Participation Council (DR)

The participation council of the school (DR) 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 DR are open for the school community. The meeting dates can be found in the school calendar. Any information regarding the DR can be found via the DR Secretary.
These are the representatives for 2020-2021:
Parent representatives: Gabriel Drilea, Aleka Kanta
Student representatives: Jacqueline Roney, Esmachiah Aankomah
Staff representatives: Olja Orlandini, Riette Pienaar, Tjitske Hoogendijk, Jennifer Warring
Chairperson: Jennifer Waring (   Secretary: Tjitske Hoogendijk (
You can contact the participation council  for queries and input at

Parent representative:
Gabriel Drilea: I am a father of 3 children. Two of my boys are at the International school Almere. A graduate in Law and Psychology, and a long career in human resources management in banking, industrial sector and digital marketing have led me to this role as parent representative. I occasionally did some teaching too, History to Gymnasium students and Psychology to polytechnic studetns. I speak English, Romanian, some Russian and Dutch and I know some basic German and French. As I am passionate about sport, I do some long distance mountain/road runs. I do believe that education is very important and as a DR member I would like to contribute to the creation of an environment that fosters a healthy upbringing and a community orientation for our children.
Parent representative:
Aleka Kanta:My name is Aleka Kanta and I come from Greece. I studied Business Administration and Public Relations. I speak English, French and German. I have been a PSG member for two years and very much enjoyed helping our school with all the events and passing info and/or help parents with their issues, through the chat groups. I intend to do the same at the DR committee. School is very important to me as it gives knowledge and prepares our kids for their adult life, so it is imperative to address any issues that may arise and offer solutions so everything runs smoothly.
Student representative:
Jacqueline Roney: I am Jacquiline Roney. I am currently a DP1 student. I started my journey with ISA since MYP2. I had some experience with the students’ council which inspired me to be the students’ voice in the DR platform. I truly believe that the inclusion of students’ opinion is very vital to the building of a sustainable school community. Hence, I am proud and happy to be a member of the DR.
Student representative:
Esmachiah Ankomah:I am Esmachiah Ankomah, 15 years old and currently a student in MYP5. I am Dutch-Ghanaian and have attended this school for 3 years and beside being a student, I am a member of the DR. Having this role will give me an opportunity to represent the student body and to actively participate in the development of our school.
Staff representative:
Riette Pienaar:My name is Riette Pienaar and I am from South Africa. I have lived in the Netherlands for the last four years, together with my husband and two children.  I teach Integrated Science in the Middle Years Programme and Chemistry in the Diploma Programme.  Looking back at  my career at the International School Almere I am very thankful for all the opportunities I have had to develop in a personal as well as professional capacity, especially in my role as MYP5 mentor.  I wanted to join the DR because I wanted to have the opportunity to be part of the group that represents the entire school community.
Staff representative:
Jennifer Waring: My name is Jennifer Waring and I am the DR Chair. I am originally from the UK, but I have taught in the UK, South Korea and the Netherlands. I have been a teacher at ISAlmere for the last four years and I teach English Language and Literature and Theory of Knowledge. I joined the DR because I hope to contribute to the review and improvement process within the school.
Staff representative:
Tjitske Hoogendijk:My name is Tjitske Hoogendijk-Pruim and I am from the Netherlands. I started my journey at the International School of Almere two years ago. I teach English to MYP and DP students, am a mentor, and part of the Service as Action team. I am a passionate educator and strongly believe in quality education for everybody and work hard every day to help in this where I can. I am honoured to be part of the DR and look forward to collaborating with the school community.
Staff representative:
Olja Orlandini:My name is Olja Orlandini, originally from Croatia but have lived most of my life in The Netherlands. At the International School Almere I teach English but also support and guide my students in their development as people. Simultaneously, the diverse setting of our school provides equal opportunities for me to develop, both personally and professionally. I am honored to be joining the DR this year and I am looking forward to be working together with the staff, student and parent representatives, in order to continue to build and improve our school.


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