Our names are Vivian Vreeman and Wendy Mubure-Visch.
Vivian – I was born and raised in the United States (outside the city of Chicago), but have Dutch parents. I received my Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Loyola University in Chicago. I worked as a primatologist studying chimpanzee and gorilla behaviour and cognition at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago before pursuing my Master’s Degree in Forest and Nature Conservation from Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 2007. After working for several years as a primatologist, both in the United States and in the Netherlands, I decided to go back to school to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education. At Rivers International School Arnhem I have taught Year 7 and Year 1 in addition to providing learning support for children in all groups. I also taught English to Year 6 & 7 from the Dutch Department.
Wendy – I was born in the Netherlands. I started my teacher training program at Saxion Hogeschool in the Netherlands and completed it at the University of East London. I have taught Mathematics and Science at a Secondary School in Ghana during my teacher training. In the Netherlands, I have taught at an Islamic primary school for two years and a Special Needs primary school for one year. I started working at the Arnhem International School last school year and taught Year 1 and Reception.
Wendy will be teaching the class for five days each week from the start of the school year until the end of December. When Vivian comes back from her pregnancy leave (after Christmas holiday), Wendy and Vivian will be sharing the class. Vivian will be the class teacher three days a week and Wendy will be in the other two days.