Matt Laska


Hello! Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
I graduated with majors in History and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, in addition to minors in Spanish Studies, Latin American Studies, Studies in Cinema and Media Culture, and Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. I can speak English, Spanish, and now Chinese.
I came to Taiwan in order to see my brother, further my research, explore the world, and to become a teacher as it had been a dream of mine from an early age. The future looks bright for this country and I am humbled that, as a teacher, I can be a small part of that by giving Taiwan’s youth some of the skills and discipline they need in order to thrive in today’s increasingly competitive environment.
I enjoy reading, calligraphy, exercising, listening to music, drinking tea, hiking through the mountains, going swimming at the beach, and studying Taiwan’s rich history. There are no words that can properly convey how much Taiwan, and Taipei in particular, has impressed and inspired me. My only hope is to strike while the iron is hot in order to improve myself and those around me every day.


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。

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.