After completing secondary school, Elsbeth completed her introductory exam in Social Work in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. For one year, she worked as a social worker in a school for children with mental health problems. Subsequently, she studied Theology in Leuven (Belgium) for four years but decided that, although it was a very interesting topic, her future was not in theology. Elsbeth then moved to Amsterdam and after working for some time, she decided that she wanted to become a Dutch Teacher. She pursued her Bachelor of Dutch Education Degree whilst working at a school for children with special needs. She then went on to teach at Damstede Lyceum, a multicultural school in Amsterdam.
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