Administration

Gragowski, Julie GIFS Principal: Head of School(principal@gifs.or.kr)

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. Multidisciplinary Studies: Texas Tech University
  • Postgraduate Certification- Cross Cultural Language and Academic Development: University of California at Riverside
  • Postgraduate Certification- Beginning Teacher Support & Assessment: University of California at Riverside
  • California State Teaching Credential
Balaz, Timothy Head of Elementary & PYP Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. Political Science, B.Ed. Elementary Education – University of Calgary
  • Hong Kong Teaching Credential
Kuntz, Sam  Head of Secondary, MYP & DP Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • B.S. Business Administration: University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.A. Education- Teacher Leadership: Western Colorado University
  • M.A. English Creative Writing: Southern New Hampshire University
  • Colorado State Teaching Credential
Kim, Joy  Head of Office Administration

Professional Qualifications

  • M.D. in English Linguistics at Gyeongsang National University
  • B.A. in French Literature at Dong – A University
  • Diploma of Early Childhood 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
Kim, Eunice  GIFS Admissions, Personnel & Student Records

Professional Qualifications

  • Yeungnam University, B.A. in Chinese Language/Literature and English Language/Literature
  • ERCi in Singapore, Studied Business Marketing
Kim, Heather  GIFS Accounting and Finance Manager

Professional Qualifications

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

 

Elementary

Balaz, Timothy   Grade 5 Teacher & PYP Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. Political Science, B.Ed. Elementary Education

Teaching Credential

  • Hong Kong Teaching Certificate

Carnochan, Len    Elementary Technology Teacher

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. Sociology/Criminology: University of Windsor
  • Graduate Diploma of Education: University of Wollongong

Teaching Credential

  • Ontario College of Teachers Certified
Cates, Brandon     Elementary PE Teacher, Athletic Director & Activities Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • B.S. Finance: Bentley College

Teaching Credential

  • Arizona State Teaching Credential

Francis, Sandy    K-1 Teacher & Elementary Vocal Music Teacher

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Music in Education (BME); University of Memphis in Tennessee

Teaching Credential

  • Texas Educator Certificate

Lee, Catherine  Elementary Music & Afterschool Music Program Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A(Music). and B.E.(Secondary Music Education): University of British Columbia

Teaching Credential

  • British Columbia Province Teaching Credential

Oh, Yuri  Elementary Korean Language Teacher

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in international studies: Dongseo university
  • Professional Business English Translator and Interpreter: Pusan National University

Teaching Credential

  • Korean Language Teaching Certificate

Opdenweyer, Tia   Grade 4 Teacher

Professional Qualifications

  • B.S. Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Credential

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Teaching Certification
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Program Specialist

Pattinson, Caroline  Grade 2-3 Teacher

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A with QTS in General Primary Teaching: St. Martin’s University College, Carlisle Campus

Teaching Credential

  • St. Martin’s University College, Lancaster, England

Strydom, Elizabeth Elementary ELA coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology: University of South Africa; TEFL Certificate: i-to-i United Kingdom; PGCE in Intermediate Phase: Cornerstone Institute (in progress)

Teaching Credential

  • Department of Higher Education – South Africa

Strydom, Sunette Elementary Art Teacher

Professional Qualifications

  • B.Ed Senior and Further Education: Northwest University

Teaching Credential

  • SACE – South African Council of Educators

Zygner, Anna Elemementary Special Educational Needs Teacher

Professional Qualifications

  • BA Primary Education: University of Warsaw
  • Postgraduate Diplomas- Supporting Children and Young Adults’ Development, High School of Social Psychology & Negotiation, Mediation and Alternative Dispute resolution: University of Warsaw

Teaching Credential

  • Republic of Poland/European Union

 

Middle School

Carnochan, Len  Grades 6-8 Design, Grade 6 Individuals & Societies

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. Sociology/Criminology: University of Windsor
  • Graduate Diploma of Education: University of Wollongong

Teaching Credential

  • Ontario College of Teachers Certified
Cates, Brandon Grade 6 & 7 ATL Skills Teacher, Middle School PE, Athletic Director & Activities Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • B.S. Finance: Bentley College

Teaching Credential

  • Arizona State Teaching Credential

de Jongh, Ronel Middle School English Language and Literature

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. Humanities: Stellenbosch University
  • PGCE: Stellenbosch University

Teaching Credential

  • South African Council for Educators

Dow, Dennis Middle School Individuals and Societies

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. History Education: Berea College

Teaching Credential

  • Kentucky State Teaching Credential

Flores, Carlos Middle School Spanish Language Acquisition

Professional Qualifications

  • M.A. Law: Complutense University B.A. Cinematography: ECAM M.A. Journalism: Complutense University

Teaching Credential

  • Complutense University. Spain

Francis, Sandy K-1 Teacher & Elementary Vocal Music

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Music in Education (BME); University of Memphis in Tennessee

Teaching Credential

  • Texas Educator Certificate

Kuntz, Sam  MYP Coordinator & Resource Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • B.S. Business Administration – Accounting: University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.A. Education – Teacher Leadership: Western Colorado University
  • M.A. English Creative Writing – Fiction: Southern New Hampshire University

Teaching Credential

  • Colorado State Teaching Credential

Kim, Becky Middle School Korean Language and Literature

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. English Language and Literature,
  • M.A. English Education: Pusan National University
  • B.A Korean Language Education (Pending)

Teaching Credential

  • Korean Ministry of Education

Lee, Catherine  Middle School Music & Afterschool Music Program Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A Music and B.E. Secondary Music Education: University of British Columbia

Teaching Credential

  • British Columbia Province Teaching Credential

Monaghan, Glen Grade 8 Science

Professional Qualifications

  • B.Hk – Bachelor of Human Kinetics: The University of Windsor
  • B.Ed – Bachelor of Education: The University of Windsor
  • M.Ed – Teaching English as a Second Language: Framingham State University

Teaching Credential

  • Ontario College of Teachers

Strydom, Elizabeth Middle School ELA Coordinator & Middle School English Language Acquisition

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology: University of South Africa
  • TEFL Certificate: i-to-i United Kingdom
  • PGCE in Intermediate Phase: Cornerstone Institute (in progress)

Teaching Credential

  • Department of Higher Education – South Africa

Strydom, Marthinus Grade 8 ATL Skills

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Education: North West University

Teaching Credential

  • South African Council of Educators

Strydom, Sunette Middle School Art

Professional Qualifications

  • B.Ed Senior and Further Education: Northwest University

Teaching Credential

  • SACE – South African Council of Educators

Turineck, Philippe  Grade 7 Mathematics

Professional Qualifications

  • B.Ed (Elementary eduation): McGill University
  • M.A(Mathematics Education): McGill University

Teaching Credential

  • Brevet D’enseignement MELS (Quebec)
  • British Columbia Teaching Certificate (Pending)

van der Westhuizen, Jaimee   Grade 8 Mathematics, Grade 6 & 7 Science and Grade 7 Individuals & Societies

Professional Qualifications

  • BSc Environmental & Geographical Science and Archaeology: University of Cape Town
  • PGCE Geography, Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy: University of Cape Town

Teaching Credential

  • South African Council of Educators

Wilson, Sandria    Grade 6 Mathematics

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education – Mathematics: University of the West Indies
  • Master of Science – Educational Leadership: Central Connecticut State University

Teaching Credential

  • Joint Board of Teacher Education – University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Zygner, Anna     Middle School Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Life Orientation Teacher

Professional Qualifications

  • BA Primary Education: University of Warsaw
  • Postgraduate Diplomas- Supporting Children and Young Adults’ Development, High School of Social Psychology & Negotiation, Mediation and Alternative Dispute resolution: University of Warsaw

Teaching Credential

  • Republic of Poland/European Union

 

High School

Cates, Brandon Secondary PE Teacher, Athletic Director & Activities Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • B.S. Finance: Bentley College

Teaching Credential

  • Arizona State Teaching Credential
Cusick, Michael    Secondary Science

Professional Qualifications

  • B.S. Physiology and Developmental Biology: Brigham Young University
  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction: Angelo State University

Teaching Credential

  • Texas State Teaching Credential (Life Science 7-12)
de Jongh, Ronel     Grade 9 English Language and Literature & Grade 9-10 ATL Skills

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. Humanities: Stellenbosch University
  • PGCE: Stellenbosch University

Teaching Credential

  • South African Council for Educators
Dow, Dennis    Secondary Individuals and Societies & DP Theory of Knowledge

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. History Education: Berea College

Teaching Credential

  • Kentucky State Teaching Credential
Flores, Carlos   Secondary Spanish

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. Cinematography: ECAM
  • M.A. Law: Complutense University
  • M.A. Journalism: Complutense University

Teaching Credential

  • Complutense University. Spain
Francis, Sandy  Grade 9 Vocal Music Teacher

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Music in Education: University of Memphis in Tennessee

Teaching Credential

  • Texas Educator Certificate: All-Level Music (Grades PK-12); Elementary Self-Contained (Grades 1-8)
Kim, Becky Secondary Korean Language and Literature

Professional Qualifications

  • B.A. English Language and Literature,
  • M.A. English Education: Pusan National University
  • B.A Korean Language Education (Pending)

Teaching Credential

  • Korean Ministry of Education
Kuntz, Sam  Head of Secondary, DP Coordinator, Resource Coordinator, University Counselor, Grade 9-10 ATL Skills, & DP Business Management

Professional Qualifications

  • B.S. Business Administration – Accounting: University of Colorado at Boulder
  • M.A. Education – Teacher Leadership: Western Colorado University
  • M.A. English Creative Writing – Fiction: Southern New Hampshire University

Teaching Credential

  • Colorado State Teaching Credential
Monaghan, Glen  Secondary Science

Professional Qualifications

  • B.Hk – Bachelor of Human Kinetics: The University of Windsor
  • B.Ed – Bachelor of Education: The University of Windsor
  • M.Ed – Teaching English as a Second Language: Framingham State University

Teaching Credential

  • Ontario College of Teachers
Strydom, Elizabeth  Secondary ELA coordinator, Secondary English Language Acquisition

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology: University of South Africa
  • TEFL Certificate: i-to-i United Kingdom
  • PGCE in Intermediate Phase: Cornerstone Institute (in progress).

Teaching Credential

  • Department of Higher Education – South Africa
Strydom, Marthinus  Secondary English Language and Literature Teacher & DP Extended Essay Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Education: North West University

Teaching Credential

  • South African Council of Educators
Strydom, Sunette  Secondary Visual Arts & DP CAS Coordinator

Professional Qualifications

  • B.Ed Senior and Further Education: Northwest University

Teaching Credential

  • SACE – South African Council of Educators
Turineck, Philippe   Secondary Mathematics and Design

Professional Qualifications

  • B.Ed (Elementary education) – McGill University
  • M.A (Mathematics Education) – McGill University

Teaching Credential

  • Brevet D’enseignement MELS (Quebec)
  • British Columbia Teaching Certificate (Pending)
Wilson, Sandria    Secondary Mathematics

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education – Mathematics: University of the West Indies
  • Master of Science – Educational Leadership: Central Connecticut State University

Teaching Credential

  • Joint Board of Teacher Education – University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Zygner, Anna    Secondary SENCo & Life Orientation

Professional Qualifications

  • BA Primary Education: University of Warsaw
  • Postgraduate Diplomas- Supporting Children and Young Adults’ Development, High School of Social Psychology & Negotiation, Mediation and Alternative Dispute resolution: University of Warsaw

Teaching Credential

  • Republic of Poland/European Union