APEEEL1 Elections: Newly elected members 2021-22
Following our APEEEL1 elections that closed 7th June 2021 @ 17:00, APEEEL1 is happy to present to you the members that were selected to fill the 12 vacant positions for 2021-22.
We would like to thank the 296 members who took the time to vote and all of the candidates that participated
PL (Pri & Sec)
I am a Nigerian-Polish living in Luxembourg with my family since August 2020. I am new to the Schola Europaea system and hope to bring out-of-the box perspective to the school management. I have two children in the school, one in the secondary section and another in the primary form. I am passionate about how to enable and prepare kids for a tech world in a safe and healthy way, especially a post COVID era. Also how technology can be used to keep school children safer and help them study better.
I will want to serve in any capacity in the Parents Association (APPEE board) and play the role of representing the ideas of parents aligned with the school administration vision, by providing constructive ideas that challenges the status quo and contribute to better learning environment at all levels of the schools.
I am passionate about exploring sponsorship from tech companies in Luxembourg to establish a tech program for the primary and secondary school students, that introduces rudiments of technology and avail them opportunity of internship with these companies as a way to prepare them for higher studies and career life after university.
ALONSO Maria J
ES (Pri & Sec)
7 years living in Luxembourg. My 2 kids attending the local school and then the European one. I was a member of the local school parent’s association.
I have a master’s degree in Communication and my current work and skills in IT and Communications are assets to contribute to APEEEL mission.
APEEEL1 meetings are very well coordinated and clear, I am eager to learn from the most experienced ones.
APEEEL1 represents all parents. Parents’ cooperation with the school creates synergies to keep our school in high quality levels.
I am a British employee of the EIB and mother of one boy in P4 EN and one little girl still of crèche age. When my boy was at the Nursery, I helped the class rep. by managing the class fund. At the time, I also actively participated in other school volunteer Associations.
The work of the Parents’ Association has always interested me, not only on personally relevant questions such as EN language teaching after the end of secondments from the UK and after Brexit, but also the wider reaching issues such as transport which are the first thing that affects us all each day. Now that my time in other volunteer Associations is coming to an end, I would like to focus my energy first on becoming familiar with the Parents’ Association, with a view to taking on a more substantial role in the future.
SW (Pri & Sec)
I’m a father of three children in ES Lux 1, now (20/21) in P5, S5, and S7 in the Swedish section. In my professional life I am an academian with a long experience from KTH Royal Institute of Technology and now at the University of Luxembourg, Kirchberg campus.
After soon seven years in Luxembourg, there a number of things at ES Lux 1 (and the ES system) that I feel we parents need to engage in. Here are a few areas I could contribute to (as my children from next yeare are all in secondary, they mostly relate to the situation at that stage):
- President, APEEEL1, 2018-2021
- Secretary-General, FAPEEEL, 2017-18
- Vice-President (Primary & Nursery), APEEEL1, 2014-2017
- Member of the APEEEL1 management committee since 2013-14
I am the father of an Irish/Portuguese pupil in the Portuguese section. My wife works at the EIB and I work as communications director of the Academy of European Law in Trier. I am a native English-speaker and also speak French, German and Portuguese. As President of APEEEL1 since 2018, I have worked to improve the functioning of the association itself, to ensure that the voice of all parents has an impact on the school authorities, and to help nurture a safe and stimulating learning environment for our children. I am interested in all issues relating to the life of the school – but especially educational support.
I am Italian, I work for the EU institutions and I work for the association for more than 5 years. In the last 5 years I have been chairing the canteen committee. I also chaired the security committee for 2 years previously. In 2018 I wrote together with the school the two calls for tenders for canteen and security, which are in these domains the baseline for 6 years.
The canteen call introduced a lot of novelties, like the introduction of organic meals, the use of local producers’ deliveries, the decrease of sugar and fat in the dishes and drinks, the homemade cakes in the school canteen.
I have served as Sports and Fitness Director in a Child and Youth Services program, with responsibility for providing support and assistance to activity Director, and Installation Volunteer Sports Coaches.
I provided care, oversight, and accountability for program participants in compliance with Air Force and local policies, guidance, and standards.
I am comfortable that my personal and professional skills that I have accumulated as a career Government employee is what you are looking for.
I would like to propose my candidature for the elections. My passion for youth sports and fitness, my experience and my desire to help to build the community around European school and my interest to support my daughters is a perfect combination to deliver the best results if elected.
PL (Pri & Sec)
I joined the Association many years ago, when my daughter – who is now in S7 – started the school. My main motivation is that there must be a counterbalance to the administration of the school and the school must have a partner to take informed decisions. Although it is difficult to reconcile work, family and such an activity, it is very rewarding when you see things improve.
It is my second year in the Management Committee and the first year as a co-vice president for secondary. Lots of work, very demanding, the school is not an easy partner, but without the Association it would not be the same.
What I find most important is that our pupils must not be forgotten when member states and the European Commission invest in education and come up with plans and strategies. In times when the member states and the European Commission underline the importance of education, invest in it and come up with plans and strategies, we must not be forgotten. Digitalisation is very important, and must be done professionally with proper public funding. Our school should be modern and attractive.
FR (Pri & Sec)
I am Polish, working in Luxembourg since 2006. I have 2 children in the European School in Kirchberg, in S1 and P3, both in French section.
In my free time I love to travel with my family and to read books.
I am an active member of the Local Staff Committee of the European Commission, of the ‘children’ committees – CCPE (Comite du Centre Polyvalent de l’Enfance) and GAEE (Groupe d’accompagnement des écoles européens).
I always listen carefully to all issues happening in school. I would like to help the Association, as there are more and more important problems, not connected to Covid. We all together could make the school life of our children much easier.
I have been living in Luxembourg since 2016. I am a lawyer by profession. I speak Latvian, Russian, English, French and am currently learning German.
I would like to have the opportunity to actively contribute to the APEEEL1 work. I believe that my experience living in different countries and working in a multicultural and multidimensional environment is valuable for the purpose of APEEEL1 activities. My child has attended European Schools in two different countries, which gives me a better understanding of benefits and shortcomings of the European Schools system. Finally, I believe that my negotiation skills and constructive approach may be used for the benefit of APEEEL1 mission.
Given my international background, I was fortunate enough to learn a lot about other cultures and I speak a few languages. I have also taught Hungarian, my mother tongue, to my daughters. My older daughter Elena is attending S6 and she wants to study medicine in the future. My younger daughter Yolanda attends S1. We live in Kirchberg, very close to the campus.
I think there is a need to give a helping hand and I think I can make myself useful. We are about to close a second especially hard school year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have to deal with many challenges, such as the lockdown’s high psychological toll on children, parents and teachers. With the ongoing uncertainty and the lack of any kind of physical contact among parents, I think no one is especially enthusiastic and motivated to do new and revolutionary projects with long-term vision. I think the next year will be still about solving emerging problems and invent temporary solutions. I think I can contribute with some good ideas. I think I am also efficient in getting opinions from both parents and kids, and in conveying feedback. I hope that the future will be bringing more and more opportunities to do things better and I would like to be part of it.
VAGO Anna Maria
Mother of two Swedish/Luxembourgish children in the French section of the Secondary school. I have always taken a particular interest in the schooling of my children and I have been a member of the Management Committee of APEEEL1 since 2015.
I take a particular interest in students for whom the European School is challenging for various reasons personal to their profile. I am a member of the Working Group for Learning Support, the BAC Monitoring Working Group as well as the Secondary Working Group.
The existing members of the Management Committee, elected 2020-21 are:
ALBERT Eric (FR Pri)
BRETON Monique (FI, Sec)
LATEV Daniel (EN, Pri)
LILYANOVA Irina (EN Mat/Pri)
SAUNDERS Olivia (EN Pri/Sec)
SINCLAIR Ewa (EN, Mat)
SPITERI Marc (EN Pri)
TCHIPEV Anton (EN, Pri)
VALENTINE Helen (EN, sec)