New Faces at KIS 2018

It’s already been over two months since school started, but do we know all the new faces at KIS? Check out who some of them are and their stories.

With already three months into the school year, KIS has various new teachers and students from across the globe. Whether it is Ms. Edwards in the counseling department or Mr and Mrs Beaucham in the English department, each of these teachers and students have their own stories to share.

To learn more about who they are and their stories, Blueprint asked some of the teachers and students.

Sarah Wilson


  1. Please introduce yourself. Where are you from? Is this your first time in Korea?
    Hi, my name’s Sarah Wilson and I’m from the Netherlands, but I moved here when I was 4 so I would consider Korea more of a “home” to me than the Netherlands. I’ve lived here for 12 years now and attended another international school until transferring here this year. 

2. Why did you decide to come to KIS?
I decided to move to KIS because I had been at my past school for a long, long time and there were just a few things that made me want to look for different options. KIS was the next closest international school to where I live, so I checked it out and it seemed like a good school with nice facilities, students, and teachers. In terms of decision making, it was a lot easier to decide to move to KIS knowing I already had a friend here. So, I applied, and now I’m here!

3. How has your first two months here been?
My first two months have been pretty good. People have been really nice and welcoming, and its been much easier to adjust than expected.

4. What do you find most challenging at KIS? What do you like about KIS?
Something I found really challenging, especially in the first couple weeks here was how big the school is in comparison to my past school. I struggled a lot with finding my way around and getting from building to building, but I got the hang of it and it’s much easier now.
I really like how much bigger the school is. Not necessarily physically, but rather, the amount of students in a grade. My last school only had 30-45 people per grade, which provided a great sense of community, but I much more prefer the size of classes here at KIS.

6. What are you looking forward to this school year?
I’m looking forward to getting to know people and just get properly adjusted to the school in general. I’m also looking forward to hopefully getting more involved in the school with things like theatre, sports, etc.


Mr. Vogt

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  1. Please introduce yourself. Where are you from? Is this your first time in Korea?
    My name is Jeff Vogt and I am from the United States. I’ve lived and worked overseas in Tokyo, Japan and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This is my first time living in Korea but I have visited a couple of times during 2012 and 2013.


2. Why did you decide to come to KIS?
My wife Lisa and I decided to come to Korea because we love the culture and people of not just Korea, but all of (East) Asia. Being in this region allows us to easily travel all over Asia and Southeast Asia. Additionally, my wife is a new teacher and KIS was extra supportive in helping her get into the classroom.

3. How has your first two months in Korea/KIS been?
The first two months have presented us with about every emotion possible. Happiness and excitement upon arrival to Korea, arrival to meet students and new colleagues as well as immersing ourselves in this new culture. Stress and anxiety (a little bit) because we cannot communicate that well in Korean…yet. Surprise at how awesome KIS, its’ students and faculty have been to us!

4. If you could enroll in another teacher’s class for a day, which class would you join? Why?
Probably AP Psychology (sooooooo, Ms. Hawkinson?). Where I used to work, AP Psych was well liked (and it seems that way here too) and seemed like such an interesting subject. Plus, I’m a terms guy and love learning all the new lingo! The other choice would be Eric Sampson. He just seems like he’d run such a fun, interesting physics class that I couldn’t resist!

5. What is one of your hidden talents?
Haha. Me? Hidden talent? I’d have to sadly say that I don’t have one. I’m a jack of all trades and a master of nothing.

6. What are you looking forward to this school year?
I am looking forward to continuing to build awesome relationships with my students and to help them learn and love science.


Ms. Williams


IMG_07031.Please introduce yourself. Where are you from? Is this your first time in Korea?
Because I teach Spanish, my students call me Señorita Williams. I grew up in Virginia and Puerto Rico. I most recently taught high school Spanish outside of Washington, DC for eleven years. I have also taught middle school Spanish in Virginia and bilingual kindergarten in Austin, Texas. This is my first time in Korea!


2. Why did you decide to come to KIS?
KIS is a strong school and great fit for me. I wanted to teach abroad so that I could learn a new language, teach in another culture, further develop as an educator, collaborate with other teachers from around the world and grow as a person. Every day, I encourage my students to challenge themselves, take a step out of their comfort zones, and integrate what they learn into their future careers. Teaching in Korea is allowing me to practice what I preach. I am excited about all the adventures it will bring!


3. How has your first two months in Korea/KIS  been?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first two months in Korea. At KIS, everyone is supportive and welcoming, and I have enjoyed getting to know my new colleagues and students. I have had the chance to visit Seoul several times, attend a K League 1 soccer match, a Bears baseball game, travel to Taiwan and much more. Every day has some kind of adventure and I am loving it!

4. If you could enroll in another teacher’s class for a day, which class would you join? Why?
I would enroll in a technology course! Technology has changed significantly in the years since I was in school. My previous school was known for its robotics program and I was always intrigued by the program so I attended some of their competitions when possible. As at my previous high school, the enthusiasm of all of the instructors at KIS is contagious!

5. What is one of your hidden talents?
I can play the cello and walk at the same time!

6. What are you looking forward to this school year?
I am looking forward to a year filled with teaching and learning, travel, adventures, and laughter. Many days have challenges but every day is a blessing to me. I am thankful for this experience and the opportunity to work at KIS with its administrators, teachers, students, and parents!

Madison Rhee

IMG_06911. Please introduce yourself. Where are you from? Is this your first time in Korea?
My name is Madison Rhee. I have lived in the United States for four years, and before, I have lived in South Korea during elementary school years.  

2. Why did you decide to come to KIS?
We were looking for international schools located in South Korea, and it seemed to us that KIS had the best reputation out of all.

3. How has your first two months here been?The first week of school as a new student was, as expected, quite chaotic. Finding my way around campus and being surrounded by unfamiliar people was overwhelming at first. However, with the help of numerous affable people, I was able to adapt to KIS quickly, and so far everything has been going very well for me.

4. What do you find most challenging at KIS? What do you like about KIS?
I really like how KIS offers a variety of extracurricular activities that students can choose from. I think this allows students to prepare for their future in a way by providing an opportunity to pursue their interests and dreams outside of academics and helps them to become well rounded. I am sure I will be facing academic challenges throughout the year, but as of now one of challenges at KIS is getting used to the stairs.

5. What is one of your hidden talents?
One of my hidden talents is solving a Rubik’s cube!

6. What are you looking forward to this school year?
I am looking forward to making more new friends and participating in many activities this year!


Mr. Parker

IMG_07141. Please introduce yourself. Where are you from? Is this your first time in Korea?
My name is Peter Parker, a name which I share with a rather famous Marvel comic book hero. I was born in Ireland, but immigrated to Canada. I have been teaching internationally for 21 years and have worked in Colombia, China, Paraguay, Ecuador, Kazakhstan and now Korea. Yes, I have visited Korea before, the first time in 2001 and have attended SEOMUN the past three years.

2. Why did you decide to come to KIS?
I have always been interested in Korea as a country to work in and when the opportunity came up to work at KIS came up, it felt like a good match. Also, I have many friends who have worked at KIS and I had heard good things about the school and life in Korea.

3. How has your first two months in Korea/KIS  been?
It has been a bit of a whirlwind, but in a good way. I like Seoul as a city, but also the little bit of the countryside that I have seen. I have also felt very welcomed by my teaching colleagues, who have been supportive and encouraging as I transition to KIS.And, my students have been awesome.

4. If you could enroll in another teacher’s class for a day, which class would you join? Why?
Oooohhhh…this is a bit more of a toughie, largely because I am still getting to know the teachers. I have heard that Ms. Surette’s MS Science class is cool, in the HS…just about any of my colleagues in the Social Studies department.

5. What is one of your hidden talents?
Like my famous namesake, I prefer that my talents stay hidden…although my spider senses do tingle at times.

6. What are you looking forward to this school year?
Transitioning to a new school always comes with challenges, but so far I have been really impressed by the quality staff and students at KIS. I am most looking forward to getting settled and building relationships with the KIS community. Outside of the classroom I am excited about exploring different aspects of Korea…the culture, the food and the nature.
There are many more faculty and students who are new to our family—make sure to welcome and hear their stories!

—Sarah Se-Jung Oh (’19)

Photos: Sejoon Chang (’21)


KIS HS English Teachers’ Favorite Books

Ever wondered what your English teacher’s favorite book is? Find out their favorite books only on Blueprint! Featuring Ms. Clarke, Mr. Collings, Mr. Miller, Ms. Pate, and Mr. van Moppes.

Reading is one of the most rewarding experiences that everyone can have regardless of one’s gender, race, ethnicity or social status. It enables us to empathize with others, learn about humanity, and improve ourselves into compassionate people. For me, reading novels has not only been a pastime but my counselor and friend; books have taught me to live wholeheartedly and authentically, to strive towards my goal.

Just as how each and every one of us has at least one favorite book that influenced our lives, KIS HS English teachers also have their many favorites. In an attempt to discover insights into their favorite books, Blueprint has interviewed several English teachers.

Ms. Clarke

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  1. What is your favorite book?

I will choose my favorite classic- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

  1. Why is it your favorite book?

I’ll admit I first read this book in grade 9 because I shared a first name with it. I loved this book because of the heroine, Jane. It was a book I read at just the right moment: 9th grade, when I must have been looking for some unique and memorable female role-models in the stories I was reading. Jane Eyre is one of those: deeply introspective, guided by strong beliefs, and absolutely her own person. This was the first British Gothic/Romantic book I’d ever read; the supernatural, dramatic elements of the story compelled me. There’s nothing quite like a story with unexpected, shocking twists, and Victorian literature is full of them!

  1. How has it impacted your life?

After I read Jane Eyre, I choose The Eyre Affair (a modern British Alternative History/Sci-Fi/Mystery novel) for a 10th grade English project. It is this weird, funny, fast-paced story that let me realize/ enjoy being a bookworm. As you read it, you get to enjoy all these allusions, inside jokes, and alternate narratives that stem from Jane Eyre and other classics. The sequence of those two books helped me realize how much genuine enthusiasm and fun I found in the act of reading, and in the use of imagination and attention to detail that exists in so much good fiction/writing.

  1. What line(s) strikes you as insightful?

“I am no bird, and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will…”

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

“I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”

Mr. Collings


  1. What is your favorite book?

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.

  1. Why is it your favorite book?

I love the way it presented the need for civil disobedience and the way people can use it to bring down the combine. It speaks to me on a higher level and shows the importance to practice civil disobedience in my daily life, but also to understand the consequences for participating in it as well. The cause needs to be bigger than the individual. Plus it is hysterical. It makes me laugh every time, even though I have read it on numerous occasions.

  1. How has it impacted your life?

Ken Kesey’s story impacted me by the way it showed me to challenge my thinking, and to fight against the combine. I believe my work as a teacher is the same kind of work that McMurphy was doing in the story. I see education as greater than myself, and because of that I am willing to fight for the way it can be most impactful for my students.

  1. What line(s) strikes you as insightful?

“‘But I tried, though,’ he says. ‘Goddammit, I sure as hell did that much, now, didn’t I?'” (Kesey 111)

“It’s too late to stop it now. McMurphy did something to it that first day, put some kind of hex on it with his hand so it won’t like I order it. There’s no sense to it, any fool can see; I wouldn’t do it on my own. Just by the way the nurse is staring at me with her mouth empty of words I can see I’m in trouble, but I can’t stop it. McMurphy’s got hidden wires hooked to it, lifting it slow just to get me out of the fog and into the open where I’m fair game. He’s doing it, wires… No. That’s not the truth. I lifted it myself.” (Kesey 126)

“And we’re sitting there lined up in front of the blanked-out TV, watching the grey screen just like we could see the baseball game clear as day, and she’s ranting and screaming behind us. If somebody’d of come in and took a look, men watching a blank TV, a fifty-year old woman hollering and squealing at the back of their heads about discipline and order and recriminations, they’d of thought the whole bunch of us were crazy as loons.” (Kesey 128)

Mr. Miller


  1. What is your favorite book? (title and author)

River Town by Peter Hassler

  1. Why is it your favorite book?

Hessler’s work is admirable and speaks to many of the sensations I have personally felt while living abroad.  As Hessler starts to learn Mandarin, he attains a Chinese identity when he is given a Chinese name—“Ho-Wei.”  The disparity he feels between his Chinese self and his American self-reads like a version of “Borges and I” with the dual identity theme of “author-self” and   “self” taking shape for the visitor to a foreign land. Hessler’s personal descriptions of the alienation and fascination of living in a foreign land ring true to the style I would like to create in my travel writing.

  1. How has it impacted your life?

When I lived in Taiwan, the students laughed at my Chinese name, “Yue Han” (约翰) which consists of two characters–the first means “promise” and the second means “writing.” It is a good name for a writer. The idea of a “foreign self” and a “local self” is an idea that I take from Hessler and regularly use in travel narratives.

Ms. Pate


  1. What is your favorite book? (title and author)

I have so many favorites! I usually claim The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, Beloved by Toni Morrison, or A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood as my favorite, though.

  1. Why is it your favorite book?

Each of these books has compelling character arcs and some sort of tragic abyss. I am a character-driven reader; I need to get into the main character’s head and root for him/her. All of these books also draw me in with the beauty and poetic richness of their language. While they all involve deeply troubled or injured characters, they also contain some of my favorite sentences in the English language.

  1. How has it impacted your life?

The Sparrow captured my imagination and love of adventure; the other two books have shaped my transition from Social Studies to English. They are all books that I have read multiple times 🙂

  1. What line(s) strikes you as insightful?

So many! I could have chosen a huge list, but I thought I’d just add a couple from Handmaid’s Tale and Beloved. The Sparrow has wonderful language, but it’s not about the language the way that the other two are.

Handmaid’s Tale: “Night falls. Or has fallen. Why is it that night falls, instead of rising, like the dawn? Yet if you look east, at sunset, you can see night rising, not falling; darkness lifting into the sky, up from the horizon, like a black sun behind cloud cover. Like smoke from an unseen fire, a line of fire just below the horizon, brushfire or a burning city. Maybe night falls because it’s heavy, a thick curtain pulled up over the eyes. Wool blanket.”

Beloved: “She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.”

Mr. van Moppes


  1. What is your favorite book?

Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk  

  1. Why is it your favorite book?

It just felt so prescient when I read it. Like it was a lens into the future. It examines conspicuous consumption, globalization, marginalization, minimalism, greed, isolation, etc.   

  1. How has it impacted your life?

It reminds me of the true value of things, what is truly important, what matters as a human being. Love, tangible relationships, freedom of thought.

  1. What line(s) strikes you as insightful?

The things you used to own, now they own you.”

“The lower you fall, the higher you’ll fly.”

So often, we forget to ask the teachers about their favorites. However, as shown in the interviews, KIS English teachers have a vast array of their favorite books, whether that is classic or modern. Perhaps, students can attempt to read the department’s books and discover how they impact their own lives.

– Sarah Se-Jung Oh (’19)

Featured Image: Crescentia Jung (’19)





Habitat For Humanity: Build Houses, Experience Cultures, and Bowl…?

An interview about Habitat for Humanity with Mr. Joo, the current coordinator of the club.

The scene of students wheeling their suitcases early in the morning is not an uncommon sight early in the second semester at KIS. Some are traveling to Japan for athletics; China for MUN; America for forensics; or Europe for music. Among those various groups, a few dedicated students travel to Southeast Asia with one pure goal in mind: help others. These students make up the club Habitat for Humanity, a club that builds houses for the underprivileged in various countries within a one week span. I got the opportunity to sit down with the bald master mind behind the compassionate club – Mr. Jeong Joo.

Blueprint: How long have you been in charge of Habitat for Humanity?

Mr. Joo: “Well, I’ve been a part of the club for 6 years and have been in complete charge of it for 4 and a half of those.”

Blueprint: What is the purpose or the philosophy behind Habitat?

Mr. Joo: “Their mission statement is that everyone should be entitled to safe housing.”

Blueprint: Prior to the trip, what kind of preparations would the club make?

Mr. Joo: “The coordinator (Mr. Joo) works with Habitat Korea and finds a place where the club can go and make a meritorious contribution. Additionally, the itinerary would be planned out. As for the club members themselves, they participate in fundraising for the trip. Typically they teach the faculty Korean. ”

Blueprint: During the trip, besides the building, are there any activities that the club members partake in?

Mr. Joo: “We try to ensure that a cultural aspect is definitely there. Maybe visit a local elementary school or just a group of local neighbourhood kids and attempt some sort of cultural exchange. Recently, we have tried to infuse Korean traditional games into our trips. For example, we might play yutnori or gonggi. Personally, I think that’s something special and memorable.”

Blueprint: For the most recent Habitat trip, what was the most memorable aspect?

Mr. Joo: “Regarding our Vietnam trip, it was memorable in the fact that we had never visited this country before. Typically we have rotated Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, or Cambodia and it was just nice to go to a new country and experience the culture there.”

Blueprint: Are there any traditions involved with Habitat?

Mr. Joo: “We like to go bowling at least once- typically at the end of a trip. We believe it’s a fun way to wrap up a trip. I think we have done this for at least 5 of the last few trips!”

Blueprint: As the coordinator behind all of this, what is your favourite part of doing what you do?

Mr. Joo: “What I particularly like about the club itself is that it’s not just like a handout. We’re not only making a donation, but we get to see the process of and get to be part of the building process with the homeowners.”

Blueprint: Lastly, for any potential applicants, what kind of people are you looking for?

Mr. Joo: “I’m looking for people that like to travel and are genuinely interested in interacting with the locals. There a lot of programs out there where you would just donate money. Habitat is set apart since we get to see where the donations are going and actually being part of that business process. Fundamentally, I am searching for high-performing students who are responsible.”

Habitat for Humanity: a club that visits an assortment of East Asian countries to experience new cultures and give to the community there and, as Mr. Joo phrases it, is a club that “is different from a lot of the other fundraising programs”. If you are interested in becoming a member of this special association, you should not hesitate to apply once applications are sent out!

Written by John Gee

Featured Image by Sebin Kum

Why Art?

No more skeptical glances, no more scoffs of disapproval. Art is not a topic that one can disregard.

“Oh, she’s just going to major in art because she doesn’t have the brains to actually study.”

         “You want to go to art school? But you’re so smart! That’s such a shame.”

               “In a world full of starving children and hectic politics, how the hell does art matter?”

If you’re an art student, these sort of questions may be more than familiar to you. In a world where new developments in technology and medicine are in constant demand, it’s easy for people to cast aside the arts as irrelevant, even pointless. And to a degree, I don’t blame them. When you’re in the midst of researching for a cure for cancer, or discussing how to solve the ever imminent issue of Syrian refugees, the works of Pablo Picasso or learning how to wield a paintbrush is most likely going to be the last thing on your mind. However, that doesn’t mean that art is a subject we can completely disregard.

It’s no secret that art is an outlet for creativity. But contrary to what many may believe, this creativity isn’t just useful for choosing hues or arranging a composition. It serves a purpose later on in careers of all fields, where everywhere they look people are forced to come up with new and innovative solutions, a skill that employers look for the most. In a study conducted by Paul Silvia at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, researchers found that involving oneself in a creative activity forced people to “cultivate competence, and reflect critically on the world”. And this served true for those who weren’t necessarily masters of the arts – even seemingly amateur and foolish results spurred this sort of mental development. Especially for primary school students, an education in the arts helps rewire the brain to promote intuition, reasoning, and dexterity.

Now you may ask, to a person who struggles day by day to support themselves, to put food into their children’s mouths, why does art matter to them? In April 2016, freelance reporter Alison Stine released an article “Why Art Matters Even in Poverty”, which covered the role of art in her and her son’s life as a family who lived in poverty. Despite the hardships, Stine noted how creativity made the “the unlivable not just livable, but survivable”, and how art was a source of happiness and entertainment in their everyday lives.

To look deeper into the misconceptions of the arts, Blueprint decided to ask the 2D Arts teacher, Ms. Cone, a few questions about society’s misunderstandings of the arts and what we can do to get rid of those stereotypes.

BP: What are some of people’s’ misconceptions about art and artists themselves?

Ms. Cone: I think that one of the major misconceptions about art and artists is that people have this quintessential fear of what an artist is- the image of a starving artist, a painter living by themselves in a disheveled, one-bedroom flat, the tortured soul. And I think that what people don’t realize is how many aspects of art there are and just how much art has impacted the world around us. The term “artist” itself can be broadened to include all manners of creators, a fact that doesn’t typically come to people’s minds when they hear the word.

BP: What do you think causes some of these misconceptions about art?

Ms. Cone: Part of it I believe is due to the romanticized view, based off of movies and/or the media. When this trope became popular- I can’t say for sure. But it certainly caused people’s worries about their children wanting to become artists, as people immediately think of the picture of the artist living in squalor. So inevitably, we see less support for that career path and art becomes denigrated.   

BP: What can society do to get rid of these stereotypes of the starving artist and the ideal of students taking art as the easy way out of studying?

Ms. Cone: Oh man, that last part makes me so mad. I think part of it is coming to understand and appreciate the wide variety of artists there are in the world, and realizing how much of our daily lives are impacted by art. I’m using art in a very broad term, but literally everything you use, sit on, drive, come into contact with, had an artist- particularly industrial designers- involved in the process of creating that product. Coming to realize how much art enriches our lives everyday, not just through design but even as specific as painting. Think of hospitals that have no paintings in them, and hospitals that do have paintings in them- I’ll bet you that there are studies that show that hospitals with paintings in them make people happier. Just bringing creation and carefully considered visual spaces to people really does hold a positive impact. I think just generally being more educated will make people more appreciative of the arts. As of right now it’s really a zero-sum game- either you’re an arts person or a science person. People need to be more open to being multiple types of people. Everyone has the potential to be an artist, a creator, but they have to be willing to entertain that possibility.

Art isn’t the route of an escapist. It forces one to take a break from the bubble that surrounds us – to pause and take a look at the larger world in full force. So the next time you learn of someone choosing to take art as a career path, don’t mock them or disregard their work as insignificant. As John F. Kennedy once said, “we must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth”.

-Seiyeon Park (’17)

Featured Image: Seiyeon Park (’17) (Art by Sookja Lee)


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)

Sights by Ms. LaRue

“I hope I see all of this before another fifty rides around the sun.”

So I have ridden the planet around the sun over fifty times now and I have seen some things. I saw disco and the associated clothing. It was not scary at the time. I saw a president resign and that was kinda scary for a kid. I saw a man walk on the moon. It was AWESOME. I saw a hockey team defeat all odds and win the gold. It was strangely, patriotically, inspiring. I saw college. It was spectacular. I saw a man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. It was wonderful. I saw the beginning of rap. It was interesting. I saw a wall come tumbling down. It was electrifying. I saw the sunset on the pyramids of Egypt and the sunrise over the sunflower fields of South Africa. Traveling is delightful. I saw the beginnings of comprehension of the human effects on the environment, and the accompanying arguments about climate change. It was disheartening. I saw the advent of computers and the internet. It was bewildering, at first. I saw the Sydney Opera House and the Vatican.  Again, traveling is delightful. I saw planes fly into buildings. It was horrifying. I saw significant improvements in honoring civil rights. It was, and is, a potential promise of a better future.

But I hope to see even more. I hope I will see a change in the current THEM OR US structure that dominates in much political and social discourse. Life is generally in the middle. There are always more than just two choices. I hope I will see the end of territorial expansionist policies by governments and others. It is all just dirt on the same planet and most of us live in concrete towers now anyway. Perhaps it would be a benefit if we all remembered that we are members of the same race – the human race. I hope I will see changes in the ways we address poverty. There is always enough food every year to produce more humans but clearly not enough to sustain their survival in the manner in which we have chosen to feed them. It would probably help if the Americans would cease their obesity epidemic. Right now, it seems that one out of every three people in the US  weighs more than the other two combined. I hope I will see legitimate forays into space. This is a no-brainer. I hope I will see a worldwide decrease in sleep anorexia. Electricity only meant lights at night. It did not mean for us to deny ourselves sleep. I hope I see a change in the way we treat the planet. We are not the only species here – nor the most important. I hope I see a renewal in appreciation for art, for art’s sake. I hope I see more thinking. The more science advancements we achieve, the more ethical contemplation we will need. I hope I see the end of rape.

I hope I see all of this before another fifty rides around the sun.

– Ms. Carmen LaRue

Best and Worst Films of 2014 by Mr. Joo

Mr. Joo is back with his latest movie reviews for 2014.

10.  John Wick

“Satisfying action flick that’s like a good round of a shoot ‘em all video game.”


9.  The Interview

“It felt good to exercise my democratic right to laugh at some Seth Rogen crude humor.”


8.  Draft Day

“Kevin Costner is at his best when starring in sports films…reminder of his glory days.”


7.  American Sniper

“Politics and controversies aside, Bradley Cooper’s superb performance is enough to make this one of this year’s best.”


6.  Boyhood

“Pretty hard not to be impressed by Richard Linklater’s 12 year effort.”


5.  Grand Budapest Hotel

“Been waiting a long time for the second Wes Anderson film I liked (first since Royal Tenenbaums).”


4.  Two Days, One Night

“Simple honest look at ordinary people and their reaction to difficult situations.”


3.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

“A blockbuster with substance.”


2.  Foxcatcher

“How this was snubbed for the Best Picture Academy Award is a mystery.”


1.  Gone Girl
“Flawless movie…David Fincher’s best since Fight Club.”



10. Into the Woods

“Forgettable…other than Meryl Streep’s performance.”


9.  The Theory of Everything

“Most overrated film of the year…a mediocre biopic at best.”


8.  300:  Rise of an Empire

“Violence couldn’t be any more tedious in this failed attempt to revive the original.”


7.  Noah

“So dull…Evan Almighty didn’t seem all that bad after watching this.”


6.  The Fault in our Stars

“Relentless force-feeding of sappiness too exhausting to sit through.”


5.  Lucy

“Hard to believe Scarlett Johansson was once in gems like Lost in Translation and Ghost World.”


4.  Godzilla

“It was 90 minutes into the film until anything happened…and so many talented actors wasted on nothing roles.”


3.  The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

“Such a shame this had to be Robin Williams’ last film.”


2.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

“There was no need to reopen the manhole to let these reptiles see the light of day again.”


1.  Transformers:  Age of Extinction

“No surprise here.”



5.  The Divine Move (신의한수)

“Never knew a movie about baduk can be so exciting.”


4.  Han Gong-ju (한공주)

“Upsetting but intriguing story about a girl’s struggle to find herself after a traumatic event.”


3.  Miss Granny (수상한그녀)

“Same old Freaky Friday story…but a darn funny one.”


2.  My Love, Don’t Cross That River (님아, 그 강을 건너지 마오)

“Haven’t shed so many tears in a movie theatre since I watched ET as a 2nd grader.”


1.  Whistle Blower (제보자)

“Based on the true story of Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk’s fabricated stem cell research…Park Hae-il delivers a great performance to add to the screenplay’s take on Korea’s modern history and social criticism.”



5.  The Royal Tailor (상의원)

“It’s about as fun as you’d think a film about tailors would be.”


4.  My Dictator (나의독재자)

“Expected more for a film with such interesting premise.”


3.  Sea Fog (해무)

“Perfectly titled for such a haze of a movie.”


2.  Scarlet Innocence (마담뺑덕)

“More ridiculous than even the most outrageous Korean drama plot.”


1.  Big Match (빅 매치)
“Dullest movie ever for a film that was billed as an “action” flick.”

– Mr. Joo (Teacher)
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