Meet the Elementary School Teachers


03_02_1st Grade Viyani Karunaratne

Viyani Karunaratne
Grade 1 teacher
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies: Chapman University
Diploma in Montessori Method of Education
Teacher’s Diploma in Pianoforte (LTCL)

Originally from Sri Lanka, I am now a naturalized citizen of the USA. I have over 25 years of teaching experience. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from Chapman University, California. I have previously taught in the USA, Singapore and Sri Lanka.



Andrew Peeples
Grade 5 teacher
Masters of Education – Portland State University
Bachelors in Communications – Washington State University

I am new to ISKR and Kigali for the 2017-18 school year. I taught elementary previously at international schools in Bangladesh and Ukraine. I was a public school teacher in Portland, Oregon for ten years before moving abroad. I had a variety of careers before going into teaching. I have a Masters of Education from Portland State University and a Bachelors in Communications from Washington State University. I was born in Olympia, Washington. In my free time, l enjoy riding my bike, drinking coffee, listening to music, and volunteering in the local community.



03_02_3rd Jennifer Veldhuis

Jennifer Feldhaus
Grade 3 teacher and Elementary coordinator
Bachelor of Arts in History & Master of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia
Postgraduate Professional License for grades PreK–6; Virginia, USA
International Baccalaureate (IB) Teaching & Learning Certificate from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

I am originally from Virginia, USA and came to Rwanda in 2009 as a volunteer teacher with WorldTeach. I taught English language and Computer Science at a girl’s boarding school in Musanze, Rwanda for a year. After I completed my year there, I was hired at the International School of Kigali in November of 2010 to teach second grade. This is my fifth year teaching at ISKR, and my fourth year as the Elementary Coordinator. Before moving to Rwanda, I worked as a swimming coach/instructor and as a preschool assistant teacher in Virginia. Beyond teaching, I enjoy traveling East Africa and spending time with my family.


Jackie OsborneFor web Jacqueline
Grade 4 teacher
Bachelor of Education – University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
National Professional Qualification for Headship – Institute of Education, London, UK

This is my first year teaching at ISKR and I am very happy to be here. I have been teaching for about 20 years and although my most recent roles have been with Early Childhood and Grade 1 have taught ‘big kids’ before and I am looking forward to the different set of challenges it brings! (Although hopefully not too many.) Much of my teaching experience has been in the UK although I have most recently been teaching in Addis Ababa for 4 years. My family arrived in Kigali in December last year and my son has attended ISKR since then (he is now in Grade 5), I also have a daughter who has joined the Grade 2 class this year.


DSC_5582 ROSANNERosanne Cicanese
ICT Coordinator
BA & MA – University of Florida
Graduate Certificate in Conservation Biology, University of Central Florida
Professional Teaching Certificate, Elementary K-6, State of Florida

I grew up and have lived most of my life in Florida which has made me a huge Florida Gator fan! I have 12 years of elementary teaching experience and last year I had the amazing opportunity to teach 4 grade in Cairo, Egypt. After visiting Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in February 2013, I fell in love with East Africa and knew I needed to get back here to live. I am excited to be in Rwanda and be a part of the ISKR family! When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, hiking, SCUBA diving, hanging out with my cat and watching Florida Gator sports!



Amy Waldock
Grade 2 teacher
BA Hons Biological Natural Sciences – University of Cambridge, UK
PGCE Primary Education – University of Cambridge, UK

I am originally from the UK, but have been living in Africa for the last 4 years.  I have taught in the UK, Malawi and most recently at the International School of Lusaka, in Zambia.  In my free time, I enjoy traveling, walking and art.




Chancelle Digata Mavungu
Elementary School Assistant Teacher

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from the University ABA Academie des Beaux Arts DR Congo-Kinshasa.

I am originally from DR Congo and I came to Rwanda in 2006.  I have worked in different creative capacities as assistant teacher volunteer at Ecole Belge. I taught French at Path to Success before working at ISKR International School of Kigali-Rwanda as a French Teacher from 2010 to 2014 where I taught the full age range of students (ages 3-18).

ISKR is the place to be and I am really glad I that I will rejoin the school this year as an assistant Teacher for the primary section.

Beyond teaching, I enjoy singing and painting.