Our Primary & Secondary Team

Primary Team

Jan Svihalek

Jan Svihalek

Head of School More info

Jan Svihalek
jan.svihalek(zavinac)isob.cz

I was born in Brno, where I live now together with my family. Both my parents and some of my grandparents are teachers, so my professional path was quite clear. I earned my Master's at the Pedagogical Faculty of Masaryk University specialising in German and Physical Education and I have been teaching PE and German language at various schools since I was a universtity student. I have been working as Head of School at the International School of Brno since it's founding in 2008. I speak English, German, Spanish, Russian and Czech. I am also an active musician, with passion for literature and art.

Sara Evans

Sara Evans

Primary & Early Years Principal / Primary Years Programme Coordinator More info
Lorraine Lourens

Lorraine Lourens

Year 1 Homeroom Teacher More info

Lorrain Lourens
lorraine.lourens(zavinac)isob.cz

My name is Lorraine Lourens. I was born and raised in South Africa. I moved to Czech Republic in 2019 and have been enjoying the city ever since. I completed my studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. I hold a bachelor degree in Education within the Foundation Phase, and specialize in Early Childhood Education. In addition to that, I have qualified through the TEFL academy to teach English as a Foreign language. A few activities that I enjoy, include painting, drawing, and spending time outdoors. I am very excited to join the ISB team, and look forward to helping our children become lifelong learners.

Cindy van Roosmalen

Cindy van Roosmalen

Year 2 Homeroom Teacher/Literacy Coordinator More info

Cindy van Roosmalen
cindy.van.roosmalen(zavinac)isob.cz

I am originally from the Netherlands which is where I got my Masters degree but I got my teaching certificate in Scotland, where I lived for 10 years. I have worked in many international schools, including Cambodia, Russia, Egypt, China and Iran. I also lived in South Africa for a year as a volunteer in a monkey sanctuary as I love animals and working with animals. I think our environment is super important tand this is something I try to always teach the children in my class. I also love arts and crafts like pottery and origami and drama.

Megan Smith

Megan Smith

Year 3 Homeroom Teacher More info

Megan Smith
megan.smith(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi everyone! My name is Megan and my degree is in Early Childhood Education with a specialty in teaching reading from K-12. I've spent the last decade teaching in the USA, Europe, and Asia and have found experiencing so many different teaching and learning styles has helped me in reaching each individual student's unique needs. I'm passionate about nature, animals, Science, and the environment and love incorporating that into the classroom and fostering a love for living things into the students I'm lucky enough to teach.

Estelle Schoeman

Estelle Schoeman

Year 4 Homeroom Teacher More info

Estelle Schoeman
estelle.schoeman(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa where I obtained my teaching certificate from the University of Cape Town. I grew up in central and southern Africa, before broadening my horizons and moving to Asia. Before coming to Brno, I was living and working in Hanoi, Vietnam, and prior to that in Seoul, South Korea. I am in the final stage of completing my Masters in Education. I love spending time outdoors and I especially love to hike. I also really enjoy doing yoga, reading, listening to live music and being creative such as doing pottery and sketching. I can not wait to make Brno my new home and to instil a love for learning in my students as I share my lifelong passion for learning with them.

Elizabeth Wilson

Rachel Garford

Year 5 Homeroom Teacher More info

Rachel Garford
rachel.garford(zavinac)isob.cz

Dia dhuit or hello in Irish! My name is Rachel and I am from Northern Ireland but I have lived and studied in Edinburgh, Liverpool and Malaysia, whilst teaching internationally in Qatar for two years! I have completed a Master of Arts in Business Management as well as a PGDE in Primary Education. Outside of the classroom I love to read, cook and play field hockey or netball. I can also speak English and Spanish. I look forward to our journey together in helping our children become global and lifelong learners.

Aldo Canchola

Aldo Canchola

Year 6 Homeroom Teacher More info

Aldo Canchola
aldo.canchola(zavinac)isob.cz

My name is Aldo and I come from the United States, I also have close cultural roots to Mexico. In the US I earned my bachelors degree and teaching certificate from Texas Wesleyan University. Before coming to Brno I lived and worked in international schools located in Nicosia Cyprus and Beijing China. I look forward to continuing my professional growth at the International School of Brno. When not in the classroom I enjoy reading, spending time outdoors and watching movies.

Kristi Lescinski

Kristi Lescinski

Teaching Assistant/Music More info

Kristi Lescinski
kristi.lescinski(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi! My name is Kristi and have been living in Brno for almost two years, but am originally from Pennsylvania, U.S. I attended the University of North Carolina where I received degrees in Political Science and History. I also minored in music (which is my true passion). I have spent the last few years working as an au pair, performing as a singer-songwriter, and teaching private singing lessons. I enjoy being active, especially hiking, bouldering, & water skiing, as well as reading, cooking, meeting new people, and finding cool places in Brno to listen to music. This will be my first year full time at ISB and I cannot wait!

Lavin Benes

Lavin Benes

Teaching Assistant/Math Liaison More info

Kristi Lescinski
lavin.benes(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello, my name is Lavin and I am from Palm Springs, California! I have been in the Czech Republic since 2022 and have had the privilege of sharing my love for math with all the students in Primary. When I am not igniting the excitement of math on campus, you can find me training for triathlons, Brazilian Ju Jitsu, cooking, or practicing my new found love for gardening. I love being an active part of the growth here at ISB and your child's education journey!

Jazmin Herrera

Jazmin Herrera

Teaching Assistant/After School Club Teacher More info

Jazmin Herrera
jazmin.herrera(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello! My name is Ms. Jazmin Herrera, and I am one of the new After School Club teachers. I am from the United States of America and am a second year student at Masaryk University working towards a Medical Degree. Some of my hobbies include pottery, reading and learning new languages. With this, I hope to bring a good mixture of science and art into the After School Club for your child(ren) to enjoy. I am honored to be a part of ISB and excited to have the opportunity to work with all of the incredible students at the International School of Brno.

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson

EAL Teacher / Afternoon Program Coordinator More info

Elizabeth Wilson
elizabeth.wilson(zavinac)isob.cz

I began my teaching career in 2007 when I gained a placement on a Graduate Teaching Programme in a primary school in Kent, U.K. After qualifying, I continued to work as a class teacher in the same school until 2011. I then moved schools to take part in a school improvement programme in an underachieving school; one of the toughest challenges of my teaching career. In 2012, I moved to Brno to join ISB where I developed my skills in teaching further. After spending the last four years on maternity leave, looking after my young family, I am happy to return to ISB as a part time class teacher. When I’m not with my family, I like to cycle, swim and read.

Giulia Zilotti

Giulia Zilotti

Afternoon Program Teacher More info

Giulia Zilotti
giulia.zilotti(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from Brazil and I did my Bachelor's degree in the US in Athletic Training. Currently I am in my second year at Masaryk University studying medicine. This will be my fisrt year at ISB and I am very excited for the opportunity to be a part of the after school program. My mother tongue is Portuguese but I also speak English and a little bit of Spanish. I am very passionate about sports as I have played volleyball since I was 11 and had the opportunity to play on a scholarship in the US. I also love music, puzzles and watching movies.

Mylena Volochai

Mylena Volochai

Teaching Assistant More info
Viola Dsupin

Viola Dsupin

EAL Teacher/Czech Studies/After School Club Coordinator More info

Viola Dsupin
viola.dsupin(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello! I grew up in a village in Hungary, then moved to Budapest for university where I studied primary school teaching with a specialization in English. My experience with kids includes tutoring children in English, volunteering at an alternative school, au pairing and 3 years in primary education. Besides my mother tongue, I speak English, Spanish, French and I’m currently working on improving my Czech. In my free time I enjoy being in the nature, going to vegetable or flea markets. I love spending my days around children because they maintain my curiosity and thirst for learning.

Lenka Caine

Lenka Caine

Literacy Support More info

Lenka Caine
lenka.caine(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi, my name is Lenka Caine. I’m originally from Námešt nad Oslavou. I have studied Social Work at Vocational School of Social Matters in Brno. After finishing my studies as a social worker I moved to Uk, where I lived till last year. In Uk I completed Diploma for the Young People’s Workforce and attended many other courses to further progress my knowledge in this field.

Katerina Vance

Katerina Vance

Primary Czech Language More info

Katerina Vance
katerina.vance(zavinac)isob.cz

I was born in Brno, I live here and I also studied at Brno Masaryk University where I specialized in Primary Education and English as a Second Language. Now I am proud to work as a Czech Primary Teacher at ISB. It is exciting to be able to guide my students through their primary journey and help them build their connection with their mother tongue. In my free time I love reading, yoga, crafts and above all spending time with my family.

Sophie Lefevre

Sophie Lefevre

Art More info

Sophie Lefevre
sophie.lefevre(zavinac)isob.cz

My name is Sophie Lefèvre and I am originally from France. I have lived abroad for nearly 25 years. In high school I specialised in art and then made a master´s degree in philosophy from Sorbonne in Paris. I also hold a Waldorf/Steiner teaching certificate. I have been teaching art, languages and literature in various institutions (primary, secondary, high schools and universities) in the Czech Republic, England and America since 1991. I have been painting and drawing since the day I could hold a pencil in my hand and next to my teaching I dedicate my time to my wall and fresco painting company and illustrating books.

Sarka Kovarikova

Sarka Kovarikova

Learning Support Coordinator More info

Sarka Kovarikova
sarka.kovarikova(zavinac)isob.cz

I was born in Vyskov, but moved to Brno whne I was young. I did my last year of high school in the United States, where I graduated and then returned to graduate from the Czech system here in Brno. In university I spent time at the Hogeschool van Utrecht in the Netherlands, where I studied and did teacher training. I have a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Masaryk University specialising in Special Education and English Language. I also have a bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages specialising in French. When I am not at work, I am with my family. I am a big ice-hockey fan, but I enjoy other sports: volleyball, cycling, inline skating, skiing and snowboarding.

Martina Hrda

Martina Hrda

Czech for Non- Native Speakers More info

Martina Hrda
martina.hrda(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from the South Moravia region in the Czech Republic. My whole life is related to Brno, where I achieved 3 stages of teacher education training: High school of Education, Master´s degree in Upper Secondary School Teacher training with specialization in Czech and Music, and Higher Education in doctoral degree programme in Education at Masaryk University. I have been interested in teaching Czech as a second / foreign language over 10 years. My teaching practise involves the wide range of nationalities and social environments. I worked in asylum centers, Kindergartens, High school, Music school and in many Language schools and was a member of the committee for state examinations in the Czech language. I love to teach Czech in Czech and help people to feel nice in the Czech Republic. The most important things in my life are my daughter, classical music, singing, dancing and playing the piano.

Vojtech Bastyan

Vojtech Bastyan

PE, Sports Coordinator, CIE exams officer More info

Vojtech Bastyan
vojtech.bastyan(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi, my name is Vojta and I am from Kromeriz, Czech Republic. I have a master‘s degree in Education of Biology and Physical Education from Palacky University in Olomouc and doctoral degree in Kinesiology from Masaryk University in Brno. I have lived and worked in Anchorage, Alaska during my studies and worked as a ski instructor in South Lake Tahoe, California after I graduated. I have taught internationally in Tanzania for the past 3 years, before that I had organised and supervised the leisure time activities for children from kindergartens and elementary schools here in Brno. I like sports, outdoor activities and reading travel books. I can speak Czech, English, Swahili and little German.

Omar Rojas Ruiz

Omar Rojas Ruiz

Music / ASA M Coordinator More info

Omar Rojas Ruiz
omar.rojas(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from Tamaulipas, but I grew up in Mexico City, where I studied the Bachelor's degree in Music Composition at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Música, where later I worked as a teacher of Piano, Aural Training, Counterpoint and Harmony. Even when I am currently based in Ludgerovice, I lived for a long time in Brno while studying my Masters and Doctoral degrees in Music Composition and Theory of Composition at JAMU, where I also worked as a teacher of Composition and Instrumentation for international students and History of Latin American Music. Besides being an active Composer, Teacher and Guitarist, I love to make paper sculptures and oil painting. Apart from speaking Spanish my mother tongue, I am able to fluently communicate in English and Czech, so in Slovak, Italian and Portuguese at an intermediate level. I truly look forward to becoming a part of the ISoB community!

Marianna Suarez

Marianna Suarez

Librarian/Spanish Language More info

Marianna Suarez
marianna.suarez(zavinac)isob.cz

My name is Marianna Suarez, and I was born and raised in Maracaibo - Venezuela, coming from an Italian family, I´ve always carried that multicultural layer that makes ISB the perfect place to develop professionally. I hold a BA in Business Administration but luckily learning and teaching have always been a part of my life. Apart from my professional side, I enjoy discovering the world by traveling and honoring its culture by recreating their typical dishes.

Adela Bonser

Adela Bonser

English as an Additional Language (EAL) More info

Adela Bonser
adela.bonser(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from Brno and I am lucky to have been working at ISB since February 2017.  I finished my master's degree in English teaching at Masaryk University in the summer of 2018. Since 2011, I have worked in the USA as a camp counselor, in Ireland as an au pair and in India, Sweden, and Iceland as an English teacher/assistant. I spend most of my free time in the woods or mountains volunteering as a leader of a tourist club and summer camp for children.

Sarka Purdjakova

Sarka Purdjakova

Czech Non Native Teacher Year 2 More info

Sarka Purdjakova
sarka.purdjakova(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello, I am Sarka, I was born in Brno and I studied at Brno Masaryk University where I specialized in Primary Education and English as a Second Language. During my university studies I spend a year at a university in Portugal as an Erasmus student. After my graduation I applied for Comenius program and tought at an Elementary School in Lisbon. I used to be teaching at here more than 10 years ago, when all about ISB was just starting. I am happy to be back again. One can say I have gone full circle. It is amazing to feel the spirit of such a global village and to work with children from all around the world. I am on maternity leave now and I love to spend my free time with my family. I like listening to music, dancing, watching movies, low-cost travelling, skiing, swimming, teaching English and I prefer winter to summer.

Barbora Horvatova

Barbora Horvatova

Speech Therapist More info

Barbora Horvatova
barbora.horvatova(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello, my name is Ms. Barbora Horvatova and I am a Czech native. I grew up in Uherske Hradište, South Moravia. Then I moved to Brno to study Speech Therapy and I have been working as a Speech Therapist in an ambulance for children and adults since I finished my studies in 2018. I work mainly with children with language and speech difficulties and I am going to provide Speech Therapy sessions for the Early Years and Year 1 students at ISB. I believe that the ability to communicate is extremely important in today's world and I am glad that I can help the next generation to improve it. I am looking forward to joining the ISB team and working with the ISB families.

David Jirman

David Jirman

ICT & Design More info

David Jirman
david.jirman(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello, I'm David and I've spent most of my life in Brno. I earned my master's degree in Computer Science from Masaryk University in Brno. My aim is to assist your digital natives in becoming responsible digital citizens with a solid foundation in ICT. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, cooking, spending time in nature, and being in good company.

Secondary Team

Dylan Vance

Dylan Vance

Principal More info

Dylan Vance
dylan.vance(zavinac)isob.cz

I grew up in Thunder Bay Canada on the north shore of Lake Superior. I have a BA in Philosophy and am currently working towards a Master's in Education specialising in Administrative Leadership. I have been teaching for over ten years and am very proud to see how far ISB has come as I've been here since the beginning. Along with spending time with my family, I love cooking, photography and playing music. I can speak English, Czech and French.

Kurt Bonser

Kurt Bonser

Vice Principal & Well-being Counsellor More info

Kurt Bonser
kurt.bonser(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi! I am from Livonia, Michigan, U.S.A. I have a bachelor’s degree in Zoology with a minor in Spanish from Northern Michigan University. After that I obtained a teaching certificate in Integrated Science from Madonna University and am qualified to teach all sciences at the secondary level (grade 6 to 12). I am currently working towards my masters in Education Leadership through Madonna University (online of course). I have taught internationally in China for the past 4 years, before that I had taught in American for 2 years. In my spare time I like doing anything outdoors in nature, hiking, running, biking, swimming, and camping.

Robin Smith

Robin Smith

Curriculum Coordinator, Academic Counsellor More info

Robin Smith
robin.smith(zavinac)isob.cz

I've worked for 18 years as a teacher and have a Master's Degree from Dundee University in Scotland. I also have a Cambridge Celta certificate and I'm currently studying at Buckingham University as a post-graduate distance student to improve my teaching further. On top of teaching, my responsibilities at ISB include the Community Service work of the school and raising the profile and respect of the school in the community. I love music and theatre and helping with the school productions. As well as teaching, my CV includes being the director of two businesses and working as the Czech director of VisitBritain, although I gave these up to work at ISB 2 years ago.

Madison Eblen

Madison Eblen

English Language and Literature, Individuals & Societies, Year 7 Homeroom Teacher More info

Madison Eblen
madison.eblen(zavinac)isob.cz

I am orginially from Ohio, but I've been living and working for the past five years in Dallas, Texas. I attended Ohio University for my undergraduate, where I received degrees in both Journalism and Spanish. Upon graduation, I moved down to Dallas to take part in a teaching program while also working toward my Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Over the past five years, I've taught 7th grade English Language Arts, worked as an English interventionist specializing in dyslexia small groups, and, most recently, taught 8th grade ELA. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy reading, watching films, and being outdoors. This will be my first year at ISB, and I am excited to be here and be part of the team.

Michele Costabile

Michele Costabile

Math More info

Michele Costabile
michele.costabile(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello, my name is Michele (pronounced with a strong "ch" sound, such as in "Michal"), I am Italian and I can't wait to begin my teaching experience at the International School of Brno. I have been teaching for 4 years only, but I grew up in a family of teachers and this job fits well with my love for Maths and the mission to do something good for the future of my students. In the past 12 years I travelled, studied and worked in different countries, such as Australia, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. I am passionate about music, cinema, western philosophy and sports, mainly football and rugby. I love animals, walking, swimming and reading a good book whenever I have some free time.

Alex Hockin

Alex Hockin

Math / Year 8 Homeroom Teacher More info
Roxanne Uy

Roxanne Uy

Science and Biology Year 9 Homeroom Teacher More info

Roxanne Uy
roxanne.uy(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi, I am Ms. Rox and I am from the Philippines. I got my master’s degree in teaching biology at De La Salle University Manila. I have a decade of teaching experience ranging from elementary pupils to senior high school students in Manila and Jakarta. I believe in the power of student-centered learning, growth mindset, and inquiry-based approach. I am also keen in promoting environmentalism and sustainability in school-wide activities. I enjoy travelling and listening to music during my free time. I look forward to my life in Brno and a new adventure in my career here in ISB!

Callum Sutton

Callum Sutton

Individuals & Societies More info

Callum Sutton
callum.sutton(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello! My name is Callum and I from Wales, or Cymru as it is known in Welsh. I have previously taught in the UK and Qatar, and I am looking forward to teaching at the International School of Brno. This will be my fourth year of teaching a subject that I am hugely passionate about, which is history! I completed my bachelors degree in International Relations & Politics, and my PGDE in Secondary History. Outside of the classroom I am happiest when reading, going for walks, visiting historical locations, travelling, and playing golf. I'm extremely excited to help you become hardworking, fun, and respectful members of society.

Ondrej Kala

Ondrej Kala

Czech Language & Literature More info

Ondrej Kala
ondrej.kala(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from Brno and I work at ISB from September 2021. I finished my bachelor’s degree in Czech and History at Masaryk University in the summer 2013. Now I study Master’s degree in Palacky University in Olomouc. Before teaching Czech at ISB, I was employed in big worldwide corporates where I worked in several managerial and coordinating positions. I spend my free time with my family, reading and meeting friends while drinking a good coffee.

Sean Fogarty

Sean Fogarty

English Literature More info

Sean Fogarty
sean.fogarty(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello! My name is Sean and I'm from Ireland! I've been teaching for the past 8 years, so it's something that I am really passionate about. I have a Bachelor's in English Literature and History, a Masters in Training and Education, and I will be studying a Masters in Literature and Language here in Brno! I have worked in a few different countries, but I'm really excited to add the Czech Republic to that list. In my spare time I like playing guitar, travelling and reading.

Sonia Bueno García

Sonia Bueno García

Spanish Language More info

Sonia Bueno García
sonia.garcia(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from Barcelona, Spain. I teach Spanish as a foreign language since 1998. I have taught in the UK, in Greece and, since 2014, in the Czech Republic. Although I have a BA in History of Art, I was soon attracted to teaching my mother tongue. I enjoy very much teaching students from all around the world. In my free time, among lots of things, I love hiking, travelling and swimming in the sea.

Eva Klarova

Eva Klarova

Art More info

Eva Klarova
eva.klarova(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello, my name is Eva and come from the Czech Republic. I´ve been interested in art and crafts since I was very little. I studied to become an Art and English language teacher at Masaryk University in Brno. After that I went on learning different crafts and art techniques, studied a three-year seminar for Waldorf teachers and taught at secondary grammar school in Brno and then in Waldorf school in Kurim. This is my first year in ISB and I really appreciate to have the opportunity to meet students and teachers from different cultural backgrounds in our school. I love making pottery, textile art, playing music in an amateur band and hiking.

Sophie Lefevre

Sophie Lefevre

Art More info

Sophie Lefevre
sophie.lefevre(zavinac)isob.cz

My name is Sophie Lefèvre and I am originally from France. I have lived abroad for nearly 25 years. In high school I specialised in art and then made a master´s degree in philosophy from Sorbonne in Paris. I also hold a Waldorf/Steiner teaching certificate. I have been teaching art, languages and literature in various institutions (primary, secondary, high schools and universities) in the Czech Republic, England and America since 1991. I have been painting and drawing since the day I could hold a pencil in my hand and next to my teaching I dedicate my time to my wall and fresco painting company and illustrating books.

Vojtech Calkovsky

Vojtech Calkovsky

Physics More info

Vojtech Calkovsky
vojtech.calkovsky(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi, I´m Vojta. I grew up, studied and worked in Brno, Czech Republic. I am currently half way through my Ph.D. studies on CEITEC researching semiconductors. I love to travel which is my every year adventure. Beside Physics I enjoy fixing cars, wiring houses, riding bike and playing quitar. It is my pleasure to be a part of ISB team.

Ondrej Kala

Ondrej Kala

Secondary / High School Czech More info

Ondrej Kala
ondrej.kala(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from Brno and I work at ISB from September 2021. I finished my bachelor’s degree in Czech and History at Masaryk University in the summer 2013. Now I study Master’s degree in Palacky University in Olomouc. Before teaching Czech at ISB, I was employed in big worldwide corporates where I worked in several managerial and coordinating positions. I spend my free time with my family, reading and meeting friends while drinking a good coffee.

Omar Rojas Ruiz

Omar Rojas Ruiz

MusicAfter School Music Activities Coordinator More info

Omar Rojas Ruiz
omar.rojas(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from Tamaulipas, but I grew up in Mexico City, where I studied the Bachelor's degree in Music Composition at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios de la Música, where later I worked as a teacher of Piano, Aural Training, Counterpoint and Harmony. Even when I am currently based in Ludgerovice, I lived for a long time in Brno while studying my Masters and Doctoral degrees in Music Composition and Theory of Composition at JAMU, where I also worked as a teacher of Composition and Instrumentation for international students and History of Latin American Music. Besides being an active Composer, Teacher and Guitarist, I love to make paper sculptures and oil painting. Apart from speaking Spanish my mother tongue, I am able to fluently communicate in English and Czech, so in Slovak, Italian and Portuguese at an intermediate level. I truly look forward to becoming a part of the ISoB community!

Martina Hrda

Martina Hrda

Primary Czech Studies, Secondary Czech, After School Activities Coordinator More info

Martina Hrda
martina.hrda(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from the South Moravia region in the Czech Republic. My whole life is related to Brno, where I achieved 3 stages of teacher education training: High school of Education, Master´s degree in Upper Secondary School Teacher training with specialization in Czech and Music, and Higher Education in doctoral degree programme in Education at Masaryk University. I have been interested in teaching Czech as a second / foreign language over 10 years. My teaching practise involves the wide range of nationalities and social environments. I worked in asylum centers, Kindergartens, High school, Music school and in many Language schools and was a member of the committee for state examinations in the Czech language. I love to teach Czech in Czech and help people to feel nice in the Czech Republic. The most important things in my life are my daughter, classical music, singing, dancing and playing the piano.

Vojtech Bastyan

Vojtech Bastyan

PE, Sports Coordinator More info

Vojtech Bastyan
vojtech.bastyan(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi, my name is Vojta and I am from Kromeriz, Czech Republic. I have a master‘s degree in Education of Biology and Physical Education from Palacky University in Olomouc and doctoral degree in Kinesiology from Masaryk University in Brno. I have lived and worked in Anchorage, Alaska during my studies and worked as a ski instructor in South Lake Tahoe, California after I graduated. I have taught internationally in Tanzania for the past 3 years, before that I had organised and supervised the leisure time activities for children from kindergartens and elementary schools here in Brno. I like sports, outdoor activities and reading travel books. I can speak Czech, English, Swahili and little German.

Adela Bonser

Adela Bonser

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Teacher/Coordinator More info

Adela Bonser
adela.bonser(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from Brno and I am lucky to have been working at ISB since February 2017.  I finished my master's degree in English teaching at Masaryk University in the summer of 2018. Since 2011, I have worked in the USA as a camp counselor, in Ireland as an au pair and in India, Sweden, and Iceland as an English teacher/assistant. I spend most of my free time in the woods or mountains volunteering as a leader of a tourist club and summer camp for children.

Sarka Kovarikova

Sarka Kovarikova

Learning Support More info

Sarka Kovarikova
sarka.kovarikova(zavinac)isob.cz

I was born in Vyskov, but moved to Brno whne I was young. I did my last year of high school in the United States, where I graduated and then returned to graduate from the Czech system here in Brno. In university I spent time at the Hogeschool van Utrecht in the Netherlands, where I studied and did teacher training. I have a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from Masaryk University specialising in Special Education and English Language. I also have a bachelor's degree in Foreign Languages specialising in French. When I am not at work, I am with my family. I am a big ice-hockey fan, but I enjoy other sports: volleyball, cycling, inline skating, skiing and snowboarding.

Nichole Lim

Nichole Lim

MYP coordinator, English as an Additional Language More info

Nichole Lim
nichole.lim(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi, I'm Nichole! I'm a first-generation Filipino-American from California, but I spent the last four years across the pond in Norwich, England. After finishing my master's in Education & International Development, with a focus on early childhood and special education, I came to Brno to complete my CELTA training at Masaryk University. Before joining ISB, I first found a home in international education through my continuing involvement in the United World Colleges movement, in which I support secondary students from Tajikistan to study at IB schools around the world. When I'm not at ISB, you can either find me hanging off a cliff face somewhere in Slovakia or buried under my covers reading fiction. It really just depends on the weather... My cello also has my heart, and there are few things I miss more than making music and gigging around Norwich with my band, echoing folk with overtones of jazz and indie.

Marianna Suarez

Marianna Suarez

Librarian / Spanish Language More info

Marianna Suarez
marianna.suarez(zavinac)isob.cz

My name is Marianna Suarez, and I was born and raised in Maracaibo - Venezuela, coming from an Italian family, I´ve always carried that multicultural layer that makes ISB the perfect place to develop professionally. I hold a BA in Business Administration but luckily learning and teaching have always been a part of my life. Apart from my professional side, I enjoy discovering the world by traveling and honoring its culture by recreating their typical dishes.

Sarka Purdjakova

Sarka Purdjakova

Czech Language & Literature More info

Sarka Purdjakova
sarka.purdjakova(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello, I am Sarka, I was born in Brno and I studied at Brno Masaryk University where I specialized in Primary Education and English as a Second Language. During my university studies I spend a year at a university in Portugal as an Erasmus student. After my graduation I applied for Comenius program and tought at an Elementary School in Lisbon. I used to be teaching at here more than 10 years ago, when all about ISB was just starting. I am happy to be back again. One can say I have gone full circle. It is amazing to feel the spirit of such a global village and to work with children from all around the world. I am on maternity leave now and I love to spend my free time with my family. I like listening to music, dancing, watching movies, low-cost travelling, skiing, swimming, teaching English and I prefer winter to summer.

David Jirman

David Jirman

ICT & Design More info

David Jirman
david.jirman(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello, I'm David and I've spent most of my life in Brno. I earned my master's degree in Computer Science from Masaryk University in Brno. My aim is to assist your digital natives in becoming responsible digital citizens with a solid foundation in ICT. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, cooking, spending time in nature, and being in good company.

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