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.