Many TCK students at KIS struggle with the question "Where are you from?" - and Mr. Peace is able to relate. Born in the Philippines, raised in Chicago, and now living in Ukraine, he can be labeled as a third-culture kid. "I pretty much lost my cultural heritage and I can’t even speak my native language. In fact, I know more Ukrainian words than my native tongue," he commented.
This is Mr. Peace's 10th year at KIS along with his wife Mrs. Peace. The couple has been together for almost 25 years and they have raised 4 children. Each piece of the family was once a part of KIS either through work or studies. Currently, Mr. Peace, Mrs. Peace, and Ms. Peace remain while the others are pursuing their education in Chicago.
Prior to Ukraine, Mr. Peace spent his life in the United States. "I grew up like a normal American teenager and played a lot of sports like American football, basketball and soccer," he explained. Chicago is where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and his master’s degree in Administration. After working for 6 years at an American public school, the family moved to Ukraine.
As Mr. Peace concluded, he and his wife are happy in Kyiv and plan on staying here for the upcoming years.
It's been fun and convenient for our family to work together as teachers here. I have a lot of friends among the staff and there are a lot of great students here. My family really likes working at KIS, our home is here and also our church is here. So we are planning to stay a long time in Kyiv. Kyiv is a great city and KIS is a great school.
|Family Picture 2004|