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What brings it all together? A boarding program committed to building a community where everyone feels happy, safe, and included.

Meet our Boarding Staff


 

Boarding Leadership

 

Elizabeth Maltby, Dean of Boarding

 

Elizabeth Maltby is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, and joined KISJ in 2013.

I think everyone should read… as a way to expand their world, wherever they are.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… hiking and  biking around Jeju and seeing the ocean almost every day!

I’m inspired by… my family, and kindness in others

 

 

Michael Sawczynec, Associate Dean of Boarding

 

Michael Sawczynec is from Newburgh, New York, but grew up in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, but most recently worked in Taichung, Taiwan. He holds a master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from University of Minnesota-Duluth. Michael joined KISJ in 2020-2021. 

I think everyone should read "Can't Hurt Me: Master your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins.” 

Outside of school, I most enjoy playing board games, working out, exploring new cultures, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. 

I’m inspired by people's ability to adapt, overcome and achieve things previously thought to be impossible.

 

Middle School Boarding Staff

 

Jenna Hyo Ju Jin, Middle School Boarding Advisor

 

Jenna Jin is from Busan, South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a major is Sociology from Fort Hays State University. Jenna joined KISJ in 2013.

 

I think everyone should read… Philip Waechter’s Me! 

Outside of school, I most enjoy… spending time with my friends and hiking Song-ak-san.

I’m inspired by… nature. 

 

Edward Cho, Middle School Boarding Advisor

 

Edward Cho was born in Gwangju, S.Korea. He spent most of his life in Busan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Kyoungsung university.  Edward joined KISJ in 2011.

 

I think everyone should read...1984.

 

Outside of school I most enjoy...hanging out. 

 

I’m inspired by... kids. They are creative.

 

Taylor Fowler, Middle School Boarding Specialist

 

Taylor Fowler is from Tacoma, Washington. She holds a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Arizona State University and has a professional teaching certificate for K-12 Health and Physical Education and Structured English Immersion. She joined KISJ in 2017.

 

I think everyone should read… to explore their imagination

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy… Rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, beach volleyball, camping, swimming in the ocean, traveling, and cooking. 

 

I'm inspired by...kind people

   

Maria Quispe, Middle School Boarding Specialist

 

Maria is from Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and moved to the United States to complete her secondary education. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a concentration in Linguistic Studies from St. Olaf College. Maria joined KISJ in 2018.

 

I think everyone should read...100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez and the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

 

Outside of school, I enjoy... exploring Jeju, playing soccer, and spending quality time with friends and family.

 

I'm inspired by... people who do their best to demonstrate empathy over sympathy, and compassion over understanding.



 

 

Jooey Kim, Middle School Boarding Advisor

 

Jooey Kim is from Incheon, South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Kookmin University. Jooey joined KISJ in 2016.

 

I think everyone should read… The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling to develop imagination and My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhust to empower female leadership.

 

Outside of school, I enjoy… Traveling around the world, Swimming wherever the water is, Baking and cooking for my friends.

 

I’m inspired by… My students.

 

Bruce  Kim, Middle School Boarding Advisor

 

Bruce Kim  is from Busan, South Korea. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Police Administration, Physical Education and  Psychology. Bruce joined KISJ in 2018.

 

I think everyone should read… The Prince.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… Work-out and traveling.

I’m inspired by… nature. 

High School Boarding Staff

 

Ethan Hyeon Jeong Kim, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Ethan Kim is from Gwang Ju, South Korea.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Hotel Management.  Ethan joined KISJ in 2016.

 

I think everyone should read… The Little Prince

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy… jeju island, camping, traveling,  driving, shopping, hiking and thinking about my students.

 

I'm inspired by... my students !

 

Mike Daesup Shin, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Daesup Shin  is from Seoul, South Korea. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Media Communication  from Gachon University. Daesup joined KISJ in 2016.

 

I think everyone should read… If we can’t go at the speed of light by Kim cho-yeop. The book itself is a SF Novel, but it shows something we may already have lost or will lose through our life from the evolution of Technology.

 

Outside of school I most enjoy.. Swimming, Traveling, Watching Baseball, Enjoying Sunset.

 

I am inspired by..People who fight against any kind of discrimination.

 

Claire Park, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Claire Park is from Busan, South Korea.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in general education and English education. Claire  joined KISJ in 2020.

 

I think everyone should read…The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. “When you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true.” is the core of the novel’s philosophy and a motif that inspires me.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy… traveling, reading in nice places and driving along the coastal road.

 

I'm inspired by... people who I love and trust.

 

Julie Jeon, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Julie Saeha Jeon is from Seoul, South Korea. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English language and literature. Julie  joined KISJ in 2020.

 

I think everyone should read… Momo by Michael Ende. It teaches me preciousness of the time and makes me focused on my present life. 

 

Outside of school I most enjoy.. Walking olle trail, workout in the fitness center, hiking, surfing, and traveling.

 

I am inspired by.. nature and people who have various  life and values.

   

Cassie Lee, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Cassie Songme Lee is from Daegu, South Korea. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English language and literature. Cassie joined KISJ in 2018.

 

I think everyone should read...Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It gave a lesson that prejudice disables me falling in love with others and pride shuns others  away from me.

 

Outside of school I most enjoy..Exploring this exquisite island Jeju, doing calligraphy, and learning new languages.

 

I am inspired by..people around me.

 

Lindsey Joh, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Lindsey Joh is from Songdo, South Korea. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature.  She also studied Visual and Performing Arts in Rhode Island School of Design. Lindsey  joined KISJ in 2014.

 

I think everyone should read…To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. It shows balance between intellect and emotion in order to be able to create healthy and sustainable relationships.

 

Outside of school I most enjoy… listening to music and watching movies. 

 

I am inspired by... people who have multiple talents.


 

Yuni  Yeon Hee Kim, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Yeonhee  Kim  is from Seoul, South Korea but most recently worked in Nagano, Japan. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical laboratory science . Yeonhee  joined KISJ in 2019.

 

I think everyone should read…Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, The outsider by Albert Camus.  Reading classic literature  makes you think  deeply and concentrate!

 

Outside of school I most enjoy.. Freediving, snowboarding, travelling, being in nature and spending time with my family. 

 

I am inspired by.. People who think creatively and have a positive mindset. 

 

Sophia Yeon Sik Jeon, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Sophia Jeon is from Seoul, Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Dongguk, and is currently enrolled in a master of education program. Sophia joined KISJ in 2017.

 

I think everyone should read… The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. It is more than a book. He gives people a sense of warm purpose when life can seem materialistic and meaningless.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy...  spending time with friends, watching movies, learning new things, making pottery, playing the guitar and hiking. 

 

I’m inspired by …. people who are trying to help other people.

 

Margarita Yu Ran Moon, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Margarita Moon is from Wonju, Gangwon, South Korea. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Genetic Engineering from KyungHee University. Margarita joined KISJ in 2017.

 

I think everyone should read… The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. It tells the history and culture of 1930’ China in interesting ways.

 

Outside of school I most enjoy.. driving, hiking, exercising and reading.

 

I am inspired by.. writers of books that I read. I hope to write my own story someday.

 

Lucia Jihye Lee - High School Boarding Advisor

 

Lucia Lee is from Gwangju, South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Business. Lucia joined KISJ in 2014.

 

I think everyone should read... Pride and Prejudice.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy... hiking, jogging, yoga, traveling and looking for beautiful scenery. 

 

I am inspired by... my mother. She is great mom and woman. She is the only person who really trusts me. 


 

 

Marie Park, High School Boarding Advisor

Marie Park was born in Busan, Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Beijing Foreign University, and joined KISJ in 2016.

I think everyone should read… a wide variety of genres.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… traveling.

I’m inspired by… my family and friends.

 

 

Matt Pochwat, High School Boarding Specialist

 

Matt Pochwat is from Pickering, Ontario, Canada but has spent the past few years teaching in Busan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Queen’s University and a bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. Matt joined KISJ in 2018.

 

I think everyone should read… ""Meditations"" by Marcus Aurelius

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy… being active and creative. Whether it’s hiking, biking, snowboarding, or frisbee on the beach, there’s nothing that makes me happier than staying healthy and spending time outdoors. Some of my other hobbies include reading, woodworking, cooking, and filmmaking. 

 

I’m inspired by… anyone who has found their own definition for success and has had the courage to follow their dreams to achieve something great.


 

 

Monica Wiant, High School Boarding Specialist

 

Monica Wiant is from Cranston, Rhode Island USA, but most recently worked in East Greenwich, Rhode Island USA.  She holds two bachelor's degrees in Biology and Health Studies from the University of Rhode Island.  Monica joined KISJ in 2017-18.  

 

I think everyone should read Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  It exposes so much injustice that still exists in the world, but in a way that empowering rather than overwhelming.  

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy outdoor activities and traveling to new places.  

 

I am inspired by those who stand up for what is right even when they are standing alone.  



 

 

Alex Steep, High School Boarding Specialist

 

Alex Steep is from Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, but most recently worked as a teacher in Jeju City. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies with a specialization in Journalism from University of Guelph and a Media Communications diploma from Humber College. Alex joined KISJ in 2019. 

 

I think everyone should read… Dune by Frank Herbert and anything by Neil Gaiman   

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy… being outside, exploring, and reading.

 

I’m inspired by... perseverance in both people and nature: the morels sprouting after a forest fire, a person picking themselves up from their lowest point. Fall, rise, grow stronger, repeat. 

 

 

Margaret Patton, High School Boarding Specialist

 

Margaret is originally from Glastonbury, Connecticut, but most recently worked in Boston, MA, USA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from Emmanuel College. Margaret joined KISJ in 2019-20.

 

I think everyone should read… The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, and the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy… spending time in nature, hiking, yoga, games, good company, learning new things, and traveling.

 

I’m inspired by... quotes, mentors, positive energy, acts of kindness, practicing stillness, and the joys of everyday life.



 

 

Matt Hanagan, High School Boarding Specialist

 

Matt Hanagan is from Boston, Massachusetts in the US. He holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Villanova University. Matt joined KISJ in 2019-20.

 

I think everyone should read You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. 

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy hiking, rock climbing, ultimate frisbee, basketball, escape rooms, podcasts, and traveling. 

 

I'm inspired by others sharing their vulnerabilities and stories of overcoming hardships. 





 

 

Jessica Sheridan, High School Boarding Specialist

 

Jessica Sheridan grew up in Ottawa and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Development with a focus on cross-cultural learning and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. She fell in love with Jeju after working at an international school in Korea, and joined KISJ in 2016.

I think everyone should read… once a day.  Whatever you like—just read often!

Outside of school, I most enjoy… experiencing new areas of Jeju with friends and pretending to learn how to play the ukelele.

I’m inspired by… the infinite potentials of a blank page.

 

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