• William Butcher - Principal

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    Having spent his early years in Nigeria where he was born and his formative years in the British Isles, Mr. Butcher emerged from a Norfolk High School relatively unscathed to gain a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Greenwich, a teaching certificate from Galway, Ireland and a Master's from the University of Leicester.

    Work experiences include a magical spell at EuroDisney as a language trainer, running his own business as a trainer / translator for clients such as Planet Hollywood and the O.E.C.D. and the teaching experiences with a charitable organisation, various International Schools and the British Council.  These wonderful, fulsome experiences have taken him across the globe and it is with much pleasure that he returns to Taiwan, Hsinchu particularly, for a second term in our school with a team he knows well and respects.

    Hobbies encompass passing time with friends, travelling, walking with his dogs and soon hopefully, volunteering at the Animal Shelter in Nanliao. Aspirations for the future include: A deeper understanding and knowledge of society and culture on the island; a desire to learn to ski properly; and of course to see our students grow into the citizens of this world, a worthy aim which he knows they are capable of achieving.
  • Catherine Chen – Office Manager

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    Catherine grew up in a family of five and she's the youngest one. She has enjoyed being back here after living in Canada for 7 years. She attended Windsor Secondary School located in North Vancouver and then moved to Ontario for her undergraduate study. She received her Bachelor's degree from Queen's University in Kingston Ontario. After graduation, she moved back to Taiwan to begin her work experience. Immediately after returning to Taiwan, she joined the TSMC customer service group. Working as the secretary for the secondary department of HIS for the past two years, she has learned much from the school, from the parents and also from the students. Being the office manager is another exciting move for her. This is her 10th year at HIS and she's really grateful to be here with all of you!
  • Laura Yeh- Secretary

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    Laura is very happy to be part of the big HIS family. Laura lived, worked and studied in British Columbia, Canada for 11 years. Before moving back to Taiwan, she worked in a law office for one year where she learned important skills for her job at HIS. Because Canada is such a multi-cultural country, she met people from many different countries and learned different languages such as English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Working at HIS makes her feel that she is still living in Canada. During her spare time, she loves to watch movies with her friends and family and also enjoys biking.
  • Alex Wang - Accounting

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    Alex was born in Hsinchu. He is very approachable and easy to get along with, both in and out of the professional environment. He sees it as one of his most important responsibilities to try to better his capabilities and continue on the road of learning. Alex was a diligent learner at school and that really helped him while doing research in graduate school. His graduate thesis was on the bond pricing of Financial industries. Having previously held the position of branch manager of the Hsinchu District China Trust Commercial Bank, Alex has broad experience in accounting. Besides bringing his expertise in accounting services to HIS, it is his aim to improve his English language skills.
  • Eric Chen – Information Technology Specialist

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    Eric majored in computers and education at university and obtained certification in elementary education. He also has expertise in operating system and server management, Cisco CCNA, Linux LPI Level 1, Microsoft MCP, MCSA and MCSE on server2003. Previously he has substituted at public elementary schools and worked in the IT department at a flash memory testing company. He is interested in sports and reading.
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  • Martin Long - Science Educator

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    Mr. Long was born, and grew up in Birmingham, England’s second largest city. He attended the University of Leicester where he gained his degree in Chemistry. He first worked at a pharmaceutical company in London before moving to New Zealand. In New Zealand, he managed the chemistry laboratory, worked on process improvement, and monitored the environmental safeguards at a manufacturing site. After gaining his Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham, he has been teaching science and algebra in Taiwan.

    When he’s not teaching, he enjoys the great outdoors, hiking and trail running. He loves to travel, and he has a keen interest in digital photography.
  • Aaron Hunter - Science Educator

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    This is Mr. Hunter's second stint teaching at HIS. He left HIS 6 years ago to teach in Montana, USA. He enjoyed his time in Montana camping and hiking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. He is exited to return to HIS and feels quite at home again.  Mr. Hunter has two children and enjoys camping and hiking with them. Both children are active wrestlers and he also enjoys coaching them and attending tournaments with them. In addition, Mr Hunter enjoys music, woodworking, fishing, and drinking coffee with his wife of 14 years.
  • Javier Fernández - Science Educator

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    Javier was born an raised in a small town in the North-West of Spain. After obtaining his bachelor and master degrees in Physics at the University of Vigo (Spain), he came to Taiwan 14 years ago to continue his studies. He obtained his doctoral degree in Physics in National Tsing Hua University for this work developing and observing with automated telescopes. Afterward, he worked under a postdoctoral contract at the same university analyzing data coming from ground-based telescopes and satellites.

    When he is not in the school, he likes to spend quality time with his family, read, practice martial arts, tinker with his computer, and play old-school video games.

    Javier is very excited to work in HIS and help students getting ready for their future college life.
  • Christian M. Choquette - Curriculum & Accreditation Coordinator

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    Mr. Choquette is excited to continue to serve the caring community of at the Hsinchu International School. He enjoys working collaboratively with HIS's educational professionals to positively impact student learning and achievement. As HIS's Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator Mr. Choquette oversees the coordination, maintenance, facilitation, and assessment of HIS's Secondary school curriculum and teaching standards; always with a Focus on Learning and our institutional Action Plan in mind. Mr. Choquette also serves as HIS's Student Representative Council Advisor.
  • Sondra Chen - Language Arts Educator

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    Sondra is from Ohio where she attended Miami University (Oxford) receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Education, then later a Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University, Massachusetts.  She started her teaching career in New Jersey, and after moving to Wisconsin, taught 14 years in public schools there before transitioning to Asia and teaching at an international school in Shanghai.

    In her spare time, Sondra likes to spend time with her family, travel, read, hike, garden, and explore new places and cultures.  Her favorite sport is soccer, and she has played many roles over the years as a participant, soccer mom, team assistant, coach, and event organizer.

    Sondra is currently or has been a member of several historical clubs and service organizations in the U.S and enjoys volunteering with charities that benefit children and help eliminate poverty. She is happy to now be at Hsinchu International School in beautiful Taiwan!
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  • Colin Cochrane - Language Art Educator

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    Mr. Cochrane is a Canadian teaching secondary-school English.  He has taught English and Art internationally in both independent and public schools. He also has experience in cultural history museums and architectural preservation, and as an international specialist in antique European furniture. His broad cultural background enables him to relate the curriculum to life beyond the school walls. He believes education transforms young people into informed members of society, and feels privileged to be part of their personal growth.
    In his down time, Mr. Cochrane enjoys world literature, classical music, films, and visiting museums. He especially appreciates the friendships and experiences of life in Taiwan and the magnificent National Palace Museum in Taipei is almost his second home!
  • Liling Chang - Math Educator

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    Liling grew up in Taiwan and obtained her Bachelor degree from the National Chengchi University. Because of her interest in education, she later acquired her post-bachelor degree in education at the National Taichung Teachers College. Liling has never forgotten her passion toward mathematics, and therefore decided to continue with a graduate program in mathematics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in the United States. Liling has enjoyed working with students at HIS and is passionate about igniting students’ passion for learning.
  • Jessie Lei - Math Educator

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    Jessie Lei grew up in Hong Kong, and have settled here in Taiwan for more than ten years. 
    She has her both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Hong Kong (HKU), in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and in Mathematics, respectively. 

    She has enjoyed teaching in Mathematics and Computer Programming. When she is not teaching, Ms. Lei enjoys spending time with her family reading, watching movies, and playing table tennis.
  • Dimitris Kanellopoulos - Art Educator

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    Having a nearly (or some might say, completely) unpronounceable Greek name, Dimitris decided to go by the English equivalent, James, or even simpler, Jim, shortly after he started living abroad - that was to make everyone’s life easier, his own included.

    Jim grew up in the beautiful country of Greece. From the small city near Athens that he was born, he moved to the Greek capital to study Art. It was there that he worked as a teacher and a professional artist, occasionally the previous two at the same time and, not so occasionally, over and above the humane man-hours. Soon, he found that life is too short to be living in one place and he decided to give himself a new perspective of life. Along with his family, he moved to Taiwan in 2010.

    At the time of writing, this is his sixth year in Hsinchu International School where he teaches Drawing and Painting, 2D Design, 3D Design and Digital Arts. Taiwan and HIS have given him memorable experiences and working alongside HIS students and staff whom he trusts and respects is exciting.

    His hobbies include making art, taking care of his dogs, annoying his wife by playing drums out of beat, playing Magic: the Gathering, working out, cooking, moviegoing and playing video games that actually require skill and strategic thought.
  • Hank Hsieh - Music Educator

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    Hank Hsieh, born in Taiwan, holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees of Music in Composition from University of British Columbia, Canada. He moved back to Taiwan 5 years ago and has been actively involved in Taiwan’s music industry. His works have won and been nominated for many awards, including Golden Melody Award, Golden Bell Award… etc.
  • Ebon Carmichael - Social Studies Educator

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    Ebon Carmichael is a social studies teacher at HIS who was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. He Graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada with an Honors BA in Political Science. Mr. Carmichael also earned a Bachelor of Education from Brock University in St. Catherine’s, Canada. He has been working at secondary and international schools in Taiwan for eight years now. When he is not teaching, Mr. Carmichael enjoys reading and listening to the news, running, cooking, and spending time with his wife and new son.
  • Michelle Slabbert - Social Studies Educator

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    Michelle is excited to be at Hsinchu International School and join the thriving community. 
    She is from Johannesburg, South Africa and obtained her Bachelors in Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her B. Ed is a double major in English in Education and Geography in Education. Along with her husband she has lived in Taiwan for a number of years. Michelle has had the privilege to work at a diverse range of schools in Taiwan that has broadened her understanding of both Taiwanese culture and the needs of native and non-native speakers of English. Michelle is also very interested in the areas of Critical Literacy Metacognition and this can be seen in her approach to teaching Language Arts. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading Sci-fi fantasy novels, cooking, baking, and crocheting. This school year she is excited about being involved in a school drama production and becoming a mom.
  • Harold Seymour - Social Studies Educator

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    Mr. Seymour has been living in Taiwan for over seven years now and has resided here in Hsinchu for the past five.  Born and raised in the Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Seymour also had the opportunity to live in Mexico and Costa Rica before moving to Taiwan. His education includes bachelor degrees in both history and anthropology and a minor in Spanish from the University of Louisville. In addition, he holds a Masters Degree in the Art of Teaching from the University of the Cumberlands. Mr. Seymour’s teaching experience includes courses in English, Spanish, history, literature, and ESL. When he is not in the classroom, he enjoys being outdoors. Hiking, cycling, exploring Taiwan, sports, and exercising are all activities that interest him in his free time. Mr. Seymour is looking forward to getting to know the students and staff at HIS and having a great school year!
  • Laurence Dean - Social Studies Educator

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    Laurence was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and had spent most of his life there until graduating university. Laurence attended the University of Western Ontario and earned a double degree in human resource management and sociology. After graduation, he came to Taiwan to pursue teaching and has been doing so ever since. He joined Hsinchu International School over five years ago working in both the elementary and secondary school departments as a substitute teacher. He has currently taken on a more permanent position as a part-time teacher in the secondary department.

    Laurence enjoys traveling and exploring new places in South East Asia with his lovely wife and two children. Together, they have explored the many different countries where sightseeing, tasting new food, scuba diving or reading on the beach is a must on any vacation. Laurence also enjoys watching the latest movies or going out to any new restaurant in Taiwan.

    Laurence loves the environment here at Hsinchu International School where a genuine love of learning is fostered in a warm atmosphere of friendship. Here teachers are constantly awakening a natural curiosity of education. Laurence is excited to work with the highly skilled and professional staff as well as the very enthusiastic and passionate students in grades 7,8 and 9. He looks forward to a very prosperous and productive year.
  • Luisa Rodriguez - Spanish Educator

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    Luisa was born in El Salvador in Central America. She grew up speaking both Spanish and English with a special interest in languages, teaching, and theater. Luisa enjoys reading, cooking, baking, and is very hands on with many craft projects. Before coming to Taiwan, she lived in Italy, studied and worked in Theater, while at the same time becoming very fluent in Italian. Luisa has a bachelor in Foreign Language and Literature. She moved to Taiwan nine years ago and is happy to be part of the HIS family. Her goal is for all the students to learn as much as possible while having fun doing it.
  • Rob Mclaren - Physical Fitness Educator

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    Rob is originally from NZ but he grew up in Australia before returning to NZ to study. He completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science majoring in Nutrition and Physiology and a Grad. Diploma in Teaching. Rob ran his own Personal Training business for 4 years training individuals as well as sports teams.

    Rob was in Korea for 2 years before coming to Taiwan where he worked in a JHS. Rob is passionate about sports and health, having worked with Elite sports clients through to obese clients, and enjoys the challenge of working with HIS students.
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  • Lily Liu - Wellness Counselor

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    Lily Liu grew up in Taiwan and obtained her bachelor degree in National Taiwan University (NTU). She has always been pursuing for what she is interested in, so she changed several working fields from language assistant at NTU language center, government project coordinator, to college lecturer. Not until a period of wandering time in her late 20s did she find herself passionate for deeply communicating with people, so she completed M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Boston College in 2008.

    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.
  • Berta Liao - College Counselor

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    Berta has been the College Counselor at HIS since 2010. She has a Certificate in College Counseling earned with Distinction from UCLA and Bachelors and Masters degrees in Political Science from MIT.

    Berta regularly presents at professional conferences, including the International Association for College Admissions Counseling (International ACAC) and the Council of International Schools (CIS) East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) conferences. She served as a faculty member at the International ACAC Pre-Conference Institute, and at the Global University Counselor Connect (GUCC) conferences in Singapore. Additionally, she visits over 20 institutions of higher education around the world each year, and speaks Mandarin.

    Before moving into the field of education, her career spanned a broad range of industries and companies: from large corporations such as UMC and Lehman Brothers, to a NGO and a startup Internet company. Her focus in all of these organizations was always marketing and communications. She uses her marketing experience and expertise to help students identify and effectively communicate their talents. Berta believes in helping students to find institutions where they can flourish, realize their goals, and grow as individuals. Born and raised in the U.S., she is a Taiwanese-American who has lived in Taiwan since 2001.
  • Joanne Kaufman - School Nurse

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    A Taichung native, Joanne graduated from Nursing College in Taipei. From there she proceeded to work at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital International Medical Center in LinKou where she was a leader of the ICU ward she had been maintaining for five years. She later moved to Hsinchu where she spent the next two years assisting in the operating room at the National Taiwan University Hospital.

    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.