International Department

Dr. Jerry Hsieh with President Les Wong and Vice President Robert Nava of San Francisco State University

Initiated by Dr. Jerry Hsieh in 2012, Yoder’s International Department not only is responsible for the design and implementation of the school’s English curriculum, but also accountable for matters related to international affairs. Since its establishment, the International Department has hosted school officials, scholars, exchange students, visiting teachers, university professors, industry exports, musicians and politicians from different parts of the world,  while hosting annual events such as Halloween, Christmas celebration, International Day event, International Earth Day and more. Additionally, over the last six years, the department has designed and implemented oversea winter and summer camps to numerous destinations around the world.

In 2016, after years of preparation and with strong parent support, the department has successfully launched Yoder’s International Program (international classes) in its middle school division. The purpose of the program is to better prepare students for the upcoming academic challenges by providing the U.S. middle school curriculum while retaining the advantages of Taiwan’s education.

As of Spring 2018, Dr. Jerry Hsieh is appointed as the chief executive officer of the school in addition to the head of the International Department.

Education Background:

  • The University of Southern California – Los Angeles, CA
    • Doctor of Education – Educational Psychology
  • San Francisco State University – San Francisco, CA
    • Masters of Business Administration
  • Golden Gate University – San Francisco, CA
    • Master of Science in Telecommunication Management
  • The University of Toledo – Toledo, OH
    • Major: Information Systems and Operation Management  (ISOM)
    • Minors: Marketing & International Business


Department Staffs:

Ms. Piper Chen 

Tel: +886-452-2789 Ext. 516

Ms. Evan Chen

Tel: +886-452-2789 Ext. 517

Mr. Peter Town-Singer

International Program Coordinator



Department Introduction

The International Department is made up of 16 teachers. The teachers in our department come from various English speaking countries such as Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The English teachers are not only subject teachers but also homeroom teachers for Grade 1 to Grade 6 as well as our middle school international classes.


In the Elementary School Division we offer students Language Arts and Creative Writing as well as Math and Science; all taught in English.

In the Junior High School Division students will study Language Arts. They can also choose one of the following courses: Environmental Awareness, Nutrition & Sports Medicine, 3D Design and Printing, Congress Simulation, Shakespeare or Ancient and Pre-Modern Civilization Studies. In these courses, students can learn English in a more hands-on and fun way.

English Days

Tuesdays and Fridays are designated as English Days at Yoder Bilingual Academy. During these days, we encourage students to speak English as much as possible, even during break and lunch times.

English Officers

Some students from Grade 6 and Middle School are appointed as English Officers. It is their duty to patrol the campus on English Days to help encourage students to speak English as much as possible.

English Assembly

There is an English Assembly for Elementary School students every Friday. During this time, we sing the Yoder Anthem and hand out awards to our best students and classes.

Earth Month

During Earth Month our students do projects on caring for Mother Earth. Projects include topics such as recycling, reducing waste and growing your own vegetables.


We celebrate Thanksgiving by doing some fun and educational activities. We also share a special meal on this day.


This is one of the highlights for students on our calendar! Students dress up and do many activities, including a visit to the haunted house in our basement.

International Day

On International Day we teach students more about some of the lesser known countries in the world. Activities include video clips, handy crafts, food, and also some presentations from our Junior High students.

Yoder English Contest

Our annual Yoder English Contest is an important event where students from all grades compete in a storytelling, reading and speech contest. We invite judges from our local high schools and universities.

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