Daegu High School

Principal Biography

Principal: Kristopher Kwiatek

Career educator Kristopher Kwiatek opened the new Daegu High School in August 2011 as its inaugural principal. Prior to accepting this position, Kwiatek served as the assistant principal of Seoul American High School and prior to that he served as the assistant principal at Seoul American Elementary School. Kwiatek joined DoDEA in 2003 as a teacher in the Japan District before accepting a position as an Instructional Systems Support Specialist at the Korea District Superintendent’s office.

Mr. Kwiatek was born in Jackson, Michigan and spent most of his childhood in Traverse City, Michigan. Prior to entering the field of Education, Mr. Kwiatek was in the United States Air Force. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in education from the University of Maryland and later went on to earn a master’s degree in Education. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Northcentral University and working to earn an EdD in Instructional and Curriculum Leadership. When not at school, Mr. Kwiatek enjoys the company of his wife and three daughters.

Assistant Principal: Kim Smaw
Assistant Principal

Mrs. Kim Smaw hails from the great state of New York.  She arrives to Daegu High School from Seoul American High School where she served as the Assistant Principal.  Mrs. Smaw attended the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale New York, where she received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Sociology with a minor in Social Work.

Upon earning her undergraduate degree, she attended the Center for Montessori Teacher Education located in New Rochelle, New York, where she received a Montessori Teaching Certificate. She began her teacher career in the Yonkers, New York Public Schools. She earned a Masters Degree in Urban and Multicultural Education with a concentration in ESL from the College of Mount Saint Vincent and also earned a K-12 School Administration Certification from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania.  

Mrs. Smaw has held teaching assignments that have spanned from elementary through high school, federal detention, NATO and Immigration Migrant Operations (IMO). Additionally, she served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She first joined DoDEA in 1999 while a military spouse. Since then, she has had experiences in three DoDDS regions; the Americas, Europe and Korea respectively. 

Mrs. Smaw is married and has three children. She enjoys reading, trying new Asian cuisine and spending time with family, and friends.