School coordinator and teacher 1th class: Nicole Maasland
Nicole is working for De Madelief since September 2017.
Nicole has taught at a primary school in Dordrecht for the last 10 years. Here she has lectured the children’s group for many years. She is excited with this new challenge to teach same age group in Dublin.
Since Januari 2018 school coordinator from the Madelief
Last year she moved to Dublin with her family.
‘I am looking forward to it!’
Teacher Junior/senior infants: Tanny
Hoi, ik ben Tanny en woon al jaar en dag in Ierland; sinds 1997 om precies te zijn.
Ik heb een passie voor taal en ben ik erg geinteresseerd in het toepassen en leren van een tweede taal. Mijn zoon Ryan is hier geboren en spreekt zonder moeite Nederlands. Mede vanwege zijn tweede taal heeft hij op school ook makkelijk andere talen geleerd.
Jonge kinderen leren makkelijk; het zijn net sponsjes. En ze leren terwijl ze luisteren naar de mensen en dingen waar ze zich veilig bij voelen. Als opvoeder en leraar is het dus belangrijk om een tweede taal op een vrolijke, positieve manier en consequent toe te passen.
Een aantal jaren geleden ben ik betrokken geweest bij de Klompenkids in Dublin en heb ik activiteiten voor kinderen georganiseerd (Sinterklaas, Paashaas, knutsel middag). Les geven aan de Madelief zie ik als een logische stap van mijn betrokkenheid bij de Nederlandse community en ik kijk er met veel plezier naar uit!”
Teacher 2nd class: Kim Siekerman
Hi! I’m Kim, I started working with the Madelief last year as a class assistant. My daughter Lara is in junior infants groep with Tanny.
My background doesn’t include languages, but for a long time I love to teach. I started when I was 17 years old as a canoe lesson teacher at a outdoor sports company and still love to do that. In 2017 I finished PhD in Developmental Psychology and taught regularly at the University of Limerick.
Teaching young adults is, of course, so much different than children, but but strangely enough it is also very much the same!
I really enjoy teaching at the Madelief. The children all have very interesting ideas and every week I also learn something new.
Teacher 3rd class: Fatima El Youssoufi
I was born and raised in Breda. I have been living and working in Ireland for two years. Before we moved to Ireland, I lived and worked in Belgium and Morocco.
I have three children (2 daughters and 1 son). They are currently studying in Belgium. I studied at the HBO in Maastricht, Oriental languages and communication, Dutch, French and Arabic.
As an adventurous person who enjoys traveling a lot, I always thought it was important to master languages. It is very important for children to learn a second language as early as possible. I am also bilingual. I therefore find it very admirable that the children of De Madelief, together with the parents, take the time to learn Dutch on an early Saturday morning.
Teacher 4rd till 6th class: Bertine Stuart
Bertine has lived in Ireland for over 9 years. Is married and has a daughter of 5 and a 1 year old son.
They have lived in Dublin for 6 years and have been living in Wicklow Town for over 3 years. In the Netherlands she has completed many years as a teacher at primary school.
In Ireland she worked at a day nursery as a child carer deputy director.
She has worked on the Madelief before, since the start of the school; in junior/senior group. She did this with a lot of fun and find it super to be back working on de Madelief again.
Classroom assistant junior/senior infants: Isabel Voort
Isabel Voort is 17 years old and moved to Ireland in 2017. She is studying at St. Killians, she’s in ‘leaving cert cycle’.
From December 2017 she is a classroom assistant at de Madelief and enjoys this very much.