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“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” These words, spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., embody the beliefs shared by the faculty and community at DIS about the purposes of education. The faculty at DIS is committed to furthering these beliefs about education in our students.

Our faculty knows that lessons are often learned with not just the mind, but with the body and the heart, as well. Experiencing ideas, through interactive and hands-on activities, makes learning real. Our faculty works to challenge students to achieve beyond their expectations, and to become creative, analytical, independent thinkers.

Scott Jolly (scjolly@dis.sc.kr) - Head of School

Scott Jolly

Educational Background

  • University of San Francisco, Masters in Educational Leadership
  • Washington State Principal Certification
  • Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Education
  • Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Arts in History and Geography
  • Vancouver Island University, Physical Education Diploma

Courtney Cameron (ccameron@dis.sc.kr) - Principal

Courtney Cameron

Educational Background

  • Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts
  • Syracuse University, Master of Public Administration
  • Washington State Principal Certification
  • Washington State K-12 Teacher Certification

William Seward (wseward@dis.sc.kr) - Director of Teaching and Learning

William Seward

Educational Background

  • Hunter College of The City University of New York, Advanced Certificate in School Building and District Leadership
  • NYU Steinhardt School of Education, Reading Recovery Certificate
  • Mercy College, M.S. in Elementary Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. in African American Studies
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville, B.A. in History and Political Science
  • New York State, School Building Leader and School District Leader Certificates

Doo Won Kim (dwkim@dis.sc.kr) - Director of External Affairs and Korean Studies

Doo Won Kim

Educational Background

  • Yeungnam University, MBA
  • Keimyung University, B.S. in Business Administration

Amanda Ringrose (aringrose@dis.sc.kr) - Early Childhood Classroom

Amanda Ringrose

Educational Background

  • Griffith University, MA Primary Teaching
  • Laurentian University, BA Psychology

Deanna Suozzo (dsuozzo@dis.sc.kr ) - Grade 1 Classroom

Deanna Suozzo

Educational Background

  • Susquehanna University, B.A in Elementary Education (PreK-4)

Michelle White (mwhite@dis.sc.kr) - Grade 1 Classroom

Michelle White

Educational Background

  • Texas State University, Masters in Elementary Education
  • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts in History and Geography

Molly Kaschub (mkaschub@dis.sc.kr ) - Grade 2 Classroom

Molly Kaschub

Educational Background

  • Master's of Reading from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  • Bachelor of Science in Spanish, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Sarah Prestia (sprestia@dis.sc.kr ) - Grade 2 Classroom

Sarah Prestia

Educational Background

  • M.Ed. in International Education, Endicott College
  • BS in Elementary Education (Summa Cum Laude), University of Maine Farmington

Michael Bartolay (mbartolay@dis.sc.kr ) - Grade 3 Classroom

Michael Bartolay

Educational Background

  • American College of Education, M.Ed. in Educational Technology
  • University of South Carolina-Aiken, Gifted and Talented Education Endorsement
  • University of the Philippines, Bachelor in Elementary Education

Cassidy Rouse (crouse@dis.sc.kr) - Grade 3 Classroom

Cassidy Rouse

Educational Background

  • B.A. in Elementary Education, St. Ambrose University

Sarah Bielec (sbielec@dis.sc.kr) - Grade 4 Classroom

Sarah Bielec

Educational Background

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A. International Education Administration and Leadership
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. Elementary Education
  • Minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures: Concentration in Korean Language

Addam Rouse (addam.rouse@dis.sc.kr) - Grade 4 Classroom

Addam Rouse

Educational Background

  • B.A. in Elementary Education, St. Ambrose University

Nicole Morissette (nmorissette@dis.sc.kr) - Grade 5 Classroom

Nicole Morissette

Educational Background

  • M.Ed in International Education, Endicott College
  • BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics (cum laude), University of Maine Farmington
  • Bethel University, International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning
  • Harvard University, Certificate in School Management and Leadership

Moa Son (mson@dis.sc.kr) - Grade 5 Classroom

Moa Son

Educational Background

  • Bethel University, B.A. Elementary Education
  • State of Indiana Life Science & Math (5-9) Certificate

Antonette Gum (agum@dis.sc.kr) - Art

Antonette Gum

Educational Background

  • M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction in Primary Education, University of West Florida
  • BA in Art History, University of South Florida
  • Florida State Art & ESL K-12 Professional Educator Certificate

Keline Medina (kmedina@dis.sc.kr) - Spanish

Keline Medina

Educational Background

  • University of Carabobo, Bachelor of Education Major English

Joshua Park (jpark@dis.sc.kr) - Elementary Music

Joshua Park

Educational Background

  • Central Washington University, Masters of Music Education and Conducting
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign of Music, B.M. in Music Education
  • Applied Focus on Piano and Instrumental Music Education
  • Illinois State Teaching Certification Music K-12

Richard Pierog (rpierog@dis.sc.kr) - Computer

Richard Pierog

Educational Background

  • University of Western Ontario, : BA in Psychology
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Accounting Program
  • Brock University, Bachelor of Education, Primary-Junior
  • University of British Columbia, Masters in Educational Technology

Adam Purdy (apurdy@dis.sc.kr) - Physical Education

Adam Purdy

Educational Background

  • University College London, M.Ed. Applied Educational Leadership and Management
  • University of Ulster, B.Sc. Honours Degree in Geography with Education

Julia Zhu (jzhu@dis.sc.kr) - Chinese

Julia Zhu

Educational Background

  • Framingham State University, M. Ed. in International Teaching
  • Huaqiao University, B.A. in Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language
  • National Teaching Certificate and Diploma in Middle school and Elementary school Chinese Teaching

Timothy Archer (tarcher@dis.sc.kr) - Physical Education & Residential Director

Timothy Archer

Educational Background

  • Master of Science in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • Bachelor of Art in Education from Eastern Washington University

George Balint (gbalint@dis.sc.kr) - Science

George Balint

Educational Background

  • Relay Graduate School of Education, Masters in Chemistry Education
  • University at Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Sociology

Derek Bergan (dbergan@dis.sc.kr) - Social Studies

Derek Bergan

Educational Background

  • Loras College, Bachelors in Secondary Education and History

Hannah Nagy (hnagy@dis.sc.kr) - English

Hannah Nagy

Educational Background

  • Minnesota State University, Masters in English Literature and English Studies
  • The University of South Dakota, Vermillion, Bachelor of Science in Education

Bruce Cameron (bcameron@dis.sc.kr) - Science

Bruce Cameron

Educational Background

  • University of Washington, Masters in Teaching
  • University of Washington, B.S. in Oceanography

Christopher Coleman (ccoleman@dis.sc.kr) - Math

Christopher Coleman

Educational Background

  • BS in Secondary Education, University of Maine at Farmington

Steven Gall (sgall@dis.sc.kr) - Math & Computer Science

Steven Gall

Educational Background

  • University of Glasgow, Master of Science in Mathematics and Physics
  • Institute of Education, University of London, PGCE Secondary Mathematics

Marlow Gum (mgum@dis.sc.kr) - Art

Marlow Gum

Educational Background

  • M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Education, University of West Florida
  • BFA in Studio Art, University of South Florida
  • Florida State Art K-12 Professional Educator Certificate

Philip Hinkle (phinkle@dis.sc.kr) - English

Philip Hinkle

Educational Background

  • Mississippi State University, MA in English
  • Ohio University, BA in English

Conrad Hutchings (chutchings@dis.sc.kr) - Instrumental Music & Orchestra

Conrad Hutchings

Educational Background

  • Sam Houston State University, Masters of Music in Wind Conducting
  • University of Southern Maine School of Music, BM in Music Education
  • Applied Focus on Classical Trombone, Voice and Instrumental Conducting
  • University of Southern Maine, Teaching Certification Music K-12

Sarah Jolly (srjolly@dis.sc.kr) - Counselor & Athletic Director

Sarah Jolly

Educational Background

  • University of California San Diego - Specialized Certificate in College Counseling
  • Walden University, M.Ed. in Elementary Reading and Literacy
  • Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Education
  • Vancouver Island University, Bachelor of Arts in English and history

Nicholas Kaschub (nkaschub@dis.sc.kr) - Social Studies

Nicholas Kaschub

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Science in Broadfield Social Studies Education, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Jinsol Kim (jkim@dis.sc.kr) - ELL

Jinsol Kim

Educational Background

  • M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language, Boston University
  • B.A. in Christian Education, Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary
  • Massachusetts State Teaching Certification PreK-12 English as a second language

Jefferson Lipsky (jlipsky@dis.sc.kr) - Social Studies

Jefferson Lipsky

Educational Background

  • DePaul University-M.Ed. in Secondary Education, concentration in History, Social Sciences, & Psychology, with a Middle School Endorsement
  • Southern Illinois University-B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications (Mass Media), minor in Psychology

Ana Lopez (alopez@dis.sc.kr) - Spanish

Ana Lopez

Educational Background

  • Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Masters in Spanish as a Foreign Language
  • Univesidad Central de Venezuela, Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages (Spanish, Italian, English)
  • Universitá Italiana per Stranieri, Certification for Teaching Italian Language and Culture

Brittany Loutsch (bloutsch@dis.sc.kr) - English

Brittany Loutsch

Educational Background

  • University of Iowa, B.A. in English
  • King's College London, Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health

Annette Lualhati (alualhati@dis.sc.kr) - Science

Annette Lualhati

Educational Background

  • Master in Science Teaching at De La Salle University, Philippines
  • B.S. Secondary Education at University of Batangas, Philippines

Molly McNevin (mmcnevin@dis.sc.kr) - School Counselor

Molly McNevin

Educational Background

  • Masters in Social Work, Boise State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Boise State University
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Issued by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses in the State of Idaho
  • Specialized Certificate in School Social Work for K-12, issued by the State of Idaho through Boise State University

Jabeen Wang (jwang@dis.sc.kr) - Math

Jabeen Wang

Educational Background

  • State of New Jersey Math K-12 Teaching Certificate
  • Pusan National University, B.S. in Mathematics Education
  • Bloomfield College, Math and Science Teacher Training (MAST) Program

Tony Zhao (tzhao@dis.sc.kr) - Chinese

Tony Zhao

Educational Background

  • B.A. Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Sichuan International Studies University
  • Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) Certificate for Teachers of Chinese to Speakers of Other Language
Jack Jinho Bae
Jack Jinho Bae (jinho39@dis.sc.kr) - Facility & Faculty Housing
Hyunji Choi
Hyunji Choi (hyunji@dis.sc.kr) - Accountant
Doyle Doyeop Choo
Doyle Doyeop Choo (doyle@dis.sc.kr) - Business Manager
Sumin Hong
Sumin Hong (suminhong@dis.sc.kr) - Faculty/Event Services
Katie EunJeong Kim
Katie EunJeong Kim (katiekim@dis.sc.kr) - Marketing & PowerSchool
Becky JiYe Kim
Becky JiYe Kim (bkim930@dis.sc.kr) - Nurse
Leah Sumin Kim
Leah Sumin Kim (leahkim@dis.sc.kr) - Student Services
Kade Seungji Ko
Kade Seungji Ko (kadeko@dis.sc.kr) - Admissions
Woo Seok Lee
Woo Seok Lee (nikkor@dis.sc.kr) - IT
Jimin Park
Jimin Park (jiminpark@dis.sc.kr) - Office Manager
Cindy Jihyun Shin
Cindy Jihyun Shin (cshin@dis.sc.kr) - Librarian

Hung Bui - Chairperson

Hung Bui

Educational Background

    More about Hung Bui

    Hung Bui's life work is education. He is passionate collaborating with faculty and staff to serve students. He is dedicated to creating learning environments for students that creates the strongest academic growth while simultaneously nurturing their overall maturity and well-being. Hung has over 25 years of leadership experience in education and finance. He earned a BA in Economics and English from Colby College and an MBA with a concentration in finance and international management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Hung is also a CFA charterholder. After receiving his MBA, he pursued a successful career in financial portfolio management. In his roles at Sterling Capital, Hung served as Director of Credit Research and then Executive Director, managing their total return fixed-income portfolios. Subsequently, Hung made the transition to education with leadership positions at Colby College, Bennington College, and Bowdoin College. Hung has deep and expert insight into selective college admissions and has helped numerous students and their families successfully navigate college and university admissions.

    Hung was born in Vietnam and is a first-generation Asian-American. Having experienced the transformative nature of a rigorous, inclusive, and diverse education, Hung is committed to implementing and innovating the most supportive structures to create the highest quality, enriching educational experience for students. “I am honored to take on this leadership role as it is an extraordinary opportunity to be of service to both the hard-working, kind-hearted rural Maine communities that Lee Academy serves and the dynamic, rapidly-growing Daegu International School community. Working with Lee Academy and the Daegu International School is the best of both worlds”. Hung arrives at Lee Academy and Daegu International School with his spouse, Amie Mallett Bui '95, and his 12-year-old daughter.

    Colleen Grover - Director

    Colleen Grover

    Educational Background

    • Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Maine;
    • Master of Education in Counseling University of Maine; Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership, Unversity of Maine; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)

    More about Colleen Grover

    Colleen Grover has accumulated over four decades of experience in education as a classroom teacher, college counselor, and administrator. Traveling to more than 35 countries, she has been instrumental in building international programs in secondary schools and comprehensive internationalization programs in higher education, helping students and families to negotiate the challenging maze of educational access in the United States. Colleen has served as a consultant in creating critical incident response teams in schools, as well as a mentor and advisor for schools interested in ethical problem solving models, civil rights, and restorative justice. She has presented internationally on topics of educational ethics and diversity. Now retired, Colleen enjoys time at her farm in central Maine, taking advantage of as many outdoor recreational activities as possible, and continuing her involvement in issues of social justice and equity.

    Dong Geun Han - Director

    Dong Geun Han

    Educational Background

    • Purdue University, Ph.D in Economics
    • Ball State University, Masters in Economics
    • Seoul National University, Masters in City Planning

    More about Dong Geun Han

    Executive vice president of Yeungnam University for research and university-industry relation

    Jongseop Jun - Director

    Jongseop Jun

    Educational Background

    • Graduate School of Korea National University of Education, Masters in Policy and Administration
    • Kyungpook National University, Bachelor of Public Administration

    Sunkook Kwon - Auditor

    Sunkook Kwon

    Educational Background

    • University of Oklahoma, Ph.D. in Accounting
    • University of Colorado-Boulder, MBA
    • Yonsei University, Bachelor of Business Administration

    More about Sunkook Kwon

    Sunkook Kwon is Professor of Accounting at the School of Business, Kyungpook National University in Daegu, Korea. He was Professor of Accounting at Mississippi State University, USA and Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. At Kyungpook National University, he worked as Dean for International Affairs, Dean for Research & University-Industry Cooperation, Dean for College of Economics and Business Administration, and Dean for Academic Affairs. As a certified public accountant in both Korea and USA, he also worked for Tongyoung Accounting Corporation and Ahnkwon Accounting Corporation.

    Ki-Seok Lee - Director

    Ki-Seok Lee

    Educational Background

    • Seoul National University, Ph.D. in International Development

    More about Ki-Seok Lee

    Currently working for Daegu Metropolitan City as Director of International Affairs and Trade. Have worked in universities, research institutions, government agencies including some years in non-governmental organizations in the field of international development and education.

    Youngju Park - Director

    Youngju Park

    Educational Background

    • Keimyung University, Masters of Music in Piano
    • Keimyung University, Bachelor of Music in Piano

    Kevin Ritchie - Director

    Kevin Ritchie

    Educational Background

    • University of Maine, Masters in Educational Leadership
    • University of Maine, Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Minor in English

    More about Kevin Ritchie

    Kevin Ritchie lives with his wife, Kendra, and five cats and a dog, on a hilltop in the forests of Lee, Maine. He began his career in education in 1980 and he has been a counselor, tutor, classroom teacher, coach, advisor, Assistant Head of School, Academic Dean and grant administrator during the past 41 years. He worked at a federal Job Corps Center, for 35 years at Lee Academy, and with the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Native American Tribes with their schools in eastern Maine. In the early 2000s, he led the faculty of the Moores Campus in developing the curriculum documents and classroom tools and assessment methods that provided the basis for teaching and learning at the Shanghai, Moores and Daegu schools of Lee Academy. He enjoys the woods of Maine for snowshoeing on its fields and trails, swimming in its lakes, and building camps in its forests.

    Stan Sawyer - Director

    Stan Sawyer

    Educational Background

    • University of Maine at Orono,
      Certificate of Advance Studies [CAS} in Superintendency of Schools
    • University of Maine at Orono, Masters in School Administration
    • University of Maine at Orono, Bachelors of Science

    More about Stan Sawyer

    I am married with 4 sons and 7 grand children. I was a teacher , coach , Principal , assistant Superintendent and then 24 years as a superintendent of schools. I am now a consultant at the Maine Department of Education involved in finances and Covid-19 administration of funds . My biggest responsibility is my involvement with a team of 6 people who approve the funding of state school construction projects and assisting schools in the design and development of those projects. I also mentor numerous beginning school superintendents . Jane and I love to travel, play golf, visiting our sons and grand children, spending time at our camp , gardening and playing cards. I love my John Deere tractor and gator!
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