Meet the Teachers

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. The Teacher Council of Richmond Vale Academy is part of the community and at the center of running the school shoulder to shoulder with all participants in the programs.

stinaStina 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, Caribbean and USA. In 2007, Stina Herberg took the position as headmaster at Richmond Vale Academy. Follow Stina on Twitter @StinaHerberg and Facebook.

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 at RVA and has been a team leader for Fighting with the Poor teams. 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 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.

Thomas Thomas Mors Erichsen is from Denmark. He studied and worked in Denmark before joining The Fighting with The Poor Program at Richmond Vale Academy. Thomas worked with Humana People to People in Belize and joined the teachers council in 2016. Thomas works as a teacher for the Climate Compliance Conference Program.

Luke Punnett Permaculture
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 since then increased many times. Luke teaches classes about organic farming, pest control, seed development, compost systems and sustainable living.


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.

Gustavo Noles is from Venezuela. He graduated as an Electronic Engineer and joined to the first Climate Activist Program in 2012. After finishing the program he participated in the Promotion team. In 2016, after 2 years of working as an engineer, he joined the RVA Promotion team.

Tjasa ZupancTjaša Zupanc is from Slovenia. She completed the Fighting with The Poor Program in August 2012. After that she was a manager at Richmond Vale Nature and Hiking Center. In 2013 she returned back to her country to finish the University. Now she is a political scientist who is working in the community in her home town. In 2016 she joined the RVA Promotion Team.

Meet the Teachers