Hi, I’m Janneke and I have been working as a Dutch teacher since 2018. I have lived in Maastricht with my husband and my children since 2004, but was born and raised in the centre of the Netherlands, in and around Utrecht. Being married to a ‘native’ from Maastricht, I have become adapted to the southern culture of this country, and I find it very pleasant to live here.
About my background: I studied Phonetics at Utrecht University and Speech Therapy at Hogeschool Utrecht, both studies in which language plays an important part. Although in my professional career I also worked in other fields (e.g. sales, administrative jobs), language always kept my love and interest.
In the years that I have worked as a Dutch teacher I have been enjoying this job tremendously, for several reasons. It is a delight to recall my academic background and restructure everything I learned in such a way that I can now teach our Dutch language to students. Furthermore, I find it really inspiring to meet new people from all over the world and learn about so many new cultures. I am looking forward to meeting you and helping you use Dutch in your everyday life!