Last Words from Departing Teachers

Some of KIS’s best teachers say farewell.

The end of the year signals a series of farewells. Farewell to our friends, farewell to the seniors, and also, farewell to some dear teachers. Our KIS teachers care so much for their students, and it is heartbreaking to part with some of our teachers who have been such a huge aspect of our school life. Here’s what some of them had to say.


Mr. Fitzgerald (AP Calculus AB & Pre Calculus)

sarah-departing-teachers-lifestyle_18458021251_oWhere are you going now?

“Brasilia, Brazil.”

What is your favorite memory?

I’ve always enjoyed graduation because you get to see all the students that are leaving and you get to see a lot of students that come back.

What will you miss the most?

Soccer field.

Last words?

Enjoy life.


Ms. Gerry (AP Biology & Environment Science)

sarah-departing-teachers-lifestyle_17835562113_oWhere are you going now?

I am going to Brasilia, Brazil. The school is called School of the Nations. It’s a bilingual school, and I’ll be teaching secondary science. I’m moving to be with my other half.

What is your favorite memory?

I have sooo many good memories and it’s hard to pick one. But if I had to, I would pick the times I spent with my advisory. My other one would be my first day at KIS, being nervous and not knowing the students yet. It’s an exciting, nerve-wracking kind of day. But it ended up being like I remember thinking at the end of the day that I ‘m gonna be happy here.

What will you miss the most?

My students. All my students. Each one you build a relationship with, they become a part of your experience and life. And it’s not like we can visit each other because I’m moving so far away, so I’ll miss them.

Last words?

Take time to appreciate the little things, and take a deep breath, and realize that everything is going to be all right.



Mrs. Summerton (AP Psychology)

sarah-departing-teachers-lifestyle_18268421128_oWhere are you going now?

“I’m going to Singapore. I will be at Singapore American School.”

What is your favorite memory?

“My favorite memories are of all the students that I have gotten to work with who have been amazing and wonderful. But for me personally, since I’ve been at KIS, I’ve been engaged, married, had a baby, and had another baby.”

What will you miss the most?

“I will miss the students the most. Everyday I get to spend time with the sweetest, kindest, and hardest working people that I’ve met.”

Last words?

“Be true to yourself, and be kind to yourself.”



Mr. Williams (Physics)

sarah-departing-teachers-lifestyle_18451974322_oWhere are you going now?

I’m going to start a company in Seoul. We’re going to make programmable circuit boards for school projects.

What is your favorite memory?

Bundang is a very beautiful place to live!

What will you miss the most?

I’ll miss the hardworking students.

Last words?

A good science and math background will help you in any field that you want to study.


Other teachers leaving this year include Mr. Drake, Ms. Novak, Mr. and Mrs. Whitehead, Ms. Abukazam, Mr. Jacobusse, and Mr. Bullock.

Teachers, thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication for your students! You were all amazing teachers with a passion for your students and for the subject you taught. We all wish the best in your futures. We’ll miss you and we love you!


KIS students


– Sarah Chin (’16)

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