– Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Korea
– TESOL Certificate, Canada
Jennifer has lived, worked and studied in Korea, Canada and the Czech Republic. Before moving to Ostrava, she worked for the education division of the company DaeKyo, developing and implementing curriculum for young learners. Jennifer has also taught adults and completed her TESOL certificate in Canada.
I like to try new things, traveling, and watching movies. I believes that teaching is a difficult, important and rewarding calling, because I can see that they are growing.
Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature, Humboldt State University, USA.
Mr. Healy has been an English teacher in the Czech Republic since 2004. He has been teaching Language Acquisition and Language & Literature at the secondary level since 2010. He spends his free time with his family. Mr. Healy is Head of the Language & Literature Department, DP Extended Essay Coordinator, DP2 Class Teacher, and a teacher of DP and MYP Language and Literature courses.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Mahatma Gandhi University, India
– Master’s Degree in Engineering Design, Amrita University, India
– Pursuing Doctoral studies in Applied Mechanics and Mathematics, VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Anil was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kerala in India. After completing his master’s, he started teaching engineering subjects to students pursuing bachelor’s degree. In pursuit of broadening his knowledge, he migrated to Ostrava, Czech Republic to begin his doctoral studies. His passion for teaching led him to join TOIS as Math and Physics teacher.
In his free time, he likes to travel and improve his photography skills. He is also a sports enthusiast who used to play Volleyball and Badminton at the university level.
– PhD in Economics and Management (Ongoing), Tomaš Bata University in Zlin
– Master of Commerce (Marketing), University of Cape Coast
– Bachelor of Management Studies, University of Cape Coast
Christina’s passion for human and intellectual development inspired her choice of profession after her Bachelor’s degree program. She served as a teaching assistant at the University of Cape Coast (School of Business) and rose through the ranks in academia.
She’s currently studying a PhD in Economics and Management at the Tomaš Bata University in Zlin.
Christina brings her expertise to IB DP Economics and Management and MYP Civics at TOIS. She loves to sing and enjoys adventures.
– BA in German and Music for secondary schools at University of Leipzig
– MA in German ans Music for secondary schools at Charles University in Prague
Hedwiga was born in Romania to a Romanian father and a German mother. Soon her parents moved to Stuttgart/Germany,where she grew up. After her wedding with a Czech husband she is now living for more than 10 years in the Czech Republic. With this international backround she was always eager to get to know new cultures,languages and people of different nations. At the same time it gives her joy to rebuild the reputation of the German language in the Czech Republic. Being part of the development and raising process of children and young adults filled not only the professional life,but also her free time,as she is engaged in different non-profit organizations. In her spare time she is performing concerts with her husband,what also lead to recording a CD together. Beside that she likes travelling and of course spending time with her beloved family (2 children).
– Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) in History and English Literature from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Phil was born and raised in Bundjalung country, along the northern rivers of New South Wales, Australia. He is passionate about history, nature, sustainability, internationalism and the potential of progressive education.
Phil has worked in education in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Europe. Phil has been living in the Czech Republic for more than twenty years, still fascinated by its beauty.
Phil was one of the founding members of staff at the school. After leading the school to IB DP accreditation in 2012, and serving as DP Coordinator for over a decade, Phil became Head of Secondary in the Spring of 2021. He has taught and served as an IB Examiner of both History and English.
In his free time, Phil enjoys numismatics, philately, music, film, travel, sports, reading and visual arts.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Deakin University, Melbourne
– Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Kimberley spent the first half of her life in Melbourne, thinking that since so many people from around the world and their cultures had come and settled in Australia, she could experience everything from the comfort of her own hometown. Then she met her soon-to-be husband, an itinerant backpacker from the Netherlands, and that perspective quickly changed.
Kim taught at a public school in Melbourne, and at international schools in India, and Brno Czech Republic. Now in Ostrava to begin her twelfth year of teaching, she loves welcoming students from around the world into her classroom and finding ways to support each to draw the best out of themselves.
– Master’s Degree in Philology and Education, University of Belgrade, Serbia
– Master’s Professorial Degree in Language, Culture and Literature, University of Belgrade, Serbia
– Ongoing PhD in Philology, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Jelena was born in Croatia and has, since early childhood, been fascinated by different cultures and languages. As her own family background is multicultural and multilingual, the study of Philology came naturally to her. Since the age of 7, Jelena has never stopped following her heart, learning about new cultures and languages ever since.
She drew upon her extensive language skills in Croatian, Serbian, Russian, English and Arabic while teaching children in United Nations refugee camps before moving to Ostrava in 2018 to begin working at The Ostrava International School as a PYP 2 Class Teacher.
– Currently, studying for a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Palacký University, Olomouc
– Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, University of Ostrava
– Child´s Psychopathology Course, Ostrava
Eliška joined the TOIS Early Years team 3 years ago, and quickly became the first sunshiny morning face that children, parents and staff see when they arrive at school in the morning.
At the age of three, Eliška started her figure skating journey, which eventually led her to Sport Aerobics. As an Aerobic team member, Eliška won several medals in European and World Championships in 2015 and 2016. Her figure skating journey continues to this day, in the role of being the coach for youngsters.
In her free time, Eliška also enjoys acting, painting, cooking, sports, and travelling.
– First and Second State Examination in Primary Education with an emphasis on English as a Second Language. Universität Leipzig, Germany
After moving from his native Cornwall, UK to Berlin, Germany in 2010, Jacob quickly discovered a passion for education and languages. In Berlin he gained experience working in an after-school daycare, as a teacher‘s assistant and as an assistant to children with special needs. This motivated his choice to study Primary Education at the University of Leipzig. In Leipzig Jake continued working with a range of diverse and awesome kids from preschool up to secondary in both international and state schools.
Since moving to the Czech Republic in 2021, Jake has quickly set about exploring the mountainous surroundings by foot and by bike. He loves sport, art, cooking and pretty much anything outdoorsy.
– Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
– Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
Francis grew up in Kumasi, the second-largest city in Ghana. The “Garden City” as it was called by Queen Elizabeth II on her first visit.
Francis, came to the Czech Republic in January 2020 to pursue his Doctoral degree in Economic Policy and Administration at Tomas Bata University.
He finds fulfilment in passing on knowledge to the younger generation because he believes that this is his own way of making the world a better place.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Primary and Music Education, University of Cadiz, Spain.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Flamenco Guitar, Conservatory of Sevilla, Spain.
– One year study in the School of Modern Music and Jazz, University of Cadiz, Spain.
– Host of Czech Television’s nationally broadcast “Hola niňos“ Spanish lessons for children
Adan was born in Arcos de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain. At the age of 7, he started learning flamenco guitar in his hometown, in the long-standing tradition of his family. Music has always been a very important part of his life, and the reason why he decided to study music education and to share his passion with young learners.
Adan joined TOIS in 2015 as a Music and Spanish teacher in both the PYP and MYP programmes. Currently, he teaches primary Music and Spanish.
He loves to spend his free time with his wife and son, and to perform with his band around the Czech Republic.
– Master’s Degree in International Relations, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
– Master’s Degree in American Studies, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
– Exchange Year at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
After graduating from University, Harry decided to work and travel in Australia, because, well, why not? Over there, he met the marvellous Ms. Kim who now proudly teaches PYP 3 at TOIS. After being an Assistant Librarian and Student Advisor in India, Harry helped establish the Secondary School library for the IB program in Brno, Czech Republic and, starting this year, will be classroom assistant for PYP 3 and the Primary School Librarian.
Besides overindulging in cheese and chocolate, Harry loves travelling, voracious reading and tickling his daughter Anna. He is also still very fond of his Australian wife.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Education, University of Nebraska, USA
– Master’s Degree in Euroculture, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
– Master’s Degree in Euroculture, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
Drew first visited the Czech Republic in 2004 as an exchange student and fell in love with the country. He then moved here in 2006 in pursuit of a Masters degree, and has been working and living in Ostrava since 2009. Drew organises several extra-curricular and community outreach events for the school every year, including the Movember Fun Run against Cancer, and the International Schools Swimming Gala.
Drew enjoys traveling, running, playing with Lego, but most of all loving his wonderful wife and two beautiful children.
She drew upon her extensive language skills in Croatian, Serbian, French, English and Arabic while teaching children in United Nations refugee camps before moving to Ostrava in 2018 to begin working at The Ostrava International School as a PYP 2 Class Teacher.
– Bachelor’s Degree in German and Economics, Minor in French, University of Vermont, USA
– One Semester Study Program at the Universität Augsburg, Germany
Jonáš, a native Czech, lived in the country of Václav Havel for eighteen years before embarking on his college journey in Vermont, USA. He spends his free time translating to and from Czech, developing his knowledge of four other languages. Jonáš loves to listen to and play jazz in his Big Band, has been playing a modest role in helping the Moravian-Silesian Region drum up the interest of tourists from around the globe.
Jonáš teaches IB English Language and Literature courses.
Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate, Leeds, UK.
Ongoing studies in English Language for Education, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Dan is a native speaker of the English Language from the UK. He decided to explore the world of teaching English as a Foreign Language and soon found a passion for teaching and sharing his native tongue. This will be his first year at The Ostrava International School.
Master’s Degree in Psychology, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Master’s Degree in Social Education, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Petra joined the TOIS family in 2017 after her maternity leave as the School Psychologist for the entire school. In addition to teaching the IB Diploma Psychology course, Petra is the school Student Well-Being Services Coordinator.
Petra is also a member of the network of school psychologists in the Ostrava Region, and in her free time, she devotes herself to self-education, especially in the field of psychology.
She is the mother of two daughters and if you cannot find her at a children’s playground, then she is cooking at home for her family or exercising.
Ph.D. in Computer Engineering, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey
Hossein is originally from Iran (Persia) and first came to the Czech Republic as an Erasmus student during his Ph.D. studies in 2016. He then started to teach mathematics at The Ostrava International School (TOIS) in the MYP and DP programs. In addition to teaching part-time at TOIS, Hossein also works as a researcher and lecturer at the Technical University of Ostrava, adding real-life application to his lessons with us.
His research is focused on developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods for cancer treatment. Hossein is learning čeština and loves playing football.
Incomplete degree in Animation, Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Bratislava, Slovakia
IB MYP Visual Arts certification
IB DP Visual Arts Certification
Born in Slovakia 1984, Mišo studied movie animation and has always been interested in drawing, comics and cartoons. He worked for over a decade in the field of advertising and graphic design for companies and music television in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, as well as doing freelance illustrations. He joined TOIS in 2016.
Mišo loves to work at TOIS, because of the rich background of international students and colleagues, who make him feel he can belong anywhere in the world. His students call him Mr. Mišo.
In his free time, Mišo illustrates children’s books that he co-creates with his wife and their two cats.
Master’s Degree in Education, Biology and Chemistry, the University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Pavel has spent his entire life in Ostrava and its surroundings. Since childhood, he has always been fascinated by the world around him and how nature works. Pavel decided early on to study the natural sciences, and his interests have always brought him close to nature. He enjoys outdoor sports in summer and winter, preferably with his family. He has extensive experience in teaching biology and chemistry and in helping to prepare students to pursue their interests in these fields at university.
Pavel is The Head of Science, and an IB DP Chemistry and Biology Teacher, as well as the leader of TOIS Duke of Edinburgh Programme.
Bachelor’s Degree (HONS) in Biology, Middlesex University, England
Postgraduate Certificate In Education (PGCE), Goldsmith’s College, University of London, England
QTS, United Kingdom
Paul is originally from London, England and after having lived there for most of his life he decided to move to the Czech Republic with his wife and two children. Paul lives in a small village that is very close to both the Slovak and Polish borders. He has a lot of experience in both the UK and international education, and was part of a successful school improvement leadership team in England. Paul has been at TOIS since 2015.
In his spare time, Paul enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his family and friends.
Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Genetics, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Biology with Science, University of the West of Scotland.
Science teacher, intrepid traveller and science fiction enthusiast.
“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…”
— Isaac Asimov
Master’s Degree in Informatics, Computer Graphics specialization, VSB-TU Ostrava, Czech Republic
PhD in Informatics, Computer Graphics specialization, VSB-TU Ostrava, Czech Republic
Milan is from the Ostrava region and loves interdisciplinary connections, in his personal life and in his teaching. Milan not only teaches Computer Science, but he is also a programmer, a journalist and an artist – busy as a painter, illustrator, and stock photographer. Milan tries to connect all of these fields into his life and lessons.
He also strongly believes that algorithmic thinking can improve the lives of students in many non-IT situations, and he tries to develop this in his students.
Master’s Degree in Euroculture, University of Groningen, Netherlands & Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Master’s Degree in Communication, Major in Communication Research, University of the Philippines
Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities, Major in Political Economy, University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines
Lorybelle joined TOIS in 2016 and started as an EAL Teacher at the Primary School. Currently, she is the EAL Coordinator at Secondary. She dabbles in photography and enjoys travelling, watching films and TV series, baking, and trying out new recipes.
Bachelor’s Degree in Czech Literature, Silesian University of Opava, Czech Republic
Ongoing Master’s Degree in Library Science, Silesian University of Opava, Czech Republic
IB DP Librarian Certification, Category 1
Iva was born and raised in South Bohemia and joined TOIS in 2015. She loves the smell of books and coffee and tries her best to live life offline.
Secondary School Diploma, Electrician, Czech Republic
Dan is a very skilled young handyman ready to assist wherever needed. His calm personality and willingness to come up with solutions to the school’s endless “fix it now” problems, means that Dan is one of the most sought after staff members at TOIS.
In his spare time, Dan likes music and travelling.
International Honours BA Degree in Teaching, University Collage Absalon, Denmark
After completing the IB DP Programme at her Secondary School in Slovenia, Tjaša moved to Denmark to study and pursue her dream of teaching and travelling. She gained teaching experience in international schools in Denmark, Finland, Belgium and the Netherlands before joining TOIS, teaching PYP 3, and becoming the PYP Coordinator.
When not singing, you will find Tjaša illustrating and designing her next project. She loves spending evenings trying out new recipes with her husband.
MA in Accounting and Taxes, VSB Technical University of Ostrava
Master’s Degree in Marketing and Business, VSB Technical University of Ostrava
MBA in Economy and Financial management, Central European Management, Institute Praha
Šárka was born and raised in the Ostrava region and lives in Havířov with her family. After graduation, she worked in the banking sector. Since 2016, she has been working for TOIS as an Accounting Manager.
Šárka loves travelling, exploring new places, and nature. Her hobbies are gardening and sports, and she likes spending her time with family and friends.
Magister’s Degree in Education (Geography and Social Sciences), University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.
International Communications course, Kristianstad University, Sweden.
Born, raised and educated in Ostrava, Jiří always wanted to experience working abroad. Working at TOIS has allowed him to experience an international working environment while taking advantage of staying in his hometown, close to his family and friends.
Jiří has been with the school from its very beginning and has witnessed the growth of IB programmes in the TOIS curricula. Currently, he is coordinating the Middle Years Programme at TOIS, drawing upon his years of experience as a teacher of MYP Technology, and Individuals and Societies.
Jiří is an enthusiastic traveller, using any opportunity to explore the cultures of other countries to enrich his intercultural understanding.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary) in History and English Literature from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Masters in Philosophy, minor in Rhetoric & Communication, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Ongoing PhD in Philosophy, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Lasse is an IB DP graduate from Denmark. Besides teaching Design and Humanities in the MYP and TOK in the DP, Lasse also oversees Academic Honesty at TOIS. Since he started in 2015, Lasse has taught at all levels of the school, including the Early Years, Primary School, Middle Years and the Diploma Programmes. This has made him fully prepared to take on the new role of IB Continuum Coordinator.
He came to the Czech Republic to be with his Czech wife and he has never looked back. In his spare time, Lasse loves playing D&D, drums, and board games, reading books and spending time with family and friends.
Masters in Economics, Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Economics, Czech Republic
Masters in Business Administration, Liverpool John Moores University, Great Britain
Tomas was born and raised in Ostrava, where he still currently lives. He serves as the Chairman of the Board of the OSTRA GROUP, and is a co-owner of TOIS. Tomas has over 20 years of professional experience in leading business roles.
Tomáš founded the OSTRA GROUP, which today consists of a diversified portfolio of 39 companies in the areas of transport, real estate and R&D.
He is convinced of the uniqueness of the TOIS project and is committed to supporting the school to maintain its leading role in international education in the Ostrava region and beyond.
With his wife, Michaela, they have 2 children. Tomas is a keen sportsman, mainly in basketball, tennis and ski-touring. He has completed the Dakar Rally in the trucks category five times.
Masters in Finance and Economics, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Martin was born in Southern Moravia. Over the years, he has lived in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Belgium, but he has now found his home in Ostrava.
Martin is the Business Development Director of the OSTRA GROUP. Before entering the private sector, he worked in the European Parliament. He has 10 years of professional experience in analytical, project management, and business leadership roles.
Martin is passionate about international education, thanks to his IB Diploma from the International School of Prague. He is strongly motivated to further strengthen the position of TOIS as the leading international school in the Moravian-Silesian Region.
Martin is married to his wife Tereza, and their son Pavel attends TOIS.
– Masters in Education, Czech, and English Language and Literature, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Renáta has worked in different areas of our school since we first opened. For 7 years, she held the role of Deputy Head of Secondary School, and at the beginning of 2021 has been serving as the Head of Primary.
Renata believes that learners can reach their full potential when the people they trust trust them, and that we are all much more than the sum of our mistakes.
Renáta loves going on trips with her family, and playing Lego and board games with her son and two step-daughters. She re-charges her batteries by playing badminton, jogging, and cooking.
– Masters in Law, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
– One Year Study International Law at Université Clermont Auvergne, Clermont Ferrand, France
Nikola has been a member of the Czech Bar Association since 2010, and is member of the Law Office Jirousek, Skalník, Bernatík & partneři in Ostrava. Nikola acts as an advocate for TOIS.
Bachelor’s Degree in Adaptive Physical Education, Palacký University, Olomouc.
Marcela was born in a small town in South Moravia among the vineyards. She loves sports, and so the prospect of being a Physical Education and Health Teacher came naturally to her. Her favorite sport is volleyball, which fills her time after work and especially on weekends.
In 2019, volleyball brought her to Ostrava, where she moved to live with her soon-to-be husband. She has been working as the PE and Czech language teacher at TOIS ever since.
– Bachelor’s Degree in English and Business Administration, Zlin, Czech Republic
– Postgraduate Diploma in International Business, Language and Culture, Oxford Brookes University, Great Britain
– Ongoing Masters in Education in IB Schools, University of the People , USA
After spending several years working abroad, Veronika decided to move back to her hometown of Ostrava to pursue her passion for teaching. She joined The Ostrava International School in 2019, and draws upon her expereicne and background to lead the Primary EAL (English as an Additional Language) Department.
In her free time, Veronika enjoys the company of her family and friends, dogs and horses.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Whitworth University, USA
– National Board Certified Teacher, USA
Kari was born and raised in Washington State, USA, and spent most of her youth travelling and camping throughout the United States. While at university, she had the opportunity to learn and teach in Central America and South America. She quickly realized that she wanted to see and experience the rest of the world. After graduating, Kari helped launch the International Baccalaureate Programme at her hometown school, and also taught at an international school in China.
Since arriving in the Czech Republic, Kari has spent her free time hiking, biking, reading, dancing, and walking her dog, Jett.
– Master’s Degree, English and German Secondary School Teaching, Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic
– 3-semester study at the Bayerische Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany
– 2 semesters of Hispanic studies at Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
Marta currently teaches MYP Spanish and German Acquisition, as well as DP German. She leads MYP 1 as Class Teacher, and serves as the First Aid Officer for the Secondary School. She has been with TOIS since 2015.
As an enthusiastic traveller and nature lover, Marta enjoys discovering the commonalities and differences among the languages and countries of the world.
– Secondary Certificate in Administration and Management.
Lucie Joined TOIS 6 years ago and since then she has been hapilly supporting all staff members, students and parents as an indispensible problem-solver in the day-to-day running of the school
In her free time, Lucie likes to be with her family and friends. She loves hiking, painting and exploring new places around the country.
– Master’s Degree in Marketing and Business, VSB Technical University of Ostrava
Kristina was one of the first members to join Brett’s team of launching the international school project in Ostrava back in 2004. Since then, her position has evolved from Administrative Assistant and Project Manager to the current Financial Manager of TOIS, where she is responsible for steering the financial resources of TOIS and taking care of all HR-related issues.
In her free time she loves hiking, jogging, baking and building sandcastles with her two children.
– Masters in Education, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
– PhD in Environmental Science, The Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Jana joined The Ostrava International School at its creation. After teaching in the UK for several years, she returned to the Czech Republic to bring home the approaches to teaching and learning that she witnessed abroad.
She brings her love of the Sciences and discovery to our youngest learners and has all three of her own chidlren attending the school.
Jana believes every child is born with the desire to explore the world and that the role of the teacher is to accompany the child on their learning journey. Jana loves to spend her spare time with her children. She loves to plan various trips and sport activities to ensure everyone gets happy and tired at the end of the day. Baking a chocolate cake or having her friends around are her favorite activities.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design – Amesham and Wycombe College, UK
– Master’s Degree in Teaching English and Art, The University of Ostrava
– Semester of English studies at Hogskolan Kristianstad, Sweden
Lenka was born in Rožnov, Czech Republic and has a rich background in studying art under well-known local artists, such as J. F. Kovář, L. Kovářová, M. Kotrba, V. Ženožička. She is currently coperating with the E. Thiemlová Art studio in Hlučín.
Lenka joined TOIS Primary in 2010 as a Class Teacher, and later fulfilled the role of librarian, and now Art Teacher.
She is the mother of three children scattered throughout the school at Early Years, Primary and Middle Years. and the wife of an enthusiastic rugby coach from Scotland.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Primary and Music Education, University of Cadiz, Spain.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Flamenco Guitar, Conservatory of Sevilla, Spain.
– One year study in the School of Modern Music and Jazz, University of Cadiz, Spain.
– Host of Czech Television’s nationally broadcast “Hola niňos” spanish lessons for children
Adan was born in Arcos de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain. At the age of 7, he started learning flamenco guitar in his hometown,
in the long-standing tradition of his family. Music has been always a very important part of his life, and the reason why he decided to study music education, and to share his passion with young learners.
Adan joined TOIS in 2015 as a Music and Spanish teacher in both PYP and MYP. Currently, he teaches primary Music and Spanish.
He loves to spend his free time with his wife and his son, and top perform with his band around the Czech Republic.
Master’s Degree in Education, Czech and German languages, The University of Ostrava.
Zuzana has experience teaching at a variety of Primary and Middle schools across Ostrava. For the past five years, she has been teaching Czech to foreign students at the TOIS Primary School. This year, she is leading the Czech Department and is teaching Czech to native students.
Zuzana is passionate about all kinds of sports. She has two children and loves taking her two dogs for walks.
Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, and Korean Language and Literature, Republic of Korea.
Sasha was born and raised in the Republic of Korea. After graduating university in Korea, she felt the urge to live her old dream of living abroad. After a year of experience as a Korean language teacher in Denmark, she moved to the Czech Republic. In the spring of 2020, she joined TOIS as a Korean language teacher for Primary and Secondary students and librarian at Primary school.
Sasha likes to invite people to experience Korean food and play board games together. And she also likes to relax and listen to music, read books, and reflect on herself.
– College Degree in Civil Engineering, Havířov
Lenka is a fresh college graduate, excited about joining TOIS as the Dining Hall Assistant, and practicing her English. Lenka loves working with children and is looking forward to greeting Primary School students every morning.
– Master’s Degree in Education, University of Ostrava
– Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, University of Ostrava
– Semester of Arts studies, Academia si Belle Arte di Catania, Italy
Elina came to Ostrava from her native Belarus at the age of 17 and completed her post-secondary studies at the University of Ostrava.
She joined The Ostrava International School, after thinking about both of her degrees, following her heart, and to walk the path of teaching. She joined TOIS as an assistant teacher for the PYP 3 Class, and this year, she will be leading it.
Since childhood, she has spent her free time traveling and sketching what she admires.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Grigg’s University, Michigan, USA
Irma was born and spent her early childhood in the beautiful country of Georgia. She later lived in Lithuania, and after graduating from high school and spending one year in a local college, she went to the USA to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. Growing up in a multicultural and multilingual family, Irma was naturally drawn to experience different cultures and languages. While in the USA, Irma worked with children from different parts of the world, helping them to learn English and adjust to their new world. During her studies at the university, Irma met her future husband… and this is how life led her to Czech Republic.
Irma and her husband have two children and live in Frydek-Mistek. She has been a teacher at The Ostrava International School since 2016.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Eductation, Deakin University, Melbourne
– Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, La Trobe University, Melbourne
– Qualified Teaching Assistant, Frýdek – Místek, Czech Republic
– Dining Hall Supervisor Certificate, Czech Republic.
Veronika has been a versatile, positive and energetic member of the staff since she joined TOIS 5 years ago. Whether assisting the kids in the class room, serving lunches, or helping to ensure that the Early Years Centre is clean and shiny, young learners appreciate her welcoming smile and tone.
Veronika likes to spend her afternoons with her two daughters. In her free time she likes to escape to the mountains or dance.
– Currently a Student of Psychology, University of Ostrava
– Child´s Psychopathology course, Ostrava
In her free time, Eliška also enjoys acting, painting, cooking, sports, and traveling.
– Master’s Degree in Translation, French Language, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
– Qualified Teaching Assistant Certificate – in progress, University of Ostrava.
This is Žaneta´s first year at Early Years Centre as a Teaching Assistant in the Kiwi class. In the past, she worked as an assistant at Secondary School, and she is now very excited about fullfilling her dream of working with young children.
Žaneta is passionate about languages, travelling and sport.
– Bachelor’s Degree, English and Special Education, Palacký University, Olomouc
– College certification in Preschool Education, GJB and SPGŠ, Přerov
Barbora draws inspiration from working with and guiding children, and participating in their personal development. She enjoys developing close relationships with young learners, and drawing out the creative nature in each child. Whether playing the guitar, singing, drawing, playing games or making crafts, Barbara and her team have a lot of fun while learning about themselves and the world.
Barbora peviously worked as an au-pair in the UK and Spain. She is fascinated by the uniqueness of different cultures and enjoys meeting people of different backgrounds. As she has said: “This is why TOIS is simply my happy place!”.
– Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering and Informatics, VSB Technical University of Ostrava
– Pedagogical certificte in Lifelong Learning, Pedagogical Faculty of Ostrava University
Vendula was one of the founding team members of Brett’s international school of Ostrava project, eventually serving as School Director of the Czech Gymnasium from 2012-2015. Before leaving for Maternity Leave, she also taught IB DP Mathematics. She recently joined TOIS as an Administrative Assistant.
In her spare time, she loves playing with her two boys. She enjoys listening to music, singing, and any kind of sport that helps her relax.
– BEng in Computer Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland
– PGCE in Mathematics Education, University of Bangor, United Kingdom
– Masters in Educational Technology, University of Tartu, Estonia
Niall was born and raised on the beautiful west coast of Ireland. He has taught and played footballl all around the world, and loves the outdoors surrounding Ostrava. Niall loves talking about mathematics and exlporing its relationship with real life situations and problems. In his free time he likes to bike, read, and play the piano.
– Bachelor’s Degree in History, Minor in Business Admin, University of Maryland, USA
– Master’s Degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction: Reading Phoenix University, USA
– Master’s Degree in in Education Curriculum and Instruction: English to Spakers of Other Languages, Concordia University, USA
Born and raised in Illinois, Michael Served 21 years in the United States Army where he worked extensively in training and training development. After his military career, Michael taught at a High School in the United States for five years before moving to the Czech Republic, in 2015. Michael joined the staff at TOIS in January 2016. He currently teaches MYP History, serves as the Service as Action Coordinator for MYP, and the Creativity, Activity, Service Coordinator for the Diploma Program, and is the TOIS the University Counsellor.
Michael is married to a Czech and they have four children. Additionalyl, Michael has three adult children and a grandson in the United States. In his free time He enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with his wife and children.
– Masteer’s Degree in Teaching English Language and Literature, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin, Poland
– ongoing Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Wales, UK
Marcin is an IB graduate who embodies the ‘international’ part of the IB experience. He has lived in 8 countries on 3 continents teaching in various IB schools and working in other professions. He shares his time between his passion for teaching and curriculum development, family, and a multitude of hobbies including D&D, boardgames, travelling, hiking, and video games. As a result, he never has enough time to sleep and requires copious amounts of coffee to function.
In TOIS Marcin teaches Economics and Business Management at the DP level and Digital Design for MYP, as also tries to cultivate interest in global affairs and the Model United Nations club UN among students.
– Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Major in English language and Physical education, Universitat Jaume I, Spain
– Master’s Degree in Childhood Interventions, Major in Special Education, Jonkoping University, Sweden
Born in the coastal city of Valencia, Isabel naturally loves eating Paella and spending time at the beach. She joined the school in 2018 as an MYP Physical Education and Spanish Language Teacher. In her second year, she expanded her teaching to the DP programme as the Spanish B teacher. Previously, she had taught in several different countries such as Poland, Spain and Sweden, and different age groups, from early years through to adults.
In her free time, Isabel likes to be with her friends and Federico, her cat. She enjoys playing D&D, learning languages, reading and spending time in nature. Isabel also aims to become a world-class knitter, but is not quite there yet. She still needs a lot of practice.
– Master’s Degree in Teaching Music, Choral conducting and Czech Language, University of Ostrava.
– Graduate of the Brno Conservatory, Classical Piano
– One Semester at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz, Austria.
Kateřina always knew she wanted to become a teacher,and she joined TOIS in 2016 after almost ten years of teaching at various institutions. Her goal is to make her subjects both challenging and enjoyable for her students.
Kateřina loves reading and discussing ideas found in the books. She also likes spending time with her twin children, listening to jazz and classical music, playing the piano, practising yoga and cooking.
She is convinced that her life goal is to be happy and to share happiness with others.
– BA in Spanish and Teaching English As a Foreign Language, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
– Ongoing M.ED in Inclusive Education, University of Glasgow, UK
– Postgraduate Certificate of Education, University of Southampton, UK
Greg’s lifelong passion for languages and travelling has brought him to international school settings in various countries. Before joining TOIS, he was teaching at various schools across the UK, China and Spain. Apart from English, he speaks Polish, Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese, German and Portuguese and he is currently learning Czech.
In his spare time, Greg likes playing guitar, cooking Indian curry and spending time with his two children and wife.
– BA in Journalism and French, University of Southern California, USA
– One Year Study Program at the Sorbonne, Paris, France
– One Year Study Program at Sciences Po, Paris, France
Born and raised in Canada, Brett came to Czechoslovakia in January 1991 as a fresh university graduate, shortly after the fall of Communism. Over the course of the last 30 years, he has tried to be an active part of helping the Moravian-Silesian Region transform itself into a a more globally integrated city of the 21st Century. He founded The Ostrava International School with this in mind.
Today, Brett serves not only as the Head of TOIS, but also as Chairman of the Association of Central European IB Schools, a group of 37 like-minded organisations working to deliver the best of the International Baccalaureate Programmes to students in 10 countries.
In his free time, Brett loves to spend time with his sons and extended family, and to sing with a local Big Band.