Dear AST Family and Friends,

Thank you for a great start to the school year. A lot has been accomplished in just a few days. I spent much of my first day in schedule changes, but I was able to visit every classroom. It was great to see the students sitting together setting up classroom agreements, free writing, discussing possibilities for their future, and trying to remember those skills that they haven't used much over the summer.

I have not been on campus since Tuesday, because my new son, Zeno Atlas Keen, was born on Wednesday. Our family is happy and healthy and taking some time to just be together and get to know our new family member.

In my absence, Matt Kowalski and Diane Wilson have been working with high school students on schedule changes. Likewise, Tim Michael is working with middle school students who want to change their electives. And, finally, I am working remotely with teachers to try and figure out those final shifts and those special cases. For example, we are looking at some shifts to better support a handful of eighth and ninth grade students in their Chinese studies.

Thank you for your patience while we make these adjustments and I apologize if my email response time has been slower than expected.

Best regards,

Anthony Keen
Director

For Schedule Changes

For high school students, please see Matt Kowalski.
For middle school students, please see Tim Michael.

New Teacher Introductions

This week for teacher introductions, I wanted to focus on our two new teaching couples.

Joining us in MS and HS Science is Patrick Herding.

I am excited to be joining AST this year. Growing up in the agricultural and lake area of Moorhead, Minnesota, I needed to explore, so I found a fantastic university in Flagstaff, Arizona. In 1990, I moved to Flagstaff, and Northern Arizona University to get my biology degree and teaching credential. My first teaching position was on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. After getting married and having two kids my wife and I moved our family to Juneau, Alaska. While in Juneau I worked at the Alaskan Brewing Company, Milestone Construction Co., Alyeska Central School (the state run K-12 correspondence school) and various public school positions. I have played softball in Minnesota, the Yukon, Alaska and China, kayaked the shores of Admiralty Island looking for brown bears and fished the Kenai River for salmon. I am ready to explore Taiwan. - Patrick Herding

Joining us in HS English is Casady Herding.

I’m Casady Herding, new English teacher and STUGO advisor at AST. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Arizona in my hometown of Tucson, and a Master of Science degree in Modern British Literature from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. I have taught in Arizona, Alaska, and northeast China: this is my 25th year as a teacher. I enjoy traveling with my family—husband Patrick, son Mac (age 20) and daughter Sedona (age 18)—as well as journaling, systems thinking, and experiencing the life-changing magic of tidying up. I’m looking forward to exploring beautiful Taiwan!

Joining us in MS and HS Social Studies is Ethan Dombkowski.

Hello AST Family!  I am Ethan Dombkowski and I am very excited and proud to be a new member of the AST Family.  I have earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University and have been teaching Social Studies in Florida, USA for the past 11 years.  My wife is also a teacher here at AST and my two boys are students as well.  My life’s passions are reading, surfing, playing soccer and teaching.

Joining us in MS and HS Spanish is Ximena Dombkowski.

¡Hola! My name is Claudia Ximena Dombkowski.  I am very excited to be part of the AST Family and the island of Taiwan.  I will show my commitment to both through my passion for teaching and learning about cultures, people and communities.  I have been teaching Spanish for 5 years in Florida, USA.  I received my degree in Psychology from La Universidad de Ibagúe, Colombia where I was born and lived until my husband and I relocated to Florida.  I enjoy music, teaching and traveling with my family. 

親愛的AST家庭與朋友們:

感謝新學年有個好的開始,雖然只有短短幾天但也完成許多事。開學的第一天,我除了花許多時間幫同學們更換課表外,也到每間課堂巡過。看到同學們一起坐在教室內與老師制定上課規則,自由寫作,討論自己的將來,嘗試回復暑假以疏於練習的學習技能,讓我感到非常高興。

這星期我在星期二放學離開校園後就沒有再到學校來,因為我第二個兒子,Zeno Atlas Keen,在星期三出生了。生產過程,母子平安,我們全家都很開心並一起歡迎這位新成員的到來。

我不在學校的期間,Matt Kowalski老師和Diane Wilson老師負責高中部同學課表調整;Tim Michael老師則負責初中部同學選修課表的調整。而我則在遠端與老師們做最後總課表的調度確認及處理一些特殊事件。例如我們試著為8與9年級部分同學調整課表以支援他們都可學習中文。

謝謝您在這段過渡時期對學校的耐心配合,如果您給我的電郵或意見未能如期收到回應,我也藉此機會向您道歉。

校長

金安東

 

學生更改課表

高中部同學,請找Matt Kowalski老師。

初中部同學,請找Tim Michael老師。

 

新老師簡介

本周將介紹的新老師,是我們兩對教師夫妻。

 

Patrick Herding是我們初中與高中自然科老師:

我很高興這學年加入AST。在美國明尼蘇達州Moorhead的農業和湖泊地區長大,過去我非常喜歡探索,所以我在亞利桑那州的Flagstaff發現了一所非常棒的大學。 1990年,我搬到Flagstaff,並在Northern Arizona University獲得我的生物學學位和教學證書。 我的第一份教師職位服務於White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation。 結婚及兩個孩子出生後,我和妻子及我們家人搬到了阿拉斯加的Juneau。 在Juneau,我曾任職於Alaskan Brewing Company Alaskan Brewing Company, Milestone Construction Co.,及Alyeska Central School(美國公營K-12年級函授學校)還在一些不同的公立學校任職過。 過去在Minnesota, the Yukon, Alaska and China時,我喜歡打壘球;我也喜歡划著小艇在Admiralty島的沿岸尋找棕熊;在Kenai河釣鮭魚。現在,我已準備要好好來探索台灣了。

 

Casady Herding是我們高中英文老師:

我是Casady Herding, AST新加入的英文老師以及本屆STUGO (學生會) 督導老師。我在家鄉Tucson的University of Arizona獲得我的英文文學學士學位,並在University of Edinburgh, Scotland取得現代英國文學碩士學位。我曾在美國Arizona, Alaska,中國東北都教過書,今年是我教職生涯的第25年。我喜歡與家人一起旅遊,我的家人有:我的先生,Patrick;我的兒子,Mac (20歲);我的女兒,Sedona (18歲)。我還喜歡紀錄日誌、系統思考,經驗人生整理魔法。很期待好好來探索美麗的寶島台灣!

 

Ethan Dombkowski是我們初、高中社會老師:

哈囉AST大家庭! 我是Ethan Dombkowski, 很榮幸也很興奮能成為AST大家庭的新成員。我在Jacksonville University取得社會學學士學位後,至今已在美國Florida教社會學11年了。我的太太也是AST的新老師,而我兩個兒子今年也都轉入AST就讀。我的興趣是閱讀、衝浪、踢足球和教學。

 

Ximena Dombkowski是我們初、高中西班牙文老師:

¡Hola! 我是Claudia Ximena Dombkowski。我很興奮成為AST大家庭及台灣居民的一部分。我將致力展現我對教授與學習不同文化、族群的熱情。 我已在美國Florida教導西班牙文5年了。 我擁有La Universidad de Ibagúe, Colombia心理學學位。我生長於哥倫比亞,在與我先生搬到美國Florida定居前,我都住在那裡。 我喜歡音樂、教學還有與家人一同旅遊。