Teachers

Mrs. Heather Wilson

Mrs. Wilson is starting her second year at HAS. This year, Mrs. Wilson’s main duty will be serving as the Principal at HAS. Additionally, she will be teaching an AP Research course as well as advising the Student Council and Student Activities groups. Mrs. Wilson is very excited to embark on her second year at HAS and can’t wait to experience all of the exciting events that will take place this year! 

Mrs. Wilson graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health and Behavioral and Social Science. She then became certified to teach English as a second language through Trinity College of London in Prague, Czech Republic. From there, she started her career abroad teaching a variety of ages and levels from kindergarteners to business men and women. In Istanbul, she had the unique experience of teaching a kindergarten class bilingually with a Turkish co-teacher. She also had the opportunity to act as the English coordinator at Uskudar University in Istanbul. She then moved back to America to work on her Master’s degree in Secondary Education. She worked as a seventh-grade English Language Arts teacher in Tucson, Arizona. In 2019, she completed her Master’s degree through Grand Canyon University and received her American teaching certification. Mrs. Wilson is a passionate teacher who truly cares for students, and strives to ensure that they are receiving the best possible education and experience.

Mr. Aaron Shantz

Mr. Shantz is really excited to start his first year here at HAS. This year, Mr. Shantz will be teaching World, American and AP Literature at the high school level, in addition to Drama and Psychology. Mr. Shantz is also extremely happy to be helping to coach the boys basketball team with Mr. Wilson.

Mr. Shantz graduated with an MA and has completed all of his doctoral coursework in sociology at the University of Toronto, with a specialization in the sociology of knowledge and education. Mr. Shantz has over 10 years of teaching experience in both Canada and Taiwan at the university, high school, middle school and elementary levels. 

In his free time, Mr. Shantz loves to run, play basketball, read and listen to music. If and when the world becomes safer for it, Mr. Shantz also loves to travel.

Mr. Alexander Kloppers

Mr. Klopper will begin his first year at HAS in 2020. It is also his first year living in Hsinchu, Taiwan. He will be teaching Biology, Chemistry and Media Production, focusing on the middle school magazine. Born in South Africa and raised on Australia’s East Coast, Mr. Kloppers graduated with a Bachelor of Science from The University of Queensland and is currently completing his Masters of Secondary Teaching at The University of New England, where he will graduate in 2021. He has experience working and living internationally for a number of years, finding inspiration and passion for teaching. In his free time Mr. Kloppers is excited to explore Taiwan’s nature, forests and search for surf.

Ms. Dané Smith

This is Ms. Smith’s first year at HAS and her second year in Taiwan. She will be teaching grade 6 and 7 World History, grade 8 Civics, high school US History and AP US History.

Ms. Smith graduated from Monash University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Social Studies (Honors) degree. Soon after graduating Ms. Smith discovered a passion for teaching. After teaching in South Africa and Oman, Ms. Smith sought to combine her interests in education and international relations, and enrolled in her Master of Arts in Social Science and graduated in 2019 from SOAS, University of London. Ms. Smith also holds a postgraduate certificate in education from the University of Sunderland.

In her free time Ms. Smith enjoys reading, being active and exploring new places.  

Ms. Smith looks forward to the 2020/2021 school year and being a part of the HAS team.

Mrs. Denise Román

Mrs. Román is entering her first year as a teacher at HAS. She will be the 3rd grade homeroom teacher. 

Mrs. Román graduated in 2010 with a Masters degree in Special Education from Long Island, New York.  She taught in New York public schools for middle and high school before moving to South Korea in 2012. In 2016, she moved to Taiwan and first lived in Kaohsiung City before moving to Hsinchu City in February of 2019. Since living in Asia, Mrs. Román has taught in all levels ranging from Kindergarten to university. Although she has been an educator for nine years, she has taken extensive professional development courses throughout the years to continuously grow as an educator.

Mrs. Román is an avid reader of nonfiction and mystery novels. She also enjoys music, dancing, and taking road trips around Taiwan with her husband and their dog, Laopi.

Mr. Enoch Loi

Literature, Advanced Writing, World Geography, and High School P.E. while also serving as the Athletic Director.

Mr. Loi graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Literary Journalism and a Minor in Education. After graduating, Mr. Loi came to Taiwan to live and travel while teaching English as a foreign language. While in Taiwan, he discovered a passion for teaching and returned to UC Irvine where he received a Master of Arts in Teaching and a English Language Arts credential. In his free time, Mr. Loi enjoys reading, exploring Taiwan's beautiful natural environment, and training movement.

Mr. Francis Maginn

Mr. Maginn teaches pre-calculus, AP Calculus AB, physics, AP Physics C, and college essay writing in his fourth full year at HAS. He is the academic adviser for the senior class and helps lead HAS’s rock band and robotics club.

Mr. Maginn earned a Bachelor of Arts in physics and Asian studies with a concentration in China studies from St. Olaf College in 2012. He grew up in Austin, Texas and has been teaching in Taiwan and China for 8 years. Mr. Maginn has extensive experience teaching and working in the Advanced Placement (AP) system, focusing on mathematics and physics, and he strongly believes in fostering an open and welcoming learning environment that encourages inquiry and collaboration. Mr. Maginn is currently working on his Master's degree in education at The College of New Jersey, which he will complete in the spring of 2021. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, reading, and practicing and playing shows with his band, 小case.

Ms. Jeeny Kim

This will be Ms. Kim’s first year at HAS. She will be teaching visual arts in the elementary, middle, and high school grades as well as 5th grade literature.

Ms. Kim spent a year studying Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and received her Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Art Education in 2012 from The College of New Jersey. She spent a couple of years living and teaching in South Korea before she obtained her second teaching certificate for Elementary Education in 2016. In 2018, she went back to The College of New Jersey to receive her Masters in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) and just graduated the summer of this year.

Mr. Jeremiah Wilson

In his second year with HAS, Mr. Wilson will be teaching Journalism, Photography, Introduction to Writing, High School ESL, and Service Learning courses. In addition, Mr. Wilson will be overseeing “The Howler,” a high school student-run news publication. 

Mr. Wilson earned his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Florida in 2008. He has worked as a freelance and staff visuals journalist for a variety of newspapers throughout the United States, including USA Today. In 2012, Mr. Wilson earned his TEFL certification through Trinity College of London. He has taught in the United States, the Czech Republic, Indonesia, Russia and at Uskudar University in Istanbul, Turkey. Mr. Wilson is driven by his curiosity for the world around him and a love of learning new things and is thrilled to be a part of the HAS team this year. 

Ms. Kim Masson

Ms. Masson is entering her second year at HAS. This year, she will be teaching 5th, 6th and 7th grade writing, and 6th and 7th grade literature. Alongside teaching these classes, Ms. Masson will also be the 6th and 7th grade academic advisor, and the World Scholars Cup advisor.

Ms. Masson received a Bachelor of Social Science (Honors) in International Studies and Communications from the South African campus of Monash University, Australia in 2014. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) at the University of Sunderland, and is currently pursuing her Masters of International Education through the same institution. Ms. Masson is from Mutare, Zimbabwe and has been teaching in Taiwan for three years. Before moving to Taiwan, she lived in Australia, Malaysia and South Africa. She has experience working with ELL (ESL) learners, specifically at the elementary and middle school level.

Ms. Masson is excited for the 2020/2021 school year and being a part of the HAS team for a second year.

Ms. Marie-Louise Burden

Ms. Burden will be going into her fourth year of teaching at HAS. She is the 5th grade Science, Life Science, and Environmental Science teacher. She will also be teaching Elementary and Middle School P.E. Ms. Burden will be advising the Middle School Student Council and will also be an Academic Advisor. 

Ms. Burden studied Human Movement Science and Recreation at North-West University in South Africa and graduated in 2009. In 2011, she finished her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of South Africa. She received her Masters in Education from The College of New Jersey in 2017. Ms. Burden is from Johannesburg, South Africa and is in her 9th year of teaching in Taiwan. Before moving to Taiwan, she taught in South Africa and also coached and managed various sports teams. She has extensive experience in teaching English Language Learners (ESL) of various levels.

Ms. Meghan Keller

This is Ms. Keller’s third year at HAS. She is the 5th grade homeroom teacher and the elementary department chair. She teaches 5th grade math and social studies as well as 8th grade writing and literature.

Ms. Keller received her Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and Chinese Language and Literature from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She is currently working to complete a Master's degree in secondary education from the College of New Jersey. She has been living and teaching in Taiwan since 2013. Prior to living in Taiwan, she taught in China and the United States.

Mr. Michael Kudra

This is Mr. Kudra’s first year at HAS and he will be teaching our 2nd grade students the core subjects of Reading, Writing, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies in their homeroom class.  He is from Dearborn, Michigan in the United States and has lived in Hsinchu for the past 2 years.  He has been teaching in Asia for over eleven years, in both Taiwan and South Korea, mostly with younger learners grades K-6. He brings lots of positive energy and enthusiasm into his classroom and strives to create a fun and productive learning environment for his students.

Mr. Mitchell Hall

Mr. Hall will be entering his second year at HAS. He will be teaching AP Chemistry, AP Biology, Physical Science, and Earth Science. Mr. Hall will also be serving as the Chair of Science and Mathematics. 

Hailing from the sunny Gold Coast in Australia, Mr. Hall has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland, and a Graduate Diploma of Education from the Queensland University of Technology. He is a lover of the ocean and water, and spends his free time swimming, surfing, and fishing.

Mr. Nathan Youngblut

Mr. Nathan Youngblut is joining the HAS team this year as the Computer Science teacher for elementary, middle school, and high school.  He will also be teaching a course on American Government and assisting the Model United Nations team.  This will be Mr. Youngblut’s fourth year teaching in Taiwan, and he is very excited to become part of the tight-knit community here at HAS.

Mr. Youngblut is from Iowa in the United States. He first studied Political Science at the University of Iowa, where he graduated with a BLS Degree in 2015.  Before moving abroad, Mr. Youngblut spent a couple of years working in several states for a variety of political candidates and political organizations. 

In 2019, he completed a program to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology from the University of Massachusetts, and he loves putting this knowledge to use teaching his students how to write code and build computer programs.

In his free time, Mr. Youngblut likes to practice yoga, play board games, and go on motorcycle trips around Taiwan.

Ms. Roxy Jien

This is Ms. Jien’s second year at HAS. She is excited to be  teaching 1st grade again! 

Ms. Jien studied at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas and graduated in 2013. She received a combined Bachelor of Science (B.S.E) degree in Childhood Education and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) degree in Elementary Education with an English as a Second Language concentration. Additionally, she obtained a STEM for K-6 certificate in 2015 before moving to California in pursuit of her Masters of Science degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at California State University Fullerton and graduated in 2018. Ms. Jien is from Santa Cruz, Bolivia and can also speak Spanish.

Mr. Shane Thompson

This will be Mr. Thompson’s third year at HAS. He will be teaching the grade 4 Homeroom which includes, Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing, and Literature. Mr. Thompson will also be coaching the Ultimate Frisbee team at HAS and running board game clubs for both the elementary and middle school levels.

Mr. Thompson earned his Bachelor of Arts with History major and English minor in 2006. He earned his Bachelor of Education in 2017 and went on to his masters in the following year. Mr. Thompson is from eastern Canada but has been living in Taiwan for 9 years.  Mr. Thompson has also taught in an immersion program for 6 years teaching English full-time to Taiwanese students. Mr. Thompson is very active and loves hiking, sports, and playing board games whenever possible with friends and students alike. He focuses on creating a fun, and entertaining learning environment for his students.

Ms. Teresa Tsai

This will be Ms. Tsai’s third year at HAS. She teaches Math courses from Grade 6, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Statistics. She coaches students in the HAS Math Team, helping them gain confidence in advanced Math activities. She also helps with the middle school Homework Club and co-advises the 6th and 7th graders with Ms. Masson.

Ms. Tsai received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney, double-majoring in Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked for several multinational companies with people of diverse backgrounds from around the world. Her work experience enables her to enhance her students by relating mathematical concepts to the real world so that they can use them in everyday situations.

Mr. Philippe Chaperon

Mr. Chaperon is the French teacher for the sixth consecutive year in HAS.  This year, he's teaching French levels I, II, III and IV. 


Mr. Chaperon is from Nantes (city in western France) and has been living in Taiwan for eight years. Mr. Chaperon studied Secondary Education in Nantes and graduated in 2000. He also obtained an academic degree in BTS Force de Vente (specialization in Professional sales qualification). He simultaneously did writing classical music studies in the conservatory of Nantes. He plays pipe organ since he was 15 years old.

Mr. Ivan Pérez

Mr. Pérez is the Spanish teacher for three consecutive years at HAS. He will be teaching Spanish I, II, and III – IV. Additionally, he will be involved in some of the after-school clubs and activities.  Mr. Pérez received his Bachelor degree in Engineering of Opto-Mechatronics and Materials at the University of Chung Hua located in Hsinchu, Taiwan. He also studied a master’s degree in Technology Management and Business Administration at the same University.

Mr. Pérez is a Mexican citizen and has been living, studying, and teaching in Taiwan for over 7 years. Before arriving to Taiwan, he also lived in Montreal, Canada for three years where he learned French language. He enjoys teaching and sharing Hispanic Language and Culture, and he is a passionate soccer fan.
 

Mrs. Louise Harvey

This will be Ms. Harvey’s first year at HAS. She is a creative, resourceful teacher with 11 years of varied instructional experience. This year she will be teaching Art History & Appreciation to grades 6-8.

She studied Architecture and graduated in 2001, but one she started traveling, Mrs. Harvey realized that she was passionate about teaching. In 2019, she completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of South Africa. She is currently pursuing her Masters in International Education from Sunderland University. She is excited to be a part of the HAS team this year.

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