"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

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.

Annelies Derkinderen

My name is Annelies Derkinderen and I am excited to be teaching the Group 2B class here at AIS alongside Ms. Erin and Ms. Verónica!

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.

Verónica Leal Márquez

Hi everyone! My name is Verónica Leal and I come from sunny Barcelona. I have been living in the Netherlands for the past seven years and I couldn´t like it more!

I enjoy dancing and traveling. I have already had the opportunity to visit quite a few places all around the world.

I believe all children are talented and I am passionate about learning and understand the responsibility we have to educate our international students.

This year I will be in group 2 with Ms. Erin and Ms. Annelies. I am looking forward to seeing you soon!