The Background for My Teaching Philosophy
I need to present a brief background to help you understand my teaching-learning philosophy better.
I was born in a small and very traditional village in the remote countryside of South Korea. Traditionally, all young women worked in local factories after graduation from middle school and it was assumed that would be my fate. However, my English teacher, Mr. Cho persuaded my parents and relatives that a female could have a career and a professional job. He made many attempts before my parents finally agreed. This is how I became the first female in my entire village to attend high school and to earn a college degree. Mr. Cho changed my life so in dedication to him I chose a college that is well-known for teaching education. I worked hard to get into a Korean college and graduate. Afterwards, I taught English in Korea for ten years.
I arrived in the U.S. on August 8, 2000 with my 4-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter to finish my dissertation for Korean Ph.D.. In the U.S., I met a wonderful teacher and mentor at the University of South Florida: [[AppData/Local/Microsoft/Users/kkim/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary Internet Files/Local Settings/Temporary Internet Files/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary Internet Files/Local Settings/Temporary Internet Files/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary Internet Files/Documents/Kim, Kyung Hee/Copy of Kim, KyungHee Third Year Review/Artifacts/I Teaching/Advising/Dr. Kofi Marfo at the University of South Florida.pdf|Dr. Kofi Marfo]]. Dr. Marfo was originally from Cape Coast, Ghana, and his heart is bigger than his height. He encouraged me to pursue a second Ph.D. in the U.S. and later guided me to the Ph.D. program at UGA, because of Dr. Paul Torrance and the Torrance Center of Creativity at UGA. At UGA shortly after I began a Ph.D. program in educational psychology, I met yet another mentor, Dr. Bonnie Crammod -- who changed me from a student to a scholar.
After UGA, I accepted a position at EMU because of EMU’s long history as an institution for training education professionals. I was told “EMU produces the most and the best teachers in the U.S.” The value placed on instruction at EMU was highly consistent with my professional values and my Asian cultural background in which the teaching profession is highly respected. I learned a great deal about teaching from my colleagues and my students at EMU because of EMU’s focus on Teaching. At EMU I met two additional mentors, Dr. Katherine Beuvais and Dr. Ann Bednar: Dr. Beuvais taught me how to be a good mother for my two Americanized children, and Dr. Bednar taught me how to teach American students.
I cannot imagine what my life would have been without the teachers and mentors that have been part of my life. Therefore, I have pledged to do my best to pass on the generosity and support I have received from these wonderful individuals. I feel I can do that only by being the best teacher and mentor that I can be to my students.

At EMU, I taught six different courses:

EDPS 340: Introduction to Assessment and Evaluation
EDPS 504: Nature and Identification of the Gifted
EDPS 614: Psychology of Creativity in Education
EDPS 621: Statistical Application in Educational Research
EDPS 651: Inferential Statistics
EDPS 677: Methods in Quantitative Research
At WM, I have taught three different courses:
EDUCF09: Human Growth/Development Life Span
EDUCF65: Research Methods in Education
EDUC663: Principles of Educational Research

Clicking the hyperlinks above will open a copy of the most recent course syllabi for each of these courses. These syllabi contain the course outline for each course and their design, in part, serves as evidence of my instructional effectiveness. I believe that these materials reveal the extent and depth of my knowledge as an instructor, my organizational and planning skills, and my attention to the importance of integrating a wide range of concepts relevant to the field of educational psychology into the classes I teach.