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Preparing our students today, for the future of tomorrow

Preparing our students today, for the future of tomorrow

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    Art Teacher 

    Joseph Culpepper

    Joseph is the Visual Arts teacher for the school. He received an MFA and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University. He also has a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He pursued his art career for over ten years in the US, exhibiting in cities, including Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, and New York City. He also taught drawing at the University of Washington for three summers and worked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He has taught for eight years in Taiwan and looks forward to another great year at TYAS. In his free time, Joseph reads, draws, takes little trips with his wife and kids, and works on getting in better shape.

    Music Teacher

    Han-Jie Liu 

    Han-jie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan. She earned a full scholarship and completed her Master of Violin Performance from the Boston Conservatory, USA. Han-jie started her Music teaching career at Marshfield High School, then Hanscom Air Force Base Middle School and Lincoln Public School, all in Massachusetts. Han-jie was the Director and Conductor of the Hanscom AFB Middle School Orchestra. She moved back to Taiwan in August 2012. Han-jie teaches general Music for Grades 1 to 8 and Musical Theatre Production for Grades 9 to 12. She also teaches AP Chinese. Since 2012, Han-jie has coached students in 7 TYAS Christmas / Graduation Performances. She also produced and directed (including music editing and choreography) 7 TYAS high school music productions and received acclaim from audiences.  Han-jie enjoys listening to classical music (especially symphonies) and watching Broadway shows.

    Computer Teacher

    Fine Wu

    Fine earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tunghai University, Taiwan in 1989, a Master of Science in Biomedical Science from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1996, a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Dayton in 2001, and a Ph.D. candidacy in Biological Computation from Wright State University in 2005. Fine started his teaching career as a teaching assistant while pursuing his graduate degree in Computer Science for 2 years. He then served as an adjunct faculty of Computer Science at Central State University in Ohio, teaching computer literacy, data structure, software engineering, etc. Fine is currently teaching Grades 1-8 Computer and High School Computer Science. He has interests in computer applications and stand alone/web programming, including but not limited to the MS office software, Scratch, C++, HTML, CSS and JavaScript. He enjoys watching sci-fi movies and sports.

    Spanish Teacher

    Jocelyn Flores

    HOLA ! My name is Jocelyn Flores . I am a Spanish native speaker from Costa Rica. I did my automobile technical degree in Vocacional Monsenor Sanabria in San Jose . I Studied English and Mandarin at the European academy in El Salvador. I love baking and travel. I have my business called Cake Fondant Taiwan , in which I give workshops to children for the last 4 years and I’m pastry chef .I am an active member of the latino community in Taiwan , I have participated in representative events of Costa Rica and latin culture in Taiwan since I live in Taiwan.I have lived in Taiwan for 7 years, married 15 years ago, I have two children of 14 and 12 years old.

    PE Teacher

    Craiglee Sam

    Craiglee Sam is a highly dedicated physical education teacher with more than fifteen years of experience in sports development training with verifiable strengths in engaging, coaching and developing athletes in and
    out of Taiwan. Craiglee Sam studied and lived in Taiwan for over ten years he also graduated from Ming Chuan University, and owned his sports coach certification from the international body of FIBA. Before moving to
    Taiwan he represented his country in sports and received a sports scholarship to university in Portland Oregon. He is highly trained and is prepared in leading the way in the physical health of students.