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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  • Andy Peeler
    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 video calling with his family.
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  • 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.
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  • Angela (Angie) Johnson
    Grades 3 and 4
    B.Ed. University of Hawai'i
    Mrs. Johnson joins APIS from Sunset Beach Elementary, where she taught 5th grade. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, she lived in Southern California and has now called O‘ahu home for more than 15 years. Her husband of over 20 years is in the U.S. Navy, and they have three children. Mrs. Johnson credits growing up with the rich diversity in Utah and being stationed among the many different families in the military in helping her develop a true love of culture and people. Being a mom to a child who was tested “gifted” and another child with a learning disability has helped her develop a strong teaching pedagogy focused around individualized learning. Mrs. Johnson understands that each child has their own path of development, and she is passionate and excited to help each student reach their fullest potential along their individual path of learning. When not in the classroom, you can find Mrs. Johnsorn spending time with her family and friends, traveling, or doing an activity that brings her close to nature. Her love of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, the outdoors, and nature is a constant presence in her personal and professional life.
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  • Arisa Gereda
    Dance, Theatre, Music, EAL Specialist
    B.A. Vassar College
    Ms. Gereda grew up in small-town Kingston, Pennsylvania, and received her bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies while also participating in whistling acapella, interning with a rural and migrant ministry, and studying social change in Chile and Argentina. After graduating, Ms. Gereda received the Cornelisen Fellowship to study and work in Guatemala with a women’s legal services nonprofit and preschool nutrition program. She stayed in Guatemala, falling more in love with education while working as a homeschooling teacher and piano instructor. She believes in building community through education and connecting students to their own passions. Ms. Gereda’s interests include cooking, finding beautiful views, dancing, and playing instruments.
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  • Andrew Ris
    Assistant Principal
    M.A. Endicott College / B.A. University of Pittsburgh
    Mr. Ris graduated from Endicott College with a master’s degree in international education administration and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife Ms. Qi have spent five years at YK Pao School in Shanghai, China, helping the bilingual boarding school grow from just one year group to now a full middle and high school. They enjoy traveling, and favorite spots have included Australia, Cambodia, Nepal, and Chile. Mr. Ris hails from North Eastern Pennsylvania in a town called Kingston. His parents are career educators, and he grew up on three different independent school campuses as a child. He was a student actor and enjoys directing students in drama productions or making a cameo himself. His family has had a summer residence on the St. Lawrence River for many years, and he enjoys fishing, kayaking, swimming and being along the freshwater, though he enjoys living along the sea as well.
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