• Mr. 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.
  • Ms. 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!
  • Ms. 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.
  • Mr. 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.
  • Mr. 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.
  • Mr. Sebastian Pinzon - Computer Science Educator

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    Sebastián was born and raised in Colombia's capital: Bogotá. He studied physics at the National University of Colombia and achieved his degree in 2018. He likes nature and wildlife, especially birds. He is also interested in understanding different cultures, beliefs, and religions. He has worked on optics and animal vision.

    In his second year teaching at HIS, he will reinforce positive feedback and re-approach worn instructions wherever necessary, as he better understands students and dynamics.
  • Mr. 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.
  • Mr. 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.
  • Mr. Javier Fernández - Science Educator

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    "Javier was born and 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 16 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.

    He has been working at HIS for several years already and when he is not in school, he likes to spend quality time with his family, watch classic movies, 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.”
  • Mr. 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.
  • Ms. 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. Before coming to Taiwan, she taught 14 years in Wisconsin public schools, then transitioned to Asia to teach 4 years at an international school in Shanghai.

    In her spare time, Sondra likes to travel, read, hike, garden, and spend time with family and friends.  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.

    Besides being involved in an historical club in the US, she also has enjoyed volunteering with charities that benefit children and help eliminate poverty.  She and her husband (who is from Hsinchu) have loved being back in beautiful Taiwan!
  • Ms. Michelle Slabbert - Language Arts Educator

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    Michelle is excited to be continuing at Hsinchu International School and to continue to grow in our 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 (and now daughter) 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 especially excited about being involved in growing the school journalism club.
  • Mr. Colin Cochrane - Language Arts Educator

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    Colin Cochrane is a Canadian teaching English in the Secondary Department. His degree is in English, the Fine Arts, and the History of Art and Architecture, with post-graduate certification from the Ontario College of Teachers. His extensive teaching career has been supplemented by valuable experience in architectural preservation, cultural history museums, and British and European antiques. He believes that relating the English curriculum to life beyond the school walls is essential. He encourages students to become more accurate, articulate, and confident in English, and exploits the study of literature as a unique opportunity for them to gain pleasure, personal growth, and a deeper understanding of humanity. He genuinely enjoys his interaction with his students, and observes their individual progress with real interest.
  • Ms. 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.
  • Ms. 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.
  • Mr. 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.
  • Mr. 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.
  • Mr. Donovan Robus - Social Studies Educator

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    Mr. Robus holds Master’s degrees in both Social Sciences (Social Psychology/Sociology) and Education. He has been working as an educator since 1998 and has taught from Pre-K to undergraduate level in that time. 
    After leaving the United Kingdom, he moved to Taiwan “for just one year” but has now been living here for quite some time. His desire to work as an educator in a multicultural, international environment filled with students, parents, and educators from all over the world brought him to HIS in 2014. 
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  • Mr. 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!
  • Mr. 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.
  • Mrs. Veronica Edwards - ESL / Spanish Educator

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    Veronica was born and raised in South Texas, along the Texas- Mexico border. Growing up in a Spanish speaking community, she quickly realized the importance and advantages of being bilingual. Therefore, she understands the challenges and benefits of being able to speak, understand, read and write in multiple languages. She graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Psychology and earned both her Teaching and ESL Certifications from the State of Texas, USA. She has worked in the Texas Public School System, American School of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, and this is her 6th year teaching here in Taiwan.

    Outside of school, she keeps busy with her family but she does enjoy traveling, going to the theatre, cinema, concerts venues and going out to eat. Shopping is one of her favorite past times. She loves all things jewelry and collecting handmade items.
  • Mr. 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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  • Mr. Thomas White - College Counselor

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    Mr. White has worked as a licensed high school counselor in the USA, UAE, New Zealand, and Asia after completing his Master of Science Education degree in guidance counseling at the University of Wisconsin in 2007. He transitioned to the international counseling profession after serving for more than 10 years as the director of the sailing camp for the youth and adult community education program in Minneapolis - “The City of Lakes.” Prior to this, he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in business from Boston College and worked in technical operations at Wintel-based companies including IBM/Lexmark, Arthur Andersen, and Thompson/Reuters. However, working as a counselor is his favorite job. He works holistically with each student to optimize their present, and future academic plan -continuously bringing what he learns through his active memberships in professional counseling associations, including International ACAC (IACAC) and the Council of International Schools (CoIS), back to students for the purpose of matching each to their "best fit" university.
  • Mrs. 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.