Bio's - Executives

Crystal Hecht

Chapter Web-editor

While teaching EFL and content courses to Korean university freshman and sophomores, Crystal Hecht relies on her background, a Bachelor’s in Multimedia and a Master’s in Applied Linguistics, to help integrate MALL into her modern language classroom. A lover of languages herself, she has acquired proficient Korean and intermediate Spanish during her time teaching in Korea and Spain respectively. In addition to mobile learning, she also researches adult second language acquisition and language on the internet. Her book, SNS 잉글리시 톡  (SNS English “Tok”), is available...

Dan Svoboda

Chapter Secretary

Dan Svoboda is an Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of Daegu. He holds an MA in English Literature. His professional interests include comparative literature and literary criticism as well as teacher education and speaking activities in the classroom. Outside of work, he is interested in the Korean language and bilingual education. He served as the 2015 president for the Daegu-Gyeongbuk chapter.

Deborah Tarbet

Membership Coordinator

Deborah Tarbet is an Assistant Professor at Keimyung College University .  She received her MA in TESOL (2004) and a MAcc (2003) from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Deborah joined KOTESOL in April, 2005, and has served on numerous conference committees.  In addition, she served as the National Treasurer from Oct, 2009-Oct, 2012.  She enjoys walking, hiking, bowling, singing in a Korean choir, and cooking Korean food.  If you need membership assistance, you may contact her at:

Dieter Knowle Ph.D.

Chapter Vice President

Dr. Dieter Knowle has traveled all over the world to more than 30 countries and has extensive teaching experience in diverse cultural backgrounds. Dr. Knowle has taught in Korea for ten years now. He was a Professor of English at Soongsil University in Seoul and currently is a member of the Faculty of Liberal Education, College of Humanities, Kyungpook National University teaching credit and non-credit general English courses. His interests involve using engagement theory in the classroom instead of classical motivation theories such as the ‘carrot and the...

Jeroen “Chop” Root

Chapter President

Jeroen Root is currently a Visiting Professor at Kyungpook National University in Daegu. He completed his MA in TESOL at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2012. His professional interests include second language reading and writing, project-based learning, assessment, and gifted education as well as reflective practice and teacher development. Less professionally, he is interested in photography, videography, and mountain bike riding!

Pat King

Chapter Treasurer

Pat King is in his fifth year of English teaching at Daegu University. Prior to that he taught four years at Kangwon National University. Took BA in journalism from Western Washington University. Took MA in education from Framingham State University. After journalism work in USA, came to Korea in 2006 and worked two years as an editor (business, sports) for Korea JoongAng Daily newspaper in Seoul.