Highly Qualified Professionals

We know from research that the teacher is the most important in-school factor that affects student learning. Many other factors matter as well – curriculum, facilities, leadership, resources – but every day it is our teachers that engage our students in the rich and diverse learning that is at the core of our identity at KAS.

We are fortunate to have some of the best teachers in the world at KAS. Roughly 70% hold Master’s or other advanced degrees, 12 are trained as members for WASC and/or IB evaluation teams, and 27 hold certifications in IB and/or AP.

Our teachers teach in an environment with hard-working and talented students, caring and supportive parents, a future-minded governing Board, and a world-renowned curriculum. When you put these elements together, it’s no surprise that our graduates go on to accomplish great things. KAS is an American school in Taiwan that positions students for global success and our faculty is a driving force behind that effort.

Meet the Faculty

Discover all the members of the Kaohsiung American School family!

KAS Faculty 2020-2021


AdministrationFacultyStaffTeaching Assistants
Dr. Ben Ploeger
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Ploeger joined the KAS community as Superintendent in 2017. He earned his EdD and MEd from Columbia University, his MA and MAT from Xavier University of Louisiana, and his BS in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He is certified as a superintendent, principal, and secondary math teacher in Colorado and New York. Dr. Ploeger has worked as a head of school, principal, vice-principal, math teacher, and a science teacher at the high school and middle school levels. He served in the United States Peace Corps in the island nation of Vanuatu. Dr. Ploeger is passionate about the potential of each and every student and strives to ensure that KAS provides the best opportunities to prepare students to thrive in the future. He lives in Kaohsiung with his wife Mrs. Torey Ploeger, and they enjoy good food, good company, and conversation, and traveling together.

Dawn Rock
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 that values individuals and supports all to help them achieve success. Dawn has a husband who teaches in the high school and a son who began his school career in prekindergarten at KAS in 2007.

Barnaby Payne
Middle School Principal

Barnaby O. Payne began his role as Middle School Principal at KAS in 2019-2020. He holds a Masters Degree in School Administration from San Francisco State University (California, USA). Mr. Payne has been a teacher, leader and principal for twenty-five years at the middle and high school levels, and was previously the principal at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Mr. Payne believes that a strong school community is the critical factor in student achievement. He joins the staff with his spouse Jessica Wei Huang (HS Biology) and two children who are attending KAS as well.

Jessie Coyle
Elementary School Principal

Jessie Coyle joined KAS as the Elementary School Principal in the 2019-2020 school year. He is an educator, leader, mentor, and coach who focuses on building relationships and trust to foster stronger learning communities. His journey began while in college at the State University of New York at Fredonia where he had the fortuitous experience of working with five-year-old children and then continued through his master’s degree at the University of Memphis. Jessie went on to teach elementary music in the suburbs of New York City and the American School of The Hague (ASH). While at ASH Jessie grew into a strong educational leader studying with role models and mentors; such as Bill Powell, Ochan Powell, Bambi Betts, and Julie Ryan. Jessie received his principal certification in 2014 and moved into the Elementary Assistant Principal role at the American School of The Hague followed by the same position at the International School of Kenya in 2017. Jessie has successfully led teams on curriculum design, unpacking standards, balanced literacy, and conceptually based math. Jessie is excited to be part of the Kaohsiung American School community, and the strong, nurturing, and caring environment that has already been established here.

Brian Meehan
Director of Learning Technology

Brian joined the KAS family in 2018. He is a 2007 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Applied Networking, Security, & Systems Administration. Prior to working in education, Brian was an engineer with Eastman Kodak Company, where he worked in the technology aspects of print workflow, graphic design, and digital imaging. His experience in connecting solutions to people comes from his time as an IT consultant in Western NY. In addition, he has volunteered thousands of hours in his community as a firefighter and EMT. He came to KAS from his previous role as the Director of Information Technology for an independent school in Rochester, NY. He’s happy to be surrounded by his family at KAS, with children in Middle and High School, as well as his wife Danielle, teaching HS Chemistry.

Candy Chiu
Business Manager

Candy Chiu joined KAS in 2011 as the Business Manager. She graduated from National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan, Kaohsiung. Candy earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from NSYSU. Before joining KAS, Candy worked more than 13 years for a worldwide retailing company. Since her first day at KAS, Candy learned to love the construction of the new campus and its LEED certification. Candy lives in Pingtung with her family.

Peter Bihari

Peter joined KAS in 2019 as a first-grade teacher after three years at AIS-West Campus in Cairo, Egypt, and 17 years in the Dallas/Fort Worth public school system. He graduated with a master’s degree in Special Education from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. He received his teaching certification from Texas A&M University in Commerce, TX. When not in school Peter enjoys traveling, hiking, riding motorcycles, watching and making movies, digital photography, and books. Check out some of his pictures and videos at his online gallery.

Peter Brodhead

Peter came to the KAS faculty in 2019, teaching 9th grade English and Humanities. He earned his BA in English from James Madison University in Virginia and a Masters in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. He joins the KAS community with his family, Sara Brodhead (MS Science) and two children, previously teaching six years in Seoul and four years in Alexandria, Virginia. When not teaching, Peter enjoys basketball, crossword puzzles, and his hilarious kids.

Sara Brodhead

Sara joined the KAS faculty as an MS science teacher in 2019. As a child, Sara was constantly searching for answers to her own questions about nature, which she never grew out of. Coupled with her love of learning, the choice to teach secondary students about the world around and inside them was simple. After she graduated high school in San Diego, California, she headed for the East Coast to earn her Bachelors of Science in biology at Bucknell University. While teaching at her first job out of college she met her incredibly handsome husband (Peter Brodhead – HS humanities) and together they continued to move east – to Asia! In the last six years while living in Seoul, South Korea, Sara had two beautiful children and earned a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia. She admits she has just one flaw – when she tells chemistry jokes, she doesn’t get a reaction.

Bruce Buck

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.

Kelsey Bull

Ms. Bull joined the KAS Community in 2018. She teaches MYP and IBDP Language and Literature. She is a graduate of Tennessee with a Masters of Science and is currently pursuing her Masters of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ms. Bull also holds a number of professional certifications, including MYP, IBDP, AP English, PENTA Certification, and is a Google Classroom Certified Teacher. A veteran teacher of eight years, Ms. Bull has called Tennessee, Egypt, and now Taiwan her home. She enjoys swimming, running, and biking and training for triathlons, completing her first one in Egypt in 2017! She also enjoys traveling and exploring new places! Her current favorite author is Kazuo Ishiguro.

Margo Carnahan

Margo Carnahan joined KAS in 2012 as a Grade 2 teacher and then moved Grade 3 in 2015. She originally comes from Oregon where she earned her BS in Human Development and Family Science. She also holds a Master of Art in Teaching with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Prior to teaching at KAS, Ms. Carnahan taught Grade 2 at an international school in Nigeria and Grade 4 in Oregon. Margo has also completed a Peace Corps volunteer assignment in Moldova. She is a Technology Ambassador at KAS and presented at the KASGoogle Summit in2017. Margo is an avid swimmer and coaches here at KAS.

James Carter

James Carter joined KAS in 2018 as a Physics teacher and is also working in the Math department. He is originally from New York but got his BA in Economics and Mathematics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. His first experience with Physics was as a nuclear reactor operator for a small TRIGA Mark 2 reactor in Oregon. He worked for three years as a software engineer for Indian IT firms based primarily in New Delhi and then returned to the US to start teaching in 2011. James is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Modeling Teachers Association and the European Science on Stage consortium. His current research interests include work on the ICE Cube Neutrino telescope in Antarctica and the ELENA project at CERN, both projects that he is building into his instruction in Physics class.

Daniel Castelaz

Dan Castelaz joined the KAS community in 2013 after a two-year sabbatical spent working on sculptures in his studio in Portland, Oregon. Dan has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1976) and an MA English (TESOL) from Michigan State University (1985). He was certified in both disciplines in the state of Michigan and has received training in both IB and AP visual arts courses. In addition, Dan has been an IB Visual Arts Examiner. At KAS, Dan is the High School Art Teacher. Dan has been teaching since 1983 and has worked at Taipei American School, Southern Illinois University in Japan, and Indiana University in Malaysia. Two of his adult children are pursuing advanced degrees in New York and London, while a third is currently the principal at National Teachers Academy in Chicago. He also has twins (boy and girl) who are attending university.

Gene Chagaris

Gene Marie Chagaris joined the KAS team in 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and CLAD Teaching Credential (Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development) at San Diego State University, California. Gene Marie also has training in Balanced Literacy, Writing Workshop, PYP and MYP. Ms. Chagaris taught in the upper elementary level at KAS from 2012 – 2017, and joined the middle school team in 2017. She is currently teaching MYP Y1 math and science and is a member of the Technology Ambassador team.. Before coming to Taiwan, Gene Marie taught for 16 years in six different countries at international schools, teaching primarily grades 5-6. Ms. Chagaris is originally from California and she has a passion for science, traveling, and outdoor activities. She also loves trying new and innovative ways to engage her students.

Angeling Chang

Ling joined the KAS faculty in 2018, after teaching locally in Tainan for several years. She earned her BA in Spanish from the University of Missouri. Ling is TESOL certified to teach English, Chinese, and Spanish. She also holds a BA in Curriculum Development and Teaching from the University of Michigan. She has worldwide experience teaching various ages and language proficiency levels. Ling was a globetrotter from a young age, having grown up in Ecuador and the United States. In her spare time, Ling enjoys traveling and experiencing cultures around the world.

Charlie Chao

Charlie joined the KAS team in 2020 as a Middle School Science and Design teacher. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (2010) from Southern Oregon University, where he was actively involved in campus sustainability projects. He is a certified teacher through the State of Florida and is endorsed in Math (grades 5-9) and Science (grades 5-9). Before teaching, he worked in a variety of schools and businesses reducing their environmental impact by implementing recycling programs, diverting waste streams, reducing paper consumption, and providing sustainable energy sources. Eventually, he found that he could make the greatest impact by teaching the next generation the importance of conservation, environmental ethics, ecological awareness, and sustainable living. Mr. Chao has high expectations for students to demonstrate critical thinking and independent decision making.

Julia Chen

Julia Chiu-Ling Chen grew up in the Republic of South Africa, majoring in violin and piano at the University of Cape Town, where she earned her Master and Bachelor’s 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 IB PYP, and IB MYP music. She also trained and became a WASC member in 2017. In 2020, Julia completed a Higher Education Teaching Certificate with Harvard University and at the same time enrolled in a Master’s degree in education, Summer Principals Academy with Teachers College, Columbia University. Her music teaching experience includes 6 years in Rondebosch Boys School, Cape Town South Africa; 6 years in AST (American School in Taichung), Taiwan; and the lead music teacher in Kaohsiung American School since 2007. She has also held the role of teacher leader at KAS since 2018. Julia is a South African passport holder.

Lulu Chen

Lulu started teaching Grade 4 at KAS in 2014. She has a Master of Education in ESL/World Languages and Cultures from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (2009), and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Educational Studies from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota (2007). She has certification from Minnesota to teach K-12 ESL and an elementary certification from the state of Massachusetts. In addition to the formal degrees, she has had training in Responsive Classroom, Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy and Lucy Calkins’ Writing Workshop. Prior to joining KAS, Lulu worked in the Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts as well as in Osaka, Japan. Lulu was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, but grew up in Singapore and California. After living all her life abroad, she returned to Taiwan to be closer to her family. She enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors to learn more about the world and other cultures.

Melody Chen

Melody Chen became part of the KAS community in 2000. She has a BA and an MA in Early Childhood Education from California State University, Los Angeles, United States (2002). Melody is a certified Teacher in the state of California, maintains a “Child Development Site Supervisor Permit” credential from the state of California, and has credentials and teaching experience in Montessori schools in the United States. Ms. Melody has five years experience teaching Prekindergarten and kindergarten in Los Angeles and has been teaching kindergarten at KAS since 2000. She has been trained in and has experience teaching PYP, ELL Vocabulary Practice, Balanced Literacy and Writing Workshop. Melody is impassioned by early childhood education and has been very successful in developing early literacy in kindergarteners. She is committed to providing kindergarten students with a strong base for reading skills and getting children ready for Grade 1. Melody describes KAS as her second home and is proud to be a part of it!

Stella Chen

Stella joined KAS in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from Brigham Young University-HawaiI, United States (2015). Stella is currently in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in physical education. Last year she fulfilled requirements to receive her lifeguard and CPR/ First Aid certificate from the Chinese Taipei Water Life Saving Federation. Her teaching career started right here at KAS, and she currently works in the Physical Education department where she is an MYP-certified Physical Education teacher for Grades 5 – 8. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, traveling, cooking and spending time with family. She also enjoys coaching and teaching the varsity boys volleyball team at KAS.

Yu-Min Cheng

Yumin joined our KAS team as an elementary school Chinese teacher in 2015. She earned her MA Teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language from National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU) in 2011, and her BA in Elementary Education from National Pingtung University (NPU) in 2007, with two minors in Special Education and English Education. Yumin holds certification in elementary school and teaching Chinese as a Second/Foreign Language awarded by the Education Ministry of Taiwan. Yumin also has a Teaching Proficiency Certificate of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (2011) issued by Beijing Language and Culture University. Yumin has 10 years experience teaching Chinese to native speakers, American-born Chinese, and foreign students in Taiwan, the United States and Poland. Before joining KAS, Yumin was a lecturer in the TCAFL Program at NKNU, designed to give state-of-the-art training to Taiwanese students and professionals interested in learning how to teach Chinese as a second language at. Enthusiastic and passionate in her teaching, Yumin prides herself in creating an environment where the students are engaged and interested in both the language and culture of China. Yumin now lives in Kaohsiung with her family and enjoys traveling, reading, hiking and watching movies in her free time.

MacKenzie Daniels

MacKenzie joined KAS as a middle school math and science teacher in 2018. She received her Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the University of Houston. Her previous teaching experience was in Texas as a high school math teacher. She has an English as a Second Language supplemental certificate as well as training in MYP. MacKenzie is also excited to coach basketball at KAS. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband traveling around Taiwan.

Guidance Counselor
Lori Dietrich

Lori came to Kaohsiung and KAS in 2011 and currently serves as the Prekindergarten – 8 guidance counselor. With a combined 20 years of experience in both teaching and counseling, Lori has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Master in Counseling from Chapman University. She also has teacher certification from the states of California and Wisconsin. Before joining KAS, Lori taught in San Diego, California, and at Ruamrudee International School in Thailand. In addition, Lori was both a guidance and college counselor at Grossmont High School for three years. Lori has a husband and two young children and enjoys the outdoors. Since graduating from college Lori has always had a passion for helping students of all ages reach their potential and develop their love for learning.

Adam Duchac

Adam teaches Individuals and Societies and Language and Literature to both 8th and 9th graders. Adam, his wife Vicki and their four year old son Jack joined KAS in 2018. He has a bachelors in education from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and an MED from the University of Northern Iowa. Adam has taught in China, Korea, and has lived in worked in the US, England, and New Zealand. He moved to Taiwan for the ample outdoor adventure scene and loves to surf and be in nature with his family.

Jennifer Etherton

Jennifer joined KAS in 2020 as the ES Inclusion Coordinator and Literacy Specialist. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Illinois University in 1995 and a Master of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Education from the State University of New York in 2012. She has lived and worked in the USA, Egypt, Madagascar, China, Italy, the Philippines, and Jordan. She has been teaching and providing educational intervention services for over twenty years. Jennifer also has specialized literacy training and certification as a Handwriting Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys city walks, hiking, exploring new places, yoga, and trying new foods. Jennifer also enjoys traveling and is looking forward to experiencing all that Taiwan has to offer.

Michelle Ferguson

Michelle joined KAS in 2016. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in 2007 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand in 2009. Michelle is a MYP-certified drama teacher at KAS. She teaches Elementary School, Middle School and High School Drama as well as Middle School Humanities. Michelle started her teaching career at Rangitoto College in Auckland, New Zealand, spending four years teaching dance, drama and music. She then moved to the southern part of New Zealand to take up a position as head of department in drama at Dunstan High School, in Alexandra. Michelle’s husband, Richard Ferguson,is the Aquatics Director at KAS. She has a keen interest in directing and choreographing, and has herself performed in many musicals. She and her husband have a young daughter, and especially enjoy travel and experiencing new food and cultures.

Richard Ferguson

Richard Ferguson joined Kaohsiung American School in 2016. He was born and raised in Hokitika, New Zealand. In 2008, Richard graduated from Canterbury University with a BSPC (Bachelor of Sports Coaching). While at Canterbury, he also studied Te Reo Maori, Indigenous Science, and the precolonial history of New Zealand. Richard also completed a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from Canterbury University in 2009, majoring in Physical Education and Outdoor Education. In 2013, he re returned to his studies at Massey University, New Zealand in order to further his ability to teach Te Reo Maori. Richard has seven years teaching experience in New Zealand. In 2010 he started his teaching career at Rangitoto College, teaching physical education, Maori and social studies. Richard is MYP-certified and is currently the Aquatics Director at KAS. In this position he holds an Outdoors First Aid Certificate as well as a New Zealand Pool Lifeguard Skills award. Richard was a competitive swimmer from a young age, qualifying for the New Zealand Nationals in 2004. This is his first job teaching internationally. Richard and his wife, Michelle, who is also a teacher at KAS, now call Taiwan home.

Renee Foster

Renee is joining the KAS community in 2020 as the MS/HS Inclusion Coordinator and Literacy specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and a M. Ed. from Houston Baptist University. Over the past twenty years, she has taught ESL and Bilingual Developmental education to elementary students, and has served as a Learning Support specialist providing intensive interventions and instruction to students from 1st – 12th grade in Boston, Houston, Colombia and Panama. She holds certifications as a Bilingual Generalist, Spanish instruction from Massachusetts and Texas and an International Special Education Certification from SUNY Buffalo, NY. Currently, she is completing the Inclusive Leadership program from Lead Inclusion and San Diego State University. She has been trained in IBDP Inclusive practices. Renee is a 2006 – 2007 alumna of the Fulbright Teacher Exchange program which led her on the path towards international education. She is arriving in Taiwan with her husband and daughter after living, traveling, and working in Latin America for the past 13 years. As well the former Affiliate Director of Destination Imagination Panama. They enjoy fishing, snorkeling, traveling and bike riding.

Chikako Fukuyo

Chikako joined KAS in 2003. She graduated from Australian National University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Teaching degree. Chikako then became a certified Japanese Language Teacher by completing training from New Global Language Training Center in Tokyo. She teaches Middle and High School Japanese. Chikako has been trained in the MYP and in both IBDP Japanese B and Ab-Initio. Chikako has a husband and two children, and enjoys cooking and traveling with them.

Catherine Gassner

Catherine Gassner joins KAS at the start of the 2019-2020 school year teaching 3rd grade. She’s a 2010 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. History, emphasis in Southeast Asian History. She continued her education at the University of San Francisco with a M.A. Teaching Reading in 2014. Her extensive background in primary education literacy includes a Reading Specialist Certificate, IB Teaching Certificate (PYP), training in Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Collaboration, and training at the esteemed Teacher’s College Reading & Writing Workshop. Catherine moved to Kaohsiung with her husband, Joseph Gassner who teaches MYP at KAS. She loves to dance, workout, cook and eat as much yummy food as possible. She’s excited to explore Kaohsiung and all of Taiwan; especially all of the delicious dishes!

Joseph Gassner

KAS welcomes Joseph Gassner to the MYP English and Individuals & Societies classrooms in 2019. Joseph hails from California with a MA Education (University of California Irvine, 2012), BA Political Science (University of California Los Angeles, 2010), and an IB MYP Certificate (California State University San Marcos, 2016). He began teaching in California public schools in 2011. Later, he moved to Asia where he taught in international schools in Vietnam and South Korea. He has experience with IB, AP, and Cambridge based curriculum. When Joseph is not in the classroom, he enjoys playing tennis, hiking, reading (especially philosophy and graphic novels), going to hip-hop shows, cooking, and traveling with his wife, KAS third grade teacher Catherine Gassner.

James Gerber

James Gerber is our Elementary Physical Education Teacher for Prekindergarten to Fourth Grade. He also coaches Middle School Basketball and Elementary Feeder Sports . James joined KAS in 2015. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Chaminade University (2012) and a Sports Coaching/Physical Education certification from the United States Sports Academy (2013). He is a certified lifeguard and CPR/First Aid from the Chinese Taipei Water Life Saving Federation. Growing up he lived in Hong Kong, China; Seoul, Korea; Taipei, Taiwan; Manila, Philippines; Shanghai, China; and Honolulu, United States. He attended various american international schools and is happy to be back in Asia. His hobbies are playing basketball, watching movies, weight training, traveling and spending time with family.


N’gayo (Taiwan Amis)! Mr. Gu-Las is joining the KAS community in 2020 as a grades 6 & 7 IB Language and Literature teacher. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Mr. Gu-Las holds a BA in English from the University of Rhode Island, a Masters of Education from the University of Massachusetts through the Boston Teacher Residency program, as well as professional certifications in teaching English Language Learners, Special Education, and English/language arts. Mr. Gu-Las has taught at the middle and high school levels and served as a facilitator for Boston-based educational think tanks. In addition, he was a coordinator and liaison with the Taiwanese Student and Scholar Association New England Chapter, and teacher instructional coach with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Woodrow Wilson School of Education. His instructional methodology has been researched and cited by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the KAS community, Mr. Gu-Las completed the National Board Examination for young adolescents and traveled extensively. He is passionate about learning and sharing his curiosities and joys with his students through real-world service-learning experiences, critical thinking, reading, writing, and literature. Mr. Gu-Las is an avid basketball player (he even taught two current NBA players), fisherman, as well as musician, and believes in listening and collaborating with students deeply around becoming well-rounded, thoughtful, compassionate, and independent global citizens!

You can visit his blog here!

Debi Haines

Deborah Haines has joined KAS as the new IB/AP Coordinator in her 29th year in the education profession. Originally from Sacramento, California, she has taught or coordinated in California public schools, as well as international schools in Germany, Portugal, the Dominican Republic, and most recently, North Macedonia. Debi studied English literature at California State University, Sacramento, and at the University of California, Irvine. Her past experiences include working for the International Baccalaureate Organization as a trainer and a school authorizer. Her daughter Chelsea, a graduating IB student in 2004, holds down the fort in Sacramento, and her retired husband Martin helps her keep a balanced life here in Kaohsiung.

Angela Hsu

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, fitness coach, volleyball referee, and coach, and has her EMT license. Angela is also an athletics trainer for local, national, and international events, including the National Games in Taiwan and ACAMIS in Hong Kong and China. She also coaches volleyball varsity girls team and got a championship in 2018. She and her sister live together in Kaohsiung; they enjoy traveling, cooking, swimming and watching movies.

Hsin Yi Hsu

Hsin Yi Hsu joined KAS in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Tainan Teacher College, Taiwan, and her Master of Arts degree in Music Education with Kodaly Emphasis from Holy Name College in Oakland, California. She teaches elementary classroom music, elementary string orchestra, middle school music, and high school choir. Ms. Hsu is a certified MYP music teacher. Hsin Yi comes to us from another international school in Kaohsiung where she taught for 11 years. She is married and has two sons.

Jessica Wei Huang

Jessica Huang is excited to be part of the teaching staff at KAS as a biology teacher for grade 9. She found a passion for education after receiving a Bachelor of Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Science and Technology Policy and went on to receive a Master’s of Secondary Education from Stanford University. With seventeen years of combined teaching and leadership experience in public schools in San Francisco, she is excited to embark on this new journey with her family. Ms. Huang is certified to teach Secondary Biology with a BCLAD and also has a clear administrative credential from the state of California. Ms. Huang was born and raised in Arizona where she graduated with an IB diploma as a high schooler. She has also lived in Washington, DC, and San Francisco. Ms. Huang is here in Kaohsiung with her two children and spouse who also attend and work at KAS. They love traveling, exploring, and eating their way through Taiwan.

Dorothy Hung

Dorothy joined KAS in 1996 with extensive experience teaching in Grade 1. Working with first graders is very rewarding for her as she enjoys watching her students learn to read and write. Dorothy began her teaching career in Los Angeles as a Grade 3 public school teacher. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics and a Master of Education degree, both from the University of Southern California. Dorothy holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a BCLAD (bilingual, cross-cultural, language, and academic development) emphasis from the state of California. She is certified to teach elementary level students and ELL. Dorothy also has training and experience in PYP, Balanced Literacy, and Writing Workshop. Dorothy dedicates herself to creating a rich, nurturing learning environment, where she strives to develop confidence and enthusiasm for learning among her students. Dorothy is married with two adult sons who are both graduates of KAS. She is honored to be a part of the KAS family.

Matthew Jurgens

Matthew Jurgens joined the KAS middle school math department in 2015 and quickly moved into the position of department head. He received his undergraduate degree in Kentucky and later attended the University of South Florida, where he received his MA in Special Education. He is certified in math, history, and special education and has received certification in MYP Mathematics. A native of Kentucky, Matt spent most of his life as a Florida resident where he began teaching in 1988. His career has included owning his own tutoring company in Florida, serving as an online math tutor and teaching internationally in the Dominican Republic. He has a sports background as a coach and player, having attended college on a football scholarship. Matt shares his love of sports through coaching various teams at KAS. He feels Taiwan, Kaohsiung, and KAS are the best experiences of his life.

Gloria Kao

Gloria Kao has taught at KAS since 1990. She currently teaches High School Chinese. Gloria holds a teaching degree from the ‘Department of Chinese Language and Culture for International Students’ at National Taiwan Normal University. Gloria has been trained in DP Literature, MYP Language & Literature, and CAS. Gloria previously served as the DP CAS Coordinator for 4 years. Gloria has a strong passion for community outreach and community service and enjoys sharing this with students in her role as High School Community Service Coordinator. In addition, Gloria leads the KAS Community Service Club, Orphanage Club, Red Cross Club, Zonta clubs, Charity Art Club, Food Bank Donation, and Shou-Shan ES Teaching Club. Outside of school, Gloria enjoys listening to classical music and operas, as well as visiting museums.

Karen Kenyon

Karen Kenyon joined KAS full-time in 2018. She earned her BA in Spanish and French (First Class) from the University of Oxford, UK (1993), and her MA in Social Anthropology from the University of London, UK (1994). She gained her Teaching Certificate from the University of Sunderland, UK (2017). She is certified to teach English as a Second Language to both adults and children. She spent the first half of her career working in overseas aid, traveling extensively. Ten years ago, she followed her husband to Taiwan and began working with young children. Her two children study at KAS.

Wanda Kiernan

Wanda Kline Kiernan moved to Kaohsiung in July 2005. She earned a BS in Education from Lock Haven University. She has a range of training 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 one of the two teachers who piloted the program. She takes continuing education courses in math at Berkeley and Penn State. Currently, Ms. Kiernan teaches high school math. She began her teaching career in Portsmouth, Virginia, and then in Virginia Beach, but took a three-year break to experience the private world of sales and marketing. Wanda lives in the Gushan area with her husband and two local rescue cats. She is passionate about learning, food, fashion, and yoga.

Kali Knudson

Kali Knudson joined KAS year as a 4th grade teacher. She is originally from Oregon, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Family Science, double majoring in Human Services and Early Childhood Education from Oregon State University. She then earned her Masters of Art in Teaching from Eastern Oregon University. This is Kali’s tenth year teaching and eighth year teaching internationally. She taught Pre-K and sixth grade in Oregon, 5th grade in Yangon, Myanmar, and most recently, 4th grade in Bogota, Colombia. Kali has extensive training in Reading and Writing Workshop. She lives in Kaohsiung with her husband, Jitesh. They enjoy traveling and spending summers and holidays with their families.

Malcolm Lamprecht

Malcolm Lamprecht joined KAS as a high school 11th and 12th-grade social studies teacher in 2019. He holds two degrees in history and anthropology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010. He holds an IB diploma program and training in history and business. Before coming to KAS, he was teaching in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for five years as a DP history teacher. He enjoys a variety of games from video games to sports and loves relaxing by watching movies and salsa dancing.

Irene Lee

Irene Lee joined KAS as a high school Chinese teacher in 2018. She holds an M.Ed degree from National Kaohsiung Normal University. She has been trained in DP Literature, Language & Literature, and MYP Language & Literature courses. She has a strong passion for all classical and contemporary literature, and also enjoys sharing this with students in her role. Before coming to KAS, she taught as a DP/MYP teacher since 2006. She also has two lovely children; an older girl and a younger boy. She loves to travel, reading, watch movies, and be with her family.

John Lin

John became part of the KAS community in 2015. He is an MYP/DP Language & Literature trained and experienced teacher. John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at National Changhua University of Education and has his certificate from the Education Ministry of Taiwan. Mr. Lin has eight years of experience as an international school teacher and now he is teaching middle school Chinese. When not in school, John likes to watch different kinds of movies and dramas. That gives him lots of inspiration for teaching.

Joyce Lin

Joyce Lin is from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and joined the KAS staff as a Chinese Teacher from in 2012. Joyce earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan. and is certified by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan. Joyce received IB training and certification related to Inquiry-based teaching and assessments. Before coming to KAS, she taught as an MYP teacher for ten years and was the head of the Chinese Department at a Bilingual IB school. She has more than 14 years of teaching experience. Joyce loves traveling, reading, watching movies, and being with family. She lives with her family in Kaohsiung and appreciates their continuous support.

Shane Maika

Shane joined KAS in 2020 as a high school teacher of Individuals and Societies in Grades 10, 11, and 12. He earned an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education from The University of Western Ontario. After 5 years in Ontario schools, Shane flew into International Education and landed in Hong Kong, SAR where he taught for 8 years. He has also taught in Shanghai, China, and is an Examiner with the IBO. Shane is a stereotypical Canadian in his love of hockey and apologizing. He also enjoys baseball, hiking, and exploring new foods.

Dania Manasfi

Dania Manasfi joined KAS in 2017 as a Kindergarten teacher. She earned her BA in Early Childhood Education at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1993. Before becoming a member of the KAS team, Dania’s twenty-four-year career included stints at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon, Singapore International School in Bangkok, Thailand, and Malaysia at the Excelsior International School in Johor. Dania enjoys working with this age group because she loves their curiosity, excitement, and their fascination with the world around them. Being part of their learning journey is vital for her. She is passionate about photography and food. Dania is married to Robert Iyer who is a soft skills and communication skills trainer and life coach. They both love living in Asia and enjoy traveling.

Terea Marcum

Terea Marcum arrived at KAS in 2012. Ms. Marcum graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a BS in Education (2006) and went on to earn her MS in Literacy for Secondary Education from Walden University (2010). She completed the COETAIL certificate for integrating technology and learning in 2015 and became an Apple Teacher in 2017. She received her first MYP training while teaching in North Carolina in 2009. Ms. Marcum was recertified in the new chapter of MYP in 2014. She is qualified to teach multiple subject areas in secondary education such as English 6-12, History 6-12, and ESL K-12. Ms. Marcum has been teaching since January of 2007. She has a passion for incorporating technology into the classroom using a variety of platforms. She is dedicated to learning and growing as an educator as well as creating an environment where students are creators and innovators. She resides in Kaohsiung with her husband and her daughter. When time permits, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling, reading, and baking.

Eva Martínez

Eva Martínez is joining KAS in 2020 as a High School Spanish teacher. Originally from Spain, Eva earned a BS from Bentley University in Massachusetts, as well as a Master’s degree in Portfolio Management from the Institute of Advanced Finance in Spain. She has always been an ardent advocate of education and decided to leave the banking industry to embrace a new career. Eva holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Spanish Language from The University of Sunderland, UK, as well as an IB Educator Certificate from DePaul University, Illinois. She is also certified as a Second language teacher by International House Spain and an accredited examiner for the Spanish Official exam DELE by the Cervantes Institute. Eva has also received training in IBDP Spanish and is fervently convinced of the value of second language learning. Prior to coming to Taiwan, she taught in Hong Kong and was one of the pioneers in developing the first Spanish Primary School in Hong Kong. Eva, her husband, and their three children are very content to return to Taiwan after a few months of lockdown in Spain. She enjoys traveling, loves dragon boating, scuba diving, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Leah McGinnis

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 bachelors of arts degrees in Spanish and Elementary Education. Leah has extensive training in guided reading and teaching mathematics through problem-solving and has completed post-graduate work in teaching English language learners. After completing her studies, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English at a local elementary school in Madrid, Spain. Upon completion of the grant, Leah spent three years as a second-grade teacher in Denver, Colorado, followed by two years in Cartagena, Colombia. She is now teaching Grade 5 at KAS. Leah’s family is spread out around the world, with her brother living in the United States and her parents in Porto, Portugal. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places and cooking, especially with her family.

Emelia McNally

Emelia McNally is excited to join the KAS community this year as a fourth-grade teacher. Emelia discovered her love for teaching in high school while volunteering at a children’s museum as part of CAS for the IB program. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and exceptional student education with endorsements in ESOL and reading from the University of South Florida in 2012. She is currently studying for her master’s degree in International Education Administration from Endicott College and will graduate in Spring 2021. Emelia taught students with emotional and behavioral disabilities and then fourth grade in her home state of Florida before moving abroad to teach in South Korea and Colombia. She spent the last two years working as a K-8 literacy and instructional coach in Colombia, helping teachers develop their instruction and assessment strategies. Emelia has extensive training in balanced literacy and reading intervention including attending the Teachers College Reading Institute at Columbia University. She enjoys biking, reading, cooking, yoga, and traveling.

Danielle Meehan

You can find Ms. Meehan in the Chemistry classroom on KAS’s 4th floor this year, teaching MYP Chemistry in 10th grade and HS Forensics. She’s excited to see all of her students again and is looking forward to a great year. The experience she brings to KAS comes from a foundation built over the past 20 years as a chemist and biologist in clinical and industrial laboratories, such as Eastman Kodak Company and the University of Rochester Medical Center. During her tenure with URMC, she was the lead technician at the hospital’s HLA lab which is an essential component of the human organ transplant program. Ms. Meehan earned both her BS in Chemistry and in Biology at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. She has two children and two cats. She enjoys cross-stitch, talking about cinema, sci/fi-fantasy novels, and podcasts. She has been known to drive into work with the Director of Learning Technology, to whom she is married.

Madeline Melnick

Madeline Melnick joined KAS in 2019 as the IB DP Core Coordinator. She has earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English and German Studies and a Master of Arts degree in English from Emory University in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Melnick has attended several IB trainings and holds certification to teach English from the state of Texas. While living in Austin, Texas, she taught a variety of English and Humanities courses in grades 9-12, including DP Language and Literature and TOK. Ms. Melnick also earned the IB Diploma as a high schooler, so she understands the value and potential impact of the IB program from both a student’s and teacher’s perspective. Her passions include competitive powerlifting, volunteering in museums and cultural institutions, art-making in a variety of media, and reading, particularly graphic novels and the works of James Joyce. She hopes to cultivate in her students an eye for personal growth and a sense of curiosity about the world.

Emili Mendoza

Emili Mendoza is joining the KAS community in 2020 as a Middle School Spanish teacher. Ms. Mendoza holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and earned her Master’s in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Barcelona in Spain in 2018. She has lived and worked in Venezuela, Albania, and Malawi. Emili is a certified MYP and DP Spanish teacher and has taught both in the past. In her free time, Emili enjoys traveling, reading, writing, learning new languages, cooking, and trying new foods. Miss Mendoza is passionate about languages, and she believes that learning and understanding different cultures help us to appreciate and respect people who come from diverse cultures.

Jill Newman

Ms. Jill Newman joined KAS in 2019 as the College Counselor/High School Counselor. Ms. Newman earned her Masters in Educational Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of San Francisco and has over 18 years of experience as a high school and college counselor in California. For the past six years, Ms. Newman owned and operated her own college admissions consulting business. Prior to her school counseling experience, she was an elementary teacher and special education teacher and earned those credentials from Sacramento State University. In 1989 Ms. Newman graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor’s in Industrial Arts. Additionally, she holds an Administrative Services Credential. Ms. Newman is an advocate for, and supporter of, her students. She wants to work side by side with their families and teachers to help them to become healthy, happy, and successful young adults. Ms. Newman is very exciting to be part of the KAS community and living in Taiwan with her two cats, Kona and Kahlua.

Diana Pacheco

Diana Pacheco joined KAS in 2017 as a Prekindergarten teacher. She attended the University of Buffalo and earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology in 2004. Upon graduating from UB, Diana attended Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she received her MS in Education. Diana holds two teaching certificates from the state of Massachusetts. While earning her masters she worked at The New England Center for Children in Southborough, MA, teaching students on the autism spectrum. Diana then began working in the Early Childhood Program at Boston Public Schools as a Prekindergarten teacher. In 2010, Diana began her international teaching career in Dubai where she taught Prekindergarten and Grade 1. She has also taught Kindergarten in Cairo. Diana will begin her second year at KAS. During her free time, she enjoys reading, knitting, and traveling.

Justin Pilon

Justin Pilon joined KAS in 2010. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Master’s of Education from George Mason University. Mr. Pilon is MYP experienced and qualified. He teaches Middle School Design (Y1, Y2, Y3), Elementary Technology, and High School Digital Media Making. He has been responsible for the production of the school yearbook since 2013 and the 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 a member of the Tech Ambassadors program at KAS. He is fluent in English and French, and can also speak conversational Mandarin.

Doug Pishkur

Doug is joining KAS in 2020, teaching DP and MYP English Language and Literature. He received his BA in English from the University of Notre Dame, and his Masters of Arts in Teaching from Washington University in Saint Louis, and holds his certification from Indiana, where he taught for twenty years. He has also taught in Latvia (on a Fulbright teaching exchange), El Salvador, Indonesia, and Ecuador before arriving here in Taiwan. Outside of school, he enjoys reading, traveling, playing the piano, theater, movies, and learning about other cultures.

Michael Razzari

Mike is joining KAS in 2020, teaching MYP Language and Literature and Individuals and Societies. He received his Bachelor of Arts in history from California State University Sacramento in 2008 and his Master of Science in education from Drexel University in 2015. The vast majority of his 10 year teaching career has taken place in China, South Korea, and Taiwan. Mike is accompanied by his wife, Linda, who has helped him fall in love with Taiwan. He is fascinated by all things this island country has to offer, especially its rich and complex history. If he’s not in the classroom, you’ll probably find him reading about Taiwan, scaling the central mountain range, or cruising around Kaohsiung or Pingtung on his Gogoro/Giant bicycle.

Fides Rivera

Fides Armela Rivera joined KAS in 2017. She is currently teaching high school math. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Mathematics and Education Administration and Supervision. She has teaching certifications from the Philippines and South Carolina, USA. She has over 20 years of teaching experience and has taught high-level Math including AP, Cambridge IGCSE, and IB DP Math HL/SL. Prior to joining KAS, she has taught in the USA and Vietnam. Fides moved to Kaohsiung with her husband, Rommel who is a US/Philippines licensed nurse and with her son, Romele Robe Marcial who is a high school student at KAS.

Peter Rock

Peter Rock currently teaches high school social studies. He has taught Information Technology for 18 years, completed his IB Economics certification, and has worked as an IB Economics examiner. Mr. Rock was born in Canada and earned his BEd in 1998 from the University of Alberta with a major in drama and minor in social studies. He has taught in his hometown of Edmonton, Canada, and at international schools in Egypt, Lebanon, and Cameroon. Mr. Rock has been at Kaohsiung American School since 2007 and his spouse Dawn works as the high school principal. Their son Simon has been a KAS student since prekindergarten. Mr. Rock is an avid chess player.

Cerise Roth-Vinson

Cerise Roth-Vinson is the College Counselor working with students as they plan for higher education after KAS. Ms. Roth-Vinson came to KAS in 2015 and has been an engaged contributor to our community in addition to serving as the Alumni Co-coordinator. In 2020 she joined the counseling team. Cerise has more than 20+ years of experience working in international education in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, EducationUSA, and top universities around the world. She holds an M.A. from the University of Oregon and a B.A. from Southwestern University, one of the Colleges That Changes Lives. She is certified in college counseling from UCLA, IB category 2 counseling trained, and has also completed extensive professional development with the College Board. She is the middle school faculty sponsor for the World Scholars Club. Her husband teaches IB Biology and TOK, and they have a daughter and son who are in MS and ES at KAS. She enjoys cooking, local markets, reading, traveling, and time outdoors with her family.

Jeff Roth-Vinson

Jeff Roth-Vinson joined KAS in 2015 and teaches IB DP Biology and Theory of Knowledge at KAS. Mr. Roth-Vinson taught for fifteen years in Oregon before joining KAS. He has a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies. He holds an M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Leadership and a Graduate Certificate in Middle-Secondary Instruction from the University of Oregon. He is also trained in IB Biology and TOK. Mr. Roth-Vinson is a published author and contributor to AP Biology and Forensic Science textbooks and instructor manuals. He is also the KAS Science Department Chair and faculty sponsor of the Global Issues Network (GIN) club and leads international summer field science programs for students around the world. Jeff has also taught AP Biology, Microbiology, Zoology and Environmental Science. He is married and has two children in elementary and middle school at KAS. He enjoys photography, hiking, cooking, and SCUBA diving.

Doug Ryan

Douglas Ryan joined the KAS faculty in 2018 as an MYP science teacher, teaching 9th-grade Introduction to Physics and 10th-grade Biology and Environmental Science. Mr. Ryan earned his Masters in Science and Engineering Education for the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and minored in chemistry at the University of Texas graduating in 1995. Mr. Ryan holds a State of Texas Teaching Certificate and is certified to teach all sciences in grades 8-12. He has taught most of them including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Aquatic Science, and Astronomy. In addition to teaching Mr. Ryan has worked as a biologist, a journalist, a freelance writer and photographer, and has started several private businesses. His great passion is for the ocean and marine conservation. He lives in Kaohsiung with his husband, Andy Ryan, and their dog, Pluto. They love traveling as a family and are avid scuba divers and hikers.

Carole Rylander

Carole Rylander joined the KAS faculty in 2017 as a fifth grade teacher. Ms. Rylander earned her BS in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and her MS in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. She holds Texas Teacher Certification in Elementary Education (PK – 6); Gifted and Talented Educator; and Middle School (4 – 8) Mathematics. She taught 4th and 5th grades in San Antonio, Texas, public schools for over 25 years, and before that she directed an outdoor education center for environmental sciences in the Texas Hill Country. She is an avid reader and also loves hiking, traveling and hanging out at the beach.

Stephanie Sherlock

Stephanie Sherlock is a Grade 2 teacher from Honolulu, Hawaii. She joined the KAS staff in 2015. Ms. Sherlock has her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is certified by the state of Hawaii. She also received certification as a Nursing Assistant from Leeward College of Hawaii and has been certified in CPR/First Aid for many years. Stephanie also has a certification in TEFL and has taught English overseas. She has been trained in balanced literacy and technology. Stephanie has volunteered in after-school programs for 17 years and has many years of experience working with the ELL community at a variety of public and private schools. She is currently working on obtaining National Board Teacher Certification and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Stephanie comes from Japanese and Korean ancestry; she can read and speak basic Japanese. She loves reading, spending time with family, playing with her 2 dogs, and fashion design.

Natalie Souchon

Natalie returns to Kaohsiung in 2019 after several years of teaching in Taiwan, China, and Japan. She hails from South Africa and is a certified middle school and high school art teacher who has taught in Johannesburg and most recently in Japan. She also has a strong background in ELL teaching to school students of all ages. At KAS, she teaches in the kindergarten, elementary, and middle school art department. Natalie holds a BA (Honours) in Fine Arts from the University of South Africa, and a Masters Degree in Art History from The Open University, UK, with a focus on Japanese art. She enjoys creating botanical paintings, gardening, and combining travel with art-making.

Ken Su

Ken Su is the Athletic Director and teaches HS PE starting 2020-21, who originally started his teaching career as MS PE teacher at KAS in 2011 after spending 8 years as a major league baseball scout. Ken has returned to join the KAS family again in Jan. 2019 as MS PE teacher after spending some time in New York City for another career path after 2017. Ken is a Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA) from National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association (NIAAA), has an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, FL. and a B.A. in International Business from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. Ken is a certified PK-12 PE teacher from the District of Columbia, USA, a trained MYP-PE teacher, and holds an M.Ed in Educational Technology from Moreland University. Ken enjoys sports all his life both as a fan and a practitioner, where he looks forward to enhancing students’ athletic experiences here at KAS for many years to come. Ken is from Tainan City and his daughter also attends elementary school at KAS.

Monica (Chien-Fang) Su

Monica joined KAS in 2015 as the first performing arts director. She holds a master’s degree in cello performance from the University of Southern California, where she studied with the renowned cellist Ronald Leonard. As a solo, chamber music, and orchestral musician, Monica has made concert appearances worldwide — from the United States, China, and Japan to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Australia, and Thailand. Monica has been a faculty member at the National Arts Institute of Taiwan, National Teacher’s College in Taipei, and Teacher’s College in Tainan, and she has also taught in many gifted programs. Monica joined the National Symphony of Taiwan in 1995 and was the founder of the Taipei Fine Arts Trio. She has been a faculty member at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since she moved to Hong Kong in 2000 with her husband and three sons. Her role at KAS includes promoting and booking our auditorium, organizing visiting artists and outreach programs, and working with the student Art Ambassadors group.

Sandy Su

Sandy Su joined KAS in 2015. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Elementary Education in 2004 and obtained her MA in International Education Administration from Endicott College in 2015. Sandy is certified as an elementary teacher in the states of Maryland and California. Sandy began her teaching career in 2005 and has been teaching lower elementary ever since. A PYP-trained teacher with many years of experience teaching in PYP schools, Sandy is also trained in balanced literacy and Writing Workshop. Currently, she teaches Grade 2 at KAS. Prior to joining KAS, Sandy taught in international schools in Taiwan and California. She is married with two daughters and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Jenny (Meng-Chun) Tsai

Jenny Tsai joined KAS in 2016 as a Chinese teacher. She is from Kaohsiung, one of a family of seven. She earned her Master of Arts degree from Kaohsiung Normal University in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, and her Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Literature, Certification for Teaching Education program of Elementary school. Jenny has her certification in Elementary Education, Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and MYP. Before coming to KAS, Jenny taught two years in Taipei FuHsing private school (Bilingual Department), six years at the NSYSU Chinese language center, and four years at JingXin private school (Taipei) as a homeroom teacher. During off-work hours, she likes photography, running, reading, and baking.

Wendy Weng

Wendy joined KAS in July, 2004 as an elementary ELL teacher. She graduated from Fu-Jen Catholic University with a BA in English Literature and earned her MA in Education from the University of Texas. She has certification in English and ELL teaching from Montana State University and has training and experience in MYP. Wendy currently teaches middle and high school ELL. She loves working with ELL students; she is always amazed at how much progress students can make and feels proud of them. When not working, Wendy enjoys spending time with her husband and son.

Daisy Chang

Daisy joined KAS in 1999. From 1994 to 1999, Daisy was the secretary of AmCham Kaohsiung which at the time was affiliated with KAS, hence the opportunity to move to our school. Prior to that, she worked five years for the Jupiter International Company, a subsidiary enterprise of Japan Airlines, after she had graduated from university. Daisy majored in English at the Providence University in Taichung and then graduated from TamKang University in Taipei. She finished her training and got her secretary certification from the Chinese Personal Executive Association in 2015. Daisy was a teacher assistant in Grade 1 at KAS in 1999 and became the Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent in 2000. She has been in charge of office operations, acted as cashier and purchaser, and has worn many hats as needed over the years. She is married and has one daughter.

Rachel Chen

Rachel Chen has been at KAS since 2004. She has her BA in Management Science from Gonzaga University, Spokane, in the United State. Rachel is the school registrar and database (PowerSchool) administrator. She has trained at the PowerSchool University in San Diego and at summer institutes in New York and Washington, D.C. . She is happily married with two children and enjoys reading, movies, yoga and farming at her leisure time.

Ellen Chiang

Ellen Chiang has been a KAS Receptionist in the Superintendent’s office since 2005, working closely with the Administrative Assistant. Ellen graduated from Shih Chien University, majoring in Fashion Design & Merchandising. She also finished her training and got her secretary certification in 2015 from the Chinese Personal Executive Association. Before coming to KAS, she was an administrative assistant and teacher assistant in an after-hours language school for over 10 years. Ellen enjoys greeting our many visitors at the front desk. When not working, Ellen enjoys designing and creating clothing and accessories.

Robert Chuang

Robert Chuang worked at KAS from 2006 to 2007, then returned to us in 2011. He graduated from National Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where he earned his BS in Information Management in 2002, and his MS in Information Management in 2011. He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). He is the Senior Technology Specialist in the office of Learning Technology at KAS where he supports all IT and learning technology needs. Robert also provides audio and video technical support for the school. Before joining KAS, Robert gained IT and management experience working for over 17 years at various semiconductors, telecom, networking, and system integration companies. He has one teenage daughter. He enjoys traveling, movies, music, learning, and being with his family.

Lisa Fang

Lisa Fang joined KAS in 2015 as an admissions officer and in 2017 became the Director of Admissions. Lisa graduated from Wenzao Ursuline College with a degree in German and an English emphasis. Before joining KAS, Lisa worked at BMW in management with German colleagues. She is married and has one son.

Jeannie Huang

Jeannie Huang joined KAS in 2010 as an Accountant. She earned a Bachelor’s’ degree in Accounting from National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences. Before joining KAS, Jeannie worked for 12 years at the Tax and Consulting Department in KPMG, one of the top CPA firms in Taiwan. In 2008, Ms. Huang earned her license as a Bookkeeper. When she isn’t working, Jeannie enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.

Nancy Huang

Nancy Huang is the middle school secretary and works at the KAS reception desk. Nancy joined KAS in 2013. Before she transitioned to the main office, she worked as a library assistant, then as prekindergarten and Grade 5 assistant. Nancy graduated from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages where she majored in English. Nancy enjoys working with students and parents, helping answer their questions, translating, chaperoning trips, or supporting our teachers. In her free time, Nancy enjoys eating out with friends and family.

Vivien Huang

Vivien Huang has been a KAS office staff member since 2010 and wears many hats. She graduated from WenZao Language College in 2001 with a majoring in German. She worked as Grade 5 teacher assistant for half a year, then became the administrative assistant to the IB Coordinator and the Athletic Director. She finished her training and got her secretarial certification from the Chinese Personal Executive Association in 2015. Vivien loves knitting, and cooking and enjoys time with her family and friends.

Jeff Ko

Jeff Ko joined the KAS family in 2010 and is currently the Maintenance Director of our Sports Complex. He earned his Bachelor’s 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

Tracy Lee joined KAS as a library assistant in 2012 and later moved to the business office as a purchasing agent. Tracy earned her MA in Education: Option in Computer Education and Technology Leadership from California State University, Los Angeles, United States. Before coming to KAS, Tracy was a senior secretary at an immigration consulting company for nine years. She enjoys traveling with family and friends.

Shu-Ping Liu

Shu-Ping, the school nurse, joined KAS in 2005. She graduated from Fooyin Junior College with a degree in nursing. She is a registered nurse in Taiwan and California. Prior to her current position, she had eleven years of experience working in different hospital departments including the ICU and NICU in Taipei and at Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital. She loves to interact with the students, staff, and faculty and is always available to anyone who needs assistance. After work, she enjoys cooking, music, and relaxing in her cozy home.

Nana Su

Nana Su came to KAS in 2013. She graduated from Shih Chien University with her degree in accounting. For two years prior to joining KAS, Nana was a Cashier at Qing-Feng Aquatic Products Co., Ltd.. and had over five years of experience working at the Telecom Technology Center. She is married and has one daughter.

Ansel Wang

Ansel Wang joined KAS in 2018. He graduated from Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, majoring in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Prior to his current position, he worked for twelve years with Dream Mall shopping mall in Kaohsiung. He loves to interact with the students, staff, and faculty. Ansel is married and has two sons. After work, he enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

Lena Wang

Lena Wang joined the ranks of KAS in 2013. Lena earned her BA in Information Management in 2009 from National Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung. She holds certifications as a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server, Implementation, and Maintenance. She is also a Google Certified Trainer and Google Certified Administrator. Lena worked as a research and development engineer helping to design and develop Rich Internet Applications (RIA) for Business Intelligence (BI) systems at Foxconn in Shenzhen. At KAS, Lena is the Systems Analyst in the office of Learning Technology. She instructs and supports teachers and students in the use of various learning tools on campus, and designs the system processes for office operational procedures and business workflows. Lena enjoys traveling, running, and hiking, and has completed several half-marathons. She has also climbed several Asian summits above 3000 meters.

Denise Wu

Denise came to KAS in 2006. She graduated from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, majoring in English, in 2003. In 2015 she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, majoring in Tourism Management. Denise finished her secretary’s training and received her certification from the Chinese Personal Executive Association in 2015. Ms. Wu was a teacher assistant for her first three years at KAS, and then joined the office staff where she remains today.

Emma Chen

Emma Chen joined KAS in 2015 as a teaching assistant in Grade 5. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education from Cheng Shiu University. She has a Level C technician certificate for babysitting and worked in a local kindergarten as a teaching assistant prior to coming to KAS. She lives with her family in Kaohsiung.

Judy Chen

Judy joined KAS in 2015. She earned her Bachelor degree in Philosophy from Fu Jen Catholic University in 2008. Before becoming a regular KAS staff member, she substituted for teaching assistants for several months from 2014-2015. Ms. Chen is currently a teaching assistant in Grade 2. She likes reading, music, travel, and learning languages; Judy is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese, English and can speak a bit of Korean. She is also sociable and enjoys getting to know people. She comes from a large extended family and has strong family ties. Now she lives with her grandparents, parents, brother, sister and her two sons.

Zoe Chu

Zoe joined KAS as a Pre-Kindergarten teaching assistant in 2016. She graduated from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages with a major in English. She has more than 3 years of experience working as a co-teacher with foreign hires in language schools. In 2013, she decided to go to Australia to work and study for 2 years to help improve her English and meet new friends. During her spare time, Zoe enjoys training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, traveling, and searching for new restaurants.

Pinky Chung

Pinky Chung joined KAS in 2011 as a teaching assistant in Grade 4 and now currently works as a teaching assistant in kindergarten. Pinky graduated from Chinese Cultural University in Taipei. She also studied for a year in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. Ms. Chung loves children and is very patient with students. Pinky enjoys reading and music very much. She also loves to spend time with her family.

Gulian Fang

Gulian joined KAS community in 2019 as a teaching assistant in Grade 4. In addition to working at KAS, she is currently getting her Masters degree at National Kaohsiung Normal University. Prior to KAS, she received a Fulbright Scholarship and became a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant at the Western Kentucky University in United States. She has a great enthusiasm for education, as demonstrated in her years teaching English and Chinese as a Second Language. Now she hopes to do her best to assist both students and teachers at KAS.

Naomi Huang

Naomi Huang joined KAS in 2015 as a teaching assistant in Grade 4. She earned her BA in Sports Medicine from Kaohsiung Medical University and worked as a trainer before joining KAS. In her role as an athletics trainer, Naomi has chaperoned ACAMIS soccer teams to Beijing. She is a certificated fitness trainer and has basic life support license. Naomi was born and raised in Kaohsiung where she lives with her family.

Erica Jheng

Erica Jheng joined KAS in 2012 as a teaching assistant. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Kaohsiung. She has been assisting in upper elementary classes at KAS since 2012, and currently is a teaching assistant in Grade 5. Ms. Jheng is originally from Chiayi and she loves reading, music, and movies so much that she can’t live without them. She also loves to explore the beauty of nature with her family and friends. Erica has a husband, A-Jia, and two sons, Banks and Nick.

Grace Lee

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 teaching assistant for Grade 6 for three years and now she is working with Grade 3 students. She taught English in Kindergarten for two years in Kaohsiung and Pingtung City. She lives in Pingtung with her husband and an adorable daughter. She also enjoys Crossfit Class.

Amber Lin

Amber Lin joined KAS in 2016. She graduated from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. She was a Grade 3 teaching assistant for one and a half months and is now a teaching assistant in Kindergarten. Amber has previous experience working as an athletic complex assistant. Amber loves cooking, baking, and spending time with her family.

Ellen Liu

Ellen joined KAS in 2014. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from NPUST (National Pingtung University Science of Technology). During her first two years at KAS, she was the Pre-Kindergarten teaching assistant and is now working in fourth grade. Ellen is married and has a young daughter.

Vincent Pan

Vincent came to KAS in 2018 as lifeguard. He graduated from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, majoring in Applied Chinese, in 2014. Vincent is a certified Lifeguard and Lifesaving coach. He loves swimming and he was a swim team member in elementary school and middle school. He is also interested in instruments, and he can play guitar and drums.

Pon Peng

Pon Peng joined the KAS family in 2012. She was born and raised in Kaohsiung and loves this city very much. She earned her BA in Applied Foreign Languages from SUE-TE University in Kaohsiung City. Pon worked as a teaching assistant for several years in Grades 3 and 4; she is now working in Grade 2. Pon combined work and travel by working in the United States during the summers she was studying in university. She worked in Colorado for two months in a peach factory; in Ohio for three months at Cedar Point Amusement Park; and at Los Angeles International Airport for one year as a ground service agent for EVA Air. Pon then went to Canada and worked for two years in Vancouver where she met her husband. She really enjoys working with children at KAS and thinks of KAS as her second family.

Vivi Sun

Vivi joined the KAS family in 2019 as a teaching assistant in Grade 1. She earned her MA in IMBA from National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology. She went to Germany as an exchange student when she was studying in graduate school. She worked in cram schools as a teacher for six years, and also worked in an e-commerce company for two years prior to KAS. She loves to travel, exercise, and climb the mountains in her free time with her family and friends. Vivi was married in 2018 and lives with her husband in Kaohsiung.

Regine Viale

Regine joined KAS as a teaching assistant in 2004 and later transferred to the Library as a library assistant. Regine earned her BA in English as a Second Language from the University of Hawaii in 1984, and in 2014 she earned certification in American TESOL for Children, and TESOL Advanced Certification. Regine enjoys reading, gardening and spending time with her family.

Maggie Yen

Maggie traveled to Canada as a high school exchange student to learn how different education there is from Taiwan. After high school, Maggie got her Master of Education from Ashland University in Ohio, United States, graduating in 2011. Prior to coming to KAS, Maggie worked as an English teacher in a kindergarten for several years. She has been at KAS since 2015 in her role as a Grade 1 teaching assistant. She loves to travel and hang out with family and friends and loves music and movies as well. Maggie was married in 2016.