Steve

Steve Shih

Hi!我是Steve老師,我在美國的維吉尼亞州長大,在當地由小學讀到高中畢業,之後全家人就遷移至加拿大居住,並在安大略省就讀大學。畢業後沒多久後我就來到台灣教英語,曾經在其它幼兒學校教書,至今已經在台居住十幾年且很喜歡這裡的生活,我已婚並有一位漂亮的寶貝女兒,我在2002年時加入了ACES的陣營。

Hello. This is Steve. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I have been living in Taiwan for more than ten years and I started working here at ACES in 2002. I have been teaching English since I got here. Before starting work at ACES, I had worked at another English school and at a kindergarten teaching young children. I’m married with one child. I grew up in Virginia in the United States. I also went to elementary school, middle school, and high school in Virginia. After high school, my family moved to Canada, and I went to university in Ontario. Soon after graduating from university, I came to Taiwan and have enjoyed living here since then.

Mike

Mike Harkness

哈囉! 我是Mike老師,我在美國的中西部,遍佈玉米田的伊利諾州皮奧里亞長大。高中畢業後,我考上印第安納州的普渡大學,並以飯店管理的學士學位畢業。大學畢業後,我在餐飲業工作了好幾年,在1995年,我的大學朋友邀請我來到台灣。
這件事改變了我的一生,在亞洲的生活及旅行擴大了我的眼界,而且讓我更加了解自己。更重要的是,我發現我自己有多熱愛教書,並且意識到原來我一路以來一直扮演著指導者的角色,例如在高中時我帶領一個小聯盟的棒球隊;在大學時期的夏令營中指導游泳;在餐飲業工作時,我負責訓練餐廳的工作人員及經理。這樣的過程啟發我繼續進修並取得教育碩士的學位,即使我同時在ACES有全職的工作。
現在我在台灣住了超過二十年,我仍然很高興能夠看到我的學生在英文能力上的進步,並且也變得更成熟、負責任的人。能夠幫助人們塑造他們的人生是我的領導原則。最後,我喜歡潛水,潛水讓我保持身體健康。

Hi, I’m Mike. I was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, smack in the middle of the Midwestern corn-belt of the US. After high school, I attended Purdue University in Indiana where I graduated with a BS in Hospitality Management. I worked in the restaurant industry for several years during and after college. In 1995, a college friend invited me to come to Taiwan.
This changed my life. Living and traveling in Asia broadened my outlook of the world and taught me a lot about myself. Most importantly, I realized how much I enjoy teaching, and became conscious of the fact that I have been instructing people most of my life; coaching a little league baseball team during high school, coaching swimming at summer camps while in college and training restaurant staff and managers in my previous career. This realization led me to pursue my Masters in Education while maintaining a full-time work schedule here at ACES.
Now, after 20+ years in Taiwan, I still find pleasure in seeing my students improve their language abilities, but also grow into mature, responsible people. Helping to shape the lives of those around me is my guiding principle. And, scuba diving keeps me sane.

Rodney

Rodney Hill

哈囉我是Rodney老師,你也可以叫我Rod。我來自澳洲,但我在台灣居住已超過我大半輩子的時間,我把自己已看做是一個台灣人! 大學畢業之後,我從亞洲東南亞地區開始了一段短暫的旅行,它也因此把我帶來台灣。我一開始計畫在台灣停留三到六個月, 但我卻意外地留下來到現在。無庸置疑地,我非常地愛著這塊美麗的土地。在台灣,我擁有豐富的教材編撰以及英語教學經驗,學生年齡從幼稚園至成人等都有。近年來,我專攻於成人班以及全民英檢的教學。我感到非常的榮幸能在ACES發展成人班的課程。ACES的老師們是一群專業、有責任感的老師,這樣的師資群,在台灣是非常難得可見的。
Hello, my name’s Rodney Hill, but you can call me Rod. I’m the only member of the outstanding teaching crew here at ACES who is not from America or Canada. I came to Taiwan from Australia and have been here for almost half of my life; I guess that makes me half Taiwanese. After graduating I took a short trip through South East Asia and arrived on the beautiful island of Formosa. At first it was supposed to be a short stay of about three to six months, however that time was extended to…well, half of my life. Needless to say, I love it here in Taiwan very much. I have had extensive experience teaching and writing curriculum for all ages from kindergarten to adults. I am now focusing my attention specifically on adults and GEPT class. I feel privileged to be developing the adult program here at ACES. There is a unique group of professional, high-achieving teachers here at ACES; this is very rare in most other institutions in Taiwan.

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Devlin Cotter

大家好我是Devlin老師。我來自美國,在紐約出生以及完成我的學業。我畢業於紐約州立大學。語言學習一向是我的愛好,我學習過西班牙文、法文、泰文、和現在在學習的中文。除了學習語文之外,我也喜歡演奏樂器及花時間陪伴我的家人。
畢業之後,我就一直從事教學工作。我曾任職於紐約公立學校、後來也在泰國教授英文。結束了泰國的工作,我又到了東京電機大學繼續教書。在2006年,我搬到了台灣,也在去年迎接我小女兒的到來。現在,我很享受和家人在台灣的生活!

Hello! My name’s Devlin. I was born and raised in New York. I graduated from The State University of New York in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science. I’ve always been fascinated with languages and have studied Spanish, French, Thai and now Chinese. In addition to studying languages, I love to play music and spend time with my family. I have been a teacher since graduating college. I worked in the New York public school system before moving to Thailand to teach English there. After Thailand, I taught at Tokyo Denki University in Japan. In 2006, I moved to Taiwan and have been here since. I recently welcomed a new daughter and my little family continues to love our lives here in Taiwan.

Shay 去背

Shay Delagarza

哈囉,我是Shay老師!我在芝加哥長大,大學時,就讀位在市中心的芝加哥藝術學院,並取得建築系學士學位。畢業後一年,我決定在攻讀碩士前花一年的時間旅遊。經過一些研究及輾轉得知的資訊,到台灣教英文成為我的第一選擇。2012年,我收拾行囊,搬到美麗的台灣,並展開為期一年的教學生活。我發現,我對於學習中文及英語教學工作有著莫大的熱情。從此,台灣對我來說不再只是個短暫停留的國家,它成為我的家。能夠帶領著聰明、開心、專注及用心的孩子們一同學習讓我感到非常快樂,我很期待接下來與他們共度的時光,我們上課見!

Hi! I’m Shay. I grew up in the Chicagoland area and had the pleasure of living in the magnificent city of Chicago during my college years and for a short time after. There, I attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I studied architecture. A year after obtaining my bachelor’s degree, I decided I wanted to travel before going back to school to get my master’s degree.I stumbled upon the option of teaching English in Taiwan. In 2012, with only a year commitment in mind, I packed my bags and traveled to this beautiful island. After starting to learn Chinese and developing a new passion for teaching, that one year plan was extended to a new place to call home for now. It’s been a pleasure to be surrounded by these bright, joyful, dedicated and hardworking children and I’m excited to continue this journey. I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!