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2013-03-23 14Nicky has worked as a language and speech and drama teacher for over 15 years. She qualified as a teacher in South Africa where she taught both adults and children for many years before living as an expat and teaching in Tanzania, Rwanda and Cambodia.

Nicky has been in The Hague for four years and divides her working time between radio work and teaching IELTS courses. She enjoys engaging with people of different cultures and her lessons are always lively and stimulating. She has a special interest in helping students with enunciation and pronunciation.


_DSC0219Julie is a native English speaker originating from The UK but has been living in the Netherlands now for nearly 10 years and has been teaching English for over 8 years. She has an extensive business background which started in the UK National Health Service.

She went on to specialize in Information Management and Technology and worked for a number of IT Health companies in a design role and later in Sales and Marketing roles. She now puts all this experience to use in developing and teaching Business English courses for Professionals here in the Netherlands. She absolutely loves being a teacher and thrives on helping professionals improve their English so that they can work in an international environment effectively and with greater confidence in their language ability.


_DSC0010Shashi is a teacher of English as a Second Language. She has taught General English, Business English, University Preparation classes, Specialized Interest classes, IELTS and TOEFL Preparation classes. In addition Shashi is a Cambridge Speaking Examiner qualified to test Cambridge Advanced and First Certificate students, and a BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) Examiner.

Shashi has a lot of experience in teaching TESOL (Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages), including experiences teaching for the British Council and other language centers in Bangkok, (Thailand), Caracas, (Venezuela), Ankara, (Turkey), The Hague, (The Netherlands), Ho Chi Minh City, (Vietnam) and New York, (The U.S.A.). And these experiences have given her insight into the cultural differences that can be challenging in the classroom, and she can use this knowledge to her advantage to ensure a comfortable learning environment for multi-cultural classes Finally, Shashi finds it most important that her students are involved in class and enjoy learning English!


Kickstartschool_5756Heather holds a Bachelor of Education degree specialised in Teaching English as a Second Language from McGill University, Montreal.She began her career teaching newly-arrived immigrant students in Canada.Heather moved to France in 2001 where she continued her educational pursuits instructing business English at the College level.

Heather obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations in 2009.She has experience working in the business sector, more specifically in import/export activities for environmental products.Heather enjoys travelling and learning about other cultures. She aims at bringing her diverse educational and business background to the classroom and believes that learning English should be practical, interactive and fun.


DSC_0660_edited1Richard moved to Den Haag in 2014 after working for 30 years in The City of London as an accountant. He spent 6 years working for leading accountancy firm Price Waterhouse, before taking in-house roles with two of the top commercial law firms in the city.

Since his move to the Netherlands Richard has become CELTA-qualified and now teaches English as a second language. He is currently teaching both general and business English, using the experience he gained in London to provide real insight into the language used in business environments. He has found that teaching English as a foreign language is not that different to explaining complex tax ideas to lawyers!


def_3bMary is a graduate of Edinburgh University and began her professional life as a teacher of music in high schools both in Edinburgh and Warwick where she lived. Since moving to the Netherlands 25 years ago she has run children’s and adult choirs as well as taught in schools.

Prior to a posting with her husband to Kazakhstan 6 years ago, Mary retrained as an English language teacher. Since then she has taught the full range of students from beginner children’s classes to Advanced adult business classes. She brings a wealth of life experience, a knowledge of Dutch culture, a genuine interest in other cultures and an enthusiasm for the English language to the classroom.


Kickstartschool_5741Karen has a law degree from the University of Stellenbosch. She is an admitted advocate (barrister) of the High Court of South Africa and practiced law as a member of the Johannesburg bar for approximately 10 years before moving to the Netherlands. She completed her CELTA training in 2013 and is now working as a freelance English trainer in and around The Hague.

Karen enjoys using her knowledge of law when teaching and is well qualified to teach legal English writing and speaking skills and to assist those wishing to do the ILEC (International Legal English Cambridge) exams.


_DSC8386_editedPat, a CELTA-trained ESL instructor, has ten years of experience as a teacher of English as a foreign language. A native of the USA, she is uniquely qualified to bring her valuable knowledge of American English to her students. 

After completing her studies, Pat left a career on Wall Street to pursue a position in the City of London, where she lived and worked for several years. She eventually settled in the Netherlands, where she has spent the last 20 years working as both an estate agent and a relocation consultant. Her passion for the English language together with a wealth of experience in dealing with different cultures ensures her classes provide a stimulating learning environment.

 What our students say about us

  • My experience with Kickstart has been highly beneficial in both developing language skills and improving my knowledge of the Dutch culture. Josien's support is always spot on and very intuitive in relation to personal circumstances. She spends a lot more than the official time allocated to really get to know her clients and her approach is customised accordingly. She was recommended to me by other Shell colleagues who expressed the same sentiment and I was fortunate enough to benefit from this during the time I spent with her.

    Vennasa van de Ven, Migration Manager working at Shell

  • Entering the Kickstart school premises alone gives you a push of energy and the commitment this will help to create is hardly unmatched in any other language school. The methodology and the approach used in the lessons also helps smoothly unlock the secrets of everyday Dutch. Kickstart School has helped me get in touch with the 'undutchable' culture of the Netherlands and its people. The individual language training I could experience at Kickstart School has been one of the best educational experiences I could have in Europe.

    Alessandro d’Addario, European Law Enforcement 

  • I really enjoyed my English lessons with the Kickstart School. The teacher was professional and really knew the subject. The way they teach is also great! The classes are presented in a clear and professional manner and the online exercises completed at home are very helpful. The teacher always provided useful feedback. It's a great experience to join a Kickstart course with such a friendly atmosphere of students and teachers.

    Beatriz Pedroche, Spain 

  • Kickstart has been the ideal place for me to learn. The teachers are very helpful and friendly and have always gone the "extra mile" to help me learn in a positive way. Their teaching is practical with elements that can immediately be applied to everyday living situations. Included in the lessons are cultural aspects of living in the Netherlands that make learning Dutch dynamic and fun; you learn the language and about the place and the people! The teachers took an active interest in my progress and provided valuable customized sessions that maintained my strengths and developed my weaknesses; all in a patient, fun and friendly style.

    Graeme Ting, dentist from New Zealand 

  • My first contact with Kickstart School was after 1 month of living in The Netherlands, when I started to study Dutch. At the time I didn’t have any knowledge of the language, but with their courses organized by levels I developed important language skills and learned about the Dutch culture. They all do a great job at Kickstart because their motto it’s not just a motto – they are really pleased to teach you. You learn a language in a friendly atmosphere, make new friends from all over the world, and all in a cosy building right in the heart of The Hague.

    Anca Boros, mathematics and physics teacher from Romania

  • During my time with Kickstart I have learned a lot and gained confidence. I was always challenged by the interesting assignments, but never too much. I have really enjoyed the classes!

    Sabine de Bruijn, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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