Peter Lynch – Interim Principal (  )

Educational Background

  • B.A. in social studies majoring in Psychology, Political Studies and Anthropology at the University of Port Elizabeth
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Business Studies, Life Orientation and Counselling at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • South African Council for Educators registered

Mr Lynch has taught in one of South Africa’s top private schools, where he has been a grade head/advisor, taught Mathematical Literacy, Business Studies, Life Orientation, which includes PE and PSHE, and fulfilled a counselling role.

He is an active competitive athlete, having competed in, and obtaining his Eastern Cape Provincial Colours in Modern Pentathlon (swimming, running, shooting, fencing and show jumping), Biathle (continuous run/swim/run) and Triathle (continuous shot/swim/run).

He is looking forward to his time at GIFS and in Korea.

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Joy Kim – Head of Office Administration (  )

Educational Background

  • Gyeongsang National University – M.D. in English Linguistics
  • Dong – A University -B.A. in French Literature
  • MEGT Institute in Australia – Diploma of Child Care
  • Sookmyong Women’s University – TESOL Certificate
  • Jungang Distance Education Center – Child Care Education Certificate


Ms. Joy Kim has worked as a Prekindergarten teacher, a Korean teacher, and a librarian at GIFS. She also has experience in programming English camp for Kindergarten and teaching English to children.

She grew up in Jinju and moved to Busan for university. She worked at OOCL Korea, the trade company headquartered in Hong Kong after she graduated college. She enjoyed working at the trade company but wasn’t satisfied. Eventually, she realized she wanted a career that would be more satisfying. She moved to Australia for studying and got the diploma of child care. Teaching was her next choice and she spent almost 10 years in a variety of education areas.

She loves teaching and being around children.

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Claire Anderson – Head of Marketing, Communications &
Admissions (  )

Educational Background

  • CELTA Certification – PASS A
  • Northeastern Illinois University – M.A. in Linguistics (Pending)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – B.A. in English

Claire is the Head of Marketing and Admissions at GIFS, and is prepared to have the whole world singing the school’s praises soon enough! She hails from her hometown of Evanston, Illinois, not far from Chicago. She has done a variety of work: teaching adult ESL both in Korea and in the States; working as a curriculum developer and textbook editor; and designing web experiences to help customers find what they need with ease. She will talk your ear off if you want to know more about sociolinguistics, or if you are interested in her dog, Maegi. On free days, you can find her seeking out something new to eat, hiking with her husband and pup, or reading the next book for Book Club. Come by and say hi! She would love to get to know you!


Heidi Ha – Front Office: Information Technology (  )

Educational Background

  • Dong-Eui University, B.A. International Tourism Management, Korea
  • Exchange student at Angelo State University, TEXAS

Ms. Heidi has participated in a variety of activities such as musical performance, overseas travel, and volunteer work teaching children from low-income families while in her college.  She had an opportunity to study overseas as an exchange student in Texas and traveled in U.S.A, Spain, and Portugal, so she has had many chances to communicate with people from around the world.


Heather Kim – Front Office: Office Administration, Accounting (  )

Educational Background

  • Gyeongsang National University, B.A. in Accounting
  • Crown Institute of Studies in Auckland, New Zealand– General English

Ms. Heather Kim has started her career at Gyeongnam International Foreign School after graduating from Gyeongsang National University. She has studied and worked in Auckland, New Zealand and she has traveled to several countries so that she could meet many people of various nationalities. It helped her learn about many other cultures and how to get along with anyone. She is enjoying her work in the office at GIFS with so many international families and teachers.


Eunice Kim – Front Office: Uniforms & Transportation(

Educational Background

  • Yeungnam University, B.A. in Chinese Language/Literature and English Language/Literature
  • ERCi in Singapore, Studied Business Marketing

Ms. Eunice Kim grew up in Changwon, about 1 hour away from Sacheon. She traveled to over 20 countries as a young adult, which sparked her passion for multicultural atmospheres. She studied in Singapore to learn more about international experiences. During her time in university, she starred in a play totally in Mandarin! She doesn’t act anymore, but she still loves culture. She worked as an intern for GE Marine in the Sales Department, which helped her hone her English skills. She is enjoying her life at GIFS, and hopes to see you in the front office!


Julie Gragowski – Head of Elementary/Early Childhood Teacher (

Educational Background

  • Texas Tech University – Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies

I was born and raised in Texas and attended Texas Tech University where I majored in Elementary education. After graduation, I taught 1st grade in Lubbock, Texas for 1 year before moving to Newport News, Virginia, where I worked in a head start program for just over two years. From there I moved to the high desert in California where I worked for Muroc Joint Unified School District for 12 years. I was blessed to teach transitional kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade during this time. My family was given a wonderful opportunity to relocate to Sacheon in April of 2016. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to teach early childhood at GIFS this school year. Preschool and kindergarten students have a fantastic enthusiasm for learning and adventure that I love. We will work hard and have fun this year while building a strong reading foundation for your child.


Andrew Dean – Grade 1 & Grade 2 Teacher (

Educational Background

  • University of Central Missouri – Bachelor of Science in Education
  • University of Central Missouri – Master of Science in Education – Elementary School Administration K-8

Mr. Dean began working with children at an institution for abused boys that had been removed permanently from their families. Following this emotionally challenging experience, he acquired an elementary teaching degree and started his career in 1999. He has filled numerous roles in leadership throughout his time in education and holds an administration degree. Yet he finds connecting with children and parents to be the most rewarding.  He lived and taught elsewhere in Korea for several years before joining our elementary team.


Caroline Pattinson – Grade 3 Teacher (

Educational Background

  • St. Martin’s University College, United Kingdom – BA in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status
  • City & Guilds, United Kingdom – Certificate in Learning Support
  • National Nursery Education Board, United Kingdom – Diploma in Nursery Education

Hello, I’m Caroline Pattinson and I am from England. I began my career working as a learning support assistant supporting children with special needs in main stream education. I then went to university and gained a BA in Primary Education and started teaching in London, England. Since that time I have worked internationally for over 10 years and I am now very happy to be in South Korea and looking forward to working with the GIFS team.


Glen Monaghan – Grade 5 & Grade 6 Teacher
& Secondary Science Teacher (

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Honours Movement Science: University of Windsor, Canada
  • Bachelor of Education: University of Windsor, Canada
  • Master of Education: Framingham State University, Massachusetts, USA
  • Licensed by the Ontario College of Teachers:
    • Junior and Intermediate Division, Health and Physical Education
    • Senior Division, Health and Physical Education
    • Senior Division, Science – Biology

Glen Monaghan is a passionate Middle School Science, Math and Physical Education teacher from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. As a “career-teacher” who got his first start teaching swimming lessons at the age of 16, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the GIFS faculty.  He has been teaching Middle School Science and ESL for the past 8 years in South Korea.  He is also a self-proclaimed adventurer who enjoys participating in various outdoor activities including Scuba Diving, Rock Climbing, Swimming and Cycling.  He is always trying to instill his love of sport and physical activity into his students, with the hope that they too will enjoy the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle.


Len Carnochan  IT Coordinator (

Educational Background

  • University of Windsor- Bachelor of Arts- Sociology/Criminology
  • University of Wollongong- Graduate Diploma of Education- Primary Education

Mr. Carnochan has been in the education field since 2000. He has taught in Australia, Malaysia and Canada, but has spent the last 15 years teaching in Korea. He has developed a great fondness for the people and culture of Korea in that time. He has been living in Seoul for his time in Korea and is excited by the changes that Sacheon has to offer. He is joined by his wife Haewon and two beautiful daughters Jade and Leah. In his free time he enjoys cycling, hiking, playing ice hockey and reading.


Sridhar Vittal – Secondary Math Teacher (

Educational Background

  • Bachelor’s in Mathematics, University of Madras, India
  • Diploma in Computer Applications, Annamalai University, India
  • Master of Computer Applications, University of Madras, India

I believe that every student has the ability to learn, but each in their own way.  I do not subscribe to the one-size-fits-all philosophy. I am very passionate about mathematics because it is just fun. I am so excited to be teaching because it is an absolute joy to see young people learn, grow, and then be transformed into mathematicians.  Years ago, as a student of mathematics, I learned well from my mistakes.  I own those mistakes, understand those mistakes, and then I re-learn to get mathematical concepts right.  If you make mistakes while learning mathematics, you must still be engaged in your learning so you can use your mistakes to learn, succeed, and grow.

I have taught mathematics and ICT in Muscat (Oman), Beijing, Ningbo (China) and Tbilisi (Georgia) besides teaching in India. I am married and have one daughter, Sowmya. When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family. I enjoy playing cricket and tennis. I love chess, too.


Sam Kuntz – Secondary English & Extended Essay Coordinator (

Educational Background

  • University of Colorado at Boulder, B.S. Business Administration
  • Western State Colorado University, M.A. Education – Teacher Leadership
  • Southern New Hampshire University, Current candidate for Masters in English/Creative Writing
  • Colorado State Teaching License – Secondary English Language Arts and Secondary Business
  • TEFL Certification – International TEFL TESOL Training
  • IB-DP: Language A and Extended Essay Certification

Hello, my name is Sam Kuntz and I will be teaching English Language Arts classes in the middle school and high school along with English Language and Literature in the IB Diploma Programme.  I also assist in the school library and am the IB-DP Extended Essay Coordinator.

Before moving to Sacheon in 2013 with my wife Eunjeong, I taught English Language Learning for five years in the Korean public school system in the southeastern coastal city of Ulsan.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, watching movies, and riding my bike all over Sacheon.


Jonathan Lawrence – Secondary Social Studies Teacher (

Educational Background

MA Secondary Education (Pending) – University of Alabama
Independent Postgraduate Certificate of Education – University of Buckingham
MSc Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience – University of Nottingham
MSc Psychology – University of Nottingham
BA (hons) Philosophy – University of Nottingham

I am teaching Psychology, Theory of Knowledge, and Social Studies. Prior to becoming a teacher at GIFS, I taught in Psychology in Mexico City, worked as a researcher assistant and seminar leader at the University of Nottingham, and worked as a butcher. My ”passion” is comedy and theatre (spelled the English way). I have performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in Chicago. I look forward to eating a lot of delicious Korean food this year.


Jillian Thomas – Secondary English & ELL Teacher (

Educational Background

  • Bachelor’s in Language Arts Education from the University of Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State Teaching Certification in Secondary English grades 6-12
  • Currently in pursuit of an M.S. degree in Educational Technology and School Library Media Specialist Certification, University of Oklahoma

Hi! I’m a middle school Language Arts teacher from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  I’m quite excited to have traded the Oklahoma plains for the Korean mountains!  I have taught 7th grade Language Arts, 8th grade Remedial Reading, and Creative Writing. I’m a passionate and enthusiastic bookworm with a hobby of over-zealously spreading that love of reading to my students! When my nose isn’t stuck in a new book, I love writing creatively, painting, crafting, exploring, and trying new things. I’m currently working as a Mildred Hurst Sumpter scholar and getting an M.S. degree in Ed. Tech and Library Media from Oklahoma State University. I’m hoping to become a school librarian someday, and continue my lifetime-goal of perpetuating lifelong literacy in every student with whom I come in contact!


Peter Woodhouse – Secondary Science Teacher (

Educational Background

  • MSc Molecular Electronics from Cranfield Institute of Technology UK
  • BSc Chemistry from University of London UK

Over the last 20 years I have taught Physics and Chemistry, following major High School courses including IB Diploma, AP, A level and IGCSE. I have worked in the UK and a number of international schools including locations in Vienna, Moscow, Bahrain, Bangkok, The Hague, Xi’an and Nanjing in China.
I enjoy swimming and reading when I’m not working. Having spent a lot of time skiing in Austria, where I worked for 5 years, I may just visit a resort here in Korea! Very much looking forward to my stay at GIFS.

Sandria Wilson – Secondary Math Teacher (

Educational Background

  • Master of Science Major: Educational Leadership, Central Connecticut State University
  • Bachelor of Secondary in Education – Mathematics with Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI)
  • Diploma in Education Major in Mathematics and Science at Sam Sharpe Teacher’s College

I am from Jamaica and fortunate to have daughter who lives in the United States. I have had over 20 years of teaching experience around the world including my home country of Jamaica, the UAE, Barbados, Trinidad, and the USA. My main task has been to teach mathematical content in subjects like algebra I and II, Pre-calculus, Calculus honors, AP calculus AB, Geometry and Statistics.

While in the Caribbean, I developed curriculum, course outlines, been a test examiner and formulated test questions for the CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination) in Pure and Applied Mathematics. I have also been a lecturer at the University of the West Indies in which I taught Calculus I, and Business Economics Examination for Professionals. I am a self-driven, flexible and hardworking person, with an inquisitive mind to explore limitless possibilities.


Patrick Anderson -Secondary Social Studies, TOK & IB Coordinator (

Educational Background

  • B.A. in History with a Minor in Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
  • Teaching Certificate, Grades 6-12: Northeastern Illinois University

Hi! I’m a high school History teacher from Chicago, Illinois. I’ve taught English in Seoul, South Korea, History in Chicago, Illinois, and Special Education in my hometown of Waukegan, Illinois. I love history, and I love sharing that joy with others. I love to explore the university of the human experience and showing that the problems and successes of hundreds of years ago are the same as those we see today. I am married to my wonderful wife, Claire, who works in the administration at GIFS. I enjoy music, guitars, comic books, and all things geeky and pop culture.


Clive Jolley – Secondary Science Teacher(

Educational Background

BSc and PhD in Biochemistry, University of Kent, UK

Licenced Teacher Training – awarded qualified teacher status to teach science, Department for Education, UK

I began teaching in 1991 and have loved teaching science and mathematics ever since. I particularly enjoy giving the students ample opportunities to experiment and investigate. I taught in the UK for thirteen years at two high schools and a special school before coming overseas. I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach in Nepal and Myanmar.

I have had many roles in school, including as an assistant director, an IGCSE and A level coordinator, an examinations officer, and a School academic counsellor. I have appreciated these challenges to help me develop my pastoral and administrative skills. At GIFS, I am looking forward to continuing to teach science and mathematics and to help with university counselling.


Glen Monaghan – Athletic Director, CAS Coordinator
& Secondary Science Teacher (

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Human Kinetics, Honours Movement Science: University of Windsor, Canada
  • Bachelor of Education: University of Windsor, Canada
  • Master of Education: Framingham State University, Massachusetts, USA
  • Licensed by the Ontario College of Teachers:
    • Junior and Intermediate Division, Health and Physical Education
    • Senior Division, Health and Physical Education
    • Senior Division, Science – Biology

Glen Monaghan is a passionate Middle School Science, Math and Physical Education teacher from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. As a “career-teacher” who got his first start teaching swimming lessons at the age of 16, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the GIFS faculty.  He has been teaching Middle School Science and ESL for the past 8 years in South Korea.  He is also a self-proclaimed adventurer who enjoys participating in various outdoor activities including Scuba Diving, Rock Climbing, Swimming and Cycling.  He is always trying to instill his love of sport and physical activity into his students, with the hope that they too will enjoy the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle.


Yeni Toribio – Secondary Spanish (

Educational Background

AA in Liberal Arts from Passaic Community College, Passaic

BA in Spanish from Montclair State University, Montclair

Masters in Education from Walden University

Yeni came to Sacheon and GIFS in 2017. She earned an AA in Liberal Arts from Passaic Community College, Passaic, in 1995;  BA in Spanish from Montclair State University, Montclair, in 1999; and a Masters in Education from Walden University in 2008.  She has Teacher Certification from the state of Florida. In addition, she has completed training as a teacher and examiner  in both IB MYP and DP. She currently serves as a Spanish teacher. Before joining GIFS, Mrs. Toribio taught in Kaohsiung, Taiwan; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; Zhangjiagang, China; Sagamihara, Japan; New Port Richey, Florida, and in New Jersey. With experience in middle and high school teaching, Yeni appreciates all students and strives to create an environment which values individuals and supports all to help them achieve success at their own time and pace. Yeni has a husband who is currently pursuing a Masters and a daughter on her third year of college in Japan.

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Anna Zygner – SEN Coordinator & Elementary School Counselor (

Educational Background

B.Ed. in Special Education from the Higher School of Pedagogy in Warsaw

M.A. in Culture Studies from Warsaw University

Post-Graduate Programme in the field of Supporting the Development of Children and Teenagers at University of Social Sciences and Humanities

Special education has been a particular interest of mine for many years. I have completed a number of training courses on subjects ranging from dyslexia, numeracy and ADHD, to autism.

For the last twenty years, I worked at The British School in Warsaw, Poland as a Learning Support  and PSHCE  teacher, providing in-class support as well as individual sessions for both primary and secondary school students of over fifty nationalities from every continent. I like getting to know students, discovering where their strengths lie, and learning something new with each student.

My interests include hiking, mountaineering, cycling, and travelling.

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Elizabeth McDuffie ELL Coordinator (

Educational Background

  • MAT TESOL (Master of the Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages), American University, Washington, D.C.
  • National Board Certification in English as a New Language
  • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth McDuffie began teaching English as Second Language while studying abroad in Costa Rica. Upon returning to the United States, she began teaching adult literacy and GED classes followed by first grade in the Philadelphia Public School System. Elizabeth was then accepted into the Washington D.C. Teaching Fellows Program where she pursued her MAT TESOL and taught ESL to Middle School and Elementary students. She then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where she taught ESL in both High and Elementary schools, as well as in the Summer Institute in English at NC State University. Elizabeth is very pleased to work with all grade levels at GIFS!


Becky Kim – Korean Language & ELL Teacher (

Educational Background

  • Pusan National University – Master in English Education
  • Teaching License – Secondary English – Ministry of Education, Korea
  • Korean as a Second Language, Level 2 – Ministry of Education, Korea

Hello, I am Becky Kim and I teach secondary Korean classes and IB-DP Korean in the high school. I am very excited to contribute to the students development and collaborate with fellow faculty at GIFS. I continuously develop my professionalism to meet all students learning needs and help them achieve their maximum potential scholastically and socially. I do this by providing challenging and innovative activities and designing an effective meaningful learning environment. I enjoy fitness activities, traveling, walking, and I am a huge baseball fan! I enjoy going baseball games to watch and cheer my favorite team, the LG Twins! The most memorable moments in my life were when I climbed to Annapurna Base Camp (not a peak!) after tons of leech bites in Nepal, and when I swam with a turtle family in the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia!


Catherine Lee – Instrumental and Vocal Music Teacher (

Educational Background

  • B.A. and B.Ed. University of British Columbia in General Music & Piano, and Secondary Music
  • Certified teacher in Canada

This is my tenth year teaching at GIFS and I have been here since the opening of our school! While here I have taught elementary music and secondary instruction in both instrumental and vocal music. I also direct the afterschool music instruction program. Before I came here, I taught piano for five years and also played the piano for my church choir and service for ten years in Canada.

I am a local representative for the ABRSM (Royal Schools of Music – International Music Certificate Program) and have taught students with the ABRSM program.

My favorite thing about teaching is seeing my students learning and developing their skills, enjoying music, and jamming. I am very proud of and love to see my students in performance. For the past few years, GIFS music students have participated in the SKAC Fine Arts Festival in Jeonju at Global Prodigy Academy.


Sunette Lombard – Visual Arts Teacher (

Educational Background

Bachelor of Education Degree: Senior- and FET phase: English & Art/Art History

Certified Teacher: South African Council for Educators Certificate (SACE)

Accredited Assessor Diploma: An intensive course focused on the theory, design and use of assessment

Ms. Lombard believes that art teaches children to think. It develops skills and it builds confidence. She is happy to be teaching Visual Arts at such a diverse and inclusive school. She grew up in South Africa, but formerly resided and taught in Busan, South Korea. She is excited to teach all grade levels at GIFS and hopes to promote creative growth throughout the school.


EJ Lee Kuntz – Librarian (

Educational Background

  • Yeungnam University – B.A. in English Language and Literature
  • Jinju National University of Education Continuing Education – Teaching Korean to Foreigners Certification Course
  • Limerick Language Center in Ireland – English Language Course
  • University of South Florida – English Language Course
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English
  • Korean Tourism Organization – Certified English Interpreter and Tour Guide

EJ Lee Kuntz is glad to be teaching Korean Language and Culture and working in the library at GIFS.  She grew up in the great city of Daegu, but also spent several years abroad learning and traveling.  During university, she spent two years in Ireland mastering her English and then subsequently traveled Europe where she made many friends from diverse cultures and backgrounds.  Before joining GIFS, EJ worked for over two years in the Daegu Tourism Association before three years of teaching English in Korean public schools in Ulsan.  She most recently spent three years working in the nearby Sacheon Children’s English Library.  She is excited to be a part of the GIFS family!


Marthinus Strydom ELL Coordinator (

Educational Background

  • Coming soon.

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Facilities Manager

Je Jae Yong – Facilities Manager


Ms. Kim Nan Sil

Kim Nan Sil – Maintenance Staff


Mr. Shin Tae Won

Shin Tae Won – Maintenance Staff