Adriana is from Paraguay and since she has found there her Czech husband, they have decided to move to Prague. She is a trained pre-school teacher and she has been teaching in kindergartens in Paraguay and in California for 14 years. She says that the more she teaches, the more she loves her work and everyone must believe her after just a few minutes spent with her. Positive motivation and assertive communication are especially important to her in teaching children. Square impressed her mainly by our approach to children. She operates as a native speaker at our school.
Alena studied special education focused on learning difficulties and speech therapy at Masaryk University in Brno. For many years she has worked with children, both with impairments and special talents. She helped developing children at a private clinic Rozum v hrsti and in elementary school for physically impaired children in Liberec. Right now, she is a part of a team “Clinic Bambino” and “Clinic Square”. At Bambino, she helps with the complex development of children and with starting new educational methods. At Square school she works on developing the educational program.
She always wished to work with children. She had her first bigger experience with children as an au-pair when she was making ends meet during her study. Later, along with her job, she was a volunteer in an organisation that provides a preventative programme for children who are somewhat disadvantaged over their peers, be it in terms of health or socially. Work with children led her to a change in her career and she decided to study special pedagogy. She is now striving to collect her experience as a teaching assistant in Square and doing what she really enjoys and what fulfils her life.
She studied physiotherapy and then, through the sport, she got to the training of children and generally to work with the children, where she found herself. For several years she worked in a children’s sports organisation, was in charge of various sports clubs, camps and workshops and she also worked with children with special needs. She enjoys children’s immediacy and sincerity and changing and new situations; the stereotype is really not for her. She appreciates respect to individuality and openness in finding new ways which she found in Square.
Eliška graduated from the Teaching of Czech and English for Primary and Secondary Schools in Liberec and already during her studies she was teaching at several primary and grammar schools in Liberec and in Prague. She spent the 2017/2018 school year in Vietnam where she taught English, first at a private language school and later at state nursery and primary schools throughout Ho Chi Minh City. The frustration and the impenetrability of the local education system have confirmed her belief that it is necessary to do it differently and better, i.e. with enthusiasm for change and innovation which she found in Square.
Hanka has studied one-field psychology and worked for the Children Help Line for over ten years. She is interested primary in the themes of a parenthood and pregnancy. She attended a two-years training and now she is also a member of a Czech "dulas" - helping mothers with the preganancy and giving birth. She is also a lecturer and leads supporting and growing groups. She has two sons and in Square she is another part of our advisory centre and she is working with children and parents in the field of prevention and psychosocial and emotional development.
Honza has been with us from the very beginning of Bambino and he has the great merit on how the Square building looks like because he has made, installed and put to operation many things there. He is also the facility administrator, so everybody turns to him with any problem of technical nature.
Honza has 20 years of experience as a graphic designer in advertising agencies and graphics studios. He also loves photography. In Square and in Bambino, Honza is our man for all the pictures, photos and texts and he also provides print production and cares about social networks.
Iveta has studied special pedagogics in Olomouc and than in Prague but she is still educating herself in various methods and forms of work with children. Her rich practice includes work of a special pedagogue in a big state school, a teacher in preparation class, a personal assistant and also a volunteer in the National institute for autism. She has found Square herself because she likes our approach to education and progressive thinking respecting setting of current children. She works as a special pedagogue in Square.
After graduating from the language school, her desire had brought her to the University of Belgrade where she studied Czech Language and Literature. During her studies and also several years after she worked as a teacher of English at a primary school and she was translating/interpreting from Czech to Serbian. During her study trips to the Czech Republic, she met her future husband. She worked in the translation agency in Prague, but her interests changed after the birth of her autistic daughter. At that time, she began to fully address the issue of education of children with PAS. She enjoys work in Square because it combines her love for foreign languages and cultures with the desire to help children with special educational needs.
She has four daughters, two of them are already grown up, and she enjoys her relationship with them. During her maternity leave, she studied Pedagogy at the Faculty of Philosophy, and she started to pursue a professional career in work with children. Just before the birth of her first daughter, she was teaching for a while at a primary school in a small village near Prague. She had already known that it would be love for a long, if not a lifetime. She worked in a non-profit organisation supporting children with disabilities, supervised a class at a state school within the “Začít spolu” programme, taught at the first and the second grades at the private Dino elementary school, where she also served as a deputy director for 3 years. From Dino, she headed straight to Square, where she applies her experience as a director.
Before Lucie established Bambíno with Tomáš in 2008, she has worked in a development. She spent two years in England and studied English at Pardubice University. School concept was born in her head and as she is detail oriented, she is permanently improving something. Her work consists primarily of care of big ones. However, as a director she knows about everything that is happening, and also tables and numbers are not strangers for her anymore. Big and small appreciate her positive approach, support and carefulness.
Mája has studied Special Pedagogy and during the studies she worked as an English teacher and a teacher assistant. She moved to London right after the school and started to work at Harris Primary Academy Corelaine Park. Firstly she was a teacher assistant and then a teacher of the 2nd grade. She has moved permanently to Prague in summer 2018 and joined our Square team.
Working as a teacher is fulfilling for Maruška as it gives her possibility to live each day differently. She likes dynamics and uncommonness and she likes to discover new things. She likes to use her sport talent also in lessons. She has studied Teaching for Lower Primary Schools in Pilsen and she has tried the role of a teacher first in Barcelona and then in The Prague British School. Even before she has joined Square she knew it is a place that she wants to see, experience, know and be involved in its formation.
Mr Trčka is not just ours but you will always meet him first at our school. He will be pleased to open the door for you, let you in and help you with the pram. He knows where you can find everybody and also everything that’s going on.
Simon has studied English and Education at University Wolverhampton in England and has worked as EFL Tutor or classroom assistant already during the studies not only in England but also in Amsterdam and then in Austria. He accepted a Teaching Assistant position in Park Lane International School in 2014 and then came to Bambíno in 2017. He is greatly passionate about his profession, he likes to see development at children and also at himself, therefore he is constantly educating. Square is a challenge and also a logical continuation.
Sylvie has worked with children in crisis situations for more than 10 years, she cooperated educationally for NNO, various firms and at Charles University in Prague. She manages Vigvam advisory that helps children and adults in time of a loss. At Bambíno and Square she helps with new ways of communication when children find themselves in a demanding transitional development period. She also participates in the creation of courses for teachers, and she cooperates with them to solve difficult situations that children‘s groups can go through.
Šárka studied teaching of Czech language and Art in Ostrava and then teaching of English language at Palacký University in Olomouc. After 5 years in London she has decided to move back to Czechia and Square interested her most. She has experienced a role of private teacher, supply teacher, teaching assistant and finally a teacher at Gascoigne Primary School where she was teaching kids from whole world and successfully prepared them for state exams from phonetics.
Tereza graduated with a special education degree at Faculty of Education at Masaryk University in Brno. She started working with children in high school, and she got her experiences with children even beyond the borders of the Czech Republic – in Canada as a camp counselor, in Ukraine teaching children English, in the USA working in private school as a counselor and teaching Literacy and Math. Before she started at Bambino, she worked in an English kindergarten Safirka in Brno. Nowadays, she is finishing her master’s degree in Preschool Education and Primary Education at Faculty of Jan Amos Komensky in Karviná. She teach the first grade at Square.
Tomáš studied technical high school, he spent some time studying special education and law. “To gain more experiences” he went to New Zealand and America, where he travelled and worked as he could and he started working as a real estate broker. And he focused on real estate even after coming back to the Czech Republic – first as a real estate broker, later as a manager of selling’s and later on he was leading a developer’s company. In 2008, he co-founded Kindergarten Bambíno with Lucie Pivoňková and later Square school. Bambíno and Square are his heartbeat.
Zuzka graduated from high school in a field of preschool and extracurricular education. After her graduation, she decided to continue in the education field and she studied education at Faculty of Education at Charles University. During her studies, she took care of children in families, she even tried this job in the USA. After graduating university, she taught for four years at first level of an elementary school. Then she enjoyed a few years on maternity leave and before her maternity leave had ended, she found Square school by which she was amazed. And because Zuzka goes really well with our Square philosophy, she became a teacher of first level of an elementary school.
Zuzana started with English in early age. And that’s why her hobbies cohere with English – she likes to travel, she did translations and was in charge of a language school. After graduating at the College of Economics, she shortly went back to Slovakia but she missed Prague so much she came back soon and became a part of the Bambino team. And because she is great, systematic and the head of economics, she takes care of the finances and projects of Bambino kindergartens and also Square school.