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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  • Scott Ewen
    Secondary Math
    B.A.S. / B.S. University of Minnesota Duluth
    Mr. Ewen has degrees in both Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as Education and has a passion for teaching Mathematics and Computer Science. Before pursuing education he was a full-time electrical engineer and enjoyed volunteering for youth organizations. Now, as an experienced teacher and coach, he encourages students to make real-world connections with mathematics. In his classes, he incorporates his engineering experiences in order to provide his students’ more practical applications for the skills they are learning.
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  • Miao Gao
    Chinese
    B.A. Harbin Normal University
    Ms. Gao earned her bachelor’s degree in English education from Harbin Normal University. Ms. Gao has five years of education experience in both Harbin and Suzhou, China, before coming to Seoul. She moved to South Korea in 2014, working on Chinese culture courses, and in 2016, she taught Chinese language education. During those times, she has visited over 100 kindergartens for Chinese culture education and carried out Chinese language education and cultural festivals in elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. Apart from teaching, Ms. Gao enjoys spending time with her husband and her children.
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  • Grace Gao
    Department Chair / Chinese
    M.A. Seoul National University / B.A. Capital Normal University
    Mrs. Gao earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Capital Normal University in Beijing, China, and a master’s degree in international studies from Seoul National University in Korea. Before coming to Korea, Mrs. Gao taught at the Beijing Huiwen Secondary School in China for 13 years. At the Beijing Huiwen Secondary School, Mrs. Gao taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to Chinese students and taught Chinese to foreign students. She also served as a director of the international division and assistant principal of Beijing Huiwen Language and Culture School. In 2001, Mrs. Gao spent a year in the United States as an exchange teacher, teaching Chinese to public school students of all levels in Tucson, Arizona. Mrs. Gao moved to Korea in 2004 and joined APIS in 2010. With twenty years of teaching and administrative experience, Mrs.Gao is very excited to help APIS students to learn the Chinese language and culture. Mrs. Gao is an excellent ping pong player, having been a three-time school district champion in China. She also enjoys Chinese calligraphy and received a number of national and local recognitions since she was a child.
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  • Jason Grout
    K-12 Personalized Learning Coordinator / Digital Art, Design, and Fabrication
    B.A. University of Kentucky
    Mr. Grout graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, focusing on design education and environmental sustainability. Prior to studying education, he has worked with architecture firms such as SHoP Architects in New York City and GFC Architecture in Paris, France. He has co-written curriculum for the National Student Leadership Conference. His curriculum focuses on making design and fabrication techniques accessible and easy to understand by all.
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  • Lisa Han
    Japanese
    M.A. Hankuk University of Foreign Studies / B.A. Yonsei University
    Ms. Han was raised in Hiroshima. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yonsei University, and Master of Arts in Japanese Language and Literature from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS). She was a lecturer with the Graduate School of Area Studies at HUFS, Kyung Hee University, and Kookmin University for six years. She also served as a High School Japanese Teacher at the local international school for nine years. She pursued The American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) courses for 21st-century education. Ms. Han is interested in comparative expressions between languages. She believes that foreign language education not only improves communication skills but also benefits a deeper comprehension of one’s mother language and culture.

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  • William Harris
    Grade 2
    B.S. / M.S. Eastern Michigan University
    Mr. Harris graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and furthered his education by graduating with a Master of Science in Education in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education. Mr. Harris has spent 13 years teaching elementary students. He is a certified elementary and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher. His interests are incorporating art and STEM-based learning across the curriculum. Mr. Harris believes that art can be connected in every subject students are learning and every student has the ability to be creative.
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  • Luke Harris
    PE and Athletic Director
    M.A. / IPGCE University of Buckingham / B.S. University of Brighton
    Mr. Harris joined APIS from Europe, where he is originally from, with a Master of Arts in Education and an international teaching certificate from the University of Buckingham. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Coaching from University of Brighton. Mr. Harris grew up in Cyprus where he taught for two years. Before he left Cyprus, he went to work in East Africa, Tanzania, in a children’s center for disadvantaged and mistreated children. Mr. Harris wholeheartedly believes that education is for everyone and strives to do his utmost to ensure his students achieve their goals and aspirations. He looks forward to growing the sports department and striving to achieve accolades in all sporting competitions.
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  • Kelci Hartz
    Music (Band)
    B.M. Colorado State University
    Ms. Hartz studied K-12 music education and tuba performance at Colorado State University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and is passionate about expanding on traditional practices to develop lifelong comprehensive musicianship in her students. She is originally from New Jersey, U.S. Before coming to APIS, she directed a middle school music outreach program serving 200 students and operated a private lesson studio for tuba and euphonium players. In addition to music, Ms. Hartz loves learning new things, drawing, and being outdoors.

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  • Dr. Diane Hong
    Music (Orchestra)
    D.M.A. University of North Texas / M.M. / B.A. The Juilliard School
    Dr. Diane Hong received her Bachelor and Master of Music from The Juilliard School in New York, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. At the National Conservatory of Music and Drama in Hannover, Germany, she studied the Violin Performance Studies. Dr. Hong concertizes extensively all over the world including Bangkok, Osaka, Tokyo, New York, Toronto, California, Kiev, Nice, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hannover, Seoul and many more. She also performed in Weill Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Seoul Arts Center, LG Arts Center and Kumho Recital Hall. The international music festivals she has attended and performed include Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Mozarteum Music Festival in Salzburg, Austria, Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, Hampton-Sydney Music Festival in Virginia, Nice Music Festival and Colmar Music Festival in France.

    Dr. Hong is not just a performer but also an educator. Her passion for teaching the next generation brought her to the Music Academy at Seoul Arts Center as a faculty. She was an adjunct professor at Dankook University, Sookmyung Women’s University, Chugye University of Music and Arts, Sunhwa Arts School and Sunhwa Arts Highschool, Plano East High School in Texas and as a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas during her doctoral study. Dr. Hong has released several CDs, including the most recent album, ‘Anton Eberl Violin Sonatas’, which was the world’s first recording of the violin music of Eberl in London, UK, in 2018, and two string quartet CDs as the leader of her quartet. Dr. Hong had also worked as a composer and producer for film music and introduced world music as a radio anchor at 99.1 Kuk-ak FM with her ‘Click to the Art World’ program. During her free time, Dr Hong plays with the church praise band and improvises on the violin. She also composes praise songs whenever a new melody pops up in her mind. As an avid traveler who loves meeting new people and learning about new cultures, Dr. Hong is excited and eager to contribute her experiences as well as artistry to the APIS Community.
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  • Daniel Hwang
    Chaplain and Theater
    B.A. Moody Bible Institute
    Mr. Daniel Hwang, also known as Pastor Danny, earned his bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute and proudly represents his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to his role as the school’s chaplain, Mr. Hwang’s passions are found in the performing arts and will also serve as the school’s theater director. Some of Mr. Hwang’s professional experiences include working as a songwriter and producer in K-pop. He was the Founder and Creative Director of Eumin Productions, the Head Instructor and Curriculum Developer at Playstage Book and Drama, and a writer for TBS eFM’s Ministry of K-pop Radio program to name a few. In his free time, you can find Mr. Hwang on the golf course, playing basketball or music, or enjoying a nice cup of coffee. His hope is that the students at APIS will be encouraged, strengthened, and empowered through faith in Jesus and be given opportunities to showcase their God-given talents through productions and performances held at APIS! Mr. Hwang is happily married to his beautiful wife Jina, and together they have three children.
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