International School Telemark
Hovet Ring 7,
3931 Porsgrunn

+ 47 35 29 14 00


Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday
08.30 – 16.00

IST Staff

The majority of our staff are international, having trained, lived and worked in many countries outside of Norway.


Richard Caffyn
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Deputy Principal Administration
Mette Oprann

Bachelor in Business Administration and Master in International Business

Norway and France

Family and friends, hiking, skiing and sailing
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PYP Coordinator
Tjandra Purnama

Bachelor of Education and Teacher Certification (UDIR approved),
Master of Science – Integrating Technology into the Classroom (UDIR approved)

Previous teaching places:
Norway, China, Indonesia

Travelling, Films
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School Secretary
Ane Sætha
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School secretary
Eli Qvam
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Teachers Primary School (PYP)

Grade 5 teacher
Alexander Cadden

BMus (Hons) - University of Edinburgh, GradDip (Royal College of Music, London), GTP (University of Hertfordshire), PGCE (University of Northampton)

Countries worked in:
Scotland, Norway, France, England

Singing, climbing, running, skiing, canoeing, camping and generally being in the outdoors.
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Alyssa G Fornes

Bachelor's of Science in Business Management

USA and England

Training, cooking/baking, spending time with friends, good coffee
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Assistant (SFO)
Miss Bibi

BA (Hons) Textile & Surface Pattern Design in England.

Malaysia, England (19 years) and Norway

Baking, Outdoor activities, Training and Cultures.
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PYP Assistant
Nina Bruni
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Olena Shepel

Degree in Primary Education


Hiking, knitting and travelling
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Grade 2 Class Teacher
Stephanie Palmer

MBA International Leadership, Postgraduate Certificate of Education

Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Germany, South Africa, UK

World music, singing, swimming, travel, photography
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Grade 3 Teacher
Stephen Betteridge

PGCE in Primary Years Education

England and Norway

Art, books, children, design, environmental science, [ ...], and zoology.
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Grade 4 class teacher
Trinity Ahie

"Graduate Diploma of Teaching
Specified Programme: Primary Teaching
The University of Waikato, New Zealand

Bachelor of Arts
Major: Philosophy
Supporting Subject: Religious Studies
The University of Waikato, New Zealand" New Zealand Reading, audiobooks, podcasts, technology, skateboarding, surfing, guitar, video games, athletics, basketball, going to malls, going to the beach, being in the sun.
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Teachers Middle School (MYP)

PYP and MYP Visual Art teacher
Carolina Vallejo

Master in Art, design and craft (Master i design, kunst og håndverk)
Teacher qualification in Art, design and Craft (Practice Pedagogisk utdanning, PPU)

Countries lived in
Chile / Norway

Art, Sport, travel
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PYP 6 Class Teacher, PYP Exhibition Coordinator, MYP English
Marina Currie

Bachelor of Science in Secondary English, Formal IB training (PYP and MYP courses)

Reading, knitting, gardening, hiking
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MYP Mathematics teacher, Mathematics Coordinator
Siri Aakre

Master of Science in Physics and Mathematics, Teacher Qualifications in Physics and Mathematics (Praktisk Pedagogisk Utdanning)


Training dogs, playing good games and reading epic books
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Other non-voting participants include
  • The Principal
  • Clear to the Board
  • Parent Council Representative
  • Student Council Representative
  • Teaching Staff Representative
  • Non-Teaching Staff Representative
  • Observer from Porsgrunn Kommune