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Preparing our students today, for the future of tomorrow

Preparing our students today, for the future of tomorrow

Elementary School


    G1 Homeroom Teacher

    Maria Lombard

    Maria earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Psychology from North West University, South Africa. Later, while completing a Communication studies degree at North West University, she also finished a diploma in Drama at ADK, South Africa. Maria has spent the past three years in Taiwan where she was involved in early childhood education. She currently teaches First Grade Elementary. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time outdoors.

    G2 Homeroom Teacher

    Vivian Chen

    Vivian received a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education from University of Alberta, Canada. After teaching kindergarten in Canada for a year, she decided to go across the pond to earn her MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Others Languages) from Institute of Education, University College London. During her one year study, Vivian had the opportunity to substitute for primary school classes in London. She also enjoyed traveling in Europe and going to the theatres in London West End. Vivian has experience in teaching kindergarten and elementary students overseas as well as high school students in Taiwan. Vivian loves children and believes the crucial impact that education has on them at an early age. She tries her best to create a loving, caring and engaging learning environment for her students. In her spare time, Vivian loves doing outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking and she plays badminton weekly. Music is also important to Vivian as she plays the piano and loves to sing while playing the ukulele. Vivian is excited to join the TYAS family!

    G3A Homeroom Teacher / Elementary School Director

    Clint B. Rand

    Clint has a Master’s of Education with a focus in Educational Technology from Moreland University in America. Clint also did his teachers certification program through Moreland University and got his teaching license from the wonderful state of Hawaii. Clint got his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg in Canada. He also has a TESOL certificate from the Canadian Global Institute in Canada. Clint has his TEFL through Hess Educational Organization in Taiwan.
    Clint has taught in Taiwan for a total of thirteen years with the last two years at Kang Chiao International School in Linkou where he was head teacher for grade one. Clint also taught a year in Pohang, South Korea where he developed his love for teaching. Clint is a grade three homeroom teacher as well as serves as Director of the Elementary School. In his free time Clint enjoys spending time with his family and loves to take them camping in Taiwan. Clint enjoys hiking, swimming, playing board games and travel.

    G3B Homeroom Teacher 

    Salome Pienaar 

    Salomè Pienaar received a Bachelor of Education (Hons) in Special Education from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Before moving to Taiwan, Salomè taught at an elementary school in South Africa. She has been living in Taiwan for the last five years. She currently teaches Third Grade, and hopes that the students will learn to develop a sense of fulfillment through doing their best, and will treat others with respect. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and keeping herself busy with arts and crafts.


    G4 Homeroom Teacher

    Annie Lin

    Annie was raised in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a double-degree: Bachelor Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Education in Primary Junior Education. She is a certified K-G6 elementary teacher by the Province of Ontario. Annie is creative and very passionate about making learning exciting for her students so that it would become a meaningful learning experience for them. She has experiences teaching a variety of different learners and has the patience to help them meet their needs. Annie loves working with children and believes the importance of care and guidance in education. This will be Annie’s sixth year teaching in Taiwan. Other than teaching and working with children, Annie enjoys crafting, traveling, and learning about different languages and cultures.

    G5 Homeroom Teacher 

    Rance Kuwata

    Rance received his B.Ed in Elementary Education from Chaminade University and his Hawaii teacher license. Rance has spent 2 years teaching at an elementary school in Taiwan. Prior to his arrival in Taiwan, Rance has taught at international and bilingual schools in China and Singapore. Rance takes it upon himself to understand different cultures so that his students can develop into global citizens. During his free time, Rance enjoys exercising and traveling with friends.

    Elementary Chinese Teacher
    Sandy Kan

    Hui Tzu received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Master of Adolescent Education in Chinese Language Instruction from Hunter College, City University of New York. Hui Tzu taught Mandarin Chinese in Elementary school at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut for 7 years. She moved back to Taiwan in 2016. She currently teaches Elementary Chinese. She loves to travel and experience different cultures.

    Accountant Assistant

    Sylvia Chien


    Sylvia joined TYAS in 2018. She was born and grew up in Taiwan. She graduated from Soochow University and majored in Business Administration. After graduating from the university, she was employed as the Customer Service Personel for a shipping company. She enjoys traveling around the world, eating different kinds of foods and baking cakes.

    Academic Affairs Specialist

    Tony Lin


    Tony joined TYAS in July of 2018. He graduated from Fu Jen Catholic University and majored in Italian. After finishing his military service, he was employed as an Activity Coordinator and Sales Assistant. In his leisure time, he likes to watch movies and television series, as well as go to gym and swim. Learning new things always gets him excited, and recently he started learning Cantonese. Getting familiar with another language gives him a sense of happiness and achievement.

    General Affairs Assistant
    Robin Liu


    Robin joined Taoyuan American School in 2018. He grew up in Taiwan and graduated from the Republic of China Army Official School. After graduation, he served in the Army Airborne Special Forces, specializing in integrated combat techniques. He is the general assistant of TYAS. He loves sports, and participates in marathons and triathlons..

    Students Affairs Assistant
    Indigo Hsu


    Indigo joined TYAS in 2018, She graduated from Tainan National University of Arts, majoring material arts and design, and she has been working as an illustrator and a ceramic artist for years. After being an artist-in-residency in US, now she is an assistant in the student affairs office in TYAS. She loves traveling, reading and making ceramic sculptures in her leisure time.

    Amber Chang


    Amber joined TYAS in 2018. She was born and grew up in Taiwan. She graduated from Chang Gung University of Science and Technology with a major in nursing. She is a Taiwan Registered Professional Nurse and has BLS (Basic Life Support) certification. She loves traveling , listening to music and outdoor activities.