Emily Kajsa Pyenson is the dean of Sjölunden. Kajsa was a Swedish villager and has been a staff member since 2000. Most recently, she has been assistant dean and has been involved in curriculum development and grant applications to support Sjölunden.
Kajsa earned her B.A. (interdisciplinary studies in globalization and development) from Emory University. Her master’s degree (cultural identity studies, focusing on bilingual youth) is from University of St Andrews in Scotland, supported by a scholarship that is one of Emory’s highest honors. She also has a teaching credential, including ESL authorization, earned at St Mary’s College of California.
In addition to teaching in California, Kajsa served as volunteer coordinator for the Olympic and Paralympic Assistant Program, recruiting and training volunteer assistants for each team competing in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She currently lives with her family in the Washington, DC area.