The staff is stable with new staff members added primarily as the school grows. The average faculty tenure at KAS has been increasing to over 4 years with some faculty members nearing their tenth anniversary.
Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Thomas Farrell
Dr. Farrell has over 40 years of administrative experience in American Education, including 15 years as Superintendent of Schools in Aspen, Colorado (1988-2003) and 5 years at Kennebunk, Maine (2003-2008). He has also taught at several colleges and universities in the US. He holds his BA in Political Science from the University of Maine where he played basketball and baseball, his MA in Administration from the University of Southern Maine, and his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern in Miami, Florida. He also attended the Principal’s Academy at Harvard. Dr. Farrell has been KAS Superintendent since 2007. He lives here with his wife, Debbie. They have three sons, Thomas, Lucas, and Nicholas.
High School Principal
Dawn Rock is at KAS since 2006. She came to us with 11 years of experience, including 7 years in international schools. Dawn holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of California, San Diego, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the State of California, a Master’s of Arts in Educational Administration from Michigan State University, IB qualifications, and an Administrator Credential from the State of Michigan. Currently she is working on her Doctorate’s degree from the University of Minnesota. Dawn is married and has one son who attends KAS.
Elementary and Middle School Principal
Carmen Peters is the KAS ES and MS Principal. Ms. Peters is a graduate of the University of Maine where she earned her BA in Education and earned her MA and CAS in Educational Administration from the University of Moncton. Ms. Peters had served in the Peace Corp., been an ELL teacher, a 14-year ES/MS school principal in Canada and Bangladesh where she was highly respected in both countries, and an educational consultant for international schools. Director of Learning Technology
Victor Boulanger is our Director of Learning Technology since 2012. He leads us into the information age with his valued experience. Victor earned his baccalaureate in Science from Lycee Corneille and Law Degree from the Université de Rouen in France. He also holds a Masters Degree in European Law from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland and a Masters in Information Technology Law from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Victor was the IT Director for Josephinum Academy in Chicago for 6 years and for 4 years he taught IT in Curacao. He has conducted many professional development programs and presented internationally on technology including for Google and UNESCO.
Amanda Barrow Amanda Barrow comes to KAS after spending a year in Kaohsiung as a Fulbright Scholar where she taught English in two local schools. Amanda graduated from Lawrence University in Wisconsin with a double major in Chinese and Literature. She also studied flute music and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Amanda will teach three English Classes at the high school and intern in two English/social studies classes. Wendy Bestor
Wendy Bestor comes to us from Connecticut where she has taught elementary school in private boarding schools for more than 25 years. She will teach elementary school ELL. She is highly qualified and certified.
Linda Blanchette Linda Blanchette comes to us from Saskatoon, Canada where she has 31 years of teaching experience at the elementary school. Linda most recently taught for 2 years in Mexico City. Prior to that she taught 2 summers in Hong Kong. She earned her BA in Education and is trained in IB (PYP). Mrs. Blanchette has a working knowledge in Spanish. Linda has three adult children and will be accompanied by her husband. She has also coached choirs, music, dance, math, volleyball, basketball, badminton and track. Her energy level is unmatched. Jessica Boulanger
Jessica Boulanger started at KAS in 2012 as an IB English Teacher after teaching IB English for 4 years in Curacao and AP at Josephinum Academy in Chicago. Jessica is from Illinois, USA and graduated from Illinois State University with a BA in English. She also has IB Certification in English A1 and A2. In 2011, Ms. Boulanger, then Ms. Faivre was Teacher of the Year in Curacao. She has been English Department Chair, curriculum writer, served on several international accreditation teams, and has participated in numerous professional development workshops.
Bruce Buck came to us after a successful 34 years of teaching high school math in three Florida High Schools. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida where he earned his Masters and his BA is in mathematics from Bradley University in Illinois. Mr. Buck coaches several sports and has been a successful athletic director. He is in his second year at KAS.
Margo Carnahan Margo Carnahan comes to us from Nigeria where she taught grade two for the past four years. Margo comes from Oregon and taught there for 3 years, giving her 7 years experience in teaching at the elementary school. Her certification is from Oregon and is in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has her Masters of Art in Teaching from Eastern Oregon University. Margo has coached swimming and volleyball and has served on many faculty committees. She becomes completely involved in her school. Daniel Castelaz Daniel Castelaz has an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in English from Michigan State University. Before coming to KAS, Dan taught for Indiana University in Malaysia, Southern Illinois University in Japan, and Taipei American School in Taiwan. His background in Art is extensive; he is a practicing artist, spent five years working at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and has studied a wide range of Art History, including a seminar in African Art conducted by the Nigerian scholar Babatunde Lawal and a History of Film course with Stan Brakhage. Dan has taught both the IB and AP courses, and has been an IB Visiting Art Examiner. Mr. Castelaz has hands-on experience in multiple printmaking techniques, painting, sculpture, photography, and ceramics. Gene Marie Chagaris
Gene Marie Chagaris is a fifth grade teacher at Kaohsiung American School. Ms. Chagaris has taught for 19 years in 7 countries, including the USA where she earned her BA in Elementary Education at San Diego State University. Gene Marie has PYP and MYP experience and training. She has also served as a curriculum coordinator; facilitated dance shows and plays; wrote and directed three school musicals; led various outdoors and environmental clubs; facilitated 8 science fairs; coached ultimate frisbee, and many more after school programs. She has teaching certification from California in k-8 education. Gene Marie speaks Spanish fluently.
Flora (Yin-Fan) Chen Flora (Yin-Fan) Chen will be teaching middle school PE. Ms. Chen played competitive volleyball and will coach our girls team as well. She comes to us from Tainan after living in Canada for several years. She is certified. Julia (Chiu-Ling) Chen
Julia (Chiu-Ling) Chen grew up in Republic of South Africa, majoring in violin and piano at the University of Cape Town, where she earned her Master and Bachelor Degree in Music Education and Postgraduate Higher Diploma of Education. She obtained CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adult) from Cambridge University, and is a qualified teacher in teaching PYP, MYP and IBDP music.
As a violinist, she was the co-leader of CTSO and played over 200 ceremonies and functions in a string quartet. Her music teaching experience includes 6 years at Rondebosch Boy’s School in Cape Town, 6 years in AST (American School in Taichung), Taiwan and the head music teacher in KAS since 2007.
Lulu Chen Lulu Chen is a fourth grade teacher at KAS. Ms. Chen was born in Taiwan, grew up in Singapore (she attended Singapore American School) and went to college and taught in the USA. Ms. Chen graduated from Macalester College with a BA and earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota in Second Languages and Cultures Education. Ms. Chen is certified in Minnesota and shortly will be certified in Massachusetts. She has taught elementary school for more than 4 years, with the last two being in grade 4. Ms. Chen is fluent in English and Mandarin and proficient in Spanish and Japanese. Melody Chen
Melody Chen has been with KAS since 2000. She is our kindergarten teacher. Melody earned her Master’s degree and BA from California State University in Child Development. In addition, she has 5 years of teaching in Los Angeles, maintains a Commission on Teacher Credentialing “Child Development Site Supervisor Permit” credential from Department of State in California, and has training and experience in Montessori Schools in the USA.
Stella (Shih Ting) Chen Stella (Shih Ting) Chen is our new Physical Education Intern. Stella is from Taiwan and was a member of our National Volleyball Team. Ms. Chen graduated in 2015 from Brigham Young University-Hawaii with a BA in Social Work. She was the Captain of the Woman’s Volleyball Team and Pacific West Conference Player of the Year for all 4 years she played. She was also an All-American for 2 years and led her team to the National Championship game in 2013. Yu-Min Cheng Yu-Min Cheng is our newest Elementary School Chinese Teacher. Yu-Min earned her BA in Curriculum and Design at National Pingtung University of Education and her MA from National Kaohsiung Normal University. Yu-Min has taught in Poland as well as Taiwan. She has also been a lecturer and Chinese teacher at National Kaohsiung Normal University and National Pingtung University. Lauren Faivre Lauren Faivre is our Grade 2 teacher. Ms. Faivre has her BA from Illinois State University in Geography and Geology, and her Masters in Elementary Education. Currently she is teaching grade 3 at a public school in Chicago. She also spent a year as an educator in Nature’s Classroom Institute in Wisconsin. Chikako Fukuyo
Chikako Fukuyo is a graduate of Australian University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Teaching Degree. Chikako then became a certified Japanese Language Teacher by completing training at New Global Language Training Center in Tokyo. In 2001, she came to Taiwan and she started at KAS 2002. Ms. Fukuyo has been trained in both IB Japanese B and Ab-Initio and served as World Language department head since 2014-15.
Dr. Marilou Gallos Marilou Gallos has BSEducation and MATChemistry degrees from the Philippines. She obtained her Doctor in Science Education at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Her wealth of experience includes teaching high school and college chemistry in the Philippines and a three-year in Central High School, South Carolina, (2006-2009) where she earned a certification for chemistry and physical science. She also had a substantial experience in teaching post graduate science/chemistry education courses and had undergone various international trainings in science education, curriculum development, presented papers in some international science education conferences and published few papers in international journals.Marilou has been the chemistry teacher in KAS for five years and served as the Science department head from 2012-2014. She has been trained in IB Chemistry and WASC, which gave her the opportunity to be part of the WASC visiting team. James Gerber James Gerber is our Elementary School Elementary Physical Education Teacher. He has attended various American international schools in Asia growing up including in Taiwan. Currently he teaches in Hawaii, and his PE certification from the US Sports Academy. Jennifer Gilbert Jennifer Gilbert teaches Individuals and Societies (years 1 and 2) at KAS. She is also the MYP Coordinator as well as a COETAIL graduate. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT with a dual major in English and Media Studies. After working in trade publishing, Jennifer returned to school to earn her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Fairfield University in Fairfield. CT. Before coming to Taiwan, Jennifer taught sixth grade math and reading in Bridgeport, CT where she received an Outstanding Educator Award in May 2007. She has taught at KAS since 2009. Makoto Hammerlund Makoto Hammerlund earned her BA in English from a university in Japan (Kanda University of International Studies) and has her MA from a university in England (University of Warwick).
She has taught English for 8 years, and worked for two Japanese manufacturers as a translator for 4 years. After being qualified as a Japanese language teacher, Makoto taught Japanese at an international school and a Japanese language school.
Thomas Hammerlund Thomas Hammerlund is the Technology Coach/IT teacher at KAS. Mr. Hammerlund taught at Tohoku International School for the past 7 years where he was the technology coach and elementary school teacher. Thomas received an IB Level 1 Award in 2011, has IB training, is certified in Technology, ELL and has his BA from the University of Minnesota and MA from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Hammerlund has a strong interest in technology and was employed as a software programmer prior to becoming a teacher. Tori (Mong-Shu) Ho Tori (Mong-Shu) Ho will be teaching High School Science next year in a part time position. Ms. Ho did her internship at KAS a year ago under the guidance of Mr. Oddo and was highly respected. She earned her Masters Degree in Teaching from the University of Southern California (USC) and her BA at the University of Maryland in Neurophysiology. Ms. Ho is certified in Physics, Chemistry, and Biological Science. Hsin Yi Hsu Hsin Yi Hsu is teaching elementary classroom music, elementary string orchestra, Grade 8th music and high school choir . Hsin Yi comes to us from Morrison Academy where she taught for 11 years.. Hsin Yi Hsu is a graduate of Tainan Teacher College with her degree in Education with an emphasis in Music, and her Master’s is from Holy Name College in Oakland, California in Music Education with Kodaly Emphasis. She is in the KAS family since 2011. Angel Huang
Angel Huang has over 12 years experience teaching Chinese language and literature to elementary and high school students. She currently is CAS coordinator and teaches Chinese language A: literature, having received IB training for both roles. Ms. Huang earned her BA in Social Sciences at National Hsinchu University of Education in Taiwan and her Master’s Degree in Chinese literature at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei. She has represented Taiwan at a number of international Chinese teaching conferences and competitions. She has also organized Chinese culture and martial arts clubs for elementary students at KAS.
Dorothy Hung is a first grade teacher at KAS. Ms. Hung graduated from the University of Southern California with an M.A. of Applied Linguistics and an M.S. of Education. She holds a Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a BCLAD (Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development) Emphasis from California, which authorizes her to teach elementary and ELL students. Dorothy’s teaching career began as a public school teacher in Los Angeles in 1989. Since joining KAS in 1996, Ms. Hung continues to be one of our most respected staff members.
David Jaworski David Jaworski is our grade 6, science/math teacher. Mr. Jaworski earned his BA and MA from St. Marys in Texas and is completing his Ph. D Dissertation at Bath in the U.K. Mr. Jaworski has 10 years of teaching in the USA, Thailand, China, and Japan. He has 19 teaching certifications from the USA and the U.K., including science and math. Mr Jaworski is also IPDP and MYP qualified with advanced training in IB. David is from Colorado, USA. Matthew Jurgins Matthew Jurgins has taught and coached in the US for fifteen years. He has also taught at the international school in Santo Domingo, in the middle school. In the United States he taught math for ten years and in 2012-1013 his students scored the highest in Pinllas County the 22nd largest district in the United States. He has been very involved with unit and daily plans to reach common core standards. He is certified from the State of Florida. He will be teaching Middle School Math. Gloria Kao Gloria Kao first joined Kaohsiung American School in 1990. She is a secondary school Chinese teacher. Her accreditation comes from the Chinese Teacher Teaching program and the Mandarin Training Center of the National Taiwan Normal University She is the CAS Coordinator for the IB Diploma Program. Gloria is married with two daughters, both very successful KAS alums whom she frequently visits in the United States. John Keisker John Keisker will be teaching Middle School Social Studies. John comes to us from the American Pacific International School in Thailand (before his previous posting in Dubai). He has also served as the middle school coordinator and taught middle math, science and humanities. John has been teaching for 17 years and is from California, where he has also earned his certification. He is married with 2 children. Wanda Kiernan
Wanda Kiernan is from the Philadelphia, Penn. Area. She graduated from Lock Haven University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. She taught in Virginia in several different grades, ranging from 2nd grade through middle school. She served on the team that began a Math Science Academy in her school which involved writing curriculum. She was selected Teacher of the Year for 2004-2005. She has taught math at Kaohsiung American School for seven years.
Casey Knight Casey Knight will be teaching social studies and comes to KAS from Texas, USA where she has 9 years of teaching experience. Ms. Knight is IBDP trained and experienced and has taught ToK, IB history and Western Civilization. She earned her BA and MA in History from Texas A&M. Linda Kuiken
Linda Kuiken is in her second year as our IB physics and math teacher. She comes to us with a wealth of experience and most recently taught at the American School of Madrid. Linda earned her MA in Math at Iowa State University and a second MA in Gifted and Talented Education from Augustana College in South Dakota. She has her BA in Math from Northwestern. Ms. Kuiken is a Nationally Certified Teacher in the USA, corrects AP exams in Physics and is a consultant for the College Board. She is also an IB Teacher. Linda has 34 years experience as a Physics and Math Teacher.
Dr. Philip Leigh is the head of the English Department and holds IB certification in English and Theory of Knowledge. Dr. Leigh came to KAS after finishing his Ph.D and M.A. in English at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his B.A. in English and Classics from Bowdoin College. Prior to teaching courses in English, Rhetoric, and Linguistics at UT-Austin for seven years, he was a fulltime English teacher and coach for Worcester Academy in Massachusetts for three years. He has also taught summer academic programs at Northfield Mt. Hermon School (MA), Salisbury School (CT), and St. Paul’s School (NH). He is originally from Belgrade, ME.
John Lin John Lin will be teaching Elementary and Middle School Chinese at KAS. Mr. Lin is a MYP trained and experienced teacher. He earned his BA at National Changhua University of Education and has her certificate from the Education Ministry of Taiwan. Mr. Lin has taught for 4 years. Joyce Lin Joyce Lin will be in her first year as a Chinese Elementary School Teacher at KAS. Ms. Lin has 10 years teaching experience at the international school level, is a licensed Chinese Teacher, has PYP training and experience, earned her Master’s Degree at National Kaohsiung Normal University, and was the Chinese Language Chair in her previous school. Joyce is from Kaohsiung and enjoys travel and reading. Terea Marcum
Terea Marcum teaches MYP Language & Literature (7&8 English) at KAS. She began her teaching career in January of 2006. Ms. Marcum graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science in Education, and went on to earn her Master of Science in Literacy for Secondary Education from Walden University. She completed the COETAIL certificate for integrating technology and learning. Terea is certified to teach multiple subject areas in secondary education. 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.
Leah McGinnis Leah McGinnis will be teaching our second class of Grade 5 students. Leah graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a two BA’s in Elementary Education and Spanish with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She taught the past two years in Colombia, and for three years in Denver, Colorado before that. Ms. McGinnis has a strong background in math. Leah was a Fulbright Scholar in 2009-2010. Matthew Murray Matthew Murray is teaching Middle School social studies. Mr. Murray has nine years of experience as an American Middle School Social Studies Teacher and has taught High School English in a summer school setting. Mr. Murray earned a M.Ed. from Lamar University in Texas in 2011 and holds teaching certifications in that state. Sayoko Oda
Sayoko Oda is KAS Elementary and Middle School Art teacher since 2009. Before coming to KAS, Ms. Oda taught Art at Canadian Academy in Japan, and at Coronado High School in Nevada. Ms. Oda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She is certified to teach Japanese as a foreign language and regularly teaches one class of Japanese at KAS. She is an advisor for the Elementary and Middle School art clubs as well as the Elementary Japanese club.
Bob Oddo is the High School science teacher at KAS since 2012. Mr. Oddo comes to us after a very successful, twenty-five year career at Horace Greeley High School in NY (a school with a great reputation in the US). Bob earned his BS in Biology from SUNY Oneonta and his MS in Biology from Murray State University. He has taught biology, environmental science, earth science and student research at various levels. He did a Fulbright Teacher Exchange in Poland and India and was a volunteer teacher in Laos. He participated in the Teacher at Sea program and Teacher in the Arctic (TREC) program. Mr. Oddo has coached soccer for 15 years at the club and varsity level, was student council advisor and has supervised numerous after school activities. He comes to us with exceptional recommendations from his administrators in New York.
Pearl Ortiga obtained her Bachelor and Master of Education from TCNJ (The College of New Jersey). She is certified by New Jersey State Department of Education, Middle States Association and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Pearl taught at Grace Christian Academy in Manila for two years. Ms. Ortiga volunteered as lecturer for Taitung Teachers College (Taitung University) for 3 years and professional development presenter for Taitung public school teachers for two years. Pearl has been at KAS for 21 years and is our senior staff member.
Carolina Paglialunga has been a Spanish Teacher at KAS in MS and HS since 2011. Caro graduated from National University of Mar Del Plata in Argentina and earned her Master’s degree from the University of Jaen, Spain in teaching of Spanish as a Foreign language. Ms. Paglialunga had 8 years of teaching experience before coming to KAS and she has also lived for two years in the US. She has completed training in the IB for the DP program and is currently training for the MYP program. She has also collaborated in developing the current curriculum for World Languages. She has two sons, Kai and Ociel.
Justin Pilon is in his second year of teaching at KAS. He is now teaching IT after teaching English last year. Mr. Pilon graduated from McGill in Canada with his BA in Computer Science. He speaks French fluently and conversational Mandarin. Justin is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Education in Washington, D.C.
Peter Rock teaches high school IT classes and IB Economics. He has taught Information Technology for 14 years, completed IB Economics certification, and is an IB Examiner for Economics. Mr. Rock was born in Canada and completed his B.Ed. from the University of Alberta in 1998. He has taught at international schools in Egypt, Lebanon, and Cameroon and has been at Kaohsiung American School since 2007.
Jeff Roth-Vinson Jeff Roth-Vinson will be teaching Biology at the High School. He has been teaching for 15 years. He is from Oregon and married with 2 children. He earned his BA in Environmental Studies and Biology and his MA in Middle and Secondary School Education at the University of Oregon. Stephanie Sherlock Stephanie Sherlock is our Grade 2 Elementary School Teacher. She is currently teaching in Hawaii where she is from. Her certificate is also from the State of Hawaii. Greg Slosek
Greg Slosek has been teaching for the past 14 years including time in New York State public schools and international schools in Bangkok/Chiangmai, Thailand and Dubai, UAE. Greg holds a MS in Secondary Education and a BA in History both from SUNY Oswego. He also holds a NYS Professional Teaching License for Social Studies 7-12. Greg has IB training in History, ToK, Extended Essay as well as the MYP. Greg is an examiner in Theory of Knowledge and History and has held the positions of secondary principal and department head in his previous postings. Greg is a former college basketball player and continues to coach boys’ basketball here at KAS.
Natasha Stacey Natasha Stacey is our Non-Native Chinese elementary teacher. She joins us from Australia and is also a graduate of Kaohsiung American School. Natasha has a Bachelor of International Relations and Chinese from the University of Southern Queensland. She also studied in Zhejiang University City College in Hangzhou China and Han Chiang College 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. Natasha is currently working on her Masters in Education specializing in teaching English as a second language. Natasha has coached volleyball and badminton at KAS, as well as assisting in the Chinese Dance Club for the elementary school. Amy Strom Amy Strom has been teaching for 36 years. After teaching 5th and 6th grade for 29 years in the states, she moved to Slovakia and taught grade 1 for 3 years. From there she moved to Indonesia and continued teaching grade 1 for two more years at Jakarta World Academy. Amy is now teaching grade 3 at KAS and hopes to stay here for as long as KAS will let her! She received her BA degree in Education from Oregon State University, and her Masters Degree in Education from the University of Portland. Along with her G3 class, she is loving our new school. Ken Su
Ken is from Tainan with a BA degree in Business Administration from Cal. Poly, Pomona, California. Ken is currently studying in the master’s program in leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Florida. Ken had also studied several master’s courses in Sports Management from Taiwan Normal University before. Ken has earned various athletic administrative accreditation from NIAAA (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association) and NHFS (National Federation of State High School Association) from the U.S., as a CMAA (Certified Master Athletic Administrator), CAA (Certified Athletic Administrator), RAA ( Registered Athletic Administrator ), RMAA (Registered Middle School Athletic Administrator), and CIC (Certified Interscholastic Coach). Ken has been at KAS since 2010.
Monica (Chien-Fang) Su A native of Tainan City, Taiwan. Monica (Chien-Fang) Su holds master’s degree in cello performance from University of Southern California. As a solo, chamber music and orchestral musician, her concert appearances have been throughout the U.S., China, Japan, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Australia and Thailand.
Monica was the faculty member at the National Arts Institute of Taiwan, National Teacher’s College in Taipei, Teacher’s College in Tainan, and also taught 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 the faculty member at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since she moved to Hong Kong in 2000 with her husband and three sons.
Sandy (Chih-Husa) Su Sandy (Chih-Husa) Su is a new Grade 1 teacher since we have added a second class in that grade due to increased enrollment. Sandy was born in Taiwan but raised in Baltimore, Maryland (US) and graduated from the University of Maryland with her BA in Education. She earned her MA in International Education. Ms. Su taught in Monterey, California most recently and has more than 10 years of teaching experience. She has certification in Elementary and Middle School Teaching from the State of Maryland and Multiple endorsements from California. Christopher Thornton
Christopher Thornton has been teaching middle school science at KAS for three years. Chris has his BS in Biology from Stanford University and his Masters in Education from the University of Washington. Prior to KAS, He has 6 years of middle school science teaching experience in Washington State. Before teaching, Mr. Thornton was a research scientist in aquaculture and biotechnology for over 20 years. He had visited Taiwan several times during his prior career. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher in the USA and has certifications to teach Science in the IB Middle Years Program.
Yenidil Toribio Yenidil Toribio is from the Dominican Republic, was educated New Jersey and Florida, and has taught for 10 years in China, Japan, North Carolina, and the Virgin Islands. She is truly a global citizen. Yeni is certified in Spanish, ELL, and Education from Florida, USA and has her Masters Degree in Education. Ms. Toribio is trained and experienced in MYP and IB. Her husband is a fire fighter and volleyball coach and her daughter will be a junior at KAS enrolled in the IB program. Wendy Weng
Wendy Weng is an ELL Teacher at Kaohsiung American School where she has taught for 7 years. Wendy has been teaching English for more than eleven years since graduating from college. Ms. Weng went to college in Taipei in Fu Jen Catholic University with a major in English. After graduating from college, Ms. Weng went to the University of Texas to earn her Master’s Degree in Education. She also worked on her ESL teaching certificate in the linguistic department.
Laurie Williamson Laurie Williamson is teaching HS Social Studies. She has her Law Degree and BA in education and certification in history. She has been substituting at KAS for 2 years and did her practicum with us. Laurie and her husband, Thomas, have one child in grade 7 at KAS. Thomas Williamson Thomas Williamson is an IB and MYP certified member of our English Department. Before joining KAS, he taught English and Latin for 30 years at one of Maine’s top high schools, along with originating and teaching a unique Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course that dual-enrolled qualified high school students at the local community college, where he was also an adjunct faculty member. A graduate of Bowdoin College, he majored in Classics and History. He also holds a MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine and an AAS in Paramedicine from Southern Maine Community College. Mr. Williamson is also a successful coach. He was twice named soccer “Coach of the Year” in Maine, once by the state coaches’ association and once by the league officials’ organization, for whom he also served as a referee. He has experience coaching swimming and wrestling, as well. Lee Zalinger
Lee Zalinger comes to KAS with 29 years of experience teaching in independent boarding schools in the United States. Most recently, he was science department chairman at the Westminster School in Simsbury Connecticut. Along with his experience teaching science he has lived in student dormitories, coached basketball, volleyball, and outdoor adventure. His work also involved college counseling with his students and, of course, his three sons. He is joined at KAS by his wife Wendy Bestor who teaches ELL.
Gerard Zippilli Gerard Zippilli will be teaching HS Social Studies. He earned his BA from Staten Island University in New York City and his MA from Framingham State in Massachusetts. Mr. Zippilli has taught for 18 years in New York, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. He earned his certification from the State of New York. He was the social studies department head in his most previous position College Counselor
Parker Beverage came to KAS in 2011 as our first counselor dedicated exclusively to college counseling. His credentials are impressive. He served for 26 years as the dean of admissions and financial aid at Colby College in Maine, one of the top liberal arts colleges in the USA. Prior to his work at Colby, Parker served in the admissions offices of Dartmouth College and Stanford University, from which institutions he also earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Our new College Counselor is Mr. Greg Bishop from Canada, although he has been an overseas college counselor for the past 23 years in such places as Singapore, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, Vietnam, and his most current position in Bangkok. Mr. Bishop earned his BA from St. Mary’s in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and his MA in Counseling from Niagara University in New York. He has had recently graduated, former students accepted at Harvard and Stanford along with many top ranked schools throughout the world.
Daisy has been KAS Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant since 2000. Ms. Chang is from Taiwan and earned her BA from TamKang University in Taipei.
Leah Chao has been the Admissions Officer since 2009; she joined KAS in 2004. Leah has her BA in Economics from Cheng Chi University in Taipei.
Rachel Chen has been the Registrar since 2009; she joined KAS in 2004. Rachel has her BA from Gonzaga University in the USA.
Ellen Chiang has been KAS Receptionist in the Superintendent’s office since 2005. She is also works closely with the Administrative Assistant.
Candy Chiu is the Business Manager at KAS since 2010. After a very successful experience in the business world, Candy joined KAS. She has her MBA from National Sun-Yat Sen University.
Robert Chuang Robert Chuang is KAS Senior Network Specialist, a position he held at KAS before exploring technology outside of education. He is back at KAS since 2011 and has his Masters Degree from Sun Yat-Sen University. It is thanks to his dedication that technology at KAS runs so smoothly. Guidance Counselor
Our Guidance counselor is Lori Dietrich from San Diego, California. She has 15 years as a counselor and teacher, six of which are overseas. Lori earned her BA from the University of Wisconsin, her MA in Counseling at Chapman College and has three certifications.
Lisa Fang Lisa Fang is KAS second Admission’s Officer in charge of records since 2015. Lisa graduated from Wenzao with her degree in German, with an emphasis in English. For the past 5 years Lisa has been a valuable employee at BMW working in management. Jeannie Huang Jeannie Huang is our Accountant and came to KAS in 2009. Jeannie graduated from National Kaohsiung Applied Sciences University with her degree in Accounting. Nancy Huang Nancy Huang is at the reception desk of KAS. Nancy graduated from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages where she majored in English. Nancy has worked in Kaohsiung since graduation in 2013 and is a wonderful addition to the KAS staff. Vivien Huang
Vivien Huang has been a KAS Office staff since 2010 and wears many hats. Vivien is the administrative assistant to the IB Coordinator and Athletic Director, and she is the data controller for the WASC accreditation team.
Jeff Ko is the Facility Maintenance Controller at KAS since 2009. Jeff earned his BA at ChiaNan University, Department of Pharmacy and Science.
Tracy Lee Tracy Lee is the Purchasing Agent. She started at KAS in 2012. Tracy earned her Master degree from California State University, USA. Shu-Ping Liu
Shu-Ping is the school nurse at KAS where she has been since 2005. Shu-Ping is a Registered Nurse in Taiwan and has her nursing certification from California. She graduated from Foo-Ying Medical College of Nursing and Midwifery in Kaohsiung.
Director of Media Center
Natalie Rector comes to KAS from Florida, where she was a University Librarian and K-12 Media Specialist for 6 years. She also has an additional 6 years of teaching experience, as an ESOL and English teacher in Orange County Public Schools, as a Peace Corps Volunteer ELL Teacher/Teacher-Trainer and as an independent teaching volunteer in Thailand. She is certified in K-12 ESOL, K-12 Media Specialist, 6-12 English and K-6 Elementary Education from the state of Florida. Natalie earned her BA in English Literature from Hollins University, a Masters in Library and Information Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Online Instructional Design from Florida State University. She has presented internationally on topics of information science, technology, pedagogy and instructional design. Nana Su
Nana Su is the Cashier. She started at KAS in 2014. She graduated from Shih-Chien University with an accounting degree.
Lena Wang Lena Wang joined the ranks of the office of Learning Technology as System Analyst in 2013. She is the primary face of technology support for teachers and staff, students and parents, on campus. Lena earned her BA in Information Management in 2009 from Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung. Lena worked as a research and development engineer at Foxconn in Shenzhen. Most recently she travelled across Europe and Asia before returning to her native Pingtung. Denise Wu
Denise Wu started at KAS in 2006 and works as the Receptionist and Secretary to the building principals. Denise is a graduate of Wenzao Ursuline College of Language with her degree in English.
Robin Yang is the Maintenance Director. He started working at KAS in 2015.
Judy Chen Judy Chen is a grade 5 TA. Ms. Chen graduated from Fu Jen Catholic University with a BA in philosophy. Ms. Chen speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English fluently. Judy and her husband are parents of a 2 year-old son. Pinky Chung
Pinky Chung is the Kindergarten Teacher Assistant. She became a part of the KAS family in 2011. She graduated from Chinese Culture University.
Erica (Kai-Lien) Jheng
Ms. Erica is Grade 5 Teacher Assistant. She is part of the KAS family since 2011. She graduated from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages where she majored in English.
Grace Lee is the Grade 3 Teacher Assistant. She has been at KAS for four years. She graduated from WenZao Ursuline College.
Jessica Liu is in her fourth year as the Grade 1 Teacher Assistant. She graduated from Chia-Nan Pharmaceutics College.
Flora Tsai is in her first year at KAS as the Pre-K Teacher Assistant. She graduated with a MA in Psychology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Flora also earned a MS in Psychiatry from University of Sheffield from Sheffield, UK.
Ms. Viale graduated from the University of Hawaii where she earned her BA in ESL. She has been at KAS since 2004 and is our Library Assistant.
Joyce Yang is in her fourth year as the Grade 2 Teacher Assistant. She graduated from I-Shou University.