I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself and express my excitement about working here, CDS this year. My name is Lee Jeonghee and I’ll be your Korean College counselor this year. This is my eighteenth year in school and my first year at CDS. Previously, I taught Politics and Economics in Hangaram High School in Seoul from 1997 to 2010, and worked at Singapore Korean International School in Singapore as head of Middle & High School from 2011 to 2014.
I hope every my student successfully prepares for college entrance and I will devote myself to supporting them. My door is always open to students and parents, so please stop by with any questions or just to visit! You may reach me by phone at 032-563-0523 Ext. 104 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am excited about working with your child. I welcome questions or comments, and am looking forward to a great year!
B.A. : Kyung-Hee University
M.Ed. : University of Idaho
Hello, everyone! My name is Daehwan Choi. I am working for CDS as a guidance counselor. I will help students in their school life including relationships with friends, school violence, living in dormitory, personal worries, and so on.
I was born and raised in Korea. I have a B.A. in political diplomacy from Kyung-Hee University, Korea, and a master's degree in rehabilitation and community counseling from University of Idaho, U.S.. I've also had a several job experiences in America as a rehabilitation counsellor and as a researcher in Korea. As you might notice, I am exposed to American culture as well as Korean culture. So, I am fully understanding students having multi-cultural background in proper ways.
During my studies in political science, I have developed the ability on viewing the world in different perspectives, and I have also learned how to give my hand to others through taking the counseling program. In addition, my personal experiences, including raising an energetic boy and struggling to make a happy family, will help students who are experiencing various family problems in their lives. Particularly, my special experiences from having a disability and overcoming the barriers will give you great wisdom and inspiration for your future life.
I am looking forward to meeting you in CDS. Let's make our school life full of happiness together in CDS.
B.A. : University of San Diego
MS in process: College and Career Specialist : San Francisco State University
Hi everyone! I’m Kevin and I am very excited to join Cheongna Dalton School as the Associate College Counselor. I am from San Francisco, California and grew up with many Korean friends including a “gyopo” best friend. I studied history and anthropology as an undergraduate student and then took ten years off to follow a music career in LA. Since, I backpacked the world for a year and then returned to California to finish my Master of Science as an international student counseling specialist. I have spent over five years in college counseling including the UCLA Honors and the City College San Francisco’s International Student Counseling Program.
More personally, I am passionate about a student’s well-being and connecting to their future dreams. Using my expertise in a collaborative process we will find the best options for your post-secondary education. I have a youthful and easy going personality who promises to work hard for every student. My loves are sports, music and LEGOS! I am a nerd for history documentaries and Star Wars. Plus I rock on the guitar!! I look forward to meeting all of you! My door is always open so come in and say hello.
B.S. : Plymouth State University
Hi everyone! My name is Cheryl Roy and I am the First Program’s Preschool teacher. I received a BS in Elementary Education with a Minor in Theatre from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. I have worked in schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for the past 5 years. Most recently I taught at a preschool where about half of the classroom was international. I loved working with this group and seeing how quickly they learned and it inspired my interest in teaching internationally. I believe that children learn best in a hands on environment where they are free to explore what interests them. I enjoy helping them explore the world around them and helping them figure out how they fit into it. I grew up close to mountains, lakes, and the ocean, so I love swimming hiking, and spending as much time outside as I can. I am a lover of everything to do with theatre. I have performed and worked behind the scenes on plays since I was a teenager. I also love traveling and trying new things. I look forward to joining the wonderful CDS team, and I cannot wait for the new school year to begin!
University of Northern Colorado / BA-Interdisciplinary Studies
Welcome! I’m Jenna Javernick and I am teaching Third Grade. I am from the beautiful city of Denver, Colorado where I have been involved in education for the past nine years. After graduating college, I taught 5th grade for two years. Most recently, I taught fourth grade for two years in Denver Public Schools, where over half of my classroom was international, and 24 languages were spoken schoolwide. I have my Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. The community where I grew up is active in the outdoor lifestyle, so when not teaching I love to hike, camp, bike, do yoga, play soccer and even play the saxophone and piano! My husband has joined me on this adventure? I’m lucky to have him as a companion. Teaching is not a profession to be taken lightly, and I take great pride and have extraordinary passion for my career, and the success of the students. I look forward to getting to know the students as individuals and learners, and joining the remarkable CDS community.
B. Ed. : University of Ottawa
Hello CDS students and parents! I am incredibly excited to be the 4th Grade teacher here at Cheongna Dalton School. Having had the time and pleasure to get to know the First Program students over the last year as ELL teacher, I am overjoyed to assist the Grade 4s in preparing for tomorrow. I have been educating in the elementary and ELL field now for over 13 years. I have experience designing and implementing elementary curriculum as well as teaching Grade 4 science, social studies, and ELA. I have also been trained with and experienced in helping ELL learners adjust to the classroom and finding accomplishment in their studies. Outside of teaching, I enjoy pop culture, reading, cooking, and spending time with my family. More than anything else in the classroom I strive for students to learn independence in finding their own success. Successes happen every day, are different for each student, and each one can make a world of change to a student’s life. Empowerment and ownership are my goals for the 2015-2016 Grade 4 school year. Let’s get to work!
ED. M. : Duksung Women's University
Hello. My name is Byung Hee Yoon. I taught elementary school Grade 1 - 6 in Seoul for 30 years. I am very interested in cooperative learning. So far I have only taught Korean students but I am excited to teach Korean to international students as well.
I wish my students will learn Korean language, culture and literature. I would like learning to be fun, we can sing, read picture books and other fun activities.
I like music and exercise. I enjoy hiking and playing golf. It is great to have pastime, I hope you find what you love to do.
B.S: New York University
Welcome students and parents! My name is Sophia Kang. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from New York University, and then acquired my teaching experiences and techniques from several public schools in New York City. Through my student teaching, I have honed my skills in developing effective instruction and individualized lesson to maximize student’s ability. I have also learned that a student is not a vessel to be filled but a lamp to be lit. What I love about teaching is that every day is different and every student is unique as a learner and an individual.
I spent my childhood attending International schools in which I have learned to understand and embrace people’s differences. It is my pleasure to join this culturally diverse and vibrant community, Cheongna Dalton School and continue to work towards my lifelong goal, which is teaching students to love learning. In addition to teaching, I am an avid golfer and traveler. I also enjoy exercising in nature and relaxing with friends. Students! I am very excited to create unforgettable memories and support you with my full of enthusiasm.
B.A: Warsaw University (Korean Studies)
M.A: Warsaw University (Korean Studies/Literature)
Ph.D: Korea University (Korean Literature)
Hello. My name is Marzena Zgirska Lee. I will be teaching KSL this year. I am from Poland. I majored in Korean Studies at Warsaw University. During my studies I have visited Korea few times and I liked it so much, just after graduating I came to Korea to continue my studies. I have studied modern Korean literature at Korea University. After twelve years I went back to Poland where I have taught Korean language and literature for three years. I am happy to be back in Korea and have a chance to teach here. I hope that we will have a great time learning Korean.
B.A. : Lakehead University
Hello everyone. My name is Craig Tronsgard, and I am an elementary school teacher from Canada. I am originally from Ottawa, Ontario, but I have spent the past eight years teaching and running esl programs here, in Korean public schools. I have degrees in both outdoor recreation and education from Lakehead University. Prior to my time in Korea, I taught outdoor education programs and I coached high school volleyball in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Other than teaching and coaching, I am also very involved in the volleyball and mountain biking communities here in Korea. I am very excited to be part of the Dalton team and I look forward to getting to know everyone at Cheongna Dalton School.
B.A. : College of Saint Benedict
Hello students, parents, and staff at CDS! My name is Rachel Menzel, and I am so happy to be joining the CDS family. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, I have spent the last several years living in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. I graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, Minnesota with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Music Performance. Before teaching, I was involved in television, writing and performing voiceover narration of blindness accessibility scripts, particularly in educational children's programming for the US Department of Education. I also had the opportunity to work with the classical music division of Minnesota Public Radio in their Performance Today program. When I'm not at school, I enjoy being outdoors, reading, traveling, cooking, hiking, and biking. I look forward to meeting you all!
B.A : Carabobo University / M.A : Carabobo University
Hello everyone! My name is Francilina Pabon and I am super excited to be the Kindergarten Teacher at CDS. I am from Venezuela where I received my Bachelor´s degree in Education Majoring English from Carabobo University. Also, I earned a Master´s degree in Management Advanced in Education from the same university. I have been teaching English in different levels of education specially kindergarten and elementary in different schools from my country for the past four years. My most recently experience includes two years in an international school with a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Teaching is my biggest passion because I love to see how quick my little kids learn and how much I can learn from them. I truly believe that kids learn better when they are involved in the learning process that is why I work with students to design lessons that include critical thinking, hands on activities, authentic assessments and use of technology to help them to achieve successfully their goals.
In addition to teaching, I really enjoy spending time at the beach, travelling, reading and learning new languages. I am looking forward to having a wonderful time with my students and being part of CDS team.
B.Ed : University of Wisconsin
Hello everyone! My name is Kristine Bahr and I’m the First Program’s first grade teacher. I’m originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education with a specialized focus in social studies. I have taught in Wisconsin Public Schools for the past 5 years and have loved every minute of it!
I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Winchester, England during my time in college. Through this experience, I fell in love with learning about different cultures and histories. I’m always eager to learn more so that I can share those experiences with my students.
Ever since I was young, I’ve had a passion for teaching. I believe strongly in challenging my students to their full potential and incorporating technology to better their social, personal, and academic achievement. I constantly encourage my students to think outside of the box and to let their creativity soar.
In my spare time, I love spending time outdoors, traveling, and learning the Korean language. I look forward to this year at CDS and I’m excited to meet everyone!
B.A : Univesity of Iowa
Hello! My name is Maideli Garcia, and I was born in California but raised in Sioux City, IA. I have been living in Iowa City, IA for the past six years and received my B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa. Go Hawks! Prior to CDS, I spent my last two years teaching 5th grade at a dual language school where students are exposed to the curriculum in both English and Spanish. With that said, I am fully fluent in Spanish and come from a large Mexican-American family.
Aside from teaching, I enjoy exercising, reading, and traveling. I’ve spent time in India, Costa Rica, Spain, and Mexico. I delight in tasting different ethnic foods, however, my favorites are those spicy enough to make my mouth numb.
Being an educator, I realize I have the most challenging, yet rewarding job in the world. I take great pride in what I do so much that I am willing to travel halfway across the world to get better at it! I know working with the teachers and students at CDS will expose me to unique experiences I won’t find anywhere else. Let the learning begin!
B.A. : University of Florida
"Hi, everyone! I’m Eric Burton, and I'll be teaching 10th and 12th grade English in the upcoming year. I’ve been in Korea teaching at the elementary school level for four years as well as lecturing at orientations for new foreign teachers for most of that time. I have a BA in English from the University of Florida which I earned while working for the university as a mainframe programmer. I find teaching truly fulfilling, and I’m excited to start a new phase of teaching at the Cheongna Dalton School.
I enjoy dabbling in stop motion animation, image and video editing, and whatever other opportunities for creativity pop up here and there. I like long-distance walking, especially with good company, and I think the train is a great place to get lost in a good book.
I’m very happy to be joining the faculty at CDS, and I look forward to working with and getting to know everyone at the school."
B.A. : Hartwick College
M.A. : Lesley University
Hello! My name is Rebecca Laders, and this year I will be teaching 11th grade Literature and Composition, and AP Literature and Composition. I grew up in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and completed my undergraduate English degree at Hartwick College in New York, USA, and my High School Education masters degree at Lesley University in Massachusetts, USA. I have taught English for two years, as well as special education at the high school level.
I believe that literature can be as captivating as any other form of entertainment; the key is to find ways to make the words come alive. When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy boxing, traveling, listening to music, and photography. I have also taught photography in South Africa, Honduras, and the USA, helping people see the value in varying perspectives.
To me, education is a valuable experience in which knowledge is attained through meaningful connections. I am very much looking forward to a great year!
B.A: Metropolitan State University of Denver
Hello, my name is David Brennan and I am so excited to be a part of the CDS family! I was born and raised in Denver, CO in the States. As I was studying English and Secondary Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver, I began my career working with youth at a shelter for severely abused children, teaching, working one on one with the kids there and coaching the basketball and baseball teams. After completing my student teaching at Standley Lake High School, I decided to move to Korea to begin my teaching career and to explore Asia. After teaching at Joong Dong High School in Kangnam, which was an incredible experience and chance to grow as I taught classes in ESL, Literature, Leadership, coached basketball, etc., I returned to America and taught in the Goodwill Youth Services Program for three years in Denver. I had the chance to work with refugee and immigrant students at Denver South High School, helping them to set goals for the future, get ready for college, apply for scholarships, etc. and have become inspired to return to Korea to teach English here at the Dalton School and to use my free time working with and supporting refugees in South Korea. I am also really excited to continue traveling and exploring the Eastern side of our planet, and to hopefully pursue opportunities to travel with the students as well. Thank you and I am really looking forward to working with all of you!
B.A: Western University of Western Ontario
M.A: D’Youville College, NY
Hi everyone! My name is Dan Cavasin and I’ll be this year’s 5th and 8th grade English teacher. I am from Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. I double-majored in English Language and Literature and Philosophy during my undergrad at the University of Western Ontario, and received my MS in Adolescent Education from D’Youville College in New York State. After graduating, I came to Korea and began teaching in a private academy. Two years later, I’m still here, and excited to start another chapter at CDS. I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for literature with the students, helping them develop practical, life-long skills in English.
I’ve had experience both playing and coaching football, baseball, lacrosse, and basketball. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, drawing, snowboarding, golfing, weightlifting, and trying to improve my “talent” in the kitchen.
B.A: University of New Hampshire
M.A: Columbia University, Teachers College
Hello, my name is Lindsay Maguire and I will be teaching 9th grade English as well as AP English Language and Composition at CDS. I'm so excited to be back teaching in Korea once again! I spent 2008 and 2009 teaching ESL in Seoul and Incheon then returned to the U.S. to obtain my Master of Arts degree in teaching English at Teachers College, Columbia University.
I spent the next four years teaching English in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, missing Korea all the while! I'm so excited to be back to study and practice speaking Korean, go hiking, eat Korean food (순두부찌개), catch up with my Korean and 외국인 friends, and meet my new students and fellow teachers at CDS.
For me, the English classroom is a place where you make connections. You connect a situation from life with a novel; you connect a film you've seen to a poem you read; you connect a documentary to a newspaper article previously discussed in class; and, most importantly, you connect your life experiences, outlook, and opinions with those of your classmates and teacher. This is what makes the English classroom such a rich place to learn and grow in your understanding of the world.
B.A: Rivier University
M.A: Rivier University
Hi! Sending warm smiles to all students, Staff, parents, and new friends at Dalton School - Let's pool our efforts and potent talents To map and paint dreams with creative fuel.
My name is Ms. Cate, from New Hampshire state (located in northeastern U.S.A.). Here, I'll teach English 12 and cultivate Versatile literacy today.
My personal joys include many sports: Hiking, biking, running, yoga, and more... Other interests are of various sorts: Writing, meditation, and the outdoors.
I taught three years in Gimhae, Korea, And now my passion resides in Cheongna.
St. John's University/BA-English; Secondary Education
Greetings! My name is Aaron Menzel, and I am delighted to be joining the CDS staff this year. I come from a family of teachers. My parents and siblings all currently teach, so after I graduated from Saint John’s University with a B.A. in English with a focus in Education, I wanted to try my hand at something else. I spent my first few years out of college working as an editor in Minneapolis and with Minnesota Public Radio’s entertainment division. While these experiences were valuable, it didn’t take long for me to realize that I was happiest in the classroom. I believe that a great teacher has diverse interests. At my previous school, I was in charge of several classes not typically associated with English most notable our Design and Engineering and Environmental Science courses. This taught me the importance of teaching and learning through multiple lenses of reference. When students can make interdisciplinary connections, then stronger learning occurs. In my spare time, I enjoy running, reading, writing, and traveling with my wife. I am looking forward to meeting each and every one of you!
B.S. : Boston University
Hi everyone! My name is Sohee Han, and I am the High School Math Teacher at CDS. I was born in Seoul and have lived in Jakarta and Surabaya prior to my time in Boston. I completed my undergraduate studies at Boston University in Elementary Education, and upon my graduation, I have obtained the Massachusetts Preliminary License in Mathematics, grade 1-12.
As a math teacher, my main goal is to emphasize conceptual understanding of the math topics presented in class and facilitate connections between current lessons and students’ previous knowledge. I strive to provide students with a stimulating, challenging, and healthy learning environment that will allow them to become active participants in their learning experience.
Outside of class, I enjoy traveling, reading, watching films, playing golf, snowboarding, swimming, eating nice food – and my new hobby – scuba diving.
B.A: Texas State University
Howdy y'all! I'm Sena Lim from Austin, Texas. I am excited to teach 6th grade Math and Geometry at CDS. Prior to CDS, I've earned my Bachelor of Science with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies specialized in Mathematics from Texas State University and certified to teach from 4th grade to 12th grade Mathematics. I've taught 7th grade Math in Texas for past three years.
I grew up in an academic household where both of my parents were educators, which led me to become an educator for myself as well. As a math teacher and previous "I hate Math!" mind-set student, I want to share my experience of overcoming the subject that is most hated subject in school. Math is not only for mathematicians or math teachers. Along with being an interesting subject to study, a degree in Mathematics can lead to many excellent career opportunities in the future and I can't wait to share my thoughts and experience with students at CDS.
B.S : UC San Diego
M.A: University of Southern California
Hello! My name is Crystal Kim. I was born in United States and raised in both Korea and United States. I am very familiar with Korean and U.S. secondary education. I majored in Biology at University of California San Diego. After my undergraduate, I realized I enjoy working with students and sharing my knowledge through volunteering and interning at public and private schools. My experience guided me to get Master degree and teaching credential ? secondary in mathematics at University of Southern California. My philosophy as a teacher is to treat each student fairly and with respect in order for students to discover their talent and strength and grow as an individual. I strongly believe each student is able to reach and perform on his or her fullest potential. My goal as a teacher is to emphasize the strong understanding of conceptual knowledge and able to apply their understanding to the real world application.
I am a very energetic and active person. I enjoy doing Reformer Pilates and cooking/baking. Don’t forget enjoy does not mean I am “GOOD” at them. My hobby is to spend my time at a cute and cozy coffee shops and Cafe hopping. I enjoy spending time at coffee shop especially in the morning with my coffee and music.
As a math teacher and a staff of CDS, I am looking forward to open a new chapter with CDS students. This year we will be using mathematics as a tool to understand and interpret our world. I look forward to guide students to meet the challenges and exceed the expectations as they develop their math knowledge this year.
University of Texas-Austin (BS-Mathematics)
Hi there! My name is Jennifer Chae and I am a high school math teacher at CDS. I have lived in many different cities in the United States; however, I’ve lived the longest in Austin, Texas. Hence, I consider myself to be an Austinite. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. During my stay as a student in UT Austin, I not only learned the complex theories behind mathematics, but also learned about teaching and even began teaching in various classrooms. After graduating, I taught high school math in Cedar Park, Texas for two years and then in Korea for one year. Other than math, I enjoy reading and discussing topics in biology. I love sharing interesting “biology facts of the day” and hence will find myself researching various topics in biology. Of course I do not only enjoy academics. I spend most of my free time drawing animation, reading or singing.
At Cheongna Dalton School, I hope to spread the awesomeness in learning and sharpening skills in mathematics and logical reasoning. I look forward to meeting everyone!
B.A : Sul Ross State University
"Hi everybody. I am Jennifer Hinds from the big state of Texas USA. I teach 5th and 6th grade mathematics here at CDS. This is my 15th year teaching math and my first year teaching outside of Texas. I have a BS in Mathematics and have taught middle school math through calculus over the course of my teaching career.
My husband, Frankie, and I had a dream of teaching outside of America and we are now getting to fulfill that dream. He is also a teacher here at CDS. We both have a love of travel and teaching so what better way to combine them than to teach abroad? While I do miss family, friends, and former students back in Texas, I look forward to meeting new people and to having grand adventures in South Korea."
B.A : Texas A & M University
Howdy! I’m David Coward, and I’ll be teaching middle school math. I have a B.A. in mathematics from Texas A&M University. I’ve been for 8 years now including 7 years of middle and high school math in texas and one year of ESL in China. This will be my first experience in international school. I’m really excited to begin this phase of my career at CDS. As a math instructor I enjoy sharing an experience with math that can inspire creativity, problem solving, and interest. Mathematics is accessible in many ways and for all learners. Students in my class have the opportunity to learn that mathematics is not a subject of memorization but rather a subject that is dynamic and deep; a subject that can be accessed and understood in a multitude of ways. I look forward to learning together.
Outside of teaching I enjoy travel, reading, disc golf, basketball, live music, cooking, hiking and camping among other things. Ive lived or traveled in China, Taiwan, the Caribbean, Latvia, Estonia and much of the US. I’m looking forward to living in and learning about Korea.
I’m excited to join CDS!
B.A. : Hartwick College
M.A : Lesley University
Hello! My name is Jason Musselman and I grew-up in Concord, Massachusetts, USA. I graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York with a Bachelor's degree in History and from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a Master's degree in High School Education. I have taught US History and Psychology and enjoy looking at various perspectives of the human experience. Prior to my teaching assignments in the US, I taught photography as a means of empowerment and self-expression in South Africa and Honduras. I love sports! I play and coach soccer and run year-round, but I also enjoy watching and getting to know the rules for sports played around the world. I also enjoy reading, traveling and meeting new people. It is my firm belief that students learn best when they make meaningful connections to the material through experiential learning. The most powerful knowledge is gained, not given. While I certainly look forward to teaching my students, I look forward to learning from them as well! I am excited to join the CDS community!
B.A. : University of Michigan
M.A. : Columbia University
Hello! My name is Edina Yoon and I teach history at CDS. I was born in Edina, Minnesota and grew up in California, Seoul, and Connecticut. I received my B.A. from University of Michigan in History and completed my M.A. from Columbia University with an emphasis on Modern Japanese History. I love history and teaching history. As a teacher, my focus is to engage students to think critically and to extend their thinking outside the classroom. Moreover, I love working with students. I am inspired by their energy. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to working with and getting to know CDS students and their families.
B.A: Loras College
M.A: Ball State University
Hi everyone my name is Matthew Riniker and I’m from Balltown, Iowa. Balltown is a small farming community located on the Mississippi River. I earned a B.A. in History & Secondary Education from Loras College and a M.A.E. in School Administration & Supervision from Ball State University. I’ve been extremely lucky to have been able to teach in many diverse environments, as an early childhood teacher in Germany and Italy and as a Social Studies teacher at an inner city school in South Florida. I spent my first year in South Korea teaching in Incheon and the last three years teaching University students ESL and Tourism English.
I look forward to getting to know the students and helping them develop a deeper appreciation of the past. History can be convoluted, as a teacher I love trying to untangle the complexities of the past and making these lessons relevant to the present day.
In addition to my passion for history I also enjoy politics, listening to news podcasts, biking, gardening and whenever I am back in America I love working on our family farm.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University(BS-Professional Studies)
Greetings students and parents of CDS. My name is Jacob Spangler and I am from the Dallas, Texas area. I have taught Social Studies and ESL for the last seven years. I spent three years teaching conversational English and ESL in Hwacheon-gun, South Korea, I have also spent the last four years teaching world history, government and economics in Texas. I have also coached football, basketball, track, volleyball, wrestling, and cross examination debate for the past seven years in both Texas and Korea. I graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University where I played two years of football and two years of baseball and served in student government as V.P. of the junior class. I have been very blessed during my professional and person life. I am married and have two wonderful children. I enjoy most sports and continue to do as much as I can in my personal time. I also enjoy traveling and learning more about different civilizations, reading, playing games, scuba diving, and spending time with my children and wife. I look forward to teaching World and U.S. History and being part of the CDS family.
University of Wisconsin (BA-Broadfield Social Studies/Teaching)
Hello everyone! My name is Peter Harris and I am a excited to be a Social Studies teacher at CDS. I started teaching in the U.K at the Royal School, Wolverhampton where I taught British history and was an assistant housemaster. I also spent three years teaching at the Onalaska Middle School where I educated 7th graders in Social Studies. While with OMS, I coached JV soccer and served as the elected southwest delegate for the Wisconsin Social Studies state board (WCSS). So far I have had a very fortunate life to have lived in Canada, U.K and U.S.A. In my personal life I enjoy playing ice hockey and soccer. My greatest passion is music and in particular, playing the bagpipes. I am excited to teach at CDS and to learn more about Korea!
B.A - University of Wisconsin-Madison (History/Religious Studies minor)
Hello all! I was raised in rural farm country outside the small town of Fox Lake, WI. I earned my BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 with a major in History and minor in Religious Studies. After graduating, I moved to Korea to teach English, working at a public high school and later a private elementary school in Seoul. After these experiences, I decided to pursue teaching as a career and went back to school at UW-Madison for my certification in Broad Field Social Studies and History. I believe that one of the best ways studying Social Studies serves students is through its ability to challenge students to critically consider how we as members of various communities should live with and amongst each other. I am really looking forward to being a part of the CDS community! In my free time, you will likely see me training for one of my other passions: Ultimate. I am currently a member of a professional ultimate team called the Madison Radicals and have a blast working with my teammates, traveling, and playing in front of our awesome home crowd. I also enjoy playing almost any sport, hiking, reading, gardening, playing board games, and learning just about anything. Thanks.
B.S : Northern Michigan University
M.Ed in Progress : Oakland University
Hello everyone, my name is Jeffrey Outinen and I am from the United States of America. I graduated from Northern Michigan University and I received a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education. I am currently working on a Master’s degree in International Baccalaureate Education from Oakland University. Prior to coming to CDS I taught World History and English for 2 years in Beijing, China, English for two years at Masan (마산) Girls High School in South Korea, and World and A.P. US History in America.
In my free time I enjoy reading books, watching and playing sports (baseball is one of my favorites, Go Dinos!) and most of all, traveling. Since I left America for the 1st time, four years ago, I have been to 10 countries and I hope to add a new one every year.
I am very happy to be returning to Korea and I’m really looking forward to the new school year. I am excited to be teaching Social Studies at CDS. See you in August!
B.S. : University of Birmingham
M.S, Ph.D : University of Kent
Salutations, My name is Johnathon Talbot and I am originally from the West Midlands in England, but spent a large chunk of my adult life studying physics at the University of Kent in Canterbury. While undertaking my postgraduate studies I was teaching mathematics and physics laboratory sessions to first and second year physics undergraduates for four years. I came to Korea in May 2013, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. Before joining the CDS team I was teaching science for 1 year to middle and high school students. I get a great deal of pleasure helping children explore the wonders of science and how it all fits in our modern world. Outside of teaching I really enjoy outdoor activities, such as rock climbing, football, cycling and badminton. In fact, there's no sport that I've tried that I don't enjoy. Thank you
B.S. : Seoul National University
Greetings. My name is Jason Howell and I am an American who has spent nearly 12 years in Korea. Growing up my family moved around a bit, and I spent some years in both Korea and the Philippines. I speak fluent Korean and graduated from Seoul National University where I majored in Earth Science Education. There I had the opportunity to work in several labs, including the Sedimentology Lab and the Behavioral Ecology & Evolution Lab, where I was involved in various research projects. During that time I published my own peer-reviewed scientific research on micropaleontology. Since graduating I have spent the last four and a half years teaching middle school science in a Korean private school. I have also taught supplementary ESL courses and continue to work from time to time as a semi-professional translator. Occasionally, I have also appeared or worked on various multi-media broadcasting ventures at both Arirang TV and EBS Radio.
Personally, I enjoy travelling and exploring new places and making new acquaintances. I love hiking and admiring the scenic mountains of Korea. At home I enjoy reading and gaming and even cooking from time to time. I am married to a lovely Korean woman and we have two incredibly handsome boys. I look forward to an amazing experience at CDS.
B.S: The State University of New York, SUNY
Hello everyone! My name is Christopher Martin and I am excited to be part of the team here at CDS. I grew up and lived in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I completed both my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and Masters of Education degree at Rutgers University. I also received a Master’s degree in Science and Math education from Villanova University. Throughout my time in the US, I worked extensively in the field of science research as well as the field of education. I have also previously taught courses in science and math in Korea at the high school and undergraduate level. It is my goal in the classroom to create an environment where students are involved in learning that promote and engage them in scientific practices of questioning, investigation, and argumentation as well as learning content in a relevant and motivating context. Outside the classroom, I enjoy exercising, playing sports such as soccer and baseball, reading, and traveling. I look forward to meeting all of you as we embark on our journey together.
Standford University/(BS-Mechanical Engineering)
Hello CDS students and staff! I’m Chris Lyke and I’m thrilled to be joining you to teach 8th grade physical science and high school environmental science next year. For the last eight years I’ve been teaching high school math and science in Denver, Colorado. Before becoming a teacher I was a software engineer, living and working in different parts of the US. Having grown up near Denver I had to leave the area to go to school and work in order to appreciate how beautiful Colorado is but once I did I knew this is where I wanted to settle down and raise a family. Now with my two sons (Owen and Max) grown I have the opportunity to travel again and I’m looking forward to learning about the land, the people, and the culture of Korea and other countries in the East where I’ve never been before. Part of what I like most about teaching, besides getting to know my students, is the opportunity to keep learning and growing myself. In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, sailing, kayaking, and playing Ultimate Frisbee as well as quieter pursuits such as reading, movies, gardening, cooking, and chess. I hope to be able to share many of my interests with CDS students during my time there. Thank you for welcoming me, CDS. I look forward to meeting you in person soon.
University of Florida(BS-Chemical Engineering) / Auburn University (M.Ed-General Science Education)
Hello! my name is Hyon and I will be joining CDS as a Chemistry teacher this school year!! Just a little bit about me: I was born in Busan and immigrated to Florida when I was young with my family. When I was nine, I was given the name John by my aunt so I go by John as well. As a student, I went to University of Florida to study Chemical Engineering and Auburn University for Science Education. My career began in the corporate industry working as an engineer and as an assistant manager. But now as an educator, I no longer put my efforts in manufacturing and sale of products but in building up of character and knowledge through the students that I am privileged to teach. As a teacher, I hope to instill in my students a passion and joy in learning the natural world of science. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities such as trail walking, fishing, and going to beach. I also like to involve myself in church activities and meet people from different walks of life. I look forward to meeting my new students and becoming part of the staff at CDS.
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
Hi guys, My name is Soo Min Lee and I will be teaching 10th grade chemistry. I went to University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, to study chemistry.
I love chemical reactions with all different color of precipitation, flames and explosion! I hope you get to enjoy chemistry as much as I did when I was in school. I am very excited to study chemistry with you . Many of you think chemistry as a hard subject. However I will try my best to prove that chemistry is not a hard subject, but one of the most exciting and helpful subject! Whenever you feel you are lost, please come and visit me. I will be glad to help you. Once you understand simple rules, you will be the master of chemistry!
B.A, M.S : University of Michigan
Hello! My name is Linda Choo and I'm from the United States, a native of the Metro Detroit area. I am very excited to join CDS as a librarian for the middle school and high school. During college, I started working as a library assistant at the University of Michigan, which launched my career in libraries, now twelve years and counting. I attended graduate school at the University of Michigan School of Information and earned a master's degree in information with a specialization in library and information services. I look forward to working with the students and faculty at CDS, providing access to resources for teaching and learning, and helping students gain research and information literacy skills for the digital age. As a child, I loved going to the library and checking out books to read. I still enjoy libraries, not only as place to work, but also as a place of recreation and a hub of lifelong learning. I hope students and faculty will always see the school library as a welcoming place and visit often to take advantage of all that the library has to offer!
B.A : University of Texas
Hello everyone! My name is Frankie Hinds. I have lived and worked in the Lone Star State my entire life. I have taught Special Education and English for 10 years. I began my pursuit of higher education at Sul Ross State University and finished up at the University of Texas in San Antonio with a BA in English and a minor in Health.
I love to travel. I have been fortunate enough to get to explore many different countries and experience a few of the cultures that this big beautiful wonderful world has to offer. I look forward to adding South Korea to this list and being able to call it home as I continue my career and calling as a teacher. So if y'all see me around please feel free to shout out a big ol' 안녕하세요!
B.A. : Central Michigan University
Hello everyone! My name is Daniel Clem, and I come to CDS via Beijing, China, where I taught Science for the last 4 years and served as Athletic Director for the last 2 years. I also coached varsity boy’s basketball for 4 years while in Beijing. Before teaching in Beijing, I attended Central Michigan University, where I attained my Bachelors Degree in Education, majoring in Earth Science and Physical Education. I was born in Flint, Michigan in the United States along with a twin brother. In my free time I enjoy playing basketball, working out, reading books, studying Chinese (I hope to pick up Korean as well!), going fishing and watching American TV series. I am very excited about starting a new chapter in my life at CDS!
B.S. : Wilfrid Laurier University Kinesiology & P. E
B.Ed. : York University
M.A. : University of Southern California Education - TESOL
Aloha, my name is Jitesh Parmar, a high school PE teacher from Canada. Having spent the past 6 years in Korea teaching PE and English to elementary students, led me down a path to my recently acquired Junior level qualifications and an MA in Education for TESOL. I enjoy learning, teaching, and continued growth as a professional. From a young age, I developed a reputation of being natural leader and a hard-nosed player, especially when it came to playing sports. However, coaching students/athletes brings just as much joy if not more. Either way, I love sports (talking, watching, and playing), am a huge fitness and health enthusiast, and enjoy all sorts of activities both indoors and outdoors. Beyond that, I love traveling and uncovering what Earth has to offer, reading, listening to music, watching tv-shows/movies and quoting them, cooking, etc. I am very thankful for CDS giving me the opportunity to share my expertise with the rest of the teaching staff in teaching PE to the First Program and coaching sports. It's game time!
B.Ed : University of Western Ontario
Hello everyone! I'm Shawn Monette. This is my 10th year in Korea. I spent the past six years as the athletic director and middle school and high school physical/health education teacher at my previous school. Prior to working at that school, I also taught conversational English in Korea for three years. In 2010, I left Korea for one year to teach at a bilingual elementary school in Taiwan. I missed Korea so much that I returned at the end of that school year. I am originally from London, Ontario, Canada and I attended the university of Western Ontario, where I obtained my kinesiology degree. Although, I come from Canada, I have made Korea my 2nd home and I absolutely love it here. My hobbies include basketball, volleyball, badminton and most other sports. I also enjoy traveling as much as possible and cooking. I've travelled all over Asia and have taken a few cooking courses while in those countries as well. I am very passionate about education and sports, so I am excited to be working at CDS and I can't wait to start teaching and coaching. I promise to do my part in continually helping CDS become a better and better place for students and staff. Looking forward to seeing you around CDS!!
B.F.A. : School of Art Institute of Chicago
Hello everyone! My name is DiAnna Pantano. I teach Visual Arts in the CDS High School, and have been head of the Fine Arts Department since the start of the 2015 school year.
I’m originally from in Chicago, IL in the United States, but I relocated to Korea in 2014 when I began teaching at CDS. I received my undergraduate and teaching certification from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I majored in Fine Arts and Art Education.
I am extremely interested in art from a critical thinking perspective and love to get my students up and talking about their work! In my classes students will examine the work of contemporary artists and draw inspiration and focus to be put towards developing their own artistic identity and practices.
Outside of the classroom I spend most of my time working on personal artwork or trying out new recipes! I enjoy my nightly runs in Cheongna (minus the bugs) and have recently taken up b
B.A: Plymouth State University
Hello all! My name is Samuel Aaron Tolley and I teach secondary music here at CDS. I am originally from the beautiful woodland state of New Hampshire in the U.S.A. There I attended Plymouth State University where I acquired a B.A. in Theatre arts. and a B.S. in Music Education with voice as my primary instrument and piano as my secondary.
Music has always been a part of my life. My father being a musician meant there was always music filling my home. I joined my school chorus at a very young age and learned that I love to sing. Once I reached high school I joined my school marching band and learned instruments such as the flute, french horn, mellophone, piano and then many more once I attended my university and started training to be a music teacher.
I am exceptionally excited to join CDS and share my love for music, both vocal and instrumental, with the students. I’m also interested in learning what kind of music the student body listens to. Introduce me to your favorite artists and genres. I love hearing new music!
B.FA: Carnegie Mellon University
M.A: Tufts University
My name is Alice Kim and I teach Fine Arts at Cheongna Dalton School. I was born in the United States, but I had the wonderful opportunity to grow up in two different countries. While I was living in Korea, I had the privilege to go to an international school. Through that experience, I learned the benefits of being a student in an international school environment, and I am very excited to experience this environment as a teacher.
During my undergraduate years at Carnegie Mellon University, I had multiple years to perfect my skills in many art mediums. My experience in graphic design, and curatorial duties have also given me a wider understanding of how the arts can be applied in the professional world. I would like to teach students that the skills learned in the art classroom can be applied to multiple different professions.
During my graduate studies at Tufts University, I received my initial licensure in Massachusetts for PreK-12th grade. I also have experiences in an elementary school, middle school, high school, and college classrooms. Although I have finished my schooling, I will continue to research art education and create a classroom that allows students to cultivate skills like creative problem solving and innovative thinking.
B.Drama: Stellenbosch University
B. Tech Drama: Tshwane University of Technology
Hi everyone, I am Jana Nortier. I was born and raised in South Africa at the most Southern point of the beautiful African continent. After completing two degrees in Drama at Stellenbosch University and Tshwane University of Technology irrespectively, I pursued a career in both teaching and the entertainment industry. Both my parents were teachers and sharing knowledge has always been running through my veins, but pursuing my passion for the performance arts was also undeniable. Building a very successful career in the television and film industry, and working with some of South Africa’s top talent, I felt the time was right to take a break from that demanding lifestyle and invest in the next generation of performers, writers and film producers, by sharing my experience and knowledge as a teacher. I have a deep rooted passion for people, the arts and new adventures. I secretly enjoy a good game of chess and often loose myself in a good book or television series. But my “likes” cannot be narrowed down, as I always try to see the positive in every experience. A lecturer once told me the basics of Drama are simple: the three E’s. Entertain, enlighten and educate. I will always stand firmly by these principles and look forward to grow, teach and learn with the whole team at CDS.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.Music Ed - Music Education)
Hello friends! My name is Karissa Van Liew, and I am thrilled to join the staff team at CDS, where I will teach Middle School Music. Growing up, my family lived in several places including China, when I was very young, and the Northwest and Midwest parts of the United States. However, I can strongly say, I am from Lincoln, Nebraska, which is where I received my Bachelor’s of Music Education degree, with emphasis on the flute. Go Big Red! While at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I particularly enjoyed participating in the Cornhusker Marching Band, where I marched piccolo and served as one of the Drum Majors my final year. I also enjoyed studying World Music and finding ways to use music to break cultural boundaries. I am eager to share my passion for music with the students at CDS. I believe in providing them with a comprehensive music education that allows them to actively experience a broad spectrum of music areas. I desire all my students to become lifelong participants of music. Apart from music, I also love cooking, camping, hiking, rock climbing, playing soccer, and playing social board games.
Calvin College (BA-Visual Arts Education)
Hi there! My name is Kimberly Bouman and I will be teaching Visual Arts to grades 5th, 6th, 8th and 10th. I was born and raised in Michigan in United States and graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education and emphasis in studio ceramics. I completed two years of teaching Visual Arts in Indonesia which allowed me to experience a rich culture and teach learners from ages 8 years old to 16 years old.
I’ve always enjoyed experiencing new cultures, people, foods, and locations giving me the opportunity to learn and appreciate something new. A few specific hobbies of mine include painting, ceramics, hiking, running, doing recreational sports whether in the water or snow. And spending time eating and playing games with family and friends.
I love trying new things and working with my hands, therefore I was geared towards an occupation where I can inspire others to create, make mistakes, and appreciate their surroundings as well. Being a teacher allows me to share with and guide children in their own exploration and discoveries which is such a privilege and responsibility. I am eager and excited to be joining the CDS community and helping learners absorb their intricate and beautiful surroundings.
University of Wisconsin (BA-Music Education)
My name is Madeline Fitzpatrick and I am from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I spent the past 2 years teaching middle school band and general music, as well as coaching high school track and field in Wisconsin. Prior to that, I was teaching Kindergarten through 12th grade general, instrumental and vocal music in a tiny school district in Southeastern Alaska. I was on a Native American reservation and though it was very remote, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there meeting new people, learning about the culture, the language, trying new foods, and learning about their music. When I moved away to be closer to my, now, husband, I knew that teaching abroad and learning about different cultures and parts of the world was something that I wished to experience again. I really enjoyed teaching beginning band recently, but found that I missed teaching the younger students. I am overjoyed to be moving to a new part of the world to teach both beginning band and general music in the First Program.
B.A. : University of Wisconsin-Madison
¡Hola amigos! Me llamo Señorita Yang Hee Joo and I will be a Spanish teacher at CDS. I majored Spanish Education and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the School of Education program, I taught students in Leopold Elementary, O’Keeffe Middle, and West High School for 2 years and I also studied in Granada, Spain.
I first came to the United States when I was in 10th grade. After a year, my family moved to Monterrey, Mexico and I was thrilled to learn the language for the first time. It was a fascinating experience that I was able to communicate with local people there! This was my first encounter to this marvelous language. This experience led me to study Spanish Education extensively. I also went to Buenos Aires, Argentina by myself as a volunteer to teach little kids, whose families emigrated from Uruguay, Spanish. I enjoy traveling different countries, meeting new people, and experiencing different culture.
In my classroom, I value encouraging all students to engage and participate in and an important component of this to me is providing less-barrier learning environment as a teacher. I’m really excited to teach at CDS and looking forward to meeting you all!
B.A : Seoul National University (Korean Language)
M.A : Seoul National University (Education)
Hi, Everyone. I am glad to meet and teach you guys this year. My name is KyungHee Kim, and I have taught Korean Language and Literature over 20 years including at an international school in the U.S.A. I would like to communicate with students through interesting activities, such as presentation, play, team projects, writing, and discussion. I particularly love to talk with people. As hobbies, I enjoy spending time on watching movies, climbing mountains, and listening to music. Furthermore, I love travelling many foreign countries because I can experience different people and culture in the world.
B.A: Dankook University
My name is Yong Hoe Kim. I will be teaching Korean at CDS. For the last 15 years, I taught Korean language, literature, discussion, writing, presentations, etc. at an international middle school. We will study Korean, which is the core of Korean culture, in an easy and fun way. To develop advanced language skills, we will learn how to organize our thoughts for effective communication. Communication activities in both speaking and writing will vary according to the student's level.My interests are in sports and music. I have played tennis and soccer for 10 years and performed SamulNori, which is a type of Korean traditional music, for 15 years. I coach sports and teach music at a Korean middle school. Also, I enjoy traveling by railroad. I hope that we build a happy community together at CDS through many fun and engaging activities.Thank you very much.
B.A: Tunghai University
M.A: New York University
Hello! Ni Hao! My name is Donna Wang. I was born and grew up in Taiwan. I went to New York University for graduate school, majoring in Bilingual Education, and also took additional courses in Teaching English as a Second Language. After the 2 years of graduate school, I got married and moved to Korea. I was very blessed to have 3 children, and I am still very enthusiastic to be a teacher after having children. I have been a Bilingual teacher in English and Chinese and have been teaching international students from kindergarten to college for more than 10 years. Through my teaching experiences and the courses I took at New York University, I am able to identify and know my students’ learning patterns and apply appropriate approaches to help them to learn Chinese efficiently. I truly believe that educating is more than just a profession. It is a calling. I love to teach and wholeheartedly believe every child has the potential to achieve their best if guided, nurtured and encouraged through praise. My passion is to help students to be able to learn efficiently and to give every child the opportunity they need to feel successful. I’m very excited to teach Chinese in CDS. I look forward to learning from my colleagues and being able to help our students learn interestingly, academically, and successfully.
B.A : Korea University
M.A : Chungnam National University
Hello, everyone. My name is Liu Yan and I am from Qingdao, China. Qingdao is located in the opposite side of Incheon and is very close to Korea. I have been in Korea for more than ten years and it is no exaggeration to say that Korea is my second home. I enjoy Korean culture and Korean food.
I am excited to join the outstanding team of teachers at CDS. I received my B.A. in Business Administration from Korea University, and I earned my M.A. in International Trade from the same university. I am enrolled in the education graduate school of Chungnam National University and I will obtain a master’s degree teaching certificate for Chinese in July, 2016. I have over six years of experience in teaching Chinese to students of various academic grades and fluency levels.
I am passionate about teaching and teaching is not only a translation of knowledge, but having effective communication with students. I am confident in my ability to create a “love of learning “environment for CDS students and I am excited to bring dedication, love and motivation to my students. I hope my students can perform at a very high level in Chinese with my help and gain the passion for learning Chinese in my class.
Ankara University (BA-Spanish Language and Lit);
Framingham State College (M.Ed-International Education);
University of Southern Queensland (M.Ed-Guidance and Counseling)
Hi! My name is Aysem Bray. I am originally Turkish, immigrated to the US, and I teach Spanish with my Australian Teaching License in Korea. I am proud to call myself a global citizen. I love traveling, and have traveled to many countries: Mexico, Spain, Peru, Cuba, Thailand, China, Egypt, Cambodia are the ones that come to my mind. I have lived in Korea and Saipan for the past 13 years. I have taught Spanish, Computers, and Yearbook to middle and high schoolers. In 2011, I decided to pursue my dream of studying Guidance Counseling. I wanted to know how much more I could do to help my students. In 2014 I completed all the requirements and earned my degree in Guidance and Counseling from Australia. Since 2011 I have applied my understanding of counseling not only to my students but also to my coworkers. I like providing them with opportunities to examine their issues and assisting them in coming to their own conclusions for effective problem solving and social-emotional behavior management.
I am an Apple Distinguished Educator, class of 2011. Being and ADE opened up a new way of looking at teaching for me. I like using technology in my class, and I like learning new concepts and apply them in my day to day teaching. My goal this year is to become a Google Certified Teacher and learn Korean.
My hobbies are traveling, running, swimming, hiking, jewelry making and spending quality time with my husband, Tim Bray, and friends on the weekends.
Assumption University of Thailand (M.Ed-Curriculum and Instruction)
Peking University (B.Economics)
Bethel University (I.B Education)
"Hello, my name is Haitao Wu/?海? a.k.a Lester. I am a licensed K-12 teacher of Mandarin-Chinese and English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in New Hampshire State, USA. I hold a master's degree in education, specialising in curriculum and instruction, and a postgraduate certificate in IB education. I am also a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, UK. My teaching career has brought me from my homeland, China, to Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Cambodia and Korea. I have been teaching Mandarin-Chinese and ESOL to pre-primary, primary, secondary and adult students in different school settings. I believe that language education takes place in non-threatening environments in which learners can acquire rather than merely learn a language through interacting with each other and with a competent user of the language, i.e., the teacher for communicative purposes. In addition, I believe in holistic education and multi-intelligence, thus actively collaborate with teachers of other subjects and always prepare various learning activities to cope with different learning preferences.
In my spare time, I enjoy travelling around the world, wine tasting, cooking, reading and cinema. As a global trotter, I have left footsprints in many incredible places around the world, the Arctic Circle, the peak of Yulong Mountain at 4860m above sea level, Pompeii, to name just a few."
B.A : Shanghai Normal University
Hello, everyone! My name is Jiawen Gong. I was born and raised in Shanghai and I speak both Mandarin and Shanghai dialect. I graduated from Shanghai Normal University with a B.A. in Teaching Chinese as A Foreign Language and have been teaching Chinese to international students for many years.
I began my teaching career at a bilingual school of China Welfare Institute in 2011. Before joining CDS, I also taught Chinese in a British school in Shanghai for over three years. Experience in teaching language and culture to both native speakers and foreign speakers helped me better understand and practice the eastern and western styles of teaching.
I feel proud of promoting my mother language to students from different parts of the world. I enjoy passing on my passion of learning a new language and aims to create a communicative, creative, enjoyable learning environment for students at CDS. In addition, I’m fascinated by Chinese culture, enjoying Chinese painting, dancing and calligraphy. I endeavor to introduce these to students through my teaching.
In my spare time, I love photography, reading and swimming.
B.A : Pompeu Fabra University / Autonomous University of Barcelona
M.A : Isabella I University / Pablo Olavide University
¡Hola! Me llamo Adrian Biarje and I will be teaching Spanish at CDS. I am from Gijon, a small and beautiful city on the north coast of Spain.
I hold a master´s degree in Teaching Spanish to Foreigners and Secondary Foreign Language Education. During the last five years, I have taught Spanish to Elementary, Middle and High school students in Beijing and Hong Kong. Besides teaching I have also been an examiner for DELE and IGCSE exams.
I believe that learning a foreign language does not only bring along great career opportunities but also broadens our understanding of the world. It makes us more aware of others. I will guide you in the discovering of Spanish speaking countries and their cultures. Games, songs, literature, movies and definitely a lot of interaction are awaiting you, just follow me!
As a language teacher (and learner) moving to Korea it is indeed a great opportunity for me to learn the language, #한굴 here I go!
In addition to traveling and languages, contemporary dance is another of my passions. Nevertheless, If not dancing you may also find me outdoors trekking or swimming. Reading novels and watching films are also two of the ways that I like to relax and spend my free time.
I am looking forward to starting this new adventure and meeting you all!
B.S : Universidad Central Del Ecuador
¡Bienvenidos! Welcome! I am Iveth Morillo, originally from Quito, Ecuador in South America. Being an International Baccalaureate and IGCSE Educator in English and Spanish, has embarked me on many inspiring adventures while teaching at International Schools in both South America, and the USA. This has allowed me to gain insight and learn short phrases from students from over seventy different countries. Education and teaching languages has been the passion that gets me up every morning knowing that through the power of teaching, I might be the little spark that lightens up the fire that ignites curiosity where knowledge will shine. This has motivated me to travel and share beautiful experiences where students gain confidence in communicating and embarking in the enlightening journey of becoming more aware of the world by learning more about the Hispanosphere. Let's embark on this new adventure!