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 started teaching in Hsinchu in 2005. Ms. Barry previously taught at HIS for three years, then taught ESL at Guan Dong Elementary School, and finally returned to H.I.S to teach the Grade 6 class for three years. In 2015 Ms. Barry made the move from the classroom to the office. She has enjoyed the challenge of not only working with the 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 lifelong 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 working with all age ranges and finds difficult to choose an age preference.
Alex Wang - AccountingOpen or Close
Debbie Hu - Office AdministrationOpen or Close
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!
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 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 and going to new places.
Naomi and her kids are excited to start their fifth year at HIS and say they love this school!
Nancy Wu - Assistant, Pre-KOpen 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.
Rebecca Avila - Kindergarten TeacherOpen or Close
Rebecca believes in providing a positive and exciting classroom environment. She loves teaching and building relationships with her students. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys traveling, reading and spending time in the sunshine.
Hui Fang Lee - Assistant, KindergartenOpen or Close
Allie McDermott - Grade 1 McD TeacherOpen or Close
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. And 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, practice yoga, and spend time with the people she cares about!
Sophie Huang - Grade 1 McD 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.
Peter McSweeney - Grade 1McS TeacherOpen or Close
Having enjoyed life in East Asia, Peter then went to work at another British school in Malaysia, before coming to Taiwan in 2013 where he taught at HIS for three years. In 2016, he took a sabbatical from teaching to get married and to set up his own business in Taipei. In 2017, he returned to HIS and is now starting his 5th year here.
Mr. McSweeney’s biggest interests are sports and reading. He is a Leicester City fan (soccer), Leicester being his hometown, and also regularly watches tennis and snooker. His favorite books include classic novels such as A Tale of Two Cities and Dracula as well as science fiction such as Dune, Rendezvous with Rama and Fahrenheit 451. His favorite children’s books are Matilda, The Twits, The Chronicles of Narnia, Artemis Fowl, and The Lord of the Rings.
Eira Lines - Grade 1McS 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.
Julia Kelley - Grade 2K 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. She’s excited about meeting the new challenges as she transitions from Grade 4 to Grade 2.
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.
Cairan Sutherland - Grade 2S TeacherOpen or Close
Samuel Livingston - Grade 3 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 six years.
When not at school, he enjoys traveling, experiencing foreign 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.
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 fourteen years. This is his eighth year at HIS.
Dan Jorgensen – Grade 5J TeacherOpen or Close
This is Dan’s first year teaching 5th grade at HIS and his sixth year overall of teaching 5th grade. He is excited to learn and grow with his students!
Donovan Robus - Grade 5R TeacherOpen or Close
He holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences (Social Psychology/Sociology) and a Master’s in Education and has been working as an educator for just over two decades.
After moving to Taiwan, he taught in the ESL field for seven years but really enjoys 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 since he first arrived and is appropriately embarrassed about his inexcusably poor Mandarin skills. 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
However, teaching became his long term goal. Mr. Ferreira's philosophy is simple and effective: if students are happy and enthusiastic in a controlled, supportive environment, this will help them achieve their goals and succeed in many facets of life! He is looking forward to a great year!
David Cotter - ESL TeacherOpen or Close
Vicky Wright - ESL TeacherOpen or Close
Ms. Wright is a passionate reader of books and she hopes to instill that love of books in all of her students. Her hobbies include running and travelling.
Ms. Wright believes in a positive and happy classroom where the students feel comfortable to be able to express themselves.
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.
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, Mrs. Slabbert loves spending time with her husband and three lovely, but busy, boys! Family time is an essential part of their daily routine! They enjoy camping, watching movies, swimming and riding their bikes together. They also love, appreciate, and respect this country we live in.
With reading being such an important and fundamental part of any education, Mrs. Slabbert is very excited to continue in 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.
Mr. Casper Keller - Physical EducationOpen or Close
Educating students not only became a profession, but installed a passion in Casper’s life for children and the ability to guide them to achieve their goals. “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.“
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.
Melody Lin - Chinese StudiesOpen 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 returning to join everyone at HIS.
Yihui Tsai - Chinese StudiesOpen or Close
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.
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