Though this is his first year teaching for the Magnet program at Cleveland, he has a storied history here. In fact, his passion for discussing the “big ideas,” thinking critically, writing, and teaching in general blossomed at this very school. As a student, the teachers here provided the means he would use to develop as a critical thinker. As a volunteer student teacher, his mentors showed unlimited patience and gave him room to grow as both student and teacher. For Mr. Kim, it was never a question of if he’d ever return to Cleveland, but when.
Now that he’s back, it’s difficult for him not to want to turn every day into a full-blown celebration. Instead, he’ll be channeling that energy into making the high school experience of students as transformative and empowering as his was.