KISCA16: Meet Jeju’s Counseling Team

Posted on October 7th, 2015

Elementary School Counseling
Theresa Cook, Upper Elementary Counselor, Grades 4–5
Theresa was born and raised in Washington State where her initial training in conflict management/mediation occurred as a result of growing up with seven brothers and sisters. After graduating from university, Theresa worked in the mental health field for 15 years counseling children, teenagers, adults and families. She then went back to university to earn a Teaching Certificate and started working in the field of education. She has worked in schools (as a teacher or a counselor) in Washington State, South America and, now, South Korea for the past 22 years. She loves working with children and is committed to making a positive difference in their lives! Theresa’s education includes: B.A. Degree in Sociology, Eastern Washington State University; M.Ed. Degree in Guidance and Counseling, University of Idaho; Teacher Certification with endorsements in Elementary Education, Psychology, and Sociology, Central Washington University; and Master of Education classes from Buffalo State University of New York.

Kalei Jang-Brumsickle, Lower Elementary Counselor, Grades 1–3
Kalei has been in international education since 1991 at various international schools. KIS Jeju is the 9th international school she has worked at as an educator. Her journey as an international educator started at Hong Kong International School, followed by Hawaii, USA, Seoul, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Poland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, then back to Korea. She taught Middle School Humanities and French, Elementary Gr. 3-4, Elementary ELL, and now works as an Elementary counselor. Kalei earned her Master’s degree in education and has a teaching credential K-8 from Washington State University, ELL degree from UCLA, and Master’s in International Counseling K-12 from Lehigh University. She is a certified facilitator for Virtues Project for all ages and professions. She is very keen on the attachment-based Developmental Approach, on which she has led workshops for students, parents and other educators.

Middle School Counseling
Anjee Shin, Elementary and Middle School Dorm Counselor, G4–8

Andrea Martin, Middle School Counselor
This is Andrea’s eighth year as a school counselor. Prior to joining KIS Jeju, she was the Counselor at a Pre-K-8 school in Portland, Oregon, USA. Andrea has also spent years working with youth in the American Juvenile Justice system. She has experience working with restorative justice systems as well as conflict resolution. Andrea obtained her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University and is currently working towards a Master’s level certification in Inter-personal Neurobiology at Portland State University. She also has experience leading workshops on youth brain development.

High School and College Counseling
Logan Westmoreland, Head of College Counseling, Grades 11–12
Logan serves as the Head of College Counseling at KIS Jeju. This is her eighth year as a High School and College Counselor. She spent five years in her profession in North Carolina and another two years internationally in Salvador, Brazil. Prior to working in Brazil, she was the Lead High School and College Counselor at Davie High School in North Carolina. She has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Belmont Abbey College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire. Along with her college teaching career, she also taught Middle School and was the Director of an Expeditionary Learning School in Boston. Her expertise is in the areas of college counseling, social and emotional counseling, and curriculum development and instruction. Under her guidance, students have been accepted to Harvard University, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth College, Duke, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale and Brown to name a few.

Nathan Tipton, High School Transitions Counselor, Grade 9
Nathan has been an English educator in South Korea for the past six years, teaching all age levels. He is a certified ESL Instructor with teaching endorsements in the areas of Business English, Grammar, and Young Learners. Most recently, he was an Elementary and Middle School counseling intern at Daegu American School. This year, he is completing a Master’s of Education in School Counseling. He is an active member of the American School Counselor’s Association and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Diana Abukazam, Senior College Counselor, Grades 11–12
Diana’s experience in education is vast, covering elementary school students to graduate university students. She has supported students and parents in decision making, planning, and preparing for college, careers, undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. It was under her guidance that students have been accepted to good-fit colleges and universities such as Claremont Mckenna, Colgate U., Cornell, Reed, U. of Washington, and Harvard. In relation to college counseling, for several years, Diana’s role was to oversee and implement the components of the UCLA Early academic outreach program (a pre-college academic preparation program) at 9 high schools. In that capacity, Diana connected and collaborated with multiple community organizations, and presented to over 10,000 community members to mobilize a college going culture, and promote student achievement. In an effort to broaden her experience working with diverse populations, two years ago, Diana decided to accept a College Counseling position at the Korea International School, Pangyo Campus where she supported and empowered juniors and seniors along with their parents to be successful in the College application process. Diana holds a Master of Arts degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction Design with a specialization in computer education, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. She also has a counseling PPS credential to work with school-aged children and a teaching credential. Diana has also received specialized training and certificates from UCLA Career counseling center, and Didi Hirsch’s Crisis Counseling center. She is in her fourth year of being an Undergraduate Admissions Reader for UCLA.

Student Services and Special Programs
Z. Amos Stamp-Jerabek, Head of Student Services and Special Programs
Amos Stamp-Jerabek is a global nomad, international school leader, counselor, and teacher. He serves as the Head of Student Services and Special Programs at KIS Jeju. Amos was born in Prague, and worked in Taiwan and China before moving to Korea with his American wife, Kristine. Prior to becoming an educator, he was a community social worker in Liverpool. Currently a doctoral student in Education and Counseling (Ed.D.) with Johns Hopkins University, Amos earned an M.Ed. in International Counseling (Lehigh), and a teacher qualification from TCNJ. A master’s degree in Social Policy (York), and a BA in Sociology with Psychology (LHUC), UK. He is interested in developing a holistic systems approach to education and counseling that addresses the needs of returning Asian students, third culture kids, and their families.
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