I am Jelena, the group 7A 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 disappointed 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. Recently, I’ve picked up the acoustic guitar. Although I sound terrible, I enjoy learning new things so I will continue to annoy my neighbors until I can hopefully play something they can enjoy.
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.