Branksome Hall Asia
a remarkable journey

Junior School

The real benefits of the Branksome Hall Asia experience start in Junior School. The early exposure to rich academic and cultural education at Branksome Hall Asia better prepares your child to be a true leader in today’s increasingly global world.

We implement an international curriculum framework and are dedicated to ensuring the best possible development of your child’s total well-being. We focus equally on:

  • Academic rigor and challenge
  • Emotional development and support strategies
  • Physical wellness and development
  • Technology to support and encourage learning
  • Inquiry-based approaches to learning and teaching
  • Gender equality issues
  • Student-initiated actions that make a difference locally, nationally and globally
  • International perspectives, appreciation and understanding through multicultural studies
  • English as the language of instruction with additional language studies in Korean or Chinese
  • Extensive co-curricular activities in the Arts and Sports
  • Class sizes with a maximum of 20 students; 18 in the Kindergarten classes
  • Educational assistants and co-teachers at every grade level

Recent initiatives in the Junior School at Branksome Hall Asia:

  • A structured play-based approach in our Early Years program (Junior and Senior Kindergarten) appropriate for the youngest member of our school community.
  • Collaboration between our English and Information Technology departments to develop and improve language acquisition.
  • Faculty from the Junior school, Middle/Senior school and students work together on a meaningful project called ‘Empty Bowls,’ directed towards hunger and poverty awareness, which requires sustained engagement, action and collaboration and leads to service.

Your daughter is destined to discover her ‘Remarkable’ at Branksome Hall Asia.

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Junior School Faculty

Senior Leadership Team

Head of Junior School
Susan Tilney

Qualifications
Master of Science - Financial Economics (London University, UK)
Bachelor of Education (Reading University, UK)
Diploma in Mathematical Education (Buckinghamshire College of Education, UK)
CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Biography
Susan has worked in international, independent and state schools in various locations throughout the world including Asia, New Zealand, the Middle East and the Caribbean. She has held a variety of leadership positions and most recently was Deputy Primary Principal and PYP Coordinator at St. Andrew’s International School in the Bahamas. Susan is particularly interested in assessment, the arts and numeracy.



Deputy Head of Junior School
PYP Coordinator

Dave Secomb

Qualifications
M.Ed. (Queensland University of Technology)
B. Sc. & Dip. Ed. (Edith Cowan University)

Biography
David is an experienced international educator who has taught in schools in the UK, Singapore, Switzerland and South Korea. He places a high value on developing strong relationships with students, parents and colleagues. David is passionate about inquiry and also maintains strong interests in technology integration and assessment. He looks forward to leading the continued development of the Junior School curriculum and pedagogy.

JK Prep


Laura Dyet

Qualifications
B.A (Wilfird Laurier Univeristy)
B.Ed (Univeristy of Western Ontario)

Biography
Laura is an experienced Early Years educator who has been teaching the PYP curriculum for the past 4 years. She has worked in various locations throughout Asia and Canada, and has a passion for play-based learning and outdoor education. Laura is the Early Years Coordinator at BHA, and looks forward to using Reggio Emilia as an inspiration for developing the Early Years program.


Rebecca Armstrong

Qualifications

Masters Degree - International and Community Development
Bachelors Degree - Early Childhood Education

Biography
Rebecca is our new Junior Kindergarten teacher. An Australian national, she has a Masters degree in International and Community Development from Deakin University in Australia and a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She has spent the last year as a research assistant at the University of Tasmania working on a National Mathematics project.

Junior Kindergarten


Amy Ivany

Qualifications
BA (Memorial University, Newfoundland)
B.Ed. (Memorial University, Newfoundland)

Biography
Amy Ivany is an experienced Primary/Elementary teacher who has worked in public, independent, and international schools in various locations around the world. She has perviously worked in Canada and China as a Primary Years educator, and in South Korea as an Early Years educator. She has a keen interest in play-based learning and development of the whole child.



Katherine Lore

Qualifications

B.S Early Childhood Multicultural Education (University of New Mexico)
M.A. language, Literacy and Socio-cultural Studies ( University of New Mexico)

Biography

Katherine is an experienced Early Years educator who has taught for over 10 years in the United States and Asia. She has an interest in multiculturalism, the Reggio Emilia Approach, and facilitating higher level thinking skills through play based learning.

Senior Kindergarten

Elizabeth Kim


Qualifications
B.Ed (McGill University)
B.Kin (McGill University)
TESOL Certificate

Biography
Elizabeth is an experienced Primary/Elementary educator who has worked in independent and international schools. She has worked in classrooms in Canada and South Korea before coming to Branksome Hall Asia. Elizabeth has a keen interest in language development and early years teaching.


Ben Tan

Qualifications
B. Ed (University of the Sunshine Coast)

Biography
Ben joins us from the Siena Catholic Primary School in Australia. He holds a Bachelors degree in Primary Education. We welcome his experience in creating differentiated activities to cater for all students’ ability levels and learning goals.

Grade 1

Amber Cavanagh


Qualifications
Post Grad in Literacy (Massey)
B.Tchng & Learning (Christchurch)

Biography
Amber is an experienced educator who has worked in public and international schools in New Zealand, the UK, Egypt and now South Korea. She has a passion for literacy and is in her fifth year of teaching the PYP curriculum.



Kristie Cairns

Qualifications
B.Ed (University of Toronto)
B.A (University of Toronto)
TESL Certificate (Teaching English as a Second Language)

Biography
Kristie has worked with elementary students in China, South Korea, and Canada. This will be her second year at Branksome Hall Asia, having worked with middle school and junior school students last year as a Teaching Don. She continues to learn and develop her practice, with a key interest in character education and restorative practice.


Ketura Rich


Qualifications
M.Ed University of Vermont
B.A. Keene State College

Biography
This is Ketura’s 4th year teaching early years. She previously worked at an international school in Myanmar and before that in the United States as a special educator. She has an interest in Reggio Emilia inspired early learning and teaching children with learning differences.

Grade 2


Heidi Roy

Qualifications
B.Ed ( University of Victoria New Zealand)

Biography
Heidi has worked in international, independent and state schools in various locations throughout the world including Asia, New Zealand and Africa. She has a pasion for nurturing children



Veronica Pang

Qualifications
B.Ed (University of Western Ontario)

Biography
We welcome Veronica back to the BHA community. Veronica holds a Bachelors degrees in Education and Medical Science. She has been a classroom co teacher and a residence teacher at Branksome Hall Asia this past year. She has worked in various schools in Hong Kong and Canada. She has a key interest in restorative practice and a passion for helping students develop a love for literacy and science.



Christopher Hoff

Qualifications
Bachelors Degree - Primary Junior Teaching (Trent University)
Bachelors Degree - (University of Toronto)

Biography
Christopher joins us from Munich International School, where he has been teaching for the last three years. Christopher is a strong PYP teacher who has been teaching primary school for the last eight years. He holds a Bachelors degree in Primary Junior Teaching from Trent University and a Bachelors from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Grade 3








Penelope Clark

Qualifications
B.Ed (Deakin Univeristy)

Biography
Penelope joins us from a primary school in Australia with experience teaching grade 2 for the past three years. She has a strong focus on building relationships with her students, and creating a positive and supportive learning environment. This will encourage them to reach their personal and academic goals and to achieve success both now and in the future.


Kirra Tan

Qualifications
B.Ed (University of the Sunshine Coast)

Biography
This is Kirra's first year at Branksome Hall Asia. she has worked at various public and private schools in Australia and is now excited to be here in Jeju. Kirra is passionate about empowering students to reach their highest personal and academic potential.



Arnold Poe

Qualifications
B.A (Canterbury Univ.)

Biography
Arnold worked at Jelloabukdo Office of Education in Korea as an English Teacher for the last six years.

Visual Arts

Jessica Mor


Qualifications
Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts (University of West England)
PGCE (University of Bristol)

Biography
Jessica is our new Visual Arts teacher. A British national, Jessica has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the University of West England and a PGCE from the University of Bristol. She is an experienced and skilled artist, teacher and coach. She has taught Art and Drama in Hong Kong and the UK..

Grade 4

Jamie House

Qualifications
B.Ed (Manitoba)
B.P.E. (Manitoba)

Biography
Jamie previously taught Grade 3 for two years at Branksome Hall Asia. He has also taught upper elementary grades in Canadian public schools and international schools in China and Egypt. A qualified IB PYP educator, Jamie is driven to provide a 21st century learning experience where transferable elements of learning are applied into new contexts.


Tara Farr

Qualifications
M.Ed. (Converse College)
B.A. (Converse College)

Biography
This is Tara's first year at Branksome Hall Asia. She has taught public school in the US, and spent the last four years teaching Fifth Grade at Seoul International School. She has a passion for reading and will complete her Ed.S in Literacy this summer. Tara hopes to channel her love of reading to her students, and foster their creative and thinking skills.


Cameron MacGregor

Biography
Cameron joins us from Shanghai Community International School where he has been teaching Grade 3 and Grade 4 for the past three years. Cameroon has been a U.S. Fulbright Grant recipient and in addition to teaching at various schools in the U.S. he has also taught at a State University.

Grade 5


Rob Cavanagh

Qualifications
M.Ed. (Massey)
Dip. Ed. (Massey)
B.Ed (Christchurch)

Biography
Rob is an experienced educator who has worked in public and international schools in the UK, Egypt and New Zealand. Rob has a keen interest in pedagogical leadership and innovation.



Marissa Archie

Qualifications
MA (State University of New York)
B.S.Ed (Berry College)

Biography
Marissa is an experienced international educator. She is qualified in the Primary Years Program and to work with students in grades 4-8. Marissa also has an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. She has enjoyed teaching in Mexico and South Korea. Marissa Archie keeps a passion for literacy and teaching of the head, heart, and hands of children.

Languages

Songok Cho

Qualifications
B.A( Sacred Heart University)

Biography
Song Cho is a qualified Korean teacher with a registration in Korean Ministry of Education as Level II Korean Language Teacher. She has worked in international schools in Korea for 8 years, currently in her third year teaching at Branksome Hall Asia. She has a keen interest in developing children's language skills through storytelling.


JooYeon Han

Qualifications
M.B.A. (University of Korea Foreign Language), M.Ed. (Jeju),
B.Ed. (Jeju), Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education (Korea)
Korean language and Social Studies

Biography
JooYeon has taught Korean language and social studies with experience working in public and international schools for 10 years in South Korea. She is qualified in the PYP and to work with students in grades 1- 6. JooYeon got the highest teacher certification examination score for teacher appointment, and was awarded a citation for enthusiastic teaching by the Superintendent of Education in South Korea. She has a keen interest in Korean literacy and special education for gifted learners.


Aggie Hang

Qualifications
Doctorate in Education in Chinese Language

Biography
Aggie is our new Chinese teacher. A Chinese national, Aggie has a Doctorate in Education in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Hong Kong. She has 16 years of teaching experience. Aggie joins us from Hong Kong Academy where she has been teaching Chinese (Mandarin) for the last four years.


Music

Jeeyoun Lee

Qualifications
B.Mus (Australian National University)

Grad.Dip.Ed Majoring in Music and LOTE (Korean)

Biography

Jee is an experienced Music and Korean teacher who has taught in international schools, public schools, private schools and university in Australia and South Korea. Jee is an accomplished musician and music educator. She has studied the piano and piano accompaniment in Europe at Mozartteum, Salzburg, Austria and London as well as having performed professionally throughout Australia, London, New York and South Korea. Besides expertise in Music, Jee has also held a number of teaching and leadership roles. Before joining BHA, Jee was a panel advisor for the national Australian Curriculum for Korean (ACARA) for grades K-10 and BSSS Korean for grades 11-12. Being a passionate Music and LOTE teacher, Jee wants to encourage students to be passionate in solving problems as well as seeking new knowledge and experiences in their life time through learning.

EAL

Karen Stevens

Qualifications
Bachelor of Child Study (Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada)
B.Ed. (St. Thomas University, Canada)
M.Sc. (State University of New York, Buffalo, New York)

Biography
Karen has worked with young children in international and public schools in the U.S., Germany, Philippines, Japan and South Korea. A key component in Karen's work is on developing a sense of belonging and peace in learning communities through a focus on social/emotional learning.



Antonia Favilli

Qualifications
Bachelor Degree in Education (Lancaster University)

Biography
Antonio joins us from the International School of Singapore, where she has been teaching for the last two years. Antonio comes to us with a rich experience of teaching and coordinating Language and Science programs for the last 20+ years with schools in China, USA, Switzerland, UAE and England. Antonio holds a Bachelors degree in Education from Lancaster University.



Rachel Johnson

Qualifications
Masters Degree in Special Education
Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education

Biography
Rachel joins us from the American School of Kuwait, where she has been a reading specialist for the last two years. She has worked in elementary schools since the past seven years. Rachel holds a Masters degree in Special Education earning licenses in both Emotional Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities and a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education.


PE

Scott Ngatai

Qualifications
B.Phys.Ed (University of Otago)
Diploma of Teaching (Christchurch College of Education)

Biography
Scott has been teaching for the past 20 years. 13 of which were at secondary schools in New Zealand. The remaining years have been internationally. First in Cairo, Egypt for 3 years where he was the primary head of department and now here at Branksome Hall Asia as a primary physical education teacher for the last 4 years. Scott enjoys the outdoors and has a keen interest in all sports.



Amber Boyce

Qualifications
B.PhEd (University of Otago)
B.Teaching (University of Otago) Physical Education

Biography
Amber has taught secondary Physical Education in New Zealand for 6 years where she was the junior head of department and a pastoral dean. Amber is a qualified PYP educator and has taught primary physical education for the past 3 years at Branksome Hall Asia. Amber is an established sportswomen and certified coach of numerous sports.

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