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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.

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.


Barbara Boyer, Elementary School Associate Principal

Barbara is originally from the Middle Georgia area of the United States.  Recently she worked at Canton Middle School but  has also worked in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Shanghai, China, Daejeon, South Korea, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  Barbara holds a master's degree in Education with a concentration in Library Science as well as post-master's degree certification in Educational Leadership and Supervision  from The College of New Jersey. She also  holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Georgia Southwestern University and Religion/Psychology  from Mercer University. Barbara joined KISJ in 2021.

 I think everyone should just READ! and READ! a lot and widely...the more widely we read, the more open we are to learning! 

Outside of school, I most enjoy meeting with friends and family, as well as being in nature, church, group pilates and water aerobics, and reading. 

I am inspired by humans of all ages who are confident in showing their flaws and striving to rise above!


Eric Olson, Instructional Coach

Eric Olson is from Menasha, Wisconsin but most recently worked in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Eric joined KISJ in 2021.

I think everyone should read The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. 

Outside of school, I most enjoy running, biking, hiking, traveling the world, reading and spending time with my wife and dog. 

I’m inspired by people who push themselves beyond the limits of what they believe is possible.


Jenna Jin, Counselor 

Jenna Jin is from Busan, South Korea. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in Sociology from Fort Hays State University and another in Psychology. She has been a valuable member of the KISJ community since 2013, gaining extensive experience in dorms from Elementary School to High School.

I think everyone should read Me! by Philip Waechter.

Outside of school, I most enjoy spending time volunteering at an animal shelter.

I’m inspired by animals and their resilience and capacity for empathy.


Alyssa Miller, Counselor


Alyssa is from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, but most recently worked in Spokane, Washington, USA. She holds a master's degree in School Counseling from Gonzaga University, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Dayton. Alyssa joined KISJ in 2022.


I think everyone should read Untamed by Glennon Doyle and Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.


Outside of school, I most enjoy walking, listening to music, reading, and drawing.



John Kintanar, ES Technology Integrator


John Kintanar, originally from Monrovia, California, brings a wealth of international experience to his role. Having worked in Kuwait and Venezuela, he has gained valuable insights and perspectives. John holds a master's degree in Education and a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from the California State University of Los Angeles. Currently, he is actively pursuing a Principal Certification from the American College of Education, further enhancing his educational expertise. John joined KISJ in 2019, and his diverse background enriches our school community.

I think everyone should read Kindred by Octavia E. Butler.

Outside of school, I most enjoy scuba diving, playing viola, and dining.

I’m inspired by UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seeing underwater sea life, traveling, dining and spending time with my family.


Pippi (Mary Louise) Bowyer, ES Learning Support Specialist


Pippi Bowyer began her teaching career in South Korea, working in both Namyangju and Daegu. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio in the United States, she most recently taught in Thailand. Pippi holds a bachelor's degree in Art History from the Ohio State University. Through her work with Lesley University she has earned a master's degree in Elementary Education, a master's degree in Special Education, and a graduate certificate in Teacher Leadership and Literacy Coaching. Ms. Bowyer joined KISJ in 2022.


I think everyone should read Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus.


Outside of school I most enjoy yoga, hiking, reading, roller skating, and eating delicious food.


I'm inspired by people who find joy in daily life.

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