Education has been my passion for more than 20 years. I have worked alongside children and educators in schools in Rotterdam, Shanghai, Singapore and Switzerland. Since 2000, I have taken on various positions in schools, combining teaching with leadership responsibilities. I used to work at the Canadian International School (Singapore) where I was part of the team that took the school to IB authorization in 2005. I have been an IB workshop leader since 2005, sharing my passion for young children with educators in IB schools. As a PYP visiting team member, I tremendously enjoy supporting schools with the implementation of the IB PYP framework.
I joined EtonHouse International Pre-School in August 2007, drawn to the school for its vision to establish early childhood education centered on young children’s competencies in making meaning and building relationships. At EtonHouse, I combined teaching with the responsibilities of the PYP coordinator. In June 2008, I became the Director of this school.
In August 2011, I moved back to Europe and took on the responsibility of Assistant Principal at the International School of Zug and Luzern. At ISZL, I supported the development of a new vision for the teaching and learning in the early years. This direction places a strong emphasis on relationships, play, learning environments (both inside and outside) and on making teaching and learning visible to others.
A recent move back to the Netherlands has given me the opportunity to work with the PYP development team at the IB regional office in The Hague. I still work for the IB as a workshop leader and workshop developer and collaborate with schools as an independent educational consultant.