Co–Director & Senior Teacher (Baby Group, Kids’ Art Club – A)
Zuzana is an artist with more than 13 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, Munich, Brussels, Dresden, Rhein-Main, Geneva and Zurich. 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.
Co–Director & Senior Teacher & Book-keeper
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 history.
Teachers and Teaching Assistants
Senior Teacher (Kids’ Art Club – A, B1, B2 groups)
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.
PETRA MARKS (PŘIBYLOVÁ)
Junior Teacher (Kids’ Art Club – A, B1, B2 groups)
Petra moved to London from Prague in 2009 and works in office management. Petra has always held a keen interest in children’s education and joined Czech School Without Borders in 2016 as a teaching assistant, coming up with and implementing craft and learning activities and has since moved on to become a junior teacher.
(0. třída / year 0)
Andrea completed her studies (Pre-school Teaching) in Ostrava in 2017. As a recent graduate, she knows more than anyone that the best teaching practice is done through games, songs, poems and other interactive and fun activities. In addition to perceiving children and their learning process, Andrea loves playing the piano, photographing and having a good cup of coffee.
(0. třída / year 0)
Alice graduated from the University of Surrey in Guildford with a degree in French and English in International Communication and Sociolinguistics. Since then she has been working in Sales in the education sector in London. She also taught the English language to children in Madagascar during her volunteering project and that’s where her passion to teach children started. Then a few years later Alice started volunteering at CSWB in 2016 and she is now the Teaching assistant at year 0 with her amazing colleague Andrea. Alice really enjoys working with children and helping them to discover the positive & fun sides of being multilingual. On her day off she likes playing tennis, doing some HIIT sessions and travelling.
(1. třída / year 1)
Klara graduated from the Masaryk University in Brno with a degree in Teaching of Czech Language and Literature and Teaching and Mediation of Fine Arts. During her studies, she gained experience in teaching children of different age groups. She was on internship in Czech School without Borders in 2016. After her graduation, she was a teacher at primary school and in Art Club. In her free time, Klara likes travelling, painting and visiting galleries.
(1. třída / year 1)
Pavla has lived in the UK since 1998. She has three children; all of them attend Czech School without Borders. Pavla started volunteering as a reading parent in 2017, later moving to the preschool section and recently started working with the year 1.
(2. třída / year 2)
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.
TEREZKA DVORNÍKOVÁ (PEŠIČKOVÁ)
(2. třída / year 2)
Tereza first joined Czech School as an intern in January 2015. When she permanently moved to London in August 2016 she rejoined the Czech School team as a volunteer and later as a teacher. In February 2019 she moved to York, however she continues to deliver individual lessons via Skype. From September 2020 she also teaches Saturday school lessons online. She believes children learn best when exploring, thinking critically and playing rather than memorising facts. She practices this approach every day while working as a nursery practitioner. In her free time (if there is any) she loves drawing, cooking, playing games and she also loves nature.
(2. třída/ year 2)
Vendula Holubová completed her bachelor’s degree in International Relations & Languages at the University of Greenwich, London, and she continues with her studies at SOAS University at the moment. She joined Czech School in 2017 as a volunteer in year 0, a year later she worked as a Teaching Assistant in year 4 and this year, she enjoys working together with Štěpánka in year 2. She is interested in Development studies with focus on development of education in the Global South.
(3. třída / year 3)
Alena graduated from the University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice with a degree in Teaching English and History and a degree in History of Art. Although she has recently been working in hospitality she loves to keep touch with teaching and finding new methods of how to motivate children and help them to learn. She started to work at Czech School without Borders in 2017 as a volunteer. Alena is interested in art, books and music.
(3. třída/ year 3)
I am a student of the University of Ostrava, studying Czech Language and English Language. I joined Czech School in June 2019 as a part of my Erasmus internship. Because of the fact it has been a wonderful experience I decided to continue also after the end of the internship. Currently, I am teaching Geography. I have always wanted to be a teacher in a primary or secondary school, however, thanks to Czech School I aroused interest in teaching bilingual children or foreigners.
In my free time I like spending time in nature, especially in the mountains, riding a bike and doing all kinds of sports. I also enjoy cooking and baking.
Despite the fact that the Czech school runs online, it makes me happy to spend every Saturday in front of my computer.
(4. třída/ year 4)
Bára is a Microbiologist, graduated from UCT Prague, currently living in London and working full time in scientific publishing. She’s passionate about bacteria, art, and yoga; enjoys long walks in the mountains, swimming in the sea, and playing boardgames with friends. She also bakes a lot, but eat all of it before she can share. Her enthusiasm for working with children brought her from leading summer camps and art classes to teaching first as a volunteer in Year 4 in the Czech School. For her, finding ways to encourage the kids to speak Czech and to appreciate the cultural background that is part of their heritage is the most enjoyable part of being a teacher in CSWB.
(4. třída / year 4)
I am from Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. I have been in the UK for the past 22 years and now live in Surrey with my husband and two teenage daughters. I currently run my own travel consultancy and am also studying Biomedicine and Nutrition. I love to learn and teaching at the Czech school gives me the opportunity to share my passions and culture with the children.
(5. třída / year 5)
You can remember Soňa as a trainee four years ago, helping firstly at the 5th class, later at the 2nd class and also in Harpenden. After her return back to the Czech Republic, she successfully finished her bachelor program and now she continuous studying at the Pedagogical faculty of Masaryk University. Soňa studies two subjects at the same time, Secondary School Teacher Training in the Czech Language a Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in History and Lower Secondary School Teacher Training in Czech Language and Literature for Pupils with a Different Mother Tongue.
(5. třída / year 5)
Katka graduated from Slezska univerzita in Opava with a degree in English and German. She then studied journalism and currently works for a digital newspaper in London. Katka loves travelling, walking and running and is interested in functional nutrition.
(6. třída / year 6)
Stepan is an author, journalist and teacher. He graduated in History and Italian Studies from Charles University in Prague. He studies World History & Cultures in a Postgraduate programme at King’s College London. Apart from teaching at CSWB, he is UK correspondent for Lidové noviny. His debut book Ferrari v džungli (Literární salon, 2018) was shortlisted for the prestigious Magnesia Litera Award.
(6. třída / year 6)
Matyáš was part of the first goup of CSWB students who completed their Czech primary education in London. Starting as a volunteer in Year 5 in 2018 and became a regular Teaching Assistant as of 2019. Maty helps every summer on Czech Charita summer camps, plays piano and likes crosscountry running.
(7. třída / year 7)
Coming from bilingual family herself Katarina lived and studied in Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovenia. She graduated with Master Degree in Czech studies and Art History Education from Faculty of Arts in the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. During her studies and after their completion she worked in museums, language school and as translator. Moving to UK in 2016/7 she joined the Czech school team. She is aware of great advantages multilingualism offers to the individuals and she is applying her passion for it into her teaching practise. She finds work in CSWB enriching for both children and teachers.
(8. třída / year 8)
Hanka is a student at Charles university currently living in Prague. Her diploma thesis is about reading in a second language. Teaching has been her dream job since she was a little girl. She loves working with children and help them to like the education process. Her hobbies are volleyball, traveling, theatre, and her dog – Robin. She started working with a Czech School as a trainee last year and she is very happy to continue as a teacher.
Assistant to the Directors & Senior Teacher
(9. třída / year 9)
Adéla finished Masters Degree in Teacher Training in Czech Language and Literature at Charles University. Her Diploma Theses topic is Teaching Methods for Bilingual Children. She works at Učebnice bez HRAnice Project which is creating an exercise book for bilingual students. Before coming to London she was a lecturer of the Drama club at the Primary Arts School Střezina and she is interested in every type of theatre. She likes exploring how kids can learn through playing and games.
Organiser of theatre workshops and individual lessons
Alena is a drama teacher and theatre director with a longstanding interest in using theatre to empower children and young people. She graduated from Charles University and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where she focused on literature, theatre-making and education.
Wednesday Czech School, Senior Teacher
(Czech through Play, Harpenden)
Studied Paediatric Social Welfare and Education. She specializes in working with children and adults with special needs, multilingual speaking children, teaching music and advising about health and nutrition.
Since graduating with a 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.
Radka graduated from Charles University in Cultural Anthropology and Film Studies. She went on to become a film publicist and mother of 3 children.
She has been working with children throughout her whole life – as a child minder, summer camp and ski instructor, leader of dance and drama clubs, TA and teacher in both Prague and London. She organizes and leads stop motion and art workshops.
Last school year she set up several book workshops aimed at Years 2-5 at the Czech School, and would like to stick with the literature project work this year as well. From October 2019 she is a regular teaching Year 3.
Her passion is Contact Improvisation – a kind of contemporary dance and yoga.
Jana Rekab Djabri Barakova
WEBMaster & Volunteer & Graphic Designer
LUCIE WENIGEROVÁ / Treasurer
DAGMAR KRAFT / Secretary
KAZI CÍSAŘOVÁ / Member