Hanneke holds a degree in Dutch Linguistics from the University of Groningen where she also completed an upper secondary teaching qualification. She worked as an IB teacher and year tutor at the International School in Haren (Groningen) until moving to the UK in 1996. She then worked as an IB Dutch A teacher at the American Community School in Cobham and later as teacher of Dutch in Aberdeen. Hanneke works as principal examiner for Cambridge International Assessments and helps students in their preparation for the Leuven CNaVT exam.
Hanneke is a teacher.