Grade 1: Andrea O’Handley
This is my third year teaching grade 1 here at KIS. I am originally from Canada. Before I moved to Kongsberg I spent time teaching PYP in Japan. I have a Bachelors in child and youth from Mount Saint Vincent University in Canada and a Bachelors of education: elementary from the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. In my free time I love to read and to travel. Leaning about and experiencing new cultures is one of my favorite things.
Grade 2: Maha Sharaf
My name is Maha Sharaf. I am from Cairo, Egypt and this will be my third year at KIS. It will also will be my fourteenth year in the teaching career, eleven of which are in the PYP. I have been teaching children aged 5-7. I also worked as a pedagogical leader for first and second grade teachers where I supported teachers with the implementation of the program. I am an IB workshop leader and consultant in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East region. I have a Bachelor degree in English Literature, a Diploma in English/Arabic translation, and I am currently working on my Masters in Education at the University of Bath, UK - which is also towards the IB Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Learning Research. I enjoy listening to music and I play the piano. I also have a passion for learning new languages.
Grade 3: Lori Fisher
I come from the state of Oregon, in the USA. I am a positive and enthusiastic teacher with over 20 years teaching experience, mostly in grades 1-4. I have taught in Oregon for many years, then at international schools in Madagascar and Malaysia before coming here to Norway. I have a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Oregon, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from National-Louis University. This will be my first year teaching in the PYP. I am excited to join this dedicated, talented staff. In my free time, I enjoy reading, arts and crafts, singing and playing guitar, traveling, and spending time in the outdoors.
Grade 4: Rob Millburn
Last academic year I taught our Grade 3 class after having taught in our Grade 5 classroom for several years. This year I have the pleasure of teaching the same class as they progress into Grade 4. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from Bournemouth University, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and this summer I graduated with a Master of Arts in Education with Distinction from the BGU. In the winter months I enjoy skiing with my partner and our three children and in the summer months I can often be found riding my mountainlike along the many excellent trails that Kongsberg has to offer!
Grade 5: Annette Bergsland
I am originally from Buffalo, New York, USA, but moved to Norway with my family in 2013. I have BA in Elementary Education as well as a MA in School Counseling and Human Services from Canisius College University in New York. I have been a teacher since 2002 and during this time have taught nearly all grades pre-school through sixth grade. This will be my first year at KIS and I am thrilled to be a part of the KIS community. In my free time, I enjoy skiing, traveling and spending time outdoors with my family.
Grade 6: Eleni Parisi
It is a pleasure to be teaching in Norway after spending the last 7 years teaching in Ireland, Italy, Poland and Greece where I am originally from. I have completed my degree in Social Studies and Primary Education in the University of Patras, and now I am on my Masters in Special Education. I am a certified Hatha Yoga trainer, I love languages, sporting activities and the silence of nature.
Claudia Videira (Assistant)
From Portugal, I graduated with a degree in Computing and Management and was responsible for the Library in a Portuguese university for about 20 years. Living in Norway for the past 3 years, I have been working at the school as a classroom and library assistant. I am also the representative of the non-teaching staff in the Board. With lots of enthusiasm, I love working with young kids.
Sara McDonald (Art and SEN)
Following a B A Hons in 3D Design/Glass (1987), I gained a Masters Degree with Distinction in Art and Design (1995) while working as a professional glass maker. Teaching in Further and Higher Education for 20 years prior to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (2006), I then began to teach Art and Special Education Needs in Primary and Secondary schools. My motivation for teaching Art to younger children is to hold on to and develop their innate sense of curiosity in responding to their learning in a way that can be direct and liberated, whilst teaching creative skills and knowledge that will encourage an understanding of how the process and appreciation of Art can connect us all.
Vegard Nygård (PE and Norwegian)
I 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.
Liv Jorunn Sætra (Norwegian)
I came to KIS after I finished the four-year teacher training program (Grunnskolelærerutdanning 5-10) from The University College of Buskerud, now HSN, in 2014. I teach both PYP and MYP Norwegian Language and Literature, which I enjoy very much. Apart from Norwegian, I have also studied social science and PE.
Eli Hukkelberg (Norwegian)
My name is Eli Hukkelberg, and I live in Kongsberg. I moved back to Kongsberg in 2004 after I finished my BA in Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Oslo. After working in a kindergarten for years I decided to go back to school and study Pedagogic Education at Telemark University College so I could teach in Primary School. I decided to go further and complete my Master`s degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Oslo in 2016. While studying I was a part time Norwegian teacher in middel school. I started as a cover teacher at KIS last year. I am looking forward to teaching Norwegian in Grade 1, 2 & 3 this year!
Øyvind Berge (Norwegian)
I come from Fyresdal in Vest-Telemark and have previously worked as a Norwegian lecturer for foreign exchange students at Telemark University College in Bø. I have 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.
Sarah Corbisier (Music and Student Support Coordinator)
I am originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, but moved to Norway in 2006. During the past 10 years, I have taught just about every age group, from preschoolers to college students. I have a BA in Music Education from Luther College in Iowa, as well as a Masters degree in Cultural Administration from Telemark University College. This is my third year at KIS. After a year as the contact teacher for grade 5, I am now the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and heading up the newly established Student Support Center.
Sofie Jørstad (Head of Primary / PYP Coordinator)
It is a joy to be working in Norway after spending the first part of my career in international schools around the world, in Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy, Pakistan and Germany. I have a BA in Elementary Education from Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH, USA and a MA in International Education from the University of Bath in Bath, England. I love seeing children develop and grow as curious and active learners. For fun, I love to read, bake, cook, knit and do other handicrafts. I also enjoy getting outdoors for hikes in the mountains – both here in Norway and elsewhere around the world.