Lucie is a film and TV producer. Her latest film "Strawberry Fields" premiered at the London Film Festival in 2011. A BAFTA nominee, Lucie is a graduate of the National Film and TV School (NFTS) in Beaconsfield, and the Philosophy Faculty, Charles University, Prague.
Petra O'Connell is a Trade Finance Banker with an MBA from Sheffield Hallam University. She has worked in the banking sector in the Czech Republic for 15 years.
Renata is the Deputy Director of the Czech Centre London. She organizes Czech cultural events in the UK while specialising in film and literature. A graduate of the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Renata is a qualified teacher of Czech language and history.
Alena is an experienced Human Resources professional with 10 years of generalist experience in various SMEs in the City of London. Alena completed BA (Hons) in Business Studies, followed by CIPD Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources. Currently, Alena is employed as an HR Manager in an intellectual property firm, overseeing all strategic, operational and administrational aspects of the function, which includes recruitment, retention, casework, performance management, legal compliance, HRI systems, rewards and benefits and payroll.
Jakub graduated with a degree in Microcomputer programming in New York and an MBA from Kingston University in London. He held several positions on the software development team within the Omnicom Group Agencies in New York and London before moving into his current job at a well known investment management company.
Ilona is a chartered accountant (ACCA) currently working part time as Management Accountant for a trade association based in Kent. She has followed activities of CSWB since the beginning when working as Financial/Office Manager for Czech Centre in London. Her little son is now starting his learning journey with STEPS TO CZECH.
Director, on maternity leave
Zuzana is an artist with more than 10 years of experience. She has a long-standing interest in creative activities and working with bilingual children. In October 2007, she established Czech School without Borders, London, originally just a small arts club for Czech-speaking pre-school children. In 2009, it became a wider international project with branches in London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Brussels and Zurych. Through her work, Zuzana explores new possibilities in bilingual education. Zuzana studied textile design at The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design from 1999 to 2005. The course focused on practical textile printing, etching, textile technologies, hand-woven tapestry and practice in factories. In 2005 she worked on a series of hand-woven tapestries created in cooperation with people with learning difficulties from the Institute of Social Care Javorník Chvalčov and the Moravian tapestry manufacturer in the Czech Republic.
Czech School, Deputy Director & Senior Teacher (7.-8.třída / year 7-8)
Ivona graduated from Slezská Univerzita in Opava with a degree in Czech Language and Literature. She spent several years working as a primary school teacher, a special needs assistant and a summer camp leader. Ivona has a long-standing interest in theatre and playwriting. She finds children an endless source of inspiration.
Czech School, Teacher (3. třída/ year 3)
Montessori teacher in London nursery. Graduated with a master degree at Palacky university as a secondary school music and health education teacher. Straightafter studies moved into childcare. Started to volunteer for Czech school without borders in 2013. Teaching bilingual kids became my passion and joy.
Czech School, Assistant to the Directors & Junior Teacher (2. třída/ year 2)
Czech through Play, Harpenden, Senior Teacher
Studied Paediatric Social Welfare and Education. She specialize in working with children and adults with special needs, multilingual speaking children, teaching music and advising about health and nutrition. She is co-founder of Outdoor Child Ltd. (Totally different childcare provision, outdoor play with learning.).
Kids’ Art Club - A, B groups, Senior Teacher
After graduating from the Higher School of Journalism in Prague, Veronika worked as a moderator for Prague radio gaining experience in the use of language, rhetoric and rhythmics. Associated with the Czech School without Borders in London from the beginning, Veronika is an enthusiastic teacher, playing the flute and singing to encourage expression through sounds and music.
Kids’ Art Club - A, B groups, Junior Teacher
After completing her bilingual International Baccalaureate Aneta studied Travel and Tourism in Singapore, only to realise that her love was for art and its expression. She then went on to study Spatial Design at Bata University in Zlin. Aneta has also been translating into English for the last 10 years. Completed translations include art biographies, a novel and medical reports for international trials.
Czech School, Junior Teacher (1. třída / year 1)
After she graduated with Master Degree from the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno (Social Policy and Social Work), Štěpánka worked as a specialist administrative in a field of social insurance in Liberec for 6 years. In 2012 she decided to gain a new life and work experience in London, where she joined the Czech School Without Borders as a volunteer. She is still set in a social field and works as a personal assistant with physically disabled people at the moment, but would like to gain more experience in education and teaching as she enjoyes working in CSWB and finds children´s creativity and energy just amazing.
Speech therapist (Czech School), Leaflet [PDF-CZ]
Since graduating with Masters Degree of Special Needs, Speech and Language Therapy and Hearing Impairment in 2006, Jana has worked with preschool and school aged children with a wide variety of communication difficulties. Her aim is to improve children's speech and language skills while keeping therapy fun, motivating and stimulating. She believes in working alongside parents to develop the skills that will enable them to further enhance their child's communication. Jana has an experience treating children with a range of communication problems, including speech and articulation difficulties, Verbal (Oro-motor) Dyspraxia, language development delay and disorder, Specific Language Difficulties, Social Communication Difficulties arising from ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), Selective Mutism. She has also attended training in: Parent-Child Interaction (Michael Palin Centre for children who stammer) and Makaton. Contact: email@example.com
Czech School, Junior Teacher (0. třída / reception class)
Lenka joined the Czech School without Borders team in March 2015. She studied previously at the Business Academy in Zlin. After her studies she left for Ireland, where she studied English at Atlas Language School in Dublin. Lenka has lots of experience with children of different age ranges. She used to participate in organising childrens birthday parties in London and volunteering for Scope - one of the major UK charities supporting disabled young adults. Lenka's teaching experience brings her true joy, satisfaction and never-ending inspiration. Lenka currently works for research and event management in Central London.
Czech School, Junior Teacher (4. třída / year 4)
Hana is a language tutor with experience in teaching foreign languages at different levels. She received MA in English Philology and History at Palacký University in Olomouc. She also holds Teaching Certificate from the same university. She worked as a teacher assistant at the Czech School without Borders in London before and currently creates a set of educational worksheets focused on Czech history for 5th – 7th grade. Hana is interested in languages, literature and history.
Czech School, Junior Teacher (5. třída/ year 5)
Martina graduated from Palacky University in Olomouc with a master´s degree in Czech Language and Literature. Currently she is studying Film and Theatre Studies at Palacky University. During last year she gained experience as Teaching Assistant at Czech School without Borders for five months. Working with children is her passion; every summer she takes on a role of a summer camp leader in south Bohemia. She contributes to the "Učebnice bez HRAnice" project by creating a pictorial dictionary. She has a long-term interest in an avant-garde art, silent film era and site specific art.
Czech School, Junior Teacher (6. třída/ year 6) and Steps to Czech
Markéta graduated from Palacký University in Olomouc with master's degree in Czech and English philology. Between September 2015 and February 2016 she worked as a Teaching Assistant at Czech School without Borders she enjoyed the opportunity to participate in great art projects and amazing events and gained invaluable experience working with children from multilingual backgrounds. She learnt a range of new teaching methods. She appreciates the opportunity to work as a part of the team and to spend time with bilingual children and finds it very creative and inspirational.
VERONIKA KADLECOVÁ CHURCHMAN
Czech School, Teaching Assistant (1. třída / year 1)
Veronika graduated from studying Preschool Education in 2011 and Education studies in 2013 at the University of South Bohemia. In London she has completed a level 2 Teaching Assistant diploma, a level 2 in Counselling Children and Adolescents and a level 2 Special Educational Needs diploma. She volunteers for charities working with disadvantaged families where she helps as a family support worker. She teaches her own Nursery class in a primary school in London. She joined CSWB in March 2016 as a volunteer and she is deeply interested in bilingual education and its positive effect on children´s communicative skills.
Czech School, Teaching Assistant (7.-8. třída / year 7-8)
Veronika became a part of the Czech school as a volunteer in March 2016 and has been working as a teaching assistant since September 2016. After graduating from English and Czech languages at Pedagogical Faculty in Olomouc in 2014 she decided she needed a change and moved to London to become an au-pair of two amazing children. She completed an online course dealing with teaching English as an additional language which is the area she has always been interested in. Teaching bilingual children brings a new challenge and inspiration to her life. She finds teaching bilingual children a valuable experience and learns something new from the children in every lesson.
Petra Přibylová - teaching assistant