Four years ago, I started the idea of establishing one of the best American schools in Taiwan, which would be driven to fulfill the best interests of the students. I named this school as “Pacific American School” because Taiwan is located in western Pacific Ocean and this region presents growth, diversity, and opportunity for the 21st century. In the fall 2007, Pacific American School was officially established with the approval of Hsinchu Education Bureau to serve this purpose.
I saw our school growing from just a small school community to developing into an institution with a comprehensive American curriculum and a wide variety of extracurricular activities for our students, to a well-facilitated school today with graduating classes admitted to the top American universities to study, Honors and AP courses for students to challenge academically, many professional training opportunities inside and outside school for our teachers and administrators, as well as achievement of WASC Accreditation status within five years after establishment.
I have been through many “first times” and many “new explorations” together with our students, from student council, convenience store, Community Services, Science Fairs, graduation trips, MUN and yearbook, to leadership camp, sports day, talent shows, a variety of sports teams and the sports games, and a variety of club choices. Not to mention the moment when we all stood up to fight for our rights and for the best interests of our students. The success of our Art Show and Musical Production evidences our focus on Fine Arts and Performing Arts at school.
In the process of growing, I experienced the differences our students revealed and have shared all kinds of adventures with them, sweetness and bitterness. I saw many of them growing from a teenager who thought him to be the center of the world insisting on his ways of growing, to a mature young man with judgment, opinion, and self-esteem who is willing to take advices and grow out of them.
In the past three years, I have become good friends with many parents who have always been there supporting me on every decision I made for the school and for my students. I have become the “nagging” mom to many of our secondary school students. No matter how serious of talks I have had with my students, especially the seniors every year, I hope someday those talks will eventually turn into their best memories at PAS.
I want to express my sincere thanks to all the parents who have been always here to support me. I also want to express my appreciation to all the staff who has worked very hard to make PAS today. I wish our students: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail” as stated by Ralph Waldo Emerson in one of his poems.
Head of School
Pacific American School