I've been an educator since 2003 and am a lifelong learner. Job-wise, I am currently the Director of Curriculum at Gyeonggi Suwon International School in Korea. Aristotle articulates my pedagogy perfectly: "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” As for my life philosophy, I believe Abraham Lincoln said it best: “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." Thank you, Aristotle and Lincoln, for giving me the perfect words to share the essence of me, and I borrow them here to let you get a glimpse of what drives my professional and personal life practices.
“I dont want to be a super model. I want to be a role model.” ~Queen Latifiah
In the words of Steve Jobs, there is something beautiful about staying hungry, staying foolish, which I interpret as the yearning for self-improvement with the humility to learn from the past.
No one should ever stop learning. Everyone can learn, and it is our imperative as educators to lead by example so that we inspire our students and colleagues to be compassionate, to see the potential within themselves and each other. This is achieved through seeing ourselves as learners foremost before we call ourselves teachers and understanding how the two are intricately connected.
I believe in the power and therefore the need for careful, intentional reflection for individuals and organizations to grow. I believe that reflection allows us to truly learn what it means to be our best selves, and I strive to weave reflective practices into my pedagogy.
"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it." ~Margaret Fuller
Power of Innovation and Servant Leadership
Invited to be a presenter at the inaugural GELS conference in Bangkok, Thailand by 21CL, representing GSIS as an innovative school in the Asia region in regard to how leadership can promote a positive change in school culture.
Learning 2.016 Asia Oct. 2016
"Where's the fun?" Presented to focused audience of leaders and administrators, sharing how to engage and empower teachers. Curriculum Administrators Cohort Leader.
ReThinking Literacy Apr 2016
Digital Tools for Literacy
Shared the use of KaHoot!, Blogging and Social Media to assess understanding, target instruction and enhance critical thinking of both teachers and students as learners working together.
ACAMIS EAL Conference Nov 2014
Assessment Games: Cornucopia of Student Empowerment Tools
Shared various formative assessments that can be used to measure student learning, keeping differentiation, creative engagement and timely feedback in mind.
Create Tech Conference Mar 2014
Making Global Connections
Invited by the eLearning Team to present on how the use of blogs in my IB classroom enhances connectivity for students, making learning reflective, genuine and continuous.
Read more on Create.
NCTE Conference Nov 2013
A Technological Approach to Global Literacy: Digitally Exploring World Englishes and Cultural Contexts in American and International Classrooms
Proposal selected “from more than 2,000 submitted for [2013's] convention” (NCTE).
Read more on NCTE.
ACAMIS EAL Conference Apr 2013
Helping all students be astute and equal participants in critical discourse with the ProMISE protocol. Created an iTunesU course to share resources from the session with the participants.
Title of Presentation: "Four 'A's Text Protocol" 2012
Title of Presentation: “Power of Reflection” 2010
Title of Presentation: “Creating Creatively” 2007
Leadership Credentials and Experience
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. ~Bill Gates
American College of Education M.Ed in Educational Leadership
The Principal Training Center (PTC) Credentialed in International School Administration 2013.
Relevant Courses: Leadership and Group Dynamics; Curriculum Leadership in the International School; Instructional Supervision and Evaluation: The Teaching Process; Technology Leadership.
IB CAS Coordinator, 2014-2016
Responsible for Creativity, Activity and Service Learning component of the high school curriculum.
High School Humanities Curriculum Team Leader, 2013-2016
Facilitated monthly Humanities Department Team meetings with CFG protocols and PLC models to share student work, lead discussions regarding student learning and align English and History curricula for grades 6-12.
Student Council Advisor, 2010-2016
Trained and empowered student leaders to establish a strong base for student government with refined constitution, voting procedures, leadership retreats, structured meetings and follow-up to execute successful events for the student body that builds a strong sense of community.
Senior Class Advisor, 2010-2016
Responsible for organizing senior class related events such as Week Without Walls, IB Celebration of Learning, Senior bonding trip and graduation.
Adaptive Schools trained, Feb/Apr. 2015
Trained "to develop the collective identity and capacity of organization members as collaborators and inquirers" with Robert Garmston.
WASC Accreditation Team trained, Feb. 2014
School Improvement Team (SIT) Facilitator 2013-14
Facilitated Literacy SIT’s meetings with CFG protocols and PLC models to lead discussion, make decisions, implement changes and make recommendations to the school’s Leadership Team regarding Literacy goals of the school.
School Reform Initiative Critical Friends Group (CFG) advance trained 2012.
Trained in “Using CFG protocols to further develop PLCs” with Jason Robinson.
Model United Nations (MUN) Director 2004-2012
Trained and organized students to research current events, various countries' perspectives, write position papers and resolutions to worldly issues, speak in public, and compete/participate in prestigious MUN conferences held in places such as UPenn, UVA, THIMIUN Singapore, BEIMUN.
PLC Team Leader for Grade 10 AP History and Pre-AP English teachers 2007-2009
Trained with the DuFours in Atlanta, GA; facilitated weekly meetings with the entire Grade 10 Team to focus on student work sharings, curriculum alignment and planning.
International Director, Global Leadership Adventures; Tema, Ghana 2008
Oversaw four adult mentors and the National Director. Worked with 60 high school students from around the world by teaching a course in Leadership, overseeing three specific service projects, and leading them on excursions to various sites in Ghana.
“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” ~Albert Einstein
IB English A Year 1 and 2 Teacher. Designed the IB Course Syllabi for English A1 Literature Last Exam Year 2012, Literature First Exam Year 2013, and Language and Literature First Exam Year 2013.
AP English Language and Literature Teacher 2009-2010. Designed and successfully implemented the course with the 5-page syllabus approved by The College Board.
Other Subjects Taught: Forensics (Art of Public Speaking), Asian Literature, Modern Literature, Senior Seminar, TOK, and Grade 9 Semester Writing Elective.
Pre-AP English Teacher. Collaborated with the AP World History teacher through a Humanities Program designed to implement best teaching practices for student learning.
Other electives designed, implemented and taught: Forensics, Creative Writing, Film Study.
Jul 2007: Cape Town, South Africa
Teacher Mentor. Guided students through their travel from the U.S. to South Africa; collaborated with the director and other teacher mentors to lead small group discussions each night to debrief students’ service experiences in the townships; led various excursions to explore the country and its history.
Jul 2008: Tema, Ghana
International Director. Designed and taught a 4-week leadership course to 60 international students from around the world as they learned how to serve, lead, and become cognizant global citizens.
Creative Writing Instructor. Taught a group of gifted students aged 12-15 (students who scored in the 95th percentile on PSATs) in a summer enrichment program.
English teacher. American Literature Teacher (English 11); British Literature Teacher (English 12); Genre Studies Teacher (English 9) for the school’s Center for Performing Arts Magnet Program
Tutored students in SAT Verbal, College Essays, AP Language and Composition, Critical Reading and Writing
Education and Certification
"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
IB Certified in the following:
English A Literature
English A Language and Literature
Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
MYP Authentic Assessments
US Teaching Certification
Common Wealth of Virginia, U.S.A.
Other key skills
"To have another language is to possess a second soul." ~Charlemagne
Korean: Native fluency
Mandarin: Intermediate oral fluency
Apple iWorks, OSX
Google+, Google Apps
Microsoft Office, Windows
Blogging: Please see the bottom of this page, or click on the sidebar's "Blog" tab. Thank you to Sam Sherratt for his gift of BubbleCatchers and the image below as I use them to capture my ideas before they burst.
“A drop of ink may make a million think.” ~Lord Byron