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.
 

 
 
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. 
 

 

Program Staff

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! 
 
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.
 
 

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.

 

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!

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.