Dr. Kim has been an educator for 20 years. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. He began his educational career at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UCSD, where he taught four years as an assistant professor of economics. He then moved to Korea to teach at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University. As a tenured professor, he taught at Yonsei for 15 years. In 2015, Dr. Kim resigned from the university to devote himself completely to his role as the founding director of both the APIS Seoul and Hawaii campuses. Having been an international educator all his professional life, Dr. Kim is a strong proponent of the role that international education plays in nurturing future leaders of the New Pacific Century. APIS’ unique educational philosophy and mission reflect Dr. Kim’s conviction that international education should not simply teach about issues that are global but also provide authentic global learning experiences and contexts. Following this belief, Dr. Kim founded APIS Seoul as the campus of the East and APIS Hawaii as the campus of the West, allowing our students to move freely between two campuses to take advantage of APIS’s global learning environment.
Mr. Paulin’s educational career spans more than 20 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from California State University Chico, and then completed the teacher credentialing program in English with supplementary authorizations in history and geography. He tutored and taught international students for The American Language and Cultural Institute while attending university. Mr. Paulin taught middle school and high school English, history, physical education, and leadership for 11 years. He earned a master’s degree in Education Leadership and Administration from Sonoma State University. For six years Mr. Paulin served as the secondary principal at Potter Valley Community Unified School District, expanded his duties to include K-12 principal, and eventually accepted the position of District Superintendent. Mr. Paulin then took on the position of secondary principal at APIS Seoul where he served for four years before transitioning to the position of Deputy Head of Academics and relocating to assist with the opening of the new APIS campus in Hawaii. Mr. Paulin has also served as a youth pastor and a co-pastor of a small church in Northern California and has directed a Young Life Christian outreach program with his wife. In addition to enjoying his work with students and teachers, Mr. Paulin enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons. He also likes to read, travel, listen to music, participate in a variety of sports, and hike or explore the outdoors.
Pastor Todd has over 20 years of ministry experience focusing on youth/student ministries both in the church and also in outdoor Christian camping. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from University, while playing collegiate baseball. After a brief career of teaching and coaching at Potter Valley High School, Pastor Todd responded to God’s call to enter full time ministry, receiving his Masters of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary. During his time in seminary he led the college ministry of Community Bible Church of the Foothills in Glendora, California. Pastor Todd developed the student ministries program at Ukiah Bible Church and was a part of the leadership team for six years. God directed Pastor Todd and his family to the ministry of Mt Gilead Bible Camp in 2005, where he has served as program director and director of marketing for the last 10 years. Pastor Todd has had the privilege of leading missions trips to various parts of the world, including the Philippines, West Africa, and Mexico; providing students with a cross-cultural ministry experience. Pastor Todd and his wife, Shannon, have three girls and a boy. They enjoy being outdoors and love to play sports, explore, and have fun.
Mr. Ris graduated from Endicott College with a master’s degree in international education administration, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife Ms. Qi have spent five years at YK Pao School in Shanghai, China. They have helped this bilingual boarding school grow from just one year group to now a full middle and high school. They enjoy traveling, and favorite spots have included Australia, Cambodia, Nepal, and Chile. Mr. Ris hails from North Eastern Pennsylvania in a town called Kingston. His parents are career educators, and he grew up on three different independent school campuses as a child. He was a student actor and enjoys directing students in drama productions or making a cameo himself. His family has had a summer residence on the St. Lawrence River for many years, and he enjoys fishing, kayaking, swimming and being along the freshwater. Though he’s excited to soon live along the sea as well.
Ms. Amos grew up in Vermont and graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, M.A. with a B.A. in English and studio art. She comes from a diverse educational background having been homeschooled until high school, attending a private school for Nordic skiing and then a public high school in rural Vermont before Williams College. This diverse background along with an internship teaching at a private school in Denmark, has cultivated a deep passion for learning and curiosity that she hopes to encourage in her students. Ms. Amos concentrated in social documentary photography and film in her studio art major and enjoys studying Shakespeare and literary theory. While at Williams, Ms. Amos was a member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team, the Williams Record, the Williams Outing Club and was a junior advisor. Outside of the classroom Ms. Amos loves competing in triathlons, Nordic skiing, hiking, running, cooking, photography, writing and traveling.
Mr. Holmes’ high school dream was to attend Texas A&M University and become an Aggie. In December 2010, he graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in biomedical science. Mr. Holmes, having plenty of experience in working with kids through church camps and mission trips, decided to be a teacher upon graduation and has never looked back. Mr. Holmes spent six years teaching at Richland High School in Fort Worth, Texas, where he had many titles, including AVID II teacher, Basketball coach and, for all six years, biology teacher. Mr. Holmes was also the freshmen class sponsor for 4 years and sponsored the Fiction Club, Anime club and Gaming Club at different times. He believes in building lasting and healthy relationships with students, as well as seamlessly integrating technology into the learning experience. Mr. Holmes plays basketball, enjoys science fiction and is intent on learning something new every day!
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. Always fascinated by languages and new cultures, she enjoys teaching and researching various aspects of language acquisition and usage. Ms. Furusawa is excited about learning Korean, as an addition to her repertoire of language skills. Her interests include playing volleyball, cooking traditional Japanese food, playing the piano, and reading.
This May, Ms. Kessel graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in neuroscience and teaching studies. On campus she was the co-leader of an afterschool program for English language learners, a tutor in the local junior high and elementary schools, a member of the varsity volleyball team, the Bowdoin Outing Club, and the Student Digital Media Team. Before attending Bowdoin, she was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she learned to love the outdoors and pursue any adventure. Ms.Kessel spent her summers traveling domestically and internationally to coach volleyball clinics with her family and working as a camp counselor at a Paul Newman summer camp for children with serious illnesses. The past two summers she has spent leading outdoor service trips in Costa Rica, Tanzania, and Kenya. She studied Comparative Education and Social Change in Chile and Argentina for a semester where she bookended her time in South America with a combination of volunteer work and trekking. As an educator, she firmly believes in fostering reciprocal relationships through a strength-based approach. Ms. Kessel enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, photography, and is hoping to improve her surfing skills during her time with the APIS community!
Mr. Lohmann received his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and studio art from Saint Olaf College, in addition to concentrations in Middle Eastern and Nordic studies. During this time school, he studied for a semester at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and taught English at the TASIS summer programs in Lugano, Switzerland while touring with a professional band on the weekends. Although he was primarily raised in Minnesota, Mr. Lohmann partially attended middle school in northern Norway, and high school in southern Brazil. Upon graduating, Mr. Lohmann worked for 2 years as a business analyst for a Minneapolis-based agricultural startup company, primarily serving the Eastern European market. Now, as he pivots back towards education, his variety of educational experiences have led him to believe in the importance of cultural awareness and personal connection in the classroom. Mr. Lohmann is an avid language-learner, and speaks fluent Norwegian and Portuguese, in addition to intermediate German, Turkish and Russian. His other hobbies include rock climbing, writing and playing music, board games, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Born to a military family, Mrs. Manley spent her childhood living in Puerto Rico, Maine, Virginia, and Alaska. She completed most of her K-12 education in the small island town of Sitka, Alaska. Upon graduating from high school, Mrs. Manley spent a year in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay as an American Field Services exchange student. This experience led her to major in Spanish and minor in mathematics at Whitman College, a small liberal arts college located in eastern Washington. Through her college ministry she met her husband and together they decided to enter the teaching profession. After being accepted to the Teach for America program, Mrs. Manley moved to Gallup, New Mexico where she taught 6th and 7th grade math to a very diverse student population. In the classroom, she guides students through authentic and collaborative learning experiences, pushing them to connect their learning to the world around them while developing student and civic responsibility. Outside of the classroom, she loves to cook big meals, knit, hike, and has recently become an avid swimmer.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Manley attended public schools in Salem, Oregon, as well as a two-year stint at an international school in Japan. His love of language and literature led him to Whitman College, where he received his B.A. in English and studied abroad in Senegal, West Africa. Upon graduation, Mr. Manley completed a Princeton in Asia Teaching Fellowship as an instructor of English at Chiang Mai University in Northern Thailand, returning to the U.S. in 2012 to complete a year of service with the AmeriCorps Reading Corps service program. Mr. Manley and his beautiful wife Allison joined the Teach for America educator development program in 2013 and relocated to New Mexico, where he taught 7th grade English to diverse classes of Native American, Hispanic, Arabic, Filipino, and white students. He holds a teaching certificate from the state of New Mexico and a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of New Mexico. Himself a college soccer and tennis athlete, he enjoys coaching a variety of sports and has been involved with student theater productions and arts magazines. He and his wife enjoy hiking, tennis, good cooking, and exploring new lands and languages.
Mr. Peeler received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Biola University where he specialized in instrumental music and studied piano with Dr. Li-Shan Hung. Following the awarding of his degree at Biola, he completed his student teaching at Hutchinson Middle School and California High School working with band directors Craig Jordan and Doug Nordquist. During his time at Biola University, Mr. Peeler participated in Symphonic Winds, Chorale, piano accompanying, and percussion ensemble. While with the Chorale, he toured South Korea performing concerts in schools, churches, and concert halls around the country. Outside of the music building, Mr. Peeler was heavily involved in the international community aiding students with papers and spoken English; he also participated in the campus homeless ministry delivering meals and the gospel to the homeless in Long Beach. In his spare time, Mr. Peeler enjoys playing the piano and guitar, exercising, reading, playing sports, studying Korean, and skyping with his family.
Ms. Qi or Qi Laoshi, (means teacher) graduated with a master’s degree in education after earning her bachelor’s degree in ESL teaching. She has worked for five years at YK Pao School, teaching 3 years of ESL and 2 years of middle school science. She is excited to share more than just Mandarin language with her students, but also her love and appreciation of Chinese culture and tradition. She likes traveling with her husband Mr. Ris, spending time with family, doing yoga or Pilates. This will be her first time living permanently outside China, and while she will certainly miss Chinese New Year home with her family, she is very excited about new opportunities and getting close to a volcano in Hawaii.
Mr. Stapleton graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in elementary education. Before attending Wheaton College, Mr. Stapleton grew up in a missionary home in the Philippines where he anchored his faith in Jesus Christ. After graduating he received teaching licenses in Illinois and Colorado. After moving to Colorado to teach 6th grade, Mr. Stapleton furthered his education at the University of Colorado. At the university he studied curriculum and instruction as well as technology, and he graduated with his M.A. after two years. Mr. Stapleton taught 6th grade for two years and 5th grade for two years. Since graduating from the University of Colorado, Mr. Stapleton was invited to become a part of their faculty. He has taught educational technology classes at the university as an adjunct professor. Mr. Stapleton has been an assistant coach to girls’ varsity volleyball and boys’ club volleyball for four years. In addition, he founded a media club, which has allowed students to practice logo design, animation, audio recording, and movie-making. Mr. Stapleton believes that student engagement and attentiveness is vital for successful education. He enjoys fusing technology with education to achieve greater engagement. Mr. Stapleton and his wife love to travel, play games, and build community.
Ms. Yi graduated from University of Washington in Seattle with a B.S. in Psychology, with a background in biology and chemistry. During college, she volunteered as a teaching assistant, a research intern, tutor, and an officer of both Korean Student Association and Vietnam Health Clinic. Although she finished high school and college in Washington state, Ms. Yi’s family often travelled and she spent most of her childhood growing up all over the east coast. She had the opportunity to go on missionary trips to Mexico and the Philippines, and medical volunteer trips to bring primary care to underprivileged areas of Vietnam. Ms. Yi has also traveled to Korea, Cambodia, Canada, and the Bahamas for leisure. Through these experiences, she gained a passion for traveling and learning about other cultures. She loves music, hiking, watching movies, playing games, and reading a good book! Ms. Yi is an advocate of multicultural learning and believes educators should truly know their students. She plans on returning to school to receive a master’s degree in Teaching.
In 1992, after graduating with a Bachelor of Teaching from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, Mr. Knox stood at the door to his first classroom and welcomed 32 students for their first day of sixth grade. He wasn’t sure who was more nervous! Now, almost 25 years later, Mr. Knox has stood at many classroom doors and welcomed a world of students into classrooms across all grade levels from 1 to 12, undergraduate to postgraduate, in five different countries. Through teaching at all grade levels and working with teachers and students in Australia, Saudi Arabia, China, and Laos as a teacher, school leader, and administrator, Mr. Knox has been able to share his love of learning with others. Recognizing the opportunity that technology offers our learners of today, Mr. Knox received his Master of Educational Technology through the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and is passionate about supporting learning through the use of technology. When finding time to relax, Mr. Knox’s alter ego as a musician, songwriter, performer, sportsman, or playground slide companion to his 8-year-old daughter, he can be found out on a mountain bike, behind a drum kit or an acoustic guitar, or deep within a good book he is reading with his daughter.
Ms. Hayne graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a B.S. in biology along with certification in secondary education. While at UNC, Ms. Hayne earned a position in the President’s Leadership Program, the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and spent one year at University College in Cork, Ireland. After graduating, she began her teaching career at a small school in eastern Colorado. During her five years there, Ms. Hayne taught a variety of science classes and introduced the Flipped Classroom Model to her school. Three years as a secondary science teacher at APIS allowed Ms. Hayne to teach AP Biology, Honors Biology, Honors Environmental Science, and S.T.E.A.M. During her teaching career, Ms. Hayne has been the recipient of SMART Classroom and Flipped Classroom grants, and was chosen as a Siemen’s/Discovery Channel STEM Institute Fellow. Along with teaching, Ms. Hayne has had the opportunity to write both school and state curriculum and is excited to do the same at APIS. Outside the classroom Ms. Hayne enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, dance classes, and racing triathlons during the summer season.
Mr. Murphy obtained two degrees from the University of Ottawa — a Bachelor of Science degree in human kinetics with honors and a Bachelor of Education, cum laude with a specialist in physical education. While in Canada he volunteered for a variety of children’s charities in Ottawa, including Children’s Village where he helped guide and develop underprivileged youth to become empowered, responsible contributors in society. Nine years ago, Mr. Murphy started teaching in South Korea, years most of which have been with Asia Pacific International School. Since joining APIS, Mr. Murphy has obtained a Master of Education in administration and educational leadership. Away from education, Mr. Murphy enjoys living a healthy, active lifestyle through coaching, playing sports, camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. He also has an appetite for travel and learning new cultures.
Mr. Milligan found himself drawn to teaching over 35 years ago by a desire to help people achieve their goals, reach their potential, and develop as compassionate citizens. His year of study at the Baptist Leadership Training School in Calgary in 1979 proved to be spiritually enriching and personally life-changing as he met the love of his life, Leslie. With his wife by his side, he completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta. Relocating to teach, they wove themselves into the fabric of Saskatchewan, where they raised their two children. Mr. Milligan served the school division as a teacher and administrator for 31 years, during which time he developed a school environment rich in technology and social consciousness. He has enjoyed volunteering his time to coach various sports, both within the school and the community. Mr. Milligan served his church through teaching various youth and adult Sunday School classes, leading Bible studies and leading the youth group. Continuing to enjoy learning, Mr. Milligan completed a Master of Ministry from Briercrest Biblical Seminary with a specialization in Christian ministry and a Master of Arts in education from San Diego State University. Helping others through teaching and ministry has remained Mr. Milligan’s desire and passion. He enjoys many activities, including hiking, biking, swimming, golf, and embracing new challenges. Mr. Milligan is eager to learn and grow within the rich learning environment of APIS.
Ms. Carlson has served as an educator for over 25 years. She has worked in both public and independent schools in the United States, primarily as a college counselor and French teacher. With both a B.A. and M.A. degree in French, she started her career as a teacher of English to French students at the Lycée Hélène Boucher in Paris by way of the Fulbright Grant/French Government Teaching Assistantship program. She then went on to teach French at Boston College in the United States, where she was honored with the Donald White Teaching Excellence Award. Once completing her master’s degree, she joined the faculty of Worcester Academy, a private independent prep school in Massachusetts, where she joined the College Counseling office and taught French and English as a Foreign Language. Over the 16 years she worked there, she served as its Senior Associate Director of College Counseling, placing up to 800 domestic and international students in top colleges both in the United States and abroad. Ms. Carlson and her husband have three adult children. She enjoys reading, knitting, and gardening. Traveling is her greatest passion, although she will admit she has a soft spot in her heart for Paris, which she considers her second home.
Ms. Althauser graduated from Seattle University with a B.A. in history and Spanish in 2001. She then earned an M.A. in Latin American history from the University of Texas at Austin. She taught at the college level for a year and a half and had the chance to teach a class of high school students. She quickly realized her passion to teach younger students. She completed her master’s degree in teaching in 2006 and taught middle school near Seattle, Washington, for six years. Ms. Althauser loves traveling and learning about different cultures. She lived in Mexico for five months in college and in 2008 spent five weeks in Malawi, creating a database for the University of Livingstonia’s student records. Ms. Althauser also loves to paint and read. She believes it’s important to teach students how to be thoughtful, informed, and active citizens. She loves talking to kids about books.
Ms. Anno earned her Bachelor of Arts from Shiga University and a Master of Education from Hiroshima University. She was a lecturer at Iwakuni Nursing College, teaching social psychology. After marrying a Chilean citizen, she moved to Chile and taught at a Japanese school in Santiago. During that time, she became aware of the importance of language as a tool of communication, and started to teach at a Japanese language institute organized by the Chilean Japanese Association. To gain her formal qualification as a Japanese teacher, she completed the Japanese Teachers Training course in Tokyo. Ms. Anno is an excellent Koto (Japanese traditional string instrument) player, and she enjoys Japanese cultural activities such as Ikebana (flower arrangement) and Sadou (Japanese tea ceremony). She is also interested in art and has learned and taught Medup (Korean traditional knot). While her native language is Japanese, she also speaks English, Spanish, and Korean.
Mr. Askinas graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in mathematics. His entire college career he worked as a lead instructor at an afterschool math learning center, helping tutor students of all ages and different math backgrounds. After graduating he decided to return to school to pursue his teaching certificate in math. Before accepting the job to teach at APIS, Mr. Askinas worked on a science education research project that involved studying different teaching methods and strategies related to science curriculum and education. He is excited to apply what he has learned in both the math and science classroom and incorporate the idea that you never stop learning new and exciting things no matter how old you are. Mr. Askinas believes math and science can be found in almost everything we do from cooking and shopping, to playing sports and video games and that students should feel safe and comfortable asking questions and suggesting ideas in his classroom. He always encourages his students to think and creatively problem-solve by looking for different approaches or ideas when presented with new tasks. An avid supporter of extracurricular activities and the benefits they bring to a school community, Mr. Askinas was involved in many afterschool clubs and sports, including coaching the tennis team and leading tutoring/homework clubs. In his spare time Mr. Askinas enjoys music, spending time with his friends, traveling to new places, snowboarding, watching movies or sports, and reading.
From an early age, music played a critical role in Ms. Baum’s life. Beginning piano lessons at age 5, music was as natural as child’s play, and to this day, she continues playing both at work and during free time. Ms. Baum began her undergraduate degree as a music therapy major at Michigan State University. After devoting 18 years to raising three beautiful children, she completed her degree at Excelsior College and received her teaching certification from Western State University. For the past 10 years, she has taught general music classes kindergarten through grade 8 as well as secondary choirs. She is currently finishing her masters degree in music education and Kodály Certification from Colorado State University. Ms. Baum is an active member of the Orff Schulwerk Association and the Association of American Kodaly Educators. Certified in Orff Schulwerk pedagogy, Ms. Baum is passionate about the Orff Schulwerk process of teaching. Carl Orff said, “Tell me, I forget; show me, I remember; involve me, I understand.” It is with that in mind that Ms. Baum actively involves students in music-making through speech, singing, movement, and instrument playing. Beyond making music, Ms. Baum enjoys spending her free time traveling, camping, hiking, and bicycling.
Naarah Callender has been studying choral music for more than a decade, both as a participant and as a conductor. Through her experiences in middle and high school choir, she found her calling to be a music teacher. After 2 years of teaching at the Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy in Kennesaw, Georgia, she found that her desire to teach increased. Ms. Callender is the director and founder of an afterschool children’s choir – The Children’s Chorus of Kennesaw – consisting of students aged 8 to 11. In 2014, Ms. Callender was elected as president of Kennesaw State’s ACDA Student Chapter. The organization led volunteer projects in the music community, including assisting the Atlanta Opera’s performance at a local middle school. Prior to her teaching at APIS, Ms. Callender was a choir intern with the Roswell Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir in Roswell, Georgia. In this position, she participated in the choir, and assisted several youth choir tours and mission trips in a way that combined her love of teaching and her faith. Ms. Callender considers her work as a Teaching Artist at the Atlanta Music Project the position that impacted her the most drastically. The organization strives to bring free, quality music education to the underserved youth of Atlanta. After experiencing reaching such a diverse group of students, Ms. Callender found another passion in teaching students of various backgrounds and music for social change, using music as a vehicle to present opportunities these students otherwise would not be able to have. Ms. Callender is a graduate of Kennesaw State University, an institute in the Metro-Atlanta area of Georgia, USA. Aside from teaching and listening to music, Ms. Callender enjoys reading, learning new languages, and is always open to adventuring and trying new things.
Ms. Chang graduated from Ewha Womans University with a bachelor’s degree in Korean language and literature and earned her master’s degree in Korean education from Yonsei Graduate School of Education. Her studies have mainly focused on developing practical teaching materials and methodologies in Korean language education. Upon graduating from her master’s degree program, she received the best thesis award for her research on the use of Korean dictionaries as instructional tools in vocabulary lessons at the elementary school level. From very early childhood, Ms. Chang has been fascinated with reading and studying Korean literature. Her goal is to make her passion for the Korean language highly contagious so that her students would also develop a deep appreciation for the true beauty of Korean language. In addition to teaching, Ms. Chang enjoys participating in various church activities. She took various mission trips to India and Nepal and is currently leading a Bible study group in her church.
Ms. Cheng graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the Foreign Studies Department of Xi’an University of Architecture & Technology. After graduation, she worked as an English teacher in Xi’an International University where she gained her qualification certificate for teaching in colleges and universities and qualification certificate for intermediate processional technical post. In 2011, she came to Beijing and studied in Beijing Language and Culture University where she gained the teaching proficiency certificate of teaching Chinese as a second language with an excellent score. And from then on she began her Chinese teaching career in BLCU for the next two years. She taught Chinese to overseas students from different parts of world and also learnt a lot about diverse culture from her students. From 2014, she continued her teaching career in a Chinese Education and Training Center where she taught students from Japan, Korea, America, Brazil and so on. With 11 years of teaching experience and great passion for this career, she knows how to arouse students’ interests, inspire the students to find the beauty of Chinese and learn Chinese with great joy. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading books, watching movies and practicing Chinese calligraphy. As for the sports, Ms. Cheng likes swimming very much.
Mr. Choi was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, with an older brother, and 10 years later, a younger sister. His perspective of the world, as well as of himself, was forever expanded when, at the age of 13, his father moved the whole family to Krasnodar, Russia for one year, taking part in a mission movement called “CoMission” that sought to introduce Bible curriculum in schools across the former Soviet Union. It was the beginning of a more global perspective along with a distinctly personal ownership of his Christian faith. Years later, after completing his B.A. and Navy ROTC, he was commissioned into the U.S. Navy and served six years active duty as a Surface Warfare officer, with four years at sea, attached to two ships, and homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Yongsan, South Korea. During his time in Korea, through community and grace, he recommitted his life to Christ, and after his honorable discharge from the military, while freelancing in various work environments (from private tutoring and substitute teaching, to voice acting and producing musicals), he completed his graduate studies at Torch Trinity in Seoul. Along with his master’s degree, he earned an ACSI teaching certification with a growing passion for the incredible burden and privilege of education. He has also grown a love for justice and positive social change and helped found the Ride Against Traffick, a justice movement against human trafficking in Korea. He is humbled and excited to serve as the APIS chaplain, hoping and trusting that God would be most glorified. He also enjoys woodworking and rock climbing and would love to one day actually become good at both.
Ms. Chun obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and life science with distinction from the University of British Columbia and went on to complete a secondary education program at the same university. During that time she received a scholarship in mathematics education from the University Women’s Club of Vancouver for being an outstanding female math teacher and mentor. Ms. Chun has over five years of experience in the fields of mathematics and science education, including two and a half years of experience teaching students of differing English proficiency in South Korea. She has also worked as a teaching assistant at the department of botany at the University of British Columbia and has worked extensively with diverse student populations including aboriginal, mature, ESL students and students with disabilities. Ms. Chun believes that students learn best when they take ownership of their own learning. She encourages students to think for themselves and make their own discoveries and monitor their own progress. She is passionate about ensuring that students understand why and how certain math properties work and does this by getting to the underlying basis of the concept. In her free time, Ms. Chun likes to read, take ballet classes and practice yoga.
Mrs. Gao earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Capital Normal University in Beijing, China, and a master’s degree in international studies from Seoul National University in Korea. Before coming to Korea, Mrs. Gao taught at the Beijing Huiwen Secondary School in China for 13 years. At the Beijing Huiwen Secondary School, Mrs. Gao taught ESL to Chinese students and teaching Chinese to foreign students, also served as a director of the international division and assistant principal of Beijing Huiwen Language and Culture School. In 2001, Mrs. Gao spent a year in the United States as an exchange teacher, teaching Chinese to public school students of all levels in Tucson, Arizona. Mrs. Gao moved to Korea in 2004 and joined APIS in 2010. With twenty years of teaching and administrative experience, Mrs.Gao is very excited to help APIS students to learn Chinese language and culture. Mrs. Gao is an excellent ping pong player, having been a three-time school district champion in China. She also enjoys Chinese calligraphy and received a number of national and local recognitions since she was a child.
Ms. Gassner was born and raised in California in a small town east of San Francisco. She attended several public schools and graduated with an IB Diploma. Upon graduating high school she moved to the big city of Los Angeles, California where she studied Southeast Asian History at UCLA. During her time at UCLA she began tutoring inner city children and fell in love with working in education. After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in History Ms. Gassner volunteered with an educational non profit organization called City Year, Los Angeles. During this year she tutored inner city children, ran an afterschool program, and worked on several community service projects. She completed over 1900 hours of community service during this one year and loved every minute of it. She then decided to go to graduate school to become an official teacher and moved north to attend the University of San Francisco. She had the opportunity to continue her work with inner city children as a teacher for several years in San Francisco before moving to work internationally with her husband. Ms. Gassner is extremely excited to be in one of the most intriguing and advanced cities in the world and looks forwards to trying all of the amazing food!
Mr. Joseph Gassner is originally from Southern California, USA. He is the eldest of three brothers and grew up enjoying the great outdoors and diverse environments which California so beautifully supplies. Having an international upbringing, he was fortunate enough to travel to Japan on numerous occasions and learn about the traditions and cultures of the Far East. His higher education years included studying political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he met his wife Catherine, who teaches Kindergarten at APIS. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Mr. Gassner then gained a teaching degree specializing in social science and English. He then taught AP Social Science in a variety of schools in California which included a high school in Oakland where he taught students from disadvantaged backgrounds. This experience taught him the importance of pastoral care in teaching and of delivering his students meaningful and challenging learning experiences. After completing his Master of Arts in education, Mr. Gassner and his wife moved to Vietnam to teach at the Singapore International School. He made a positive impact at the school by designing and implementing the social studies curriculum for the secondary school, serving as chair on the WASC committee for school improvement, and coaching soccer after school. When not teaching, Mr. Gassner enjoys playing tennis, reading philosophy, listening to hip-hop, trying new cuisines, and traveling with his wife, Catherine.
After graduating with a joint degree that consist of education studies and design & technology, Mr Harris embarked on a fruitful teaching career in London. He rapidly progressed through his teaching career holding positions such as; Lead Teacher, Assessment for Learning Coordinator, Cross-Curricular Coordinator and Head of Art/Design & Technology in an OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’ British High School. While taking on these leadership roles he was responsible for whole school staff training, mentoring trainee teachers, organising student events/conferences and collaborating with a range of universities. Outside the classroom it may be interesting to know that Mr. Harris was a registered British athlete who represented Kent in 5 & 10K distance races and also coached soccer for the Premier League soccer club Fulham Football Club. In his free time he also enjoys reading, painting, model making and mixed martial arts.
Ms. Holbrook grew up in a musical family and began studying trumpet, her main instrument, in elementary school. As a student she attended multiple music camps and schools, including Stanford Jazz Workshop, Interlochen Center for the Arts, National Honor Band of America, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. At Rutgers University, Ms. Holbrook was the only undergraduate brass player in the Grammy-nominated Rutgers Wind Ensemble, with which she can be heard on several albums. As a music educator, Ms. Holbrook values music as a universal language, one that can transcend boundaries and cultures. By teaching music to her students in their formative years, she hopes to instill a love of music in them that lasts a lifetime. Ms. Holbrook is a founding and current board member of KIMEA (Korea International Music Educators Association) and is actively involved with music education throughout Korea. She has presented workshops on music theory and musical assessment at KIMEA and KORCOS annual national conferences and at the AMIS Middle School Band Festival in Yangon, Myanmar. Additionally, Ms. Holbrook has been a guest conductor at KAIAC honor band festivals on several occasions.
Ms. House knew that she wanted to teach and live overseas from an early age. She has taught in Korea for the last nine years. This is her second year at APIS and she is looking forward to continuing to develop her skills as a teacher and get involved in the APIS community. She graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 2006 and received her Master’s in Education as a reading specialist in 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys running, shopping, going out to eat, reading in coffee shops, and hanging out with friends. She loves being able to teach and work with people from all over the world.
Ms. Hung graduated from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, where she completed a double major in business and liberal arts. During her time in Melbourne her extracurricular interests included learning Asian languages and teaching Chinese. She has nine years of teaching experience as an elementary classroom teacher and taught Chinese in the Chinese International School in Myungdong. In addition, she has a lot of experience teaching middle and high school students in special classes. She also has gained the certificate of EDI (Education Development International) and TCSOL (Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages). In addition, she successfully completed a professional training from ICLT (Qualification Assessment Committee of International Chinese Language Teachers). She enjoys teaching and knows that it is not about just passing knowledge to someone. It is about relating to students and helping them to be successful in life.
Ms. Johnson graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in vocal and instrumental music education. Originally from Minnesota, Ms. Johnson began studying music from her mother at an early age. Studying both violin and voice, Ms. Johnson has been a member of many kinds of ensembles. Ms. Johnson enjoys working at Asia Pacific International School, encouraging students to think of music as a resource and tool for understanding others as well as themselves. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Johnson enjoys listening to music, traveling, cooking, and being outside
Mrs. Kim has been teaching Korean language and literature and Korean language as an additional language at APIS since 2007. She also has been teaching a “survival Korean” class to APIS faculty since she joined APIS. As an experienced teacher of more than 15 years, she has taught Korean as a foreign language to students in Melbourne, Australia, as well as Korean language arts to students in Korean domestic high schools. Mrs. Kim earned her bachelor’s degree and completed the teacher credentialing program in Korean language and literature from Sookmyung Women’s University. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in Korean language education from Hanyang University. Her master’s thesis examined the lexicon competence of bilingual speakers, utilizing evidence from bilingual language learners in foreign schools. Mrs. Kim was awarded the top honor for academic excellence from Seoul National University’s certificate program for teachers of Korean as a second language. Mrs. Kim likes to spend her spare time reading and taking pictures. She believes every student makes a world a better place just by being in it.
Mr. Kirkwood has been a high school teacher for over 34 years, teaching AP Java, C++, and Pascal, along with English and mathematics. He has been a member of the College Board AP Computer Science Test Committee and a question leader as well as an exam grader. He has led AP workshops in Oregon – SuperQuest; Bangkok, Thailand; Hawaii; California; and other western states as well as being a lead instructor in Google’s CAPE program. Mr. Kirkwood has written several journal articles and created the curriculum he uses as well as the C++ component of the Oregon computer science teachers website. He has been the president of the Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association, organizing the SuperQuest workshops during these times. For his work, he has received the inaugural Software Association of Oregon’s Technology Teacher of the Year Award, the Siemens’ Award for Advanced Placement Teachers, The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Tektronix Foundation’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics, along with other honors. Most importantly, Mr. Kirkwood’s passion for teaching and figuring out ways to make computer science meaningful and accessible to his students is still a driving force in his life.
Ms. Kong graduated from Hongik University with a Bachelor of Arts in Korean language education. She later earned a M.Ed. in Korean language education as a foreign language from Korea University. Before joining APIS, she taught Korean as foreign language to college students at various universities. She firmly believes that language learning goes beyond a simple mastery of communication skills. It encompasses learning about the culture, society, and traditions in which the language is ingrained. Hence, whether teaching Korean as a foreign language or first language, Ms. Kong aims each day in her class to promote a deeper understanding of Korea and its place in the world. Apart from teaching Korean, Ms. Kong is also passionate about dancing. Started first during her college days, Ms. Kong’s main interests are street dancing styles, especially “street jazz.”
Mrs. Kwon has 44 years of teaching experience at the elementary and three years at the middle school. For her accomplishments as an educator, Mrs. Kwon was twice awarded the highest recognition given by Korea’s Ministry of Education (교육부장관상). She was also awarded the Order of Civil Merit, Mogryeon Medal (국민훈장 목련장) from the Korean government for her contribution to education in Korea. Apart from teaching, she is also an accomplished poet and composer of children’s songs. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals. Mrs. Kwon feels most rewarded, however, when she is teaching Korean children’s songs to her students. Under her direction, many of her students won major singing competitions in Korea. Some of the children’s songs written by Mrs. Kwon can also be found in the Korean middle school music textbooks.
Ms. Lee has a Master of Arts degree in elementary education from Columbia University and is credentialed in both early childhood education and elementary education in the states of New York and New Jersey in the United States. She also received her undergraduate degree in art history from Rutgers University and fine arts from the University of Michigan. Ms. Lee has experience teaching students from all over the world and meeting the needs of students who are not only diverse culturally, but also diverse in their levels of education and educational needs. She was an elementary school teacher in the New York City Public School System for five years and then at an international school in Korea for two more years. Ms. Lee caught the teaching bug all the way back during college, while teaching art at an afterschool program at the Whitney Art Museum, she realized how much she enjoyed helping students express their feelings through creativity. When she then volunteered at a local elementary school in Guatemala after college, she fell in love with molding students with different needs into independent thinkers. In her free time, she loves to exercise and spends most of her time with her daughter. Although Ms. Lee is generally a gentle, warm, understanding person, she’s a tough-as-nails New Yorker underneath!
Mr. “J” grew up in London, Ontario in Canada where he completed his BA in Sociology at the University of Western Ontario. Throughout high school and University Mr. J participated in a large variety of competitive sports. He was a provincial track athlete, professional lacrosse player and stand-out wide receiver for his University football team. Upon completion of his studies he took on various youth coaching positions where he found his passion for helping young athletes realize their full potential. In 2008 Mr. J attended Southern Cross University in New South Wales Australia where he completed his Bachelor of Education. Since then Mr. J has been travelling and teaching around the world and sharing his knowledge and love of sports with students of all abilitiy levels. He has travelled to 35 different countries; he coached and taught P.E. in Australia, The United Kingdom and most recently in Japan where he served 5 years as Athletics Director and PE teacher. Mr. J believes in a balanced holistic approach to educating his students; allowing them to explore physical education through many different activities and experiences. These days Mr. J enjoys taking part in anything fitness or sport related. He currently plays basketball and rugby on a weekly basis and you can always find him in the gym trying to keep fit.
Ms. McRoberts graduated from the University of Wisconsin — River Falls (UWRF) with a B.S. degree in secondary education in broad-area English and history. While attending UWRF, she spent a semester studying abroad in Scotland. This experience inspired her to travel and work around the world. After graduating, she moved to Bagdad, Arizona — a small copper-mining community — where she was responsible for teaching every level of high school English. While in Arizona, Ms. McRoberts completed her M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction with a technology emphasis from Grand Canyon University. In the summer of 2009, she participated in the National Writing Project at Northern Arizona University. For the last three years, she has been working at Newman Catholic High School (NCHS) in Wausau, Wisconsin as the school’s AP English teacher, English 11th and12th grade, and speech teacher. At NCHS, she completed her Basic Religion Formation training which has helped her strengthen her relationship with Jesus and develop ways to bring His message to her students. In the summer of 2013, Ms. McRoberts was awarded the Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship for the Educational Seminar: India Teacher Exchange. For five weeks, she worked as an English 9th and 10th grade teacher in Kolkata, India. She believes that working in India was one of the most exhilarating and humbling experiences of her career. Within the last seven years, Ms. McRoberts has been a forensics coach, drama director, National Honor Society adviser, and Key Club adviser. As a teacher, Ms. McRoberts searches for creative and alternative ways to help her students understand and master language skills. Her love of the English language and curriculum is constantly fueled by her students’ inquisitive nature. In her spare time, Ms. McRoberts enjoys photography, reading, volunteering, watching movies, crafting, traveling, new technology, and American football.
After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Mrs. Meyer began her career in connecting youth with science as a Project Lead at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This early, project-based experience still continues to influence how she approaches science education today. She earned a master’s degree in Education from the University of St. Thomas and has taught a variety of science classes, including Biology, Ecology, Anatomy & Physiology, and AP Biology, for the last 13 years in private and public high schools in Minnesota. Her teaching philosophy embraces the ideal that science is not just a set of facts to be memorized, but a manner of inquiring about and interacting with the world. Technology is woven throughout Mrs. Meyer’s classes to support learning, increase collaboration, and encourage creative problem-solving. Along with teaching biology classes, she was also the District Technology Integrationist at her previous school, helping students and teachers with digital tools in the classroom. She served as the Biology Discipline Representative on the Minnesota Science Teachers Association board, and has won various teaching awards including the KEYC Golden Apple Award, WEM Outstanding Educator Award, the Medtronic Foundation Science Teaching Award, and the Fox 9 Super Scientist Award. In her free time, Mrs. Meyer enjoys running, reading, playing board games, and traveling with her husband and two sons.
Ms. Murfield began her career with the intent of being a historian, graduating summa cum laude from Minnesota State University in Moorhead, Minnesota, with a B.A. in history, minoring in political science. She only discovered her passion for teaching whilst working in a small village in Crimea, serving with the United States Peace Corps. During her 27 months of volunteer service, Ms. Murfield taught English to Ukrainian children, directed educational camps for university students, and received a federal grant for HIV/AIDS prevention in her community. Upon returning to the United States, she earned her B.S. in secondary education from Minnesota State University, graduating summa cum laude in 2014. Ms. Murfield is grateful for the opportunity to expand students’ horizons, to incite in them a sense of wonder for the world, and to push them to develop the skills they will need to be global citizens of the 21st century. She loves to travel and experience different cultures; her favorite pastimes are reading, practicing yoga, playing music with her husband, and enjoying the great outdoors.
After graduating from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in education and English, Mr. Murfield spent over two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. There he taught English as a foreign language in a small school with students grades 4 to 11. He also taught leadership, critical thinking, and healthy lifestyles at camps and seminars across the country. After the Peace Corps, Mr. Murfield moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where he had the unique opportunity of teaching language arts on an eighth grade STEM team. There he developed a passion for education emphasizing 21st century skills and project-based learning. He is an avid reader and believes strongly in kindling a love for books in students. He enjoys running and is a lover of all things outdoors. It’s not uncommon to find him playing his banjo outside of school hours.
Mrs. Myung identifies herself as a life-long learner. She has been growing in her knowledge of God and of best pedagogical practices as she has made it her life goal to be in service of God and of others. Empathy, support and growth are some of the words she keeps close at heart as she works closely with students at APIS. Beyond an undergraduate degree from Biola University and a graduate degree from Westminster Seminary, her commitment for learning has taken her to obtain CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and WIDA (World-class Instructional Design and Assessment) training. She is currently working toward completing WLI (World Language Intiative) EAL (English as an Additional Language) Certificate through International Schools Services. She comes to APIS with a wide range of experience, from teaching elementary school children in public schools in California to college students at several universities in Korea. Now living in city of Namyang just outside of Seoul, she enjoys playing board games with her husband and her daughter, Sarah, in her spare time.
Mr. Nollsch is a recent graduate from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Middle/Junior High School Science with additional endorsements in Chemistry and Earth Sciences. Before coming to APIS, Mr. Nollsch student taught at Oberoi International School in Mumbai, India. While student teaching in Mumbai, he found a passion for teaching in international schools. During his free time, Mr. Nollsch enjoys playing table tennis, hanging out with friends, and traveling.
Mrs. Nielsen graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching in primary education from the Queensland University of Science and Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She has also completed postgraduate studies in a Graduate Diploma of Languages Other Than English (Mandarin) and a Master of Guidance and Counseling through the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia. She is currently researching to gain her Doctorate of Education through the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia, with her research focusing on international teaching families and successful international transitions. Mrs. Nielsen was born in London and grew up in Australia. She is married with one daughter. Her career began as an elementary classroom teacher and has included the roles of behavior management advisor support teacher, PYP coordinator, elementary coordinator, ELL support teacher, student support teacher, and school counselor. Mrs. Nielsen is passionate about supporting families and staff with transitions and examining factors that facilitate successful transitions. She is excited to work in an educational setting where staff are advocates for student learning and health. Reading and exploring are ways that she likes to spend time with her family.
Mrs. Park’s 18 years of teaching in both public and private school systems are only a portion of more than 25 years of experience working with children in church settings, inner city programs, and summer camps. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle University. Mrs. Park has also completed her degree from American College of Education receiving a master’s degree in educational leadership. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of students both at a personal level as well as at a school level. She believes that all students can learn and it is important to instill a love of learning and help find what students are passionate about. Mrs. Park has been with the school since the first year of APIS. She feels blessed to be a part of a talented faculty and a supportive Christian community. Outside of school, Mrs. Park enjoys taking road trips with her husband, and her lovely daughter, Claire.
Mrs. Sea moved to the United States when she was a student at Seoul Arts High School. She continued with her love of art and earned her B.F.A. in painting with a performing art scholarship and M.F.A. in studio teaching K-12 from Boston University. Mrs. Sea says that completing her master’s thesis, entitled “Emotional Explorations in Visual Arts: An Aspect of Art Education,” in particular, allowed her to hone essential skills as an educator. The research opportunity gave her valuable training in creating and analyzing in-depth unit/lesson plans and curriculum designs. Mrs. Sea has eleven years of teaching experience from Winchester, Massachusetts, U.S.A., and APIS, Seoul, Korea. Outside of the school setting, she taught Korean language and culture at her church, as well as arts and crafts classes at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. As an art educator, she believes that every individual has his or her own unique character and areas of strength. She wants to help her students to express their individuality and discover their potential by using art as a tool and method. As an active member of her church, she went on various mission trips and led Bible study camp for young children. Apart from teaching, she loves to travel, play the piano, sing praise songs, but most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her 5-year-old child, Chloe.
Mrs. Sgrignoli has been teaching high school art at the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts for the past four years, a large high school outside of Washington D.C. specializing in the arts. During this time she has taught students at all levels ranging from entry level art courses to AP art courses. Prior to living in Washington D.C., Mrs. Sgrignoli attended college at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her B.F.A. in painting and ceramics as well as her Bachelors of Science in Art Education K-12. During her time in school, she led art club, National Art Education Association, artist critique groups, International Bible study, and worked as a teaching assistant in a 3D Design course. During her summers she worked as an art teacher for The Young Rembrandts and as the Ceramics Director at Camp Cayuga. She has taught private artist workshops and private painting lessons for two years. Mrs. Sgrignoli’s passion for teaching centers around challenging students to build confidence through pushing the limits on their creativity, to solve problems visually while fostering their technical skills through practice. Having always considered herself first a learner, Mrs. Sgrignoli is always practicing her skills as an artist in her spare time and she frequents artist workshops and courses to constantly develop as an artist. Mrs. Sgrignoli has exhibited her work in group and solo shows across the region. She also works casually as a freelance artist selling her artwork to private and public collectors. In her spare time, Mrs. Sgrignoli enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler, the great outdoors, hiking, movies, and yoga.
Mr. Sgrignoli has earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a focus in communications and a Master of Arts in English education, both from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he met his now wife, Emily, and fostered his love for teaching. He has attended more than four colleges throughout his educational career and considers himself to have mastered the art of nomadic sophistication. After earning a degree in journalism, Mr. Sgrignoli spent two years working for the American College of Physicians where he aided the marketing and communications team in drafting news releases for media interests and published several op-ed articles in various journals; yet while he found himself in the field of news media, his heart pined for the podium. After returning to school and earning his teaching certification, Mr. Sgrignoli served as an English educator at the Auburn School, a private Virginia charter school for students with special needs, where he taught ELA to 7th to 10th graders. He has also taught English in the public sector for the past three years, where, through facilitative teaching strategies and cooperative learning, he has led 9th to 11th grade classes such as American literature, research theory, Dystopian literature, and biotech English. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Sgrignoli relishes in trying new foods and restaurants, pretending to be knowledgeable about cooking, and trekking with his wife and dog.
Ms. Shinners grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and earned her Bachelor of Science in math education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. During her time at UW-La Crosse, she earned a grant to complete research projects on female mathematicians throughout history who, despite their impressive accomplishments, are widely unknown. In addition to math history research, Ms. Shinners also studied and researched graph theory at Illinois State University in the summer of 2014. She is committed to continue learning advanced math so that she is able to incorporate higher-level mathematics into the high school classroom. She hopes this will spark students’ curiosity in math and encourage them to consider studying math at the college level. Ms. Shinners has taught math at the La Crosse Design Institute, a project-based middle school, and at La Crosse Central High School. Ms. Shinners is extremely passionate about math and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the subject with her students. When she is not studying or teaching math, Ms. Shinners loves to meet new people, travel, and go for long runs.
Mr. Sim grew up in the small town of Milton, Ontario. He earned his B.A. from McMaster University where he majored in English literature. After graduating, he moved to Toronto where he worked for several years as a recording engineer. In 2006, Mr. Sim made the decision to come to Korea to teach ESL. His experience in Korea encouraged him to pursue teaching professionally, and he returned to Canada to study intermediate-senior English and history education at Trent University. After completing his B.Ed., Mr. Sim returned to Korea where he worked for two and a half years in a public school. At APIS, he has the opportunity to combine his interests in teaching, English, and music recording. He is looking forward to the upcoming school year and helping students develop their creative talents. In addition to those things already mentioned, Mr. Sim also enjoys reading, feeling frustrated on the tennis court, and (occasionally) laboring his way up mountains.
Mr. Tu graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in chemical engineering and M.A.T. in science education. After ten years teaching at an inner-city high school in Philadelphia, he moved overseas to teach at Concordia International School Shanghai in Shanghai, China where he served as a volleyball coach, helped with the robotics team, advised a service organization and led several service trips in China and Southeast Asia. After teaching at Concordia for eight years, Mr. Tu spent a year volunteering as the director of service learning for the Concordia Welfare and Education Foundation, a Hong Kong based NGO focused on poverty alleviation in China and Cambodia. He has been very involved in various ministries in his home churches, including youth ministry, outreach, and the audio/visual team. Mr. Tu likes to cook, play boardgames, and go on service trips.
Ms. Vosk grew up in a suburb of New York City. She knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a teacher. Her passion is helping young people become active and engaged citizens who are curious about their world. Ms. Vosk graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high distinction from the University of Virginia in 2006. She holds a B.A. in studies in women and gender, with a minor in astronomy. She also has a M.A.T. in secondary education social studies. After college she taught reading, writing, and humanities at a nonprofit GED and workforce development training program in Portland, Oregon. While in Portland she earned an ESL Endorsement from Portland State University. Ms. Vosk moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE, in 2012. In Abu Dhabi she taught middle school history geography at an all-girls private international school that was attended by members of the royal family. An avid traveler and explorer, Ms. Vosk has visited over 30 countries. She loves learning about new peoples and places. She practices yoga in her spare time and also enjoys reading and watching movies. She is thrilled to be living in Seoul — a vibrant and energetic city where the eating, shopping, and cultural activities are all top-notch!
Mr. Webster graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in history and Master of Teaching in social studies from the University of Virginia. After two years teaching outside of Washington, D.C., he moved to Vermont, where he spent 12 years teaching AP World History, global history and humanities, and U.S. history. He enjoys building rapport with his students and nurturing their enthusiasm for the study of history through challenging and creative classroom activities. Mr. Webster has worked for the College Board, serving as an AP reader for world history on four occasions. He takes pride in working collaboratively with his colleagues to improve student achievement. Coaching is another of Mr. Webster’s passions, as he celebrates opportunities to work with students in extracurricular settings. He has coached high school basketball for 14 years, as well as youth basketball, soccer, and baseball. He spends his free time with his wife, Caroline, and their two boys. His hobbies include playing sports, enjoying the outdoors, and reading. Mr. Webster is excited to join the APIS community.
Mr. Weller did not become a teacher until his mid-40s when he graduated with a degree in elementary education from Penn State. After moving to Colorado, he found that his true passion was to help students with learning difficulties. Mr. Weller went back to school and earned a degree in special education from Adams State College. Since 1998, he has worked with all ages of students, helping them reach their full educational potential. Having been born on a small dairy farm in Pennsylvania and always living in a rural area, Mr. Weller enjoys living and working in Seoul. In his spare time he likes to hike, bike, golf, play baseball or softball, sing, and play trumpet.
As a midwestern native, Ms. Wilson began her teaching career as a student teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. It was there that she embraced the abundant cultures represented in her classes and sought to make diversity a focus in her career. Ms. Wilson’s experience has included teaching across all grade levels, K-12 with English and History at the secondary level. In addition, she has extensive experience as a gifted education coordinator where she worked to enhance the curriculum by finding the gifts within all learners. She has also served as an assistant principal, an International Baccalaureate CAS coordinator, district level staff development facilitator and an adjunct professor of coursework centered around the methodologies of S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity). Ms. Wilson enjoys coming to school each day and learning alongside her students by employing innovative methods that embrace project based inquiry. In her free time, she might be found at a Shakespearian performance, getting lost in a used book store hunting for yet another Austen crafted codex to add to her collection, hiking up some beaten trail along a stream or whipping together a concoction of ingredients in the kitchen that is always sure to include garlic.
Ms. Woo graduated with a B.A. in mathematics and a B.Ed. in secondary school mathematics from the University of British Columbia. While in school, she was elected to the Golden Key International Honor Society and worked as a teaching assistant at the math department. Because of her background and experiences in Korea, Canada, and the United States, she appreciates the balance of distinct cultures and enjoys working with a diverse group of students. Upon graduation, she took her first leap into the classroom as a math teacher at a private school in Vancouver and a Korean 12 teacher in Burnaby, Canada. She also taught math at an international school and calculus at a university in Korea. During her spare time, Ms. Woo enjoys playing piano, dancing, and spending time with her husband and her son.
Ms. Wood graduated from Western Carolina University with degrees in elementary education and reading K-12. She has also completed her Master’s degree in educational technology. In addition to her degrees, she is a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor for language-based learning difficulties. Ms. Wood fell in love with teaching in high school during a fourth grade internship. After the internship, she knew teaching was her calling in life. Ms. Wood believes in educating the whole child through hands-on, student-centered learning, with an emphasis on teaching to students’ multiple intelligences. Originally from a small town located in the mountains of western North Carolina, Ms. Wood loves being outside and enjoying nature whenever possible.
Ms. Zheng graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature from Shanghai University, where she was awarded full academic merit scholarships for all four years. She also earned a master’s degree in education from Seoul National University. Before coming to Korea, she taught Chinese to foreign students at the international division of Jincai Secondary School in Shanghai. She has the certificate of EDI (Education Development International), TCSOL (Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages) and teaching young learners proficiency certificate. With more than 12 years of teaching experience in a variety of settings, Ms. Zheng continues to find joy in inspiring students to learn about the beauty and elegance of Chinese language and literature. Apart from teaching, Ms. Zheng enjoys traveling and cooking. She likes to create new recipes and share them with friends. She also enjoys swimming and was a competitive swimmer for more than 10 years.