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.
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.
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.
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.
Konraad A. Kordula
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.
Hi there! My name is Shaina. I was actually born right here in Taipei! My mother and her family are from this beautiful island, which allowed me the privilege of spending my first years of life living in various places in Taiwan. We later moved to Minnesota in the United States where most of my father’s family resides, and it is largely where I grew up. I then went on to study International Business with a focus on foreign languages at the University of San Francisco in California. I was fortunate enough to live in the lovely and diverse city of San Francisco for several years. After being away from Taiwan for so long, I wanted to reacquaint myself with Taiwan and its culture as an adult and reconnect with my family here as well. It was time to start a new chapter and a new challenge. Having had ample experience working with children along with my strong English and Chinese skills, coming to work at ACES felt like coming home. I am passionate about being able to empower children today with the language skills that they can use for a long lasting and prosperous future, wherever they decide to venture in the world. I look forward to seeing you in the classroom.
Born and raised in New York City, I bring fifteen years of teaching experience and research in languages and Linguistics to my work at ACES. Supported by a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation, I originally came to Taiwan to conduct my dissertation research at the Graduate Institute of Linguistics of National Taiwan University. In 2007, I completed my PhD in Linguistics at the City University of New York. From 2005-2015, I taught Linguistics, presentation skills and academic writing at Wenzao Ursuline University, Ming Chuan University and National Yang Ming University. In collaboration with the Graduate Institute for Phonetics at Academia Sinica, I also created a speech corpus of Taiwan English as part of the multinational Asian English Speech Corpus Project.
In 2015, I began teaching Business English, TOEFL and IELTS preparation to private students and in corporate settings. I have always been fascinated with the process of language learning, and it brings me great pleasure to share my love of language and knowledge of language systems with students. I also love to travel. I’ve lived in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, so I’ve had the chance to explore many countries and cultures. In my free time, I enjoy reading fiction and essays in English, Chinese and German. I also enjoy writing, night markets, KTV and taking walks on the north coast beaches with my dogs.