Hello there. My name is Keith Dishart. I was born on September 06, 1970. I was born in Taipei, Taiwan. My mother is Taiwanese and my father is American. I moved to the States when I was about seven years old. I have two brothers, one older and one younger. I have no sisters. They all still live in the US. They reside in San Francisco, California. I’m a Virgo and my hobbies are playing softball, tennis and some basketball. I also love to fish and camp out in the great outdoors. I attended San Mateo High School and from there I went to the College of San Mateo which is a junior college and from there, I went to Sonoma State University. I went there because I was recruited to play baseball for the school. After college, I came to Taiwan because my grandfather had fallen ill and it was quite serious. During my summer visit here, I also tried out for a few baseball teams here in Taiwan. I played amateur ball for a year and played well enough to sign a professional contract. I played for three more years here and then my baseball career came to an end and my teaching career began. That may have been the best thing to have happened to me because I love what I’m doing. I love kids and I think I understand them very well. I love the fact that I’m involved with so many children’s lives as their teacher and their friend. I have now been teaching for more than ten years. I am now the director of the Lishan and Banqiao Branch. If you are interested in finding a good school, with a great curriculum, atmosphere and out-of-this-world teachers, feel free to drop by at any of our four locations and let us impress you with our talents.
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.
Hello! My name Zach Zine. I am originally from a small suburb of Chicago called Oswego, IL. It was there that I spent my childhood up until it was time for me to attend college at DePaul University in Chicago. At DePaul, I spent my three and a half years of university studying political science. It was a challenge that helped me to refine my skills as a speaker, a writer, and a thinker, and I would not trade it for anything in the world. But, alas, it had to end sometime. As my time in college came to a close, I quickly realized that I wanted to get out and see more of the world. After endless amounts of research and some chance encounters, I heard about Taiwan. Before long, I was boarding a plane to come to Taiwan to teach English for a year. That year became a second, and now I’m well into a third and can without a doubt say that I love this country, the language, the people, and teaching English.
In all honesty, if you would have asked me five years ago if I would be teaching English in Asia, I would have told you no way. But, after the amazing experiences I’ve had here, I would not change that decision for anything in the world. I came here and started this career as a way to travel and make money, but it has become much more than that. It has become a passion. I hope to pass that passion on to my students, and I hope to teach them everything that I know about English. I also hope to learn from them, and better myself as a teacher, a Chinese speaker, and a person. I hope to see you in the classroom soon. Let’s get to work.
哈囉我是Rodney老師，你也可以叫我Rod。我來自澳洲，但我在台灣居住已超過我大半輩子的時間，我把自己已看做是一個台灣人! 大學畢業之後，我從亞洲東南亞地區開始了一段短暫的旅行，它也因此把我帶來台灣。我一開始計畫在台灣停留三到六個月， 但我卻意外地留下來到現在。無庸置疑地，我非常地愛著這塊美麗的土地。在台灣，我擁有豐富的教材編撰以及英語教學經驗，學生年齡從幼稚園至成人等都有。近年來，我專攻於成人班以及全民英檢的教學。我感到非常的榮幸能在ACES發展成人班的課程。ACES的老師們是一群專業、有責任感的老師，這樣的師資群，在台灣是非常難得可見的。
Hello, my name’s Rodney Hill, but you can call me Rod. I’m the only member of the outstanding teaching crew here at ACES who is not from America or Canada. I came to Taiwan from Australia and have been here for almost half of my life; I guess that makes me half Taiwanese. After graduating I took a short trip through South East Asia and arrived on the beautiful island of Formosa. At first it was supposed to be a short stay of about three to six months, however that time was extended to…well, half of my life. Needless to say, I love it here in Taiwan very much. I have had extensive experience teaching and writing curriculum for all ages from kindergarten to adults. I am now focusing my attention specifically on adults and GEPT class. I feel privileged to be developing the adult program here at ACES. There is a unique group of professional, high-achieving teachers here at ACES; this is very rare in most other institutions in Taiwan.