Our Kindergarten Team
Jan SvihalekHead of School More info
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 EvansPrimary & Early Years Principal / Primary Years Programme Coordinator More info
Creating inspirational educational environments has always been an ongoing passion for me. I received my master's degree and teaching degree from London and after working a few years in England, I decided to travel further afield and broaden my horizons. Once I was in Dubai I started my leadership career in an MYP/DP school and decided then that this was the path I would continue, as the IB curriculum truly embodies what education is about, sparking the natural curiosity of students through challenging yet significant inquiry. From Dubai I continued onwards to the German Embassy School of Tehran a PYP school with very high academic standards and diverse cultures, that continued to develop my skills for creating meaningful actions in a global community. I feel very honored to be starting my new career at the International School of Brno with an outstanding group of educators. I was very warmly greeted by the school community in March and I would like to take this opportunity ahead of time to thank my team for fostering, what I know will be, an inspirational, caring and an intellectually stimulating academic year for our students.
Seema SinghEarly Years Homeroom Teacher More info
My name is Mrs. Seema Singh (Ms. Seema). I am from Delhi, India. I have a Masters degree in Education and Political Science. I have been teaching for about 16 years, and it is so rewardI have spent my career teaching primary and special needs children in India. I started teaching in ISB kindergarten in 2009. I just love working with the little ones. I enjoy watching their faces as they make connections to the learning around them each day. I am amazed by how much the children I teach actually teach me. Each day in a kindergarten classroom brings new and exciting things. I am honoured to be able to do what I truly LOVE to do.
Markéta YoderEarly Years Homeroom Teacher More info
My name is Marketa Yoder (Ms. Markéta). I joined the ISB Kindergarten team in 2012. I was born in Brno, Czech Republic. I worked as a teacher at KinderCare in Virginia US from 2006 to 2008 and at Casablanca American School in Morocco from 2008 to 2010. I received an Early Childhood Certificate from Concordia University in 2007 as well as a Masters in Architecture from Brno Technical University in 1996. My teaching career began after my daughter Maria was born in 2004. She was the reason I changed my professional career. I love Art, books about history, and long walks in nature. I enjoy discovering the world through the eyes of children. It's my pleasure everyday.
Britney HandTeaching Assistant More info
Hello! My name is Britney, I am from the beautiful country of South Africa. I completed my studies in Fashion Media, and continued working in the industry after my studies. I had the opportunity to relocate to Brno just short of a year ago, and the opportunity to assist in the kindergarten arose. I have gained a lot of experience in my short time at the school thus far, along with a passion for working with children and learning about their cultures through their stories. I have a passion for photography, as well as enjoy baking, writing, and spending time in the African wildlife conservation areas.
Kristi LescinskiTeaching Assistant/Music More info
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!
Corona CermakTeaching Assistant More info
Hello! My name is Corona Cermak. I am from Tanzania and I have lived in Brno for ten years now. I have Bachelors in Laws from the University of London, England. I have been teaching English in the kindergarten and after school clubs for 9 years. I teach Swahili at Masaryk University and online since 2015. I speak Swahili and English and intermediate Czech language. I am an author of children's books. I have so far published 3 children’s books. I enjoy reading, writing, travelling and meeting new people. I have lived and worked in Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic. I have visited Kenya, USA, France, Germany and the Netherlands. I always look forward to new experiences and I am ready for this new adventure with the ISB community.
Sophie LefevreArt More info
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 BastyanPE, Sports Coordinator, CIE exams officer More info
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.