Faculty

APIS strives for excellence in teaching:

  • To ensure measurable, standard-based student performances and achievements by implementing a cutting-edge curriculum and research-based instructional strategies.
  • To assemble a superb group of educators, who are not only excellent teachers but also accomplished individuals serving as role models.
  • To provide a Christ-centered, loving, and caring community that promotes students’ creativity and passion for learning.
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  • Dr. Eddie Kim
    Founding Director
    Ph.D. Columbia University / B.A. Dartmouth College
    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, University of California, San Diego, 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 Hawai'i 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 Hawai'i as the campus of the West, allowing our students to move freely between two campuses to take advantage of APIS’s global learning environment.
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  • Stephanie Lopes
    Dean of Studies and Community Engagement
    M.Ed. University of Hawai'i at Mānoa / B.A. Bucknell University
    Mrs. Lopes graduated from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa with a master’s degree in educational administration and with bachelor’s degrees in international relations and Spanish from Bucknell University, where she competed on the NCAA Division I rowing team. She has taught and led English programs for multilingual students in grades kindergarten through 12, including at Maryknoll School in Honolulu, at a boarding school in New York, and at schools in China, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Costa Rica, and Italy. Mrs. Lopes also was a director at the nonprofit Row New York, serving under-resourced students and people with disabilities throughout New York City. Most recently, she served as an educational officer in the Hawai'i State Department of Education’s Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance, training teachers and administrators to utilize technology and multiple measures of data to improve student-learning outcomes. As a passion project, Mrs. Lopes founded a freelance writing company, which has now created content for private schools, universities, technology startups, and Hawai'i Parent Magazine. Her hobbies include surfing, fishing, writing, and trying unique foods.
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