Staff at AaIS 2017-2018


 Mr. Stian  

Stian Nerland

General manager / business manager          

      Stian Nerland is our General Manager / business manager. Stian was the original project manager at AaIS and has worked for NTNU and ÅKP, Ålesund Science Park among other things.
 Ms. Krissy  


Kristen Carulli

Principal and pedagogical leader     

  Kristen Carulli the principal and pedagogical leader at AaIS. She has a Master's degree in Educational Studies with a connection in International Education from Oakland University in Rochester Hils, Michigan, USA. Before joining AaIS she spent two years each in Denmark and Lithuania. Krissy has extensive experience with the IB.  

Marit Ekli Broome  

Year 1 Homeroom / Class Teacher

    Marit Ekli-Broome has Norwegian and British heritage, and has a great deal of experience in teaching the PYP. 


Charrissa Needham 

Year 2 Homeroom / Class Teacher


Charrissa Needham is from Australia. She studied Education (Primary) in Queensland, Australia. She has worked in different international and PYP schools around the world including Japan, Honduras, Indonesia and Thailand before moving to Norway. During this time, she has worked with a variety of age groups ranging from kindergarten to Year 2.

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Ying Hua Liao 

Year 3 Homeroom / Class Teacher


Ying Hua Liao is from Taiwan and has lived in Norway since 2010. She studied at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England in 2002, majoring in media technology for TESOL. Before that, Ying worked as an English teacher for 9 years in Taiwan. Currently, she lives in Solavågen with her husband and daughter. Ying speaks Norwegian and has a double masters degree in English literature and English pedagogics from the University of Newcastle, UK.

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Trinity Ahie

Year 4 Homeroom/ Class Teacher


Trinity Ahie is from New Zealand and is married to a Norwegian, Liv Marit. Before beginning at AaIS in 2017, he was a homeroom teacher at an International Baccalaureate school in New Zealand (2014-2017). He has two boys, Josef and Johannes. Trinity has lived in Norway for a year previously, where he learnt Norwegian by volunteering at a school in Drammen. Trinity feels that it is a great privilege to guide students through this stage of their life. He is excited to be back in Norway to help develop internationally-minded students, and to support AaIS in any way possible.



Behailu Fedlunuri

Year 5&6 Homeroom /Class Teacher

    Behailu Fedlunuri  is from Ethiopia and moved from Bergen. He is a football player and a passionate supporter of Liverpool.


Tonje O'Connor

Mathematics /Norwegian Teacher

    Tonje O'Connor teaches Norwegian. While she calls Sjøholt home, she has lived and worked in a number of different countries throughout the world.


Iselin Osdal

Norwegian Teacher 

    Iselin Osdal is 25 years old and comes from Ålesund. She graduated from Volda University College(Høgskolen i Volda) in 2015 with a degree as a teacher(adjunkt) in the subjects Norwegian, English and PE. She joined the AaIS community as a teacher August 2015 and is teaching Norwegian and Norwegian Language Acquisition. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the nature by foot, bike or skis.
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Siren Hisdal

Norwegian Teacher / Inclusion Teacher

    Siren Hisdal is 40 years old and comes from a small village just outside Bergen. She is a certified teacher that did her training at Bergen University College (Høgskolen i Bergen). She finished her degree in 2004 and immediately started working as a teacher at her local Primary School. Later on she went to Italy, where she spent two years teaching Pre-K at the International School in Genoa. This year she taught year 1 through 4 at a Montessori school in Oslo. Siren is looking forward to teach Norwegian to your children here at Aalesund International School.


Pilar Borrajo

Spanish/Individuals &Societies/Inclusion Teacher

    Pilar Borrajo is from Spain and teaches Spanish in Primary and Middle School. She loves nature and Sports. 


Lidia Didriksen

PYP Language Acquisition / MYP Language and Literature Teacher

    Lidia Didriksen  is our ESOL, English teacher. She is from Russia and very much enjoys the challenge of helping our students to develop their English language skills. She is also an excellent cook of Mexican food.

Anne Karin Amungård

Science Teacher 


Anne Karin Amungård is our Middle School teacher in Science, and the homeroom teacher of Years 7 and 8. She is Norwegian and she has previously taught in middle and secondary schools. In her free time, she likes to go hiking and to be creative.



Michelle Yarnell

Performing & Visual Arts / Language Acquisition Teacher



Michelle Yarnell is our Performing Arts teacher. She is Dutch-American grew up in The Netherlands (where she earned her IB Diploma), and then studied at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She subsequently taught music at international schools in Oman, The Netherlands, and the U.S.A. She loves palying her bass clarinet, listening/going to musical theater, and baking suger-free and /or vegan desserts.

 Ms Ana  

         Ana Güelfo           Borrajo

Physical Health Education, Individuals and Societies Teacher

(Currently on Maternity Leave)

    Ana María Güelfo Borrajo is our Physical Education teacher,  Swim instructor and Individuals and Societies teacher. She is from Cádiz, a city in southwestern Spain. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching, Physical Education speciality and has been teaching at Aais since the school opened in August 2012. Before joining Aais, Ana was a high performance athlete and member of the Spain National Wushu/Kung Fu team, she obtained her best results in 2008, when she achieved a Silver and a Bronze Medal in the 12th European Wushu Championship in Poland and a Gold Medal in the Spanish National Wushu Championship. She has been practicing Martial Arts for over 15 years.
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Stephanie Midtbø-Peters

Physical Health Education / Inclusion Teacher


Stephanie Midtbø-Peterscomes from the Netherlands. She has a degree in social work as well as physical educaton from Amsterdam University.

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Dani Pala

Design Teacher / IT Administrator / Inclusion Teacher


Dani Pala comes from Bosnia & Hercegovina, city of Mostar, where he studied Information Technology (IT). Dani has many year of experience in the IT department (computer networks, hardware and a little bit of programming). He came to Norway in 2015. Prior to joining AaIS, Dani began Norwegian language classes and now has foundational Norwegian knowledge. Dani is also experienced DJ and a great cook.

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Ingelin Eikefjord Bilsback

Spesialpedagog / Specialized Inclusion Teacher



Ingelin Eikefjord Bilsback is from Voss, Norway. She has a Bachelor’s degree in pedagogik and a few subjects of social anthropology. Ingelin has Master’s degree in Special Education. Previously, she worked as a special educational counsellor for the PPT and as a special education teacher/supporting pedagog in a kindergarten. In addition, she was an exchange student in Missouri, USA and in Leiden, the Netherlands. Ingelin is really looking forward to helping students reach their goals and be proud of themselves at Aalesund International School.


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Djordje Ristanovic

Spesialpedagog / Specialized Inclusion Teacher

    Djordje Ristanovic is from Belgrade, Serbia. He has a Bachelor's degree in Special Needs Education and a Master's degree in Speech and Language therapy. He finds it very rewarding and motivating to assist children of different ages and needs. Djordje has worked as a Learning Support Teacher at the Institute for Experimental Phonetics and Speech Pathology for 4 years. In his free time, he prefers to travel, hang out with friends and enjoys different physical activities. Djordje speaks Norwegian.
Ms. Katja  

Ekaterina Lebedeva

Inclusion Teacher

    Ekaterina Lebedeva came to Norway 12 years ago and learnt the Norwegian language. Now she uses her experience helping foreign students do the same. Her big passions are ice-skating and her family.
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Emily Homillano

SFO Coordinator / Inclusion Assistant

    Emily Duarte Homillano has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration (Financial Management). She was a Chess Varsity Player since elementary to college. She previously worked as a Business Process Associate in a telecommunication company. She loves traveling and hiking in the mountains. 

Naomi Li 

Inclusion Assistant / SFO Instructor


Naomi Li was born and raised in the UK. Naomi attended Leeds Metropolitan University and went on to complete a degree in Performing Arts. She feels that her passion for drama developed at an early age. It is Naomi's goal to foster children's ability to learn through play.




Angel Mesa Lopez 


    Angel Mesa Lopez  is our caretaker. He is from Spain and he is also a very highly accomplished Kung Fu master.