My abridged “one pager” followed by the more extensive details.

💡Achievements

  • Jury member for the Neev Book Award for Indian Children’s literature since 2017, and active participant in the Neev Literature festival offering presentations and workshops for educators, parents and students
  • Attended workshops and professional development and been an active participant and presenter in national and international teacher-librarian and Edtech organisations.
  • Charles Sturt University – Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) Course Advisory Committee

At Western Academy of Beijing (Beijing):

  • Curated resources and created library guides (MYP Middle School) that have received over 90,000 views (https://learn.wab.edu/ms/)
  • Led project to overhaul of the learn.wab.edu libguides.
  • Facilitated switch to online learning during the Covid-19 period through curation of resources, training and guidance of staff
  • Assisted and trained teachers and students to onboard to Microsoft Teams from previous Moodle platform. Providing in-person and online support during Covid-19 lockdown
  • Supported teachers and MYP coordinator in the curation of resources for research and inquiry
  • Curated and promoted resources for WAB’s IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Social Justice) initiative
  • EARCOS Teacher Representative
  • Elected as Teacher Representative on the WAB Board of Directors

At Canadian International School (Singapore):

  • Created library guides including curriculum guides for units of inquiry (PYP)  (http://cis.libguides.com/TKlibrary/home
  • Completed a full library renovation and renewal improving accessibility, space usage, signage, and display
  • Created a visual search guide for the library catalogue
  • Ensured a more diverse collection that reflects our student population by having books from many cultures and countries
  • Ensured the collection reflects the grade level and reading ability of our students by increasing the quantity and quality of books in the junior section
  • Enhanced virtual access to research resources through the library guides  and to information literacy lessons after lessons so students can continue to learn at home
  • Set up library information and education sessions for parents through the parents’ page and through structured information sessions on a bi-annual basis
  • Continued education, collaboration and updates for teachers on new tools, new resources and using existing resources, getting regular feedback and feed-forward at co-planning meetings
  • Enhanced Chinese literacy through increasing Chinese collection by over 2,000 books including new early readers and a weekly read-aloud in the library, as well as Chinese collection lists on the catalog and Chinese library guides for UOI and the employment of a Chinese speaking library assistant
  • Fostered a love of reading through the Blokes with Books club and Readers’ Cup (winning national competition in May 2016) and regular author visits.
  • Revamped and improved the collection of P-SEL (Personal Social and Emotional Learning) books and organising Professional Development (April 2017) for teachers and parents in their use

At UWCSEA East Campus

  • Provided support as a research librarian in creating libguides for Middle School and the IB
  • Researched and implemented the LOTE collection (Languages Other than English)
  • Set up a discussion forum on Home Languages for parents, Teachers and Students

🧳 Employment Experience

Education and Children’s literature

Various financial and corporate roles

  • 2001-2003:        Financial Manager Permanento Ltd (Hong Kong / Luxembourg / Spain)
  • 2001:                   Manager Dutch Business Association (Hong Kong)
  • 2000-2001:        Freelance English Teacher (Hong Kong)
  • 2000:                  Regional Business Development Manager – Reckon Pty Ltd (Asia)
  • 1998-1999:        Financial Director – Impress Metal Packaging B.V (Netherlands)                               
    Business Unit Controller – Fruit & Vegetables Division (Europe)                               
    Board member of Pension Fund TDV                               
    Director of Impress Metal Packaging Belgium
  • 1995-1996:        Control Manager – Bunge International Limited (Brazil)
  • 1993-1995:        Controller – Royal Inventum Company (subsidiary B/E Aerospace Inc. (Netherlands)
  • 1990-1993:        Senior Accountant – Deloitte & Touche (Netherlands/South Africa)
  • 1989:                  Assistant Lecturer / Course Co-ordinator Management Accounting University of Cape Town (South Africa)  

🎓Education

  • 2016: Masters in Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • 2014: Master in Information Studies with distinction – Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • 2011: Certificate in Putonghua – Hong Kong University
  • 2005: Creative Writing course – Open College of the Arts, UK
  • 2005: Licensed Kindermusik Educator
  • 2000: Cambridge/RSA certificate course in English Language Teaching to Adults  – International House London
  • 1997: MBA – IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1993: Registeraccountant (RA), Netherlands
  • 1993: Master of Philosophy – University of Cape Town (Commerce and Education faculty)
  • 1992: Chartered Accountant (South Africa)
  • 1989: Bachelor of Commerce (Honours); majoring in Industrial Psychology & Accounting -University of Cape Town
  • 1989: Post-graduate diploma in Accounting – University of Cape Town

✍🏼Publications

🎤Conference and PD presentations:

  • May 2021: ECIS Library Week:
  • May 2021: Asian Festival of Children’s Content panelist – Connections to Global Issues: how teacher-librarians are supporting the UN SDGs and beyond
  • May 2021: Toddle TIES conference panelist – Library at the Heart of the School – Developing Inquiry and Research.” 
  • Mar 2021: EdTechGZ – One Ring to Bind them – Libguides to showcase resources 24/7
  • Oct 2020: Podcast – from Page to Practicediscussion of Jamie Thom’s book “Quiet”
  • Aug 2020: Springshare Springy Camp – Libguides Beyond the Library
  • Mar 2020: Education Research Reading Room Podcast – Online Learning a Teacher Librarian’s Perspective
  • Jan 2020: WABLabs, Beijing China – Teacher Workshop – Integrating literature into the curriculum
  • Sep 2019: NEEV Literature Festival, Bangalore, India. Part of the panel of judges for the annual Neev Children’s Literature award.  Workshop – Books & Beyond – Inquiry meets storytelling to build bridges using the UN Global Goals.
  • Mar 2019: Workshop at EARCOS librarian workshop – Pimp my (lib)Guide
  • Sep 2018: NEEV Literature Festival, Bangalore, India. Part of the panel of judges for the annual Neev Children’s Literature award. Presentation – What when a child won’t read. Workshop – Using Empathy Mapping with Picture Books.
  • Feb 2018: ECIS Library conference, Chennai, India – Converting reluctant readers through social belonging
  • Jan 2018: 21st Century Learning, Hong Kong, China – Combining the digital and physical to Blokes with Books
  • Dec 2017: Asia-Pacific International Schools Conference 2017, Workshop: Blokes with books – can social belonging impact on reading motivation and skill for young boys?
  • Oct 2017: Academic Honesty, presentation and workshops for teachers in Grades 1-3; 4-6; and secondary
  • Sep 2017: NEEV Literature Festival, Bangalore, India Part of the panel of judges for the inaugural Neev Children’s Literature award – Kindergarten workshop; Presentation on classroom libraries to teachers; panel co-moderator Trends and Traditions in Literature;  presentation to participants – “Read to Grow, Grow to Read
  • May 2017: Asian Festival of Children’s Content, Singapore – Blokes with Books, communal reading
  • Feb 2017: Librarian Knowledge Sharing Workshop, UWCSEA-East, Singapore, Presentation: Blokes with Books – social belonging for reluctant readers
  • May 2015: Multilingualism Conference UWCSEA-East – Presentation: Chasing the Chinese Dragon
  • Feb 2015: Librarian’s Knowledge Sharing Workshop, Shrewsbury International School, Bangkok, Presentation: Information Literacy – Beyond Search and Cite.
  • Nov 2014: The South East Asian School Librarian Connection Presentation, Renaissance College Library, Hong Kong: Digital Storytelling

⚙️Professional Development

  • Jun 2021: The Art of Coaching, Elena Aguilar
  • May 2021:  ECIS Library Week
  • Jan 2021: 21CL HK – Librarian Conference
  • Jul 2020:  MIE (Microsoft Innovative Educator) Expert
  • Nov 2019:  FOEN Future of Education Now, WAB, Beijing China
  • Sep 2019: NEEV Literature Festival, Bangalore, India
  • May 2019: ISTE Certified educator workshop, Beijing, China (certification in process)
  • April 2019: Oliver Softlink training, Beijing, China
  • April 2019: Creating Cultures of Thinking, Kobe, Japan
  • March 2019: EARCOS Librarian Weekend & pre-conference, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Nov 2018: MYP Collaboration for Growth Workshop, Beijing, China
  • Sep 2018: NEEV Literature Festival, Bangalore, India
  • Feb 2018:ECIS Library conference, Chennai, India
  • Jan 2018: 21st Century Learning, Hong Kong, China
  • Dec 2017:Asia-Pacific International Schools Conference 2017,Hong Kong, China
  • Sep 2017:NEEV Literature Festival, Bangalore, India
  • Feb 2017: Librarian Knowledge Sharing Workshop, UWCSEA-East, Singapore
  • Nov 2016: Follett Workshop, SAIS, Singapore
  • Oct 2016: IB-PYP – Concept based learning Category 3, Canadian International School, Singapore
  • Aug 2016: Jo Boaler, Stanford Lagunita, MOOC How to Learn Math
  • Feb 2016: IB PYP – Making the PYP Happen in the Classroom, Category 1, Canadian International School, Singapore
  • Feb 2016: IB PYP – Making the PYP library the Hub of learning, Category 3, Renaissance College, Hong Kong
  • Jun 2015: Robyn Trevaud, Common Sense Education – Digital Literacy and Citizenship, Singapore
  • May 2015: Multilingualism Conference Eithne Gallagher – Equal rights to the curriculum: Promoting home languages in all classrooms – from theory to practice, Singapore
  • Apr 2015: Follett Destiny, 2 day training, Singapore
  • Jan 2015: Information Literacy Seminar 2015 – We are teaching but are they learning? Singapore Management University
  • Nov 2014: The South East Asian School Librarian Connection Sharing for learning, come and be in the room, Renaissance College Library, Hong Kong
  • Nov 2014: Information Literacy Job Alike Workshop, Tanglin Trust School, Singapore
  • Feb 2014: Librarian’s Knowledge Sharing Workshop, Juradong International School, Brunei
  • Dec 2013: Follett Destiny training workshop, UWCSEA-East, Singapore

🖥Technology / applications

  • OPAC: Follett Destiny; Softlink/Oliver;  Library Things for Libraries
  • Microsoft: Teams; Office 365
  • Education: Moodle; Powerschool; SchoolBox
  • Blogging: WordPress & Blogger
  • Citation: Zotero; NoodleTools
  • Curation: Libguides CMS; 
  • Google: Google Applications for Education
  • Apple: Pages; iBooks
  • Programming: Basic HTML & CSS
  • Design: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign
  • Anything else as needed

❤️Hobbies & Passions

  • Reading
  • Hiking
  • Running
  • Music
  • Travel
  • Learning Chinese
  • Knitting & Crochet

🗺Languages & Countries

Fluent: English / Dutch
Basic Conversation: Spanish; French; Portuguese
Continually Learning: Chinese (Putonghua)

📃References

Available on request