Daisy Mertens

Daisy speaks Dutch, English

Topics: Education, Innovation, Leadership

Services: Keynote, Panel

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Daisy Mertens

Daisy Mertens

Daisy Mertens Spreker

Daisy Mertens is a Dutch primary school teacher. In 2016, she was the winner of the 2016 National Primary Teacher of the Year in the Netherlands and she was among the top 10 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2019.

She works in a large community-based school with 440 students and up to 30 different nationalities represented. Her dream is for child participation to become the new norm in every school around the world, with children as equal partners in dialogue, in the context of a community-driven school.’

She shares this dream with Number 5 Foundation, an incubator of social innovation and initiator of societal movements based in The Hague, where she contributes to High 5. This movement connects children and adults as equal stakeholders in the school ecosystem, laying the basis for sustainable and more effective education worldwide. High 5 does so through advocating and implementing child emancipation in schools, and through research and community-building worldwide.”

Daisy Mertens - Spreker

Her presentations are based on her experiences as a teacher and as an innovator and are often given to organisations other than schools. Her subjects include:

  • How to build the basis for your professional development: vision, collective learning and knowledge base
  • How to implement a ‘bottom-up approach’ to leadership
  • How adults can be more like children
  • Thinking outside the box within systems and organizations
  • How to listen to your “customer”
  • How to minimize resistance for innovations: how to let go
  • Her personal story as an actor of innovation: from convincing people to giving them ownership
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