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
    Principal
    M.A. University of Colorado / B.A. Wheaton College
    Mr. Stapleton graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Before attending Wheaton College, Mr. Stapleton grew up in a missionary home in the Philippines where he anchored his faith in Jesus Christ. After graduating he received teaching licenses in Illinois and Colorado. Upon moving to Colorado to teach 5th and 6th grade, Mr. Stapleton also earned his master’s at the University of Colorado, studying curriculum and instruction as well as technology. Mr. Stapleton was invited to become a part of the University of Colorado’s faculty, teaching educational technology classes as an adjunct professor. Mr. Stapleton has been an assistant coach to girls’ varsity volleyball and boys’ club volleyball for four years. In addition, he founded a media club, which has allowed students to practice logo design, animation, audio recording, and movie-making. Mr. Stapleton has been at APIS Hawai‘i since its inception, joining the community from the Seoul campus. He enjoys fusing technology with education to achieve greater engagement. Mr. Stapleton and his wife love to travel, play games, and build community.
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  • Conor Hughes
    Counselor, Humanities
    M.Ed. Plymouth State University / B.A. University of New Hampshire
    Mr. Hughes graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire with a CACREP-accredited master’s degree in school counseling and K-12 certification. He is a member of the American School Counselor Association. He received his bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science at the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Hughes taught English in Nagasaki, Japan, developing extracurricular language camps and providing interpretation, cultural outreach and curricular consultation services. Mr. Hughes has also worked in outdoor education where he guided students through adventure therapy courses along the famous Appalachian Trail in the Eastern United States. He has worked with Multi-Tiered System of Supports and Social-Emotional Learning curricula in several New Hampshire schools, providing data-driven interventions tailored specifically to the needs of his students and school communities. As a counselor, he combines his professional training with his personal background as a former international school student. Mr. Hughes’ hobbies include karate, snorkeling, cooking, foreign languages and travel. He was raised in six different countries and completed his secondary education in Cairo, Egypt.
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