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Administration and Office Staff

Kateřina Bečková

Executive Director

Kateřina is the founder and executive director of the International Montessori School of Prague and a community coordinator. While searching for a school with an alternative educational approach for her three children, she discovered the famous Montessori method. She immediately fell in love and since 2002, when she founded the IMSP, she’s been a keen advocate of Montessori education.

Kateřina holds Master's degrees in Economics and Special Education, and has attended Montessori Administration trainings and workshops led by Tim Seldin and Peter Davidson. She is a team player and using her strong leadership skills she boosts and maintains a positive morale among the staff and encourages teamwork. She lays great stress on achieving superior quality both in her personal and professional life. When not working at the school, Kateřina enjoys travelling, reading, sports, spending time with her family and relaxing in nature.

Pherooz Karani

Head of School

Originally from Boston, Pherooz came to IMSP from Florida, and was a Montessori child herself. She has been in education for over twenty years, teaching in Infant, Toddler and Primary classrooms before moving into administration.

Pherooz attended Northeastern University and received her BA in Theatre and a Minor in Elementary Education; she received her AMI Assistants to Infancy Diploma (ages 0-3), from the Maria Montessori Training Organization in London, her AMI Primary (ages 3-6) Diploma from the Ohio Montessori Training Institute in Cleveland, Ohio, and recently has completed an AMI Elementary (ages 6-12) training here in Prague. Pherooz has also completed her Montessori Administration degree with CMTE in New York. Currently, she is enrolled in a Master's program with the Endicott College in Massachusetts. In her free time, Pherooz enjoys traveling, reading, going to concerts and attending theatre performances.

Irena Gajdošová

Business Manager

Irena is a graduate of a business academy and holds a degree in Finance and Management. Soon after graduation, she left her native Moravia for years of travel - she has lived for a decade in England, and later in Spain and China, working as a school administrator and teacher in classrooms ranging from 2 to 8 years old. After her return to the Czech Republic, Irena joined the IMSP team in 2014.

Irena's hobbies include - naturally - travel and learning new cultures and languages, but also skiing, hiking, dance and art.

Barbora Červenková

Office Manager

Bára joined IMSP in 2016, after spending more than a decade in travel insurance. She studied economics at the Secondary School of Agriculture in Hořovice and later finished her language studies in Pilsen with the State language exams in English language. English became her hobby so she spent a year in England (Blackpool) as an Au Pair to learn even more. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, classic and fantasy literature, roller-blading and swimming.

Toddler Team

Ivana Šket

Toddler and Childcare Coordinator, Toddler 1 Lead Teacher

Ivana has been with IMSP since 2005, first serving as a substitute and assistant teacher in the Toddler and Primary classes. Originally from Croatia, Ivana attended the Academy of Fine Arts at the Zagreb University and is also a certified yoga instructor, lending her varied skills to our students through many projects and classes.

Like many others, Ivana was drawn to Montessori as a means to encourage independence and love of learning in her own children, and is excited to grow alongside her students, viewing education as a form of service to her community. She holds an AMI Assistants to Infancy (ages 0-3) diploma from the Montessori Institute here in Prague.

Michaela Tučková

Toddler 2 Lead Teacher

Misha has taught in our Toddler classrooms for three years now, after previously serving at IMSP as the Primary and Toddler substitute, Childcare teacher and Administrative Assistant. Although she had originally pursued a degree in Physics, she developed an interest in Montessori education when volunteering in Montessori schools in the United States.  She holds an AMI Assistants to Infancy (ages 0-3) from the Montessori Institute Prague and is currently pursuing a degree in special education.

Like many others at IMSP, Misha loves to travel and explore other countries and cultures. When at home, she spends her free time reading, cooking, and with various arts and crafts.

Anissa Baca

Toddler 1 Assistant Teacher

Anissa joined our team in 2016, coming from New Mexico in the United States. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Multimedia from the University of New Mexico, where she also worked as an administrative assistant facilitating support to students in need.

Moving from serving adults to work with children, she became a substitute teacher in the Albuquerque public schools and completed her Cambridge CELTA certification. This enabled her to experience work with a number of different age groups, cementing her interest in moving to early childhood education. During her free time, Anissa enjoys film-making, reading and attending concerts.

Lindsey Taylor

Toddler 2 Assistant Teacher

Lindsey is originally from Texas, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Women’s Studies at Southwestern University. She completed her TEFL certification and discovered her passion for working with children while teaching English as a Second Language in Costa Rica. She has spent the past three years working as an assistant in a Montessori school in the US, which further fueled her passion for education and love of the Montessori Method.

Lindsey enjoys practicing yoga, cooking and doing creative projects in her spare time. She loves to travel and learn new languages!

Primary Team

Alice Giles

Primary Coordinator and Primary 2 Teacher

Alice joined our team in September 2010 after several years of cooperation on various projects, which inspired her to enter Montessori pedagogy herself. She now holds an AMS Early Childhood (ages 3-6) Montessori diploma from the Princeton Montessori Training Center in New Jersey, as well as a degree in English Language and Literature from the Masaryk University, and a certificate in preschool education from Mladá Boleslav.

In her free time, Alice enjoys cooking with her daughters, literature, embroidery and travel.  

Alena Výrostková

Primary 1 Teacher

Alena completed her Montessori training in Slovakia at the Slovak Montessori Association in Bratislava, and a second Primary (ages 3-6) training at the Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute in Toronto. Prior to joining us in 2011, Alena had experience teaching in both a traditional kindergarten in Slovakia and in a Montessori classroom in Canada. She had also served as a social worker to children with special needs and spent a year in London as an au-pair.

Alena has completed a Master's degree in Special Pedagogy from the University of Bratislava, and is especially committed to bringing the benefits of Montessori education to students with special needs. She enjoys travelling, reading books, music, playing the flute, playing squash and cycling.

Surina Mohr

Primary 1 Teacher

Hailing from Hawaii originally, Surina has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and completed her Infant and Toddler (ages 0-3) Certification with the American Montessori Society. She is in the process of completing her Primary (ages 3-6) Certification, also with the American Montessori Society. Surina brings years of experience in both Toddler and Primary Montessori classrooms. She also has a strong interest Educational Kinesiology work and holds a Brain Gym certification.

Outside of teaching, Surina enjoys the natural world and practices kayaking, swimming, hiking and more. She loves animals, in particular horses, which she has worked extensively with. In her free time she also likes to read and cook.

Aimee Lewis

Primary 2 Teacher

Hailing from upstate New York, Aimee holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in French and Education. After moving to Prague she started working at a Montessori preschool, where she worked for three years and undertook the AMS Montessori Primary training. She also has further experience teaching in international schools and as an Au Pair.

In her free time, Aimee loves traveling, cooking, reading, and learning.

Katherine Guinn

Primary 1 Assistant Teacher and One-on-One Aide

Originally from California, Katie graduated with a BA in Linguistics with a focus on Teaching English as a Second Language. She further pursued this interest, gaining her TEFL certification. During her studies, she developed a passion for education. At IMSP, she first served as a Childcare teacher before joining the Primary teaching team.

Katie has spent time teaching swimming as well as serving as a personal tutor and teaching English to adults and students.

In her free time, Katie enjoys swimming, sailing, hiking, and running. She also loves to travel and learn new languages!

Elementary Team

Alena Bělohubá

Lower Elementary Czech Teacher

Alena holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Charles University and has also studied psychology at the Gestalt Institute. Alena has been teaching Czech and English for more than 10 years now. In addition to the traditional and Montessori teaching approach, she has experience in different alternative schools. She joined IMSP in 2009 and was inspired to pursue her Montessori training in Prague as a result.

Alena likes to travel and has spent time in England, Austria and Australia. Besides traveling she is interested in cycling, skiing, languages and psychology. Originally from the countryside, Alena loves gardening and is eager to help our students expand our garden.

Amy Tobias

Lower Elementary Teacher and Elementary Coordinator

Amy joined the IMSP team in 2009 and has since taught in both the Primary and Lower Elementary classrooms. She holds AMS Certifications for the Primary (ages 3-6), Lower Elementary (6-9) and Upper Elementary (9-12) levels, as well as a B.A. in Psychology.

Amy has been working with children in Montessori schools since 1992. Aside from leading classrooms, her experience includes developing and integrating curriculum, creating character education programs and setting up new classrooms and schools. Originally from the Chicago area, Amy has appreciated living in different areas of the United States as well as England. She enjoys traveling, cultural exchanges, long walks and all things canine.

Kathleen Renehan

Lower Elementary Teacher

Miss Kathleen joined us as a teacher in 2007. She received her Montessori Teacher's certification for both Primary (3-6) and Lower Elementary (6-9) at the Princeton Montessori Center for Teacher Training. Before that, she had graduated from Stonehill College in Massachusetts majoring in Early Childhood, as well as receiving a minor in Psychology and Fine Arts.

Kathleen is originally from New York, where she taught Art to people with learning and developmental disabilities prior to joining IMSP. Her interests include art, hiking, biking, horseback riding and traveling.

Suzanne Sanders

Upper Elementary Teacher

Suzanne joined IMSP for the 2017-18 school year and was is very excited to add Prague to the list of countries in which she has taught the Montessori methodology. Originally from York, Pennsylvania, she has lived all over the States, Costa Rica, and most recently in Madrid, Spain. Suzanne fell in love with the Montessori philosophy when her son was three, and attended a Montessori school in Colorado. 

Suzanne holds a B.S in Sports Medicine and AMS Certifications at the 6-9 and 9-12 year old levels as well as AMI Certification at the Adolescent (12-15) level. She has been teaching Elementary and Adolescent students in Montessori schools since 2001.  Suzanne also has experience in School leadership, having served as a director of two schools in her career and completed her AMI Montessori Whole School Management (Level I) training.

When Suzanne is not at school with her students, you can find her hiking, cooking, gardening, reading, or traveling to new places around the world. 

Ruth Švandová

Upper Elementary Czech Teacher

Ruth has spent her entire life in Prague, and has been a Montessori advocate and enthusiast for six years now. She is currently studying Primary and Elementary education at the J. A. Komensky University in Karviná, and is completing a Primary (0-3) Montessori training. Previously, she has taught in an Elementary classroom at the Modřany Montessori school, and as an assistant teacher in our Primary 2 classroom. In her free time, Ruth enjoys Latin American dance, sport and music.

Rostislav Konopa

Rost'a joined the IMSP team during the 2015-2016 school year. He graduated from Charles University with a degree Elementary Education with concentrations in Czech Language and Civics. Following this, he worked as a Primary and Secondary school teacher at several Private schools. In addition to classroom work, his focus has been on the creation of curricula and materials for Media Literacy education. Rost'a has also worked as a methodologist, a lecturer at the Faculty of Education of the University Olomouc, as well as a coach for the National Institute for Further Education.
Rost'a enjoys organizing leisure-time activities for youth, such as rock climbing, white water rafting, or survival activities in challenging climatic conditions. In his free time he likes reading, photography, Wing Chun martial arts, and travel, particularly around Asia.

Childcare and Specialists

Rebecca Riisness

Elementary Theatre and Music Teacher

Originally from New Orleans, Rebecca holds a degree in Theatre and Speech from the Louisiana Tech University as well as a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate. She has worked as an English teacher, tutor and drama teacher with children of all ages.

Rebecca enjoys listening to people's stories, cooking, doing yoga, and playing her guitar. She is also an avid reader, and loves the challenge of learning a new language.

Kathleen Renehan

Elementary Art Teacher

Miss Kathleen has joined IMSP as a teacher in 2007. She received her Montessori Teacher's certification for both Primary (3-6) and Lower Elementary (6-9) at the Princeton Montessori Center for Teacher Training. She graduated from Stonehill College in Massachusetts majoring in Early Childhood, as well as receiving minors in Psychology and Fine Arts.

Kathleen is originally from New York, where she taught Art to people with learning and developmental disabilities prior to joining IMSP. Her interests include art, hiking, biking, horseback riding and traveling.

Ivana Šket

Childcare Coordinator

Ivana has been with IMSP since 2005, first serving as a substitute and assistant teacher in the Toddler and Primary classes. Originally from Croatia, Ivana attended the Academy of Fine Arts at the Zagreb University and is also a certified yoga instructor, lending her varied skills to our students through many projects and classes.

Like many others, Ivana was drawn to Montessori as a means to encourage independence and love of learning in her own children, and is excited to grow alongside her students, viewing education as a form of service to her community. She has recently completed an AMI Assistants to Infancy (ages 0-3) training here in Prague.

Alena Netolická

Speech and Language Therapist

Alena Netolická, BSc. (Hons.), M.H.Sc. holds a Masters of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine program in Speech-Language Pathology. She also holds an honours degree in Psychology from University of Toronto. She is trained in assessment and treatment of wide range of communication disorders in children and adults. She has a formal training in providing speech and language services to clients in English. She gained her practical experience in Speech-Language Pathology through working in schools, hospitals and private clinics in Canada.

Alena spent over 10 years of working and studying in multicultural Toronto, where she developed a great interest in providing support to multilingual population. She delivers lectures in Speech and Language Pathology at University of Hradec Kralove.

Emily Brock

Elementary Childcare and Support Teacher

Emily has spent most of her life in her native Texas, where she had earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and gained experience teaching children ranging age 4 through 13. Through her college program, Emily got the opportunity to student teach in South Africa and developed a passion for teaching children around the world. In Prague, she has completed the TEFL and Young Learners Certifications. In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, traveling and hiking.

Klára Marušincová

School Psychologist

Klára joined our IMSP team as the school psychologist in 2017. She has been working as a psychologist and counselor since 2010. She holds a Masters of Psychology with a specialization in children clinical psychology and developmental psychology from the Charles University in Prague. Her passion is the Person Centered Approach (PCA), a psychotherapy and education method that trusts the actualizing tendency of each person; it follows very closely the values of the Montessori Method. 

Klára has been working as an independent psychologist and has also worked with several online programs supporting children and adults. She continues her professional development with a long-term training in play-therapy for children. In her free time, Klára enjoys spending time with her family and dog as well as hiking. 

Dominika Kiene

Speech and Language Therapist

Dominika has a degree in special education from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and is fully qualified in the Czech Republic as a speech therapist. In a hospital setting, she has dealt with problems of stuttering, aphasia, cleft palate and hearing and articulation problems. She has experience teaching both Czech and English as a foreign language to adults, and educated speech-impaired adults as well as children. She established and opened the Prague branch of Logo Private Clinic.

Iva Rozkošná

Upper Elementary Czech Coach

Mgr. Iva Rozkošná joined IMSP from English College Prague, where she has been a Czech teacher and admissions Registrar since 1998.  Prior to ECP, she taught Elementary age children Czech and Art and also served as a tutor. Iva holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a focus on Czech Language, Literature and Fine Art by the Masaryk University in Brno. In her free time, Iva enjoys working with ceramics and jewelry as well as Drama.  

Martina Kašíková

Upper Elementary Math Coach

Martina graduated with a Master´s Degree in Upper Elementary and High School Education from Charles University, with a focus on Mathematics and Biology.

She has spent the most of her career teaching at Prague Elementary and High Schools.  In the last five years, she has been focusing on coaching Czech as well as English speaking students , especially preparing them for graduation and entrance exams. Martina is also familiar with German terminology, having successfully led students of the Prague Austrian Gymnázium, Prague British School or the English College to graduation.

Martina's biggest hobby is her work and her best reward the success of her students; however, she also enjoys a variety of active hobbies including golf, skiing or horseriding. She is a member of the nonprofit Pojďte dál ("Come In"), which provides both employment and recreational opportunities to clients with mental or combined mental and physical disability. Finally, she enjoys spending time with her husband and, when opportunity arises, with their two grown sons.

Taylor Carleton

Primary Afternoon Support and Childcare

Hailing from Pennsylvania originally, Taylor joined the IMSP team in 2017. Taylor holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College in Foreign Languages with a focus on Chinese and Spanish. She developed a passion for teaching while working in the Dominican Republic after taking a Teaching English as a Second Language course.  Taylor pursued that interest further, gaining TEFL Certification in Prague. In her spare time, Taylor enjoys arts and crafts, especially painting, drawing and ceramics as well as knitting, skiing and horseback riding.  

Caryn Khoo

Primary Afternoon Support and Childcare

Originally from Malaysia, Caryn graduated with a BA, with a double major in Writing and Communication. Following this Caryn spent three years teaching both children and adults, furthering her desire to work in early education. She completed her TEFL Certification as a means to do so.  During her free time, Caryn enjoys cooking, good food, and traveling. 

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