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My background

I am an American and Norwegian citizen. I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and lived in the USA six years before my parents moved back to Norway. I currently live in Bærum outside Oslo. I'm married and have 2 grown children. I love hiking,  running, swimming and skiing in the winter. Most relaxing weekends are spent at our cabin in the woods, Krogskogen, or at the coast, Kirkøy Hvaler. My favorite vacation place abroad is Corsica. 


Aug 2006Nov 2010

Master in school leadership

University of Oslo

Wrote my master thesis "Better exam results : how students and school leadership learn when introducing new technology such as OneNote in school" 

The Master Programme in Educational Leadership qualifies for leadership and development positions in both the educational sector and other areas in the public and private sectors. The Master Programme is taught in Norwegian and covers 120 ECTS, equivalent to two years full time study. Upon completion of the Master Programme the candidate should have developed knowledge, skills and general competency as a basis for leadership tasks and for further studies:

The candidate Understands central terms and theories within the area of educational leadership has good insight into scientific thinking and methodology
contemplates how educational systems are governed and regulated, and how leadership is executed in the interplay between local, national and international contexts

The candidate can utilize theory and research as a basis for professional leadership in learning organizations can conduct an independent, limited research project according to subject related, methodological and ethical guidelines can apply theory and research in analysis of practical problems, thus enabling problem solving can justify subject related choices based on research, and communicate such choices written and orally can make judgments on quality and efficiency in the educational sector
can contribute to development of the educational sector in light of experience and boundaries

The candidate can use knowledge and professional ways of expression in their communication with other actors in the field of education
demonstrates a critical and inquisitive approach to knowledge and practice in the field of education can demonstrate ethical judgment when facing subject related and practical problems can contribute constructively and critically to developmental and transformational projects

Thesis: Authors: Michaelsen, Ann S. & Tone Cecilie Mohr Tittel: Better exam results Undertittel: how students and school leadership learn when introducing new technology such as OneNote in school Publisert år: 2010 Dokumenttype: Masteroppgave Språk: Engelsk BIBSYS: BIBSYS Veileder(e): Trond Eiliv Hauge Permanent lenke:


7.5 studypoints

Digital leader NTNU

Netbased workshops and seminar, written paper as exam


Bachelor in English studies

University of Oslo

Attended The University of Oslo's first  online Bachelor program in English studies . All the instruction were online, no meetings with the faculty. The examination was held at the University of Oslo.


Bachelor degree

Buskerud University College

College for teacher training in economical and technical subjects. Equivalent of a bachelor degree

Work History

May 2006Present

Pedagogical development leader

Sandvika vgs

Responsible for educational development at Sandvika high school. In 2016 we won the prize for the most innovative school in Norway. We have been working actively with the educational use of technology since the school was established in 2006. The school started with laptops for all the students before this became the norm for all high schools in Norway. We were pioneers in Norway in the use of computers and teaching without textbooks. We established a national network  called "Del og Bruk" and worked systematically to encourage a culture of sharing at our school. I have also worked actively with external partners and have on several occasions been invited to contribute at conferences organised by among others the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education and Education Directorate of Norway.  Responsible Project Manager at our annual Sandvika conference  for 10 years with many famous international keynote speakers.  Was primarily responsible for Sandvika's participation in " Microsoft Innovative School Program" in Brazil in 2009 , and invited back to host a workshop at Microsoft's event in South Africa 2010. Initiated the Norwegian participation in Connected educators month in 2014. See more info here:


Member of the exam comitee

The Norwegian education directorate

Member working with national English exams at the highest level in high school in Norway. Was asked to join as an expert on using the internet during exams.


Conferences and workshops

Was nominated for an award at the IPN "The International Partnership Network" award ceremony in Houston this October.  The project involved working with a school in Long Island USA, and facilitating the writing a book with iBook Author a collaborative project with 32 students. Will be speaking at the OEB conference in Berin in December this year. Of previous commitments, i can mention that I was invited by Bergeland high school to lecture at a conference in Cape Town in 2014 in connection with a partnership they have with a university there. Was invited to Sydney Australia the same year and participated at The international conference "Flat connections" with Julie Lindsay. Have on several occasions spoken in the United States including the ISTE Conference in San Diego and Philadelphia and TCEA in Texas. Spoken at the Norwegian ICT conference  NKUL, in 2013 and 2016, both times with 2 students. Represented Norway for Microsoft in Barcelona in 2014 and was invited by the Ministry of Education to attend an international conference in Berlin in 2016. I have written the book "Connected Learners" with first-year students in 2013. I was featured on the BBC website "technology" after speaking at BETT London and have been interviewed on BBC Click, BBC World and BBC News. I was a member of the expert panel Horizon report - Norway, Scandinavia and Europe and have lectured at the Oslo Police Academy several times. I regularly lecture at the University of Oslo for students of pedagogy this year for first-year students in September.  See my website for presentations this year.


Special advisor

Akershus County

Was encouraged to work as an advisor in the central administration to guide the work of selecting a learning management platform for Akershus County and later lead the implementation in the county's 34 schools. Responsible for the training of teachers and administrators . Held various courses in the use of its'learning , also in the Norwegian school in Moscow. Led and held courses and seminars for teachers in Akershus County . Also arranged several  study trips to Canada in collaborative learning for teachers. Was responsible for the education programs provided in Akershus county with distribution of classes at schools in Akershus. Gained valuable knowledge of  how the the county is organized and the different political levels. The position there supplied a contact net with other consultants in similar positions in other counties in Norway .


Teacher, head teacher and leader of teachers' union

Bleiker vgs

Started out as a teacher of English and computer software at Bleiker in 1993 during the introduction of the Norwegian school reform called  "Reform 942. Taught in English and all Microsoft Office products for ICT operations . Was the main teacher for general studies and school representative in Education Association, "Utdanningsforbundet".


Training consultant


Was hired to develop a training center in Oslo, where our own employees and clients  were trained . Classes were held during the day and evenings. Courses in Microsoft Office programs and other word processing programs including on dedicated word processing machines.

Jun 1986Nov 1987

Training consultant

Norsk AS Philips

Worked as a training consultant in Norwegian AS Philips responsible for PC and Microsoft Office products. Courses were held on the premises of Ryen .


I am the board of director for the  organization NORWAY LESOTHO CONNECTING FUTURE LEADERS. The aim of the organization is to link young people in these two continents and encourage cooperation and a common learning platform. We have with the help of funds from Sandvika vgs' own  "Lesotho day's work" managed to raise money for two new school buildings for pupils attending the primary school in Maseru. We are also currently helping around 50 students with scholarships to attend high school. As a participant in Microsoft's international conference in Salvador Brazil I came in contact with Moliehi Sekese of Lesotho who won the award for best teacher at the conference. We developed a friendship which has since evolved into a humanitarian commitment for the whole school. I have traveled three times with students to Lesotho and our student council has now taken over responsibility for the project. More info about the project : 


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