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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.