MYP and DP Faculty

Mr. Mustafa Gezen

Mr. Mustafa Gezen

DP Principal

Mr. Gezen was born and raised in a suburb outside Copenhagen, called Albertslund. He has lived most of his life in Copenhagen and five years in Odense, while studying at the Southern University of Denmark.

He holds a BA in the Science of Religion and Danish from the Southern University of Denmark in Odense. He earned his Master’s in the History of Religion from the University of Copenhagen. From 2010-2012, Mr. Gezen was the assistant manager at Østerbro International School (ØIS) but decided to work as a high school teacher in the Danish educational system (Studenter eksamen - STX) at a private high school. In 2014 he was recruited to build the Diploma Programme (DP) at ØIS as DP Principal.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I love my home country but I especially appreciate the rich and numerous voluntary associations (foreninger) which makes it possible for local and international people to meet and experience differences across cultures."

Ms. Sӧderstrӧm

MYP Coordinator

MYP Coordinator, MYP 1 Class Teacher, Language acquisition German and EAL Teacher

Ms. Sӧderstrӧm was born in Sweden and she has lived in Gӧttingen in Germany, San Diego CA and Pawtucket RI, USA.

Ms. Sӧderstrӧm conducted most of her studies in Sweden, in Gӧteborg, Stockholm and Karlstad, were she completed her MA in Education for the Compulsory School Later Stages.

She has taught in the Swedish national school system and for the past 8 years she has taught and worked as IB MYP Coordinator in Stockholm. She is also a Visiting Team Leader for evaluation and verification visits for the IBO.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"A country would be nothing without its mix of people, and that the country is so biker friendly."

Mr. Evis Qeska

Mr. Evis Qeska

DP Coordinator

DP Business Management Teacher

Mr. Qeska was born and raised in Albania. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Finance from the Århus School of Business. Before coming to ØIS, he worked as a teacher in different schools in Jutland.

Mr. Qeska has also worked as an English teacher for two years in a Danish ”Efterskole” situated on a small island near Horsens.

 

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

“Copenhagen reminds me of the famous quote of Sun Tzu who says. 'Can you imagine, what I would do if I could do all I can?' After living in Copenhagen I think I may have the answer.”

Ms. Rachel Castillo

Ms. Rachel Castillo

Language and Literature Teacher

Ms. Castillo was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa in the Midwest region of the United States. She studied secondary English education at Morningside College, in Iowa, for which she received her B.A. She taught in various secondary schools within the United States prior to moving overseas to Suzhou, China.

After a year in China, she relocated to Tokyo, Japan and taught in her first international school.

After two years in Tokyo, Ms. Castillo chose to leave Tokyo and move to Copenhagen in order to be with her significant other. In her free time, Ms. Castillo enjoys reading, writing, playing with her cats, visiting museums, talking to her family back in Iowa, and exploring Europe.

 

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"My favorite things about Copenhagen are the many, lovely parks and canals which are perfect for quietly reading on a sunny day, the close distance of things while still being able to feel the bustle of a lively metropolis, and the diverse mix of cultures. I also love the food and atmosphere of Papirøen and Torvehallerne."

Ms. Anita Ponce

Ms. Anita Ponce

Science,Chemistry and Biology Teacher

Ms. Ponce was born in sunny San Diego, California. She earned her undergraduate degreee in Ancient History and Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego. She holds an International Baccalaureate Organization issued certificate in teaching and learning IB PYP from San Marcos State University and a Master's degree in U.S. Education in a Global Context with emphasis in Science Curriculum and Global Education.

She has taught in the United States of America, Mexico, Japan, Norway and now Denmark and she has been working as an IB teacher since 2006. In her spare time she loves to surf, go to concerts and read history books. Most recently she was the IB Diploma Coordinator at Nagoya International Junior and Senior High School in Nagoya, Japan.

 

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen??

"The things I love most about Copenhagen are the kind and helpful people, the amazing green parks and the great coffee shops. There are so many things to do, it truly is a glorious place!"

Ms. Elizabeth Moore

Ms. Elizabeth Moore

Drama&Visual Arts Teacher

Ms. Moore is originally from New York, where she completed a BFA in Sculpture and Photography from New York State University’s Purchase Conservatory, and did her masters residence in Visual Language and Painting at the School of Visual Arts.

She is certified in teaching English as a foreign language, and has a degree in primary and secondary English and Arts education from Metropol University’s teachers college in Copenhagen. Ms. Moore has taught Visual Art and Design, English and Drama in International Schools in Portugal and Denmark.

She maintains a private studio, writing and exhibiting regularly, as well as contributing to international environmental initiatives.

 

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"Spending a long sunny summer morning by the Øresund, watching the windmills tilt over a hazy sea while Swedish islands hover at the horizon, then strolling down to spend an afternoon at Louisiana with friends, music and art."

Mr. Van Leeuwen

Mr. Van Leeuwen

Individu&Societies and History Teacher

Mr. van Leeuwen was born and raised in Hoorn, about 40 km north of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, where he also obtained a Master’s degree in Social Science. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations in Historical Perspective at the University of Utrecht. Mr. van Leeuwen has worked in a Dutch high school as a Dutch language and social science teacher.

Before moving to Denmark, Mr. van Leeuwen travelled and worked around the globe in China, North-Korea, Mongolia and Cuba. He also lived in the south of France for two years working as an entertainer on one of the biggest campsites in Europe. Most recently, he was volunteering in Saint-Louis, Senegal. Here he met his Danish girlfriend, with whom he now lives with in Copenhagen.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I feel at home in Copenhagen because the city reminds me of Amsterdam. Cycling in Copenhagen makes me a happy man. My favourite place in the city is the cycling bridge (Brygge Broen - Cykelslangen) connecting Islands Brygge and Kalvebod Brygge (Fisketorvet)."

Mr. Dilshod Karimov

Mr. Dilshod Karimov

Individuals and Societies Teacher

Mr. Karimov was born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He gained his bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature at Hacettepe University. He holds master degree of International Relations and Global Order from Aalborg University.

Mr. Karimov worked at an accounting company in most of his summer holidays while a student at university. He gave private English lessons to students ranging from age ten year to professionals while he was studying in Turkey.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

“I like forests, sea and lakes of Copenhagen where blue and green come side by side.”

Mr. Ahmet Kilicaslan

Mr. Ahmet Kilicaslan

Physical and Health Education

Mr. Kilicaslan was born and raised in Belgium. He attended Haute Ecole Provinciale de Charleroi-Universite du Travail, earning a degree in International Trade and Education. While at University, he did an exchange program in Limerick, Republic Of Ireland.

Mr. Kilicaslan has been living in Sweden for the past 7 years. Before teaching at Østerbro International School, he worked as a French and Economics teacher in Stockholm at the Lycée Français Saint-Louis.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

“What I like the most about Copenhagen is its dynamism and various activities.”

Ms. Johanne Druitt

Ms. Johanne Druitt

PYP and MYP Music Teacher

Ms. Druitt is from Melbourne, Australia. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth. In 2006, she received a scholarship from the Goethe-Institut, which allowed her to move to Berlin for four months to further her studies in Guitar and to learn German. Afterwards, she moved to Switzerland where she obtained two Masters degrees from the Luzern University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Music Performance and Music Education.

She has taught in various primary and secondary schools in Australia and at the International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"Many things! I like how Copenhagen is a relaxed, yet culturally vibrant city. I love biking, the ocean, the cafés, the language, salt-licorice and flødeboller!"

Mr. Hasan Khan

Mr. Hasan Khan

Mathetamatics and Physics Teacher

Mr. Khan was born and raised in Multan, one of the ancient cities in Pakistan. He holds a bachelor degree in Physics from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara. He earned a departmental Scholarship from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland to pursue his Master's degree in Particle and Nuclear Physics.

He has been involved in teaching High School Physics and Mathematics for two years at international schools.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"It's small. It's big. It's beautiful."

Mrs. Pernille Ingwarr

Mrs. Pernille Ingwarr

Danish Language and Literature Teacher

Mrs. Ingwar graduated from N. Zahles Seminarium with degrees in Danish literature and English as a second language. She worked at a private Danish school for ten years before moving abroad with her family.

She then spent ten years in Africa, Senegal, South Africa and the US where she taught at international schools as well as having her three children in the IB school system. Her two daughters have both graduated from IB schools.

Returning to Denmark in 2006 she continued to work at international schools, with a brief one year stay in Geneva, she is looking forward to start at ØIS as a Danish teacher in both the PYP and MYP.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

“To be close to my family and friends and being in ‘Wonderful Copenhagen’ where there is so much to do and it is safe to get around.”

Mrs. Dorte Søndergaard

Mrs. Dorte Søndergaard

Danish Language Acquisition Teacher

Mrs. Søndergaard was born and raised in Copenhagen. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Danish Literature and Family and Consumer Sciense. After teaching at a Danish school a couple of years, she moved to the U.S. with her family.

During her 27 years in America, she founded the Danish American Center's Danish language program and taught there for 20 years, while also teaching students at middle school Special Education.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"Returning to Denmark at this stage of my life is a gift my husband and I are enjoying every single day. Mostly I love being close to the part of my family I was far away from for so long and to live in the middle of the city."

Ms. Natacha Withøft

Ms. Natacha Withøft

Design Teacher

Ms. Withøft was born and raised in England to Danish parents. As part of her Bachelor's degree, she spent two years studying abroad in Madrid before returning to England to train as an Art and Design teacher.

She completed her Master's degree in Photography at the University of Arts, London. She worked as an Art and Design teacher in British schools for several years before moving to Copenhagen in 2013, where she combined working in a forest kindergarten with her own artistic practice before joining Østerbro International School.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen??

“Copenhagen is a great city to live in. People here are practical and down to earth. I love the bicycle culture, the food, being close to the sea and the forest, and of course Danish design.”

Ms. Katie Fox

Ms. Katie Fox

English and French Language Acquisition Teacher

Ms. Fox is from Colorado, though she spent every summer in Maine in the United States. During her studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, she spent one year studying at Paris II in Paris.

Katie started her teaching career and earned her master’s degree in New York City. Europe called again, and so for two years, she taught in Helsingborg, Sweden.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I enjoy the bike culture in Copenhagen, all the delicious bakeries, and the affinity for candles to compensate for gray skies."

Nathalie Goelen

Nathalie Goelen

French Language Acquisition Teacher

Ms. Goelen was born in the Flemish part of Belgium. She has lived and worked in Atlanta, Hong Kong, Sydney and Amsterdam. Her mother tongue is Dutch and Flemish and she speaks English, French and Danish.

She studied in Leuven, Belgium and holds a teaching degree in French, Latin and history. She’s taught in Belgian Holland and Hong Kong. For the past two years in Copenhagen she has been teaching Dutch.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I enjoy living in Denmark. In summer I love biking and walking along den danske Riviera. I also appreciate the variety of museums, exhibitions and musical venues. And I can’t say 'no' to lakrids ice cream!"

Ms. Danielle Sanford

Ms. Danielle Sanford

English Language Acquisition Teacher

Mrs. Sanford was born and raised in Syracuse, NY, USA. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from University at Albany, SUNY.

Most recently, she worked at a private school in Syracuse as a substitute teacher and administrator. She has experience working with EAL students in the US and Poland.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

"I love being able to bike around this beautiful city and that it feels like home."

Mr. Rafael Vazquez

Mr. Rafael Vazquez

Design Teacher

Mr. Vazquez is from Valencia, a lovely sunny city on the east-coast of Spain. He has lived in Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland and now Denmark.

Mr. Vazquez holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Valencia (Spain). He has been teaching for more than seven years, and the last four teaching abroad at an International School in Dublin (Ireland) where he was working as a Design Teacher and IT Coordinator bringing new technologies to the classroom.

What I most like about Denmark and Copenhagen?

“The international community in Denmark is thriving. Cycling, multi-culturalism and tolerance are other things to highlight in a very long list.”

Mr. Jevon Clemens

Mr. Jevon Clemens

Sciences & Biology Teacher