Dominican International School is a Catholic, private, English medium school owned and governed by the Dominican Sisters.
Sr. Ma. Zenaida T Ancheta, O.P has over 40 years valuable experience as an educator. This includes serving as a dietary manager in educational and other institutions. She holds a Master’s degree in Education (Private School Administration) under the Institute for Catholic Education at the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a major in Home Economics and minors in Art and Music. Furthermore she took a correspondence course in Food Service Management from the Catholic Health Association in the U.S., as well as a Dietary Manager Independent Study course from the University of Florida.
As a young Dominican missionary, she was sent from the Philippines to the Province of St. Ferrer mission in Taiwan to continue her apostolate to minister to the young and the elderly. Furthermore,she served as a Dietary Manager/Nutritionist at the St. Dominic Senior Care Home in Barrigada, Guam (USA). Her steady vision and results-driven management style led to her taking up the position of Principal at the Dominican Catholic School in Guam, which she held for many years until the school was WASC/WCEA accredited. She joined the DIS Administration in 2014/15 to oversee this school’s accreditation process, which will be concluded during the 2016/17 academic year. Her vision has been translated into many positive results in the school.
Sister Lorna P. Alamares, OP graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas, Philippines (formerly known as Aquinas University) with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. She has been a school treasurer for 27 years. From 1991 to 2016, she was employed by the Congregation of the Religious Missionaries of St. Dominic in the Philippines. Since 2018, she has been working at DIS Kaohsiung and DIS Taipei.
Ms. Coney Catalan-Pido holds a Master's Degree in Education major in Educational Management. She finished and completed her master's at Atlantic International University. She is also a licensed teacher and has more than ten years of teaching experience in the Philippines, both in local and private elementary schools. She has previously served as the Executive Secretary, Registrar, and Student Affairs Coordinator for The Dominican School of Cebu for five years.
She has been the School Registrar & Admission Officer for DIS-Taipei since 2013 up to the present.
Ms. Iris Chang holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, and has been at DIS since 2003. Prior to 2003, she worked as a Librarian in academic libraries in California, Wyoming & New Mexico in the United States and also worked in Human Resources in Silicon Valley, California. Ms. Iris has an interest in business and took business courses while employed by academic libraries in the university setting. She also organized a series of well-received employee benefits workshops while employed by UC-Santa Cruz. Ms Iris is not shy to go the extra mile for teachers and students, especially the Grade 12 students when they do research for their Senior Project. She is very organized and everyone is proud of the efficient DIS Library.
Ian Crisostomo is the Management Information Technology Head and Audio/Visual Supervisor, in addition to teaching ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in the middle school. He has been with DIS for more than twenty years. Mr. Ian is a member of the DIS Steering Committee, which oversees the execution of the school-wide Action Plan and all other accreditation-related tasks. He holds an advanced degree in Computer Technology from the Hagonoy Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education from St. Paul’s College of Ilocos Sur, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from St. Paul University, Philippines. His certifications include web design and multimedia communication, as well as teaching licensure for secondary education. Currently, he is studying towards a Master’s degree in Information Technology, majoring in Information Management. He is responsible for the layout and design of the yearbook, and the cover design of the school’s accreditation self-study. He has been the recipient of many certificates of appreciation for his service to the school. In 2019, he received a D’TORCH award
Sr. Rosa Dabhi, CCV, (Carmelite Sisters of Charity of Vedruna) is a qualified and certified teacher hailing from India, who has served Dominican International School for over ten years. She taught in both India and Taiwan, teaching both English and Religion.
Dr. Mercia de Souza holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and Master’s degrees in Applied Linguistics and Marketing Management. She also holds a Post-Graduate Higher Diploma in Education, a Bachelor’s degree with three full majors – English Literature, Psychology, and Afrikaans and Dutch Literature and Linguistics. She has been involved in numerous aspects of Education for over four decades. In South Africa, her country of origin, she was a High School teacher, but after eleven years in the classroom, she left the school environment to become Head of the Education Division at the South African Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) where she became an accreditation specialist, developing the Institute’s accreditation process. In 2000, while she was Head of Education at the Institute of Administration and Commerce of Southern Africa (IACSA) in Cape Town, she was awarded IACSA Fellow Membership for Life for her contribution to education in Southern Africa, especially in the field of accreditation. In 2001 she was recruited for Samsung’s elite Globalization Team in South Korea, but after three years in the corporate world she became International Relations and Marketing Manager at a Korean university. She has been at DIS since 2011. In 2006 she was awarded a gold medal by the University of Moscow for her contribution to International Education, and in January 2015, she was awarded a certificate of recognition for her contribution to Education by Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International, a U.S. professional organization for educators, for the work she was doing with Global Issues Network students at DIS. The school awarded her the DIS Star Service Award for her major role in getting the school WASC accredited for the first time. She has since been on accreditation teams on behalf of WASC to schools in Korea, China, Thailand and Vietnam. During her many years in education, she published texts books and study notes, wrote prospectuses and marketing materials for a number of academic institutions, and published numerous education-related articles in newsletters, magazines and journals. She is a regular speaker at international conferences
Ms Apao Hsu holds an Advanced Diploma in Business. She is a graduate from Blessed Imelda, a DIS sister school. She has been with DIS for the past thirteen years. Prior to working at the school, she worked for a travel agency for ten years, and was in the insurance business for eight.
Ms. Milagrosa “ Agosh” Librea has a Bachelor of Secondary Education with a major in Social Studies, a Bachelor of Theology, and a Certificate in Philosophy. Furthermore she has Master’s degrees in Education (Child Study) and Philosophy. She is currently completing a Ph.D. in Philosophy. She attended several Chinese courses and speaks the language fluently. Furthermore, she studied many aspects of Theology at institutions in Rome (Italy), Spain, the Philippines, and India. Ms Agosh is certified to teach from lower school to university level. In spite of her very busy schedule, she also teaches the DIS Community Service Program for Seniors.
Ms. Agosh has 15 years’ teaching experience at all levels both in the Philippines and Taiwan. Apart from teaching students, she also participates in training seminars for teachers covering the subjects of pedagogy and culture.
Ms. Agosh was the first graduate student in the Philippines to present a Master’s Thesis at International level with “A Comparative Study on Preschool Curriculum of Philippines and Taiwan.”
Archie A. Racadio has a Bachelorof Science in Commerce majoring in Information Technology, and a Master’s degree majoring in Information Systems (C). She also holds a post-graduate qualification in Secondary Education, a Certificate in Differentiated Instruction from Harvard University Graduate School of Education and she was trained in Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA). Furthermore she holds a Licensed Professional Secondary ICT Teacher. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Advanced Teaching. She has more than 20 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator in an exclusive private school and university both in Manila, Philippines and Taipei, Taiwan. She was the school’s Admissions Officer and Registrar for 13 years and was the former MIS/ MIT Head of the school. Archie’s contributions to DIS Educational and IT System includes designing software to digitize student records, creating the Student Data Base System for DIS ‘s Admission and Registration, the DIS E-Gradebook, introducing the use of Google Suite, and the development of the accounting software for the school.
Joe Schoeman has been the DIS Curriculum and Academic Coordinator since 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education, a Master’s degree equivalent in Psychology and a further Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. He is a certified and registered teacher. Before being promoted to his current position, Mr. Joe was a Grade 5 Homeroom Teacher at DIS for three years. He taught in his home country, South Africa, in public schools for three years before coming to Taiwan. Mr. Joe has served on WASC Visiting Committees to schools in Taiwan, China, and Vietnam.
Mr. Tank Tien holds a Master’s Degree in Education Policy Making and Leadership. He has been at DIS since 2004 and is currently the Perfect of Discipline and the Chinese Language Subject Leader. He has six years teaching experience in a Vocational High School before coming to DIS.
Ms. Sophie Tsou holds a Bachelor in Finance. She started her career at DIS, and has been here for the past nine years.
Mervin Villaroya has been teaching for fourteen years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Management Technology. He is a qualified and licensed teacher. He has eleven years’ experience teaching ICT and held other positions such as Vice Principal for Discipline and Sports Director at Aquinas School in the Philippines. He is currently, studying towards a Masters’ degree in Education.
Fr. Tomasz Zalewski, OP joined the Dominican Order in 2002. In 2009, he became a priest and obtained a Master's degree in Theology at University of John Paul II in Krakow, Poland. One year later, he arrived in Taiwan to learn Chinese. In 2013 he joined the Taiwan Province of the Dominican Order and became a chaplain of St. Dominic High School in Kaohsiung City. In 2017, he moved to New Taipei City to study Psychology at Fu Jen Catholic University. He has been working in DIS as a chaplain and Middle/High School counselor for boys since 2020.
Samir Eddio is a licensed teacher who is currently pursuing his Doctorate at Saint Louis University, Baguio City, Philippines. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a major in Educational Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with majors in Physical Education, Health and Music (PEHM), minors in History and Biology, and certificates in Mandarin Chinese from National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU). Over the past 26 years, he has taught General Science, Biology, and Humanities subjects, such as Music and Arts, at Cordillera Career Development College, Philippines. In his early years at DIS, he taught Middle School Social Studies and Ancient History, and he currently teaches Modern History. Mr. Samir is also a dance choreographer, an accomplished singer, and a musician who shares his talents when leading the singing during mass in school and the parish.
John Erick S. Moje serves as the Head of the Religious Studies Department at DIS, in addition to teaching Religious Studies to Grades 10 and 12. He is a member of the ACS WASC Accreditation Steering Committee, the Recruitment Committee, and the House Color Committee, as well as a Professional Learning Community Master Teacher. He completed his Master’s Degree in 2022 and is currently enrolled in a PhD program concentrating in Effective and Efficient Educational Leadership. He is the holder of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Sacred Heart College in Lucena City, Philippines. His additional studies included: Philosophy and Theology from the Dominican Order of Preachers, Philippines; coursework in Religious Education, and; and professional development units in Values Education. He holds a teaching license in Secondary Education from Sacred Heart, Philippines and a Teaching Certificate in Catechism from the Diocese of Manila, Philippines. An active member of REAP (Religious Educators Association of the Philippines), he also helps to facilitate DOMNET (Dominican Network), and Eco-minicans. In his almost two decades of teaching in K-12 schools, he has experience teaching at all grade levels. In 2020, he received the D’TORCH Award, which is given to faculty and staff members for exceptional service and dedication to the school.
Gustl Pido is the Athletic Director and Head of Physical and Health Education Department. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Education, Health and Sport Science, a Master of Education in Sport Coaching Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a major in Industrial/Organizational and Sport Psychology. He is a licensed teacher in Physical Education, a Registered Athletic Administrator, International Athletic Administrator, Sports Technologist, and an Accredited Interscholastic Coach. He is certified as a K-12 and Tertiary Educator, Interscholastic Coach, Fitness Trainer, Kettlebell Sport Coach, NFHS Coach Level 1, 2, and 3, Sports Performance, and Adult CPR/AED/First Aid. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America, the Global Human Research and Welfare Society, the International Olympic Committee, the National Federation of State High School Associations, and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. An accomplished athlete, he is an NCAA 2-time record holder in Javelin Throw. As a member of the national team, he has competed nationally and in international track and field events. The founder of Filipino Sports and Fitness in Taiwan in 2015, Dr. Pido also presents his research at international conferences.
Dr. Edward Solis holds a Doctor of Science (ScD) major in Information Systems. He finished his doctorate at Atlantic International University. He finished his Masters in Education major in School Leadership at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines. He has twenty-three years of teaching experience before coming to DIS. He taught in numerous colleges and universities. He taught several subjects such as Physics, Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics, Geometry, Drafting, Computer, Advertising and Accounting.
He was the Registrar of Aquinas School, an exclusive school for boys owned by the Dominican Fathers in San Juan, Philippines, for 12 years.
Currently, He is responsible in maintaining the school's website, Grading System and Student Attendance System.
Arcel Joseph C. Amoguis holds a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education, majoring in English, from the Holy Cross of Davao College (2005), and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Philippine Dominican Center for Institutional Studies (2011). Currently, he is enrolled in a Master’s Degree program in Teaching English Language and Literature at the Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines. He has been teaching for 12 years in 3 different countries. He taught English Language and Literature at three different schools in the Philippines, as well as at a bilingual school in Thailand. He is presently teaching Religious Studies 6, 7, 8, and 9. He also taught English for Academic Purposes for 2 years. He is currently the homeroom teacher of Grade 7 Bl. Jordan, the Campus Radio Club moderator, and the assistant coach of the girls’ volleyball team.
Stephen Black holds BA Honours and MSc degrees, plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education and a Cambridge CELTA. Having initially taught English to students of all ages both at home and abroad, he then taught in primary schools in his home country of Scotland before returning to Taiwan. He has been the Grade 5 St. Martin De Porres homeroom teacher since 2012.
Bro. Patrick Dave Q. Bugarin, OP holds a doctorate in Asia-Pacific Studies from National Chengchi University (2021), a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas (2014), and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Ming Chuan University (2016). At DIS, he teaches Grade 11 Global Issues and supervises the Grade 12 community service project. Patrick is a perpetually professed lay member of the Order of Preachers, coordinates the Asia-Pacific Council of Lay Dominican Fraternities (APCLDF) in Taiwan, and currently serves as the Vice President for Charter and References of the Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO). He also has experience in advising government research on security. His recent publications include a chapter in International Studies in the Philippines: Mapping New Frontiers in Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2020), an article published by Ateneo de Manila University Press (2022) discussing the securitization of “terrorism” in the Philippines, and an article in a special issue of Critical Studies on Terrorism (2021).
Jessy Cardenas is in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at Universidad Internacional de Valencia in Spain. Her other qualifications are in Computer Science Engineering, from the Central American Technology University in Honduras. She holds a TESOL certificate and a certificate in Catholic Faith and Tradition from University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA. Jessy has 8 years of work experience at Escuela Agrícola Panamericana, Zamorano as an analyst programmer, training end users in programs on different platforms. She has also taught students how to use software development tools designed for university activities. Jessy has been teaching in Taiwan for 3 years, and this is her second year at DIS. She is currently teaching Religious Studies to grades 1 and 2, and Spanish as a Foreign Language to grades 9, 10 and 11.
Jun Castillo completed three years of a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics and a minor in Political Science from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He was also certified to teach The Philippine Constitution and The Rizal Course at the UST College of Commerce by Fr. Leonardo Legazpi O.P. UST Regent. Before he came to Taipei to join his family and teach at DIST, he worked as Assistant Manager at the National Bank of Detroit in Manila. When he first came to DIS, he was a Grade 5 homeroom teacher. Subsequently, he taught a wide range of middle-school and high-school courses. Since his return to D.I.S.T. in 2020, he has taught Math 6, Ancient History 9, World Religions 11, Social Studies 7, and Economics 11.
Ms. Lillian Chao graduated from the Chinese Culture University with a Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. She has been teaching Chinese at DIS since 2001. She is serious about action research, and she presented her research at the Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at Ming Chuan University 2014. She hopes that research could provide a feasible model for teachers of 2nd language in general, and Chinese in particular, to implement differentiated instruction in their classrooms. Ms Lilian is licensed to teach Chinese as a Second Language.
Mr. Jofil holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education. He has been teaching Art from 2006 to the present school year and is currently teaching Visual Arts, Sculpture, Design, and AP Art courses. His previous experience includes teaching Visual Arts in a Special Program for the Arts at Iloilo National High School in the Philippines. He was also Coordinator for Visual Arts in the entire province. He participated in and coached various art competitions including a global art competition for which he won the grand prize. Mr. Jofil co-authored an instructional handbook for teachers and students while at university.
Ms. Robeth is currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Education in Curriculum Development and holds a Master’s degree of Education in Reading, a Master’s degree in Education in English as a Second Language, as well as a Bachelor of Secondary Education with a major in English. She is a Licensed Teacher and currently teaches English for Academic Purposes. Her experience includes being a resource person for Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties; Production Adviser for Creative Writing; and an Academic Coordinator teacher for Research, Creative Writing, Academic and Professional Purposes, and general Reading and Writing.
Elaine de Bruyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education. She is a certified and registered teacher. Ms. Elaine is currently the Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in Taiwan, at both public and private elementary schools with students of varying ages. Before coming to Taiwan, she was a homeroom teacher in South Africa.
Mr. Erwin holds a Bachelor’s of Sports Science degree from the University of Santo Tomas. He has been coaching track & field athletes as well as basketball players for the past years and currently teaches PE and Health classes. He enjoys sharing with students not only the skills that they need to be good athletes, but also the skills of working together in teams.
Janice Doyle, a South African, holds a BSc degree in Home Economics, a post-graduate diploma in Education, and she is a licensed educator. Before coming to Taiwan in 2000, she worked in a museum for 4 years, managed 3 restaurants for a year and then spent 6 years teaching. Subjects included Home Economics to Grade 9-12, Agricultural Science to high school students and Science to Grade 7. Her first 6 years in Taiwan were spent teaching at cram schools. She joined DIS in 2006, where she has taught a variety of subjects. She is currently a facilitator for Senior Project and teaches Family and Consumer Science as well as Middle School Science. She is a member of the DIS Steering Committee, which oversees the execution of the School-wide Action Plan and all other accreditation-related tasks, and she serves as a member of the school’s Recruitment Committee. She received the D’TORCH award for outstanding service to the school in 2017.
Mr. Ronaldo holds a Bachelor of Music majoring in Clarinet. His past experience includes being a former music teacher and band conductor of De La Salle Lipa, an instrument’s tutor of Brent International School, a choir/band/orchestra conductor, and a speaker/workshop facilitator for band/orchestra ensembles and soloists. He was also enlisted as personnel of the Philippine Air Force and the Treasurer of PASAMBAP INC. He was a prize winner of NAMCYA (National Music Competition for Young Artist) in 2003 for Clarinet Category A.
Erick Gonzales holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Philippine Dominican Center of Institutional Studies. He is a former temporary professed brother from the Order of Preachers - Province of the Philippines. He worked at two Dominican Colleges in the Philippines as a Theology Instructor, Campus Ministry Coordinator, and marketing staff member. He has done coursework toward an MBA, and worked in Sales and Marketing in Singapore before coming to Taiwan. Currently, he teaches Religious Studies to grades 3 and 4, as well as ICT and Robotics to grade 6. He is also the Service Learning Program Coordinator, a member of Campus Ministry, and part of the MIT department
Dr. Ram Gopal is from Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalayas, India. Dr. He holds a Doctorate in Photonics, a Master’s in Physics, and a Master’s in Material Science, as well as a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education, with a minor in Psychology. Dr. Ram has 10 years’ teaching experience. At DIS, he currently teaches Chemistry, A.P. Chemistry, and Environmental Science, and has previously taught courses in Physics, Basic Chemistry and Astronomy. He has also been a yoga instructor. In 2019, Dr. Ram attended the international AP Workshop in Japan. He has published numerous articles in optoelectronics journals and is an active member of the INDIA-TAIPEI ASSOCIATION.
Mr. Leon Henrico holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music, a Higher Diploma in Education and a TESOL qualification. He is currently teaching Music to Middle and High School students, and Language Arts to Grades 9 and 10. Before coming to DIS, he taught in various other schools in Taiwan and South Africa. He is a choir master who has trained choirs internationally, including opera choirs. He says that his greatest achievement was training a Brass Band that won a national competition in South Africa, which was then invited to perform at an international festival in Nice, France.
James Henselman has an MA in Teaching from City University of Bellevue and a BA in Sociology from Central Washington University. He is certified by the State of Washington in K-8 Elementary Education, 4-12 Psychology, and 4-12 Sociology. At DIS, he is the G4 St. Margaret Homeroom Teacher, teaching Grade 4 Math, English Language Arts and Social Studies. In addition to his 23+ years of teaching experience, James has worked in juvenile corrections for the State of Washington and as a school liaison officer for the Department of the Army, and Child Youth and School Services, under the Department of Defense. James has lived and taught in Taiwan for over 22 years. His father was in the Air Force, which enabled James and his family to live in places such as Italy, Turkey, Texas and California, but Tacoma, Washington has always been his home in the United States.
Michael Hoffmann is a licensed and certified teacher from Ontario, Canada. He has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree, a Bachelor of Education degree, specializing in Urban Diversity, and is currently completing a Master of Education degree in Curriculum Studies, focusing on Education Technology and Design. He is also TESOL and smartboard certified. With experience teaching AP Physics, Algebra 2, and Middle school Math & Science, Mr. Hoffmann is a welcome addition to the Math and Science Department at DIS. In total, he has been teaching for more than 20 years in Taiwan and defines himself through critical pedagogy, equity and diversity in the classroom. Continually learning, Mr. Hoffmann is currently conducting action research on improving student motivation and reducing anxiety in the math classroom.
Andrew Hogenson has a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of Southern California with special certification in educating gifted and talented students. He also holds additional degrees in History, English, and Philosophy. He is fully licenced to teach in the state of California. Andrew has been teaching in Taiwan since 2007 and joined DIS in 2018. He teaches Social Studies, American History, and AP United States History. Andrew is a certified Model United Nations Advisor through Best Delegate and has been an MUN Club Moderator and DISMUN Teacher Director since 2019.
Emily Howe is the drama teacher for Lower Elementary. Before joining DIS, she spent the last 8 years teaching kindergarten to grade 5 in private schools in Taipei. During this time, she has been recognized with the Employee of the Year Award, Outstanding English Competence Competition Coach Award and selected by the New Taipei Education Association for the Excellent Teacher Award. She loves to work with kids of all ages, and teaching theater arts to the next generation is a true passion. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in Drama from the University of the West of England in Bristol and gained her teacher’s certification through Moreland University.
Ms. Carolyn holds a Master of Education from National Taipei University of Education and is currently a candidate for the PhD program at the University of Taipei. She holds licensure for Teaching Chinese in Middle Education, Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, Teaching English as a Second Language, and is a Certified Oral Examiner for Cambridge University. She currently teaches Chinese as a Second Language (CSL). She has 20 years of experience in teaching English as a Second Language to children 3 to 15 years of age. At PCCU, she was voted President of the freshman class because of her dedication to her fellow students and commitment to learning, as well as ranked first position in academic standings and graduated number 1 in the department. For her Master's degree at NTUE, she achieved the top ranking as well and graduated at number 1 in the department. She has studied M-Learning (Mobile Learning), and has been invited to speak at various academic conferences around Taiwan and in Mainland China.
Ms. Samantha Hsu holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. She is the Ministry of Education’s instructor for training overseas Chinese school teachers as well. She has been teaching CSL/CFL for over fifteen years in Canada and Taiwan.
Mr. Konraad Kordula is currently a Grade 3 Homeroom Teacher. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Studies with a focus in Political Science, and a Master of International Education. He is a qualified teacher who holds a State of New Jersey Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience, working with students of all ages. In Taiwan, he has taught in public and private schools.
Ms. Emily holds a Bachelor of Secondary Education in Physical Education, Music, Art and Health as well as a Master of Science in Physical Education. She also holds a teaching license. She teaches physical education She has previously taught at Saint Louis University for almost 7 years and became dance coordinator there. She was also an ESL teacher in Thailand for one year as well as an adviser in middle school for the Department of Education in the Philippines, teaching Physical Education and Research. Aside from being a teacher in the Department of Education, she had the role of being a Physical Education Coordinator, coach, and tournament manager. She has also conducted the first quantitative research (Phenomenology) at the Institute of Kinetics in Benguet State University.
Christine Lai has a Master of Education specialized in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, and holds an early Childhood Education License from Ontario, Canada. At DIS, she is the Pre-K homeroom teacher for St. Lawrence Ruiz, teaching Pre-K Math, English Language Arts and Social Studies. She has been a preschool teacher for more than 15 years. Christine is passionate about working with young learners. Seeing and helping them achieve their potential in all areas is a true joy. Though it can be challenging at times, it is a challenge that she graciously accepts.
James “Seb” Langley holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and Post- Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education, including Qualified Teacher Status. Furthermore, he holds a B.A. Honours degree in Art and History. He has ten years’ teaching experience. He received the Duke of Edinburgh Award in March 2017.
Ms. Chanting Lee is one of our alumni who returned to DIS as a teacher. She has a Master of Global Media Communication and a Bachelor of Arts (Professional Communication). She also has a CELTA (Certificate for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification. She is a Language Arts and ELL teacher, as well as the driving force behind the Student Torch, the school’s student newsletter.Before returning to her Alma Mater to teach, Chanting developed and edited written and marketing materials for various organizations: print and online media, non-profit organizations, student clubs, and small-medium sized businesses. She also worked as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne. Chanting recently published her thesis as a chapter in From Here to Hogwarts: Essays on Harry Potter Fandom and Fiction (2016) under McFarland.
Ms Vivian holds an Associate of Arts degree in Commerce and Business Studies from Langara College in Canada as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has a license to practice in British Columbia with a certificate in Early Childhood Education. She is currently a Grade 2 Homeroom. Ms Vivian has a long association with the school, going back almost a decade, when she came to help out as a substitute teacher in the Kindergarten. She has been a full-time teacher for the past five years. She also taught at a pre-school in Vancouver, Canada.
Ms. Yvonne Lee holds a Bachelor of Science and an ABCTE Certificate in Mathematics (grade 6-12). She is a licensed teacher. Ms. Yvonne has been teaching Mathematics for more than a decade
David Lein has a BA in History/Political Science and an MAT in History from Rutgers University. He is certified by the State of New Jersey in Social Studies Grades 6 to 12 and completed his student teaching in Newark, New Jersey. At DIS, he teaches Grade 6 Social Studies (Geography) and Grade 11 American History. Since 2013, David has been a Social Studies teacher in Taiwan, teaching numerous Social Studies courses, including: Ancient History, World History, American History, AP World History, AP American History, AP Human Geography, and Psychology. He has also founded two Model United Nations’ Programs and served as an AP Coordinator. David enjoys teaching and has chosen to remain in this profession because it has given him the opportunity to have a positive impact on numerous individuals.
Mr. Lewis holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics with a TESOL concentration from Columbia University. Furthermore, he holds a B.A. degree in Linguistics with a minor in German Language and Literature from the University of Washington. In addition, Mr. Lewis studied in Germany at the University of Heidelberg. He has a diverse background in education having taught English in Germany, Turkey, the USA, and Taiwan. Mr. Lewis has been teaching since 2005. He has experience teaching at primary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions. Mr. Lewis has been teaching ELA and EAL at DIS since 2019.
Ms. Annie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and Child Development from Shih Chien University in Taiwan and has Nursery Governess qualifications. She is currently a Lower School Homeroom Assistant in K2 and teaches K1 and K2 Religious Studies at DIS.
Dr. Sophia Lin holds a PhD in Biochemistry from of Oxford University, an MSc in Genetics, and a BSc of Science. She tutored undergraduate courses at Oxford, and the University of Dundee. She also did Postdoctoral cancer research at the University of Dundee, and at Imperial College London. Furthermore, she supervised undergraduate projects and co-supervised master students’ research dissertations at Oxford. When she returned to Taiwan, she was an Assistant Professor in Biology, before joining the DIS faculty in August 2016. She was a Swire Scholar with full sponsorship for Oxford University - only one scholar per year is selected from Taiwan. She published many articles in peer reviewed scientific journals.
Ms. Zoe Lin holds a Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology She has over 15 years’ experience teaching various ensembles, orchestras and other informal music groups. She has experience teaching a large variety of instruments, ranging from woodwinds, strings and brass instruments to percussion and other novelty instruments. She is the founder of the D'TORCH Orchestra and the D'TORCH Junior Orchestra at DIS. Zoe is currently the D'TORCH Junior Orchestra Director. She trained the D'TORCH Orchestra for seven years and performed at numerous conferences, charity events and festivals, locally and internationally. One of the highlights for the D'TORCH Orchestra, was their international tour to Guamin 2015.
Michelle Lopez is currently a kindergarten homeroom teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management. She is a licensed professional teacher with more than 15 years of teaching experience.
Charles Marks is currently a Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in General Studies with a focus in History, and a Master of Elementary Education. He is a qualified teacher who holds a State of New Jersey Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education. He has more than 20 years’ teaching experience, working with students of all ages. In Taiwan and the USA, he has taught in public and private schools. Charles has also co-authored four educational textbooks.
Isaac Matere holds a PhD in Digital Learning and Education from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, a Master’s degree in Optical Fibre Communication, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Science. Isaac has nine years’ teaching experience. At DIS, he teaches Algebra and Geometry. He has also taught Fundamental of Optics and Holography at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and has published educational and training materials.
John Nguyen is currently a P.E. teacher for lower school and high school students. He holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, a Master of Education in Sports Coaching Science, and a Bachelor of Education in Physical Education and Sports. His additional qualifications include being a certified personal trainer, a certified strength and conditioning coach, and a certified elite trainer, as well as being certified in Adult CPR/AED/First Aid. Before joining the DIS family, Dr. John Nguyen had five years of teaching and coaching experience at Hanoi University of Physical Education and Sports and spent three years working as a training manager and personal trainer. He also presents his research at international conferences.
Jenny Pan is a certified teacher with a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature and TESOL and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Furthermore, she holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sunderland (U.K) and a Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). She has taught English in Taiwan for over ten years, from elementary school children to corporate classes. Since she joined the DIS faculty in 2017, she has been teaching Grade 10 Language Arts and Grade 6 EAL.
Christopher Pekarik has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Columbia College (1995) and an M.F.A. from the University of Delaware (1997). He holds a teaching certificate from the state of Illinois and has over 20 years of teaching experience at the university, high school, vocational school, and elementary school levels. Before Christopher came to DIS, he spent four years in Taiwan public schools teaching English in grades 1-4. At DIS, he is honored to be the art teacher for the lower and middle school. As an artist, Christopher has held exhibitions in various galleries, has been invited as a guest critic for art classes, and has conducted portfolio review for college and graduate school committees.
Bing Racadio has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing majoring in Medical Surgical Nursing and specialized in Psychiatric Nursing, a post-graduate qualification in Secondary Education, and a Differentiated Instruction Certificate from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She holds two Professional Licenses: as a Registered Nurse; and as a Professional Secondary Education Teacher in Biology. She also pursued on Master of Arts in Nursing majoring in Global Health and Nursing Administration, and is currently taking up a Master of Education in Advanced Teaching. Ms. Bing is a Founder of a civic Organization, and was affiliated as a Mentor with Johns Hopkins University’s Coursera Course “The Data Scientist’s Toolbox”. She is also a consultant for Nursing Curriculum Development and Mapping for Nursing Colleges in the Philippines. She holds various certificates including, an Advanced Life Support/ CPR/ AED Certificate from the American Heart Association, a photography Specialization Course from the Michigan State University, and more. Ms. Bing has more than 15 years’ teaching experience in various schools and Universities, including Dominican International School.
Arden Ruttan is currently a Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology with a minor in music technology, and a Master of Elementary Education. He is a qualified teacher who holds a State of New Jersey Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education. He has more than 16 years of teaching experience in Taiwan, working with students of all ages in both public and private schools.
Mr. Tim Sampson has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. He brings his wide set of experience and skills crafted in the years before working with DIS. These years include time working with stakeholder groups for the purpose of implementing landscape level forest resource plans, and also hiking to the peaks of British Columbia’s spectacular interior mountains to inventory wildlife, streams and vegetation for local watershed plans. When he first came to Taiwan he worked as an ELL teacher in private schools in Taipei. Most recently, before coming to work at DIS, he was employed with a high tech web design firm in his second home Vancouver. He joined the faculty at DIS in 2013.
Mr. Gregg holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Letters as well as a Texas Teaching certificate from the United States in English Language Arts and Reading (7-12.) His experience includes teaching in the public school system in the United States. He teaches English Language arts in the Middle School and Religious Studies in the Lower School.
Ms. Victoria holds a Master of Science degree in Physics and a Master of Education degree. She currently teaches AP Physics 1, Physics for Grade 11, and Math for Grade 7. Her previous experience includes teaching in India and Singapore. She has been at DIS since 2004.She is also actively involved in the school’s Campus Ministry.
Brian Simon holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Florida: one in Linguistics, and one in Chinese Language and Literature. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts degree in Chinese Linguistics from Kangwon National University, Korea. He has more than ten years of combined experience teaching English, Chinese, music, and art. He currently teaches Grade 2 EAL and leads the DIS Lower School Campus Radio Club.
Jonathan Snider is a certificated K-6 educator, licensed by the State of Washington, who holds an M.Ed. in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey. He has been teaching at the elementary level since 2015. Before returning to DIS in 2021, Mr. Snider taught in the Lake Washington School District in the greater Seattle area for 5 years.
Jacob Springer currently teaches fourth grade EAL. He holds a masters’ degree. in Teaching and Learning (Distinguished Scholar), Professional Teacher's License, and TEFL certification. In addition to these qualifications, he is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Jacob has eight years’ experience teaching students from kindergarten to sixth grade.
Rebekah Stump is currently a third grade homeroom teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Master of Education from The College of New Jersey. She is a licensed teacher through the state of New Jersey. She has eight years’ experience teaching kindergarten to grade 5 in private schools in the US and Taiwan. She is certified as a Responsive Classroom teacher.
Tanya Visceglia brings fifteen years of teaching experience and academic research in Linguistics to her work at DIS, where she teaches Grade 9 English Language Arts, Grade 10 English for Academic Purposes, and Grade 11 Research Methods. Tanya came to Taiwan in 2003, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, to conduct her dissertation research at the Graduate Institute of Linguistics of National Taiwan University. After completing her PhD in Linguistics at the City University of New York, she taught Linguistics and academic writing at the university level for ten years. In collaboration with the Graduate Institute for Phonetics at Academia Sinica, and supported by a grant from the Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation, she helped to design, collect and analyze a multinational speech corpus of Asian L2 English. Her research has been published in Interfaces in Multilingualism (John Benjamins, 2006) and presented at conferences such as Interspeech and The International Conference of Phonetic Sciences.
Mr. Elliott Wakeling is a Middle School Specialist with a BSc Honors degree in Land Management, a Master’s degree in Education specializing in teaching English, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education: International, an Advanced TESOL Teaching License and a Certificate from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Differentiated Instruction. Mr. Wakeling is the Subject Leader for Middle School Language Arts. He is also an ELL (English Language Learning) teacher and a member of the DIS English Proficiency Testing team. Mr. Wakeling has more than 10 years’ experience teaching English in an international school setting. He has a solid commitment to the social development and the academic growth of his students, and always strives to build students’ self-esteem and encourage their understanding of cultural diversity.
Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania in the USA. He has a Pennsylvania private school teaching license as well as a PGCEi (Post Graduate Certificate of Education.) He is currently a Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher and he is a Professional Learning Community leader (Master Teacher). His previous teaching experience includes 18 years of teaching Grades 1-6.
Bill Wolfe has a Bachelor of Science in Education, in Communication Arts, with specializations in theatre arts and creative writing. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society, and was Featured Creative Writer at Shippensburg University in 1998, where he hosted writer's workshops with visiting authors Brad Watson, David Quammen, Anne Beattie, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. For seven years he was assistant coordinator of the Shippensburg University Summer Shakespeare Experience. He holds a teaching certification for Grades 7-12 from the Pennsylvania (USA) Department of Higher Education. He currently teaches Grade 12 Language Arts, Advanced Placement Seminar (Grade 11) and Advanced Placement Research (Grade 12). He occasionally sponsors extracurricular film criticism and acting clubs. Before teaching, Mr. Wolfe was a soldier in the U.S. Army for nine years, earning three battlefield commendations, and a daily newspaper journalist for four years in his native Pennsylvania, where in 2001, he won the Sports Feature Story of the Year, given by the Associated Press Newspaper Editors of Pennsylvania.
Donna Wolfe is a kindergarten teacher and has been at DIS since 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Southeast Asian College in Manila, Philippines, and holds certifications in practical nursing and elementary education for grades K-6. She currently teaches at the K2 level (second-year kindergarten). When Ms. Donna is not teaching, she enjoys cooking and creating fun activities that her students will enjoy.
Mafalda Wu has a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education and a TEFL qualification. She is a certified teacher. She is currently teaching Grade 3 EAL and has over 15 years of teaching experience. She is committed to enkindling a love for reading in her students, and creating an inclusive learning environment. Before coming to Taiwan, Mafalda worked as a Homeroom Teacher, English tutor, and Art teacher. She has extensive international experience, teaching students from Pre-K to Grade 6 in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand. She is a Professional Learning Community leader, WIDA Testing Coordinator and member of the DIS Steering Committee. Ms. Mafalda was “Teacher of the Year” 2019-2020.
Ms. Susan holds a Master of Arts in Education and has a TESOL Advanced Certificate in Teaching Language from National Taiwan Normal University in Taiwan. She has been teaching Chinese for over 20 years. Ms Susan is the Subject leader of the Chinese Department. Ms Susan also has other distinctions, she was the first Taiwanese Phi Delta Kapa (an international organization for educators) President in Taiwan, the founder of Spark Toastmasters, and for the past ten years, all her AP Chinese students, without exception, have achieved the maximum score of 5 on the College Board’s Advanced Placement exam.
Jihan Borres is the lower school counselor at DIS. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences with majors in Psychology and Political Science, and a Master’s Degree in Education, majoring in Guidance and Counseling. She teaches Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in the lower school. She has been a counselor for almost 20 years and has worked with students at all stages of development, from lower school to college.
Jane Chang holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Tunghai University in Taiwan. She is currently a K1 Teaching Assistant and has worked at DIS since 2020.
Ms. Greta Chen graduated from Ming Chuan University with a degree in Computer Science. She has worked as a computer engineer, museum tour guide, and government administrator. At DIS, she worked as a receptionist before transferring to the Registrar’s Office. Currently, she processes admission applications and organizes student records. As one of our bilingual staff, she is also responsible for uploading student data to the Taiwan Ministry of Education and for conducting campus tours with prospective students and parents.
May Chiu has worked as the K2J teaching assistant and kindergarten music teacher at DIS for 2 years. She has been active in the field of early childhood education for nearly 20 years. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Department of Infant and Child Care at National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences and received a Division Certificate in Child Development (0-6years) in 2019.
Ms. Mary Grace Crisostomo holds a Bachelor of Secondary Education and an Advanced Diploma in Computer Programming Technology. She also holds certificates in various aspects of computer skills. She has been at DIS since 2005.
Noel Fransisco has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Transportation, majoring in Nautical Science. He has worked overseas for over 10 years. He started working at DIS Kaoshiung in 2018 and moved to DIS Taipei in 2020. He is currently the teaching assistant for grade 1.
Ms. Crystal has a degree from the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at Shih Chien University in Taiwan and started as a DIS Library Assistant in 2006. She is currently the Teaching Assistant for the Pre-K class.
Ms. Doris Hsueh holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration from Shih Chien University and a Bachelor Degree of Arts from American Culture University. She has been a DIS librarian for the past thirteen years, providing faculty and staff with outstanding service. Before joining the DIS staff, she taught English at an international educational group for four years and served as an editor for a children’s English magazine for four years.
Jan Andrew T. Lacangan has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of the Cordilleras in the Philippines and is currently enrolled in a course to obtain a teaching certificate from the College of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Foundation. He has also been trained in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Fire Safety, Standard First Aid, Occupational First Aid, Emergency First Aid and Basic Life Support. At DIS, he works as an assistant teacher in the Lower School. Before coming to DIS, he worked as a safety officer in Qatar. In 2014, he received Employee of the Year award from Shama Cable Inc. in the Philippines.
Ms. Eve Lee is a licensed Registered Dietitian in Taiwan, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also an alumnus of DIS. Prior to returning to DIS, she worked in a functional medicine clinic and in the food industry. Passionate about teaching, she also holds a TESOL certificate and has worked as an online English teacher. As the cafeteria supervisor/school dietitian, she checks that the school lunch has variety, nutrition and the elements of a balanced diet, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the cafeteria. In addition, she helps manage the COVID-19 guidelines relevant to lunch operations. Fluent in both English and Mandarin, Eve communicates effectively with all students, teachers, staff, and parents.
Sabrina Liu holds Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Foreign Language and Early Childhood Education. She has over 20 years teaching experience in kindergarten and elementary schools. At DIS, she has been a kindergarten homeroom teacher for ten years. Sabrina is also a co-author of DD Dragon Beginner Books. In 2005, she received a Teaching Award from the Kaohsiung County Cram School Association.
Edwin Portillo has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of St. La Salle and has been a development worker for more than 2 decades, both in international non-government and government organizations, implementing and coordinating various child development programs, including children’s rights in the areas of school health and nutrition, formal and non-formal education, and emergency response. He has also contributed to population-health-environment (coastal resource management) integration projects in different parts of the Philippines. For the past five years, he has been working in the MIT Department, providing audio-visual and computer-related support to teachers.
Ms. Anne Portillo holds a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counselling, and has taken 27 units toward a Doctor of Philosophy in Education in Psychology and Guidance. She has twenty years’ experience as an educator, counselling students of various ages. Ms Anne established the first SAT testing center at DIS during the 2014/15 school year. She also presented and published her own research at various conferences and in publications.
David Tu graduated from Huafan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Literature. He is a member of the Management Information Technology team, where he assists the faculty and staff with computer troubleshooting and maintenance, device control and calibration, Microsoft Office applications, and streaming setup. David is also part of the team that is responsible for event photography, videography, and recording. Before coming to DIS, he worked as an Executive Assistant in the Academic Affairs Office, Student Dormitory Manager, and Teaching Assistant at Huafan University He received two commendations from WASC accreditors for his contribution to the accreditation process.
Cheyne Turck is currently working as a Grade 2 Homeroom Assistant Teacher. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Marketing and Logistics. She went on to specialize further and gain her Honors Degree (Master’s degree equivalent) in Logistics Management. She has over 8 years’ experience teaching English as a Second Language in Taiwan and is currently studying to complete a Teacher Certification Program in order to become a licensed teacher.
Ms. Rebecca Wu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business Management, and she also qualified as a Nursery Governess. She joined the school’s library this school year as a Librarian, but during the previous two school years, she was a Teaching Assistant in Grade 2 and the Kindergarten. She has 15 years’ experience in teaching English as a Second Language to children 5 to 11 years of age. She has also been a Homeroom Teacher, Head Teacher, Supervisor, and Vice-Director of the Elementary English Department at local schools.
Takanobu Fukuda has been a teacher at DIS for the past ten years. He has a teaching qualification from the University in Japan specializing in teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language. He also has an MBA from Shih Chien University. Furthermore, Mr Fukuda teaches Japanese in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Faculty of Management at Shih Chien University as well.
Simon Jatta is from The Gambia. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the National Chung Hsing University, Taichung (Taiwan), and a Bachelor’s degree in Irrigation Engineering and Farm Mechanization from the Civil Engineering Department of National Pingtung University of Science and Technology. Currently, he is a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering and Toxicology at National Chung Hsing University. At DIS, he teaches Pre-Algebra and Math in the Middle School. He has 4 years’ experience, teaching Mathematics and also teaches Calculus at National Chung Hsing University in the department of Agribusiness. He has published research in the Chemical Engineering Journal and presented his work at an international conference.
Karen Lai holds a Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering, a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland (College Park) and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University. She has been a teacher at DIS since 2003, where she has taught all math levels in the Middle and High Schools. She currently teaches AP Calculus AB and BC. Dr. Karen has many engineering research publications, and she was awarded the “Jimmie” Hamilton Award for the Best Original Paper from the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). Before coming to DIS, Dr. Karen was a senior engineer at China Engineering Consultants, Inc. (CECI), where she was in charge of many projects, including bridge structural design for the superhighway, railroad, and high-speed rail systems, as well as 921 earthquake reconstruction in Taiwan. Among her achievements is winning an Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the Chinese Structural Engineering Society.