Primary School Faculty

Stef Fleet

Primary School Principal

Stef Fleet has a Master of Teaching from Sydney University, a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and teaching experience in Denmark and Australia. In education, he has worked in other roles as PYP Coordinator, Managebac Coordinator, and Kindergarten and Grade 1 teacher. Stef also volunteered for some years as a crisis counsellor and trainer and this was the foundation for joining one of the caring professions. He is passionate about surfing, his family, and positive relationships.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"The clean, fresh ocean water; perfect for a swim in summer and a dip in winter."

Joanna Okolowicz

PYP Coordinator

Ms Okolowicz was born in Poland. She has taught at both IB and non-IB, primary and secondary schools in Poland, England and Denmark. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education. She also acquired an EAL degree at Cambridge University in the U.K. and a Reading degree at Columbia University in New York. Ms Okolowicz’s primary goals are to identify and develop children’s talents and to encourage them to be inquirers. She applies cooperative and creative techniques in the classroom.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I like the fabulous, functional sensibilities of Danish design and Danish architecture, both modern and classical. I also enjoy the Danish winter hygge atmosphere full of candles and beautiful light."

Lindsey Stender

Pre-K 3A Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Eva Ásmundsdóttir

Pre-K 3A Teacher Assistant

Angie Leon

Pre-K 4A Teacher

Ms. Angie was born in Kansas, USA and was raised in Pennsylvania. She attended Temple University in Philadelphia and earned a degree in Art Education with a certification for grades K-12. In college, she got her first job as a nanny and fell in love with teaching younger children. After graduating, she decided to take additional courses for Early Childhood Education and taught preschool for three years i the USA

Ms, Angie never planned to leave Philadelphia but her Danish boyfriend helped change her mind. This is her first time living abroad as well as her first experience in an itnernational school.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I enjoy living in such a bike-friendly city, and I love being lazy in all the wonderful parks!"

Magdalena Povlsen

Pre-K 4A Teacher Assistant

Ms. Magdalena was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic, where she studied education and social work. Later she moved to Toronto, Canada to study fine arts.

She volunteered at Central Technical School in Toronto, leading workshops in print marking and painting for children while working as a junior newscaster for the Czech television station in Canada. Ms Magdalena has lived in Copenhagen with her husband since 2009.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"The multicultural aspect of the city, having friends from all over the world, cultural life, galleries, summer and the fresh air."

Ming Chen-Gunnarsson

Pre-K 4B Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Eleni Tasiakou

Pre-K 4B Teacher Assistant

Ms. Tasiakou was born in Athens, Greece.She studied English Language and Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She worked at primary schools in Greece and she also tutored children. Ms Tasiakou moved to Denmark with her husband and son in 2013.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I really like the long summer days and spring, especially the time when everything turns green and colourful!"

Elizabeth Toran

Kindergarten A Teacher

Ms. Toran was born and raised near Boston, USA. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and two teaching certificates: Early Childhood Education and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). She has worked with children for most of her life, as a childcare provider and as an educator in the Massachusetts public school system.

She lived in Costa Rica for one year, learning Spanish and teaching kindergarten aged children at the Pan-American International School.

What do you like most about Denmark and Copenhagen?

“Life in Copenhagen is wonderful because there is ALWAYS something fun and culturally inspiring to do. I love being a part of something new and this job has really made me feel like I am finally ‘home’ in Denmark.”

Lulie Jusufi

Kindergaten B Teacher

Mrs. Jusufi was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and taught at the local school district for a few years teaching pre-school. In 2013, she moved to Denmark to work as a teacher assistant at the SFO and subbing for the International School of Hellerup. In 2014 she started teaching Kindergarten at ISH and can still be seen here today.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I like how compact the city is and that my bike can take me everywhere. Summers are magnificent in Copenhagen and in the month of December when the Christmas lights are hanging in the city and candles light up the windows it feels hyggelig."

Jamé Johnson

PYP 1A Teacher

Ms. Johnson is from Indiana, USA. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in English and French from Howard University and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Louisiana State University. She has worked as a classroom teacher for over 10 years and has also worked as a district-level Instructional Coach, training and supporting both new and experienced teachers. In 2015 she moved to Copenhagen and joined the ISH team.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I love riding my bike all around this safe, beautiful city.”

Angeliki Kalapotharakou

PYP 1B Teacher

Ms Kalapotharakou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, as well as two certificates: Learning Difficulties and Adjusted Programs and Learning Difficulties & Development Disorders. She has been working with children since 2007, as a teacher in Greek primary school and in different educational institutions both in general and special education. She moved to Denmark in 2011.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I love the long summer days, the lakes, the libraries and definitely Kulturnatten, when the whole city is out!”

Leila Fouchard

PYP 2A Teacher

Ms. Fouchard is from the green hills of Wales in the U.K. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southampton, England and gained her teaching qualifications (P.G.C.E) from the University of Cardiff, Wales.

She was a primary teacher in South East-Asia and the Middle East for a couple of years, before moving to Denmark.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I like the seasonal activities in Denmark/Copenhagen. I love picnics in the park in the summer, forest walks in the autumn, hygge in winter time and the longer days of springtime."

Lindsay May

PYP 2B Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Olivia Biagetti

PYP 3A Teacher

Ms. Biagetti comes from Boston, USA. In the States, she earned her bachelor’s degree at Colby College and her master’s degree at Boston University. While at each school, she earned her two licensures in teaching English literature and composition and teaching English as an additional language (TESOL/EAL). Over the years, she has worked with students from a variety of backgrounds, most recently teaching intensive English to newcomers in a Boston public school. She is passionate about equal access to education, meaningful & relevant learning experiences, and developing multicultural literacy in her students.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"Denmark's value for children, which also makes field trips a lot more fun!"

Jenny Denton

PYP 3B Teacher

Ms Denton was born and raised in the USA. After earning a bachelor’s degree in East Asian History from the University of Colorado-Boulder and completing the Double Degree Program in Early Childhood Education and International Studies at Oregon State University, she moved to China and had wonderful experiences teaching in international schools, public schools, and orphanages. Her journey in teaching continued when she joined the team at ISH in 2010. Ms Denton has a deep passion for encouraging and enabling each child to be an active participant in their own learning, with the goal of becoming responsible, engaged members of our global community.She believes that every child has this within them. She is a true believer in life-long learning, and is always looking to challenge herself as a teacher and individual.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

“Copenhagen has everything you could possibly need: culture, cafes, and plenty of spacious bike lanes. I absolutely love how the city comes alive in the summer. It definitely makes the dark winters worthwhile.”

Gary Jones

PYP 4A Teacher

Mr. Jones is from Snowdonia, North Wales, in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Bangor with a bachelor’s degree in Welsh and International history. Mr. Jones also completed his P.G.C.E. at the same university in primary education. He has taught in multiple public primary schools across North Wales.

He has always participated in sports, having played football at both local and regional levels. He also represented Wales at a national level in Hockey at the Youth Commonwealth Games in 2002.

He has spent six consecutive summers working in Vermont working with children aged 6 to 16. Mr. Jones moved and settled in Copenhagen during the summer of 2013.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"The hygge, smørrebrød, risalamande and the cycling one must do in order to burn all the energy from all those puddings!"

Danielle Howard

PYP 4B Teacher

Ms. Howard is from Anglesey, North Wales, in the United Kingdom. She's lived in many different cities in England and Wales before moving to Denmark. Danielle holds an English Literature Degree from Cardiff University and a law degree from the College of Law in Chester.

She worked as a lawyer for two years and then decided to go into teaching, doing her teacher training at Bath University. She was a teacher in an all-boys secondary school in Bath and taught in a mixed comprehensive school in Bristol, in addition to teaching literacy in a young offender’s institution.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"Family life, swimming in the sea, brunch, elephants in the park, bikes, festivals, hygge, pastries, candles, fresh air in a capital city!"

Josh Mittleman

PYP 5A Teacher

Mr. Mittleman was born in Washington DC and grew up in Kansas, USA. As an adult, he lived between New York and Los Angeles. He received his BA in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

He was a science teacher in the USA before moving to Denmark. Prior to working at ISH, he taught at Hørsholm International School and the Copenhagen Euro School. He’s been in Denmark for about six years.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

“The health-care system!"

Victoria Sadeghi

PYP 5B Teacher

Bio coming soon!

Laura Demaria

PE Teacher

Ms. Demaria was educated as a ballet dancer in Italy. She has been dancing most of the classical ballet repertoire. At the University of Turin she studied Disciplines of Arts, Music and Performance (DAMS). In 2001 she moved to Copenhagen to study and research at the department of Arts and Cultural Studies, focusing on History of Scandinavian Theater and History of the Royal Danish Ballet.

She has been teaching ballet, dance and yoga for children, Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® for different schools and dance disciplines ever since.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I love kids, I love dance, I love arts, I love bikes and I love that Copenhagen is full of them!"

Johanne Druitt

Music Teacher (PYP2-5)

Ms. Druitt is from Melbourne, Australia. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. In 2006, she received a scholarship from the Goethe-Institut, which allowed her to move to Berlin for four months to further her studies in Guitar and to learn German. Afterwards, she moved to Switzerland where she obtained two Masters degrees from the Luzern University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Music Performance and Music Education.

She has taught in various primary and secondary schools in Australia and at the International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"Many things! I like how Copenhagen is a relaxed, yet culturally vibrant city. I love biking, the ocean, the cafés, the language, salt-licorice and flødeboller!"

Karolina Mroz

Music Teacher (K-PYP2)

Bio coming soon!

Mette Rønde

Danish Teacher

Mette Rønde is from Denmark and she has lived 17 years abroad in France, Norway, Mexico and USA. She has a Master’s Degree in Danish language/literature and Philosophy, and she has a bachelor in Education and Second language acquisition. Mette has taught literature and language acquisition in 1-12 grade.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I love the Danish weather and the beautiful country side."

Lilly From-Poulsen

Danish Intermediate Teacher

Ms. Lilly From-Poulsen is from Denmark. She completed a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature at the University of Copenhagen. In 2004, she moved with her husband and three children to the US. In 2008 she moved with her family to France where she studied French and Italian and taught her children Danish, following the Danes Worldwide teaching program.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"First of all I love the different and charming Danish dialects. I enjoy all four seasons – strawberries in summer, the colorful autumn, hot cocoa and pancakes in winter, and spring when everything blossoms. I love spending time with my Danish husband and our daughter in Copenhagen and we enjoy all the places and activities that the city has to offer."

Kathrine Speirs

Danish Advanced Teacher

Ms. Speirs is from a Danish/British family and has lived in Denmark, Burkina Faso and Nicaragua. She has a Bachelor's degree from the Metropolitan University College in Copenhagen where she studied Danish and English. She also has a Master's degree in the Anthropology of Education and Globalization from Aarhus University.

During her studies, Ms. Speirs taught English at a private school in Frederiksberg. Furthermore, she has worked on a variety of projects, including co-founding an urban garden association with the aim of creating awareness of sustainable living in the city and last year she worked as an external consultant for the Association of Efterskoler, undertaking an evaluation of their international activities.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

”I love the diverse sub-cultures of Copenhagen and particularly the vibrant music scene. I also enjoy new Danish poetry.

Ramazan Dicle

EAL Teacher, EAL Coordinator

Mr. Dicle is from Adiyaman, Turkey. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Department of English Linguistics at Hacettepe University in Ankara as a top ranking student in 2010. While at Hacettepe University, he also completed the ELT (English Language Teaching) Program. He holds a Magister degree in Turkish Linguistics from Uppsala University, Sweden. He holds an MA in General Linguistics from Stockholm University with a focus on bilingualism, cognitive linguistics and language typology. Mr Dicle is the EAL Coordinator, the MYP/DP Head of Language Aquisition and the Service as Action leader in MYP.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"Ever since the first time I've stepped foot into Copenhagen, I've been absolutely in love with it. There are many reasons why I'm so taken with this city, but here are my top 5: It is safe. It is tranquil. It is easy to navigate and bike. It is cozy. It is international."

Primary School Leadership Team

Stef Fleet

Stef Fleet

Primary School Principal

Stef Fleet

Primary School Principal

Joanna Okolowicz

Joanna Okolowicz

PYP Coordinator

Joanna Okolowicz

PYP Coordinator

 


Lindsey Stender

Lindsey Stender

Pre-K 3A Teacher

Lindsey Stender

Pre-K 3A Teacher

Eva Ásmundsdóttir

Eva Ásmundsdóttir

Pre-K 3A Teacher Assistant

Eva Ásmundsdóttir

Pre-K 3A Teacher Assistant

Angie Leon

Angie Leon

Pre-K 4A Teacher

Angie Leon

Pre-K 4A Teacher

Magdalena Povlsen

Magdalena Povlsen

Pre-K 4A Teacher Assistant

Magdalena Povlsen

Pre-K 4A Teacher Assistant

Ming Chen-Gunnarsson

Ming Chen-Gunnarsson

Pre-K 4B Teacher

Ming Chen-Gunnarsson

Pre-K 4B Teacher

Eleni Tasiakou

Eleni Tasiakou

Pre-K 4B Teacher Assistant

Eleni Tasiakou

Pre-K 4B Teacher Assistant

Elizabeth Toran

Elizabeth Toran

Kindergarten A Teacher

Elizabeth Toran

Kindergarten A Teacher

Lulie Jusufi

Lulie Jusufi

Kindergaten B Teacher

Lulie Jusufi

Kindergaten B Teacher

Jamé Johnson

Jamé Johnson

PYP 1A Teacher

Jamé Johnson

PYP 1A Teacher

Angeliki Kalapotharakou

PYP 1B Teacher

Leila Fouchard

Leila Fouchard

PYP 2A Teacher

Leila Fouchard

PYP 2A Teacher

Lindsay May

Lindsay May

PYP 2B Teacher

Lindsay May

PYP 2B Teacher

Olivia Biagetti

Olivia Biagetti

PYP 3A Teacher

Olivia Biagetti

PYP 3A Teacher

Jenny Denton

Jenny Denton

PYP 3B Teacher

Jenny Denton

PYP 3B Teacher

Gary Jones

Gary Jones

PYP 4A Teacher

Gary Jones

PYP 4A Teacher

Danielle Howard

Danielle Howard

PYP 4B Teacher

Danielle Howard

PYP 4B Teacher

Josh Mittleman

Josh Mittleman

PYP 5A Teacher

Josh Mittleman

PYP 5A Teacher

Victoria Sadeghi

Victoria Sadeghi

PYP 5B Teacher

Victoria Sadeghi

PYP 5B Teacher

Special Subject Teachers

Laura Demaria

Laura Demaria

PE Teacher

Laura Demaria

PE Teacher

Johanne Druitt

Johanne Druitt

Music Teacher (PYP2-5)

Johanne Druitt

Music Teacher (PYP2-5)

Karolina Mroz

Karolina Mroz

Music Teacher (K-PYP2)

Karolina Mroz

Music Teacher (K-PYP2)

Mette Rønde

Mette Rønde

Danish Teacher

Mette Rønde

Danish Teacher

Lilly From-Poulsen

Lilly From-Poulsen

Danish Intermediate Teacher

Lilly From-Poulsen

Danish Intermediate Teacher

Kathrine Speirs

Kathrine Speirs

Danish Advanced Teacher

Kathrine Speirs

Danish Advanced Teacher

Ramazan Dicle

Ramazan Dicle

EAL Teacher, EAL Coordinator

Ramazan Dicle

EAL Teacher, EAL Coordinator