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Shawn Vento, Head of School


Shawn Vento is from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Health and Education from the University of Toronto, a master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with Educational Leadership from SUNY Buffalo State and a professional certification with the Ontario College of Teachers . Shawn joined KISJ in 2015.

I think everyone should read… Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… spending time with family; camping, hiking, fishing and most of all, laughing!

I’m inspired by… the words of Helen Keller, “Character can not be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

 



Elizabeth Maltby, High School 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… Meeting Faith by Faith Adiele.

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

I’m inspired by… Goshka Macuga’s fantastically detailed giant tapestries.



Caitlin Wampler, Elementary and Middle School Dean of Boarding


Caitlin Wampler is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from Iowa State University. Caitlin joined KISJ in 2015.


Outside of school, I most enjoy...spending time with family and friends, reading, swimming in the ocean, and watching movies.


I’m inspired by...the words of Aristotle, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”



Kimberly Crockett, High School Associate Dean of Boarding


Kimberly Crockett is from Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Maryland University College, and is currently finishing a Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. Kimberly joined KISJ in 2016.

I think everyone should read… The Art of Happiness by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… Studying business and working on new projects, hiking, watching Korean dramas, and having a great cup of tea and interesting conversation.

I’m inspired by… people who pursue their passions without the promise of an external reward.



Ben Fisk, Elementary and Middle School Associate Dean of Boarding


Ben Fisk is from Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Hull. Ben joined KISJ in 2017.

I think everyone should read... as much poetry as humanly possible. It is the best way to explore language, culture and the connections that bind us all. As Leonardo Da Vinci said: “Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.”


Outside of school, I most enjoy... seeing new places and doing new things, martial arts, football (or soccer), great food and laughing non-stop with friends and family.


I'm inspired by... Lemn Sissay. Taken into care at the age of 2 months he overcame tremendous challenges to become an award-winning poet, writer and broadcaster, a staunch advocate for the rights of children in care, and now the Chancellor of the University of Manchester. His words “I am not defined by my scars but my incredible ability to heal” continue to inspire me.




Madeleine Fivaz, Middle School Boarding Specialist


Madeleine Fivaz is from Virginia, Free State, South Africa.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Science from the University of the Free State, and completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education through the University of South Africa.  Madeleine joined KISJ in 2017.

I think everyone should read... for a chance to be inspired.

Outside of school, I most enjoy... traveling to unknown places, camping next to the ocean, hiking through untouched nature, and paddle boarding on open water.  I also enjoy being in good company, having fun and watching movies.

I’m inspired by...an act of kindness in a sea of humanity.




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. 



Kimmie So Yeon Kim, Middle School Boarding Advisor


Kimmie Kim is from Jeju and joined KISJ in 2016. 


Outside of school, I most enjoy…. visiting cafes, oreums and beaches of Jeju. 


I think everyone should read….The Linguistic Temperature. I highly recommend this book to anyone having problems with family or friends. This book is about how we communicate.


I am inspired by… coffee!




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.


Heather Rogers, Middle School Boarding Specialist


Heather Rogers is from Leeds in the north of England.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from the University of Sheffield, UK and is new to KISJ this year.  


I think everyone should read… Dr Seuss.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… travelling to new places, cooking food I have discovered from my travels, swimming outdoors in the sunshine and spending time with my family and friends.

I’m inspired by….. “Kid, you’ll move mountains!”, my current favourite quote from Oh, The Places You'll Go! By Dr Seuss.  If you haven’t read this, go read it now! (it’s definitely not just for kids!)




Taylor Fowler, Elementary School Boarding Specialist


Taylor Fowler is from Tacoma, Washington. She has 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


Tyler Ji Han Kim, Elementary School Boarding Advisor


Tyler Kim is from Daejeon, Korea.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Woosong University and joined KISJ in 2017.


I think everyone should read… The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Outside of school I most enjoy… watching movies and trying to do new things.


I’m inspired by... family. The most important thing in life is family.




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… traveling and exploring.


I'm inspired by... travel and nature




Chris Kleynhans, High School Boarding Specialist


Chris Kleynhans is from Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Science from the University of the Free State, and completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education through the University of South Africa.  Chris joined KISJ in 2017.


I think everyone should read… Riaan Manser’s  Around Iceland On Inspiration.

Outside of school, I most enjoy... spending time with my wife, running, bbq’s, being near the ocean and exploring our beautiful planet.

I’m inspired by... people who follow their dreams. 



Jay Jihoon Choi, High School Boarding Advisor


Jay Choi is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.A. but  was born in Seoul, South Korea. He holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Drexel University. Jay joined KISJ in 2017.


I think everyone should read… His Way: The Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra.


Outside of school I most enjoy... snowboarding, collecting sneakers, and spending time with friends and family!


I am inspired by... all those who have achieved transcendent greatness in life.



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.



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.



Jenna Durkin, High School Boarding Specialist


Jenna Durkin is from New London, New Hampshire. She hold a bachelor’s degree in History from Wheaton College (Massachusetts), and joined KISJ in 2017.


I think everyone should read… East of Eden by John Steinbeck.


Outside of school, I most enjoy… scuba diving and exploring Jeju with friends.


I’m inspired by… my parents.



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.



Jenny Sojung Lim, High School Boarding Specialist


Jenny Lim is from Toronto, Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of Toronto, and joined KISJ in 2017.


I think everyone should read… everyday to cultivate a good reading habit.


Outside of school, I most enjoy… exploring the island.


I’m inspired by… self-motivated learners.




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





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.




Mina Park, High School Boarding Advisor

Mina Park is from Seoul, Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Language, and joined KISJ in 2014.

I think everyone should read… The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… hiking—nature in Jeju is beautiful.

I’m inspired by… “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.” It is not possible to succeed at everything we do, and I think we learn from failure.



Timothy Yu, High School Boarding Specialist


Timothy Yu is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He graduated from York University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Health Sciences and is currently pursuing his education degree.  Timothy joined KISJ in 2017.


I think everyone should read... The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.  It is a fantastic story of why the little things matter.


Outside of school I most enjoy... team sports, eating good food, watching movies and reading educational books.


I’m inspired by... my mother.  Her work ethic and warm compassion for others inspires me to be better everyday.



John Hyun Jin Cho, High School Boarding Advisor


John Cho is from Seoul, Korea. He studied Political Science and Diplomacy, and English Interpretation and Translation. John joined KISJ in 2017.


I think everyone should read… the Bible. Regardless of religion, it is the utmost important book that everyone should read to understand history.


Outside of school I most enjoy… having a walk, going to the theater.


I’m inspired by… nature. The fact that nature knows when to change itself according to the course of time always gives me a teaching.



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.  




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