Adéla graduated from Teaching for the Second Stage of Elementary School and for Secondary Schools at the Charles’ University. Already during her studies, she was teaching languages and tutoring various school subjects. She also worked as a volunteer in several organisations helping children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds with education. In Square, she appreciates especially the space for variation of pedagogical approaches, supportive background and, thanks to lower number of children in classrooms, also greater possibility of individual approach.
Adriana graduated from Public Administration at a secondary vocational school for the EU Administration. After graduation she kept this focus. However, after her experience in large corporations she realised that this big world was not for her. She started at the position of an Office Manager in a kindergarten, where her desire to work with children, from the time when she was practicing in kindergartens along her studies, deepened. Thanks to this work experience, she has realised that she wants to work with children directly, and her life journey has brought her to Square.
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.
Through living with and loving an older brother severely affected by autism, Claire has been drawn to a variety of special education environments and roles. She earned degrees in Psychology and Human Development (with a focus in Education) at Binghamton University. While studying abroad in Rome, she taught English to children affected by autism and fell in love with the process. She moved to Prague from New York in 2018 to continue her newfound passion. She is excited to join the classroom after teaching and learning from the Squarers in the after school program last year. She feels lucky to be a part of the team at Square, where conversations about education are active, open, and imaginative. Claire is guiding Squarers on their academic journey while learning from them too!
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.
Although she graduated from Social Work, during the study she realised that she enjoyed working with children the most. Therefore, she started to study simultaneously the fields of Biology and Health Oriented Education at the Faculty of Education at the Charles’s University in Prague. She started to gain experience firstly in a small village school with 120 children, and then in a large block of flats school with more than 800 children. Over the years, she has completed her third approbation – English language. Since she has always been very close to social relationships, she was inventing various preventive activities and projects for children and has become a prevention methodologist. However, the way and content of teaching at elementary schools gradually ceased to suit her. But then she came across Square and found out that things can also be done in a different way.
Honza studied Social Work, Psychology and Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University in Brno. Before joining Square, he worked with children, but lately also with adults, as a part of therapy and crisis intervention. Besides Square, he also teaches at the Charles University and works with families in Vigvam counselling centre. In Square he tries to help both adults and children feel as good as possible here. Besides, he is in charge of the library.
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.
Iva graduated from Teaching for the First Stage of Elementary School at the Faculty of Education of the University of South Bohemia.
During her studies, she especially liked the Erasmus programme, thanks to which she had the opportunity to further educate herself, both formally and informally, and even outside the Czech Republic.
She gained experience of teaching practice at the elementary school in České Budějovice, in a Spanish Language Academy in Valencia and in an International British School in Madeira (Portugal). Before joining Square, she also taught at elementary schools in Guatemala. Thanks to her role of a project manager of the key activity of the project focused on the improvement of the level of education in the Czech Republic, she has also visited alternative schools in Mallorca and Sevilla (Spain).
In addition to educating others, she enjoys educating herself as well (especially in the field of foreign languages). She pursued dancing for many years, thanks to which she became the European Champion in Dance Art with her team in 2008 and 2009. She likes spending time in an international environment, getting to know foreign cultures and sharing the Czech one with the others.
Iva was enthused by Square especially thanks to its friendly atmosphere, openness to the active way of teaching and the colourfulness that cheers up.
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.
Jana graduated from Teaching for the First Stage of Elementary School in Hradec Králové. Then she moved to Prague, where she joined the Vinohrady Elementary School. After three years at Vinohrady, she went on maternity leave. After returning from maternity leave, she was working with children again when she met Tomáš Trnka and discovered the world of Square. It was her desire to experience the school in a different way which forced her to change her job. And thus, she is with us 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.
Karolína worked for more than 10 years in a multinational advertising agency, where she prepared campaigns for Microsoft, ING Bank, Komerční banka and others. After the birth of her son, when she filled in her “free time” with the studies at the University and organised art courses, she wanted a professional change. Hand in hand with it was how much she liked Bambino, where she has already been bringing her son for two years. The philosophy of our kindergarten enchanted her so much that she wanted to be part of the team and eventually we can meet her in Square where she will help you with whatever it takes. Specifically, if you need information about clubs, transport, payments, Expedition dates and she will also offer you her helping hand in the area of Edookit.
Kája má vystudovanou konzervatoř v Teplicích, díky kterému umí hrát na nejeden hudební nástroj. Během studia si zkusila i roli učitelky na ZUŠ v Ústí nad Labem, kde zjistila, že by se výuce chtěla věnovat i nadále. Po příchodu do Prahy se věnovala práci pro několik divadel až ji cesty zavedly až k fotografii, která se stala jejím koníčkem a zábavou a již několik let ji také vyučuje děti. Poslední dva roky vedla Dětské centrum Ptáčkov pro předškolní děti, které pracuje na principech Montessori výuky. Při řízení provozu si uvědomila, že ji nenaplňuje tolik, jako čas trávený s dětmi. Vybrala si Square, protože v něm může s dětmi trávit veškerý čas a rozvíjet tak nejen je, ale i sebe.
Karolína studied Early childhood education in Slovenia. After finnishing her studies she decided to go abroad to work as a volunteer for a while. She came to Prague in 2012 where she worked with children with disabilities for a year. Because of her passion to work with children she became a part of the Bambino kindergarten in 2013. From this year she is continuing her path in Square as an English teacher.
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.
Míša vystudovala střední pedagogickou školu, obor předškolní a mimoškolní pedagogika. Během studia si vyzkoušela praxi nejen v mateřských školách, ale také například práci u dětí s poruchou autistického spektra, s duševním nebo tělesným postižením. Spoluorganizuje a vede dětský tábor, pracovala v dětské skupině a hlídala děti v mnoha rodinách. Po ukončení studia se rozhodla odjet do Anglie, kde studovala anglický jazyk na Banbury and Bicester College a pracovala jako chůva. Po dvou letech odcestovala jako dobrovolník na Srí-lanku, kde učila v místní škole anglicky jazyk. Po návratu do ČR hledala práci s dětmi, která ji bude naplňovat a zaujala ji filozofie školy Square.
Olga graduated from a secondary medical school. After graduation, she worked as a nurse in Ukraine. After moving to Prague, she looked after children in their families. Because she has a son with ADHD (he is now 19 years old) and there were no assistants when he was attending school, she desired to help children with special educational needs. For the last two years she worked in a state school as a teacher’s assistant, with a child with PAS.
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.
Sherron is from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a holder of a BA in Economics from the College of St Benedict/ St. John’s University, USA as well as an MBA in International Finance. Since graduation, she worked in Finance and Advertising before deciding to spend significant time travelling the world where one of her most rewarding experience was as a teacher at Huamei Foreign Language School, in The People’s Republic of China. Following her interest in teaching, she accepted the position at Square in 2019. She is deeply passionate about all forms of learning and education. Square is the place she chose to grow in education and help others grow in theirs.
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.
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.
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.
Vráťa studied at the Faculty of Education of the University of West Bohemia. His interest in the world around him pushed him increasingly towards Geography and Ecology, which he graduated from at the Charles’s University and which has remained his great hobby. When exploring the world, the study itself was not enough for him anymore. He experienced life in Ireland and travelling to developing countries. This is what brought him to his hobby of educating children in local families, especially in a form of games, then in children's camps and subsequently in drug prevention of school groups. He found the work with children so important that he has left offices and joined Square, with enthusiasm for our individual approach and understanding of the child's soul.
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.