Discover all the members of the Kaohsiung American School family:
Superintendent of Schools
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 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 achieve success. Dawn has a husband who teaches in the high school and a son who began his school career at KAS in PreK when they arrived in 2007.
Middle School Principal
Daryl joined KAS in 2016. He earned a BA (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), 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 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, was a Vice Principal for two years and since 1998 has been a Principal, a district level Elementary Supervisor, a consultant and now 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 with her here in Kaohsiung.
Director of Learning Technology
Victor joined KAS in 2012. He has a baccalauréat diploma in science (Lycée Pierre Corneille, 1995) a law degree (Université de Rouen – 1998), a Master in European Union Law (Université de Rouen, 1999) and a Master in Information Technology Law (The John Marshall Law School, 2000). Victor was trained in Research for Better Teaching (2006), Instructional Leadership (Loyola University, 2006), Independent School Management (2007), Instructional Coaching (Eduro, 2015), and he is a certified Google Educator (2016) and Apple Teacher (2017). Victor is the director of Learning Technology at KAS. He has been in the educational technology field since 2001 and previously worked as a director of technology in Chicago and as a technology instructor in Curacao. His wife, Jess is also a teacher at KAS, and his two young boys cannot wait to enroll.
Candy Chiu joined KAS in 2011 as Business Manager. She graduated from National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan Kaohsiung. She earned both of her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business Administration from NSYSU. Before joining KAS, Candy worked for a worldwide retailing company for more than 13 years. 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.
Amanda joined KAS in 2013. She graduated with a BA from Lawrence University with majors in Chinese Language and Literature as well as 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 serves as the Model United Nations club advisor along with Peter Rock. 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, & Bangkok. High school counseling, especially college counseling, is Greg’s passion. Starting as a teacher in MS and HS, Greg earned his B.A., B. Ed. In Canada and M. Sc. Ed in Counseling as well as Administrative qualifications for high school in the USA. Every year, Greg visits several college campuses in person to gain a better insight into the atmosphere of the campus as well as meet with college admissions representatives to find out about new programs, degrees and financial aid for KAS students. He believes a vast network of colleagues in the admissions departments of the various universities can also help in counseling students towards the right college choices.
Jessica joined the KAS community in 2012. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Illinois State University and her teaching certificate from the state of Illinois in 2005. She then earned her Master’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Multidisciplinary Studies in International Education in 2016. Additionally, she holds a COETAIL certificate (Certificate of Online Education and Information Literacy) after completing the coursework in 2015. She is certified to teach IB English A and IB English B, and is also an Apple Certified Teacher. She teaches high school English, is the director of the Global Issues Network, and a member of the Tech Ambassadors. Jessica has been teaching since 2005 in Chicago, Illinois and the International School of Curacao. She is thrilled that she can meld two of her passions, teaching and exploration, here at Kaohsiung American School. She lives in Kaohsiung with her husband and two small boys.
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.
Margo Carnahan joined KAS in 2012 as a grade two teacher then moved to our grade three in 2015. She originally comes from Oregon where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Science. She also holds a Masters of Art in Teaching with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Prior to teaching at KAS Ms Carnahan taught grade two at an International School in Nigeria and grade four in Oregon. Margo has also completed a Peace Corps volunteer assignment in Moldova. She is a Technology Ambassador at KAS and presented at a Google Summit, Taiwan 2017. Margo is an avid swimmer and coaches here at KAS.
Sylvia joined KAS in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the State University of Stony Brook, New York and is trained in IB DP Mathematics. Before coming to KAS, Sylvia taught high school for thirty years. She has taught in Maine public schools for 23 years and three years in Stamford,Connecticut. After her third year of teaching in Connecticut, she taught in Singapore American School for two years and then taught in the International School Of Stavanger, Norway. She enjoys traveling, walking and hiking. Yoga and meditation have always been integral parts of her life. Sylvia has partnered with the Guidance Counselor to start a Mindfulness Club at KAS for 8th-12th graders. Reading is one of her favorite activities. Sylvia returned to Asia because it was one of her favorite places to have lived.
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 a Masters degree in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1976) and in 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 taught 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. His twins (boy and girl) are completing their freshman year at Loyola University and at Waseda University in Japan.
Lauren Castello joined KAS in 2016 and teaches Science and Math in the Middle School. Prior to moving to Taiwan, Ms. Castello taught for several years in the United States and Costa Rica. Before becoming a teacher, Lauren was an environmentalist for five years before getting her Masters in Education. She has Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. Lauren’s Master of Arts in Teaching degree is from Missouri Baptist College. She is a certified Science and Math teacher and has achieved certification for the MYP. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and her pets.
Gene Marie Chagaris joined the KAS team in 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at San Diego State University and her teaching certification from the state of California. Gene Marie also has training in Balanced Literacy, Writing Workshop, PYP and MYP. Ms. Chagaris has been teaching in the upper elementary at KAS since 2012. Before coming to Taiwan, Gene Marie taught for 16 years in six different countries, mostly teaching in between grades 4 – 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.
Flora (Yin-Fan) Chen
Flora joined KAS in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Physical Education from National Tainan University, Taiwan 2006 and received the teacher certificate at 2007. She is a certified lifeguard and CPR/First Aid from the Chinese Taipei Water Life Saving Federation. She is also the THUMP Boxing Level 1 & Advanced instructor. She started her teaching career here in KAS where she is an MYP-trained Middle School Physical Education teacher. She also coaches our varsity girls’ volleyball team.
Julia came to Kaohsiung and KAS in 2007. She majored in violin and piano at the University of Cape Town where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree 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. She currently serves as middle school and high school music teacher. Before joining KAS, Ms Chen taught for six years at Rondebosch Boy’s School in Cape Town, and six years in AST (American School in Taichung) Taiwan. Julia came from and grew up in 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 at KAS in 2014. She has an 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. Currently, she teaches fourth grade and has been doing so since she started in 2014. Prior to joining KAS, she 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 Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from California State University, Los Angeles, USA (2002). Melody is a Certified Teacher of California State, maintains a “Child Development Site Supervisor Permit” credential from the Department State of California, and has credentials and teaching experience in Montessori School in the USA. Ms. Melody has five years of teaching Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten in Los Angeles and has been teaching Kindergarten in KAS since 2000. She has been trained and has experience in 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 one. 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, USA, 2015. Stella is currently in the process of obtaining a Master’s degree in Physical Education. Last year she fulfilled the 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 a 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 boy’s volleyball team at KAS.
Yumin joined our KAS team as an elementary school Chinese teacher in 2015. She earned her Master of Arts degree of Teaching Chinese as a Second / Foreign Language from National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU) in 2011 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from National Pingtung University (NPU) with two minors in Special Education and English Education in 2007. Yumin holds a Certification in Elementary School and Teaching Chinese as a Second / Foreign Language awarded by Education Ministry, Taiwan. Yumin also has a Teaching Proficiency Certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language issued by Beijing Language and Culture University in 2011. Yumin has 10 years experience teaching Chinese to Natives, American born Chinese and foreign students in Taiwan, the United States and Poland. Before joining KAS, Yumin was a lecturer of TCAFL Program, 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 NKNU. 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 Chinese. Yumin now lives in Kaohsiung with her family and enjoys traveling, reading, hiking and watching movies in her free time.
Lee Chern joined KAS in 2016. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (1993) and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering (1995), both from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has a Professional Civil Engineering License in the state of California (1997). He has been an IB Examiner for Math HL since 2009, and he is MYP/DP trained for both IB Math and IB Physics. Mr Chern teaches IB Physics, IB Mathematics, and Introduction to Physics at KAS. He began teaching in 2000 and previously taught in Singapore, Thailand, and USA. He is the faculty sponsor of the Photography Club and the Physics Club. Mr. Chern is married and has two children. He enjoys rock climbing, photography and spending time with his family.
Lori came to Kaohsiung and KAS in 2011 and currently serves as the Pre-K through 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 Masters in Counseling from Chapman University. She also has Teacher Certification from the states of California and Wisconsin. Before joining KAS, Ms 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.
Lauren Faivre teaches grade two; she joined KAS in 2015. Before teaching at KAS, Ms. Faivre taught second and third grade at a public school in Chicago. Ms. Faivre received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Geology before returning to school to receive her Master’s in Elementary Education with endorsements in middle school science and social studies. She has had extensive training in Balanced Literacy and ELL practices as well as Writing Workshop. Ms. Faivre discovered her love for teaching when she taught environmental education classes through the National Park Service and for Nature’s Classroom Institute. Lauren was fortunate to be able to join her sister and brother-in-law here in Kaohsiung; they are also educators at KAS. She has another sister in Illinois who is also a teacher. Ms. Faivre has a passion for exploring new places and meeting new people. She has made herself at home here in Taiwan by adopting both a cat and a dog.
Thomas Farrell joined Kaohsiung American School in 2016. He was born in the state of Maine, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado (2004). Thomas is a certified Yoga teacher (Yoga House, 2011), has three years of extensive training in Clinical Herbalism (Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, 2015), studied at the New York Film Academy (1999), and played DIV III college basketball at Emerson College. He is also trained in MYP for Physical Education and as a CAS Coordinator. His duties at KAS include the role of CAS Coordinator for the Diploma Program, teaching high school Physical Education, Filmmaking, and coaching the varsity girls basketball team. Thomas has been in the field of education, off and on, since 2005 – most recently teaching Movement & Games at Orchard Valley Waldorf School in Vermont. He is a husband, an herbalist, a published literary author, and won a 2016 Watty Award for his short fiction.
Tierney Kathleen Farrell
Tierney returned to the KAS community in 2016, after working as the interim Kindergarten teacher in 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Naropa University (2008), as well as a BA in Music (2008). Tierney holds an Early Childhood teacher certification from Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA (2013), where she is working on her Master’s thesis. She’s also a graduate of Free Columbia (2012), an Arts Program in Hawthorn Valley, NY. In addition to teaching at KAS, Tierney has taught Kindergarten at the Orchard Valley Waldorf School in Montpelier, VT, and the Boulder Waldorf Kindergarten in Colorado. Her passion is teaching young children, playing music, knitting, crafting, and spending time with both her husband and her fluffy Maine Coon cat named Clover.
Richard Ferguson joined Kaohsiung American School in 2016. He was born and raised in Hokitika, New Zealand. In 2008, Richard graduated Canterbury University with a BSPC (Bachelor of Sports Coaching). While studying at Canterbury, he also studied Te Reo Maori, Indigenous Science and 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. He returned to study in 2013 at Massey University, New Zealand. Further his ability to teach Te Reo Maori. Richard has seven years teaching experience in New Zealand. In 2010 he started his teaching 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, who is also a teacher at KAS, both moved to Kaohsiung in 2016 to take up positions at KAS, and now call Taiwan home.
Chikako joined KAS in 2003. She graduated from Australian National University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s 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 both IBDP Japanese B and Ab-Initio and MYP, been serving as World Language department head since 2014-15. She has a husband and two children, enjoys cooking and traveling with them.
Marilou Gallos joined KAS in 2010 as the high school chemistry teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education major in Chemistry at the University of San Carlos, Cebu city, Philippines and Master of Arts in Teaching Chemistry from the University of the Philippines. She obtained her Doctor in Science Education at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. She obtained a professional license to teach secondary schools in the Philippines and a certification for chemistry and physical science in South Carolina. Her wealth of experience includes teaching chemistry from high school to university level. She has completed an IB chemistry training, participated in various international trainings in science education, US curriculum development, and presented papers in some international science education conferences and published several papers in international journals.
James Gerber is our Elementary Physical Education Teacher for Pre Kindergarten to Fourth Grade. He also coaches Junior Varsity Basketball, Middle School Basketball, and Elementary Feeder Sports (Grades 4-5). 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. Before coming to KAS, James worked at Ka’ahumanu Elementary School (2012-2015) in Honolulu, Hawaii as an Elementary Physical Education Teacher. Growing up he lived in Hong Kong ,China; Seoul, Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Manila, Philippines; Shanghai, China; and Honolulu, USA. 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.
Jennifer Gilbert joined KAS in 2009. She earned 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. She holds teaching certification from the State of Connecticut. Before coming to Taiwan, Jennifer taught sixth grade math and reading in Bridgeport, CT where she received an Outstanding Educator Award in May 2007. Since coming to KAS, Jennifer has received training from the IBMYP for MYP Coordinator as well as MYP Individuals and Societies. Jennifer enjoys travel and photography.
Kevin joined KAS in 2016. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy from Colorado State University, a Master of Arts degree in gifted education from the University of New Mexico, has 64 hours of training for teaching English Language Learners, has certification in the Critical Friends Group (CFG) and has completed certification for MYP. Kevin taught for 22 years as teacher of the gifted in public education in Albuquerque, New Mexico then spent three years as a grade four teacher at Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and one year at Cebu International School in the Philippines teaching PYP grade five. Mr. Hale currently teaches Middle School Mathematics at KAS. He demonstrates his dedication to students through coaching baseball/softball, badminton, soccer, and basketball. He has been married for 28 years to Tracy, has one son, age 26 and one daughter, age 24, both in the USA.
Makoto joined KAS in 2015. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Kanda University of International Studies in Japan and her Master of Arts from the University of Warwick in England. She is a certified Japanese language teacher and has training in MYP Language Acquisition. Makoto teaches middle school Japanese. Prior to KAS, she taught English and Japanese for eight years at language schools and an international school in Japan. She enjoys travelling and learning foreign languages.
Tom joined KAS in 2015 as the school’s Learning Technology Coach and MYP Design teacher. He earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Phoenix, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. His interest in technology led him to take the Certificate in Online Education and Information Literacy (COETAIL), he is a Google Certified Educator (Levels 1 & 2), an Apple Teacher, and a BookCreator Ambassador. He also holds certificates for ESL in the Mainstream and IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning. He came to KAS after spending more than a decade in Japan teaching elementary grades 1-4. Tom enjoys various sports, outdoor activities, and being part of the maker culture.
Tori joined KAS in 2015 as a high school science teacher. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor of Neurophysiology degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. She has the California Single Subject Teaching Credentials in teaching Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, and has completed MYP training one in 2015. She always has enthusiasm for teaching and implements various innovative teaching tools and methods to assist students in understanding of class materials faster and easier.
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, volleyball coach and has her EMT license. She is also an athletics trainer for local, national and international events, including the National Games in Taiwan and ACAMIS in Hong Kong and China. Her hobbies include. 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 is teaching 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.
Angel Huang joined KAS in 2011. She earned her BA degree in Education at National Tsing Hua University (National Hsinchu University of Education) in Taiwan ( 2002), and a Masters in Chinese literature at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei (2011). She has Teacher Certification from the Education Ministry of Taiwan; she is certified to teach Chinese (grades 1-12). In addition, she has training and experience in DP Literature, CAS and MYP. She primarily teaches 11th- and 12th-graders in high school Chinese classes. Before joining KAS, Angel taught Chinese in public and private schools in Taipei. Angel is married to Dr. Philip Leigh who teaches English Literature at KAS. She enjoys spending time with her family, learning Japanese and martial arts.
Dorothy joined KAS in 1996. She has 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 3rd grade 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 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 in her classroom. Dorothy is married with two adult sons who are both graduates of KAS. She is honored to be a part of the KAS family.
Jane joined the staff at KAS in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick, with subsequent coursework in teaching Literacy and Mathematics from Universite de Moncton. Before coming to KAS, Jane taught for 35 years in the New Brunswick, Canada school system, teaching all subjects in Grades 1-9, with a focus on teaching language at the elementary level. She worked as a mentor in her school district and is certified to train teachers in the Neurolinguistic Approach to teaching languages. Jane is married; she and her husband, Stephen, enjoy exploring Taiwan’s beautiful outdoors and culture. Their two adult children live in Canada.
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 Master’s degree 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 the 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 KAS’ Community Service Club, Cadenza Club, Red Cross Club, Zonta clubs and Baking 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 taught at Mcfadden Intermediate School in Santa Ana, California as a grade six math and science teacher and then as a grade four 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 enjoys swimming, reading and photography in his free time.
Wanda Kline Kiernan moved to Kaohsiung in July 2005. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from Lock Haven University. She has varied 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 has math continuing education courses at Berkeley and Penn State. Currently, Ms Kiernan teaches High School Math. She began her teaching career in Portsmouth, Virginia and then Virginia Beach, taking 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.
Casey joined KAS in 2013 as a high school social studies teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in history from Texas A&M University and is certified by the State of Texas Board of Education. She has been formally trained to teach MYP Individuals and Societies, DP History and Theory of Knowledge. Before arriving in Kaohsiung, Casey taught history for 13 years at both the high school and college levels in Texas, Kansas and Virginia. Her son attends KAS.
Philip Leigh joined KAS in 2011. He earned a B.A. from Bowdoin College (2001) in English and Classics, an M.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin (2006), and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin (2011). He is certified to teach English (grades 5-12) by the state of Montana. Philip has been trained in IB Language A: Literature and in Theory of Knowledge; he primarily teaches 11th- and 12th-graders in high school English classes. Before joining KAS, Philip taught courses in literature, linguistics, and writing at UT-Austin while working on his doctorate. He has also taught (and coached) at a number of private boarding schools in New England. Philip is married to Ms. Angel Huang, who teaches Chinese literature at KAS. He enjoys spending time with his family, learning Mandarin, and watching baseball.
Joyce Lin is our Chinese Teacher from Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She joined our KAS staff in 2012. Joyce earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Kaohsiung Normal University of 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 a 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 travelling, reading , watching movies, and being with family. She lives with her family in Kaohsiung and appreciates their continuous support.
John became part of the KAS community in 2015. He is a 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.
Terea Marcum arrived at KAS in 2012. Ms. Marcum graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science in Education (2006), and went on to earn her Master of Science in Literacy for Secondary Education from Walden University (2010). She completed the COETAIL certificate for integrating technology and learning in 2015 as well as becoming 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 fifth grade 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.
Matthew joined the KAS team in 2015. Matthew earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary History Education in 2006 from Western Michigan University and a Masters of Educational Leadership in 2011 from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, USA. He holds a certificate from the State of Texas to teach history in grades 4-12, English in grades 4-8, and to serve as Classroom Generalist in grades K-6. Matthew also holds a Principal’s certificate in the State of Texas. Before teaching at KAS Matthew taught in public schools in the United States for 10 years. Matthew interned as a grade seven social studies teacher at Paw Paw Middle School in Paw Paw, Michigan, served as a 10th grade English summer school instructor at Warren High School in San Antonio, Texas and taught history and social studies in grades 6-8 at Pease Middle School, also in San Antonio, Texas. Currently, Matthew is an MYP-certified teachers of middle school Individuals and Societies and English. Matthew’s lives in Taiwan with his wife, Sara and daughter who is an elementary student at KAS.
Sayoko Oda is KAS Elementary and Middle School’s 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. She currently teaches Pre-K to Grade 8 Art. She is an advisor for the Middle School art clubs as well as the Elementary Japanese club. She loves working with her students.
Bob Oddo has been a High School science teacher at KAS since 2012. Mr. Oddo comes to us after a very successful, twenty-seven 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 teaching certifications in biology, chemistry, general science, earth science and German and has taught biology, environmental science, earth science and student research at various levels. He is also trained in IB DP Biology. 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.
Pearl Ortiga joined KAS shortly after its inception in 1989. Mrs. Ortiga has both a Bachelor of Education and Masters of Education degrees from The College of New Jersey. She is certified by the New Jersey State Department of Education, the Middles States Association and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Prior to coming to KAS, Mrs. Ortiga taught at Grace Christian Academy in Manila for two years, served as a volunteer lecturer for Taitung Teachers College (Taitung University) for three years and was a professional development presenter for Taitung public school teachers. She is the most veteran teacher at KAS and has worked tirelessly many years in support of our PreKindergarten children.
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, and has completed IB training in both the DP and the MYP programs. She works in the World Languages department at KAS teaching Spanish at both the Middle School and High School levels. Before coming to KAS Ms Paglialunga taught for 8 years in Argentina, and lived in the US for two years. She pasionately believes that learning a foreign language not only enriches people’s lives immensely, it also brings with it the knowledge and understanding of the cultures associated with that language, and hopes to inspire and open the minds of all her students. Caro has a husband, Adam, who is also a teacher 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 is nearing completion of his Master’s of Education at George Mason University, Virginia, USA. Mr. Pilon is MYP experienced and qualified. He teaches Middle School Design (Y1,Y2,Y3), Elementary Technology, and High School Digital Media Making. He currently serves as the department head for design and has also 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, 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, K-12 Media Specialist, 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 of information science, technology, pedagogy and instructional design. Natalie enjoys reading, knitting, cake decorating, traveling with her family and playing with her cat in her free time.
Peter Rock currently teaches high school Social Studies. He has taught Information Technology for 18 years, completed IB Economics certification, and has worked as an IB Economics examiner. Mr. Rock was born in Canada and completed his B.Ed. 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 pre-kindergarten. Mr. Rock is an avid chess player.
Jeff Roth-Vinson teaches IB Biology, AP Biology 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 from Howard Payne University (1990), a B.A. in Environmental Studies (1998), an M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Management (2000), and a Graduate Certificate in Middle-Secondary Instruction (2000) from the University of Oregon. He is also trained in IB Biology. Mr. Roth-Vinson has authored, co-authored and contributed to AP Biology and Forensic Science textbooks and instructor manuals. He is also the KAS Science Department Chair and faculty sponsor of the Photography and Science Clubs. He has also taught AP Biology, Microbiology, Zoology and Environmental Science. He is married and has two children in elementary school at KAS.
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 an MYP-certified drama teacher at KAS. She teaches middle school humanities and drama as well as high school drama. 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 has a husband who is the Aquatics Director at KAS. She has a keen interest in Musical Theatre directing, choreographing and performing in many musicals. She and her husband especially enjoy travel and experiencing new food and cultures.
Stephanie Sherlock is a grade two elementary teacher from Honolulu, Hawaii; she joined our KAS staff in 2015. Ms Sherlock has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is certified by the State of Hawaii. She also has a licensed certificate in Nursing Assistant issued by the Leeward College of Hawaii and has been certified in CPR/First Aid for many years. Stephanie also has a certification in TEFL, teaching English overseas. She has been trained in balanced literacy and in google/computer training workshops. She has been volunteering (after school and summer programs within the ages from 5-18) for 17 years and had has many years working within a high populated ELL community at a variety of public and private schools. She is currently working on obtaining the National Board Teacher Certification and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Stephanie’s background comes from a Japanese and Korean ancestry; she can read and speak basic Japanese. She loves reading, spending time with her younger sister, playing with her her dog and fashion design.
Greg Slosek joined KAS in 2014. He earned a BA in History and MS in Secondary Education Curriculum and Instruction both from SUNY Oswego. He holds a New York State professional teaching license in social studies for grades 7-12. He has extensive training in DP & MYP and is an examiner in both history and theory of knowledge. He is currently the diploma programme coordinator. He teaches theory of knowledge and coordinates the extended essay as well. Prior to his arrival at KAS, Greg held the positions of secondary principal and department head in separate postings in the UAE and Thailand. Greg is a former DIV III college basketball player and is our varsity boys’ basketball coach. He enjoys splitting time on breaks at his family homes in Thailand and upstate New York. He lives in Kaohsiung with his wife Ton and son Anthony.
Natasha Stacey came to Kaohsiung and KAS in 2014, from Australia, 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 in Cheng Kung University in Tainan, 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 and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. Natasha is currently studying her Masters in Education specialising in Teaching English as a Second Language. Natasha has also completed her certification for MYP, trained in using Google in the classroom, trained in the writer’s workshop and trained in 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!
Amy moved to Kaohsiung and joined KAS in July 2013 as a Grade three teacher. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and earned her Masters in Education degree from Portland State University. In addition she has training and experience in PYP, Balanced Literacy and Writing Workshop. Amy started her teaching career with a grade six class in Albany, Oregon in 1977. In 1983, she moved to White Salmon, Washington and taught fifth and sixth grade for 25 years. In 2008, Amy started teaching overseas; three years in Bratislava, Slovakia followed by two years in Jakarta, Indonesia. Amy grew up in Omaha, Nebraska with six siblings spread over the world. She has one son who is living and attending university in Fargo, North Dakota. Amy’s only forms of transportation are her bicycle and her feet. She loves biking, reading, being with family and friends, and seeing new cultures.
Ken joined KAS in 2011. He holds a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University, Florida, a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic University, Pomona and is MYP certified. He is a Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA), which he earned from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrative Association (NIAAA). His current position includes serving as Athletic Director, Activity Coordinator, and High School Physical Education Teacher. From Tainan, Taiwan, with understanding of both Taiwanese and American cultures, Ken has the vision to build a world class athletic program here at KAS.
Monica joined the staff of KAS in 2015. A native of Tainan City, Taiwan, she holds a 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. Her responsibilities at KAS include promoting our theater, organizing visiting musicians, overseeing theater bookings and working with a student Performing Arts Ambassadors group.
Sandy Su joined KAS in 2015. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education in 2004 and obtained a Master’s in International Education Administration from Endicott College in 2015. Sandy is a certified Elementary teacher through the States of Maryland and California. She began her teaching career in 2005 and has been teaching lower elementary ever since. She is a PYP trained teacher and has many years of experience teaching in PYP schools. In addition, she is trained in balanced literacy and Writing Workshop. Currently, she teaches first grade 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.
Chris joined KAS in 2012 as a middle school science teacher. He holds a BS in Biology from Stanford University and a Masters in Education from the University of Washington (2005). He is certified to teach K-8 and earned his National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Science (2010). Since coming to KAS, Chris has received training and certification to teach IB-MYP science. Prior to teaching at KAS, He taught MS science in the Lake Stevens School district in Washington State. Chris has a wife who is also a teacher and two grown children. He also likes snacks.
Yenidil Toribio joined KAS in 2013. She earned her Masters in Education from Walden State University, Minnesota in 2008, a Bachelor in Spanish from Montclair State University, Montclair in 1999, and an Associate in Liberal Arts from Passaic County Community College, Paterson in 1995. She has a teacher certification from the state of Florida in both Spanish and ELL. Furthermore, she has completed training in IB (MYP and DP), as well as AP training in Spanish. She currently works as an IB Spanish High School teacher. Before joining KAS, Mrs. Toribio has taught in St. Thomas, China, Japan, North Carolina, Florida, and in New Jersey. She has been an educator for the past 18 years. During her free time, Yenidil enjoys reading, watching K-Dramas, and spending time with her husband, Junior, who is a basketball and volleyball coach. She has a daughter, Kasmira, who graduated from KAS and is currently in her second year of college at Temple University in Japan.
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) and for six years in NSYSU Chinese language center, four years in Taipei JingXin private school as a homeroom teacher. She likes photography, running, reading and baking during off-work hours.
Wendy joined KAS in July 2004 as an elementary ELL teacher. She graduated from Fu-Jen Catholic University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and earned her Master of Education degree from the University of Texas. She has certification in English and ELL teaching from Montana State University. Along with that she has training and experience in MYP. Wendy currently teaches middle and high school ELL. She loves working with ELL students; she is always amazed with 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 2013 as a substitute teacher and 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, STOP Club, Metro World Child Club and also coaches swimming. Her husband teaches at KAS and their daughter attends the school, as well. 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 B.A. double-major in Classics and History from Bowdoin College in Maine in 1982, an A.A.B. in Paramedicine from Southern Maine Community College in 2005, and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from 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 EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) at the community college level in Maine, USA, as well as coaching several sports. His wife is a teacher at the high school, and their daughter is an active student-athlete at KAS.
Gerard Zippilli joined KAS in 2015. He earned a BA in History from the University of Plattsburg and a MA in Education from the University of Framingham. Gerard also is certified teacher for MYP and teaches in the Individuals and Societies department. Prior to KAS Gerard Zippilli taught for nine years in the Dominican Republic, and eight years in Mexico prior to the Dominican Republic. He enjoys teaching because it gives him an exciting job that changes every year as new students challenge him to grow. Gerard Zippilli enjoys travelling and learning about other cultures. He enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, hiking, and going to the gym.
Daisy joined KAS in 1999. From 1994 to 1999, she was the secretary of AmCham Kaohsiung; at the time the AmCham office was affiliated with KAS hence the opportunity to move to our school. Prior to that she worked for the Jupiter International Company which was a subsidiary enterprise of Japan Airlines for five years after graduating from university. Daisy majored in English at the Providence University in Taichung then graduated from TamKang University in Taipei. She finished her training and got her secretary certification from Chinese Personal Executive Association in 2015. Daisy was a teacher assistant in grade one at KAS in 1999 and became Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent in 2000. She was in charged the office operations, acted as cashier, purchaser, wore many hats and supervised big task as needed over past years. She is married and has one daughter.
Rachel Chen has joined KAS since 2004. She has her BA in Management Science from Gonzaga University, Spokane in the USA. Rachel is the school registrar and database (PowerSchool) administrator. She has been trained at the PowerSchool University in San Diego and Summer Institute in New York & D.C. Washington. She has participated in Google Summit and is always an eager learner of modern technology.
Ellen Chiang has been a KAS Receptionist in the Superintendent’s office since 2005. She also works 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 from the Chinese Personal Executive Association in 2015. 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 Taiwan, Kaohsiung where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Information Management in 2002 and his Master’s degree 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 of 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 at various semiconductor, telecom, networking and system integration companies for over 17 years in Taiwan. 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 later became the Director of Admissions in 2017. 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 of Accounting from National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences. Before joining KAS, Jeannie worked at the Tax & Consulting Department in KPMG for 12 years; it is the one of top CPA firms in Taiwan. In addition, Ms Huang earned her license from Taiwan in 2008 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. She worked as a Library assistant, then PK and G5 assistant before she transitioned to the main office. Nancy graduated from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages where she majored in English. Nancy enjoys working with students and parents, helping answer any 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 majoring in German in 2001. She worked as grade five teacher assistant for half a year, then became the administrative assistant to the IB Coordinator and Athletic Director until now. She finished her training and got her secretary certification from Chinese Personal Executive Association in 2015. Vivien loves knitting, cooking and enjoys the 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, USA. 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 in Nursing. She is a registered nurse in Taiwan and California. Prior current position, she had eleven years of experience working at different departments including ICU and NICU at Taipei and Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospitals. She loves to interact with the student, staff and faculty, and is always available to anyone who needs assistance. After work, she enjoys cooking, music and relaxing at her cozy home.
Nana Su came to KAS in 2013. She graduated from Shih Chien University with her degree in Accounting. For the previous two years Nana was a Cashier at Qing-Feng Aquatic Products Co., Ltd. and has over five years experience working at Telecom Technology Center. She is married and has one daughter.
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 a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server, Implementation and Maintenance certification. She is also a Google Certified Trainer and Google Certified Administrator. Lena worked as a research and development engineer to design and develop Rich Internet Applications (RIA) for Business Intelligence (BI) systems at Foxconn in Shenzhen. At KAS, Lena is the Systems Analyst of 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 process for office operational procedures and business workflows. Lena enjoys traveling, running, hiking and has completed several half-marathons several times. She also climbed several summits above 3000m in Asia.
Denise came to KAS in 2006. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, majoring in Tourism Management in 2015. She also graduated from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, majoring in English in 2003. Denise finished her training and got her secretary certification from Chinese Personal Executive Association in 2015. Ms Wu was a teacher assistant the first three years at KAS, then joined the office staff where she remains today.
Robin joined KAS in 2015 as a Director of Maintenance. He graduated from Kaohsiung University of Applied Science and Technology, majoring in Electrical Engineer. Robin is married and has two daughters.
Emma Chen joined KAS in 2015 as a teacher assistant in grade five. She earned her Bachelor’ Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education from Cheng Shiu University. She has Level C technician 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 of 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 two. She likes reading, music, travel and learning language; Judy is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, English and a speaks a bit of Korean. She is also sociable and enjoys getting to know people. She comes from extended family and has strong family ties. Now she lives with her grandparents, parents, brother, sister and her two sons.
Zoe joined KAS as a Pre-K Teacher Assistant in 2016. She graduated from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages majoring in English. She has over 3 years experience working as a Co-Teacher with foreign teachers in cram 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 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, traveling, and searching for new restaurants.
Pinky Chung joined KAS in 2011 as a teacher assistant of grade four and now currently works as an assistant in Kindergarten. Pinky graduated from Chinese Culture University in Taipei. She also studied in Bournemouth, UK for one year. 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 four. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kaohsiung Medical University in Sports Medicine and worked as a Trainer before joining KAS. Naomi has chaperoned ACAMIS soccer teams to Beijing as an athletics trainer. 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 the KAS in 2012 as a teacher assistant. She earned her Associate of Arts in Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages at Kaohsiung. She has been assisting upper elementary at KAS from 2012 and currently is one of the teacher assistants in grade five. 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 six for three years and now she is working with grade three 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 subbed for grade 3’s teacher assistant for one and a half months. She worked as an athletic complex assistant and now she is a teacher assistant in kindergarten. 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 ) Her first two years at KAS, she was the Pre-Kindergarten teacher 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 one. She graduated from Chia-Nan Pharmaceutic College. Jessica came from and grew up in Kaohsiung. Her hobbies are reading, gardening, traveling and studying Aromatherapy. Jessica speaks English, Mandarin and Hakka. And she enjoys spending time with her family and two lovely dogs.
Pon Peng joined the KAS family in 2012. She was born and raised in Kaohsiung and loves this city very much. She earned her Bachelor Degree of Applied Foreign Languages from SUE-TE University in Kaohsiung City. Pon worked as a teacher assistant for several years in grades three and four; she is now working in second grade. Ms Peng combined work and travel by participating working in the US for summers while she was studying in university. She worked in Colorado for two months in a peach factory, Ohio for three months in Cedar Point Amusement park, and Los Angeles International Airport for one year as a ground service agent for EVA air. Pon then went to Canada and worked in Vancouver for two years 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 moved 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 an American TESOL for Children Certification and the American TESOL Advanced Certification in 2014. 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 the third grade. She is very patient with the students and they love her. She earned her Bachelor degree of Applied English from I-Shou University. Joyce came 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 creates many pieces of artwork.
Maggie had been to Canada as exchange student for couple weeks to learn different education from Taiwan while she’s in high school. After high school, she got her Master of Education from Ashland University in Ohio, USA and graduated in 2011. Prior to coming to KAS, Maggie had worked as an English teacher in kindergarten for years. Now she has joined KAS since 2015 as a teacher assistant in grade 1. She loves to travel and hang out with family and friends, and loves music and movies as well. And she just got married with her love one.