Anna Groot

Admissions Office/Office Adminstrator

Anna Groot is the Admissions Officer/Office Administrator at IST. She grew up in Aruba where she finished her high school. She obtained her Bachelor in Marine Science at the University of Miami in Florida and a Master of International Education from Framingham University Massachusetts. She lived in Honduras, Central America for 30 years and taught biology at an international school in Honduras for 25 years. 

Anna has been in the Netherlands for three years and taught biology at a dutch and an international school in the Netherlands. She decided to take on the admissions officer function this year because she wanted to try something different and likes to meet people of different cultures and communicate information. She enjoys the interaction with students and parents and is looking forward to a very interesting first year at IST.

Corinne Boswinkel-Matebge

Teacher Year 3

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.

Emma Timmermans

Music Teacher

Emma obtained her academy bachelor’s degree at ArtEZ’s University of the Arts in Enschede, with vocals as her main instrument. Although this study is focused on becoming a performer, Emma has found her passion in teaching music. Therefore she started a second bachelor’s degree in Music Education at ArtEZ University of the arts. This study allowed her to become a music teacher in both primary and secondary education, the (fine) arts and cultural education. This year, Emma focusses on finishing her thesis and teaching music at IST primary, Prinseschool Staringstraat and at secondary school Het Stedelijk Zwering. In her free time she loves to make music, go to concerts, read and travel.

Fadila DZambic-Spahic

Administration and support/Teacher Year 5

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 completed her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. 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

Curriculum Coordinator

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 came to the netherlands to teach in Eschede, where he has been now for over a decade. Through that time, he has had many roles, including teaching all the year groups at IST, Principal, and now curriculum coordinator. When he is not at work, Jason enjoys studying for his Masters’ degree, playing with his two sons, and cooking.

Josje Lansink

SEN Coordinator, Dutch teacher

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in education from Pabo in the Netherlands, Josje has taught all year groups from age 4 to 12 in Dutch primary schools. She has worked at the Prinseschool in Enschede for 7 years before joining the IST team. After obtaining a Master’s degree in Educational Needs and Educational counseling she became the IST’s special educational needs (SEN) coordinator. Besides SEN Josje also teaches Dutch in all year groups at the IST. At the time she joined the IST she also worked as a junior researcher at the University of Twente. When the research project was finished she returned to primary education completely, because she missed being where the ‘real action’ was. She is passionate about education to children and especially enjoys being creative in her lessons and truely connecting with children, parents/families and fellow staff members.

Martin van Hooijdonk

Teacher Year 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 Year 6. Martin is interested in the environment and sustainability and in his free time he enjoys reading and collecting music.

Nicole von Hollen

Teacher 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.

Priyanka Soni

Teacher Year 5

Recently graduated from ITEps at NHL Stenden University in the Netherlands, Priyanka enjoys teaching Upper Primary. She also has a love for Science and teaching children how to block code. For the past four years, she has interned in a variety of International primary schools around the world, such as Switzerland and Hungary. While Priyanka misses Sint Maarten, the Caribbean island she calls home, she is ecstatic to be part of the IST community. Priyanka likes visiting art museums and cooking different cuisines in her free time!

Rob Olde Agterhuis

Teacher Year 2

After obtaining a Bachalor’s degree in teaching in 2005, Mr. Rob started working in Dutch public primary schools. He has in all primary year groups which are the equivalent of reception to year 7. He also has twelve years of experience as a scout leader. In 2015 he had his first experience working at an international school and felt right at home. From 2018 to 2022 he taught Dutch at IST and since 2021 he has also been a classroom teacher. Mr. Rob has a passion for music, singing and nature.

Robin Holland

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.

Sara Sheafor

Teacher Year 4

Sara has over eight year of teaching experience in international schools. She started out as a performing arts major at Colorado State University and then spent some time in LA working in the wardrobe department for film and television. It was fulfilling a dream of joining the Peace Corps that brought her to Uganda for two years where she worked as an education volunteer. This experience made her realize that her real passion was working as an educator. After that she returned to the states and received a Masters in primary education from Passadena. She then moved to Germany where she taught every age from early years to secondary and has now has happily settled in Enschede with her husband and step son.

Zoë Borgers-Price


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.