P rominent in our mission is our goal to educate "confident, creative, caring, and moral" individuals, and these elements of our education are learned mostly outside the academic realm; thus, at Taipei American School we urge students to participate in the breadth and wealth of our community. Taipei American School offers an unusually rich array of extracurricular opportunities, and, additionally, students support each other by attending games, events, and performances. By participating in the community we support the community, and, as a result, all of us grow and prosper.
We encourage students to focus on education, not on grades; we urge students to follow their passions and to strive to develop their talents to the fullest extent possible.
Balance is important. Time for sleep, for conversation, and for relaxation is as important as time for study. We want students to make good choices, to maintain a healthy perspective on learning, and to take the time to enjoy family, community, learning, and sleep!
Richard A. Hartzell
Upper School Principal
Richard A. Hartzell holds A.B. Honors and Ph.D. degrees from Brown University. During his 44-year career, Dr. Hartzell has served as a teacher, coach, and administrator at a variety of prestigious institutions, including Brown University, Phillips Exeter Academy, Horace Mann School, St. Mark's School of Texas, The American School in Switzerland, Fundación Nuevo Marymount (Colombia), The Webb Schools, The Harker School, and Taipei American School. He has taught Advanced Placement courses in seven subjects (English Literature, English Language, European History, Art History, French Literature, French Language, Spanish Literature), as well as multitudinous "standard" and elective classes. Over the years, he has coached football, soccer, girls basketball, boys basketball, ice hockey, track & field, baseball, and softball.
Mr. John VandenBoom
John VandenBoom grew up in the U.S. Midwest and earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Miami University (Ohio) and a Masters in Educational Administration from John Carroll University. Prior to coming to Taiwan, he taught math at a pair of independent schools in Ohio as well as at The American International School in Israel.
John arrived at TAS in 1987 (at the old Wen Lin Road campus) and has taught both middle and upper school math, was a class sponsor for many years, and coached varsity tennis here for his first 18 years. He was appointed Dean of Students in 2007 and Associate Principal in 2009.
Mr. Andrew Lowman
Since arriving at Taipei American School in 2009, Andrew has worked in Personal & Academic Counseling, College Counseling, and now as part of the Upper School Administration. As the Director of College Counseling, Andrew was active in international college counseling organizations and a presenter at international conferences.
Andrew grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia where he attended JIS. It was there that he met his wife Kristen, the Director of Communications and Marketing at TAS. Together they have three children who all love attending TAS.
Andrew earned a BA in History from Brigham Young University and an MEd in Education, School, and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. He also has a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA and has completed the Certificate of International School Leadership through the Principals' Training Center. He is currently pursuing an EdD in Educational Administration and Leadership.