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

Jelena Sitar

I am Jelena, the group 5B teacher at Amstelland International School.

I was born in Benghazi, Libya to Serbo-Croatian parents in 1989, and raised in Koprivnica, a small Croatian town.

I completed a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and continued my education as a primary teacher in English and Math at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. I lived in Trondheim between 2014 and 2021 where I worked as grade 5 and 6 PYP teacher in an IB world school.

I have a burning passion for inquiry learning and I am most pleased with myself when my students are dissapointed to hear the bell that marks the end of the school day.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my dog, hiking, reading, knitting and skiing.

I love teaching and I truly believe that a happy child will be a successful child. My goal is to create an environment in which my students can be and love themselves and learn to appreciate and love others for the same reasons.

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.