The Full Story
Isabel is an Amsterdam-based educator and educational consultant. She works with parents, caregivers, teachers, and school leaders to provide training and consultation, using an anti-bias and anti-racist lens.
A dual American and Dutch national, Isabel identifies as multiracial. Her father is Black/Native American and her mother is white (Dutch). She grew up in the Midwest region of the USA. In 2000, she moved to New York City to attend Teachers College, Columbia University where she earned a Master's degree in Art Education. Isabel has been working in the field of education for over 20 years. She began her teaching career as a primary school art teacher and has been an early childhood teacher for the last 10 years. She taught in New York City public schools until moving to Amsterdam in 2017 where she has worked as an early childhood teacher at an international school (PYP). Throughout her teaching career, Isabel has been passionate about cultivating culturally responsive democratic classroom communities where all students have a voice and feel a strong sense of safety and belonging. Isabel is also a parent and this has only ignited her passion and advocacy for equitable education for all children.
Isabel is committed to being a lifelong learner. She has received extensive training in Early Childhood pedagogy and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Here are some of the organizations and programs where she has received training:
Center for Racial Justice in Education (DEI training)
Courageous Conversations (DEI training)
Harvard Graduate School of Education (DEI training)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP)
National Equity Project (DEI training)
Responsive Classroom (Social emotional learning training)
Study tour in Pistoia and Reggio Emilia, Italy (Early childhood training)
"Education is the most powerful weapon
which you can use to change the world."