Vlastina Primary Teachers

JOHN BAGUST

HEAD OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS
HEAD OF VLASTINA

John qualified as a teacher (B.Ed. Hons) in 1989 at Lancaster University, Charlotte Mason College. After four years of teaching in Oldham, UK, he went to work in his first international school in Kuwait. He then moved to work in Shell Schools in Malaysia, Syria and Oman, being promoted to Deputy Head and then to Head of School. John joined PBS in September 2006 as Head of Primary Schools. John is a qualified ISI inspector, COBIS Accreditor and was a member of the COBIS Board for eight years. He has a NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Leadership and Management. John met his wife, Aimee (who also is a teacher)  while teaching in Malaysia. He has three children, of which two are still at PBS, and another one studying in Holland. 

 

PAUL KURCZIJ

DEPUTY HEAD
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
YEAR 6 TEACHER

Paul graduated from Staffordshire University where he studied Philosophy and Cultural studies. He then moved to Slovakia where he worked as a language teacher and later became a senior teacher. After two years in Slovakia he returned to England to study for a PGCE at Bishop Grosseteste teaching college in Lincoln. He then spent four years teaching in his hometown of Boston in England. In his spare time he enjoys running and spending time with his family.

 

KATHARINE MEUNIER

DEPUTY HEAD PASTORAL
YEAR 6 TEACHER

Katharine joined PBS from Azerbaijan where she worked on the management team of the British school in Baku for 5 years. She qualified with a BA (QTS) from Warwick University in 1993 and is now studying for an MA in Education. Since qualifying as a teacher, she has worked internationally and in the UK. She will be accompanied by her husband and 3 children. She is looking forward to exploring Prague and the surroundings. She loves travelling, walking and artistic pursuits.

 

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 systems 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 is now 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. 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.

 

HELENA VURMOVÁ

DEPUTY HEAD OF ČBZŠ
YEAR 6 CZ TEACHER
CZECH PROGRAMME TEACHER

Helena comes from Prague. She graduated from the Faculty of Education at Charles University with a Master’s degree in Primary education for children with special needs. She gained her work experience at two primary schools for children with special needs in Prague and then for four years also as a mentor for training teachers. After having returned from Boston, MA, where Helena worked for 18 months with special needs children as a day programme manager, she joined PBS in October 2005 as SEN and Czech programme teacher and worked for all PBS sites. Helena has two grown-up sons and one lovely granddaughter. She likes playing squash, cycling and travelling.

 

Jennifer Omielan

FOUNDATION STAGE COORDINATOR
FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHER

After being born and brought up in a small, rural village in the north west of England I went to Cambridge University to study a B.A, followed by a masters, in Psychology with Education. During this time I became fascinated with how young children learn and am passionate about giving them the best start to their school life, so I decided to stay on and complete a PGCE in Early Years education.   After 6 years working in a variety of schools in Lancashire, teaching Nursery and Reception children, I then went to work in my first international school, living in Como, Italy and commuting to a school in Switzerland! I loved learning about new cultures, cuisines and languages. I am now very excited about moving to Prague with my husband and working with the children and team at PBS! In my spare time I enjoy cooking and am always looking for new recipes to try! I also enjoy outdoor activities and am looking forward to exploring Prague and trying climbing for the first time. 

 

TIMOTHY JOHN BOHUS

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHER

Born in Chicago, Tim has been living and working in Prague since 2002. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 2000 with a B.A. in Writing-Intensive English and worked for the Chicago Public schools following his graduation. Since moving to Prague, he has also received a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate and an International House Certificate for Teaching Young Learners. He began working at PBS in 2003, spending most of his time with the youngest learners in the school in the Nursery and Foundation Stage Unit. Tim often incorporates elements of music, movement and humour into his lessons. He lives in Podoli with his wife and three children and can often be spotted jogging along the river whenever he has "time off."

 

VENDULA FILIPKOVÁ

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Vendula graduated from the Silesian University in Opava. She gained her diploma in Social Pathology and Prevention. She worked as a teacher in the Pre-school Centre for talented children for several years. At the same time she led an after school Club of Entertaining Logic at primary schools. She was working as an au pair in the UK, where she improved her language skills. She enjoys all the activities that develop a child's imagination and intellect. She loves board games, science experiments and creative art techniques. Her favourite hobbies are travelling, climbing and hiking in the mountains.

 

Patricia Galhardo

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Patricia comes from Porto, Portugal, where she studied Psychology. Since graduating she has always been working with children. She did an Internship as an assistant psychologist in a Primary and secondary school. Patricia has also worked as an Extra Curricular Activities Coordinator in a Pre-school/Primary school before she got involved with young disabled people during the last three years. Patricia came to Prague because she believes that it’s the most grateful and rewarding challenge of her career. She likes to learn about new things, expand her knowledge throughout contact with children. Patricia also likes reading, watching movies, going to the theatre and festivals, being in touch with new cultures, travel and enjoying time with friends.

 

SOŇA MATĚJKOVÁ

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT
NURSE

Soňa studied at a Secondary medical school in Hradec Králové, in 2015 she received the Bachelor's degree in English as a Foreign Language from Akcent College, Prague. Her working experience comes from teaching English and Czech, both to adults and children at a language school. She has two adult children, Michaela and Lukáš, and in her spare time she likes doing yoga, skiing, golf, walking in the countryside, travelling and reading books.

 

LUDMILA MALINSKÁ

FOUNDATION STAGE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Ludmila grew up in a small village called Malinné in the east of the Czech Republic. She received a master's degree in field of Sociology from Masaryk University, Brno. One part of her state exam was Sociology of the family, which she enjoyed the most. After her university studies she worked as an au pair in the UK and US. She took her au pair career as a great life experience. Besides taking care of preschool-age and school-age children, she attended English classes at Florida Atlantic University and explored new places, especially state parks and natural areas. Ludmila loves sports, yoga, spending time in nature, photography, education and travelling. 

 

olivia lea

YEAR 1 TEACHER

Olivia originally comes from Wales and moved to Prague in 2016. After graduating from the University of Liverpool where she studied Psychology (BSc), she completed her PGCE at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Olivia will be starting her first teaching post at PBS as a NQT. In her spare time Olivia loves baking and skiing and is looking forward to experiencing the Czech slopes.

 

KATEŘINA BRADY

YEAR 1 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Katerina comes from the Czech Republic. After her studying Economics she travelled to England to improve her English language skills. There she worked as an au-pair, teaching assistant and a dental nurse. After 12 years living in the UK she returned to her home country and settled down with her husband and two children. In her spare time Katerina enjoys baking, cycling, watching movies and taking long walks with her family. Katerina is very excited about being a part of the PBS community.

 

MEGAN CHERRY

YEAR 1 TEACHER
PRIMARY MATHEMATICS COORDINATOR

Megan originally comes from the UK, but has lived and worked in Prague since 2003. Prior to coming to CZBS, Megan worked for a private language school coordinating and teaching English in Czech state pre-school and basic schools. In 2010, she graduated with an MA in teaching English to young learners from the University of York, as well as qualifying as a primary school teacher at the University of Exeter. She has written a number of published teacher’s manuals for the EFL market and she likes to spend her free time with her young daughter.

 

VIMBAI CHIRIPANYANGA

YEAR 1 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Vimbai Chiripanyanga comes from Zimbabwe and this is her 5th year living and working in the Czech Republic. She lived In Germany for a year before she came to Prague and she speaks a bit of German. She’s been working as an E.S.L teacher in public, private pre-schools and primary schools for the past couple of years. Children are her passion. She loves music, singing and she’s currently learning the guitar. She enjoys dancing, though she has 'two left feet'. This summer she started working on a long term project to provide girls in rural areas in Zimbabwe with sanitary towels and other girly needs. Her biggest dream is to one day open a school in Zimbabwe.

 

HANA FILIPOVÁ

YEAR 1 CZ TEACHER
CZECH PROGRAMME

Hana graduated from the Faculty of Education of Charles University, Prague with a degree in pre-school education, specialising in music, and worked as a teacher at a private music school (intonation, music theory). She joined PBS in 2005 as a teaching assistant in the Reception class (2005/06, 2006/07). Before she left on maternity leave, she was a Y2 CzBr class teacher at Kamyk (2007/08). Hana loves music and has visited many countries around the world as a member of the famous children choir Bambini di Praga. She cooperates with the Czech Orff Society and has passed a number of Czech and international music courses (Orff Schulwerk, music-movement education, music methods and forms of work with pre-school aged children). Currently, she is a member of the choir Carmina Bohemica. Hana is married and has a 3-year-old daughter.

 

RADKA JEZBEROVÁ

Year 1 CZ TEACHING ASSISTANT

Radka graduated from the Prague College of Arts and Crafts. After finishing her study she spent one year in Ascot and another year in Lymington working as an au pair.
Radka joined PBS in 2005. She gained her experiences while working at both PBS and ČBZŠ. In her free time Radka likes to contribute articles to Czech culinary magazines.

 

LOUISE HUTCHISON

YEAR 2 TEACHER
IPC COORDINATOR

Louise comes from a small village on the west coast of Scotland. After graduating from Glasgow University with a General Science degree (B.Sc), Louise spent a year travelling around the world. A summer stint as Waterfront Director at a community summer camp in America introduced Louise to the wonderful world of child education. On return from her travels abroad she completed her teaching qualifications through the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She spent three years teaching in Glasgow before heading to Abu Dhabi, UAE where she taught for a further three years. Louise joined PBS in 2011 and enjoys exercising, socialising and cooking in her spare time.

 

ANNA SIXTOVÁ

YEAR 2 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Anna joined the school in 2006. She enjoys travelling and spent seven years working in childcare around the world before settling back in her home-town of Prague. Anna is very artistic and enjoys playing the violin. Presently most of her free time is spent with her young son Jakub.

 

SVETLANA LUGOVSKÁ

YEAR 2 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Svetlana Lugovská (known as Ilana) has been living in the Czech Republic since 1999. She has a diploma for teaching English and German and worked for eight years as a teacher in the Ukraine. Before moving to the Czech Republic, she lived with her family in Israel. She has more than twenty years experience working with children of all ages. Svetlana is thoroughly enjoying being part of a large international school team.

 

JOLANA NOVÁKOVÁ

YEAR 2 CZ TEACHER
CZECH PROGRAMME TEACHER

Jolana was born in Prague and graduated from the Faculty of Education of Charles University Prague where she received her Master's degree in Primary Education. She was teaching English to pre-school children and Czech to adults during her studies. Jolana has received her First Certificate in English, FCE. She also studied Primary education at the University of Eastern Finland for half a year. She likes travelling, spending time with friends, movies and books.

 

GABRIELA RŮŽIČKOVÁ

YEAR 2 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Gabi comes from Prague. She spent nearly 15 years abroad working with children (e.g as a development instructor of Child Aid Project in Malawi, a coordinator for children and youth with behaviour and social problems in Denmark or a teacher of English at EF Semarang in Indonesia). Previously she also worked at PBS as a teaching assistant, an art teacher and EAL teacher. During that time she obtained various internationally recognized certificates entitling her to teach. Recently she graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University where she studied Ethnology with a specialization in Indonesian Studies. Besides travelling Gabi enjoys sport activities, woodcarving and just about anything that is to do with art.

 

ISABELLE DICKENS

YEAR 3 TEACHER

Isabelle has been working at Prague British School since 2014 after completing a successful teaching practice as part of her degree. She has experience teaching a range of year groups, particularly children with English as an Additional Language. Isabelle grew up in Rugby, England and first made the decision to become a teacher after working with SEN children at a local school there. Isabelle enjoys new challenges and her favourite past times are cheerleading, camping and travelling.

 

LENKA DUSPIVOVÁ

YEAR 3 TEACHING ASSISTANT

After her studies at the Upper-Secondary Teacher Training School in Litomyšl, Lenka studied English at the University of Pardubice. She also participated in the Erasmus Programme and completed an internship at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She put her studies to good use when she taught English after finishing her education, and she also worked for one year as an au pair in Great Britain. She has worked at CBZS since April 2010. In her free time, Lenka likes to devote herself to handicrafts from making greeting cards or jewellery to making bobbin lace. And when weather allows, she also spends a lot of time in the countryside.

 

PETR ŠTĚPÁN

Y3 CZ TEACHER
CZECH PROGRAMME TEACHER

Petr is from Hradec Kralove. He has worked at PBS since April 2012. Petr studied at SOŠ of pedagogy and is currently studying Primary education at Charles University in Prague. His working experience comes from various areas, including special needs education. He has worked in many non-profit organizations focusing on helping children with sight defects and children from socially excluded areas. He also worked as a private English teacher and summer camp English teacher for some time. In 2009 Petr travelled to Great Britain, where he worked as an assistant for a family with an autistic child. During his stay there he studied English and managed to get FCE and IELTS level 7 certificates from the University of Southampton. Petr really enjoys travelling. He also likes cycling, cross country skiing and hiking.

 

DARREN BRADY

ENGLISH COORDINATOR
YEAR 2 TEACHER

Darren qualified with a B.Ed in Primary Education in 2004 from the University of Gloucestershire. He started his teaching career in London, both inner and outer areas, and worked for over 4 years in the picturesque town of Christchurch, England. He has a huge passion for sport and was PE subject leader at his previous schools. Darren likes to try his hand at any sport, however his particular favourites are basketball, rugby and football. Spare time is usually taken up with his baby boy and some reading. He is looking forward to the challenge of learning Czech, developing his ice-skating and for the first time going skiing.

 

KENNETH ROMANS

YEAR 3 TEACHER

Kenneth was born in Scotland and graduated in genetics from the University of Aberdeen. Later he qualified as a teacher with a PGCE from the University of Dundee. After teaching in Scotland for one year, he moved to PBS where he stayed for six years. He left PBS in 2013 to teach in Marrakesh, Morocco. From there he moved to Austin, Texas and this year sees his return to PBS and his beloved city of Prague.

 

ZUZANA CARBOCHOVÁ

YEAR 3 TEACHING ASSISTANT
CZECH FOR NON-CZECH TEACHER

Zuzana is a qualified nursery teacher from Prague. Prior to joining PBS in 2008, she worked as a nursery school teacher in Czech and English speaking preschools in Prague and as a nanny in the UK. She spent five years studying English in the UK and USA. Zuzana has a five year old daughter Ema, who keeps her both entertained and busy. They enjoy art, long walks and reading together!

 

TOM MILLINCHIP

YEAR 4 TEACHER

Tom originates from Cheshire in the North West of England. He graduated from The University of Kent in 2008 with a French degree and subsequently worked for Majestic Wine for two years. He completed his PGCE in 2011 and since then has taught a variety of year groups in an Independent Preparatory school near Kingston upon Thames. Tom has a variety of interests such as music, history, sport and visiting new places. He recently married Rosanna, who is also on the teaching staff at PBS, and they are both looking forward to becoming part of the school community.

 

Lara Cruickshank

YEAR 4 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Lara is very excited to be new to PBS this year. After leaving school she become an aupair and has since completed her TEFL training and worked as an international nanny.  Lara is from Bedford, England but considers home to be in the south of France.  She speaks French and is passionate about language learning. In her free time she enjoys yoga, sewing, reading, making organic soaps, flea markets and exploring Prague.

 

CARI ROMANS

YEAR 4 TEACHER
 

Born in Texas, Cari completed her B.Ed. in Elementary Education at the University of Maine in 2007.  She has taught at the primary level in Prague, Morocco, and in Texas.  With an M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Central European University in Budapest, she has a special fondness for teaching science and related subjects, especially if they involve building things, making things, or carrying out experiments.   Outside of school, Cari enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, art, and learning new and interesting things.

 

LUCIE kovaříková

YEAR 4 TEACHING ASSISTANT
CZECH PROGRAMME TEACHER

Lucie graduated from the Faculty of Education of the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. During her stay in the USA she studied English, worked with children and also travelled a lot. She taught in Chomutov for four years and then continued studying at the College of Economics and Management in Prague which she completed by receiving her bachelor’s degree in human resources management. In August 2010, she joined CBZS as a teaching assistant. She enjoys sports such as water skiing, cycling, skiing and others.

 

LUDMILA DVOŘÁKOVÁ

YEAR 4 CZ TEACHER
CZECH PROGRAMME TEACHER

Ludmila graduated at Masaryk University in Brno in Health Education and Special Education. During her time at universtiy she did internships as a teacher at different types of schools, as well as working with children with special needs and in a private English nursery school. Summer holidays between terms at university were spent abroad (Ireland, Spain) as an au pair. After graduation she moved to the Netherlands for one year, where she gained more experience with children while being an au pair for an international family. Her hometown is a small city near Brno called Bystre, where her parents and three brothers live. Ludmila joined PBS in September 2015 as a teacher in Year 5. In her spare time she enjoys sports like biking, swimming, listening to music and she likes nature and travelling.

 

marie vybíralová

YEAR 5 CZ TEACHer

Marie graduated from Charles University in Prague. Apart from Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education she also studied Linguistics of sign languages at the Faculty of Philosophy. She has been an active member of the scout organisation since childhood. Therefore she used to spend summer holidays at summer camps, first as a child then as a leader. Later, during study breaks, she used to travel abroad. Mostly she went to Germany to learn the language, once to the USA to work and travel. Because of her passion for the German language, she went on an Erasmus study stay to Munich, where she could learn and see how the Education in Bavaria functions. She has experience working as a teaching assistant in primary school and a teacher in the preschool class. In her free time she likes to run, especially on the weekend, when she can go back to her birthplace in the countryside and run in the forest. It is a kind of relaxation for her.
 

 

EMILY CLARK

YEAR 5 TEACHER

Emily is a newly qualified teacher from Wales in the UK, who first came to PBS to undertake an assignment as part of her university course. She recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education and was delighted to be offered a teaching position in the school. She enjoys travelling and is looking forward to experiencing Prague and learning Czech! In her free time Emily also enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, being outdoors and trying out new things.

 

LENKA BRHÁČKOVÁ

YEAR 5 TEACHING ASSISTANT
CZECH FOR NON-CZECH TEACHER

Lenka comes from Frýdek-Místek, a town in Northern Moravia. She graduated at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Ostrava and at the same time studied sociology and media studies with journalism at Masaryk University in Brno. After her studies she then worked at the College of Economics and Management in Prague, where she was in charge of admissions. In her free time she enjoys sports, playing chess and reading. Travelling is another of her hobbies and she has visited Great Britain several times in order to improve her English and learn about the culture. Lenka also teaches Czech at Senior School.

 

JAMIE BENNETT

YEAR 5 TEACHER
ICT COORDINATOR
E-SAFETY OFFICER

Jamie qualified as a teacher in 2002 at Hull University. Before coming to Prague he worked in an international school in the USA and prior to that he taught at a local primary school in England. Jamie has been at PBS since September 2008. This is his first experience of living and working in Prague and he is enjoying both greatly. Away from school Jamie enjoys most sports and also plays the guitar.

 

Saffina Rikh

YEAR 5 cz TEACHER

Orignally from Cardiff, Saffi has recently graduated from the University of South Wales with Ba(Hons) Primary Studies. She is excited to be moving to such a beautiful city and to be undertaking her first teaching post at PBS! Saffi is very passionate about sport and has played netball competitively from a very young age. However, she is willing to give most sports a go and is keen to try basketball whilst here in Prague. Following a season as an activities instructor in Lanzarote last year, she is looking forward to transferring the knowledge and skills she learned into the classroom. 

 

LENKA HOFTYCHOVÁ 

YEAR 5 CZ TEACHING ASSISTANT

Lenka completed the Upper-Secondary Teacher Training School in Ústí nad Labem. She taught primary and senior school PE, mathematics, history and geography. In January 2008 she left for London to work as a mother’s help and au pair. In September 2008 she started to work for CZBS as a teaching assistant. In the summer she runs children's summer camps. She very much enjoys sport, especially jogging, skiing, and scuba-diving. She also likes reading. Lenka values sincerity and tolerance. Her motto is 'Everybody has the right to be given a second chance'.

 

JAMES WARD

YEAR 6 CZ TEACHER

James has recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Primary Studies from the University of South Wales and is delighted to take up his first teaching post at PBS. He has worked as a youth sports coach in his home country of Wales and spent time teaching at PBS as part of his University studies. Outside of school James is a keen sportsman who has represented Wales in baseball, as well as enjoying football, boxing and golf.

 

ŠTĚPÁN SLÍVA

YEAR 5 TEACHING ASSISTANT

Štěpán is originally from Brno and he graduated at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. Coming from a family of teachers, professors and architects, he was always in very close touch with the school world and children. In 2014, he went for work-intership to the UK, where he also volunteered as a guided reading tutor in a primary school. In his student years and for six years, he actively played theatre for children and cooperated with after school clubs for primary and secondary children. He really enjoys art and any kind of creative work, science and nature. He is a passionate skier in winter months and enjoys summer cycling and hiking trips.

 

LOUISE SMITH

YEAR 1 – 3 CZ
EAL TEACHER

After gaining her degree in Marketing in the UK, Louise went on to work in advertising for 2 years before deciding she wanted a change. She moved to China and worked as a language teacher for a year and decided that was the path she wished to follow. Louise has lived in Prague since 2008 and has worked as an English language teacher in Czech primary schools throughout Prague, as well as teaching in the International Language Centre at PBS. Louise joined the CBZS team in 2011. Out of school, Louise enjoys travelling, photography as well as walking, camping and biking in the Czech countryside.

 

DAN ŠKODA

HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE CENTRe

Dan graduated from the Faculty of Sciences of Charles University in 1987 and in 1996 gained his PhD in biology after four years of his scientific internship at the Carleton University in Ottawa. After having returned from Canada, he decided not to continue his work at the Faculty of Sciences and started teaching English at secondary and language schools in Prague. Gradually, he specialised in teaching courses for advanced students and specialised language courses, while also working as a head at several language schools. Since 2008, Dan has been the head of the PBS International Language Centre. Dan speaks fluent English, Spanish and Russian. His favourite hobby is travelling – he has visited more than 70 countries on four continents.

 

OLGA JOVANOVSKA BOSHKU

GERMAN TEACHER

Olga was born in Skopje, Macedonia. She was destined to love languages from birth. Growing up into a multilingual family, languages like English, German, Greek, Macedonian and Aromanian have always been part of who she really is. It’s no wonder she decided to pursue a career in the field of languages.

Olga got a BA in English and German language and literature at the University of ‘St. Cyril and Methodius’, Skopje, Macedonia, which was later verified by the ‘Charles University’. In June 2009 Olga earned her MA degree in linguistics, specializing in CLIL (content and language integrated learning). She worked as an EML and class teacher at the American primary school ‘NOVA’, Skopje for four years; an English and German teacher at ‘Caledonian School’ for a year and as a substitute EML teacher at ISP, Prague for a year. She joined PBS in 2006 as the Year 6 class teacher at the Kamyk site. In 2014 she took up the new, very exciting- being a mother role and continued teaching at PBS. Starting from 2016/2017 academic year with great pleasure she accepted the new challenge of being the German teacher for both primary and senior school and EAL senior school teacher at Vlastina.

Olga loves spending quality time with her daughter Tea and her husband Bojan, loves cold weather, long walks, skiing, shopping, fashion and design, drinking coffee and chatting with friends. Her moto in life is ‘seize the day’.

 

DENIS MEUNIER

FRENCH TEACHER
Denis is originally from Toulouse (la ville rose) in the South-Ouest of France and got a Masters in linguistics. After several years in the Middle East, where he has been working as a French teacher and director of an Alliance Française, he decide to come back to Europe with his family and chose Prague as their new home. At the Vlastina site, Denis teaches French from year 3 to year 9. He loves spending time with his 3 children; he is passionate about literature, chess and trekking. 
 

SUZANNE HIGGINS

MUSIC TEACHER

Suzanne is originally from Cheshire, in the UK. She studied music in Manchester and has enjoyed playing with many world acclaimed artists, including John Taylor, Will Lee and The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. Her own projects have been featured at jazz festivals in the UK and she has toured extensively, recording albums, playing on radio and TV, and performing at venues such as The London Palladium. Suzanne has taught children and adults of all ages, in workshop settings, jazz summer schools, and one-to-one tuition. After qualifying as a Primary teacher she taught in the UK, then took a position teaching music and being responsible for instrumental tuition at Berlin British School in 2009 and was a founding organiser of the Berlin International Music Project. Suzanne is an active member of the Prague jazz scene, performing regularly at venues such as Jazz Dock and Slaný Jazz Festival.

 

DAVID MCCLOY

PE TEACHER

David is originally from a small town just outside of Glasgow, Scotland. He gained his UEFA qualifications with the Scottish Football Association in Edinburgh before accepting an offer as Head Coach and International Schools Coordinator for the International Football Academy of Abu Dhabi. After 3 years in the UAE he decided to re-train as a PE teacher through a BSc in Physical Education and Sport at the Charles University Prague. He has a strong passion for all sports, but mainly football, basketball, squash, Gaelic football and snowboarding. In his spare time he enjoys playing for his football team, coaching football, exercising, playing the guitar, painting and travelling.

 

EDWARD KNOWLES

PE TEACHER 
COVER TEACHER

Edward is originally from Cape Town in South Africa. He completed his Bachelor of Education Degree from The Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2005. Since 2006; he has taught in London, Prague, Doha and Bangkok.  He is now returning to PBS where he previously taught from 2011 - 2013. Edward is a keen sportsman and focuses his time mainly on cricket, tennis, running and snowboarding. In his spare time he is a keen DJ and an avid plane spotter.

 

ELIŠKA BLAŽEJOVÁ

Leading Teaching Assistant
Year 6 Teaching Assistant

Eliška was born in Prague, Czech Republic. Being a former PBS student herself (1998 – 2001), Eliška was thrilled to rejoin the school as a staff member. She’s always been interested in education and has over 7 years of teaching experience. Apart from studying English and Social Sciences, she has also attended the Dance Center Prague – Conservatory. Since 2008 she has lead various dance courses for both children and adults. Eliška’s lifelong interests include philosophy, physical theatre, stunt work and anything to do with dogs.

 

MAGDALENA SULKOVÁ

LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER
YEAR 6 CZ TEACHING ASSISTAN

Magdalena originates from Prague. She is very fond of travelling and at the first opportunity she moved to the UK, where she spent almost two years working with children, which she found enriching. Later she fulfilled her wish to travel to more exotic locales such as New Zealand, South America and most of Asia. Magdalena feels that working with children and people with special needs is her calling, and so she is deepening her knowledge by further studies. She enjoys travelling and meeting people from different cultures, and is keen on visual art and music.

 

KAMILA HAMEL

CZECH FOR NON-CZECH TEACHER
LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER
Kamila spent part of her childhood in Zambia where she experienced how hard it is to join an English speaking school  without knowing  a word of English. This is why she has become passionate about helping others to understand and learn foreign languages.  She earned her PHDr. degree in Translation and Interpreting in English and Russian from Charles University in Prague before moving on to Liverpool to complete an M.A. in English Language Teaching and Learning at the University of Liverpool.   Kamila has extensive teaching and interpreting experience in Prague, Liverpool and Basel.  Prior to joining PBS in 2006, she taught at the International School of Basel, Switzerland. Married and mother of two boys, she joined PBS in 2006. Her two sons completed their IB at PBS. In her free time, Kamila enjoys walking, yoga and cooking.

 

 

ADRIANA CASTELLO LURO

LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER

Adriana is from Argentina. As well as a degree in art, Adriana has a BEd. She has taught English and Spanish as well as primary school education. Adriana has a Czech husband and they have a 9 year old daughter. With a multicultural background herself, she finds the diversity of cultures at PBS fascinating. As well as teaching, Adriana loves reading, writing and painting.

 

SHARON ELLIS

LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER
EAL COORDINATOR

Sharon is originally from North Yorkshire but moved to Germany while she was still at school. After completing a degree in business studies, she went on to qualify as an EFL teacher. Sharon has lived and taught in Australia, China and Germany as well as in the Czech Republic where she joined PBS in 2008. Sharon reads a lot and likes cruising around the countryside, but more than anything she loves travelling abroad. When not on the move she can usually be found with a paintbrush, screwdriver or camera in her hand.

 

EVA CYRUSOVÁ

CHILD PROTECTION OFFICER
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 12 years. Eva has been working in our international school since 1996. She 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.

 

KATEŘINA PIXOVÁ

LIBRARIAN

Katerina grew up on a small farm in the South West of the Czech Republic. After her studies she went abroad working as an au pair, first to England and later on to the United States, where she spent more then three years. After coming back to her country she stayed living in Prague and dedicated herself to HR profession. In 2011 she graduated from the Comenius University in Prague, specialisating in Pedagogy, with a bachelor's degree. She has been practising yoga for over fifteen years and has recently started her own yoga courses. Katerina has a passion for books, writing and colouring mandalas. She enjoys mountains, swimming, cycling and travelling.

 

SANDRA CONTE

EXTRATIME MANAGER

Sandra is French and has studied in Scotland for 7 years, where she obtained her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies and her Post Graduate Diploma in Education for Foreign Modern Languages. She moved to Prague shortly after graduating and since August 2011  has been teaching preschool children, both English and French, through the national curriculum and extra-curricular activities. During her time in Prague, her interest in movement and mindful activities have grown and she has obtained certifications as a yoga teacher both for adults and children.  Whatever she learns, she loves sharing with others.