"Wayne Pangelinan is no longer an MVA board member. He recently resigned, most likely due to a prior felony theft conviction in Superior Court back in 2002. Thank God the Governor is calling for all appointees and board members to submit their police clearances. We do not need criminals making decisions on behalf of the people. How many others in previous administrations had criminal records, but the Senate turned a blind eye?"I could find no factual basis or documentation verifying the comment that Mr. Pangelinan was ever arrested. However, the Edu-Tourism site adds this:
According to a recently terminated instructor for the school, Pangelinan admitted the felony. If to that teacher, then most likely to the Parks as well. If they did know and are hiring a convicted felon as their director, then we claim that is gross negligence on the part of Park and Kim.
According to one recent comment on my post, the Parks have been sued previously. A commenter from Korea wrote:
Wife of the Park, Anne Kim is being sued in Korea (Case Number Seongnam Court Go-Dan, 378) for fraud and in fact, I had already won my case for my unpaid wages while I was working for Anne Kim (I-SCHOOL Corp. aka, LISS Korea Office).
Any schools' primary purpose should be to provide quality education to the students. All schools, public and private, need regulations, certified staff and regular inspections.
The school is not a healthy educational environment. In one and half years of the first school year, they had four principals. Now, they have the fifth who has a high school diploma. Many teachers who have worked there had non-educational majors, and many of them did not even have a college degree. I know from reliable sources that once 18 year old was a classroom teacher and 14 year old local kid was making money by tutoring at night.
The school owners did not want to spend money to buy teaching materials. At least, classroom teachers had textbooks, but did not have enough teacher’s guides or workbooks. The kids had to share textbooks. We did not have teaching aids for Mathematics and History and so on. There were absolutely no Science materials, and teachers who wanted to give hands on experience to students had to bring materials from home.
They brought rich Korean kids to fill up the classes, especially in Korea’s long vacation periods. It was hard to teach both English native and ESL students at the same time, especially when ESL students were the majority in the class and didn’t understand much English. This caused serious delay in the subject study for regular students. The owners did not show any consideration to the quality of education, but they simply wanted to earn money from wealthy Korean students.
Teachers received paychecks once in a month, and pay was often delayed with silly excuses like sending money from Korea takes time and so on. Last year, there was a time when the checks of every teacher bounced.
The school did not care about teachers. There was no health insurance. It had to be worked out among the teachers, but there were not enough percent of teachers who wanted to pay to be able to get it.
The present director/principal talked about, “Education Business.” In LISS, “education” equals “business.”
Last year, the teachers were supposed to work for WASC accreditation, but they could not be accredited. Anyway, LISS put on the Korean website that they were accredited by WASC. This advertisement helps innocent Korean parents to determine to send their kids to LISS, I guess.
To avoid being called, “a Korean School”, LISS wanted to increase the number of local students. They offered a scholarship that local kids did not have to pay tuition. Also, they had a “one for two” tuition program that allowed local parents who had two kids just to pay for one kid’s tuition. The school’s money comes from the Koreans. Free private education sounds good, but the education of the local kids is sacrificed to have short-term Korean students bring in money.
One of the writers in Marianas Variety has the same family name as LISS’ director/principal. Family ties are strong in this island, and you can guess that even newspaper articles are not written fairly. The article in that paper was written mostly by the president of the school anyway.
As another former educator of LISS I can testify to the above comments. Sadly, from what I hear, nothing much has changed at the school. I'm told that teachers fear the once a month payroll distribution because there always seems to be an issue as to why checks can't be distributed on time. I remember that we were told that the Korean kids were our bread and butter and we were to do whatever it took to make them happy so the rich parents would keep sending them to the school. I remember many of the Korean kids were miserable because they have to attend classes, after school programs and night tutoring until almost 10 pm every night. They were so tired they could hardly even keep their eyes open during the day in class! I know this is still a practice. The owners used the excuse that this is standard practice in Korea! It was terrible for the kids because they were too tired to even absorb any of the lesson during the day! Many of them just slept all day and we had to keep waking them up! Then they would almost cry when we gave them required homework because they said with all the after school requirements they had there was no time to do homework. If we did not give homework the teachers would get in trouble. I remember many of the kids hating the school but their parents were told that they were having a great time and loved it. I also remember hearing about the 18 year old high school kid hired as a classroom teacher. I was happy to leave that place and feel for the teachers that are now working there.Edu-tourism
LISS president Yong Nam Park touted the school's achievements the past year. Park said the school has been active in partnering with local government agencies such as the Marianas Visitors Authority and in promoting “Edu-tourism.”A November 2008 Saipan Tribune article discusses how LISS is recruiting students for a "winter camp":
Being at the forefront of developing the education-tourism element for the CNMI, LISS has been receiving tremendous support from the government.It was reported that over 150 foreign students attended the LISS summer camp this past summer. The school also has a Korean website to recruit students.
“Communications on this industry with LISS continues as the current administration supports the movement of education-tourism,” said Commerce Secretary Michael Ada.
LISS is expected to lure in approximately 100 students during the months from December to January.