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 twelve 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.
大家好，我是Joshua Carruthers。我出生於美國密歇根州的大急流城，這是一個活潑可愛的小鎮。在我所有的學習過程中，我熱愛閱讀和觀察，並在密歇根州阿連達爾的大谷州立大學得到了刑事司法和法律學位。當我在非營利組織救世軍實習教導青少年時，得到了很大的成就感。 後來我在法律界從事少年教管人員，後來發現自己更適合當一位教育者。經過深思熟慮之後，我在2010年來到台灣並開始教書，且愛上了這個美麗的島嶼、文化和民情。從那之後我一直在台灣教書，ACES就像我的家一樣，期待與您在課堂上相見！
Hello all, my name is Joshua Carruthers. I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a lively and lovely little town. Throughout all of my schooling I have carried a love for reading and detail, and I pursued a criminal justice and legal degree at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Michigan. While interning for the Non-profit organization, the Salvation Army, I found great accomplishment in educating youth. I continued into the legal profession as a juvenile corrections officer, but found much more of a calling towards educating. After much deliberation, I came to Taiwan to teach in 2010, and fell in love with this beautiful island, the culture and the people. I have been teaching in Taiwan ever since and feel like I’ve found a home here at ACES. See you in the classroom!
Hello, I’m Malcolm! I’m originally from Seattle, WA. I studied international business at Western Washington University. I’m interested in foreign languages and different cultures. I first lived in Taoyuan county where I was able to work and study Chinese at National Central University. In my free time you can find me riding my bicycle along the riverside or finding cool places to exercise outside. I just recently moved to Taipei and I’m excited to be a part of ACES. See you in class.