Instructor Info
Meet Mr. Jason Brunken. He is the instructor for this course this term. He likes to make himself available to all students and their parents as often as possible. If you have a question about class, an assignment, or anything else you think he might be able to answer, please feel free to contact him anytime. 

Contact information

Mr. Jason W. Brunken
ASLA Program Principal, ASLA Teacher (Grades 2, 6, and Middle School)
Happy Kids School
3F, No. 96, Xinyi Rd., Sec. 4
Taipei, Taiwan 106

Phone: +886 2.2704.6090
Fax: +886 2.2784.0530 On
Office Hours: 9:00 am - 11:00 am, China Standard Time (via Google Chat and Facebook)

About Mr. Brunken

My name is Jason Brunken, or Mr. Brunken as you should call me at school. I am from the relatively small city of Lincoln, Nebraska in the United States. There, I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received my Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education. I’ve had a love for teaching since I was in middle school, and when I got to college, there was no thinking twice about what my major would be. While receiving my degree at UNL, I had the wonderful opportunity to work in two public high schools in Lincoln, Nebraska and also had the chance to travel to Tainan, Taiwan to teach English for the first time with the World Passport organization. From there, I fell in love with English teaching and Taiwan. After my graduation in May 2004, I traveled to Kaohsiung, Taiwan where I taught in a language school, two public schools, and seminars and workshops for Kaohsiung County Department of Education administrators and teachers. 

In June 2005, my wife and I moved back to the US where I worked as an academic counselor at the University of Nebraska Athletic Department and we had our first child, Sabrina. In May 2006, my wife accepted a position as a professor at National Taipei University of Technology, and we decided to move back to Taiwan to start our lives and careers. I have been a Happy Kids teacher now for over seven years where I have taught Grade 6, Grade 2, our Middle School Program, and our science elective for first graders in the After School Language Arts Program (ASLA). For the last two years, I have also served as Head Teacher for the ASLA Program, helping it grow and move into the 21st century. This year, along with teaching Grade 6, Grade 2, and Middle School, I will also be Happy Kids's ASLA Program Principal. 

I have been married for almost nine years now to my wife Hsin-yi. We have two daughters. Sabrina, our oldest, is starting second grade this year, and our youngest daughter, Athena, will soon be two and a half and starting Reception class at Happy Kids. 

On top of trying to be the best teacher that I can for all of my students, I am also a student. I am currently working on getting a master's degree in educational technology through Boise State University in the United States. I believe technology will play a key role in future education as our economy and daily lives rapidly becomes more dependent on information technology. As I learn more and more in my program, I try to incorporate my new knowledge into my teaching and classrooms.

Though I am very busy, I try to make time for leisure when possible. I enjoy reading, dabbling with computers, watching movies, fishing, and watching football. Oh, and tea. I love Taiwanese oolong tea. I can drink tea all day long.