André van der Blom
I am André van der Blom and I am the Program Manager ERASMUS+, responsible for the whole project. My career as a French teacher started in 2005, but I also like the work on innovative educational projects. That’s why I started five years ago as a Project Leader on International Relations. My school, the SCOL – Bonaventuracollege in Leiden, has many different International Relations projects, such as students exchanges, teacher exchanges, internship exchanges. Furthermore we have bilingual and trilingual teachers and students and visits to the European Parliament.
The ERASMUS+ project is very important to me, it gives me, my students and colleagues the opportunity to enlarge our vision on education, strengthens our knowledge on a European scale, e.g. educational systems and intercultural learning. I really like the collaboration in our team, I have great confidence in all members to make a success of our project and to establish a great learning concept regarding 21st Century Skills, European Values and social skills and a Professional Learning Community.
I am Saskia Vos.
I am a teacher of German and I enjoy doing that.
I work since 1997 as a teacher. I have seen several schools and have learned that it is not all about the knowledge that we achieve, but also about skills!
I am a people person and I that’s why I love working with people and it makes me happy when I can help students with getting skills and learning German.
Besides being a teacher I also am a mentor of my own class and it very much enjoys me to organize projects or a cultural trip for my students.
When I am not working in school, I work for my own. I give extra lessons to students, people who need it for their work or I give workshops to companies.
Also I translated some books and websites.
Besides all that, I am a mother of 2 children, 12 and 14 years old. Love spinning and walking and I enjoy life to the fullest!!
So that’s a short version of who I am
Bart van Welzenis
My name is Bart van Welzenis (24) and I am one of the Social Studies teachers at the Bonaventuracollege Leiden. I graduated in Political psychology and my focus was on how teenagers come to their political opinions. That is the fun I have in teaching: seeing students grow in their development towards political individuals in this globalizing world. This implies I like to let the students work. They might call it ‘The lazy teaching method: when you teach less, and they learn more” but it demands a lot of preparation. Luckily, I am always satisfied with the results. Besides being a teacher and a politics junkie, I like to sail, cook, read poetry, going to the theatre and little underground jazzbands and travel. So, Erasmus+ is a perfect fit for me! Hope to meet you all soon!
My name is Karlijn Navest. After working at the English Department of the University of Leiden for a couple of years and finishing my PhD thesis "John Ash and the Rise of the Children's Grammar", I decided to go back into teaching. I very much enjoy my job as an English teacher and Internationalisation Co-ordinator at Bonaventuracollege Burggravenlaan. I love teaching English literature and telling my students all about British culture. I am really happy to be part of this wonderful, innovative project.
Koen de Jong
Four years ago (in 2011) I began teaching mathematics at Bonaventuracollege Leiden, holding not much more than a Master’s degree in mathematics. I qualified as a teacher in 2014. By now I, I have experience teaching students ranging from 12 years to 18 years old. I enjoy their energy and their moods. I find it challenging to inspire my students, to prepare them for their exams and for their further life’s. I am married, and I have three daughters (18, 14 and 12 years).
I am Laveena Beegoo, mother of 3 children aged 13, 11 and 7. I live in the Netherlands but was born in Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean. I am fluent in English, French, Dutch and Creole. At the university of Cape Town, South Africa, I majored in Mathematics and French. After my studies I have had the opportunity of working as a supply teacher in London and in the Netherlands I have worked in the corporate world as a helpdesk Team Leader for IBM UK and IBM France.Before starting teaching I worked as an IT management consultant for T-Mobile and Getronics. When my youngest child was born we moved to Wisconsin (Milwaukee) in the US for 3 years. That was since South Africa my most amazing, refreshing and memorable experience. If you want to get to know the Americans you have to live there. Prejudices do not give justice to the wonderful, down to earth people I have met there. When I was in the US I had the opportunity of helping out at the children’s school which just reinforced my passion for teaching. From then on it was very easy to make the career switch and I am forever grateful that I get to practice this rewarding and fulfilling job everyday. Moreover, being part of the Erasmus project provides me with the unique chance of combining both my passions: teaching and getting to work with people from different cultures. It is an amazing gift! Thank you!
Sjirk van der Veen
Married and 2 children
Teacher in Economics and Management & Organisation since 2011 at Bonaventura College.
Before teaching I worked in business for 25 years as Consultant, Project Manager, Logistics Manager, Plant Manager and Business Unit Manager.
My hobbys are tennis, skiing, sailing and travelling.
My name is Vincent Rodenburg. I have been teaching at different secondary schools since 1978. My subjects are English and German. During the 1980s I taught at several English comprehensive schools which gave me an insight in British education. At present I am working at Bonaventuracollege – a coeducational comprehensive – in Leiden. At this school I also coordinate the interns who train at our school to become teachers. Comenius assistants from different European countries have come to our school to get acquainted with Dutch education and culture for some years now. I usually serve as their guide and coach. I strongly believe in school exchanges, because pupils need to come to grips with the ‘outside word’ and besides peer to peer communication is paramount in their development. Riding is one of my passions. It is wonderful to be able to instruct without the use of words. The goals set by the European in order to develop a new curriculum stimulating the use of 21st century skills inspire me tremendously. Working together with colleagues from different nationalities boosts my enthusiasm. I take pride in helping to shape a ‘brave New Europe’ and hope that the outcome of our labour will be generously received.
My name is Elena Piët and I teach German language and culture and art history at Bonaventuracollege Burggravenlaan since 2015. I just finished the university and this is my first year of teaching and I love it! I hope to inspire young students to develop 21st century skills and teach them about European values. I am very excited that I got the opportunity to work on this amazing project and I hope that we will develop some valuable teaching materials that will inspire different teacher all over the world.
My name is Adriaan Ruyssenaers. I am the moderator for the Professional Learning Community Erasmus+ at the Bonaventura College in Leiden. As the moderator I am responsible for the process and content development for the program in the Dutch leaning community. Within the international program I am also coordinator for the Lilliënthal-Leiden exchange.
After working on a project basis for several companies and as an intern at the Ministry of Defence, I started teaching economics and business in 2007. This previous experience thought me the importance of working together in an international environment. The Erasmus+ program is an excellent chance for our students to experience this first hand and for us as teachers to exchange ideas and learn from our colleagues abroad.
Since moving to Leiden in 1995, to study at the University, I fell in love with this beautiful city and never left. We have three daughters (0,4 and 6), who grow up in a very European environment with Spanish, English and German playmates living down the street. For relaxation I practice archery and historical fencing, as well as cycling and going concerts.
My name is Marta Lipnicka, I come from Poland. I am an English teacher. I first started teaching thirteen years ago. Currently, I work as an English teacher and an ELOS coordinator PWS/SWS, in Bonaventuracollege in Leiden . The foundation of my success lies in my attention to detail and as a highly motivated person I always work hard to ensure that all my processes are efficient in every school that I have ever worked, for I always do my best to help fellow work colleagues to achieve their full potential.
Marloes de Wit
My name is Marloes de Wit. I teach Greek and Latin at the Bonaventuracollege in Leiden. Apart from my occupation as teacher I am currently finalizing my thesis which analyses the characterization of the Virgilian character Dido in the Neolatin drama Dido Tragoedia of William Gager. Since some students have a hard time relating to classical languages, as they are (unfortunately) so called ‘dead languages’, I try to relate the subjects to their everyday life as much as possible in order to create better understanding of its vast history, culture and language. These three aspects are greatly interrelated as a classical text cannot be comprehended without its culture. The Erasmus + embodies this concept since the program exchanges are a perfect way to explore other languages and cultures to get a better understanding of one and another.
My name is Ilham Balizi. Currently I teach social studies at the Bonaventuracollege Leiden. After I graduated from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, where I have graduated in Criminology, I have decided to follow my other passion, namely teaching and inspiring young people. I was born and raised in Antwerp (Belgium) and I also have Moroccan Roots. But I already leave for six years in the Netherlands. I am very excited to be part of this internationalization project. This way I can also give some inspiration and knowledge to the students about living in and between different cultures. It gives me also the change to exchange ideas and learn from other partners. This way I hope with this project every participant get to know Europe from different perspectives.
Stefhan van Koppen
My name is Stefhan van Koppen and I am an Economics and Social Studies teacher.
I am curious how to implement the 21st century skills in order to teach students a critical attitude, flexibility, creativity, collaboration and cross-cultural understanding. So it widens the view of our students how to look at other persons, while they are exploring other cultures.
Tessa van Paridon-Steeman
I am Tessa van Paridon-Steeman, mother of a one-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy, and teacher of Classics (ancient Greek and Latin) at the Bonaventuracollege in Leiden. I have always been interested in a broad variety of topics and so I have studied many different things at University College Utrecht and Leiden University, ranging from biology to psychology and from quantum physics to dance.
Most of all, I love learning about other cultures and meeting people from all around the globe, and with this project I hope to help inspire our students at school to go and explore the world.