executive Association in 2015. Vivien loves knitting, and cooking and enjoys time with her family and friends.
Jeff Ko joined the KAS family in 2010 and is currently Maintenance Director of our Sports Complex. He earned his Bachelor Degree from Chia-Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Department of Occupational Safety. Now he is in charge of the facilities, equipment and maintenance of the KAS Sports Complex. Jeff enjoys working at KAS very much. It’s very clear to him that, in addition to providing students a comfortable and safe learning environment, it’s also important to make sure all the school equipment functions well to ensure an optimal setting for the children. Outside of work hours, Jeff enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Tracy Lee joined KAS as a library assistant in 2012 and later moved to the business office as a purchasing agent. Tracy earned her MA in Education: Option in Computer Education and Technology Leadership from California State University, Los Angeles, United States. Before coming to KAS, Tracy was a senior secretary at an immigration consulting company for nine years. She enjoys travelling with family and friends.
Shu-Ping, the school nurse, joined KAS in 2005. She graduated from Fooyin Junior College with a degree in nursing. She is a registered nurse in Taiwan and California. Prior to her current position, she had eleven years of experience working different hospital departments including the ICU and NICU in Taipei and at Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital. She loves to interact with the students, staff and faculty, and is always available to anyone who needs assistance. After work, she enjoys cooking, music and relaxing in her cozy home.
Nana Su came to KAS in 2013. She graduated from Shih Chien University with her degree in accounting. For two years prior to joining KAS, Nana was a Cashier at Qing-Feng Aquatic Products Co., Ltd.. and had over five years experience working at the Telecom Technology Center. She is married and has one daughter.
Ansel Wang joined KAS in 2018. He graduated from Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, majoring in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Prior to his current position, he worked for twelve years with Dream Mall shopping mall in Kaohsiung. He loves to interact with the students, staff and faculty. Ansel is married and has two sons. After work, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.
Lena Wang joined the ranks of KAS in 2013. Lena earned her BA in Information Management in 2009 from National Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung. She holds certifications as a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server, Implementation and Maintenance. She is also a Google Certified Trainer and Google Certified Administrator. Lena worked as a research and development engineer helping to design and develop Rich Internet Applications (RIA) for Business Intelligence (BI) systems at Foxconn in Shenzhen. At KAS, Lena is the Systems Analyst in the office of Learning Technology. She instructs and supports teachers and students in the use of various learning tools on campus, and designs the system processes for office operational procedures and business workflows. Lena enjoys traveling, running, and hiking, and has completed several half-marathons. She has also climbed several Asian summits above 3000 meters.
Denise came to KAS in 2006. She graduated from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, majoring in English, in 2003. In 2015 she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, majoring in Tourism Management. Denise finished her secretary’s training and received her certification from the Chinese Personal Executive Association in 2015. Ms Wu was a teacher assistant for her first three years at KAS, and then joined the office staff where she remains today.
Emma Chen joined KAS in 2015 as a teacher assistant in Grade 5. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education from Cheng Shiu University. She has a Level C technician certificate for babysitting and worked in a local kindergarten as a teacher assistant prior to coming to KAS. She lives with her family in Kaohsiung.
Judy joined KAS in 2015. She earned her Bachelor degree in Philosophy from Fu Jen Catholic University in 2008. Before becoming a regular KAS staff member, she substituted for teacher assistants for several months from 2014-2015. Ms Chen is currently one of the teacher assistants in Grade 2. She likes reading, music, travel, and learning languages; Judy is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, English and can speak a bit of Korean. She is also sociable and enjoys getting to know people. She comes from a large extended family and has strong family ties. Now she lives with her grandparents, parents, brother, sister and her two sons.
Tara joined KAS as a teacher assistant in 2017. She graduated from Swiss Hotel Management School with a major in Hospitality. She has been working as an air attendant and training coordinator for a five star hotel. She can communicate fluently in Mandarin, English, Japanese, and Taiwanese. She was born and raised in Kaohsiung and now she is very happy to stay with her family here.
Zoe joined KAS as a prekindergarten teacher assistant in 2016. She graduated from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages with a major in English. She has more than 3 years of experience working as a co-teacher with foreign hires in language schools. In 2013, she decided to go to Australia to work and study for 2 years to help improve her English and meet new friends. During her spare time, Zoe enjoys training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, traveling, and searching for new restaurants.
Pinky Chung joined KAS in 2011 as a teacher assistant in Grade 4 and now currently works as an assistant in kindergarten. Pinky graduated from Chinese Cultural University in Taipei. She also studied for a year in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. Ms. Chung loves children and is very patient with students. Pinky enjoys reading and music very much. She also loves to spend time with her family.
Naomi Huang joined KAS in 2015 as a teacher assistant in Grade 4. She earned her BA in Sports Medicine from Kaohsiung Medical University and worked as a trainer before joining KAS. In her role as an athletics trainer, Naomi has chaperoned ACAMIS soccer teams to Beijing. She is a certificated fitness trainer and has basic life support license. Naomi was born and raised in Kaohsiung where she lives with her family.
Erica Jheng joined KAS in 2012 as a teacher assistant. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Kaohsiung. She has been assisting in upper elementary classes at KAS since 2012, and currently is one of the teacher assistants in Grade 5. Ms. Jheng is originally from Chiayi and she loves reading, music, and movies so much that she can’t live without them. She also loves to explore the beauty of nature with her family and friends. Erica has a husband, A-Jia, and two sons, Banks and Nick.
Grace Lee joined the KAS Family in 2010. She earned her Bachelor Degree from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages in Kaohsiung City. She was a teacher assistant for Grade 6 for three years and now she is working with Grade 3 students. She taught English in Kindergarten for two years in Kaohsiung and Pingtung City. She lives in Pingtung with her husband and an adorable daughter. She also enjoys Crossfit Class.
Amber Lin joined KAS in 2016. She graduated from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. She was a Grade 3 teacher assistant for one and a half months and is now a teacher assistant in Kindergarten. Amber has previous experience working as an athletic complex assistant. Amber loves cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.
Ellen joined KAS in 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from NPUST (National Pingtung University Science of Technology). During her first two years at KAS, she was the Prekindergarten teacher’s assistant and is now working in a fourth grade class. Ellen is married and has a young daughter.
Jessica Liu joined KAS in 2011 as a teacher assistant in Grade 1. She graduated from Chia-Nan Pharmaceutical College. Jessica comes from and grew up in Kaohsiung. Her hobbies are reading, gardening, traveling, and studying Aromatherapy. Jessica speaks English, Mandarin and Hakka, and enjoys spending time with her family and two lovely dogs.
Vincent Pan Pon Peng
Pon Peng joined the KAS family in 2012. She was born and raised in Kaohsiung and loves this city very much. She earned her BA in Applied Foreign Languages from SUE-TE University in Kaohsiung City. Pon worked as a teacher assistant for several years in Grades 3 and 4; she is now working in Grade 2. Pon combined work and travel by working in the United States during the summers she was studying in university. She worked in Colorado for two months in a peach factory, in Ohio for three months at Cedar Point Amusement Park, and at Los Angeles International Airport for one year as a ground service agent for EVA Air. Pon then went to Canada and worked for two years in Vancouver where she met her husband. She really enjoys working with children at KAS and thinks of KAS as her second family.
Regine joined KAS as a teacher assistant in 2004 and later transferred to the Library as a library assistant. Regine earned her BA in English as a Second Language from the University of Hawaii in 1984, and in 2014 she earned certification in American TESOL for Children , and TESOL Advanced Certification. Regine enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family.
Joyce became a part of the KAS family in 2011 and currently works as a teacher assistant in Grade 3. She is very patient with the students and they love her. She earned her Bachelor degree in Applied English from I-Shou University. Joyce comes from and grew up in Kaohsiung. She has a good sense of humor and in her free time, she likes to watch movies and exercise. Joyce is a very talented artist and has created many pieces of artwork.
Maggie traveled to Canada as a high school exchange student to learn how different education there is from Taiwan. After high school, Maggie got her Master of Education from Ashland University in Ohio, United States, graduating in 2011. Prior to coming to KAS, Maggie worked as an English teacher in a kindergarten for several years. She has been at KAS since 2015 in her role as a Grade 1 teacher assistant. She loves to travel and hang out with family and friends, and loves music and movies as well. Maggie was married in 2016.
Dr. Tom Farrell
Dr. Farrell was Superintendent of KAS from 2008 until July, 2017. After nine years at KAS and 40 years in American Education, Dr. Farrell serves as a consultant for KAS and works in the USA promoting our school. Dr. Farrell will also be in contact with graduates living or studying in the USA.