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Graduate Student Post: Sunyoung Park

Sunyoung Park is originally from South Korea. Starting the mathematics education doctoral program in PRIME this year is her first time living abroad.

Sunyoung at Han river in Seoul, Korea
Sunyoung at Han River in Seoul, Korea

So far, Sunyoung has traveled to 15 different countries and loves to revisit the places she has already been rather than explore new places. Some of her favorite destinations include Thailand and Japan, both of which she has traveled to over 10 times each. Her most memorable journey was a road trip from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon and Zion Canyon with her best friends. She would love to return to both of these national parks someday.

In Korea, Sunyoung was a member of Mensa Korea, where she participated in monthly gatherings to learn about various topics. After moving to the U.S., she joined Mensa USA for intellectual fun. In her free time she enjoys yoga, walking, running, cooking, and watching movies. She is planning on running her first half marathon this semester and hopefully a full marathon in the future.

Sunyoung received her master’s degree in mathematics education in South Korea the semester before coming to PRIME. She was a public school mathematics teacher for 12 years for 7-10th graders as well as an instructor of teacher development programs related to teaching material focusing on students’ mathematical understanding.

While at PRIME, Sunyoung is interested in studying what motivates teachers. After graduating, Sunyoung will be working for a place where she can contribute to teachers’ learning. See more photos below!

Written by

Olivia Hinterman

Sunyoung at Jazz Festival in Italy
Jazz Festival in Umbria, Italy.
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Sunyoung Park photo at Coldplay concert in Tokyo
Coldplay in Tokyo