Ms. Marie-Louise Burden
Ms. Burden will be going into her fifth year of teaching at HAS and loves being a part of the HAS family. This year, she will be teaching 5th Grade Science, Middle School Earth Science and Life Science, and High School Environmental Science. Alongside these classes, Ms. Burden will also be teaching Middle School P.E, advising the Middle School Student Council and an academic advisor for the 5th and 6th grade.
Ms. Burden studied Human Movement Science and Recreation at North-West University in South Africa. She also has her Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of South Africa and her Masters in Education from The College of New Jersey. Ms. Burden is from Johannesburg, South Africa and is in her 10th 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 and enjoys being outdoors in her free time.
Mrs. Brittney Ferris
Mrs. Ferris is teaching 5th grade writing, literature, math, social studies and 6th grade writing. This is her first year at HAS and she is very ecstatic to be a part of the team!
Mrs. Ferris is from Seattle, USA, and went to Washington State University where she earned her BA in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Her teaching journey began in South Korea, but she has spent the last seven years teaching in Kaohsiung, TW, with her husband. Last year, they had a baby girl named Violet. Mrs. Ferris is currently working on her Masters in Education. In her free time, she really enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, crafting, and watching movies.
Mr. Mitchell Hall
Mr. Hall will be entering his third year at HAS. He will be teaching AP Biology, Biology, Chemistry, and Physical 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.
Ms. Jeeny Kim
This will be Ms. Kim’s second year at HAS. She will be teaching visual arts in the elementary, middle, and high school grades.
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 obtaining her second teaching certificate for Elementary Education in 2016. In 2018, she went back to The College of New Jersey and received her Masters in TESL in 2020.
Mr. Alexander Kloppers
Mr. Kloppers will be returning to HAS as a full time teacher in 2021. He will be teaching AP Environmental Science, Physics, Algebra 2, Grade 6 Math and Elementary PE. Mr. Kloppers is from the East Coast of Australia where he 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. He has experience working and living internationally for a number of years, finding inspiration and passion for teaching. In his free time Mr. Kloppers likes to explore the mountains and environment of Taiwan.
Mr. Michael Kudra
This is Mr. Kudra’s second year at HAS as the 2nd grade homeroom teacher. He teaches his students the core subjects of Reading, Writing, Science, Mathematics, and Social Studies. He is from Dearborn, Michigan in the United States and has lived in Hsinchu for the past 3 years. He has been teaching in Asia for over twelve years, in both Taiwan and South Korea, mostly with younger learners in 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. Kudra has a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, an elementary education teaching license from the state of Hawaii, and is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Teaching Multilingual Learners from Moreland University. He loves being a part of the HAS team and looks forward to having a fantastic year with all of the students!
Ms. May Lai
Mrs. Lai is thrilled to begin her first year at HAS as the first grade homeroom teacher. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she attended inner-city public schooling where she formed meaningful relationships with individuals from diverse economic, social and cultural backgrounds. She later attended Oberlin College to earn a B.A. in Art History, National Chiao Tung University for an MBA, and most recently, The College of New Jersey for her teacher certification.
She has over 10 years of experience in education, and particularly loves teaching transition periods such as first grade. She enjoys introducing foundation skills that students will carry on and build upon for the rest of their lives. Therefore, she believes teaching social skills becomes just as important as teaching content as part of our curriculum.
Some of her favorite things include: being silly with her son, nature walks, reading, music, photography, art, the color black, and a good hamburger.
Mr. Enoch Loi
Mr. Loi is thrilled to be back at HAS for his third year. He will be teaching Introduction to Literature, British Literature, Narrative Literature, World Geography, and High School P.E. He will also be serving as the Athletic Director.
Mr. Loi grew up in Southern California and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Literary Journalism and a Minor in Education from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. After graduating, Mr. Loi came to Taiwan to live, travel, and directly experience his family’s cultural background. While in Taiwan, he discovered a passion for teaching and returned to UC Irvine where he completed a Master of Arts in Teaching with an English Language Arts credential. In his free time, Mr. Loi enjoys reading, exploring Taiwan's beautiful nature, and practicing movement.
Ms. Kim Masson
Ms. Masson is very excited to be joining the HAS family for a third year. This year she will be teaching 7th and 8th grade Literature and Writing and 6th grade Literature. Alongside teaching these classes, Ms. Masson will be an academic advisor for the 7th and 8th grade, and she will also work with Mr. Youngblut to coordinate the quarterly publication of our middle school magazine ‘The Wolf Cub’. Ms.Masson has a Bachelor of Social Studies from Monash University, Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Sunderland. For the last 18 months, she has been pursuing her Masters in International Education which she is due to complete early next year. Ms. Masson has been living and teaching in Taiwan for 4 years and when she isn’t in the classroom, she enjoys the outdoors, camping, reading and exploring new places around Taiwan and the world.
Mr. Camren Murphy
Mr. Cam (Mr. Murphy was already taken) is teaching 6th, 7th, & 8th grade Social Studies, Intro to Writing, and Modern World History. He will also be supervising the Model United Nations alongside Mr. Youngblut. This will be his first year at HAS.
Born and raised in Southern California, Mr. Cam earned a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies Learning & Teaching and a Social Studies/History Teaching Credential. He has been teaching in the US and abroad for the last five years.
Mr. Cam enjoys traveling, hiking, playing guitar, and reading.
Mrs. Denise Román
Mrs. Román is entering her second year at HAS as our 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 ten 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, biking, and taking road trips around Taiwan. Earlier this year, Mrs. Román biked the East coast of Taiwan from Taipei down to Kenting. She hopes to bike the West coast in the near future.
Mr. Aaron Shantz
Mr. Shantz is really excited to start his second year here at HAS. This year, Mr. Shantz will be teaching World Literature, Sociology, AP Psychology, AP Seminar and Drama, an eclectic mix to be sure! 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. Mr. Shantz is truly thankful to be spending this second year in the unique culture and community here at HAS. Go Wolves!
Mr. Shane Thompson
This will be Mr. Thompson’s fourth 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 running after school clubs and very active in sports activities at school all year long.
Mr. Thompson earned his Bachelor of Arts with a 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 fourth year at HAS. She teaches Math courses from Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Precalculus, and AP Calculus AB/BC. 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 9th graders with Mr. Loi.
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. Nathan Youngblut
Mr. Nathan Youngblut is returning for his second year at HAS as the Computer Science teacher for middle school and high school. This year, Mr. Youngblut is opening a Robotics class, with the goal of participating in competitions around Taiwan and maybe even internationally. Additionally, he is the primary Model United Nations director at our school. This will be Mr. Youngblut’s fifth year teaching in Taiwan, and he is very happy to be returning to our tight-knit community here at HAS after summer break.
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. 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.
Mr. Philippe Chaperon
Mr. Chaperon is from Nantes (city in western France) and has been living in Taiwan for ten 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 has played pipe organ since he was 15 years old.
Mr. Ivan Pérez
Mr. Pérez has been part of the HAS family as the Spanish teacher for five consecutive years. He will be teaching Spanish I, II, and III. 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 10 years. Before arriving in Taiwan, he also lived in Montreal, Canada for three years. His thrilling experience of learning languages such as Spanish, English, French, and Chinese awakened a passion for teaching and sharing the Hispanic Language and Culture.