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Josh Wood, Design and Technology Integration Coach

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.


John Jones IV, Computer Science and Tech Int. Coach

John Jones IV is from Silver Spring, Maryland USA, but most recently worked in Bangkok, Thailand. He holds a Masters degree in Education from Concordia University, and a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems from Western Governors University. John joined KISJ in 2019.


I think everyone should read "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert Heinlein and "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov.


Outside of school, I most enjoy... spontaneous philosophical discussions, hiking, bike riding and time with family.


I am inspired by... lifelong learners, a passion for excellence and people who live life with no comfort zones.




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.



Fei Gao, Chinese

Fei Gao is originally from Kunming, China, but most recently lived and worked in Hong Kong. She holds a master's degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and a bachelor’s degree in The Teaching of Chinese Language to Foreigners from Huaqiao University. Fei joined KISJ in 2019-20.


I think everyone should read…The Last Quarter of the Moon by Chi Zijian.


Out of school, I most enjoy photography, traveling, reading and spending quality time with my husband.


I'm inspired by...the hiking in Kjerag.



Victoria Bautista Lenkeit, AP Spanish and Spanish Ⅲ

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. 


Carlos Diago Esteve, Spanish Ⅰ and Spanish Ⅱ


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.


Harout Boyajian, Orchestra and 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.


Kristin Hingstman, Choir

Kristin Hingstman is from Roebling, New Jersey. She holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from University of Delaware, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College. Kristin joined KISJ in 2018. 

I think everyone should read… The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson. 

Outside of school, I most enjoy… watching the New York Mets, singing, volunteering for Odyssey of the Mind, and listening to NPR. I’m inspired by... creative design, cognitive psychology, and language. 


I’m inspired by students who try their best.


David Swinehart, Art and AP Studio Art 

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.



Nicholas Burnham, Drama and Public Speaking 

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, 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.   





Ty Riddick, Physical Education

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.



Kathie Le, 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. 




Sean Pratt, Physical Education

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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