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.
From left to right: Jacquelene Da Silva (Director), Berty Menke (Coordinator Central Information Office), Wendy van Vliet (Founding Head), Cherish Yap (Classroom Teacher), Griselda Orozco Cardoso (Classroom Teacher), Sabine Brouwn (Administrative Support), Yolanta Nalmpanti (Teaching Assistant) and Lena Browne (Classroom Teacher).
Group 1 – Bea & Yolanta
My name is Ms. Bea. Being a teacher is both exciting and rewarding at the same time. I love teaching young children; they are all so different and interesting. Teaching is a passion and not just a job. Being a teacher has taken me on various adventures throughout the world. I have taught in several states in America, South Africa, Germany and now in the Netherlands. I have also specialised in Special Education.
My goal is to help each student learn by whatever method he or she learns best. I would love to instil a desire to learn, I also want children to become excited about learning. I am looking forward to a long and exciting journey with Amstelland International School.
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 2/3 Cherish & Griselda
Cherish Yap is from Canada and a graduate from York University in Toronto. Cherish graduated with a Bachelors of Education in the primary and junior divisions as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a focus on child and developmental psychology. She also has additional qualifications in teaching English as an additional language and music education. She has been working in education for over 16 years at schools in Canada, Malaysia, Honduras, South Korea and China before coming to the Netherlands. Cherish is passionate about music, the environment, dance, social justice, and global citizenship. Cherish is very excited to be part of the founding team at Amstelland International School!
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.
Group 4-7 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