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Elementary School Specialist Faculty

 

 

Chris Kleynhans, EC Specialist

 

Chris Kleynhans is from Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Science from the University of the Free State, and completed his Postgraduate Certificate in Education through the University of South Africa.  Chris joined KISJ in 2017.

I think everyone should read Riaan Manser’s  Around Iceland On Inspiration.

Outside of school, I most enjoy spending time with my wife, running, bbq’s, being near the ocean and exploring our beautiful planet.

I’m inspired by people who follow their dreams. 

 

Donnelle’ MitchellES Science Specialist

 

Donnelle'  Mitchell is from Dallas, Texas, but most recently worked in Ankara, Turkey.  She holds a master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction, ESL from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Henderson State University.  Donnelle' joined KISJ in 2021.  

She thinks everyone should read Little Bee by Chris Cleave, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, and Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.  

Outside of school she mostly enjoys scuba diving, watching documentaries, and playing strategy based board games.  

She is inspired by good art, people that question, and anything by Hans Zimmer.

 

Amy Turino, ES Design Technology Specialist

 

Amy Turino is a USA military baby born in Wahiawa, Hawaii, but most recently worked in Denver, CO, USA and Hsinchu City, Taiwan. She holds a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver, a master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida (USF), and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from USF as well. Amy joined KISJ in 2022.

 

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

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy being creative in the kitchen making foods with fresh ingredients and laughing with friends and family.

 

I am inspired by the youth of today who find novel ways to problem solve and imagine possibilities for a sustainable future.

 

 

Judy Blakelock, ES Art 

 

Judy Blakelock is from CT, USA and has spent the past five years teaching K-9 visual art at a junior boarding school in New England. Judy has a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art and Art History from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Judy joined KISJ in 2022.

 

I think everyone should read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

 

Outside of school I love taking my dog on walks in the woods, spending time in my home art studio and searching for good breakfast places on the weekends.

 

I’m inspired by the creativity of my students, beautiful places and good coffee.

 

 

Nicole Dines, ES Art

Nicole Dines is from Martin, Tennessee. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the University of Tennessee, a professional certification for Middle Years 4–8 and Art K–12, and is currently undertaking a master’s degree in Educational Administration at Ball State University. Nicole joined KISJ in 2014.

I think everyone should read Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series.

Outside of school, I most enjoy spending time with family, running, yoga, hiking, camping, and cooking.

I’m inspired by Marie Curie’s words, “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

 

Francis Jaramillo, ES Music

Francis Jaramillo is from Detroit, Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Wayne State University, and joined KISJ in 2014.

I think everyone should read Siddartha by Hermann Hesse.

Outside of school, I most enjoy music.

I’m inspired by  life.

 

Layne Todd, ES Music

Layne Todd is from Greenville, Kentucky, but has most recently worked in Beijing, China. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Euphonium Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Layne joined KISJ in 2017.

I think everyone should read How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, because social skills are important and can be learned, even if they don’t come naturally.

Outside of school, I most enjoy traveling to new places and documenting it with my camera, listening to music and to podcasts, and watching Kentucky basketball.

I’m inspired by bold, creative, ambitious friends and colleagues who wholeheartedly believe that what they’re doing is the most important thing in the world. Conversely, I’m also inspired by nature because it reminds me that those ambitions are only a small part of a much larger picture.

 

Sally Bowyer, Physical Education

Sally Bowyer is from Bristol, UK, but most recently worked in Beijing, China and Chonburi, Thailand. She holds a PGCE in Physical Education from the University of Bristol, and a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from Southampton Solent University. Sally Began her teaching career in South Korea, working in Seoul. Sally is also an experienced personal trainer and soccer coach. Sally Bowyer joined KISJ in 2022.

 

I think everyone should read The Library by Sarah Stewart. 

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy exercising in the gym and hiking, cycling and camping. 

 

I’m inspired by the great outdoors.

 

 

Carrie Pasquale, Physical Education

Carrie Pasquale is originally from Yreka, California, but has spent most recent years in Bellingham, Washington. She holds a master’s degree in Sport and Athletic Administration from Central Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Western Washington University. Carrie joined KISJ in 2022.

 

I think everyone should read Spark by John Ratey

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy being with my family, doggie adventures, and meeting new people.

 

I'm inspired by the joy, curiosity, and love children show.

 

 

Scott Stewart, Environmental & Outdoor Education Leader

Scott Stewart is originally from Detroit, Michigan. He grew up in Westminster, Maryland, and most recently taught in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He holds two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Spanish from Mount Saint Mary’s University, as well as a teaching certification in Physical Education from the University of West Florida. He is a NOLS graduate, Wilderness First Responder, and Leave No Trace Master Educator. Scott joined KISJ in 2017. 

I think everyone should read… Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills.

Outside of school, I most enjoy rock climbing and rappelling, backpacking, kayaking and teaching others to love, respect and protect our environment.

I’m inspired by my twin brother and his son, travel with my wife,  nature,  wonder and fear. 

 

 

Nathaniel Cooper, Design Technology Teaching Assistant

Nathaniel Cooper is from Washington State and he has a B.A. in Secondary Education with a focus on Social Studies and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Wyoming. 

I think everyone should read Why Nations Fail.

Outside of school I mostly enjoy playing video games, being outdoors, and traveling. 

I am inspired by anyone who challenges themselves to try something new.

 

 

Eunhui Kim, Science Teaching Assistant

Eunhui Kim is from Ulsan, Korea, but lived in the United States for nearly a decade. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Korea University and also possesses a Radiologic Technology degree from Gadsden State Community College. She is a licensed radiologic technologist.

I think everyone should read Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

Outside of school, I most enjoy venturing around new places, playing tennis, reading, writing, and spending quality time with my family. 

I am inspired by people who try to do RIGHT things. 

 

 

Boyoung Uh, Art Teaching Assistant

Boyoung Uh is from Changwon, Korea. She holds a bachelor degree in Russian Language and Literature from Kyungpook National University and a bachelor degree in English Education from Kyungnam University. She has a Tesol certification from Language Links in Australia.

I think everyone should read the Bible. 

Outside of school, I most enjoy nature,  reading, sewing, spending time with family and eating spicy korean food with friends.

I am inspired by people like the skater Yuna Kim who never give up on their dreams. 

 

 

Queila Galan, ES Substitute

Queila Galan is from New Haven, Connecticut, USA, but most recently worked in Shenzhen, China. She holds a master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Fairfield University, and a bachelor's degree in Resource Economics from the University of Connecticut. Queila joined KISJ in 2022.

 

I think everyone should read The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale.

 

Outside of school, I most enjoy hiking, time with family, and traveling.

 

I'm inspired by nature, kindness and joyful people.

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