I was born in California, but moved to Canada with my family when I was 5 years old. My parents purchased a 10 acre parcel of land in Peachland B.C. and started a small farm, thus giving me and my sister, Kerrie, the opportunity to grow up with horses, chickens and the great outdoors. Upon graduating from high school, I went on to study at Okanagan University College before graduating from the University of Calgary in 1999, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English. From the time I was 14 until moving to Taiwan at age 26, I worked winters as a ski and snowboard instructor teaching both children and adults, from beginner to expert.
In 2001 , while waiting for entrance into film school decided to come to Taiwan to visit a friend teaching here. After a couple months working as a teacher, I decided to put film school on hold and stay longer in Taiwan in order to continue teaching. At this time, I also began studying Chinese and Kung Fu. I have been working at ACES since August 2003. I enjoy teaching immensely and finds great reward in watching my students at ACES progress from basic to expert English speakers. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, swimming and reading. I continue to study Chinese as I believe that doing so is completely necessary in order to fully integrate into Taiwanese society which I have so grown to love.
Hello. I’m Dean Fenwick. I grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne in the United Kingdom. My alma mater is the University of Glasgow. I graduated with a Master of Arts in English and Scottish literature. A month after graduating, I decided to travel to Taiwan and study Mandarin Chinese. A month after arriving in Taiwan, I started studying Chinese at Chung Yuan Christian University. I found learning Chinese to be challenging yet enjoyable. I have good memories of the time that I spent there.
Before starting work at ACES, I had taught at various other English cram schools and kindergartens in Taiwan. In total, I have ten years of experience teaching English as a foreign language. This year, I married my beautiful wife, Roxanne. Hopefully, there will be children in the not-so-distant future. I have always enjoyed living in Taiwan; the people here are so kind and friendly. The island itself is very beautiful and the weather is usually conducive to living a healthy, outdoor lifestyle. Teaching here is very fulfilling. I think that the most rewarding thing about teaching is being able to make a positive impact on other people’s lives. Thanks for reading. I hope to see you soon.
Hello! My name’s Nathan Rubio. I grew up in the Texas hill country. I love playing music, video games and roleplaying games. After graduating from college in San Antonio, I started work in the IT field. After a few years, I moved to Austin, Texas to work for a high-tech company based in California.
After several years this led to a job in California’s Silicon Valley. While working for a company there I was transferred to Taiwan in 2012. I found Taiwan to be full of good food, friendly people and a culture that was new to me.
I took the opportunity and made it a goal to learn as much Chinese as I could while I was here. I then decided that I would stay in Taiwan and learn as much as I could. I have been here ever since.
I decided to start teaching English because I wanted to give back to Taiwan. Helping Taiwanese learn English will benefit them with increased career opportunities and benefit Taiwan as a whole. I chose ACES because of the very high level of standards in pronunciation, grammar and fluency that are taught at ACES.