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Kristine Stamp-Jerabek, High School Principal and Academic Head

Kristine Stamp-Jerabek is from the United States and has lived in Georgia, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of North Texas, a master’s degree in Special Education and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a Texas 6-12 Secondary Teaching License in English, and a Texas K-12 Principal License. Kristine was a founding member of KISJ in 2011.


I think everyone should read… Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, a simple story of friendship that shows how small things can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… exploring.

I’m inspired by… poetry. In the words of Walt Whitman, “Be curious and not judgmental.”


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Colleen Boyett, Associate Principal and AP Coordinator

Colleen Boyett is from Florida, most recently Fort Myers. She holds a Certificate in Arabic from the U.S. Army’s Defense Language Institute, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in History from the University of West Florida, and a doctorate in History from Florida State University. Colleen joined KISJ in 2015.


I think everyone should read… The Enigma of Arrival by V.S. Naipaul.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… reading good books, visiting unusual museums, and viewing stunning seaside vistas.

I’m inspired by… people who are authentic, joyful, and curious about the world around them.

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Ben Wilkins, Associate Principal

Ben Wilkins is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Master of Arts in Teaching,  and holds an administrator’s licence. Ben joined KISJ in 2013.


I think everyone should read… The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… playing squash or golf with friends, traveling with my wife, and taking photos.

I’m inspired by… the unknown.


Daniel Asad, AP World History and G10 Global Studies

Daniel Asad was born to South Asian parents, but grew up in Paraguay, Brazil, and Germany, all the while attending American international schools. Most recently, he taught at Shorecrest, a private school in Florida. He holds a master’s degree in History from the American Public University, and a bachelor's degree in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. Daniel joined KISJ in 2017–18.


I think everyone should read… How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory on Globalization by Franklin Foer.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… soccer, reading, and grilling.

I’m inspired by… people like Mother Teresa, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and others who have struggled to make our world a better place.




Emily Asad, Grade 9 English

Emily Asad was born in Guam and raised in Minnesota, but most recently worked in Florida. She holds a Bachelor’s in Secondary English Education from the University of South Florida as well as a Master’s in Creative Writing from National University in California. Emily joined KISJ in 2017–18.

It’s so hard to pick just one book to recommend! My favorite authors are Tamora Pierce, Anne McCaffrey, and Chris Crutcher, and I think everyone should read Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… writing books, baking bread, and playing chess.

I’m inspired by... snowflakes, fireplaces, and dark chocolate.


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Lloyd Baker, AP Physics II, Calculus BC and Head of Math

Lloyd Baker is from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of British Columbia, and joined KISJ in 2015.


I think everyone should read… The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean—one of the best books I have read for a down-to-earth explanation of the chemical elements and the periodic table.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… scuba diving, physical fitness, reading and most important, my family.

I’m inspired by… a former colleague/friend I taught with at my previous school. Robert Jackson, an outstanding educator and model parent, was a crew member on a ninth-century Arabian dhow, the Jewel of Muscat, making a four-month voyage from Muscat, Oman to Singapore.


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Chris Bracciano, Psychology, Economics, AP Psychology, Economics and Head of Social Studies

Chris Bracciano is originally from Detroit, Michigan, but has spent most recent years in Seoul and New York City. He hold a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology from Michigan State University. Chris joined KISJ in 2015.


I think everyone should read… Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… making music, eating delicious food, coffee, and spending time in nature.

I’m inspired by… anything that strives towards excellence, but mostly good restaurants, coffee shops, and well-planned cities.


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David Burke, High School Technology Integrator

David Burke is from Shellharbour, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) from the University of Wollongong, and joined KISJ in 2016.


I think everyone should read… all the time! As an Elementary School teacher, I always enjoyed finding fun books to read with my class. Roald Dahl was a personal childhood favorite and it was always a pleasure to introduce his stories to my students.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… traveling to new places and planning new adventures, and watching National Rugby League and cricket.

I’m inspired by… people who think outside the square.


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Michelle Cave, High School Librarian

Michelle Cave is from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Government from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the Queensland University of Technology, a TEFL-C from Columbia University, and is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies at Curtin University. Michelle joined KISJ in 2014.


I think everyone should read… My Place by Sally Morgan.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… traveling and seeing new places with new experiences, photography, hiking, swimming, and playing softball.

I’m inspired by… random acts of kindness—one person can make a difference.


Tania Campbell, Grade 10 Global Studies

Tania Campbell is from Dunedin, New Zealand but most recently worked in Seoul. She holds a graduate diploma in teaching from the New Zealand Graduate School of Education, a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Otago and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and English literature from the same university.


I think everyone should read...Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl.


Outside of school, I most enjoy…. Travel, photography, yoga, capoeira, reading, writing, exploring new places and learning new things.


I’m inspired by...people who strive to make a positive difference in the world.



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Jim Corton, Science

Jim Corton is from East Kingston, New Hampshire and Dallas, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Keene State College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas.

I think everyone should read… The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… fishing, fly tying, travel, hiking, vertical running, and 5K races.

I’m inspired by… finding out what is around the next corner.


Jeff Cordeiro, AP U.S. History and U.S. History

Jeff Cordeiro is from sunny San Diego, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a master’s degree in Education from San Diego State University. Jeff joined KISJ in 2017–18.

I think everyone should read… The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… golf, drinking coffee, eating good food, and having good conversations.

I’m inspired by… my children: my oldest son is a medical doctor and my daughter is a special education teacher in the United States. My youngest son just turned one, and along with my wife, is the “light of my life.”


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Stacy Crook, Spanish

Stacy Crook is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a teaching license from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Stacy joined KISJ in 2015.

I think everyone should read… something that captures their heart.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… traveling, reading, dancing, hiking, running, connecting with people, and staying active.

I’m inspired by… being taken out of my comfort zone and meeting people who want to make a difference in the world.

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Mike Daly, Biology and AP Environmental Science, Grade 9 Team Lead

Mike Daly is from Gillingham, in the United Kingdom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Open University and Teaching Accreditation and a master’s degree in International Education (Secondary Science) from The College of New Jersey. Mike joined KISJ in 2012.


I think everyone should read… The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.

Outside of school, I most enjoy.. hanging out with my family, and messing about with technology.

I’m inspired by... looking up on a cloudless night. There’s a lot out there.

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John Shannon DeBaun, Grade 12 English, English Department Lead

John Shannon DeBaun was raised an Air Force brat, and has lived in California, North Dakota, North Carolina, Nebraska, and Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Texas Christian University, and a master’s degree in English Literature and Writing. John joined KISJ in 2014.


I think everyone should read… Callahan’s Cross Time Saloon by Spider Robinson,The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, The Princess Bride by William Goldman, and War for the Oaks by Emma Bull.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… exploring with my wife and daughter, watching good (and not so good) movies, and reading “brain candy.”

I’m inspired by… Ralph Waldo Emerson: “When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you will be the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.”




Tyler Echols, Grade 9 Counselor

Tyler Echols is from Nashville, Tennessee but most recently worked in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a master’s degree from Monash University and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Tyler joined KISJ in 2017–18.

I think everyone should read… World War Z by Max Brooks.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… running and NFL football.

I’m inspired by… the creativity and courage of others.




Madalena Elshoff, English for Academic Purposes, HS ELL Lead

Madalena Elshoff is a Third Culture Kid. She grew up attending international schools mostly in East Asia and prior to coming to Jeju, she worked in international schools in Vietnam, China, and Pakistan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from George Mason University. Madalena joined KISJ in 2013.


I think everyone should read… Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives by Peter H. Johnson.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… Jeju, practicing ballet or yoga, eating out with my family, and reading to my son.

I’m inspired by… Peter Johnston’s words, “The language we use in our teaching changes the worlds children inhabit now and in the future.”


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Jessi Fisk, Grade 9 Science, Astronomy

Jessi Fisk is from Melbourne, Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and Biology, and joined KISJ in 2015.


I think everyone should read… Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… spending time with my family; watching my daughter learn and explore the world around her; hiking, swimming, scuba diving, reading and traveling to new places.

I’m inspired by… the unknown. The pursuit of science is about questioning the world around you and seeking the unknown, and I hope to inspire this in my students at KISJ.

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Sean Fisk, Grade 10 Chemistry and AP Chemistry, Head of Science Department

Sean Fisk is from Melbourne, Florida, and grew up in upstate New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from Eckerd College. Sean joined KISJ in 2015.


I think everyone should read… Cosmos by Carl Sagan. I love the way he makes his point to the layperson, without sacrificing scientific accuracy or losing anything in translation.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… being out with my wife and 2 year-old daughter doing something fun, and watching our daughter learn and grow.

I’m inspired by… the pursuit of truth; for me, that’s through scientific inquiry. Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.


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David Gagnier, Theatre, Grade 12 English

David Gagnier is from Calgary, Canada, and has been living and teaching in Korea since 2007. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Education and Certification in Secondary English Education from Simon Fraser University. David joined KISJ in 2016.


I think everyone should read… Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The former reminds us of the value of doubt, and the latter encourages us to keep dreaming anyway. I have learned to appreciate the balance.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… reading, riding my bike all over Korea, playing and watching soccer, and seeking good cinema and theatre.

I’m inspired by… my family, my students, and my rabbit.

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Samantha Georgi, Psychology and Yearbook

Samantha Georgi is from Lansing, Michigan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and English from Hillsdale College, and a Secondary Education certification from Michigan State University. Samantha joined KISJ in 2014.


I think everyone should read… The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… singing, camping, photography, writing poems, dogs, and travel.

I’m inspired by… the night sky and Robert Frost.

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Nickolas Harris, Grade 9 Global Studies

Nickolas Harris is from Tokyo, Japan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley, and a master’s degree in International Education from The College of New Jersey. Nick joined KISJ in 2014.


I think everyone should read… How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… soccer. This includes watching, coaching, playing, and playing fantasy football: I come from a family of soccer coaches and coached professionally between careers in finance and teaching.

I’m inspired by… my father, Jose Mourinho, Noam Chomsky, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, J.F.K., Yusuke Matsuda, Sir Alex Ferguson, Bernie Sanders, and John Dewey.


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Jon Heeren, Grade 11 Math, AP Calculus AB, Pre-Calculus, Calculus

Jon Heeren is from Fresno County, California. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from UCLA, and a Master of Education in Mathematics from Concordia University. Jon joined KISJ in 2015.


I think everyone should read… The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… spending time with my family, reading, watching movies, and playing basketball.

I’m inspired by… my students.

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Erin Johnson, Grade 9 English, AP Language Composition

Erin Johnson is from Fairmont, Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a master’s degree in Children’s Literature, and a master’s degree in Education. Erin joined KISJ in 2015.


Outside of school, I most enjoy...reading, cooking, exploring, yoga, and traveling.

There are books that inspire, books that make us think, books that transport us to other worlds, and books that grab us by the hand and welcome us like old friends. Some of my favourites are… The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

I’m inspired by… words utilized in ways that make us wonder, think, communicate, act, and appreciate; as well as the fabulous Albus Dumbledore quote, “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.”




Mi-jeong Kang, Korean History G9 and G10

Mi-jeong Kang is from Jeju, South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History and social studies from Jeju National University. Mijeong joined KISJ in 2011.

I think everyone should read… “River boy” by Tim bowler or “Momo” by Michael ende.

Outside of school I most enjoy… being my three sons, walking the road for keep moments and Writhing memory, Watching movies.

I’m inspired by… We will laugh more, we’ll love more, we’ll see the world. We just won’t be so afraid. -Last holiday (movie)-


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Suzyn Hutton Kelley, Art, AP Studio Art

Suzyn Hutton Kelley was born and raised in sunny south Florida. She started her career and family in Texas, then moved to Virginia, where she and sculptor Greg Kelley renovated a Victorian House, raised three children, and made and exhibited art for 24 years. Suzyn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She joined KISJ in 2012, after teaching in Vietnam for two years.


Some pivotal books for me have been by… Ouspensky, Steinbeck, Dostoevsky, Kingsolver, Allende, and García Márquez.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… painting, drawing, communicating, observing, reading, looking, seeing, thinking and eating.

I’m inspired by… insightful realizations. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” —Carl Jung



Noelle Kim, Grade 10 English, College Writing and Debating

Noelle Kim is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Lee University. Noelle joined KISJ in 2014.


I think everyone should read… Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which presents a dangerous future where books are banned and independent thought is looked down upon.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… reading, drinking tea and binge-watching Netflix.

I’m inspired by (and try to live by)… Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words, “Always do what you are afraid to do.”


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Phaedra Kunik, College Counselor

Phaedra Kunik is from Indiana, and has lived in Arizona, Athens, Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Manchester College and a master’s degree in School Counseling from Ottawa University. Phaedra joined KISJ in 2016.


I think everyone should read… The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… spending time with my family, watching films, baking, and eating delicious food.

I’m inspired by… my husband, my son, and by nature’s beauty.

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Ed Lehmann, Statistics, AP Statistics and Engineering, Grade 12 Team Lead

Ed Lehmann is from Cleveland, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, a Teaching Certification in Integrated Mathematics Grades 7–12, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University. Ed joined KISJ in 2015.


I think everyone should read… The Two Koreas by Don Oberdorfer and Robert Carlin.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… spending time with my wife and playing sports.

I’m inspired by… students’ desire to learn.

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John Leonard, High School Band, Fine Arts Department Lead

John Leonard earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education from Wayne State College, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and has completed coursework for the PhD in Music at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. John has played tuba professionally in the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, and performed in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and on CBC radio and television.


I think everyone should read… any work by David McCullough, James Madison-A Life Reconsidered by Lynne Cheney and I find that fellow Iowan, Bill Bryson provides plenty of hearty chuckles along with wry observations.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… throwing pottery on the wheel; listening to live or recorded music; sailing; singing in barbershop quartets; oh yes, and playing tuba!

I’m inspired by… I am still inspired and thrilled when that phrase is in-tune and so joyfully musical that goosebumps result!


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Lisa Li Zhiping, Chinese

Lisa Li Zhiping is from Tianjin, China. She holds a Bachelor of Education Management from Tianjin Normal University, and joined KISJ in 2015.


I think everyone should read… Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… running, and traveling.

I’m inspired by… the idea that life isn’t about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself.

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Daisy Lo, Chinese

Daisy Lo is from Taipei, Taiwan. She holds a master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in Applied English from Kunshan University in Taiwan. Daisy joined KISJ in 2012.


I think everyone should read… Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… going to the beach.

I’m inspired by… exchanging languages with my students.



Minhee Lee, Korean Language and Literature, Grades 9 and 10

Minhee is from Jeju, Korea. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Korean Language and Literature from Jeju National University, and joined KISJ in 2011.

I think everyone should read... Baek Seok's Poetry.

Outside of school, I most enjoy... walking on sunshine, travelling to new places, watching sports, reading, making ideal things such as sawing and painting.

I'm inspired by… the idea that "Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open."


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Casey Moden, Grade 9 Math

Casey Moden grew up internationally as the child of international educators, living in Venezuela, Lebanon, and Charleston, South Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and and a master’s degree in Science and Math Education. Casey joined KISJ in 2014.


I think everyone should read… Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… exercising, reading, and occasionally binge-watching TV.

I’m inspired by… the kindness and compassion of my wife.



Mike Palmer, High School Science

Mike Palmer is from Fort Worth, Texas in the United States, but most recently worked in Yantai, Shandong Province, China. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, majoring in Biology from Tarleton State University, part of the Texas A&M University family. Mike joined KISJ in 2017–18.

I think everyone should read… Welcome to the Universe by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… cooking, cycling, reading and spending time with my family.

I’m inspired by… people who have come from troubled pasts but overcame them, individuals like Nikola Tesla and Michael Faraday, and the adaptability of life in general.



Masha Patterson, Grade 10 English

Masha Patterson is originally from Russia, but has lived in the U.S. most of her life. For the past nine years, she has lived in puddletown Portland, Oregon. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Cal State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Masha joined KISJ in 2016.


I think everyone should read… Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. I can enjoy it with my two year old daughter and with my seniors. Subtle. Anything but simple.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… surfing, bouldering, getting lost, taking pictures.

I’m inspired by… risk takers and independent spirits. I’m also inspired by the love of my family, especially my husband and little daughter.


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Scott Patterson, Spanish

Scott Patterson was born in Boulder, Colorado and last lived in Portland, Oregon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation from Western State University of Colorado, and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Portland State University. Scott joined KISJ in 2016.


I think everyone should read… Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, as it offers an inspiring tale of stepping out of one's comfort zone and overcoming life's challenges for the sake of self-discovery and liberation from the norm.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… being in nature's elements—water, sand, snow, rock, and forest.

I’m inspired by… the notion that anything is possible.


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Anna Pfeiffer, Grade 10 Math, Grade 10 Team Lead

Anna Pfeiffer is from Aurora, Ontario, Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Education in Intermediate/Senior English and Math Education from Queen’s University, where she also completed several ELL courses. Anna joined KISJ in 2014.


I think everyone should read… Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, or anything else written by her.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… baking, curling, traveling, and eating.

I’m inspired by… the Bayon Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.



Victoria Pineiro, Grade 9 Learning Specialist

Victoria Pineiro is from Saint Paul, Minnesota, but has spent her most recent years in New Mexico and Honduras. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and a master’s degree in Professional School Counseling (K–12) from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

I think everyone should read… When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… coffee shop culture, great films, and spending time outdoors.

I’m inspired by… the energy and passion of performance and visual art, and those awesome individuals bringing such art to life.


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Ty Riddick, High School P.E.

Ty Riddick is from Whitby, Ontario. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a Bachelor of Education from Brock University. Ty joined KISJ in 2016.


I think everyone should read… Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain or The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Dodige.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… hiking and being in nature, playing hockey or rugby and reading any historical fiction.

I’m inspired by… the resilience shown by individuals when faced with unique challenges such as Joe Simpson (Touching the Void), Team Hoyt and Derek Redmond.

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Joe Shulist, Grade 11 English

Joe Shulist is from Ottawa, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa, and a master’s degree in International Education Administration from Endicott College. Joe joined KISJ in 2016.


I think everyone should read… The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… camping, snowboarding, photography, and just enjoying life with my wife and daughter.

I’m inspired by… art—when words, sounds, images, and colors are used artfully in the service of good ideas and beautiful imaginations.




William Watter, College Counselor

William Watter is from Washington, D.C., but most recently worked in Beijing and New York City. He holds a master’s degree in School Counseling and a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from St. John’s University. William joined KISJ in 2017–18.


I think everyone should read… Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… coaching and playing sports, eating great food, listening to podcasts, and watching movies.

I'm inspired by… good people doing noble things.




Jacob Wagner, Grade 10 Mathematics

Jacob Wagner is originally from and grew up around Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania in the United States. He most recently taught in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. He holds a master’s degree in Education from Wilkes University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Selinsgrove University. Jacob joined KISJ for the 2017–18 school year.


I think everyone should read… The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… playing bass guitar, being a father, playing video and board games, trying new foods, and exploring nature.

I’m inspired by… innovative educators, my family, art, nature, and my students.


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Josh Wood, Grade 11 Physics, Grade 11 Team Lead

Josh Wood is from Toronto, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Josh joined KISJ in 2014.


I think everyone should read… 1984 by George Orwell.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… windsurfing and golf.

I’m inspired by… the wonderful faculty and students that make KISJ such a special place to teach and learn.



Amber Echols, Substitute Teacher

Amber Echols is from Nashville, Tennessee but most recently worked in Melbourne, Australia. She holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of Melbourne and a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education from the College of Charleston. Amber joined KISJ in 2017–18.

I think everyone should read… Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… travel, hosting friends and family in my home, and reading.

I’m inspired by… the resilience of my students around the world and strong women like Dolly Parton, Malala Yousafzai, and Maya Angelou.












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