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BFS school administrators all have advanced degrees and an average of 20 years experience in Education.

BFS is committed to supporting teachers' ongoing professional learning.

Carl Brenneman – Upper School Principal (cbrenneman@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Washington State, School Administrator
  • Washington State, Teachers License

Educational Background

  • University of San Francisco – MA Organization and Leadership
  • California State University Dominguez Hills – MA Humanities
  • University of Montana Western – BA Secondary Education

Mr. Brenneman is happy to be leading the upper school and looks forward to helping teachers support student learning and growth. He is passionate about student involvement and leadership in academics, athletics and the arts. BFS is a great place for students to discover their strengths, take chances, and develop the skills they need to be successful wherever their journey takes them.

This year he and Ms. Brenneman will have no children in the house for the first time in twenty-two years, and he will need to keep clocks set for time zones in the U.S. and Europe in order to know when be on Zoom to stay in touch with his two children.

If he’s not at BFS, chances are you’ll find him on the trails of Jangsan, exploring and staying connected to the natural world.

Lauren Harvey – Early Childhood and Elementary Principal (lharvey@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Indiana, Building Administrator License PK-12 Indiana
  • Instructional License English as a New Language (ENL) PK-12

Educational Background

  • Purdue University. School Principal Certificate Program
  • Indiana University, Master of Science in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
  • Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Minors in Spanish and Cultural Diversity

Ms. Lauren Harvey is thrilled to be the Early Childhood and Elementary Principal (PK – Grade 5) after previously serving as the BFS PK-12 Vice Principal from 2016-2019. She has also served in educational leadership positions in Hawaii and Jeju-do. Ms. Harvey is passionate about ensuring a safe, joyful, and engaging learning environment that supports all students to develop academic and socioemotional skills. Ms. Harvey believes that BFS is a small school with a big heart where every student is known and valued, and she appreciates collaborating with all members of the diverse BFS community. Ms. Harvey is a proud member of the ISS Diversity Collaborative, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

In her free time, Ms. Harvey enjoys spending time with her family and dog, reading non-fiction, and listening to music.

Glenn Saunders – Director of Admissions & College Counseling (gsaunders@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • State of Massachusetts, Certified Social Studies Teacher Grades 8-12

Educational Background

  • American University, MA Political Science
  • Ithaca College, BA Social Studies
  • Harvard Institute on College Admissions, Certificate
  • College Board/NYU Institute for International College Counselors, Certificate

Mr. Saunders will be starting his 15th year at Busan Foreign School as the Director of Admissions and College Counseling. After graduating from Ithaca College, his first career path took him to Washington, D.C. working in the U.S. Congress as a legislative assistant and assistant press secretary. While in Washington, D.C. he pursued his graduate degree earning an M.A. from American University. After trying his hand at the federal level of government, Mr. Saunders returned to his home state of Massachusetts taking on the role of chief of staff for a state senator in Boston. He left the world of politics and became manager of major corporate accounts for Akamai Technologies based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Mr. Saunders discovered his passion for teaching after volunteering at the Boston Area Red Cross, teaching history and civics to adults on the path to U.S. citizenship. Mr. Saunders’ transitioned to education over 15 years ago as he became a certified high school social studies teacher in the state of Massachusetts. He taught in the western suburbs of Boston before throwing his hat into the international teaching ring landing here at Busan Foreign School.

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Scott Muller – Curriculum Coordinator | HS Social Studies & AP Capstone (scmuller@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Washington D.C, Administrative Services Credential PreK-12

Educational Background

  • Lamar University, Masters of Education: Principal Licensure Program K-12
  • Wilkes University, Masters of Education: Development and Strategies
  • Lipscomb University, History Education

Mr. Muller, the Curriculum Coordinator of Busan Foreign School, is excited to enter his fourth year leading curricular initiatives at this amazing school. Prior to joining BFS, he served as the History Department Head at The American School of Kuwait and the Economics Department Head at Kings Academy.

A lover of learning at heart, Mr. Muller loves working with students, parents and teachers to create a community environment where all members embrace diversity and strive for excellence.

Rebecca Austin-Castillo – K~12 Counselor (rcastillo@bfs.or.kr)

Teacher Licensure

  • California,Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Educational Background

  • University of Northern Colorado – Ed.S. School Psychology
  • University of California, San Diego – B.S. Psychology

Ms. Austin-Castillo has been our school counselor and psychologist since August 2020. She joined Busan Foreign School after spending 13 years as a school psychologist in Northern California. Ms. Austin-Castillo is excited to continue supporting students to achieve their personal and academic goals both directly, through 1:1 counseling and delivery of classroom social emotional learning lessons, and indirectly, through consultation and systems-level advocacy. She believes in creating environments that foster growth and connection.

Outside of work, Ms. Austin-Castillo loves to travel and explore the outdoors with her husband and daughter. She is an avid hiker, runner, and reader. Ms. Austin-Castillo welcomes you to contact her to discuss student well-being, school culture, and/or your favorite novels and hiking trails.

Rachael Empson – K5 (rempson@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Utah, Elementary Education K-6

Educational Background

  • West Virginia University – Morgantown – Bachelor of Science in Psychology

This is Ms. Empson’s second year teaching at Busan Foreign School. Ms. Empson has taught in lower elementary for the past seven years. She is from West Virginia and lived and worked in Istanbul, Turkey before joining BFS.

Ms. Empson believes that relationships are at the heart of learning. She strives to build a nurturing classroom environment where students feel heard and comfortable taking intellectual risks. Her philosophy as an educator is that all children are capable, competent learners and that her role is to support each child in developing to their own potential.

Outside of school, Ms. Empson enjoys doing improv, going for walks, speaking Turkish and doing yoga. She loves to learn about different ways of life and uses travel as means to explore that curiosity. She is excited to explore Korea and neighboring countries more this year.

Ashley Cottier – MS English Language Arts & MS Social Studies (acottier@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Iowa, Teacher Elementary Classroom K-6
  • Iowa, English/Language Arts K-8
  • Iowa, Reading K-8

Educational Background

  • University of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls – Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, Minor English/Language Arts K-8
  • University of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls – Master of Arts in Education, Teacher Leadership for International Teachers (in progress)

Ms. Cottier grew up in rural Illinois and then ventured to Iowa for college. She received a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English/Language Arts, to finish her degree she traveled to Singapore to student teach at Singapore American School. After graduating, she taught for a year in Iowa, then again went abroad to Kuwait for two years to teach.

Ms. Cottier is excited to start her third year at BFS, her goal is to create a group of avid learners and thinkers while also creating bonds with her studnets. In her spare time, Ms. Cottier enjoys baking, reading, playing board games, listening to music, and traveling.

Dr. Dylan Barnes – MS & HS Computer Science (dbarnes@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Florida, K-12 Computer Science
  • Florida, Secondary Social Science
  • Florida, Secondary Engineering and Technology Education
  • New Jersey, Secondary Social Studies
  • New Jersey, Secondary Technology Education

Educational Background

  • Ocean County Vocational Technical School, A.A. in Audio Engineering and Mixing Techniques
  • University of South Florida, B.S. in Secondary Social Science Education
  • Saint Leo University, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • Southeastern University, Ed.D in Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Barnes comes to BFS from Tampa, FL. He grew up in New Jersey and found his devotion for teaching and mentoring as a teenager serving as a summer camp counselor and director. Dr. Barnes received his bachelor’s degree in secondary social science education from the University of South Florida. Additionally, Dr. Barnes completed his master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction, respectively.

Dr. Barnes is a strong advocate for life-long learning. As an educator, Dr. Barnes strives not only to instruct on various topics of study, but to facilitate learning through practical, real-world application and critical thinking that will continue to benefit students outside of his classroom.

In his spare time, Dr. Barnes enjoys many diverse interests, but mostly spends his time playing ice hockey, reading, drinking coffee, and enjoying the tactile processes of analog photography.

Our 34 faculty members have only one mission:

To inspire each learner.

Jennifer Sandstrom – Early Childhood (PK3) (jsandstrom@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Washington State, Teaching Licence K-8

Educational Background

  • Western Washington University – BA Interdisciplinary Child Development Elementary Education
  • University of Maryland University College, Mannheim Germany, Associates Degree – European Studies Certificate

Ms. Sandstrom has over ten years experience in teaching early childhood education. She has taught in the United States, Kuwait, and Burma. She was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Northern Macedonia, where her job was to teach English to 4th- 8th graders. Her goal is to create a welcoming classroom environment where all students feel welcome, safe, and are excited to learn.

In her free time she enjoys running, reading and traveling to new places. This is her first year in South Korea and she can’t wait to try the food and learn more about the country.

Stephanie Smyth – Early Childhood (K4) (ssmyth@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Quebec (Canada), Preschool and Primary Education, PK-6

Educational Background

  • McGill University- Montreal, Canada- M.A Education and Society
  • McGill University- Montreal, Canada- B.Ed Kindergarten and Elementary

Ms Smyth is looking forward to her second year at BFS! Originally from Montreal, Canada, Ms. Smyth has taught in Canada, Australia, China and South Korea. Ms. Smyth has experience teaching in remote Indigenous communities in Canada, public and private schools, and in International schools abroad. Ms. Smyth’s passion for education is in redesigning learning environments. Through her research in her M.A she explored the importance of meaningful places in childhood.

Ms. Smyth has designed a variety of learning environments in schools focusing on the physical environment, and promoting the importance of inquiry-based learning through exploration, discovery and play within the natural environment.

In her spare time, Ms. Smyth enjoys traveling and exploring the outdoors. She enjoys hiking, biking, camping, snorkeling, and playing soccer.

Rachael Empson – Kindergarten (rempson@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Utah, Elementary Education K-6

Educational Background

  • West Virginia University – Morgantown – Bachelor of Science in Psychology

This is Ms. Empson’s second year teaching at Busan Foreign School. Ms. Empson has taught in lower elementary for the past seven years. She is from West Virginia and lived and worked in Istanbul, Turkey before joining BFS.

Ms. Empson believes that relationships are at the heart of learning. She strives to build a nurturing classroom environment where students feel heard and comfortable taking intellectual risks. Her philosophy as an educator is that all children are capable, competent learners and that her role is to support each child in developing to their own potential.

Outside of school, Ms. Empson enjoys doing improv, going for walks, speaking Turkish and doing yoga. She loves to learn about different ways of life and uses travel as means to explore that curiosity. She is excited to explore Korea and neighboring countries more this year.

Justin Cassel  – 1st Grade (jcassel@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Florida, Elementary Education K-6

Educational Background

  • University of West Florida – Elementary Education K-6
  • Washington State University – BA in Philosophy (minor in Political Science and History)

Mr. Cassel is excited for third year as a teacher at BFS! He takes a T.E.A.M. First approach – Together Everyone Achieves More. His teaching career has taken him to Seoul, Osaka, Hanoi, and Busan. Originally from the sweetest place on Earth, Hershey, Pennsylvania, he loves to travel. His passion for teaching lies with primary students as he enjoys their enthusiasm and excitement for learning!

His extracurricular interests include time at the park and scooting with his three year old twins. With the little free time he has, he loves going on adventures with his wife, Rebecca, hiking, time on the beach/in the ocean, and ice hockey.

Michelle Underwood  – 2nd Grade (munderwood@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • State of Missouri, Elementary Education 1-6

Educational Background

  • UnSoutheast Missouri State University – Bachelor of Science in Education

Ms. Underwood is excited to join the BFS team as the new second grade teacher. She comes from a military family and has moved around most of her life. She joins us after teaching second grade in Colombia, and has previously taught in Seoul, the US, and Chile. Ms. Underwood focuses on relationship building and forming strong connections in the classroom so that students feel comfortable, safe, and enriched.

When she is not teaching, Ms. Underwood loves to travel, read, enjoy live music, try out new restaurants with friends, and go to the movies.

Brenda Aguilar – 3rd Grade (baguilar@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Washington D.C., Elementary Education K-6

Educational Background

  • University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MA Education
  • University of California – Santa Barbara, BA History

Mrs. Aguilar will be starting her 11th year of teaching elementary. She taught 4th grade for years at BFS and is now transitioning to 3rd grade. Prior to teaching in South Korea, Mrs. Aguilar taught upper elementary in Mexico and lower elementary in Washington DC.

Mrs. Aguilar is originally from Los Angeles, and enjoys spending time with family and friends, and exploring the outdoors and new places.

Courtney Pehl – 4th Grade (cpehl@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Arizona, Elementary Education K-8

Educational Background

  • Rockford College – Bachelor of Science

Miss Pehl is excited for her tenth year of teaching and her first year at BFS. Before coming to Korea, Miss Pehl taught fourth grade in Colombia and a 3rd/4th grade class in Arizona. She is excited to join the community at BFS and help her students grow as learners.

In her free time Miss Pehl enjoys cooking healthy food, reading fiction books, hiking big mountains, and exploring new places!

Andrew Hernandez – 5th Grade (ahernandez@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • California, Elementary Education K-6

Educational Background

  • University of Southern California, Master of Arts in Teaching, Multiple Subjects K-6

Mr. Hernandez will be continuing his international teaching in Korea. His past educational opportunities include teaching in Albania, Egypt, Korea, and the United States. He is ecstatic to be teaching 5th grade for a 3rd straight year.

When not teaching, you can find Andrew watching Cocomelon with his wife and daughter, reading a bestseller, hiking, watching a movie at the cinema, or catching a foul ball at a baseball game. One of his favorite quotes is by Ghandi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Let’s make a difference together!

Helen Kim – K~12 Maker Space (hkim@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Georgia, Elementary Education Pre K-5
  • Georgia, Special Education General Curriculum Pre K-12
  • Georgia, ESOL Endorsement

Educational Background

  • Georgia State University – Atlanta, GA, Bachelor of Science in Education

Ms. Kim was born in Korea, but moved to Atlanta, Georgia when she was 8 years old. Ms. Kim has always dreamed of becoming a teacher ever since she was a kid. After following her dreams to become a teacher, she taught four years in Georgia and two years in Korea. During the six years of her teaching career, she worked with a large variety of students such as English Language Learners, students with learning disabilities, and gifted students. This will be Ms. Kim’s second-year teaching at BFS, and she is beyond excited! Ms. Kim loves to see children explore their learning through projects and hands-on activities.

In her free time, Ms. Kim loves to spend time with her dog, Luna. She also loves volleyball, watching movies, spending time with friends, and exploring new places. Ms. Kim hopes to discover new places and hobbies during her time in Busan!

Soo-Hyun Hwang – K ~ 12 Art (shwang@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Okanagan College – Certificate in TESOL
  • American Academy, YL – Certificate in TESOL

Educational Background

  • University of Dong-A – Bachelor of Fine Art, and Printing

Ms. Hwang graduated from Busan Art high school, Dong-A University and pursued her higher education in Vancouver, Canada. She has been teaching arts at Busan Foreign School for twenty years! Ms. Hwang teaches all classes, from Elementary to AP Studio Art and Design. Her courses covers a gamut of arts ranging from visual concepts to theory for the elementary grades, to visual communication for AP Studio Art and G6 through G12. Ms. Hwang’s art classes provide students with the means to apply their art productions in a variety of media within the contexts of critical thinking and broaden their social perspectives. Ms. Hwang is married and has one daughter.

In her free time she enjoys experimenting with art media and painting pictures. She also likes hiking, traveling, and exploring new cultures with her family.

Becki Pochon – Elementary Music & MS/HS Choir (bpochon@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Commonwealth of Virginia, Music: Instrumental PreK-12
  • Commonwealth of Virginia, Music: Vocal/Choral PreK-12

Educational Background

  • Liberty University- Bachelor of Music Education

Mrs. Pochon is excited to start another year at BFS. Prior to coming to BFS, Mrs. Pochon taught music and choir for 4 years at Danville Public Schools in Virginia. She graduated from Liberty University in Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, singing karaoke, playing instruments, and video talking with her family in America. Mrs. Pochon is passionate about the growing music program at BFS, and sincerely believes she has the best profession in the world!

She is passionate about creating an enjoyment and excitement in young students and musicians for learning music.

Patrick Galles- Athletics Director (pgalles@bfs.or.kr)

Teacher Licensure

  • Iowa, Physical Education K-8
  • Iowa, Physical Education 5-12
  • Iowa, Coaching K-12

Educational Background

  • Concordia University Irvine (CUI): Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration
  • University of Iowa: Bachelor of Science in Physical Education K-12, Coaching K-12
  • American Sport Education Program (ASEP): Certified Instructor – Coaching Principles
  • American Sport Education Program (ASEP): Certified Instructor – Sport First Aid

Mr. Galles joined BFS in 2016 as the BFS Shark Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher (K-12). Mr. Galles came to BFS after spending a little more than two decades teaching and leading programs in Tokyo at an American international school quite similar in size and scope to BFS.

Originally from the state of Iowa in the U.S., Mr. Galles and his family have called northern Minnesota home since 1996, where, along with his siblings and parents operate an international summer camp program during the holidays.

As Mr. Galles enters his seventh year at BFS he is eager to continue working hard in support of all BFS students and their families.

Stephanie Platt – Librarian (splatt@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Maryland, Library Media Specialist
  • Maryland, English 7-12

Educational Background

  • Goucher College – BA in English Literature
  • Towson University – MS in Instructional Technology (School Library Media)

Ms. Platt calls Baltimore, Maryland home but has also lived in East Tennessee, England (for a brief but transformative time), and New York City, where she began her career teaching English/Language Arts. She has spent the past 8 years as an Elementary School Librarian in Maryland and is excited to join BFS this year and connect with students through the world of books.

Besides reading, Mrs. Platt loves exploring wonders great and small with her kids (2 and 3 yrs old) and husband Rufus, drawing and crafting, trying new foods, and learning and drawing inspiration from the people around her.

Almudena Martinez Fesser – K ~ 8 Spanish (amartinez@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain- Master in Teacher Training in Spanish as a Foreign Language

Educational Background

  • Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and Université Catholique de Louvain la Neuve, Belgium – Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

Ms. Martínez is excited to return to BFS after having had some time off taking care of her new baby this past year. She is eager to continue combining her passions; sharing her mother tongue and culture, connecting with a multicultural community, and teaching her students to communicate through a new language.

Before joining BFS, she served as Spanish teacher in Ghana, West Africa and India, where she enjoyed the world of international teaching, where every student brings a fresh perspective to language learning and enriches the experience with their varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. These experiences have helped her to open her mind, better understand others’ perspectives, and get a better grip on reality.

Outside the classroom, Ms. Martínez loves exploring her surroundings, traveling and connecting with new people, places, cultures, and languages.

Hee Jin Lee – K~12 Korean  (hlee@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

  • Graduate School of Pukyong National University, Master’s degree for Korean Education as a Foreign Language, Certificate of Korean Language Teacher
  • Pusan National University, Early Childhood Education, Certificate of Childhood Education
  • Dong-A University, Bachelor of Arts in Physics
  • Certification of Early Childhood Care and Education from PNU
  • Certificate of Korean Language Teacher, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea

Ms. Lee joined BFS as a high school tutor, and has been working as a part of the BFS team for over 12 years. She has a variety of experience in different educational areas and age groups. Although she majored in science, her interest in different languages and cultures led her to a deeper study of her mother tongue, and becoming a Korean Language teacher. She incorporates Korean cultural activities to her classes in order to make them more joyful. Miss Lee is very excited to support our students’ growth emotionally, socially as well as academically.

In her free time, she likes going to the movies and Art galleries, loves taking photos and rendering them into beautiful paintings. She is looking forward to meeting new BFS families and very excited to bring many culture-related activities to the Korean classes this year.

Lucas Kavanaugh – Lower Elementary ELL (lkavanaugh@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Washington D.C., Elementary Education K-6

Educational Background

  • Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD, Master of Education
  • Aquinas College – Grand Rapids, MI, Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

This is Mr. Kavanaugh’s second year teaching at Busan Foreign School. Mr. Kavanaugh previously taught at St. Paul American School in Hanoi and Truesdell Education Campus in Washington D.C. before joining BFS. Mr. Kavanaugh is originally from Michigan, but has also lived and worked in Vietnam and South Korea. For Mr. Kavanaugh, education is based on the principles of having fun in class, using data to provide personalized learning for each student, and helping students internalize a growth mindset.

When not in school, Mr. Kavanaugh enjoys playing music, ice hockey, studying Korean, and relaxing at the beach. He is also an avid traveler and loves to find himself in a new place experiencing different cultures and eating delicious food.

Olga So – Upper Elementary ELL (oso@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • California, General Subject K-5

Educational Background

  • City University, BS in Business Administration
  • North American Montessori Center, Elementary Montessori Teaching Diploma
  • University of Phoenix, Master’s in Elementary Education
  • ESL, Building Academic Vocabulary, Certificate
  • Ontesol Coventry House International, Teaching English to Young Learners

Ms. So starts her twelfth year at BFS. She is excited and proud to be an upper Elementary ELL teacher. Ms. So was born in Sakhalin Island, Russia and has lived in Seattle, Washington and Redondo Beach, California. Ms. So has taught diverse students in the U.S.A. and Korea. She has worked on curriculum development, leadership teams, and various other committees throughout her career. Ms. So, her husband, and their daughter are thrilled to be part of BFS community.

She is passionate about children, animals, cultures, languages, reading, traveling, and learning.

Ashley Cottier – MS English Language Arts & MS Social Studies (acottier@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Iowa, Teacher Elementary Classroom K-6
  • Iowa, English/Language Arts K-8
  • Iowa, Reading K-8

Educational Background

  • University of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls – Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, Minor English/Language Arts K-8
  • University of Northern Iowa – Cedar Falls – Master of Arts in Education, Teacher Leadership for International Teachers (in progress)

Ms. Cottier grew up in rural Illinois and then ventured to Iowa for college. She received a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in English/Language Arts, to finish her degree she traveled to Singapore to student teach at Singapore American School. After graduating, she taught for a year in Iowa, then again went abroad to Kuwait for two years to teach.

Ms. Cottier is excited to start her third year at BFS, her goal is to create a group of avid learners and thinkers while also creating bonds with her studnets. In her spare time, Ms. Cottier enjoys baking, reading, playing board games, listening to music, and traveling.

Amber Brenneman – MS English Language Arts (abrenneman@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • English Language Arts, Montana, Secondary Education

Educational Background

  • University of Montana – Missoula – Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education (6-12)
  • University of Montana – Missoula – Bachelor of Arts, English Language & Literature

Ms. Brenneman’s passion for life and sense of humor help her connect with others and explore the intersections of literature and life experiences. She grew up in small towns in Missouri and Montana, has lived and taught in three different countries, and understands the pressures and joys of parenting. Her teaching adventures introduced her to Taiwan and South Korea, where she and her husband raised their two children.

Having grown up near Glacier National Park, Ms. Brenneman loves hiking, biking, running, and exploring beautiful places. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with friends and family; and discovering new things, especially about the students in her classroom. This is going to be a fresh and fun new school year!

Lauren Amorós – HS English & Social Studies (lamoros@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • California, English Secondary Education
  • Pennsylvania, English Secondary Education

Educational Background

  • University of Alabama – Masters of Arts in Secondary Education, English Language Arts
  • Dickinson College – Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

Ms. Amorós loves to teach; she is passionate about growing and learning alongside her students. Before BFS, she taught in Bogotá, Colombia, where she explored the biodiversity in various regions, hiked, drank (the best!) coffee, and spotted wildlife. Before that, she was in the Bay Area of California, which she calls home, even though she is originally from Pennsylvania. Ms. Amorós brings her dog, Lulu, from Colombia and her cat, Bon Bon, from the US. She has traveled to many places around the world with her husband, Aristotle, and they are both ecstatic to settle into their dream community of Busan, where they hope to immerse themselves in the culture and meet new people. Ms. Amorós is committed to justice work in and outside of the classroom, and pushes herself to learn from different perspectives.

Please contact Ms. Amorós with any questions, and know that she wants to work with you to support your student(s)!

Jocelyn Slovak – HS English (jslovak@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • NY State, Secondary English Education

Educational Background

  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, BA Comparative Literature
  • Columbia University, New York, NY, MA in English and Comparative Literature
  • Pace University, New York, NY, MS in Secondary English Education
  • Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, MFA in Fiction

Jocelyn Slovak is looking forward to her third year at BFS. She is a teacher, a working writer, and a mother. Her goals for her students include helping them develop an hour-a-day reading habit, for life, as well as helping students become their own best self-editors, so that they can write confidently in college and beyond. Slovak specializes in teaching Creative Writing and the personal essay, and has coached students to writing successful applications for college, graduate school, and fellowship opportunities for many years.

Slovak enjoys reading, writing poetry and creative nonfiction, baking, hiking, crafting and world travel with her husband and 7-year-old son, Christopher, who will be starting 2nd grade this fall at BFS. The Slovak-Nortons are super proud of their brother-and-sister pair of Korean short-tailed tabby cats!

Caitlin Kimak – MS & HS Social Studies (ckimak@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Virginia, History and Social Sciences 6-12

Educational Background

  • James Madison University, Bachelor of the Arts in History
  • James Madison University, Master of Arts in Teaching
  • George Mason University, Master of Arts in History

A Virginia native, Ms. Kimak is entering her tenth year of teaching and is a life-long lover of history, politics, and constitutional rights, having recently completed a fellowship in teaching with the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. She is a firm believer in the power of learning, debate, and research in the classroom and is excited to join the BFS family and mentor the Model United Nations team. She welcomes and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, and ideas in the classroom.

In her down time, Ms. Kimak is an avid podcast listener, amateur baker, and casual hiker. She can’t wait to explore the food, culture, and mountains of Korea.

Scott Muller – Curriculum Coordinator | HS Social Studies & AP Capstone (scmuller@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Washington D.C, Administrative Services Credential PreK-12

Educational Background

  • Lamar University, Masters of Education: Principal Licensure Program K-12
  • Wilkes University, Masters of Education: Development and Strategies
  • Lipscomb University, History Education

Mr. Muller, the Curriculum Coordinator of Busan Foreign School, is excited to enter his fourth year leading curricular initiatives at this amazing school. Prior to joining BFS, he served as the History Department Head at The American School of Kuwait and the Economics Department Head at Kings Academy.

A lover of learning at heart, Mr. Muller loves working with students, parents and teachers to create a community environment where all members embrace diversity and strive for excellence.

Matt Hanawalt – MS & HS Mathematics (mhanawalt@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • State of Iowa, Secondary Mathematics

Educational Background

  • Central College – Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • University of Northern Iowa – Master of Arts in Mathematics for the Middle Grades

Mr. Hanawalt is entering his eighteenth year of teaching and fourth year at BFS. He started his career teaching at the middle school level in his home state of Iowa in the United States. Then, he spent nine years teaching all levels of high school mathematics at the American School Foundation of Monterrey in Mexico. In the classroom, his goal is to establish an enjoyable classroom culture where students understand mathematics at a deep level. He believes in using investigative-based lessons to help students understand the connections among topics.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Hanawalt enjoys visiting family and friends, traveling, reading, playing golf, running, biking, and exploring Korea.

Joe Yang – MS Math & HS Economics (jyang@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Washington D.C., Secondary Mathematics

Educational Background

  • University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics

Born in Seoul, Korea, Mr. Yang spent most of his childhood in various countries – mainly in Russia, Thailand, China, and the United States. As a former student of international schools himself, he loves being part of the diverse and family-like community that are unique to schools like BFS. In 2015, after completing his mandatory military service in the Korean air force, Mr. Yang found his passion for teaching when he taught at QSI International School of Minsk in Belarus. His connection with BFS began as a student teacher in 2017. Knowing how friendly, energetic, and talented the BFS family is, he is excited and honored to be able to return to BFS, situated in one of the most beautiful coastal cities in Korea.

Mr. Yang loves playing all kinds of sports. Tennis, which he used to play competitively in high school, is one of his favorites. In addition, he is a certified ice hockey referee in Korea. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and spending time with friends.

Helen Kim – K-12 Maker Space (hkim@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Georgia, Elementary Education Pre K-5
  • Georgia, Special Education General Curriculum Pre K-12
  • Georgia, ESOL Endorsement

Educational Background

  • Georgia State University – Atlanta, GA, Bachelor of Science in Education

Ms. Kim was born in Korea, but moved to Atlanta, Georgia when she was 8 years old. Ms. Kim has always dreamed of becoming a teacher ever since she was a kid. After following her dreams to become a teacher, she taught four years in Georgia and two years in Korea. During the six years of her teaching career, she worked with a large variety of students such as English Language Learners, students with learning disabilities, and gifted students. This will be Ms. Kim’s second-year teaching at BFS, and she is beyond excited! Ms. Kim loves to see children explore their learning through projects and hands-on activities.

In her free time, Ms. Kim loves to spend time with her dog, Luna. She also loves volleyball, watching movies, spending time with friends, and exploring new places. Ms. Kim hopes to discover new places and hobbies during her time in Busan!

Michael Gates – HS Mathematics (mgates@bfs.or.kr)

Teacher Licensure

  • Wisconsin, Secondary Mathematics

Educational Background

  • University of Wisconsin – La Crosse – Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • University of California – Los Angeles – AP Statistics Program Certification
  • Advanced Placement Summer Institutes – AP Calculus AB/BC Program Certification

Mr. Gates comes from La Crosse, Wisconsin and has been teaching secondary mathematics at Busan Foreign School since 2013. In addition to teaching, Mr. Gates has also enjoyed various coaching opportunities, including middle school and high school basketball and volleyball.

In his free time, he enjoys learning about new things and cultures, listening to music, watching sports, and staying active. He is grateful for all of the opportunities and challenges presented during his time teaching at BFS, both in and out of the classroom.

Michael Van Genderen – HS Mathematics (mvangenderen@bfs.or.kr)

Teacher Licensure

  • Kansas, Secondary Mathematics 6-12

Educational Background

  • University of Kansas — Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics

Mr. Van Genderen is starting his sixth year teaching high school mathematics. He began his career teaching at a public high school in Lawrence, Kansas for two years. In 2019, he moved across the world to teach for three years at Sekolah Pelita Harapan in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he helped curate the IB and IGCSE mathematics programs for grades 9-12. In the classroom, he specializes in using educational technology to enhance learning.

Outside of school, Mr. V enjoys fitness, photography, playing chess, and riding motorcycles. He is conversationally fluent in Indonesian and is excited to start learning Korean and exploring the country.

Kyla Tempest – MS & HS Science (ktempest@bfs.or.kr)

Teacher Licensure

  • Alberta, K-12

Educational Background

  • University of Calgary – Bachelor of Education
  • University of Calgary – Bachelor of Science in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology

Ms. Tempest joins BFS from Calgary, Canada, where she has been teaching since completing her Education degree. She is curious about the intersection of science and society, and passionate about creating opportunities for students to explore the world beyond the classroom.

This will be Ms. Tempest’s second time living and working in South Korea, and she is excited to continue learning Korean while getting to know Busan. Outside of school, she enjoys cycling, visiting museums and cultural attractions, reading, and knitting.

Simon Lee – HS Science (slee@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Ontario, Intermediate and Senior Divisions, Secondary Science

Educational Background

  • University of Ottawa – Bachelor of Education
  • University of Ottawa – Honors Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Biochemistry

Mr. Lee grew up in Canada where he earned his Honors Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Biochemistry and his Bachelor of Education. During his time in Canada, he held various jobs including tutoring math, reading to kindergartners, and analyzing scientific literature. Afterwards, he moved to South Korea to teach high school science at BFS. He has greatly enjoyed the Korean culture surrounding him.

This year, Mr. Lee is teaching AP Biology, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

In his free time, he enjoys jogging, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.

ART, MUSIC, PE, TECHNOLOGY, LANGUAGE AND STUDENT SUPPORT TEACHERS

Soo-Hyun Hwang – K ~ 12 Art (shwang@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Okanagan College – Certificate in TESOL
  • American Academy, YL – Certificate in TESOL

Educational Background

  • University of Dong-A – Bachelor of Fine Art, and Printing

Ms. Hwang graduated from Busan Art high school, Dong-A University and pursued her higher education in Vancouver, Canada. She has been teaching arts at Busan Foreign School for twenty years! Ms. Hwang teaches all classes, from Elementary to AP Studio Art and Design. Her courses covers a gamut of arts ranging from visual concepts to theory for the elementary grades, to visual communication for AP Studio Art and G6 through G12. Ms. Hwang’s art classes provide students with the means to apply their art productions in a variety of media within the contexts of critical thinking and broaden their social perspectives. Ms. Hwang is married and has one daughter.

In her free time she enjoys experimenting with art media and painting pictures. She also likes hiking, traveling, and exploring new cultures with her family.

Becki Pochon – Elementary Music & MS/HS Choir (bpochon@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Commonwealth of Virginia, Music: Instrumental PreK-12
  • Commonwealth of Virginia, Music: Vocal/Choral PreK-12

Educational Background

  • Liberty University- Bachelor of Music Education

Mrs. Pochon is excited to start another year at BFS. Prior to coming to BFS, Mrs. Pochon taught music and choir for 4 years at Danville Public Schools in Virginia. She graduated from Liberty University in Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, singing karaoke, playing instruments, and video talking with her family in America. Mrs. Pochon is passionate about the growing music program at BFS, and sincerely believes she has the best profession in the world!

She is passionate about creating an enjoyment and excitement in young students and musicians for learning music.

Nicole Harris – MS & HS Band, HS Music Theory (nharris@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Oregon, Music PK-12

Educational Background

  • Eastern Michigan University – Bachelor of Music Education
  • American Band College of Central Washington University – Master of Music in Music Education

Ms. Harris was born just outside of Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by her wonderful school band directors, she chose a career focused on fostering a lifelong love of music in her students. In 2013, she moved to the state of Oregon, where she taught band, choir, and general music for eight years. Her primary instrument is flute, and her secondary is tuba. Band has always held a special place in her heart, and she is very excited to continue building the band program at BFS.

Outside of teaching, Ms. Harris is an avid powerlifter. She can often be found at the gym or reading a good book at a local coffee shop.

Patrick Galles- Athletics Director (pgalles@bfs.or.kr)

Teacher Licensure

  • Iowa, Physical Education K-8
  • Iowa, Physical Education 5-12
  • Iowa, Coaching K-12

Educational Background

  • Concordia University Irvine (CUI): Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration
  • University of Iowa: Bachelor of Science in Physical Education K-12, Coaching K-12
  • American Sport Education Program (ASEP): Certified Instructor – Coaching Principles
  • American Sport Education Program (ASEP): Certified Instructor – Sport First Aid

Mr. Galles joined BFS in 2016 as the BFS Shark Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher (K-12). Mr. Galles came to BFS after spending a little more than two decades teaching and leading programs in Tokyo at an American international school quite similar in size and scope to BFS.

Originally from the state of Iowa in the U.S., Mr. Galles and his family have called northern Minnesota home since 1996, where, along with his siblings and parents operate an international summer camp program during the holidays.

As Mr. Galles enters his seventh year at BFS he is eager to continue working hard in support of all BFS students and their families.

Dr. Dylan Barnes – MS & HS Computer Science (dbarnes@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Florida, K-12 Computer Science
  • Florida, Secondary Social Science
  • Florida, Secondary Engineering and Technology Education
  • New Jersey, Secondary Social Studies
  • New Jersey, Secondary Technology Education

Educational Background

  • Ocean County Vocational Technical School, A.A. in Audio Engineering and Mixing Techniques
  • University of South Florida, B.S. in Secondary Social Science Education
  • Saint Leo University, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership
  • Southeastern University, Ed.D in Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Barnes comes to BFS from Tampa, FL. He grew up in New Jersey and found his devotion for teaching and mentoring as a teenager serving as a summer camp counselor and director. Dr. Barnes received his bachelor’s degree in secondary social science education from the University of South Florida. Additionally, Dr. Barnes completed his master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction, respectively.

Dr. Barnes is a strong advocate for life-long learning. As an educator, Dr. Barnes strives not only to instruct on various topics of study, but to facilitate learning through practical, real-world application and critical thinking that will continue to benefit students outside of his classroom.

In his spare time, Dr. Barnes enjoys many diverse interests, but mostly spends his time playing ice hockey, reading, drinking coffee, and enjoying the tactile processes of analog photography.

Stephanie Platt – Librarian (splatt@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Maryland, Library Media Specialist
  • Maryland, English 7-12

Educational Background

  • Goucher College – BA in English Literature
  • Towson University – MS in Instructional Technology (School Library Media)

Ms. Platt calls Baltimore, Maryland home but has also lived in East Tennessee, England (for a brief but transformative time), and New York City, where she began her career teaching English/Language Arts. She has spent the past 8 years as an Elementary School Librarian in Maryland and is excited to join BFS this year and connect with students through the world of books.

Besides reading, Mrs. Platt loves exploring wonders great and small with her kids (2 and 3 yrs old) and husband Rufus, drawing and crafting, trying new foods, and learning and drawing inspiration from the people around her.

Almudena Martinez Fesser – K ~ 8 Spanish (amartinez@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain- Master in Teacher Training in Spanish as a Foreign Language

Educational Background

  • Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and Université Catholique de Louvain la Neuve, Belgium – Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology

Ms. Martínez is excited to return to BFS after having had some time off taking care of her new baby this past year. She is eager to continue combining her passions; sharing her mother tongue and culture, connecting with a multicultural community, and teaching her students to communicate through a new language.

Before joining BFS, she served as Spanish teacher in Ghana, West Africa and India, where she enjoyed the world of international teaching, where every student brings a fresh perspective to language learning and enriches the experience with their varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds. These experiences have helped her to open her mind, better understand others’ perspectives, and get a better grip on reality.

Outside the classroom, Ms. Martínez loves exploring her surroundings, traveling and connecting with new people, places, cultures, and languages.

Andrés Cassinello – HS Spanish (acassinello@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Madrid (Spain), Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language

Educational Background

  • Bachelors’ Degree in Journalism, Universidad San Pablo CEU (Madrid, Spain)
  • Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain La Neuve, Belgium)

Growing up in Belgrade, Cairo, Brussels and Madrid, Mr. Cassinello faced at an early age the challenge of learning new languages in order to understand and befriend his peers. These experiences forever shaped the way he perceives language – as a universal tool for understanding, integration, development and fun. After almost eight years in professional journalism and communications, he reconnected with his passion for languages.

Mr. Cassinello started his teaching career 5 years ago, in the Himalayas, teaching French and Spanish as a foreign language in Mussoorie, India. After 3 years in the mountains, he moved to West Africa, Ghana, where he found again an amazing multicultural environment. As a teacher, Mr. Cassinello loves to engage students from all around the world seeking to learn a new language and a new culture.

In his free time, he travels as much as possible. He loves discovering new cultures, cuisines, and different ways of living. He is also passionate about cinema and outdoor activities, such as hiking, running, and soccer.

Hee Jin Lee – ES & HS Korean  (hlee@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

  • Graduate School of Pukyong National University, Master’s degree for Korean Education as a Foreign Language, Certificate of Korean Language Teacher
  • Pusan National University, Early Childhood Education, Certificate of Childhood Education
  • Dong-A University, Bachelor of Arts in Physics
  • Certification of Early Childhood Care and Education from PNU
  • Certificate of Korean Language Teacher, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea

Ms. Lee joined BFS as a high school tutor, and has been working as a part of the BFS team for over 11 years. She has a variety of experience in different educational areas and age groups. Although she majored in science, her interest in different languages and cultures led her to a deeper study of her mother tongue, and becoming a Korean Language teacher. She incorporates Korean cultural activities to her classes in order to make them more joyful. Miss Lee is very excited to support our students’ growth emotionally, socially as well as academically.

In her free time, she likes going to the movies and Art galleries, loves taking photos and rendering them into beautiful paintings. She is looking forward to meeting new BFS families and very excited to bring many culture-related activities to the Korean classes this year.

Nathaniel Kebbas – MS ELL (nkebbas@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • California, Single Subject English Teaching Credential

Educational Background

  • California State University Long Beach – Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • California State University San Bernardino – Secondary Teaching Credential
  • California State University Fullerton – Master of Science in Secondary Education

Mr. Kebbas is honored to be continuing on with Busan Foreign School for a second year. Having begun his teaching career in 2015, he has had opportunities to teach under different conditions in both California and South Korea. Mr. Kebbas sought out the co-teaching experience (which initially brought him to Busan) where he has taught alongside several consummate professionals. Mr. Kebbas understands the importance of upholding high standards; helping students achieve more than they expect they can.

As an ELA Writing teacher for grades 6-8 and the MS/HS ELL specialist, Mr. Kebbas seeks to help students grow and prosper here at BFS! Overall, Mr. Kebbas believes that good rapport and healthy communication between students and teachers contributes towards learning and general enjoyment throughout the school year. Being a new father, Mr. Kebbas is eager to spend his time helping his son, along with his students, learn about and experience the world.

Gaelan Castins – MS & HS Student Support (gcastins@bfs.or.kr)

Teaching Licensure

  • Washington D.C., Social Studies 7-12

Educational Background

  • McGill University, Montreal, Bachelor of Arts
  • Moreland University, Washington D.C., Teaching Certificate
  • ILLC, Montreal, CELTA Certified

Mrs. Castins has been living and teaching English in South Korea for 5 years and is excited to start her first year at BFS teaching MS Drama, and providing Student Support for MS & HS. Hailing from a small town near Niagara Falls, Canada, Mrs. Castins has lived in Denmark, Quebec, and Ghana before coming to Korea.

Mrs. Castins is passionate about history, mythology, improv drama, volleyball, politics, and student leadership. Her teaching goal is to inspire a love of learning and to empower every student to find and use their voice.

OFFICE SUPPORT

Sun Jung Kim – Office Administration Director (sjkim@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

  • Busan University of Foreign Studies M.S. Education
  • Busan University of Foreign Studies B.A. English
  • Certified Korean Language Instructor
  • Certified Secondary School Teaching

Ms. Kim holds a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Busan University of Foreign Studies. She also holds a secondary school teaching certificate. Additionally, Ms. Kim is a certified Korean language instructor. She has extensive experience teaching Korean and traditional Korean percussion. Ms. Kim is one of our veteran faculty and has been with Busan Foreign School for over seventeen years!

HaeYoung Cheon – Office Administration Deputy Director (hycheon@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

  • Pusan National University – Master of International Studies
  • Pusan National University – Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language & Literature, Bachelor of International Studies, Global Studies

HaeYoung Cheon, the Deputy Director of the Administration Office, joined Busan Foreign School in 2020. Prior to coming to BFS, his working experience started at the KT group. He then moved on to work as a public servant in Busan City. Together with his working experiences in both private and public sectors, and deep understanding of international affairs, he is excited to support the BFS community.

When he is not working, HaeYoung loves spending time at the beach (during summer), and skiing in the winter.

Ji-Young Lee – Admission Associate (jylee@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

  • Kyong Gi University Ph.D Service Management & Consulting
  • Philippine Christian University Master of Business Administration
  • Kyung Sung University Film & Theater B.A
  • TESOL Diploma

Ms. Lee joined the Busan Foreign School in 2021. She holds a Ph.D. in Service Management & consulting and a Master’s in Business Administration.

She has a variety of work experience as an Asiana Airline flight attendant for 6years. Following that, she worked as an airport manager in the Manila Airport branch of Asiana Airlines for 10 years. She also has experience as a customer service instructor for 3years in the same company.

As a mother who raised her daughter abroad, she understands the international school system as well. Ms. Lee would like to extend her knowledge and experience over to Busan Foreign School with her enthusiasm.

Jee Hae Park – Administrative Assistant (jhpark@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

  • Dong-A university: Bachelors in Chinese Studies

Ms. Park has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies from Donga University. Prior to BFS, she worked at two other schools. She was the assistant vice-principal at the first where she also helped teachers with their duties so they could concentrate on their students. At the second school, she was in charge of scholarships and funding. She is excited to assist parents, students, and teachers at BFS.

Harim Son – Administrative Assistant (hrson@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

  • University of Melbourne: Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre Studies, double major in Media and Communications

Over the past few years, Ms. Son has been employed in positions of overseas sales specialist that have had a primary focus on all different national clients service. Additionally, She has gained experience with the consulate, where she assisted the operation team by dealing with customer enquiries and issues. She looks forward to putting the knowledge and skills that she has developed into practice and the first year at Busan Foreign School.

Hyun Bo Shin – Information Technology Support  (hbshin@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

      • Busan Kyungsang College : Business Administration

Mr. Shin has a strong time background working as an Information Technology Consultant in diverse industries such as banking, education, trading, and health. He enjoys testing new technologies and believes in their efficient use. He is committed to improving BFS’ information technology environment.

SCHOOL NURSE

Hyun Suk Kim– Nurse (hskim@bfs.or.kr)

Work Experience

      • Busan Catholic University : Bachelors in Clinical Pathology

Hyun Suk Kim graduated from Busan Catholic University with a major in Clinical Pathology. She has a license as a clinical pathologist. She has worked at the children’s hospital and Health Promotion Center for 10 years. She also majored in English literature at the Korean National Open University. Last year she took the Korea Red Cross certificate for first- aid. Ms. Kim is always ready to help students when they need her.

FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING

Jason Lee – Finance Director (jlee@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

      • University of Oxford, Master of Business Administration
      • University of Manchester, B.A. in Economics and Finance

Jason Lee joined BFS June 2017. He has a strong background in finance and strategy. His past experience includes five and a half years as a management consultant at Deloitte, and a year working in the strategy department of Hyundai Motor Group. Jason spent one year in London pursuing an MBA.

During his spare time Jason enjoys playing golf, and spending time with his family.

Naro Ha – Accountant (nha@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

      • BA Nursing Science from the Inje Medical School, Busan.
      • Office Productivity and Database Administration Korean National Certificate.

Ms. Ha comes to us after three years working at Inje University Hospital as a nurse. With a strong background in computer sciences, she is excited to expand her knowledge to the education industry, working for the Finance department.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Sangmi Ha – Marketing & Communications Manager(smha@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

      • Sejong Cyber University – BA in Korean Language
      • Dong-A University – BA in Tourism Management
      • Certified Korean Language Teacher
      • Certified Reading and Essay Writing Instructor

Ms. Ha grew up in Busan but traveled and lived in Australia, Vietnam, New Zealand, China, and Indonesia. Ms. Ha has over 15 years of work experience from Coast Guard to Hotel Industry where she acquired and nurtured strong communication skills. She is thrilled to start her first year at BFS and be a part of SHARK family.

Goeun Choi – Marketing & Communications (gechoi@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

      • Changwon National University: Bachelors in International Relations

Ms. Choi started her career at BFS after graduating from Changwon National University. While in College, she worked on marketing projects for the Korea Airport Corporation (KAC), and Changwon City. She received a grand award for her designs from the Korea Airport Corporation. Ms. Choi understands the importance that good design plays in communicating with stakeholders.

THE CLASSROOM ASSISTANTS

Su Jin Chang – Early Childhood Instructional Assistant (schang@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

  • Pukyong National University: Bachelors in Computer Engineering

Ms. Chang has bachelors’ degree in Computer Engineering from Pukyong National University.

This is Ms. Chang’s third year at BFS. Although having worked for several international organizations, it is her experience as a volunteer in Ukraine, teaching and helping children, that prompted her to apply to BFS.

She is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and creating lasting memories with the children of BFS.

Juhyeon Kim – Kindergarten Instructional Assistant (jkim@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

  • Changwon National University : Bachelors in International Trade
  • Certified ELI program in University of Texas, Arlington
  • TESOL Diploma in Wenatchee Valley College, WA

Ms. Juju joined Busan Foreign School in 2021. She began her career as an English teacher in private schools in Korea, before living in the USA for several years and working as a FOH manager of a restaurant. She also worked as a substitute teacher at St. Paul International school in Hanoi, Vietnam for 2 years and BFS for 1 year. Ms. Juju is always open to new experiences and gaining new knowledge in many different fields. She is excited to have a great year with the kindergarteners at BFS.

Hyeran Kim – Early Childhood Instructional Assistant (lkim@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

    • Busan Kyungsang College : Tax Accounting

Ms. Lily joined Busan Foreign School in early 2022. She began her career as a hotelier in Singapore and pursued her career but in recent years she found her passion in teaching and her love for kids. She is thrilled to take this journey at BFS!

THE LIBRARY ASSISTANT

Yuri Chung – Library Assistant (yrchung@bfs.or.kr)

Educational Background

  • Busan University of Foreign Studies: Bachelors in Chinese Studies

Ms. Chung has various experiences. She had her career as a flight attendant working for Korean Air, as an HR administrator for Samsung Group as well as a librarian at a public library.

She loves being with kids at school and in her free time she enjoys playing the violin in the church orchestra weekly and also enjoys going on a trip.

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