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Rick France

ACES的創辦人Rick來自美國賓州的匹茲堡, 1991年他自卡內基美濃大學畢業後就來到台灣。原本只想來東方看看以開拓視野的他,並未計畫長留台灣,但台灣人的友善好客以及他對教學的熱愛讓他留下。12年後,與Tammy結婚成了台灣女婿,並有兩個可愛的孩子-Farrah及Brady,Rick早已將台灣視為他的第二個家。自1998年Rick創立ACES民生本班至今,在許多死忠的學生和家長們的支持下,ACES已括展為民生、東湖、麗山、大直、汐止、新店、板橋、羅東、新竹、台中、高雄、林口及新莊十三個學校。這些年的教學與經營,他最大的欣慰就是看著ACES的學生們能夠正確又自在的運用英文表達事情。

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.

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Dan Moyle

加拿大多倫多市出生和快樂成長的Dan,高中畢業後獨自前往該省另一個城市就讀大學。在大二時認識的台灣室友的遊說下, 1994年他來到台灣。在這裡,他不但享受愉快的教書生活,而且還擁有幸福美滿的小家庭。而從ACES一開始就教課至今的他可是元老級的教師之一。

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.

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Mark O’Keefe

哈囉,我是馬克老師,我很開心成為ACES專業的教學團隊的一員。在過去的五年裡,我在曼谷、美國韋伯斯特大學從事多種如托福、多益、GMAT、GRE、IELTS、SAT指定科目考試等的教學工作。
我目前在ACES擔任國際英文領袖班、正規班及英檢、托福考試準備班的老師。我很喜歡在台灣教書,其中一個原因就是因為台灣的孩子們都很努力學習。同時,台灣的家長們非常重視教育、並參與孩子們的學習過程。能夠幫助這些學生,讓我感到非常高興。我過去的學生們在完成課程後不但提升了英文程度,而且幾乎都達到他們的目標。
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.

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Arden Ruttan

嗨!我是Arden! 我來自西維吉尼亞州,我畢業於維吉尼亞理工學院的心理及音樂學系。在過去的十年裡,我在台灣從事英語教學的工作,學生的年齡層為幼稚園至成人。我對於教學抱著極大的熱忱。當我看到學生的英文程度進步、能夠流利的用英語溝通時,總是能讓我開心,並為我的學生感到驕傲。在過去,我鼓勵我的學生盡全力表現,也因此看到許多絕佳的成果。這些學生的英文程度大多是優於同年紀的孩子。我在2012年結婚,並於2014年喜獲麟兒。我的興趣是演奏及聽音樂、氣功、閱讀及學習中文。

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.

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Konraad A. Kordula

我是在在紐約市出生的Konraad。我高中畢業後獨身前往北加州就讀大學,大學期間,我喜歡從事各項運動及義工活動。畢業後移居來台北,在台灣教英語之餘,我也開始學習中文、瑜珈、武術、旅行、閱讀和社交活動。我的父母親、姐姐和弟弟都仍住在紐約市,他們非常思念我。
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.

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Shaina

您好!我是Shaina老師。我是在台北出生的。我的母親和她的家人來自這個美麗的島嶼,因此讓我兒時有幸居住在台灣各個不同的地方。之後我們搬到了美國的明尼蘇達州,我父親的居住地以及我成長的地方。畢業後我在加州舊金山大學學習了國際商務,專注於外語。我很幸運能夠在舊金山這個美麗多彩多姿的城市生活多年。但離開台灣已久,懷念故鄉,想重新認識台灣文化,並與家人重逢。所以我的人生開始了新的一頁和挑戰。我擁有的豐富保育經驗以及流暢的雙語技能,來ACES工作感覺就像回家一樣。我熱衷於能夠賦予孩子們語言技能。無論他們未來決定在哪個領域裡冒險,他們都可以運用在ACES所學到的技能,來實現長遠和繁榮的美好前程。很期待在教室裡與您見面!

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.

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Tanya

我在紐約市出生長大,在語言和語言學方面擁有十五年的教學經驗和研究成果。在美國國家科學基金會的資助下,我最初來台灣在台灣大學語言學研究所進行論文研究。 2007年,我在紐約城市大學完成了語言學博士學位。從2005年至2015年,我在文藻烏爾蘇里大學,明川大學和國立陽明大學教授語言學、演講技巧和學術寫作。我還與中央研究院語言學研究所合作,創建了台灣二語英語資料庫,作為跨國亞洲英語語言資料庫項目的一部分。
2015年,我開始為學生及企業教授商務英語,托福和雅思備考。我一直對語言學習的過程著迷,我很高興與學生分享我對語言和語言知識的熱愛。我也喜歡旅行。我住過北美,歐洲,澳大利亞和亞洲,所以我有機會探索許多國家和文化。在我空閒的時間,我喜歡寫作也喜歡讀英語、中文和德語的小說和散文。我也喜歡在空閒的時間逛逛夜市,去KTV唱歌,和我的狗狗在海灘散步。

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.