Meet the Secondary School Teachers

Mary M. Powell
Secondary School Coordinator
Middle School Social Studies Instructor

BA in History and Linguistics, Grinnell College
Certified in TEFL
M.Ed. in Global Studies in Education, University of Illinois

I joined ISKR in early 2012 after having lived in Rwanda for 4 years, first as a teacher at the Maranyundo School for Girls, then as the Lead Instructor at the Akilah Institute for Women. Before coming to Rwanda in 2008, I taught at the Paraclete Academy in South Boston and was a Program Coordinator for a Hurricane Katrina rebuilding project in New Orleans. I hold a BA in History from Grinnell College, which is located in my home state of Iowa. In my spare time I volunteer for Every Child is My Child, a small non-profit which partners with local primary schools in Rwanda and Burundi to provide free secondary education for every one of their graduates.

Joseph Kutanwa 
Middle / High School Math Instructor
Bachelor of Science

I am originally from Uganda and have over 10 years of teaching experience. I am currently teaching AP math and have previously taught IB Higher level and Standard Level mathematics among other high school courses. I hold a Bachelors of Science from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.

Valrie Eisele
Middle School Social Studies/Language Arts Teacher
BA Social Studies Education
Post Graduate License in Elementary Education, Middle School Science, Middle School Social Studies, and Middle School Language Arts
I am originally from California in the United States. I’ve spent most of my teaching career in the Washington D.C. area in 6th and 8th grades, as well as two years in Uganda in kindergarten and 5th grades. Altogether I have 8 years of teaching experience and definitely prefer middle school over elementary. I have two daughters, one in kindergarten and one in 6th grade. Outside the classroom, I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling, and enjoying time with my family.

Dube Nkululeko
Middle / High School Math & Science Instructor
B.ed (Math and Science), B.ed (Honours), M.ed. University of Free State, South Africa.

I am a Zimbabwean national who joined ISKR in August 2011. At ISK, I have taught Middle School Science, and High School Math Science. Prior to coming to ISK, I have worked in proprietary and international schools in the Middle East and across Africa. Over the years, I have sponsored field trips, science fairs, and online educational games, as well as after school activities such as swimming, tennis, board games and soccer.

Kersti Pritchard
Middle / Math & Science Teacher
Bachelor of Science in Biology from Manchester Metropolitan University, Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Science specializing In Biology.
Currently studying for a Masters in International Development and Education

I am originally from England, I first came to Rwanda in 2006 as a VSO volunteer working at a Rwandan working in a secondary school in Muhura, Northern Rwanda. In 2009 I was part of the wonderful team of teachers and parents who set up ISKR; it was a wonderful experience. After a break from teaching to have my
daughter, I have been teaching in the UK at ACS International School just outside of London. Beyond
teaching I love traveling with my daughter, visiting friends and family around the world.

Frankie Cansler
English 7-12
BAs in English and History
MA English – Gender and Genre
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
Teaching Certificate (5-12 English/Language Arts, 5-12 History)

I’ve moved every few years since I was a child so when people ask me where home is, I generally say where ever I am at the moment.  I did many things before coming to my career in teaching approximately 10 years ago and have taught in both Louisiana and Montana in the United States.  This is my third year teaching internationally and my first year teaching in Rwanda and at ISKR.  Previously I taught in Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam where I developed a taste for islands and Pho.

When not teaching or preparing lessons, I like to read, hike, take photographs, explore the country I am in and cook.  I tend to be an inveterate reader, so some times that overwhelms my other hobbies.