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

Annelies Derkinderen

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

I have been teaching for the past 15 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 though 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.

Erin Stanfill

Hello! I am delighted to be part of the AIS community. I have been teaching for the past 16 years and working with children across the early childhood grades. I am an advocate of inquiry-based learning, and I love to learn alongside children as they investigate their world by asking questions, exploring, and making sense of their experiences.  

My goal is for children to feel welcome and valued as part of our classroom and school community. 

I am originally from Chicago, Illinois in the United States. I have a master’s degree and National Board certification in Early Childhood Education. I love to spend time reading, cooking, playing games, and going on adventures with my family.