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Staff Directory

Leadership Team

Kevin Baker

Kevin Baker

Head of School

Kevin Baker has over 30 years of experience in education. Kevin has worked at Hong Kong International School and Seoul Foreign School and has been Head of School at several independent schools in the United States prior to joining BIFS. Kevin has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Concordia University Nebraska, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Washington State University, and is completing his Doctorate degree in Education. In his free time Kevin enjoys his family, presenting, reading, grilling, golfing, and supporting the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Kevin began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2014.
Email: kbaker@bifskorea.org

Jamie Robb

Jamie Robb

Secondary School Principal

Jamie has over 20 years of experience in education. He has worked as a elementary, middle and high school administrator over the past 16 years, both in Canada and Internationally. He holds an Honours degree in Physical Education, an Education degree and a Masters degree in International Educational Leadership. Jamie has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2015.
Email: jrobb@bifskorea.org

Nate Swenson

Nate Swenson

Elementary School Principal

Nate Swenson has been in education for 22 years with 14 of them as a principal in both elementary and middle-level buildings. He has worked in the United States and Saudi Arabia. Nate has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Middle School Math, Middle School English, Coaching, a Master’s of Teaching and Learning, a Specialist Degree in K-12 Administration, and certification in the IB. In his free time, he likes to mountain bike around Busan. Nate has been at Busan International School since 2015.
Email: nswenson@bifskorea.org

Faculty

Elementary School

Yeoa An

Yeoa An

ELC Teaching Assistant

Yeoa has a Master’s degree in Education from Australia, and a Master’s degree in Education teaching Korean language and literature. In her free time Yeoa enjoys reading and travelling. Yeoa has been working at BIFS since 2006.
Email: yeoaan@bifskorea.org

Lindy Bok

Lindy Bok

Third Grade Teacher

Lindy Bok has 25 plus years experience working in education and social services, both in Australia and Korea. She has worked in a wide variety of ELC settings and Elementary Schools, undertaking classroom and leadership positions. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education, with a speciality in social, emotional and behavioural development of children. In her free time Lindy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, eating good food and exploring Korea. Lindy previously worked at Busan International Foreign School for 3 years and then returned in the summer of 2015.
Email: lbok@bifskorea.org

Leda Cedo

Leda Cedo

PYP Coordinator and Secondary Math Teacher

Leda has over 20 years of experience in education, the latter half of which has been dedicated to IB education. She has worked with students from preschool to middle school. Before coming to Busan, she was in China, Japan and the Philippines as a PYP Coordinator or a School-wide Curriculum Coordinator for three different IB World Schools. Leda is currently finishing her Master’s in International Educational Leadership and Change from the Education University of Hong Kong. She is an active IB Educator, leading IB workshops and visiting schools in the Asia Pacific region. She is also a Certified Coach and Presenter for Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction. During her free time, she loves to read novels and fantasy books. Leda has been at BIFS since 2012.
Email: ledacedo@bifskorea.org

EunYoung Choi

EunYoung Choi

Library Assistant

Email: eychoi@bifskorea.org

Monique Donahue

Monique Donahue

Fifth Grade Teacher

Monique Donahue is a Third Culture Kid. She grew up living overseas as a child was drawn to living and working overseas at an early age. Shas been working in education since 2003. Monique has worked at IB schools in Turkey, China, The Philippines and now in Korea. Monique got her Bachelors in Education from The Netherlands and a Masters Degree in International Education from Bath University in the U.K. She also holds IB Awards for research done into teaching and learning in the IB & PYP Practices and she was recently trained by the IB to deliver professional development workshops for teachers. In her free time Monique loves to read, travel, hike and cook and eat, preferably with her family.
Email: mdonahue@bifskorea.org

Brenna Fairchild

Brenna Fairchild

Fourth Grade Teacher

Brenna Fairchild has eight years of teaching experience. Brenna has worked at The American International School of Chennai, as well as various public school in Oregon in the United States before coming to BIFS. Brenna has a Bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University and Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University. In her free time Brenna enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband Joaquin. Brenna began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer 2015.
Email: bfairchild@bifskorea.org

Megan Graff

Megan Graff

Elementary School Librarian

Megan Graff has nearly 20 years of experience in education. She has worked at schools in Canada, Singapore and Switzerland. She has also done long term volunteer work in Tanzania and Bolivia. Megan has a BA in General Humanities and a BEd in Elementary Education. She also has a Librarianship Specialist qualification from Queen’s University. In her free time, Megan enjoys reading, visiting friends and family all over the world, listening to podcasts, and hiking. Megan began working at Busan International Foreign School in August 2016.
Email: mgraff@bifskorea.org

GeumHee Lee

GeumHee Lee

Teaching Assistant

Email:g_lee@bifskorea.org

Jiyeong Lee

Jiyeong Lee

Early Learning Center Teacher's Assistant

Jiyeong Lee has 3 years of experience in education. Before joining BIFS, she has worked in the United States. Jiyeong has a Bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology. In her free time, Jiyeong enjoys travelling and watching movies. She has been at BIFS since 2015.
Email: jylee@bifskorea.org

Meng Lee

Meng Lee

Korean Teacher

Meng Lee has over 18 years of experience in education. Meng has worked at Arusha Nursery School, Mombasa International School and Busan International School prior to joining BIFS. Meng has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science, a Certificate in Early Childhood Teaching and a Certificate in Korean Language Instruction. Meng taught ELC students in Tanzania, Kenya and Korea and she is currently teaching Korean Language to ELC and Elementary students. In her free time Meng likes to go to music concert & gallery and enjoys travelling.
Email: menglee@bifskorea.org

Brendan Lea

Brendan Lea

Fifth Grade Teacher

Brendan Lea has over 10 years of experience in education. Brendan has worked at Charles Dickens School and Canadian International School Tokyo prior to working at BIFS. Brendan has a Master’s in Educational Technology and a graduate certificate in Technology Integration from Boise State University, a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy from the State University of New York, an Bachelor’s degree in education from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, and a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, Theatre, and History from the University of Prince Edward Island. In his free time Brendan enjoys travelling, reading, swimming, and watching or participating in theatre productions. Brendan began working at Busan International Foreign School in 2012.
Email: blea@bifskorea.org

Carol Lesser

Carol Lesser

Early Learning Center Teacher

Carol Lesser has over 20 years of experience in early childhood and ESL education. She has taught in Taiwan and Canada and has also worked at international schools in Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Mongolia. Carol earned a Diploma and a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education from universities in Taiwan. Additionally, she earned a Montessori Graduate Diploma in Vancouver, Canada. Furthermore, she earned a Master of Education in Teaching Second Languages in Toowoomba, Australia. She also has certification in Reggio Emilia, PYP, ESL, and the University of Cambridge International Primary Program. In her free time, Carol enjoys dancing, cooking, organizing social events with her husband, Michael, and traveling. She has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2015.
Email: clesser@bifskorea.org

Kelly Lim

Kelly Lim

Teaching Assistant

Email: kellylim@bifskorea.org

SunHee Jung

SunHee Jung

Teaching Assistant

Email: sjung@bifskorea.org

Deanna Rupert

Deanna Rupert

Third Grade Teacher

Deanna has 8 years of experience in education. She has previously worked in Sana’a, Yemen, for 18 months, teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, a TEFL English as a Second Language teaching certificate and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Walden University. She enjoys spending time with her children, running, hiking, climbing, dancing, photography, baking, sewing and exploring the many amazing sights Korea has to offer.
Email: drupert@bifskorea.org

Cindy Park

Cindy Park

Korean Teacher

Cindy Park has over 15 years of experience in education. Cindy has worked at Bugok Middle school, Pusan Foreign Language High School and universities in Korea prior to joining Busan International Foreign School. Cindy has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Sydney. In her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching movies and travelling. Cindy began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2012.
Email: cindypark@bifskorea.org

Karen Robb

Karen Robb

Kindergarten Teacher

Karen Robb has over 6 years of experience working in elementary education. After working in Ontario, Canada, she taught at the American International School in Kuwait. Karen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Genetics and a Practical Certificate in French from the University of Western Ontario, a diploma in Molecular Genetics from the Michener Institute in Toronto, and a Master’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies for International Educators from the State University of New York. In her free time Karen enjoys traveling with her family, walking, hiking and going to the beach. Karen began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2015.
Email: krobb@bifskorea.org

Seungkyung Oh

Seungkyung Oh

Teaching Assistant

Email: skoh@bifskorea.org

Desta Olds

Desta Olds

Elementary Music Teacher

Desta Olds has 3.5 years of experience in education. She has taught music at two schools in the United States. Desta received her Bachelors of Music Education in General Music and Orchestral Music from Pacific Lutheran University. She has also completed two levels of the Orff Schulwerk music education method at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In her free time Desta plays her cello, ukulele, or piano, watches movies, and scrapbooks. Desta is very excited to be in her first year at Busan International Foreign School!
Email: dolds@bifskorea.org

Dorothee Park

Dorothee Park

Teaching Assistant

Email: dpark@bifskorea.org

Scott Porter

Scott Porter

Fourth Grade Teacher

Scott Porter has over 2 years experience in education. Scott has worked at the International School of Myanmar prior to joining BIFS. Scott has a Bachelor’s degree in History with an emphasis in Asia and the Near East from the University of California Santa Cruz. In his free time Scott enjoys his family, hiking, snowboarding, mountain biking, scuba diving and reading. Scott began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2016.
Email: sporter@bifskorea.org

Amy Swenson

Amy Swenson

Second Grade Teacher

Amy has 18 years of experience in elementary education. Amy worked in the United States of America for 13 years, prior to teaching International. Amy was in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for three years before joining BIFS. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Cloud State University and a Master’s degree from Saint Mary’s University. In her free time Amy enjoys spending time with her family. We love to play games, go for walks, and travel. Amy began working at Busan International Foreign School in August of 2015.
Email: aswenson@bifskorea.org

Andre Quimpo

Andre Quimpo

Art Teacher

Andre Quimpo has over 15 years of experience in education. Andre has worked at international schools in Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines. He has a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, Major in Industrial Design and is a licensed teacher. Andre is a certified Google Educator and Cambridge International Examinations for Art and Design teacher . In his free time, he enjoys travelling with his wife and daughter, motor sports, making things and mountain biking. Andre is also a drummer. He has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2010.
Email: aquimpo@bifskorea.org

Sierra Waldman

Sierra Waldman

First Grade Teacher

Sierra Waldman has 11 years of experience in education. She has worked at Westhill Institute in Mexico City, Siam International School in Bangkok, Thailand, and the Internationale Schule am Rhein in Neuss, Germany. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City and her Master’s Degree of Education at George Mason University in Virginia. In her free time, Sierra enjoys reading, running, watching American football, and walking her dog Tokki. Sierra has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2009.
Email: swaldman@bifskorea.org

Sunmi Yu

Sunmi Yu

Early Learning Center Teacher

Sunmi has six years of experience in education. She worked in many other child care settings such as, parenting centers, nursery schools as an Early Childhood Educator in Canada. Also, she worked at Canadian International school setting in Korea as well. Sunmi completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Early Childhood Education program from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She also completed a Bachelor of Education Degree at Trent University in Peterborough, Canada. In her free time Sunmi enjoys, reading, cooking and drawing. She has been at Busan International Foreign school since 2015.
Email: syu@bifskorea.org

Kathy Son

Kathy Son

Elementary Physical Education Teacher

Kathy Son has over 20 years of experience in education. She has worked at BIFS since the winter of 1995. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development in California State University of Fullerton and has done a Teacher Credential Program in Concordia University, Irvine. In her free time Kathy enjoys going shopping and watching movies with her family.
Email: kson@bifskorea.org

Secondary School

Fernando Alvarez

Fernando Alvarez

Spanish Teacher

Fernando Alvarez has 30 years of experience in education. He has worked at the International School of Caracas in Venezuela, 2 public schools in Virginia and Georgia in the US, and the International School of Stuttgart in Germany. Fernando has a Bachelor’s degree in Languages and a minor in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Also, he has an international TEFL certificate, a certificate in translation (English-Spanish-English), and a Negotiation and Conflict Resolution credential from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas, Venezuela. Fernando also holds a K-12 Spanish teaching certificate from the state of Texas, and he is currently finishing his Master’s degree in Management and Strategic Operations. In his free time, Fernando likes to exercise, practice martial arts, read, go to the beach, go fishing, play tennis, and spend time with his wife and two sons. Fernando has been working at Busan International Foreign School since 2012.
Email: falvarez@bifskorea.org

Jason Arnot

Jason Arnot

Secondary English Teacher

Jason has 12 years of experience in education following completion of a Bachelor of Education degree in 2004. He has taught Chemistry, Physics, and general Science courses. He has been teaching Higher-Level IB Chemistry for 10 years, has moderated Chemistry labs for IB, and marked Chemistry IB exams for the last three years. Before teaching he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as an engineer for six years; he is registered as a Professional Engineer in Alberta, Canada. Jason joined BIFS in August 2016.
Email: jarnot@bifskorea.org

Maitane Arruti

Maitane Arruti

Secondary Spanish Teacher

Maitane Arruti has 11 years of experience in education. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English Studies, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Teacher Training Courses in Spanish as a Foreign Language and Conflict Resolution through Mediation. She has worked at Europaschule Tellkampfschule Hannover and Bilinguale Schule Phorms Berlin Mitte before joining BIFS. She has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2012 and she loves DIY projects and spending time with her family and friends.
Email: marruti@bifskorea.org

Bryn Barnard

Bryn Barnard

Secondary Art Teacher

Bryn Barnard has fifteen years of experience in education. Has was a Fulbright scholar at Universiti Sains Malaysia and has taught art at the American International School Kuwait; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; University of Delaware; University of Pittsburgh and was a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs. Bryn studied illustration at Art Center College of Design and has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in studio art and Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In his free time, Bryn writes and illustrates science-history books for children and is a visiting author at international schools (twenty-two so far). He also likes to hike, ski, scuba and run. Bryn has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2016.
Email: bbarnard@bifskorea.org

Michelle Benzing

Michelle Benzing

Secondary English Teacher

Michelle Benzing has 19 years of experience in education. After nine years of teaching in the USA, both in Chicago and North Carolina, Michelle began her overseas teaching career at International School Winterthur in Switzerland. Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities from Shimer College, Illinois, and a Master’s degree in Education from DePaul university in Chicago, Illinois. In her free time Michelle enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with friends and family, dancing, acting, writing and reading. Michelle began teaching at BIFS in 2014.
Email: mbenzing@bifskorea.org

Cindy Clifford

Cindy Clifford

DP Coordinator and Secondary Math Teacher

Cindy Clifford has over 30 years of educational experience at schools in the US as well as in 8 countries and 4 continents overseas. She has taught everything from second grade to IBDP. She has a degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a masters degree in education from Bank Street College. In her free time, Cindy enjoys reading, scuba diving, swimming, hiking and getting together with friends and family. Cindy began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2015.
Email: cclifford@bifskorea.org

Thomas De Anna

Thomas De Anna

Science Teacher

Thomas De Anna has over 16 years of teaching experience. He is certified in Biology and Middle School Science and has taught at Siam International School, Shanghai High School (International Division), F.D. Roosevelt High School and Waterford High School. Thomas has a Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science (Agriculture) from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Science Education from the College of St. Rose. In his free time, Thomas enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, cooking, and reading. Thomas began working at Busan International Foreign School in 2009.
Email: tdeanna@bifskorea.org

Pauline Despas

Pauline Despas

Secondary Spanish Teacher

Pauline has 12 years of experience in education. She has worked in five schools in the UK, Indonesia, Morocco, India and now South Korea. She has a BA in Spanish and Development Studies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in French and Spanish, and an MA in English. She enjoys traveling, fine-dining, spending time with her family and scuba diving in her free time. She has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2016.
Email: pdespas@bifskorea.org

Marie Eksteen

Marie Eksteen

Math and Science Teacher

Marie has over 10 years of experience in primary and secondary education. She has taught a variety of grades at Paju English Village, Wangbuk elementary school in Seoul and Eversdal Primary school in Cape Town prior to joining the BIFS team. Marie has a Bachelor’s degree in Intermediate and Senior phase Education (Grades 4 to 9) from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. In her free time Marie cycles around Busan and Korea, take photos, eat Korean food and enjoys family gatherings and camping. She has been working at Busan International Foreign School since August 2012.
Email: meksteen@bifskorea.org

Simon Furmston

Simon Furmston

Design Teacher and IT Integrator

Simon Furmston has 12 years of experience in education. Has worked at BIFS since 2013, and before that he was teaching in the UK for 9 years. He specialises in Digital Design and Computing. Simon enjoys the fine arts, photography and swimming.
Email: sfurmston@bifskorea.org

Nico Gysbers

Nico Gysbers

Math and Science Teacher

Nico Gysbers has 7 years of experience in education. He has worked at Dalian Maple Leaf International School in China as well as private English language academies in Korea. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in Communications Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and a Bachelor of Education degree from University of Toronto. During his free time, he enjoys time with his family and playing basketball. He has been at BIFS since 2015.
Email: ngysbers@bifskorea.org

Ceejay Jader

Ceejay Jader

Digital Design and Theory of Knowledge Teacher

Ceejay has over 16 years of experience in education. Has worked at Xavier School-Philippines, Global Innovative College-Philippines (University level) and International School Manila. Ceejay has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Masters in Educational Technology and currently undertaking courses in Philosophy and Psychology. Does swimming, running, photography and loves to travel in her free time. Has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2007.
Email: cjader@bifskorea.org

Brent Johnson

Brent Johnson

Individuals and Societies Teacher

Brent Johnson has over 13 years of experience in education. He has worked at the International University of Korea and Dongguk University (Seoul) prior to joining BIFS. Brent has an Associate of Science degree in Biology from Jackson State (Tennessee), a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Art from Coastal Carolina University (South Carolina), and three Master’s degrees in: Asian Studies (Sejong University; Seoul), Teaching (University of Southern California; Los Angeles) and Educational Leadership (The Hong Kong Institute of Education). In his free time Brent enjoys spending time with his family, playing a variety of sports, working out and reading. Brent began working at Busan International Foreign School in the spring of 2012.
Email: bjohnson@bifskorea.org

Hyungjeong Kim

Hyungjeong Kim

Science Lab Assistant

Hyunjeong Kim has 8 years of experience in education. She has worked as an after-school English program teacher at public schools for more than 5 years and worked for Busan Global Village prior to joining BIFS. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and minor in English Language and Literature from Bukyung University and has a TESOL certificate from Busan University of Foreign Studies. She enjoys travelling, baking and reading in her free time. She has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2012.
Email: hjkim@bifskorea.org

Jinyoung Kwon

Jinyoung Kwon

Secondary Korean Teacher

Jinyoung Kwon has 15 years of experience in education. Jinyoung has worked at various Korean schools prior to joining BIFS. Jinyoung has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary education specialized in Geography and a Master’s certificate in teaching Korean as a native language, and is completing her Master’s degree in teaching Korean as a foreign language. Jinyoung likes to dive and travel around the world for her holidays. Jinyoung has been at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2003.
Email: jkwon@bifskorea.org

Miky Lee

Miky Lee

Korean Teacher

Miky Lee has 15 years of experience in education. Miky has worked at International School of Busan and Busan International Forgein School. Miky has a Bachelor’s degree in English, Masters degree in teaching Korean and Masters degree in TESOL. In free time, Miky enjoys reading books, traveling and hanging out with her family and friends. Miky has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2006.
Email: mlee@bifskorea.org

Seunghee Lee

Seunghee Lee

Secondary Korean Teacher

Seunghee Lee has over 10 years of experience in education. Has worked at SK Engineering, Hyundai Engineering, LG Chem, Samsung Corning, Mexico Embassy and Busan International Foreign School and as a Interpreter & Translator . Seunghee has a Bachelor’s degree in Archaeology, a Master’s degree in Spanish. In her free time Seunghee enjoys her family, shopping, cleaning, going sauna. Seunghee has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2003 year.
Email: slee@bifskorea.org

Ivan Loste

Ivan Loste

Secondary School Librarian

Ivan Loste has over 10 years of experience in libraries and education. He has worked at the University of Toulouse II, and Utaloy International School of Guangzhou prior to joining BIFS. Ivan has earned both a Spanish B.A. in Librarianship and a M.Sc. in Information Management. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, trying different recipes as well as talking and listening to persons of all ages and cultural backgrounds. He has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2009.
Email: iloste@bifskorea.org

Jennifer Montague

Jennifer Montague

MYP Coordinator and Individuals and Societies Teacher

Jenny has 29 years of experience in education. She has worked at 11 schools, both in the US and overseas. She has a B.S. in Education. She likes to read, travel and do textile arts in her free time. She has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2015.
Email: jmontague@bifskorea.org

William Pamperin

William Pamperin

Math Teacher

William Pamperin has nine years of experience in education. He has worked at five schools. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and is certified to teach math at the middle and high school levels. He plays solitaire in his free time. Has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2015.
Email: wpamperin@bifskorea.org

Brianna Porter

Brianna Porter

Secondary Counselor

Brianna Porter has five years of experience as a School Counselor. Brianna worked at two schools in the United States before moving overseas and working at the International School of Myanmar. Brianna has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Tulsa and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in School Counseling from the University of San Francisco. In her free time Brianna enjoys traveling, hiking, watching baseball and spending time with her family. Brianna began working at Busan International Foreign School in 2016.
Email: bporter@bifskorea.org

Martina Plicka

Martina Plicka

PE Teacher

Martina Plicka has over 11 years experience in education. Martina has worked at the American International School Kuwait and at Notre Dame Collegiate in Alberta, Canada. Martina has a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Physical and Health Education with a minor in Biology. In her free time, Martina enjoys participating in and watching most sports, travelling and exploring new areas and cities, and shopping. Martina began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2015.
Email: mplicka@bifskorea.org

Kaveh Rahnema

Kaveh Rahnema

Individuals and Societies Teacher

Kaveh Rahnema has over 25 years teaching experience at school and university levels, including 18 years of IBDP teaching in Business, Economics and Geography in France, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Germany and South Korea. He has degrees in economics,politics, philosophy and sociology from Oxford and Paris universities and an MBA from Theseus Institute. He enjoys being a volunteer for the Olympics, improving the family home in Auvergne, learning in general and making connections between languages, people and cultures.
Email: krahnema@bifskorea.org

Al Roland

Al Roland

Individuals and Societies Teacher

Alistair has 30 years of teaching experience in both boarding and day schools. He has worked in the classroom, been Head of Department on several occasions, Head of Boarding and in administration, having been Head of Campus at Geelong Grammar School and Head of Middle and High School at BIFS during his career. During his time in education he has taught at 7 different schools. He has a Bachelors degree in Geography and History, an Associate Degree in Social Science – Boarding Schools and a Diploma or Education. He enjoys exercising during his spare time. He has been at BIFS for a total of 7 years.
Email: aroland@bifskorea.org

Megan Robar

Megan Robar

Secondary Physical Education Teacher

Megan Robar has over 3 years of experience in education. Megan has worked at the American International School of Kuwait for the past 2 years. Megan has a Bachelor’s in Health and Physical Education and a Bachelors of Education . In her free time Megan enjoys road biking, hiking, running, spending time with family and family and of course traveling. Megan began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2016.
Email: mrobar@bifskorea.org

Kent Saunders

Kent Saunders

Secondary Arts Teacher

Kent Saunders has over 10 years experience in education. Kent has worked at ISD International School of Dhaka as head of department and several schools in Australia prior to joining BIFS. Kent has a BA in Technology Education from Griffith University where he received a certificate of excellence, majoring in Design Technology and Graphical Communication. In his free time Kent enjoys the beach, exploring out of way places, cooking and riding motorcycles. Kent began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2015.
Email: ksaunders@bifskorea.org

Katy Seul

Katy Seul

Secondary Art Teacher

Email: kseul@bifskorea.org

Merriss Shenstone

Merriss Shenstone

Secondary English Teacher

Merriss Shenstone joined BIFS in 2016, after twenty years teaching English in Australia and China. She graduated from Sydney University with a degree in Literature and and a diploma in Education. Merriss has a keen interest in teaching and learning, and enjoys helping students appreciate the power and beauty of language. She has been teaching IB Diploma Programme for five years and is an examiner in Literature. Merriss also enjoys reading, bushwalking, travelling and spending time with her daughters.
Email: mshenstone@bifskorea.org

Ya Yun Su

Ya Yun Su

English Teacher

Ya Yun Su has 10 years of experience in education. She has worked at The Overseas School of Colombo, Xiamen International School and The Escuela Internacional de Sampedrana. Ya Yun has Bachelor’s degrees in education and in art history and English from York University in Toronto, Canada. In her free time, she enjoys training her chihuahua to perform circus tricks. Ya Yun began working at BIFS in 2014.
Email: yysu@bifskorea.org

Mark Turner

Mark Turner

Music Teacher

Mark has 14 years of experience in education. Has worked at 4 schools. He holds a Bachelor of Music (4 years), specialising in music performance and composition, and an Advanced Dip.Ed both from the University of Melbourne. In his free time Mark is a dedicated father, loves to write and produce music, travel and is a keen rock climber. Has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2012.
Email: mturner@bifskorea.org

Aimee Wagner

Aimee Wagner

English Teacher

Aimee Wagner has 20 years of experience in education. She has worked at distinguished schools in California and an international school in the Middle East before joining BIFS. Aimee has a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on social studies and language acquisition. In her free time, Aimee enjoys relaxing with her family, reading, hiking, and practicing yoga. She has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2015.
Email: awagner@bifskorea.org

Marty Wagner

Marty Wagner

PE Teacher

Email: mwagner@bifskorea.org

Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson

Secondary Individuals and Societies Teacher and Student Life Coordinator

Craig Wilson has 12 years of experience in education. He worked at San Pasqual Academy in southern California, Sana’a British School in Yemen, and has spent the last 8 years here at BIFS. Craig has a BA degree in History from University of Whitewater and a MA in Education from National-Louis University.
Email: cwilson@bifskorea.org

Gill Vaughan

Gill Vaughan

Science Teacher

Gill Vaughan has many years of experience in education and has spent the last 13 years teaching in IB International schools in Zimbabwe and in the UK. Gill has a BSc degree from the University Of Natal in South Africa and a PGCE teaching certificate from the University of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). In her spare time Gill enjoys hiking, camping and wildlife viewing with her family. Gill began working at BIFS in August 2015.
Email: gvaughan@bifskorea.org

Eben Viljoen

Eben Viljoen

English as an Additional Language Specialist

Eben Viljoen has over 20 years of experience in education. He has worked at 9 schools around the world; including South Africa, England, and international schools in Bangladesh and Korea. Eben has a Higher Diploma in Education from Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, and gained UK Qualified Teacher Status in 2001. In his free time Eben enjoys spending time with his family, reading, playing and watching sport, and exploring the many amazing sights Korea has to offer. Eben began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2016.
Email: eviljoen@bifskorea.org

Graham Young

Graham Young

Secondary Art Teacher

Graham has over 17 years experience in education. He has taught Visual Art and Design in a variety of secondary schools, including time as a boarding housemaster. Graham has a Diploma of Teaching and Bachelor of Design (Hons) from Victoria University in New Zealand.
During his free time he enjoys spending time with family, the outdoors, tennis, running and traveling to interesting places. Graham began working at Busan International Foreign School in 2011.
Email: gyoung@bifskorea.org

Specialists

Colin Fox-Davies

Colin Fox-Davies

Permanent Substitute Teacher

Colin has enjoyed over 30 years experience in International Education, ranging from Elementary to High School. He has taught at schools in the UK, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Egypt, and South Korea.
He has a UK Teaching Certificate and Advanced Diploma in Educational Management.
In his free time he loves exploring Korea and travelling world-wide. Also he enjoys walking and cycling, and relaxing with a good concert or theatre performance.
He has been working at BIFS since 2010.
Email: cfoxdavies@bifskorea.org

Debora Guzzi

Debora Guzzi

Special Needs and EAL Specialist

Debora Guzzi has 4 years of experience in Education. She has worked at GEMS American Academy in Abu Dhabi and the American School of Milan as a Special Education and EAL specialist. She has a Bachelor of Science in Special and Elementary Education. In her free time she enjoys running, reading and traveling to new places. She has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2015.
Email: dguzzi@bifskorea.org

Grace Hyun

Grace Hyun

Special Education and English as an Additional Language Specialist

Grace Hyun has 6 years of experience in education. Grace has worked at Qingdao No. 1 International School, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and Suzhou Singapore International School. Grace has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Business Management minor from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a dual license in Elementary Education and Special Education, and a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Colorado, Denver. In her free time, Grace enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with family and learning new things. She has been at Busan International Foreign School since August 2016.
Email: ghyun@bifskorea.org

Paul Kang

Paul Kang

Director of Educational Technology

Paul Kang has over 12 years of experience working in IT and education. Paul has worked at Seoul International School, Daeil Foreign Language High School, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Paul has a Bachelor’s in Russian Studies and minor in Business. In his free time Paul enjoys his family, taking online courses, photography, creating things, and reads. Paul began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2016.
Email: pkang@bifskorea.org

Gareth Owen

Gareth Owen

Special Education Specialist

Gareth Owen has 12 years of experience in education. Has worked in the UK for 9 years at a special educational needs school. Gareth is in his final year of a Masters course in Special Education through the University of Nottingham. In his free time Gareth enjoys being physically active and travelling. Gareth has been at Busan International Foreign School since 2013.
Email: gowen@bifskorea.org

Sarah Noye

Sarah Noye

English As an Additional Language Teacher

Sarah Noye has over fifteen years of experience in education. She has taught at Gems World Academy Dubai and Hokkaido International school; as well as private schools in Hong Kong, Turkey and Malaysia; and in public schools in Canada, The United Kingdom and Japan. Sarah has a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Linguistics and a minor in Psychology. In her free time Sarah enjoys travelling,cooking and reading. Sarah has been at Busan International Foreign school since the 2015 academic year.
Email: snoye@bifskorea.org

Michelle Roland

Michelle Roland

Head of Special Education Needs

Michelle has over twenty years experience in education. She has worked at various independent schools in Australia as an administrator, special education teacher and classroom teacher. Michelle has a Diploma of Teaching, Graduate Diploma of Special Education and Master’s Degree in Special Education. In her free time Michelle enjoys walking, cooking, reading, travelling and spending time with her family. Michelle worked at BIFS for four years from 2008-2012 and returned to the school in 2014.
Email: mroland@bifskorea.org

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Head of English as an Additional Language

Kevin Smith has over 30 years of experience in education. Kevin has worked at Mombasa International School,International School of Moshi, Tanzania and British school of Costa Rica internationally as well as in England for 4 years prior to joining BIFS. Kevin has a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages. In his free time Kevin enjoys his family life, reading, music and visiting Art exhibitions. Kevin began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2001.
Email: ksmith@bifskorea.org

Administrative

Chiyoung Cho

Chiyoung Cho

Finance Secretary

Email: cycho@bifskorea.org

Sunny Cho

Sunny Cho

Business Manager

Sunny Cho has 18 years of experience in Human Resources and general Business Administration. Before BIFS, Sunny worked for OB Beer, International Paper and HR Consulting company. Sunny has a Bachelor’s in Tourism Management and Master’s in Business Administration from USA. Sunny has been working for BIFS since 2012.
Email: hscho@bifskorea.org

Jinhee Han

Jinhee Han

Secondary School Secretary

JinHee Han has been working over 5 years in BIFS and over 8 years of experience working in various fields. She worked in the finance office for 4 years before taking a secretary position to the secondary school in 2015.
In her free time JinHee enjoys her family, particularly playing soccer with her son.
Email: jinheehan@bifskorea.org

Seung Mi Hong

Seung Mi Hong

Admissions Manager

Seung Mi has over 8 years of experience working in a multinational company. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Pukyong National University and a Master’s degree in Interpretation and Translation in Graduate school of Interpretation and Translation from Busan University of Foreign Studies. In her free time Seung Mi enjoys swimming and taking a walk. She began working at Busan International Foreign School in the spring of 2009.
Email: smhong@bifskorea.org

Heejung Hwang

Heejung Hwang

School Nurse

Heejung Hwang has over 13 years of experience working in nursing area. Heejung has worked at Gyeongsang National University Hospital, surgical intensive care unit for 7years and Dongnam Inst. Of Radiological & Medical Sciences, cancer center for 2 years prior to joining BIFS. Heejung has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Gyeongsang National University and completed Oncology nurse practitioner course in graduate school. In her free time, Heejung enjoys travelling with her family and watching sports. Heejung began working at Busan International Foreign School in the summer of 2012.
Email: hjhwang@bifskorea.org

Bit-Nara

Bit-Nara

Elementary School Secretary

Email: bitnarajang@bifskorea.org

GaYoung Jo

GaYoung Jo

Finance Secretary

Email: gyjo@bifskorea.org

MiKyung Kang

MiKyung Kang

Finance Manager

Email: mkkang@bifskorea.org

SuHa Kim

SuHa Kim

Secondary School Secretary

Email: suhakim@bifskorea.org

Minsu Lee

Minsu Lee

Secretary to Head of School

Email: minsulee@bifskorea.org

Jiyeon Min

Jiyeon Min

School Secretary

Jiyeon Min has 5 years of experience in education. She has bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Master’s Degree in English Education. In her free time, she enjoys reading and travelling. She began working at BIFS in the summer of 2016.
Email: jymin@bifskorea.org

Hyunjoo Page

Hyunjoo Page

Campus Manager

Hyunjoo Page worked as Accounting manager at International School Busan since 2002 August, and then at BIFS from 2010 August as operations manager ( campus manager). She likes to take care of trees. In her free time, she enjoys swimming in the sea with her friends.

Jina Shin

Jina Shin

School Secretary

Jina has qualifications of Social Worker and Nursing Teacher. Jina has been BIFS since 2004.
Email: jinashin@bifskorea.org

SeungYun Song

SeungYun Song

IT Engineer

SeungYun Song has over 6 years of experience working in BIFS IT. SeungYun has a Bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering and Master degree in Computer Science from Pukyung National University. In his free time SeungYun enjoys his friends, eating delicious foods and playing basketball. SeungYun began working at Busan International Foreign School in Autumn of 2010.
Email: sysong@bifskorea.org

Yina Yoon

Yina Yoon

Finance Secretary

Email: yinayoon@bifskorea.org