Hey there! We’re the GIGE team – a small group of talented education professionals with a wide range of skills and experiences.
At GIGE, our instructors (and helpful coordinator) do a variety of different tasks and projects, primarily curriculum design; teacher training; education research; professional presentations and workshops; and publications.
We fully believe our instructors are both incredibly talented and good-looking. Scroll down to find out more about us.
English Program Coordinator
David was born and raised in the City of Angels, and now brings a little bit of that heavenly light to those of us at GIFLE. Armed with a MA in TESOL and with experiences in Korean public schools, an English Village and American colleges and universities, he truly has a rubust experience that makes him invaluable for our programs.
David has been an avid golfer since he was a kid and a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo (son of a grandmaster). David is also a pickleball disciple and hopes to introduce the sport to South Koreans. Hopelessly bad at public speaking and balancing on his two feet, somehow he was able to get through the teaching profession. Luckily, now he is an English Program Coordinator at GIFLE.
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Betsey started out as a secondary language arts teacher in her home state of Minnesota before packing up and moving to Jeonju, South Korea in 2014. There, she spent six years at Chonbuk National University High School before coming to GIFLE in 2020.
Betsey has an undergrad degree (and Minnesota teaching license, for what it’s worth) in Secondary Communication Arts and Literature and a Master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Global Studies in Education. She is our resident Global Citizenship Education expert as well as a published author. Betsey enjoys writing (though not as fast as her publisher would like), reading (more than sleeping) and spending time with friends. She is cat mom to a Scottish Fold named Zuko and a Chinchilla Persian named Princess Yue.
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Autumn has a one in four chance of being your favorite season, and a one in five chance of being your favorite GIFLE instructor. With an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, she’s our resident curriculum expert and can frequently be found reading over standards and policy like a true nerd. Autumn is especially interested in making learning accessible to learners of all different types and enjoys writing curriculum that incorporates a variety of projects and activities. Originally from Tennessee, Autumn is a diehard fan of (Saint) Dolly Parton and is physically unable to say “Jolene” only one time.
On weekends when the weather is nice, Autumn can be found outside, hiking through the mountains, taking walks, biking, and occasionally sifting through the deals at thrift stores.
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Eric is GIFLE’s Jack of all trades, and frankly, with his skillset, we aren’t entirely sure he’s not a spy. Eric first acquired his degree in criminal justice before joining the U.S. Air Force as an airborne linguist. While in the Air Force, he studied Modern Standard Arabic at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, California. Eric’s teaching experience includes a vocational carpentry program for at-risk youth and over ten years teaching English in Korean public schools. Eric’s interests are as diverse as his history and include martial arts of all kinds, retro video games, board games, and writing.
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Chris has an undergrad degree in History and Archeology and a Masters’s in TESOL. As such, he likes to incorporate history and culture in his classes. He’s been teaching since 2010, and has taught almost every age group- including elementary, middle, high school, university and adults. He has also taught in several countries, including China, Portugal and Korea.
As the only Brit on the team, Chris tries to maintain good tea culture and is unfailingly polite at all times. His interests are history and politics, and he likes to sample Korean food as often as possible. When not in Korea, you will find him in Portugal, relaxing in small cafes hanging out with his dog.
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Kristina has been an educator in Korea, Canada, and the USA since 1997. She’s worked with all ages, from elementary through adult and university learners. Her repertoire includes teaching dance and cooking alongside her primary experience as an English as a foreign language educator. Kristina is particularly passionate about encouraging engagement in the classroom and creating dynamic learning experiences for all learners through projects and activities.
In her free time, Kristina enjoys a variety of interests including clothing design and dyeing, graphic design, baking, cooking, dancing, reading and watching Doctor Who.
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