Meet the Staff team

Sarah Sandin

Why Lolland?

I have been a “local” of Lolland-Falster for 10 years. The building of the Femern bridge is putting Lolland on the map, as the bridge will allow Lolland to be a portal to the rest of Europe. I was thrilled to hear that Lolland commune would be embracing the evolution with the addition of an International School. My previous experiences have shown me how an international school can impact the individual, family, and surrounding community, and this opportunity was one that could not be passed up!

How to make your mark?

I am a part of an international family myself and understand the challenges one encounters to find a place in new surroundings. I am looking forward to being a part of a team that promotes curiosity, confidence, and resilience not only in the students, but also in the community. I like to think that when a community works together, extraordinary things can happen, and that is precisely what we will achieve.

Anne Marsh

 

Why Lolland?

Having been trained in Haderslev, Sønderjylland and working in Køge, Sjælland for the past five years, it is only fitting that my next area of Denmark to explore will be Lolland, where my family and I will be moving in August.  Like many of our new families at the school, I am a newcomer to the area, and am looking forward to discovering the sights and sounds of Maribo and Lolland Kommune.  I have already been lucky enough to experience part of the region’s outstanding natural beauty and have met many of the friendly locals - Lolland has already made me feel at home.

How to make your mark?

I am planning on bringing my love of exploration, my musical skills and my British sense of humour to Lolland International School.  It is truly an honour to be chosen as a pioneer teacher at Denmark’s first public international school, and I am looking forward to the new challenges and experiences working here.

Dominic Maher, Principal

Why Lolland?

About a year ago, someone mentioned that Lolland was opening an international school. At the time I dismissed the idea as I was happy in my current position and had just been promoted. However, once the seed was planted in my head, I could not stop thinking about how great it would be to be a part of something new, and how great it would be to be a small part of the future of Lolland.

How to make your mark?

As the principal of this new school I will have a massive influence over the direction, culture and curriculum. However, it is not ‘my mark’ I want to leave but rather the mark of the team. I want to recruit the best team possible and with them create a great bilingual programme that provide quality education for the international students in Lolland.

Karina Hampe, School secretary/Enrolment Officer

Why Lolland

I was born and raised on Falster and now live with my husband and three children on Lolland. Here you will find the most beautiful nature and probably the best beaches in Denmark. We have lots of exciting culture and a large selection of sports clubs and associations. Here is everything you need - and more.

Living in a small community where you feel closeness and know each other is for me a sense of safety and freedom at the same time.

How to make your mark?

The first time I heard that Lolland Municipality wanted to make an international school, I did not doubt at all that I had to be a part of this.

I have lived and worked for several years as a tour guide in Greece, Indonesia, Thailand, and China. It was a fantastic way to meet the local people, religion, and culture. At Lolland International School, I meet again the "rush" from abroad, this time "just" on Lolland - and I am looking forward to being able to help families and students through a close collaboration to establish themselves and feel welcome.


Jannie Aasted Skov-Hansen, Project Manager

Why Lolland?

To me, Lolland has so much to offer and there is an incredible ‘vibe’ around the island and the potential of strengthening the many qualities of this beautiful part of Denmark. My start-up mentality was immediately ignited when I learned about the plans for an international school here. It is so refreshing and shows a lot of bravery for a municipality to launch a bi-lingual education programme.

How to make your mark?

When living in Central Asia I was lucky to be part of building up an international school and I learned how important it is to maintain optimism and enthusiasm around a start-up school, also when things go slightly different than planned. I hope to be a source of positive uplifting energy supporting everyone involved in Lolland International School in the years to come. Parents, students, staff and the many citizens and organisations taking an interest in the school are all vital in co-creating a vibrant community for the benefit of Lolland and the region as a whole.

Thomas Mulhern Knudsen, Educational Consultant, CEO of Globally Local

Why Lolland?

When I was first contacted by Lolland Municipality about the idea of creating an international school, I was intrigued.  I was not familiar with the area and only read less than flattering media portrayals of the area in general. However, the more I learned about the area, the people that live and work there and their drive to truly re-define the narrative, the more my appreciation for the area and especially the people has become.  It takes courage to change and create a new story and Lolland municipality investing in Denmark´s first international public school and a bilingual model at that, they have shown that they are willing to go all in to bring about sustainable change. And I truly believe they will achieve their strategic goals and succeed.

How to make your mark?

I am lucky to work with a talented team at Globally Local, who are experts within internationalisation in education here in Denmark.  For my team and I, it is about supporting the talented team inside the municipality and adding as much value as possible to the international school project.  Denmark has been very good to me and my family and I feel grateful to be in a position to be able to use the specialised knowledge I have attained over the years for the benefit of the area and of this country I now call home.