Getting to know Minke
Entrepreneur, problem-solver, agent of change, connector
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” Albert Einstein
In the past 20 years I have been active in a broad range of different areas of the education sector: as a teacher, team leader, deputy director, supervisor, interim manager and school founder (erasmuscollegerivierenland.nl).
In the past 20 years I have been active in a broad range of different areas of the education sector: as a teacher, team leader, deputy director, supervisor, interim manager and school founder (deroo.nl), where I hold the position of senior associate.
I am familiar with most of the educational work field: housing, supervision, governance, employee representation, finance, staffing, teaching hours standards, class timetables, quality of education, improvement plans, all levels, exams, etc. I am able to quickly fathom a situation or an organisational issue, determining which steps should be taken in order to reach a solution or an improvement. Education is part of my life and I would not want it otherwise. It is a challenge to structure a school in such a way that students enjoy working towards graduation and teachers are empowered to do their jobs with enthusiasm. I take great pleasure in that challenge, and see new opportunities in each and every situation.
I am committed to a form of education that is enterprising and that focuses on learning through thinking and doing.
Not all Dutch students enjoy going to school. Often they are happy with the social contacts the school provides, but the classroom they generally find boring. This is one of the results of the recent Pisa report (OECD, 2017). However, there are many examples of schools where the students do enjoy the learning process, both in the Netherlands and internationally. In these schools I witnessed how education can be organised in an alternative way and I saw what is needed to motivate students. It is my aim, as an interim manager, to make education more enterprising, more fun and more simple for both students, teachers and school leaders. I am committed to education that is based on learning through thinking and doing. Education that is balanced between mandatory and voluntary elements. Education that challenges students to be enterprising.