Meet Our Staff: Sup sogŭi Hosu

Meet Our Staff: Sup sogŭi Hosu

Our Dean

Dafna Dahee Zur (다희) is an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University. In 2017, her first book was published with Stanford University Press with the title Figuring Korean Futures: Children’s Literature in Modern Korea. She has published both in English and Korean, and her research has covered topics such as North Korean science fiction, the Korean War in North and South Korean children’s literature, childhood in cinema, and Korean popular culture. She has also published translations in wordwithoutborders.org, The Columbia Anthology of Modern Korean Short Stories, and the Asia Literary Review.
 
Dahee started out as a counselor in the year 2000—the second summer of the Korean Language Village—and over the years she has worked in the village as Taekwondo teacher, language instructor, business manager, and assistant dean. The summers are the highlight of her year, when she feels inspired by the talented counselors and conscientious, globally-minded youth that come to learn Korean each year.

 
Leadership Staff

 

Hyeonjeong Park (현정). Hyeonjeong is our Assistant Dean. This is her 15th year on staff. She has had many roles during her time at Sup Sogŭi Hosu. She completed the leadership training in teaching Korean as a Foreign Language at Seoul National University and received her Master's degree from Yonsei University. Her Master's thesis used the Language Village as a case study and provided productive suggestions for the continual growth of the program. She taught Korean to foreigners at KyungHee University. She is excited to work with a growing number of villager-turned-staff. 

 

Chad Ch'aejun Walker (채준). Now in his 4th year on staff, Ch'aejun  is our credit program facilitator. He has studied Korean Linguistics and Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language, and is completing his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California, where he has enjoyed teaching Korean language and culture to undergraduates. He enjoys taking advantage of the summer months away from USC to teach and facilitate study abroad and language immersion programs. We are excited to have him return to our village, where he can share his knowledge and experiences with Korean culture with our villagers.

 

Minji Kim (민지). We are thrilled to have our 2-week facilitator Minji come back for her 8th year - this time, accompanied by her daughter Jiyou (지유) who just turned one this June. Minji received her B.A. as a double major in Linguistics and Asian Studies, a B.Ed with a specialization in Problem-Based Learning, and a TESL certificate all from the University of British Columbia. As an elementary school teacher on maternity leave, she is still adjusting to life as a new mother! She has played a number of key roles in the village including mentor counselor and credit teacher, but her favorite part about Sup Sogŭi Hosu is meeting villagers who are passionate about the Korean language and culture, and helping them take ownership of their own learning.

 

Credit Teachers

Soohee Kim (수희). Soohee is one of our credit teachers. She is joining Sup Sogŭi Hosu the first time but just in time to celebrate its 20th anniversary. She studied Educational Technology at Ewha Women’s University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and and Master’s degree in Linguistics from Florida International University. Her Ph.D. degree is in Linguistics from University of Washington. (Soohee has a very “long strap for her bag,” 가방끈이 길어요, per Korean slang!) She taught Korean for many (many!) years at the University of Washington and co-wrote a four-volume textbook series called You Speak Korean! 한국말 하시네요! After that, she wrote a 600-page book “Korean Grammar: The Complete Guide to Speaking Korean Naturally.” Then she decided to take a break because all work and no play was making her a dull lady. She has heard so many wonderful things about Sup Sogŭi Hosu from her friends and colleagues, so Soohee is super excited this year to meet other teachers and brilliant young learners.
 
Hyunjung Lee (현정). Hyunjung is a credit teacher, in her second year on staff. She studied Korean linguistics and Teaching Korean as a second language in undergraduate program at Yonsei University and in graduate program at the University of Oregon. She loves both teaching and traveling. She was born and grew up in Korea, but has lived in Florida, Boston, Oregon, and now lives in Los Angeles. And soon, she is moving to Maryland to teach Korean language at the University of Maryland. She is also very excited to spend another summer in Sup Sogŭi Hosu.
 
Hyeok Oh (혜옥) teaches Korean at the Silicon Valley Korean School. She studied Korean History education at Donduk Women’s University in Seoul and has a M.A. in TESOL from San Jose State University. For over eight years she has taught Korean at the King Sejong Institute in San Fransisco, UC Berkeley Extension, and several community centers. Hyeok co-authored the Sejong KoreanWorkbook 1- 4 for native English speakers published by the Sejong Foundation. She likes camping, hiking, and spending time with teenagers. This is her first year at Sup Sogŭi Hosu.
 
Connie Gibbeum Chong (기쁨) will graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Korean BA and a Second Language Studies (SLS) BA this May. She loves to sing in her free time and also write original songs. 
 
 
Hyejin Yim (혜진) received her Masters in Education degree from Sookmyung Women’s University.  Hyejin brings her professional experience which spans many countries and cultures, from South East Asia, to Europe, and now the USA. She has been recognized for her educational ability, taking first place in various competitions, and continues to mentor aspiring educators as a lecturer for the Korean Institute of South California. Currently, she is working on her second educational certification for dual recognition in both South Korean and the United States. 
 
JinHyuk Lim (진혁) is a second year staff and is excited to be spending his 8th summer at Sup Sogŭi Hosu. JinHyuk was a villager at Sup Sogŭi Hosu for 6 years (3 time 2-weeker; 3 time credit) and has climbed the ranks to become staff. In addition, JinHyuk graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degrees in Political Science, Global Studies and minor in Asian Languages and Literature. He is also a Fulbright Scholar Finalist and will be going to Côte d'Ivoire to teach and research. He has formally studied German and French in addition to Korean. A fun fact about JinHyuk is that he has learned or taught languages on three continents and is looking forward to adding a fourth. 

 

Program Staff

 
Madeleine Miru Clasen (미르). This will be Miru’s 4th year on staff at Sup Sogŭi Hosu where she leads the ceramics activity. Miru is a junior at University of Southern California where she majors in Art History and East Asian Studies. In her free time Miru enjoys knitting, dancing (interpretively) and spending time with her cats. She is very excited to be back at camp and to meet all of the villagers, new and returning. 
 
Alex Kyung Mi Carrion (경미) recently graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelors degree in Asian Studies concentrating on Education and China studies. She spent that past year studying in both South Korea and China. For a semester, she studied at Yonsei University located in Sinchon Seoul, South Korea. She then traveled to Shanghai, China to study Mandarin Chinese at East China Normal University (ECNU). Kyung Mi started at Sup Sogŭi Hosu as a credit villager for two summers, then became a summer staff. This is will her fourth year as a staff at Sup Sogŭi Hosu. During her free-time, Kyung Mi likes to hip-hop dance and sing. Her favorite sports are badminton and volleyball. Future plans are to teach English in Korea. 
 
YuNa Do (유나). YuNa’s full name sounds like the way you would pronounce the word “tuna.” She is currently in the middle of a South East Asia Tour and is living in Thailand where she is learning Thai. This will be YuNa’s second summer as staff at Sup Sogŭi Hosu. She lived in Australia attending University of Queensland in Brisbane and then transferred onto Mingdao University in Taiwan where she graduated with a degree of Business Administration. YuNa can sing 32 songs non-stop in a noraebang (karaoke) and is best friends with JinHyuk. A fun fact about YuNa is that her favorite animal is an elephant.

 

Ocean Oson Park (오손). Oson is currently a 4th year college student at San Diego State University and is returning for his 2nd year at Sup Sogŭi Hosu. Although Oson was born in the States, he has been playing Korean traditional instruments for 12 years. He has been to Korea several times and learned about Korean traditional instruments and dancing at various renowned camps such as Pilbong (임실필봉), Goseong-OkwangDe (고성오광대), Pyeongtaek (평택), and several others. Oson is also an instructor at the San Diego Korean Pungmul Institute, a nonprofit organization consisting of elementary school children to adults. Being at the San Diego Korean Pungmul Institute has allowed Oson to perform at many different places such as Nicaragua, L.A Rose parade, Mexico, and many others. He is beyond ecstatic to be able to work at Sup Sogŭi Hosu again this year and can't wait to have another amazing camp experience! 
 
Brian Jin-Soo Park (진수) is currently a student at University of California, Santa Barbara and will be graduating in June 2018 with a BA in Global Studies. He has lived in South Korea for two years, first studying abroad at Yonsei University and then working as a high school teacher in Suncheon. After graduating, Jin-Soo hopes to attend graduate school and receive a PhD in East Asian History. His academic interests are in Korean diaspora in the Russian Far East and Central Asia, Korean colonial and post-colonial history, and Korean modernization. He is also a group leader at Project Bridge, an organization dedicated to educating high school students about Korean history, culture, and language in order to become cultural ambassadors that help bridge the gap between the West and the East. In his free time, Jin-Soo likes to run, hike, and study languages. 
 
JiHwan Choi (지환). JiHwan is currently a student at Queens College as a Secondary Education in Math and Korean major. He also works at Arumdaun Korean School as a Korean teacher and a Korean Traditional Music and Dance Instructor. He is very active in the Korean community volunteering and performing for various audiences, events, and even influential leaders, like Mayor Bill DeBlasio, Congresswoman Grace Meng, and Assembly member Ron Kim. He enjoys teaching and spreading Korean culture and traditions in foreign communities. He also enjoys building custom computers and is learning how to code. He is very excited to part take in this camp and help kids learn and have fun.

 

Isabella Hyesu Turilli (혜수). This is Hyesu’s first time as a counselor, and she’s so excited to join the team! Hyesu has spent the last nine months studying Korean as a student of Moonil Girl’s School in Incheon, South Korea. This fall she’ll be attending the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University studying International Relations. For the past five years, Hyesu has been studying classical voice, and has performed at the Kennedy Center and the DC Arena Stage!  This summer she’ll be teaching traditional dance at camp.
 
Abby Daeun Everding (다은) is a former villager now serving her first year on staff as a camp counselor.  Daeun will attend Northwestern University and plans on majoring in Linguistics and International Studies with a minor in Cognitive Science.  During high school, in order to learn Korean, she participated in a summer exchange program to Songdo, South Korea, and after graduating, spent a gap year on an exchange program to Seoul, South Korea.  Besides Korean, Daeun has also studied Latin and German, and even participated in a high school exchange program to Regensburg, Germany.  Daeun is also currently learning Korean traditional calligraphy and a Korean traditional string instrument called haegeum.  During her freetime, Daeun likes to make art, practice photography and listen to music.  She is very excited to begin working with the fellow staff members at Sup Sogŭi Hosu this summer.
 
Marissa Jihye Hauser (지혜) is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin, triple majoring in Linguistics, Asian Studies, and Asian Cultures and Languages, and is a research assistant for Project Seed. She is very excited to be coming back for her second year on staff! When she isn’t working, Jihye enjoys reading, hiking, and traditional Irish dancing.
 
Matthew Maet'yu Kellum (매튜) is a new Korean language village counselor at Sup Sugŭi Hosu. He has lived in Korea for over four years and studied Korean at Seoul National University. He is currently a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in the Korean language and linguistics at the University at Buffalo. He teaches Korean online to people who are really interested in the language from their love of Korean culture and pop-culture. He is a huge advocate for Korean Sinographics and promotes the learning of Hanja characters on his Twitter page. He is always looking for new ways to make learning fun and engaging.
 
Keon Hui Cho (건휘) is a student in KyungHee University entering his last semester of undergrad. He is studying business administration. It is his first time at Sup Sogŭi Hosu  and he is looking forward to have good memories here. He likes to teach and also like to be part of communities and group effort. His favorite sports is soccer, and that’s his favrote thing to share with others.
 
Sunny Soon Jae Chong (순재) is a second year staff. She majored in Education and minored in Linguistics and received teaching credential and Teaching English as Second Language Studies certification from California State University of Sonoma. She taught Korean Immersion Program in the past 20 years in San Francisco Unified School District and Los Angeles Unified School District from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Her old students attended Sup Sogŭi Hosu and encouraged her to join the summer program. She loved the experience of teaching Korean in summer camp setting with various fun and creative activities. She is looking forward to meet with her old and new students in learning Korean language and culture.
 
Soyeon Lee (소연) graduated from the National Korea Traditional Music middle and high school. She compelted her BA and MA degrees in Hanyang University as a major in Korea traditional music (Haeguem). Currently she is working at a traditional music association as a teaching artist.
 
Rebecca Rahee Spencer (라희). Rahee is coming back to Sup Sogŭi Hosu for her second summer in a row, and she couldn’t be more excited! She is a student at Stanford University, and is planning to major in East Asian Studies. She will be joining us as a taekwondo teacher, and will also be a part of the Sup Sogŭi Hosu lifeguard team. Rahee also enjoys film production, and over the past year has started to work on amateur film projects, such as mini documentaries and music videos.

 

Lindy Inae Clute (인애) is currently in her third year at Stanford University and is double majoring in Linguistics and East Asian Studies Korea subplan. She first was introduced to Korean language and culture through watching Korean dramas in highschool and frequently tries to persuade family and friends to watch them too. Inae interned at a media startup in Seoul this past summer and loved walking around the city and talking to people when not working. She is currently on the Women’s Rowing team at Stanford and has experience coaching as well as teaching music and dance and is excited to be able to share her love of the Korean language and culture with all of the campers this summer.
 
Yejun Hong (예준) received his associate degree in art from Dong Seoul University. He is a member of the dance troop daonez which performs Streetdance all over the world. This is his first time at Sup Sogŭi Hosu and he is very excited.

 

 
Gabriella Sol Grezzi (솔) is very excited to be joing Sup Sogŭi Hosu for her second summer in a row. She currently majoring in Physical Therapy at Simmons College in Boston. In her free time, Sol enjoys dancing, and has recently taken up competitive ballroom. 

 

 

Culinary Arts

 

Jason Jaeseok Syväoja (재석) is a Chef de Cuisine with the Culinary Arts Department of Concordia Language Villages. During his undergraduate studies, he focused on History, East Asian Studies, and Linguistics at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, but it was at CLV where he discovered his passion for culinary arts, and has made his career preparing authentic cuisines for the participants of CLV’s various programs. Jaeseok is currently pursuing accreditation as a Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation. This summer marks Jaeseok’s 16th year with the Language Villages. In his current position, he works year-round with the Nordic language communities and French Academic Year program. He was a long-time chef with CLV’s Japanese Dent & French Hackensack villages, and transitioned to Korean in 2015. He is excited to bring the Korean cuisine alive for the villagers and staff again this summer at Sup Sogŭi Hosu!

Michelle Misel Mangeni (미설) is a former villager and second-year staff member. She is a student at Columbia University in the City of New York where she is currently studying Neuroscience and Behaviour. Her background of being half Korean and half Kenyan has led to unique opportunities such as teaching North Korean refugees and shadowing in Korean Traditional Medicine. In her free time she likes to cook and try new foods, so she is excited to be joining Kitchen Staff here at Sup Sogŭi Hosu!

Al Hara Fossell (하라) is starting her first year as Kitchen staff. She is currently in her sophomore year at Concordia College in Moorhead majoring in Chinese. Hara was a former villager for two previous summers, and is now excited to spend a third summer making delicious meals for all new and returning villagers. For fun, Hara likes to draw, crochet, and reread the "Harry Potter" novels. She is also very excited to make more memories this summer at Sup Sogŭi Hosu

Okjoo Rogneby (옥주) was on staff last year as a Kitchen Assistant, and is looking forward to being the Baker this year! They are a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, going into their second year of their B.A. with a major in History and a double minor in East Asian Studies and Classics. Okjoo was a villager for seven years, making this their ninth summer at Sup Sogŭi Hosu overall. In their downtime, Okjoo enjoys to sing and draw.

Leland Kimoon Nelson (기문) is on his second year as kitchen staff, after four years as a villager at Sup Sogŭi Hosu. He is a student at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where he is planning on studying Chemistry. Kimoon likes reading, hiking and listening to music in his free time, and rows for the Lewis & Clark Pioneers during the academic year. During his second year on staff, Kimoon is looking forward to learning even more about cooking Korean food and dishing it out too!
 

Isabel Oksang Meigs (옥상) is on her third year on staff with Concordia Language Villages, but her first with Sup Sogŭi Hosu and her first in the kitchen! The second half of the summer Oksang will be a staff counselor named Oksana at Lesnoe Ozero, the Russian Language Village. In her free time, she loves studying languages, reading and staring at the lake.

This is Desiree (데즈레) Lindbom-Cho's second year as kitchen staff at CLV-Korea. She learned to cook good food from her mother, father, and grandfather and learned to cook good Korean food from her mother-in-law and Sup Sogŭi Hosu's head chef. She is happy to be up north for the summer as she is native to Snellman, Minnesota and gets to visit family while learning to speak more with her Korean in-laws. The rest of the year, she is a gifted education specialist for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and helps teachers plan curriculum while serving precocious learners.

Rachel Yeonhee Morris (연희) is serving her 16th year on CLV staff, but her 1st year at Sup Sogŭi Hosu. She is loving learning how to cook all the delicious Korean recipes! During the school year, Yeonhee works as a Montesorri guide in Minneapolis, MN.


 

Health Staff

 

Heather EunHye Linehan (은혜), is back for yet another summer as our nurse. She retired in 2016 after working 35 years as a paramedic for the Chicago Fire Dept and also was an ER nurse. EunHye feels lucky to be able to spend summers in the North Woods at CLV, even spending some time during the school year for school programs and at other villages, although Sup Sogŭi Hosu will always be home. She is also a lifelong Girl Scout (and recipient of Thanks Badge II, the highest award a Girl Scout adult can receive), so camp nursing is a perfect fit. In her spare time, she likes to knit, sew, and be outdoors. At home, she volunteers doing different things as an Illinois Master Naturalist, and other things around the neighborhood. Her son calls it her "fake retirement" because she is never home. This summer, EunHye is very excited to celebrate Hwangap with her Sup Sogŭi Hosu family in a traditional landmark birthday celebration.