Faculty

APIS strives for excellence in teaching:

  • To ensure measurable, standard-based student performances and achievements by implementing a cutting-edge curriculum and research-based instructional strategies.
  • To assemble a superb group of educators, who are not only excellent teachers but also accomplished individuals serving as role models.
  • To provide a Christ-centered, loving, and caring community that promotes students’ creativity and passion for learning.
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  • Kathy Rehfield-Pelles
    K-12 Principal
    M.Ed. Harvard University / B.S. Yale University
    Mrs. Rehfield-Pelles was most recently a superintendent for 12 years for the New York City Department of Education, where she was responsible for 47 Pre-K to 12th grade schools and 18,000 students. Before she was appointed superintendent, she was a principal for 10 years at School of the Future, a rigorous college-preparatory middle and high school in New York City. She began her career teaching math and computer science in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Rome, Italy. Mrs. Rehfield-Pelles majored in Mathematics at Yale University and received her master’s degree in education from Harvard Graduate School. For high school, Mrs. Rehfield-Pelles attended the United Nations International School (UNIS), a flagship international school in New York City. During her free time, Mrs. Rehfield-Pelles enjoys reading, traveling, and meeting new people. She is looking forward to exploring Seoul with her husband, Matt.
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  • Andrew Ris
    High School Assistant Principal
    M.A. Endicott College / B.A. University of Pittsburgh
    Mr. Ris joins the APIS Seoul team after spending four years on the administration team in our sister school in Hawaii. Before that, he worked for five years at an international boarding school in Shanghai, China. He has earned a master’s degree in International Education Administration from Endicott College and a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh. Coming from a family of educators, Mr. Ris feels most at home in a school environment and especially appreciates the strong relational focus at APIS. He’s very excited to learn more about Korea’s rich cultural history and natural beauty, along with his wife and young daughter.

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  • Judy Park
    K-8 Assistant Principal
    M.Ed. American College of Education / M.A. Seattle University / B.A. University of Washington
    Mrs. Park’s 25 years of teaching in both public and private school systems are only a portion of more than 30 years of experience working with children in church settings, inner-city programs, and summer camps. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle University. Mrs. Park has also completed her degree from the American College of Education receiving a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of students both at a personal level as well as at a school level. Helping others through teaching and ministry has remained Mrs. Park’s desire and passion. She believes that all students can learn and it is important to instill a love of learning and help find and develop what students are passionate about. Mrs. Park has been with the school since the first year of APIS. She feels blessed to be a part of a talented faculty and a supportive Christian community. Outside of school, Mrs. Park enjoys taking road trips with her husband, and her lovely daughter, Claire.
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  • Amanda Meyer
    Director of Academic Programs
    M.A. University of St. Thomas / B.A. College of St. Benedict, St. John’s University
    After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University, Ms. Meyer began her career in connecting youth with science as a Project Lead at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This early, project-based experience still continues to influence how she approaches science education today. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of St. Thomas and has taught a variety of science classes, including Biology, Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology, and AP Biology. Her teaching philosophy embraces the idea that science is not just a set of facts to be memorized, but a manner of inquiring about and interacting with the world. Technology is woven throughout Mrs. Meyer’s classes to support learning, increase collaboration, and encourage creative problem-solving. Along with teaching biology classes, she was also the District Technology Integrationist at her previous school, helping students and teachers with digital tools in the classroom. She served as the Biology Discipline Representative on the Minnesota Science Teachers Association board and has won various teaching awards including the KEYC Golden Apple Award, WEM Outstanding Educator Award, the Medtronic Foundation Science Teaching Award, and the Fox 9 Super Scientist Award. In her free time, Ms. Meyer enjoys cooking, reading, playing board games, and traveling with her two sons.
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  • Fairoz Leonard D’Cruz
    Dean of Students
    B.S. Nanyang Technological University / PGDE National Institute of Education Singapore
    Born and raised with mixed Malay and Indian heritage in Singapore, Mr. D’Cruz served his nation as a Military Police Officer in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) before graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. He then began his career as a Genetics Researcher with the Genome Institute of Singapore leading a nationwide research study to analyze genetic polymorphism markers among heart patients. However, his passion has always been to inspire minds and Mr. D’Cruz pursued his teaching diploma with the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore.

    With over 11 years of experience in education, Mr. D’Cruz has worked with the IB, AP, and GCSE-A Levels curriculums in private and government institutions based in London, Frankfurt, Singapore, and Seoul. He also took part as a curriculum consultant in the redesign of Qatar’s National Curriculum Framework (QNCF). Other previous roles held were Head of Science and Head of Education and Career Guidance.

    Working as an administrator in the school, Mr. D’Cruz is responsible for the behavioral management of students while overseeing the school’s programs to support our students’ needs and wellbeing. He is a firm believer in problem-based learning, technology integration and transformational leadership.

    During his free time, Mr. D’Cruz is an avid Newcastle football club fan who absolutely adores ‘Hamilton’ the play and loves experiencing new cultures through his travels with his wife and vlogs at ‘adcruzstory’ on Youtube.
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  • Alison Allen
    High School English Language Arts (ELA)
    M.A. George Fox University / B.S. Kennesaw State University
    Ms. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Master of Arts in Teaching. She was born and raised in Texas, U.S. She spent over 20 years in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Ms. Allen has over 20 years of experience working in corporate America as a writer, editor, and project manager, before transitioning to education. Her first teaching job was at an international school in China, where she taught middle and high school English core and elective courses, including AP Language and Composition, AP Literature, AP Seminar, and AP Research. Ms. Allen also ran summer English enrichment camps and led the Student Services team. She came to APIS to seek new challenges and is excited that life has brought her to APIS.
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  • Naomi Anno
    Japanese
    M.Ed. Hiroshima University / B.A. Shiga University
    Ms. Anno earned her Bachelor of Arts from Shiga University and a Master of Education from Hiroshima University. She was a lecturer at Iwakuni Nursing College, teaching social psychology. After marrying a Chilean citizen, she moved to Chile and taught at a Japanese school in Santiago. During that time, she became aware of the importance of language as a tool of communication and started to teach at a Japanese language institute organized by the Chilean Japanese Association. To gain her formal qualification as a Japanese teacher, she completed the Japanese Teachers Training course in Tokyo. Ms. Anno is an excellent Koto (Japanese traditional string instrument) player, and she enjoys Japanese cultural activities such as Ikebana (flower arrangement) and Sadou (Japanese tea ceremony). She is also interested in art and has learned and taught Medup (Korean traditional knot). While her native language is Japanese, she also speaks English, Spanish, and Korean.
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  • Samuel Bae
    Teaching Fellow
    B.A. University of Washington
    Born and raised in Seoul for most of his life, Mr. Bae is extremely happy and excited to be back at APIS. Upon graduating from APIS in 2014, Mr. Bae earned his bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Washington, Seattle, and has built a diverse portfolio of teaching as a church volunteer to an in-court interpreter. Mr. Bae loves to build meaningful relationships with his students through active engagement and dynamic interaction and is currently working towards a master’s degree in teaching. This upcoming year, Mr. Bae looks forward to taking on the next load of responsibilities in a familiar and loving environment. In his free time, Mr. Bae enjoys playing basketball, running, and playing board games.
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  • Elizabeth Beavers
    Music (Choir)
    B.M. / B.M.E University of Maryland
    Ms. Beavers has taught musicians ages two to adult through her experiences at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County and the International School of Busan in South Korea. She also spent two years as a cultural ambassador on a Fulbright Grant teaching at Masan Guam High School in Masan, South Korea, and Shinseong Girls’ High School in Jeju City, South Korea.

    Ms. Beavers holds degrees in both Vocal Performance and Music Education with a piano concentration from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ms. Beavers has also taken additional coursework in activating student voice, blended classrooms, and digital portfolios and is PYP and ESL certified. Ms. Beavers has participated in and led excellent choirs in both the East and West, sung with professional ensembles such as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Singers. She has also toured around the world with her alma mater choir. One such trip brought her to South Korea in the first place for the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music. Outside of music-making, Ms. Beavers enjoys nature, cooking, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, and spreading joy through her blog, ‘Vegan in Korea.’
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  • Enhe (Helen) Choi
    Chinese
    B.A. China Agricultural University
    Ms. Choi earned her bachelor’s degree in English and tourism management from China Agricultural University (CAU). Upon graduation, she taught foreign people Chinese at the Beijing New Century Foreign Language Agency for three years. Afterward, she taught Chinese, English, and Tourism Management at the Shanxi Technical Secondary School for six years. Ms. Choi likes traveling and learning foreign languages in her spare time.
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