Kamyk Senior Teachers


 

MICHAEL BARDSLEY

Head of Senior Schools
ICT Teacher

Michael graduated from Manchester in 1993, studying Psychology (BSc) before moving on to Leeds to complete a PGCE in ICT.  He was Head of ICT in York for nine years where he met his wife Nathalie before moving to Harrow International School in Thailand as Head of House.  In 2010, Michael and his family moved to the Netherlands, joining the British School in Amsterdam as Senior School Headteacher.  Michael completed an MBA from Keele in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  He is a keen sportsman and has a passion for skiing.  He has two children who attend the PBS Senior School.

CHRISTIAN ALEXANDER KLAISS

ASSISTANT HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
IB COORDINATOR
BUSINESS STUDIES TEACHER
TOK TEACHER

 

Born and raised in the United States, Alex has a Master’s Degree in Geography as well as an MBA, and earned his PGCE from the University of Nottingham in England. His teaching career began in 2004, and he has been at PBS since April 2008. Before working in the world of education, he was employed as a budget planner and financial analyst for British Telecom in Munich, Germany. Alex enjoys travelling – primarily to the sea, playing the piano, and engaging in sports, especially swimming, biking, tennis and snorkelling. He has his wife Petra have two lively daughters, Sandra and Vivienne.

MARION HAMEL

ASSISTANT HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
KEY STAGE 3 COORDINATOR
FRENCH TEACHER

Marion qualified as a teacher in 2000 at Sorbonne University, Paris. After five years of teaching English in a Parisian public school and at university, she was ready for a change and settled in Prague, which she finds both beautiful and peaceful. She has been working at PBS since 2005, where she teaches French. In her free time she loves to go for walks. She also reads, listens to music and watches old films. She is now sharing these passions with her two young children.

JANE HASKINS

ASSISTANT HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL
ENGLISH TEACHER

Jane is from Cornwall, England. After spending her childhood in Cornwall, she studied in Cardiff, Wales and has now been teaching for fourteen years - both in the UK and the Middle East. Whilst a passionate teacher, she is a dedicated mother of two young sons and enjoys spending her time with them. She also enjoys exploring the outdoors of Cornwall and other new countries. She has led and coached teachers of English and enjoys being involved in extra-curricular activities such as literature festivals, fashion shows and media clubs. Her husband also works at the school as data manager.

MARIAN ADAMEC

SPANISH TEACHER
GEOGRAPHY TEACHER

Marian is originally from Slovakia and graduated from Comenius University in Bratislava. After completing his Master’s degree in Physical education and geography in 2002 he accepted a position in Denia, Spain. In 2005 he moved to London where he gained British qualified teacher status and continued his teaching career at a range of schools including schools with Special Education Needs departments. Marian joined PBS in August 2009. He enjoys all sports, especially handball. He also enjoys travelling and geography in general.

CONRAD ARMSTRONG

ART TEACHER
ENGLISH ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL) 

Conrad is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA Painting), and the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague (MFA Intermedia Art). He has worked in the Czech Republic since 2004 as both an English teacher and art instructor. Conrad has pursued his passion of art and performance in numerous countries, but is happy to have settled in the Czech Republic, where he continues to develop in both his teaching and artistic careers. He is thrilled to be a part of the PBS Art department, as well as the leader of the school juggling club. His work can be seen at cargocollective.com/conradericarmstrong

Andrew BAGNALL

ict TEACHER
COMPUTER SCIENCE

Andrew joined us in September 2016, following 12 years of teaching in Yorkshire, England. He gained  a BA (Hons) in Journalism from the University of Leeds in 2004 before switching to teaching ICT and completing his PGCE in 2006 from the University of Huddersfield. During his teaching experience, he has taught in mainstream schools, on long term cover in a variety of different settings and with Offender Learning inside HM Prison Service. He is very happy to have settled in Prague with his wife and family. He enjoys football, history, exploring, photography and developing his programming skills. He is attempting to improve his Czech language skills. 

SAMUEL BALE

Physics Teacher
SCIENCE teacher

Sam is orginally from Essex in the UK. Having spent most of his childhood as an avid swimmer he moved to Sheffield to complete a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. Before training to become a teacher in Birmingham Sam has also worked in Oxford as a process engineer for Siemens Magnet Technologies; where superconducting magnets for MRI scanners are designed and built. After three years of teaching physics in the UK, Sam opted to move to Prague; with central Europe being his favourite destination during extensive travelling around Europe.

KRISTIN BOSTROM

HEAD OF EAL
ENGLISH TEACHER

Kristin was born in Edmonton, Canada. She has been teaching in the Czech Republic for almost fifteen years. After completing her Master's degree in Musicology in Canada and gaining her TEFL certification here in Prague, she began working at our school in 2004. Kristin spends most of her free time with her two children and her Czech husband. She loves travelling, hiking and snow.

 

Barbora bradáčová

czech teacher
history TEACHER

Barbora is currently completing her Master’s degree in Czech language and History for senior schools and high schools at Charles University in Prague. Throughout her college years she trained in various grammar schools in Prague, worked as a private teacher and as an assistant for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Barbora loves reading books and swimming, she is a waterpolo player in Czech league and children’s U13 waterpolo trainer.

 

CAROLINE BRODERICK

HEAD OF YEAR 7
EAL AND ENGLISH TEACHER
MATHEMATICS TEACHER
LEARNING SUPPORT 

Caroline Broderick joined PBS in September 2007 as an ESL teacher and currently teaches both EAL and mathematics. She graduated from DCU, Ireland with a Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering. She worked for a number of years as a project engineer before deciding to move into the field of education. Caroline has worked in both language and international schools in the UAE, Ireland and the Czech Republic.

MARK BUCKLEY

HEAD OF YEAR 11
HEAD OF ART
DUKE OF EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL AWARD COORDINATOR

Mark joined us in August 2011, following six years teaching in his home town of Liverpool. He graduated in Fine Art (sculpture) from the University of Lancaster in 2003 and has since developed an increasing interest in painting. He has been involved in regional and national curricular conferences and workshops in the UK and enjoys combining and working across subjects. He is currently studying for a Master's in Education alongside his daily responsibilities at PBS. Mark enjoys the outdoors and coordinates our Duke of Edinburgh's International Award programme. Outside of school he loves distance running, cycling, learning Czech, reading and (when he gets hold of one) The Guardian’s cryptic crossword.

EVA CYRUSOVÁ

Designated Safeguarding Lead
HEALTH AND HYGIENE OFFICER
CHILD AND FAMILY OFFICER

Eva graduated with a Master’s Degree in Nursing and Pedagogy and completed a 31/2-year-course on Psychotherapy in Prague. She started her career as a psychology and nursing teacher in a nursing college where she worked for twelve years. Eva has been working in our international school since 1996, and is experienced and mainly focused on child’s health and developmental issues, including parenting. Eva has one grown up daughter and she likes spending time with her family, cycling, skiing and visiting cultural events.

lee davies

english teacher

Lee Davies has been teaching now for almost 20 years. He began his career as a teacher of English as an Additional Language in Thailand and Japan, then after studying Victorian Literature at post-graduate level, achieved a Graduate Diploma in Education from an Australian university. Since then he has also gained a Masters in Applied Linguistics. He taught English, Psychology and Religious Studies at an international school in Bangkok for many years before moving to the Czech Republic. Having lived in Thailand for so long, he enjoys spicy food, but his main pleasures in life are music, movies, reading and - when he has the time - writing novels and novellas. He is also passionate about long-distance running and is planning to take on his 4th full marathon here in Prague in May 2018.

Niall dawson

mathematics TEACHER

Originally from the North East of Scotland Niall has been moving South looking for the sun ever since.  First he went to the Midlands to study Mathematics and Business Studies at the University of Warwick.  Then spent 10 years in the Bath area of England teaching.  Deciding that that wasn't warm enough he did a couple of years teaching in Dubai before previously having spent 3 years in the Cayman Islands.  After having enough sunshine and wanting a change he is enjoying the new experience that Prague and PBS offer.

ETIENNE DUPUTIÉ

FRENCH TEACHER
MUSIC TEACHER

After several happy experiences as a French assistant in Togo, Portugal and France, Etienne trained as a French teacher, and gained an MA in Didactics of French as a Foreign Language. Then, he spent one year in England as a French “lecteur” at the University of Reading, and joined PBS in 2012. Prior to teaching French, Etienne worked as a guitar teacher in a music school, and he still loves to play with his band.

AILSA-JANE FRAZER

Head of Performing Arts Department
Music Teacher

Originally from South Wales, Ailsa-Jane studied music at the University of Sheffield before moving to Manchester where she completed her PGCE in Secondary Music. She taught at a grammar school in Manchester for eight years before moving to Prague in 2005. On arriving in Prague, Ailsa-Jane taught English for eighteen months in a variety of schools and businesses, before joining PBS in April 2007. Her interests include 20th Century history, visiting European cities and, most importantly, spending time with her beautiful baby daughter!

JAMES GRaY

MATHEMATICS TEACHER
SEN TEACHER

James has really enjoyed returning to teaching and discovering the joys of international education. He originally gained his BA (Hons) in Education and Social Policy and PGCE from UKC in England and taught mathematics in Kent at a large comprehensive school. He then changed direction completely and worked in the private business sector. He created his own company, providing marquees for functions all over Kent, which he ran for seventeen years. James then returned to teaching, taking up a position at Regents International School in Pattaya, Thailand as Head of Boys Boarding, a job which he thoroughly enjoyed and which made him realise how much he enjoyed working with students on an individual basis. He comes to Prague with his wife Tricia and his thirteen year old daughter Jessie. He enjoys playing and coaching most sports, but it is rugby and snooker which are his real passions.

LAURENCE GREEN

GEOGRAPHY TEACHER

Laurence gained his geography degree at the University of Aberdeen where subsequently he left Scotland for a teaching position in Japan. It was after this experience that convinced him to pursue a career in teaching, and he returned a year later to complete his PGDE. Laurence is new to PBS and is excited about the year ahead. In his spare time Laurence enjoys cooking, listening to music, and reading. He is a keen mountain biker and is looking forward to exploring the Czech countryside.

LENKA HÁLKOVÁ VYKYPĚLOVÁ 

GERMAN TEACHER

Lenka was born in Brno, the “capital” of Moravia, but she grew up in Prague. She studied at University of Freiburg, Germany and Charles University, where she graduated in 2001 with the Master's Degree in German and history. After ten years of teaching German at the University of Economics in Prague and several language schools, she was gaining work experience at a successful German retail chain Lidl. She is truly looking forward to working as a teacher again. She loves to spend her free time with her family - daughter Ema and husband Jan.

MARK HASKINS

ICT TEACHER
SCHOOL DATA MANAGER

Mark is from Cornwall, England. He spent his early years growing up by the sea enjoying the many outdoor pursuits on offer in Cornwall such as gig rowing, rugby, golf and surfing, and still tries to enjoy them now. He has taught in the UK for six years and overseas in the Middle-East for four. He has been involved in data management and IT strategy for many years. As well as having a keen interest in sports, Mark is also a keen acoustic guitarist, particularly enjoying blues and flamenco. Mark has a young family consisting of two adorable boys and his wife who also works at the school.

KATHERINE HILL

HEAD OF SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
SCIENCE TEACHER
BIOLOGY TEACHER

Katy is originally from South Wales. She studied Biochemistry at the University of Sussex and then worked doing voluntary research in Botswana for a year. She completed her PGCE at Oxford Brookes University in 1999 and taught in the UK for two years before starting her overseas teaching career. Katy has worked in Mexico, Spain and Cuba and is excited to start work at PBS this year. Katy has two young children, so most of her free time is taken up with family activities. She is looking forward to the challenge of learning the Czech language and exploring some more of Europe.

LUCIE CHOC

CAREERS COUNSELLOR
ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND SOCIETIES TEACHER
BIOLOGY TEACHER

MATHEMATICS TEACHER

Lucie qualified as a teacher of mathematics and biology in 1992 in the Czech Republic. After working in both Czech state and private schools, she worked in Switzerland and Canada as a teaching assistant and in adult education. Lucie has been with the school since 1999. She was head of the science department for 5 years. She is mother of twelve-year-old Eliška, who is her biggest hobby!

GABRIELA JENÍKOVÁ

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Gabriela has got her Master’s Degree in General and Applied Biochemistry and PhD in Microbiology at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Prague. She has 5 years postdoctoral experience at the UC Riverside and UC San Diego, California. Afterwards she worked at the science-research laboratory at the Academy of Sciences focusing on cancer and intestinal diseases. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids and loves reading and music.  

TIM KIDD

HEAD OF ENGLISH DEPARTMENT
ENGLISH TEACHER

Tim graduated with an Honours degree in Literature from The Open University in 2006 and completed a Master's Level PGCSE at Oxford Brookes University. Prior to his teacher training he worked as an EAL Teacher in Italy, England and here in the Czech Republic. Originally from England, Tim is now very much settled into Czech life. He is married with two daughters and lives in a small village in the Czech countryside. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, travelling and attempting to improve his Czech language skills!

 

 

 

MICHAEL KORCZYK

SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY TEACHER

Michael comes to us from Northern Idaho in the United States. He attended university in Bozeman, Montana at Montana State. In 2012, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education with a science focus. From there, he taught in a Montana town outside Yellowstone National Park educating Year Six in Maths and Science for two years, then transitioning to Secondary Maths for one year. During the course of his education and career, he has worked with almost every class age from 5-14. Michael completed his Master’s of Education Leadership in Billings, Montana from Rocky Mountain College in 2016. He is looking forward to assimilating into the Czech culture and spending time outside with his wife and two dogs. His interests range from reading. and movies to outdoor sports, and athletics. 

ENYS LAUNDER

History Teacher
English Additional Language (EAL) Teacher 

Enys studied History at Cardiff University before completing the PGCE at Bristol University in 2009. He joined PBS in the summer of 2015 after 3 years in Poland at the Canadian School of Warsaw. Before Poland, Enys taught for 3 years at the Alec Reed Academy in London. Besides teaching, he enjoys visiting new places and running 10 km races. Enys is also a dedicated follower of his hometown football club, Southampton.

 

STEPHEN MCELEAVEY

SCIENCE TEACHER
ICT TEACHER
PHYSICS TEACHER

Stephen grew up in the northwest of England in the city of Liverpool, famous for its football teams, The Beatles and its maritime history. He has worked in a variety of roles in universities and industry in the UK and the USA before finally studying Science Education at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2007 as a qualified teacher. After which he has worked in outstanding state and prestigious private schools in the UK as well as an international school in the Turks and Caicos Islands before moving to Prague to work at PBS.


 

J. TYLER MCKENZIE

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS TEACHER

Tyler grew up in Ottawa, Canada. He studied Commerce and Mass Communications at Carleton University, and Education at the University of Ottawa. He has taught IB Economics, IB Business and Management and IGCSE Business and Management for a number of years at international schools in the U.A.E. and Germany. He has also taught in Canada and South Korea. In his free time he is an avid ice hockey coach and player, and he enjoys hiking and live music.


 

KIRSTEN MCMULLAN

ENGLISH TEACHER

Originally from Glasgow in Scotland, Kirsten obtained her PGDE from the University of Strathclyde in 2007. Since then she has worked as a teacher in Scotland and Poland, taught Comparative Literature at Glasgow University, and worked to promote access to higher education for disadvantaged young people. In 2013 she embarked on a PhD at the University of Glasgow which focuses on the education system of the Czech Republic. As a result, she has spent a lot of time travelling around the Czech Republic, but had never lived here before joining the PBS team. When not at work or studying, Kirsten enjoys reading, running, and cycling, and learning languages – especially Czech.

XOANA MICHELENA CASTRO

SPANISH TEACHER
ENGLISH ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL) TEACHER

Xoana grew up in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, but moved to Barcelona to start her Bachelor's Degree in Translation and Interpreting in which she specialised in English, French and Portuguese. Throughout her college years she worked as a teacher and finally decided to study her native language in depth by doing two master's degrees focused on Spanish linguistics and teaching Spanish as a foreign language (ELE) - the second one of them taking place in Seoul, South Korea. She arrived in Prague in 2013 and has since worked for the prestigious Instituto Cervantes and various academies as a private teacher. Outside school, she enjoys playing music, dancing, writing and travelling.


 

fabien moussay

Head of MFL Department
French Teacher
THEORY OF KNOWELEDGE TEACHER
CAS

Fabien came to Prague as a student teacher in 1999 and graduated the following year from the University of Angers (France) with a MA in French as a Foreign Language. He did not return home and settled in the Czech Republic to launch his teaching career. A few years later, he started travelling further and went on to teach French, Spanish, CAS and Theory of Knowledge in international schools in Turkey, Vietnam, India and Uganda. Having recently completed a MSc in Educational Leadership from the University of Leicester (UK), Fabien is thrilled to be back in Prague and joining PBS. Outside of school, Fabien loves to spend time with his wife and one-year old daughter. He also enjoys sports, the outdoors, and analogue photography.

 

JACQUELINE MUDD

GEOGRAPHY TEACHER

Jacki graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA Joint honours degree in Geography and Sports Science. She spent many years working overseas in countries such as Spain, Sri Lanka, Greece, Maldives and Andorra for a tour operator and also as a ski instructor.  In 2010 she completed her PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University and worked in the UK for 2 years. In 2012 Jacki moved to Kenya to work in an international school there for 4 years and then worked in Moscow for the last year.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, travelling and visiting new places, skiing and watching rugby. 

JOHN NEWTON

PRE-IB COORDINATOR
EAL TEACHER
ENGLISH TEACHER

John is originally from Warrington, a town close to Manchester in the north west of England. After completing his education, John worked as a training officer at the local government, teaching modern apprentices through to senior members of staff. In 2003, John left the UK to teach at Tongling University in Central China. John came to the Czech Republic in 2005 where he completed his full Trinity CertTESOL teaching certificate. After completion, John taught at a pre-school just outside of Prague, and at a Czech state school teaching teenagers. John's other experiences include taking part in a number of summer teaching and activity programmes, both in the Czech Republic and in France. John is the manager of the Under 18s school football team and also plays for an expat football team in Prague.

ROBERT O´KEEFFE

Chemistry Teacher
Science Teacher
Head of Year 10
English Additional Language (EAL) Teacher

Originally from Ireland, Bob qualified from the University of Limerick in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Science Education. Following this Bob moved to Barcelona, Spain where he taught MYP Sciences for two years before moving to Prague in 2013 to teach English. This year he joins the PBS science department as chemistry and science teacher. Bob's life outside work revolves around playing and listening to music.

PETRA O'LEARY
HEAD OF CZECH PROGRAMME
YEAR 10 CZECH PROGRAMME TEACHER

 

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.

MICHAL PAVELKA

CHEMISTRY AND SCIENCE TEACHER
 

Michal is a Czech-born teacher. He graduated from the University of East Bohemia in Hradec Králové, gaining an MA in Biology and Chemistry. He has taught at various grammar schools in the Czech, British and American systems. In 1999 he was awarded a Fulbright Commission Grant. He has been with the school since 2003, teaching biology and chemistry mainly at IB level. Apart from his teaching he has been a supervisor and a member of a number of PBS student rock bands.

DARREN PETTEY

HEAD OF MATHEMATICS
MATHEMATICS TEACHER

Darren grew up in England. Despite the childhood despair that only a fellow devoted fan of Ipswich Town FC can appreciate, he remained sane enough to graduate in physics and qualify with a PGCE. Darren started his teaching career in 1993, in Brighton, UK. After six years in Britain, he took the opportunity to live and work overseas. Darren has taught maths and physics in schools in Greece, Spain and Denmark. In 2007, he joined the team at PBS as coordinator of mathematics. In his spare time he enjoys hiking and cycling in the mountains and photographing the beautiful Czech landscape.

HANA PFEIFEROVÁ

mfl (CZECH TEACHER)

Hana graduated from the Faculty of Education, Charles University in Prague. Her specialisation is in Primary education and special needs – speech therapy. She is currently completing studies in History for senior schools at Charles University in Prague. 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. Her favourite hobbies are travelling, cycling, skiing, the arts and history.

Sam Pickinpaugh 

lABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Sam comes from Tucson Arizona where he studied and graduated with a degree in analytical philosophy at the University of Arizona.  During this time he first experienced teaching in a school for underprivileged youth before moving to Prague.  He continued teaching English certification courses before going into scientific research with a biotech engineering firm where he worked for 10 years developing new technologies in biotech, before deciding to return to teaching and joined PBS in 2017.  Sam enjoys spending time with his family engaged in Do-It-Yourself projects and exploring the Czech Republic’s nature parks.

LUCIE POŽÁROVÁ

CZECH TEACHER

Lucie finished her Master’s Degree in Czech and History at Silesian University in Opava in 2010. The most interesting experience for her was her stay at the University of Wrocław in Poland under the Erasmus Programme. At PBS Lucie teaches Czech language, Czech literature and history as a part of the Czech programme. In her free time she loves visiting the theatre and shopping, especially at antique book shops and is trying to learn Czech sign language.

MICHAEL PYLE

HEAD OF YEAR 9
BUSINESS STUDIES TEACHER
ICT TEACHER

Michael graduated from Northumbria University, Newcastle in 2007 with a Bsc (Hons) degree in Business Information Systems. He completed his teacher training at Durham Secondary SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) in 2010. After almost four years of teaching in County Durham in the UK, he went to work in his first international school at the Dulwich College in Suzhou, China. His hobbies and interests are mainly related to sport and include running, football, Formula 1, boxing and golf.

JENNIE RAMM

PE TEACHER

Jennie qualified as a teacher (BA Hons Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status) in 2011 at the University of Bedfordshire. After four years of teaching at Great Yarmouth High School in England, Jennie has decided to experience international teaching. She is passionate about sport and a keen footballer who has played for Norwich City Ladies and captained a 6-a-side football team. Jennie is an avid Norwich City fan who saw her team move up to the Premier League this summer.

PHILIPPE RAOUL

HEAD OF YEAR 12
HISTORY TEACHER
THEORY OF KNOWELEDGE TEACHER
CAS

Born and raised in Brittany (France), Philippe studied modern history (MA), geography (BA) and epistemology at university. After a first teaching experience as a primary school teacher at the French Lycee in the Czech Republic, he graduated from the University of Exeter in 2001 (PGCE). He then taught modern languages at A-level for two years in the UK, before moving to Prague, where he started teaching IB history and Theory of Knowledge. Back in Prague after six years in Asia, he is also in charge of coordinating the CAS programme for the IB Diploma. Outside school, Philippe enjoys vinyl hunting, playing the ukulele and long walks in Czech forests.

SUSANNE REIF

GERMAN TEACHER

Susanne grew up in South Tyrol, Italy. She graduated from the University of Vienna with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural and Social Anthropology. Following this, she pursued a Master's in German as a Foreign and Second Language and is currently finishing her thesis for the Master’s curriculum. In autumn 2013, Susanne moved to Prague to teach German at Charles University for one semester. After that, she completed an internship at the “Institute for Specialized Communication and Multilingualism” in Bolzano, Italy. She continued to work as a language researcher for several projects from Prague, where she moved back to in the autumn of 2014. She will be teaching German at PBS for the 2015/2016 academic year.

LINDSEY SIMONDET

head of year 8
MUSIC AND WOODWIND INSTRUMENTAL TEACHER

Lindsey graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2008 with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. Most recently she completed her Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Glasgow. Lindsey is a curious and passionate educator who believes in facilitating and supporting critical inquiry through the arts. She grounds her teaching practice in student-centred pedagogy. Returning to Prague after three years in the United States and a year in Glasgow, she will lead the instrumental music program as well as support Key Stage 3, IGCSE and IB music. Aside from teaching and playing music, her interests include: radical education, the art and culture of hip-hop music, spoken word poetry and travelling to new places as much as possible.

SCOTT SOPHOS

DRAMA TEACHER

Scott holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Colby College in Waterville, Maine in the United States.  He has been teaching English and Drama for the past 18 years in both the United States  and the United Kingdom, most recently as the Curriculum Team Leader of Drama at the Loxford School in Ilford, United Kingdom. Scott has worked professionally as an actor in both countries: He was an opening cast member of Universal Studios Florida, spent sixteen seasons as a company member with the Maryland Renaissance Festival,  and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  He enjoys performing in both professional and amateur drama, and hopes to continue this whilst in Prague. He also enjoys reading, film, and travelling. 

MICHAEL STONER

LIBRARIAN

Mike started teaching English as a foreign language in Prague in 1999. He then spent a year in Indonesia before coming back to Prague for another two years. He ran a language school in the UK for 12 years, and while there he gained a distinction as a mature student in the MA in Creative Writing. He now lives just outside Prague with his family.

THOMAS STURMEY

PE TEACHER
BUSINESS STUDIES TEACHER

Thomas Sturmey was born in Staffordshire, UK where he has spent the majority of his teaching career, most recently as a Head of House and PE teacher at Nether Stowe School, Lichfield. Prior to teaching, Tom spent much of his time working and travelling South-East Asia, New Zealand, Australia and North and South America. Tom has played, coached and captained many sports at school, club, university and county level with his top sports being football and cricket. He graduated from the University of Worcester in 2007 and has continued his love for sport ever since.

ADRIAN SWENSON

MATHEMATICS TEACHER

Adrian graduated from Montana State University, Bozeman, MT USA in 2013 with a Bachelors in Letters of Science with focus of Mathematics. After teaching for one year in the United States he has decided to come abroad and join the mathematics department at the Prague British School. Adrian's hobbies include coaching basketball, baseball, and football. He also loves to juggle and spend time in the outdoors. Adrian is excited to explore the Czech Republic and see what it has to offer.

TREVOR TABONE

EAL TEACHER
LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER

Trevor is a Maltese national and has lived in Prague for just over twelve years. He joined PBS in October 2011 and previously taught TEFL in various companies in the city. When still based in Malta, Trevor worked in the hotel industry for around ten years before obtaining his degree and changing his line of work. He then started his new career working in a secondary school and also in the TEFL industry in Malta, before deciding on a move to Prague in November 1999. Trevor is a keen musician and songwriter and has written and recorded five rock music albums. He also loves watching a great game of football with his mates. He has a beautiful and talented daughter called Victoria. Trevor focuses on the full EAL classes, the support lessons and the Y9 EAL plus mainstream class.

EMMA THOMAS

ENGLISH TEACHER

Originally from the South West of the UK, Emma graduated from Swansea University with both a BA and MA English, before completing her Secondary English PGCE course at the University of the West of England. Emma has previously taught in the UK, Australia and Malaysia. She joins PBS after having spent the previous three years teaching at an international school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Emma spent her time in the East travelling extensively and now looks forward to exploring the Czech Republic and wider Europe. She is very excited to experience the wealth of culture Prague has to offer and learn the Czech language.

LYDIE TŮMOVÁ

CZECH TEACHER

Lydie Tumová completed her Master's degree in Czech and PE at Charles University in Prague. Lydie has a great deal of experience: she taught Czech language and PE at a secondary school in Prague, and has contributed towards several academic publications. At PBS Lydie teaches IB Czech literature, IGCSE Czech as well as language, history and geography as part of the Czech programme. She is interested in current literature, movies, theatre and she also organizes theatre visits and various excursions for students. Lydie loves sport – aerobics, skiing and cycling.

ANETTE TIZOLOVA

SCIENCE and BIOLOGY TEACHER
 

Anette comes from Prague and graduated from the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague in 2008. Pursuing her interest in science, she is currently finishing her doctoral studies in microbiology. After spending two years at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, she joined PBS in September 2013 as a science teacher. In her free time, Anette loves dragon boat racing, cross-country skiing, reading, ballet and opera performances, and watching movies with her cat.

CHRISTINE TURNER

MATHEMATICS TEACHER

Christine grew up in the Northwest of England and graduated  from Leeds University. She likes to travel and initially taught for 8 years in California, before returning to the UK, where she was Head of Mathematics for 20 years. After bringing up her family, she returned to International Education and taught in Austria before joining the PBS team. Christine is an avid lover of mountain scenery, and enjoys hiking up them,  cycling and running around them in the Summer, and skiing down them in the Winter.  In addition, Christine would dearly love to speak a second language fluently. She can communicate in German and French, but not to a fluent level. She is looking forward to travelling to new destinations in and around the Czech Republic and  learning more about  the Czech language and culture.

PAIVI VEhkALA ZWAhLEN 

CHEMISTRY TEACHER
PHYSICS TEACHER

Paivi graduated as a teacher (MA) in 1997 at Turku University in Finland. In addtion to PBS she has taught in various high schools both in  Finland and Germany and lectured College Algebra at UNYP. Paivi started at BISP/PBS in 1998 and ever since has worked in various teaching and management positions in the school. After her sabbatical year she returns now to the "new" school as a part-time teacher. Paivi has two sons and a Swiss husband. She is a runner, skier and and loves all kinds of outdoor sports.

CHARLOTTE WARD

HEAD OF HUMANITIES
Geography Teacher
History Teacher
Global Perspectives Teacher
Religious Studies Teacher

Charlotte is originally from the UK but since qualifying to teach in 2009 she has been travelling the world, teaching in countries such as Colombia and Egypt. This is her first time in Prague and she is excited to explore the city and get involved in PBS life. Charlotte is keen to pass on her enthusiasm and knowledge of humanities; particularly history and RS. Outside school, Charlotte enjoys travelling, reading, martial arts, dancing, cooking and photography. She is looking forward to the challenge of learning Czech!

ZACHARY WILLIS

ENGLISH ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL) TEACHER
Learning Support Teacher
TOK Teacher

Zach grew up in Austin, Texas before attending Santa Clara University (B.A. English and Philosophy) in the Bay Area of California. After a short time back in Austin, he moved to Seoul, South Korea, where he taught in a public middle school for two years. He then came to Prague where he received CELTA training and began teaching here. After five years at Akcent International House, he has moved to his first year at PBS. Zach enjoys music (especially soul and post-punk), film, and all things cycling.

ANNA YAKUTENOK

ICT COORDINATOR
PSYCHOLOGY TEACHER
E-SAFETY COORDINATOR

Anna graduated from Moscow State Pedagogical University, completing her MA in Linguistics in 1994. For four years she worked at her home university, while at the same time being a member of a teaching team on an international project “summer schools for gifted and talented children” organised by the University of Cologne, where she acquired a taste for international teaching. She has been with the Prague British School since 2001. Her previous positions included the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Anna enjoys sports, having achieved a black belt level in Tae-Kwon-Do and now actively doing dressage with her horse.