Ms. Hayon Jeon, Art
Ms. Jeon was born in France to the parents who studied art there. She then moved to Korea and grew up in Seoul. Her family’s artistic background deeply influenced her to have a keen interest in art. Ms. Jeon graduated at the top of her class from Seoul National University with a degree in Fine Arts majoring in Sculpture. While studying art in university, she also participated in an art exchange program at the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). After completing her teaching practice as an art teacher at International School of Koje(ISK), she received Art PreK-12 teaching license from District of Columbia. Ms. Jeon believes art begins by closely observing the world and her goal is to help her students grow as global citizens who celebrate differences while developing and expressing their own sights through various artistic mediums. She is very excited to start her career at Kwangju Foreign School and is eager to bring her rich experience to her classroom. During her spare time she enjoys visiting galleries, hiking, and traveling.
Mr. Ryne Santos, Music
Mr. Santos was born in San Diego, California, studied and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from California State University, Fresno in 2010 and has been teaching for upwards of nine years. His main musical instrument is the saxophone, but he also knows the clarinet, guitar, bass, piano, drums, trumpet, and several more instruments. He’s the son of a US Navy sailor traveling the world in his youth in places such as Alaska, Guam, Japan, and the Philippines. He loves photography, discovering new foods, travelling, doing the New York Times Crossword puzzle everyday, watching sports and movies, and has been a lifelong fan of video games. He has visited 24 countries in his life including Spain, Laos, Croatia, Belgium, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates to name a few and performed music in a variety of places like the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Tokyo Disneyland, and Memphis, Tennessee’s famed Beale Street. Music is an amazing language that can unite people from a variety of cultures onto one stage. I have never met anyone in my life that has regretted ever learning an instrument, only people that wished they learned to play music when they were younger.
Mr. Tony Zhao, Chinese
Mr. Zhao comes from Shandong Province, China. He graduated from Sichuan International Studies University with a Bachelor of Arts in TCSOL (Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages). After graduation, he has been teaching in different schools in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Korea. Mr. Zhao has rich experience in teaching at high school with different curriculums including IGCSE and IB. This is his third year at our school and he is looking forward to continuing to develop his skills as a teacher and get involved in the local community. It is his belief that students should be developed in an all-round way — morally, intellectually and physically. Mr.Zhao has a wide range of interests such as reading, traveling, soccer and badminton.