Faculty

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.
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  • Dr. Eddie Kim
    Founding Director
    Ph.D. Columbia University / B.A. Dartmouth College
    Dr. Kim has been an educator for 20 years. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. He began his educational career at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego, where he taught four years as an assistant professor of economics. He then moved to Korea to teach at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University. As a tenured professor, he taught at Yonsei for 15 years. In 2015, Dr. Kim resigned from the university to devote himself completely to his role as the founding director of both the APIS Seoul and Hawai'i campuses. Having been an international educator all his professional life, Dr. Kim is a strong proponent of the role that international education plays in nurturing future leaders of the New Pacific Century. APIS’ unique educational philosophy and mission reflect Dr. Kim’s conviction that international education should not simply teach about issues that are global but also provide authentic global learning experiences and contexts. Following this belief, Dr. Kim founded APIS Seoul as the campus of the East and APIS Hawai'i as the campus of the West, allowing our students to move freely between two campuses to take advantage of APIS’s global learning environment.
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  • Christopher Stapleton
    Principal
    M.A. University of Colorado / B.A. Wheaton College
    Mr. Stapleton graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Before attending Wheaton College, Mr. Stapleton grew up in a missionary home in the Philippines where he anchored his faith in Jesus Christ. After graduating he received teaching licenses in Illinois and Colorado. Upon moving to Colorado to teach 5th and 6th grade, Mr. Stapleton also earned his master’s at the University of Colorado, studying curriculum and instruction as well as technology. Mr. Stapleton was invited to become a part of the University of Colorado’s faculty, teaching educational technology classes as an adjunct professor. Mr. Stapleton has been an assistant coach to girls’ varsity volleyball and boys’ club volleyball for four years. In addition, he founded a media club, which has allowed students to practice logo design, animation, audio recording, and movie-making. Mr. Stapleton has been at APIS Hawai‘i since its inception, joining the community from the Seoul campus. He enjoys fusing technology with education to achieve greater engagement. Mr. Stapleton and his wife love to travel, play games, and build community.
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  • Stephanie Frank
    Dean of Studies and Community Engagement
    M.Ed. University of Hawai'i at Mānoa / B.A. Bucknell University
    Ms. Frank graduated from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa with a master’s degree in educational administration and with bachelor’s degrees in international relations and Spanish from Bucknell University, where she competed on the NCAA Division I rowing team. She has taught and led English programs for multilingual students in grades kindergarten through 12, including at Maryknoll School in Honolulu, at a boarding school in New York, and at schools in China, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Costa Rica, and Italy. Ms. Frank also was a director at the nonprofit Row New York, serving under-resourced students and people with disabilities throughout New York City. Most recently, she served as an educational officer in the Hawai'i State Department of Education’s Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance, training teachers and administrators to utilize technology and multiple measures of data to improve student-learning outcomes. As a passion project, Ms. Frank founded a freelance writing company, which has now created content for private schools, universities, technology startups, and Hawai'i Parent Magazine. Her hobbies include surfing, fishing, writing, and trying unique foods.
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  • Andy Peeler
    Dean of Students and Residential Life, Music
    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 speaking with his family. He has been at the APIS Hawaii campus since its start.
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  • Jody Hopkins
    Curriculum Coordinator and Instructional Coach
    M.A. American College of Education / B.A. Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Mrs. Hopkins has been working in education for over 20 years. She graduated with a master’s in educational leadership and a bachelor’s in English while also double minoring in elementary education and early childhood education. Mrs. Hopkins started working in office leadership positions until her own children’s education inspired her to influence change in the industry. She went back to school and entered the education field. This is her third international post, coming from three years of serving at our Seoul campus. Her previous position in Morocco was as a curriculum coordinator in charge of curriculum and professional development for their early childhood program. Mrs. Hopkins has been awarded multiple grants to improve different classrooms in physical education and technology and was a leader in helping school teams understand how to implement technology in teaching young children. In her spare time, she speaks French, plays the ukulele, and loves to read, travel, attend cultural events, scrapbook and blog.
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  • Matthew Manley
    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.
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  • Allison Manley
    Math
    M.Ed. University of New Mexico / 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.
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  • 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.”
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  • Sandy Stevens
    Art
    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.
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  • Junko Furusawa
    Japanese, Chinese
    M.Ed. & PGDip. The University of Melbourne / B.A. Massey University
    Ms. Furusawa earned her Bachelor of Arts from Massey University, New Zealand, as well as a Master of Education and Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She is certified to teach both Japanese and Chinese languages. Ms. Furusawa taught Japanese in Taiwan for seven years and was also a writer for a monthly Japanese magazine published nationally in Taiwan. She has been with APIS since 2011 and moved to APIS Hawai'i campus after serving in Seoul campus for 8 years. Always fascinated by languages and new cultures, Ms. Furusawa enjoys teaching and researching various aspects of language acquisition and usage. Her other interests include traveling, cooking traditional Japanese food, photography, and reading.
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