ACES美語

Rick France

ACES的創辦人Rick來自美國賓州的匹茲堡, 1991年他自卡內基美濃大學畢業後就來到台灣。原本只想來東方看看以開拓視野的他,並未計畫長留台灣,但台灣人的友善好客以及他對教學的熱愛讓他留下。12年後,與Tammy結婚成了台灣女婿,並有兩個可愛的孩子-Farrah及Brady,Rick早已將台灣視為他的第二個家。自1998年Rick創立ACES民生本班至今,在許多死忠的學生和家長們的支持下,ACES已括展為民生、東湖、麗山、大直、汐止、新店、板橋、羅東、新竹、台中、高雄、林口及新莊十三個學校。這些年的教學與經營,他最大的欣慰就是看著ACES的學生們能夠正確又自在的運用英文表達事情。

I’m Rick. I was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991. The following year, I came to Taiwan seeking to broaden my horizons and gain a deeper understanding of the world from a different point of view. I never imagined I would make Taiwan my home, but the hospitality of the people and my love for the teaching profession convinced me to extend my stay. Twelve years later, I married a wonderful woman, Tammy, and we soon had two beautiful little kids, Farrah and Brady. Two more reasons for me to call Taiwan my home.
I opened the doors of the Minsheng ACES in 1998 with the enthusiastic support of lots of loyal students and their parents. Today, we have thirteen ACES branches spreading our brand of outstanding English language training to the future leaders of Taiwan. Despite the tremendous success of ACES schools, my greatest professional joy is seeing my current or former students and hearing them use English accurately and effectively to express themselves with confidence. It is my hope that these students may go on to use their English abilities to make a better life for themselves, and to make Taiwan and the Earth a better place.

ACES English | Teacher

Dan Moyle

加拿大多倫多市出生和快樂成長的Dan,高中畢業後獨自前往該省另一個城市就讀大學。在大二時認識的台灣室友的遊說下, 1994年他來到台灣。在這裡,他不但享受愉快的教書生活,而且還擁有幸福美滿的小家庭。而從ACES一開始就教課至今的他可是元老級的教師之一。

Hello everyone. My name’s Daniel Moyle, but everyone just calls me Dan. I hail from Toronto, Canada where I was born and raised. Toronto is a wonderful city where I enjoyed growing up until I graduated from high school. It was time for me to go to University, so I picked up and moved to London, Ontario. During my second year at university, I had a Taiwanese roommate who ended up convincing me to come and visit Taiwan. I’m sure glad I did because since I got here in 1994, I’ve had a great time. I’ve been having good fun teaching English since I stepped off the airplane and I’ve managed to get married and have two beautiful children in that time as well. I’ve been teaching at ACES since the doors opened and I hope to see you in my class soon.

ACES English | teacher

Mark O’Keefe

哈囉,我是馬克老師,我很開心成為ACES專業的教學團隊的一員。在過去的五年裡,我在曼谷、美國韋伯斯特大學從事多種如托福、多益、GMAT、GRE、IELTS、SAT指定科目考試等的教學工作。
我目前在ACES擔任國際英文領袖班、正規班及英檢、托福考試準備班的老師。我很喜歡在台灣教書,其中一個原因就是因為台灣的孩子們都很努力學習。同時,台灣的家長們非常重視教育、並參與孩子們的學習過程。能夠幫助這些學生,讓我感到非常高興。我過去的學生們在完成課程後不但提升了英文程度,而且幾乎都達到他們的目標。
I’m Mark. I have recently moved back to Taiwan and joined the strong team at ACES. The past five years, I taught test preparation for a variety of American tests: TOEFL, SAT, GMAT, GRE, TOEIC, IELTS and a number of SAT Subject Tests in Bangkok, including this past year at Webster University (an American Univiersity).
I have always enjoyed being in the classroom and one of the reasons is the hard-working students. Taiwanese parents are enthusiastic about education and they focus a lot of their energy on helping their children.
I plan to work in the ACES regular program and also teach test preparation for standardized tests like the GEPT and TOEFL. Passing these tests will help students move on to further study at some of the top universities in the world. I am excited about being part of that. All of my test preparation students have improved and nearly all have reached their goals in the past through hard work and working smart.

ACES English | teacher

Brian Cragun

哈囉!我是Brian老師,我來自蒙大拿州。我小的時候曾經在加勒比海的聖克里斯多福居住過一段時間,在那段期間裡我學習了法語,並發現自己對於外國語言的熱愛。之後,我跟著父母回到猶他州,並繼續我的學業。很幸運的,在我15歲時認識了一位來自台灣的同學,他很熱心的主動教我中文。我後來進了猶他州立大學並選擇語言學為我的主修,也從此發現我對教學的熱忱。在大學四年裡,我當家教半工半讀,教學過程中,我利用我對語言的知識,幫助其他人學習語言變得更容易。這時我決定,畢業之後來台灣展開教學生涯。在我大學的最後一年,我很幸運地被推薦到台灣大學作為交換學生。2009年之後,我就一直待在台灣。我發現我越來越愛這片土地!
Hi, I’m Brian. I was born in Montana, moved to Idaho at one and a half, then to the St. Kitts, an island in the Caribbean when I was eleven. This is where I discovered my love and affinity for language because I began learning French. After living in the Caribbean for five years, my parents decided to move back to the United States and settle down in Utah. When I was 15, a classmate of mine was Taiwanese and was more than willing to teach me Chinese. After high school, I went to the University of Utah and studied linguistics. This is where I found my true passion for teaching. Through college, I worked part-time tutoring English, and I discovered that my knowledge of other languages allowed me to help others understand grammar on a deeper level. I decided that I would move to Taiwan to teach English after graduation. During my final year of university, I was lucky enough to get the chance to attend National Taiwan University for one year as an exchange student. After graduating, I returned to Taiwan and began teaching English. I have been living in Taiwan since 2009, and find that my love for the country only grows with time.

ACES English | Teacher

Arden Ruttan

嗨!我是Arden! 我來自西維吉尼亞州,我畢業於維吉尼亞理工學院的心理及音樂學系。在過去的十年裡,我在台灣從事英語教學的工作,學生的年齡層為幼稚園至成人。我對於教學抱著極大的熱忱。當我看到學生的英文程度進步、能夠流利的用英語溝通時,總是能讓我開心,並為我的學生感到驕傲。在過去,我鼓勵我的學生盡全力表現,也因此看到許多絕佳的成果。這些學生的英文程度大多是優於同年紀的孩子。我在2012年結婚,並於2014年喜獲麟兒。我的興趣是演奏及聽音樂、氣功、閱讀及學習中文。

Hi, I’m Arden! I’m from West Virginia and I studied psychology and music at Virginia Tech. Since I came to Taiwan in 2006, I’ve taught English at all levels from kindergarten to adults. Teaching is a real passion of mine and I find great joy in seeing my students improve and learn to speak English fluently. I always push my students to do their best and I’ve seen great results over the years. In my previous school my students always ranked highly in a city wide ranking system. I got married in 2012 and we had a son in 2014. My hobbies include playing and listening to music, doing Qigong, reading and learning Mandarin Chinese.

ACES English | Teacher

Konraad A. Kordula

我是在在紐約市出生的Konraad。我高中畢業後獨身前往北加州就讀大學,大學期間,我喜歡從事各項運動及義工活動。畢業後移居來台北,在台灣教英語之餘,我也開始學習中文、瑜珈、武術、旅行、閱讀和社交活動。我的父母親、姐姐和弟弟都仍住在紐約市,他們非常思念我。
Hello, I’m Konraad. I was born in New York City in 1977. I was raised in northern New Jersey, in a town just outside of New York City. After graduating from high school, I moved to North Carolina, where I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, I majored in Political Science and International Studies. During my four years at Carolina, I was active with athletic and volunteer programs, working mostly with children and minority groups. After graduating from Carolina in 1999, I moved to Taipei, Taiwan, where I have lived ever since. In addition to teaching English, I study Chinese, yoga, and marital arts. I enjoy traveling, reading, and socializing. I’m the middle child; my older sister, younger brother, and my parents live in the New York City area and miss me very much.