Thinking Math with Dr. Kim
About Dr. Kim
Hi, my name is David Kim. This is the second year for QISS Faculty as a Secondary Mathematics Teacher. Lots of students call me just DK.
Upon graduating from Korea University in Seoul, I attended the University of California, Berkeley, to receive a master’s and a doctoral degree in engineering. While pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering, I also chose to minor in mathematics.
Although initially I became a professor at Korea University, I realized that I had a greater passion for teaching students rather than spending time on company research projects. I made the decision to resign from that position during my Sabbatical leave, and since then have been teaching mathematics to students of all backgrounds.
My desire to support students in mathematics led me to set up my own institution, Dr. Kim’s SAT Academy. It was accredited by WASC and provided courses to help students in all subjects, with an emphasis on mathematics. I published seven booklets, “Dr. Kim’s SAT Pointnote” (ISBN 0-9749160-0-5), explaining the main concepts to remember from Pre-algebra to AP Calculus. During the eleven year period of running Dr. Kim’s SAT Academy, I was able to help many students achieve perfect scores on their AP Calculus and SAT II Math tests.
Although I enjoyed teaching and living in the United States, I came to realize that I wanted to serve people in other countries as well. This is the reason that I decided to become an international educator. For three years, I had taught Pre Calculus, AP Calculus, Geometry, and Physics at Almaty International School in Kazakhstan, where I learned how to share my special thinking methods of mathematics to foreign students. For two years, I had taught AP Calculus, IB Math, IB Physics and Geometry at Kyiv International School in Ukraine. Currently, I am teaching SAT Geometry, QCIE Math, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC and Statistics at QISS in China. This position enables me to provide students with the skills needed to master important concepts in mathematics. I am challenged to be creative, nurturing, and most of all, patient with the students.
It is my goal to combine my range of experience with my ability to be a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher who will make a positive contribution to QISS.
My wife, Susan, used to be a college professor and college-prep. counselor in Korea and the U.S. We love travel and people. We really enjoy being around people who inspire and motivate.
Thank you so much.
Dr. David Kim