The team at Amstelland International School reflects the rich cultural diversity of the school, a start-up team of eight professionals with more than 7 nationalities collectively.
- Group 0 – Ms Sarah
- Group 1A – Ms Evgenia and Mr Craig
- Group 2A – Ms Annelies and Ms Yolanta
- Group 2B – Ms Giovanna & Ms Yolanta
- Gr 3A – Mrs Jalene
- Group 4A – Mr Duke
- Group 5/6/7 – Ms Lena
- Gym – Mr Gaby and Mr Craig
- English Language Acquisition & library – Ms Griselda
- Dutch – Ms Graciela
- Admissions officer – Mrs Berty
- Directors assistant – Ms Hayley
- Director – Ms Jacquelene
Group 0A – Ms Sarah
Group 1A – Ms Evegina & Mr Craig
Group 2A – Annelies & Yolanta
"Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on the Earth, for what they believe they will become." Brook Hampton. My name is Annelies Derkinderen and I am originally from Ottawa, Canada. I began my teaching career in 2007 as an English Foreign Language Teacher. I then received my Bachelor of Education in 2010 in primary and junior with a specialization in Special Education.I aim to create a classroom culture where diversity and change is welcomed, and that knowing one’s own character is essential to knowing how one learns best. I have a passion for travelling, yoga, downhill skiing, the outdoors, cooking and being with friends and family.
My name is Yolanta Nalmpanti, and I am the teaching assistant of group 1. I am from Greece and I lived in the Netherlands for five years. I graduated from the University of Crete in the field of Byzantine and Modern Greek philology. This will be my fifth year as a teaching assistant and the eighth as an educator. During my free time I enjoy walking my dogs, swimming and reading. I believe that my task as a teaching assistant is to facilitate the development of every child to their full potential. I believe that all children are unique and have something special that can contribute to their own learning process.
Group 2B Ms Giovanna & Ms Yolanta
My name is Giovanna, I am originally from Piacenza, a small town in Northern Italy but I have lived in the UK for the last four years and I have moved to the Netherlands in September. I have more than15 years of experience in different educational settings (from nurseries to high school) and specialized in primary education. I believe children learn the best if their curiosity is stimulated and if learning is presented in a fun and creative way. I strive to create a stimulating environment where children can grow, learn and feel safe to share their ideas and take risks. I strongly believe children are active participants in their education, I believe in student voice and making real life connections to learning.
When I am not at school I love to read, cook (Italian dishes, of course), take landscape pictures and I also enjoy travelling around the world.
Group 3 Ms Jalene
The art of teaching is the art of assisting discover. – Mark van Doren.
Hello, my name is Jalene Levisohn, my belief is that teaching is a process of learning involving the whole school community. My teaching journey started in South Africa where I obtained a degree in Education through The University of South Africa and majored in English and Psychology. After working at various schools, starting a family with my dear husband and after my second born child, I decided to build a Pre-School. I wanted to share my philosophy of teaching with early year students. I feel passionate about the fact that the beginning years (zero to seven years) are vital foundations for the rest of a student's educational career. Fervently looking for new ways to create a learning center and implementing a holistic environment. My emphasis in teaching is to provide an environment or platform for young people to grow and understand that they are capable of more than they believe, building self-awareness. Young children are capable of so much, it is my job to guide and nurture that capability. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, bike riding, painting, and singing.
Hello, my name is Duke Moyo. I am the Group 4A teacher at Amstelland International School. I am originally from Zimbabwe but I was fortunate enough to study my Bachelor’s degree in South Africa. I have been involved in teaching since 2014 and I am very happy to continue this passion and journey at AIS. It is such a joy to join a team that shares and practice what I have learnt to be the core fundamentals of education in the 21st Century. Along with education studies, I have also obtained a diploma in I.T and software programming. I have been in the Netherlands for 1 year now. I enjoy learning and discovery different cultures and views. I also enjoy doing water sports and time in nature. My goal at AIS is to create a safe learning environment were learners come to be nurtured and given a chance to grow confidence to have success and progress, in and outside the school environment.
Group 5-7A Lena
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” -Benjamin Franklin. Hello, my name is Lena Browne and I am the Group 4-7 teacher at Amstelland International School. I am blessed and excited to be a part of such a great school that shares my love of learning and educating. I began my teaching career in 2010. I am originally from the beautiful island of St. Maarten but have lived in Holland for the past 3 years. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, cooking and singing. I also love to travel to see new places. My passion for education dates far back from running summer programs at my church to being a dance/vocal coach and now teaching. I studied Music Education at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and I also received my Bachelors' degree from the University of St.Martin in the areas of Elementary Education and Special Education. I strive to provide and safe and nurturing environment where each student can have the opportunity to experience success and progress. It is my goal to help encourage my students to look beyond the four walls of the classroom and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery
English Language Acquisition & Library – Griselda
I am Spanish and Argentinean, I started my professional teaching career 27 years ago as an EAL Teacher in primary school. I speak English, Spanish, bit of Italian. In my free time I like swimming indoors and cycling along the Dutch green paths, being in contact with nature and also enjoying a warm cup of tea while reading a book. This school year I have decided to join a wonderful team to start up a new primary international school in Amstelveen, Amstelland International School.
Gym – Gaby
Dutch – Ms Graciela