AAPI Spotlight: Somyung Kim brings a world of culture and ideas to her Korean language students

For far more than 10 several years, Somyung Kim worked in the money sector, excelling at her career and savoring it. But all the when she realized that some thing was lacking.

Kim had developed up in Daegu, South Korea, as older sister to a single brother in a huge and close extended family members. She attended university there, but as a self-explained “fearless university scholar,” she decided following her sophomore calendar year to “come to The us to check out.”  An economics major, Kim secured an internship in Florida with a major hotel chain.  Later, she analyzed in Georgia on an exchange program in advance of graduating from her residence higher education and becoming a teacher. It was then that she uncovered her contacting, educating overseas language – in this case English – to superior school learners. But immediately after three years, a long lasting transfer to The us to get married led her away from teaching and into the company environment.

“Teaching was one thing I missed for good,” Kim explained, while she identified good work in the financial market exactly where she labored for about 13 decades. Of her final position, at a big automobile financing business, she says, “I cherished it there. The good news is I was in a placement the place I had to teach people, teach individuals, lead persons. I definitely relished it, but I generally felt that anything was missing. I missed training a international language to superior faculty students.”

A far better choice     

Not able to shake that experience, about a few a long time ago Kim started to volunteer as a instructor at a Korean school in close proximity to her residence although still working in finance. In that role she attended conferences, situations and academic workshops, at some point mastering of an option to be employed as a international language teacher as a result of Dallas ISD’s Substitute Trainer Certification system.

“I interviewed with Dallas ISD, and my [current]principal prolonged an supply. He wanted to employ me correct absent. It felt like a miracle – that it could materialize just after I’d been longing for the opportunity for so extensive, considering in the back of my brain, ‘Oh, I want I could do that yet again.’

“I believe my principal appreciated all I’d carried out in my profession – performing in the economic business for additional than 10 several years. I experienced a ton of knowledge to share with my pupils. I’m a Korean instructor who is from South Korea, but I have so considerably simple experience that I can share with pupils seeking to do their very best in lifetime.”

Now, Kim is in the very last thirty day period of her initially university yr training at the University of Business enterprise and Administration at Townview.

Enthusiasm is an understatement when describing Kim, who says, “I genuinely like the learners right here at Townview! They are extremely respectful and really enthusiastic to treatment about their lives and their tutorial accomplishments. I also like the truth that I can teach all the pupils from the 6 distinctive Townview universities. They have distinctive strengths and weaknesses, and I’m enjoying understanding all about that.”

A lot more than the language          

AAPI Spotlight: Somyung Kim brings a world of culture and ideas to her Korean language students  When her concentration is on training Korean, Kim sees her function as an option to share much more than the language. “I share Korean artwork, new music, heritage, society, meals. I’m not seeking to restrict my training to just the language. Language does not occur by itself. Pupils have to discover about the tradition to be capable to learn the language. So I check out to introduce as much as achievable. Food items is 1 of the things they get really excited about. It’s part of sharing the tradition.”

Audio is yet another desire for Kim, who states she performed the piano increasing up and received to the position exactly where “I could have majored in it. I make all the connections – concerning language and audio and business enterprise. They are not separate. I always try to encourage college students by serving to them recognize these connections.”

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage thirty day period, Kim experienced her college students design and style standard Korean masks with craft components she brought from her homeland. “I exhibit them some of the Korean artwork and they interpret it as their very own. They’ve established Korean masks that look like Spanish, American, all the cultures mixed, which is so neat. We are exhibiting individuals to share the practical experience with all the faculties at Townview.”

Diversity is important to Kim, the mother of two boys, 8 and 11, explained by their mother as “a blend of every little thing. They are half Korean, 25% Italian, 25% British. They often joke, that, ‘I have 3% of Switzerland!’ They love remaining various.”

Her boys go to elementary college and go to Korean college each and every week. “They are discovering Tae-Kwan do, Korean martial arts. I notice them in class and I’m  fascinated in studying that myself. I think it will be good to share with my pupils as effectively.”

She and her household visit South Korea each year, anything she’ll have more time for now as a instructor fairly than a business worker.  And now she’ll be viewing her homeland by means of the eyes of a teacher as very well as a former resident. “It’s a modern society of constant change – every calendar year, anything new. They continue to keep changing and enhancing issues. I want to figure out how teaching about that alter can be practical academically to motivate my students. I’m quite psyched about that.”

Christopher Lewis

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