Kevin (ISAC Fall 2019 Intake) is from Bellevue, WA, USA. He is now an English teacher at South China Business College of GDUFS. He has been teaching at the college since Sept. 2019.
“Hi SCBC students! I am so excited to be here! My name is Kevin Kepple, and I am from the United States. I was born and raised in the state of Illinois which is well-known for the Midwest city of Chicago, U.S. presidents Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama, and it’s thriving agriculture industry. When I was young my interests focused mainly on music. I played trumpet all through my secondary school and also taught myself how to play guitar and sing. This lead to me performing in a heavy rock band named ZAIUS for 9 years. We recorded three albums and played many shows. It was so amazing to turn a hobby into a part-time job, but it wasn’t a career.
As for my education, I attended Southern Illinois University and graduated with a B.S. in University Studies and minor in Philosophy and a B.A. in English creative writing. After graduation, I moved to Seattle, Washington and worked for many well-known tech companies such as Microsoft, Amazon and Nintendo just to name a few. Though the salary was decent, I still wasn’t fulfilled because the work hours were constrictive and enveloped much of my free time. I knew there was more to life than work.
After ten years in the tech industry, I decided I needed a change. I remembered back to my days at college seeing flyers in the hallway offering teaching abroad opportunities and that always stuck in my mind as something I wanted to do. So, I signed up for TEFL courses online and took classes at night after work. After receiving my certification, I started the task of deciding where to go; Japan was too expensive for living and competitive in the job market; Korea was an option, but I read too many stories about long hours and little pay; China seemed to have the right amount of work-life balance I was looking for.
After a few months of searching, I was contacted by a recruiter offering me an interview with Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics in Nanchang. The contract offered was reasonable and the city itself was relatively the same size as Seattle, so I felt it was a good match for me. I taught at JUFE for two years and made many lifelong friends while learning a great deal about China and myself.
Although, China is a very big country and I felt that I should see and experience as much as I can while I am here. So, I decided to move south and accepted an English teaching position here at SCBC. I am still getting used to the size of Guangzhou, but the campus here is quite beautiful and I’ve been very impressed by the friendliness of everyone here so far. If you see me around campus, don’t be shy and say hello! My favorite food is Mexican. I like sci-fi and horror tv/movies. I like hiking and camping.”
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