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.


Bruno Rodriguez

大家好,我是 Bruno 老師。我雖然在新奧爾良出生,但我在路易斯安那州南部的一個市鎮長大。我從高中畢業後搬到聖地牙哥,在美麗的加州。在聖地牙哥我上加州大學學關於經濟的國際關係專業。我很幸運有機會在復旦大學留學。作為中國上海復旦大學的學生,我對中國歷史和語言產生了濃厚的興趣。畢業後,我在聖地亞哥斯克里普斯海洋研究所工作了一段時間,但我從未對學習中文失去興趣。所以,在2010年,我搬到了台北。



Hi, everyone. My name’s Bruno. Although I was born in the city of New Orleans, I was mainly brought up in a small town in southern Louisiana called Metairie. After graduating from high school, I moved out west to beautiful San Diego, California. It was there where I studied International Relations with a focus on economics at the University of California, San Diego. I was privileged to study abroad as well, and I developed an interest in Chinese history and language as a student at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. After graduation, I worked for some time at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, but I never lost interest in studying Chinese. So, in 2010, I packed up my things and moved out to Taipei.

My first experience teaching was as a volunteer in a rural village in China in 2005. I absolutely loved it. When I began teaching again in Taipei in 2010, I was surprised to find how much I still enjoyed the process. The best part about teaching for me has always been seeing my students progress and watching their confidence soar as a result. When I’m not teaching English, I’m usually boxing, or doing some kind of outdoor activity.

Living in Taipei these past eight years, my main focus has been on providing the best instruction I possibly can. Being a part of the ACES team is a big step in the right direction. I hope I can help my students on their path to becoming responsible, erudite adults.