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Jim French, Elementary School Principal

Jim French is from Emo, Ontario, Canada. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Xavier University, a master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University, and a K-12 Principal Certificate from the state of New Jersey. Jim joined KISJ in 2015-16.

I think everyone should read… Creative Schools by Ken Robinson.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… exploring the world and the beauty it holds with my family.

I’m inspired by… the wonder in students’ eyes every morning as they come to school ready for a new day.


Mareena Kohtala, Elementary School Associate Principal


Mareena Kohtala is originally from Finland, but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She most recently worked in Qatar. She holds an Ed.S. in Instructional Technology from Kennesaw State University, M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia, and her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Auburn University. Mareena joined KISJ in 2018.


I think everyone should read the Pete the Cat series by Eric Litwin.


Outside of school, I most enjoy team sports like soccer, being outside or anywhere near water, and exploring new places.


I’m inspired by people, creativity, laughter, and challenges.




Angela Campagna, ELL Grade 1

Angela Campagna is from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and has taught in Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, and Busan. She holds a master’s degree in Education and ELL specialist qualification from Queen’s University, a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Ottawa, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Windsor. Angela joined KISJ in 2017-18.


I think everyone should read… The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… traveling and spending time with my family and friends.

I’m inspired by… creative and positive people, random acts of kindness, and beautiful places in the world.




Jessica Charvat, Grade 4

Jessica Charvat is from Brighton, Colorado, but grew up in Burbank, California and has most recently worked in Thailand and Myanmar. She holds a master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from SUNY Buffalo State, and a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and teaching credential from California State University, Northridge. Jessica joined KISJ in 2017–18.


I think everyone should read… the Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… scuba diving and yoga.

I’m inspired by… Jane Goodall and Lek Chailert: strong, compassionate women who spend their lives speaking for those who do not have a voice of their own.




John Chin, ES Design Tech and Electives Coordinator

John Chin was born in Virginia and mostly grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in International Education from Framingham State University. John joined KISJ in 2015-16.

I think everyone should read… The Princess Bride by William Goldman.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… playing sports like soccer and ultimate frisbee, hiking, and going to the beach to snorkel.

I’m inspired by… traveling to different places and learning about a person’s thoughts and motivations.



Joceyln Cochran, EC Specialist

Jocelyn Cochran grew up in Duke Center, Pennsylvania. She holds a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and a substitute teaching license from the state of Missouri. Jocelyn joined KISJ in 2016.

I think everyone should read… Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Outside of school, I most enjoy… Beaches, hiking, cooking, relaxing, and enjoying time with friends and family.

I’m inspired by… My students. Their love for creativity and learning.





Cody Comerford, Grade 5

Cody Comerford is from Eagle, Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science and teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University. Cody joined KISJ in 2015-16.

I think everyone should read… The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… being active. I tend to be labeled a gym rat, but like living an active lifestyle.

I’m inspired by… the beauty in the world.





Theresa Cook, Upper Elementary School Counselor

Theresa Cook is from Seattle, Washington. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Eastern Washington State University; a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from University of Idaho; a Professional Certification in Teaching with endorsements in Elementary Education, Psychology and Sociology from Central Washington University; and a TESOL Certification from Pacific Lutheran University. Theresa joined KISJ in 2013-14.

I think everyone should read… Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… reading, dancing, hiking and talking with friends.

I’m inspired by… beauty in nature.





Michelle Corton, Grade 3

Michelle Corton is from Dallas, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Central Florida. Michelle joined KISJ in 2016-17.

I think everyone should read… Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes; The Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt; and any and all Dr. Seuss books.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… travel, photography, history, “whodunits,” and 5K races.

I’m inspired by… this Dr. Seuss quote from The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”



Elaine Costeira, ELL Grade 5

Elaine Costeira is originally from Macapá, in northern Brazil, but most recently worked in Shanghai, China. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Southern Queensland, a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Lethbridge, and a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from the University of Lethbridge. Elaine joined KISJ in 2017–18.


I think everyone should read… Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. No matter what age you are, you can relate to that message.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… dancing, going for walks, and spending time with my family.

I’m inspired by… people with big hearts.






Tessa Cushman, Junior Kindergarten

Tessa Cushman was raised in the Midwest and East Coast of America. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Childhood Development from Trevecca Nazarene University, and is currently finishing a master’s degree in International Educational Leadership. Tessa joined KISJ in 2015-16, after several years in Cairo, Egypt.

One book that I think everyone should read is… The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. There are so many life lessons to be learned from this book, and my favorite message is that love is sacrifice sometimes.

Outside of school… I most enjoy reading and spending time with my family, and I’m working on learning more about photography.

I’m inspired by… this quote from Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”





Patricia DeLuca, Kindergarten

Patricia DeLuca is from Charleston, South Carolina, but has lived in Seoul, Canada, Japan, Kuwait, and Myanmar. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Intercultural Studies from Southeastern University and Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education from Liberty University. Patricia joined KISJ in 2016-17.

I think everyone should read… a book I read recently: When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. It’s helped me redirect my prior ideas and actions about volunteering and giving to charities.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… watching my son grow and change, eating out, and exploring nature, near and far.

I’m inspired by… the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood.





Sean Doran, Grade 3

Sean Doran is from Vancouver and Halifax, Canada, but has spent the better part of the last decade in Korea. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Saint Mary’s University, and a Master of Education in International Teaching from Framingham University. Sean joined KISJ in 2015-16.

I think everyone should read… anything that helps you understand the past and how humans came to be the way we are now. I’m particularly interested in 19th-century Russia and ancient cultures from Europe and the Middle East.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… sports and all sorts of media: I listen to music any free moment I have, and enjoy discovering new shows, books, comics, or movies. I’ve played hockey my whole life, and have studied Kumdo since moving to Korea.

I’m inspired by… anything that is strange, unique, or different.



John Elliott, Grade 1

John Elliott is from Prince Edward Island, Canada, but most recently worked in Dubai. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Queen’s University, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Criminology from Saint Mary’s University. John joined KISJ in 2017–18.


I think everyone should read… Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… playing sports like hockey, baseball, and golf; playing chess; and traveling.

I’m inspired by… nature, my friends and family, and anybody trying to make the world a better place.


Margaret Goff, Kindergarten

Margaret Goff is from Portland, Oregon, but most recently worked in Shanghai, China. She holds a master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts with a Specialist Credential and a Bachelor of Arts, both from Loyola Marymount University. Margaret joined KISJ in 2017–18.


I think everyone should read… A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever  by Marla Frazee. Marla is my cousin and one of my favorite children’s book author/illustrators; I enjoy all of her books!

Outside of school, I most enjoy… walking my pug dog Olive, bike riding and hiking with my husband Laris, snorkeling in warm tropical water, and reading books—especially children’s literature.

I'm inspired by… travel and seeing more of our amazing world. I love to submerge myself in new cultures, food, customs, and traditions.




David Gowryluk, Grade 4

David Gowryluk is from the thriving metropolis of Holland, Manitoba, Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and is currently undertaking a master’s degree in Administration. David joined KISJ in 2015-16.

I think everyone should read… I’ll Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… biking, jogging, cooking, playing music, singing, traveling, and dreaming of being on the Amazing Race.

I’m inspired by… good food, good music and good people.





Matthew Gratz, Grade 5

Matthew Gratz is originally from Bradford, Ontario, and has also lived and taught in Myanmar, Kuwait, and Japan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from Nipissing University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Guelph University. Matthew joined KISJ in 2016-17.

I think everyone should read… Wonder by R.J. Palacio and The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen because of what the characters overcome in their own adventures! I also enjoy The Snowy Day by Ezra J. Keats because I can relate to the excitement of exploring something new!

Outside of school, I most enjoy… exploring new places, cooking, camping and playing with my son.

I’m inspired by… being in nature and watching my son grow and change.



Daniel Hallwood, ES Design Tech

Daniel Hallwood was a Third Culture Kid growing up, and is now a Third Culture Adult. Half-American and half-British, he was born and raised in Kodaikanal, India; like his students, he attended international schools and graduated from the American International School Chennai in 2003. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art and Design, and a master’s degree from Buffalo University. Daniel joined KISJ in 2017–18.


I think everyone should read… The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… cooking, golf, yoga, ultimate frisbee, travel, and long motorcycle adventures.

I'm inspired by… the creativity I’m exposed to everyday in my art room.



Jiyun (Yunny) Kim, Korean Social Studies

Jiyun Kim is from Jeju, Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Ethics and Social Studies Education from Jeju National University. Jiyun joined KISJ in the 2017.

I think everyone should read… Walden by Henry David Thoreau.

Outside of school, I most enjoy traveling, going to the beach, watching movies and reading.

I’m inspired by…  Ralph Waldo Emerson's quote 'To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.'




Alana Keith, Grade 4

Alana Keith is from Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary/Middle School Education and a master’s degree in Educational Administration.

I think everyone should read… Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. Although it looks like a children’s book, the wisdom and sage advice the good doctor dispenses is certainly applicable to everyone. One of my favorite quotes from the book: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” Words to live by!

Outside of school, I most enjoy… spending time with my husband, Bryan, and our daughters, Brielle and Malene—especially when we are outside in the sunshine! I also love to sing, play the piano, and practice yoga.

I’m inspired by… kindness. Genuine, unconditional, heartfelt kindness.






Baya Khodja, Grade 5

Baya Khodja is from near Manchester in the U.K, but has lived and taught in South Korea for many years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from Sheffield University and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey. Baya joined KISJ in 2016-17.

I think everyone should read… Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl and Shipping Out by David Foster Wallace.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… discovering and sharing old records, and camping with friends and family.

I’m inspired by… music, nature, and people passionate about their craft.




Feliz Landes, ELL Grade 3

Feliz Landes grew up in Dallas, Texas. Most recently she has worked in Yangon, Myanmar. She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from The American College of Education, and a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from The University of Texas at Dallas. Feliz joined KISJ in 2017–18.


I think everyone should read… The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… hiking, working with animal welfare agencies and nature in general.

I'm inspired by… the universe, human kindness and endless possibilities.



Gyeong-A Lee (Raina), Korean Language

Gyeong-A Lee is from Jeju, Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Korean Language and Literature from Jeju National University, and joined KISJ in 2014-15.

I think everyone should read… The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… watching movies.

I’m inspired by… Carlo Goldoni’s words, “The world is a beautiful book, but of little use to him who cannot read it.”





Sarah Millar, Grade 1

Sarah Millar is from Grimsby, Ontario, Canada. She holds a Master of Education in Teaching (Primary) from Griffith University, Australia. Sarah joined KISJ in 2015-16.

I think everyone should read… The Missing Piece and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… soccer, hiking, photography, and traveling with my husband to new countries we have not yet visited.

I’m inspired by… Dr. Seuss – “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”





Allan Moore, Physical Education

Allan Moore is from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Psychology and Business from the University of Calgary, and a bachelor’s degree in Middle School Education from the University of British Columbia. Allan joined KISJ in 2013-14.

I think everyone should read… A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… playing—doing anything adventurous and active with the people I care about the most, my family and friends.

I’m inspired by… the amazing accomplishments of the people around me. My family, friends, students and the cultures that I see everyday are a consistent reminder as to how special and precious life is and how fortunate I am to enjoy this journey with them.


Jordanna Morrison, Grade 2

Jordanna Morrison is from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, but most recently worked in Beijing, China. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Primary/Junior Education from the Schulich School of Education (Nipissing University), as well as a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University. Jordanna joined KISJ in 2017–18.


I think everyone should read… Matilda by Roald Dahl.

Outside of the classroom, I most enjoy… spending time with friends, hanging out with my dog, playing The Sims, and traveling—a combination of any of these activities is a guaranteed good time.

I’m inspired by… children’s endless and resilient thirst for discovery and adventure.



Jennifer Newcombe, ES Librarian

Jennifer Newcombe is originally from Noosa, Australia, but has spent most recent years in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. She holds a master’s degree in Education from the Australian Lutheran college, a bachelor’s degree in Teacher Librarianship from Monash University, and a diploma of teaching from Charles Sturt University. Jennifer joined KISJ in 2017–18.


I think everyone should read… Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Outside of the classroom, I most enjoy… exploring national parks and watching wildlife, communicating with our three grown-up children, and walking our dog.

I’m inspired by… Lucy Calkins, the author of the Reading & Writing Workshop Units of Study.




Ryk Newcombe, Instructional Coach

Ryk Newcombe is from Noosa Heads, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, but most recently worked in Malaysia. He holds a master’s degree in Leadership from The Australian Lutheran College, and a bachelor’s degree in Education from The University of Southern Queensland. Ryk joined KISJ in 2017–18.

I think everyone should read… again and again, Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A.A. Milne and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… golf, hiking, swimming, the theatre, and playing the guitar.

I’m inspired by… people with positive attitudes.




Francis Jaramillo, Music

Francis Jaramillo is from Detroit, Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wayne State University, and joined KISJ in 2014-15.


I think everyone should read… Siddartha by Hermann Hesse.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… music.

I’m inspired by… life.


Nancy Patalinghug, Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Nancy Patalinghug is from Cebu, Philippines. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Counseling from St. Theresa’s College, a master’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies from SUNY, and  Certificate in International Counseling from Lehigh University.

I think everyone should read… Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… camping, yoga, doing zentangle, sewing, gardening, dancing, and playing with my daughter.

I’m inspired by… the motto, “Bloom where you are planted.”



SeungNam Lee, Korean as a Foreign Language

Seungnam was born and raised in Seoul. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and has taught a variety of ages.  She most recently worked at the International School of Koje as a Korean teacher to elementary students from over 30 different countries. She is really excited to join KIS Jeju and to be on Jeju Island with her husband and two young boys. She is looking to start a new sport while living here, either golf or swimming. Seungnam joined KISJ in 2017-18.

I think everyone should read… Please Look After Mom by Shin Kyung Suk

Outside of school, I most enjoy… spending time with my family and friends, traveling, and watching my two sons grow up. I love going to the cinema, and coffee shops with my friends.

I’m inspired by… the energy and positivity of young people.




Joshua Kurtis Perry, Elementary Substitute

Joshua “Kurt” Perry was born and raised in Joplin, Missouri.  He has been working with youths for 12 years via teaching, outdoor instruction, sleepaway camp, coaching, and afterschool programs.  He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Missouri Southern State University. He joined KIS in 2017.


I think everyone should read…Into the Wild and Eiger Dreams by Jon Krakeaur


Outside of school I most enjoy...Spending time hiking and being outside with friends, family, and my partner Ms.C.  Watching and talking American Football with anyone that is willing to watch and/or talk about it (Go Chiefs!!). I also enjoy playing team sports, rock climbing, and weightlifting.


I’m inspired by...My Grandfather aka Papa.  He was a man of the highest character. He did his best to instil patience, good judgment, and work ethic into our day to day lives.  A true mans man and a gentle soul.



Sara Roberts, Lower Elementary School Counselor

Sara Roberts is from Kings Mountain, North Carolina. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (K-6) from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and a master’s degree in Professional School Counseling (K–12) from Georgia State University. Sara joined KISJ in 2016-17.

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

Outside of school, I most enjoy… being outside, long talks with friends, reading books, and trying new foods.

I’m inspired by… general kindness and respect for others. I find inspiration in children’s books, play, honesty and laughter.


Eric Rosenthal, ELL Grade 4

Eric Rosenthal is from Kingston, New York, but most recently worked in China. He holds a master’s degree in Education from The College of New Jersey, and a bachelor’s degree in English, Literature, and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Eric joined KISJ in 2017–18.

I think everyone should read… A Separate Peace by John Knowles and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… spending time with my family, running, hiking, reading, playing sports and traveling.

I’m inspired by… great stories, camping trips, my students and other teachers.



Scott Stewart, Aquatics Coordinator

Scott Stewart is originally from Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in Westminster, Maryland, and most recently taught in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He holds two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Spanish from Mount Saint Mary’s University, as well as a teaching certification in Physical Education from the University of West Florida. He is a NOLS graduate, Wilderness First Responder, and Leave No Trace Master Educator. Scott joined KISJ in 2017–18.

I think everyone should read… Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… rock climbing and rappelling, backpacking, kayaking and teaching others to love, respect and protect our environment.

I’m inspired by… my twin brother and his son, travel with my wife,  nature, wonder and fear.



Layne Todd, Elementary School Music

Layne Todd is from Greenville, Kentucky, but has most recently worked in Beijing, China. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Layne joined KISJ in 2017–18.

I think everyone should read… How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, because social skills are important and can be learned, even if they don’t come naturally.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… traveling to new places and documenting it with my camera, listening to music and to podcasts, and watching Kentucky basketball.

I’m inspired by… bold, creative, ambitious friends and colleagues who wholeheartedly believe that what they’re doing is the most important thing in the world. Conversely, I’m also inspired by nature because it reminds me that those ambitions are only a small part of a much larger picture.





Daniel Wickner, Grade 3

Daniel Wickner is from Maryland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, a master’s degree in Computer in Science and Robotics from Keio University, and an Elementary Education Certification from The College of New Jersey. Daniel joined KISJ in 2013-14.

I think everyone should read… The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, as it taught me that language is a toy that even adults play with.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… playing soccer with my team Jejuventus, and exploring the beautiful views and delicious foods of Jeju.

I’m inspired by… my mother, whose lifelong journey across cultural boundaries motivated me to do the same.




Sarah Ko, Learning Specialist

Sarah was born in Connecticut, but spent most of her childhood in Illinois and Wisconsin. She has also lived in Virginia and Bolivia, but identifies mostly as a New Englander. She holds a master's degree in Prevention Science and Practice: Childhood Counseling from Harvard University, a master's degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Fordham University, and a bachelor's degree in English from Boston College. Sarah taught in New York and Boston for 6 years before joining KISJ in 2018-2019.


I think everyone should read poetry (in general) and "100 Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.


Outside of school, I most enjoy hosting dinner parties, exploring a city's restaurant scene, reading, and knitting.


I'm inspired by rich, genuine conversations.



Rhys Meredith, Elementary PE

Rhys Meredith is from Brighton in the UK and has been working in Qatar. He holds a PGCE in primary and a BSC in Marine Geography from the University of Cumbria. Rhys joined KISJ in 2018.

I think everyone should read Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. It’s a true story of never giving up.

Outside of school I most enjoy sports, mainly soccer, rugby and boxing. Practicing massage therapy. Being outside and going to new places. Eating and drinking with friends and family.

I’m inspired by trying new things and wanting to challenge myself.



Kelly Retzlaff, 2nd Grade ELL

Kelly Meredith is originally from Colorado, but most recently worked in Croatia and Qatar. She holds a master's degree in Education with a focus in ELL from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's degree in Human Development with a focus in Early Childhood Education from Colorado State University. Kelly joined KISJ in 2018.

I think everyone should read "Wonder" by RJ Palacio and "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.

Outside of school I most enjoy cooking, reading, being outdoors, and traveling.

I'm inspired by positivity, kindness, and the ability to have fun in any situation!



Audra Skartvedt, 3rd Grade Teacher

Audra is from Story City, Iowa, USA, but most recently worked in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. She holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with ESL and Spanish endorsements from Iowa State University. Audra joined KISJ in 2018.


I think everyone should read Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.


Outside of school, I most enjoy going to the movies, cycling, doing yoga, and eating at good restaurants.


I’m inspired by people who take great risks to achieve social justice, stepping out of my comfort zone, optimism, and cooking shows!  


Esther Hockey, ES Counselor

Esther Hockey was born in Korea and have lived in five countries including Sri Lanka, India, and the US. Before moving back to Korea in 2016, Esther lived in Brisbane, Australia with her husband Justin and son Luke. Esther most recently worked in NLCS Jeju. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Queensland, and a bachelor’s degree in counseling. Esther joined KISJ in 2018.


I think everyone should read…"the Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran.


Outside of school, I most enjoy reading, listening to music, yoga and meditation.


I'm Inspired by Oprah Winfrey and my son Luke who provides me with endless entertainment and laughter!



Tessaly Cameron, Grade 2 Teacher

Tess Cameron is from the Comox Valley in British Columbia, Canada but most recently worked in Shanghai, China. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, both from Vancouver Island University. Tess joined KISJ in 2018.


I think everyone should read..."Have You Filled a Bucket Today? - A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids", written by Carol McCloud.


Outside of school, I most enjoy...spending time outdoors, specifically hiking, mountain biking and kayaking.


I'm inspired by...my students when their eyes light up the first time they "get it!"


Brandon Lopez, ES Homeroom Teacher

Brandon Lopez is from Miller Place, New York, but most recently worked in Washington, D.C., U.S.A. He holds a master’s degree in Special Education from St. Joseph’s College, and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from State University of New York at Cortland. Brandon joined KISJ in 2018.


I think everyone should read… The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling as well as “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss.


Outside of school, I most enjoy… playing the drums, surfing, fishing, golfing, and tennis.


I’m inspired by... music!


Lindsay Stefferson, ES Homeroom Teacher

Lindsay Stefferson is from Tucson, Arizona and most recently worked as an English partner teacher for a Mandarin immersion program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona, and earned a teaching certificate in Elementary Education with a Structured English Immersion endorsement. Lindsay joined KISJ in 2018.


I think everyone should read… "What Do You Do with an Idea?" by Kobi Yamada.


Outside of school, I most enjoy... doing creative projects and yoga, walking my dog, and exploring nature.


I’m inspired by... kindness and creativity.


Kathryn Nolting, ES Homeroom Teacher

Kathryn Nolting is from Kingston, Ontario but most recently worked in Marrakech, Morocco. She has also worked in Barranquilla, Colombia and Okinawa, Japan. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Child and Youth Studies from Brock University and a Bachelors of Education in Primary/Junior from Trent University. Kathryn joined KISJ in 2018.


I think everyone should read....Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.


Outside of school, I most enjoy....baking, chocolate making, traveling, and photography.


I'm inspired by....nature and the people around me.



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