HEAD OF SCHOOL'S WELCOME
Welcome to Taipei American School’s Website, where we long to share with you a sense of the dynamic, compassionate, rigorous educational lives lived here. We offer the best of the American-based system to an international population most of whose members are already multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic searchers of the best of internationalism.
I invite you to explore these pages and discover what makes TAS unique. The heart of the TAS experience is the relationship between inspiring, caring teachers and talented, motivated students. In their classrooms and labs, TAS students pursue a rigorous and challenging curriculum that prepares them for success anywhere in a rapidly changing world. In addition to academics, students have the opportunity to participate in athletics, fine and performing arts, public speaking and forensics, student government, and much more. From the fifth grader completing a Mission to Mars in robotics class and rehearsing for the lower school musical to the senior preparing for the iGEM competition at MIT and studying for any of the 29 AP or 32 IB courses, TAS students are active participants in a world-class education.
We are a bridge that leads people from self to selflessness, from individuality to interdependence, and from the finest classrooms of a top independent school to success in the world beyond our borders. We value honesty, respect, responsibility, kindness, and courage.
I now invite you to learn more on how to cross our bridge with us. For prospective families, I welcome you to visit us on campus. Please take time to submit an online inquiry or make an application. For prospective faculty, please visit us at upcoming recruiting fairs or apply for a teaching position. And lastly, be sure to take the time to read some of our publications, such as The Window Magazine or the Annual Report. Together, these publications highlight so many of our school events and student achievements.
I hope you enjoy reading, watching, and engaging with our website, and that one day we may welcome you on campus.
Dr. Sharon D. Hennessy
Head of School
Dr. Moran began her career as an elementary teacher in Ireland, her homeland, before embracing the international and American education system overseas 28 years ago. Prior to assuming the Deputy Head of School position at Taipei American School (TAS), Catriona served as Lower School Principal at TAS and Lower/Middle School Principal at Nishimachi International School, Tokyo.
In 2013, Catriona was recognized for her exemplary work when she received the National Distinguished Principal Award from the United States Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. She has been called upon at national conferences and workshops to share her deep knowledge of assessment and the use of data as a powerful tool for advancing student learning. She has also led several WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation teams in a number of overseas schools.
Catriona has a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, and a Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.
Catriona and her husband Gerry have two boys who graduated from Taipei American School.