Mrs. Rowena Lines: Founder, Head of School, ED PrincipalOpen or Close
For many years, Mr. Lines was responsible for the upper grades at HIS. A published author, Mr. Lines is now fully committed to writing. 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 characterized by an atmosphere of warmth, caring and security. She believes that all children have their own unique appeal and will respond to love, mutual respect, and fairness.
Previously being responsible for all students at HIS, Mrs. Lines is very happy to be able to focus her energy primarily on the Elementary Department now that HIS has a mature Secondary Department. When there is time, Mrs. Lines enjoys reading, traveling, swimming, 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, and 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 adult grandchildren.
Ms. Debbie Hu - Office AdministrationOpen or Close
Mrs. Hu and her family lived in the UK while her husband was doing research during his sabbatical. They traveled extensively in the UK and Europe and enjoyed the completely different European culture and tradition including a visit to Wales to spend time with Mrs. Lines' family. Outside school, Mrs. Hu’s hobbies include traveling, reading, crafts, music, and hiking. She was one of the intrepid HIS group who climbed Jade Mountain! Her ambition is to travel the world and to spend as much time as she can with her beautiful 3 years old granddaughter, Aria.
Mrs. Shu Fen Lee - Office AdministrationOpen 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!
Mrs. Doris Chen: AdministrationOpen or Close
Doris has been living in Hsinchu for 11 years and is married with 2 children. Her husband works in the Hsinchu Science Park. Her son is a university student and her daughter is a high school student. They have a new member in their family recently, a golden retriever called Mori. They love Mori so much, they are always searching for pet-friendly restaurants and hotels, so that the family can eat and travel together with Mori all the time. Doris’ hobbies are watching movies, listening to music, swimming, and traveling. She enjoys working with the HIS family and hopes to have many more years of fun and great times together with everyone at school.
Mr. Alex Wang - AccountingOpen or Close
Ms. Naomi Thornhill - Pre-Kindergarten TeacherOpen or Close
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 Naomi spends time with her three children. They love reading, making things, watching movies and going to new places. Naomi and her kids are excited to start their seventh year at HIS and say they love this school!
Ms. Nancy Wu - Assistant, Pre-KindergartenOpen or Close
In 2008 she moved to Switzerland with her husband, where she enjoyed the beautiful scenery and fresh air. In this period, she was busy adapting to the new culture, learning new languages and raising her son. Meanwhile, she taught Chinese to children in her neighborhood. She likes to help and take care of people. This year her family decided to return to Taiwan and start their new life. She is looking forward to joining the HIS family.
Nancy likes music, books and documentaries.
Ms. Justine Ives - Kindergarten TeacherOpen or Close
Justine believes in providing a positive and fun environment where young learners can feel at ease and enjoy learning. Justine enjoys travel, photography, sports, cooking, and spending time with her loveable and goofy French bulldog.
Mrs. Hui Fang Lee - Assistant, KindergartenOpen or Close
Ms. Vicky Wright - Grade 1W Homeroom TeacherOpen or Close
A passionate reader of books, she hopes to instill that love of books in all her students. Her hobbies include running, travelling and spending time with her family. She believes in a positive and happy classroom where the students feel comfortable to be able to express themselves.
Ms. Sophie Huang: Grade 1W Homeroom AssistantOpen or Close
Sophie has two daughters who both attend HIS. She enjoys reading, travelling, and shopping.
Mr. Glenn Adcock: Grade 1A Homeroom TeacherOpen or Close
After attended Rhodes University where he obtained his BA degree in Psychology and English Literature, he went on to obtain his teaching degree. Glenn has been living and teaching in Taiwan for thirteen years and hopes to one day finally master Mandarin tones.
He loves to spend time with his family, read, go camping in the mountains, and anything music related. He is looking forward to continuing to work with students and teachers from all over the world.
Mrs. Eira Lines Wolef: Grade 1A Homeroom AssistantOpen or Close
In her spare time, Ms. Eira likes to travel overseas, explore Taiwan, bake/cook, and spend time with her friends and family.
Mrs. Julia Kelley: Grade 2K Homeroom TeacherOpen or Close
Julia enjoys learning about different cultures through traveling and living in Asia and has taken some time to study Mandarin at Tianjin Foreign Studies University in addition to the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University.
In her teaching, Julia encourages students to become independent thinkers and learners. She believes students should enjoy what they are learning and find ways to express their individuality in the learning process. She also recognizes that students all learn and grow at their own pace and supports students’ individual needs in the learning process as much as possible.
Mrs. Cairan Meister: Grade 2M Homeroom TeacherOpen or Close
In 2007, she traveled to Taiwan to teach English at a small private school. After a year in Taiwan, she returned to South Africa and studied Teaching. Cairan then returned to Taiwan and taught English at Dong Men Elementary School for 4 years before going back to South Africa where she taught Grade 1 for a time before returning to Taiwan to join the HIS team. This is her sixth year teaching Grade 2 at HIS.
In her spare time, Cairan enjoys doing crossword puzzles, reading, listening to music, and fishing. She feels privileged 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!
Mr. Samuel Livingston: Grade 3L Homeroom 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 Southeast 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, Thailand and now Taiwan for the last nine years. When not at school, he enjoys traveling, experiencing cultures, trying new foods and relaxing at the beach. He also enjoys reading, watching movies, and cooking. Sam is looking forward to getting to know his new students and their families and working together to help all his students reach their full potential.
Ms. Rachel Chen: Grade 3C Homeroom TeacherOpen or Close
When she is not teaching, she enjoys playing with her puppies, Kira and Benji, exercising, reading, and baking cookies.
Mr. Eddie Costello: Grade 4 Homeroom 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 sixteen years. This is his tenth year at HIS.
Mr. Joseph Harr: Grade 5 Homeroom TeacherOpen or Close
Joseph began his teaching career as a Middle School Special Education Teacher on a Native American Indian Reservation in North Dakota. During the summer between his first two years of teaching, Joseph traveled to China for a month and immediately realized his calling was in international education. He began a job search that was initially focused on China but ended with an opportunity to teach at a small international school in Sana’a, Yemen. Joseph then spent the next five years teaching in Yemen and Jordan and fell in love with life in the Arabic speaking part of the world and the experiences offered there.
While teaching in Jordan, Joseph was introduced to the World Scholar’s Cup program and helped bring the program to Jordan by hosting the first-ever event in the country. His involvement in the World Scholar’s Cup quickly developed into an opportunity to join the program as a full-time team member. He then spent five years traveling the world and having amazing experiences meeting and interacting with thousands of students from over 75 countries, including Taiwan.
Joseph is excited to return to the classroom and to join the community of learners and teachers at HIS. He believes that all students are capable of achieving success given the right level of support and structure to allow them to reach their goals.
When he is not teaching, Joseph enjoys all things tennis, spending time outdoors being active, befriending street cats, and spending time with friends and family.
Mr. Shane Ferreira: Grade 6 Homeroom TeacherOpen or Close
Mr. David Cotter - ESL TeacherOpen or Close
Mr. Shaquille Wolef: ESL EducatorOpen or Close
Shaquille studied International Relations, Spanish, and Portuguese at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, graduating in 2014. He later attained his Cambridge CELTA qualification for teaching ESL.
Since 2017, Shaquille has taught children in Taiwan, was married here last year, and says he has come to call this lovely place home, and where he hopes to raise his own family. He enjoys reading, traveling, dancing, and playing basketball. He is still building on his rudimentary Chinese, and his love for languages gives him a lot of respect and empathy for the process of learning.
Shaquille believes that students will find their way to knowledge and success if he, as a teacher, opens the doors and helps them build the confidence to lead the path forward. He knows he can help children find the root of their greatest successes by embracing their mistakes and moving past them. Shaquille says he is ecstatic to be joining the HIS team this year and to be a part of the incredibly warm and supportive atmosphere created at the school!
Mr. Carl Johnson - Visual Arts TeacherOpen or Close
Mr. Johnson has taught at Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin, SCAD Hong Kong and lectured at the Central Academy of Drama, Beijing. In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Johnson was awarded consecutive J. William Fulbright Awards where he lectured and conducted research at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. His teaching philosophy is to provide students at all age levels with the skills necessary to find, enjoy and explore their own unique creative voice. When he is not in the classroom or the studio he enjoys reading, listening to classical music and playing with his three children at the park.
Mrs. 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: HIS LibrarianOpen or Close
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 proud to be part of the HIS team. With reading being such an important and fundamental part of any education, 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.
When not at school, Mrs. Slabbert loves spending time with her husband and three lovely boys! Family time is an essential part of their daily routine! They enjoy going to the beach, swimming, watching movies and riding their bikes together. They also love, appreciate, and respect this country we live in.
Mr. Casper Keller: Physical Education EducatorOpen or Close
Educating students not only became his profession but installed a passion in Casper’s life for children and the ability to guide them to achieve their goals. He firmly believes that “The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. “ He feels that Hsinchu International School creates a wonderful working environment and encourages personal growth and professional development.
Mr. Jit Padhy - Computer StudiesOpen or Close
Mr. Padhy believes that learning is a continuous process of acquiring knowledge and, with his enthusiastic approach and attitude, he achieved a special award for Excellence in Knowledge Sharing and Teaching during his post-graduation period. Mr. Jit finds teaching computer studies to be an exciting and interesting process and feels that there is so much to explore with students.
Apart from teaching, Mr. Padhy has keen interest in long distance running and has already run five marathons in Taiwan. He loves football and is a regular follower of the English football club, Manchester United. He has also been greatly influenced by the Taiwanese culture and he has been enjoying exploring this beautiful island for the past year. Mr.Padhy is excited to be a part of the vibrant and dynamic HIS team and he believes that he can create a significant difference in helping students learn about the various dimensions of computer studies.
Ms. Melody Lin: Chinese EducatorOpen or Close
Melody met her husband in Boston and he became one of her students. They decided to move back to Taiwan ten 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 returning to join everyone at HIS.
Ms. Yi-Hui Tsai: Chinese EducatorOpen or Close
Yi-Hui is currently teaching the Chinese native speakers in the Chinese Department at HIS. She firmly believes that a Chinese teacher can offer a password to students to enter a different world from English to explore new cultures freely. If students proceed step by step in the proper order, they will get lots fun after hard work.
Mrs. Joanne Kaufmann - 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.
Mr. Thomas White - CounselorOpen or Close
Ms. Joy Kang - All-round Helping Hand!Open or Close
Ms. Huang - All-round Helping Hand!Open or Close