Admissions

Carina van der Vossen-Bijker

Teacher Year 2

Born and raised in Pretoria, South African Carina obtained her Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Pretoria with main subjects in English, Biology and Afrikaans. After her final practicum in Australia, she taught at the John Calvin School in Albany for two years. After having been back in South Africa, she went travelling through Europe with friends and decided to stay and work in The Netherlands. Carina now enjoys the International School Twente classroom filled with a diversity of cultures. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking and mountain biking.

Corinne Boswinkel-Matebge

Teacher Year 3/4, Arts and Culture coordinator

Corinne obtained her Bachelor of Education with distinction for 2 of 4 teaching practices from the University of South Africa, Pretoria, Intermediate and Senior Phase with Educational Themes and Professional studies as major subjects. Subsequently, she obtained a Certificate in World History with a focus on Africa (pre-colonial era). While teaching at Petra Primary school in Zimbabwe, Corinne became aware of her passion for Special Educational Needs (SEN). Corinne has been teaching at IST in different classes including English as Another Language (EAL) and Special Educational Needs (SEN) since 2010. Her hobbies are fashion designing and fabric painting.

Danielle Overweg-van Haarst

Teacher Year 2

Danielle studied at Hoge School Edith Stein, Hengelo from 1998-2000, but emigrated to Canada, graduating from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in 2005 with a combined B.A -B.Ed. degree. Danielle taught Grade 3 at the Immanuel Christian Elementary school in Alberta for several years. She moved back to The Netherlands and has been at ISTwente since 2009 teaching in Reception, Years 1/2 and Years 2 and 3. Teaching at International School Twente combines the best of two worlds since her family still lives in Canada. She enjoys doing fun things with her three children and husband, forest walks, swimming, camping and travelling.

Fadila DZambic

Reception/Year 1

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Education, and a minor in Special Education from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania, Fadila spent four and a half years working with special needs children as a service coordinator ensuring they were getting proper services and care. Working with special needs children was both rewarding and challenging at the same time.
After moving across the Atlantic to The Netherlands, Fadila has begun her studies for her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with anticipation on completing it May 2021. Fadila was a part of the IST community as a volunteer for two years with various responsibilities, prior to becoming the Reception/ Year 1 teacher. She is very excited and eager to learn more about students, families, and the IST community.

Jason Wilson

Principal

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from York University in Canada, Jason spent two years working in the residence of an international boarding school, counselling and tutoring students from all over the world. Despite his work with older students, he felt drawn to working with the school’s primary students, and returned to York to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. After working in the Canadian public education system for two years, he was (and still is) very excited to be teaching in Enschede. He has a passion for Mathematics and games of all kinds, as well as Technology and Drama.

Martin van Hooijdonk

Teacher Year 5/6

Martin was born in New Zealand and began his working life in the horticultural field where he ended up growing fruit for export markets. After working with so many travelers he caught the travel bug and spent three years traveling before returning to New Zealand to complete his Bachelor of Education in 2006.

Martin has spent his teaching career traveling and working between New Zealand and The Netherlands, and immigrated to The Netherlands in 2016. He has taught groups 3 to 6 over the years at ISTwente and is currently teaching in IST D (Year 5/6). Martin is interested in the environment and sustainability and in his free time he enjoys reading and collecting music.

Milou Pasveer

Specialist Teacher - Music

Milou obtained her Bachelor of Music in Education at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede, and focused on students with special needs in her final year. Her major is singing, but she also plays guitar, ukulele and piano. Milou has been teaching music at ISTwente Primary since 2015 and teaches twice a week. Singing is the starting point of her lessons, during which she focuses on composition, performance, listening and appreciation skills. Milou has always been interested in other cultures and loves to teach the students at ISTwente who are from different parts of the world. Besides music, she loves playing board games, crafting, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Neetu Gadoo

Front Desk

Neetu was born and raised in India. She obtained her professional Teaching degree (B.Ed) in her native country and completed her academic qualification from GBN school as well.

As a student, Neetu actively participated in co-curriculum activities, and won Gold and Bronze medals in different dance competitions. She worked as a primary teacher at Nav Gyandeep School in India from 2014 to 2016, where she became associated with NGO which educates children from slum areas.

She immigrated to the Netherlands in 2016 in light of her husband’s work. Neetu is substitute teacher at ISTwente and enjoys the diversity and equality at the school, as well as learning about new cultures. Neetu’s motto is to “Believe in yourself and never neglect an opportunity for improvement or to learn new things”.

Nicole von Hollen

Reception/Year 1

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, raised in Ontario, Canada, with some German flair thrown in, Nicolé seemed to be destined to work abroad. After obtaining her Bachelor of Life Sciences from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, she realized she wanted to be a teacher. Nicolé then graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Intermediate Education. After work experiences with children aged 10 – 19, she headed back to Ottawa University to obtain her Primary Education Certificate. Nicolé takes full advantage of her time in The Netherlands to travel. She also enjoys bike riding, and crafting.

Robin Haigh

EAL Teacher

Robin began her career in 2005 working with children aged 0-11 and completed a FdA in Professional Childhood Studies. With an interest in special needs she spent several years as the acting SENCo, working closely with children with a range of needs and abilities.

This fuelled her passion for communication and she went on to complete a BSc (hons) in Speech and Language Therapy. Robin emigrated to the Netherlands from England in 2018 and was delighted to be offered the role as EAL teacher at IST where she can utilise her knowledge of language learning and speech development.

Robin has a particular interest in autism, speech disorders, painting and puzzles.

Wendy Geling

Class Assistant

Wendy is originally from New Zealand, and moved to The Netherlands in 2012. She is a qualified Early Childhood Educator and one of IST’s class assistants. In her spare time she enjoys crafting and gardening, thus providing the International School Twente with the biggest courgettes we have ever seen!

Zoë Borgers-Price

Principal

Zoë was born in Lancashire, England and completed her Bachelor of Art degree with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in Leeds in 1998. She moved to The Netherlands, where she worked at the Prinseschool, originally through the European Platform, as a language assistant for 6 months. She then became the English teacher in the International department and Challenge group working with all ages of children and adults before it became the International School Twente.

Zoë enjoys reading, painting, jogging, hiking and camping.