Senior Teachers
Junior Teachers

Principal Ryan Kwak Seong Hoon (곽성훈)

Ryan migrated from Seoul to Singapore at the age of six. He attended Singapore Korean International School and Overseas Family School Singapore before transferring to the local school system. He studied Fine Arts at NTU, and has been teaching Korean to Singaporeans since 2008.

Ryan’s classes are immensely popular due to his very structured and systematic style of teaching, which students say caters exactly for highly effective learning. Having spent a substantial amount of his childhood in Singapore, he also has an exceptional ability to relate Korean Language to languages and cultural aspects that Singaporeans are familiar with (e.g. referencing local cultural aspects and how similar/different they are to Korean culture, and drawing parallels between Korean and Chinese vocabulary). Ryan teaches mostly Intermediate and Pre-Advance level classes. However, whenever one of his Beginners class opens up, his class typically has a waiting list for entry.

Sejong Korean Language School is extremely proud of being one of the only Korean Language Schools in Singapore that actively scouts and recruits suitable native Korean candidates from South Korea and around the world to become teachers in SKLS. SKLS works with and holds recruitment drives with the top 20 Korean Universities in South Korea to recruit the best of their graduates to be trained in Singapore under our in-house training programme. As of 2016, the historical success rate from application to hire is at less than 3%, ensuring that only the most qualified candidates are brought in to be your Korean language teachers. As the Head of the Academic Faculty at Sejong, Ryan heads the training programme. Along side the senior members of the faculty, he individually trains and mentors all new incoming teachers on how to effectively elucidate the subtleties and difficult rules of Korean Language to our students. All junior teachers must possess an impeccable academic record and degree from a reputable University, exhibit adequate proficiency in English, showcase a genuine interest in teaching (which our recruiters will assess for within 4 rounds of interviews), display an excellent work attitude and willingness to adapting to life in Singapore.

Mr. Kwak Kyung Hoon (곽경훈)

Kyung Hoon completed a Bachelor's degree in Communications at NUS. Having been brought up in Singapore, he is a native Korean who is extremely familiar with local Singaporean languages and culture. He also studied Japanese in University. Kyung Hoon impresses with his ability to reference even Hokkien and Malay in his classes, making it easy for his students to relate to and learn Korean. Kyung Hoon attended Singapore Korean International School, and had 8 years part-time teaching experience before converting to becoming a full time teacher in SKLS. He is regarded as an especially dedicated and fun teacher, and his students often have a very loyal streak of wanting to stick to his class no matter what. On top of that, Kyung Hoon's infectious enthusiasm and sense of comedy helps motivate the both staff and students of Sejong and creates a wonderfully positive learning environment for everyone. As a Senior Teacher, Kyunghoon aids the Principal in keeping the course materials and syllabus of the school up to date and relevant. He also provides valuable guidance to the other teachers on how to effectively explain concepts and shares his classroom experiences with the Juniors.

Ms. Ashley Shin Hyesun (신혜선)

Ashley graduated from Kyungsung University (Seoul, South Korea) with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. As part of her degree, she completed one semester abroad, at Singapore's PSB Academy. It was during her stay in Singapore that Ashley first considered looking for a job here after graduation. Ashley out-shined hundreds of applicants and was scouted for our Graduate Korean Language Specialist Programme during the competitive Graduation season in Seoul. She was trained from scratch under the mentorship of our Principal on the art of Korean Language instruction, where she once again impressed with an extremely hardworking and determined attitude. As she began her teaching journey, Ashley discovered how much joy she derived from sharing her knowledge about her mother tongue with non-native learners. She became known as a very optimistic and dedicated teacher who constantly tries to keep improving and learning through the sharing of different perspectives. Certain that she has found her passion in teaching, she amassed a few years of dedicated full time teaching experience as a Junior Teacher in Sejong before being promoted to the rank of Senior Teacher. As a Senior Teacher, Ashley assists the Principal in the teacher mentorship programme. Being a fresh grad from Seoul herself who migrated to Singapore after passing our rigorous recruitment process and having undergone the intensive teacher training in our school, she is a prime example of someone who can provide guidance and share her experiences with new recruits.

Ms. Kim Dauhn (김다운)

Dauhn is a graduate of Kongju National University (South Korea), majoring in Tourism English Interpretation. Dauhn worked part time as an English tutor in Korea during her University years. She is a person who loves speaking in front of people, and loves to learn, and hopes to be able to combine her interests in teaching. She was recruited shortly after graduation for Sejong's graduate language specialist programme and has been trained in-house and from scratch on Korean Language instruction. During the programme, she was hardworking, open-minded, and determined to master the skill sets and content required to make her a great Korean Language Teacher. Dauhn possesses an earnest attitude and an infectious cheerfulness. She is a very motivational and caring teacher, and students in her class would definitely be swept away with her positivity, spontaneity and enthusiasm.

Ms. Elly Kim Jihye (김지혜)

Elly completed a Bachelor's degree in Arts majoring in English at Sookmyung Women's University (Seoul, South Korea). She speaks Korean, English and Japanese. Elly has 2 years teaching experience teaching English in various academies in Korea. During her interview, Elly impressed with her passionate description of how teaching English to Koreans gave her an understanding of thinking about languages from foreigner's perspectives and the difficulties that foreign language learners have when trying to familiarise themselves with a new language and culture. She elaborated on how students should be approached based on their individual learning needs, and how she is determined to help them reach their specific learning goals. Elly is trained in-house in Korean Language Instruction in Sejong Korean Language School's training programme. She is known as a caring and committed teacher, who is able to effortlessly create a vibrant and fun atmosphere in all of her classes.

Mr. Lee Hyeongjae (이형재)

Hyeongjae completed his Bachelor's degree in English Language & Literature from the prestigious Yonsei University (Seoul), and has completed the competitive programme that grants government-recognised teaching licenses in South Korea. Throughout his University degree, Hyeongjae interned at the Seoul Youth Centre for Cultural Exchange where he assisted in the multi-cultural education programme. There, he developed his interest in multi-cultural education, and was eager to look for a job overseas where he could pursue that interest, utilise his language strengths, as well as fulfil his passion for teaching. Hyeongjae comes from a "teaching family", where both his parents are also teachers in Korea. He recognised his affinity for teaching at an early age, and has always considered it an extremely fulfilling career. Hyeongjae is trained in Korean Language Education from Sejong's in-house training programme. He approaches his training extremely seriously and has proven to be a diligent and dedicated teacher, who continues to pressure himself into improving in all aspects of teaching. His classes are precise yet entertaining, and students can definitely feel his genuine enjoyment of teaching when attending his class.

Ms. Donna Kim Hyunji (김현지)

Donna completed a double major in English Literature and Aviation Business at Donga University (South Korea). While completing her degree, she taught English to High School Students at Eton English Academy in Korea. On graduation however, she seized an overseas opportunity to work in the hotel industry in the United States. During her work there, she found that she could not forget her love for teaching. Donna soon found herself enjoying sharing about Korean language and culture to international travellers as well as her foreigner colleagues that she encountered on a day to day basis. She was always excited to share new lessons about Korean language and she realised that teaching Korean might just be where her passion lies. Thus, instead of going back to teaching English, Donna decided to undertake the challenge of learning the art of Korean language instruction. She was recruited and trained in our in-house Korean language teacher training programme at Sejong Korean Language School. Today, she is known to be an exceptionally sweet and enthusiastic teacher who is well-loved by her students.

Ms Kwon Hyun Cheong (권현정)

Hyun Cheong completed her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies at Konkuk University (Seoul, South Korea). She is fluent in English, Korean and can speak basic Japanese. Hyun Cheong has previous work experience in Public Relations, including work in talent casting companies, working with ASEAN-Korea, as well as the U.S Embassy in Seoul. She is now focused on bringing her strengths in communication, interest in diverse cultures, and enthusiasm in interacting with people from all walks of life to teaching her native language to foreigners. Hyun Cheong was trained as a Korean language teacher in Sejong's in-house teacher training programme under the pupilage of our Principal Kwak Seong Hoon. With her interests and skills combined, Hyun Cheong believes that she can become a sympathetic Korean friend and a fun teacher to her students. Hyun Cheong's classes are always cheerful and bubbly and her students are always motivated by her positive nature and enthusiasm.

Ms. Im Minju (임민주)

Minju completed her Bachelor's at Kyonggi University with a double Major in Korean Language & Literature and English Language & Literature, positioning her with the perfect academic background to be an excellent Korean Language teacher to English speakers. However, Minju believes that being a good teacher is more than just having the correct educational background. She believes that having real patience when guiding students on their Korean Language learning journeys, as well as a great positive attitude that allows teachers to encourage their students with enthusiasm are the key elements that a real educator should have. Minju is trained to be a Korean Language teacher to foreigners in Sejong Korean Language School's in-house teacher training programme under the pupilage of our Principal Ryan Kwak Seong Hoon. She showed great promise and potential throughout the training programme, and will undoubtedly become a very caring and wonderful teacher. Her genuine and earnest desire to see her students improve is one of the many traits that will recommend her as a good teacher.

Ms. Lizzy Noh Haerim (노해림)

Lizzy graduated from the renowned Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Seoul, South Korea) where she completed a double degree in Social Science and European Union Studies. She dreamed of an international career, and after stints in teaching and administration in Korea, finally landed a job with the W hotel group in Dubai. While she enjoyed life overseas, her interest in teaching never faded. Eventually, she applied under Sejong's Graduate Recruitment Programme and was successfully recruited against the many other candidates with more "relevant" professional backgrounds in education. Lizzy is trained in-house under Sejong's Korean Language Teacher to Foreigners training programme, headed by Principal Ryan Kwak and Senior Teacher Ashley Shin. Although Lizzy is soft spoken in person, her enthusiasm and energy shines through the moment she steps into a classroom. She is eager to share her knowledge of Korean language and culture with all her students and believes that being a good teacher means sharing knowledge, but also interacting, caring and sympathising with students. Her goal is to be a teacher who grows with her students as she develops herself.

Ms. Joy Lee Hyeri (이혜리)

Joy graduated with an impressive GPA in Hotel & Convention Management from Dong-Eui University in Busan, South Korea. She has built an extensive career in the hospitality industry, having done stints in the iconic Westin Chosen in Seoul, Park Hyatt Hotel in Busan, and St. Regis Resort in Bali. She is proficient in Korean, English, and Korean Sign Language. While she held her full time job, Joy volunteered teaching English at an orphanage in Bali. It was through her experience there that she found a passion for teaching and realised the fulfilment it brings. After much thought and deliberation, she mustered up the courage to leave behind the field that her qualifications and experience was all built for, and made a career switch to the education field. She was shortlisted amongst hundred of applicants for our most recent hiring round for her enthusiasm, excellent attitude, willingness to learn and work hard, and out-going personality. She is trained to teach Korean language in our in-house instructor's programme headed by the Principal Ryan Kwak and Senior Teacher Ashley Shin. Joy holds the steadfast belief that while she may not have come from a background in Education or Languages, her strength lies in her ability to interact with people from all over the world. Her confidence in her ability to engage with others and work with others to attain their goals will certainly make her an effective teacher who is well-loved by her students.