Prior to joining the leadership team, Amanda Jacob served as the Lower School Literacy Coordinator at Taipei American School. She has been a teacher and literacy coach for over twenty years in the US, Haiti, The Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Poland, and Taiwan.
Amanda Jacob stepped into the role of Lower School Literacy Coordinator seven years ago after having taught in Grades one, two, and five at TAS. In her role as Literacy Coordinator, Amanda works to ensure articulation of the Lower School's reading and writing programs, provides coaching for teachers, and plans professional development. She has led the Lower School language arts committee through the adoption of new curriculum standards, teaching materials, and assessment tools.
In addition to her work with homeroom teachers, Amanda worked closely with the Mandarin team to make sure that children have a similar literacy experience in English and Chinese. As a result of this work, Amanda established the Chinese Literacy Symposium with the Mandarin team; the only conference for Mandarin teachers devoted to using balanced-literacy components to teach Chinese. She has helped organize and present at the symposium for the last four years, bringing together language teachers from international schools in Asia and the United States for a weekend of learning about best literacy practices.
While Amanda has focused on literacy at TAS, she has a bachelor's degree in mathematics and led K-12 math curriculum committees at the International School of Manila and the American School of Warsaw.
She has presented at the annual Teachers College Reading and Writing Project's coaching institutes at Teachers College, Columbia University and has consulted at schools throughout the Asia region.
Amanda appreciates everything that her family, Paul a KA teacher and her son Theo a student in the Upper School, has gained by being a part of the TAS community for the last 15 years. She is excited and honored to serve our community in this new role.