Learning Greek made me realise how valuable it is to know multiple languages and to become familiar with other cultures. It has opened up a new world to me and I have gained invaluable friendships. This awareness inspired me to become a teacher. I want to pass on my affection for language learning to everyone in my classroom and, each lesson, I want to get the most out of my students by creating a friendly environment and showing sincere interest so we can work on this puzzle together. Finding creative solutions to present difficult grammatical structures or to motivate even the quiet students to talk are challenges that I am happy to take on.
From a young age Samantha was interested in languages and their puzzling qualities. Pursuing her love of languages, she decided to study Modern Greek at the University of Amsterdam (2008) and later also Linguistics (2010). She obtained a bachelor’s degree in both (2012), but wanted to further explore the possibilities of putting linguistics into practice. A master in applied linguistics at the University of Utrecht followed, where she had the chance to expand her knowledge of Dutch as a second language. She graduated with honours and continued working at Utrecht University as a research assistant (2012-2016). It was during this time that she created the stable foundations for Kookoovaja which was established in 2014.