Teaching in the MYP

Hilde Bakken is originally from Sandefjord. She holds a Master of Sociology degree from the University of Bergen, where she also studied psychology and social anthropology. She studied Norwegian, public administration (Offentlig administrasjon) and counselling, completing the Veiledning 1, at Høyskolen I Buskerud. She also received her teacher qualification, the Praktisk Pedagogisk utdanning, from Høyskolen i Telemark, Notodden.     

Martin Curtis is an experienced and dedicated Mathematics Teacher with more than ten years’ experience in teaching middle school Mathematics.  He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics in 1992. Martin is committed to the International Baccalaureate philosophy of enquiry based learning and applied Mathematics. He has been teaching IB Mathematics at Kongsberg International School since January 2011. Martin previously taught mathematics at the LSST Priory Academy in Lincoln, one of the UK’s top ranking comprehensive schools. He has a love of outdoor life in Norway, enjoying winter sports, mountain hikes and other active pursuits. 


Alison Mulholland holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry form Edinburgh University and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Biology and General Science from Strathclyde University in Glasgow.  She taught science in a range of schools in Scotland before moving to Norway.  While in Scotland she contributed to the development of a variety of national resources including producing teacher support materials for the Higher Human Biology course.  She has also trained as a ski leader and enjoys outdoor activities.


Hege Myhre has a background in journalism and performing arts before she decided that teaching was her dedication. She holds a Cand Mag+ and PPU (practical pedagogical training) from the University of Oslo, and studied mountaineering at Høyskolen i Buskerud. She also holds an IBTA Master of Arts in International Education at the University of Bath, with additional completion of IBEC level 1 and advanced level 2. Hege has worked with project management in a wide range of curriculum areas within different educational systems, and in connection with companies and business communities. Hege has been at KIS since 2005, developing a drive for IB MYP excellence as well as a solid founding for the IB Continuum. She is a certified IB consultant and IB site visitor, in addition to IB Chair of CIS/IB Synchronized visits for the IB Global Centre. Hege is also a sitting member of the executive committee for FRI (Forum for Friskoler) in Norway.


Kjersti Vanessa Weeden is one of the teachers who have been to KIS for a longer period of time. She is currently the Head and Coordinator in MYP as well as teaching science for MYPA. Kjersti Vanessa Weeden has a background degree in Chemistry from Høyskolen i Sør-Trøndelag with an addition of sociology from the University in Oslo and pedagogy from Høyskolen i Telemark. Before coming to KIS, she worked as a project planner in the electronics industry in Kongsberg and then teaching maths, science and humanities at Kongsberg Videregående Skole. Since working at KIS, Kjersti has been the science teacher, technology teacher and subject area leader before becoming the Head and Coordinator two years ago.


Stephen Ziegler has taught an array of subjects including Technical Theatre, IB Theatre and Drama, English Language and Literature, English Language Acquisition and Individuals and Societies, and he has been a classroom teacher for 5th grade. He has experience teaching in the PYP, MYP and DP divisions of the IB. Since 1983 when he accepted his first teaching position with a NYC private school for gifted children he has taken two sabbaticals--to work as a newspaper editor, writer and columnist, and to author a fiction novel for young adults. Prior to joining the KIS team he accepted posts in international schools in Uzbekistan and Ukraine. He holds a master’s degree in international teaching.


Regan Oakley holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Drama from New York University, a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Columbia University and a Master of Education, with an emphasis on multicultural education and English instruction from George Mason University. She has worked extensively with the International Baccalaureate MYP and Diploma programmes and has taught in international schools in Germany, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Switzerland.


Vegard Nygård was born and raised in Kongsberg. In 2012, I completed my Masters in Sports, Physical and Outdoor Education. At KIS I teach Physical Education and Norwegian in PYP and Physical Education in MYP. I have a broad range of hobbies, but I spend most of my time kiteboarding and working out.


Brian Bufkin has been teaching at Kongsberg International School since August 2014. Brian taught high school and middle school mathematics for 5 years at several public schools in the United States.  He began teaching middle school technology at Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky, USA in 2005.  He taught middle and high school technology at the American School of Madrid in Spain from 2010 to 2014.  He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a BS in Computer Science.  He also has an MA in English from the University of Louisville and an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis University.  Prior to becoming a teacher Brian worked as a computer programmer and system administrator in the US defense industry.

William Dwyer started teaching on the Navajo Reservation in the American Southwest. He has since taught in Alaska, Australia, South America, and Africa. He has a Masters in Teaching from the University of Alaska and a B.A. in Literature with a minor in environmental studies from the University of the Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington U.S.A. He has also spent several years instructing mountaineering throughout Alaska, the Andes, and the Himalaya. 

Øyvind Berge comes from Fyresdal in Vest-Telemark and has previously worked as a Norwegian lecturer for foreign exchange students at Telemark University College in Bø. He has a Bachelor degree in English and Norwegian Language and Literature, as well as a year of higher study of history, all from Telemark University College. Øyvind works as a Norwegian teacher in both PYP and MYP and is a support for the transitioning between the two programmes.