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

Principal 35 29 14 00

Mette Oprann

Deputy Principal Administration 35 29 14 00

Bachelor in Business Administration and Master in International Business

Norway and France

Family and friends, hiking, skiing and sailing

Tjandra Purnama

PYP Coordinator 35 29 14 00

Tjandra has been working at IST as PYP Coordinator since October 2016. He is originally from Indonesia and has joined us from Kristiansand International School, where he held the position of PYP homeroom teacher. Tjandra has been working in international schools around the world for over 20 years, including schools in China and Indonesia. He has a master’s degree in integrating technology into the classroom practices from Walden University and a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Satya Wacana Christian University in Indonesia. In his free time, he loves to watch films and cooking.


Ane Sætha

School Secretary 35 29 14 00

Eli Qvam

School secretary 35 29 14 00

Teachers Primary School (PYP)

Alyssa G Fornes

Assistant 35 29 14 00

Bachelor's of Science in Business Management

USA and England

Training, cooking/baking, spending time with friends, good coffee

Miss Bibi

Assistant (SFO) 35 29 14 00

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

Malaysia, England (19 years) and Norway

Baking, Outdoor activities, Training and Cultures.

Nina Bruni

PYP Assistant 35 29 14 00

Olena Shepel

Assistant 35 29 14 00

Degree in Primary Education


Hiking, knitting and travelling

Stephanie Palmer

Grade 2 Class Teacher 35 29 14 00

MBA International Leadership, Postgraduate Certificate of Education

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

World music, singing, swimming, travel, photography

Stephen Betteridge

Grade 3 Teacher 35 29 14 00

PGCE in Primary Years Education

England and Norway

Art, books, children, design, environmental science, [ ...], and zoology.

Trinity Ahie

Grade 4 class teacher 35 29 14 00

"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.

Teachers Middle School (MYP)

Carolina Vallejo

PYP and MYP Visual Art teacher 35 29 14 00

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

Marina Currie

PYP 6 Class Teacher, PYP Exhibition Coordinator, MYP English 35 29 14 00

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

Reading, knitting, gardening, hiking

Siri Aakre

MYP Mathematics teacher, Mathematics Coordinator 35 29 14 00

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

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