All instructors at Robert’s American School are native English speakers from English speaking countries and have an accredited university degree or an English teaching qualification. All teachers are screened and trained (through a set of training modules developed by Robert) and have an interest in teaching and enjoy working with children. Our teachers not only demonstrate professionalism, but know how to motivate students to work hard and feel proud of their success in learning a new language.
Founder/Academic Director (Robert)
Robert Minor is the founder of RAS and hails from the East Coast of the United States. He has a B.A. from Bowdoin College where he majored in Asian Studies/Mandarin Chinese. He is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese and studied Mandarin in Beijing, China for one year. Robert has a Master's Degree in Education in International Teaching from Framingham State University in Massachusetts.
Since 1992, Robert has been involved in ELL (English Language Learning) education, during which he has taught at the Kaohsiung American School, the San Francisco Chinese American International School, and was Director of the ASPECT International Language School in San Francisco.
Upon opening RAS, Robert planned the curriculum, wrote numerous books, and developed a teaching pedagogy for teachers to follow. His efforts have helped students achieve remarkable results. Robert has also been invited to speak about education at Wen Zao Ursuline University and Feng Chia University in Taiwan.
Robert enjoys outdoor activities. He is an avid traveler and enjoys cycling and running. He has a passion for mountain hiking and is fulfilling his quest to complete ascents of the 100 Peaks of Taiwan.
Mingcheng Branch Director (James)
James Greenshields is from Ottawa, Canada where he holds a teaching certification and a double bachelor's degree in English and History. James has lived and been teaching for over 10 years. Currently he is the RAS Ming Cheng Branch Director.
James has developed many programs at RAS for high level learners and currently teaches an Advanced writing class for high school and university students. He and Robert often collaborate on changes and advances to the RAS curriculum.
James and his wife love nature are often camping outdoors or enjoying the beaches and sunshine of Kending on the holidays. James is an avid reader.