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Greetings from New Teachers in KIS

Countless additions have been made to KIS this 2016-2017 school year, from the newly installed turf on the soccer field, newly adorned library spaces, new subjects, to new students, you name it. Yet one of the greatest and most evident changes are the new teachers here. This year, over fifteen new teachers have newly joined our high school faculty of KIS.

Soon to be, already are, or maybe even never your teachers, but here, Blueprint will provide you with the insight to some of the very new faces at KIS!

Mr. Poullard (Associate Principal)

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PC: Clare Kwon (’18)

Every morning, as you walk down the school steps with half-closed eyes with a deep sigh, you were probably awakened by this one exuberant voiceour high school’s new Associate Principal, Mr. Poullard. Already full of school spirit, Mr. Poullard has been spreading this contagious positivity. Here is a brief interview with Mr. Poullard for you to explore more about him and his passion.

  • Where are you from?

I’m originally from the great state of Texas which is located in the Southern part of the United States. I came from Coppell Independent School District which is located in the heart of Dallas Fort.

  • How is KIS treating you so far?

So far, everyone is very supportive, nice, and considerate. I really appreciate the hospitality of not just the staff but also the students. Every morning students in much greater frequency say “Good Morning, Mr. Poullard!” I appreciate those little things, and I am feeling like a part of this community very quickly.

  • What do you hope to achieve in KIS?

KIS is an amazing school with a distinguished legacy. I am most excited about helping students continue to push themselves beyond their perceived limits by first, getting to know and understand each and every one of them. I want students to feel empowered to take the next step. Also, I am very excited about this personalized approach that KIS supports and encourages. Hopefully, I will be able to have a positive impact.

  • What interests do you pursue outside the school community?

First and foremost, I love what I do. Outside of my work though, I love to bike and travel. I am sure we all love to travel, but I travel to live. In order to survive, traveling has to be a part of who I am. A part of that is trying to understand cultures, trying new things, seeing new things, and that’s just rejuvenating. Another hobby I have is blogging, especially about educational experiences. What is important about blogging for me is it helps me solidify my ideas when I write them down. Even more, our thoughts shouldn’t be kept to ourselves, they should be shared if they’re something beneficial to others.

Ms. Dorn (College Counselor)

This year, Ms. Dorn has joined Mr. Steinbach, Ms. Scates, and Ms. Collings to complete our school’s counselor quartet. If you are just too nervous to talk with her in person, take this opportunity to learn more about Ms. Dorn and her progress in joining our KIS community.

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PC: Clare Kwon (’18)

  • Where are you from?

I grew up in Michigan in the United States. Then after I graduated from college, I moved to Oregon and lived just outside of Portland. My husband and I were in Korea teaching English at a hagwon nine years ago, but we were here for only a year because we got pregnant with our first son. We always dreamed of coming back, and now we’re finally here!

  • How is KIS treating you so far?

If I can compare KIS to going to work at a new place within the United States, it’s a completely different experience. KIS is unique in that it is a community that has all been in the same situation as what I am in now, moving from another country. The transitions can be really difficult, but this whole community of people who have already been in my position are very helpful and supportive. Most of the times you start a new job, there you are in your office by yourself. However, in KIS, everyone is reaching out to connect, helping us find our way.

  • What do you hope to achieve in KIS?

I’m really excited about getting to know the KIS students, what their hopes are, what their dreams are. I guess the ideal or my dream would be helping each of my students get to the best next place they can be after they graduate from KIS.

  • What interests do you pursue outside the school community?

I have three young kids, eight-year-old, six-year-old boys, and a three-year old girl. We spend a lot of time as a family. Our hobbies right now are their hobbies, reading books, matching puzzles, riding bikes, and playing at the park. Sometimes we can disguise it like a hike which is really what my husband and I liked to do before we had kids. If I didn’t have my kids with me, or before I had kids, I liked to hike, participate in outdoor activities, read, and cook.

 Mr. Petrov (Math, CAD)

A youtube with over 30,000 subscribers, a professional gamer (especially Minecraft), a math teacher, and instructor of CAD, Mr. Petrov seems to be the perfect fit for modern-day Renaissance man. As a passionate supporter of interactive learning, Mr. Petrov promotes students to use games to approach concepts of various subjects. Scroll below to check out both his youtube channel as well as a personal interview!

Whatdamath: Mr. Petrov’s Youtube Channel

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PC: Clare Kwon (’18)

  • Where are you from?

I was born in Russia, and raised in Montreal, Canada, where I spent basically most of my life. I left Canada about twelve years ago and never returned, so technically I’m from Korea because I’ve already been here for at least 7 years. I’ve worked in TCIS previously, and before that I’ve worked in your neighboring school SNFL (Seongnam Foreign Language High School) for three and a half years.

  • How is KIS treating you so far?

In terms of the administration, it’s very nice, professional, and quick. I enjoy the fact that there are a lot of teachers with similar interests. The students so far are too smart for me—they’re brilliant. KIS in general is definitely above what I expected.

  • What do you hope to achieve in KIS?

Professionally, I want to focus on developing a program where I can use video games to teach, especially for students who are struggling. I also want to develop a hands-on class where you can actually design your own things, print them with a 3D printer, and use them in real life. This is where a lot of extracurricular activities can come together. You can have a physics class done with a 3D printer. We’re hoping to open a makerspace for high school where you can come in, build things, and compete with other schools from overseas. In terms of everything else, I’m hoping to stay in Korea for a little bit longer.

  • What interests do you pursue outside the school community?

That’s a hard question because I have a tendency to turn my hobbies into my job which is a skill that you should all get as well. When I have an interest, I try to find a way to make money from it. For the longest time, I have had an interest in video games, and I love making movies. A few years ago, I made a Youtube channel where I made movies and played video games. I realized I also like teaching, so I combined all three. My hobby that became my job essentially is making a lot of educational videos using video games, and teaching concepts that are normally very difficult in simple terms. For example, Minecraft can be used to teach calculus. It’s so visual and all makes sense after I do it.

Mr. Xu (Chinese)

Breaking the everlasting KIS tradition of female Chinese teachers, Mr. Xu is a welcoming and evident change in the language department this year. Without further ado, here are words from Mr. Xu, or should I say Xu Laoshi!

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PC: Clare Kwon (’18)

  • Where are you from?

I come from China originally, but my last school was in Chile where I worked for five years. Even before that, I worked in Hangzhou International School, so KIS is my third school.

  • How is KIS treating you so far?

So far, I’m very happy and satisfied for all of what the school has done for me. KIS has made everything ready for the new teaches that I feel my life is very easy. This year I’m teaching Chinese III and AP Chinese, and I already love my students. The class size is great, and the students here are all well prepared for the lesson everyday. The students also have a very respectful attitude, and most importantly, they’re motivated to study. They know what they need, and they know what they should do.

  • What do you hope to achieve in KIS?

For me, I think I will try my best to help and guide my students to take a balance between their academic learning, personal interest, and social life. I feel like all the students here focus a lot on their academic learning, their grade, which is great. Yet I think the high school students also need to spend some time to pursue their personal interest and build a social life with their classes and friends.

  • What interests do you pursue outside the school community?

I love to travel. My personal goal is actually to explore Seoul. Maybe in the future I would like to visit other areas in Korea because this is just my first month in Korea.

 Dr. Cuthbertson (Chemistry)

A new purely Chemistry, only Chemistry, and just Chemistry-oriented teacher has joined our school. Having written the AP Chemistry review website for Shmoop.com, Dr. Cuthbertson is in charge of most Regular Chemistry classes and all of AP Chemistry classes in KIS. Discover more about Dr. Cuthbertson and his abnormally doting attachment to Disney.

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PC: Clare Kwon (’18)

  • Where are you from?

I’m from Los Angeles, California. I’ve taught at Colombia Colehill.

  • How is KIS treating you so far?

It’s been a great experience so far. I’m very impressed with the quality of the students and facilities. So far, I am enjoying living in Korea.

  • What do you hope to achieve in KIS?

First of all, I want my students to really enjoy learning Chemistry. I hope to see high levels of achievement with my students. I am also Some students have also approached me interested in independent research. I think it will be very interesting to do something just outside of the normal curriculum for students to explore that novel idea.

  • What interests do you pursue outside the school community?

I like to hike and run. I ran the half-marathon last weekend. I also like traveling. Not to forget, I love Disney. I went to Disney World three times last summer.

Now that you have heard from these five wonderful new teachers in KIS, it is your turn to fully welcome them into our school community. We express our full greeting and gratitude to all the new teachers and our excitement to the 2016-2017 school year we will spend with them.

Not to forget, we also welcome Mr. Smeaton, Ms. Gillette, Mr. Sims, Ms. Celestin, Mr. Kao, Ms. Cuthbertson, Ms. Song, Dr. Kang, Ms. Kekelis, Mr. Dorn, Ms. Trinh, and Mr. LoBello to KIS!

-Yoo Bin Shin (’18)

Featured Image: Clare Kwon (’18)

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