Miya Kim

MS Special Education, BS Elementary Education

Grade 6

Miya Kim came to Atholton Adventist Academy in 2008. After finishing her elementary and high school education at Northside Christian Academy (SC) and San Diego Academy (CA), she completed an elementary education degree at Southern Adventist University and a graduate degree in special education from Johns Hopkins University. She later went to Andrews University where she completed her TESOL certification.

Prior to coming to AAA Mrs. Kim taught in the Montgomery County Public Schools and Ruth Murdoch Elementary School in Berrien Springs, MI and then stayed home for a few years to rear her two daughters.  Mrs. Kim's husband is one of the pastors of the Washington-Spencerville Korean SDA Church.  Mrs. Kim is also Korean but was raised in the US by her American adoptive parents.  These factors allow her to move between American and Korean culture.

A combination of Mrs. Kim's Korean heritage, her upbringing by American parents, and her educational training in elementary education, special education and TESOL certification make her a natural to work with our students with academic challenges. As a teacher Mrs. Kim is extremely organized and creative and always illicits the best from her students. She is kind and gentle, which is reflected in one of her favorite quotes from Emily Dickinson:  " . . .always I have a chair for you in the smallest parlor in the world, to wit, my heart." 

Mrs. Kim enjoys gardening, talking with friends, walking, playing games, and spending time with family. She has traveled widely and holds fond memories of her trips to Tuscany, Rome, Prince Edwards Island, Kyungju, Bermuda, Grand Canyon, Boston, and Eugene, OR