Planning Committee

Peter Kimball, EARCOS Representative for Taiwan and TAS Professional Development Coordinator

Peter has worked at TAS since 2007 as an AP and IB Psychology teacher and Professional Development Coordinator. Prior to that, he taught Middle School and IB History for five years at the Mont Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He began his overseas teaching career in 1999 at Escuela Campo Alegre in Caracas, Venezuela teaching Middle School Social Studies. Peter holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and masters degrees in Exercise Physiology, History and Social Studies Education, and Educational Administration. 


Dr. Candace Aiani, TAS Libraries Coordinator

Candace is the USIC Librarian and K-12 Library Coordinator at TAS. She is completing her 23rd year as a librarian. Her professional library experiences include: re-design of all TAS libraries; print-to-digital initiative; co-founder of SILC-Asia, and a library-related dissertation in assessing library programs.


Carol Youssif, TAS Middle School Librarian

Carol has been in TAS for four years. She is the middle school librarian at TAS in addition to teaching Debate and coaching the school's MUN Press Team. This is her third international school, having worked in Nigeria and Argentina. When she's not enjoying time with her two young children and husband, you can find her uploading content in her library's Instagram account, working on a new graphic design project, or reading. 


Mandy Friedman, TAS Lower School Librarian (K-2)

Mandy is a Lower School Librarian at Taipei American School.  She has been a librarian for ten years, working in diverse school environments with students of all ages.  She has redesigned two school libraries to reflect the needs of the students and the greater school community.  She has worked to vertically align and integrate the library program into school curricula.  


Brianna Pannel, TAS Lower School Librarian (3-5)

Brianna is a Lower School Librarian at TAS, serving Grades 3-5. She is ever on the lookout for ways to shape the library to fit children instead of the other way around. 


Rose Lai, TAS Chinese Library Librarian (K-12)

Rose is the Chinese librarian at TAS and is fluent in English and Mandarin. A native of Taiwan, she has learned to traverse two cultures working for over 30 years in a multicultural environment. Rose has developed a Chinese leveling system to assist students in selecting a just-right book.


Emma Jane Crofts, TES Primary Librarian

Emma is the Primary Librarian at Taipei European School. This is her 13th year working in libraries, and her 10th as a school librarian. Current professional interests include developmental linguistics, and early years children’s literature. Emma is the founder of the Taipei School Librarians Group. 


Katie Day, NIST International School Secondary Teacher-Librarian

Katie Day is an American who has been an expat for over 30 years. She has a masters in children’s literature from the UK, and teaching and librarian degrees from Australia, earned long-distance while living in southeast Asia. In 2017 she moved to Bangkok to be the Secondary Teacher-Librarian at NIST International School after 12 years in Singapore at the United World College of SE Asia. Previously she lived in Phuket, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, and the UK. Online she uses “The Librarian Edge” as her blog and Twitter handle.