This is Kathy Rim. She is an Assistant Professor of Political Science.
Kathy was born in Alexandria, Virginia, five miles outside of Washington DC. She spent most of her childhood living in different states on the east coast before moving to Southern California to start high school. She has one older sister and remembers being very close. Growing up, Kathy played piano and learned to play guitar while attending the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies. Kathy would later go on to complete her master's at University California Los Angeles and her PhD from UCI. She still considers herself an Ant-eater to this day.
"I am the child of Korean immigrants. I have been married for 16 years to my husband Howard Woo. We met during college as co-workers at Wells Fargo Bank in Newport Beach but didn’t meet again and date until after college. We were married in Los Angeles and honeymooned in Mexico."
Upon graduating from UCI, Kathy took a one-year teaching position at the University of Southern California before moving on to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, for her first tenure-track job. During this time, her husband was not able to relocate due to his job being based in Southern California, so they endured a bi-coastal marriage for one year.
"It just wasn’t sustainable with our newborn baby with all the flying back and forth every month. God called me home to California the following year and I taught at UCI for the majority of my first daughter’s early childhood years. Then the Lord opened up another opportunity to teach at Vanguard once my first daughter was older and when my second daughter was finally of pre-school age."
When Kathy is not working, she enjoys baking sourdough bread which she learned during the pandemic lockdown. She is also involved in her home church, Crossroads, in Mission Viejo, and loves serving in the young family's ministry. Kathy hopes to continue focusing on developing her teaching skills via Zoom and learning to navigate the new world of teaching during a pandemic. Like most, she looks forward to the day she can safely teach in-class once again.
Vanguard is very thankful for Kathy's heart to serve her community in educating and contributing insight to the next generation in the political science world.
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