Adanna Adenekan
Class Teacher

My name is Adanna Adenekan, a mother of three. I am a trained Educational Psychologist with ten years of experience. I am a life builder who believes that each and every child has the potential to bring something special and unique to the world. To achieve this, I guide and assist learners by providing information, access to hands on activities, giving them tools to cultivate and construct knowledge for individual discovery. I am giving them tools to become successful in life, to believe in themselves and to love themselves.

Ashling Micheletti
Class Teacher
My name is Ashling Micheletti. I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa and I have been living in and out of Lagos for almost twenty years. I have completed various studies and worked in various fields, but working in early childhood development has been the highlight of it all. I have been a dedicated NISL employee for the past six years, and love what I do. Relaxing for me consists of reading, cooking and playing around with interior design. My life is full and busy with my husband John and two sons Gabriel and Marco.

Claske Lekala
Vice Principal/Class Teacher

Goededag! I am juf Claske and I have had the privilege to be part of the NISL family for over 10 years now. After graduating from teachers college, I continued studying in Amsterdam. Although my focus was the Master of Educational Sciences, I also took the opportunity to do a minor in Development Studies and International Relations. Wanting to make a difference, I then decided to start a new adventure. I worked at a private school in Paramaribo, Suriname. While there, I made use of my free time in the evenings to attend classes on Remedial Teaching. For now our home is Lagos and I am delighted that our own children (2, 8 and 9 years old) also happily attend NISL. What a blessing it is to learn in such a diverse, international environment! I like how, as a Dutch teacher, I’m being challenged by my international colleagues on curriculum and other areas of school activities. I love how there is a real spirit of LEARNING FOR LIFE among the team members. I was encouraged by our former principal to pick up studies again and I really got into it. After completing my PGCE with the University of Sunderland I continued with the Master of International Education and graduated with distinction. I taught in the Dutch Stream for 10 years and am now fortunate to be the Year 1 teacher. I coordinate our NTC programme (Dutch Language and Culture) with much enthusiasm as it is at the core of our ‘Dutchness’. Other tasks on my plate are Safeguarding Lead, IEYC/IPC Co-ordinator and being part of the MT. I enjoy reading books, searching the internet for great (crafts) ideas, doing Zumba, playing the guitar, going for a walk on Banana Island, a good braai, traveling and of course having quality time with my own precious family and friends because friends you make here, in this special place, are friends for life too!

Emike Dania
PE Teacher

My name is Emike Dania and I’m the new PE teacher at NISL. I’m super excited to be joining the team and becoming a part of the NISL family. I love coaching kids in PE because childhood is such a critical learning time and the physical activities as well as the skills and values one can achieve in PE class will help stimulate their creativity, improve their interaction with their peers and help them live healthier and happier lives as adults. I love dancing, reading, exercising, travelling, interacting with people and the colour ‘purple’. I cannot wait to meet you all in person! Until then, do stay healthy, safe, and happy!

Florence Omonira
Teaching Assistant

My name is Florence Omonira. I am a teaching assistant with over seven years of experience in an organized school setting. I studied at Lagos State Polytechnic and Yaba College of Technology, where I obtained a Diploma certificate in marketing. Working with younger children has always been a part of my life, as I volunteered my time to the children’s department of the church from an early age. This will be my sixth year working in the Early Years section of The Netherlands International School and I am enjoying every bit of it.

Ikechukwu Mmereole
Teaching Assistant

Hello! My name is Ikechukwu Emmanuel Mmereole but you can call me Iyke (pronounced /aik/) for ease. This will be my first year in NISL. I have been working with children for more than nine years and still counting. Basically, Teaching is what I do. At my leisure, I love making good music along side multi-talented music producer friends. It is also not uncommon to find me among pro chess players, as that happens to be my favourite game. It is a great pleasure to be part of the NISL family and I look forward to glorious experiences ahead.

Hannah Loudoun
Principal

I am delighted and honored to be the new Principal at NISL.  Having lived and worked internationally for over 20 years with positions in Saudi Arabia, Shanghai, Oman and Uganda I am very much looking forward to working and learning from the children, staff and parents at NISL. With extensive experience of leading and developing the International Primary Curriculum  I thoroughly enjoy empowering my learning community and team to learn, grow and develop together. The driving force behind this is to develop inquiring, motivated,  knowledgeable and caring young people through a driven and inspired team. With a new position,  country and  culture to absorb I am looking forward to the fun filled and learning fueled adventures and challenges that lie ahead. Reading, staying connected with friends and family, sports and photography all help me stay focused and driven and I look forward to incorporating all of these in my new role and home.

Kanchan Laungani
EYFS Coordinator/Class Teacher

Hello, I am Kanchan Laungani, a wife, a mother, and a dedicated teacher. I am from Mumbai, India, and I have an AMI Montessori Diploma and a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Over the past twelve years, I have worked as a teacher in Mumbai, New York, and Lagos. I have been a part of the NISL team for over seven years. In addition, I’ve worked in SEN organizations and earned a foundation diploma in learning disabilities. I am fortunate to pursue a profession that I love. My classroom is my happy place. In my free time, I enjoy taking long walks while listening to educational podcasts, playing board games, crocheting and watching movies with my family.

Motolani Banjo
Class Teacher

Hello, I’m Motolani Banjo, a magic weaver with over 6 years experience in primary education. I hold a Bachelors degree In Geology, a Masters in Strategic Project Management and a PGCE Primary. I have taught in England and Nigeria. I enjoy getting my children excited about their learning journey and hold them to very high standards. I am the 2nd of two children and love to bake, spend time with my family, eat good food and watch movies.

Naomi Ifeozo
Operations Manager

I have worked with Netherlands International School for almost a decade. I started off as the school’s Office/Admissions Manager and then worked my way up the ladder to becoming the school’s Operations Manager. I have had the opportunity to work in different educational environments for almost two decades and this has greatly impacted my scope professionally and personally too. I completed my bachelor’s degree in English Language from University of Lagos in Nigeria, Diploma in Human Resources, French Education, and a few other management courses as well. To think that I took the decision of working in a school because I needed a job at that time that would afford me the time to study (back then it was a lot less complicated than now 😊). However, even though I loved and thoroughly enjoyed working with children I knew that I would be more fulfilled working with the administrative part of any school and so in 2011 when the opportunity presented itself to manage a children’s play centre, I hopped on it, and I have never looked back. I am a hands-on kind of person, and this is apparent in both my professional and personal life, so when I am not overseeing tasks or in the middle of strategizing process improvements or on the necks of people to complete their tasks, I spend time with my loved ones. I have been married for over a decade and together we have a beautiful daughter. Hi, my name is Naomi Ifeozo, and I am the Operations Manager for NISL.

Ritu Joshi
Art Teacher

My name is Ritu Joshi and I was born and brought up in India. I come from an army background and hence have had the opportunity to interact with people of diverse cultures. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and Bachelor’s in Education from Delhi University. I am a trained fashion designer from IIFT, New Delhi. I am a self- taught artist, who is passionate about sketching and painting. I’ve had a couple of successful exhibitions in my home country. I started my career as a fashion designer and then taught children at various army schools after my marriage. I also headed an Airhostess and Hospitality Training Academy for a couple of years. Army life does make you move around. Before moving to Lagos 9 years ago, I was working at an International School in India. With 10 years of teaching experience in Primary Schools, I’m very driven and enjoy the overall development of children. My two boys aged 28 and 25 have now flown the nest. Being a mother I can understand the children’s emotions and needs and love seeing them blossom into multifaceted personalities. This is my sixth year at NISL and I’m looking forward to teaching Art and creating masterpieces with your children.

Teniola Adebayo
Teaching Assistant

My name is Teniola Adebayo. This is my first year at NISL and so far I have enjoyed every bit of my experience from the conducive teaching and learning environment to the lovely teachers and adorable kids. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos and a Masters degree in Management from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. I am an experienced business development and management consultant however my love for kids, my interest in children’s development and the many ways they can learn led to my path in teaching. I have a cerfication in Montessori from the Maria Montessori institute UK and I have had the opportunity to work with schools in Lagos and in the UK. In my spare time, I love to watch TV series, travel and see new places.

Amaka Emmanuel
Teaching Assistant

My name is Amaka Ikechukwu-Emmanuel. I’m a lively, fun-loving and passionate young lady who has great passion for teaching as a profession. I have two degrees in Education (English and Educational Administration) and I’ve been teaching for over a decade. Specifically, I’ve been  a Teaching Assistant at NISL for over two years. My experience here has been simply AMAZING! as my role avails me the opportunity to interact and work with children both individually and in groups to reach their learning goals. There’s really no greater joy than seeing that my efforts yield positive results at the end of every school year. I have learnt over time that every child is special and with a gentle push, maximizing his or her potentials is attainable. I love my job and I see NISL as a fertile ground for my professional and personal growth. Asides work, I’m a Super wife and a lover of Books!

Benedicta Amu
Teaching Assistant

Hello!! My name is Benedicta Amu, a happy wife and a mother. I am from Delta state Nigeria, studied Mass communication at the Lagos state University and I am a trained and experienced Early years and Key Stage 1 practitioner I am very passionate about teaching and I enjoy and love being around children as they are sweet, innocent and simply the BEST. I worked at Childrens’ International school for six years and then moved on to join NISL team by 2014. I love and find what I do amazing and I bless God Almighty for directing my path to this awesome profession. Aside from teaching, I also love to cook, sing and listen to music. I look forward to more fun loving and happy years at NISL

Carla Barros
Class Teacher

Hello, my name is Carla and I am from a small but beautiful country in the south of Europe called Portugal. I am a proud mother of 2 boys with 16 and 10 years old, that had the privilege to study at NISL when we arrived in Nigeria almost 11 years ago. I love to go camping, travel and explore the world with my boys. We always have a blast when we are out in the nature. I read everywhere and reading really makes me travel and dream without moving from my room. But what I love the most is to teach, I´ve been teaching for many years now, from Adults in the university to little kids in minimax, I am a very happy person when I am inside a classroom making (hopefully) a difference towards the future. Many years ago I was a teacher at NISL, life took me to other places and now, I came back home… where it feels right to be…

Dayo Arikpo
Teaching Assistant

Hello! My name is Happiness Dayo Arikpo and this will be my first year in NISL. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Lagos. I have been working with children for more than five years. Basically, Teaching is what I(will always) do. I am a lover of arts. At my leisure, I love to listen to music, read and travel. While it is a great pleasure to be part of the NISL family, I look forward to beautiful days ahead.

Dorcas Oladepo
School Nurse

I’m a registered nurse known for my enthusiasm, empathy, and dedication to providing safe, high-quality, and compassionate care. With a proven record of effectively managing my time and workload, I bring a unique blend of skills to the nursing profession. Beyond my clinical expertise, I have a special passion for working with children, where my approachability and excellent verbal communication abilities create positive and lasting connections. My ability to build deep relationships extends not only to patients but also to their families. I pride myself on being flexible, dependable, motivated, and hardworking, qualities that have consistently defined my nursing career. Committed to enhancing the health and well-being of those in my care, I bring a holistic approach to nursing that goes beyond the clinical setting.

Gloria Ibekwe
Teaching Assistant

My name is Gloria Ibekwe from Abia State Nigeria. I am married with four children. I have a Bsc in Marketing and I have been working with children for 18 years. I am passionate about motivating all children to learn in their own style using a wealth of knowledge acquired through my years of professional training and experience. Enthusiastically, I crave to celebrate each child’s individuality, achievement and creativity by thoughtfully planning and creating a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere for learning. For me, teaching and learning is a way of life.

Joshua Lawrence
Performing Arts Teacher

Hi, My name is Joshua Lawrence and I am very happy to be the Performing Arts Teacher of NISL. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, with a Bsc in Accountancy and a diploma certificate in children theatre and 3D Animation; being on stage or in front of a camera is one of my favorite things. Teaching Performing Arts is a heart delight for me because the theatre rescued my own low esteem and stage fright and has now made it easy for me to relate and assist with children with stage fright and shyness. My favourite thing about NISL is the warm and friendly learning atmosphere.

Mariah Abejide
Financial Administrator

Good day to all. Abejide Mariah Ifeoluwa is my name, and I am the new financial administrator for NISL. I appreciate the NISL team’s warm greeting, which makes me feel honored. I graduated from Yaba College of Technology with a degree in accountancy, and I have experience working for a few audit firms that are related to my area of study. I consider the NISL team to be a supportive atmosphere for my professional and career development, and I’m delighted to be a part of it. With the children, parents, and of course the fantastic crew, I anticipate better days.

Maya Suvarna
Class Teacher

This year clocks 28 in my teaching career and 10th an NISL. I stepped into NISL to take over the Reception class from a teacher who had to leave Nigeria in an emergency. Since then have enjoyed every single moment of being here. The following year I took over the ESL department in the Dutch Stream. I moved on to the English Stream to teach a combined class of Year 5 and 6 for 5 years. Presently this is my second year with the 8-9 year olds in Year 4. My name is Mrs Maya. I come from India. With a BA, B.Ed. in Child Psychology, I have taught in reputed Primary Schools in India and Lagos. I am highly motivated, hard-working and always looking forward to updating my skills to enrich myself. Being a mother of two daughters aged 26 and 20 I can relate very well to other parents/children and their experiences. I love travelling and when I am not teaching or planning exciting activities for us to do at school, I enjoy gardening, reading, and spending time with my family and friends.

Motunrayo Yinka-Falade
Class Teacher

I am fondly called Mrs Mo by my students and glad to be a part of the NISL community. I am a dedicated educator with ten(10) years experience teaching in KS1 classes. My experiences have enabled me hone a unique ability to inspire young minds through engaging teaching methodologies. I foster an environment of creativity and critical thinking, leaving a lasting impact on my students. Beyond the classroom, I find joy in various hobbies, embracing creativity through dance, music and social gatherings. I also relish spending quality time with family, cherishing moments filled with laughter and love. This balance between professional dedication and personal pursuits reflect my belief in the importance of holistic living. Driven by a commitment to lifelong learning and a desire to make a positive difference, I will continue to explore new avenues while treasuring the simple pleasures of life with my beloved family.

Munny Odunewu
Class Teacher

I am an EYFS and KS1 teacher who is passionate about Positive Behaviour Reinforcement, Jolly Phonics Intervention and Reading Recovery. I enjoy working at NISL as a Reception Teacher as I have been able to put my skills to better use with the right mentorship. From 2014 to date, I have worked as an Early Years and Keystage One teacher where I was relied on to teach young learners phonics, reading, creative writing, grammar, comprehension, and conversational English as part of the curriculum. I really like to tailor my teaching approach to suit the needs of my learners, as I believe that every student has varying individual needs.  The best part of being a teacher is being able to help and engage children to become a better version of themselves and have a better opinion of themselves. I am a firm believer that children can and will perform at their best when you remind them of the sparkle you see in them. I enjoy trying new recipes and finding out about new things with my little one.

Roselyn Awolowo
Teaching Assistant

My name is Roselyn Awolowo, I am married and blessed with a beautiful daughter. I am from Obudu in Cross River State, Nigeria. I studied History and International Relations in Lagos State University and I have been in teaching line for six years; still counting! I am passionate about children but most importantly Early Years. It is a beautiful experience being around children at NISL. I focus more on early years as I believe in helping to build a solid foundation. My hobbies are cooking, dancing and singing.

Tope Salami
IT Admin/ICT Teacher

My name is Tope Salami, the IT Technician and ICT Teacher of the school. I attended Lagos State University, studied Computer Science in my first degree and completed my master degree from University of Lagos, studied information technology. I had ICT management experience during industrial training at University of Lagos and also have a special qualification in Professional multimedia skill, server infrastructure (MCSA) and web development at NIIT and ITVESSEL Nigeria Limited respectively. I recently completed a program on Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering from the Torrens University Australia. It is good to deploy my skills and learning to practice at NISL. I love to watch movie and football at my leisure time.

Zainab Saliu
Teaching Assistant

Hi! My name is Zainab Saliu. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Education (Business Education) from the prestigious Lagos State University. For me, teaching has been a great passion because I like to stay around children to teach and learn new things with them as well. Working for almost a year at NISL has been a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to being part of more success stories in this great organisation. My hobbies are singing, dancing and cooking. During my leisure time, I like to watch movies.

Zion Adetula
Music Teacher

I am Zion Johnson, a motivated educationist with more than four years experience in Music Education for children. Music is more of a lifestyle and a language and practicing it well instills life long skills in everyone, I am happy to share musical ideas with children as it impacts all aspects of their development. I studied Music diploma and Piano Performance at MUSON, Lagos. I encourage my students in Theory, Music performance and Music Technology. During my free time, I venture into Music production with latest technology tools available.