Ms. Maria Arias, PreK-K

Ms. Maria Arias was born in Honduras, she is usually called by her nickname Ms. Vivi ever since she was a child. She has a Bachelors in teaching English and a Masters in Psychopedagogy. She is fluent in English and Spanish languages, and loves teaching different grades and ages.  She believes in helping children become independent learners, confident, righteous citizens and critical thinkers. Every child is different and unique and each one has its own brightness and her role as an educator is helping her students achieve their personal goals. Her hobbies are coloring, painting, and working out.

Ms. Kathryn White, 1-2

I went to Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. I got a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. After teaching in Korea for two years I went back to the US and got my teaching certification in 6-12 Physics and K-12 ESOL.


Ms. Kaley Petersen, 3-4

Ms. Petersen comes from a small town in Minnesota, USA. She studied elementary education with a pre-primary focus at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and earned a STEM certificate. Ms. Petersen starts this school year with 6 years experience in grades pre-k, kindergarten, and grade 3-4; all of which took place here at Kwangju Foreign School.  She believes in teaching children to be hardworking, independent, and respectful people who value their worth and the worth of others. When she’s not teaching, you can find her baking, reading, coloring, travelling, or video calling her dog Lokie who lives in Minnesota.