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Get to know our freelance teachers

Our teachers are all highly-experienced, native speakers. They have diverse backgrounds and they are a close, friendly team waiting to meet you.  Get to know them better here…

ChiMei
ChiMei
Dutch teacher
My name is ChiMei, born and raised in the Netherlands, a Dutch teacher since 2014 and excited to let you appreciate our language. I have my exotic appearance from my Chinese parents (Hong Kong). My lessons are active, focused on conversation, and there is always a lot of laughter. If you have a special interest in grammar you will love me as your teacher. In addition to Dutch, I also speak English, Cantonese Chinese, a little Mandarin and Spanish, but in class I prefer to communicate in Dutch.
Paul
Paul
Dutch teacher
I have previously taught Dutch to students aged 16 and 25 years in secondary schools and vocational education. Over the past 10 years I have mainly taught Dutch to people who come from abroad and have a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. I enjoy the students who are enthusiastic, eager to learn, and keen to ask questions about their new language as well as learning about Dutch habits and culture. I am a creative teacher and like to teach not only with existing methods but also with material specially adapted to a particular group. It is fascinating for me to meet and work with students in an informal learning atmosphere.
Sandra
Sandra
Dutch teacher
As a child born of two cultures I noticed the importance of language in communication with others. It was my start to study a foreign language. During my Sinology study I also taught next to it. I enjoyed it so much that after some wandering, I chose to work as a teacher again. I like to teach my students the ins and outs of a language. In addition, I find the cultural interaction with students to be very interesting. I am also intensively involved in the Kickstart Chinese courses due to my background. Working with language is the best thing there is!
Ruth
Ruth
Dutch teacher
My way to NT2 education had a number of detours. For once I chose to study French. Because I started interpreting after my studies, I was increasingly confronted with the characteristics of Dutch and I actually found that much more enjoyable. When I lived abroad, I started teaching, children at first and later also adults. In my class you don't sit in your chair all the time. I use many active forms and creative material such as music, poems, films and paintings. Many people like grammar and structure, but ultimately language is about communication. And I want to teach you that!
Natalie
Natalie
Dutch teacher
After studying Dutch at Leiden University and communication science in Utrecht and Munich, I started working as a communications consultant and spokesperson. I have enjoyed doing this for more than 25 years for companies and governments. In 2017 I made the switch to education. I taught business writing at The Hague University. During that period I also started as a teacher of Dutch for speakers of other languages; it turned out to be my passion. I think it's wonderful to see how people develop and improve their language skills and increase their self-confidence. That way I can contribute to a great time in the Netherlands.
Letty
Letty
Dutch teacher
I really enjoy giving Dutch lessons to expats and international students, it gives me energy. My pedagogical background helps me with this. As an expat I have lived in different countries and taught at different language institutes, both private students and groups. My experience is that by learning the language you also learn to understand the culture of the country better and you can adapt faster and have fun and build interesting contacts.
Inger
Inger
Dutch teacher
During my Dutch study I already went to companies on my bike to teach. After my studies I worked in corporate and government communication, but teaching came back on my path during my stay abroad. Upon my return to the Netherlands, I obtained my NT2 diploma for teachers at the VU University Amsterdam. Learning a language is a fascinating process for me. I always want to help with this. And I think Kickstart School offers the right approach and materials to achieve a good result.
Mariette
Mariette
Dutch teacher
During my law studies I lived in the United States and South America (Colombia) for a long time. I know from experience what an enrichment it is to be able to communicate in different languages in an international environment. By immersing yourself in the language you will feel more at home in a different culture, you will get to know people more easily and you will understand each other's world better. After graduating, I worked for a long time in various marketing and communication functions in the business world before I decided to fully focus on language education, which is really my passion.
Maarten
Maarten
Dutch teacher
Learning a language is all about energy and motivation. These are created by making people curious and I try to achieve that with my students. Making mistakes is part of the learning process. In addition, there must also be laughter in class. And Dutch culture offers enough material to make jokes. After my training as a company trainer I started working as a teacher at a number of international call centres. I have also given presentation and application training, both in the field of oral and written skills. I am therefore familiar with working together within a large diverse group of people.
Jeannine
Jeannine
Dutch teacher
I studied French at the university in Leiden and then started as a secondary school teacher. I have been able to practice my profession and hobby in many places in the world. I love the French language, but I also want to teach my mother tongue, Dutch, to foreigners living in the Netherlands. If you want to get to know the culture and customs of a country well, then the language is indispensable. A language can be taught individually, but in a group with students of different nationalities you learn more; not only from the teacher, but also from each other.
Odette
Odette
Dutch teacher
Languages have always interested me; at school I learned English, German and French and then studied Spanish at university. Later on, I became an expat in the Far East, where I taught Spanish to expats, a great experience which I look back on with fond memories. Returning to the Netherlands, I undertook many part-time jobs besides being a mother, for instance, I worked in the event industry, where I was able to put what I learned in a coaching training into practice to motivate and support young people. Now working at Kickstart School, I enjoy teaching the ins and outs of the Dutch language.
Erica
Erica
Dutch teacher
I have a medical and artistic background, with a wealth of experience in teaching in those fields. I retrained to become an NT2 teacher. I am very interested in languages and speak a number of them. I have also experienced expat life, allowing me to understand the desire and need to learn the language of the country you live in. I believe the highlights of teaching Dutch lessons include the moment when students start to speak and exchange cultures. I try to make my lessons as diverse as possible.
Kathleen
Kathleen
Dutch teacher
I have studied Dutch, English and Russian. Following this, I spent 15 years living in Russia and the United States and therefore know from experience how important it is to know the language of the country you live in and how to approach learning it. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and do my best to make complicated grammar understandable.
Sanne
Sanne
Dutch teacher
My name is Sanne and I have a Masters in Dutch Language and Literature from the University of Utrecht. Having lived abroad for many years as a child as well as an adult I know how important it is to master the language of the country you live in so that the experience of living there can become much richer. Therefore I love helping our international students discover our language and culture while at the same time learning about their own countries and backgrounds.
Christine
Christine
Dutch teacher
After several years of studying French and living in Paris, I went on to work for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Having lived abroad and travelled widely, I know from experience how much fun and how important it is to speak the language of the country that you are living in; in fact, it’s the key to making you really feel at home. After over 10 years, I still take great satisfaction from teaching Dutch, and enjoy seeing my students grow more confident. Teaching a small group of people from different countries and cultures is enormous fun for both myself and my students.
Margreet
Margreet
Dutch teacher
Having spent many years as a Dutch teacher in a secondary school, I have become specialised in teaching Dutch as a secondary language. I have lived abroad for several years and know from personal experience how important it is to be able to speak and understand the language of the country you live in. Because of the high level of motivation in students, I find that teaching Dutch is a rewarding experience. I enjoy combining the language training with information on Dutch history, culture and practical facts of everyday life in Holland. Enabling people to find their own way in Dutch society gives me great pleasure.
Fokelien
Fokelien
Dutch teacher
I graduated in Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Groningen, majoring in Applied Linguistics and Linguistic Competence. My study focused on teaching Dutch as a second language, as well as the development of teaching methods. I have 15 years’ experience teaching Dutch at all levels. Linguistics and language are my passion and I love to share my knowledge with people from various countries and cultures in a professional manner. To me, it’s a pleasure to pass on my passion and love for the Dutch culture to other people.
Diane
Diane
Dutch teacher
Currently a full time Dutch teacher, I originally started my career in language training by teaching French. However, due to the high demand for Dutch-language courses throughout the Netherlands, I decided to shift focus, and began teaching my native language, Dutch. Although I consider it a challenging task, I love to teach large groups due to the class dynamic, where I can combine the development of individual students and of the group as a whole. I am a creative teacher, and if necessary I develop and supplement the teaching materials, making my classroom an innovative and exciting environment.
Jacqueline
Jacqueline
Dutch teacher
As an expat myself, I have first-hand experience of what it is like to live abroad, and understand the pleasure of exploring and learning about new countries and their cultures. I consider being able to communicate with locals in their own language an enormously enriching part of this experience. Outside of the Netherlands, I have been involved with various Dutch language institutes and have taught a wide range of age-groups. I love the international character of my classes, and enjoy helping students improve and develop their understanding of Dutch culture by learning the language.
Mariët
Mariët
Dutch teacher
I studied Dutch Language, Economics and Law. After a career in both commercial business and national government services, my husband and I decided to circumnavigate the world on a sailing yacht. In 2010, we returned to the Netherlands and settled back into Dutch life. Knowing from experience how difficult it can be (and how helpless one can feel) without knowledge of the local language, I am passionate about teaching Dutch to people from all over the world. My goal is to help students feel more at home in the Netherlands.
Dieuwertje
Dieuwertje
Dutch teacher
From a young age I have travelled a lot and always wanted to see more of the world, which awoke an interest in languages and cultures. The choice of studying language and cultural studies in Utrecht was therefore an easy one. When I discovered teaching English as a foreign language during my masters, it was a revelation. I can teach my native language as a foreign language! I started teaching in 2012 and my passion for teaching has grown ever since. I started working as a freelancer with Kickstart School in 2019, continuing my mission to make learning the Dutch language and culture as easy and fun as possible.
Eva
Eva
Dutch teacher
As a native speaker you don't always realize how rich, strange or special your own language is. The same applies to the culture that you grew up in. But in an NT2 class, you realize this every day! The students each bring their own views on the Netherlands and the Dutch language. I think it is wonderful that I can help them understand our language and culture so they can feel more at home in the Netherlands.
Pascale
Pascale
Dutch teacher
Why would you learn Dutch, everyone speaks English here? You may wonder if you have just moved to the Netherlands. But if you learn the language, you understand the culture better. You feel more at home in your new country. You understand what people say at the checkout in the supermarket, or on the bus, at a birthday party, or when the train is delayed. A world opens up for you, you are not on the sidelines. As a Dutch teacher, I like to see how happy people become when they understand more and more of this country and culture through learning the language. And you can make that learning a lot of fun, for example with language games and all kinds of active work forms. I love a lively lesson where there is room for fun and ‘gezelligheid’ (a real Dutch concept!). If we have fun together, we can achieve a lot!
Antonette
Antonette
Dutch teacher
After studying communication I started my career in business. In addition to this, I also followed a teacher training course. Since 2011 I have found my passion in education and I enjoy working as an NT2 teacher. I particularly like explaining and delving into grammar. I think it is important to make the student enthusiastic (and maintain it) for the Dutch language, and to not only to focus on the things that the student still needs to learn, but also to focus on the things that are already going well.
Carine
Carine
Dutch teacher
After my Communication study in Utrecht, I worked in this field for 20 years. A few years ago I took on a new challenge. After studying at the Pedagogical Academy I started working in primary education. In addition, I started as an NT2 teacher. Teaching both adults and children in the field of NT2 gives me a lot of satisfaction. With decisiveness and empathy I try to bring out the best in people. The international environment in which I operate and that I experience at Kickstart School is enormously enriching and inspiring.
Carola
Carola
Dutch teacher
After studying French and Law, I spent years in the corporate world, both in the Netherlands and abroad. I know from experience how important it is to speak the language of the country you live in. Not only will it make it a lot easier when you come into contact with other people but it will definitely enrich your experience. So I am always enthusiastic when people want to learn Dutch as it gives me an opportunity to convey our culture to them, as it is not only the language I enjoy teaching. The fact that I learn and encounter many different cultures in teaching is a great side-effect. I have found the teaching at Kickstart School to be a truly international experience.
Brenda
Brenda
English teacher
I am a native English speaker from the U.S.A. I studied linguistics and pedagogy at Arizona State University and further achieved a master’s degree in teaching English as a second language. I also lived in England, meaning that I can relate to the experience of living/working abroad. I have taught for over 15 years now at a variety of schools, including adult schools, intensive university programs, community colleges and private language schools. I specialise in academic writing and reading, and I have also been an IELTS examiner. I enjoy making the classroom a place where students can feel relaxed and supported, not just by me, but by each other.
Katie
Katie
English teacher
I am a British, CELTA qualified, ESL teacher. I first discovered my passion for languages whilst learning French at school. I later graduated with a degree in French Studies from Lancaster University. After that, I lived abroad in France and Switzerland. I subsequently worked in administration and student support at The University of Central Lancashire. In 2012 I moved to the Netherlands, working as an au pair. After qualifying as an English language instructor, I enjoy teaching a wide range of students from different cultures and backgrounds, with ages from 5 to 93. I work hard to create inclusive, interactive and enjoyable lessons.
Jodi
Jodi
English teacher
I have been teaching in South Africa for the past 9 years, and have taught English and Dramatic Arts in my career. I have experience with a range of age-groups, from primary school to high school. I have a passion for literature and grammar, and believe in a pragmatic, 'hands on’ approach to education. I work to create a dynamic and engaging learning environment, which appeals to multiple learning styles. I believe that my training in dyslexia intervention and language acquisition is a great asset when teaching second-language speakers.
Mary
Mary
English teacher
I grew up in South Africa surrounded by many beautiful languages and cultures, which enforced my strong belief in the importance of communication, which is why I love teaching languages. I have taught English to adults for over 30 years in The Netherlands and Italy. I am always delighted to see my students progress and grow in confidence. I especially enjoy helping students prepare for presentations and the IELTS exams. My years of teaching and international experience, combined with a degree in European cultural studies help me to focus on each individual and bring a personal warmth and vibrancy to my lessons.
Alessandra
Alessandra
English teacher
Originally from Manila, I hold a B.A English degree from the University of the Philippines, an MFA in Creative writing from New York University, as well as a CELTA qualification from Bell College, Cambridge, UK. My first poetry pamphlet, In Transit, was published by Tapsalteerie in 2016. I have previously taught literature and composition at the University of the Philippines, poetry at New York University, and English at a language school in Milan. It is my love of language, of literature, of multicultural landscapes that has led me to see the classroom as one of my favourite places in the world.
Nicola
Nicola
English teacher
I deliver business English as a second language lessons to professionals who have a clear goal to improve their communication, confidence and clarity of writing and speech in an international business and academic setting. I am a native English speaker and have extensive experience as a business-IT professional. My wide and diverse sector knowledge enables me to bring classic language materials to life, resulting in relevant and personalised learning for individuals. I specialise in business English, grammar in context, pronunciation and academic exam preparation (Cambridge and IELTS). I am also passionate about TED talks and their English language learning partnership with National Geographic.
Nicky
Nicky
English teacher
I have worked as a language and speech and drama teacher for over 20 years. I qualified as a teacher in South Africa, where I taught both adults and children for many years before living as an expat and teaching in Tanzania, Rwanda and Cambodia. I enjoy engaging with people from different cultures and my lessons are always lively and stimulating. I have a special interest in helping students with enunciation and pronunciation.
Julie
Julie
English teacher
I am a native English speaker from the UK but have been living in the Netherlands for nearly 15 years, and teaching English for over 13 years. I have an extensive business background which started in the UK National Health Service. I went on to specialise 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. I now put all this experience to use in developing and teaching Business English courses for professionals here in the Netherlands. I absolutely love being a teacher and thrive on helping professionals improve their English so that they can work effectively in an international environment and have greater confidence in their language ability.
Shashi
Shashi
English teacher
I have taught General English, Business English, University Preparation classes, Specialized Interest classes, IELTS and TOEFL Preparation classes. In addition I used to be a Cambridge Speaking and BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) Examiner. I taught for the British Council and other language centres in Bangkok, Caracas, Ankara, Ho Chi Minh City and New York. These experiences have given me insight into the cultural differences that can be challenging in the classroom, and I can use this knowledge to my advantage to ensure a comfortable learning environment for multi-cultural classes. Finally, I find it most important that my students are involved in class and enjoy learning English!
Heather
Heather
English teacher
I hold a Bachelor of Education degree specialised in Teaching English as a Second Language from McGill University, Montréal. I began my career teaching newly-arrived immigrant students in Canada. I moved to France in 2001, where I continued my educational pursuits instructing Business English at College level. I obtained a Master’s Degree in International Relations in 2009. I have experience working in the business sector. I enjoy travelling and learning about other cultures. I aim to bring my diverse educational and business background to the classroom and believe that learning English should be practical, interactive and fun.
Richard
Richard
English teacher
I moved to The Hague in 2014 after working for 30 years in the City of London as an accountant. I spent 6 years working for leading accountancy firm PWC, before taking in-house roles with two of the top commercial law firms in the city. Since my move to the Netherlands, I have become CELTA-qualified and now teach English as a second language. I am currently teaching both general and business English, using the experience I gained in London to provide real insight into the language used in business environments. I have found that teaching English as a foreign language is not that different to explaining complex tax ideas to lawyers!
Luke
Luke
English teacher
I’m a certified ESL Teacher originally from the Northwest United States. I’ve spent the last 15 years living abroad teaching English as a Second (third and fourth) Language in Singapore, Germany, Turkey, and now The Netherlands. I use my undergraduate education background in English and Linguistics, along with my previous career as a Pastry Chef to develop real connections with students in the classroom. Whether it’s Business English, Test Prep such as IELTS or TOFEL, or a General Conversation course, my focus is always on tailoring the lesson to make sure students reach their own personal goals.
Sarah
Sarah
English teacher
I'm a native English speaker from Cork, Ireland. I first developed a passion for languages at the age of 12 when learning German in school. I then decided to do a degree in Language and Cultural Studies in UCC, Cork, with Spanish and German. In 2009, I spent an Erasmus year abroad in Spain and I loved it so much that I decided to move back again after my studies. I have gained experience of teaching students of all ages and levels in Spain, Poland, England, Ireland, and now the Netherlands since 2018. I absolutely adore languages, meeting new people and learning about new cultures. During the lessons I teach, I love to focus on pronunciation, phonetics and bringing language alive with stories and anecdotes.
Shirley
Shirley
Chinese teacher
I got my Masters degree of teaching Chinese as a foreign language in China, and in 2008 I started working as a Chinese teacher. I have worked in two different International Education Colleges in China. My students were from different nationalities and countries. A few years later I went to South Korea to teach Chinese and at the end moved to Holland. I have taught different courses and levels from beginner to advanced, intensive reading, speaking, Chinese culture, HSK course (Chinese Proficiency Test) etc. With my Chinese teaching experience, I am well aware of the common problems of the students and how to adapt teaching to achieve better results using different styles and methods. My goal is that I would like all my students to learn Chinese in a simple and happy way.
Xiyu
Xiyu
Chinese teacher
Hi, I’m Xiyu. I come from China. In 2012, I came to the Netherlands for my masters program at Leiden University, specializing in Art History. I started teaching Chinese part-time while I was in University, which is around 10 years ago. After coming to the Netherlands, I’ve been teaching in the Delft Chinese School for more than 4 years. I have obtained the advanced certificate of “Teaching Chinese as Second Language” issued by the International Chinese Teacher Authority. Now I work full-time in the social media area, and I am a mother of two young children. Teaching Chinese are the most enjoyable and relaxed hours in my busy life. I feel very happy to share my beautiful culture and language with people from all over the world.
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