As educators we get the opportunity to work with students and mentor them every single day. Sometimes we see the direct result of our impact on their lives, often times not. But when we do, there’s not a prouder moment. This is one of them.When I arrived at GSIS in 2009, Kylie was a little 3rd grader whom I noticed as a pretty good soccer player. As the high school girls’ coach, I watched her keenly develop until I had the chance to coach her in 6th grade. In the years that followed I’ve gotten to know Kylie far beyond a soccer player, one of the privileges we gain as coaches, I think. I have essentially watched her grow into a mature, caring, intelligent young lady who strives for balance in an academically demanding society. Nowhere was her disposition more evident than in her work last year with her MYP Personal Project where she composed a song and video to commemorate the 2014 Sewol Ferry disaster in South Korea. It’s not because I’m the MYP Coordinator. It’s not because I’m the assistant principal. It’s because I’m an educator who is continually learning alongside my students, and this… what words can describe how proud I am of Kylie? It’s not celebrating a program, but the educators and parents that have worked with her to bring her to this moment where she is able to be proud of herself. Here’s her song and narrative, followed by an interview she did with a national Korean newspaper. Thank you, Kylie, for being a great role model to others and sharing your passion with us. This is the learning that matters, and we’re so proud of you.
Secondary School Assistant Principal & MYP Coordinator
My name is Kylie Hur, and it’s my 11th year at GSIS. As one of the processes of completing my Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate, I had to complete a project in grade 10. Our class basically had to do a project related to our personal interest, something that we would like to gain knowledge and experiences on. For my personal project, I decided to compose a song about the Sewol Ferry incident. I chose this as my personal project because I wanted to remind people about this tragic incident and make them feel sympathetic towards the victims. This was a very challenging project and took me a lot of time and effort to complete this project; however, it was worth it after I completed my song, “The Yellow Ribbon“. After a few months since I completed my personal project, my grandfather, who’s an illustrator, decided to use the lyrics of my song to create a book. This collaboration I did with my grandfather was very meaningful to me and will always remind me of my 10th grade year. I think that the personal project allowed me to make great memories and experiences that I would never forget, and most importantly extended my path as a musician.
Gr.11 Kylie Hur
Kylie’s Interview with The Korean Herald (click on Kylie’s photo below to see):