Dorm Staff Profiles

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  1. Michelle Gow

    About Me : My interest in intercultural education comes from personal experience: I was raised in Canada, France and Thailand, and completed my secondary studies as a dorm student at the British International School, Phuket. Since then I have attended McGill University in Montreal and Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and worked at international schools in Chile and Chiang Mai. Having been a part of KIS Jeju's dorm program since its first year, I feel great pride in our students' continued progress and participation in our community!
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  2. John Bertken

    About Me : Developing global leaders involves providing guidance to students both in the classroom and in their personal growth outside of the classroom. This is the second time I have been involved in helping to develop a culture with a values-based education. The opportunity to be a part of something special is one of the main reasons I returned to Korea. Having lived and taught in Korea from 1997-2001, I gained an understanding of the values of Korean culture; and having married into that culture, I have continued to learn about and appreciate the strength of the Korean character. From last year, I could see the growth in our students and their understanding in the importance of their own personal growth. This is why I am so excited about the possibilities that lay ahead of them this year!
    PostionHS Dean of Boarding
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  3. Alec Lorraine

    About Me : I grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a town called Blue Bell, and I will always consider that to be my home. After high school at Germantown Academy Prepatory School I attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where I studied computer science and psychology. I enjoy sports, movies, and making people laugh, and I believe that my happiness lies in the happiness of others. I am excited to make a positive impact here at KIS Jeju!
    PostionHS Dorm specialist
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  4. David Powell

    About Me : 안녕하세요? 저는 Fir House의 dorm specialist인 David Powell 입니다. I'm originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and I've been working at KIS Jeju for the past two and a half years. Along with my duties as a dorm specialist, I also serve as the Associate Dean of Technology for the dorms. 제 취미는 스랙라이닝 (외줄타기) , 암벽등반, 그리고 한국어 공부하기 입니다. I'm currently studying to obtain a Masters in Education from Bowling Green University in Ohio, as well as studying for TOPIK exams, and I hope to eventually study and research education in Korea. 반갑슴니다!
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  5. Johanna Mehl

    About Me : I was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas where my parents both instilled in me a strong passion for exploration and traveling. I graduated from the University of Kansas with a BFA in Textiles in the Spring of 2013. After graduating I moved to South India where I studied Ayurveda and worked as a designer for an organic cotton company. My love for new experiences and helping others has brought me to KIS Jeju where I am excited to work with and learn from the Iris House girls!
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  6. Kathleen Painter

    About Me : I grew up in Texas and recently graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Linguistics. I spent my junior year studying in Paris, and have travelled extensively in Eastern Europe. I believe that learning foreign languages is the first step towards intercultural understanding and global citizenship. This is my first year at KIS Jeju, and I am looking forward to seeing the progress that our students make, both academically and personally. I am also excited to live, work, bike and hike on Jeju!
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  7. Keenan Soto

    About Me : I am a graduate from the University of Kansas and earned my degree in American Literature and Composition. This is my second year at KIS Jeju and I am ecstatic to be returning as a dorm specialist for the Grade 11 boys. I am have an extended background in education, including studying and/or teaching music for the better part of 15 years. My passion for music is what drove me to be in education and it is a pleasure to share that with the students. On a day-to-day basis, the students at KIS Jeju have helped me learn, grow, and given me a beautiful perspective on Korean culture. For now, Jeju is my home and I hope to bring some midwest Kansan flavor to the melting pot that is our school.
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  8. Ken Hillstrom

    About Me : My passion for wandering and adventure stems from my childhood where I traveled from Hesperia, California, my birthplace, to Nevada to Tennessee and ultimately to Trenton, Georgia, with a dash of Maine on the side. I spent my time outside in the woods discovering myself and discovering the wonder that is the world around around me. I entered into college at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA, originally as a nursing major before discovering Outdoor Education and converting to something closer to my heart. This is my second year at KIS Jeju and so far it's been quite the adventure. I have the heart of a wanderer and high hopes for this second year, and so far I haven't been disappointed. My goal is to continue to connect with students, share many more adventures, and continue to grow here on Jeju. "Not all those who wander are lost." – J.R.R. Tolkien
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  9. Elizabeth Maltby

    About Me : This is my second year at KIS Jeju, and I am thrilled to be working as a specialist for the Grade 9 and 10 girls. I am originally from Michigan, and moved to Korea from Chicago, Illinois. In college I studied Art, Italian Language, and Religious Studies, and spent much time studying abroad: a year in Rome, Italy, as well as summer programs in Greece and Romania. I’m looking forward to spending another year with the wonderful students at KIS Jeju!
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  10. Maggie LeMay

    About Me : Growing up in a small town in Minnesota, I always had the desire to explore new places and over the last six years, I have been able to do just that. I completed my undergrad at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, spent a year abroad in Rome, completed my Masters in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies from the University of York in England, and I am now in Jeju. Along with travel and history, I have always enjoyed working with children, which is why I am especially excited to be at KIS Jeju. I believe that here I will be able to bring together my three passions by inspiring students to look to the past for understanding and guidance while also instilling in them a sense of adventure. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for me at KIS Jeju.
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  11. Michael Chu

    About Me : As an Asian-American who spent nearly my entire life in Los Angeles, California, having taught in international schools in China for the past 5 years, and also holding a Master's Degree in International Education, I have learned and experienced a multitude of cultural aspects that I regard as invaluable towards my understanding of our students here at KIS Jeju. Being here has presented an opportunity for me to continue doing what I love: helping students meet their academic goals, but more importantly, guiding them onto a path of integrity. I look forward to a great and exciting year!
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  12. Savannah Brenneke

    About Me : Recently graduated from Purdue University in the United States, I have made my way to Jeju in pursuit of starting my new life in Korea. I graduated with a degree in Chemistry, but I have always been passionate about learning new languages and traveling. I was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in Germany during my high school years, and since then have been working as an interpreter and translator during my summers. I speak four languages and am working to add Korean as my fifth. My passion for thinking in a global way is what brought me here to KIS Jeju. My hope is to nurture the natural strengths of my students, so that they may be great global thinkers and doers. It is an honor to start my first year at KIS Jeju and I hope we can accomplish amazing things this year with our talented students!
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  13. Steve Wylie

    About Me : Born and raised on the wonderful streets of Toronto, I arrived in Jeju this year looking to experience Korean culture from the unique perspective of a dorm specialist at KIS Jeju. I earned a Bachelor of Education degree two years ago and spent all of last year teaching in Taiwan. Before that I spent three summers working as a camp counselor in Spain. Needless to say, I love travelling to new countries and getting a taste of their cultures first-hand and I’m excited for what Korea has to offer!
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  14. Colin Kim So Jong

    About Me : I graduated from Bath University in England with a master's degree in Marketing. After that, I came back home and worked at a company as a new market director. Without a doubt, I love traveling and experiencing something interesting. That is why I was hoping to settle down in Jeju Island. Now, I am ready to cheer everyone up!
    PostionHS Dorm assistant
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  15. Edward Cho Young Zoo

    About Me : Hey, I'm Edward. Kyungsung University is where I graduated. I’ve been working at KIS Jeju since 2011, I like it here. It’s a blessing. I run for my kids, they are the rising generation of life's relay. In the morning, Alder House boys are never late: because they are older and I send them to school at 8!
    PostionHS Dorm assistant
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  16. Erin Kim Jae Min

    About Me : I lived in Canada for about four years, and this experience had a huge impact on me. Being able to communicate in English helped me a lot to set my goals in the field of English education in our country. It is great to able to extend my career here in KIS Jeju!
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  17. Eun Gee Joh

    About Me : I was born in Seoul, but I spent most of my school life in North America studying visual arts. I am currently attending Rhode Island School of Design in Providence RI. As an artist, I was fortunate enough to be part of Korean Fine Arts Association. Having four years of experience in an arts boarding high school in the US, I am looking forward to spending a wonderful year in KIS Jeju.
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  18. Hanna Park

    About Me : I worked at KIS Jeju a year ago with MS girls and came back this year to have another beautiful memories with them. I am with Grade 11 girls in Lily house and it is amazing to see everyday how much they have grown up and become great leaders. I would like to share my experiences and stories that I got from the last year of traveling the world so that they can have an idea of different cultures and lives. As they are strong young ladies who are already well prepared to explore the world with their pure curiosity and adventurous spirit, I will always give them all of my support and help.
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  19. Jane Kim

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  20. Kate Hwang Jung Hwa

    About Me : This is my second year at KIS Jeju and I am very happy to work for Grade 9 and 10 girls in Camellia House! I was born and raised in Seoul where I've spent most of my life time. After receiving my Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Broadcasting, I worked for magazine company for a while and I moved to this beautiful island for having a chance to meet future global leaders from KIS Jeju. I hope that my educational background and experience from abroad can help Camellia girls to find their own right ways.
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  21. Lucia Lee Jihye

    About Me : I have stayed in Jeju for four years, because I love this beautiful island. During my university life, I travelled across all of America and Southeast Asia, and was an IT volunteer in the Philippines, assistant students with their applications and sharing Korean culture. l'm interested in traveling and experiencing new cultures—and I love Korea, Jeju, and our students!
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  22. Mark Park

    About Me : I was born and raised in Seoul, and left Korea when I was fourteen. I spent most of my teenage years at a boarding school in Massachusetts. It has provided me with resources to discover my talent, skills and given me many opportunities to develop a foundation in academics, which allowed me to synthesize my artistic identity, ideas, and inner thoughts. I am currently a senior year at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, majoring in Communication studies. I am so thrilled to be a part of the KIS Jeju community. I am looking forward to having a wonderful year at KIS Jeju.
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  23. Mary Jo Worthington

    About Me : I was born and raised in central llinois where I earned degrees in marketing and music from Eastern Illinois University. After spending my summers working at an arts camp in Michigan, I realized I wanted to work in an environment that facilitates learning as well as creativity. My interests in other cultures and passion for travel brought me to Korea. I am exctied to be part of the KIS community and explore the beautiful island of Jeju! It's going to be a great year!
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  24. Mina Park

    About Me : I was born and grew up in Seoul and have just begun my first year in both KIS and Jeju. I am excited to be a part of this community. I am interested in traveling and learning new languages so I have traveled to many countries. My time abroad was not only a journey of new worlds and cultures, but also a journey of self-exploration and self-discovery. This year, I would like to support and share my experiences with Spruce house boys so that they can enjoy a great school life.
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  25. Sean Sungwook Ku

    About Me : I have lived in California for last six years, and worked in San Diego after graduating from University of California San Diego. Recently, I came back to Korea to stay with family and found that KIS and Jeju island is wonderful place to start a career in education. I believe that my educational background and various working experiences in America will help the KIS students' school life and cheer them toward a successful life in the future.
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