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Elementary Team

Meet our dedicated Elementary School teachers and educational assistants, who care for our students in Kindergarten through to Grade 5.

  • Barbara Kinds

    Barbara Gerrits-Kinds

    Kindergarten Teacher

    Barbara Gerrits-Kinds

    Before Barbara started her teaching career, she worked for many years in banking and customer service related jobs, both in the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom. After her father retired from being an elementary school teacher and principal, she decided to carry on the teaching tradition in her family.

    Due to her love to travel, Barbara was already living in the UK at the time of her decision. Which resulted in her studying at the University of Derby where she received her BA degree in Geography with Education Studies followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education Primary 5-11 with French.

    Barbara taught at various elementary schools in Derbyshire County in the UK before moving back to the Netherlands in 2012 to live closer to her family. She started teaching in Kindergarten at NAISR in 2013. Barbara enjoys teaching the Kindergarten students who at the beginning of the school year might know some letters and numbers, but leave as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists and explorers in June, ready to go to Grade 1.

    Besides being the Kindergarten teacher, Barbara is also the Elementary School Field Trip Coordinator and organizes field trips and various workshops for the elementary students.

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  • Susan Graham

    Susan Graham

    Grade 1 Teacher

    Susan Graham

    Sue is a motivated teacher who wants all children to be successful learners. She works to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging, and adaptive to the varied needs of her students. Sue has been a member of the NAISR community, as the grade 1 teacher, for the past 17 years.

    Prior to joining the international education path in Rotterdam, Sue taught in inner city schools for 14 years. As a member of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Sue taught at various grade levels and was a mentor and interim between student teachers and the Pitt University.

    Sue enjoys spending time with her family and friends in the coziness of the Dutch culture.
     

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  • Maki Nishihara

    Maki Nishihara

    Grade 2 Teacher

    Maki Nishihara

    Maki Nishihara is an international educator who has lived, studied, and worked in Switzerland, France, Mexico, US, Brazil, Panama, Estonia, Germany, and Japan. She received a B.A. degree in Spanish and French from Franklin & Marshall College and a M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies in Learning Styles for International Educators from the State University of New York.

    Her teaching style encompasses multicultural and multidisciplinary elements, ensuring students to receive an enriching and rewarding academic experience. She has been trained in various programs such as PYP, Tribes, and Responsive Classroom to create an encouraging, safe, and caring environment for the students.

    She loves traveling and meeting new people. She is an enthusiastic communicator who enjoys talking about anything and engaging in conversations with people from all over the world. Her passion is to educate the younger generation to be more open-minded to the beauty of the world, but at the same time embrace and love his or her own culture.

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  • Ana Nunes

    Ana Nunes

    Grade 3 Teacher & Head of IPC

    Ana Nunes

    Ana is a true Third Culture Kid, whose parents are originally from Portugal, though she was born in Rhodesia and has lived around the world in many countries including Mozambique, South Africa, Macau, Portugal, and the United Kingdom. She obtained a degree in Psychology and qualified as a teacher in the United Kingdom with aspirations to teach internationally. As a Third Culture Kid, she thrives in international schools as she enjoys teaching children from across the globe and learning from their rich multi-cultural experiences.

    Her passion for international education has also taken her travelling with her daughter across the world. Before joining NAISR, Ana worked at St. Julian's School and St. Dominic's International School in Portugal, Park School in Bournemouth, United Kingdom, The British School of Cordoba in Spain, and the International School of Brunei on Borneo island. In 2012, Ana began her leadership role at the International School of Brunei, while enjoying the warmth and rainforest adventures on Borneo island and Southeast Asia. 

    In 2015, she moved back to Europe to be closer to family and joined us at NAISR as the Grade 3 teacher and Student Council Leader, with a strong, passionate focus on student learning, autonomy and leadership. In 2016, Ana took on the role of Head of the IPC curriculum, overseeing the development, delivery and evaluation of our IPC curriculum. In 2017, Ana joined the Works Council and coaches basketball after school.

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  • Sara Hinojosa

    Sara Hinojosa

    Grade 4 Teacher

    Sara Hinojosa

    Sara Hinojosa is an enthusiastic teacher that comes from Monterrey, Mexico. She has over fourteen years of experience as a teacher and has taught in several international schools in Mexico. Sara has been a part of the Nord Anglia Education team since 2014, and joined NAISR in 2019.

    Sara studied her Bachelor's in Education, holds a Master's Degree in Child Gestalt Psychotherapy from the Fritz Pearls Institute, and is on her way to earn a Master's Degree in International Teaching from Framingham State University. She is also very passionate about work-life balance, and the study of Mindfulness and its applications to tackle the problems that kids face, such as stress and anxiety.

    Sara enjoys the everyday challenges of adapting her lesson plans to match the current and expected challenges that students face, both now and in and future job market, as well as to help prepare them to tackle the problems to be solved in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

    She enjoys traveling, basking in the evening sun with a good book, and walking with her husband along the Lage Bergse Bos in Rotterdam.

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  • Nina Blin

    Kristina Blin

    Grade 5 Teacher

    Kristina Blin

    Kristina, better known as Nina, is from Portland, Oregon in the United States. As a child she traveled frequently with her family, and from a young age had decided to try living internationally.

    After earning a Bachelor's degree, as well as a teaching certificate, Nina taught in the US Virgin Islands and Sacramento, California. She moved internationally to teach 6th grade in Portugal before returning to the US to earn a Master's of Arts in Teaching and Teacher Education.

    Since then, Nina has taught in several international schools around the world. She has taught in China (where she met her non-teaching, French husband), Egypt, the country of Georgia (where her son was born), Colombia, and now the Netherlands. She has taught students in Kindergarten, and 2nd grade, 5th grade, and 6th - 9th grades.

    Nina and her family enjoy living in Rotterdam, where the bikes and climate remind her of her hometown. When Nina is not at school she spends time with her family traveling, cooking, and reading.

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  • Stuart Brown

    Stuart Brown

    Athletic Director & HAPE Teacher

    Stuart Brown

    Having originally travelled from the UK to the Netherlands in 2001 to work as a professional football trainer with Sparta Rotterdam, Stuart returned to the UK to become a Technique trainer with Tottenham Hotspurs in London.

    Stuart once again returned to Holland in 2009 and joined the NAISR science department alongside his role as technique trainer at AZ Alkmaar football club. After moving across to the PE department, Stuart made his teaching role his main focus and coached at professional football teams alongside his role at the school.

    Stuart became Athletic Director in 2018-19 and continues to advise professional football clubs and associations around Europe.

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  • David Blackburn

    David Blackburn

    Art Teacher, Media & Publications, and Substitution Coordinato...

    David Blackburn

    David has a B.A.(Hons) in Art as well as a Masters Degree in Art History, and started teaching after receiving a P.G.C.E. in Art and Design from the Institute of Education, University College London in 1997.

    David spent eight years working in various English schools before moving to the Hague with his wife in 2005. After briefly working at the British School in the Netherlands, he came to work at NAISR, formally AISR, in the Art Department.

    Along with teaching Art, David also teaches Media and Publications and is the school Substitution Coordinator.

    He and his wife, who also teaches at NAISR, have two children who attend the school. David loves living in the Netherlands, with its museums and galleries that contain some of the greatest treasures of European history.

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