Lauren Lin

Editor in Chief

Lauren loves studying languages, Korean being her latest (and hardest) to tackle; she hopes to triumph over it, like she did with Chinese and French. She earned a BA in political science and international studies from Boston College, where she wrote a thesis exploring East Asian security. Lauren is a first-year ETA and teaches at a middle school near Cheongju.

Infusion Staff

Rebecca Weng

Managing Editor

Rebecca enjoys sitting in cafes, making self-deprecating jokes, and buying bus tickets. She graduated from Princeton University with a BA in sociology and a minor in technology and society. Rebecca is a first-year ETA and teaches at Gochangbuk Middle School and Gochangbuk High School in Gochang County, Jeollabuk-do.

Samantha Rodriguez

Managing Editor

Samantha’s favorite thing about her Korean students is how they think she’s cool. Before coming to Korea, Samantha taught high school in the US for two years. She is now a first-year ETA and teaches at a high school in Jeonju. She graduated from St. Edward’s University with a BA in literature.

Louise Zhou

Design Editor

Before coming to Korea, Louise was a UX designer on the game Words With Friends 2, which you can download on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store for free. Louise graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BS in business administration and human–computer interaction. She is a first-year ETA and teaches at Cheongwon High School, a coed public boarding school in Ochang.

Amanda Grant

Assistant Design Editor

Amanda has a scar on her leg caused by a burning marshmallow. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Asian languages and literature and is a first-year ETA at Jeju Jungang Girls’ High School in Jeju City.

Carlee Wright

Monitor

Carlee is a self-proclaimed grandma who loves rainy days, drinking tea (her obsession), and treating herself for no apparent reason. She enjoys talking about pottery, Pilates, and low-waste lifestyles. Carlee graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a double major in international studies and Italian. She teaches at two middle schools in Gyeongju and is a first-year ETA.

La Toya Crittenden

Monitor

If not found online, La Toya is more than likely sleeping. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with an MA in interdisciplinary studies and a BA in French and crime, law and deviance. La Toya is a first-year ETA at Jusang Elementary School.

Alex Suryapranata

Photo Editor

Alex enjoys watching masterpieces of visual storytelling like It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. One day he hopes to spread the gospel of Linux and open-source software to the masses. Alex graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in electrical and computer engineering. He is a first-year ETA and teaches at an elementary school in Hwacheon.

Melissa Kukowski

Social Media Coordinator

Since becoming an ETA, Melissa has visited six schools, traveled to three countries (soon to be five), and attended four concerts (also soon to be five). She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in neuroscience and psychology. A second-year ETA, Melissa teaches at a coed middle school in Mokpo.

Max Kapur

Web Editor

Max’s rating in internet chess is 1500—dead average. He teaches at a middle school in Naju.

Aki Camargo

Staff Editor

When Aki’s not watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, he’s usually talking about multiracial identity and being the #extra kid in the back of the classroom. Aki is from Tokyo, Japan and earned a degree from Brown University in international development and sociology. Aki works at Seogwipo Middle School on Jeju Island and is a first-year ETA.

Audrey Summers

Staff Editor

Audrey is originally from Grand Marais, Minnesota, a town so far north that she goes grocery shopping in Canada. She likes to brag about the fact that she is ambidextrous. Audrey graduated from Beloit College in 2018 with a degree in creative writing and a minor in journalism. She is a first-year ETA and teaches at an elementary school in Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do.

Justin Abbott

Staff Editor

Justin’s talents include a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do, solving a Rubik’s Cube in under fifteen seconds, and touching his elbow with his tongue. He graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in neuroscience. Justin is a first-year ETA and teaches at an all-boys’ high school in Suncheon, Jeollanam-do.

Kyle Wardwell

Staff Editor

Kyle’s nickname in college was Wizard because his roommate Ryan, upon hearing about his research with gold nanoparticles, proclaimed Kyle must be ‘mixing potions.’ For mysterious reasons beyond comprehension, now many random people Kyle has never met will say, “Oh, you’re the Wizard!” upon first encounter. Kyle was also part of Team USA at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Kyle is serving for his second year as an ETA at Naju Technical High School in Naju. He graduated from Oklahoma City University and the University of Oklahoma with a BS in biomedical engineering and chemistry.

Madeline Shaw

Staff Editor

In case her multiple cats and increasingly esoteric hobbies were not enough of a giveaway, Madeline’s ultimate goal is to surreptitiously become a hermit without anyone being the wiser. Madeline graduated from Ohio University with BS and BA degrees in education and English. She is a first-year ETA and teaches at an all-boys’ high school in Gwangyang.

Mailé Nguyen

Staff Editor

Mailé loves making zines and thinks public libraries are the most punk concept ever. They graduated from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College with a BFA in stage management and a certificate in global leadership. A first-year ETA, they teach at a middle school in Gumi.

Nicole Simineri

Staff Editor

Before coming to South Korea, Nicole worked as an English teacher in Changsha, China. She enjoys reading, writing, and taking photos in her free time. She loves potatoes in all their many forms and not-so-secretly dreams of hosting a potato-themed party where all the foods are various forms of potatoes. Nicole is a first-year ETA and teaches at a high school in Mokpo. She is from Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Dartmouth College with double majors in history and Asian and Middle Eastern studies.

Paige Whitney

Staff Editor

Singing (and sometimes screaming) at noraebangs and concerts is favorite pastime for Paige, and she makes an absolute fool of herself doing improvisational comedy at Seoul City Improv. Paige graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with a major in English and a double minor in theatre and Japanese. A second-year ETA, Paige teaches at Seoul Science High School.

Zoya Hsiao

Staff Editor

Zoya is commonly known to use words like “rad” unironically and enjoys typing in ALL CAPS for the sake of it. Zoya teaches at a coed high school in Gimhae and is a first-year ETA. She graduated from Purdue University with a BS in management and marketing.

Open Window Team

Anna Yamamuro

Anna’s life goal is to connect the world through food, music, and study abroad. She is happiest when she is singing, baking, or cafe-hopping. Anna is a first-year ETA at an all-girls’ high school in Cheonan. She graduated from UC San Diego with a major in international studies, minors in music and Korean studies, and a TEFL certificate.

Emma Daugherty

Emma hails from Lexington, KY, but unfortunately knows very little about basketball. She graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a BA in linguistics and a minor in international relations. A first-year ETA, Emma teaches at a coed middle school in Busan.

Genesis Trigueros

Genesis loves cute, fat animals such as seals, elephants, and sloths. Her favorite snack is popcorn. She has been stuck on a roller coaster, but this hasn’t stopped her from riding them. Genesis graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a BS in elementary education. She is a second-year ETA and teaches high schoolers in Jeonju.

Suzanne Chen

Suzanne’s special talents include always having something to read and crying at everything. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in learning sciences and minors in anthropology and Asian American studies. Suzanne is a first-year ETA at an all-girls’ high school in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do.