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.
Head of Primary & Grade 2
Juan Pablo Fernandez
Middle Years Programme Design
Individuals & Societies
Art Drama & Norwegian
Billie the Dog
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Work at RIS
RIS is always interested in connecting with qualified and interested professionals especially those located in the Nes area. Please feel free to send in expressions of interest to email@example.com. Should we find ourselves in need to fill a position we will make contact.
RIS is currently looking for a Norwegian Teachers
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.
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.
I was born in Guatemala, Central America and raised in the beautiful city of Montreal and all my family is European. My curiosity and thirst for knowledge and the world has led me to travel for the last twenty years of my life in South East Asia. I have done my studies in France where I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and the United States of America where I completed a Masters in Education and Curriculum Instruction.
My passion for education has brought me to the world of IB Education seven years ago. I specialize in Physics, Mathematics, General Science, Theory of Knowledge and integrated Curriculum Design and Development. I am really excited for my role in the creation and participation of the Romerike International School and its community.
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%.