Koon is Associate Professor of Art Education at Kent State University School of Art. She moved to Ohio after earning her doctoral degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2003. Her dissertation, an ethnographic case study entitled A Story Told Visually: The Singapore Secondary School Art Style won several awards. She has published more than 20 book chapters and articles in art education journals and presented her scholarship locally at Kent, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Her research interests include intercultural and transcultural education, distance and continuing education for educators through interactive technology, and preservice art teacher education as well as qualitative methodology, especially visual narrative inquiry. From 2012 spring, Koon has been in charge of the School of Art biennial travel–study to China with Studio Art Professor Jack McWhorter. Her favorite art mediums include mixed medium watercolor and digital photo collage-cum-essay.
The emphasis of her recent scholarship is to engage diverse communities in Asia and in the USA dedicated to successful global connections through the visual arts. Koon has received extramural grants and sponsorships to co-curate a culture-bridging exhibition that capitalized on Quick Response Codes to feature the personal and cultural stories of 54 faculty-artists in China and the USA. The traveling exhibition (2014 in Hebei Province, China; 2015 in Ohio; and 2016 in Sichuan Province) showcased the participating artists' bios, artist statements, and their individual comprehensive portfolio in two languages.