OUR TEAM

Management Team

Tallinn European school

Olavi Otepalu

Position: Director
Email: olavi.otepalu@ist.ee

Olavi is the founding director of our school. He obtained both a pedagogical degree and an MA (in Sociology) from Tartu University. Thereafter, he gained a solid package of additional training: Educational Administration (a two-years school management program, partly in the UK), master’s studies in International Relations (European College, University of Tartu), business management (Copenhagen Business School), as well as various IB workshops.
He was formerly the founding director of the Tallinn European School and additionally acted as the educational leader in various schools for more than two decades. He has also worked in a management capacity for the Ministry of Education and Research, and as a biotech manager for Enterprise Estonia. He has simultaneously gained strong expertise in quality management systems while assessing the schools, companies, and public organizations.
In his leisure time, he enjoys sports, travelling, and composing music for his solo albums.
“I am inspired to lead IST to an outstanding position in international education through innovation and the highest quality.”

Tallinn European school
Director

Olavi Otepalu

Email: olavi.otepalu@ist.ee

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International School of Tallinn

Lisa Parker

Position: PYP Principal-Coordinator, PYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 2)
Email: lisa.parker@ist.ee

Lisa is a qualified Primary years teacher from London, England. She obtained her teaching qualification from St Mary’s College, Twickenham and has worked for extended periods in London schools, gaining experience with all Primary age pupils. Lisa is certified to teach all subjects in the primary years and has experience across a range of areas.

In addition, she has come from a leadership background where she was a Coordinator in Mathematics and Design Technology. She enjoys supporting her peers, sharing her experiences and successful teaching practices for the benefit of the students.

Lisa is dedicated to ensuring students receive a balanced, exciting and enriched education in a caring and supportive environment. She is dedicated to her role as the PYP Coordinator and is eager to support the wider community of IST as best she can.

International School of Tallinn
PYP Principal-Coordinator, PYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 2)

Lisa Parker

Email: lisa.parker@ist.ee

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Meena Gaikwad

Position: MYP Principal-Coordinator, MYP Math Teacher, Grade 8 Homeroom Teacher
Email: meena.gaikwad@ist.ee

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will.” — Vernon Howard

A motto that is appropriate for the world outshined by the global epidemic, is our new MYP Coordinator, Meena Gaikwad’s adage for her life as an educator. Meena Gaikwad was born in India and is pursuing her M.Ed. from the University of people, USA. Having worked in the education sector for more than a decade, she comes to IST with International experience as an MYP Coordinator from Indonesia and her homeland India.

She has been an enthusiastic Mathematics educator who believes in connecting mathematics to real-life situations.  She taught Indian Curriculum for 6 years, she transitioned to teaching the International Baccalaureate program, IGCSE, and has been continuing in the same as an enduring learner. She has been in the IB education sector since 2014. Rather than teaching Mathematics to Middle School, she has held positions of MYP Coordinator, External moderator of Personal Project, Mathematics Head of Department, Examination In-charge of School. She had been a keen member of the school evaluation process of MYP  which enriched her knowledge of IB Programme.

She has been awarded “Excellence and Instructional Leadership award” in 2020 from Eminent Govt. Bodies of India and Abroad

MYP Principal-Coordinator, MYP Math Teacher, Grade 8 Homeroom Teacher

Meena Gaikwad

Email: meena.gaikwad@ist.ee

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Gerard Zippilli

Position: DP Coordinator, Teacher of Human and Social Sciences
Email: gerard.zippilli@ist.ee

Gerard is a new member of the IST team. He joins us as the DP Coordinator and Teacher of Human and Social Sciences. Gerard has his B.A. in History from SUNY Plattsburgh/Staten Island College and his M.A. in Secondary Education from Framingham University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Gerard is originally from the United States but has been teaching internationally for the past 22 years in countries such as Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Taiwan. In addition to teaching History for over 20 years, Gerard has also served as the Social Studies Department Head, 6 years and MYP Coordinator for 3 years. For the last 6 years, Gerard has been employed at IB schools as he believes the program is best suited for educating our children to be global-minded citizens.

In his free time, Gerard enjoys exercising, traveling, and nature.

DP Coordinator, Teacher of Human and Social Sciences

Gerard Zippilli

Email: gerard.zippilli@ist.ee

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Administrative Team

International School of Tallinn

Katrina Korban-Filatov

Position: Office Manager
Email: katrina@ist.ee

Katrina was born in Estonia and spent her childhood in Narva-Jõesuu. She finished school with a gold medal and afterward moved to Tallinn, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Tallinn University of Technology. In 2019 Katrina started to study at Narva College of Tartu University and she is going to have a master’s degree in Pedagogy by Spring 2021 (specialized to Language Teacher in a multicultural school with an additional module of Estonian philology).

Katrina has working experience in marketing and communication, real estate valuation, and hotel management. After working several years in private sector, Katrina decided to continue in the positions related to education. For Katrina, IST is a place where she can use her skills in management and finance, being at the same time near to children, who every day give the energy to live. Katrina speaks fluently in Estonian, Russian, and English, she has a basic knowledge of German and Spanish, so the multicultural team of IST is what she appreciates a lot.

International School of Tallinn
Office Manager

Katrina Korban-Filatov

Email: katrina@ist.ee

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Nargiz Askarova

Position: Public Relations Manager
Email: nargiz.askarova@ist.ee

Nargiz was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan. She obtained her BA in Korean Language from the Azerbaijan University of Languages. She has since trained professionally as an interpreter and translator and is fluent in Korean, English, and Azerbaijani (she also has a working knowledge of Turkish and Russian). 

She is holding MA (Cum Laude) degree in Social Entrepreneurship at Tallinn University. Over the past six years, she has worked with a range of business professionals, public sector agencies, and corporate houses, engaged in international business negotiations as a trusted interpreter and translator. She has a keen understanding of business communications and is eager to direct her global work-experience skills towards the advancement of the IST community.     

Nargiz is a voracious reader, with a personal preference for management and mindfulness literature. She loves travelling and experiencing unique cultures and cuisines. 

Public Relations Manager

Nargiz Askarova

Email: nargiz.askarova@ist.ee

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Tallinn European school

Larissa Barbosa Curi

Position: Event and Extracurricular Activities Coordinator
Email: larissa.curi@ist.ee

Larissa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Having lived in North Carolina (USA) as an exchange student, she began teaching ESL when she was 19 and graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro with a bachelor’s degree in Social Communications and Film. After working at several production companies, creating videos and VR projects for national and international clients, she moved to Europe to enroll in a master’s program, living in Portugal, Scotland, and Estonia. She obtained her MA in Screenwriting from BFM Tallinn University, in 2019.

Larissa worked at a language school in Rio for five years and offered private lessons, including Portuguese for English speakers. She believes in the value of traveling, experiencing different cultures, and bonding with people all around the world and strives to apply these experiences in her daily work at IST.

 

Tallinn European school
Event and Extracurricular Activities Coordinator

Larissa Barbosa Curi

Email: larissa.curi@ist.ee

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Julia Kononjuk

Position: Receptionist
Email: info@ist.ee

Julia was born in Estonia and spent her childhood in Tallinn. She finished school and afterwards got a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and business at EBS (Estonian Business School).

From an early age Julia loved to dance and after school worked for several years as a dance teacher. In parallel with her studies, she opened her dance studio for children, which she still does to this day. Also she had experience as an administrator in the hotel business.

Julia speaks Russian as her mother language. She has a knowledge in Estonian and English.

IST is a place where she can use her skills in helping people and communicating.

She loves to travel and the happiest is when she is on the road to somewhere. She loves to read classical literature and spend time with friends.

Receptionist

Julia Kononjuk

Email: info@ist.ee

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Support Team

Tallinn European school

Michael Neuwahl

Position: MYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade9) ,IT Manager / MYP Design & DP Design Technology Teacher
Email: michael.neuwahl@ist.ee

Mr. Neuwahl is a driven IB educator with years of experience as an IB teacher and IT Director in international schools in Estonia, Switzerland, and China. He joined IST in 2020 and teaches PYP ICT, MYP Design, and DP Design Technology. He will teach the complete MYP Design program, which includes Food, Product, and Digital Design. The program is intended to teach students transferable life skills, enable them to explore design thinking, and establish meaningful connections with prior learning.

Tallinn European school
MYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade9) ,IT Manager / MYP Design & DP Design Technology Teacher

Michael Neuwahl

Email: michael.neuwahl@ist.ee

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Karina Zippilli

Position: SEN Coordinator/ Teacher
Email: karina.zippilli@ist.ee

Karina was born in a small town called Moca in the Dominican Republic, she has a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of Santo Domingo, Rep.Dom, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education and Early attention from the International University of Valencia, Spain. She has lived and worked in Taiwan, Mexico as a teacher and Dominican Republic where she did community service as a Psychologist in a Psychiatric department for multiple years.

Karina speaks Spanish as her mother language and English as a second language. She is a passionate cook, who also likes to spend her day baking, hiking, and having fun with her family and friends. She looks forward to knowing more about Estonian Culture and pretending to learn the Estonian Language.

SEN Coordinator/ Teacher

Karina Zippilli

Email: karina.zippilli@ist.ee

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International School of Tallinn

Ana Kaldvee

Position: Psychologist
Email: ana.kaldvee@ist.ee

Ana was born in a small town in Akhalgori, Georgia,  which is now occupied by Russia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from Ilia State University Tbilisi, Georgia, and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. While studying, she started working with children with special needs, and at that time she decided to focus on children’s and adolescent’s psychology. 

 She worked with children with special needs for four years and gained experience and knowledge in this field. Also, she worked in Kindergarten and had practice in schools. After finishing the MA, she decided to challenge herself, so she left her country and came to Estonia as a volunteer. She worked in a day center with adults with mental health problems. After falling in love with Estonia, she decided to stay and continue her career here.

International School of Tallinn
Psychologist

Ana Kaldvee

Email: ana.kaldvee@ist.ee

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Neetu Rathore

Position: Aftercare
Email: neetu.rathore@ist.ee

Aftercare

Neetu Rathore

Email: neetu.rathore@ist.ee

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Teaching Staff

Nabila Naritami

Position: Early Years 1 Teacher
Email: nabila.kask@ist.ee

Nabila lived most of her life in Indonesia. She attended Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta gaining her Bachelor’s in Communication and Marketing.

Driven to create positive change in the world she wasn’t happy being a news presenter. The idea to switch careers into education started during her time at Volunteer Teaching in her University, a program to help educate the kids with no access to education.

Then she started as an assistant kindergarten teacher and Preschool teacher at Mighty Minds in Jakarta for 4 years. That’s where she really felt, that she belonged. She finds her passion, teaching. After moving to Estonia, she still longed to work in preschool. Eventually, she found IST. The Beliefs of IST really resonated with her so she applied, to continue to inspire and be inspired by the very youngest.

Nabila knows 10 languages. She loves singing, playing ukulele, drawing, and cooking.

Early Years 1 Teacher

Nabila Naritami

Email: nabila.kask@ist.ee

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Georgiana Mirela Ciobanu

Position: Early Years 2 Teacher
Email: georgiana.ciobanu@ist.ee

Georgiana hails from Romania. That is where Georgiana earned a double specialization certificate in education when graduating high school. She then obtained a bachelor’s degree in Moral and Political Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Applied Ethics, whilst she continued to work with children in various non-formal programs offered by different NGOs.

She felt like finding her passion when landing her first job in an international school, as a lower Key Stage 1 Teacher Assistant. Working with different age groups, she discovered inquiry-based learning is a thrilling, challenging adventure and a way teaching can still be an inspiring and enabling experience. A true supporter of the importance of structured and unstructured play for early years, she feels like a fish in the water as a preschool teacher, enjoying all the creative tasks, dramatic storytelling, and all the tickles and giggles you can sprinkle on a regular day. Let’s play!”

Early Years 2 Teacher

Georgiana Mirela Ciobanu

Email: georgiana.ciobanu@ist.ee

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Suwanda Arachchige Don Udara

Position: Early Year 2 Assistant
Email: udara.sampath@ist.ee

Udara was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He holds a BA (Special) from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and an MA (Cum Laude) from Tallinn University, Estonia. He has completed the Diploma in Early Childhood Development from the Lyceum Teacher Training Academy. Further, he has a professional qualification as an Attorney-at-Law and worked as a legal counsel in the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka.

Udara has years of experience in teaching as a Teaching Assistant in Colombo South International School, a Private tutor, and as a Visiting Academic in the Open University of Sri Lanka. Further, he has done several research publications in International Journals. He strongly believes in early childhood development along with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Udara values creating a safe, fun, and challenging environment for students. He enjoys reading, blogging, doing research, and music in his spare time.

Early Year 2 Assistant

Suwanda Arachchige Don Udara

Email: udara.sampath@ist.ee

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Kristel Halman

Position: PYP Homeroom teacher (grade 1)
Email: kristel.halman@ist.ee

Kristel is from Estonia and got her BA degree in teaching Estonian language and literature from Tallinn University. She soon moved to the Czech Republic and entered the world of international education. She worked as an assistant teacher at the International School of Prague, teaching children from Kindergarten to Grade 2. Kristel embarked on a learning journey again and obtained her International Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Care from universities in Norway, Ireland, and Malta. She used these experiences in her job as a pre-school teacher at the Tallinn European School. Before joining the IST, she lived in the south-west of France where she taught English. She returned to Estonia for new work experiences and to show her family the Estonian way of life.

Kristel speaks several languages and has also worked as a translator.

She loves cultural exchanges, reading, writing, art, music, history, and cycling. Being part of the international community is an enriching experience, and Kristel wishes to promote this spirit among her students, too.

PYP Homeroom teacher (grade 1)

Kristel Halman

Email: kristel.halman@ist.ee

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International School of Tallinn

Sonia Martinez Parra

Position: PYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 3), Spanish teacher
Email: sonia@ist.ee

Sonia was born in Madrid and soon in her childhood, she knew she wanted to become a teacher. She studied her bachelor’s degree in Education specializing in English as a foreign language and completed her Practicum in Greece. Since then, back in 2003, she hasn’t stopped teaching and traveling. She has also lived in England, Hong Kong, China, and the Czech Republic, nurturing her vision of the world and learning about different education systems and methodologies.

Sonia is also a teacher of Spanish, Mindfulness, and a student of Social and Cultural Anthropology.
In the classroom, she guides her students through the inquiry-based approach, fostering critical thinking, emotional awareness, and positive reinforcement.

She loves reading, cooking, hiking, practicing yoga and qigong… and music, of course!
Estonia means for her a new world to explore while contributing to the International School of Tallin’s mission and vision and its blooming school community.

International School of Tallinn
PYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 3), Spanish teacher

Sonia Martinez Parra

Email: sonia@ist.ee

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International School of Tallinn

Iryna Kozii

Position: PYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 4)
Email: iryna.kozii@ist.ee

Iryna was born and raised in Ukraine, yet she has lived in other countries since 2005. She is a qualified linguist, specializing in English and German Languages as well as World Literature. Iryna received her BA in English and German Languages at the Cherkassy State University in Ukraine. Thereafter, she focussed on her teaching, obtaining a PGCE in Primary Education degree at the University of Sunderland in the UK. Since embarking on her teaching career, she has worked in Egypt, the UAE, the Ukraine, and Estonia. For over twelve years, she has been a staff member of four highly regarded independent schools.

She is also rather passionate about pursuing various leisure time activities, e.g. dancing salsa, drawing portraits, writing poems, attending art exhibitions, learning new languages and watching documentary films about the history of world’s greatest empires.

International School of Tallinn
PYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 4)

Iryna Kozii

Email: iryna.kozii@ist.ee

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Kaitie Eifert

Position: PYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 5)
Email: kaitie.eifert@ist.ee

Kaitie grew up in the USA, and since then has studied and taught in different parts of the world. She attended the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus on child development in 2012. During this time, she briefly attended Charles University in the Czech Republic. After her initial degree, Kaitie quickly returned to UNC to earn a graduate diploma in elementary education, finishing the program and her practicum in 2014. Since then, she has taught in grades K-5 in Seattle, Washington, DC, and southeast China, seeking to create quizzical and empathetic individuals and constantly broadening her pedagogy as a learner-driven educator.

In the classroom, Kaitie puts emphasis on the inquiry cycle and nurtures her students as individuals, social and empathetic beings, problem-solvers, and knowledge-seekers. She looks forward to connecting with nature, history, and innovation in Estonia alongside her students.

Outside of school, Kaitie enjoys engaging in creative pursuits from cooking to writing, learning through media, exhibitions, and experimentation, and exploring the great outdoors.

PYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 5)

Kaitie Eifert

Email: kaitie.eifert@ist.ee

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Andrea Antonio Sambrano-Soracco

Position: English Language and Literature Teacher
Email: andrea.sambrano-soracco@ist.ee

Andrea was born in the United States where he lived to the age of sixteen. Driven by a passion for French culture, Andrea moved to Paris to follow his dream. In Paris, he attended the University of Paris VIII and completed his bachelor’s degree in General Linguistics, with a minor in Pedagogy, and his master’s degree in English Syntax. He further holds a doctorate in law (JD) from the Boston University Law School. 

He started his teaching career in Paris and has taught throughout his life in Hong Kong, Boston, Providence, and Tallinn. His teaching career has focussed primarily on English, but he has also taught French, Spanish, and Yoga. In addition to teaching, he has worked as an immigration and human rights lawyer in Hong Kong and Boston. He is devoted to human service and firmly believes that teaching is one way to change the world, one step at a time. In his teaching, Andrea stresses the importance of self-inquiry, exploration, and questioning. 

Andrea speaks five languages and has lived in Asia, North America, and Europe. He moved to Estonia three years ago to be closer to his elderly parents. He enjoys reading and working in his garden in Saaremaa. Andrea is a practitioner of ashtanga yoga and he is interested in Eastern Philosophy.

English Language and Literature Teacher

Andrea Antonio Sambrano-Soracco

Email: andrea.sambrano-soracco@ist.ee

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Darwin Ray Baird

Position: Grade 11 Homeroom teacher, English Language and Literature teacher
Email: darwin.baird@ist.ee

Darwin Baird is a Canadian citizen who has lived and taught English in seven countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North America, and Europe. He has chosen Tallinn as his home. Darwin has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and a master’s degree in Comparative Literature and Cultural Semiotics from Tallinn University.

His academic interests lie in studying the relations between types of knowledge and their communicative effects in literary and visual arts. An empiricist, Darwin believes learning best occurs through giving clear attention to the forms we find in the world around us. Darwin enjoys swimming, hiking, bog walks, and trying to remember tree taxonomies.

Grade 11 Homeroom teacher, English Language and Literature teacher

Darwin Ray Baird

Email: darwin.baird@ist.ee

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Julie Morin

Position: English Language Support Teacher
Email: julie.morin@ist.ee

Julie Morin was born and raised in Connecticut in the US. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English and theatre from the University at Albany, SUNY in Albany, New York. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the Digital Learning Games program at Tallinn University.

After graduation from SUNY, Julie began traveling and teaching English as a second language to primary, middle, and secondary school students; first, in Suwon, South Korea, and most recently in Warsaw, Poland. She has 7 years of experience teaching ESL in the classroom and online. In class, Julie focuses on creating an inclusive and supportive environment where students can gain confidence in speaking English.

Outside of the classroom, Julie enjoys reading, watching films, and going to the theatre. She is looking forward to exploring Estonia and wants to continue traveling, hopefully to Antarctica.

English Language Support Teacher

Julie Morin

Email: julie.morin@ist.ee

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International School of Tallinn

Kerli Liksor

Position: MYP Homeroom teacher (Grade 10), Estonian teacher
Email: kerli.liksor@ist.ee

Kerli was born in Estonia and got her MA in Teaching Estonian from Tallinn University, while also teaching grades 5 to 12 at Pirita Gymnasium of Economics.

She lived in London for ten years, where she taught Estonian as a mother tongue and foreign language to 3–12-year-old pupils at the Estonian School in London, Estonian as a foreign language to adults at different levels, to the current British ambassador in Estonia, and to several British army groups who came to work in Estonia. In addition to this, she has experience in public service interpreting and written translations. In London, she also worked at Sandringham Primary School and Stratford School Academy in the Learning Support department.

In her spare time, Kerli likes to spend time outdoors, read, and visit concerts.
Kerli is keen to introduce Estonian culture and language in a multicultural environment that IST provides.

International School of Tallinn
MYP Homeroom teacher (Grade 10), Estonian teacher

Kerli Liksor

Email: kerli.liksor@ist.ee

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Krista Arro

Position: MYP Homeroom teacher (Grade 6), Estonian teacher
Email: Krista.arro@ist.ee

Krista Arro was born in Estonia. She holds a bachelor´s degree in Information Sciences from Tallinn University. She is currently doing her master´s studies in the major of Teacher of Estonian as a second language and Estonian culture at the same university.

She first became a teacher through the Teach for All programme (Noored Kooli in Estonia) in 2016. Before that, she has worked for the Finnish Embassy, the EU Information Centre, Estonian Public Broadcasting, the National Opera, Stora Enso, and TalTech with management and administrative tasks.

Krista has a passion for languages. She has lived in Germany and has studied German, English, Finnish, and Russian. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher and keen to introduce the Estonian language and culture to her students to make them feel more comfortable while living in Estonia.

In her spare time, she enjoys good music, art, theatre, gardening, traveling, and sports.

MYP Homeroom teacher (Grade 6), Estonian teacher

Krista Arro

Email: Krista.arro@ist.ee

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Alaaeddine Skouri

Position: French Teacher
Email: alaaeddine.skouri@ist.ee

Alaaeddine is a new member of IST team, and he joins us as a French teacher. He graduated in finance and accounting from EFET ( école française d’enseignement technique ) Morocco.

Alaaeddine is originally from Morocco but has taught internationally French for the past 10 years such in Morocco, Colombia, and Bangladesh; he thought the 3 programs of IB DP, MYP, and PYP. Alaaeddine served as head of French department during last 2 and half years.

He enjoys teaching IB program because students are given a unique education that helps them develop strong academic, social, and emotional characteristics. They are also likely to perform well academically – often better than students in other programs and often more likely to be recruited by top universities worldwide.

Alaaeddine speaks fluent French, Arabic, English, and Spanish.
He loves playing football, basketball, working out, and cooking.

French Teacher

Alaaeddine Skouri

Email: alaaeddine.skouri@ist.ee

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Larissa Karu

Position: German Teacher
Email: larissa.karu@ist.ee

Larissa is a native German. She holds a Bachelor degree in Special Education and Pedagogy and a Master degree in Educational Science with a focus on Special Needs Education.

She has been a special needs educator for 10 years in Germany. She started her professional career as a social education teacher, where she supported the adolescent with learning difficulties to finish their schools, vocational trainings and to find suitable jobs. Larissa also worked for the German Child Protection Agency where she accompanied children in the school, helped them to make new friends and to have fun during leisure activities. She was helping the families and individuals dealing with difficult or stressful situations. These included issues of children behavior, social competences, financial difficulties, drug addictions and illnesses.

Larissa loves the nature and the sea. She enjoys hiking, skiing and camping in the forests in Estonia.

Larissa is very motivated to bring new intercultural creativity to IST’s learning environment for making learning foreign languages more fun and exciting. She believes learning foreign languages helps to open new doors in life and to understand the different cultures better.

German Teacher

Larissa Karu

Email: larissa.karu@ist.ee

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Primary School in Tallinn

Anna Tulupjeva

Position: Russian Teacher
Email: anna.tulupjeva@ist.ee

Anna was born and raised in Tallinn, Estonia. She obtained her MA in Slavonic Languages and Cultures from Tallinn University, where she also specialised in English Philology.

In her classes, she helps students to master the Russian language, discover Russian culture, and broaden their minds about language-learning more generally. Her main priority is making students love the process of learning foreign languages and discovering other cultures.

Anna has been teaching Russian as a Foreign Language for over three years. She herself is very keen on learning languages. Although she speaks Russian as her native language, she is fluent in both English and Estonian, and has also taught English language to children as well.

She loves travelling and outdoor activities, believing that outdoor activities support physical health, while travelling broadens the mind and allows people to explore world cultures.

Primary School in Tallinn
Russian Teacher

Anna Tulupjeva

Email: anna.tulupjeva@ist.ee

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Tracy Anne Wenzinger

Position: MYP/DP Maths and Science Teacher, Grade 12 Homeroom Teacher, Head of Maths and Sciences Departments, Librarian
Email: tracy.wenzinger@ist.ee

Tracy Anne Wenzinger was recognized for Excellence in Education by The Global Forum for Education and Learning in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was one of 100 teachers worldwide that were chosen for her significant role in inclusive learning.

TracyAnne was born in the United States but spent her childhood in Europe. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego. She further holds a master’s degree (Maîtrise de Pédagogie) in Organic Chemistry and Natural Science from the Coopération Française.

She started her teaching career at a Nursing School in Zinder, Niger. After working several years in West Africa, she taught science and math in grades 6-12 in the United States. She has written both a high-school Organic Chemistry textbook and a Physical Science lab manual. She has additionally translated a Physical Science and Chemistry lab manual into French. She strongly believes in the importance of hands-on, inquiry-led learning in Math and Science.

TracyAnne speaks six languages and has lived in eight countries, moving permanently to Estonia in 2011. She enjoys philanthropy, hiking, and running in her spare time.

MYP/DP Maths and Science Teacher, Grade 12 Homeroom Teacher, Head of Maths and Sciences Departments, Librarian

Tracy Anne Wenzinger

Email: tracy.wenzinger@ist.ee

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International School of Tallinn

Helmi Kreinin

Position: MYP/DP Science Teacher Grade 7 Homeroom Teacher
Email: helmi.kreinin@ist.ee

Helmi Kreinin is originally from Estonia. After being schooled in three different countries in three different languages Helmi started university in Scotland. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow gaining an MSci in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry and continued on to a Ph.D. in Chemical biology linked to a new important biological target. After completing her Ph.D. she felt drawn to teaching and completed a two-year PGDE Leadership in Learning course at Sheffield Hallam University. During her teacher training, she also continued to work full time in two English secondary schools in one of the most economically disadvantaged areas in England.

Helmi is passionate about science communication and outreach, she believes that scientific literacy has the power to change lives for the better for everyone. To achieve this she relies on evidence-based teaching methods.
In her spare time, Helmi is a keen hiker and likes to cook elaborate meals from different cultures.

International School of Tallinn
MYP/DP Science Teacher Grade 7 Homeroom Teacher

Helmi Kreinin

Email: helmi.kreinin@ist.ee

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Abraham Eifert

Position: Science & Biology Teacher
Email: abraham.eifert@ist.ee

Abraham was born in the United States and spent his childhood in Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Science with a minor in English Literature from Colorado State University. He also holds a Master’s of Science in Teaching and Learning from Colorado State University Global.

He started his educational career in China where he worked as a middle and high school science teacher for three years before teaching MYP science for a year in Washington D.C.

Abraham enjoys cycling, hiking, movies/TV, and cooking in his free time, as well as pursuing creative pursuits such as acting in, writing, and directing stage shows.

Science & Biology Teacher

Abraham Eifert

Email: abraham.eifert@ist.ee

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Tallinn European school

Tamari Sekhniashvili

Position: MYP English Language Teacher, MYP Individuals and Societies, Head of Language Department
Email: Tamari.Sekhniashvili@ist.ee

Tamari Sekhnaishvili was born in Georgia and was raised in a Georgian-Russian family. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Regional Studies in European Studies at Caucasus University Tbilisi, Georgia. She was an Erasmus grant holder and exchange student at Tallinn University and studied International Relations at the Faculty of School of Governance, Law, and Society. Recently she is working on her master’s degree in Anglistics.

She started her career in IB education five years ago as MYP coordinator’s counselor and homeroom teacher at the European School, Tbilisi. She has been teaching Individuals and Societies to grades 6-7 for five years. Besides teaching IS, she was holding positions of Service as Action Coordinator, Head of School Library and resource center, and Personal Project Supervisor at the European School. She was a member of the European School during IB MYP evaluation and CIS accreditation process, which equipped her with experience and knowledge of IB philosophy and skills of the implementation process. Being an SA coordinator and Head of the Library and resource center, she initiated and created a number of handbooks and school policies.

Tamar was raised in an international family and spent the majority of her life in an international environment. She speaks English and Russian fluently. She enjoys traveling, socializing, and cultural exchange.

Tallinn European school
MYP English Language Teacher, MYP Individuals and Societies, Head of Language Department

Tamari Sekhniashvili

Email: Tamari.Sekhniashvili@ist.ee

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Ismini Pachi

Position: Art Teacher
Email: ismini.pachi@ist.ee

Ismini Pachi was born in Greece. Her educational background is in Philosophy, Pedagogy, and Psychology with an expertise in Special Education acquired from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

After working as a special education teacher for 3+ years, she attended sculpture classes in the Chalkis Jewelry School-Eric Robbert in Greece. Additionally, she was trained in jewelry design and since then she has been working as a jewelry artist and a designer, actively participating in worldwide exhibitions. Her passion for knowledge led her to Estonia where she acquired her Master’s degree from the Design and Crafts faculty of the Estonian Academy of Arts in Jewelry (Cum Laude). Her graduation work was nominated for the Young Applied Artists Award from the Design and Crafts faculty of the Estonian Academy of Arts and she was classified from the International Organization ‘Art Jewelry Forum’ among the International Outstanding Graduates of this year (2021).

Her strong belief in cultivating creativity as a way of living led her in applying for the art teacher position in IST.

Art Teacher

Ismini Pachi

Email: ismini.pachi@ist.ee

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Karl Oskar Stefan Lindvall

Position: Music Teacher
Email: oskar.lindvall@ist.ee

Oskar was born in Sweden and before moving to Estonia he lived a year in Croatia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Vocals from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. He has previously worked as a vocal and instrumental teacher at children’s music schools and at higher education institutions, teaching semi-professional adults. Since high school, Oskar has worked professionally as a singer and has written, produced, and released lots of music, which is to be found on all streaming services. In 2015 he had the honor of composing an official interpretation of the Nobel Prize winner in literature.

Oskar believes curiosity and patience are key values in finding a musical understanding, excellence, and freedom. In his spare time, he enjoys playing chess, working out, expressing his Christian faith, and spending time with his wife and dog.”

Music Teacher

Karl Oskar Stefan Lindvall

Email: oskar.lindvall@ist.ee

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Ivi Rausi-Haavasalu

Position: Music Teacher
Email: ivi.rausi-haavasalu@ist.ee

Ivi is from Estonia. She has dedicated her life to Music since childhood. She started her piano studies at the age of 5 in the children’s music school and ended up in the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre which she has graduated for three times. She has a BA in music teaching, a BA in traditional music and jazz, and an MA in contemporary improvisation. She believes in lifelong learning, so she keeps constantly improving her skills in teaching.

She has worked in different schools for more than 20 years. She has worked as a music teacher (Arte Gymnasium, EBS High School, Võru Children’s Music School), as a Headteacher (EBS High School), and as a Head of the chair of culture (Rocca al Mare School). She has trained people of different ages, including pre-school music teachers, in different ‘Out Of Box Thinking’ training sessions. Last eight years she has been teaching Music in Tallinn European School and she has been a vocal coach in her vocal studio Ivi Rausi Music. Ivi Rausi is an Estonian jazz singer. She has published 6 albums. You can find more information on www.ivirausi.com and on Spotify!

She loves to spend her little free time with her husband and friends. She loves simple things like reading, dreaming, walking, thinking and listening to the beauty of silence in nature.

Music Teacher

Ivi Rausi-Haavasalu

Email: ivi.rausi-haavasalu@ist.ee

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International School of Tallinn

Maarja Jõgi

Position: Physical Education Teacher
Email: maarja.jogi@ist.ee

Maarja was born and raised in Tartu, where she also graduated with her master’s degree in Sports Sciences at the University of Tartu. Maarja has previously taught rhythmic gymnastics to little girls and during her studies, she also started teaching group fitness classes and personal training at MyFitness, where she is currently teaching. For eight summers in a row, Maarja spent in the USA and Canada promoting educational books and software to families.

Past few years Maarja’s biggest passion has been yoga, as a hobby and practice for herself and also teaching others. She also loves traveling.
Her one mission and goal in life and also in IST is to motivate people to move and enjoy sports. Sports is a wonderful way to teach children discipline and develop good habits for life.

International School of Tallinn
Physical Education Teacher

Maarja Jõgi

Email: maarja.jogi@ist.ee

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