Meet our staff

Ms Monica Haag Gunnars – Principal

This is our Principal Ms Monica Haag Gunnars. She is an experienced school leader and began her professional life as a school counsellor and has since had various roles within the education sector. Ms Haag Gunnars likes Nordic International School’s concept with a focus on knowledge progression and the international profile. She also believes that the clarity of rules and consequences contribute to a successful school. Ms Haag Gunnars has a bachelor’s degree in behavioural science, a Master in Educational management and has completed the principal’s program.

Languages: Swedish and English

Ms Nini Zhang – Teacher

This is our teacher Ms Nini Zhang. Ms Zhang is a certified teacher who holds a degree from the Chinese Department of Heze University, majoring in Chinese language and literature and a degree of Bachelor of Science in Education at Stockholm University, majoring in The Importance of Language when Learning Mathematics. She was born and raised in China and has worked in the education field as a teacher for years. She has two years’ experience working in the British school of Beijing and six years’ experience teaching international students. Ms Zhang is passionate about inspiring students to develop a lifelong love of learning and achieve their goals.

Languages: English, Chinese, Swedish and German

Mr Rahul Rodricks – Teacher

This is our teacher Mr Rahul Rodricks. Mr Rodricks was born in Mumbai, India and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. He moved to Stockholm last July and relishes the long summer days. Mr Rodricks has a thirst for knowledge and has completed his Bachelor’s of Education, Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language, and his Master’s in Professional Studies. His new challenge is to learn Svenska, the ukulele and how to snowboard. Mr Rodricks has lived and worked in 6 different countries and is an example of what we train our students to be; a global citizen.

Languages: English

Mr Jonas Gehlin – Teacher

This is our teacher Mr Jonas Gehlin. He lives in Stockholm, where he was born and raised. He is a certified teacher in Social Studies and Swedish, and holds teaching degrees from Uppsala University and Karlstad University. He has been devoted to the international educational approach, working at international schools throughout his career. First as a teacher and as a school manager at Internationella Engelska Skolan for eleven years, and for the last five years as a teacher at Europaskolan. During this time, he reached level three within the International Baccalaureate training program for teaching staff.

Languages: Swedish and English

Dr Edward Still – Teacher

Dr Edward Still lives in Kungsholmen and is a PGCE certified teacher who holds a first-class Batchelor’s degree in French and Latin from University College London and a Master’s and PhD in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Oxford. Dr Still’s PhD thesis centered on the representation of women in francophone Algerian literature and his PGCE dissertation considers effective techniques for teaching listening comprehension. Having taught French at the University of Surrey and the University of Birmingham, Dr Still has spent the last three years teaching Modern Languages and Latin at Hurstpierpoint College in England. Dr Still was born and raised in England, but has also taught English at the Université d’Haute-Alsace in Mulhouse France and spent a year in Paris at a pensionnaire at the École Normale Supérieure.

Languages: English, French, Spanish and Latin

Ms Diana Savina – Teacher

Ms Diana Savina is a certified teacher who aspires to bring the surrounding world into the classroom – and to pass on interest in what is happening around us and why. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in secondary education from Stockholm University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and a Master’s Degree in Political Science. She has taught Social sciences at Grimstaskolan (Upplands Väsby) and prior to that, she worked with journalism in various roles. Her international interest has led to both photographic projects in different countries and an internship at the Embassy of Sweden in Moldova. She instructs our students in Social Studies subjects at Nordic Essingen.

Languages: Swedish, English, French (limited) and Russian (limited).

Mr Simon Chamoun – Teacher 

This is our teacher Mr Simon Chamoun. He is a certified teacher who grew up and lives in Örebro. Mr Chamoun studied at Örebro University, where he holds his degrees in the subjects mathematics, science, Swedish, English and pedagogy. He has previously worked at Hagaskolan in Örebro where he taught Swedish and English. Mr Chamoun teaches Science and Maths at our school.

Languages: English, Swedish, Syrian

Ms Angelica Jansson – School administrator 

This is our school administrator Ms Angelica Jansson. She lives in Stockholm, where she is born and raised. Ms Jansson is a certified school-and-teaching assistant and holds a degree from secondary education in economics. She has mostly worked within B2B sales as an Account Manager. Ms Jansson is came with two years’ work experience from Grimstaskolan as a teaching assistant among a number of positions of trust at the school.

Languages: Swedish, English

Mr Gary Thornton – Counselor and Special educator

This is our Counselor and Special educator Mr Gary Thornton. He lives in Enskede and is a certified teacher holding a Bachelor of Education degree from Stockholm/Linköping University, Sweden. He is originally from London, England and has been living in Stockholm since 1997. Since then, he has gained vast experience by working in a multitude of educational roles within the Swedish, International and Bi-lingual (English/Swedish) school sytems. The last 7 years has been focused on students’ Special Educational Needs and social well-being. Ensuring that each student’s abilities are recognized, a safe and comfortable environment is maintained at school and that all students receive the best possible education according to their individual needs is of the upmost importance.

Languages: English, Swedish

Ms Nikisha Diaz – Teacher

This is Ms Nikisha Diaz, born and raised in Stockholm and is a certified middle school teacher. She studied and obtained her degree at Stockholm University and teaches middle school core subjects as well as social studies and science studies. She has previously worked as a substitute teacher and is really looking forward to being a teacher at Nordic International School Essingen where she can encourage and promote students’ learning.

Languages: Swedish and English