Jeanette van Loo

Researcher Excellence in Education


Since 2013 I have been working as the principal of a middle-sized primary school. Before that time, I was a teacher at many schools and on various levels. I’m very vision oriented: in my work, I always depart from the ‘why’ as preceding the ‘how’ and the ‘what’. I followed pre-university education but after that I consciously chose for a degree in higher professional education, because I really wanted to work in primary education. I have never regretted this but I did continue to seek depth and enrichment. I am currently studying the complexity of highly gifted children in education through the course Talentbegeleiding (Talent guidance) (Post HBO). In my role as principal I basically focus on developing and implementing policy in the field of high giftedness and regular schools within the target group 2 to 12-year-olds. I am 47 years old, mother of five children, two of which are studying away from home while three still live at home. Cycling and reading are my hobbies.

Why research into Excellence in Education in primary education interests me?
Excellent children need excellent teachers. Consequently, I think that excellent teachers will make a difference for all children. My own research focuses therefore mainly on the effects of professionalisation of teachers in the field of high giftedness.

In my job as a principal I continuously seek the right mix between intuition and acting purposeful. Acting purposeful is strengthened by measuring what the effect is of what you do and what you don’t do. It gives you the confidence to make the right choices so that it ultimately becomes intuitive. Working in a research and profit oriented way could be further embedded in education. It is already a focus point within many schools but this is only the start. Research into Excellence in Education could increase this. I think it could change the mindset of teachers and thus improve education.