“A lot of scientific evidence suggests that the difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is not the brains they were born with, but their approach to life, the messages they receive about their potential, and the opportunities they have to learn.” - Jo Boaler

Jelena Sitar

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.