The programs at Richmond Vale Academy demand out-of-the ordinary teachers and staff. The teachers at Richmond Vale Academy have as their biggest passion to create a life changing and high quality programs, teaching and training people to fight Global Warming and Global Poverty.
Stina Herberg is the academy’s headmaster. She is both Vincentian and Norwegian National. For the past 25 years she has worked with education, enviroment and development projects in Angola, Mozambique, Denmark, Norway and USA. In 2007, Stina Herberg took the position as headmaster at Richmond Vale Academy. Follow Stina on Twitter @StinaHerberg and Facebook. E-mail:
Mahsa Boorboor is from Iran. She completed the Fighting with The Poor Program in April 2014. Mahsa holds a BA in Design and Theatre and she has worked in Belize with Humana People to People. In June 2015, Mahsa joined the teachers council. E-mail:
Selwyn Patterson is from Rose Hall. He was working with the ministry of agriculture as an extension officer, then later as a prison officer and also with the CWSA Central Water and Sewerage Authority. Selwin is the chair person for the Rose Hall Cultural and Development Organization and the Rose Hall drummers. Selwin is a long term community activist and started to work at Richmond Vale Academy in August 2011. E-mail:
David Kerkhofs is from Belgium. He spent the first few years of his life in Rwanda and after finishing University in Belgium, he decided it was time to go back to Africa. After having followed the DRH program in Denmark, he spent 6 months in Humana People to People Children's Town in Maputo, Mozambique. After returning shortly to Europe, he started working as a Project Leader in the new Teacher Training College in DR Congo before coming to RVA in March 2012. E-mail:
Else Marie Pedersen is Danish. She went to Africa with the Travelling Folk High School in Juelsminde. Before that she studied and travelled all over the world. She has visited over 10 countries in Africa and been to several Humana People to People projects. She worked at One World Center in the United States for 12 years promoting and recruiting students. In June 2014 she joined RVA. Email:
Luke Punnett is from Vermont, Saint Vincent and he is the Permaculture teacher. Luke started to work at the Academy in June 2014 and the organic food production has increased many times.
Furthermore we invite guest teachers from St. Vincent and abroad
Lucia Ellis, Garifuna Activist, Numasa Wellness Resource Center
Joel Poyer, Supervisor, Forestry Division.
Dan Richards, Agricultural Officer, Ministry of Agriculture
Clem Derrick, Chairman North Leeward Tourism Association
Mrs. Allison Kaye McAllister
Lecturer University of Guyana Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.
Gullan from Cumberland, Artist, Paint on Boley
James Lovell, Artist and Educator, Garifuna Activist.