Maud Louise Bijl de Vroe

Teacher of English and Theory of Knowledge


  • BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences (linguistics, neuroscience and philosophy), University College Utrecht, the Netherlands
  • MA in English Language and Linguistics, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
  • MA in Teaching English, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

I am from the Netherlands, but I grew up in several European countries, completing the IB DP in Berlin, Germany. After my studies, I worked in the Netherlands for a few years until I felt it was time to explore a new place again. 

What is the favourite part of the course you teach?
I love how broad the IB DP English courses I teach are. The curriculum does not limit us to working on acquiring the language or solely studying literature. Instead, we study a wide range of texts and we discuss a myriad of issues, which allows me to keep learning about all sorts of things too! 
ToK covers many of my interests and suits my interdisciplinary background. We have the most fascinating discussions in class, including tangent questions such as how many holes a straw has.

Which teaching method you prefer and why? 
I think it's really important for students to be able to take initiative and for them to feel heard. 

What advice would you give to a student of your subject?
Be open and unafraid. 

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
Floortje Dessing, a Dutch traveller. She goes on the most amazing trips, is great at interviewing and understanding people, and faces challenges head-on. 

What is your life motto?
You never know what lies around the bend. 

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?

  • Friends
  • Family
  • Sleep

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • Exploring the outdoors and practising sports
  • Reading
  • Singing 
  • Crafts