Born and raised in the Netherlands, I have been fascinated with languages since I was very young. After studying translation and interpretation in Antwerp, Belgium, I came to the Université de Montréal for a M.A. in Linguistics. I settled with my family in Ontario in 2006 and started teaching Dutch at the University of Waterloo in 2011.
I enjoy the enthusiasm of students reaching back to their roots or expanding their horizons by learning Dutch language and culture. I also work as a freelance interpreter and translator. When not working, I spend time with my family and love to settle down with a good book.