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Ben Wilkins, High School 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.


Mary O’Bryon Jones, Associate HS Principal and AP Coordinator

Mary O’Bryon Jones is from Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA, but most recently worked in Bangkok, Thailand. She holds a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University, a post-graduate certificate in Educational leadership from Hood College, and a bachelor’s degree in Art and French from James Madison University. Mary joined KISJ in 2019-20. 


I think everyone should read… “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, “The Adventures is Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, and “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” By Dr. Seuss. 


Outside of school, I most enjoy reading, hiking, yoga, painting, dancing, traveling, meeting new friends and learning about different cultures. 


I’m inspired by the sun, the wind. and the rain, each moment of lives offers infinite possibilities... carpe diem!





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.





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.





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.



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.”




Tyler Echols, Grade 10 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.





Samantha Georgi Journalism, Social Studies, and Graphic Design

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, cuddling with my cats, and travel.

I’m inspired by… nature! And the idea of journeying into the unknown.




Nickolas Harris Economics, Debate, Psychology and AP Research

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.




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)-




Phaedra Kunik, HS Counseling Lead

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.




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."



Edward 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.




Te-Ya 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.




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,  Grade 9 Science, AP Biology

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. 




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, Learning Specialist Grade 9 and G9 Counselor

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.





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 and is currently pursuing a Masters degree with University of Alberta. 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.




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.




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.




Josh Wood, HS Design Tech

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.



Michael Razzari, Grade 9 Social Studies

Mike Razzari is from Escalon, California, but has spent most of his teaching career in South Korea, China, and Taiwan. He holds a master's degree in Secondary Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University, and a bachelor's degree in Social Studies from California State University, Sacramento. Mike joined KIS in 2018.

I think everyone should read "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" by Haruki Murakami.

Outside of school, I most enjoy spending time with my wife, visiting new locations, eating delicious food, being physically active, and exploring natural landscapes.

I'm inspired by simple acts of kindness and moments of solitude.



Kathie Le, HS/MS Health & Physical Education


Kathie Le is from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, but most recently worked in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education, and a Bachelor's of Education both from The University of Toronto / Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). Kathie joined KISJ in 2018.


I think everyone should read 1984 by George Orwell, and the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.


Outside of school, I most enjoy traveling to experience new cultures, exploring the outdoors (camping, hiking, scuba diving, kayaking), being active (fitness, volleyball, frisbee, football, running), eating, cooking, and reading dystopian and/or history fiction novels.


I’m inspired by optimistic, resilient people who believe in pursuing change for the better, and who work hard towards making something out of nothing. 



David Swinehart, HS Visual Arts 

David Swinehart is from Marion, Ohio but most recently worked in Hong Kong. He holds a master’s degree in Art Education from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. David Swinehart joined KISJ in 2018. 

I think everyone should read the one act play "The Angel that Troubled the Waters" by Thornton Wilder. 

Outside of school, I most enjoy hiking, outdoor activities, and anything art related. 

I’m inspired by creative minds.



Evan Wilke, HS Physics

Evan is from Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA, but most recently worked in Managua, Nicaragua. He holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from New York University Tandon School of Engineering. Evan joined KISJ in 2018. 

I think everyone should read "How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. 

Outside of school, I most enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my wife. 

I'm inspired by TED.com, music, courage, nature.



Kate Wilke, HS English & Service Learning Coordinator

Kate Wilke is originally from New York, but most recently worked in Managua, Nicaragua. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Empire State College, and a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and Philosophy from Molloy College. Kate joined KISJ in 2018. 

I think everyone should read "Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn. 

Outside of school, she most enjoys being active outdoors. 

I’m inspired by the hope and potential of rising generations, adversity as the best teacher, the simplicity, complexity, and beauty found in nature; and the power of individuals and communities to heal themselves and innovate sustainable solutions. 



Victoria Bautista Lenkeit, HS Spanish 

Victoria Bautista Lenkeit is from Puebla, Mexico, but also lived in Germany for a time as a child. In high school she moved to Texas to attend a college preparatory boarding school. She most recently worked in Texas, United States, but has also worked in the United Arab Emirates. She holds a B.F.A. in English and a B.A. in Communication Studies from Texas State University. Additionally, she holds teaching certifications for Bilingual Elementary Generalist (EC-4, English and Spanish) and for Languages Other Than English (Spanish) K-12 from the State of Texas. Victoria and her family joined KIS in 2018.


I think everyone should read Aura by Carlos Fuentes because, despite its short length, Aura is a magnificent exploration of what is real and what is not, blurring lines and making the reader question everything.


Outside of school, I mostly enjoy spending time with friends or family over coffee or a shared meal, traveling, and seeking peace in nature. 


Joseph Catron, HS Chemistry and Head of Science

Joe Catron is from Sheridan, Wyoming. He holds a M.Ed. in science education from Montana State University and a B.S. degree in biology and chemistry from Wayne State College.  Joe joined KISJ in 2018.


Outside of school, I  enjoy exploring nature and learning about the natural history of a region and documenting travel and culture through photography.


I think everyone should read "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond.


I am inspired by Spring; bees buzzing about plum blossoms, fragrant air, and rain.



Nicholas Burnham, HS Theatre 

Nicholas Burnham is from Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, but most recently worked in Bangladesh. He holds a Ba Hons from the University of Northumbria. Nic joined KISJ in 2018. 


I think everybody should read the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.


Outside of school, I enjoy snowboarding, camping, writing, reading, rugby and nights on the town!


I'm inspired by my work.


Katreena Dyrek, HS Visual Arts 

Katreena Dyrek is from Fox River Grove Illinois, but most recently worked in Chicago Illinois. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art Education from Northeastern Illinois University. Katreena Dyrek joined KISJ in 2018. 


I think everyone should read My Bloody life: The Making of a Latin King. It is a first hand account of becoming and being a gang member in Chicago’s infamous Humboldt Park neighborhood. 


Outside of school, I most enjoy teaching myself how to sew new clothes, training for long distance running, making and enjoying vegetarian dishes with friends. 


I’m inspired by life journey stories, new experiences, and explorations.   



Juliana Scrivner, HS English

Juliana Scrivner is from Tucson, Arizona , USA, but most recently worked in The Bahamas. She holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. Ms. Scrivner joined KISJ in 2018-19. 


She thinks everyone should read 'Yes Man' by Danny Wallace. 


Outside of school, she most enjoys cooking and eating new foods, hiking, snorkeling, reading, traveling, photography, and camping. She is most inspired by unexpected moments of silliness, a hearty laugh, and enthusiastic curiosity. 



Daniel Shileny, HS Social Studies

Daniel Shileny is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, but most recently worked in Freeport in The Bahamas.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Daniel joined KISJ in 2017-18.  

I think everyone should read "The World According to Garp" by John Irving.  

Outside of school, I most enjoy traveling and meeting new people.  I'm inspired by chasing new world experiences.




Sean Pratt, HS PE/Health 

Sean Pratt is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor, a Bachelor of Teaching from Southern Cross University, an ABQ in Intermediate Health and Physical Education from Trent University, and an Elementary and Intermediate Teaching Certification from the Ontario College of Teachers. Sean joined KISJ in 2012.

I think everyone should read… InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives by Joe Ehrmann.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… being physically active, playing a variety of team sports, and being outdoors as much as possible.

I’m inspired by… Henry Ford’s words: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.”






Cory Borisko, HS English


Cory Borisko is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but most recently worked in Jubail Saudi Arabia. I have an English and History degree from Trent University and a Guidance Qualification from Lakehead University. 


Cory will join KISJ in 2019. I think everybody should read "The Arrival" by Shaun Tan. Outside of school, I most enjoy baseball, time spent with family and photography. 


I'm inspired by my wife Natalie Bahen. She is a true Spartan warrior.







Carlos Diago Esteve, HS Spanish


Carlos Diago Esteve was born in Valencia, Spain, where he started his teaching career, but he has also taught in Ireland, Andorra and Qatar. He holds a Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Second Language from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca and a Bachelor's degree in Geography and History from the Universidad de Valencia. Carlos will join KISJ in July 2019.


I think everyone should read "Ensayo sobre la ceguera" by José Saramago.


Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, cooking "tapas", reading, and travelling all over the world with my wife, Heather, and my family. I am a passionate learner of Spanish History and Art History.


I am inspired by nature, beautiful landscapes, the view of the Mediterranean sea and the mountains in the northern side of my country, walking "El Camino de Santiago", and also admiring a work of art.


Outside of school, I most enjoy… being physically active, playing a variety of team sports, and being outdoors as much as possible.

I’m inspired by… Henry Ford’s words: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.”






Ann Shea, HS Science 

Ann Shea grew up in Buffalo, NY and Ontario, Canada, and is a citizen of Ireland and the USA. She most recently worked in Abu Dhabi, UAE and previously worked in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and Saigon, Vietnam. She holds a master's degree in science from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a bachelor's degree in social work. 


Ann joined KISJ in 2019-20. I think everyone should read, read, read whatever book peaks your interest. Outside of school, I most enjoy reading, time with friends, walking in nature, yoga, and traveling. 


I am inspired by Jimmy Carter and the depth of his humanity and the beauty and vastness of nature.







Randall Ball, HS English


Randall Ball was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, in the USA, but most recently worked in Lahore, Pakistan. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. Randall Ball joined KISJ in 2019-2020. 


I think everyone should read John Irving's "Setting Free the Bears," Pat Conroy's "The Prince of Tides," and Ken Kesey's "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest." 


Outside of school, I most enjoy reading, cooking, music, college football, and playing with my two children. 


I'm inspired by literature, by travel, by food, and sometimes just by an everyday-life experience.  







Kent Ewing, HS English


Kent is originally from Kansas City, Missouri, but has worked at international schools in Kenya, Kuwait, Hong Kong and Korea. He holds a master's degree in English literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a BA in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston. Kent joined KISJ in 2018-19. 


I think everyone should read Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 because all true love stories take place in alternate realities and are worthy of 1,000+ pages. 


Outside of school, I most enjoy reading, jogging and hiking. 


I am inspired by anyone who wants to keep learning and growing, no matter his or her age. 







Harout Boyajian, HS Band 

Harout Boyajian is from Phoenix, Arizona, United States, but most recently worked in Pattaya City, Thailand. He holds a master’s degree in Music Education from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education-Instrumental from Arizona State University. Harout joined KISJ in 2017-18. 


I think everyone should read "Talent is Overrated" by Geoff Colvin. 


Outside of school, I most enjoy traveling and eating different food. 


I’m inspired by students who try their best.







Benjamin Willis, HS Social Studies


Ben Willis is from Athens, Georgia, but has worked in the panhandle of Florida, Daegu, and Gyeonggi-do for the past few years. He holds two bachelor’s degrees in History and Social Studies Education from the University of Georgia. Ben joined KISJ in 2019. 


I think everyone should read… ""The Sun Also Rises"" by Ernest Hemingway. 


Outside of school, I most enjoy… watching sports (Go Dawgs), listening to podcasts (anything history related), and traveling with my wife. 


I’m inspired by... watching my students master new skills that they thought were impossible and that sense of wonder you get when traveling in a new country for the first time.







John Jones IV, HS Technology Integrationist 

Sean Pratt is from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor, a Bachelor of Teaching from Southern Cross University, an ABQ in Intermediate Health and Physical Education from Trent University, and an Elementary and Intermediate Teaching Certification from the Ontario College of Teachers. Sean joined KISJ in 2012.

I think everyone should read… InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives by Joe Ehrmann.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… being physically active, playing a variety of team sports, and being outdoors as much as possible.

I’m inspired by… Henry Ford’s words: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.”








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