ISD Primary teachers
My name is Ilein Bermúdez and I come from Venezuela. I am the new music specialist at ISD primary. I am a classically-trained cellist and popular singer with a broad repertoire that goes from classical music to traditional Latin-American music. I have worked in different settings back in my home country and here in The Netherlands. Before joining ISD, I was working as a subject coordinator and music teacher at the European School of The Hague (Secondary). I am looking forward to sharing musical moments with the ISD community within and beyond the music classroom. In short, making music happen at ISD!
My name is Kellen and I am from Seattle, Washington. I teach PYP 1/2 on Mondays. I completed my B. Ed in Language, Literacy, and Cultural Studies and received my TESOL certificate from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. I have taught Kindergarten in the USA, as well as English in Taiwan and Norway. I moved to the Netherlands in November 2020 and I live in Rotterdam with my Dutch partner and my kitten.
My name is Ingrid Beekhuizen and I am delighted to be part of the IS Delft community. Canadian-born, having lived in Germany for a year, I grew up in South Africa. I love exploring different cultures and places around the world with my family whenever we get the opportunity. My last position was at a private school in Johannesburg, South Africa. I began teaching and later became deputy principal. I was the head of academics and innovation, from the early years to end of elementary years. In that time, I lead the school to be recognized as a centre of excellence as a ‘Thinking School’, accredited by the University of Exeter, England. I work with Lucy in PYP 7 and will be taking her classes when she is on maternity leave. I am also part of the EAL team. I cannot wait to see what learning journey the student’s curiosity and wonder will take us on this school year. In my free time, I enjoy Pilates, walking, cycling, reading, cooking and gardening.
Hi everybody, my name is Zoi Avramidou, a primary school teacher from Greece. If you are wondering how to pronounce my name, just replace the “i” with an “e”. In ISD, I’m co-teaching PYP4B, on Thursdays and Fridays. I have 5 years of experience in education, from internships to professional career in private schools and tutoring. I came to the Netherlands, about a year ago to start my master’s at Utrecht University, in the program Youth, Education and Society, with track of specialty “Education for Inclusive Societies”. Working in the ISD, gives me the opportunity to grow as a teacher by experiencing a new educational approach. It is my goal to combine my range of experience with the ability to be a compassionate and enthusiastic teacher who will make a positive contribution to the school. Outside of work, besides hanging out with my family and friends, I enjoy long walks at the park, reading books and playing basketball.
ISD Secondary teachers
My name is Claudine van Diemen and I am from the Netherlands. Although I am fully Dutch I have always loved living, traveling and working abroad. Greece is where I spent my primary school years and before ISD I worked at the International School of The Hague, ISSR in Cambodia and AISVN in Vietnam. I feel very lucky to be part of the ISD community and I look forward to working at a small school with a group of internationally minded colleagues and teaching a large variety of international students. My subject is Physical Health & Education and I will coordinate Service as Action. Not very surprisingly, I am a big fan of sports! I am always curious to try new sports, but touch rugby, surfing, cycling and a run on the beach are my favourites. Besides sports, cooking, professional dance, nature and music make me smile.
My name is Gabriella and I am from Brazil. I am a passionate person who has always been in love with science. The beautiful thing about being a teacher is that it allows me to contribute to make a positive change is someone’s life. I have seen great examples in my career already, which motivates me even more to continue my journey in teaching. My mission is to make a difference as a teacher and help students to find their way in science. Every time I ask myself the questions: what can I do better to make science more understandable? What can I do for the students to get the best out of them, and even sometimes surprise them with their own knowledge and capabilities? My hobbies are listening to music and painting. My favorite band is Pink Floyd and I love having "art days" with my friends.
I am Liza Dippenaar and I am originally from South Africa. I have joined ISD from another International School in Dubai and will be teaching Science/Physics at ISD for MYP students. I will also be leading the Personal project for the MYP 4 and 5’s. I relocated to Dubai in 2007 where I worked and specialized as an IB Physics and Chemistry teacher. Having worked in 2 highly regarded IB schools in Dubai, I do consider myself an IB specialist with vast knowledge of the IB curriculum and vision. I look forward to bringing my IB MYP expertise to ISD and to help ISD grow and become one of the best international schools in The Netherlands. I also look forward to fostering a love for Science for all students at ISD and to guide and help them to attain the best possible results.
My hobbies include playing tennis, cooking and baking, traveling, and camping. I look forward to my time at ISD and in The Netherlands and exploring more of this beautiful country and continent.
My name is Nané Paraiso and I teach English A language and literature. My work has taken me across Asia and I am currently working at a bilingual school near Rotterdam. Besides my position of IB-examiner I have had 10 years of experience of DP where we have been graded in the top three schools of the Netherlands and have scored highly worldwide. I aspire to set a similar benchmark for ISD but more importantly I do my utmost to spread my interest for literature and gender studies. I shall hope that my enthusiasm shall inspire your children to show them the power and the creative use of language. I live in The Hague and I love doing sports in the snow, on the water and through the wind. I am a zealous low handicap golf player. All these elements remain worthwhile keeping me truly balanced thereby envisioning each challenge presented to me reflecting on my work on and off course!
My name is Becky van Paassen, I'm from Worcester in Engeland and will be teaching Visual Arts at ISD. 11 years ago I met a Dutch guy in Vienna, he had a mohican hairstyle and really made me laugh. Now we're married, have two children and live in Delft. I moved to the Netherlands 10 years ago, but have been teaching art for 12 years. I started my career in a large academy in Birmingham. When I moved to the Netherlands I taught at the British school, then moved onto The International School in The Hague and then the Nord Anglia International School in Rotterdam where I stayed for 8 years and lead the art department in implementing the Visual Arts IB Diploma Programme, something which I am very excited about doing at ISD. When I'm not teaching or spending time with my family, I enjoy being creative (in the broad sense), making music, museums, sports (ice skating, tennis, cross fit, snowboarding) and exploring the world whilst leaving a positive footprint.
I am Marine Okhrimenko and I am thrilled to join ISD where I will be teaching French to MP1 and MYP2. I grew up in the Southeast of France then decided to go on adventure and went all the way to Australia to complete my teacher training. I then moved to London where I taught French for many years. I would like the students to fall in love with the French language and I hope that my enthusiasm will be contagious. Beside teaching, I love running, cooking world food, hiking in the Alps, and reading books.
My name is Sebastiaan Van den Bergh and I am an EAL teacher and mentor of the MYP1B class. I am originally from Belgium, but born and raised in Switzerland; I have currently been living in The Netherlands for 4 years, and I miss the mountains! I am excited to be part of the ISD community; I appreciate the “growing” school spirit and the exciting period that lies ahead. I value the International Baccalaureate curriculum and the opportunities it offers learners to become independent, critical thinkers and global citizens.
My name is Constanza Avaria Risi and I’m the new teacher of Spanish language acquisition at ISD. I was born and raised in Chile. After teaching Hispanic language and literature and Spanish Language acquisition in Chile and in France, I decided last year to continue my journey in the Netherlands. Now, I’m very happy to be part of the ISD super enthusiastic and nice team. I’m looking forward to sharing my language and culture with the students and giving them the opportunity to fall in love with all the different cultures inside the Spanish speaking world. I also love to travel, read, watch films, dance, and play board games.