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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  • Jody Hopkins
    Curriculum Coordinator and Instructional Coach
    M.A. American College of Education / B.A. Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Mrs. Hopkins has been working in education for over 20 years. She graduated with a master’s in educational leadership and a bachelor’s in English while also double minoring in elementary education and early childhood education. Mrs. Hopkins started working in office leadership positions until her own children’s education inspired her to influence change in the industry. She went back to school and entered the education field. This is her third international post, coming from three years of serving at our Seoul campus. Her previous position in Morocco was as a curriculum coordinator in charge of curriculum and professional development for their early childhood program. Mrs. Hopkins has been awarded multiple grants to improve different classrooms in physical education and technology and was a leader in helping school teams understand how to implement technology in teaching young children. In her spare time, she speaks French, plays the ukulele, and loves to read, travel, attend cultural events, scrapbook and blog.
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  • Jason Levine
    Computer Science, Math
    B.S. University of California, Los Angeles
    Mr. Levine was born and raised in Livingston, New Jersey, and studied computer science and engineering at UCLA. Mr. Levine always loved new technology, but it wasn’t until he started working at a summer camp that he realized he loved working with children even more. Mr. Levine believes there are a lot of ways to make the world a better place, but education is the only way to make sure the world continues to improve after we are gone. He also thinks learning through computer science encourages logical and creative problem solving. As one of his UCLA professors says, “Computer Scientists get to create their own world with their own rules.”
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  • Junko Furusawa
    Japanese, Chinese
    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.
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  • Joanie (Jojo) Chang
    Kindergarten and Grade 1
    M.A. California State University / B.Ed. Brigham Young University–Hawai'i
    With over 20 years of experience in the education field, Mrs. Chang has taught preschool through college at various places around the United States, including Hale Kula Elementary, Christa McAuliffe Academy, Maui Ocean Academy, Brigham Young University–Hawai'i, and Bright Beginning Learning Center. She enjoys the academic pursuit of helping students build important lifelong skills in reading, writing and math as well as the fitness pursuit of training athletes in competitive swimming. As a coach, she has trained hundreds of swimmers in the Ko‘olauloa area of O‘ahu. She believes that building a strong foundation is important for success in both academics and athletics. In her free time, Mrs. Chang loves swimming in the aqua blue ocean, wandering around planet earth on a sailboat, and reading books that encourage her deep belief in God. She is excited to work with APIS’s youngest students.
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  • Jordan Hopkins
    Humanities
    M.A. American College of Education / B.A. Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Mr. Hopkins came to teaching a little later than most. Before becoming an educator he managed successful entertainment and media stores, allowing him, his wife, and their three children to live and travel throughout the Western United States. As a teacher he has had the pleasure of teaching students from grades six through 12 in various subjects including Ancient History, World Geography, US History, Classic Literature, Social Justice, Student Leadership and multiple experiential learning classes, including student trips to Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Wyoming, New Mexico, and other places. Mr. Hopkins joins APIS Hawai'i from the Seoul campus, and he previously taught in Marrakech, Morocco. Mr. Hopkins loves football, reading, and playing games, and also enjoys urban exploration and road tripping. His most memorable educational experience thus far is swimming with a group of students at midnight in a bio-luminescent bay off the coast of Puerto Rico.
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