Meet the Team

All Clown Club teachers have a minimum of a bachelor’s level degree in education, social work or medical care, equipping them with the knowledge and experience required to work with young children. Most teachers are permanent staff, having been with us for several years. Some teachers are new and or may be substitutes for teachers on leave. The Clown Club uses only first names to respect our teachers’ privacy. Children often refer to teachers as ‘Juf’ in Dutch or ‘Miss/Ms. …’ in English. Old fashioned maybe, but a nice combination of polite and respectful with informal and friendly. 

In addition to a BA and relevant specialist courses, all teachers complete children´s first aid courses, and several also train as emergency response officers. Our team training and continuing education programs support teachers’ professional and personal development, and we are fortunate to have several certified teacher trainers and coaches on our team. The Dutch standards for childcare professionals are quite comprehensive and extensive. As an extra security precaution, a comprehensive background check and a government-issued positive statement of good behavior are continually updated for all childcare employees.

Open communication between parents and teachers and among teachers is essential to providing quality care and to developing trusting relationships. This contact has the formal purpose of exchanging information about children and the informal purpose of encouraging a friendly yet professional relationship among teachers and parents.

Teachers periodically observe and report on children’s behavior and developmental progress. Children and progress reports are discussed among the teaching team during their monthly meetings, and parents may also be informed to share information and support.

As a recognized learning center, we welcome well-qualified student teachers to complete their practical training by observing and assisting alongside our experienced childcare professionals.

 English-language groups, including the multi-lingual Baby Group, the Toddler Group, and the Preschool Group:

Baby Room:

Ada is an infant specialist and leads the Baby Group. She has been with us since 2008. One of Ada’s specialties is the unique art work she creates with the babies! Ada is actively busy with the babies’ developmental milestones, truly supporting a partnership with home and with the two toddler groups. Ada’s hugs and encouragement are a super benefit for babies.

 

 

Corina joined us as a student teacher in 2000 and has been with us ever since. Corina is an infant specialist who works in the Baby Group, where her professionalism is appreciated by teachers, children and parents. Corina is super patient, one of the greatest attributes an early educator can have. She is also a mother herself, so she brings plenty of practical understanding as well. She helps build confidence!

 

 

 Daniëlle first joined our teaching team in 2003 and is an Infant Specialist. Daan enjoys singing and playing with the babies, and she brings a ray of sunshine to the day. She has a big smile and is good fun. Danielle’s daughter attends the Dutch Toddler group. 

 

 

Diane is a fun addition to the Baby Group. She is an Infant Specialist who has had a few of her own. Diane is good fun, and she enjoys working with the babies and all her colleagues. She also enjoys creative hobbies, like playing the saxophone. A fun bit of trivia about Diane is that she and her family spend weekends road tripping to northern Italy. Bellissimo!

 

 

Linda first joined the teaching team in the Baby group in 2008. Linda is an Infant Specialist who always goes the extra mile to help the new babies and their parents settle in and feel comfortable. Everyone loves Linda’s infectious smile. We also enjoy her lovely daughters who join the fun on family days. We are thrilled to have Linda on our team.

 

 

Toddlers:

Mariska P joined us in 2017. She is a beloved teacher in our Toddler group where she enjoys working with our ‘little friends’ and watching them grow and gain confidence as she creates a cozy and predictable atmosphere in which they feel safe to try new challenges. Mariska takes great pride in her work and is highly respected and appreciated for her contribution to our teaching team.

 

 

Prudence is new to The Clown Club in 2020 and is a welcome addition to our English-language groups. Prudence’s background includes teaching (and cooking) in international daycares, and she is an eager learner as well. In addition to multiple coaching credentials, Prudence is currently studying counseling and developmental psychology. Prudence is a native of Cameroon who has lived, studied and worked in The Netherlands for over a decade. She has two sons and enjoys cooking and volunteering at her church’s childcare.

 

Sakya is an infant specialist who joined our team in 2017. Sakya is experienced in all the Clown Club groups and especially enjoys the English-language groups. Sakya is known for having fun at work and for taking initiative to learn new skills. Sakya enjoys teaching kinderYOGA to children in the classroom and to families at play dates. Sakya is adventurous as well; she is going on a month-long American road trip in 2020.

 

 

Preschool:

Jo joined us in 2015 with several years of experience working with young children both in The Netherlands and in her native South Africa. Jo completed her Dutch teaching credentials while student teaching in our preschool group. Jo is hugely popular with the preschoolers, their parents and her colleagues, and we are very happy to have her with us.

 

 

Ynez joined us in 2015, bringing over 20 years of experience as a preschool teacher. Ynez is originally from the UK where she studied Montessori for Nursery Foundation and Early Childhood. She also completed a Dutch equivalent for educational social workers in daycare. Ynez leads the English-language Preschool, where she is loved and appreciated for her insight, expertise, experience and patience.

 

 

Dutch-language groups, D1 for toddlers, and D2 & 3 for preschoolers:

Dutch 1

Esther is an infant specialist who began as a substitute in the Baby Group and in the Dutch toddler group in 2015. Esther quickly became an important part of our teaching team. Esther is super-sweet, fun and creative, so she fits in well. Esther is also the talented artist who painted the clowns!

 

 


Mariska K is an infant specialist who joined our team in 2011. She enjoys the burst of development among the toddlers in Dutch 1, and she especially likes dancing and playing with them and enjoying their language development. Mariska is a very important part of this teaching team. Everyone likes Mariska’s competent and calm manner, including her twin sons who also loved to playing all day at The Clown Club.

 


Mariska T is an infant specialist who joined our team in 2008. She enjoys active play with children, especially music and dance. She likes working in the Dutch 1 toddler group with such fun children and friendly colleagues, and she enjoys being part of an international children’s center. Mariska has a an infant son in our Baby Room.

 

 

Marlene teaches in the Dutch toddler group, Dutch 1, where she began in 2019. Marlene enjoys playing with and caring for the children and learning from her colleagues. We are happy to have Marlene on our team!

 

 

 

Dutch 2 and Dutch 3:

Alexandra teaches in the Dutch preschool groups. Alex has been with us since 2016 when she began assisting in our English-language preschool. We are delighted to have Alex’s contributions to our programs; children, their parents and her colleagues enjoy Alex. Alex is a sweet mom to a sweet son too. We are so fortunate to have Alex on our team.

 

 

Deirdre teaches in the Dutch preschool groups, where she helps create a cozy atmosphere of trust and predictability for the busy children. Deirdre is very sweet and caring and is a natural leader. Deirdre is known for staying later to support a child in need, and she has a young son and daughter who also loved to play at The Clown Club when they were smaller. Deirdre has been with us for over ten years, since 2007, and we are grateful for her!

 

 

Laura is well known and loved as a super-fun, sweet teacher in Dutch 2. Laura enjoys the focus on children’s preschool development at such an exciting time. Laura especially enjoys using her creativity in her work, inspiring the children to do the same. Laura has a welcoming and soothing demeanor, as well as a lovely singing voice which we have been enjoying since 2006, nearly 15 years! Children love being in Dutch Preschool with Laura.

 

 

Priscilla joined us in 2000 and coordinates the activities of the Dutch preschool groups, Dutch 2 & 3. Priscilla often works with the older Dutch children to offer them age-appropriate challenges to satisfy their growing curiosity and to better prepare them for BIG school. Priscilla has a great sense of humor, and the children like and need her silly jokes! Teachers also enjoy working with her. Priscilla is one of our student teaching supervisors and has a special interest in neuro-diverse children’s special needs. 

 

Roos joined us in 1998 and brings her knowledge as a former post-natal nurse and as the mother of four daughters with her daily. Parents, children and teachers value and appreciate Roos’ experience, expertise, creativity and personal values. Roos is a super teacher, and she is passionate about recycling! Roos currently works in the Dutch preschool groups.

 

 

Managers & Owners:

Amy is our founding director. She is committed to excellence in international childcare and preschool. As a specialty teacher, an administrator, a student-teaching supervisor, and as a teacher- trainer and coach, Amy focuses on teaching up-to-date ‘best practices’ in early learning programs – and on having FUN. Amy has expertise in language development and in multi-lingual early learners, and she participates in international early learning conferences and workshops regularly in The Netherlands, in Europe and in the US. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a dual Master’s degree, Amy is certified as a Healthy Childcare coach (cGK) and a Professional Development coach for innovation in quality childcare (cIKK), as well as a children’s yoga instructor. Amy’s children started at TCC as                                             babies and are now 24- and 26-years-olds, one in Holland and one in the US.

Bryony joined our teaching team in 1998. American born and naturalized Dutch, Bryony completed her B.S. in Early Childhood Development in the US and her ‘cIKK’ coaching certification in The Netherlands. Bryony taught in the English-language groups for several years. As a teacher trainer and coach, Bryony now works with all of the groups, providing supervision and encouragement to teachers as they implement educational policies in their respective groups. Bryony also assists Karin as needed.

 

 Karin joined us in 2012 and has served as a teacher, an internship supervisor, an administrative assistant and now as a manager at The Clown Club. Karin can usually be found behind the desk in the office, providing service and leadership to parents and teachers, as well as to the public. Karin is super-friendly, helpful and talented. She is expecting a son in 2020 who will be well-loved in the Baby Group.

 

 

Pieter As a teacher and administrator, as well as our handy renaissance man, Pieter does office work and practical tasks, and Pieter makes music. The children light up when Pieter arrives with his guitar. Sing-Alongs are fun and popular with children and teachers alike! Parents also often enjoy joining in this fun Clown Club tradition. Pieter enjoyed a career of over 20 years at the Dutch Ministry of Defense before studying to become a childcare leader & preschool teacher when he was a young father. Pieter is married to Amy and supported her dream of creating a model early learning center in Wassenaar. He continues to do so.