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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  • Christopher Stapleton
    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.
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  • Grace Shun
    Art
    B.A. School of Visual Arts
    Ms. Shun grew up in California and Hawai’i and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is the Artist-in-Residence at APIS, specializing in gouache paintings and multi-media storytelling. She currently freelances as an illustrator, and she exhibits in galleries and in personal collections in LA, NYC, and Hawai’i. Her goal as a teaching artist is to connect with her students and to inspire them as they carve out their own artistic paths. Some of her favorite hobbies include surfing, studying anatomy, watching movies, taking care of animals, and reading.
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  • Tobias Tillemans
    STEM
    B.S. Cornell University
    Mr. Tillemans earned a bachelor's degree in environmental economics from Cornell University where he was a varsity rower and active in the outdoor education program. He spent several years working for a hedge fund in Boston before moving to Seattle where he spent eight years as a science teacher and environmental educator at Eastside Preparatory School; there he developed a keen interest in how relevant experiences can develop skills and character in students in powerful ways. Most recently, he taught math and science courses at the Woodstock School in the India Himalayas and led a number of expeditions and international experiences with students. Mr. Tillemans brings a commitment to place-based and applied education to APIS Hawaii. In his free time he enjoys cooking with his family, camping, rock climbing, reading, fishing, and trail running.
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  • Laurren Underwood
    STEM
    M. Ed. Grand Canyon University / B.S. Central Washington University
    Raised in the Pacific Northwest and inspired by the inner workings of science and nature, Mrs. Underwood pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Central Washington University. She went on to teach math and science for K-12 students on Skokomish Indian tribal lands. By developing a curriculum that blended STEM subjects, community projects, and experiences in nature, she created opportunities for students to reconnect with the land through academics. She recently completed a STEM Master of Education program at Grand Canyon University focusing on engineering design process applications in STEM project-based learning. Mrs. Underwood enjoys experiencing new things and traveling with her husband and two children in her free time. She highly values her faith in Jesus and being an active member of the community.
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    Iris Wu
    Chinese
    B.A. Heilongjiang International University
    Ms. Wu graduated from Heilongjiang International University with a bachelor’s degree in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages. In China, she taught Chinese as a foreign language and English to students in grades kindergarten through 12 for five years. During her work, she helped many students pass the HSK (Chinese proficiency test) and helped young learners achieve their language learning goals. She is passionate about traditional Chinese culture, and seeing students speak in Chinese confidently and fluently is the most exciting motivation for her to teach. At APIS, Ms. Wu hopes to serve more Chinese language learners so that students will be able to use Chinese to communicate and to understand Chinese culture. In addition to teaching, she enjoys traveling, learning about the cultural backgrounds of different countries, and sampling local cuisines.
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