Rowena Lines - Head of SchoolOpen or Close
For many years, Mr. Lines was responsible for the upper grades at HIS. A published author, Mr. Lines has for some time been committed to writing alongside his responsibilities at HIS. Mrs. Lines decided to be a teacher when she was in Kindergarten - from three years old she was frequently “missing” from home and was always found in the school nearby!
During her teaching years she developed the conviction that alongside teacher expertise and content knowledge, school atmosphere and teacher approach are the most vital components in education if children are to develop a true love of learning and of life. She feels very fortunate to be able to fulfill her ambition of fully implementing this philosophy in HIS, employing teachers who share the same goals to create a strong and progressive learning environment for the HIS school family, characterized by an atmosphere of warmth, caring and security. She believes that all age ranges have their own unique appeal - and their own difficulties. Every child has something very special which will respond to love and humour.
Previously being responsible for students from Pre-K through Grade 8, Mrs. Lines is very happy to be able to focus her energy primarily on the Elementary Department now that HIS has a mature full Secondary Department. When there is time, Mrs. Lines enjoys reading, travelling, swimming, theatre, opera, watching rugby, music, walks in the countryside, and anything to do with nature. Her ambition is to further improve HIS, to travel more with her immediate family, to spend more time with her family in the UK. Mr. and Mrs. Lines have two sons (in Taiwan), a daughter (in England), and two grandchildren (both graduates of UBC).
Erma Barry - Elementary Dept. CoordinatorOpen or Close
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Ms. Barry furthered her studies with a Teaching Diploma. On completion, she taught in South Africa for nine years, before changing her beloved home country for Taiwan, primarily because of her love of orchids and an interest in experiencing a different culture.
Ms. Barry has been teaching in Hsinchu for ten and a half years. Ms. Barry previously taught at HIS for three years, then taught ESL at Guan Dong Elementary School, returned to H.I.S to teach the Grade 6 class at H.I.S. For her seventh year at H.I.S. Ms. Barry has made the move from the classroom to the office. She looks forward to this new challenge and not only working with our lovely students but also getting to work with the parents.
For hobbies, Ms. Barry’s high priorities are traveling and photography. Other than that, she enjoys watching a good movie, listening to music, having a cup of coffee with friends, cooking and swimming. Ms Barry’s teaching philosophy is enshrined in a belief that we are all life-long learners. “I not only try to instill some of the important lessons I have learnt in my life, but I also try to remain a learner, as I believe we are never too old to learn and can most certainly also learn from those much younger than ourselves. I believe it is through interaction that we truly learn so I try to concentrate on the importance of what each individual learner brings to a class. I hope the students can learn to be a good example to others rather than waiting just to follow someone else’s example.”
Having taught students from Grades 1 through 12, Ms. Barry enjoys teaching all age ranges and finds difficult to choose an age preference. Each age group has their character traits, and there is something very different and unique to each group. Being on the short side, she quips that she does find it can be helpful to be teaching the younger grades, where she does not need to look up at the students when they are all standing!
Alex Wang - AccountingOpen or Close
Debbie Hu - Classroom Assistant/AdministrationOpen or Close
Shu Fen Lee - Administration AssistantOpen or Close
Ms. Lee loves meeting people, making friends, and helping children. She really enjoys all her daily interactions with the great HIS family. Her ambition is simple – to live a happy life!
Naomi Thornhill - Pre-K TeacherOpen or Close
She especially loved Asia because it was so different to what she was used to. Naomi decided to stay in Bangkok where she started teaching in government and bilingual schools. Her initial plan was to stay for only 1 or 2 years, but that turned into 15. She realized she had a passion for working with younger learners during these years and has since completed her Bachelors of Education Degree in Early Childhood and the Foundation phase. After she completed this she worked in various international schools in Bangkok.
Naomi loves working in international schools because of the diversity of the students that she is able to work with. It has taught her a lot about different cultures, she says. She believes that each child is different and develops at a different pace and she strives to adapt her teaching methods daily in order to ensure that each child learns to their full capacity.
In her free time she spends time with her three children. They love reading, making things, watching movies, going to new places and 7 eleven!
Naomi and her kids are excited to start their second year at H.I.S. and say they love this school!
Vicky Fang - Assistant, Pre-KOpen or Close
Vicky majored in Social Science and was also a music teacher at Yamaha Music School in Taiwan. She is a volunteer at the Family Education Center, Hsinchu City Culture Center. Vicky has three children; her oldest son works in New Zealand, the two younger children are still students. Her husband has now retired from ITRI and is Senior Advisor for the same organization. Vicky enjoys painting, playing the piano, listening to music, and she loves children. This year she took her love of the outdoors to a new level when she successfully climbed Jade Mountain with our active HIS group! She is happiest when she is surrounded by children and her goal is to bring them happiness. This is her 11th year at HIS.
Rebecca Jerkins - Kindergarten TeacherOpen or Close
Rebecca believes in providing a positive and exciting classroom environment. She loves teaching and building relationships with the children. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, reading and spending time in the sunshine.
Hui Fang Lee - Assistant, KindergartenOpen or Close
Ingrid Majoos - Grade 1 TeacherOpen or Close
Ingrid’s desire to teach grew even more when she moved to Taiwan and she has been living and teaching here for over seven years. She went on to complete her Postgraduate Certificate in Education, focusing on early years and elementary education, from the University of Nottingham, UK.
Ingrid strives to provide the students with a learning environment that is lively, explorative and thought provoking. She believes that teaching children should not only be subject and textbook based but more holistic and integrated. She is dedicated to providing the students with a positive and safe learning space so that they are free to express themselves and to acquire all the information they require to succeed in life.
Ingrid enjoys cooking and learning about nutrition while she is at home but she also likes to travel to new and exotic destinations. Her favourite places to visit are: Europe and New Zealand to see family, South-East Asia because of its great cultural diversity, and any place with a good beach.
Caroline Yu - Grade 1 AssistantOpen or Close
Mrs.Yu loves travel and baking and the students and staff often enjoy the results of her culinary expertise! Her ambition is to have more time to travel and a really big kitchen to bake in. As HIS has additional classes with lower numbers in each grade this year, Mrs. Yu is enjoying the challenge and flexibility of spending time in different grades as needed, and in reorganizing and caring for the Elementary Science Department.
Cairan Sutherland - Grade 2S TeacherOpen or Close
In 2007, Ms. Sutherland traveled to Taiwan to teach English at a small private school. After a year in Taiwan, she returned to South Africa and studied to obtain her Teaching Certification. Returning to Taiwan, she then taught English at Dong Men Elementary School for four years before returning to South Africa where she taught Grade 1 before coming back to Taiwan to join the HIS team. This is her second year teaching Grade 2 at HIS.
In her spare time, Ms. Sutherland enjoys doing crossword puzzles, reading, listening to music, and fishing. During her vacations in South Africa she can be found canoeing on the river, barbecuing with her family, or fishing off of the rocks. Ms. Sutherland says she is happy to be a part of the HIS family and looks forward to witnessing the magic that happens as children learn and become more confident in their abilities!
Vicky Wright - Grade 2W TeacherOpen or Close
Ms. Wright attended Rhodes University where she obtained her BA degree in Psychology and Sociology, and she then went on to obtain her teaching degree where she specialized in Foundation Phase.
Ms. Wright is a passionate reader of books and she hopes to instill that love of books in all of her students. Her hobbies also include baking, running and watching Star Wars with her husband and her three-year-old son.
Ms. Wright believes in a positive and happy classroom where the students feel comfortable to be able to express themselves.
Allie McDermott – Grade 3M TeacherOpen or Close
Shortly after completing her Master’s of Education, Allie moved to Jhudong, Taiwan, and taught as an English teacher for a year. She worked with students of all ages and all English abilities. Last year was her first year teaching 3rd grade at HIS. She is excited to be returning to HIS as a 3rd grade homeroom teacher this year.
Through completing her Master of Education program and working in various classrooms with diverse groups of students, Allie has developed her teaching philosophy. She believes in setting clear guidelines for the classroom and objectives for lessons, so that students understand the purpose of their learning and how to effectively engage in it. She believes in setting high expectations for student achievement, because all students deserve to reach their full potential. She believes in a flexible, hands-on learning environment that allows students to take control of their learning and supports their interests. Above all, she believes in fostering an environment where all students feel safe, cared for, and that their voices are being heard.
In her spare time, Allie likes to immerse herself in nature and explore new places. She also likes to read, sing, take photographs, do yoga, and spend time with the people she cares about!
Samuel Livingston - Grade 3L TeacherOpen or Close
After graduating, Sam worked for six years in a number of private schools, teaching across a wide range of grade levels. Taking a break from teaching, Sam then worked for 18 months in developing countries in South East Asia for an NGO. He designed and implemented livelihood and education initiatives.
Having found a love for the different way of life that comes with living in Asia, Sam has since been working for International Schools in Cambodia and Thailand for the last four years. He is very excited to be joining the Hsinchu International School community.
When not at school, he enjoys traveling, experiencing foreign cultures, trying new foods and relaxing at the beach. He also enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking and keeping active.
Sam is looking forward to getting to know the students and their families, working together to help all his students reach towards their full potential.
Eddie Costello - Grade 4 TeacherOpen or Close
Eddie first arrived in Taiwan in 2004, and has since settled in Hsinchu with his wife and two daughters. He has been teaching in Hsinchu for twelve years. This is his sixth year at HIS.
Donovan Robus – Grade 5 TeacherOpen or Close
He holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s in Education and has been teaching for almost two decades. He initially discovered his love of teaching when he taught undergraduate Social Sciences (Psychology and Sociology) to students aged between 17 and (sometimes) 65. After working in this environment for seven years, Mr. Robus wanted to try something different so he took a two-year break from teaching and worked in the correspondence office of the Department of Health in Westminster, London. He enjoyed this thoroughly but found that even though his job still involved teaching to an extent, he missed a learning environment in which he could interact with inquisitive learners who wanted to know more about the world we live in. It was once again time for a change and a new adventure.
After leaving the United Kingdom, Mr. Robus moved to Taiwan where taught in the ESL field for seven years. It was during this time that he developed an interest in elementary education and obtained a Master’s In Education. He is particularly happy to presently find himself teaching in a multicultural environment filled with students, parents, and educators from all around the world.
Mr. Robus has been living in the Xiangshan district of Hsinchu for almost ten years and remains appropriately embarrassed about his inexcusably poor Mandarin skills. He spends most of his spare time shrieking in the presence of spiders and living in fear of snakes. He still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up but has decided that this isn’t too much of a concern as long as he continues to learn something new each day.
Shane Ferreira – Grade 6 TeacherOpen or Close
During his past five years living in Taiwan, Shane has also travelled all over the world. He enjoys experiencing other cultures, especially the food, and is interested in what makes people who they are!
Shane completed his Human Movement Science degree before completing his teaching degree, and shows interest in pretty much all sports. He has attained coaching certificates in swimming, athletics, cricket, and soccer
Shane is always interested in learning new strategies to help students succeed and he believes that you will get the best out of your students when you create an enthusiastic, balanced learning environment,
Melody Lin - Chinese TeacherOpen or Close
Melody met her husband in Boston and he became one of her students. They decided to move back to Taiwan three years ago and she started working at preschool as an English supervisor while tutoring many foreigners in her spare time. She enjoys helping all foreigners learn Chinese in a fun and happy way.
Melody’s hobbies are traveling, reading, exercising and spending time with family. She loves being a teacher and is looking forward to meeting everyone at HIS.
Jordan Burt - PE and Computer StudiesOpen or Close
David Cotter - ESL TeacherOpen or Close
Sarah Wilson - ESL TeacherOpen or Close
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys traveling and studying languages. Sarah has visited over 40 countries and has had the opportunity to study multiple languages. She hopes to be able to continue to study and travel throughout her life and is grateful for the opportunity to be able to do so here in Taiwan. She hopes that she is able to instill an excitement for learning languages and traveling in her students.
In regards to her teaching philosophy, Sarah supports a more individualized approach to education where students find themselves working towards their own individual goals in language development. She believes that in respecting each student as an individual with an individual dream, she can offer a clear path for her students to meet their goals for their future and be able to offer their full potential to the future global community. With every language students learn (such as English) they open their eyes to more opportunities in their own learning. Sarah loves being a teacher and being a part of this process. She feels truly honored to be a member of the HIS learning community this year.
Dora Johnson - Performing Arts TeacherOpen or Close
She has directed more than 25 productions throughout Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the USA. She is passionate about Performing Arts in all its beautiful forms and is eager to share her love and creativity with students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6 at HIS. As a daughter of a diplomat, she has lived in the Bahamas, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the USA. Currently she lives in Hsinchu City with her artist husband and three amazing children.
Mrs. Isabel Slabbert - LibrarianOpen or Close
After graduating, Mrs. Slabbert moved to Taiwan, initially planning to stay only one year. To date, she has lived here for eighteen memorable and adventurous years! Mrs. Slabbert believes that living and teaching in Taiwan, and the multicultural experience she has experienced in different schools, has expanded her understanding of, and contribution to, the students she teaches. She is very happy to be part of the HIS team.
When not at school, she best loves spending time with her husband and three lovely, but busy, boys! Family time is an essential part of their daily routine! The family enjoys camping, watching movies, swimming and riding their bikes together. They also love, appreciate and respect this country they have chosen to live in.
With reading being such an important and fundamental part of any education, Mrs. Slabbert is very excited to move into the position of Librarian at HIS. Her aim is to use her library position to ensure students are encouraged to enjoy reading more and more, and to help them to enjoy exploring the world of books.
Ms. Sophie Huang - Classroom/Office AssistantOpen or Close
In 2009, she took some time away from work to raise her two daughters. With both girls now in school, Sophie has returned to the classroom and is thrilled to be joining the team at HIS.
Sophie enjoys reading, travelling, and shopping.
Joanne Kaufman - School NurseOpen or Close
Since her time in the O.R., Joanne has been a personal professional caregiver for young children while raising a family of her own. Eager to rejoin the workforce, Joanne decided to combine her love for medicine and children and found a perfect match here at HIS. Joanne enjoys traveling and cooking as well as a good movie. She cherishes family and friends above all and is eager to help those in need. She is grateful to have joined such a great staff and team at HIS as the school nurse.
Lily Liu - Student CounselorOpen or Close
She is devoted to counseling and psychotherapy career since then. She has worked with cancer patients with emotional disturbances in Comprehensive Cancer Center in Taichung Veterans General Hospital for almost three years. Now she is excited to join in the big family and to focus on enhancing students’ mental health in school. She enjoys working with the professional faculty and wonderful students at Hsinchu International School.
Joy Kang - All-round Helping Hand!Open or Close
Ms. Huang - All-round Helping Hand!Open or Close