Student Support Services
Korea International School, Jeju Campus offers a complete program of student services, with an integrated counseling program in each division, experienced college counselors, English Language Learner specialists in each division, a schoolwide learning support specialist, and health services for the school and dorms. KISJ is proud to be a member of Next Frontier Inclusion, the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and the International Association for College Admission Counseling (IACAC).
Kevin Murphy (Head of Learning Support) has spent the past two years as a Middle School Learning Specialist in San Francisco, California, where he supported students in all core academic subjects. Prior to working in San Francisco, Kevin spent four years working in Portola Valley, California and one year working in St. Louis, Missouri. He has extensive experience providing academic support for students in Kindergarten through High School. Kevin has a Master’s in Education and a teaching credential from San Francisco State University. He completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. Kevin looks to create learning environments that are conducive to all types of learners through tiered instruction and differentiation.
Our English Language Learner (ELL) Department is led by Madalena Elshoff (High School), with Araceli Hampton (Grades 3 and 5), Kellie Simms (ECE, Grade 4), Astrid Lange (Grades 1 and 5), Hailey Henak (Grades 2 and 5), Bill Rago (Grade 6), Mandy Lindsay (Grade 7), Michael Keogh (Grade 8), and Noelle Kim (High School).
Sara Roberts (Lower Elementary School Counselor, Pre-Kindergarten–Grade 3) worked for several years at an international school in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as an Elementary Counselor before joining KISJ in 2016. She is passionate about working with Elementary-aged students, and uses play therapy, art, and sand tray approaches in order to connect with early learners. Sara earned her Master’s degree in Professional School Counseling (K-12) at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to being a certified School Counselor, she also holds an Elementary Education teaching licensure in the state of North Carolina from the University of North Carolina- Wilmington. Families can follow Sara’s Twitter and Counseling Blog for resources and updates.
Theresa Cook (Upper Elementary Counselor, Grades 4–5) was born and raised in Washington State where her initial training in conflict management/mediation occurred as a result of growing up with seven brothers and sisters. After graduating from university, Theresa worked in the mental health field for 15 years counseling children, teenagers, adults and families. She then went back to university to earn a Teaching Certificate and started working in the field of education. She has worked in schools (as a teacher or a counselor) in Washington State, South America and, now, South Korea. She loves working with children and is committed to making a positive difference in their lives! Theresa’s education includes: a BA in Sociology, Eastern Washington State University; M.Ed. Degree in Guidance and Counseling, University of Idaho; Teacher Certification with endorsements in Elementary Education, Psychology, and Sociology, Central Washington University; and Master of Education classes from Buffalo State University of New York.
Anjee Shin (Elementary and Middle School Dorm Counselor, G4–8) joined KISJ as a counselor in 2014. She has worked as a teacher and a counselor for ten years. She worked as a teacher in Munsung Elementary school before earning a degree in Special Education/Educational Psychology. She then worked for several years as a Child Counselor at the Korean American Family Service Center in New York and Samsung Heamil Clinic Center in Gyeonggi Province. She also has experience working in a learning support class at Seocho Middle School. Anjee is a member of the Association of Cognition Learning Rehabilitation and Korean Counseling Association. She helps KISJ students to find their own study style and to overcome challenges arising from language and cultural difference when transferring to an American school. She received her master’s degree in Special Education/ Educational Psychology from a university in New Jersey, and her bachelor’s degree from the Korean University College of Education.
Andrea Martin (Middle School Counselor) was a counselor at a PreK-8 school in Portland, Oregon for eight years prior to joining KISJ in 2015. Andrea has also spent years working with youth in the American Juvenile Justice system. She has experience working with restorative justice systems as well as conflict resolution. Andrea obtained her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University and is currently working towards a Master’s level certification in Inter-personal Neurobiology at Portland State University. She also has experience leading workshops on youth brain development.
Eric Kunik (Grade 9 Counselor, Counseling Department Lead) has been in the field of counseling since 1994. Over the years he has worked with diverse populations of students from ages 5 to 20, focusing on building trusting relationship to help guide students to future goals. Since 2008, Eric has worked as an international school counselor in Greece, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and now the Republic of Korea. Eric received his Master of Arts in Education Counseling from the University of Phoenix in 1999, and his Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University in 1994. He also has a K-12 Counseling Certification from the State of California and Arizona. He is member of the American School Counselor Association and the International School Counselor Association.
Logan Westmoreland (Grade 10 Counselor) is in her eighth year as a High School and College Counselor. She spent five years in her profession in North Carolina and another two years internationally in Salvador, Brazil. Prior to working in Brazil, she was the Lead High School and College Counselor at Davie High School in North Carolina. She has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Belmont Abbey College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire. Along with her college teaching career, she also taught Middle School and was the Director of an Expeditionary Learning School in Boston. Her expertise is in the areas of college counseling, social and emotional counseling, and curriculum development and instruction. Under her guidance, students have been accepted to Harvard University, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth College, Duke, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale and Brown to name a few.
Diana Abukazam (Grade 12 Counselor) has supported a vast range of students and parents from in decision-making, planning, and preparing for college, careers, undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. Under her guidance, students have been accepted to good-fit colleges and universities such as Claremont McKenna, Colgate University, Cornell, Reed, University of Washington, and Harvard. In relation to college counseling, Diana worked for several years to oversee and implement the components of the UCLA Early academic outreach program (a pre-college academic preparation program) at nine high schools. In that capacity, Diana connected and collaborated with multiple community organizations, and presented to over 10,000 community members to mobilize a college-going culture. Diana joined KISJ in 2015, after two years in a College Counseling position at the Korea International School, Pangyo Campus, where she supported and empowered juniors and seniors along with their parents to be successful in the application process. Diana holds a Master of Arts degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction Design with a specialization in computer education, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. She also has a counseling PPS credential to work with school-aged children and a teaching credential. Diana has also received specialized training and certificates from UCLA Career counseling center, and Didi Hirsch’s Crisis Counseling center. She is in her fourth year of being an Undergraduate Admissions Reader for UCLA.
Phaedra Kunik (Grade 11 Counselor) came to KISJ in 2016 with 8 years of counseling experience at international schools, and previously worked at schools in Greece, United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Manchester College and a master’s degree in School Counseling from Ottawa University.
Lia Min Ju Kim (Elementary and Middle School Dorm Nurse) volunteered for Hansen’s disease and senior citizen groups while she was studying in university. She graduated from a department of nursing in 2008, and she worked at the neonatal intensive care unit in Seoul National University hospital in Bundang for 6 years. While she was working in the hospital, Lia learned how to take care of sensitive and weak babies, support their parents effectively, and cooperate with colleagues. She believes that those experiences help her in caring for students at KIS Jeju and establishing a good rapport with them.
Amos Stamp-Jerabek (Director of Student Affairs) is an international school leader, counselor, and teacher. Amos worked in Taiwan and China before moving to South Korea with his American wife, Kristine. Prior to becoming an educator, Amos worked as a community social worker in Liverpool, U.K. Amos was born in Prague, Bohemia. Currently a doctoral student in Education and Counseling (Ed.D.) at Johns Hopkins University, Amos earned an M.Ed. in International Counseling (Lehigh), a teacher qualification (The College of New Jersey), a master’s degree in Social Policy (York), and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with Psychology (Liverpool Hope University College). Amos is interested in developing a holistic systems approach to education and counseling that addresses the needs of returning Asian students, and third culture kids and their families.
Gloria Jung A Lee (High School Dorm Nurse) graduated from a nursing college in 2006, and worked as a Telemetry Nurse with Severance Hospital for over 5 years, specializing in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. Later on, she led a health administration office as a Community Occupational Health Nurse for over 2 years. Ms. Lee’s specialization is the intersection of psychology and nursing. She also studied Counseling Psychology at Hanyang Cyber University, and is a qualified social worker. This academic and professional experience, together with her interests and expertise, provides Ms. Lee with unique insight when working with students at KIS Jeju. She loves working with the students, and in many ways sees them as a part of her own family.
Karen Seung-Jung Lee (Head School Nurse) has worked as a school nurse since joining Korea International School’s Pangyo Campus in 2008, and moved to our Jeju Campus in 2011. She worked at the neonatal and delivery units at a university hospital following her graduation, then as a volunteer nurse with the Pediatric Ward in Bugando Medical Center in Tanzania for over two years. This experience made an indelible impression on her in terms of life, culture, and language. Karen is a licensed Professional Nurse from the state of New York.