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(Vice Principal) Mr. Caleb J. Cook
Framingham State University - Master of Education - Teaching English as a Second Language
Marylhurst University - Bachelor's of Arts - Interdisciplinary Studies
Caleb J. Cook has taught students of all ages and backgrounds in South Korea for more than fifteen years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on Postmodern literature and short fiction writing and a Master of Education in TESL, For the last ten years, he has spearheaded curriculum development initiatives at his workplace. He designed and oversaw elementary and middle school age workbooks based on reading, writing, and speaking and co-authored four English conversation textbooks, He created specific curricula for and taught classes on debate, public speaking, resume writing and job interviewing, and TOEIC Speaking.
In teaching, Mr. Cook is most passionate about subjects which empower students with the knowledge to be capable and self-sufficient. He is a strong proponent of technology and its use in and out of the classroom as a tool for learning. However, he does not place higher value on technical knowledge over practical skills, for example: learning cursive is as crucial as learning to type on a keyboard. Each skill increases the capabilities of the student, broadening his or her range of opportunities in life and future career.
Mr. Cook grew up in the Pacific Northwest primarily in Eugene, Oregon, currently his family is spread out across the globe in Texas, New York, and Italy. He lives in Gyeongju in a hanok with his wife of 10 years, four years-old son, a jindo, and a pug. His hobbies are photography, writing, design, and home improvement.
(Elementary Head Teacher & ESL Coordinator) Mark Bennett
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada - Bachelor of History
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada - Bachelor of Religion
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea - Masters of Korean Studies (on going)
Diploma of TESOL, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Qualified Teacher for ESL
Mr. Bennett has quite a lat of experience having taught ESL in Korea and Canada for more than 17 years. Although Mr. Bennett originally hails from Ontario, Canada, he has made his home here in Korea. He met his beautiful wife here and they have a lovely daughter currently attending Saint Paul Jinju Campus. In his free time Mr. Bennett enjoys reading, writing. travelling, eating out and spending time with his family. Mr Bennett and his family are really enjoying living in Jinju.
(Junior High Head Teacher) Danielle Sung
Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - Bachelor of Business
Cyber Korea Foreign University - Bachelor of English Education - Double majors in Korean Language Education
Pukyoung University - Master of Education - English Education
Study Abroad Program Teacher - Busan International Middle & High School
English & Korean Teacher for foreign students
Ms. Sung operated Study Abroad Program at the Busan International Middle & High School as a
counselor for their University abroad admissions and ran Advanced Program and ACT test center. She also
led exchange programs and administrations for sisterhood schools from other countries (Japan, China,
Singapore, Russia, Sweden, Australia) and managed foreign teachers.
She built ACT test prep teacher training course and AP program for administrator certificate.
She is Qualified Korea Foreign Language University and Anaheim University TESOL program and Drama TESOL program. She taught Englich to Chinese students and Korean to Swedish students.
She also Provided English debate Class and led lessons and activities for Drama English immersion camp and conducted after school Media English classes for students.
(Grade 1 Homeroom) Eunhye Jeon
University of Texas at San Antonio - BA in Interdisciplinary Studies-College of Education
Classroom Certifications (USA)
Generalist - Early Childhood through 6th grade (homeroom)
Ms. Jeon wanted to become a teacher since she was a child and now she is living her dream. She spent the majority of her life in Austin, Texas. Upon graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio, she worked at a public school in Austin as an interventionist for 5 years. She spent more than 6 years working at a school located in the multicultural city, San Antonio, as a volunteer, student teacher, doing field work related to her studies, and experiencing the love of her students. She enjoys spending her weekend making scrapbook pages for her 2-year-old nephew, Jordan.
(E.S.L. & Language Arts) Precious Berbenzana
Bachelor’s of Arts - Marketing Management with a Minor in English & Communication – De La Salle University (Philippines)
Advanced TEFL (Teacher of English as a Foreign Language) Diploma - Uni-Prep Institute,
Delaware San Diego, California (USA)
TESOL Certification Program - Uni-Prep Institute Delaware San Diego, California (USA)
Ms. Berbenzana was raised by a professional choreographer and singer father and a Sunday school teacher mother in a provincial area in the Philippines. All throughout her public education she not only studied in an English-only settings but was forced by her parents to speak English only in her family life. No one had a more powerful effect on her life than her father. Determined to train his timid and shy daughter to be an entertainer like himself, he seized every opportunity to make her perform in a variety of public events ranging from singing and dancing contests to public speech competitions since she was very young. Her career as an amateur entertainer culminated in her college days, when she competed in or hosted a long list of on and off-campus talent shows, beauty contests and public speech contests, and participated in various inter-college and national-level academic and non-academic competitions, winning awards in several English debates, storyboard making contests, public speech competitions and singing contests.
Ms. Berbenzana also showed leadership by joining the National Strategic Marketing Competition as the leader of a 30-member strategic team and won the second place among more than 50 participating teams from across the nation. Even with apparent success on the entertainment and public performance front, she got to develop a strong passion for teaching as she followed in her mother’s footsteps to become a Sunday school teacher. She guided children largely from poor families that couldn’t afford proper education. There she started inventing and conducting various experimental teaching methods trying to insert entertainment elements in her academic and Biblical teachings to increase the children’s attention.
She has resided in Korea since she got married, where she was able to pursue her passion for teaching as a foreign English teacher in some elementary schools and academies. There she taught English plays and musicals, debate and public speech classes, as well as ESL subjects including L/C, R/C, grammar, speaking and writing. Through six years of these teaching experiences, she has got to learn to effectively meet Korean students’ needs and create a friendly and amusing learning environment for them, realizing every day how much she likes serving as an English teacher. She loves singing and cooking Korean foods. She’s so happy to be here at SPJC and looks forward to meeting everyone!
(Science) Kryse Seo
Kyunghee University, Seoul, South Korea - Bachelor of Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Bachelor & Masters of Computer Engineering
KDI Graduate School, Seoul, South Korea - MBA course completed
Fully accredited and licensed science teacher for middle and high school
Kryse Seo was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Toronto with her family since her early teens. She graduated from the University of Toronto and she came back to South Korea as an exchange student in Kyunghee University and obtained a secondary teaching certificate. After graduation, she worked in the mobile industry as a software engineer and a product manager in Singapore & Japan for Panasonic, and in the U.S. for Sprint for 15 years. Since her child was born, she and her husband decided to live in South Korea. She has taught students of all ages, especially those who needed intensive learning, for many years.
(Librarian) Christopher Ginn
M.A. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) - University of Sunderland (UK)
B.A. Linguistics and Language Studies - York University - Ontario, Canada
TESOL Ontario Certified Certificate Program - York University - Ontario Canada
Mr Ginn grew up in small-town Ontario. Having had enough of country life he moved to Toronto for university and was able to interact with people from all over the world. It wasn’t long before he knew that he wanted to be a teacher. He spent most of his university career learning how to be a better teacher and chose Korea as his first destination. He fell in love and has been here just over six years. In his free time he enjoys riding bicycles along the river, playing board games with friends, and tinkering with his 3D printer.
(Chinese) Abbey Su
DePaul University - Intensive English Program (IEP)
University of Illinois at Chicago - Master of Business Administration National Taiwan
Nomal University - Master of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language
Certificate of Qualified Teacher for Chinese
Teaching Chinese to Speakers of other Languages (TCSOL)
TQUK-Award in Education and Training (National Vocational Qualification, UK)
Member of World Chinese Language Association
Mrs. Su has quite a bit of experience with different cultures and foreign languages. She was born in Taiwan, lived, worked and studied in the US for 4 years and moved to Korea 3 years ago. Driven by her passion for experiencing enriching global cultures, she taught Chinese at Chicago Youth Center, Chinese language center in New Delhi and also had two years teaching experience at Lincoln American School, Now She is also a columnist of Commonwealth Publishing Company. As a trilingual who also has a multicultural family, she believes that learning a foreign language is much more than using different sounding words to express our thoughts.
(Music) Matthew Nolan Millar
Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, New Zealand - Certificate in Music and Entertainment University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand - Bachelors of Music Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill, New Zealand - Master of Applied Management (in progress)
Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
Mr. Millar has had a passion for music since he was a child. He studied contemporary music at college, and then went to university to study composition, world music, conducting, music history, harmony, and analysis. While at university, he performed with the university choir (bass vocals), renaissance ensemble (lute), and Indonesian Gamelan orchestra (percussion). He has also performed as a solo classical guitarist, electric guitarist in rock, blues, funk, and jazz bands, and as a percussionist in a brass band.
Soon after he graduated, he jumped at the chance to teach English in Korea. He has taught students of all ages, particularly enjoying teaching presentation and debating skills. Because of his continuing love of music, he also worked as an itinerant guitar teacher at Hyundai Foreign School in Ulsan.
(ICT) John Yun
University of Sydney - Studied Information Technology (Master)
Bond University - Bachelor of Information Technology
Mr. Yun is from Sydney, Australia. He graduated from Bond university and shortly after worked at CarAV as general manager and full-stack developer. He was always been interested in graduate studies. So after he resigned he entered the University of Sydney's graduate studies program for his master degrees. Afterward he met his beautiful, lovely and wise wife in Sydney, they were married. He is passionate about having knowledge of and learning new and advanced technologies. He and his family love working and living in the fascinating city of Jinju.
(Korean) Gene Oh
M.A. - Korea University - Reading and Debate
B.A. - Dongui University, Korean Language and Literature
Korean Language Education for Foreigners - National Institute for Lifelong Education
Mr. Oh was a commissioned officer (R.O.T.C) in the Mechanized Army's of South Korea. He emphasizes on correct posture, attitude, and pleasure in the classroom. He is also a specialist in education, graduating from Dongui University and majored in Korean language and literature. He then majored in reading guidance and debate at Korea University Graduate School. Recently he then majored in Korean language education for foreigners. After that, he worked at an education company and middle school as a teacher. He does volunteer activities every month and his hobbies are traveling anywhere and also enjoys playing boxing and basketball. The school thinks his various experiences are a great help to teach students.
(G1 Department) Ms. Chloe Kang
Sprott Shaw College, Vancouver, Canada - Early Childhood Education
Yonsei Graduate School of Education, Seoul, Korea - TESOL / TEE (Teaching English in English)
Kosin University, Busan, Korea - Bachelor of English Literature
Classroom Certifications (USA):
Early Childhood Education Certificate
Certified TESOL / TEE for Children
Teaching Kinder–6th Graders English in Daechi-dong, Seoul for 7 years
Ms. Kang was born and raised in Jinju, South Korea. She has teaching experience as an English teacher in the competitive Daechi-dong district in Seoul. She also studied abroad in the United States, Switzerland, and Canada. In Canada, she studied Early Childhood Education which helped her understand what it’s like for a child to learn English. One of her future dreams is to publish children’s books in English that help encourage and nurture children.
Miss Sue Jo (조수아)
Mr. Tom Kim (김대훈)
IT & General Affairs
Ms. Grace Kim (김혜진)
Finance & Accounting
Mr. Jason Jung (정재승)
Miss Jane Ha (하정이)
Ms. Ann Lee (이주희)
Mr. Minsik Kim
Miss. Soyoung Lee
Ms. Hyejung Kim