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
  • Bethany Everett
    B.A. University of Houston
    Ms. Everett graduated from the University of Houston at Houston with bachelor’s degrees in political science, early childhood education, and a minor in women studies. She also holds a degree as a Certified Professional Nanny, from the English Nanny and Governess School in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Ms. Everett has over ten years of teaching experience in grades pre-kindergarten through third grade. In those ten years as a teacher, she has worked in public schools, Montessori schools, as well as Reggio Emilia schools. Ms. Everett has taught in her home state of Texas, on the North Slope of Alaska in a native village, as well as at an international school in Cambodia. Her hobbies include traveling the world, meeting new people, swimming, going to the beach, and trying unique foods.
  • Junko Furusawa
    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.
  • Montana Heffernan
    Head Swim Coach, Elementary Assistant
    Mr. Heffernan has nearly a decade of aquatic coaching experience, teaching both private and group swim lessons to all ages and abilities as well as serving as an assistant swim coach for the Greater Nebraska Swim Team for six years. Mr. Heffernan has coached several Nebraska state champions and qualifiers at both the age group and high school levels, as well as served as a Midwestern Swimming All-Stars and Central Zones USA swimming coach. As a competitive swimmer since the age of six, whose parents owned and operated a USA Swim Club in Nebraska since before Mr. Heffernan was born, the pool has been a part of his life since day one. He has been a certified lifeguard for over five years, serving as a head guard at a large municipal outdoor pool. Mr. Heffernan is currently completing his bachelor's degree in education with an endorsement in coaching. He grew up with a variety of academic models, including homeschool, parochial, and public (both onsite and fully online models), and has wide range of teaching experience, including elementary assistant at a Nebraska school and student-teacher in grades kindergarten through 12. In addition to swimming, his hobbies include watching sports, with his favorites being Lakers basketball and Raiders football. As an avid sports fan, Mr. Heffernan has experience hosting several podcasts, a YouTube channel, and other social media content platforms with sports-related themes.
  • Nancy Farrell
    Secondary Math
    M.L.A. Harvard University, MA University of Texas-Pan American, BA Michigan State University
    Ms. Farrell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunication from Michigan State University. After moving to Texas, Ms. Farrell earned an elementary teaching certificate from Pan American University, a master’s degree in Gifted Education, and a Mid-Management Administration Certificate from the University of Texas-Pan American. In 2017 Ms. Farrell earned a Master of Liberal Arts in Mathematics for Teaching from Harvard University.
    Ms. Farrell began her teaching career in Asherton, Texas, teaching second grade and high school English and journalism. From there she went on to teach in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas for over 3 decades where 25 of those years were with Weslaco ISD. During that time Ms. Farrell taught every grade except kindergarten including several years as an adjunct mathematics instructor for South Texas College. Farrell also worked as a school administrator for 10 years both at the campus level as an Assistant Principal and at the district level as the Advanced Academics Coordinator. More recently Ms. Farrell took to the skies and taught for two years in Yokosuka, Japan, followed by two years in Korea where she was a math coach.
    While at the elementary level Ms. Farrell enjoyed writing holiday plays for her students to perform for others. At the secondary level she created and ran a weekly televised game show called Media Mania for middle school students.
    Ms. Farrell loves teaching because she is always learning new things and likes the challenge of preparing students for jobs not yet invented. She is very excited to be a part of the APIS community and looks forward to helping students see the world through math (the only subject that counts!) as well as enjoying the many hiking trails and beaches here in Oahu. Ms. Farrell has two grown children and one dog in Texas, all of whom she misses dearly.
  • Ryan Hedger
    Secondary English
    B.A. Oklahoma State University
    Mr. Hedger is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and a minor in philosophy. A son of educators, Mr. Hedger is a life-long learner with a curious and passionate drive for all fields of study and inquiry. In 2013, he and his wife moved to South Korea to start their teaching careers abroad. After discovering a passion for education in South Jeolla province’s high school English classrooms, he continued his education to become a licensed teacher in secondary English. Mr. Hedger was fortunate to have passionate, creative, and skilled English teachers in his own educational journey, and he endeavors to be that same driving force for his students. In his free time you can find Mr. Hedger in a hammock reading books, running long distances, attempting visual and musical arts, and spending time with his wife outdoors.
  • Stephanie Hedger
    Administrative and Operations Associate
    B.A. Oklahoma State University
    Mrs. Hedger has worked as a teacher for nearly a decade. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in design and, with a dream of pursuing education in second language learning environments, went on to obtain teaching certifications and licenses in TEFL and in ESL, respectively. Mrs. Hedger and her husband moved to South Korea in 2013 and she worked in secondary public schools, providing students support in language acquisition by creating engaging class environments that fostered perseverance and growth. In 2022, she and her husband returned to Oklahoma where she spent the year sharing her passion for literacy and learning while working with at-risk students as a primary homeroom teacher. Mrs. Hedger believes that all students can learn at high levels as long as they are provided personalized learning support and care. Now working behind the scenes in the APIS front office, Mrs. Hedger strives to continue making an impact through administrative support. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, swimming, running, and, most of all, cycling.