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Joo Eun Kim (Seoul, Korea) Crocodile Class Teacher

BA Human Development and Family Studies; Early childhood education (University of Illinois); Completed Master’s program in Early Childhood Education (Seoul National University)

It is my pleasure to be teaching pre-nursery class at BIK Hannam. I have worked with very young group of children in the U.S and Korea since 2010. As a college student in early childhood education, I was trained to practice developmentally appropriate curriculum for EYFS. Since I value cultural diversity and interactive communities that foster healthy relationships between families and their schools, I feel very lucky to be a part of this tremendous team of teachers and students at BIK Hannam. I strongly believe that early years, especially children’s first two critical years can influence their lives in so many different ways. Therefore, I hope to make their first school experience as positive as possible by providing interesting, and safe environment with warm caring and support. I spend most of my spare time reading, running and cooking.

Jessica Jungmin Byun (Korea) Crocodile Class Teacher

MA TESOL/English Education (Sookmyung Women's University, Korea)
Certificate of TESOL (University of Arizona, USA)

It is an honour to work at BIK alongside with such enthusiastic students and the dedicated team of professional teachers from all around the world. I spent my teenage years in Australia where I went to elementary school through high school. Working with young children always has been my passion, and when I came back from Australia, I wanted to pursue a teaching career that incorporated my English skills. For the past few years, I have worked for many English preschool programs in Seoul, gaining extensive experience in the field. To develop my knowledge in education even further, I am currently attending Sookmyung Women’s University for its graduate TESOL/English Education program. When I am not in class teaching, I like to do creative things such as drawing or painting. I also enjoy traveling and walking in nature. I am pleased to work with such a talented group of children, and I promise to provide all my students a rich learning environment that is open, respectful, engaging, and caring. I look forward to exciting years of learning and growing ahead of us!

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Jasmine Kang (Korea) Nursery One Class Korean Teacher

BA Psychology (Hallym)

My name is Jasmine Kang and I am a Nursery One Class Korean Teacher and child caregiver. I graduated in 2003 from Hallym University in Korea with a degree in Psychology and a focus on Childhood Psychology. I studied English for a Certificate of ETYL (English for Teaching Young Learners) while at the IH Sydney Teacher Training Center, which is in Australia. And I hold a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Nationally Recognised Training in Australia) while at the MEGT College.
I have a lot of experience with children, both as an English teacher in Korea kindergarten, as a childcare assistant in Australia daycare center and as a mother. I really enjoy working with children and I find great joy in it.

Kimberley MacDonald (British Colombia, Canada) Nursery One Class Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Crandall University)

I am so excited to be teaching the Nursery 1 class at BIK. I have had the pleasure of teaching in Korea for 4.5 years. I have taught at various kindergartens around Seoul and I have loved working with students and staff who are dedicated to education. Before coming to Korea, I had the pleasure of teaching in other classrooms in Canada and Azerbaijan. All these experiences have given me a love for teaching. I believe that students should be free to learn, explore, and just be themselves in a loving, engaging environment. In the classroom, I strive to make each day full of experiences and opportunities that students can use a launching pad for their imagination and to foster a desire for further learning. Some of our best childhood memories should be made at school.

Sang Mi Park (Korea) Nursery One Class Korean Teacher

BA English literature (Yeongnam University)
Childcare teacher license, Second grade (Korea Childcare Institute)
TESOL license (KGIC, Canada)

I'm very pleased to work at BIK Hannam, a school that provides good childcare and education.
I graduated from Yeongnam University, majored in English literature and I also achieved a certification of nursing teacher, second grade.During my time overseas, I achieved a certificate of TESOL which is from KGIC, Canada. This was a great experience where I was also able to volunteer in kindergarten in Canada.
After graduating, I spent some time teaching English in Avalon institute in Daegu. That experience gave me a good opportunity to learn classroom management and finally I could get a responsibility.After marriage, I worked my parents' kindergarten in Daegu. Those experiences have given me the method which is interacting with school aged child. As a mother of two children, I also have strength to understand the needs of young children. I want to give comfort to young children who might have anxiety about their learning and help them to have fun.

My enthusiasm will be continuous at BIK.
In my free time, I really enjoy travelling with my family.

Penguin

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Kayla Diamond (South Africa) Nursery Two Class Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Cape Peninsula University of Technology)

Teaching has always been what I have wanted to do and there are no words to express how happy I am to be teaching at BIK. I truly enjoy my job and appreciate every child as a unique and special little person. I find teaching so rewarding and it inspires me to see how excited children are to learn and explore the world around them. I love making lessons practical, fun and enjoyable for all involved. My classroom is one in which all children feel safe, loved and cared for. I feel very privileged to be on this learning journey with your children. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors, watching movies, travelling and reading. I’m also feeling very excited to start learning Korean.

Rejina Ahn (Korea) Nursery Two Class Korean Teacher

Associate Degree of Early Childhood Education (Myongji, Korea) 3 Years’ experience as an ITE (Infant Toddler Educator) in Canada 4 Years’ experience a 4 Years’ experience as an ECE (Early Childhood Educator) in Korea s an ECE (Early Childhood Educator) in Korea Emergency Child Care First Aid with CPR-C/AED TESOL-Children diploma

I not only majored in ECE (Early Childhood Education) at Myongji College in Korea but I also achieved an ECE related diploma, certificate and license in Canada. I have considerable experiences with educating children, 5-7 years of age in Korea as well as strong care giving skills for infants and toddlers in Canada. Before anything else, I like being part of each child’s early life and I feel honored to support them. In my free time, I love taking a walk with my family. I hope BIK students will enjoy learning with me. I wish you all the best!

Hwa Eum Lee (Korea) Nursery Two Korean Teacher

BA in Piano and Child Education with Childcare Teacher License (Myongji)

I began working as class teacher and music specialist with BIK in 2011. I am very glad to work with our students every day. Since I was a university student, I have taught piano to children in Korea. I am really happy to use all of these skills at BIK Hannam. I graduated from Deokwon Art High school to become a piano teacher. I achieved a double major in piano and child education at Myongji University, where I got a 2nd degree with Childcare Teacher Licence. After this, I went to Australia to gain more experience teaching children. While there I studied TECSOL (Teaching English to children) and TESOL. I enjoy walking in the great outdoors, listening to music and I am interested in learning other musical instruments.

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Erica Barron (Scotland, U.K) Reception Class Teacher

BSc Pharmacology and Physiology (Dundee). PGDE Primary Education (Glasgow)

I am delighted to be teaching Reception at BIK Hannam. I trained as a teacher and worked in Scotland for 4 years in Primary Education. Since then, I have taught a range of age groups within EYFS in Korea and Dubai. I find my job extremely rewarding and love to create a positive, safe and international learning environment, encouraging young children to be creative and explore their sense of imagination. I believe that the Early Years should be a fun, exciting and memorable time for both children and parents. I understand that every child is unique and that they should be encouraged to learn actively through exploration and discovery. I am always motivated to help children become independent, confident and caring people who interact with others positively. In my spare time I like to cook and bake as well as practice Yoga.

Yang Hee Kim (Korea), Reception Class Korean Teacher

BA (Fine Arts) (Incheon Catholic University, Incheon, Korea)
Teaching English to young children (TYC) program (SGIC, Canada)
Certificate in Teaching English to Children (DongDuk Women’s University)
Certification in Art Practice Education for Young Children (DongDuk Women’s University)

I am so happy to have joined the wonderful team at BIK Hannam. I have more than 10 years’ experience teaching young children, both English and also art. Recently I had the opportunity to study more in Canada, and completed another certificate in Teaching English to Young Children. I really enjoy traveling and I like to share my experiences with my students. I like to help students be more creative and I hope to make lots of fun art projects with the students! I am looking forward to an exciting, creative and fun year at BIK Hannam!

Hayley Neal (England, UK) Year Two Class Teacher

BA Hons Applied Social Sciences with Health Studies (Lancaster). PGCE (Primary) with QTS (Cumbria)

Since completing my teaching qualification, I have taught in various Kindergarten classrooms both in England and Korea. This is now my fourth year teaching in Korea and I love working in such a culturally diverse environment. Besides teaching, I have previously worked for 7 summers at a children’s residential summer camp in New York, USA. This gave me endless opportunities to teach, learn, sing, play and help to prepare children for the dynamic world we live in. I strive to provide fun, creative and enjoyable experiences for all children in my care. In my spare time I love to practice yoga, read, cook and explore the beautiful outdoors of Korea.

Yoori Christy Park (Korea) Reception Class Korean Teacher and Specialist Art Teacher

BA Library Information Science (Sangmyung)

I majored in Library Information Science at Sangmyung University and received a certificate of Early Childhood Education at a lifetime education of Chungang University. Also, I received a certificate of Early Childhood Education as Assistant Teacher and worked both in a Nursery School and a preschool in the U.S. Right after I returned to Korea, I received YL-TESOL and Certificate of Reading Specialist at Sookmyung Women’s University.
I had many experiences in this field. I have a true passion for working in education and a childcare. I believed the classroom should be a joyful and exciting place for children to learn. I’m really excited to join BIK and looking forward to spending time with children in this school!

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Olivia Bang (Korea) Year One Korean Teacher

BA Childcare, Seoul Theological

I have a Bachelor of Childcare from Seoul Theological University and certificate of TESOL (Australia). I am very keen to develop in my practice so I am studying a Master’s in English education for young learners from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
I had been as a Korean teacher for Nursery1 and Nursery2. I am currently in the Lion class (Reception). I enjoy working as a Korean teacher, taking care of children, creating a fun and creative learning environment where the children can learn skills to work together, can feel safe and can learn through exploration at BIK.

Giraffe

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