Faculty

Resposibilities:

Administration

Eric Larson
Director
Short biography:

Mr. Larson is from the United States. He holds a Master's degree in educational leadership and has 22 years of experience leading schools in five countries. In his spare time he enjoys reading, travelling, playing music and spending time with his family.

Steve Vis
Elementary School Principal
Short biography:

Mr. Steve Vis is from the United States, and has worked in schools in Ecuador, Thailand, Mexico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Madagascar and Latvia. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in International Education. In his free time, Steve enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, getting outdoors, visiting new places, and spending time with his family.

Mark Robertson Jones
Secondary School Principal
Short biography:

Mr. Robertson-Jones is from Exmouth, England, and has worked in the UK, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, China and now Latvia. He holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Management. In his free time, Mark enjoys music, sports, photography and spending time with his family.

Beth Martin
PYP Coordinator
Short biography:

Mrs. Martin has been happy to call Latvia and ISL home for four years now. She has taught school for 15 years, 6 in music and 9 in theater. Her favorite musicals that she has directed are The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan. In her free time she enjoys travel, spending time with her husband and their very old cats, and making miniatures.

Joseph Szalay
MYP Coordinator
Short biography:

Mr. Szalay grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He has a Master's degree in Music and sang professionally before resuming his teaching career. He has worked in international education for 10 years working in the PYP, MYP, DP and British Curriculums. Joseph has examined for the IB in MYP Music, MYP Personal Project and MYP Interdisciplinary. He has taught in Germany and Egypt in previous postings and is excited to be back in Europe. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.

Jessica Krueger, Ed. D.
DP Coordinator
Short biography:

Dr. Krueger is from Colorado in the United States. She holds an Educational Doctorate in Leadership and Curriculum from Northeastern University. She has nineteen years of experience as an educator, including five in school leadership. She has worked in five different schools in five countries around the world. Dr. Krueger enjoys reading, snowsports, being outside, exploring the world, and enjoying precious moments with her friends and family.

Academic staff

Alexa Arnold
Teacher, Grade 3
Short Biography:

Mrs. Arnold is from beautiful Portland, Oregon in the United States. She has been teaching in an IB setting for the last 12 years, previously in both the United States and in Hong Kong. She has a masters degree in teaching and spends her spare time cooking, hanging out with friends, catching up with family, and planning her next travel adventure!

Joshua Arnold
Teacher, Science, Math Studies
Short Biography:

Mr. Arnold is from Portland, Oregon and in his fifteenth year of teaching. In that time, he's taught math and science in both middle and high school. He and his wonderful wife Alexa, spent 5 years working in Hong Kong and travelling all across SE Asia. When not teaching, Mr. Arnold can frequently be found writing, what some may consider, music. Other hobbies include birdwatching, travelling, and enjoying his wife's cooking.  

Kristine Atrens
Teacher, Grade 4
Short biography:

Mrs. Atrens is from Sydney, Australia where she completed her teaching degree and graduate diploma in Expressive and Perfoming Arts. This is her tenth year at ISL. In her spare time she enjoys exploring Latvia, gardening, going to the theatre as well as other artistic pursuits.

Monta Badune
Teaching Assistant, Grade 3
Short Biography:

Ms. Monta is from Latvia but has called many places her home because of studies and work abroad. She graduated the University of Latvia and obtained her BA in international Politics and after spent a year in France teaching European studies for youngsters. Before that Ms. Monta worked part time as an English teacher and camp counselor during summers. In her free time Ms. Monta enjoys bike riding, reading books and spending time with her family.

Sergejs Baltmanis
Teacher, Physical Education, Athletics Coordinator
Short biography:

Mr. Baltmanis is from beautiful Latvia. He has been at ISL for five years as MYP PE Teacher and Athletics Coordinator. Mr. Baltmanis has Bachelor's Degree in English Philology with Swedish Language and Master's Degrees in Sports Science and Physical Education. In his free time, he enjoys doing sports and being outdoors. Mr. Baltmanis also serves in the reserve of Latvian National Armed Forces and is a true pleasure to be around.

Kasandra Battioni
Teacher, English
Short Biography:

Ms. Battioni is from the US and this is her second year at ISL. She has spent 30 years as a secondary humanities/language arts teacher and middle school administrator in American and international schools all over the world. She enjoys reading, cooking, travelling, yoga and mindfulness meditation.

Erin Baugher
Teacher, Science
Short Biography:

Ms. Erin is orginally from Portland, OR in the United States. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Education, then moved overseas to begin a career in international education. This is her first year here at ISL but she has been teaching abroad for ten years in Tanzania, Indonesia, and the U.K. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cycling, hiking and exploring new parts of the world.

Olga Belajeva
Teacher, Kindergarten
Short Biography:

Ms. Olga is from Riga, Latvia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and has a Teaching Certificate in English as a Second Language and Preschool Education. This is her first year at ISL, but she has worked in local schools for twelve years. In her free time Ms. Olga enjoys travelling, reading, learning French and meeting friends.  

Laura Benestante
Teacher, English
Short Biography:

Ms. Benestante is originally from Houston, Texas. She recieved her undergraduate degree in literature from the University of Texas at El Paso and her Masters from the Universtiy of St. Thomas. She has been teaching for 11 years. Before ISL, Ms. B was living in working in sunny Abu Dhabi. When not teaching, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and hanging out with friends. 

Michael Benestante
Teacher, Science, Chemistry
Short Biography:

Mr. Benestante is from Houston, Texas. He attended the University of Houston where he obtained his B.S. This is his eighth year teaching in the classroom and has taught previously in the greater Houston area, Abu Dhabi and now in beautiful Latvia. In his free time he enjoys traveling, sports, cooking, and hot sauces from around the world.

Ieva Berzina
Library Assistant
Short Biography:

Ms. Ieva B. is from Latvia. She has been at ISL since 2001. Ms. Ieva has Bachelor's Degree in Philology, Master's Degree in Business Management and Teaching Certificate. She worked for many years in the finance office and since 2016 has moved to another area of bookkeeping - working with books in the Media Center. In her free time, she enjoys weaving, travelling and reading.

Laura Boyle
Teacher, German B
Short Biography:

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, USA, Ms. Boyle is new to ISL but is in her 19th year teaching. She has earned two Bachelor's degrees (Genetics and German) and a Masters in Secondary Pedagogy. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Literacy, Culture and Language Education through Indiana University. Previously Ms. Boyle taught science, German and English Language Arts in the states of Texas, Colorado and Indiana. In her free time she enjoys travelling, reading, cooking and roller skating. 

Dace Brinke
Teacher, Physical Education
Short biography:

Ms. Dace is from Latvia. She has been at ISL for eight years. Ms. Dace holds a Bachelor's degree in Social Pedagogy and is currently studying Sports Education. In her free time, she enjoys teaching aerobics and dancing.

Ilona Care
Teacher, Latvian B
Short biography:

Ms. Care is from Riga, Latvia and this is her 4th year at ISL. Previously she she was a principal and English teacher in Riga State Gymnasium no.2 for ten years. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Administration and English teacher qualification. She really enjoys travelling, swimming and cooking, and likes cats.

Dace Dalina
Teaching Assistant, Grade 3
Short Biography:

Mrs. Dace is from Zvejniekciems, Latvia. After gaining her Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Latvia Mrs. Dace spent 6 years in Australia working & studying in the Early Years environment. She has returned to Latvia this year, joining ISL in August. Mrs. Dace is currently completing her Masters in Education. In her free time she enjoys visual and performing arts, yoga and meditation, as well as time with her family and friends.

Laima Dimisevska
Teacher, Latvian Language, Latvian Studies
Short biography:

Ms. Laima is from Ottawa, Canada. Her Latvian background drives her passion for singing and celebrating Latvian traditions. Laima has been working at ISL for 9 years. She holds a B.A. in German and a college diploma in Travel and Tourism. In her free time, Ms. Laima enjoys travelling and spending time with her family.

Lindsay Dinsmore
Teacher, Science, Mathematics
Short Biography:

Originally from Maine, USA, Ms. Lindsay has been teaching in international schools for 6 years. This is her first year at ISL. Her B.S. degree is in Biological Sciences from Connecticut College, and she recently completed her M.Ed. degree in Globalization and Education Research. As a runner, she enjoys coaching cross-country and playing ultimate frisbee. Joining her in Latvia are her dog and partner from India.

Dace Dlohi
Teacher, Visual Arts, Design Technology
Short biography:

Ms. Dace is from Latvia. She holds a professional B.A. in Art education. Ms. Dace has teaching experience of 10 years in Latvian State schools, a voluntary teacher in India and for 7 years now she is with ISL. She has been teaching visual art to PYP through DP students, as well as Design in MS. She loves gardening, outdoor activities with her family and all sorts of crafts.

Anda Dubra
Teacher, Preschool 3
Short biography:

Ms. Anda is from Latvia. She holds a B.A. degree in Education and is a qualified Pre-school and Primary school Teacher. Ms. Anda has teaching experience of 10 years - 5 years in local kindergarten and 5 in ISL. In her free time, Ms. Anda enjoys travelling, sports and spending time with family and friends.

Melanija Dubra
Teaching Assistant, Grade 1
Short biography:

Ms. Melanija joined ISL three years ago and has been a wonderful Teaching Assistant. She likes to travel and explore different cultures. In her free time she is a half-time student in the University of Economics and Culture.

Maciej Flisak
Teacher, Mathematics, Math Studies
Short biography:

Mr. Flisak hails from Poland. He grew up in Canada via Nigeria and earned his degree in International Marketing at the University of Manitoba. He worked in Japan and Korea before going back to school to become a teacher. He started his teaching career in San Francisco and worked in inner city public schools for a decade. He taught in Singapore before coming to Latvia. He enjoys travelling, hiking, summitting mountains, graphic novels, Batman and time with his family.

Daniel Flynn
Director of Educational Technology
Short Biography:

Mr. Flynn is from the USA. He grew up in New York and later the Los Angeles area. He holds a degree in Political Science, from Long Beach State University and a Masters of Educational Technology from Boises State University. Previous to joining ISL, Mr Flynn also worked in Bucharest, Romania, Frankfurt, Germany and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mr. Flynn enjoys hiking and tropical beaches. 

Laura Freija
Teacher, Mathematics
Short biography:

Ms. Freija is from Latvia. It is her eighth year teaching middle school and high school mathematics. Previously she has worked at the University of Latvia for seven years and Riga State Gymnasium No.2 for five years. Ms.Freija has a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education for Grades 5-12 and a Master’s degree in Mathematics. Additionally, she had a year of studies at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, USA. In her free time Ms.Freija enjoys travelling, hiking and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Ieva Fridmane
Teaching Assistant, Grade 3
Short biography:

Ms. Fridmane is from Riga, Latvia. She has a Professional Bachelor's degree in Health Care with a qualification in Speech Therapy. She has eight years of work experience in formal education and two years of experience in a medical institution working with children with disabilities. This is her third year at ISL. In her free time she enjoys dancing, drawing and spending time with her friends and family.

Swagata Ghosh
Teaching Assistant, Grade 2
Short biography:

Ms. Swagata is from India. She has a Bachelor's degree and a diploma in Pre- and Primary Education. She has been at ISL for 7 years. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, travelling and watching movies.

Kaiha Harris
Teacher, Grade 4
Short Biography:

Ms. Kaiha is from Kansas, USA orginally but grew up moving in and out of the country and was an international student herself. Most recently, she was living in the Cayman Islands where she spent 3 years teaching at Cayman International School after finishing her degree in Elementary Education at the Univeristy of Wyoming. She enjoys playing and coaching soccer, baking, and hiking. 

Paula Jankovska
Teacher, Physics
Short Biography:

Ms.Jankovska is from Latvia and this is her first year in ISL but forth year in teaching Physics. Ms.Jankovska has Bachelor's degree from University of Latvia 6 months of the studies she spent in Umea University in Sweden and Teaching Certificate from Teach For All partners in Latvia Iespejama Misija that she graduated last summer. In her free time she enjoys spending time in nature, traveling, playing board games and reading.

Ilze Jirgensone
Teacher, Russian Mother Tongue, French B
Short Biography:

Ms. Ilze is from Latvia. She has graduated Latvian Culture Academy of Culture and Riga Stradiņš University. This is a first year at ISL as French and Russian language teacher. M. Ilze loves dancing, doing yoga and she is passionate about the French Art of living.

Ilvija Kalnina
Teacher, Preschool 4
Short biography:

Ms. Ilvija is from Latvia. She holds a B.A. degree in education and has been teaching Preschool for 24 years. This is her 14th year at ISL. She loves travelling and seeing new places.

Kristine Kalnina
Teaching Assistant, Preschool 3
Short biography:

Ms. Kristine is from Riga, Latvia. She has a degree in basics of pedagogical work and Medical education. It's her 5th year teaching in preschool. She knows Russian, English, Italian and German. Ms. Kristine likes to spend her free time doing activities in nature, especially in the mountains, plus travelling and cooking.

Viktorija Kalanepa
Teacher, Russian B, Russian Mother Tongue
Short biography:

Ms. Viktorija was born in Latvia. She has been teaching modern languages for the last eight years, mainly in the United Kingdom. She holds a masters degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Essex. She joined ISL in 2017. When not teaching, Ms. Viktorija enjoys travelling, swimming, cooking and playing volleyball.

Nicole Kaser
Teacher, Kindergarten
Short biography:

Ms. Kaser is from Northern Virginia in the United States. She holds a B.A. degree in Sociology, an M.A. degree in Education and an advanced certification as a Reading Specialist. She has taught a variety of different grades across the United States as well as internationally in Germany and Russia before coming to Latvia. In her free time she enjoys reading, running and travelling with her family.

Rachel Kayce
Teacher, Learning Support
Short Biography:

Ms. Kayce is originally from Boston, Massachussettes in the USA. She earned her Bachelor's degree at the Ohio State University and her Master's in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She taught students with disabilities for ten years in San Francisco before moving abroad. This is her first year as a learning support teacher at ISL. Prior to this post, Ms. Kayce taught Grade 1 in Sri Lanka. Ms. Kayce likes to hike with her two dogs, cook, go see live music, and do Crossfit. 

Dijana Koprivica Redshaw
Teacher, Humanities, TOK
Short biography:

Ms. K. Is originally from Belgrade, Serbia and has lived internationally since childhood. She has a Masters of Arts in Teaching degree from Lewis & Clark College. She is in her sixteenth year of teaching, and ISL is her fourth international school. Prior to becoming an educator, Ms. K. worked with adolescent girls in a residential treatment center and in a prison-based alcohol and drug treatment center for women. Ms. K. enjoys spending time with her small family, reading, biking, being outdoors, cooking, and reconnecting with friends.

Veronika Kozel
Teacher, EAL (English as an Additional Language), EAL Coordinator
Short biography:

Ms. Veronika was born in Prague and lived around the world while growing up, including Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Germany, the US, Canada, Czechia, Belgium and Sri Lanka. She holds a B.S. degree in Languages & Linguistics and a M.Ed. degree in Education. She has previously taught students from preschool age to adult in Prague, Bruxelles and Northern Virginia (USA). She also worked for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. This is her third year at ISL, and she enjoys travelling, cooking, cinema, knitting, and elephants.

Ulvis Kravalis
ASA Coordinator (After School Activties) , CAS Coordinator (Creativity/Action/Service)
Short biography:

Mr. Ulvis is from Latvija. He has B.A. degree in education. Before ISL he had lots of experience in working with children from different backgrounds in different settings - starting from juvenile prison, orphanages, crisis centers, to driving around schools and giving talks on relationships and sexuality. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, doing sports, reading, exploring new places and ideas.

Ieva Kublina
Teaching Assistant, Grade 2
Short Biography:

Ms. Ieva K is from Riga, Latvia. She has been at ISL for 4 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Virginia Tech University and Master’s Degree in Sports Science from Latvian Sports and Pedagogy University. In her spare time she enjoys playing basketball, theatre and traveling.

Dace Lakse
Teacher, Latvian B, Russian Mother Tongue
Short biography:

Ms. Dace is from Riga, Latvia. She has been at ISL since 2002. She started working as a librarian and afterwards as a Latvian Studies, Latvian and Russian language teacher. She holds Bachelor's degrees in English and German and Library Science and Information. In her free time, Ms. Dace enjoys reading books, knitting, travelling and spending time with her family.

Sandra Laursone
Teacher, Grade 1
Short biography:

Ms. Laursone is from Latvia. She holds a Master's degree in Multicultural Education. Sandra has taught Preschool and Kindergarden grades at ISL over 20 years. Over the last three years she has enjoyed being a Grade 1 teacher. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, and cooking.

Patrick Loughran
Teacher, Grade 3
Short Biography:

Mr. Loughran is from Derry City, Northern Ireland. He has a PGCE in Primary Education (P.E. Specialist), Master of Business Administration (MBA), BA (Hons) Leisure & Tourism Management and has coaching qualifications in Gaelic Football, Hurley and Strength & Conditioning. He has been teaching for 7 years in Northern Ireland and Latvia and has previously worked in the private sector for 15 years. He enjoys sports, travelling and spending time with his family. 

Lynn Lovett
Teacher, Design Technology
Short Biography:

Miss Lovett grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and has taught in Ohio and Singapore. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Technology with a Technology Education concentration and Technology Education certification. She also has some background in theater, particularly the technical aspects. Miss Lovett enjoys photography, travel, reading, hiking, and other outdoor activities. 

Inga Malta
Teacher, Visual Arts
Short biography:

Ms. Malta is from Latvia. She has been at ISL for 12 years. Inga holds B.A. degree in Visual Arts Education. In school, she enjoys seeing her students form their path in art. She is fluent in Latvian, English, and Russian. She loves to spend her free time travelling with her family. Her place for relaxing and inspiration is her garden. The source of her joy is her four kids.

David Martin
Teacher, Performing Arts
Short biography:

Mr. Martin has been happy to call Latvia and ISL home for four years now. He has taught music in schools for 15 years. He plays all the instruments, but his main ones are tuba and bass guitar. In his free time, he likes to travel, spend time with his wife and their senior cats, and play music.

James Martindale
Teacher, Humanities, TOK
Short biography:

Mr. Martindale was born in NY, USA. He holds a B.A. degree in Psychology, a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, and a Master's in Business Management. He taught in American public schools for more than 20 years, and also worked in the private sector as Vice President of Health First Consulting Corporation for 4 years. This is his third year at ISL. Jamie speaks Spanish & English, and is trying to learn Latvian. He enjoys his children & grandchildren, word puzzles, board games, writing short stories, and stand-up comedy.

Ai Iana Masadikova
Teaching Assistant, Grade 5
Short Biography:

Ms. Ai-Iana was born and grown up in Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan. Previously she was working in Kyrgyzstan as a school psychologist and private English teacher with students in grades K-11. She also practiced counselling psychology and psychotherapy out of school. Ai-Iana likes to spend her spare time doing yoga, swimming, reading or crafting, and sharing any moments with family and friends!

Jason Melgaard
Teacher, EAL (English as an Additional Language)
Short biography:

Mr. Melgaard grew up on the balmy banks of Lake Michigan, in sunny Sheboygan, Wisconsin. After attending a variety of colleges, his undergraduate degree in Creative Writing was earned at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His graduate degree in International Studies is from the University of Denver. Mr. Melgaard is in his 17th year of teaching and has worked in the US, Korea, the UAE, India, and Latvia. In his free time he enjoys playing music, riding motorcycles and bicycles, and playing with plastic discs (also known as frisbees).

Zaiga Mikelsone
Teacher, EAL (English as an Additional Language)
Short biography:

Ms. Zaiga is from Riga, Latvia. Before joining ISL she taught and provided support in teaching English in Latvia and the UK. She holds a Master's degree in English Philology, and International House CYLT and Cambridge CELTA qualifications. Ms.Zaiga sees herself as a life-long learner and some of her free time involves acquiring new skills and knowledge or sharing it with other people. She also loves art, going to gym classes, and playing board games with her friends.

Monique Neary
Teacher, French B
Short Biography:

Mlle Monique Neary is from lovely Canada. She taught French immersion there for years before deciding to go abroad. First teaching job abroad was working for D.N.D. in Shape, Belguim. From there, Egypt, Vietnam, and now Latvia. She graduated with her Education degree from Universite Laval in Quebec. She is a lover of animals, and fights for animal rights. She has a beautiful dog Bobby, and a cat Minna. She loves French cuisine and films.

Kristine Nordena Lynch
Teaching Assistant, Preschool 4
Short Biography:

Mrs. Kristine is from Sabile. She is happy return to Latvia/ISL after 10 years in being in Ireland. She holds BA degree in Pre-school teaching. In her free time she enjoys travelling, arts and crfts, classical music and spending time with her family and friends.

Erika Olson
Teacher, Grade 2
Short Biography:

Ms. Olson is from New Jersey in the United States. She has been teaching in an elementary setting since 2004. Her previous experience has been in both the United States and International Schools. She has a degree in Elementary Education and spends her spare time outdoors with her family, traveling, or reading a good book.

Allison O'Sullivan
School Counselor
Short Biography:

Ms. Allison is from Oregon, United States. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Services, and a Master's degree in Education in School Counseling from Lewis and Clark College. Prior to joining ISL she worked in the US, Taiwan, and most recently in Nepal. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, reading, and traveling.

Jeremiah O'Sullivan
Media Specialist
Short Biography:

Mr. O'Sullivan is from Oregon, United States. He holds a Master's degree in Library Media from Portland State University and a Master's degree in Teaching from Concordia University. Prior to joining ISL he worked in the US, Taiwan, and Nepal. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, attending sporting events, and traveling.

Daiga Ozoliņa
Teaching Assistant, Grade 1
Short biography:

Ms. Ozolina is from Riga, Latvia. She has a Professional Bachelor's degree in Psychology. This is her second year at ISL. In her free time she enjoys gardening, cooking, dancing, hiking and spending time with her friends and family.

Anne Payne
College Counselor
Short biography:

Ms. Payne is from Montana (US), and is in her second year at ISL. She has an MSt in Global and Imperial History from the University of Oxford and a BA from The Ohio State University. Previously, she worked in International Admissions for University of Oregon and The Ohio State University. She enjoys hiking and being outdoors, reading, learning languages, music, and spending time with her husband and her sweet dog, Harper.

Signe Pelnena
Teaching Assistant, Kindergarten
Short biography:

Ms. Signe is from Liepaja, Latvia. This is her second year at ISL. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Humanities (French, Spanish languages), Professional Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and shes is currently working on her Master's degree in Special education. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to the theatre and swimming.

Elizabeth Ramey
Teacher, French B
Short Biography:

Ms. Ramey is from Texas, USA. She began teaching high school there, then taught adults at the University of Missouri. After serving as the Assistant Director and Head Teacher at a French immersion school, Elizabeth entered the world of international schools, starting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has a B.A. in English and French and an M.A. in French Literature. She does research in the field of testimony and genocide literature. She is also an examiner for the IB French B programme. She loves history, theatre, dance, music, poetry, spicy food, and being a new mother to her baby girl, Eloise. 

Kyle Redshaw
Teacher, Physical Education
Short biography:

Mr. Redshaw is from Canada and has taught internationally for 22 years at 6 different schools in Spain, Switzerland, Egypt, Indonesia, China and now Latvia. He holds an Honours B.A. degree in Kinesiology and a B.Ed. degree in Kinesioolgy and General Science. In addition to teaching, he is a summer camp director for Village Camps. In his free time, Kyle loves outdoor pursuits (skiing, biking, hiking, camping), tennis, reading, exploring the world, and enjoying special moments with his friends and family.

Marla Robertson-Jones
Teacher, Grade 2
Short biography:

Ms. Robertson-Jones is originally from the Seattle area in the United States. She holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. Marla has been teaching overseas for the last 18 years at international schools in Africa and Asia. She is now enjoying exploring a new part of the world in her first year at ISL. She also enjoys swimming, yoga, jogging and spending time with her family.

Ita Romanauska
Teaching Assistant, Grade 4
Short biography:

Ms. Ita is from Jaunauce, Latvia. This is her third year at ISL. Ms.Ita has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading, dancing, swimming, learning new languages, going to the theatre, and spending time with her friends and family.

Ashley Sequoia
Teacher, Learning Support
Short biography:
Ms. Sequoia is from San Francisco. She started her career in inner city public schools and has also taught in Seoul, Singapore, and now Latvija. She holds a Master's degree in Special Education and is passionate about creating inclusive mindsets in schools. Her two sons attend ISL and during her free time Ashley enjoys roller-skating, cycling, creating art, being in nature, reading, and exploring Latvija.

 
Carol Shill
Teacher, Humanities, Economics
Short Biography:

Dr. Shill is originally from Los Angeles, CA, USA but lived in Miami, FL for the last 25 years. She is new to ISL this year and it is her 16th year teaching. She had taught 5 years internationaly in Brazil and China before coming to Latvia. She will be teaching DP Economics and MYP Individuals and Societies. Dr. Shill has a MBA degree in International Business and a PhD in Natural Health, ND. She loves traveling, reading, biking, making jewelry and painting.

Rochelle Slachta
Teacher, Grade 5
Short biography:

Mrs. Slachta is from Michigan, and has taught in the U.S.A., Kuwait, Singapore, The Netherlands, South Korea, and Latvia. She holds a Master's Degree in Classroom Teaching - Elementary Education. One of her many passions is literacy, and helping students find the best match between themselves and great literature! This is Rochelle's third year at ISL. Rochelle loves: staying close to her family, reading, jogging, cooking, baking, and doing yoga.

Ron Slachta
Teacher, English
Short biography:

Mr. Slachta is from Michigan and is in his 34rd year of teaching, 23 of those years internationally. He holds a Master's Degree in Reading (Diagnostics) from Western Michigan University, and a Bachelor's Degree in English and Health Education from Michigan State University. This is his third year at ISL, his fifth international school. In his spare time, he enjoys homebrewing.

Devon Strosahl
Teacher, Music
Short Biography:

Ms. Strosahl is from Nebraska, USA. Before joining ISL, she taught music and choir at Bancroft Elementary in Omaha Public Schools. Ms. Strosahl holds a Bachelor's in Music Education, a Master's degree in Music and Education, and is certified in Kodaly (Levels I, II, III) and Orff (Levels I, II, III). In her free time she likes to read, sew costumes, travel, and practice archery. 

Cathie Turek
Teacher, EAL (English as an Additional Language)
Short Biography:

Ms. Cathie is from Durango, Colorado, USA. She has a Bacherlor's Degree in Secondary Education (French), a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. Ms. Cathie has been teaching for 32 years, including the preschool, elementary, high school, and college levels. Before coming to ISL in 2018, she taught in the USA, Mexico, Vietnam and Ethiopia. In her free time, she loves to read, travel, learn about other people and cultures, and hike.

Rita Vaciete
Teacher, EAL (English as an Additional Language)
Short biography:

Ms. Rita is from Riga, Latvia. She holds a Master's degree in English Philology and has been at ISL for 7 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking part in different sport activities.

Katie Vis
Teacher, Grade 5
Short Biography:

Mrs. Vis is from the United States. Prior to coming to ISL, she worked at international schools in Madagascar and Guatemala. She holds a Master's degree in Teaching, with certification as a middle grades educator, specializing in language arts and social studies. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, and reading.

Christine Winterhalter
Teacher, Grade 1
Short Biography:

Mrs. Christine Winterhalter is from Pennsylvania in the United States. She has worked as a teacher in Israel, Bahrain, the US, and Latvia. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in International Special Education. In her free time, Christine enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and reading.

Dzeina Zelca
Teaching Assistant, Grade 4
Short biography:

Ms. Dzeina is from Madona, Latvia. She holds a Professional Bachelor's degree in Social Pedagogy. In her free time she enjoys photography, crafts and spending time with her family.

Olga Zvezdina
Teacher, Russian B
Short biography:

Ms. Zvezdina is from Riga, Latvia. She has taught Russian, French, Portuguese and Spanish languages at several international schools as well as to different professional groups and also has worked as interpreter. She is fond of horses, diving, reading and travelling.

Staff

Jolanta Bikova
School Secretary
Short Biography:

Ms. Jolanta is from Riga, Latvia. This is her first year at ISL. Ms. Jolanta has Bachelors Degree in Economics and Professional degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She has administrative assistant expierence in Latvia and UK working in public and private sectors. At her free time she enjoys being at seaside, dancing Salsa, roller-skating, exploring new places and different cultures.

Vita Bodniece
Finance Manager
Short biography:

Ms. Bodniece is from Riga, Latvia. She has a degree in Economics. She has work experience as a chief accountant in international companies such as Adidas, Diena and CV-Online Latvia. This is her fourth year at ISL. In her free time she enjoys travelling,dancing, drawing and spending time with her friends and family.

Dace Bondare
Transportation Coordinator, Front Desk Administrator
Short Biography:

Ms. Dace is from Jurmala. With more than 10 years of experience in the field of bussiness and sales, she has equivalent love for her work at the school. She has Teacher's, and Bussiness Management and Economics degree. She was part of ISL when it was founded. Once again she has returned to a place that brings her great joy and pleasure. Dace enjoys current position as she has a unique possibility to communicate, balance and maintain overall staff, student, parent and school visitor relationships!

Maira Erliha
Admissions Coordinator
Short biography:

Ms. Maira is from Latvia. She holds a B.A. degree in English Philology. She joined ISL in 2003. Her previous work experience was with other international organizations, such as the British Council and the Soros Foundation - Latvia. Ms. Maira speaks Latvian, English and Russian. In her free time she enjoys being at the seaside, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family.

Jelena Kokorevica
Accountant
Short biography:

Ms.Jelena is from Jurmala, Latvia. This is her second year at ISL. She has more than 15 years of experience as the economist and accountant. She is a graduate of Riga Technical University. During her free time, Ms. Jelena enjoys going to gym, Nordic walking and spending time with her family and friends.

Girts Martinsons
IT Administrator
Short biography:

Mr. Martinsons is from Kuldiga, Latvia. He joined ISL in 2017. In his free time Girts enjoys spending time with his family and playing sports.

Karina Muzikants
Nurse
Short biography:

Ms. Muzikants is an American-Latvian originally from Boston, USA. Ms. Muzikants has a Physician Assistant (PA) degree from Cornell University Medical College and worked in several ERs before moving with her family to Latvia. She has been at ISL for 10 years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, enjoys all things Latvian, travelling and cooking.

Maris Neivalds
Facilities Manager
Short biography:

Mr. Neivalds was born in Riga, Latvia, and has 20 years of experience working with different building services engineering systems. This is his 7th year at ISL. Maris speaks 3 languages: Latvian, English and Russian. He studied engineering and business. His educational background includes M.A. degree in electronics engineering from Riga Technical University (RTU) and an MBA degree from Riga Business School. In his free time he enjoys spending time with the family, travelling and cooking.

Zigita Paurniete
Business Manager
Short biography:

Ms. Paurniete is from Latvia. She has worked in Latvia and also abroad. She holds a Master’s degree in Law and Finance from Riga Graduate School of Law, and has been at ISL for six years. In her free time Zigita enjoys travelling, roller-skating and snowboarding.

Madara Pole
Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Short biography:

Mrs. Madara is from Jurmala, Latvia. She holds a B.A. in Communication Sciences and she has been part of ISL since 2007. In her free time she enjoys photographing, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Ineta Straupe
Human Resources Manager
Short biography:

Ms. Straupe is from Latvia. Before joining ISL in 2000 she traveled and worked in Russia, The Phillipines, Pakistan, Mongolia and UK. She has a Master's in Human Resources Management, which is her second M.A. (and second career).

Velga Lace
Day Maintenance
Andris Vainovskis
Driver
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