Service Learning & Community Development Coordinator
Lia Garcia Halpin has been in education for twelve years and is passionate about the thriving educational community at Concordia. Lia first moved to Vietnam in 2005 to work with LCMS World Mission, teaching educational methodology at a Teachers College in Phu Tho Province. She has since taught at the School of Public Health, Bach Hoa University, Raffles Singaporean College, and pull-out teaching (IEP) at Hanoi International School. She joined the Concordia family as a founding member in November 2010 and has served in various roles including Director of Communications, Director of Admissions and in the EAL classroom.
Ms. Garcia Halpin holds a dual Masters- an MBA in Marketing from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a Degree in Education (Math and TESOL) from Concordia University-Portland as well as a Bachelor's in Accounting from Concordia University Texas where she was an NCAA All- Academic Athlete in both Cross-Country and Softball.
Being involved in the Hanoi community is a way of life for Lia and she has done this through involvement as the Vice-Chairwoman for the Australian Chamber of Commerce, newcomers coordinator for the Hanoi International Women’s Club, Concordia basketball coach and referee, chairing the Irish community festivities over St. Patrick's Day, singing in the church choir, and through the American Chamber of Commerce. Lia lives in Hanoi with her handsome Irish husband, Daragh, and two sons.