Kamyk Primary Teachers

PAUL BAKER

HEAD OF KAMÝK PRIMARY SCHOOL

Paul qualified from Oxford University in 1999. He taught in a primary school just outside Oxford for four years before moving to Prague in 2003. Initially Paul worked within the school as a Year 2 teacher, then Deputy Head and in 2007 became the Head Teacher of Kamýk Primary School. Paul enjoys running to keep fit and is a passionate Liverpool Football and Wigan Rugby League supporter.  Paul has three energetic sons who keep him entertained during his free time.

TIMOTHY BOTTOMLEY

DEPUTY HEAD 
YEAR 5 TEACHER

Tim graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2009. After spending time in Mexico teaching English as a Foreign Language, he realised teaching was his calling and returned to the UK to begin his career as a primary school teacher. He taught for 3 years in the South West of England where he grew up, before moving to Prague in 2015. He fell in love with Prague and now considers the city his home. Outside of school, Tim is sport mad; he enjoys watching all sports and competing in football, cycling, swimming and golf.

 

MATTHEW WHITTEN

DEPUTY HEAD
YEAR 6 TEACHER

Matthew started his teaching career as an EAL specialist teacher in the US and abroad. Upon completing his teacher training in Virginia, he has had a rich experience class teaching at PBS in the dual-language and British programmes. He recently completed an M.Ed in curriculum and instruction at George Mason University, focusing on international education. He currently teaches Year 6 and serves as International Primary Curriculum co-ordinator. Matthew enjoys playing acoustic music and takes trips to the countryside in his free time. He and his wife are also proud parents of two sons.

 

PETRA O'LEARY

HEAD OF ČBZŠ
HEAD OF CZECH PROGRAMME

Having graduated from Charles University, Petra gained her precious life experiences in international companies, working in commerce, management and PR, thanks to which she had opportunities to visit various countries all over the world and become acquainted with their cultures. Petra speaks several languages fluently. She familiarised herself with the British curriculum and international educational system at Riverside School, Prague 6. In 2001 she joined BISP, the predecessor of PBS, as an EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher. Soon, she was required to develop the “Czech Programme” project within the international school and started its regular operation. The programme has met with great success and now is attended by more than 150 pupils and students at PBS. With the growing demand for bilingual education, in 2004 Petra was again required to prepare a new type of a primary school, along with any necessary documents and authorisations, including registration at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. She successfully managed to open the Alea Elementaria Primary School, the predecessor of the current Czech British Primary School, which has been met with growing interest from the Czech public. Petra likes travelling. Her favourite activities also include sport, in particular artistic gymnastics in which she numbers many achievements, both at national and international levels. She is a qualified trainer and international referee.

 

HANA PFEIFEROVÁ

DEPUTY HEAD ČBZŠ
YEAR 6 CZ TEACHER
CZECH PROGRAMME &
Learning Support Teacher

Hana graduated from the Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague. Her specialisation is in Primary education and special needs – speech therapy. Hana joined the Prague British School in 2007, when she started as a primary teacher at CBZS. She lived in Surrey, UK, where she studied and worked as a primary school teacher's assistant. Before her stay in the UK, she worked as a teacher at several language primary schools. During her studies, and even now, she promotes modern teaching methods and occupies herself with the issues of assessment and self-assessment of pupils at school. Her diploma thesis and research on this topic were included in research projects held in EU member states. Some of her works were also published in a college textbook for teaching students entitled the Workbook of General Didactics. She loves traveling, cycling, skiing, reading books, the arts and history.

 

ALEXANDER HARRISON

FOUNDATION STAGE COORDINATOR

Alex is returning to Europe from a British school in the Middle East. After training at Northumbria University, his career began teaching Early Years in Newcastle, England, and over the course of seven years in the profession he has taught from Reception to Year 6. Alex had initially studied Geography at Manchester, but spent much of his time travelling or working to travel. While running youth football tournaments in the USA, he realised he wanted to teach. At his happiest spending time with his wife Alexandra and daughter Mia Esme, listening to the cricket and camping in France, he also loves to cycle (and watch Le Tour de France), to travel, cook and read.

 

AMALIA BENTINCK VAN SCHOONHETEN

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHER

Aimee is from the Netherlands where she qualified as a teacher in 1988. After working for nine years in Amsterdam, she decided to teach abroad. She went to teach for Shell schools in Borneo where she met her husband John. They moved to Damascus Syria and later to Sur Oman. They came to Prague in 2006. Aimee has been teaching at PBS for eleven years and enjoys living in the Czech Republic. Aimee and John now have three teenage children, all at PBS. In her free time Aimee loves to paint and enjoys walking in the beautiful Czech countryside.

LESLEY EICHEL

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHER

Lesley is originally from the Midlands in the UK. She has been living an expat life for many years and has extensive experience working with young children in an international environment. After gaining her childcare qualification she has worked in a bi-lingual kindergarten in Beijing China, in a kindergarten in Germany, in Modrany school here in Prague and for the previous 7 years she taught in the Early years in an international school in China. Lesley has two teenage children who both attend the senior school at PBS and in her spare time she enjoys reading, cycling, keeping fit, travelling and scuba diving.

 

KRISTÝNA KYSELÁ

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT


Kristýna qualified as a teacher and coach in Physical Education and Sport at Charles University, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, Prague. She finished her studies in January 2017. Whilst studying she also worked as children’s rowing coach. As part of her masters studies Kristýna spent a year at the University of Coimbra in Portugal where she also focused on youth training. 

ADÉLA SIGSWORTH

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Adela was born in Prague, where she also studied Pedagogy and Sports. She worked as a Teaching assistant in English primary schools in Prague and also in London and Windsor. Adela enjoys traveling, outdoor sports such as cycling and hiking and, during winter, skiing and snowboarding. She lives in Prague with her two boys Freddie and Henry and her husband Mark.

CHRISTINE DOLEŽALOVÁ

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Christine was born and raised in South Africa but has been living in the Czech Republic for 20 years now. She studied Development Studies at the University of South Africa and continued to work for a Czech think tank on issues around Food Security and Responsible Food Consumption. A lot of her work was aimed at delivering presentations and organising extracurricular activities for pupils - but not enough! She wanted to focus more on working with children and so entered the formal education sector. Christine is an ardent reader and excited traveller with a keen interest in astronomy. 

JOANNA PAPROCKA

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Joanna has come to Prague from London, where she was working as a teaching assistant - assigned to children who experience learning difficulties. Before getting involved in teaching she studied Animation at The University of Westminster and hopes to produce an animated film some day. Joanna enjoys cooking, creative activities and studying nature. She truly believes that investing our time and care into the lives of children can help to shape a better world for the future. 

 

ZOE HARRISON

YEAR 1 TEACHER

Zoe graduated as a Registered Dietitian from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997 and gained her teaching qualification from The University of Sheffield.  Much of her career has been dedicated to working in education, both as a lecturer at University College London and a Clinical Advisor for the charity Diabetes UK.  She has developed and delivered national learning programmes for healthcare professionals and people with diabetes, authored several information books, and worked on UK and European health and nutritional policies.  Zoe moved to Prague with her family in 2013 and has been involved with PBS in many roles ever since.  Her three children keep her busy and she enjoys the outdoors and exploring the Czech Republic.

PETRA DI MAIO

YEAR 1 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Petra qualified as a paediatric nurse in 1993 at the Medical school in Jihlava. At the end of that year she went to the UK and worked as an au pair. Then she moved back to the Czech Republic and spent two years working in several hospitals. After that Petra got the opportunity to work in West Middlesex Hospital in the UK, where she stayed until 2007. Petra and her partner moved back to Prague and they have two children. In September of the same year she joined PBS.

DAGMAR KRPÁČOVÁ

YEAR 1 CZ TEACHER
CZECH PROGRAMME TEACHER

Dagmar comes from South Bohemia. She is a qualified nursery school and pre-school teacher. She gained her experiences while working at Czech nursery schools. Dagmar has already been working at PBS for six years, the last four of which as a teacher in the Nursery class. She enjoys working with small children very much. Smiles on children’s faces and the joy in their achievements give her great satisfaction. In 2004, she took part in a short internship at the “Crudda Park Early Years Centre” in Newcastle where she gained precious experience and a lot of interesting ideas about how to work with children at a nursery school. In her free time, she likes listening to music, reading and practising yoga.

 

rachel boylan

YEAR 1 TEACHER

After graduating from Keele University in 2005, Rachel moved to Seoul, South Korea to teach English as a Foreign Language for 3 years. After a further 6 months in Taiwan she returned to the UK to embark on the Graduate Teaching Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. After teaching for two years in her home city of Manchester, she travelled again to the east, arriving in Hong Kong. After 5 years teaching Years 1-3 she is looking forward to continue teaching in Year 1 in Prague. Rachel is a keen traveller and has been lucky enough to explore most of Asia and is now keen to replicate this in Europe. 

EVA JANČOVÁ

LEADING TEACHING ASSISTANT
YEAR 1 TEACHING ASSISTANT

After gaining her diploma in her home town of Prague, Eva embarked on a professional tennis career as part of the World Tennis Association (WTA). Her playing career took her all over the world including Europe, Australia and America. Between 1996-2002 Eva settled in the UK and continued to play tennis, while also working at a prestigious sports club designing and implementing a youth tennis program. In 2002 Eva returned home to Prague and worked as a freelance tennis coach, for schools and clubs all around the Czech Republic, including PBS for the last year. She is married with two small children Eda and Anežka.

BENJAMIN HARRIES

YEAR 1 & 2 CZ ENGLISH TEACHER

Ben has recently graduated from the University of South Wales, obtaining a BA (Hons) in Primary Studies. This is not Ben’s first time at PBS as he has previously been here whilst undertaking his university studies and is eager to return to begin his first teaching post. In his spare time he enjoys watching and participating in all sports, such as rugby and cricket. Whilst in school he gained county and national honours in rugby. Ben is extremely excited to move to an fantastic city like Prague, and is not only looking forward to experiencing the culture, but working in a great school too.

HELEN PROCTOR

YEAR 2 TEACHER
Whole Primary AssesSment Coordinator

Helen qualified as a teacher in 1999 from St. Martin’s college in Lancaster. Her first teaching appointment was in London where she taught for two years before accepting a job here in Prague. After three years teaching at the former BISP school, her husband’s job took them back to England. Here, Helen was able to teach at a school in Hertfordshire before the arrival of her first child. She now has two lovely young children and as a family they have decided to settle in the Czech Republic. They returned earlier this year and Helen began teaching at PBS from September 2008.

JANA LIPOVŠEKOVÁ

YEAR 2 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Jana is a qualified English as a Foreign Language teacher. She graduated in 1996 from Charles University, Prague. After her studies she worked for Big Ben bookshop in Prague, gaining great experience of working within the international multicultural community. She has two children. Jana is very flexible and since joining our school she has worked as both a classroom assistant, a foundation stage teacher and an EAL teacher!

ELSPETH ADDICOTT

YEAR 2 TEACHER
IPC Coordinator

Elspeth spent 3 years living in Uganda after she qualified from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, UK. She worked at one of the international schools in Kampala, teaching primary school music. Elspeth enjoyed teaching so much that she returned to the UK for one year to complete her PGCE at the University of Exeter. Elspeth plays saxophone, flute and piano and also enjoys arts and crafts, reading, camping and travelling.

JANA SAMCOVÁ

YEAR 2 TEACHING ASSISTANT
CZECH FOR NON-CZECH TEACHER

Jana Samcová qualified as a pediatric nurse in 1991 in Prague. After one year of working on the children’s surgical ward in Thomayer’s hospital she moved to England to work as a volunteer with disabled people. She stayed there for one and half years where she met her husband. They then moved to Prague and set up a big family of four children. Jana joined PBS in 2007.

LUCIE MERTINOVÁ

YEAR 2 CZ TEACHER
CZECH PROGRAMME TEACHER

Lucie Mertinová graduated at Charles University in 1997. She gained her master's degree diploma in Special Needs education. After her studies she went to Canada and then to the USA for one year. She was working with children as an au pair in New York city. When she came back to the Czech Republic, she joined PBS in Modřany site in 1999 as a teaching assistant in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. After that she worked as an EAL teacher and the Czech programme teacher and cooperated with Mrs. Petra O´Leary. Lucie also has experience from other international schools. She stayed four years on maternity leave with her lovely son. Lucie is fluentl in English, Russian and Italian. Her hobbies are travelling, art, swimming and cycling.

 

 

MONIKA HERMANOVÁ

YEAR 2 CZ TEACHING ASSISTANT

Although Monika graduated as Engineer of Wildlife Management in Tropics and Subtropics, soon she found out that taking care of children is her life’s mission. By combining two of her joys – travelling and taking care of kids – Monika spent one year in London and another year in Vancouver working as an au pair/nanny. She also worked in two different nurseries before settling in the Prague British School in March 2012. As well as travelling, she loves the outdoors and spends most of her free time doing some kind of sport - trekking and mountain climbing being the favourite ones.

MÁIRÉAD BUBÍLEK POWER
YEAR 3 TEACHER

Máiréad is from Ireland where she graduated with a B.Ed in 1993. She then studied in California and completed her M.A. in Education in 1994. In the 12 years which followed she taught students of all ages in Sydney, Madrid and Dublin. Máiréad joined PBS in 2006. She plans to stay in this country for as long as it takes her to master the Czech language, so it looks like she’s not in any hurry to leave.

KATHRYN JANEČEK

YEAR 3 TEACHER

Kate originally came from Sydney to Prague to stay for six months and that was in 1991. She has now lived in Prague more than half of her life, although she still feels Australian! She is married to Martin, a Czech, and they have 3 children, Cody, Chris and Joseph and the whole family is bilingual. Having worked for many years as an EAL teacher she decided to do her primary education degree and has a major in history. She also has a passion for theatre and in particular musicals. She is now very excited to teach year 1 at Kamyk.

 

KIMBERLEY ASHTON

YEAR 3 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Kim is originally from Staffordshire in the UK. She has been living in this beautiful city of Prague for 2 years and really enjoys life in the Czech Republic. Kim joined PBS in 2015 as a Teaching Assistant in the Foundation Stage Unit.  She then completed a Diploma for International Teaching Assistant in June 2017.  In her spare time, Kim enjoys going to fitness classes, cycling and skiing.

HELENA LIPOVČANOVÁ

YEAR 3 CZ TEACHER

Before joining PBS Helena worked as a Learning Support Assistant and Teaching Assistant in Year 2 in another international school in Prague for one and a half years. Helena has studied Primary Education at Charles University in Prague and passed the State Exam in English Methodology aimed at young learners in 2014. Prior to her studies she spent 10 months in London, where she worked as an au-pair, studied English and also received the First Certificate in English. In her free time Helena enjoys spending time with friends, travelling, listening to various kinds of music and doing sports. She plays table tennis and also has experience with training children.

DARRAGH SHANAHAN

YEAR 4 TEACHER
PRIMARY ENGLISH COORDINATOR

After graduating from Mary Immaculate College of Education in Ireland in 2013, Darragh took up his first international placement teaching in Doha, Qatar. He spent three years teaching Year 1 and Year 2 and was Curriculum Enrichment Coordinator for KS1. Darragh will continue his experience in Key Stage 1 and will be teaching Year 1 in PBS on the Kamyk site. Darragh is a keen traveller and loves exploring new countries and cities around the world. He is looking forward to experiencing the four seasons of Prague, which he says will be a welcome change from the constant extreme heat in the Middle East. 

 

MARK MCGUINNESS

YEAR 4 TEACHER

Mark was born in England but grew up in Wales and New Zealand. After several years working for an engineering company, travelling between the two hemispheres and voluntary work, he settled in New Zealand to complete a degree in Ecology at Lincoln University. Following this he returned to England to study for a PGCE, taught for six years at a small school in North Yorkshire and then moved to Prague in 2006. Mark is blissfully married and has three sons. Any time left over from his family is divided between football, kayaking, cycling and creating furniture in his workshop.

 

MONIKA STŘÍTEZSKÁ

YEAR 4 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Before joining PBS, Monika worked in marketing in an international corporation for seven years. She is completing her studies for Master´s degree in italian language and literature at Charles University in Prague. In her free time, Monika enjoys doing sports, watching movies and translating fiction, drama and poetry. She lives in Prague outskirts, nearby the Berounka river, she is married and has five year old daughter Sofie Hana.

MARIE HLADÍKOVÁ

Year 4 CZ TEACHER
CZECH PROGRAMME TEACHER

Marie comes from a small village in Moravia from a farming family. Since she was fifteen years old she has been helping as a volunteer at her parish‘s children's summer camps as a group leader. After finishing the secondary pedagogical school she graduated at the Pedagogical faculty of Masaryk University in Brno at the department of Primary teaching with the focus on arts. While studying at the university she went on an Erasmus study stay to Ljubljana, Slovenia for 6 months, where she had practice at the local elementary school, thanks to which she could compare the differences with the Czech school system. In the last three years she was working as a teacher at an elementary school in Prague. She likes spending her free time among people and likes dancing, theatre and travelling. She is always happy when she can spend time with her nieces and nephews.

MARIE PAVELKOVÁ

YEAR 4 CZ TEACHING ASSISTANT

Marie was born in Pilsen. In 2017, she graduated at the University of West Bohemia as a primary teacher. As part of her studies, she spent one semester in Plymouth , UK and one in Lisbon, Portugal. As a child and teenager, she did rhythmic gymnastics competitively and later became a coach. Then she focused on teaching English. In 2016 she worked as an English teaching assistant at the Salesians Sarriá secondary school in Barcelona, Spain. In her free time she likes to do yoga, dancing and outdoor sports and is a certified yoga and Zumba instructor. 

JOLANTA HECZKOVÁ

YEAR 5 CZ TEACHER
CZECH PROGRAMME TEACHER

CHRIS HANLON

YEAR 5 TEACHER
ICT COORDINATOR
E-SAFETY OFFICER

Chris was born in England and after studying languages at school he graduated in politics from Loughborough University. In 2002, after working in the Civil Service in Birmingham for several years, he decided to move into teaching and gained his PGCE qualification from Northampton College. Chris then enjoyed teaching for four years in a large primary school in the small English town of Buckingham before seeking a new challenge and moving to Prague in 2006. He is now happily settled in his favourite city in the world.

 

KAREN ACSAYOVÁ

YEAR 5 TEACHING ASSISTANT
NURSE

Karen originates from Scotland where she worked in nursing homes, which was a job she enjoyed tremendously. Karen moved to Prague in December 2008 and initially worked in a communication centre before joining PBS in April 2009. Karen is really enjoying her time working and living in the Czech Republic. She tries to go home to Scotland on her holidays to visit her family and friends.

KIRSTIE MCGILL

YEAR 4 & 5 CZ ENGLISH TEACHER

Kirstie graduated from the University of Paisley in 2007. She worked for a year in a school in Scotland before combining both her love of travel and of teaching by moving to teach in a newly established international school in Italy. After a fulfilling three years Kirstie then embarked on a new adventure by moving to teach in a British school in Valencia in Spain. Having taught there for four years she moved to Prague in 2015 and looks forward to experiencing all this city and culture has to offer. Kirstie enjoys cooking and travelling, and has been known to combine the two with varying degrees of success.

LENKA SUCHOMELOVÁ

YEAR 4 CZ TEACHING ASSISTANT

Lenka qualified as a Secondary School Teacher at the University of J. E. Purkyne in Usti nad Labem with subjects Czech language and Literature & History in 2010. After studying, Lenka became a museum teacher where she implemented and lead educative programs for nursery, primary and secondary school groups. Lenka spent 3 years in the United Kingdom, where she started as an aupair and later worked as an Early Years practitioner. Lenka joined PBS in October 2017.

 

alice hodová

YEAR 5 CZ tEACHing assistant

Alice graduated from Charles University in Prague where she received her Bachelor's degree in Preschool Education. She spent one year in France and one year in the UK working as an au pair. She was teaching in several public and private  preschools before joining PBS where she was working as an assistant for a child with special educational needs. Then she got the opportunity to work and travel around the world as a flight attendant based in Dubai. 
In her spare time she likes running, walking in the countryside, travelling and reading books. She is also devoted yogini but presently most of her free time is spent with her daughter Stella.

 

GILLIAN BIRD

Year 6 TEACHER
PRIMARY MATH COORDINATOR

Gillian qualified with an International Bachelor of Education with English in 2011 in Dublin. During her studies she spent a year in Charles University in Prague and returned to teach there following her degree. She has taught in primary and English language schools in Ireland and the UK. Gillian, after just finishing a year teaching in Italy, is delighted to be returning to Prague as she enjoys being part of a diverse and multi-cultural community. Gillian is from the west of Ireland and brings with her a love of chilly evenings and bowls of soup.

ALEXANDRA NAZAROVA 

YEAR 6 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Sasha received a Psychology degree at St Petersburg University in Russia. She worked with adults as a Clinical Psychologist in Russia for six years and then worked as a Human Resources Manager in a commercial company. Sasha moved to the Czech Republic in the summer of 2008. She enjoys walks in the forest and spending the weekends at her peaceful cottage.

victoria smith

Year 6 cz class TEACHER
year 3 cz english teacher

Victoria is a newly qualified teacher from Wales in the UK, who has recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education, and was delighted to be offered a teaching position at PBS. She loves exploring new countries around the world and experiencing different cultures. Outside of school, Victoria enjoys singing, acting and playing musical instruments. She also enjoys taking part in team games, such as netball and hockey. 

dIANA ADAMEC 

YEAR 6 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Diana joined the Prague British School in 2004 when she started as an assistant in the Nursery in the Modřany branch. Then she also went through the Reception Year and Years 1 and 2. In 2006 she participated in a study internship programme in the US, where she obtained a certificate for successfully completed EAL studies. After having returned from the US, she started to work as an assistant for CBZS in Class 2 (Year 3); now she works as a teaching assistant in Class 5 (Year 6), an EAL teacher and Czech teacher for children of foreigners. In her free time, Diana most likes cooking, singing and travelling.

 

BLANKA LIBOROVÁ

GERMAN TEACHER

Blanka graduated from the Charles University Prague at the faculty of philosophy in German philology and has a degree from the art and design school in Prostějov. She spent two years in Hamburg working with children and later achieved the highest certificate of the German language at the Goethe Institute in Prague. Blanka is married since 1997 to her husband from Hamburg, Germany. Their two daughters are growing up in a bilingual household. The family enjoys travelling around the world. Blanka is proud of her diving licence; she likes swimming, skiing, cycling and humorous movies.

 

SANAM BLUA

FRENCH TEACHER
After receiving a B.A in Corporate Communications from the American University of Paris, an MBA from DePaul University, and after working many years in marketing, advertising and microfinance, Sanam decided to do what she enjoys most: being with people and teaching.  Going back to the University of Strasburg to study German Language and Didactics, she started teaching German at the Goethe Institut and in PBS Senior School.  After a little break and a third child, it is a pleasure for her to restart teaching French in PBS Primary School.

MILLINCHIP ROSANNA

FRENCH TEACHER

Rosanna is originally from France but moved to the UK when she was 18. She studied German and Italian at Oxford University and worked in publishing for a few years before doing her PGCE and Masters to become a teacher. She worked in a senior school as a French, German and Italian teacher before moving to Prague with her husband in 2014. She has two children and enjoys baking, reading and travelling with friends and family.