Marijke Nieuwstraten worked in advertising and PR before she returned to university for her Master’s in Dutch Literature and Linguistics (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; minors in Applied Linguistics: foreign and second language learning, and English Language and Literature) and embarked on a teaching profession in secondary education in the national system for English and Dutch.
Since 1987 she has worked in international education, mainly at the International School of the Hague (Dutch IGCSE/DP) and, since 2002, at the International School of Hilversum (Dutch DP). Having taught all programmes in IB (Dutch language A, B, DP A lit, A lang and Lit, A2, Language B (for which she has led two workshops), she has a wide range of experience. As a language coordinator in her present school, she is also responsible for the supervision of the DP A literature school supervised self taught candidates and the externally taught ‘other languages’ A literature. Marijke has been a Dutch A examiner since 2008.
Gert-Jan de Jong was born in Sassenheim, the Netherlands, and currently lives in The Hague. He studied Dutch and German in both the Netherlands and Germany and graduated in Utrecht with a thesis on the medical chapters of the medieval encyclopedia by Bartholomeus Anglicus. He was also involved in a project to transliterate part of a hand-written Middle Dutch copy of this text. Before becoming an IB Dutch teacher at the American School of The Hague in 2002, he worked in San Sebastián (Spain), Brussels (Belgium) and Muscat (Oman). He has been an IB Dutch examiner since 2007 and Extended Essay advisor since 2009. Spain, the Middle Ages, and Louis Couperus (or literary realism of the 19th century in general) are his passions.
Praise for Veronica
"Veronica Kleipool is a real professional. The workshop was of a very high quality and exceeded my expectations. Not only did she explain the Dutch A programme in a very pleasant and clear way with a lot of examples from her own teaching experience, but she also shared a lot of creative teaching ideas with us.The workshop was very inspiring!" - Gemma Ruijsenaars, Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest, the Netherlands
"I was impressed by the Veronica’s presentation skills and the pleasant way in which she talked and listened. The workshop was very interactive and hands-on. The workshop had many concrete examples that we can use immediately in the classroom."
- Gerben Veerman, American International School of Rotterdam, the Netherlands