Our team

We are a diverse group of teaching professionals with different educational backgrounds. During your stay, these are the people you will meet the most.

Maria Lindahl Strøm

Projektleder Maria Lindahl Strøm

Maria Lindahl Strøm, project manager, Grænseforeningen

Since living in a foreign country as a child with different languages, religion, and culture from her own, Maria has been intrigued by understanding diverse cultural traditions and people. This has led to a master’s degree in the History of Religion, Social Science and Music which is Maria's other passion playing the Cello and singing, preferably together with others.

Working with civil society actors through many years Maria is looking very much forward to the realization of the Minority Changemaker Programme at Jaruplund Højskole. She has experience in teaching from Løgumkloster Højskole and other schools.

Maria, who was employed in Grænseforeningen prior to becoming the project manager of the Minority Changemaker Programme, continues the fine work of Jens Horstmann who has assumed a new position, establishing the new Gram Højskole.

Karsten Dressø

Karsten Dressø, principal at Jaruplund Højskole

Karsten is a positive structured changemaker who has a background in Lego and the military which he has used to think in thriving development and teams. After some years working for Lego and at different Folk High School he took over the position as principal of Jaruplund Højskole in 2014.


Jeppe Kirkegaard, teacher at Jaruplund Højskole

Jeppe has a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Southern Denmark, where his main fields of study are existentialism and political philosophy; he has since worked at The Danish Parliament and different folk schools in Denmark and now in Germany. 

He has a huge passion for creative subjects, and spends a good amount of his free time playing music, painting and designing board games. He loves to travel, has visited most of Europe and has previously lived and worked in Sydney, Australia. 

Jens Hortsmann

Jens Horstmann, teacher at Jaruplund Højskole

Jens is a Master of Laws (LL.M) and has taught extensively at both Danish højskoler as well as universities in Denmark and the USA. He has worked for more than a decade as a full-time teacher at a højskole, has briefly been headmaster at another one and has been part of the Minority Changemakers Programme since 2019.

He primarily teaches classes where he can confuse and bewilder the students and enjoys more than anything when his students continue the debate after class. If there is a chance to make conversations about food relevant in the classroom, he will jump at it. As it turns out there almost always is.


Rigmor Eybye, teacher at Jaruplund Højskole

Rigmor has worked at Jaruplund Højskole since 1998, and knows the school in and out. She has a master’s degree in music and Italian at Aarhus University. She is a very skilled piano player and has a huge passion for opera, whether it is Mozart’s Don Giovanni or contemporary music pieces.  

She loves traveling, has been on a roadtrip all the way around Australias coastline, and is about to go to India for two months. 


Ole Præstkær Jørgensen, teacher at Jaruplund Højskole

Ole is educated at The Aarhus Academy of Fine Arts. Having worked at Jaruplund Højskole since 2003 and previously at other folk schools in Denmark, he has a solid amount of experience in teaching as well as a solid expertise in fine arts artisanship. He is ambitious and passionate about his work, and can tell you all about drawing techniques, painting, sculpting and art history.

Furthermore, one of his major interests is motorcycles, namely Harley Davidson motorcycles. So if you’re interested in art or brake horsepower he’s your go to go person on the school.


Martin Klatt, associate professor at University of Southern Denmark

Martin has been studying the Danish-German border region and its minorities for quite a while. He is intrigued by nationalism and its origins, and how the concept of national minorities evolved as a model to contain and separate cultural diversity. As a historian he has extensive experience with being a kind of Sherlock Holmes in the Research Archives in Flensburg.

Since 2001 he has been an Associate Professor at the Institute for Border Region Studies at University of Southern Denmark. Martin is crazy about biking, he is such a strong believer in bicycles to be the ultimate solution to traffic congestion that he quite often uses it to overcome the 40 kilometers between his home and the university.