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
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

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

Signe Devine

Position: Office Manager
Email: office@ist.ee

Office Manager

Signe Devine

Email: office@ist.ee

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Lilian Urba

Position: PR and Marketing Manager
Phone: 5516581
Email: pr@ist.ee

 

 

PR and Marketing Manager

Lilian Urba

Phone: 5516581

Email: pr@ist.ee

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Tallinn European school

Larissa Barbosa Curi

Position: Event and After School 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 After School Activities Coordinator

Larissa Barbosa Curi

Email: larissa.curi@ist.ee

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Julia Kononjuk

Position: Administrator
Email: info@ist.ee

Julia was born in Estonia and spent her childhood in Tallinn. She holds 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. She has her own dance studio for children. She also had experience as an administrator in the hotel business.

Julia is fluent in Russian language. She speaks 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.

Administrator

Julia Kononjuk

Email: info@ist.ee

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Support Team

Tallinn European school

Michael Neuwahl

Position: IT Manager / MYP Design & DP Design Technology Teacher, MYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 9)
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
IT Manager / MYP Design & DP Design Technology Teacher, MYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 9)

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 Teacher
Email: neetu.rathore@ist.ee

Neetu was born and brought up in India. She is holding a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, History, and Political Science from the University of India( Bikaner). She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Neetu started her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher at a nursing school in India. She strongly believes in the importance of nurturing children and give them special attention. She speaks two languages Hindi and English.

Neetu enjoys sketching, coloring, painting, and walking around in nature in her spare time.
Her inspiration in working with IST is that the team is really good. All of them are really helpful and full of positive energy.

Aftercare Teacher

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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Greete Kärner

Position: Early Years 2 Teacher
Email: greete.karner@ist.ee

Greete was born in Tallinn but relocated to London 11 years ago.

She has spent most of her early career in the fashion industry, working with some of the most renowned brands in the world. She has a diploma in Media & Advertising from Tallinn Art Gymnasium and has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education & Early Childhood Psychology from the UK. Greete has qualifications in Safeguarding and Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Greete believes that teaching is so much more than an occupation, it is a passion. She has taught English to Grade 3 students in Estonia, but also to adults and young children online whilst in the UK.

Greete has recently returned to Tallinn. She enjoys poetry, photography and spending time with her chocolate labrador George.

When she found IST she was sure that it would be the school where she would thrive as a new teacher. She is enthralled to be part of IST family and is looking forward to embarking on an exciting educational journey with her students.

Early Years 2 Teacher

Greete Kärner

Email: greete.karner@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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Kreet Piiriselg

Position: PYP Homeroom teacher (grade 1), ESL teacher
Email: kreet@ist.ee

„Dream the impossible, seek the unknown, achieve greatness.“

Kreet is from Estonia and has worked as a teacher for the past eight years. She holds a master’s degree in educational science focusing on teaching all of the subjects in 1st-6th grade and English as a second language up to 9th grade. She also holds a master’s degree in social science focusing on educational management and leadership.

She is a driven and passionate educator and an experienced teacher with a history of working with the primary and lower secondary classes. Kreet is skilled in the Leader in Me program and classroom management but also ESL and integrated learning. She believes in self-awareness, open-mindedness, and leading one’s learning. Creating synergy and working together is a must in her classroom.

She enjoys reading, going to the theatre, and spending time outdoors in her spare time.

PYP Homeroom teacher (grade 1), ESL teacher

Kreet Piiriselg

Email: kreet@ist.ee

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Carolina Suarez Agudelo

Position: PYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 3), French Teacher, Business and Economics
Email: carolina.suarezagudelo@ist.ee

Carolina was born in Bogota, the capital of Colombia. She studied Performing Arts at Teatro Libre Drama School in her natal city. Then, she traveled to the United States to study English at Miramar Comunity College in San Diego, California. To further her passion for Languages she started studied French traveling to Morocco. Meanwhile, she worked as Drama and Language Teacher in different prestigious schools in Colombia such as Lycée Fraçais, IB school Liceo Pino Verde, IB school Mayor de Los Andes, among others.

When she returned to her hometown in Colombia, she decided to study International Business to profit her proficiency in English and French. Afterward, she moved to Bangladesh with her family to work for the Australian International School as EAL Teacher for PYP and later after moved to China to work as a Spanish and French Teacher, continuing her studies with a Master of Arts in Education at Liverpool John Moores University.

Carolina has just arrived in Estonia and is very enthusiastic to share her knowledge and experience at IST. For her, “students have always something to teach us back!”. She is passionate about Learning Development, Entrepreneurship, Movies, and Series.

PYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 3), French Teacher, Business and Economics

Carolina Suarez Agudelo

Email: carolina.suarezagudelo@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: English Language and Literature teacher, Homeroom teacher (Grade 11)
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.

English Language and Literature teacher, Homeroom teacher (Grade 11)

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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Keiu Kärt Tammeaid

Position: Estonian teacher
Email: keiu@ist.ee

Keiu is from Estonia. She got her BA degree in Estonian and Finno-Ugric linguistics and MA degree in Estonian language and literature teacher from the University of Tartu. Keiu started her career in the university, where she taught Estonian language to Erasmus students. Since then she has been passionate about teaching the language to native speakers as well as a foreign language. She continued her career in Tallinn where she has taught in Tallinn English College and Tallinn 21st School.

In the summertime Keiu has worked in several language camps. She has worked with foreign Estonians in Suvekodu camp in Long Island, New York and participated as a group leader and teacher in language camps in Estonia.

In her spare time Keiu likes to spend time with her friends, visit concerts, cultural events and read. Her goal in IST is to engage students in discovering Estonia, it’s language and rich culture.

Estonian teacher

Keiu Kärt Tammeaid

Email: keiu@ist.ee

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International School of Tallinn

Kerli Liksor

Position: Estonian teacher, MYP Homeroom teacher (Grade 10)
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
Estonian teacher, MYP Homeroom teacher (Grade 10)

Kerli Liksor

Email: kerli.liksor@ist.ee

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Alaaeddine Skouri

Position: French Teacher, MYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 6)
Email: alaaeddine.skouri@ist.ee

Alaaeddine is originally from Morocco. He graduated in finance and accounting from EFET ( école française d’enseignement technique ) Morocco . He has been teaching French for the past 10 years in Morocco, Colombia, and Bangladesh; he taught the 3 programs of IB PYP, MYP, and DP. 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, MYP Homeroom Teacher (Grade 6)

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, Head of Maths and Sciences Departments, Librarian, Homeroom teacher (Grade 12)
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, Head of Maths and Sciences Departments, Librarian, Homeroom teacher (Grade 12)

Tracy Anne Wenzinger

Email: tracy.wenzinger@ist.ee

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Abraham Eifert

Position: Science & Biology Teacher, MYP Homeroom teacher (Grade 7)
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, MYP Homeroom teacher (Grade 7)

Abraham Eifert

Email: abraham.eifert@ist.ee

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International School of Tallinn

Helmi Kreinin

Position: MYP/DP Science Teacher, Homeroom teacher (Grade 8)
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, Homeroom teacher (Grade 8)

Helmi Kreinin

Email: helmi.kreinin@ist.ee

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Tokay Ahmadov

Position: MYP Individuals and Societies Teacher
Email: tokay.ahmadov@ist.ee

Tokay Ogtayoghlu (Ahmadov) is from Azerbaijan and lives in Estonia since 2018. Tokay holds two diplomas of higher education in Social Sciences and has rich experience in management and coordination.

Tokay started his academic journey in 2017 by passing the certification on Regional Development and Innovation Policy at the Alcide De Gasperi University of Euroregional Economy in Jozefow. Later in 2018, he graduated from the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA University) with the bachelor’s degree in State and Public Affairs. Right after the graduation, Tokay got admitted to the MA program in Democracy and Governance at the Tartu University in Estonia. During master studies, he was also admitted to the Jagiellonian University of Poland and passed special courses on EU Policy and Decision Making.

In the period of higher education studies, Tokay also used to work as a teacher and coordinator of one of the leading NGOs that fostered integration of local youth to Europe. Tokay used to design curriculum and taught social studies for 6th –11th grade pupils within the state educational framework. At times he was a research and teaching assistant at ADA University as well as taught language courses to the diplomats of the Baltic States in Azerbaijan. Besides gaining degrees of higher education in Social Sciences, Tokay participated in various trainings and courses in the fields of public governance and policy making in Azerbaijan, Estonia, Germany, Poland, North Macedonia, and Turkey.

Tokay is also a musician and has many compositions in symphonic and pop genres of music.

 

 

MYP Individuals and Societies Teacher

Tokay Ahmadov

Email: tokay.ahmadov@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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Lara Brener

Position: PYP Art Teacher
Email: lara.brener@ist.ee

Lara was born and raised in Brazil. She studied Visual Arts in São Paulo, holding a Bachelor’s and a Licentiate degree from Faculdade Armando Alvares Penteado. In Brazil, she worked in several schools and cultural institutions, acting on both formal and non-formal education. In 2021, she came to Estonia to continue her studies on the Master’s of Contemporary Art program at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where she develops her practice, mainly with photography, graphic techniques, and text. In her teaching, she researches the role of individual and group will in education and works alongside students to develop projects based on epistemological curiosity.

Lara enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking, and as well as learning new languages. For now, she speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, has been learning French and Estonian and she can make great pasta.

PYP Art Teacher

Lara Brener

Email: lara.brener@ist.ee

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Karl Oskar Stefan Lindvall

Position: PYP 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.”

PYP Music Teacher

Karl Oskar Stefan Lindvall

Email: oskar.lindvall@ist.ee

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Ivi Rausi-Haavasalu

Position: MYP 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.

MYP 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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