Celebrate diversity, inspire creativity, be empathetic and always stay true to who you are.

Elisha Pillay

I am originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. I have obtained a degree in Education through The University of South Africa and majored in English, Biology and Psychology.

My belief is that education is a vital tool that can teach children the fundamental skills necessary to live successful lives as a critical thinker, confident and informed citizens of their community.

It is my duty and mission to instill a love of life-long learning and ensure that my students are capable of thriving in today’s world.

I want my students to know they have someone who believes in them and can do anything they set their minds to irrespective of where they come from.

Annelies Derkinderen

My name is Annelies Derkinderen and I am excited to be teaching the Group 0 class here at AIS alongside Ms. Elisha and Ms. Ivy!

I have been teaching for the past 16 years with children ages 4-12 and in a variety of special education programs. Before arriving in the Netherlands in 2019, I taught in Ottawa, Canada.

My aim is to create a safe learning environment where all learners can develop their skills to advocate for themselves on the different ways that they learn best.

My goal is to guide children ´ s natural sense of curiosity through inquiry-based learning and develop values such as tolerance for difference.

I aim to create a classroom climate where diversity and change are welcomed, and that knowing one’s own character is essential to becoming good citizens of the world.

I am originally from Canada with Dutch roots. I moved to the Netherlands in 2019 to live with my partner. Aside from teaching, I enjoy practicing yoga, traveling, downhill skiing, cooking and spending time outdoors in nature.

Ivy Yu

I am a teaching assistant for Group 0. This is my twelfth year of being an educator.

I am originally the Philippines, and I have worked in international schools in Asia and the Netherlands. I came to the Netherlands eight years ago to do a master’s in Child Development and Education because I am passionate about the Early Years.

I advocate for student voice, and I believe that young minds are far more capable of higher-order thinking when given agency of their learning.

In my free time, I like to read fiction, enjoy food, and travel.