Careers at AFNORTH International School

At AFNORTH you gain an incredible international experience where you have the opportunity to teach highly motivated students, in small classes, with excellent facilities and resources, allowing you to concentrate on what you do best.

Expand your Horizon

Staff at AFNORTH have told us that the opportunities to expand their horizons by working with colleagues from across the world and who are passionate about professional development has been life changing. Working at AFNORTH means you will have plenty of opportunities to learn and to develop your own expertise as well as venture out and find new skills and ways of approaching your craft.

The Netherlands is a vibrant and friendly place to live. It Is international and welcoming with well-connected transportation and good infrastructure. Whether you are single, raising a family, or seeking a new adventure with your partner, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to meet new people and socialise – and most importantly – make lifelong friendships.

Staff join us – realise there is no other school in the world that works like we do – and as they step out of their comfort zone, refresh their aspirations and follow new dreams.

Reflections from Teachers

Amy How, 2016-2018:

Amy How“My time at AFNORTH International School changed my life. Truly. It was the highlight of my teaching career.
When my two year Loan of Service Agreement was over, I was devastated. I knew that I simply could not return to my previous job, in my Canadian hometown. The time spent in the Netherlands had given me far too many personal and professional opportunities. It had opened my eyes to teaching globally and I knew that I wanted more international experiences in the field of education. I was ready for a leap of faith into a new career.

Working as a Mathematics Coach at AFNORTH allowed me to interact with other countries national curriculums and even participate in a variety of training sessions in Germany, Denmark and Cyprus. I had been given the chance to promote my favourite Dutch mathematical tool, called the Rekenrek.

A year and a half later, I am now close to being 100% self-employed in my own new company based in the UK. I am fortunate to travel and promote the Rekenrek through training sessions. To this day, staff at AFNORTH continue to stay in contact with me and give me ongoing encouragement and support. I know that I will forever look back at my time at AFNORTH with the fondest of memories and know that it was those two years that gave me the courage to follow my dreams.”

Amy How
www.rekenrek101.com

Sophia Dixon, 2016-2020:

Sophia Dixon

“I joined AFNORTH International School in 2016 and it felt warm and familiar the very first year. AIS is truly the heart of the NATO community. Especially the partnership with families is very strong here. The presence of parents, engaged in authentic school-wide and classroom experiences, is a powerful way to build home-school connections. These offer our students a safe and secure place to learn, to take risks and to express their creativity in the classroom. One of my most rewarding experiences is watching students learning a language they have never spoken before and speaking with confidence and poise to their peers and teachers. AIS is a place where we get to witness the transformation of children daily.”

Sophia Dixon

Mayra and David Seitz, 2007-2020:

Mayra SeitzDavid Seitz
After almost 13 years of working at AFNORTH International School, science teachers David and Mayra Seitz are moving to their new retirement home in the country outside of Castleberry Alabama. Since the August of 2007, Mayra taught mostly at the Middle School and David at the High School of AIS.

Mayra: “I enjoyed the kindness and respect of the children and the diversity, especially in the first 10 years when we had all the Middle School science students of all nations. I also enjoyed the great outdoor education end of year trips which allowed us to see students blossom, doing things outside of their comfort zone.”

“The kids and faculty are really nice,” David adds. “And the school is well supplied. I had everything I could ever need to teach my science and tech classes. Now, we are looking forward to fishing in our lake, growing a large veggie and flower garden, and keeping bees.”

Mayra and David Seitz

Ina Wester, 2017-2020:

Ina Wester

“The notion that the world is a village was certainly true for me during my time at AFNORTH International School. I have worked in the German section from 2017 to 2020 with a small group of teachers, all highly skilled and very flexible – something you have to be when every day brings about new and oftentimes exciting challenges.

I immediately was given more and more responsibilities, ranging from head of departmentships to coordination of the Middle and High School in my section. An opportunity to learn and grow, which I would not have been offered at home. Something to build upon when returning to my home state.

The most rewarding aspect of teaching at AIS was – for me – the chance to form international bonds. I was able to work with students from all NATO nations, I formed deep friendships in the American and British section, and I was “adopted” by the Canadian delegation. Nowhere have I ever heard of this type of multi-national school with this unique internationalism. And seeing the students grow in this environment was wonderful to behold.

I feel blessed for having had the chance to work at AFNORTH, for having been offered all these responsibilities, for having been allowed to learn and grow myself, and for having had the opportunity to see my students thrive. I hope that everyone who follows me will make similar wonderful experiences.”

Ina Wester

Living our Values – Inspirational Community of Learning

‘Inspiring Respect, Resilience and the ability to Think and Act Inclusively in our international environment’ epitomises our AIS approach. These core values have led to us collectively adopting six ‘Deep Learning Competencies’ better known as our 6 C’s. The 6 ‘C’s are a skill set every student needs to achieve and excel in order to flourish in today’s complex world. You can see the 6 C’s in action by rolling over the pictures below to reveal their meaning.
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