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Woo-Jung Amber Kim

Adjunct Faculty
Education Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Woo-Jung Amber Kim is an adjunct faculty member of the TESOL program. She is a middle school science teacher in Thousand Oaks, CA, and is currently pursuing her doctorate in the Leadership and Innovation Ed.D. Program at Arizona State University. While Amber is passionate about science education, her research interests also lie in pursuing educational equity through culturally-responsive education, teacher professional development, and understanding how language education and culture shape students’ sense of belonging in schools. Amber’s background, as a Korean-American who grew up transnationally between the U.S. and South Korea, inspired her current research project which focuses on understanding how domestic U.S. teachers develop intercultural competencies while teaching international students within a private school setting.

Before moving to California, Amber received her Masters of Education degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City and has worked in private and public schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, and South Korea. She has also worked with non-profit organizations like CARE International in Cambodia and World Vision International, which advocate for children to have equitable access to quality education across the globe. 



  • MEd, Columbia University Teachers College
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison