Vlastina Senior Teachers

IAIN MURRAY

HEAD OF SENIOR SCHOOL VLASTINA
ICT TEACHER
Design Technology Teacher
Geography Teacher

Iain was brought up in the Western Isles of Scotland. He graduated from Aberdeen University in 1993 and earned his PGCE the following year. After teaching in various schools around Scotland he moved into the private school sector in 1995. After only 3 years of teaching Iain became the Head of ICT at the oldest girl’s school in Scotland. He then went on to become Director of ICT and joined the school’s Senior Management Team. Iain also become responsible for developing and steering the school’s curriculum, developing the school timetable and introducing new subjects to the curriculum. Iain completed the SCIS (Scottish Council of Independent Schools) School Leadership course, a well-established and popular leadership development course that is designed for aspiring school leaders from both Primary and Senior schools. In 2012 Iain moved to PBS as School Data Manager and Senior School ICT teacher. Iain has been responsible for the implementation and expansion of a school wide systems that benefit all pupils, staff and parents at PBS. Iain joined the PBS Senior Management Team in 2013. Having competed internationally in Weightlifting and Powerlifting Iain is not your typical IT geek; he now divides his time between keeping fit, sailing and hiking in the Czech countryside.

CONRAD ARMSTRONG

ART TEACHER
ENGLISH ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL) TEACHER 
Design technology 

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

NATHALIE BARDSLEY

ENGLISH, DRAMA AND EAL TEACHER

Nathalie obtained a Combined honours degree in Psychology and Law at Leicester University in 1994 and qualified as a teacher (PGCE) the following year at Cardiff University.  After teaching in Daventry, UK, for two years she then moved to York where she worked for nine years as Head of Psychology and Advanced Skilled Lecturer.  In 2006 she completed an MA in Education at Huddersfield University and moved to Thailand where she taught at Harrow International School and was a Head of House.  Four years later she successfully completed an MA in English from the Open University and moved to Amsterdam.  She worked at the British School of Amsterdam for six years as an English and Drama teacher and was Head of Faculty: Humanities and Creative Arts.  Nathalie met, Michael, her husband when she moved to York in 1997 and they have two daughters, who attend the PBS Senior School.

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.

LENKA BRHÁČKOVÁ

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. 

MARK GIBSON

SCIENCE TEACHER

Mark qualified with a Physics degree from Bristol University in 2009. After a stint teaching English in Tokyo he completed the PGCE programme at Kings College London. Mark taught in London and Cairo before arriving in Prague 4 years ago. Since coming to Prague Mark has become an avid snowboarder and now spends the summer waiting for winter so he can get back out to the mountains. When not snowboarding or teaching science, Mark can be found watching live music and riding around on his motorbike.

 

donna berrisford

HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES TEACHER

Donna is originally from Nottingham in the UK, where she taught Humanities for nine years. Donna graduated from Cardiff University in 2005 and completed her PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007. In her spare time, she has a real passion for travelling, exploring the outdoors and keeping fit. She is very much looking forward to the challenge of a new school and exploring a new city.

olga jovanovská boshku

GERMAN AND eal 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’.

NICOLA Bottomley

TEACHER
LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Nicola graduated from the University of Reading, where she gained a masters degree in pharmacy. She is originally from the North West of England, but moved to the South West after university where she has been working as a pharmacist for the past two years. Nicola is an active person who likes to keep fit and healthy in her spare time. She enjoys cooking at home, cycling outdoors and taking classes at the gym, as well as skiing when she gets the chance. 

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 (boys)

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.

DENIS MEUNIER

FRENCH TEACHER

OLIVER SCHLAICH

MATHEMATICS AND PSHCE (PERSONAL, SOCIAL, HEALT AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION) TEACHER

Oliver obtained his PGCE in mathematics at Brighton University in 2002. He has taught mathematics and English in England and the Czech Republic for almost 14 years, 8 of which have been at PBS. Oliver is delighted to be teaching mathematics at Vlastina senior school since the senior school opened last year! In his spare time, he enjoys sports, especially tennis, and travelling with his partner.

LINDSEY SIMONDET

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.