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.

2014-2015 Faculty

  • 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

    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
    Dawn Kenniston

    Dawn Kenniston is our Middle/Elementary School Principal since 2014. Ms. Kenniston has 10 years teaching experience at both the Middle and Elementary school level and has been a principal at both levels for the past 21 years. Her most recent position was at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland, Maine where she has been Principal for the past 13 years. Ms. Kenniston is well respected throughout Maine, where her school is recognized as one the most academically successful. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Ms. Kenniston earned her BA and MA from the University of Southern Maine. Her areas of expertise include curriculum development and literacy. She is currently implementing and facilitating the Columbia University Writer’s Workshop and is quite popular for knowing all of her students well. Her husband and sixth grade daughter will join Ms. Kenniston in Kaohsiung.

    Director of Learning Technology
    Victor Boulanger

    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 UNESCO.

    Assistant Superintendent & College Counselor
    Parker Beverage

    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.

  • 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

    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.

    Sheila Callahan Sheila Callahan has spent most of her life in New York City but recently lived and taught in Warsaw, Poland. Ms. Callahan earned her BA from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and is pursuing her Masters Degree from George Mason University. For the  past two years Sheila taught elementary school at the American School of Warsaw. She also has taught English in the national French school system.  Ms. Callahan is a published writer and worked on Wall Street before changing professions. Her husband is an M.D. Ph.D. who worked for many years as a research scientist in the United States. Most recently he substitute taught and tutored IB math, physics, biology and chemistry at the American School of Warsaw.
    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 17 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.

    John Chin

    John Chin earned his BS in Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology and earned his MA in International Teaching from Framingham State University. In the first 5 years of his teaching career, he taught IT to all levels but mainly focused on ES and MS. During his time at the International School of Curaçao, his main responsibilities included integrating technology into the classrooms, which he still does at KAS as a Tech Ambassador. He is certified in HS Math and MYP Maths and is in his 4th year teaching Math at KAS. He has coached many sports including HS and MS Boys and Girls Soccer, MS Boys Volleyball, MS Boys Softball, and HS Ultimate Frisbee. Most recently, his HS Girls Soccer team won the Sportsmanship Award and 3rd place at the ACAMIS tournament in Shanghai.

    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.
    Jennifer Gilbert

    Jennifer Gilbert is the sixth grade English and social studies teacher at KAS. She will also serve as the MYP Coordinator in 2013-2014. 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.

    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

    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.

    Junior Jaquez Junior Jaquez is our Elementary School PE long term substitute teacher.
    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.

    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.

    Philip Leigh

    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.

    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.
    Fion (Shu-Hua) Lin

    Fion (Shu-Hua) Lin will teach elementary school Chinese. With a wealth of experience in teaching in Taipei, we are pleased to have her in Kaohsiung. She is highly qualified and certified.

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    Carolina Paglialunga is a Spanish Teacher at KAS 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 has 8 years of teaching before coming to KAS and has lived for two years in the US. She has two sons, Kai and Ociel.

    Justin Pilon

    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

    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.

    Nancy Shotland

    Nancy Shotland teaches history at KAS. Ms. Shotland is from Keene, New Hampshire in the USA. She taught at Keene High School for 27 years where she was also the activities director. Nancy has her BA in Education from Keene State College with a focus in History and her MA from Antioch New England University in Curriculum Development. She taught the Honors Program at Keene. Ms. Shotland has been actively involved in community activities as well as being an outstanding educator.

    Nancy Sirois Nancy Sirois comes to us from Portland, Maine.. She teaches grades 6 & 7 Math and grade 6 Science. Ms. Sirois has been teaching for 17 years and has a wealth of teaching experience at different grade levels including special education and ELL. She was the math curriculum coordinator for her school for 10 years. Ms. Sirois has her MA and BA from Emerson College in Boston. Ms. Sirois is highly qualified and certified.
    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.
    Kevin Strait Kevin Strait has 30 years experience teaching at Mead High School in Spokane, Washington, USA and two years internationally at the American School of Kuwait. Kevin is a trained and experienced IB teacher in Chemistry, Environmental Systems and Societies, and several AP science courses. Mr. Strait earned his Masters Degree in Biology and Science Teaching and has more than 90 graduate hours beyond this degree. He also worked in the Teachers Program from Whitworth University and Eastern Washington University as a Master Teacher. Kevin’s wife is a nurse and they have three grown children.
    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.

    Zachary Thibodeau Zachary is the IB Psychology and US History teacher in the high school. He is a graduate with Honors from the University of Maine and in his second year of teaching at KAS. He completed his practicing teaching at the International School of Genoa in Italy and is IB experienced and trained and has taught IB in Genoa. Zachary is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Social Studies Education from Columbia University in New York City. Zachary is currently the coach of high school volleyball and basketball teams at KAS.
    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.
    Christian van Loenen

    Christian van Loenen is our Middle School School Social Studies teacher. Chris graduated from Colby College  with a BA in Sociology and Elementary Education. While at Colby, he was elected as the basketball captain his final two years, was an all-state player and team Most Valuable Player (MVP) during his senior year. Mr. van Loenen is certified in secondary school social studies and athletic training. He taught at our elementary and high school for the past 1.5 years and is our varsity coach for high school basketball.

    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.

    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.

    Thomas Williamson Thomas Williamson  will be in our English Department and come to us from Maine, USA where he taught for 30 years in one of Maine’s top high schools. Mr. Williamson is a graduate of Bowdoin College where he majored in the Classics and History. He earned his MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine. He has taught English, Latin, and Para medicine (at the college level). Mr. Williamson has been named “Woman’s Soccer Coach of the Year” in Maine on two occasions.

  • Daisy Chang

    Daisy is in her 13th year at KAS as the Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant.  Ms. Chang is from Taiwan and earned her BA from TamKang University in Taipei.

    Leah Chao

    Leah Chao is in her third year as Admissions Officer at KAS and in her 8th year at KAS.  Leah has her BA in Economics from Cheng Chi University in Taipei.

    Rachel Chen

    Rachel Chen is in her third year as Registrar and her 8th year at KAS. Rachel has her BA from Gonzaga University in the USA.

    Ellen Chiang

    Ellen Chiang is in her seventh year as Receptionist in the Superintendent’s office. She is also works closely with the Administrative Assistant.

    Business Manager
    Candy Chiu

    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
    Lori Dietrich

    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.

    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 is our newest addition to the KAS Office staff 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

    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 2013.
    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
    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 sue is the Cashier. She started at KAS in 2014.

    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 is in her 6th year at KAS 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

    Robin Yang is the Maintenance Director. He started working at KAS in 2015.

  • 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

    Grace Lee is the Grade 3 Teacher Assistant. She has been at KAS for four years. She graduated from WenZao Ursuline College.

    Jessica Liu

    Jessica Liu is in her fourth year as the Grade 1 Teacher Assistant. She graduated from Chia-Nan Pharmaceutics College.

    Flora Tsai

    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.

    Regine Viale

    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

    Joyce Yang is in her fourth year as the Grade 2 Teacher Assistant. She graduated from I-Shou University.