Meet the Elementary School Teachers

03_02_1st Grade Viyani Karunaratne
Viyani Karunaratne
Grade 1A 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.

Jaime Frauenstein
Grade 2 Teacher
Bachelor Degree in Education (Mathematics and Sciences)

My name is Jaime Frauenstein, born and raised in South Africa. I studied at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University for four years, where I obtained a Bachelor degree in education. I then taught for a year in London and have recently moved to Rwanda to broaden my teaching career.
Teaching is a true passion of mine; no career is more rewarding, challenging and exciting. In my spare time I enjoy reading, traveling and exploring new places.

Elizabeth Wood
Grade 3 teacher
Bachelor of Arts (Hons) German Studies, University of Warwick, UK.
PGCE (Primary) DeMontfort University, UK

After 11 years of teaching in the UK, I decided to widen my horizons by accepting a post in a school in the US for two years. 14 years later, having been in the US and China, I am excited to be joining the community at ISKR and experiencing Africa for the first time.  I have worked extensively across the elementary age range and specialise in teaching mathematics and using technology in the classroom. I love reading and always hope to inspire a similar love of books with my students. I am particularly looking forward to being a member of a small close-knit community and learning from my students about a wonderful new country.

Jackie Osborne
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.

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.

Joanne Allan
Grade 1B Teacher
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature: University of York, UK
PGCE (Primary) University of Durham, UK

I am originally from the UK where I was a classroom teacher for 8 years, and a Lead Teacher of Literacy for our Local Education Authority. I moved to Uganda in 2006 to work as an Educational Consultant for an NGO, writing ‘Catch Up’ curriculums and carrying out teacher training workshops. Before coming to Rwanda, I also taught at the International School of Uganda, and at Nexus International School in Singapore. I have taught across the elementary age range and specialize in teaching reading and writing. I love to travel and explore the ‘great outdoors’, and therefore I am very excited to be back East Africa!

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.

Christiana Nyabire
Elementary school assistant teacher
HND Fashion Design and Textile Studies- Takoradi Polytechnic Ghana
Diploma in Education- Winneba Ghana

I started my teaching career with the Ghana education service since January 2006 to May 2014 (8yrs), where I learned I wanted to be a teacher. I’ve had the privilege of teaching kindergarten and at the primary level. Before that, I did 8 months of teaching with the women’s training institute in Bolgatanga, Ghana where I had my first teaching experience in dress making and designing as part of my national service placement in January 2005.
I completed HND in fashion design and textiles studies in Takoradi Polytechnic in Ghana in June 2004 and a Diploma in Education from the University of Education Winneba, Kumasi Ghana in July 2015.
Following the birth of my daughters, after two years, I returned to the classroom as an elementary assistant teacher with International School of Kigali Rwanda since April 2017, where I’m proud to be a member of staff.
It is my hope and dream to further study and continue to enrich my knowledge and experience of teaching today’s children.
Currently residing in Kigali Rwanda.


Esther Amondi Ngeso
Elementary School Assistant Teacher
Diploma Educational Psychology, Ireland
Certificate in Primary Education, Kenya

I started my teaching career in the western part of Kenya, before moving to Rwanda in 2013. I taught in different Cambridge schools in Rwanda as a homeroom teacher for 3 years before joining ISKR. One thing, however that has remained constant in my career is my love for teaching because it is deeply fulfilling to watch each one of the students grow more proficient and confident throughout the course of time together as they discover and nurture their inner personal growth.