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New Faces at KIS

An introduction to the new faces at KIS.

As PSY says in his new hit song, “Hey we want some new face.” Seems like KIS has took a leap to make PSY’s dream come true as KIS, for the following 2017-2018 school year, has recruited new amazing teachers and students for a better environment! It is difficult to adjust to Korea especially coming from a non-Asian school including the culture and language. Let’s see what they have to say about Korea and about themselves!

Ms. Verick (AP Literature and 9th grade English teacher)

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PC: Clare Kwon (’18)
  • Introduce Yourself and where are you from?
    • My name is Mallory Verick and from Northern Illinois.
  • Where would you consider you safe haven in KIS?
    • I would consider my safe haven in KIS my very own classroom. I taught in Brazil before I moved here to Korea, and there, I didn’t have my own classroom. Having my own classroom makes me feel very comfortable.
  • Where is the place in Korea you want to go to the most?
    • Hiking is a very big hobby of mine, and anywhere that I’m able to hike I would like to go.
  • What’s your favorite deli food?
    • I’m vegetarian so favorite a specific “favorite” deli food is hard.
  • If you can teach another subject what would it be and why?
    • If I could teach another other subject it would definitely be related to music. I love playing the piano and guitar; I sing too! Before I lived in Brazil, I was practically fluent in Spanish but now I’m fluent in Portuguese; p.s. I have certification to teach Spanish!
  • What is a tip on how to survive your class?
    • Participate in discussions and do your reading! We just do the rest here in class. Especially for essays, find the pattern that fits your profile and writing style and get comfortable with that!
  • What are you the most excited about this year?
    • Traveling — anywhere and everywhere!

Mr. Dawson (Environmental Science and Physics teacher)

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PC: Clare Kwon (’18)
  • Introduce Yourself and where are you from?
    • Hi my name is Jonathan Dawson and I’m from Melvin, Australia.
  • Where would you consider you safe haven in KIS?
    • Because I don’t have a classroom to myself yet, I find myself the most comfortable in the staff room where it’s quiet.
  • Where is the place in Korea you want to go to the most?
    • I want to explore the culture of Korea so Gyeong Bok Dong palace in Seoul. Plus I heard that Everland and Caribbean Bay are very popular here. I’ve always been a huge Girls Generation fan so although it’s embarrassing, I want to go to one their concerts.
  • What’s your favorite deli food?
    • It would be the popular rice cup ONLY when it has beef. I don’t like the tuna rice cup, because I’m actually allergic to tuna.
  • If you can teach another subject what would it be and why?
    • I’m currently teaching Environmental Science and Physics. I taught Biology and Math a while back. I wouldn’t mind teaching any of these subjects mostly because they all incorporate looking at the big picture of the concept.
  • What is a tip on how to survive your class.
    • If you don’t understand something, ask for help.
  • What are you the most excited about this year?
    • Experiencing Korean culture.

Kristian Noll (’18)

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PC: Clare Kwon (’18)
  • Introduce yourself and where are you from?
    • Hi! My name is Kristian Noll, and I came from Germany. Before Germany, I lived in Pennsylvania.
  • Where would you consider your safe haven in KIS?
    • I would consider my safe haven in KIS next to Hannah McCullough, because she was the first person that introduced me to new aspects of KIS.
  • Where is the place in Korea you want to go to the most?
    • The place in Korea I want to go to the most would be the Olympics in Pyeongchang next year.
  • What’s your favorite deli food?
    • My favorite deli food is the sticky red bean bun. It’s a new food that I’ve tried since coming to Korea.
  • What is a tip on how to survive a class.
    • My tip whether it’s in KIS or in any other school is to work ahead.
  • What are you the most excited for this year.
    • I’m excited for graduation. (with Hannah McCullough)

Just like the rest of us are adjusting to the sudden changes of the cafeteria such as the second floor of the high school building, these new teachers and students need our help to fit into our community just like home. If you can, make sure to give a friendly hello and smile. We are excited for all the new teachers and students of 2017-2018 to become part of our “legacy.”

Not to forget, we also welcome Mr. Bisco, Ms. Kellar, Mr. Aulton, and other new students!

– Tae Young Uhm (’18)

 

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