Joseph Levno (‘Joseph,’ 55) came to Incheon with his wife Carrie Guillen-Levno ('Carrie', 55) Chadwick International as he was appointed as a principal of Chadwick International in Songdo. Let's hear about his global life story that started from the USA and continued to Australia, the Philippines, and Egypt.
# Challenge toward the dream of becoming an ‘educator’
Principal Joseph has always wanted to and led a global life all his life. It all began when he majored in Chinese in the USA. After graduating from college, Joseph thought of getting a job in the USA. After all, he headed to Australia to broaden his knowledge internationally in 1992 after the University of Queensland, Australia offered him a scholarship. Joseph discovered his dream to become an educator in Australia, where he studied comparative Asian and Latin politics. It was also there that he met his life partner. He was reunited with his university alumna, Carrie, in Australia. It was a tough time, studying for a master's degree, but he had the courage to propose to Carrie. After getting married, he returned to California, USA, and restarted his studies to become an educator. His passion for his dream did not fade away. He continued to pursue his dream, working at a high school in America for five years. He is currently preparing for his Ph.D. in Education. He said he still enjoys learning.
# Passion that spread across the world
Joseph moved to the Philippines when his twin son Joshua (22) and daughter Sydney (22) were 4-years-old and worked at an international school. He became fascinated with Asian culture during nine years of living in the Philippines. He said with a smile that even his son and daughter like Asia more than America.
After Joseph and his family returned to the USA, they were given new opportunities. He was offered a position in China and Egypt. His family gathered and discussed their opinions, and they decided to go to Egypt. While staying in Egypt, the twins grew into global talents by experiencing various cultures. The daughter, Sydney, is about to graduate from university in Spain, and also the son, Joshua, Los Angeles, USA. Joseph said he is so proud of his children, talking about them. We could feel his love for his family.
# Diversity in the global city, Incheon, and Chadwick
Joseph came to Korea six months ago to become the principal of Chadwick International. Although Korea was a strange place, it was not difficult to adapt, thanks to the convenient system in Korea with well-developed IT infrastructure. He said with a smile that it is indeed convenient because he can do banking, shopping, and order delivery very simply, but he was nervous about making a mistake because every information was used on his mobile phone.
Joseph is very curious about Korea and Incheon. He said that he goes to different places in Incheon every weekend, and he finds charm everywhere he goes. “Incheon has its own style that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. I particularly became fond of the scenery in Muuido Island, Oido Island, and Cheongnyangsan Mountain. I have been to many places in the world, but the scenery of Incheon is unique. A food tour in Incheon is another fun.” With excitement, Joseph listed the names of Incheon's attractions and restaurants. He said he is currently learning Korean with the duolingo, showing his affection for the Korean language.
Joseph has worked at international schools around the world, including the United States, Colombia, the Philippines, and Egypt, but he said he was surprised at Chadwick International because it was the first time to work with teachers of such a great diversity in terms of nationalities and cultures. On the interview day, he seemed excited about the flag-raising ceremony held for a student from Bulgaria joining Chadwick International. Currently, there are about 60 flags hung at Chadwick International. This refers to the nationalities of the students attending the school. “If there is a chance, I would like to communicate with the local community more often. I am happy to share cultural and international perspectives and work together with people of various nationalities I meet in Incheon. International perspective and understanding are very important to me. It makes me feel who I am.” We support Principal Joseph settling down in Incheon and his future life here.