Deputy Head of Academics
M.A. University of Colorado / B.A. Wheaton College
Mr. Stapleton graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. While living in Colorado Springs, Mr. Stapleton taught 6th grade at a charter school and 5th grade at an international baccalaureate (IB) school. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado teaching educational technology courses. Mr. Stapleton then moved with his wife to teach middle school humanities and lead the EdTech department at APIS Seoul. During that time he pioneered the middle school speech competition and coached the boys varsity volleyball team. In 2015, Mr. Stapleton moved with his family to Hau'ula to found APIS Hawaii. In 2017, Mr. Stapleton was appointed the Dean of Students and head of the Christian Life Department, proceeding to become Principal in 2018. Mr. Stapleton believes that student learning is best when it is authentic and integrated. He is a strong advocate for incorporating appropriate technology to give students the most opportunities for their future. Even with all of this, he believes that his faith is the most important part of who he is as an educator, and he tries to live out loving God and loving others daily.