Our Counsellors

Our College Counselling team is uniquely experienced to help our students make informed choices about their courses and pathways that compliment their strengths and future goals. As an international school, we recognize the need to help our prospective graduates navigate the complexities of the university and college admissions’ processes and alternate post-secondary options worldwide.

Our team is continuing to keep up-to-date with trends, changing requirements, and strengthening connections in the post-secondary admissions’ world. Serving as resources to provide valuable insights and answer any questions that may arise, our College Counsellors are dedicated to help our students succeed in their journey to higher learning.

MEET OUR TEAM

I joined SSIS in August 2007. I taught MYP Language A (Korean) and IBDP and HSDP Language A1 (Korean) at SSIS from 2007 to 2011 and I have been a College Counsellor at SSIS since 2011. I am currently taking a Counselling Psychology course as my second masters degree at Hanyang Cyber University. I also hold a bachelors degree in Physical Education and a masters degree in Sports Management from Yonsei University, Korea. I earned my teacher certification while studying for my bachelor degree. I have been a presenter for Korean University Admissions many times for the Korean community in and out of SSIS.

email:hyuksangson@mail.ssis-suzhou.net

I have lived and worked internationally in education for more than 12 years in England and China, as a counselor, administrator, student services coordinator, academic advisor, and teacher. My desire to continue working with youth and adolescents stem from my keen advocacy for student academic success and healthy wellbeing.

I am from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and graduated from the University of Victoria where I received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology in 2000; then obtained my Bachelors of Education at the University of British Columbia in 2004. In April 2016, I completed my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University, and am a member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).

As a member of the SSIS community, I look forward to further developing my personal and professional growth by contributing to the academic, personal, and social successes of our students.

Born and raised in Chicago, I received my undergraduate degree in Family and Child Studies from Northern Illinois University and later completed my graduate degree in School Counseling and Guidance from Lewis University. After graduating I moved to South Korea where I discovered my love of traveling and working with diverse students and cultures and am hoping to continue to do so for the length of my career!

I joined the SSIS team in 2017 as a College Counsellor and am beyond excited to work with the students and staff here! Before coming to SSIS I worked as a college counsellor in Jinan, China, an academic advisor for a university in Chicago, a preschool teacher in Chicago, and an English teacher in Incheon, Korea.

When I’m not at work you can find me watching the Chicago Cubs, running or biking, or stretched out in the grass somewhere reading a book (when it’s not raining!) I also love exploring Suzhou, China and neighboring countries as often as I can.