The students at RIS come from a wide range of situations and circumstances. Whilst the majority of students come with some connection to Norway we are also an international school with students connected to over 30 countries from around the world.
We have a wide diversity of students coming from a huge range of cultural, linguistic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. This is considered one of the greatest strengths of the school.
The students in our care will be the guardians and leaders of our future society, a humbling responsibility.
Like the students at Romerike International School each and every family is unique.
Most of the families at RIS have one or both parents that are Norwegain. Some families are fully international and part of the global workforce and take advantage of the school’s international curriculum allowing them to move around the world with ease. Other families want to take advantage of the progressive internationally minded curriculum to challenge their children and prepare them for a competitive world.
RIS is an inclusive school and prides itself on providing a considerate, compassionate education to children of all abilities, an aspect that many families appreciate.
Teachers at RIS come from all over the world, with a vast range of educational experience and from the wider world.
Homeroom Grade 1
Head of Primary
Homeroom Grade 2
Homeroom Grade 3
Homeroom Grade 4
Homeroom Grade 5
School Dog Handler
COMING JANUARY 2022
MYP Science & Homeroom Grade 7
MYP Design & Homeroom Grade 6
MYP Individuals & Societies
Homeroom Grade 8
Norwegian Middle Years Program
PYP MYP Art Drama & Norwegian
Vilde Kaunatjike Synnestvedt
Norwegian Primary Years Program
Wilhelm Daniel Valderrama
Head of Middle Years Program
The Board of Romerike International School is delighted to announce that it has appointed Mr Will Warren to be it’s founding Principal.
Mr Warren, for the last seven years, has been Head of Primary at Arendal International School, he is originally from England and has worked in schools in South Africa, Cayman Islands, Switzerland and Telemark.
He profoundly believes in the importance of seeing every child as unique, with individual needs. He aims to create an inclusive environment providing creative, challenging learning opportunities for all.
He can be contacted on email@example.com or 98131586.
He is looking forward to hearing from you.
Romerike International School was founded to serve the needs of families in Romerike.
The school is governed by a board consisting of representatives of the organizations that contributed to the establishment of the school. The school board meets several times a year and is responsible for the overall running of the school. All board members are active or retired leaders in their field locally and/or internationally.
Lawyer and partner in law firm Wiersholm
Gudbrand Johannes Qvale
Master in Economist, Communication consultant and organic farmer
Project Manager at NHO
Ole Kristian Kaurstad
DVM, CEO of Scanvacc AS
Business Manager Asker International School
Extra From Our Staff
Nichola and Connie, Primary Years program A chat with the Head of Primary, Romerike Int.S.Norway Daniel Valderrama, Head of Middle years program
We look forward to seeing where the Alumni for RIS go next and to see the positive impact that they will have on both local and global communities.
We will be recording their stories here.
The RIS Internship Programme provides a supervised and meaningful working experience for university students through the Erasmus program and/or recent graduates. The school is also committed to helping those in need of a praksisplass, either through NAV or as part of a university placement.
We offer the unique opportunity to learn, share, and connect with our dedicated and innovative community. Interns also get the opportunity to be directly involved in real projects and exposed to multiple activities.
This is a two way relationship and we expect our interns to bring with them a wealth of experience and skills that the school can take advantage of.
The programme is designed for interns to learn, grow, and take action now. Having completed an internship participants will walk out with personal and professional growth, a network of like-minded professionals and a deeper understanding of education and the crucial role it has in developing a sustainable future
Internships are offered depending on the needs and capacity of our school.
Ms. Nichola Montaigne
Head of Primary
British, born in Saudi Arabia and brought up in Portugal, I have had the rewarding opportunity of pursuing my passion which is to empower all learners to believe in themselves. My international experience, working and living in the Philippines, the UK, Portugal, China and Brazil has been a rich and rewarding experience.
My higher education in Design, Sociology, a BSc in Psychology, Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Masters in International Education and Leadership, has supported my role as an educator (PreK-G5), as a teacher in the classroom, in student support and as a leader in IB Schools. I cannot wait to join the Romerike International School and be a part of the community with my husband and three children.
School Dog Handler
I am a Norwegian educational-psychological counsellor with a Bachelor- and Masters degree from the University of Oslo. I have had the privilege to work in a range of educational contexts in Norway over the past 18 years, e.g. as an Inclusion Coordinator, school-counsellor, teacher, and counsellor for PPT.
My main passion when it comes to education is supporting students in their development, helping them overcome obstacles and reach their individual potential. I am looking forward to contributing to a positive, healthy and safe environment for our students at Romerike International School
I am a Colombian teacher with a bachelor degree in early childhood
education. I had the opportunity to work in the USA and China where I
had students from different cultures and languages. As a preschool
and elementary teacher, I am enthusiastic and caring. Along with all
the different and creative initiatives in the classroom, I love to create
mini museums and indoor gardens with my students. I believe in
creating a learning environment where students have a voice and can
pursuit their learning through following their interests and passions.
I look forward to being part of this community. Along with my husband
and two children, I am sure we will continue to learn from others and
have the rewarding opportunity to share our experience.
I graduated from the University of Portsmouth, UK, with a degree in International Relations and History in 2005. In 2012, I then continued my studies at the University of Winchester and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education. I taught for four years in the South of England where I taught in a range of year groups from Year 3- 6. I then held the position of Primary Leader in Denmark at the International School Ikast-Brande where I also worked as a Year 6 teacher. Currently, I teach in Penang, Malaysia, and I am very excited to return to Europe, specifically Norway and join the Romerike community. Outside of teaching, I have a keen interest in travelling and I enjoy a range of sporting activities such as football, swimming, cycling and golf.
In 2011 I graduated from the University of Exeter, England, with a degree in Economics. I then continued my studies at Exeter University and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education with Mathematics Specialism.
Since becoming a qualified teacher, I have taught in both the South of England and then in Aarhus Denmark and held positions of responsibility in the Maths departments of both my previous schools.
I currently teach in Malaysia and am incredibly excited about returning to Scandinavia and teaching the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in Romerike, Norway. Out of the classroom, I enjoy windsurfing, yoga, running, and baking.
I am originally from the city of Durham in the Northeast of England, but have lived for a number of years in Indonesia. As an MYP Language and Literature teacher, I aim to create a classroom environment in which students use critical thinking approaches to deepen their knowledge base and understand the different perspectives of others.
My completion of a Masters in International Education has strengthened my conviction that education really is the most powerful tool we possess to create a fairer, kinder and more sustainable global society and I’m very excited to be part of the start of Romerike International School’s journey. Away from the classroom, I love getting out into nature, writing children’s poetry and telling anyone who will listen why Sunderland AFC are the true sleeping giants of English football.
Originally from the Philippines, I am fortunate to gain vast experience teaching Science in various international schools in the Philippines, Kazakhstan, and Singapore. I started teaching in 2005 and it includes delivering IB MYP, IB DP, and IGCSE curricula and framework.
Mr. Henrique Caetano
Middle Years Programme Design
I have had 28 years of experience working in the design field in a global context with prestigious organisations such as National Geographic. I transitioned into the world of education motivated to make a difference in the world and encourage all learners to use the lens of sustainability when seeking solutions to problems as global citizens.
My career and passion for design blended with education have led me to work in international schools in China and Brazil. I now look forward to joining the Romerike International School, collaborating with the whole community to develop a design thinking mindset within and beyond our school community. Living in Norway, exploring its nature and heritage is something I look forward to doing with my wife and three children.
Individuals and Societies
I am originally from Norway, but have lived in Hong Kong for the past fourteen years, and prior to that I lived and studied in Denmark and Thailand. I have a MSc in Business Administration, but my passion for learning and working with people brought me into the world of education. I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and have been working in secondary and tertiary education in Hong Kong, of which the past nine years have been in IB World Schools. My main subject is Individuals and Societies, and I love how students get the opportunity to discuss current affairs and use critical thinking in my lessons. I’m really excited about being part of creating an international learning community at Romerike.
I am Norwegian, born in Sweden. My Master’s degree is in Nordic language education, and my main subject is Norwegian. For the past five years I’ve taught students in the Norwegian school system. Language mastery is very important to me, and I strive to help students unlock the wealth of knowledge and wisdom available behind the door of literacy. It takes time and patience to become a good reader, writer, thinker, and orator. Yet, these are essential skills in today’s world, especially for my students, who will go on to change the world. I look forward to help building the learning community at Romerike International School.
Born and raised in London, parents from Morocco; graduated with a BSc in Business Economics followed by the completion of the Graduate Teacher Programme. I worked at an inner London Academy for almost 8 years as a teacher, Head of Year and became a Director of Key Stage as part of the Senior Leadership Team.
As I have always lived and worked in heavily diverse communities, I believe education should embody an openness and awareness to all others, particularly those who look and sound different.
I moved to Norway in 2019 and worked at Tesla for 2 years, contributing towards the world’s acceleration to sustainable energy. I have lived in Nes Kommune since 2020 with my wife and daughter. I love spending time outdoors ‘på tur’, playing/following competitive sports and generally spending time with my family.
Art Drama & Norwegian
I’m a Norwegian theatre-instructor, drama-pedagog, actress, artist and entrepreneur. My upbringing is very international, as I lived and grew up in Norway, Denmark, Wales, Scotland and Canada.
At RIS I will be teaching the arts and Norwegian B, and I’m really looking forward to it!
My true passion is theatre and everything that surrounds it: ensemble work, music, lights, make-up, the making of scenography, props, and costumes. A bigger part of my education is in comedy, physical theatre, clowning and hospital clowning, tools of which I will be using with my students at RIS.
I have been teaching in the arts since 2009 for children and young people. I have taught at cultural institutions, amateur theatres, private schools, public schools and folk high schools in the subject’s art, theatre, improve theatre, musical and new circus. Working creatively with children and young people is the best! I’m convinced that drama is one of the most important subjects for students’ social development, but also a great arena for the blossoming artists of tomorrow.
My name is Billie the Dog, but you can call me Billie. My birthday is 9th October, and I am a very happy dog who loves spending time with children. I love a good cuddle and I always appreciate being read for or just get some smiles and attention. I am also a very good listener and I do my best to cheer you up and support you when needed. I am pleased to say that I am a hypoallergenic dog that has had training to be a Reading Dog. I will be working 40%.
Vilde Kaunatjike Synnestvedt
Having graduated from the Norwegian School of Sport Science in 2010 with a bachelor degree in sport science, I then kickstarted my teaching career in South Africa, alongside Sport, Culture and Development studies at the University of Western Cape. Both living and working in S.A. has so far been one of the greatest experiences in my life!
In addition, I have higher education in English from Østfold University College and Norwegian from Oslo Metropolitan University.
I have been employed at Neskollen primary school since 2012, where I taught in a range of year groups from grade 4 – 7. When I teach, I want my students to learn discipline, structure, creativity and collaboration. I am a big fan of peer leadership, and I try to use teaching methods that emphasize learning, how to become independent and motivated, as well as taking ownership.
I’m a French and sports teacher, basketball player and coach. I grew up in Toulouse, graduated with a Masters in Sport Sciences and Education and had the opportunity to work in different schools before moving abroad.
For the last 6 years, I’ve been living in Denmark teaching Primary School students (PK-G5) in Copenhagen International School and coaching basketball, volleyball and football (U12-U15).
As SFO Leader, I wish to create a welcoming environment for all students, by bringing my positive attitude, demonstrating kindness towards others and keeping an open heart. Away from school, I enjoy being active, writing stories, poetry but also performing stand up sets, doing impro theater or clowning.
Wilhelm Daniel Valderrama
Head of Middle Years Programe
With a bachelor’s degree in Teaching English and Spanish, I started my career as an educator in my native Bogotá, Colombia back in 1998. After 10 years working in language schools, I made the move into school classroom teaching in public schools in North Carolina, USA, where I was for 4 years. There, I completed my master’s degree in TESOL from Greensboro College, and in 2012, I moved to China, where I started my experience with IB schools. There, not only did I continue to develop my teaching experience, this time with an international curriculum, but I also started to build on my leadership skills as a department leader and a curriculum coordinator. My passion for a holistic education that develops the student as an integral human being made me join the International Baccalaureate Educator Network (IBEN), which has brought me the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience about an IB education in schools around the world as a workshop leader and visiting team member.
I am married to a wonderful woman who shares my passion for education and have two wonderful children. As a family, we believe in the power of sustainable living and respect for the global community. I am very excited about the opportunity to contribute to the growth and improvement of a new school community here in Norway
Originally from the Philippines, I have been overseas for the last 10 years and have experience being a PYP teaching assistant in two IB World Schools in Singapore for the last 5 years.
Completed a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, I opted to be in the field of education dealing with young minds right after my university graduation. I am very passionate about young learners. I enjoy witnessing how they explore and discover the world around us.
My husband also teaches at Romerike International School in the secondary level as a Science Teacher and we have three children. During my free time, I enjoy cooking, baking and cycling.
Teacher of Mathematics
I was born in a small village in Ghana, moved to London UK where I spent most of my childhood. My desire to learn about different cultures led me to live and work in some amazing countries: The Netherland, Trinidad and Tobago, Switzerland, Portugal, and Malaysia.
I was firsts in my family to complete university education achieving: BSc Economics specialising in Development Studies, M.A in Politics/Economics at University of London and PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) at Greenwich University.
I had the opportunity to work with several NGOs and The UN on issues of Women and children’s Rights before moving into education. I have loved my 18 years of teaching, sharing my passions with students, and equally learning more about myself in the process. I am excited to be here at the start of an incredible journey for RIS, and I hope to make a valuable contribution to the school and local community.
Director of Sport & Outdoor Education