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
    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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  • Tessa Peeler
    Associate Dean of Students and Residential Life, STEM
    M.A.T. and B.S. Iowa State University
    Mrs. Peeler grew up in a small town in Iowa. She received her master's degree in science education and a bachelor's degree in materials engineering with an emphasis on metals and polymers, both at Iowa State University. In engineering, she explored research and development, design, and quality assurance. Throughout college, she organized and led service spring break trips across the United States, leading students in volunteer projects and leadership activities to promote self-growth and diversity awareness. She realized after her service trips, some coaching experience, and a couple of engineering internships that her passion is in education and working with students. She believes learning is a lifelong journey; there is so much to learn about in the world and from each other, and it would be a shame not to explore it! In her free time, Mrs. Peeler enjoys exploring new places, hiking, baseball, tennis, reading books, painting, and spending time with family and friends.
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  • Charlie Nelson
    STEM
    M.A. The College of New Jersey / B.S. Whitworth College
    Mr. Nelson grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest near Seattle, Washington. He studied computer science in university and began working as a web developer before transitioning to youth work and finally education. Mr. Nelson began his teaching career in Cairo, Egypt, at a small, diverse international school where he also coached several sports. He also taught for two years at an international school in Riga, Latvia, teaching IGCSE, A-level, and IBDP Computer Science before joining APIS in 2021.
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  • Kirsten Pike
    Humanities
    M.A. Middlebury College / B.A. Cornell University
    Ms. Pike graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English literature and French area studies. She has a master’s degree in English literature from Middlebury College, and she has been teaching for the past 18 years in high schools and middle schools in Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, and most recently, Northern India. While working to kindle students’ passion for reading, writing, and self-expression, Ms. Pike also prioritizes individual growth and well-being in her classroom. When not in the classroom, Ms. Pike loves to read, trail run, travel, hike, journal, camp, experiment with new recipes, play the flute or harmonica, and spend time with her husband, Tobias, and her two daughters, Kaisa and Haven.
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