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GLP Faculty

English Department

Steven Feldman (Dean of Academic Affairs, English Department Chair)

B.A. in Journalism and Political Science, University of Michigan
M.F.A. in English, George Mason University

Originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, Mr. Feldman has lived in South Korea since 2003, including an earlier stint at Bugil Academy (2008-2013) where he was the first English teacher at the newly established Global Leader Program. He has also taught at the Korea Science Academy of KAIST, and Dong-eui University, both in Busan. Before coming to Korea, he taught AP English at prep schools in Pennsylvania and Indiana, and also worked in the admissions offices at Smith College and the University of Michigan. In addition to his academic teaching, Mr. Feldman has also worked with students in drama, newspapers, and literary magazines, and also served as a varsity soccer coach.

"As our ultra-connected, hyperlinked world drives us toward ever faster and briefer bursts of communication and brings vast seas of data a mouse-click or screen-tap away, the role of the high school English class (and indeed, of education in general) to teach students critical reading, writing and thinking skills looms larger than ever. To sift, evaluate, debate, wonder, wander, challenge, be challenged, empathize, struggle, build, imagine, create - all through though the infinitely malleable and infinitely stubborn tools of language and literature - this is our daily task. I don't want to turn every student into a future English major. But I do want to turn every student into a future citizen fully armed with the language skills to thrive in this age of information. And hopefully someone who occasionally puts down the devices once in a while and reads a damn book."

Jeff Koch

BA in English, Colby College 1989
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst 1996
Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England (Master's degree in Shakespeare Studies)

Jeff Koch began his high school teaching career soon after graduating from Colby College in 1989 with a BA in English. He has taught English in Yamanashi, Japan for two years, Massachusetts for another four at Lawrence Academy and The Williston Northampton School, and earned an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996. Subsequently, after two years at the American Community School in Surrey, England, he returned home to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, after which he moved to Maine as a member of the English department at Thornton Academy in Saco. From 2001 to 2012, he was boys' varsity lacrosse associate and head coach as well as the ski club director there. In 2009-2010 has was granted a leave of absence to attend the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England earning the equivalent of a Master's degree in Shakespeare Studies. Mr. Koch teaches English 10 at GLP. He is an avid traveler, hiker, skier and musician.

Gid Clark

Boston University, MS, Communications
Connecticut College, BA, English

Born in India, Gid moved to the US at five and attended public schools in Amherst and Williamstown, MA. Gid transferred to Choate Rosemary Hall, a Connecticut boarding school and then matriculated at Connecticut College. After college, Gid was fortunate to be asked to follow his love for studying various "texts" by being asked to teach at independent schools, including Blair Academy (NJ) and Cranbrook Schools (MI).

Gid moved back from Michigan to Boston University (BU) to earn his MS and to return to his position as BU's Assistant Women's Tennis Coach. Gid began editing proposals at The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon). By concurrently helping his colleagues and BU student-athletes with their writing, Gid realized he would rather be teaching English in a secondary school again and not editing financial proposals.

Gid has been fortunate to have crisscrossed the US several times. He has also been to Canada and South America. Gid has also been to Europe and India several times. He is also ready to absorb all aspects of the Bugil Community and Korea, an area of the globe to which he has never been.

When deciding to come to Bugil, Gid tried to live by Janie's advice to her friend Pheoby in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God: "Pheoby, yuh got tuh go there tuh know there. Yo' papa and yo' mama and nobody else can't tell yuh and show yuh."

Science Department

Dedra Demaree (Science Department Chair)

B.A. in Physics, University of Maryland
M.A. in Physics, Ohio State University
Ph.D. in Physics, Ohio State University

Born in Washington, D.C., Dr. Demaree has lived all over the United States. After serving as Assistant Professor of Physics at Oregon State University, she returned home to D.C. to teach physics and work in faculty development at Georgetown University. While tutoring high school students on the side, Dr. Demaree realized how much she missed teaching full time and how much she enjoys working with teenagers. She is now excited to be at the GLP. Dr. Demaree has also been an amateur ballet dancer, an Argentine tango musician, and a dog trainer. She also loves going on adventures. She moved to Korea with her faithful companion Audrey, her Australian Shepherd.

"'The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking (Einstein).' Physics is the study of nature - it is a living discipline, not a collection of facts. It is the science of daily existence, and it is something you know a great deal about. You have direct experience with, for example, the nature of forces, how things respond to forces, conservation laws, and magnetic interactions. The formal study of physics should guide and clarify your understanding to build a consistent basis of fundamentals that allows you to build models for describing the physical behavior of unfamiliar or complex systems. Physics is about reasoning, making connections, and understanding what will happen in a situation, and why it happens."

Joseph Heymann

B.S. in Human Biology, Brown University
B.A. in Education Studies, Brown University
M.A. in Teaching Secondary Biology and Science, Brown University

Mr. Joseph Heymann was born and raised in New York City. He attended Brown University for six years, earning a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Biology and Science. He spent three years teaching at an international boarding school in Boston, Massachusetts where he became inspired to teach in other parts of the world. Anatomy & Physiology, AP Biology, Integrated Science.

"In the biology classroom, students get to learn about life in a hands-on, minds-on environment. We learn about what makes living things tick - from the smallest molecules to entire ecosystems - with a special focus on the human body. Students have the opportunity to find out how their own bodies function and get to formulate their own experiments in an inquiry-based approach. In this way, students get the opportunity to focus on learning about themselves and understand more deeply who they are."

Aaron Shuo Yang

B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, ECUST
M.S. in Chemistry, Brown University

A native of Tsingtao, China, Mr. Aaron S. Yang also lived in the United States and Europe after three years at Brown University. He worked as a Research Manager in Earth History Lab at DEEPS, Brown University, after receiving his Master's degree in Chemistry. Before coming to the GLP, he was a science communicator at UNIDO, SF International Ocean Film Festival and Green Film Festival, and the California Academy of Sciences.

"The GLP provides a strong cultural and academic immersion for motivated Korean students to achieve their goal of studying abroad. As an instructor of chemistry, my goal is to communicate scientific course material that helps our students with their debate, research, leadership, critical thinking, creativity, and innovation skills. Not only is the conversation in class academically interesting, their intellectual approach outside of the classroom setting is also inspiring. Learning and teaching at the GLP are equally enjoyable and rewarding in an open and safe community."

Mathematics Department

Kimberley Ayodeji (Dean of Faculty, Math Department Chair)

B.S. in Mathematics, Spelman College
M.S. in Mathematics, Rice University

Ms. Kimberley Ayodeji was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. She later relocated to Houston, Texas, where she received a Master's degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice University with a focus on Graph Theory. In Texas she taught classes at the University of Houston, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, ITT Tech, and the Houston Independent School District. In her spare time she has given countless presentations and conducted many workshops and training sessions for teachers in the areas of Technology and Web 2.0 tools. She spends her free time learning new technologies, volunteering in her community, being active within her church, and being the favorite aunt of 12 nieces and nephews.

"For me, being able to explain mathematics concepts is just as (if not more) important as being able to solve the math problems. I use a variety of technology-based tools to instruct and guide understanding. Students also have the opportunity to work with one another to reach an understanding of the concepts. I am proud to say that a student attending GLP will have the benefit of being exposed to advanced mathematics topics that will definitely prepare them for future studies in mathematics and science at the collegiate level."

William Rooney

B.S. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mr. William Rooney was born and raised in New York. Prior to coming to Korea, he spent five years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to study physics at MIT. During that time, he tutored a number of subjects at the high school and university levels, including calculus and physics as well as SAT, ACT and TOEFL test prep. As an undergraduate at MIT, Mr. Rooney's research interests were in the areas of cosmology and models of inflation for the early universe. His primary areas of interest are in the sciences, philosophy, music, linguistics, and games.

"My goal in the classroom is twofold. I want to guide my students to develop a strong knowledge of the principles of calculus through interesting examples of its various properties. In addition, I want to share with my students the ways in which these mathematical principles are applied to real world situations, such as in science, economics, and engineering. In doing so, I hope to expand both their enduring understanding and their interest in the uses of mathematics as a whole."

Simon Haeri Hendy

B.HSc. in Health Sciences, McMaster University

Mr. Simon Haeri Hendy was born in Toronto, and has since lived most of his life in Canada. He spent five years of his undergraduate career in Hamilton, Ontario in the Health Sciences program at McMaster University. While the program focuses on topics important for students going into medicine, the main emphasis of the program is on developing problem-based learning, critical thinking and personal development. Consequently, Mr. Haeri Hendy has been able to use these skills in a plethora of experiences including tutoring for university Calculus and Linear Algebra courses, one-on-one counselling on academic skills, and as a residence adviser to foster a positive community of university students. After graduating, he taught AP Calculus and Pre-calculus courses in Hangzhou, China and has since been able to develop his skills as a Calculus Instructor. He spends most of his free time playing video games and keeping up to date with the latest medicinal and technological advances.

"It is important to take a holistic approach in teaching. The "What" is not nearly as important to me as the "Why." Especially in mathematics, I find students struggling with concepts are not due to their lack of ability, but rather other barriers, or the "Why" that stops them from reaching their full potential. It's important as a teacher that I am able to relate to their level and find solutions so that they can not only meet their potential, but exceed it. To me, nothing is more satisfying than a student's light-bulb moment and the feeling of satisfaction they receive from conquering a challenge."

Social Science Department

Gil Busby (Social Studies Department Chair)

B.A. in Chemistry, University of Kentucky
J.D., University of Kentucky

Mr. Gil Busby practiced law for eight years before moving to Korea. Prior to coming to Bugil, he taught at Daewon Foreign Language High School. He enjoys cats, chess, and taking long walks.

"My law and government classes are designed to get my students to think. I am not really interested in whether they can memorize legal rules or historical facts – I'm interested in whether they can use those rules and facts to analyze how law and government actually work. Too often, Korean education emphasizes rote learning over application; our program is designed to give our students exposure to a different approach."

Christian Jennings

B.A. in Humanities, University of Texas at Austin
M.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. in History, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Christian Jennings calls Austin, Texas, home, but he has lived in five countries on four different continents. After a decade as a professor of African and World History, he is now happy to be taking up the new challenge of teaching high school students. In his spare time he enjoys making music, playing a variety of sports, and wandering around town in search of delicious food.

"As the DRP coordinator, I enjoy the opportunity to help students develop research and writing skills that will be essential for success in college and beyond. Students at Bugil GLP have the unique experience of pursuing long-term research projects in the academic discipline of their choice. I've learned that this experience has a special benefit for Korean students: it teaches them about scholarly practices and standards that will be taken for granted in American universities, but which are not part of the usual Korean high school education. Fortunately, this valuable learning experience is also a fun adventure for students - and for the coordinator."

Tae Kim

B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University
Minor in Western World Literature
M.B.A. with concentration in Accounting and Organizational Management, Morehead State University

Mr. Kim grew up inside the Beltway in Falls Church before attending university in Richmond, Virginia. There he studied fine arts and literature. He later earned his M.B.A. at Morehead State University where he also completed all coursework to sit for the CPA exam. Once in Korea, Mr. Kim Taught at Kyungsung University and Dong A university in Busan before going on to a career in the seafood industry. After many years in the seafood industry, he taught at a science gifted high school for several years until he joined Bugil's GLP.

"The goal is to be able to incorporate lessons from the classroom and integrate them into students' daily thinking processes. Whether the course is economics or psychology, students should see how decisions are made and where the motivation for those decisions comes from. Students are expected to have a strong grasp of concepts, but more importantly they should be able to apply those concepts to varying situations."

Foreign Language Department

Qingli Liu (Dean of Student Affairs)

B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Nanjing Normal University
M.A. in Chinese, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ms. Qingli Liu received her Bachelor's degree from Nanjing Normal University, then taught Chinese at the University of Massachusetts Amherst while studying for her Master's Degree there. She is very interested in studying cultural differences, especially among China, Korea, and America, and believes that the study of culture needs to be included as an integral part of language teaching and learning to keep students motivated to study a language for a long time.
Beginning Chinese, Intermediate Chinese, Advanced Chinese.

"Working at the GLP with all the exceptional students and faculty has been the most rewarding teaching experience I have ever had. I believe that student interest is the key to success in learning a language. Thus, I use vivid pictures, self-made videos, authentic music, and fun games to maintain students' motivation to study Chinese. I also try to create a relaxing and nurturing environment in which each student feels comfortable to express his or her thoughts. Learning a foreign language is a long-term journey, and I am glad that I can make the process fun and engaging."

Esteban Vazquez

Pepperdine University, MEd, Education - Pedagogy
California State University - Northridge, BA, French Language and Literature

Mr. Esteban Vazquez is from the famous watchmaking town of Le Locle, located on the French-speaking border of Switzerland. In addition, he is also a Spanish native speaker, thanks to his father's origin (Madrid, Spain). After receiving his Bachelors of Arts from Cal State Northridge in Los Angeles, he started his career as a language educator teaching both languages at the high school level. In addition, his passion for traveling has allowed him to visit many countries in Europe, North, Central and South America. During those trips, a football was never too far away! Those experiences allowed him to teach, coach football abroad, and organize free clinics in various schools in order to provide safe havens for the children. The goal was to use the sport of football as the vehicle to provide the world's at-risk youth with positive life experiences and respectable role models.

"It is my goal to continue my academic career being in a supportive learning environment as I am constantly reflecting on past experiences. I truly enjoy promoting the acquisition and preservation of languages. It provides great memories and educational moments, culminating to explore, learn, and experience the culture and customs at its source."

College Counselor

John Kim (College Counselor)

B.A. in English, Dartmouth College
M.A. in East Asian Regional Studies, Columbia University

Born in Seoul and raised in Suwon, Mr. John Kim moved to San Diego at the age of 10. After learning his ABCs, he wound up at Dartmouth, where he earned a B.A. in English and drove across the United States twice. After graduation, he packed his bags for Korea with vague designs to write a novel. Instead, he indulged his interest in Korean films and interviewed his favorite directors like Lee Chang-dong and Hong Sang-soo for the Korea Herald and Variety. In a last-ditch effort to leave Korea, he headed to Columbia to earn an M.A. in East Asian Regional Studies, but it was no use. He was soon spotted teaching literature at Daewon before joining Bugil as college counselor. He still hasn't written his novel.

"It's a privilege to be around such engaged students. The small size of the program allows me to understand what makes each one unique. That's the best part of the job. My hope is that in the long run, every Bugil grad will be able to look back on college, as I do after all these years, as a time of discovery and wonder."

Esther Shin (College Counselor)

B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology, Northwestern University

During the fleeting calm of childhood before the storm that is often known as teen years, Ms. Esther Shin attended four different schools in four different cities in two different countries—a fact which makes her wonder if she should call herself a Seoulite even though she was born, and raised, for some time, in Seoul. In pursuit of an intellectual journey which began in high school with discussions of semiotics, culture, power, Foucault, and Barthes (and many more), she flew over ten thousand kilometers from home to Northwestern University. Amid a demanding journey of sleepless nights and bloodshot eyes as a college student, she managed to occupy herself with many things that brought back a lively sparkle to her deeply sunken eyes, one among which was writing a 25-page reflection on her childhood myths. In realizing her passion for writing and for teaching, she returned upon graduating with a summa cum laude to her alma mater, Daewon Foreign Language High School; there she worked for a year as a composition and public speaking teacher to pass onto her hoobaes what had powered her search for intellectual freedom. Now as a counselor at Bugil GLP, she hopes to continue this work of sharing her curiosity and passion for learning.

"Some of the most fascinating and beautiful moments of my life have involved getting to know people: in listening to the stories they have to tell and exposing myself to new perspectives, I saw that my life became enriched with the warmth and depth that these stories and perspectives added. As such, I hope to not only offer students my own stories and perspectives but in doing so, help them write and enrich their own stories."

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