황현주는 현재 뉴저지패터슨 르네상스 제일 공립학교에서 4학년 담임지한국학교 교장직을 맡고 있으며, 이 외에도 재미한국학교 동북부협의회 부회장 그리고 재미한국학교 협의회 이사로 활동 중이다.

그녀는 이 에세이를 통해 16세에 미국으로 이민 와 정체성의 변화를 겪고 공립학교의 교사가 되기까지의 과정, 그리고 뉴저지한국학교에 몸담으며 2세 한국어 교육에 힘을 기울여온 그녀의 경험담을 들려준다. 이 밖에도 주말한국학교의 발전을 위해 앞으로 한국정부가 염두해두어야 할 부분에 대한 그녀의 생각도 담겨있다.

Hyunjoo Hwang Kim currently teaches at Renaissance One School for Humanities in Patterson, New Jersey and she is the Principal of the Korean School of New Jersey, a weekend Korean school (Korean-language school). She is also the Vice President of the National Association of Korean Schools, Northeast Chapter, and also a board member of the broader National Association of Korean Schools (NAKS).

In this essay, she decribes coming to the United States at the age of sixteen and how she became a public school teacher. She recounts her difficulties adjusting to life in the United States as a Korean immigrant, and she also recounts her experiences working at a New Jersey Korean school and how she put a lot of time and effort into the education of second-generation Korean Americans. Additionally, she shares her thoughts about how the Korean government should consider weekend Korean schools in the United States in their policy-making. 

 

 

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