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Passionate educators. Committed mentors. 

Chadwick International teachers know they’re part of something special. They come to work each day excited to create rich educational experiences for students who are truly engaged in their own learning. They play a critical role in guiding students toward their greatest potential while simultaneously fulfilling their own. 

Our teachers come from all over the world, enriching our community through their diverse experiences and fresh perspectives. Many have taught abroad and over 80% hold advanced degrees in their field. All are deeply committed to the growth and development of our students. With an 8:1 student to teacher ratio, personal attention is the norm. It also gives teachers a chance to form critical bonds with their students.

8:1 STUDENT TO TEACHER RATIO

Teachers get to create freely and drive their own teaching. Chadwick International is an environment that supports innovation, creativity and bold ideas. Courses are delivered in the context of Chadwick’s Core Values — Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Fairness and Compassion. Our teachers live those values each day, setting powerful examples of character for our students. They ensure that every lesson learned is applicable to academic growth and to life itself. 

Nurturing our educators

At Chadwick International, passionate learning isn’t just for students. Our professional development events provide ongoing opportunities for Chadwick teachers and the broader community of educators around the world. 

Discover what our professional learning program is all about.

Teachers made this school. Teachers with a love of children in their hearts; teachers who are eager searchers of truth; teachers who are willing to share their longer experience with children and at the same time are able to learn from the naturalness and sincerity of their pupils. 

Margaret Chadwick, 1952

Get to know our teachers and their passions beyond the classroom by clicking over their photos and reading their bios below.

Faculty

Katherine Adisa

Dean of Students

CP Language

Grade 12 Lead

What do students learn in your classes/program?

I believe that in my classes students learn to think for themselves and speak effectively on topics we discuss in class. I am fortunate to teach English language and literature, which doesn’t have heavy content that requires memorization. Instead, students learn to find meaning in what they read, understand the motivation behind the writing, and realize that as readers they are an important component in the construction of knowledge. I like to think we teach skills rather than material. These are skills that students will use in college and beyond.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

I have to say I am passionate about helping students be successful. Whether it is in my role as Dean of Students, helping students understand the challenges they are facing, and how to develop strategies to overcome them. Or as an English teacher watching my seniors become impactful writers and speakers. Or as a past teacher, getting emails from ex-students in college, joyfully reminiscing about their success in college essay writing or their realization of the value of their high school lessons. When a person has this kind of passion in their lives, it changes an occupation into a vocation.

Sam Brunner

Middle School Grade 6 Individuals & Societies

What do students learn in your classes/program?

Students learn about the world around them and how to organize their thinking around it. Individuals and societies classes help students to think about the world around them and their place in it. We also learn how to have fun and enjoy our time learning and thinking!

What attracted you to teach or work at Chadwick?

Chadwick is truly a world-class school. I was excited to grow as a professional and to help amazing and passionate students learn about the world around them.

Melissa Burnell

Village School Grade 5

What do you find most interesting about the material you teach or program you lead?

I love that the PYP honors student agency and students' interests are an important factor in what we do in the classroom.  When I was growing up, school was all about memorizing facts that ultimately didn't mean anything to me or enrich my life.  I have the opportunity to better prepare my learners for an ever-changing world by supporting them in the development of lifelong skills, attitudes, attributes, and more.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

Outside of the classroom, I am passionate about power vinyasa yoga.  It keeps me feeling healthy, grounded, and ready for all of the roles I need to fulfill in my life.  When I get the chance, I also love to travel with my family.  It's a wonderful feeling to experience new places together.

Sarah Carpenter

Village School Counselor

What do students learn in your classes/program?

As counselors, our aim is to empower our students to live their best lives.  We support Chadwick's mission by focusing on exemplary character and we do this in multiple ways. In the classroom we introduce ideas and concepts for our students to engage with, helping them to reflect on themselves and how they live their lives.  In the office, we listen to students (and parents) and provide a safe space for them to share and reflect, finding positive ways to move through challenges and barriers.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

I am passionate about photography.  I particularly enjoy landscape and nature photography and travelling has allowed me to indulge this!  I am also passionate about service and making a difference in the world around me.  I have been involved for many years with the Eugene Bell Foundation supporting their work with TB patients in North Korea through using my photography and video skills to raise awareness of the work and help in fundraising.  I love sea kayaking, reading and music (playing piano, guitar and singing).  I also really enjoy weight lifting and working out, and the mental challenge of pushing myself in an area that does not come easily to me.  Pushing heavy weights around is great stress relief!

Daniel Evans

Upper School Visual Art

What do students learn in your classes/program?

"The grade 12 Visual Arts program enables students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two and three-dimensional artworks using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. During studio/class time students use the critical analysis process to deconstruct art works and explore the connections between art and society. Students also learn to make connections between various works of art in personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural contexts. I also offer the option of an Open Art Studio which enables students to further explore a wider range of materials, processes, and techniques that can be applied in their own art production."

Diego Gonzalez Garcia

Upper School Spanish

What do students learn in your classes/program?

When teaching Spanish, my main goal is to help students to develop the four linguistic skills (listening, speaking, writing and reading) as well as to give the communicative competences which will enable them to interact comfortably in an Spanish-speaking environment. It is important for me that my students acquire the skills necessary to communicate in Spanish but also that they are presented a country and a culture which they find interesting, a country which one day they might want to visit.

What attracted you to teach or work at Chadwick?

The host country and the reputation of the school. I visited Korea back in 2010 and was impressed by how it harmoniously combines tradition and modernity, urban and natural landscapes. At work, I am surrounded by exceptional educators and individuals, and that helps me to become a better teacher and person.

Ted Hill

Head of School

What attracted you to teach or work at Chadwick?

My wife and I were drawn by the school's Mission and particularly to its commitment to the development of character - not only for us as educators but for our daughters, who would attend the school. We were particularly struck by the strong emphasis upon Outdoor Education, which exemplified this commitment. And of course the students and faculty/staff whom we met were just wonderful exemplars and representatives of the values of Chadwick.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

I love to travel, particularly to places that I've never been before, and to meet new people. I love being out in wild places on land or water. I enjoy time with my family. I enjoy many sports.

Jennifer Kim

Middle School Mandarin

Check back soon to learn about Jennifer.

MinSoo Kim

Village School Korean

What do students learn in your classes/program?

In Korean class, students improve Korean language skills by speaking, listening, writing and reading. As a Korean, students learn Korean citizenship and history to more deeply understand our culture. Students also work to improve speaking their mother tongue through Korean class.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

I am very interested in sports and studying. I like to run in the park and be in nature. I like to play golf with Chadwick teachers and my friends. Also, I like to study and read papers related to my major.

Caitlin LeBrun

Village School Learning Support

What do students learn in your classes/program?

During our time together, my students learn to identify their strengths, persevere through their challenges, and recognize that they are not alone at any point in their unique journey. We take time to celebrate each and every individual's successes, interests, talents and skills; we also take time to address the struggles, make plans for difficult situations, and practice the things we can say and do when tough times arise. "We do hard things," I tell my students, and we can do it together.

Jay Leroy

Middle School Grade 7 PHE

What do students learn in your classes/program?

Students learn to explore their conceptual understanding through physcial activity and sport.

What attracted you to teach or work at Chadwick?

Watching the Chawick Athletic program develop into a top school from the perspective of another KAIAC school.  I am also a very big fan of the IB program.

 

Russell McGrath

Upper School Principal

What attracted you to teach or work at Chadwick?

I have been teaching and working internationally for many years and was always impressed with the energy and passion for education I saw in people from Chadwick. Additionally, I had many positive interactions with Korean students and families at other schools so when the opportunity arose to be in Korea at a Chadwick school it was the perfect opportunity for my family and me.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

My passions outside of school are movies, sport, food, travel and my family. I love food from all over the world but especially spicy food, with Thai being my favorite. Travel lets me indulge in my love of food while spending time with my family. I like movies that are a bit different especially sci-fi, thrillers or horror films with Korean and Japanese movies being my favorite. I am a dedicated Arsenal Football Fan and still play occasionally myself when I can fit it in around indoor and outdoor golf.

Seura Park

Early Years Specialist

What do students learn in your classes/program?

Students in the Early Years performing arts class appreciate having multiple opportunities and modes of expressing themselves. Although the foundation is music, dance, and drama, the children synthesize them without any borders. The goal of this transdisciplinary program is to empower our young artists to be open-minded, resilient in their thinking and creativity, and appreciate the uniquess of themselves and one another.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

I'm interested in looking into what kind of person I am and how my perspective about life changes as I grow older. I enjoy observing people, their languages, physical and facial expressions and how they interact with one another. To me human beings are fascinating!I love exploring different cultures, too. I am a passionate Muay Thai kickboxing practitioner, which makes up the core of who I am. I love dancing diverse cultural dances from around the world. Currently I'm hooked into Zumba and Latin dance. At home, I enjoy cooking with my son, a senior in the US who teaches me how to prepare meat and vegetables. I sometimes box with my husband.

Jason Reagin

IB Career-related Program Coordinator

What do students learn in your classes/program?

In design, students learn how to solve problems using the design cycle.  Students explore many different design pathways such as robotics, film, 3D design/printing, audio engineering, CAD, and so on. These skills will be key to future opportunities for our students!

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

I am interested in all kinds of things.  I like to continue to learn about things related to my teaching and hobbies.  At the moment, I am enjoying perfecting my sketching and drawing skills.  I am also very interested in architecture.

Vaulton Reece

Middle School Grade 6 English Language and Literature

What do students learn in your classes/program?

The Grade 6 English language and literature class is focused on learning, improving and fostering a love of reading and writing. In the course, students will also cultivate skills in communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. My course will introduce students to reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills fundamental to Middle School English. Each unit is based on a concept and explored through readings taken from a variety of genres, authors, nations, and time periods. The writing skills will focus on narrative, expository, persuasive writing, and media. The students will also further their speaking and listening skills by engaging in group discussions, Socratic seminars, presentations, and performances throughout the year.

What attracted you to teach or work at Chadwick?

I am one of the foundation staff and was hired with the understanding that the goal was to build the best school in the world. I was attracted by the challenge extended and  the opportunity to be a part of something potentially special. This is my tenth year at the school and I believe that we are on our way to realizing that original goal.

Trevor Rusert

Director of College Counseling

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

Outside of school, I am passionate about sports, culture, and the arts. I began competitive downhill ski racing when I was six years old, and have played competitive tennis, swimming, baseball, lacrosse, deck hockey, American wrestling, and American football. In college, I played on a football team that won the Division III National Championship. Today golf is the sport that takes up most of my time and I play in a screen golf league with several CI teachers. However, I also love cooking (a few of my specialties are beef and bean chili; shrimp scampi; vegan minestrone; and stuffed chicken breasts with pancetta, fig, and gorgonzola). I also enjoy listening to music (especially classic rock, funk, jazz, rap, and 70s punk). More than anything else though, I love spending time with my family and traveling throughout Korea and Asia, visiting various historic/cultural sites, as well as history and art museums.

Benjamin Sexton

Village School Grade 3

What do students learn in your classes/program?

Students continue their learning journey of the PYP in our Grade 3 classroom. While students learn through the lenses of our six transdisciplinary themes, it is so much more. Students learn best through authentic experiences and I make every effort to give them that as much as I can. They have the opportunity to better their craft as writers and explore fun and interesting pieces in a variety of genres in their reading. We play games to hone in on skills in math, while also providing real-world problems and skills to push students to dive deeper and show their brilliant thinking. Students move around, work together, compromise, problem solve, play, and I strive to have them see our class as a family. My personal goal for my students is that they leave Grade 3 having had voice, choice, and ownership of their learning and classroom and that they have found success in fostering relationships with one another.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

Outside of school, I find joy in single-origin cups of coffee, well-produced podcasts on current or historical events to listen to while running, reading - both school-related and for fun, traveling to new places in the hunt for new and interesting foods and cultures, anticipating each and every new Star Wars- or Harry Potter-related movie, and playing cribbage in high places.

Amar Shekdar

Village School Art

What do students learn in your classes/program?

Students learn to observe their world. By nurturing their curiosity, and supporting their drive to create, I help students build their skills and utilize the creating cycle. Through this students explore, create, share, and reflect. Students also learn to be open-minded and risk takers.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

I am passionate about creativity in all aspects of my life. This includes, my ideas, communication, and the process of living. I compost, consume responsibily, bicycle, listen to jazz, write, draw, paint, cook, take pictures, do some birding, ride trains and skywatch.

Priyanka Singh

Middle School Grade 8 PHE

What do students learn in your classes/program?

Students learn how to work efficiently as an individual, in pairs or in a group keeping their and others' strengths and challenges in consideration. Also, students have a chance to be a leader and a team member which helps them to adjust and play different roles in a different scenario.

What do you find most interesting about the material you teach or program you lead?

MYP gives its teachers the opportunity and space to be creative which helps teachers to create student-centered lessons. Sometimes my students surprise me with their projects because it makes me think that there are so many other ways of doing the same thing. Basically, I learn from my students too.

Gregory Slosek

Upper School Grades 11-12 Theory of Knowledge / Grade 12 History

Theory of Knowledge Coordinator

What do students learn in your classes/program?

In TOK students are challenged to think about both shared and personal knowledge.  They learn critical thinking tools which transfer across all areas of knowledge.  They are challenged to see other points of view and to be engaged, global citizens.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

I am a former DIII college basketball player and have been coaching for nearly 20 years. I am the varsity boys basketball coach here at CI and continue to play competitively.

Iuliia Sterpinska

Village School Learning Specialist

What do students learn in your classes/program?

Everyone in this world is unique! Every brain works differently. I’m empowering my students with the strategies that help and teach them how to use their strength to improve areas for growth and to be independent and successful!

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

"It is better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times," is my favorite quote. My family and I are passionate about traveling and exploring new places. We fell in love with Korea and its beauty at first sight and now we are spending every free moment traveling around and learning about this magical country and its wonderful people.

Virag Szalai

Village School Learning Specialist

What do you find most interesting about the material you teach or program you lead?

Empowering students to fulfill their best potential and guiding them to find a way to overcome challenges makes my heart grow. I want to show them that they are capable of anything if they believe in themselves!

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

I love spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking new dishes with a twist of a traditional recipe or creating something entirely new. I also enjoy exploring new cultures and learning languages. Oh, and I am a big movie fan!

Julian Taylor

Village School Principal

What attracted you to teach or work at Chadwick?

I was drawn to the school's Mission and the reputation of the school's community

What do you find most interesting about the material you teach or program you lead?

I enjoy listening to students' ideas and wonderings. Students often share their plans with me to take action around the school to make it a better place.

Patricia Thompson

Village School Grade 2

What do you find most interesting about the material you teach or program you lead?

I love teaching the PYP program.  Using the inquiry method helps students to take more ownership of their learning even from a very young age.  They are often able to pick specific things they would like to learn and even how they show their learning.  Students end up seeing the big picture of topics rather than just learning facts. This also carries over into their reading, math and writing. I also enjoy seeing where the students take the units.

What are you passionate about outside of the classroom/school?

I am passionate about travel.  I have worked overseas for the last 21 years in Asia, Europe, Central America and Africa.  During that time, I have been able to travel extensively in whichever part of the world I have lived in.  I also feel less of a tourist when I am able to truely experience a culture by living there.

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Sergio Gutierrez

Spanish Teacher

What do you find most interesting about the material you teach or program you lead?

I like the critical thinking aspect that students apply to their learning in class. Students are exposed to different situations in which they have to express themselves in Spanish by using material learned in class.

What attracted you to teach or work at Chadwick?

I was attracted by the environment and the student body at Chadwick. I also believe this is a great institution in which teachers do their best to help students maximize their learning in the classroom.