Vinohrady

Šrobárova 1869/14
101 00 Praha 10

Mariana Vrbíková

teacher

My favourite fairytale from childhood?
Firebird and Red Fox by Erben. For me, it was really thrilling and I liked how each of the three brothers tried the same and did it in another way. Moreover, the book was gorgeous – there were beautiful pictures and decoration in an Art Nouveau style.

It was already clear at her studies which way in her professional life she will go. After her studies Mariana worked in several kindegartens where she gained her professional skills. She also took part in the Wild Camp of the Brontosaurus movement as a group leader. Her educational activities for children overlap to her spare time too because she goes in for fine arts, music and learning foreign languages. She likes to be in the midst of other people doing movement and entertainment. Therefore it was really a good bit of luck when the dynamics of her family development led her from her hometown Brno to Prague, straightway to the Bambino, where in accordance with her personal philosophy professionality is connected with creativity and also gaiety in friendly atmosphere.

Maria Alexandra Martin

teacher

Am I still friend with anybody from kindergarten?
Yes. And when we are together, we are the same girls as we were back in kindergarten. We reminisce and laugh – for example, like we ran around the yard pretending we were flying. Actually, I can say she is still my best friend.

Maria Alexandra Martin was born in Venezuela where she has a bachelor degree in Marketing. After finishing her studies she moved to the United States. Maria speaks fluent English and Spanish. Her first experience working with children was in her mother’s nursery. She was also a learning coach for Florida Virtual School in Melbourne, Florida USA. She always shows her passion and dedication for all the kids. In 2014, she decided to move to Prague with her husband and daughter. Maria values the relationships between the teacher and students, so in her classes she is focused on a safe and comfortable learning environment. She is happy to be part of the great Bambino family where she feels at home.

J Margarito Terrones

teacher

Did I sleep after lunch in kindergarten?
Yes, for two hours every day. Actually, I still do. I grew up in an environment where it was completely normal to sleep for an hour or two after lunch.

Jei comes from Laredo, Texas, a border city in the United States. Coming from a Mexican background, he was expose to English and Spanish language from an early age. After a long learning experience in South America, Jei completed an Undergraduate degree in Spanish literature and TEFL Certification in Austin Texas. In 2013, Jei moved to Slovakia to work as a kindergarten teacher. This experience of working with kids marked him and help him discover his strong connection with them. Since July of 2015 Jei has been working for Bambino where he enjoys teaching and learning from his other colleagues.

Lauren Mercier

teacher

If I wanted to be a witch or a princess when I was growing up?
Ever since I was little, I have always loved dressing up. When I was in Kindergarten I got to play Cinderella in the school play and afterwards all I wanted was to be a princess. Every night after dinner I would dress up and put on a big performance for my parents. Lucky for me, they were a great audience!

Lauren comes from San Diego, California. She has two degrees in Theatre and Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. While there she was an assistant teacher for 4th grade science. She also worked as an au pair in Bretagne, France and Andalusia Spain teaching English for three summers. Back in California she worked as a Children's party performer, a nanny, and a tutor. Growing up, both of her parents were teachers so she knew she was destined to teach. She arrived in Prague in November 2017 and completed her TEFL certification here. She is so excited to be here in the Czech Republic working for such an incredible school!

Mariana Černá

teacher

What was I afraid of when I was little? As a little girl, I didn’t like spiders, my oldest brother knew that and told me there were spiders eating only Marjánkas. When it’s dark, they grow to become as big as people and then they go hunting. I am still afraid of spiders.

After finishing her studies Mariana became a head of administrative department in a consumer magazine. While looking after her newborn nephew, she realized that for being happy she needs to be surrounded by children. Therefore she used her stay in Australia to obtain Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, also with working experience in a Child Care Centre. After coming back to the Czech Republic she was excited to become a part of the nursery in Bambíno. Thanks to high school studies in France Mariana speaks French fluently. She plays piano and trumpet in a concert band. What she loves about Bambíno is the individual approach to children and the inspirational international team.

Mária Filipová

teacher

My first love in kindergarten?
Ľuboš, and you could easily compare him with Brad Pitt. We had our beds next to each other and that is why I always enjoyed sleeping in kindergarten ;-)

Mária is from Slovakia. After finishing her study at the Faculty of Economic and Management in Nitra she left for Prague, where she was working in the supranational telecommunication company for five years.Her desire for change and her feelings for kids brought her here in Vinohrady. Currently she supervises our youngest kids in the Bambíno nursery. She helps them in developing their sense for creativity and playfulness and she is mostly fascinated by their spontaneity and pure joy of life.

Lenka Hovadová

teacher

My favourite teacher in kindergarten?
Definitely Mrs. Lenka. Every morning she welcomed us with a smile and hugged us – moreover, she had the same name as me ;) Also thanks to this great teacher, I wanted to become a children’s teacher one day. I am very happy that my wish has been fulfilled :)

Lenka comes from Ústí nad Orlicí. After finishing High school of social work she continued her studies at University of Palacký in Olomouc – branch of study Pedagogy and governance. During the stuides Lenka realized she is very interested in pedagogy part, so she decided to leave the country. Lenka spent 10 months in Birmingham, where she worked as an au-pair. She is also a member of the Czech Red Cross and she takes part in various actions with this organization aimed primarily at children (summer camps, carnivals, trips)

Simon Storey

teacher

What was my favourite toy in kindergarten?
Big building blocks. My friends and I were always building a throne that was so big we could all sit on it.

Simon comes from Northumberland, Great Britain, and studied English & Education at the University of Wolverhampton, England, and at Hogescool van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Whilst in the Netherlands, he taught EFL in three different high schools and then did one term as a Teaching Assistant in a school in Wolverhampton. Having moved to the Czech Republic in 2013, Simon worked as an EFL teacher at several different kindergartens before becoming an TA for a class of 5-6 year olds. Simon enjoys life at Bambino because of the freedom the children are afforded and the friendly atmosphere between children and staff.

Lucie Holubová

teacher

What did I want to be when I went to kindergarten?
A teacher. When I was little, I played school at home and looked after dolls and soft toys and even though I took the long way round, I came back to kindergarten and I have become a teacher – it’s definitely much more fun with children than with toys.

Lucka comes from South Bohemia. She graduated from psychology in education and early year education. While studies she worked as a nanny. After school she combined her love to kids and to traveling and left to work as au-pair in London. There she spent two years and realised that children are what she wants to do for future. So she came to work in Bambíno. What she loves about kids is their naturalness and laugh. Her other hobbies are history and art.

Kristýna Trmalová

client care

What animal did I want to have?
I always wanted to have a dog but my parents only gave me 'substitutes'. So, we had turtles, hamsters, budgies, phasmids, fish and guinea pigs. Today, I finally have a dog and also Berry the Rabbit. He was brought by one of our kindergarten mums from the charity shop Sue Ryder, but he did not even get there and lives in my home.

Kristýna worked in Bambíno as a branch manager in Kunratice, then a few years as an HR manager. She participated in the creation of motivating enviroment for employees and she helped to expand our Bambíno team. While working at Bambíno she graduated in her master’s studies focused on security management. She has experience with children as she has an 8-year old brother Ládík, with whom she spends a lot of time. She is interested in dogs, travelling and languages. Kristýna has decided to change her work a bit again, so now you can meet her in Vinohrady branch, where she cares for our clients.

Tereza Reichamannová

client care

What was the picture on my box in kindergarten?
In the little class of Ladybirds, I had two cherries as my sign. In the Sunny big class, I had a picture of a pretty yellow pencil with eyes and a huge smile. Of course, I considered both signs to be the most beautiful.

Tereza comes from Carlsbad, where she studied the aesthetic arts in the form of grammar school, with a specialisation in music. She briefly broke off her studies to move to the UK for a few months, where she worked as an au pair and occasionally as a waitress. Following her return to the Czech republic, Tereza realised she didn’t know what kind of work she wants to be doing. She then decided to stick with her two passions - working with children and gastronomy. After finishing her studies, Tereza volunteered to help in a local non-profit club for disadvantaged children and at the same time she began studying hotel management in The Institute of Hospitality Management in Prague. For her bachelor thesis she combined her aforementioned passions, as the subject of her thesis was “Eating habits of children in kindergartens”.

Alena Walterová

housekeeper

What did I like drawing most?
I don’t remember what I liked drawing most, but I do remember I hated drawing bodies.

Alena has a lot of experience with this work. For several yeas she worked in gastronomy and as a kitchen keeper in kindergarten where she also helped with children. At Bambino, she is preparing healthy snacks for kids and takes care of cleanliness in the kitchen. She likes baking and bakes very well.

Jan Trnka

facility administrator

My favourite food in kindergarten?
Tomato soup. Although I didn't care for it when it was sauce. Only soup!

Honza´s daily responsibility is to take care of Bambínos’ buildings and gardens. If you see him at Bambíno, he will probably be carrying a screwdriver or a drill. All adults at Bambíno are happy to have someone skillful at our kindergarten. The children just love to watch Honza working and often want to help.

Jan Šimek

driver

What was I afraid of when I was little?
The scariest ghost of all the ghosts was Brmbulak for me. I invented him and I often scared myself with him. In my imagination, it was a hairy big-toothed monster, hiding under my bed.

Honza has twelve years experience in the transport of people. He ensured transport mainly for foreign film crews. He had lived in America for two years, where he worked in the family business in the construction industry. He provides a safe and smooth transport for our children to the kindergarten and from the kindergarten. Honza is also a father, so he enjoys the company of children in the car.

Tereza Kotas

teacher

My least favourite food in kindergarten?
Potato dumpling stuffed with smoked meat. I remember when my mum read the menu and this would be for lunch, she would have to cancel my stay in kindergarten for that day because our teachers forced us to eat everything and I just couldn’t do it. I still don’t like this food now. .

Tereza comes from a small town Český Těšín. She graduated from Masaryk University in 2014 - in the field of special education. Tereza started working with children when she was still in high school. She went to Canada to work at summer camp as a camp counselor. Later on she went to Ukraine, where she taught English. Tereza also worked in the USA at private school where she taught mathematics and early literacy. Tereza is interested in bilingual education and its impact on speech. She has completed several pre-school preparation courses for children and proper language development. For the last four years she worked in Brno in the English kindergarten. Two and a half years as an English-speaking teacher. Tereza is currently finishing her masters degree in preschool and primary education

Renata Novoměstská

teacher

If I had any trauma from kindergarten?
Yes, that I didn’t go there.

Since I was young, I always wished to work with kids. Through many circumstances and stops made on both of earth´s hemispheres, I returned back to Prague, where I found what I was searching for. Thanks to my life experiences, knowledge of several languages, management and artistic skills, along with my love for kids, Bambino became the place of dreams come through for me, where I can grow and help others doing the same. Like the saying I follow goes: Let´s play, as life is our play, right?

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