Dr. Kwon is originally from Seoul, South Korea. She received her doctoral degree in Developmental Studies from Purdue University. Before coming to the University of Oklahoma, she worked as an associate professor in the Birth Through Five Program in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Georgia State University. She had also worked with children from birth through kindergarten in Korea and U. S. as a teacher for nine years. She is a dedicated researcher and teacher educator who is interested in children’s early experiences at school and at home and their relation to children’s development and learning. She received a number of internal and external grants to support her research on early childhood education, including her recent and ongoing "Happy Teacher Project".