Learning does not occur when we teach. Learning happens when we explore.

Sarah O’Connor-Townshend

I am from a rural town in New Zealand. My husband Cameron and I recently moved to the Netherlands and have been loving it. Back home, I have taught in both Kindergarten and Primary School Education, in rural and urban settings.

I am passionate about education and feel honored to provide students with a positive, solid foundation for their learning.

I enjoy being on the farm, exploring new places, meeting new people, spending time with my friends and family.

Ana Blanxer

Hello, my name is Ana, and I hail from the sunny south of Spain. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in Spain, France, and the Netherlands, where I have continued to grow professionally over the past decade. Education is my true passion, and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the AIS family.

My goal is to contribute to the creation of a harmonious atmosphere where each child ´ s unique qualities and true essence can flourish, be nurtured, and celebrated. I believe in providing an environment that fosters growth and learning, empowering children to reach their fullest potential.

During my free time, I find joy in dancing, storytelling, gardening, and connecting with others. I find great inspiration in the power of collaborative learning and the magic that happens when we all come together to learn from one another.

Dafina Kabashi

My name is Dafina Kabashi. I am from Prishtina, the bustling capital city of Kosovo. I have been living in the Netherlands since 2022. I graduated from the University of Prishtina in Primary Education. I have previously worked for an IB school and the International School of Prishtina, which have been instrumental for me to learn from different educational cultures.

I aim to utilize my dedication to children´s educational needs and development to encourage creativity and higher-order thinking in a way that increases student performance.

In my spare time I enjoy running, travelling, doing watersports and meeting friends. Teaching is my passion and it is a true privilege to exercise this for and on behalf of the AIS community.