Mr. Aaron Coyle, HS Social Studies

Mr. Coyle has a B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education from Temple University and a M.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education from Ursuline College. His teaching certification is from the state of Arizona. Mr. Coyle is originally from Buffalo, New York, but has spent the last 23 years living in Korea. This is his 10th year with KFS. He is married to Keong-ah Coyle and has three children: Emily (22), Johnny (21) and Gabriel (11). Mr. Coyle utilizes an activity-based approach to teaching and enjoys coaching basketball and futsal, in addition to being the Athletic Director for the school. Mr. Coyle loves to travel and to engage in outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, biking, and boating. Naturally he is very interested in reading, particularly books related to science and history.


Carrie Sullivan, HS ELA and Performing Arts

Ms. Sullivan is from New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and is very excited to be a part of the Kwangju Foreign School team. She has a Bachelors in Spanish and a Masters in the Art of Teaching Languages: TESOL, and she has been teaching various ages, cultural backgrounds and levels of ability for the past 13 years. Most recently, Ms. Sullivan has worked as an educator, translator and parent liaison with the immigrant population of the Greater New Orleans area and is now excited for this opportunity to learn more about the Korean culture and language. She and her son enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking and camping and are looking forward to the many beautiful, weekend trips Korea has to offer.


Ms. Arlene Oducayen, HS Science

Ms. Oducayen was born in Batac City, Ilocos Norte in the island of Luzon, Philippines. Her teaching qualifications include a Bachelor of Science major in Biology with 18 units of credit in professional education degree from the College of the Holy Spirit, Manila. She completed her three years international faculty exchange program with the Visiting International Faculty (VIF) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2009. She has been teaching secondary science for almost two decades and in three countries, namely, in the Philippines, in the United States and  in South Korea. Ms. Oducayen has worked with students from the Elementary level to the Collegiate Level and from different socio-economic status, race, ethnicities and learning capabilities. She considers herself a lifelong learner and takes pleasure in gaining new insights and sharing her own views with others. Ms. Oducayen is interested in health and wellness and enjoys hiking, walking, meditating and reading self-motivational books. She has been an avid Spartan Race participant since 2014.


Mr. Mike Higgins, HS Math

Mr. Higgins was born in Alaska, but did not stay long (Parents did not like the cold!). He has lived in Seattle, San Diego, and western Colorado. Mr. Higgins was an engineering major in college until he was hired to work at a children’s center with 2 – 5 year olds.He loved it! He has degrees in Mathematics and a variety of teaching credentials. He has taught everything from Kindergarten through college. This is his 36th year of teaching and he still loves the job. His education heros are Rebecca Abbott and Emily Heck (The first two teachers he observed and worked with, Kindergarten teachers. They were an incredible inspiration to Mr. Higgins!), and Maria Montessori. He enjoys hiking, music, art, and great stories.