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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  • Yoonhee Jahng
    Grade 3
    B.A. Simon Fraser University / B.Ed. University of Calgary
    Like many other members of the APIS community, Ms. Yoonhee calls many places home! She was born in Egypt and lived in Seoul briefly before immigrating to Canada with her family during the 1988 Olympics. Ms. Yoonhee worked in the education department of museums and art galleries in Canada for over 10 years. She obtained her first bachelor’s degree in Communications from Simon Fraser University before becoming a classroom teacher.

    As a teacher, Ms. Yoonhee is excited about inquiry and experience-based learning, with personalized instructional approaches. She has a post-baccalaureate degree in Education from the University of Calgary, a diploma in Lower Elementary Montessori Education, and a Google Educator Level 1 certificate. Ms. Yoonhee has taught from ages three to 14 in her 12 years of work as a school teacher, with recent posts in Japan, Colombia, and the Calgary Board of Education. She is a lifelong learner and likes to practice languages such as Spanish, Korean, and, most recently, Japanese. During her free time, Ms. Yoonhee enjoys hiking, chocolates, and traveling.

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  • Semi Jang
    Korean
    M.A. SOAS University of London / B.A. Sangmyung University
    Ms. Jang is a Korean teacher who is currently teaching students from kindergarten to grade 12 at the APIS. She double majored in Korean education and English education at university and earned a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and Language pedagogy from the University of London. Ms. Jang has experience as an IB specialist at an international school in China and taught secondary English and Korean language in Korea for over a decade. Her experiences also include teaching Korean as a Foreign Language (KFL) to a diverse group of students in both countries, as well as at the university level in the U.S.

    Ms. Jang believes that the objective of the Korean curriculum is to help students become bilingual speakers in both English and Korean. As a teacher, Ms. Jang believes that a teacher should show students positive attitudes of a lifelong learner. She provides opportunities to students so that they can be inquirers who seek disciplinary knowledge with spontaneous curiosity. During her free time, Ms.Jang enjoys reading works of literature and sharing ideas with members of the book club.
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  • Kate Josway
    Middle School Humanities
    B.S. Indiana University / ENL Certification Holy Cross College
    Ms. Josway comes from Indiana, where she taught seventh grade social studies for three years at a public school. Before that she had taught International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prep in Guangzhou, China, as a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) teacher. This is Ms. Josway’s 10th year of teaching since she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education from Indiana University in 2011. Ms. Josway is passionate about creating learning experiences for students that place them in charge of their own education through unique projects. She believes every child can become an advocate for their own learning, which will benefit them as they grow into their roles as adults in our global community. Outside of school Ms. Josway is an avid reader who enjoys visiting museums. She spends much of her time trying to learn new things.
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  • Michelle Kim
    High School Science
    M.A. University of Nottingham / B.A. University of Pennsylvania
    Ms. Kim received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Nottingham. Before joining APIS, she has mostly taught secondary science and mathematics. At APIS, Ms. Kim currently teaches honors chemistry, AP chemistry, and honors physics at the high school level. She has a great deal of passion for helping her diverse group of students to learn and become lifelong learners actively. Outside of teaching, Ms. Kim enjoys playing the flute, traveling, and spending quality time with her husband and two young children.
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  • Jimin Kim
    Special Education Specialist / Counselor
    B.A. Ewha Woman’s University
    Ms.Jimin graduated from Ewha Woman’s University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a minor in English education. Before entering college, she spent four years in an international school in Hong Kong. Her experience overseas sparked her interest in teaching and she dreamt of becoming a teacher who travels the world with an international perspective. During her college years, she attended various volunteering services and teaching practicums to prepare herself as a professional educator. As soon as she graduated, Ms. Jimin started working as a special education teacher in a private school in Korea. She was able to practice not only teaching students with disabilities but also collaborating with the teachers and students to foster an inclusive school atmosphere. Ms. Jimin is excited to be involved in the APIS community as a special education specialist and counselor. She always emphasizes the importance of empathy, inclusion, and personal growth. Outside of school, she likes to meet her friends, listen to diverse genres of music, and watch Netflix.
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  • Eun Joo (Emily) Kim
    Department Chair / Korean
    M.A. Hanyang University / B.A. Sookmyung Women’s University
    Mrs. Kim has been teaching the Korean language and literature and Korean language as an additional language at APIS since 2007. She also has been teaching “survival Korean” to the APIS faculty since she joined APIS. As an experienced teacher of more than 15 years, she has taught Korean as a foreign language to students in Melbourne, Australia, as well as Korean language arts to students in Korean domestic high schools. Mrs. Kim earned her bachelor’s degree and completed the teacher credentialing program in Korean language and literature from Sookmyung Women’s University. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in Korean language education from Hanyang University. Her master’s thesis examined the lexicon competence of bilingual speakers, utilizing evidence from bilingual language learners in foreign schools. Mrs. Kim was awarded the top honor for academic excellence from Seoul National University’s certificate program for teachers of Korean as a second language. Mrs. Kim likes to spend her spare time reading and taking pictures. She believes every student makes the world a better place just by being in it.

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  • Jason Kirsch
    Middle School Science
    M.S.Ed Corban University / B.S. Texas State University
    Mr. Kirsch’s love of the outdoors and education started at a young age. Being raised in Texas and an active member of the Boy Scouts of America provided numerous opportunities to experience the beauty and majesty of nature. He graduated from Texas State University and soon afterward began teaching in Korea. He is certified as an elementary school teacher as well as a middle school science teacher. While most of his experience has been with elementary school, he is interested in all forms of science and technology. He’s master’s program emphasized instruction and curriculum. Serving in the local church is also important to Mr. Kirsch. He enjoys working with youth and encouraging them to build a strong foundation of faith while they are young. He is also passionate about motivating students to learn and grow academically. He wants to know: What drives us? What is the best form of instruction for each learner? How can we push the envelope of learning to a new level?
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  • Nam Hee Kong
    Korean
    M.Ed. Korea University / B.A. Hongik University
    Ms. Kong graduated from Hongik University with a Bachelor of Arts in Korean Language Education. She later earned her education master’s in Korean language education as a foreign language from Korea University. Before joining APIS, she taught Korean as a foreign language to college students at various universities. She firmly believes that language learning goes beyond simple mastery of communication skills. It encompasses learning about the culture, society, and traditions in which the language is ingrained. Hence, whether teaching Korean as a foreign language or first language, Ms. Kong aims each day in her class to promote a deeper understanding of Korea and its place in the world. Apart from teaching Korean, Ms. Kong is also passionate about dancing. Started during her college days, Ms. Kong’s favorite dance genre is street jazz.
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  • Suk Ja Kwon
    Korean
    M.A. Kyemyung University / B.A. Young Nam University
    Mrs. Kwon has 47 years of teaching experience at the elementary level and three years at middle school. For her accomplishments as an educator, Mrs. Kwon was twice awarded the highest recognition given by Korea’s Ministry of Education (교육부장관상). She was also awarded the Order of Civil Merit, Mogryeon Medal (국민훈장 목련장) from the Korean government for her contribution to education in Korea. Apart from teaching, she is also an accomplished poet and composer of children’s songs. Her poems have been published in numerous literary journals. Mrs. Kwon feels most rewarded, however, when she is teaching Korean children’s songs to her students. Under her direction, many of her students won major singing competitions in Korea. Some of the children’s songs written by Mrs. Kwon can also be found in the Korean middle school music textbooks.
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  • Minsie Lee
    Art
    M.A. Goldsmiths University / B.A. Arts University of Bournemouth
    “Miss Ell” is a working artist and a teacher who has a great passion to share her knowledge and love of art. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Arts University Bournemouth where she realized the value of artistic problem solving and its application to real-life problems. With an increasing urge to share the importance of art practices, she earned a Master of Arts in Artist Teacher and Contemporary Practices from Goldsmiths University where she expanded her knowledge and interest in education, especially in critical pedagogy. One of Miss Ell’s focus in teaching is to challenge students to actively participate in finding and developing their originality and strong voices that would enable them to be confident as artists as well as valuable members of the global society. Miss Ell enjoys traveling, hiking, and surfing when she is not teaching or making art.
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