Mrs. Heather Wilson

Mrs. Wilson is joining HAS as Vice Principal this year. She will be teaching an eighth-grade writing class, as well as assisting with Student Council and other extra-curricular activities, clubs, and advising. She is very excited to be living in Hsinchu and working closely with the staff and students at HAS. 

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.

Mrs. Melissa Gibbons

Mrs. Gibbons is joining HAS this year as the VP of Curriculum. She is also teaching 7th grade writing and literature and 8th grade writing.

Mrs. Gibbons studied Secondary Education and English at Utah Valley University and graduated in 2009. She just completed her master's degree this summer from University of Utah in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Instructional Leadership. Mrs. Gibbons is from Utah and has been teaching English at American Fork High School for the past 11 years.  She has extensive experience working with best practices in instruction and collaboration.

Mrs. Gibbons likes camping, hiking, playing music, and singing. Her and her family really enjoy traveling together.

Mr. Scott Austin

Scott Austin (his Hebrew name is “Daniel Yitzhak”, or “דניאל יצחק”) will be teaching History and Civics classes this year. He is from Oregon in the United States.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/English Literature and his Master’s Degree in Education Leadership/Administration from the University of Oregon (go Ducks!) and has taught, lectured and performed administrative educational work at the Middle School/High School and University settings in Taiwan, Indonesia, the Philippines and the United States. He is 1 of 9 children (he has 6 brothers and 2 sisters) and has a very large families on his father’s side and mother’s side of his family.

His favorite places in the world are Coos County Oregon and Galilee in Israel. He has citizenship in the United States and Israel.

He loves reading and corresponding with friends, family and colleagues around the world, and has worked as a translator for English versions of the Torah as well as texts from the Classical Period written in Koine Greek.

Ms. Marie-Louise Burden

Ms. Burden will be going into her third year of teaching at HAS. She is the 5th grade Science, Life Science, and Environmental Science teacher at HAS. She will also be teaching 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 8th 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.

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. Richard Cornelisse

This will be Mr. Cornelisse's first year at HAS. He will be teaching visual arts in elementary, middle and high school grades. Mr. Cornelisse will also be coaching the photography and chess club.

Mr. Cornelisse earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas in 2006. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada in 2011. Mr. Cornelisse has been working internationally in the film, television and entertainment industry as an Art Director and Cameraperson for 19 years. He has also taught cinema and art classes in various universities over the past decade. 

Mr. Cornelisse originally hails from the Netherlands but has spent much of his life between Canada and the United States. He has spent the three years in Taiwan as a Taiwan Fellow Scholar for the Taiwan Ministry of Culture, an artist in residence at Taipei Artist Village and a researcher at Taiwan National Chengchi University. Mr. Cornelisse is a practicing artist who has shown work at national museums both locally and abroad. In his classes he focuses on creating a fun, culturally aware and proactive learning environment for students to explore their creative potential.

Mr. Mitchell Hall 

Mitchell is a biology, chemistry, and general science teacher from Queensland, Australia. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland, and a Graduate Diploma of Education from the Queensland University of Technology.

Outside of the classroom, Mitchell enjoyed successful competitive swimming and water polo endeavors over a number of years. Today, enjoys swimming, surfing, fishing, and diving.

Miss Roxy Jien

This is Ms. Jien’s first year at HAS. She is teaching 1st grade.

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.

Ms. Meghan Keller

This is Ms. Keller’s second year at HAS. She teaches 5th grade math, social studies, writing, and literature as well as 8th grade literature. She is also the Model UN advisor.
Ms. Keller received her Bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and Chinese Language and Literature from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. She has been living and teaching in Taiwan for six years. Prior to living in Taiwan, she taught in China and the United States.

Mr. Enoch Loi

This will be Mr. Loi's first year at HAS. He will be teaching Introduction to Literature, British 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 and BC, Physics, AP Physics 1, and AP Physics C in his third full year at HAS. He is the academic adviser for the junior 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 at St. Olaf College in 2012. He grew up in Austin, Texas and has been teaching in Taiwan and China for 7 years. Mr. Maginn has extensive experience teaching and working in the AP and IB systems, focusing on mathematics and physics, and he strongly believes in creating and fostering an open and welcoming classroom that encourages mutual aid and critical thinking.

Ms. Kim Masson

This is Ms. Masson’s first year at HAS. She will be teaching 5th grade literature and 6th grade literature and writing. She will also be teaching the after school ESL class for middle school.

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 recently completed her Post Graduate Certificate of Education 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 two 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 school level.

Ms. Masson is excited for the 2019/2020 school year and being a part of the HAS team.

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.

Mr. Michael Stancati

This will be Mr. Stancati’s second year at HAS. During this academic year Mr. Stancati will teach Marketing, Introduction to Business, Journalism, AP Economics, and World History. He will also be advising the Grade 10s, coaching the Floor Hockey Club, and putting together the first HAS Diamond Challenge Team, which is an international student entrepreneurship competition.

Mr. Stancati received a diploma in Creative Advertising in 2009 from Loyalist College in Belleville, ON Canada. He also received a BSc Degree in Business Administration - Marketing in 2006 from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI USA. Mr. Stancati is a Canadian citizen that has been living in Taiwan since 2013, teaching English to students from young learners to adult learners. He enjoys playing guitar, drama, cooking, traveling, and learning about other cultures. Mr. Stancati is excited to be back at HAS this year and is looking forward to the school year.

Mr. Jesse Swarthout

Mr. Swarthout is entering his second year at HAS. This year he is teaching five courses: World Literature, American Literature, Sociology, AP Seminar, and AP Psychology. Mr. Swarthout will also be the 12th grade advisor for the second year in a row, along side Mr. Murphy. This year, Mr. Swarthout will be in charge of high school World Scholars Cup and coaching the HAS basketball team. 

Mr. Swarthout grew up in Washington state, and prior to coming to HAS he taught in Washington for five years. He graduated from Washington State University in 2012 with degrees in both English and Psychology. He looks forward to another great year at HAS!

Mr. Shane Thompson

This will be Mr. Thompson’s second 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 is progressing to his masters in the coming 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. Teressa Tsai

This is Ms. Tsai’s second year at HAS. She teaches Math courses from Grade 6, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry. 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 11th graders with Mr. Maginn.
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. Sam West

Mr. West is entering his first year as a teacher at HAS where will be the homeroom teacher for the 3rd grade where he looks forward to working with young scholars on their academic and social development.

Mr. West studied Business Administration - Management at Glenville State College, graduating with Honors in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science. After teaching in Japan and Taiwan, Mr. West went on to receive a Master in Education from Sam Houston State University in 2014 and his teaching license for Early Childhood through Elementary in 2017 from the state of Texas. In addition, Mr. West has multiple certificates for teaching English as a Second Language and Second Language Instruction.

Mr. Jeremiah Wilson

In his first year with HAS, Mr. Wilson will be teaching Elementary Physical Education, Introduction to Writing, High School ESL, and Elementary and Middle School Technology & Media courses. In addition, Mr. Wilson will be overseeing “The Wolf Cub,” a student-run quarterly magazine.
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.

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