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ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Paul McKenzie
Director, New Zealand

Paul McKenzie has worked in international education since 1991 and in international school administration since 2007. He and his wife, Jennie, have two adult children who received their education at schools across four continents. Paul's areas of expertise and experience revolve around educational technology, student agency and building meaningful learner experiences.

Zac Gagnon
Deputy Director Lower School and PYP Coordinator, Canadian

A graduate of the University of King’s College and University of Ottawa in Canada, Zac has worked at international schools in Turkey and Estonia, before coming to the International School of Bergen in 2008. He recently completed a Master of Education (major in Integrative Learning) through Endicott College, U.S.A.

Anne Helen Austgulen
Business Coordinator - School Office, Norwegian

Educated in economy and personnel. She worked within these areas in oil and insurance companies in Bergen since 1977, before starting at ISB in 2000.

Marianne Instanes
Business Coordinator - School Office, Norwegian
Peter Ledger
Deputy Director Upper School and MYP Coordinator, British

A two time Graduate of Middlesex University London, England, Pete has worked at ISB since 2011 during which time he has worked in a variety of different roles from Homeroom Teacher and Performing Arts Teacher to AMU Chairman, Joint Comenius Coordinator and Service and Action Coordinator. Prior to moving to Norway he worked in the English state system, his last role being Year Leader/Head of Year on a rolling basis in a large comprehensive school for eleven years. He has worked in Birmingham and London and has been teaching for over twenty years. In a former life Pete was a stage actor and worked in British theatre.

Eline Blom Dubruille
Communications Officer (On leave), Norwegian

Bachelor in International Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University in Britain and a Master’s degree in Modern History from Université Lumière Lyon II in France, in addition to studies in French from University of Bergen.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRE STAFF

Alyssa Dyrdal
Preschool Teacher (Pre4), American

Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development, with a specialty in Child Development from San Diego State University in San Diego, California. She left her job at an Early Education Center in Los Angeles teaching 2 year olds to come live in Norway.

Anna Barbara Nowak
Assistant, Polish
Jacob Silkstone
Assistant, British

Jacob graduated from Lancaster University with an MA and a TEFL qualification, and has previously taught in the UK and at an International School in Dhaka (Bangladesh). He started at ISB shortly after moving to Norway in spring 2013. Outside teaching, he has been a Lifeguard, a magazine editor, and a (not very successful) University Challenge contestant.

Laura A McGuffie
Kindergarden Teacher, Scottish

Laura grew up in a small Scottish town near the border with England and has a PGDE in Primary Education from University of South West Scotland. In addition she has a BA (Hons) Business with Tourism and a MSC Human Resource Management. She has been a primary teacher since 2009, teaching in Scotland and Kuwait before coming to ISB.

Laura Williams
Assistant, British
Rosie Bjerkestrand
Assistant, British
Torill Stenseth
Preschool Teacher (Pre3), Norwegian
Yutong Pu
Assistant, Chinese

Yutong has a B.A. in English and a Teaching Certificate with a specialism in English Education, in addition to an M.A. in Comparative and International Education from University of Oslo and an M.A. in Linguistics from Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She worked as a primary teacher in the public school system in China before moving to Norway.

LOWER SCHOOL STAFF

Anne Nerdrum Hagen
Lower School PE, Norwegian, Swimming, Norwegian

Anne is originally from Beiarn in Northern Norway. She went to high school, college and university in nearby Bodø, earning degrees in education K-10, History, English and Humanities among others. Anne lived in Pennsylvania, USA, for 13 years before moving back to Norway 3 years ago. During her years in America, she worked as a teacher in the local school district.

Annie Sareen
Lower School Teacher, American

Annie is a experienced early years teacher having taught in a variety of schools in the U.S. and Denmark. She worked most recently at the International School of Billund. Billund being the home of LEGO inspired her to find ways to include play in her teaching practice.

She enjoys staying active outside of school, rock climbing, running and playing netball.

Berit Koottatep
Lower School Teacher (Grade 2), Norwegian

Prior to coming to International School of Bergen ten years ago, Berit lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand for 21 years and taught at an international school there. Throughout the years she has taken on various roles, from class teacher KG-Grade 4 to P.E. and ELS teacher (English Language Support).

Ila Moldenhauer
Lower School Teacher (Grade 3), Native American

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Black Hills State University, South Dakota, USA. Ila is member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, South Dakota, USA.

Joe Newton
Teaching Assistant, British

Prior to working at ISB, Joe spent 15 years working as a Public Health Officer with a Local Government in the UK.

Leanne Hagen
Lower School Teacher (Grade 4 & 5), British
Rebecca Olsen
Lower School Teacher (Grade 1), American

UPPER SCHOOL STAFF

Vigdis Styve
Upper School Teacher - Norwegian, Homeroom teacher grade 8, Norwegian
Anne Piriou
Upper School Teacher - French and Norwegian, Homeroom teacher grade 10, French

A Law graduate from Pantheon-Sorbonne Paris, Anne moved to Norway in 1978 where she worked in international banking for 11 years. During this time, she studied economics at Norwegian Business School (BI). In 1990 she stepped into the educational system, while completing a Master's degree in French as well as the pedagogical programme at University of Bergen. She has been working at ISB since 1996.

Joe Cook
Upper School Teacher - Maths and Science, Homeroom teacher grade 8, British

Joe holds a BA(hons) in Electrical Engineering and Music from the University of Leeds and a PGCE in Mathematics Education from the University of Sunderland.

Before moving to Norway, Joe worked in two high achieving secondary schools in the north east of England.

Away from the classroom, he is also in demand as a tuba soloist and brass band conductor, as well as an examiner for the Edexcel UK examination board in Mathematics.

Lars Haugen Aardal
Upper School Teacher - Science, Norwegian

Master of science (siv.ing) in Industrial Chemistry and Biotechnology with specialization in biotechnology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Worked as an high school Activity therapist before finishing PGCE at the University of Bergen in 2016. One year as homeroom teacher in Norwegian school teaching maths, science and physical education.

Lorraine B. Slettebø
Upper School Teacher - Individuals and Societies, English, British

Bachelor degree in History, English Language and Social studies as well as Teacher training from the University of Bergen. In addition, she has studied translation at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) and is a qualified teletexter. She is also a trained guide and a swimming instructor. Before moving to Norway, Lorraine lived in Britain, Germany and Gibraltar.

Michael Laundry
Upper School teacher - English, Individuals and Societies, English Language Support, Performing Arts, Canadian

Michael holds a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, minoring in History from Brock University (Canada). He completed the Indigenous Perspectives Teacher Education Module (IPTEM) receiving a BA.Education from Simon Fraser University (Canada). Before entering the field of Education, Michael studied for Social Service Worker Diploma at Centennial College (Canada) while working in a residential treatment facility for youth. Michael has taught English as a Second Language in Brazil, Canada and Norway as well as working as a clerical marker with the Cambridge University IELTS centre. Between teaching Michael spends time competing in freestyle snowboarding competitions, writing for various arts and culture publications and has been a speaker at The Global Education Conference. Michael is currently completing his Master’s degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Bergen.

Nichole Dubé
Upper School Teacher - PHE and Maths, French-Canadian

Nicole Dubé is raised in Ottawa, Canada with both French and English as main languages. After graduating from a bachelor in health and physical education specialized in outdoors from Laurentian University in Canada, Nicole came to Norway for the first time in 2012. She completed her teachers certification at the university college in Volda, Norway. On her free time, Nicole likes to spend her time downhill skiing and whitewater kayaking.

Solveig Wivestad
Upper School Teacher - Visual Arts, Design and Norwegian, Homeroom teacher grade 6, Norwegian

Solveig has a bachelor degree in Visual Communication Design from Middlesex University London in Britain, a 4-year teaching degree with an intergrated Bachelor degree in Norwegian language from Høgskolen i Bergen and a 1-year programme in Art History from Universitetet i Bergen. She has also been a staff-elected member of the Board for several terms.

RESOURCE AND SUPPORT STAFF

Alyson McWilliams
English Language Support, British

Alyson moved to Norway in 1986 with her husband and 1 year old son and has been here ever since. Alyson trained at St Mary’s College, Bangor, North Wales for 3 years, receiving a Teachers’ Certificate. In her 23 years at ISB she has taught as a class room teacher, Pre-School, Kindergarten and Grade 1, and as well as having been the school's PYP Coordinator and ELS Coordinator.

Jules Crossley-Nilsen
Librarian, British

Jules' role is to support teaching throughout the whole school. She came to ISB after working as a librarian at the British International School of Stavanger, and she is currently completing a BSc Econ in library and information services at Aberyswyth, Wales. Previously she has worked in HR within the oil industry, and she has lived in Norway since 2001.

Paula Blom-Andersen
Learning Support Coordinator, British

BA (Hons) degree in Ancient and Medieval History with Archaeology from University of Liverpool. Before moving to Bergen and joining the ISB in 2005 Paula was a senior manager at the largest warehouse of Great Universal Stores, a large mail order company.

Susan Lonnberg
Counselor and teaching assistant, British
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