Peter Lynch – 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

  • M.D. in English Linguistics(Pending) at Gyeongsang National University
  • B.A. in French Literature at Dong – A University
  • Diplom of Earlychildhood Education and Care at MEGT Institute in Australia
  • YL-TESOL Certificate at Sookmyong Women’s University
  • Child Care Education Certificate at Jungang Distance Education Center


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 earlychildhood education and care. Teaching was her next choice and she spent almost 14 years in a variety of education areas.

She loves teaching and being around children.

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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.


Jo Hay – Grade 1 & Grade 2 Teacher (

Educational Background

  • University of Otago, New Zealand – Bachelor of Science
  • Dunedin Teachers College, New Zealand – Diploma of Teaching (Primary)

Hello, I’m Jo Hay from New Zealand. I have taught in a variety of Primary Schools in New Zealand, and have experience teaching students from 5 years-old to 12 years-old. Since 2011, I have been teaching in international schools, and I have taught in China, Italy and Colombia. I enjoy living in other countries and learning about the people and culture of my host country.

Korea has a special connection for me and my husband, who is also with me here in Sacheon. Our time in Korea started by celebrating the wedding of our second son, Stephen, to Myounghee, in Seoul. Our three sons live in London, Seoul and New Zealand, where we also have a daughter.

I enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle and my hobbies include cycling, hiking, running and playing squash.


Jaimee van der Westhuizen – Grade 4 Teacher  (

Educational Background
 BSc: Archaeology and Environmental & Geographical Science – University of Cape
 Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Senior and FET-phase in Geography,
Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy – University of Cape Town
 TESOL Certification – CTELI
 Registered with South African Council for Educators (SACE)

Hello, my name is Jaimee van der Westhuizen and I am from South Africa. I taught
Mathematics, Geography and Biology in Cape Town for three years, before moving to Korea
in 2018 to teach ESL in two public schools. I am thrilled to be working at GIFS and in such a
culturally-rich and diverse school environment. I am teaching the Grade 4 elementary class
and cannot wait to see what the year has in store for us!


Caroline Pattinson – Grade 3 and Grade 4 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.


Len Carnochan  Grade 5 Teacher and IT/Data 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.


Sam Kuntz – Secondary English &  IBDP 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.


Philippe Turineck – Secondary Math Teacher (

Educational Background

Master of Arts in Education & Society: Mathematics & Science Education-McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Bachelor of Education: Kindergarten and Elementary Education – McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

Hello, my name is Philippe Turineck and I will be teaching Mathematics and Information and Communications Technology this year at GIFS. I am from Canada, I grew up in Niagara Falls and have spent the last 8 years in Montreal. I completed my bachelors degree and masters’ degree from McGill University in Montreal.

am excited for the opportunity to be in Korea to learn more about the Korean language and vibrant culture. In my spare time, I like basketball, running, drumming, and cooking. I hope to share these passions with the students of GIFS during after-school activities.


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.


Dennis Dow -Secondary Social Studies & TOK Teacher  (

Educational Background

-Berea College, B.A. History Education
-Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board Certification (Social Studies 7-12)
-IB-DP: Category 1 History Certification


Hello, my name is Dennis Dow and I will be teaching Social Studies classes in the middle
school and high school along with History and Theory of Knowledge in the IB Diploma
I have been a teacher for 10 years. During that time I have taught as a Native English Teacher
in South Korea and also as a Social Studies Teacher in America.
I have many interests and love having the opportunity to live in Korea. I am looking forward to
having the opportunity to work at Gyeongnam International Foreign School.

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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.


Niko Lambert – Secondary Science Teacher(

Educational Background

  • Master of Arts in Teaching in Chemistry & Biology : University of Louisville
  • Bachelor of Arts candidate in Chemistry, Biology & Spanish : Middlebury College

Hello! My name is Niko Lambert and I will be teaching middle school science, Cambridge-based coordinated science, and IBDP Chemistry. I have been teaching middle and high school Biology and Chemistry for the last four years in Myanmar and the United States. I am very excited to be joining the GIFS community and look forward to experiencing all that Korea has to offer. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and playing various sports.


Marthinus Strydom – Secondary English & Extended Essay Teacher(

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Education Degree: Senior- and FET phase: English & 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

I started my teaching career as a high school English teacher in South Africa before moving to Korea where I taught in the Korean public school system beginning in 2015. I am passionate about literature and poetry in particular, which I believe can help establish a proper mode of individual being. I enjoy trail running, hiking, reading, and cooking with my lovely wife, Sunette, who teaches art at GIFS.


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.


JoAnna Lieb – Secondary Spanish (

Educational Background

M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction: Technology – Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona
B.A. Spanish and Business Administration – Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois


I grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Colorado after graduating from college. I lived there
for more than 10 years and really enjoyed the hiking and fishing opportunities. I am excited to
be here where I can be outdoors more!
I have been teaching for 15 years, the first 7 in Broomfield, Colorado and the last 8 at
international schools. Before moving to Korea in 2019, I lived in Germany, Taiwan, Kazakhstan,
Egypt, and Kuwait. Previously, I have taught Spanish and Social Studies in the American and
British curriculums as well as IB Spanish ab initio.


Anna Zygner – Learning Support Coordinator, Life Orientation Teacher & 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.

Ms. Anna Zygner

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 (

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 Strydom – 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. Strydom 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.


Yuri Oh – Korean Language and Culture Teacher (

Educational Background

Dongseo University – Bachelor degree of International Studies

Certificate of professional business English Interpreter & Translator – International Interpretation & Translation Association of Korea

Hello, I am Yuri Oh and I teach Korean language and culture. While in university, I majored in International Studies taught by foreign professors and studied with students of various nationalities. As the student representative of the department, I had an opportunity to serve as a linguistic bridge between professors and students. After graduation, I worked in various business fields that require high-level English ability such as international forwarding, medical device manufacturer, shipbuilding and marine engineering, accommodation and MICE. Through all the experiences, I could learn different aspects of a variety of businesses. I believe that it is a huge part of my journey and I can share my stories with people. Hopefully, I want to see my students learning Korean language and culture with various topics including my experiences.

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