Dominican International School Kaohsiung Faculty and Staff
The Dominican International School is proud to introduce our staff and administration. Our team is so much more than the sum of the parts because every member is enthusiastic, positive, forward-thinking , and hard-working. Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself!
Sister Jackie Manuel – Principal
Sister Jackie has been at DISK for over three years. She graduated from Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2005 and received her Principal Certificate as part of her Master in Education Leadership through The College of New Jersey. She has worked as a classroom teacher and director of Campus Ministry at her previous placement with the Dominican Order.
Donald Hilden – Administrative Coordinator
Don Hilden has been in Taiwan over 25 years teaching elementary, junior high, senior high as well as university level students and teachers. His past positions at international schools he has served as a classroom teacher, ELL teacher / coordinator, Primary Years Director, Assistant Personnel Director, Assistant School Director,and Acting School Director / Interim School Director. His education philosophy is to empower students to be active participants in their learning (learning how to learn). Encouraging students to focus on the need to be an inquirer and to use their skills. His education and life experience started with a degree in Public Health Administration and served as part of University of Arizona’s Medical Center Administration. He received his elementary teaching education from Sierra Nevada College, International ESL teaching Certificate from Trenton State, Master of Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey (International Program) and continued his studies through Capella University, online ED.D – Teaching and Learning Leadership Program.
Ms. Lana Parker – Event Coordinator; Art
Lana Parker is from Canada and is an experienced international teacher. She obtained her Bachelor of Elementary Education Degree from University of Saskatchewan in 1999. She has had a diverse teaching experience of introducing students to music, art, drama. Allowing students to develop and discover an appreciation for Fine Arts through the senses of sight, sound, touch and movement. Ms. Parker will help coordinate festival presentation with homeroom teachers and Activities Coordination Team.
Joanne Lee – Secretary
Joanne Lee has been with DISK for over twenty years and has had a number of positions ranging from classroom teacher to her present position of school secretary. She is a valuable member of the community and staff and serves to help the students and the families.
Ms. Judy Huang – Secretary
Judy Huang comes from the retail business where she worked as a customer service agent. She graduated from Department of Logistics Management Shu-Te University 2005 and Department of Business Administration Meiho Institute of Technology 1997~1999. She has served as a playroom supervisor for IKEA watching and interacting with many different children while their parents were shopping. She intends to obtain her child care certificate and further her early childhood education study.
Mrs. Judith Cooper – Curriculum Coordinator; Middle School Social Studies
Mr. Charlie Chao – Information Technology Administrator; Middle School Mathematics; Information Technology; Journalism
Charlie Chao is a second year teacher at Dominican International School Kaohsiung. He will be teaching middle school Math, Information Technologies, and Journalism. He developed a campus gardening program for the students last year which helps students conceptualize biology, ecology, and geology through experiential learning. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (2010) from Southern Oregon University, where he was also actively involved in the community garden. He is a certified teacher through the State of Florida and is endorsed in math (grades 5-9) and science (grades 5-9). Before teaching, he worked in a variety of schools and businesses reducing their environmental impact by implementing recycling programs, diverting waste streams, and reducing paper consumption. Eventually, he found that he could make the greatest impact by teaching the next generation the importance of conservation, environmental ethics, ecological awareness, and sustainable living. Mr. Chao has high academic expectations for students and demonstrates he is capable of motivating and engaging students to become active participants in their local environment.
Ms. Phyllis Lopez – Middle School English; Literature
Phyllis Lopez is an international American teacher, recently living in Managua, Nicaragua. She graduated with a BA in Education: She worked for over 5 years in private international American school, accredited by both SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and School) as well as NEASC (New England Association of Colleges and School. Her overall background in language development and literacy is a benefit to her teaching. She plans on being in Taiwan for a number of years while her husband completes his Master’s Degree
Mr. Toby Howes – Middle School Science
Toby Howes is a science teacher with a skill set both broad and specialised. He holds a degree in Astrophysics from University College London, one of Europe’s leading universities, and has been teaching since he graduated. He has taught in the UK, China, and here in Taiwan, with students ranging from elementary to high school, many of whom have gone on to continue their studies at universities in the USA and Europe. His previous experience as a professional actor allow him to bring energy and enthusiasm to his subject, and helps him encourage students’ personal development in addition to their academics. He is excited to be a part of the Dominican Middle School program, and is looking forward to the many successes of his new students.
Mrs. Kathe Overland – Grade Five
Kathe Overland has been our music teacher for the last quarter. She and her family have moved to Taiwan. She is pursuing a teaching experience with DISK to help promote students success in both academics and character development, which leads to students becoming lifelong learners that will positively impact the world. Ms Overland has a Master in Education from University of Washington. She has been teaching since 2005 and worked on curriculum design for kindergarten through grade 6. She had founded a Science Cooperative group that met weekly with early elementary students to explore hands-on-science topics while focusing on building character and teamwork skills.
Ms. Ashley Fisher – Grade Four
Ashley Fisher is thrilled to be returning to DISK as the fourth grade teacher for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Ms.Fisher has a Bachelor of Social Sciences with a concentration in psychology, criminology, and world religion. She received it, as well as her second degree in Education, from the University of Ottawa. While she was born and raised in Canada she has lived and taught for the last five plus years abroad. Most recently, Ms. Fisher worked at ISHOU International School and was part of their team as they worked toward and became accredited. She is certified in the PYP program through the International Baccalaureate Organization and has had a unit plan published with the Developing a Global Perspective for Educators website. She is looking forward to a great upcoming school year.
Mr. Elia Yaremchuk – Grade Three
Elia Yaremchuk is a certified teacher from Canada with over 6 years of experience teaching in language programs around Kaohsiung. This is his third year as the Grade Three teacher at DISK. He received his education from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta in April 2010 with a Bachelor of Education Degree, Elementary Route (K-8 Certification) and obtained an Advanced TESOL Certificate and Teaching Children English Specialization Course. His approach to teaching is to use a constructive teaching method to encourage a positive learning environment. He implements project based activities, selects and adapts appropriate learning resources and materials to produce lessons that satisfy student’s needs. He monitors students’ development and performance and strives to promote self confidence.
Ms. Kelly Davis – Grade Two
Kelly Davis comes from America and has taught in South Korea, Vietnam and in Taiwan. She attended Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Millersville, PA graduating with a Bachelor of Science, Speech Communications. Ms. Davis served as a Pre-Kindergarten homeroom teacher last year and will be moving to the Grade two homeroom teacher position this year. She has an international teaching certificate through the state of Florida. She has experiences in the planning and delivery of all subjects in English to children between the ages of 4 – 14. Served as a homeroom kindergarten and after school teacher with multiple modalities using appropriate methods and curriculum. Ms. Davis motivates students using interactive techniques and personalized instruction. She has developed weekly and monthly lesson plans, to keep the parents aware of the program and students’ progress.
Ms. Faith Dela Cruz – Grade One
Faith Dela Cruz is an international experienced teacher with recent positions in Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Philippines and Qatar. She has taught all level of elementary students and has an Educational Degree from Dominican College. Ms Dela Cruz models being a lifelong learner with additional studies in Test Construction, Computer Interactive, Strengthening English Communication Skills, Innovative Reading Strategies and Using Smartboard. She is a self-directed and enthusiastic person with a passionate commitment to teaching. In addition has the desire to develop and widen knowledge and experience for professional advancement.
Mr. Paul Taylor – Kindergarten Two
Paul Taylor Comes to Dominican International School Kaohsiung with over 8 years of successful teaching experience in Kaohsiung. He has a Bachelor degree in Social Work from Langara College, Canada with a TESOL degree from U.B.C. . Mr. Taylor is also planning on obtaining his teaching certificate through online and school mentoring program from Florida. USA. He is a dedicated professional, with a passion for educating all levels and abilities. He uses an empathic, positive and fun approach to teaching, and not only generate maximum results from students but also a love of learning.
Ms. Jessica Ng – Kindergarten One
Jessica Ng is returning to DISK. Ms. Ng is a Licensed Professional Teacher with a Bachelor of Music Major in Music Education from University of Santo Tomas Conservatory. Additional Certificate of TEFL from De La Salle University. She served as the music teacher, WASC facilitator and Pre-Kindergarten classroom assistant for DISK for school year 2015-2016. She then moved on to Grace Christian Academy in Taipei teaching grade 1 and 2. Her educational focus is on early elementary student learning with clear objectives and expectations for the students. Her professional objectives is to encourage students’ to develop positive self-image and creative expression.
Ms. Rhea Fu – Pre-Kindergarten
Rhea Fu is a certified early childhood educator. She received her diploma from National Taitung University, Department of Early Childhood Education.She has served as a homeroom teacher in both International and public schools in Taiwan.From 2008 through 2014 she taught Pre-K to K-2 at ISIP Kindergarten Division . Teaching multiple subjects and language development program for students preparing to enter the IBO program. She has received additional certification : IB certificate for Primary Year Program Inquiry Workshop, PYP Teaching and Learning Category 2 in English and PYP Assessment Category.
Ms. Daria Jablonska – Classroom Assistant
Daria Jablonska is recent graduate from Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages with a Master of Business Administration. While she has been a student of the past couple of years has worked as English teacher at FengShan senior high school. This internship program to allow Taiwanese students experience foreign way of teaching English and encourage them to speak English more. At this time she is thinking about to continue to study to get her teaching certification. She hope to bring a foreign view and presence to the kindergarten and allow students for a more diverse cultural awareness.
Ms. Kelly Chen (new) -Classroom Assistant and Art
Ms. Kelly Chen Is returning to serve as a kindergarten assistant and support art teacher (part time). She is a professional artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tainan University of Technology (2011). Her personal and professional work help in offering her insight to her students.
Mr. Hector Tung – Elementary Chinese
Hector Tung first joined the Dominican International School Kaohsiung in 2009. He earned his BA in foreign language and literature at National Chunghsing University in Taichung. He earned his certificate in teaching Chinese as a foreign language through Wen Zao University. Mr. Tung has over 10 years experience teaching the Chinese language
Ms. Faith Chen – Middle School Chinese as a Foreign Language; Library and Support Teacher
Faith Chen enjoys bridging cultures with her gifts in language, teaching Chinese to English speakers, and media production. It is her passion to see and help people grow to their fullest through learning foreign languages in order to extend the frontiers of their lives to cross cultural boundaries. Born and raised in Taiwan, she has a certificate in teaching Mandarin Chinese issued by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan. She received her B.A. in Foreign Language and Literature from Tunghai University, Taiwan, and her M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park, USA. Experienced in teaching Mandarin Chinese to international students in individual and group settings in Taiwan, Canada, and the USA, she has also worked as translator / interpreter and was a television producer for Studio Classroom of Overseas Radio and Television in Taipei. She loves guiding her students by showing how fun and interactive the Chinese language can be, instead of it being merely a subject at school. She looks forward to getting to know her students personally, working with them one-on-one, and broadening their worldview and their cultural perspective by inspiring within them her love of the Chinese language and her passion for life.
Mr. Garrett McKeen – Health & PE
Garrett McKeen comes from Australia. He received his Bachelor of Arts (2010) and his Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching (2013) from the University of Southern Queensland. He has studied languages including Chinese and German, receiving Dean’s Awards in both languages. He therefore understands the development of students’ second language learning. He has a positive approach to students behavior and explicitly teaches classroom rules and a code of behavior. He emphasizes that a positive work attitude is crucial to learning.
Father Prudencio Garcia – Christian Living
Father Garcia has his PhD. in Biblical Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome.
Sister Jean – Campus Ministry; Activity coordination Team
Ms. Jeana Liu – Librarian, Campus Ministry, Archivist
Jeana Liu received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics – University San Agustin – Studied Bachelor of Science in Library Information – University of San Agustin Additional areas of studies – Rubicon Atlas Training and Hands On Training Library Automation She has taught in Taiwan Public School Kindergarten, Music teachers for 4 years – DISK She has over 17 years library experience – University of San Agustin and Dominican International School Kaohsiung (Introduced in house Library Automation System -DISK). Ms. Liu continues to direct the activities of the library and oversee the student textbooks distribution. She supports the overall program of Dominican as a vital member of Campus Ministry, Activity Coordination Team and serves as the Archivist.
Ms. Eleonor Valde – Library Support, IT Support, Activity Coordination Team
Eleonor Valde has her BA of Information Technology(BSIT) from Colegio de Sta. Rita. She will continue to support the school’s IT programs (website, class blogs, grade book, magazines, yearbook and Atlas curriculum charting).