Elementary School Principal at St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju in Korea
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Elementary School Principal
St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju (Korea)

Aug 11, 21


St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju

Elementary School Principal - Starting July 1, 2022


Our Mission

St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju is a diverse, comprehensive, and independent educational community grounded by our traditions, our deep optimism regarding young people, and our commitment to academic excellence:

Character: To teach good character by modeling and fostering compassion, respect, responsibility, and integrity.

Inquiry: To foster a love for learning by challenging individuals to pursue knowledge, creativity, and intellectual self reliance.

Community: To encourage each individual to understand his or her relationships, rights, and responsibilities within a community that is itself part of the larger world. Our culture fosters a tradition of respect for all members of our community, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, cultural background, or economic status.


Our Three Promises

1. We will do all we can to help each student be the best person possible. We are committed to the values of respect, compassion, integrity, and responsibility. We have compassion and empathy and we believe in loving those who need it most.

2. We will do all we can to help each student be the best learner possible. We value expertise and creativity. We provide the support and opportunities for students to pursue their passion and develop a love for learning.

3. We will do all we can to help each student become part of something bigger than him/herself. When students come to our school they become part of the most talented and diverse group of individuals they may ever know as friends and colleagues. They develop an intellectual and emotional connection to making this community a better place.

Cultivating Global Leaders through Inquiry-Based Learning

St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju (SJA Jeju) is an international day and boarding school for students in grades Pre-K3 through 12 in Jeju Global Education City, South Korea. Its home school is St. Johnsbury Academy, a prestigious private school in the state of Vermont that was founded in 1842. SJA Jeju prioritizes inquiry-based learning. In keeping with the St. Johnsbury Academy philosophy of Character, Inquiry, and Community, students learn to think critically, and independently, in all areas of study. SJA Jeju, which is committed to helping students grow into globally-minded, creative individuals with their own area of expertise, provides state-of-the-art facilities and a highly-developed, student centered education that begins with the school’s Early Childhood Program (Age 3) and continues through High School (Grade 12).

Building Community and Inspiring Passion

SJA Jeju’s goal is to develop students who are compassionate individuals, passionate learners, and global citizens. To realize this vision, the school implements learning that is specifically tailored to each student’s needs and abilities. Through its educational programs, SJA Jeju seeks to strengthen the academic skills and character of each student.

Student Centered Education that Emphasizes Inquiry and Project-Based Learning

At SJA Jeju, the core tenet of education is Inquiry and Project-Based learning, which culminates in the ultimate educational experience: the Capstone Program. Through inquiry and project-based learning, which encourages independently asking questions and finding answers, students not only hone their academic abilities but also develop their character.


Early Childhood Program


Cultivating a Love of Exploration through Play-Based Learning: Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and Kinder

The Early Childhood Program (ECP) at SJA Jeju is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, an educational philosophy that encourages children to act on their innate curiosity and associate learning with fun. In the ECP, teachers carefully observe what each child is curious about and interested in and use these observations to develop each child’s abilities and potential.

Play-based learning is very important to help develop social and emotional skills for young children. They learn to solve problems, create, investigate, explore, participate in social interactions and develop conflict resolution skills. It is also important for the physical and cognitive skills they develop. Play-based learning gives opportunities for young children to be active and engaged through social skills, language skills, and hands-on problem solving as well as purposeful play that is constructed to enhance deeper learning experiences.

The role of the teacher is to facilitate each child's ability to represent what they know and what they want to learn. This is done through helping children communicate their understanding, design new experiences, problems and challenges, facilitating discussions and social interactions, reflecting with the child on their own ideas, and developing new skills through inquiry.

Great care is also given to developing the classroom environment, which is known at SJA Jeju as “the third teacher,” so that children are naturally motivated to explore, play, and learn. Each classroom includes what are called “learning stations” for unstructured play and exploration. Students can freely visit their station of choice to engage in play, which allows them to accumulate various experiences and to sharpen their creative skills. Classrooms could feature some of the following stations: creative art and writing; an Architecture Station for block activities and creative building; a Role-Playing Station for dramatic play; and a book or library area where children can read a variety of books in a comfortable environment. Each learning station or area is also stocked with materials related to math and science. The learning stations are changed as necessary so that the children can explore different areas of interest.

Being able to engage in diverse forms of play significantly enhances each child’s social skills, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and intellectual capabilities. Early Childhood teachers also facilitate various types of group activities and provide opportunities for dialogue, so that the children can learn how to interact with their peers and develop healthy, close-knit relationships.

  • The Reggio Emilia approach encourages students to be explorers, creators, innovators, problem solvers and inquirers through play.
  • Educational “learning stations” that reflect students’ interests and encourage exploration
  • Educational and daily life guidance tailored to each student’s unique needs
  • Language Arts for balanced language arts training for linguistic development


Elementary School Program


Dreaming Big through Diverse Educational Activities: Elementary School (Grades 1–5)

SJA Jeju’s Elementary School strives to foster students who are passionate, diligent, and self-driven and seeks to help students discover and explore their own interests. Elementary students engage in self-directed learning and experience the joy of “realworld” learning through activities that link academic study to the world outside of SJA Jeju. By engaging in diverse communication and collaborative processes within an environment that prioritizes inquiry and project based learning, students gain a sense of confidence as well as leadership skills.

The Elementary School prides itself on the focus of student achievement through open communication, collaboration, problem solving, critical thinking and so much more. Our students are becoming active learners who are reflective and are beginning to gain a better understanding of the world around them.

The curriculum at SJA Jeju’s Elementary School is very student-centered. It encourages students to develop the skills needed to solve diverse problems by asking questions and doing research. It also provides the foundation needed for students to start developing as globally-aware citizens. Elementary students are encouraged to learn and grow by discovering their own innate potential, as we focus on the whole child including academics, social/emotional well-being, character education, athletics, and extracurricular activities.

In order to foster students’ creativity, the Elementary School operates two Science Labs and a Design Tech Lab. The Design Tech Lab helps students create a variety of projects, such as woodworking, robotics, 3D printing, block building, and handicraft projects, and immerse themselves in VR experiences. Our science Labs allow for scientific discovery, free exploration and scientific processes that promote engineering strategies and skills. Both areas allow students to be curious, inquirers and explorers.

In the Elementary School, the English as an Additional Language (EAL) program has two full-time EAL teachers dedicated to every grade level 1-5. A co-teaching model is used to enhance the best learning environment for the students. The EAL teacher co-plans with the classroom teacher and will go into the homeroom classroom to support English language learners during content-area lessons. The EAL teacher may be supporting students one-on-one, in small groups, or co-teaching the lesson or activity.

The EAL teacher will model strategies and skills students will practice in all core subject areas. Prior to the lessons, the EAL teacher will co-plan with teachers and prepare scaffolded and differentiated lessons for EAL students. This EAL Program supports English Language Learners’ language development using the Immersion Model. Research shows that the Immersion Model is the most effective for successful language acquisition. Because language learning occurs through active engagement in school activities and social interactions, student needs are best met in the language-rich homeroom classes.

  • Learning support to consistently develop each student’s potential and aid in the educational process
  • Design Tech Lab and Science Lab for building creativity and encouraging a spirit of inquiry
  • After-school activities provided free of charge so that students can explore diverse areas (tech, sports, music, art, etc.)
  • Capstone project for students in Grade 5: the culmination of self-directed learning


Middle School Program


Fulfilling Potential and Discovering Interests: Middle School (Grades 6–8)

SJA Jeju provides diverse programs for the balanced intellectual, psychological, social, and emotional growth of its middle school students. In Middle School, the teachers act as mentors to the students, helping them form close, strong relationships. At this stage, education is individually-tailored and based on what students are interested and/or talented in and is designed to help students make the most of their time at SJA Jeju.

At the heart of SJA Jeju’s Middle School is the Grade Level Team. Teachers of key subjects—such as Math, Science, English, and Social Studies—are grouped into teams per grade (Grades 6, 7, 8) and meet on a weekly basis to ascertain student needs and discuss how to address them. This model gives students an education that is more effective because it is specifically tailored to each student's current grade level.

Just like in ECP and the Elementary School, classes in the Middle School are conducted using an inquiry and project-based approach. Teachers use a project-based, bottom-up approach to help students take ownership of their own learning and accumulate knowledge. By actively engaging in inquiry-based learning, students gain the ability to apply what they learn in the classroom to their everyday lives as well as to think deeply, deductively, and critically.

  • Intensive English language acquisition support program
  • Grade Level Teams for maximizing academic skills in key subjects (Math, Science, English, and Social Studies)
  • Advisory program that strengthens students’ bond with the school
  • Regular access to teachers after school hours for supplementing students' understanding of class content
  • Practical application of SJA Jeju’s educational mission and building teamwork skills: Capstone Project for Grade 8


High School Program


Growing into Fully-Functioning Individuals Equipped with Experience and Expertise: High School (Grades 9–12)

SJA Jeju’s High School provides diverse educational programs for students to explore their different areas of interest and establish their identities. Ultimately, the high school program focuses on empowering students to lead self-directed lives upon entering university. SJA Jeju believes that the best way to ensure students’ success in all areas of university life is to equip them with the ability to learn on their own. SJA Jeju’s High School gives students the freedom to choose and organize their own classes and extracurricular activities in a way that allows them to explore various academic and non-academic interests.

  • Block scheduling, unique to SJA Jeju, for students to develop their areas of interest and engage in in-depth learning
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) program for training creative, multi-disciplinary individuals
  • AP program for the advance acquisition of university credit · Intensive learning project for the 12th grade students: Senior Capstone
  • One-semester exchange program with St. Johnsbury Academy to allow students to experience life in a different country and to expand their horizons
  • Preparing for university admission (in Korea or overseas) with a trained counselor: College Counseling Program

Block scheduling allows students to quickly transition from basic to intensive learning through focused study, while afterschool activities encourage students to try new things and find new areas of interest. The Advisory and Conference Program enables teachers to form close relationships with students by serving as their mentors. The Capstone Program is a program through which students develop what they’ve learned in previous years into an official, independent project. As they present their projects, the students are able to show themselves and the greater SJA Jeju community the fruits of their learning and labor throughout Elementary, Middle, or High School. In connection with the Capstone Program, SJA Jeju provides an exceptional education that is tailored to individual traits and needs, thus ensuring that each student has a school experience that is unique.

In addition, SJA Jeju operates an AP (Advanced Placement) program for high school students who are interested in developing an advanced understanding in one or more subjects. The AP program is overseen by the US College Board and allows certain classes taken in high school to be counted as university credit. Many major American universities recognize AP courses as regular university credits, provided that the student achieves a certain score on the content specific AP test.

SJA Jeju’s High School has a well-developed College Counseling program that takes into consideration the dreams and talents of each student to help him or her find the best path to a future that is fruitful. Students who have fulfilled certain criteria are given the chance to participate in the school’s student exchange program and may take classes at St. Johnsbury Academy, which is located in Vermont (USA), with students from St. Johnsbury Academy also given the opportunity to study at SJA Jeju. This type of exchange gives students a better understanding of cultures other than their own and helps them develop a global mindset.

Administrative Leadership Competencies: These are the competencies we identify and expect in our administrators at SJA Jeju.

Instructional Leadership: Establishes a schoolwide vision of commitment to high standards and success of all students.

Accountability: Promotes internal and external responsibility and accountability for student achievement and well-being.

Establishes Directions: Ensures that the school’s vision is clearly articulated, shared, understood, and acted upon by all.

Builds Relationships: Fosters genuine trusting relationships with students, staff, families and the community, and empowers others to work in the best interest of all students.

Develops the Organization: Encourages a school culture of change and promotes shared knowledge and shared responsibility for outcomes, and creates a climate hospitable to education.

Values Diversity and Equity: Understands the richness and diversity of the school community and promotes equitable access to opportunity and achievement.



Candidates must hold an advanced degree in education/educational administration from an accredited university.

Candidates must have a minimum of at least two years’ experience in a similar leadership role within a multicultural school setting.

Successful candidates will have a proven track record of collaborative and transparent leadership.


Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits are very competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience of the candidate.



Candidates should submit the following in ONE pdf file to the head of school office at noreply_hos@sjajeju.kr :

  • Brief letter of application stating reason for interest in the position, why SJA Jeju is the right fit for you, and what specific skills, qualities and experiences you can offer.
  • A current CV/resume no longer than two pages.
  • One page statement of philosophy of education and educational leadership.
  • List of three referees, including one from a current supervisor, with names, position, and full contact details.

Deadline for applications is open until filled. Candidates should note that in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, SJA Jeju reserves the right to make an appointment before the deadline. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for initial interviews. Please do not contact the school directly.

Visit SJA Jeju school website at https://www.sjajeju.kr/ to learn more about our dynamic learning community.


Did You Know…?

Senior Associate Bill Turner’s international teaching career has taken him to Sudan, Italy, Qatar and the UAE as well as his home country of England. His very first teaching position was in rural Sudan.