Kim grew up in Germany (in Franconia) and London, UK where she first experienced the IB as a student – she earned an IB Diploma!
After completing her IB Diploma, she did a Foundation Degree in Art&Design at London Guildhall University, UK Art & Design Foundation degree at London Guildhall University, and then she returned to Germany where she earned an MA in Linguistics and Chinese Studies at Eberhard-Karls University in Tubingen. Then, at Julius-Maximilians University in Wurzburg, she earned a Teaching Degree in English, German, Chinese which consisted of the respective academic language and literature skills as well as some academic skills in psychology and pedagogy on MA level. She worked as a lecturer of English at the university during this time, teaching Applied Linguistics, English Semantics, and Advanced English Practice. She also did some work as a Research Assistant for the German Research Assistant during this time. Kim has also done teaching training for English and German at German (Bavarian) grammar schools where she obtained a teaching license (English, German and Chinese) for secondary education (Staatsexamen für Gymnasium (Englisch, Deutsch, Chinesisch) – Bayern).
Continuing her interest in travel , Kim spent almost a year in China, studying Mandarin and working as a part time assistant in higher education management. She then returned to her native Franconia, a beautiful – pretty rural – area in the north of Bavaria, which is used for growing white wine due to its hills and rivers.
Kim resumed her teaching career in Franconia, working first in a Bavarian gymnasium, but then worked for the following 3.5 years at International School Mainfranken, an IB World where she taught both IB German A and IB German B. As an IB Educator she participated in many IB Workshops covering Language A, Language B, Language and Literature, Inquiry, among others areas of pedagogy. Kim has also supervised Extended Essays on subjects such as The Psychological Aspects in the Drama ‘Woyzeck’ by Georg Büchner (German A), Antisemitism in Two works of Modern Literature (after WW2) – (German A), and Modern Right-Wing Parties in Present Day Germany (German B).