As a young girl I had big plans for my grown-up life: I would read books, teach and explore the world, and I was looking forward to it!
(Josephine Franken, IBID director at 7 years old)
When I was older, therefore, I attended Leiden University to study Dutch Language and Literature. Dutch Language because language is one of the most important means of communication. Even reading, thinking, dreaming, is all done through language. The Dutch language may not be particularly appealing, nor is it a language of global significance, but when you have grown up with it, as I did, it is ‘home’. Dutch Literature because literature gives pause to reflect on ideas and feelings about yourself and the world around you. Dutch literature is a cultural heritage and invites you to look beyond the borders and dive into world literature.
When I first became acquainted with the International Baccalaureate in 1997, all my ideas about education fell into place. I became an all-round IB Dutch teacher, tutored IB Dutch students abroad and was a supervisor at an international school for what is now the SSST programme.
In 2000 I founded IBID, the first organisation in the world to provide IB Dutch self-taught programmes only. The perspective from which we started then is still the guiding principle today: IBID wants to be a safe haven and an inspiring school fostering Dutch-speaking IB students who think of themselves as world citizens and who are proud to form a part of the Dutch culture.
In 1999 Betty obtained a secondary teaching qualification for Dutch from the Faculty of Education in Amsterdam, specialising in Dutch as a Second Language. She taught Dutch at various schools in Turkey, Japan, China, The Netherlands and Singapore. Betty founded the Stichting Nederlands Onderwijs (Dutch Education Foundation) in Istanbul and professionalised the curriculum. She was examiner for the CNaVT-exam in several countries. As from August 2016, Betty works at the International School of the Hague as IB-Dutch teacher in the MYP-programme.
Coordinator pre-IBDP l teacher pre-IBDP & SSST
Sjolanda studied Dutch (secondary teaching qualification) and History at the teacher-training institute in Zwolle. She then went on to study International Relations at the American University in Washington D.C. and she taught Dutch at the University of Maryland. In Rotterdam she worked as a teacher and programme developer of Dutch as a Second Language for higher-educated students. She gained experience in tutoring other-language and multilingual students. Sjolanda taught Dutch at the International School of Zug and at the Inter Community School of Zurich, where she developed the MYP- and Dutch SSST programmes.
Studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Amsterdam with Historical Literature as her main subject. After her Master’s degree she acquired an upper secondary Teaching Qualification. Suzanne worked for over ten years as a Dutch teacher and coordinator of language policy at various secondary schools in Amsterdam. She went on to become an IB Dutch teacher at Frankfurt International School. Between 2014 and 2019 Suzanne worked in Dubai and Doha teaching IB English and as coordinator of the IBDP self-taught programme. Since August 2019 she works as an IB English teacher at Hangzhou International School in China.