About Our Camp
AST’s English Immersion Summer Camp is an opportunity for students to be fully engaged in an English speaking environment. In this setting students quickly learn academic English in the classroom and conversational English with their peers.
Immersion allows students to:
*Focus on learning outside of test scores.
*Practice English they have learned in Chinese schools and Cram Schools with guidance from English speaking educators.
*Build confidence in their English abilities as they learn to express themselves in a second language through speaking and writing.
In this environment students will naturally acquire the English language. It's proven to be the most effective method for learning a second language.
All AST teachers are highly qualified and hold valid teaching credentials in their areas of concentration. Many AST teachers have a Master's degree and years of leadership experience.
Suzanne Pearson - Camp Director
Hello, I am Suzanne Pearson, the AST summer camp director for 2019 summer camp.
I LOVE summer camp! I was lucky to have attended many camps as a child, and I loved it so much that I worked at camps through my my teens and into my adult life. Camp is a wonderful place to grow, make friends and experience new things.
I am a national board certified math teacher with endorsements in math and science, I spent the last 11 years teaching math in Washington State, U.S.A. I have a Bachelor's degree in herbal sciences and a Masters in teaching. I was born in Taipei and have always wanted to come back to see where it all started. My husband, son and I moved here last July and we are loving Taiwan!
Amber Chin - Assistant Director
AST Summer Camp Teacher Assistant 2015/2016/2017
AST Summer Camp Cooking Teacher 2017
AST Grade 1 Teacher Assistant 2016-2018
AST Elementary School Enrichment Activities Assistant Coordinator 2017
AST Elementary School Enrichment Activities Coordinator 2018
Mishell Lin - Coding / Scavanger Hunt Teacher
After I finished my study in Switzerland, I worked at Walt Disney World in Florida, U.S.A. I loved being able to interact with children while I was working there. Later, when my son was born, my passion for child education grew stronger. Eventually, I decided to pursue the passion I have in education.
I have attended many summer camps as a child. I love the feeling of getting together and having fun! I’d love to bring the fun into my creating code and scavenger hunt class in this summer camp. I want to inspire children’s creativity, imagination, negotiation skills and work as a team throughout the hunting activities. Children will learn how to create codes, decode codes and work together to find the biggest treasure! On top of that, let the children enjoy the adventurous and exciting feeling as pirates!
Lily Hsu - Projects / Crafts Teacher
My Name is Lily Hsu and I have been teaching at AST for 13 years. This is my 3rd time teaching summer camp. I love summer camp because it is a place for kids to have fun while learning and make new friends. I will be teaching the crafts class. We will be making paper, pirate flags, chopstick guns, clay monsters, kaleidoscopes, and more.
Gillian Logie - Cooking Teacher
Hi, I’m Gillian. Nice to meet you, landlubbers! Summer camp is a great opportunity for lots of fun alongside learning. I’ll be the cooking teacher and we’ll be making lots of tasty pirate treats. Students will learn cooking skills, good kitchen habits, and preparation techniques. We’ll link this to our pirate theme by learning about how pirates kept healthy on long sea voyages and about their hygiene practices. By the end of summer camp, each student will have their own book of recipes they have experienced making over the three weeks.
Derek Kensinger - P.E. Teacher
I am from California originally and have taught PE for 12 years, 8 years in Taiwan at AST. I love encouraging kids to be physically active in a safe and supportive environment. Get on board the ship!
Ian Hansen-Tilkens - Outdoor Skills Teacher
Hi, my name is Ian and I'll be teaching outdoor skills at summer camp this year. I've been going camping with the Boy Scouts my whole life and I look forward to sharing what I know with you. My classes will be on things like knots, map and compass, stars and plant life. By the end of camp I hope to have you all able to run your own ship someday!
Godfrey Semwaiko - Art Teacher
I have worked in AST for two semesters now, I love to participate in summer camp. I am a visual artist dealing with paintings, sculptures and digital arts including interactive books, animations, graphic design, and video production. I have worked as a creative producer and graphics designer for nine years at Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), a government-owned Television in Tanzania, East Africa, My projects as a Children’s Book Illustrator, Designer, and Animator have won recognition from UNESCO, Heinemann-UK, Water Aid project, PACE –TUSK Trust UK (environmental Project), FEMA magazine, Mkuki na Nyota Publishers to mention the few.
Jeff Yucuk - English Teacher
Hello everyone! My name is Jeff Yacuk. Student know me as Mr. Jeff. I have worked in ESOL in the USA for 12 years and also have 4 years ELL experience teaching ESOL at AST! I love to see students effectively using English toward success in their lives. Students will be using newly learned pirate vocabulary and pirate phrases in order to create a short story about their favorite pirate. I hope to inspire imagination and creative language! See you in July! "It's a great day to be a pirate! AARGH!!!"
James Sims - Science Teacher
My name is James Ian Sims, and I am 24 years old. I graduated from American School in Taichung in 2014 and I graduated from Flagler College in 2018 with a degree in Secondary Social Science Education. My father is from the United States and my mother is from Taiwan. They both teach at Tunghai University. I am currently a Foreign English teacher at Beimen Elementary School in Hsinchu, Taiwan. I love summer camp because it gives students an opportunity to make friends and learn. As a summer camp teacher, it is nice to see new faces every year. I will be teaching Science in this year’s summer camp. Students will be participating in fun activities such as making a boat float in water, making baking soda and vinegar bombs, and making salt crystal art.