Matt

Matt Laska

你好!我來自美國威斯康辛州,畢業於明尼蘇達大學雙城分校。我主修歷史文化比較文學,除了西班牙語研究,拉丁美洲研究,電影和媒體文化研究,法律社會學,犯罪學和偏差社會學,我會說英語跟西班牙語,還有中文。
我來台灣探望我的哥哥,也進一步發掘、探索世界然後成為一名老師,因為成為一位老師是我從小的夢想。我很看好台灣的未來的發展,作為一位老師,在現今競爭日益激烈的環境中,我想我可以盡我自己的一份心力來訓練台灣的孩子一些技能和紀律。
我喜歡閱讀、寫書法、運動、聽音樂、喝茶、爬山、去海邊游泳以及學習台灣豐富的歷史。沒有什麼字句可以好好地形容台灣,特別是台北,讓我留下深刻的印象。我唯一的希望是想要打鐵趁熱,隨時提升自己和我周圍的人。

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

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.