Our staff members are:
Zack has worked with children for over 22 years. In 1994 he established the Internasjonal Sportsklubb, an English language, after-school activities program for students at Oslo International School. The club unfortunately folded when he left to work in the Norwegian school system. He was an English and gym teacher at Hvalstad skole (an elementary school) before assuming responsibility for the after-school program (SFO). After 7 years at Hvalstad skole, he was hired to lead Høgås barnegård, a farm-based kindergarten. In February 2008, he was selected to direct the newly established NaKuHel barnehage, a nature-oriented kindergarten located near Semsvann in Asker kommune. When Asker International School was still in its planning stage, Zack offered to establish the kindergarten associated with the school. This eventually led to the opening of NaKuHel International Preschool which he directs in addition to the barnehage. Zack has a masters degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma in USA.
Courtney HarrisDepartment Head
Courtney is the consummate international preschool teacher. She has worked in early childhood centers and nurseries in Brisbane Australia, London England, Edinburgh Scotland, Trondheim Norway and Oslo Norway. Before she was assigned responsibility for the day to day operation in NaKuHel International Preschool, Courtney spent six months in NaKuHel barnehage learning how to incorporate nature in the learning environment. With her well-honed skills leading cultural programs, familiarity with the international community and her new found appreciation of outdoor activities, Courtney was the perfect person to transfer the routines and principles of the barnehage to the preschool. She was there to help open the doors to NaKuHel International Preschool in September 2013, and has been instrumental in its development and evolution ever since. Very popular among the parents, children and fellow staff members, Courtney has created a very positive and pleasant environment in the preschool.
Emily HanlonHead Teacher
Emily is a highly educated preschool teacher from Ireland. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education in Dublin. As part of her undergraduate work, Emily spent 6 months in Norway studying outdoor education and experiencing the joys of Norwegian outdoor life. In fact, she enjoyed it so much that she returned to Scandinavia after graduation and earned her masters degree in Outdoor Environmental Education in Linkoping, Sweden in July 2014. She's been in Norway ever since and was an obvious choice to take over the head teaching responsibilities at our outdoor-oriented NaKuHel International Preschool. Her professionalism, skill and enthusiasm is evident in all aspects of our program.
Ana came to us from Serbia where she graduated from the Institute of Pedagogy at the University of Novi Sad. Already fluent in English, she taught herself Norwegian and single handedly ran a small day care outside of Oslo. Her initiative and responsibility was enough to attract the interest of NaKuHel barnehage. It was at the barnehage that she learned the NaKuHel concept and nature's role in child development. Among her many other talents, she is now applying that knowledge and experience in the preschool.
Laureen also has a university education, but she found her true passion working with young children and helping them develop their important social skills. She has become a talented and reliable professional with experience working with multicultural children both in Kenya and Norway. She was a private tutor and teaching assistant in Nairobi and a barnehage assistant before establishing her own child care center here in Norway. With the support of many good recommendations, she joined the staff at NaKuHel International Preschool at the end of March 2016. Laureen contributes to every program offered at the preschool.