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The Royal Elementary School team

Tým Královské základní školy

Kamila Beránková - School Principal, Education Methodologist, Grade 3A teacher

I studied primary school teaching and special schools at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, where I then taught for several years and cooperated with the non-profit organization, People in Need. I expanded my education to study speech therapy. Author and editor for many educational books for younger and elementary students. I have never regretted my decision to become a teacher since graduating. Work has become more of a beloved hobby. Children have always been an endless inspiration for me, whether I taught in excluded localities in Ústí n / L or got to know various pedagogical concepts and ways of working with children. Childish curiosity and a sparkling spirit give me strength and energy to further discover their infinite potential. It’s worth it, because they are the most important people in the world!

I follow a partnership approach to children using Montessori aids and I emphasize reading comprehension. From the first days of school, I lead children to an active interest in reading books and respect for every page. I teach children respect not only for others, but also for themselves and the world around them. A calm, friendly and considerate atmosphere in the classroom is essential for me. In such an atmosphere, children and work better, discover, and absorb.

In my free time I like to return to my native northern Bohemia, where I always recharge myself by looking at the beautiful Bohemian Central Mountains. The alpha and omega for me has always been books – psychology, pedagogy and self-development. The hunger for knowledge has never left me, and I am diligently expanding my library, unless I am struggling with some insidious pest invading my home oasis of greenery.

Steve Clements - Deputy Principal, Head of English Studies, Grade 4B & 5 English teacher

I am native English, born and raised in London. Since 2012 I have lived, worked, and raised a family in lovely Prague. For 30 years I was a Senior Finance Manager working for a global corporation. Being a People Manager, getting the best out of people became one of my strengths, so naturally, it led me to teaching. After qualifying, my teaching career started when I worked for Akcent International in Prague. This included teaching in several schools from ages 6 to 15 and Business English to all levels in companies, as well as private lessons.
Do you wake up every morning and enjoy going to work? I do! In my experience, there is nothing more rewarding than being part of a team that have the same passion, vision, and goals as each other. On top of that, there is nothing more satisfying than when a student knows more leaving my lessons than they did at the start. Through creative, interactive, lively, and fun lessons, my aim is to help students learn and improve their English and to acquire the widest possible knowledge about the world we live in. Altogether, to give them the best foundation possible for their future.

I proudly joined the Royal Primary School during its first year and I am excited to be a part of its continuing growth and development.

Anna Obrová - GR 1A class teacher

Sofia Rodriguez - GR 1A & 1B English teacher

Hana Jelínková - GR 2A Class teacher

Being a first level teacher, especially for first grades, is not a profession, but a mission! This statement began to make sense to me, especially after studying primary school teaching at the Technical University in Liberec.

I devoted myself to children as a student of the Faculty of Science, Charles University, in the field of biology – geology, where I worked with TEREZA, an organization for ecological education of children and youth, as a leader of hobby groups for children. I continue to lead the circles, especially the research circle, in which children get to know the laws of nature in an entertaining way. To do this, I use acquaintances from the Botanical Garden of Charles University, where I worked part-time for five years while studying, and also from the Czech Environmental Inspectorate, Department of Environmental Protection, where I worked before I entered education environment.

I am glad that I got among a great team that is working together to pass on to the children the best that will suit their lives. Children are prepared here not ordinary, but royally …

Karolína Lichterová - GR 2B Class teacher

I always knew that I wanted to work with people but after my first teaching experience as a kindergarten teacher, I convinced myself that I wanted to work with children because of their immediate, playful and open approach, which gives me energy and inspiration in personal life as well. It is important for me to build a relationship with children which should be based on mutual trust, a sense of security and friendship, so that school is and remains a place where they like to return and experience success, thanks to which they retain the joy of learning for years to come . I prefer smaller groups where I can focus on the children individually and support them in what they enjoy. The ideal class for me is where the child can be active and creative, when I can see that everyone is engaged and on the same page. I like to spend my free time with friends and family, with a good book or on a walk, and I always find a moment to solve Sudoku.


Aditi Paul - GR 2A & 2B English teacher

I come from a family-of-five-generations-of-teachers and hold a wide experience of teaching students in India and the Czech Republic. My own parameter of professional satisfaction is to see my students grow as sensible and responsible individuals.

Currently, in addition to writing my doctoral thesis, I am also pursuing a degree in pedagogy. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (Hons.) and Master’s degree in English Language and Literature.

I moved to Prague in 2015, and live with my husband and two children. In my free time, I love to cook and travel.


Černý Vojtěch

Vojtěch Černý - GR 3B Class teacher

Although I come from a teaching family, it has been a long journey to work in education. I tried several professions, but the desire to work with children never deserted me. The big challenge for me was working as an Au-pair in Wales. I gained more experience at summer camps, leading a floorball club and at an American summer camp. I’m now ready for the next challenge, at the front of a class. I like it when I can teach children in a fun way and I aim to make the children look forward to school, every day.

In my free time I like to play sports, I also travel, and I play board and computer games.


Colleen Zahradnicek - GR 3A & 3B English teacher

I am a native English speaker, from Denver, Colorado, USA. I have been teaching English off and on over the past decade and I enjoy seeing people find joy and connection in language.  I gained my Teaching qualification and first teaching experience in a school environment here in Prague which is now where I live with my husband, our daughter and our two cats. Being a teacher and a parent, I am familiar with both sides of the school environment.  Additionally, as a dual language and dual nations family I know the benefits and challenges parents and children may face in school.  My aim is to make sure each child feels cared for and safe, whilst being engaged and motivated during their education.  I am excited to join the Royal Elementary team and to help the students find their voices.


Zuzana Zajdáková - Math Teacher, Teacher 3A, Event Coordinator, MENSA Coordinator

I studied secondary school teaching at the Palacky University in Olomouc and immediately after my studies I started working at an elementary school. As a qualified teacher of mathematics and civics I was able to teach a lot of different subjects and I worked with children aged 6-15. In my work, I have always tried to strengthen children’s self-confidence and respect for other people.

Over time, the teaching system at standard primary school no longer suited me. Therefore, I left the school and gained experience in banking and financial services for a few years. I worked in several positions, but I always valued a position related to education.

Because education and raising children always made a lot of sense to me, I started looking for a school that, in addition to knowledge, would also teach children to think critically, respect the opinions of others, and emphasized an individual approach to students. I am very happy to have found such a school and to be part of such a great team.

In my free time, I practice yoga, play the piano or go on hiking trips in South Moravia, where I come from and where I always like to return.


Kamila Svobodová - GR 4A Class Teacher

Blanka Španělová - GR 4B Class Teacher

After four years of working at a school in Moravia, I decided I needed a big change. So, I moved to Prague, where I looked for the right school that would facilitate my ideals, values and skills. There is so much around us that is worth investigating and getting to know more about and this has inspired me keep on learning about new things. As a teacher, in a fun and active environment, I try to motivate children to have the desire to discover and know more about the world we live in.


Klára Synková - GR 4 & 5 English Subjects & Arts

Teaching was not an easy choice for me: I travelled on my own when I was a student and I still love to travel.  It was a few years in London that I absolutely loved, and my literature and creative writing professor there actually inspired me for life. From a young age I thought I would be a pianist and a painter at the same time, but this was later completely reversed: I studied mathematics, English and later Spanish, but continued my training in music and dance throughout my life. London’s West End fascinated me with musicals, I began to study musical dance and later discovered Argentine tango, which captivated me for the rest of my life. After returning from several stays in England and the USA, I began teaching English and drama in English, directing student musicals and am amazed to discover that it will be almost a quarter of a century since I started working with students. I am fascinated by human potential, creativity and the endless possibilities of where we can go, what doors we can open, where we can move and enrich ourselves and others.


Alena Knotková - GR 5 Class Teacher

Kevin Jenkins - English Science & Math Teacher

I have been teaching Physics, Mathematics, and Science for over 25 years in a variety of countries and settings.  During my worldwide adventure I met my now Czech wife.  We have two sons, 12 and 15 years old, who are happy to complete their studies here in the Czech Republic.

With myself speaking English and my wife speaking Czech for the last 15 years, it’s natural and familiar for me to be in a bilingual environment. My sons smoothly transitioned from living and studying in America to here in Czech Republic, so I’ve experienced such situations first hand. As much as possible, I aim to live a healthy family lifestyle which includes being on sports teams and integrating exercise into our family routine. I am an avid reader of science fiction and own an enormous collection of table games. I am excited to work with the students here at the Royal Primary School and bring the worlds of Science, Geography and Math to them through as many engaging, hands-on activities and experiments as possible.


Hana Topinka - PE teacher, Sports Event Coordinator

I was accepated into the team at The Royal Elementary School after a situation where I worked at a state primary school for 3 years and I was looking for more meaning in education that will take into account individuality, offer the best possible quality of teaching in an environment that will be motivating for children. I am therefore excited and honored to join a school and team of people who create such an environment.

I also train children, which I enjoy for two reasons: teaching children new things and discovering and shifting their potential. My goal for children is to have fun while discovering new things and who want to improve further, because like any living organism; ‘ when it doesn’t grow, it weakens‘.


Alejandro Valladares Ruiz - Afterschool Club teacher, PE teacher

I became a primary school teacher in Spain. My specialization during my studies was physical education, because I consider movement and health to be very important values in life. I have always enjoyed working with children, which is why I decided to go in the direction of education. At the same time, I love fun and games, so we are great partners with the kids.

As a Spanish teacher, I worked in England and then settled in the Czech Republic and, apart from my wife, Prague won my heart. Then I had the opportunity to work as an English teacher in a kindergarten and I enjoyed working with the young ones a lot. I feel very grateful because right now here at Royal Elementary with an amazing team around me, new opportunities are opening for me.

In my spare time I like to play football and have a siesta, after all I am Spanish, if you understand me. 🙂


Tomáš Novák - PE Teacher, Teacher`s Assistant

During my childhood, I never thought that I would be a teacher when I grow up. Soon after I started professionally training a football team, I realized that working with children is the thing that I most excelled at. I believe that children are our future, and that assisting with their development and providing them with a quality education should be everyone’s top priority.


Barbora Hrkalová - Teaching Assistant & Afterschool Club

Sebroňová Klára

Klára Sebroňová - Teaching Assistant, Afterschool Club Teacher

I have devoted my entire professional life to working with children. I‘ve had the opportunity to gain experience volunteering in a hospital, in a community center for handicapped children and in a kindergarten for children with combined disabilities.

After finishing a Bachelor’s program in special pedagogy and education, I started work as an assistant teacher and educator at a primary school.

At work, I enjoy being able to help children get to know the world around us through games, reading books, art activities and other hobby type activities. I teach children to solve problems independently, to work in a team, to obtain information and meaningfully connect them.

In my free time I like to visit cafes, practice yoga and I also tap dance in a dance group plus I volunteer activities in a community association.

Andrea Ryšavá - Teaching Assistant, Afterschool Club Teacher

In my opinion, going to work should be meaningful and joyful to be rewarding. That is why I decided to work with kids. Experiences with studies in foreign countries has taught me to appreciate differences and embrace my own individuality. This is something that I try value in my class as well. I believe everybody should feel safe, especially the kids, and that is why I focus on creating a friendly environment as a means to generate mutual growth.

Anděla Jozová - Teaching Assistant

Klára Hlůžová - school psychologist

Monika Windsor

Monika has years of experience in leading an international private education team. In the past, she participated in the creation and implementation of projects in the field of education. Her task is to co-create a school that children, teachers and other employees will enjoy. Her philosophy is “open door” for everyone. She is looking forward to leading the team as well as to the teaching itself. She will support any meaningful idea, she will be happy to participate in the preparation of projects for children and parents, she is looking forward to frequent contact with parents.

During her professional practice, she attended a variety of courses and training programs in the areas of communication, negotiation, leadership and team motivation and personnel management. She likes to create something new, and there is the best opportunity among children. They strive to promote children’s natural curiosity and independence because they think that the best life teacher is their own experience. Within her long-term practice she organized charity events, camps, project schools in nature, workshops.

In her free time, she enjoys family (her 3 children), sports such as skiing, snowboarding, MTB cycling and hiking. She likes to read a good book, play a guitar or go to the theater. She enjoys working with a team of motivated employees and professionals.

Kristýna Dlouhá - GR 6 Class teacher, Czech Language Teacher

I’ve been moving within the education system almost my whole life, ever since I have entered kindergarten. Through this time, I switched between several roles, either as a pupil or employee. Now the teacher’s role is coming, and I am excited to share my love of the Czech language and my love of reading with my students.


Michaela Koktová Jamrišková - GR 7 Class Teacher, Social Studies Teacher

I have been working as a teacher in bilingual schools for many years. At the Faculty of Education, I studied etopedics, i.e. the upbringing and education of pupils with specific needs. That is why my work with children is different from an ordinary teacher who is primarily interested in knowledge. I deal with children with respect for their individual needs and talents and above all I try to develop their strengths. I support them in their efforts not to give up when things don’t go their way and I help them find their own way to solve the task. I realize that learning does not only take place in the classroom, but throughout the time I spend with the children, which is why I organize many educational activities outside the school building. Learning is a process that prepares children for work and life. Therefore, I pay attention to the development of their skills, such as group work, problem solving, but also computer work. I’m glad there are schools like this that make it possible to educate the children of the twenty-first century.


Andrew Buring - Grade 4 English Subjects, Grade 5&6 English literature teacher

I joined the school in its second year and am thrilled to help build upon the already solid foundation. I hope to help the school grow in new and exciting ways and pleased to be part of such a unique and wonderful team. During my lessons, my goal is to engage with the students and help them broaden their horizons in fun and inventive ways. Everyone learns in different ways and I strive to ensure that my classroom reflects that. I am hard-working, creative and friendly and I make sure that everyone is welcome in my class.


Anežka Bendová - Math and Physics Teacher

Jan Špíšek - History Teacher

Jitka Dyková - Biology Teacher

Jakub Skuhrovec - Geography & PE Teacher

Eva Artigas - Spanish teacher

A Mallorcan by birth, I have been combining teaching with other personal projects for 20 years. In the Czech Republic, I specialized in the pedagogy of Spanish as a foreign language and gained most of my experience at the bilingual grammar school in Olomouc, where I worked for 6 years, and then later at various language schools in Prague.

Teaching is very motivating for me; children recharge me with energy and give meaning to my strengths. I love languages, discovering new concepts and cultures, developing logic… but most of all I enjoy watching children’s eyes light up as they discover and use these things with a little help…


Nikolina Dvořák Vukovićová - Spanish Teacher

Veronika Bártová - PE Teacher

Rhodes Neese - Science Teacher

Magdalena Hromková - Social Studies Teacher

Kateřina Vološčuková - AV media teacher

I graduated from art school and have been working with children since the age of 15. I ran various circles, worked in several schools, as a volunteer in children’s homes, and I do art workshops and leisure activities for children from various institutions. I am a mom of a 7-year-old rebel and thanks to her I left the wild waters of advertising and graphics and decided to sail into the beautiful waters of children’s world. I came to Kralovska Primary School from Resslova Primary School where I was a governess for 2 years.



Tomáš Beran - Teacher of informatics - aesthetic and audiovisual, School Photographer

As a true “Pražák”, I come from Brno. I graduated in applied photography at SUPŠ. (Střední umělecko-průmyslová škola) and have been a commercial photographer, director, and columnist for over 30 years.

I entered the “Royal world” after much hesitation, after the unexpected happened – I enjoy working with children! I accompany them through the world of photography, film, visual arts or architecture and I am always surprised at how perceptive young people can be.

I am not so much a teacher as a guide, a kind of “unlocker” into the world of visual culture and taste, creating an alternative to today’s rapid and simplistic flood of image and content clichés. In my classes, we relax, while at the same time non-violently shaping the aesthetic and ethical attitudes of each of us.

I am convinced that the most effective way is to pass on knowledge and experiences from the field that we love and actively live. This is also why we conduct a dialogue with the children on every topic and, over time, we co-create the content of not only our program at school, but I believe that perhaps also the future content of life.


Martin Suntych - Chess Club

Already at the gymnasium, when I helped my classmates with mathematics, I discovered that I enjoy passing on knowledge, so I continued to devote myself to tutoring, preparation for entrance exams to high schools and universities, and helping with the matriculation exam.

As the oldest of five siblings, I never stopped playing, and I always directed our games together towards the path of knowledge.

I am currently studying Mathematics and Physics at the Faculty of Arts in Liberec and in my spare time I enjoy photography, board and computer games.

Karolína Jílečková - Office manager

„I enthusiastically joined the young team and I am happy to participate in the successful start-up and running of the school in the eyes of parents, children and pupils. My advantages are diligence, diligence and reliability. I am communicative and I enjoy working with people very much. Thanks to my studies at a foreign school, I have no problems communicating in English.“

Eva Jarošová - Office support

My name is Eva Jarošová. I like to participate in projects that make sense and that I believe in. That’s why I´m happy to be a part of the Královská primary school. I like to work with children which I did for years as a professional or through free time activities. Also I worked in administrative-operating positions for several years. I believe this combination will help me to be good support for the team in Královská primery school. I consider myself hardworking, consistent, systematic, reliable and empathetic.
I was born in Prague, but 25 years ago I moved to a village outside of Prague. I have a wonderful family and lots of hobbies.  I love traveling, especially discovering new places. I enjoy being in nature and I like gardening. I also play different musical instruments. To relax, I read inspiring books.

Svitlana Purska – catering

Martin Procházka – house keeper