Participation Council (DMR)

The participation council of the school (DMR) consists of elected representatives of the parent, student and staff community. Their contribution and support on many items are crucial for the further development of processes and policies in school. They have an advisory role and sometimes have to give their consent on particular items according to the participation council regulations. The council meets every six weeks with the Head of School. 

The participation council of the school consists of 2 members of the parent community, 2 members of the student community and 4 members of the staff community. All representatives are elected for a period of 3 years. The participation council of the school is a subsidiary (deel raad) of the council (MR) of Het Baken. The meetings of the DMR are open for the school community. The meeting dates can be found in the school calendar. Any information regarding the DMR can be found via the DMR Secretary.

These are the representatives for 2017-2018:
Parent representatives: Bert Demers, Alletta Stienstra
Student representatives: Liora Kats, Joe Taylor
Staff representatives: Josefina Moreno, Juanita Arnaud, Gigi Laméris, Lars Engberts
The chairperson is Bert Demers. You can contact the participation council  for queries and input at
Secretary: Josefina Moreno

Parent representative:
Bert Demers: My name is Bert Demers. I have a daughter in DP2 and a son in MYP4 studying at ISAlmere. I have a very broad experience in working in an international environment and have been working and living in several countries in the world. I believe that students, teachers and parents can, in good cooperation with the Head of School, help to continuously improve the school and make it a great place to study and teach. As a representative of the parents in the DMR, I am motivated to use life experiene to support this.

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Parent representative:
Alletta Stienstra: My name is Alletta Stienstra. I worked for over 20 years as an expert in several countries and am now based in the Netherlands. I have two sons at the school and was also part of the parent support group. Getting acquainted with the wonderful school community I am now motivated to build a stable school and active platform for parents.


Student representative:
Joe Taylor: My name is Joe Taylor and I am 17 years old. I am currently in DP2 and in the future I hope to become either a history teacher or a business teacher.  I lived in the United Kingdom until I was 13 and then moved to Almere. I am heavily invested in in-school activities and out of school I enjoy skateboarding and record collecting. As a member of the DMR, I am aiming to continue the improvement of students experience within school. With this, I am hoping that more students will enjoy education and in-school activities.


Student representative:
Liora Kats: My name is Liora Kats. I am a 16 years old, currently in DP1. I was born and raised in Almere, the Netherlands. I am half Dutch and half Ukrainian and therefore speak Russian, Dutch and English. I have been part of this school since MYP2. I love travelling, cooking and meeting new people. Being part of International School Almere has been, and is amazing. I got to know students, parents and teachers from all over the world and learn about all of their different cultural backgrounds. I was a member of the students council in MYP2 and really enjoyed that. As a student representative in the DMR, I want to help improve and change the school for the better by letting student opinions and voices heard. I find this of great importance as this will help with new ideas ensuring that everyone at International School Almere has enjoyable and quality years of education.


Staff representative:
Juanita Arnaud: My name is Juanita Arnaud, I come from Malta and this is my third-year teaching at the International School Almere. I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the IB community and to work in an open-minded school that celebrates diversity and promotes positivity. As a teacher, I put the students’ needs first in order to help them in their journey to reach their goals. Within the DMR I am motivated to work with the staff, students and parent representatives to improve the school experience for all stakeholders.


Staff representative:
Josefina Moreno: My name is Josefina Moreno, I am Spanish. I had various roles in the school, now I teach Spanish. I live in Almere and I have 2 daughters. I have been working for the ISAlmere since 2011. I am very motivated to build a stable school. It is an honor to be part of the world wide IB community and the ISAlmere and to be able to participate in the growth and development of the school.


Staff representative:
Gigi Laméris: My name is Gigi Laméris, I am a half French and Dutch. I was born in the Netherlands but grew up in the south of France. In addition to my bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts I became a Visual Arts teacher alongside my studio work. In the past I have worked for various international fields (Opera) and professional Art projects (theater productions), as a Fine Arts artist and with and for other established artists, scenographers, performers. I have a Master’s in Set-Design and I am following a Master in Art Education and Art Management. I have the advantage of being out in the field in practice as an artist as my own entrepreneur, in relation with my students and keeping myself updated on the newest evolutions in education in my master’s program.  My main motivation to join the DMR is to maintain an objective stand-point and be a filter for all matters that need to be assessed with great care and vigilance, separating financial interests and pedagogical interests and finally to help building a tough IB Curriculum continuum and IB based environment. I feel very grateful for this opportunity and can contribute to the school ethics, the I.S. Almere community’s growth and development.


Staff representative:
Lars EngbertsMy name is Lars Engberts and I am in my 8th year at IS Almere. After a brief excursion into business related jobs I was lucky enough to find my way into teaching at international schools. I started at IS Almere in 2010 and have seen a lot of developments and strengthening of this school. I work here as PHE teacher and I have previously worked at International School Hilversum and Laar en Berg, both as an MYP PE teacher. My biggest fascinations with being in the DMR are to help progress the school as a complete organization and have input and insight on a scale much broader then only my own subject and mentoring year level. As a representative of the teachers my main objective is to help the school experience be complete and streamlined for our students. I believe in having all players in the right position and them knowing exactly what to do. All who come here are here to succeed and expand. Each member of the school community needs to have ae supportive and inspiring environment.


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