Dear AST Families and Friends,

Today is my final day as Director of AST. I would like to thank the entire AST community for a wonderful seven years.

We accomplished a lot over these past few years and it could not have been done without your support. You all were instrumental to the success we have enjoyed. As measured by the conventional markers of success for a school, be it enrollment, college admissions, or AP results, it has been a good seven years. Measured by more unconventional markers like enthusiasm among teachers and students and a general feeling on campus, it has also been a good seven years. Now we wait to see as students and graduates begin to write their own stories.

Many of you have heard me say over the years that parents placed their greatest treasure in our care, their children. The awesome responsibility captured in that thought has motivated me for over four decades. It brings with it both a sense of pride and a dose of humility to realize you entrusted with us that responsibility. Thank you to all the parents who are essential to the life of AST.

Teachers work most directly with the students. I have always felt one of the most important rules for any administrator is to remember that teachers know their students the best. Administrators should never forget that. I hope you have felt the freedom to do what you believed was best for your students and that you were given the support you needed to be successful.

Staff are unsung heroes of AST. With all the craziness that happens around a school, particularly one wrapped in two cultures, this staff has somehow managed to keep the day to day operations going smoothly. But the job descriptions you operated under were only the beginning of your contribution. Oftentimes you provided the only way for parents to communicate with the school. Our ability to respond to parent concerns often relied on our ability to communicate through you.

Of course, the student are the heart of any school, and here that heart is amazing. You brightened every day. A special thanks goes out to all those who dared to venture into the economics classroom or came to work with me individually. Teaching has always been my first love. Teaching you has been a remarkable gift that I cherish.

A major thank to Anna Lee for offering me this opportunity. I never imagined it would be as rich and rewarding as it was. Your support made it possible.

Finally, thank you to Anthony Keen. I have taken AST as far as I can. My work with you these past few years tells me that you are the person to take AST to levels I never could.

Now, one last time…

May you always be excited about learning and happy to be wherever life’s journey takes you.

Sincerely,

Andrew Corcoran

Director

American School in Taichung

親愛的AST家庭及朋友們:

今天是我擔任AST校長的最後一天。非常感謝整個AST大家庭造就了我生涯中這美好的七年。

這些年來若不是大家的支持,我們無法達成這許多成就。我們所享有的成果,都是來自於您的協助。一般用於評量學校辦學成功與否的指標,如:學生人數、大學申請或AP教育結果,這七年來我們有著亮眼的成績。而且即使是非常規型的指標,如:老師與同學之間教與學的熱忱,以及校園內的氛圍、感覺,這七年來也都有很好的展現。現在我們可是迫不及待的想看見,接下來同學們和畢業生校友們開始為自己所寫下的故事。

你們許多人可能在過去幾年來都聽過我提到:家長將他們最心愛的寶貝,也就是他們的孩子,交給了我們來照顧。這個想法之中所給予的那份令我敬畏的責任,激勵了我四十多年。因著承擔您們賦予我們的責任,讓我同時得到一種自豪且必須謙卑的感覺。非常感謝你們,AST生活中至關重要的所有學生家長們。

老師是學校生活中最直接與同學一起學習課業的人。我一向覺得任何校長都必須牢記一條規則,那就是:老師必定是全校最為了解他們自己學生的大人。希望老師們有感受到,我想給你們足夠的自由空間去發揮與執行你們認為對自己學生最有利的教導,並且也都有獲得所需要的支持,成功地讓您們的學生得到最多的益處。

行政職員則是AST的無名英雄。伴隨著校園內、外隨時可能發生的千奇百怪事務,特別是在東、西文化並存而且還有不少差異的環境之下,這裡的行政職員們天天恪守本份,讓校務平順地運行。除了依循職務規範內容,各盡職責地為工作付出之外,還同時是家長與學校之間溝通的橋樑。學校或老師們能夠順利地回應家長所關心的事務,就是依賴你們的傳達與溝通。

學生們,理所當然地是任何一所學校的心臟,而我們AST則擁有一顆最棒的心臟。是同學們照亮了我的每一天。我也要特別謝謝那些勇於冒險選修經濟學或是單獨上我的課的同學,因為教書始終是我的最愛。能夠為你們上課對我而言是項非凡的禮物,我很珍惜。

最大的感謝,我要獻給李安娜董事長,謝謝您給我機會。我以前從沒有想到這機會竟是如此的豐盛與寶貴。是您的支持,成就這非凡的價值。

最後,謝謝Anthony Keen! 我已盡我所能地將AST帶領到這裡。這幾年與你的相處讓我相信,你必將會帶領AST繼續前往下一個我無法達到的境界。

至此,容我最後一次…

祝大家在人生的旅程中,無論何時何地總是樂於學習並且保持愉快。

校長  柯安華