APIS strives for excellence in teaching:

  • To ensure measurable, standard-based student performances and achievements by implementing a cutting-edge curriculum and research-based instructional strategies.
  • To assemble a superb group of educators, who are not only excellent teachers but also accomplished individuals serving as role models.
  • To provide a Christ-centered, loving, and caring community that promotes students’ creativity and passion for learning.
Searching APIS Faculty
  • Mary Ward
    Humanities, EAL Specialist
    B.A. Emory University
    Ms. Ward has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Emory University, where she also competed on the golf team. She studied abroad at the University of Freiburg in Germany. For three years, Ms. Ward tutored at La Amistad, an Atlanta-based organization which serves Latinx students from the local community. She also was a student government representative at Emory and interned for her U.S. Senator. Ms. Ward attended a boarding school in rural Massachusetts, and her engaging educational experiences there were instrumental in helping her decide to pursue a career in education. In her free time, Ms. Ward enjoys basketball, golf, keeping up with world politics, and spending time with friends and family.
  • Lindley van der Linde
    M.S. Portland State University / B.A. Williams College
    Mrs. van der Linde has spent two decades teaching science and math in independent schools. She, her husband Tiaan, and two children, Linden and Stella, joined the APIS Hawai'i campus from Vermont in 2019. Mrs. van der Linde particularly enjoys teaching students how to think like scientists. By bringing real-life applications into each lesson, she makes challenging topics more tangible. Prior to APIS Hawai'i, in her spare time Mrs. van der Linde ran a small farm with pigs, chickens, and vegetables, and coached local youth in Nordic skiing. Mrs. van der Linde is also an All-American Nordic skier who competed in the World Junior Championships. She is an avid mountain biker, trail runner, and knitter.
  • Sandy Stevens
    B.A. Southern Illinois University Carbondal
    Ms. Stevens grew up in a Chicago suburb, earning her bachelor’s degree in art education, and later becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. She taught high school art in southern Illinois and elementary art in Kansas before journeying to APIS. She believes art is an engaging and accessible portal to our world’s history, cultures, science, geography, and to ourselves. In Ms. Stevens’ personal art practice, she often practices printmaking, painting, and drawing. Additionally, Ms. Stevens is a certified yoga therapist, teaching, owning, and operating yoga studios for ten years. She enjoys living in Hawai'i: swimming with sea turtles, hiking to waterfalls, and finding new inspiration for her art.
  • Hayley Rosenfield
    B.A. Rhodes College
    Ms. Rosenfield studied English literature and creative writing at Rhodes College as well as Spanish in Argentina. She grew up in Minnesota and attended school where her father has taught history for over 40 years, learning lessons about engaging classes, aiming for depth over breadth, and laughing with students every day. As a high schooler, Ms. Rosenfield counseled at her church’s summer camp, which established her love for working with children. She joins the APIS community by way of Minnesota, where she taught high school English and served as a dorm parent for three years at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School. In her free time, Ms. Rosenfield enjoys cartooning, writing fiction, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
  • Vivi Qi
    M.A. The Chinese University of Hong Kong / B.A. The United International College
    Ms. Qi or Qi Laoshi, which means teacher, graduated with a master’s degree in education after earning her bachelor’s degree in ESL teaching. She worked for five years at YK Pao School, teaching three years of ESL and two years of middle school science. She is excited to share more than just Mandarin language with her students, but also her love and appreciation of Chinese culture and tradition. She likes traveling with her husband Mr. Ris, spending time with family, and doing yoga or pilates. Coming to APIS Hawai'i is her first time living permanently outside China, and while she misses Chinese New Year at home with her family, she loves the exciting international atmosphere at APIS and the natural beauty of Hawai'i.
  • Andy Peeler
    B.Mus.Ed. Biola University
    Mr. Peeler received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Biola University where he specialized in instrumental music and studied piano with Dr. Li-Shan Hung. Following the awarding of his degree at Biola, he completed his student teaching at Hutchinson Middle School and California High School working with band directors Craig Jordan and Doug Nordquist. During his time at Biola University, Mr. Peeler participated in symphonic winds, chorus, piano accompanying, and percussion ensemble. While with the chorus, he toured South Korea performing concerts in schools, churches, and concert halls around the country. Outside of the music building, Mr. Peeler was heavily involved in the international community aiding students with papers and spoken English; he also participated in the campus homeless ministry delivering meals and the gospel to people in Long Beach. In his spare time, Mr. Peeler enjoys playing the piano and guitar, exercising, reading, playing sports, studying Korean, and video calling with his family.
  • Kristen McCormack
    Grades 1 and 2, Counselor
    B.S. Flagler College
    Ms. McCormack received her bachelor's degree in social sciences with a minor in youth ministry and went to graduate school at Brandman University to receive her Elementary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Before APIS, she worked as a youth pastor, helped start a swim school, and taught first and second grade at Piedmont Avenue Elementary in Oakland, California, for fifteen years. Ms. McCormack has a lot of loves: learning, students, writing, art, music, outdoors, cooking, design, culture, travel, community, and family - especially her daughter, Emma.
  • Matthew Manley
    English, Humanities
    M.Ed. University of New Mexico / B.A. Whitman College
    Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Manley attended public schools in Salem, Oregon, as well as a two-year stint at an international school in Japan. His love of language and literature led him to Whitman College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in English and studied abroad in Senegal, West Africa. Upon graduation, Mr. Manley completed a Princeton in Asia Teaching Fellowship as an instructor of English at Chiang Mai University in Northern Thailand, returning to the U.S. in 2012 to complete a year of service with the AmeriCorps Reading Corps service program. Mr. Manley and his beautiful wife Allison joined the Teach for America educator development program in 2013 and relocated to New Mexico, where he taught 7th grade English to diverse classes of Native American, Hispanic, Arabic, Filipino, and white students. He holds a teaching certificate from the state of New Mexico and a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of New Mexico. Himself a college soccer and tennis athlete, he enjoys coaching a variety of sports and has been involved with student theater productions and arts magazines. He and his wife enjoy hiking, tennis, good cooking, and exploring new lands and languages.
  • Allison Manley
    Curriculum Coordinator
    B.A. Whitman College
    Born to a military family, Mrs. Manley spent her childhood living in Puerto Rico, Maine, Virginia, and Alaska. She completed most of her K-12 education in the small island town of Sitka, Alaska. Upon graduating from high school, Mrs. Manley spent a year in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, as an American Field Services exchange student. This experience led her to major in Spanish and minor in mathematics at Whitman College, a small liberal arts college located in eastern Washington. Through her college ministry she met her husband, and together they decided to enter the teaching profession. After being accepted to the Teach for America program, Mrs. Manley moved to Gallup, New Mexico, where she taught 6th and 7th grade math to a very diverse student population. In the classroom, she guides students through authentic and collaborative learning experiences, pushing them to connect their learning to the world around them while developing student and civic responsibility. Outside of the classroom, she loves to cook big meals, knit, hike, and swim.
  • Jason Levine
    Computer Science, Math
    B.S. University of California, Los Angeles
    Mr. Levine was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey, and studied computer science and engineering at UCLA. Mr. Levine always loved new technology, but it wasn’t until he started working at a summer camp that he realized he loved working with children even more. Mr. Levine believes there are a lot of ways to make the world a better place, but education is the only way to make sure the world continues to improve after we are gone. He also thinks learning through computer science encourages logical and creative problem solving. As one of his UCLA professors says, “Computer Scientists get to create their own world with their own rules.”