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Faculty Friday: Julie Sykes

Originally from the UK, I spent a couple of years teaching in a British Boarding school before moving overseas. I have lived and worked in Kuwait, Cambodia, El Salvador, and Angola before moving to South Korea.

What is your role at the Dwight School Seoul?
Upper School Principal

What made you decide to work in an education setting?  And what is your philosophy?
It means I can spend every day of my life thinking about and talking about Physics.
I wish to ignite the spark of genius in every child.
Working in a school every day is different and unpredictable when you work with teenagers

What do you like the most about working at DSS?
Coming to work is fun and interesting.  The students are wonderful individuals (occasionally with a day-to- day thrown in there) and there is a strong sense of community.
Korea is a very easy place to live as a foreigner.

What are your interests and or hobbies? 
Mostly in Korea I enjoy hiking in the mountains and areas around Seoul. You meet lots of interesting people when you get out of the main built up areas and there is lots of beautiful landscape very close to the capital city.
I also enjoy taking advantage of the free guided tourist walks around Seoul. It is very interesting learning about the lesser known areas/events and listening to people’s personal perspectives.

Who inspires you and how?
I think what inspires me more is not any individual person but how different people act in different situations. All of us can be a source of inspiration for each other rather than looking towards that famous person we seen on our screens

What have you been reading lately?
I am currently reading the Other Side of the Dale, which is a light read about a School Inspector moving from the big city to a rural area of England and the silly mistakes and situations he gets himself into.

What is one fun fact about you that others may not know or may surprise them? 
That I have completed the Seoul Trial (147km hike around Seoul) twice. Once because I wanted to and the second time because my father visited and forced me to do it with him!

Why would you tell a prospective family to choose DSS?
The community feeling of the school.  We try to develop the whole child, not just the academics.

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