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Staff Directory (2015/2016)

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Chris Hanna   

Head of School
Mr. Hanna holds a M.ED. degree in educational administration from Kent State University, USA, and teaching certification in earth science, German and special education.  Raised in international settings and after having completed higher education in the United States, he taught in Ohio prior to returning overseas to accept teaching and administrative positions.  Involved also in the school accreditation process with various state accrediting agencies, he has served as head of school in Germany, Taiwan and most recently Turkey, prior to coming to Denmark.

Kathryn Templeman  
Head of Middle School and International Baccalaureate (IB) MYP Coordinator
Kathryn has a Master's degree in Performance and is in the process of completing a Masters's in Educational Leadership from Bath University. She is a musician and a UK qualified Performing Arts teacher. She has experience as an MYP Performing Arts teacher in China and the UK and has performed here in Aarhus with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and BaroqueAros. At AAGE she teachers music in MYP as well as being the MYP Coordinator and Head of Middle School, responsible for the academic and social well-being of all the MYP students.

Annelies Van Den Brink 
Library Technician
Annelies is originally from Holland and has been residing in Denmark for 3 years. She has a background in administration in various areas. Annelies has had 5 years experience within libraries at different International Schools. Annelies started her career at AAGE as the Library Assistant and has now become the Library Technician here at AAGE.

Emilie Zelander 
Class Teacher in PYP 3a
Emilie is originally from Sweden but has lived in Alicante, Spain and Johannesburg, South Africa and relocated to Aarhus in August 2014. She has a Master of Arts in Education, qualified in Swedish, English, Math and History. Emilie has experience from an IB school in Sweden, teaching PYP 2 and 4. This year Emilie is very excited to teach PYP 1.


Amanda Dufke  
Class Teacher in PYP 2
Ms Amanda Dufke is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Primary Education and has been teaching Early Years for 11 years both in international and private schools. Amanda has been with AAGE since she moved to Denmark in January 2014, and is excited to teach the PYP 2A - Dinosaur Class this academic year.

Jessica Thiemann 
Class Teacher in PYP 3b
Jessica is originally from Berlin, Germany. She studied Early Childhood Education in Kiel, Germany and started working for AAGE in January 2015. Previous to working at AAGE, Jessica has worked in the Early Years program in the USA and in Germany. Currently Jessica is in the position of Teaching Assistant in the PYP 2A Bumblebee class and really enjoys her role. Jessica has a passion for travel and culture and feels that working for AAGE which offers an international environment enables her to experience and learn from children and parents coming from all over the world.

Vanessa Kewan  
Class Teacher in PYP 1
Vanessa is originally from Perth, Australia. She has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (History), Master of Teaching (Primary) and Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching. She has taught students (4-12 years of age) in primary schools in Australia. Vanessa teaches and 3-4 year old children in PYP 2b, covering literacy, maths, our unit of inquiry and many other fun activities at page's kindergarten.

Cecilia Fuente 
Teaching assistant in PYP 1
Cecilia originally comes from Oviedo, a city in the North of Spain. Cecilia has a Bachelor's Degree in Infant Teaching Education from the University of Oviedo (Spain). Cecilia also holds a diploma in Nature and Democracy from the University College in Aarhus. With experience teaching in kindergartens in Spain and Denmark, this has given Cecilia an opportunity to observe and learn different approaches of education.  She enjoys working with children and teaching them through games, music and any interactive form to ensure they learn through play and enjoy their Kindergarten years.

Nicola Woodvine 
Class Teacher in PYP 4
Nicola is originally from South Africa, but has lived, studied and worked extensively around the world. She holds a B.A. degree in History, English Literature and History of Art and is a certified Montessori Directress (ages 3-9 years). She has worked as an Early Years educator in the UK and China, and has taught at the primary level (6-9 years) in the United States and Thailand. Nicola joined AAGE in 2011. She is the PYP 3 teacher.

Anna Prims Vicario  
Teaching Assistant in Early Years
Anna comes from Barcelona, Spain. She has a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting and a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. She has worked as a teacher for more than 6 years, both in Spain and Japan, where she taught languages to all age groups. She loves interacting with people from all over the world.

Faith Kumaraswamy 
PYP Visual Arts Teacher
Faith is a native of Sri-Lanka, and has lived in Denmark for 20 years. She holds a Certificate of Teachers Education from the University College Nordjylland, Denmark. She has 30 years of teaching experience. Her background consists of international experience from working with and in many different cultures, such as in Sri-Lanka, India, Canada, Germany and Denmark.

Becky Rasmussen 
Teaching Assistant in PYP 4
Becky is originally from the UK and moved to Denmark in 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History as well as a postgraduate qualification in journalism. She has two children with her Danish husband and has experience of teaching English as a foreign language to children and adults. Becky has previously worked at AAGE writing the school's newsletter.

Margaret Kristensen  
Class Teacher in PYP 5 
Margaret is Irish and has a Bachelor of Education degree from Trinity College Dublin. She has over 24 years teaching experience in Ireland, Australia and Denmark. Margaret is the Homeroom Teacher in the PYP 5 class.


Cree Snyder Schmidt 
Class Teacher in PYP 6
Cree is from New York City in the US. She has a BA in English Literature from Binghamton University and a M.Ed from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she specialised in Special Education. Cree has been teaching at international schools since 2006. At AAGE she is the homeroom teacher for PYP 6.

Eddie Murray 
Class Teacher in PYP 7
Eddie is in his 4th year at AAGE, teaching from PYP 5 to PYP 7 in that time period. He has a Master's in Journalism from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia and has his teaching certificate from the University of Nottingham in England. His Undergraduate Degree was earned from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. Eddie lives in Denmark with his wife, Iben, and his two year old daughter, Vika. He is a certified personal trainer and movement specialist.  Eddie enjoys travelling, watching baseball and NFL football.

Jonathan William Bettger 
Class Teacher in PYP 8
Jonathan Bettger is Canadian and has a teacher’s degree from the University of Toronto. He has worked as a teacher in Canada, South Korea and has taught in Denmark since 2003. At AAGE, Jonathan works as homeroom teacher for the PYP 8 class in the subjects of Literacy, Math and Unit of Inquiry. Jon's experience includes the International Baccalaureate and the International Primary and Cambridge curriculums. In addition to his experience with core subjects, his teaching background also includes Physical Education, Music and English as an additional language. 

Tobias Jakobsen  
Danish Teacher (PYP & MYP)
Tobias has a Bachelor's degree in teaching from VIA University in Aarhus. He has experience in football coaching positions in Denmark as well as for Nike in the US. Tobias has been a part of AAGE since the opening in November 2011. At AAGE Tobias teaches Danish in PYP and MYP.


Sidsel Damsgaard Hansen  
Danish Teacher (PYP & MYP)
Sidsel has a teaching degree/Bachelor of Education from VIA University College. She has previously worked six years in a public school in Aarhus and one year in a small Danish school in Uganda. Sidsel is qualified to teach Danish, Visual Arts and Music and at AAGE she teaches Danish A and B.


Jonathan Cummins 
MYP Mathematics Teacher
Jon has a first class degree in Statistics and Mathematics and a PGCE in Mathematics, both gained in the United Kingdom. He has experience both in the British and Danish state school systems, having taught in London for the first eight years of his career and then in Fredericia for the following twelve. One of the highlights of his time in Denmark was to teach a lesson in front of the Queen during her 2008 visit to Fredericia.

Elizabeth Keniston 
English Language & LiteratureTeacher
Elizabeth is a certified secondary teacher from the United States, who holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a minor in Dance. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she worked in Arts Management in the Washington, D.C. area. Before coming to AAGE, Elizabeth taught for several years at a private, IB World School near Baltimore, MD. Elizabeth has also recently earned her M.A.T. in Secondary English Education.

Fabienne Pauly-Tanski
PYP 4-8/MYP Performing Arts Teacher/MYP German
Fabienne has a Master's degree in Theatre - Film and Media Science. She was educated in Germany and Wales. For four years Fabienne has given theatre workshops for children and teenagers from all over the world and of different ages. She has directed different theatre pieces with children and has also acted for children herself. At AAGE she is teaching MYP German and Drama.


Kelly Draper  (Currently on Maternity leave)
Class Teacher for MYP 2 and MYP Science Teacher
Kelly has a Master's in Astrophysics from Cardiff University and a postgraduate certificate of education from Swansea University. She has taught for 11 years including secondary schools in the United Kingdom and in a Danish 'folkeskole'.
She is also the lead teacher for Global Contexts in MYP.


Charlotte Carr Nørgård 
Class Teacher in MYP 3, and MYP Individuals & Societies Teacher
Charlotte has a degree in Geography and a PGCE from the Institution of Education, London. She worked in an English Secondary School before coming to AAGE. At AAGE, Charlotte teaches Individuals and Societies to all MYP classes. She is the MYP 3 Homeroom teacher, oversees the MYP Projects and is the Action and Service Coordinator.


Gael Reihana  
Visual Arts and English Acquisition Teacher (MYP)
Gael specialised in Arts, English and Danish for her Teachers Education at the University College of Aarhus. She has experience working within Visual Arts in both Denmark and her home country New Zealand. Gael is the Visual Arts teacher for MYP students at AAGE. She also teaches EAL.

 Gene Aidam 
Class Teacher in MYP 5 and French & English Acquisition Teacher

Gene Aidam comes to us from London with a Bachelor's degree in French and Management Studies. He has taught French in London for 11 years where he was Head of Languages in two consecutive schools. Gene is passionate about teaching and is always looking for new ways to make language learning exciting and relevant for young people.

Holly Chabowski 
Class Teacher in MYP 1 and PHE Teacher for MYP and PYP 7 and 8
Holly is an experienced and broadly qualified Physical and Health Education Teacher. Graduating from Loughborough University in 2005 with a first class degree in Sports Science, Holly trained as a teacher in London, England, and continued working in the city for a further seven years as a PHE teacher and Head of Department. Now in Denmark Holly plays a key role in promoting sports and physical activity throughout Aarhus, as the Middle Years Programme PHE teacher at AAGE. She also is a fitness instructor with Stay Active, and an active member of Kralupy Football Club and Aarhus Crossfit. This academic year Holly is also the homeroom teacher for MYP 1. In her free time Holly has a passion for urban planning, and advocates walking and cycling and other other forms of active transport through volunteering and campaigning.

Megan Moran Behnke  
International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Coordinator / School Counsellor
Megan is an educated primary school teacher who joined AAGE in 2013 after moving to Denmark from the United States of America.  Megan has been a classroom teacher at AAGE in both PYP4 and PYP5, and she has taught Danish C. She also holds a Master's Degree in school counselling and has experience working with students of all ages.  Megan has served as AAGE's part-time School Counsellor since the 2014-2015 school year and has been working with all stakeholders to better support students in their academic, career, personal/social and global perspective development.
Ane Charlotte Vest  
Kindergarten Administrator
Charlotte has a Master's degree in clinical counselling from Johns Hopkins University, USA and a teaching degree from DK. After 16 years in Washington DC, she returned to DK in 2012. With 25+ years of experience within the fields of Education, Counselling/Therapy, Special Education, Program Development and Project Development, she will support and help develop the AAGE School Counselling Department to ensure that all AAGE students learn, thrive and grow.


Sander Gerardus David Crull 
Teaching Assistant in PYP 1
Sander is from The Netherlands and has been at the school since August 2013. He has a degree as a 'social cultural worker' and has experience with many different target groups in both Denmark and other foreign countries (Spain & The Netherlands). He is supporting the classroom teacher of PYP1 and helps the children in their education.

Tom Wade 
PHE Teacher PYP 4-6 / ASA Coordinator PYP 4-8
Tom is originally from the Isle of Wight, England and holds a bachelor's degree in Strength and Condition Science and Master's degree in Kinesiology. Tom has 10 years experience working in primary schools as a sports coach and after-school instructor. He is responsible for the PYP4-8 ASA schedule, providing an enriched and engaging program for our students. 

Cecilie Fink   
Admissions Officer (Maternity Leave)
Cecilie has a Master's degree in Strategy, Organisation and Leadership from Aarhus University. At AAGE she is responsible for admissions. Cecilie is in contact with new families coming to AAGE, guiding them through the admissions process and giving tours. She also communicates with AAGEs current parents and is responsible for corresponding with the state and municipality on admissions matters.

James Jefferys

James Jefferys

Teacher of Music PYP/MYP, ASA


James is from Kent, England and holds a BA in Film, Radio & Television from Canterbury Christ Church University; he has worked with children from nursery to secondary level and with young adults at Danish Højskole level.  As a singer-songwriter he has written more than twenty albums and made more with his bands. James has worked as an actor, photographer, and music performer and plays football, reads and writes in his spare time.