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(Principal) Matthew Smith
M.Ed. Educational Leadership – University of North Texas
M.A. English Language Learning – Western Governor’s University
B.S. Early Childhood Education & E.S.L. – University of North Texas
A.A. Applied Music – Temple College
Classroom Certifications (USA):
Principal (K - 12th)
English as a Second Language (K - 12th)
Homeroom Teacher (Pre-K - 6th)
English Reading & Language Arts (4th - 8th)
Gifted & Talented (K - 12th)
Special Education (K - 12th)
Physical Education (K - 12th)
Mr. Smith originally hails from the great state of Texas but calls Korea his home. He has been fortunate to have worked in American and Korean public, private, international, and university settings. He comes from a family of educators and has been blessed with the opportunity to impact the lives of kids from all over the world. He has a passion for reading, cycling, and a good cup of coffee. In addition to being a full time father of two wonderful girls, Mr. Smith also competes in triathlons in his spare time. He loves working and living in the great city of 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) Philip Emm
Roehampton University (UK) - PGCE
St. Giles International London Central - Trinity TESOL Certified
Kingston University - Bachelor's of Arts (Honors) Creative Writing with Media & Cultural studies
Classroom Certifications (UK)
Qualified to Teach (QTS) earned
Mr. Emm first escaped his rainy homeland of England back in 2010, and after arriving in Korea, adapted to a wide range of educational settings. He has taught adults and children in Cheongju, Busan and finally Gangwon-do - his love of teaching growing all along the way. After returning to the UK in 2015, he gained qualified teacher status (QTS) by completing a schools direct PGCE course at Roehampton University - a path which throws its new teachers very much into the deep end. But the adaptability he had developed in Korea helped him overcome the challenges of a mainstream British secondary school. Newly gifted with his first child, and presented with the opportunity to teach the bright young stars of St Paul Jinju Campus, he has returned to the country where his love of teaching first began; where he can eat gopchang, hike mountains, sing his heart out in the norebang, and help the youth of today unlock the doors of tomorrow. You might see him out and about on his bike sometime!
(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.
(Grade 2 Homeroom) Patrick Park
Masters of Secondary Education - Specializing in Social Studies - Kutztown University
Bachelor of Arts (History) - Temple University (Philadelphia, USA)
Secondary Education - Social Studies - Grade 7th - 12th- Certified
ESL K-12 Certified (pursuing)
Mr. Park grew up in North Philadelphia born and raised and on the playground where he spent most of his days. As a student his favorite subject was social studies and P.E. He majored in History for undergraduate school at Temple University. After graduation, Mr. Park pursued his Master’s in Secondary Education Social Studies at Kutztown University. During his studies he completed his student teaching at Dieruff High School, Allentown PA, teaching US History and US Government. Upon receiving his teaching certification, Mr. Park worked for Southwest Leadership Charter School in South Philadelphia. In South Korea, he worked for EPIK (English Program in Korea) in Jeollabuk-do, Namwon at Haneul Middle School and Noam Elementary School.
Mr. Park loves long walks on the beach and anything Philadelphian. He loves his Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers. He is eager and ecstatic to work at Saint Paul Jinju Campus.
(Grade 2 Homeroom) Esther Park
B.A. - Primary Education w/ QTS (Roehampton University)
CELTA - Bournemouth Beet School
Miss Esther was brought up in a small city in the South West of England. She enjoys spending time cycling along the coast and spending time on the beach with her family. Throughout her school life, Ms Park had fantastic teachers who supported her with English which encouraged her to become a teacher herself. She adores working with children and feels rewarded when she sees her children grow and develop.
In London, Ms Park completed her studies and taught in primary schools as a class teacher. After that, she came to Korea and taught in a British curriculum lead school in Yongsan. Since then, she married and moved back to the UK but as her passion was to teach in schools in Korea, she has returned to Korea to teach in Jinju! Miss Park loves music and playing the piano in her spare time. She hopes to share her love of music with her class.
(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!
(ESL) - Marcelo H. Santos Lobato
B.A. - Finance - Metropolitan State University of Denver
M.ED. - Curriculum Design with a concentration in ESOL (pursuing)
Mr. Lobato is originally from Brazil, the land of soccer and samba! He moved to Denver, Colorado and started to learn English at the tender age of ten. He made his way to California after finishing university to become a stockbroker, just in time to experience the financial meltdown of 2009. Deciding that he had seen enough suffering, he moved to South Korea to experience a new culture and hopefully learn a new language. Little did he know that this elaborate adventure would result in the most wonderful years of his life. Mr. Lobato has been teaching ESL to elementary, middle, and high school students since 2009. He met the one-and-only person he can actually miss, his wonderful wife of seven years (no kids yet). Recently he decided to increase his knowledge of the theories behind ESL teaching practices and started his master's degree. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and creating new dishes, finding great places to dine at, traveling, and finding new ways to invest in his future.
(Physical Education) Coach Sean Snyder
Savannah College of Art and Design: Performance Major
Classroom Certifications (USA):
TeacherReady Clinical Classroom certification (pursuing)
Mr. Snyder has lived in Korea for the past 7 years and has taught a variety of age groups starting as young as 3 years old. He has been teaching phonics the entirety of his education career and takes dictation very seriously. Having studied dialects in university, he is able to pinpoint where individuals need help most when producing words. He has been married for 5 years and shares a son with his wife.
Mr. Snyder is passionate about public speaking and encourages his students to be vocal and expressive. He feels that students should speak their minds and that making mistakes is just a necessary step to language development. In his spare time, Mr. Snyder can be found at the gym, exercising or in the woods foraging for mushrooms with his younger brother.
(Social Studies & History) Judd Carroll
University of North Texas - Political Science & History
Qualified Teacher for ESL
Mr. Carroll moved to Korea immediately upon finishing university 15 years ago. In Texas, Mr. Carroll operated a homestay for Korean students which resulted in great university admissions, time on tv, and leading students to meet President George H.W. Bush on two different occasions. Despite being from Texas, Mr. Carroll is a true citizen of the world, having volunteered in war zones and developing countries. When not teaching, Mr. Carroll enjoys playing with his son, travelling, and exercise. In his mind, he is a true basketball legend and camping expert.
(Science) Erica Park
Mahidol University International College, Bangkok – Bachelor of Biological Science (concentration in biomedical)
Ms. Park is from Jinju, but spent most of her life in Thailand, where she obtained a Bachelor of Biological Science at Mahidol University. She loves science and enjoys teaching students. She feels grateful to teach students at SPJC.
(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.
(Language Arts & Literature) 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.
(Art) Yirae Kim
Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University - BDes in Illustration
Oxford Seminars Toronto - TESOL Certified
Trained in Piano and Elementary Music Theory
Ms. Rae grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where she spent most of her time drawing cartoon characters based on chords (her favorite? The ever placid F major and the dramatic C# minor.). She's enjoyed all sorts of artistic endeavours from zine publishing to learning harmonics and earned her BDes in Illustration from OCADU. Teaching constantly renews her love for both art and music, which she's thrilled to share with the students at SPJC.
(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.
(Mathematics) Christina Gil
Concordia University - Master of Education (M.Ed) - Curriculum and Instruction, Mathematics
University of Illinois at Chicago - Bachelor of Science - Mathematics Education
Classroom Certifications (USA):
Math - middle school
Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) in Illinois
Ms. Gil spent most of her life in the "Windy City", Chicago, Illinois, Back in the States, she taught math at various levels from elementary to high school. She is very passionate in learning and is currently working on her master's degree. In her little bit of free time, she enjoys working out or having a couple cups of coffee. One thing that will never change is that Ms. Gil loves working with students as she believes teaching is the profession that teaches other professions.
(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.
(Admissions Director & Korean) Ms. Julie Lee
Teacher's License in Korean (Korean literature) certificated by the Ministry of Education, Science and
Technology of Korea
National Institute of Korean Language - Teacher's License in Korean as a second language certificate Korean history certificate
Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea - Master of Korean Literature Education
Korean Cultural Department of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Berlin, Germany
National Institute of Korean Language, Banghwa, Seoul
Hansung Middle School, Sinchon, Seoul
Ms. Ju has experience teaching Korean (including history and literature) in Korea and Germany for over 6 years. She lived in Japan and Germany, so you can greet her in Japanese or German as well. She is proud to teach Korean, Korean history and literature to our lovely students, whose mother tongue is Korean, Ms Ju wishes the students to be keen as well as to have affection for their country In addition, her experience of learning Korean in Japan and teaching Korean in Germany can be valuable educational material to show students how other countries think about Korea.
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