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Mgr. Jan Švihálek

Mgr. Jan Švihálek

Head of School Více informací

Mgr. Jan Švihálek
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.

Dylan Vance

Dylan Vance

Secondary and High School Principal Více informací

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.

Ben Rodea

Ben Rodea

HS Biology Year 8&9 Více informací

Ben Rodea
ben.rodea(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi, I'm Ben. I am from Wales, but have spent my adult life aorund the world. I have lived and taught in England, Kuwait and Peru, and I am delighted to now find myself in beautiful Brno as part of the ISB community. I'll watch most sports, but I have a particualr fondness for rugby. I'm really looking forward to a new experince and a great year, here in the Czech Republic.

Amber Rodea

Amber Rodea

High School Math Více informací

Amber Rodea
amber.rodea(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi, I am Amber and I am very excited to be part of the ISB community. I am from Winnipeg, Canada where I completed my Bachelor's Degree before moving to England to complete my Teaching Certification in Mathematics. I have been lucky enough to teach in England and Kuwait for over 8 years. Playing and coaching rugby has been a huge part of my life since High School, giving me great opportunities to travel and make new friends. I enjoy spending time outside hiking and exploring new places.

Kurt Bonser

Kurt Bonser

Secondary Science and High School Physics, Chemistry, Math Více informací

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

High School History and English Více informací

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.

Vojtěch Čalkovský

Vojtěch Čalkovský

Physics teacher Více informací

Vojtěch Čalkovský
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.

Martina Hrdá

Martina Hrdá

Czech Studies/Czech for Foreigners Teacher Více informací

Martina Hrdá
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.

Adéla Othová

 

Adéla Othová

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Více informací

Adéla Othová
adela.othova(zavinac)isob.cz

I am from Brno and I am lucky to have been working at ISB since February 2017 as a primary (currently year 2) asistant. That means I'm more than happy and ready to help with whatever ISB brings. I accept any challenge! I am finishing my master's degree in English teaching at Masaryk University this summer. 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.

Sonia Bueno García

Sonia Bueno García

Spanish Teacher Více informací

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.

Šárka Kovaříková

Šárka Kovaříková

Learning Support Teacher Více informací

Šárka Kovaříková
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.

Tereza Vrbková

Tereza Vrbková

IB Psychology Více informací

Tereza Vrbková
tereza.vrbkova(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi! I’m from Brno and currently am studying psychology on the faculty of Arts on Masaryks Universty. I would like to become a child psychologist. I used to be a supervisor on various summercamps and had been a teacher in a english kindergarden for almost 2 years. Working with kids always felt like the right thing. I have worked in International School of Brno for just about 3months now, but I am a former student. I always loved this school and now came back to be a part of this amazing team.

Lucie Rajfová

Lucie Rajfová

Physical Education Více informací

Lucie Rajfová
lucie.rajfova(zavinac)isob.cz

My name is Lucie Rajfová. I was born in Brno, where I also live and work. I graduated from Masaryk University with 2 bachelor's courses (Regeneration and Nutrition in Sport, Coaching-Figure Skating) and Master's Degree (Physical Education and Sport Teacher Training) . Since I was a child, I have been actively doing a lot of sports (snowboarding, swimming, athletics, gymnastics, skiing, horse riding and more ...). My two main sports were: synchronized figure skating and sport climbing where I was in the national team of the Czech Republic for several years and won the European Cups in sport climbing and I was several times champion of the Czech Republic. I also like to travel and I have managed to travel a lot of countries with sports. For 10 years now, I have been coaching mainly at Ho Sokol Brno 1 and the Czech national team. In the last 3 years I have also started working as a physical education teacher and I also try to make sure that the children enjoy sports at school and that after school they do not sit at home at the computer and go out to run.

Christopher Hatt

Christopher Hatt

Year 7, Seconday English, I&S Více informací

Christopher Hatt
christopher.hatt(zavinac)isob.cz

Hi, I'm Christopher. I was born in Toronto, Canada many moons ago. After completing a Bachelors Degree in Education I headed to the east where I spent nearly two decades teaching at international schools across Asia. I have just recently had my first child - a wonderful baby girl named Charlie. I am excited to be a part of the teaching team at ISB and look forward to this new chapter in my life here in Brno!

Ondřej Kala

Ondřej Kala

Year 10, Czech Více informací

Ondřej 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.

Iona McGregor

Iona McGregor

English Literature & ToK Více informací

Iona McGregor
iona.mcgregor(zavinac)isob.cz

Iona comes from a sheep-farm in Northumberland near the English-Scottish border, where she was home-educated by her mother. She studied Classics and Sanskrit at the University of Oxford and completed a Masters in Indian languages and Literature in Germany and India. She has had a varied career so far, almost all of it abroad—spanning academia, interpreting for the International Red Cross in Sri Lankan prisons, documentary-making, travelling, volunteering, and, of course, teaching. Previous teaching experience includes a year in Warsaw teaching English, Literature and History at a high school. She moved to Brno in September 2020, where she taught English as a Foreign Language at various language schools and at Masaryk University. She joined the ISB team in September 2021, where she teaches English Literature and Theory of Knowledge. Her hobbies include yoga, reading and translating poetry, cold-water swimming, learning languages (currently Czech) and travelling the world. She has lived and worked in eight different countries so far, and counting. She is a big fan of the Czech outdoor spirit and chata life.

Marianna Suarez

Marianna Suarez

Primary and Secondary Librarian Více informací

Marianna Suarez
marianna.suarez(zavinac)isob.cz

My name is Marianna Suárez, 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.

Eva Klárová

Eva Klárová

Art Více informací

Eva Klárová
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 Kuřim. 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.

Samuel Hirst

Samuel Hirst

Year 12, History, Extended Essay Více informací

Samuel Hirst
samuel.hirst(zavinac)isob.cz

Hello! I’m originally from England, where I completed my degree in politics at Newcastle University before completing my history teaching qualification at UCL’s Institute of Education in London. I’ve been working in schools in both the UK and Czech Republic since 2012 . My main interests outside of work are hiking, enjoying the great outdoors, and travel. Having lived in Prague for four years, I am now very keen to explore Brno city and Moravia.

Jana Levová

Jana Levová

Careers Counsellor Více informací

Jana Levová
jana.levova(zavinac)isob.cz

I was born in Brno, grew up in Wallachia, gained working & life experience in the UK and then returned to Brno again. I am people and customer oriented person, helping others to achieve their goals and look for happy aspects of their life. I am excited to be a part-time member of the ISB team. :)

Vojtěch Bastyan

Vojtěch Bastyan

Sports Coordinator, Year 8 Sci, Year 10 Bio, CIE exams officer Více informací

Vojtěch 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.

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