Our Faculty

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A rigorous recruitment process worldwide ensures that all our teachers are highly qualified and committed to excellence in education. Our educational leaders are highly experienced in all three IB programs offered at Branksome Hall Asia.

Our faculty value the education of the whole child and believe that in order for our students to flourish academically, the intellectual, physical, emotional and ethical aspects of the child must be carefully considered and developed.

The Branksome Hall Asia faculty is committed to delivering the best in education to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, caring, and lifelong learners. Your child is destined for the most remarkable educational experience at Branksome Hall Asia.

At Branksome Hall Asia, we don’t just memorize knowledge. We experiment, apply and debate to expand our knowledge beyond the textbook
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Grade 12 student

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Strategy Team

 






 

Lock, Cinde

Principal

Qualifications

B.Sc.H (Queen's)

B.Ed. (Queen's)

M.Ed. (Queen's)

Ph.D. (Queen's)

Biography

Cinde is the Principal at Branksome Hall Asia. She has been a

teacher and administrator in Canada, and in International Schools
in Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago, and Korea.
She has extensive knowledge of the IB and has served as both MYP
and DP coordinator. With 28 years of experience in education,
Cinde remains passionate about students and their learning.




 

Young, Noeline

Deputy Principal

Qualifications

B.Sc. (Auckland)
PGDip. Educational Leadership (Auckland)

Biography
Noeline is a foundation faculty member of Branksome Hall Asia
and was previously Head of Residence and Head of Student
Affairs. She also held leadership positions as Vice Principal of
Discovery College, an IB World School in Hong Kong and Deputy
Principal at Waikato Diocesan School for Girls in New Zealand.
She is an educator of over twenty years in Science and Biology.
Noeline is an advocate for ‘Restorative Practice’, building trust
and strengthening relationships to improve student outcomes.




 

 

McNutt, Steven

Head of Senior School

Qualifications

B.A. (Acadia)
B.Ed. (Dahousie)

M.A. (Brigham Young)

 

Biography
Steve, who previously served as IB Diploma Coordinator at
Branksome Hall Asia, has worked the past 15 years at international
schools in Korea and China. He previously has held numerous
leadership positions, including Department Head, IB DP coordinator,
and Assistant Principal. He holds a Master of Arts in US History from
Bringham Young University in Utah.


 

Gasparini, John

Head of Middle School

Qualifications

B.S. Biology (Cornell University)
M.Sci. (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
M.Ed. Admin (Endicott College)

Biography
John is an experienced international educator who taught and served in
varied leadership roles both in Europe and in Asia (Munich, Milan,
Singapore, and Korea) for the last 20 years. John has 17 years
of experience within the IB program. He is passionate about science
and education and looks forward to guiding our students and faculty
in achieving academic success and continued intellectual growth.






 

 

Lond-Caulk, Frances

Head of Junior School

Qualifications

B.Ed Hons (Southampton University)
M.A. Educational Leadership (University of Bath)

 

Biography
Frances has worked for 26 years in international schools in China,
Mexico and Thailand, in addition to teaching the United Kingdom.
Her passion is supporting language learning and language acquisition.
Developing partnerships with parents is also something Frances believes
is very important. Children need to see that both at home and school, we are 
working together to help them with their education. Frances holds a
Bachelor of Education and a Masters degree with a focus on leadership
and supporting development and innovation in schools.




 

Lile, Karen
Head of Academics

Qualifications

B.Ed (Massey University)
PG Cert. (AUT, Auckland)
M.Ed Leadership (candidate-Education University
of Hong Kong)
 

Biography

Karen joins us from Auckland International College (AIC) where she has led

as Director of Studies. Karen has traveled extensively and has lived in countries

including Brazil, Japan, UAE and New Zealand with more than 17 years of

experience working in the IB world. She lives and breathes the IB philosophy and

incorporates the Learner Profile into her thinking. She received her Bachelor of

Education from Massey University, New Zealand and obtained her Masters in

International Educational Leadership and Change from the Education University of Hong Kong.



 

Oh, Eugine
Director of Marketing

Qualifications

B.A. (Emory University)

 

Biography
Eugine joins Branksome Hall Asia from a corporate background with a
strong track record in strategic communications, marketing and promotion.
Working for various sectors ranging from international companies to
Korean conglomerates, Eugine has an excellent understanding of consumer
behavior and digital landscape. Eugine holds a Bachelor of Arts from
Emory University in Georgia, USA.



 

Tally, Cristin

Head of Admissions

Qualifications

B.A. (Tufts University)

 

Biography
Cristin has over twenty years of administrative leadership and teaching
experience in private independent schools in domestic and international
settings. She joins us from The Healdsburg School in California as
Director of Enrollment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University,
Massachusetts, USA.



 

McAdams, Terry

Director of Learning
Technology

Qualifications

B.Sc. (Staffordshire University)
QTS (Manchester Metropolitan University)
M.Sc. (Leeds Beckett University)
D.Ed. Gender and Programming (Reading University)

 

Biography
Terry joined Branksome Hall Asia in 2016 after spending 3 years at NLCS
Jeju as the Head of Computer Science. Prior to living in Korea, Terry
was Curricuum Leader for Mathematics and ICT at the British International
School Riyadh. Terry is an exam paper author, principal examiner, and extended
essay examiner for the IB Diploma Computer Science qualification.

Junior School Faculty

Leadership Team

 


Lond-Caulk, Frances

Head of Junior School

Qualifications

B.Ed Hons (Southampton University)
M.A. Educational Leadership (University of Bath)

 

Biography
Frances has worked for 26 years in international schools in

China, Mexico and Thailand, in addition to teaching the United

Kingdom. Her passion is supporting language

learning and language acquisition. Developing partnerships

with parents is also something Frances believes
is very important. Children need to see that both at home

and school, we are working together to help them with

their education. Frances holds a Bachelor of Education

and a Masters degree with a focus on leadership and

supporting development and innovation in schools.


Sutton, Virginia
Deputy Head of

Junior School

Qualifications

DIPT, B.Ed. (Armidale)
M.Ed. (Wollongong)
 

Biography

Virginia joins us from the International School of London,

Qatar, where she served as the Head of Primary School.

Virginia held Head of Junior School positions at IB

International schools in Japan, and the United Arab Emirates

following years of teaching experience in Japan, England and

Australia. She is an IB consultant, IB Team Leader Visitor and

an ESL in Mainstream trainer. Virginia holds a Master of 

Education in Educational Leadership from the University of

Wollongong, Australia.

Junior Kindergarten

 







Wilson, Ciara

JK/JKP GLC

Qualifications

BSc. (Hons) (Ulster University)

PGC.Ed. (University of Cumbria)

M.Ed (candidate – UCL)

Biography
Ciara joins us after 5 years of teaching in China,

coming from an IB PYP World School where she was

JK Prep to SK Coordinator and promoted the ideologies of

global citizenship within the classroom. She holds a BSc.

in Radiation Science from the University of Ulster, a

PGCertEd. from the University of Cumbria and is

currently working towards her Masters in Education.


 


 

Molia, Moresi

JK Teacher

Qualifications

B.Ed. (Massey University)
BA (Victoria University)


Biography
Molia joins us with more than 9 years of teaching

experience at different primary schools in New Zealand.

She holds a Bachelor of Education from the Massey

University, New Zealand and a Bachelor of Arts Social

Humanities majoring in Education and Pacific Studies at

Victoria University, New Zealand. She also taught English

in Brunei Darussalam.

Senior Kindergarten

 







Witt, Rhonda

SK GLC

Qualifications

B.Ed. Primary (Deakin)


Biography
Rhonda is an experienced PYP teacher who joins us from her

previous position as Early Childhood Teacher, English Schools

Foundation Tung Chung Campus, based in Hong Kong.

Prior to Hong Kong, Rhonda taught for more than 26 years in

Australia, Canada, USA, Vietnam, and Japan. She holds a Bachelor

of Education from the Deakin University in Melbourne Australia.



 

Moran, Jackie

SK Teacher

Qualifications

HDIP in Primary Education (Hibernia College Dublin)

B.A in Social Science (Sligo I.T)


Biography

Jackie joins us from Dubai where she taught PYP

for two years. She graduated with a Higher Diploma

in Primary Education from Hibernia College Dublin

and taught in Ireland for two years. Previous to this

she worked as an English teacher in Busan, South

Korea for three years in both the private and public

sector. As an educator, Jackie is dedicated to the

social and emotional development of each child in

her care. She makes it her goal to ensure that the

education of her students is a fun, interactive and

positive experience.



Heaton, Victoria

SK Teacher

Qualifications

B.Ed. (OISE, University of Toronto)

B.F.A (NSCAD University) Forest School Practitioner

Certificate (Child and Nature Alliance of Canada)


Biography
Victoria was an intern teacher at Branksome

Hall Asia and is now moving into a full-time teaching

role. She joins us from Canada where she completed

her teacher certification at the University of Toronto.

She has over 10 years experience teaching EAL

students  in Korean universities, public schools,

teacher training  centers and outdoor education

programs. She has recently completed certification

with the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada to

become a forest school practitioner. Last year she

added to her Ontario qualifications to include Teaching

Reading and Kindergarten.

 

Grade1

 


Smyth, Jalyn

G1 GLC

Qualifications

B.A. (Acadia University)

Graduate Diploma Primary Education

(Waikato University)


Biography

Jalyn is in her second year at Branksome Hall Asia.

She joins us with 7 years of teaching experience

in public, independent and international schools in

Canada, New Zealand, and Korea. Jalyn has a keen

interest in language development and literacy integration.

She holds a Graduate Diploma of Teaching from

Waikato University.


 

Nelmes, Gail

G1 Teacher

Qualifications

(Hons.) DipT. B.Ed. (Waikato)

MSc (SUNY)


Biography

Gail is our new PYP teacher who joins us from NLCS Jeju.

She brings approximately 20 years of global teaching

experience from Qatar, Turkey, New Zealand, and England.

She has worked with children from 8mths - 18yrs but

particularly enjoys teaching 6-8 year olds. Gail holds a

Teaching Diploma, Bachelor of Education (Waikato

University, NZ) and Master of Science from the State

University of New York.


 

Kung, Betsy

G1 Teacher

Qualifications

B. Sc. (University of Toronto Mississauga)

B.Ed. (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

University of Toronto)


Biography
Betsy holds a Bachelor of Science from the

University of Toronto. Prior to completing her teaching

certification she worked as a Residence Don at the

University of Toronto. She has teaching experience

from schools in Canada and Taiwan.

Grade4

 


Cormack, Suzanne

G4 Teacher

Qualifications

B.A. (UNISA) (Hons.)

B.Sc. (UNISA)


Biography

Suzanne has been with Branksome Hall Asia as a

Teacher Intern and as a Residence Don since 2016.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

and Social Care specializing in Psychological Counseling

from the University of South Africa and achieved her

International Postgraduate Certificate in Education from

the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom.


McGuinty, Anne-Marie

G4 Teacher

Qualifications

B.A. (University of Ottawa)

B.Ed. (University of British Columbia)
 

Biography

Anne-Marie joins us from Canada where she has been

teaching for the past 19 years. She holds a Bachelor

of Arts from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor

of Education from the University of British Columbia.

Her career includes teaching in Japan, Bahrain

and Germany. Anne-Marie recognizes the limitless

potential of each student and understands the

importance of connecting with her students to

ensure they are engaged and motivated. She is

eager to empower her students with the confidence,

empathy and courage to make a positive contribution

in our dynamic world.

Grade5

 



Farr, Tara

G5 GLC

Qualifications

B.A. History(Converse College)
M.Ed. (Converse University)


Biography

Tara is from the United States and has lived in

South Korea for seven years.She has 18 years

of Upper Elementary  School experience and recently

completed her Education  Specialist Degree in Literacy.

She holds  a Masters in Elementary Education and a

Bachelor of  Arts in History, both from Converse College.


White, Matthew

G5 Teacher

Qualifications

D. BEd (Deakin University, Melbourne)
B.A. History (Deakin University, Melbourne)


Biography

Matthew joins us from Hiroshima International School,

Japan. He holds a Bachelor of Primary Teaching from the

Deakin University, Australia and brings extensive PYP

experience from schools in Colombia, Singapore, Japan

and Australia.


Caruana, Susie

G5 Teacher

Qualifications

B. Ed, B.Tch (Uni of South Africa)


Biography

Susie received her Bachelor of Education for

Primary and JuniorPrimary as well as her

Bachelor of Teaching from the University of South

Australia. She joins us from Colegio Nueva Granada

where she taught for 3 years. Susie brings more

than 20 years of of teaching experience from

Germany, Romania and Austria.

Specialists


 

Hansen, Mara

EAL Teacher Coordinator

Qualifications

B.A. (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


Biography

Mara joins us from a PYP school in Chiang Mai, Thailand

where she served as ELL Specialist for the upper elementary

school. She has spent the last 6 years teaching English

learners in grades K-12 and is passionate about teaching

students within the context of the PYP. She holds a bachelor's

degree in Journalism from IUPUI in downtown Indianapolis.

She loves the outdoors, and exploring the ways by

which language helps us create meaning and mold identity.


 

Roy, Heidi
EAL Teacher

Qualifications

B.Ed. ( Victoria University NZ)


Biography

Heidi is a foundation member of staff at BHA, with
over 30 years of teaching experience from G1 to G10. Her

career has been primarily in the JS in Zimbabwe, Zambia,

New Zealand and Jeju, but also includes being a specialist

tutor for a gifted, blind student and maths teacher in the

MS in New Zealand.

 


Lore, Katie

EAL Teacher

Qualifications

B.S (University of New Mexico)

M.A. (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 of thinking skills through play based learning.


Johnson, Rachel

Literacy Specialist /

Assessment Coordinator

Qualifications

B.A. (Bemidji State University)

M.S. (Bemidji State University)


Biography

Rachel is in her second year at Branksome Hall Asia.

She came to BHA by way of Kuwait City and Minneapolis,

Minnesota where she has worked in elementary schools

as a Reading Specialist, Classroom Teacher and a

Special Education Teacher. 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.


Rand, Amina

Learning Support

Qualifications

Bsc.(Hons) (University of Manchester)


Biography

Amina joins us from Australia where she was the head

of a learning area for high needs and complex needs

students. She has over fifteen years experience in

multiple learning needs and ESL teaching to a variety

of age groups in Australia, Ireland, U.K, Nepal and

New Zealand. She is interested in whole-child development

and understands the importance of high expectations

which ultimately lead to high success in all students.


 

Han, Jooyeon

Korean Language

Qualifications

(Hons.) B.Ed.(Jeju National University)

M.Ed.(Jeju National University)

M.B.A.(HUFS)


Biography

Jooyeon is a qualified IB PYP Korean language teacher

with 11 years experience working in public and

international schools. She recieved the highest teacher

certification examination score for teacher appointment,

and was awarded a citation for enthusiastic teaching

by the Superintendent of Education in Rep. of Korea.

She has a keen interest in Korean literacy and the

special education for the gifted learner.


 

 

Cho, Song

Korean Language

Qualifications

B.A. (Song Sim Women's University)


Biography

Song is in her 6th year at Branksome Hall Asia, after

teaching 5 years at Gyeonggi Suwon International

School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Korean

language and literacy from Song Sim Women's University

and Korean teaching certificate from Minister of Education

in Korea.


Yang, Stephen

Korean Language

Qualifications

M.Ed. (Jeju)

M.Ed. (Framingham)

B.Ed. (Silla)


Biography

Gilhyek(Stephen) Yang is certified in secondary level in

Korean  public school and IB Primary Years Program.

He has worked  in public and international schools in

South Korea with  Korean and foreign students. He

strives to help students explore new languages and cultures.


Kim, Mikang

Korean Language

Qualifications

B.A. (Korea National University of Education),

M.A.(Kwangwoon University),

PH.D (Inha University)


Biography

Mikang was born in Korea and has taught for over

20 years. She worked in public and private schools

as a homeroom teacher and in an international school

as Korean teacher. She holds a Bachelor of

Elementary Education, Masters in English Education

and a Ph.D. in Korean Education. She majored in

Korean curriculum and minored in multicultural

education.


Yang, Honghong

Chinese Language

Qualifications

Bachelor Degree(Sichuan Normal University)


Biography

Honghong Yang joins us from Taihu

International School, Wuxi, Jiangsu,China.

She holds a Bahelor of  Foreign Affairs  English

from Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu, Sichuan,

China. She brings  PYP experience from schools

in Chengdu and Wuxi.


Bai, Yujia 

Chinese Language

Qualifications

B.A (Northwest University)

M.A (Chinese University of Hong Kong)


Biography

Yujia joins us from Beijing International

Bilingual Academy, Beijing China. She has taught

MYP, IGCSE and IB Chinese A, B and ab initio.

She holds a Bachelor degree of Teaching Chinese

as a Second Language from Northwest University

and a Master’s degree in Chinese Linguistics and

Language Acquisition from the Chinese University

of Hong Kong. She is passionate about Chinese

literature and education and strives to help students

explore the magic of language and literature.


Sawyer, Melvyn

JS Music

Qualifications

PGDEA (Symbiosis University)

Music Dip (London College of Music)


Biography

Melvyn joins us from Chadwick International School in

South Korea where he held positions as the Director

of Instrumental Music Program K-12 and Head of

Elementary Performing Arts. He has experience

teaching with PYP, MYP and the DP curriculums.

He holds a Masters in Theology from IICM, Florida,

Music Certificates & Diploma from Trinity College

& London College of Music in the UK,PG Dip in

Educational Administration from Symbiosis University

and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from

Madras Christian College of India.


Maher, Barry

JS Music

Qualifications

B.A. (University College Cork)

MSc. (Queens University Belfast)

Hdip in Primary Education (Hibernia College Dublin)


Biography

Barry arrives in Jeju having taught PYP for the previous

two years in the U.A.E. He is an experienced musician,

and has taught music and private lessons for the past

12 years. Previous to his experience in Ireland and the

U.A.E, Barry taught in Busan for three years. He gained

his teaching qualification from Hibernia College Dublin,

and has a strong background in inquiry based learning.

Barry is passionate about his students enjoying their

music education, and loves to see his students honing

and performing their musical skills whenever possible.


Lian, Jacqueline

JS Visual Arts

Qualifications

M.A. (Oxford Brooks University)
PGCE (West Bretton College of Higher Education)


Biography

Jacqueline holds a Master of Arts in Education for

International School Teachers from Oxford Brooks

University. She joins us from the Shanghai American

School where she held the position of Elementary

School Visual Arts Teacher since 2011. She also

taught Visual Arts at the International School of

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and in the UK.


 

 

Brooks, Mauro
JS/MS Visual Arts 

Qualifications

B.A. (Wimbledon School of Art, U.K.)

Post Graduate Certification in Education in

Secondary Art and Design (University of Brighton)


Biography

Mauro joins us from Nexus International School

in Malaysia where he served as Head of the Art

and Design Department. He has experience

teaching the MYP and DP programs. He holds a

Post Graduate Certification in Education in

Secondary Art and Design from the University

of Bringhton and achieved his Bachelor of Arts

in Three-Dimensional Design from the Wimbledon

School of Art in the U.K.


 

Ramar, Gervais

PYP PE

Qualifications

Leipzig University, Germany


Biography

Gervais joined BHA in 2016 after teaching and 

administrating sports in different IB schools. He has

more than 20 years in teaching and coached various

youth and elite teams. He holds a degree in

Kinesiology and Sports Science from Leipzig

University,  Germany and he studied Sports

Administration at Loughborough University, UK.

He is an IB PHE MYP Moderator and French

Language DP Examiner.


Dougherty, David

JS PE/Swimming

Qualifications

BSc. (Hons) (Open University)

PGC.Ed. (University of Cumbria)

M.Ed (candidate – University of Sunderland)


Biography

David comes to us following five years of teaching

in Shenzhen, China. As an International Lifeguard,

licensed AUSTSWIM coach and passionate physical

educator, David’s primary goal is to develop an innate

love of exercise and encourage the pursuit of an

active and healthy lifestyle. David holds a BSc., a PGCE

from The University of Cumbria and is currently working

towards his Master’s in Education.


 

Mack, Angela

JS Social Counselor

Qualifications

M.Ed (Johns Hopkins)


Biography

Angela joins us from Seoul Foreign School, Seoul Korea

where she held the position of High School Counselor

since 2015. Prior to working in Korea, Angela has more

than 5 years experience in counseling at several schools

in Maryland, USA. She holds a Master of Science from

the School of Education at John Hopkins University.

Collins, Fiona

JS Teacher Librarian

Qualifications

B.Sc. (Scottish College of Textiles)

PGC.Ed. (University of Nottingham)

PG.Dip. (The Robert Gordon University)

M.Ed. (student-University of the People)


Biography

Fiona is an experienced IB librarian and IB Workshop

leader who has taught in IB schools in Asia and the

Middle East since 2006. She is passionate about

children's literature, inquiry and life-long learning and

is currently pursuing a Masters in Education in Advanced

Teaching through the University of the People. When

not in the library, Fiona enjoys encouraging young

people to become involved in outdoor education

and is a qualified leader for the Duke of Edinburgh's

International Award program.

 

Junior Kindergarten-Prep

 


Briggs, Pamela

JKP Teacher

Qualifications

B.Ece (TTPoA/NZCA)


Biography

Pam joins us from Hastings, New Zealand where

she has enjoyed over nine years of teaching experience

within the field of Early Childhood Education. Pam

holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and

previously was a Head Teacher of kindergarten. Pam is

a teacher who believes being engaged in positive, trusting

relationships with children supports them to develop a strong

sense of well-being and belonging. Pam is excited to begin

her role as a JK Prep teacher and also as an international educator.

Teacher Interns and Educational Assistants

 


Helmink, Nicole

Teacher Inter

Qualifications

B.Ed. (University of South Florida) First Grade Intern


Biography

Nicole joins us from Florida, United States where

she graduated from the University of South Florida

with a Bachelor of Education and is ESOL certified.

She completed her teaching practicum in the U.S

teaching 5th grade. She has spent the last five years

teaching in Korea. In the last year she has taught

Second Grade and was Head Teacher at her last

school while taking classes at Ashland University.


Yun, Cecilia

Teacher Intern

Qualifications

(Hons.) B.A., B.BA (University of Dongguk),

IPGCE (University of Sunderland)


Biography

Cecilia joined us from Seoul where she graduated from

Dongguk University with a Bachelor of Arts and Business.

She has a diverse background studying in Korea,

Canada and Norway. She has taught Music and English

to EAL students for 6 years. She completed her

practicum in Grade 6/7/8/9/10 classes in teaching

Music. She has completed an IB-PYP and Restorative

Practice training program at BHA as a PYP educator.


Casta Delgado, Daniela

Teacher Intern

Qualifications

B.Ed (Universitat Ramon Llull)


Biography

Daniela was born in Barcelona and went to an

International School that granted her the IB diploma. 

She knew from a young age that she wanted to teach

and that is the reason why she pursued a Bachelor's

in Education.She is also very passionate about

learning new languages, she already speaks Catalan,

Spanish,English, Italian, French and Russian.

In her free time, Daniela loves reading, studying

History, watching movies/shows and spending

time with her family and friends. She is looking

forward to this new adventure in Jeju and she

can't wait to meet incredible new people

that make her grow as an individual and educator!


Kim, Hyejee

Teacher Intern

Qualifications

B.Ed. (Gyeongin National University of Education)


Biography

Hyejee was born in South Korea, but grew up in three

different countries as a student. She has been working

in Korean public and national schools as an English and

homeroom teacher before joining BHA. She studied

Primary Education and Music Education in Gyeongin

National University of Education. She enjoys swimming,

playing instruments, traveling and discovering the world

for leisure. She is looking forward to exploring the

nature of Jeju and make contribution in supporting

students with language and cultural background.


Lopez, Miranda

Teacher Intern

Qualifications

B.Ed (Universitat Ramón Llull)


Biography

Miranda comes from a multilingual background, with British

roots in her family and has lived all her life in Barcelona.

Art and Teaching have always been very important for her and

she enjoys passing on all her knowledge and experiences to

her pupils in a creative way. For this reason, Miranda decided

to follow her dream and graduated with a Bachelor's in Education.

In her leisure time, she loves playing sports, travelling with

friends and discovering new materials for her students.

She can't wait to start this new academic year and meet

incredible people!


Wortham, Kali

Teacher Intern

Qualifications

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (EC-6) (St. Edward's

University)


Biography

Kali joins us from Austin, TX U.S.A. She recently

graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary

Studies at the Elementary level and a minor in

Spanish from St. Edward's University. At St. Edward's,

she had ample field experiences working with

English Language Learners as well as students with

special needs. In addition. Kali studied abroad twice

in Chile and Spain where she practiced Spanish and

immersed herself in new cultures. Kali enjoys outdoor

activities, exploring new places, and spending quality

time with friends and family.


Goodridge, Renee

Teacher Intern

Qualifications

B.A (Hons) (Trent University), B.Ed (Queen's University)


Biography

Renee joins us from Toronto, Canada where she

graduated  from Queen’s University with a  Bachelor

of Education  concentrating in International Education.

During her studies, she specialized in history and

studied abroad for a semester at the University of

the West Indies in Barbados. Renee has gained

valuable teaching practicum experiences over the past

5 years at a number  of public schools, as well as at

an independent school  in Barbados. She is a certified

primary junior teacher  passionate about bringing

meaningful learning experiences to the classroom.


Jennings, Erin

Teacher Intern

QQualifications

B.A. (Mount Saint Vincent University),

M.A. (Carleton University)


Biography

Erin is from Canada and has more than 12 years of

experience teaching a variety of age groups in Canada,

Argentina, and Korea. She joins us from her previous

position at the Kakao Kindergarten in Jeju, which has a

play-based English program. Erin holds a Master of Arts

degree from Carleton University and Bachelor of Arts

degree from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is

interested in language development, multiculturalism,

and whole child development.


De Sol, Melissa

Teacher Intern

Qualifications

B.A. (Colorado College), PGCE (University of Sunderland)


Biography

Melissa has been working at Branksome for two years

in the Boarding program and before that spent four

years teaching English in public schools for Jeju's

Provincial Office of Education. She holds a Bachelor

of Arts in Romance Languages (French, Italian, and

Spanish) from Colorado College and certification to

Teach English as a Foreign Language from Cambridge

University. Last year, she completed her Post-Graduate

Certificate of Education with the University of

Sunderland,  student-teaching Individuals and

Societies lessons in the Middle School.


Yavari, Yasmin

Teacher Intern

Qualifications

B.Sc (Hons) (University of British Columbia),

B.Ed (University of British Columbia)

IB DP Biological Sciences


Biography

Yasmin joins us from Vancouver, Canada, where she

graduated with Honours from her Bachelor of Science in

Applied Biology, followed by a Bachelor of Education from

the University of British Columbia. She is an IB certified

Science teacher and has had experience across the IB

continuum. She completed her practicum as a Biology

teacher in Vancouver, and as an early childhood

educator in Guatemala. She also possesses experience

teaching  Biology and Outdoor Education in Thailand.


Grade3

 


Kent Watene

G3/G4 GLC

Qualifications

B.Ed. (Auckland)

PGDip Educational Leadership (Massey)


Biography

Kent joins us from the Raha International School in Abu Dhabi in

the United Arab Emirates where he held the position of PYP

Grade Level Leader. He holds a Bachelor of Education from

Auckland University, New Zealand. In addition, Kent has 2 years

of experience as an Information and Communication

Technologies(ICT) lead teacher.


Poe, Arnold

G3 Teacher

Qualifications

B.Tch Lrng (University of Canterbury)


Biography

Arnold is in his third year at Branksome Hall Asia. He joins

us after teaching English in the Jeollabukdo Provice of

Korea for 7 years. Arnold is passionate about bringing the

best out of his students, especially through sport and music,

in the classroom. He holds at Bachelor of Teaching and

Learning from the University of Canterbury.


 

Curtin, Michelle

G3 Teacher

Qualifications

B.A. (UNISA) P.G. Dip (Rhodes University)

P.GC.Ed (Cornerstone College)


Biography

Michelle joins Branksome Hall Asia for the second year

after completing a teaching internship. She previously

worked as an English teacher in Korea for five years

and prior to that was a corporate trainer in South Africa.

Michelle graduated from UNISA with a Bachelor of

Communication Science, followed by a Postgraduate

Diploma in International Relations from Rhodes

University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education

from Cornerstone College. She is passionate about

student learning and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle.


Grade2

 


Drury, Ben

G2 GLC

Qualifications

B.A. Tch Lrng (University of Canterbury)


Biography

Ben joins us from Chatsworth International School,

Singapore, where he taught PYP for the last 4 years

following numerous years in primary education in

New Zealand and England. Ben has a passion for

coaching Rugby and Track and Field. He holds a

Bachelor of Teaching and Learning from the University

of Canterbury.


Armstrong, Rebecca

G2 Teacher

Qualifications

B.Ed. ECE (University of Tasmania)

M.A. (Deakin University Australia)


Biography

Rebecca is an Australian teacher with experience working

in Education fields in Irealnd, Kosovo and Australia. Over

the past ten years, she worked with children from ages

3 - 18 years old in various roles including an Education

coordinator in Kosovo, Education trainer in Ireland and

more recently, working on a National Mathematics

Research Project in Australia.


Johnson, Mitchell

G2 Teacher

Qualifications

B.A. (Bemidji State University)
M.S. (candidate-University of Wisconsin)


Biography
Mitchell is in his second year at Branksome Hall

Asia, after spending two years at an American

school in Kuwait City, Kuwait.He has a passion

of incorporating technology into learning, and

leading inquiry based learners. Mitchell holds

a Bachelor of Arts degree and is in the process

of completing his Masters of Science degree from

the University of Wisconsin.

Middle School & Senior School Faculty

Leadership Team

 


McNutt, Steven
Head of Senior School

Qualifications

B.A. (Acadia) B.Ed. (Dalhousie)

M.A. (Brigham Young)


Biography

Steve, who previously served as IB Diploma Coordinator at

Branksome Hall Asia, has worked the past 15 years at

international schools in Korea and China. He previously has

held numerous leadership positions, including Department

Head, IB DP coordinator, and Assistant Principal. He hold

a Master of Arts in US History from Bringham Young

University in Utah.


Gasparini, John
Head of Middle School

Qualifications

B. S. Biology (Cornell University)
M.Sci. (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
M.Ed. Admin (Endicott College)


Biography

John is an experienced international educator who taught

and served in varied leadership roles both in Europe and

in Asia (Munich, Milan, Singapore, and Korea) for the last

20 years. John has 17 years of experience within the

IB program. He is passionate about science and education

and looks forward to guiding our students and faculty in

achieving academic success and continued intellectual growth.

MYP Coordinator / Music

 


Swartz, Paula
MYP Coordinator 
Musc / TOK

Qualifications

B.A. (Oberlin) M.M., M.M.

Certificate in Teacher Preparation (Yale)

M.Ed. (Bridgewater State)

D.M.A. (Cincinnati)


Biography

Paula has 24 years teaching experience from the US,

South Korea, Austria, Indonesia and Germany. She

has taught in the MYP/DP and AP, and held leadership

roles including Curriculum Director, Director of Summer

School, Head of Department, and Principal. Previously

she served as IB Coordinator at Chadwick International

in Korea and Amadeus International in Vienna.

She holds masters degrees from Yale University,

an M.Ed. from Bridgewater State University, and

a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Languages

 


Young, Ray
Head of Languages

Qualifications

BA (Auckland)

MA (Auckland)

PGDip SM (Unitec)

Cert. SMM (Unitec)


Biography

Ray was the former Deputy Principal of St John's College,

NZ, then Head of Year 7 and Language Coordinator at

Renaissance College in Hong Kong. He is currently the

Head of Languages and a qualified IB Workshop leader

for MYP Language and Literature. Ray is an IB Examiner in

HL Language and Literature. He has a passion for foreign

languages especially those from the European and Asian

continents.


Li-Rosi, Bianca
English / G7 GLC

Qualifications

B.A - Italian, Media(Swinburne University)
B.Bus - Marketing (Swinburne University)
PG Dip. of Teaching - (TESOL, LOTE)
(University of Melbourne)


Biography

Bianca joins us from Sunshine College, Melbourne

Australia, where she held the position of Senior

School Literacy  Coordinator. She holds a Postgraduate

Diploma in Teaching (TESOL/LOTE) from the University

of Melbourne. She  brings expertise in teaching English

as an Additional Language in the senior high school years.


Hoffman, Albert

English

Qualifications

B.S. Ed. (Indiana University-Purdue University

Indianapolis)


Biography

Al Hoffmann comes to us from the United States,

where he has taught IB Language and Literature, TOK,

theatre, and design for 6 years in Indianapolis schools.

He holds a B.S. in secondary education with a minor in

creative writing from Indiana University-Purdue University

Indianapolis and has recently qualified as an IB examiner

for DP Language and Literature. He finds joy in

exploring the ways we create meaning in our lives

through language.


Brennan, David
English

Qualifications

B.A. English/Secondary Education
(Metro State University of Denver


Biography

David arrives after three years at Cheongna Dalton

International School where he built the school's first

ELL program. He has lived and worked in Korea for

eight years, and is passionate about IBL (Inquiry

Based Learning) and Service Learning, with experience

extending lessons outside of the classroom and

connecting with the students' passions. He also

hopes to help the school to enhance it's support of

English language learners by collecting important data and

collaborating with teachers to accommodate for these

students' strengths and weaknesses in their classrooms.


Shulist, Joe
English / G11 GLC

Qualifications

B.A. (University of Ottawa)

B.Ed. (University of Ottawa)

M.Ed. (Endicott College)
 

Biography

Joseph has been teaching internationally for

10 years now, including 7 years as a high school

English teacher and instructional coach in Qingdao,

China and most recently as the English department

lead at Korea International School. He received his

B.A. and B.Ed. degrees from the University of Ottawa

and holds a Masters degree in International Education

Administration from Endicott College in Massachusetts.


Mitchell, Stephanie
English Language

Acquisition

Qualifications

B.Ed. (Concordia University)


Biography

Stephanie joins us from Canada. Originally from the

prairies, she has lived in Montreal for many years

where she acquired a B.Ed. specializing in teaching

English as a second language as well as a

respectable level of spoken French. For the past

five years she has taught language acquisition to

students aged 11 to 17 at a private high school in

Quebec. Living and working at Branksome satisfies

multiple interests that are close to her heart: she

loves working with young people, believes fiercely in

the advancement of girls, and is fascinated with

exploring other cultures.


Kim, James
English / TOK

Qualifications

B.A. (UC Berkeley) Ed.M (Harvard)

English/Humanities/TOK/Writing


Biography

James has been teaching Literature and Writing in Korea

since 2012. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English

Literature from UC Berkeley and his Master of Education in

Teaching and Curriculum Design from Harvard Graduate

School of Education.


Francis, Mary

English 

Qualifications

M.A. (Glasgow University)

Post Graduate Certification (Jordanhill
College of Education)
 

Biography

Mary joins us from Haileybury Astana School,

Kazakhstan, where she held the position of Director

of Haileybury English Academy for one year and

Deputy Head Academic for 3 years. She has teaching

experience from China, England, Germany and Scotland.

She holds a Master of Arts in French and German from

Glasgow University and a Post Graduate Certification in

Education from Jordanhill College of Education. She is an

experienced DP Language B teacher and also a qualified

IELTS examiner.


Holmes, Diana
English / MS SS EAL 

Coordinator / G6 GLC

Qualifications

M.S. (Johns Hopkins University)

Post-graduate certifications (University of Maryland)

Administration/Supervision (Hood College)


Biography

Diana is an experienced MYP/IB teacher who has

taught in the US and at the International School

of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She holds a Master

of Science on Special Education from Johns Hopkins

University, as well as post-graduate certifications in

Literacy Coaching from the University of Maryland and

Administration/Supervision from Hood College.

She joins us from Takoma Park Middle School, Maryland, USA.


Choi, Hwayoung
Korean / G12 GLC

Qualifications

B.Ed. (Korea Univ.)

Hons B.A(Korea Univ.)


Biography

Hwayoung is an experienced teacher who taught Korean

Language and Literature in public, independent and

international schools in Korea and the UK for more than

15 years. As a foundation member, she has been teaching

MYP and DP Korean at Branksome since 2012. Hwayoung

received her Bachelor of Arts in Korean Language Education

from Korea University. She is qualified by Korean

government as a middle and high school teacher.


Lee, Jeehyun
Korean

Qualifications

M.Ed. (University of Toronto)

Hons.B.A. (Queen's University)

Hons.B.A. (Inha University)


Biography

Jeehyun rejoined our community in 2015 to continue to

teach Korean language and literature. She holds a

master’s degree in Language and Literacies

Education, and her bachelor's degrees are in

Linguistics, Korean Language Education, and History.

Her interests lie in second language education and Korean studies.


Yoon, Jungsook
Korean

Qualifications

B.A.(Pusan National Univ.)

M.A.(Pusan National Univ.)

M.Ed. (Concordia Univ., U.S.)


Biography

Jungsook taught MYP, DP Korean Language and

Literature and MYP Korean Acquision in Global

Jaya International School in Jakarta, Indonesia 

before joining Branksome Hall Asia in 2015.

Jungsook has a lot of experience, passion and

expertise as an IB teacher and has worked as an

IB examiner forthe Korean Language and Literature course.


Son, Nayoung
Korean

Qualifications

M.A. (Hanyang University)

B.Ed. (Sangmyung University)


Biography

Nayoung has joined BHA in 2013. Before BHA,

she taught IB programs for over 13 years in

international schools in Australia, Vietnam, China

and Malaysia. She enjoys developing and delivering

DP Korean Language and Literature program at

Branksome Hall Asia.


Hong, Peter
Korean

Qualifications

M.Div(WMU), Korean Language and Literature
M.A. (Pusan National Univ.)
B.A. (Pusan National Univ.)


Biography

Peter joins us from the Global Jaya International School

where he taught MYP Language A : Korean and IBDP

Language B : Korean since 2012. Prior to 2012 he was

a Korean Language Instructor at the University of Indonesia.

Peter obtained his Master of Divinity from the World Mission

University of California and he has a passion for adolescent education.


Yang, Weifei (Faye)
Chinese/Literature

Qualifications

M. Ed. ( La Trobe)

GradDip. Ed. (Monash)

B.A. (Guizhou, China)

PHD (Candidate - Melbourne)


Biography

Faye is an expert Chinese language and literature teacher

with over 25 years of teaching experience. Prior to joining

BHA, Faye taught students ranging from Prep to Year 12 in

Australia, China, Singapore and Malaysia.Faye also served

as a lecturer in language teaching methodology at the

University of Melbourne. Faye receives her B.A. from China,

her Graduate Diploma in Education and her Master of

Education from Australia. Faye’s to-be-completed Ph.D.

research focuses on Chinese Literature Education.


Bai, Yujia
Chinese Language A

Qualifications

B.A (Northwest University)

M.A (Chinese University of Hong Kong)


Biography

Yujia joins us from Beijing International Bilingual

Academy, Beijing China. She has taught MYP,

IGCSE and IB Chinese A, B and ab initio. She

holds a Bachelor degree of Teaching Chinese as

a Second Language from Northwest University

and a Master’s degree in Chinese Linguistics and

Language Acquisition from the Chinese University

of Hong Kong. She is passionate about Chinese

literature and education and strives to help students

explore the magic of language and literature.

Science

 


Binns, Kathy
Dept. Head: Science

Qualifications

B.Sc., B.Ed. (Winnipeg)

M.Ed. (Victoria)

MOT (Illinois)


Biography

Kathy received her Master of Education (Admin) from

the University of Victoria and Bachelor of Education

from Winnipeg in Canada. She holds a DP Biology Level II

Certificate as well as a Master Online Teacher Certificate

from the University of Illinois. She brings over 20 years of

teaching and nursing experience to Branksome Hall Asia.

Positions of leadership in education include Head of

Science, eLearning Coordinator as well as DP

Coordination.


Baker, Ryan

Science

Qualifications

B.S. (Mount Allison University)

B.Ed. (Candidate-Queens University)


Biography

Ryan joins us from Canada where he completed both a

Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Physics and a

Bachelor of Education. He possesses experience teaching

DP Physics, has worked in physics laboratories both in

Canada and abroad in Germany, and is a former graduate

of the IB Diploma Program. He is passionate about building

up a conceptual understanding of physics with his students,

and is very excited to help his students become lifelong learners.


Hearn, Jason
Science

Qualifications

(Hons.) B.Sc. D.Phil. (Sussex)

PGCE (Nottingham)


Biography

Jason has been teaching IB Physics and Chemistry for more

than 5 years and served as Head of Chemistry at NLCS Jeju.

He is an IB Examiner in Chemistry and taught Chemistry,

Physics, Mathematics and Biology at the Ermitage

International School of France. Jason holds a Post Graduate

Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham,

England and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theoretical Chemistry

from the University of Sussex.


Perry, Katherine Anne
Science

Qualifications

B.S. (Bates College) M.S (Oregon State University)


Biography

Kate has been an international science educator since 1999,

teaching in Albania, Germany, Tunisia, Thailand, and Switzerland.

She spent the last year on sabbatical in Portland, Oregon working

on projects related to developing IB Biology teaching materials.

She has experience teaching the International Baccalaureate

Diploma Program in Biology and Chemistry, and is an examiner for

the Biology Paper 3 (HL). She brings a passion for helping students

to learn science and understand their own learning. She earned a

Bachelors in Biology from Bates College and a Masters of Science

in Science Education from Oregon State University.


Diljohn, Samuel
Chemistry

Qualifications

B.Sc and Dip. Ed.Chemistry/Analytical Chemistry

UWI ST Agustine Trinidad

 

Biography

Samuel is a certified teacher from Ontario Canada who received

his Diploma in Education from the University of the West Indies.

He joins us from the Glenforest Secondary IBW School, Canada

as IB Chemistry, Science Teacher and IB examiner where he worked

for the past 14 year. He brings more than 23 years of teaching

experience from Trinidad and Canada


Eisner, Jonathan

Science / G9 GLC

Qualifications

BSc. (University of New Brunswick)

Grad Dip Tch (Canterbury)


Biography

Jon is a Mddle Years Programme science teacher. He

joined Branksome Hall Asia in 2016, arriving from New

Zealand where he taught middle and senior school for

three years. In addition to teaching Jon is assistant coach

of the Middle school Soccer Academy. He holds a Bachelor

of Science from the University of New Brunswick in Canada

and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

(Secondary) from the University of Canterbury College of

Education in

New Zealand.


Collins, Keith
Science

Qualifications

B.Sc. Applied Chemistry (Heriot Watt University);

PGCE (Sunderland University)
 

Biography

Keith possesses five years experience teaching MYP

Science. Keith has also taught DP Business Management

and Economics in Shanghai and Kuwait. He is also an IB

Examiner. As well as being a passionate educator, he also

has 25 years experience of international business management.

Keith also enjoys coaching soccer and is a qualified leader for

the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award program.


Roy, Stuart
Science/IT Integrator

Qualifications

B.Ed. ( Victoria University NZ)

 

Biography

Stuart is a foundation member of staff at BHA, with 26 years

teaching experience in Junior and Middle schools. He currently

teaches Grade 7 Science and is a school IT integrator. He has

worked in Zimbabwe, Zambia, New Zealand and Jeju and his

previous experience includes Head of Residence, Deputy Head

and Head of School. He also has extensive experience in the

business world as a Managing Director of a number of companies

and has played sport at an international level.


Armstrong, Tim
Science

Qualifications

Grad.Dip.Ed. (Queensland University of Technology)

B.Pharm. (University of Tasmania)


Biography

Tim is a senior science teacher with experience teaching

DP Biology and MYP science. He holds a Graduate Diploma

of Education (Senior Years Science) from the Queensland

University of Technology and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the

University of Tasmania. He has a background of over 10 years

as a clinical pharmacist based in Australia and Ireland. This

experience was followed by teaching based in Australia and Korea.

Additionally, Tim has supported the Rising Stars Football Academy

in Korea as a soccer coach.

Humanities

 


McGraw, Mark
Head of Humanities

Qualifications

B.A (Glasgow University)

Dip.Ed (Glasgow University)


Biography

Mark comes from Scotland, the country of tartan and clans.

He has taught IB DP Business Management since 2010

and been an examiner in the subject since 2014. Before

joining BHA Mark worked in Scotland, Qatar and Vietnam.

During his spare time he enjoys beating fellow teachers at

golf and watching Celtic, his favourite football team,

dominate European football.


Briard, Rachel
Humanities

Qualifications

(Hons) B.A. (Trent University)

B.Ed. (Queen's University)

 

Biography

Rachel served as an English and Humanities Co-Teacher

at Branksome Hall Asia for 2 years prior to her appointment.

Rachel received her Bachelor of Education from Queen’s

University, Ontario Canada. She earned her EAL Certificate

and has served as a yearbook supervisor.


Roca, Mark
Humanities

Qualifications

B.A. (Australian Catholic University)

B.T. (Australian Catholic University)

 

Biography

Mark joins us from the Islamic College of Melbourne,

Australia where he held the position of Head of Humanities

and Head of English for Middle School and Senior School

students. He holds a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor

of Arts in Humanities from the Australian Catholic University.


Larson, Riley
Humanities

Qualifications

B.S. Geography, French Minor (South Dakota
State University)

Ed. Licensure (State of South Dakota)


Biography

Riley is from the Glacial Lakes region of South Dakota,

USA. He joins Branksome Hall Asia after working as a

teaching intern, badminton coach, student council advisor, and

English instructor for St. Johnsbury Academy. Riley obtained a

Bachelor of Science in Geography, French Minor, and

Secondary Ed. Certification from South Dakota State University.

Before moving to Jeju, Riley studied French in Québec, Canada,

as well as Yaoundé, Cameroon. While in Yaoundé he worked as

a sociological intern with the United Nations Development

Programme.


Lemoine, Nadine

Humanities / Geography

Qualifications

B.A. (Univeristy of Ottawa)

M.A. (University of Saskatchewan)

B.Ed. (University of New Brunswick)

 

Biography

Nadine is a Canadian who has been working in the field

of geography since 2010 through multiple environmental

and human rights NGOs. These postings brought her to

different countries across the globe including St. Lucia,

Cameroon, Afghanistan and Northern Canada. She’s been

teaching IB Geography in Western China for the past 2 years

and passionately integrates her field experience in the

classroom through experiential and project-based learning.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from

the University of Ottawa, a Masters in Geography and Planning

from the University of Saskatchewan and a B.Ed. from the University

of New Brunswick. She specializes in human geography and

possesses a keen interest in Indigenous resource management,

traditional ecological knowledge and water governance.


Quinlan, Russell
Humanities

Qualifications

B.A. (University of Toledo)

M.A. (University of Toledo)

M.Ed. (The College of New Jersey)


Biography

Russell has been involved in international education

since 2000, and has worked in locations that include

Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Germany, and Albania. He

has taught DP History, Theory of Knowledge, and MYP

Individuals and Societies, and has served as Head of

Department in two previous schools. He also currently

serves as an IB examiner and curriculum reviewer for DP

History. He has authored two study and revision guides for

DP History published by Hodder Education. Most recently,

he has been in Portland, Oregon on a sabbatical year

where he is working on a history book for young adult readers.

He has a B.A. from the University of Toledo (Ohio, USA).

He also possesses an M.A. in History from the University of

Toledo and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from

The College of New Jersey.


 


Kang, Hyoseon
Korean History

Qualifications

Doctoral(candidate-Jeju National University)

M.A.(Seoul National University.)

B.A.(Jeju Naitonal Univ.)

 

Biography

Hyoseon has been teaching Korean History and Korean

Geography for 6 years at BHA. Hyoseon was the former social

studies teacher at Seoul Global High School and she has

worked in public schools in various locations. She received

her Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies and Geography from

Jeju National university and her Master of Arts from Seoul

National University. She is a qualified middle and high school

teacher by Korean government and she is a doctoral candidate.


Moon, Olivia
Korean History / G10 GLC

Qualifications

B.A. Education (Yonsei University)

Th.M (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Certificate in Ed(University of British Columbia)


Biography

Olivia joins us from BC Canada Collegiate where she taught

grade 7, 8 Social Studies and grade 11 Economics.

She did her practicum at Panorama Ridge Secondary

School in British Columbia, Canada. She received her Bachelor

of Arts in Education from Yonsei University and Korean

teaching certificate from Minister of Education in Korea.

She holds BC Canada teacher certificate from University of

British Columbia and a Master of Theology from Princeton

Theological Seminary, NJ, USA.

Athletics/PE/Health

 


Ramar, Fatma
Head of PE/Health

Qualifications

(Hons.) B.Ed. (Mauritius)


Biography

Fatma is on her second year at BHA with 24 years

teaching experience in Junior, Middle and High schools.

She has worked in Mauritius, Mongolia and Kenya and

her previous experience includes Head of Department,

Grade level Coordinator and Teacher trainer. She is also

an IB MYP reviewer for Building Quality Curriculum and

has a keen interest in implementing and updating

curriculum requirements.


Newhook, Mervyn
PE/Health

Qualifications

B.Ed. (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
 

Biography

Mervyn was the former Head of Department at

Renaissance College in Hong Kong, and is a qualified

IB PYP and MYP educator. Mervyn has worked in

international education for 20 years in Korea and

Hong Kong, and has a keen interest in curriculum

development and athletics.


Bowles, Carla

Athletic Director

Qualifications

B.A./ B.Ed. (Lakehead University)


Biography

Carla has been teaching internationally for over 20 years,

in different roles or subjects, but also across the grade

levels. Carla started her career in New Zealand and has

also taught in S America, the Middle East, Europe and

Asia. She enjoys the experience of seeing students

develop by both trying their best in class and also

flourishing outside of academics. As such, Carla has

always coached school sports plus shows a keen

involvement in student initiatives such as those promoted

through CAS. She has worked in three IB World schools.

Carla looks forward to seeing BHA's fantastic facilities

and adding to the school's positive (and active) atmosphere.


Loos, Niels
Aquatics Director 

Qualifications

M.S. PE & Kinesiology (K.U.Leuven Univ., Belgium)
M.S. (Hons.) General Management (K.U.Leuven Univ., Belgium)
M.S. Business Economics (K.U.Leuven Univ., Belgium)
Teacher Training Certificate (Hons.) in
Physical Education (K.U.Leuven Univ., Belgium)


Biography

Niels holds three Master degrees in various fields in

addition to his Teacher Training Certificate in Physical

Education from K.U. Leuven University in Belgium. He joins

us from the Antwerp International School where he held the

position of Head Swimming, Volleyball and Soccer Coach.

Niels has 10 years of teaching experience at the sports

school of Antwerp, where has was HOD and GLC Grade 11

and 12 (Stedelijk Lyceum Linkeroever) and coached swimming

at the national level in Belgium (BRABO swimming club).

Mathematics

 


Morin, Donna
MYP / DP Math

Qualifications

(Hons.) BBA (Wilfrid Laurier)

Grad Dip Tch (Canterbury)


Biography

Donna is an MYP/DP Mathematics teacher from Canada who

joined us from New Zealand, where she taught Mathematics

and Economics. Donna is a keen hiker and a sports

enthusiast and brings this passion to many extra-curricular

programs  with the girls. She holds an Honours Bachelor of

Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in

Canada and  a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning

(Secondary) from the University of Canterbury College of

Education in New  Zealand.


Kim, Michael
Mathematics

Qualifications

Hons. B. A. (University of Toronto)

B. Ed. (University of Toronto)


Biography

Michael has been teaching Mathematics at BHA since 2014.

He worked at a BC curriculum school in Dalian before

coming to Korea. He completed his degrees at the University

of Toronto.


Skadsen, Paul

MYP/DP Math

Qualifications

B.S. Mathematics (South Dakota State University)


Biography

Paul has been involved as an international educator

since 1995. He started his overseas journey as a Peace

Corps Volunteer in Ghana and has since taught in South

Africa, Qatar, Morocco, China, Malaysia, and he is

coming from the UAE. He possesses experience

teaching SL and HL mathematics in the IB Diploma

Program and in the MYP. Paul earned a Bachelor of

Science Degree  in Mathematics from South Dakota

State University. Along with teaching Mathematics, he

has a passion and many years of experience in coaching

basketball.

 


Neiman, Amanda
MYP / DP Math

Qualifications

B.Com. (Canterbury), Grad Dip Tch (Canterbury)


Biography

Amanda joins us from the Burside High School, New

Zealand where she taught mathematics for the past 3 years.

Amanda has been teaching mathematics for a total of 17

years. She is a New Zealand national and holds a Graduate

Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Secondary) from the

Christchurch College of Education.


Sexton, Ian
MYP / DP Math 

Qualifications

Eng. (Hons.) Engineering and Management (Exeter)

PGCE Secondary Mathematics (East Anglia)

DipLCM Music Performance Jazz Guitar.

 

Biography

Ian joins us from NLCS Jeju, where he taught mathematics

for 6 years and was head of department for 4. Prior to

teaching in South Korea, he was a comprehensive teacher

at senior level in the UK. Ian attained a masters degree in

Engineering and Management from the University of Exeter

and also holds a diploma in Jazz Guitar Performance from

the London College of Music.


Fallon, Ellen
Mathematics

Qualifications

B.S. (Nevada, Reno) M.A.Ed.(Grand Canyon)


Biography

Ellen joins us from the Brent International School of Manila

where she taught Euclidean Geometry, Algebra 2, and IB DP

mathematics. Ellen holds a Masters of Arts in Education from

Grand Canyon University, Phoenix Arizona with an emphasis

of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

 

Design Technology

 


Hammond, Aidan
Head of
Design Technology

Qualifications

B.F.A (NSCAD University)

M.Ed Applied Linguistics (USQ)

B.Ed, (OISE, Univeristy of Toronto)

IB Workshop Leader

 

Biography

Aidan has been teaching Design Technology and Visual

Art for over a decade, at international schools and

universities in Korea. He is an IB Workshop Leader and

passionate about combining inquiry into teaching

design. He holds a BFA in Visual arts from NSCAD

University, a Master in Applied Linquistics from USQ,

and teaching qualifications from OISE, University of Toronto.

He comes to us from Branksome Hall Canada, where he

taught MYP Art and Design.


Maksimava, Kseniya

Design Technology

Qualifications

B.A. (Minsk State Linguistic University)

M.A. (Kyung Hee University)

PGC Ed. (candidate - University of Derby)


Biography

Kseniya joins us as an MYP Design teacher with 4 years

of work experience with middle school students as well

as over 3 years of experience working in the IT industry.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages

Education from MSLU and a Masters in Educational

Technology from Kyung Hee University. She is currently

completing a Postgraduate program in Education at the

University of Derby. She also has experience working as a

youth trainer and worked on a variety of educational projects

in Europe (Italy, Finland, Poland, Hungary). Kseniya is

passionate about technology, innovation, and

entrepreneurship education.


Palmasano, John

Design Technology

Qualifications

B.S. (Susuquehanna University)


Biography

John has been teaching internationally for the past

7 years. Previously, he taught MYP Design and IS

at an international school in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Prior to transitioning into education he worked in the

Information Technology and Digital Marketing

industries. John holds a Bachelors of Science degree

in Marketing from Susquehanna University in

Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania and has a passion for

creating real world meaning in project based learning.


Gau, Michael
Design Technology

Qualifications

B.Ed., M.Ed. (Victoria)

MOT (Illinois)


Biography

Michael received his Master of Education and Bachelor of

Education from the University of Victoria in Canada. He

also holds an MYP IT Level II Certificate as well as a Master

Online Teacher Certificate from the University of Illinois.

He brings well over 20 years of teaching experience including

fine arts and IB music while more recently focusing on ICT

education as a Technology Integration Specialist and

Technology Director.

Performing / Visual Arts

 


Mor, Paula
Head of Performing

& Visual Arts

Qualifications

M.A. Applied Theatre (University of London)

P.G.C.E., Drama with English (University of Leeds)

B.A.(Hons), Drama, Theatre

Film and Television (Bristol University)


Biography

Paula is a theatre teacher and director. She has taught

and directed in the UK and internationally for more

than 20 years, both at Secondary and University level.

She specializes in developing original, contemporary

theatre with young people, whilst continuing research

into the applications of ‘The Viewpoints’ in arts education.


Kelly, David
Visual Arts

Qualifications

B.Ed.Sec.Art (UniSA)

MVA (University of South Australia)


Biography

David joins us from one of Singapore’s renowned art

galleries where he continues to be represented as a

practicing visual artist. His teaching experience spans

thirty five years in K-12 schools, university lecturing and

private studio based mentorships in Australia and

South-East Asia. His last international school position was

Deputy Principal, Jerudong International School, Brunei.


Brooks, Mauro

Visual Arts

Qualifications

B.A. (Wimbledon School of Art, U.K.)

Post Graduate Certification in Education in Secondary Art and

Design (University of Brighton)


Biography

Mauro joins us from Nexus International School in Malaysia

where he served as Head of the Art and Design Department.

He has experience teaching the MYP and DP programs. He holds

a Post Graduate Certification in Education in Secondary Art and

Design from the University of Bringhton and achieved his Bachelor

of Arts in Three-Dimensional Design from the Wimbledon School

of Art in the U.K.


Moore, Terri

Visual Arts

Qualifications

B.Ed. (University of South Australia)

M.Ed. (Flinders University of South Australia)


Biography

Terri joins us from BIBS Beijing, China where she was Head

of Arts and taught MYP & DP Visual Art. She holds a Master

of Education in Asian Arts, which included an Arts exchange

to Korea as part of her studies. She has also previously taught

in Himeji, Japan. Terri is originally from Adelaide, South

Australia where she held a Coordinators position in Visual

Art and Design as well as being a moderator and examiner

for Senior Art.


Siew, Yoke Ming (Mary)
Music

Qualifications

Hons. Conducting & Musicology (University of Canterbury)

PGCE (Institute of Ed. University of London)

B.Mus.Hons (Royal Academy of Music)

Dip.LRAM / Dip. LTCL (Piano, Double Bass, Tuba, Voice)

 

Biography

Mary was formerly Director of Orchestras and DP

Music at Shanghai American School and Seoul

Foreign School. Before entering the International system,

she taught in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has

also been on the IB Diploma Music Composition and

Musicology Moderator Panels. She enjoys Musical theatre

and has conducted and performed in over 70 operas and

musicals and is also a certified Sweet Adelines Barbershop

Director. She was also heavily involved with the AMIS

International Honor Orchestras and has involved BHA for 3 years.


Stellwagen, Leslie
Theatre Arts

Qualifications

M.F.A. (Arizona State University)

B.A. (Beloit College)


Biography

Leslie was formerly Teaching Theatre Arts Coordinator

and faculty member at Appalachian State University in

North Carolina, USA. She is a published author and

award-winning educator. She previously taught theatre

and directed in Hong Kong and Australia and worked

throughout the United States as a teaching artist.

Leslie seeks to engage and empower youth through art.


May, Tara
Theatre Arts

(Substitute Teacher)

Qualifications

B.A. (Western Washington University)


Biography

Tara joined Branksome Hall Asia from January to April

of 2019, completing her teaching internship as a part of

her university coursework. She is a recent graduate from

Western Washington University, where she holds a B.A.

in both theater education and secondary education. She

possesses over 5 years of experience working with

students in grades K-12 in a variety of settings, from

assisting directors in productions to teaching various

units and workshops. She is excited to be returning to

Branksome to share her passion for drama with all of her

students.


Zárate, José
Film/Creativity
CASE Coordinator

Qualifications

M.F.A. (Arizona State University)

B.F.A. (Hons) (Arizona State University)

Writers Guild of America (WGA) member

Dramatist Guild of America (DGA) member

 

Biography

José Zárate was an Artistic Assistant at Cornerstone

Theater Company, Managing Director of Teatro Bravo

and a National Association of Latino Independent

Producers (NALIP) Writing Lab Fellow. He worked as a

photo editor for Getty Images on nationally televised events

including the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys and has a

keen interest in Film and Television production. He is a

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

(KCACTF) Region VII Festival XLV Meritorious Award

recipient as a Playwright for his play American Victory.


Strozzo, Sam
TOK/Drama/English

Qualifications

M.Ed., (Framingham State University, US)


Biography

Sam received his Masters of Education from the Framingham

State University in the US. He is a certified IB Examiner and

Instructor with over 5 years of IB teaching experience teaching

middle and senior levels as well as an IBEN trainer. He has taught

English, Drama and TOK-related courses, and is currently working

towards a Ph.D in Media and Communications (UK). Prior to

joining Branksome Hall Asia, he held the position of IB/AP English

Language, Literature and Theatre Instructor at Wells International

School in Bangkok.

University Counselor/Guidance

 


Lee, Mark

University Counselor

/Guidance

Qualifications

Ph.D. (Queens University at Kingston, Ontario)

M.Ed. (Queens University at Kingston, Ontario)

B.Ed. (University of Toronto)

Hons B.A. (University of Toronto, Humanities/

Accreditation and Policy Development

 

Biography

Mark received his Ph.D. in Education from Queen’s

University in 2001. His experience includes serving as

Head of School in three International Schools.He has

taught in both the IB MYP and Diploma programs and

served as a professor of education at both Queen’s

University and Trent University.


Zutautas, David
University Counselor 
/Guidance

Qualifications

B.A. (University of Toronto)

M.Ed. Candidate (Brock University)


Biography

David joined Branksome Hall Asia in January 2019 after

working in university admissions, recruitment and financial

Aid for the University of Toronto for the past 25 years.

He has worked collaboratively with university colleagues

from around the world throughout his career. He is a past

President of the International Association for College

Admission Counseling, has held several leadership and

committee roles for the National Association for College

Admission Counseling (NACAC) as well the Council of

International Schools (CIS). David has also been a member

of the College Advisory Committee of the IBO. He has been

a speaker at numerous conferences in North America, Europe,

Asia and South America addressing topics on curriculum in

admission, especially practices regarding IB Diploma

acceptance, student mobility, ethical recruitment of students

as well as a variety of other topics faced by the university

admission community.


Christmas, Kelley
University Counselor

/Guidance

Qualifications

B.A. (University of Nothern Iowa);

M.S. (Western Illinois University);

M.S. (University of St. Francis)


Biography

Branksome Hall Asia will be Kelley's second overseas

experience as an International University Counselor.

She formerly served as an International University Counselor

in Istanbul. In total, she has 15 years of experience working

in high schools in the US and overseas. Formerly, she taught

Social Science. Kelley has a B.A. in secondary education, an

M.S. in counseling and an M.A. in Education. In her free time,

she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

 

   

DP Coordinator

 


Daniel, Nick

DP Coordinator

Qualifications

M.Ed. (Open University)

B.A.Hons. (University of Manchester, UK)

 

Biography

Nick has taught in international schools for over two

decades, in Peru, Argentina, Thailand and China. He

brings experiences as a DP Coordinator, TOK workshop

leader, MYP and DP English teacher, and assistant

examiner for TOK, English A and English B. He is also

a CIS/WASC accreditation team member. Nick comes

to BHA with his wife Cecilia and their daughter Ella.

Nick has an MEd in Educational Management from the

Open University, and a first degree (B.A. Hons.) in English

Language and Literature from the University of

Manchester, UK.

 

Whole School Faculty


Anderson, Karlee

Social Counselor

Qualifications

MSW. (Silberman School of Social Work at
Hunter College)
B.S. (New York University)


Biography

Karlee joins us as a Counselor after spending a

year with Branksome Hall Asia’s Residence

program. Her previous experience also includes

providing family counseling services in a

community agency setting, as well as individual

and group counseling services with adolescents

in school settings. Karlee received her Master of

Social Work (MSW) in Clinical Social Work with

Individuals, Families and Groups, specializing in

Global Social Work, from Silberman School of

Social Work at Hunter College, NY.


Park, Sou Hyun (Joanna)
Social Counselor

Qualifications

B.A. (The College of William and Mary)

M.A. (The George Washington University)


Biography

Joanna joins Branksome Hall Asia from a high

school in Fairfax County in Virginia, where she

worked as a High School Counselor. Prior to that,

she served as a mental health counselor at a

community counseling service  center in Washington

D.C. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

from the College of William and Mary and a Master

of Arts in School Counseling from the George

Washington University.


Fountain, Ahlya

Teacher Librarian 

Qualifications

(Hons.) B.A. (Queens University)
M.I. LIS (University of Toronto)


Biography

Ahlya joins us with more than 5 years of experience from

Gyeonggi Academy of Foreign Languages, South Korea

as IBDP Librarian, Research and Writing Teacher as well

as Extended Essay Coordinator. She holds a Master of

Information from the iSchool, Faculty of Information from

the University of Toronto after achieving her Bachelor of

Arts in English Literature at Queen's University, Canada.


Schreider, Michael
Learning Support

Specialist/G8 GLC

Qualifications

B.A. (Queen's University)

B.Ed. (University of British Columbia)

M.Ed Admin (University of Ottawa)


Biography

Michael comes to us from Canada and is an

experienced administrator who possesses 14 years

of experience. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from

Queen’s University, Bachelor of Education from the

University of British Columbia and a Master of Education

from the University of Ottawa. Internationally, Michael

worked in Bahrain and was MYP Coordinator at Frankfurt

International School. Through his support, students find an

advocate as well as the courage and strength to continue

to meet their educational goals.


Smith, Stephanie
Teacher Intern

Qualifications

B.Sc. Zoology (University of Reading)

PGCE (University of Sunderland)

 

Biography

Stephanie has been working at Branksome Hall Asia

in the Boarding program as a Teacher Don for the past

two years , where she has worked closely with students

in Grades 10 - 12 to support both their academic and

social needs. She also has experience working as an

English Teacher in a Korean school through the EPIK

Program. Stephanie holds a Bachelors of Science

Degree in Zoology and has recently completed her

Post-Graduate Certificate of Education with the University

of Sunderland. Stephanie is passionate about engaging

students in science through inquiry and project-based learning.


Kinsey, Lauren(Kinz)
Teacher Intern

Qualifications

B.S. Ed. (Herron School of Art and Design)

 

Biography

Kinz was born in the United States and holds dual

citizenship in both Canada and the U.S. Over the

past 5 years she has taught MYP Visual Art, Introduction

to Engineering Design and metalworking. She holds a

B.S. in Art Education P-12 from the Herron School of

Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. She enjoys

pursuing knowledge of all kinds and is passionate

about critical and creative thinking.


Florence Wayas
Service Coordinator
/CAS

Qualifications

(Hons) BSc. (Brunel University)

PGCE (Brunel University)

M.A. Educational Leadership and Management (Brunel
University)

 

Biography

Florence received her Master of Arts in Educational

Leadership and Management and also achieved her

Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Brunei

University, UK. She is an experienced IB Chemistry teacher

who joins us from Box Hill School in the UK where she

also held leadership roles in service and as Deputy

Head of House, Head of KS3 (G7-9).


Gasparini, Elizabeth

IT Integrator

Qualifications

B.A. (University of Virginia)

Apple Distinguished Educator

 

Biography

Elizabeth joined Branksome Hall Asia in 2014 as a

K-12 Learning Technologies Teacher, and has been

teaching in IB schools for 13 years. She previously

was the Junior School Learning Technologies teacher

at Munich International School, and prior to that taught

Information and Electronic Technology at UWCSEA in

Singapore, and at the American School of Milan.

2 Summers ago she applied and was accepted to the

class of 2015 Apple Distinguished Educators. She holds

Bachelors Degrees in Art and French from the University

of Virginia.


Park, Sungeun

Associate Director

of Admissions

Qualifications

B.A (Colorado College)

M.Ed. (Framingham State)

 

Biography

Sungeun continues the work at Branksome Hall Asia as an

Associate Director of Admissions this year. Her teaching

experiences include classroom teaching from grades 1-4

and English Language Acquisition teacher at a public school

in Houston, Texas, Korea International School at Pangyo and

Branksome Hall Asia. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in

Psychology and Education from Colorado College, her

Masters in International Teaching from Framingham State

University and Teaching Certificate from Texas, USA.

Boarding Faculty

Seondeok House

 


Muniz-Fraticcelli, Mariana

Head of House

Seondeok 

Qualifications

M.A. Bilingual School Counseling (New York University)
B.A. English (Boston University)
B.S. Bilingual Education (Boston University)


Biography

Mariana joins us with vast experience in counseling

especially

with middle and senior school aged students. She

joins us from New York City Department of

Education, where she had the role of G6-8 School

Counselor at the School of Finance and Technology.

Mariana is fluent in English and Spanish and holds

a Master of Arts in Bilingual School Counseling

from New York University.


Lee, Sora
Senior Don

Qualifications

B.A. Commerce (Monash University)


Biography

Sora was born in Seoul and originally from Australia.

She holds B.A. in Commerce with majors in Finance

and Economics from Monash University. Before

joining BHA, she has worked in various English

Academies and tutored both in Australia and

Korea where she developed her teaching abilities.

She is passionate to bring her experience of residing
and studying in Australia to the students in residence.


Limbu, Sagun

Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.A. Education (Endicott College) 


Biography

Sagun joins Branksome Hall Asia from Beverly,

Massachussetts as a teacher don. Sagun holds a

Bachelor's degree in English Literature with Creative

Writing as her concentration.


Kim, Jin
Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.F.A. (Savannah College of Art and Design)


Biography

Jin is originally from South Korea but has been

to schools in China, the Philippines, Hong Kong,

and U.S. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in

Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and

Design in the United States. As an alumnae of

Branksome Hall Asia, she is passionate to bring

her experience from BHA as well as other countries.

She is excited to return to Jeju and join the

Branksome's residence family this year.


Chen, Eve
English / G11 GLC

Qualifications

B.A. (University of Toronto)

 

Biography

Eve was born in Fuzhou, China, but grew

up in Toronto, Canada. Her strengths and specialties

include rowing, fitness, foreign languages, drawing,

playing musical instruments, singing, and rapping. ​

She has always highly valued a healthy active lifestyle.

Academic credentials include a Bachelor of Music

(University of Toronto), a personal trainer certificate

(Canadian Fitness Professionals Organization),

TEFL & TESL certificates, and a piano certificate

(Royal Conservatory of Music). Eve regularly

encourages everyone to take on a variety of

extracurriculars and to pursue a healthy active lifestyle.


Polk, Sarah
Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.S. Social Work (Trevecca Nazarene University)


Biography

Sarah originally comes from Georgia, U.S., but has

been spending the last two years in Cheonan,

South Korea teaching elementary English within two

public schools. Before Sarah came to Korea, she r

eceived her B.S. in Social Work. Directly upon

graduating Trevecca University, she worked as a

Program Assistant to Nashville's Opportunity NOW --

a youth employment initiative to combat youth violence

and drug abuse by encouraging young adults and

students to become employed within their own

community. Sarah enjoys studying languages

(especially Korean), reading, and exploring new

places and cultures.


Granados Jimenez, Mariela
Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.A. Communication (Universidad Anáhuac Querétaro)


Biography

When she turned 6 months old, Mariela moved with

her family from Mexico to New Jersey, U.S.A. As

growing up in a different country, she embraced the

American culture and learned English as her first language.

Then, 8 years after, she moved back to Mexico with her

family and had to learn Spanish there. Mariela attended

JFK International School where she met students from

several countries around the world. Mariela has a lot of

experience socializing with, and celebrating, the many

cultures and the nationalities that the World has. She

has worked in companies such as: Disney, a worldwide

company focused on media and entertainment, and

Televisa, the largest multimedia mass media company

in Latin America. She has a bachelor degree in

Communication at Universidad Anáhuac Querétaro.

Sherborne House

 


Dryer, Mindi

Head of House

Sherborne House

Qualifications

M.S.Educational Leadership (Minnesota State University)

B.A. Physical Education (University of Northern Iowa)


Biography

Mindi joins us as Head of Residence. She holds a

Master of Science in Educational Leadership

from Minnesota State University. She has been

teaching in International Schools for 11 years, while

living in Seoul, Alexandria, Beijing & Guangzhou,

where she has served as the Athletic Director and

Head of the Physical Education & Health Department.

She was also Head of Grade 12 and brings valuable

experiences in pastoral care.


Kim, Yu Kyung

Assistant Head of House

Qualifications

B.A. (Pitzer College)

M.A. (University of Southern California)


Biography

Yu Kyung Kim is originally from Seoul, South Korea.

She studied many years in England and the

United States of America. She holds a Bachelor of

Arts in English and Sociology and a Masters in

Teaching Secondary English Language Arts.

She is excited to use her academic concentrations to

support her students become confident learners.


Elvira, Marciano

Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.Ed Spanish (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)


Biography

Elvira grew up in Guatemala and completed her

studies in the United States. She student taught in

Belgium and taught English in Spain for a year.

She also has experience teaching Spanish at public

schools in the United States. Some of her interests

are languages and cultures. She holds the belief that

speaking multiple languages not only can help open

up doors for new opportunities, but it can also help

with cognitive development. Elvira is looking forward

to join BHA and contribute to students’ preparation

for success.


Moon, Alice
Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.A. (Hons) (Queen's University)


Biography

Alice was born and raised in Korea but moved

to Kingston, Canada to pursue her university

education. She graduated from Queen’s University

with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors). She is interested

in teaching and mentoring younger students. As an

alumnae of the class of 2015 of Branksome Hall Asia -

the first graduating class - she is very excited to return

and share her experience. Alice was a student prefect

and actively participated in numerous activities

including stage band and swimming. She is keen

to support students with their academics,

extracurriculars and personal concerns.


Partin, Mariah
Teacher Don

Qualifications

B. A. English & Secondary Education

(Saint Martin’s University)

 

Biography

Mariah is from Washington state and has been

involved in the school system in her community

for at least 4 years, through volunteering, student

teaching, and substitute teaching. She completed

her B.A. in English and Secondary Education at

Saint Martin’s University and now holds a teaching

certificate. Most recently she worked in the North

Thurston School District. She loves working with young

people and is excited to join the team at Branksome

Hall Asia. She enjoys reading, swimming, and learning

new languages. Mariah is half Korean so she is

familiar with the culture and looks forward to

learning more about her heritage.


Jue, Kara
Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.A Health Sciences Texas A&M Corpus Christi


Biography

Kara Jue has joined us from San Marcos, TX

U.S.A. She has been volunteering and working

with The National Hispanic Institute (NHI) since

2009. Her last position held with NHI was the Director

of Admissions, working with first-generation

college-bound students. She has also successfully

managed her own swim lesson business since 2017.

Kara is passionate about working within her South

Texas community on educating families about how

to live a healthy active lifestyle, how to conserve

their environment, and showing them the safety

and fun of water sports. She is a first-generation

college graduate who earned her Bachelors of

Health Sciences from Texas A&M- Corpus

Christi and is also a Licensed Community

Health Worker.


Khusoh, Sekholu
Teacher Don

Qualifications

M.Div. (Master in Divinity), Bangalore, India.

B. Th. ( Bachelor of Theology), Visakhapatnam, India


Biography

Sekholu grew up in north east of Nagaland, India. She is

experienced as a supervisor in a boarding school India,

as well as barista and teaching the children in various

churches as a Sunday school teacher working with

middle and high school students from various background,

teaching ethics and social sciences on weekly basis. 

Shin Saimdang House

 


Beaulac, Catherine
Head of House
Shin Saimdang

Qualifications

B.A. (University of Victoria),

B.Ed. (University of Victoria),

M.A. (University of Victoria) 


Biography

Catherine joins us as Head of House with

almost a decade of teaching, leadership and

counseling experience at the middle school level

in Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French

and English literature, a Bachelor of Education and

a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, all from

the University of Victoria, Canada. She is fluent in

both English and French. Catherine is also a yoga

and meditation (mindfulness) teacher.


In, Sohhyun Grace
Assistant Head of House

Shin Saimdang

Qualifications

B.A. Social Science (University of Ritsumeikan

Asia Pacific)
 

Biography

Sohhyun has a Bachelor of Arts in Social

Science from the University of Asia Pacific in Japan.

She grew up in Ireland since she was five and

had attended Boarding school there. This is her

second  year at BHA as a residence don.


Watson, Sarah

Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.A. East Asian Studies (Bard College)


Biography

Sarah is originally from New Hampshire in the

northeastern United States.In addition to mutliple

years of experience as a tutor, camp counselor,

and substitute teacher, Sarah studied and taught

English in China for two years.She holds a Bachelor 

of Arts in Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese

Language and Literature from Bard College.


Yoo, Gina Ruth 
Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.A. (Yonsei University),

M.Ed (Seoul National University)


Biography

Gina has worked as a "star" teacher teaching

test preparation classes in one of the most

well-known foreign language institutions in South Korea,

teaching over 400 students per class. She brings over

5 years of experience teaching advanced English

grammar and English standardized exams, such as,

SAT, TOEFL, TOEIC, and more. She also has experience

working as a news reporter at The Korea Times and

TBS eFM. She holds an English language and literature

degree (B.A.) from Yonsei University and English

education degree (M.Ed) from Seoul National

University. She is in the process of acquiring a

teacher license from the United States.


Mahomed, Aamena
Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.Ed. University of Witwatersrand)

 

Biography

Aamena joins us from Dubai where she taught

PYP at an IB/international school. She holds a

Bachelor of Education from the University of

Witwatersrand in South Africa. Prior to teaching in

Dubai, she taught in South Africa for a year and then

spent five years in South Korea as an elementary

teacher in both the public and private sector.

Aamena enjoys reading, creating handmade soap

and going on adventures – she is looking forward

to exploring all that Jeju has to offer and is excited

to join the BHA residence family.

Ainsile House

 


Trethewy, Tracy
Head of House

Ainsile House

Qualifications

M.A. (Bournemouth University)
 

Biography

Tracy joins us as Head of House with more than

10 years of teaching and leadership experience at

schools in Australia, UK, UAS, Thailand and China.

She joins us from the HD Ningbo School where she held

the position of Assistant Principal overseeing secondary

boarding and after school pastoral care. She holds a

Master of Arts from Bournemouth University. 


Gray, Chelsey

Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.A. (Regina)

M.A. (Aberdeen)


Biography

Chelsey Gray is originally from Canada. She has

her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the

University of Regina, and acquired her Masters of

English Literature from Aberdeen, Scotland. She has several

years of experience working in various fields, such as an

entrepreneur, a professional writer, public speaker, English

educator, and actress. She is excited to use everything she

has learned to the fullest as a Residence Don.


Stepstone, Willow

Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.A. (Nottingham Trent University)


Biography

Willow Shepstone is originally from the United Kingdom.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Furniture and Product

Design from Nottingham Trent University. She has

worked in Jeju at another international school for one

year prior. She is excited to provide support the

Residence Students at Branksome Hall Asia.


Chen, Jianjia

Senior Don

Qualifications

B.A. English (South China Agricultural University)


Biography

Jianjia came from a Chinese IB school where she

had served as a Secondary Secretary for one and a

half years plus as an intern teacher for one year.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from South China

Agricultural University and has the Postgraduate

Certificate in Education (international) from Nottingham

University.


Ko, Michelle

Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.A. (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

M.A. (Middlebury Institute of International Studies)

 

Biography

Michelle was born in Hawaii and recently moved to

California. She is passionate about language and

culture and has taught English in different parts of the

world (Korea, Poland, Switzerland and the U.S.). She

also possesses experience teaching SAT prep to high

school students as well as tutoring them in reading,

writing, and essay. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in

Second Language Studies from the University of Hawaii

at Manoa and a Master of Arts in teaching English

acquisition from Middlebury Institute of International

Studies.


Kim, Minjeong

Teacher Don

Qualifications

B.A. Social Science (University of Ritsumeikan

Asia Pacific)


Biography

Minjeong is originally from South Korea. She has a

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from the University

of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific in Japan. She has

experiences in Korean writing in Korean kindergarten

as a teacher.