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 A boarding program committed to building a community where everyone feels happy, safe, and included.

Meet our Boarding Staff

 

Boarding Leadership

 

Margaret Patton, Dean of Boarding

 

Margaret is originally from Glastonbury, Connecticut, but most recently lived in Boston, MA, USA  for six years working with families as a social worker. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from Emmanuel College, Boston. Margaret joined KISJ in 2019.

 

I think everyone should read The Gifts of Imperfection and The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown, The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, and of course, the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy spending time in nature, yoga, listening to podcasts, game nights, and experiencing new cultures.

 

I’m inspired by positive “can do” attitudes, acts of kindness, practicing stillness, and the joys of everyday life.

 

 

 

Michael Sawczynec, Associate Dean of Boarding

 

Michael Sawczynec is from Newburgh, New York, but grew up in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, and most recently worked in Taichung, Taiwan. He holds a master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education from University of Minnesota-Duluth. Michael joined KISJ in 2020. 

I think everyone should read Wooden on Leadership  by John Wooden. 

Outside of school, I most enjoy playing board games, working out, exploring new cultures, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. 

I’m inspired by people's ability to adapt, overcome and achieve things previously thought to be impossible.

 

Middle School Boarding Staff

 

Tamara Williams, Middle School Boarding Specialist

 

Tamara Williams was  born in Seoul, Korea but most recently worked in St Augustine, Florida in the U.S..  She holds a master’s degree in Education  from Mercer University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Troy State University. Tamara joined KISJ in 2021.

 

I think everyone should read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou.  James Baldwin, a novelist,  challenged Ms. Angelou, a poet, to write a book.  I know why the caged bird sings was the first of many books written by her.  It is an autobiography that  illustrates how knowing her self-worth and love helped overcome childhood trauma.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy sightseeing, reading, eating, and spending time with friends.  I’m inspired by the resiliency of people.  I am fascinated by people’s stories and how they end up doing what they do.


 

 

Thomas Capranica, Middle School Boarding Specialist

 

Tom Capranica is from Charlotte, North Carolina, but has most recently worked in Jeju and Daegu.  He holds a bachelor's degree in Physics Secondary Education from Appalachian State University.  Tom joined KISJ in 2021

 

I think everyone should read daily.  Any genre, whatever you’re into,  just read.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy spending time outdoors, biking, swimming, ultimate frisbee, and cooking.

 

I'm inspired by honest people and good music.

 

Mike Daesup Shin, Middle School Boarding Advisor

 

Daesup Shin  is from Seoul, South Korea. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Media Communication. Daesup joined KISJ in 2016.

 

I think everyone should read If we can’t go at the speed of light by Kim Cho-Yeop. The book itself is a Science Fiction novel, but it shows something we may already have lost or will lose through our life from the evolution of Technology.

 

Outside of school I most enjoy swimming, traveling, watching baseball, and camping 

I am inspired by people who constantly move on for their own goal.

   

Minuk Kang, Middle School Boarding Advisor

 

Minuk Kang  is from Wanju, South Korea.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economy and                

Civil engineering. Minuk joined KISJ in 2021.

 

I think everyone should read Freakonomics by Steven Levitt

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy surfing, tennis and hiking.

 

I'm inspired by people who make people happy.

 

Lydia Bumm, Middle School Boarding Adsisor

 

Lydia Bumm  is from Gwangju, South Korea. She spent most of her life overseas and she holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.. Lydia  joined KISJ in the spring semester of 2021.

 

I think everyone should read Frankenstein by Mary Shelle. I dreaded reading it for my English assignment but ended up loving it! I hope that others think the same as well.

 

Outside of school, I love to go for drives to the nearby sea and just watch the waves. I also like cooking and baking for my friends and family. 

 

I'm inspired by people who are courageous and kind in all areas of their life.

 

 

Sophia Yeon Sik Jeon, Middle School Boarding Advisor

 

Sophia Jeon is from Seoul, Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Dongguk. She has a Graduate Education Certification at Pennsylvania State University and a Master degree in Education Technology with a teacher license. 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.

 

 

Lucia Jihye Lee, Middle School Boarding Advisor

 

Lucia Lee is from Gwangju, South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Business. Lucia joined KISJ in 2014.

 

I think everyone should read Pride and Prejudice.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy hiking, jogging, yoga, traveling and looking for beautiful scenery. 

 

I am inspired by my mother. She is a great mom and woman. She is the only person who really trusts me. 


 

High School Boarding Staff

 

Jessica Sheridan, High School Boarding Specialist

 

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 exploring Jeju with friends, drinking coffee, and playing with my 2 dogs.

I’m inspired by the infinite potentials of a blank page.

 

Matt Hanagan, High School Boarding Specialist

 

Matt Hanagan is from Boston, Massachusetts in the US. He holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Science from Villanova University. Matt joined KISJ in 2019.

 

I think everyone should read Leadership Strategies and  Tactics by Jocko Willink . 

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy hiking, basketball, podcasts, investing,  and traveling.  

 

I'm inspired by those who go after their dreams,  and stories of bravery and  overcoming hardships. 


 

 

Alex Steep, High School Boarding Specialist

 

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. 

 

 

Annie Lane, High School Boarding Specialist

 

Annie  is from St. Louis, Missouri, but most recently worked in Busan, South Korea. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Classics with a minor in Anthropology  from Monmouth College. Annie joined KISJ in 2021.

 

I think everyone should read Brave New World  by Aldous Huxley and  Animal Farm  by George Orwell.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy spending time in the ocean e.g. surfing, swimming, and sailing. I like to do  yoga, rock climbing, anything outdoors, and travelling. 

 

I’m inspired by the goodness in people in this chaotic world. 

 

 

Claire Park, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Claire Park is from Busan, South Korea.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in general education and English education. Claire  joined KISJ in 2020.

 

I think everyone should read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. “When you really want something to happen, the whole universe will conspire so that your wish comes true.” is the core of the novel’s philosophy and a motif that inspires me.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy traveling, reading in nice places and driving along the coastal road.

 

I'm inspired by people who I love and trust.


 

Jenna Jin, High School Boarding Specialist

 

Jenna Jin is from Busan, South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Fort Hays State University. Jenna joined KISJ in 2013.

 

I think everyone should read Philip Waechter’s Me! 

Outside of school, I most enjoy reading.

I’m inspired by nature.

 

Edward Cho, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Edward Cho was born in Gwangju, S.Korea. He spent most of his life in Busan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and the certificate of Korean language teacher. Edward joined KISJ in 2011.

 

I think everyone should read 1984.

 

Outside of school I most enjoy hanging out with people. 

 

I’m inspired by a question that cannot be easily concluded.

 

Jooey Kim, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Jooey Kim is from Incheon, South Korea. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Kookmin University. Jooey joined KISJ in 2016.

 

I think everyone should read  The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling to expand their own creativity and imagination. It’s a timeless masterpiece and it will never change!

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy traveling, swimming, and spending time in nature.

 

I’m inspired by the feeling of unity and equality for a better world.

 

Bruce  Kim, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Bruce Kim  is from Busan, South Korea. He holds bachelor's degrees in Police Administration, Physical Science and  Psychology.  Bruce joined KISJ in 2018.

 

I think everyone should read The Prince.

Outside of school, I most enjoy working -out and traveling.

I’m inspired by nature.

 

Hyeon Jeong Kim, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Hyeonjong  Kim is from GwangJu, South Korea.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Tourism & Hotel Management.  Hyeonjong  joined KISJ in 2016.

 

I think everyone should read The Little Prince

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy Jeju island, camping, traveling,  driving, shopping, hiking and thinking about my students.

 

I'm inspired by my students !

 

Harry Jung, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Harry Jung is from Seoul, South Korea. He studied International Business in Groningen, the Netherlands and majored in Kinesiology at York University in Canada. Harry joined KISJ in 2021.

 

I think everyone should read Bernard Werber’s books. He’s simply amazing.

 

Outside of school, I enjoy working out.

 

I’m inspired by nature. 

 

Selina Go, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Selina  is from Yong-in, South Korea. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in China’s studies  from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  Selina  joined KISJ in 2021.

 

I think everyone should read The Good Earth  by Pearl S.Buck.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy spending time with animals, hiking Orems, and travelling.

 

I’m inspired by everything that goes around me .

 

 

Junwoo Park, High School Boarding Advisor

 

Juwnoo is from Jeju, South korea. He holds a Bachelor's degree in economics.

He joined KISJ in 2021.

 

I think everyone should read Currency War by Song Hongbing.

 

Outside of school, I enjoy watching movies and playing basketball.

 

I’m inspired by people.


 

 

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