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Administration and Office Staff

Kateřina Bečková

Executive Director, Director of Czech Program

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.

Mirka Vitásková

Business Administrator

Miroslava holds a bachelor degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Metropolitan University of Prague. Before joining the Institute for Politics and Society, Miroslava worked at Johnson & Johnson in the Compliance department in various positions including Compliance Analyst and Internal Auditor.

She has completed a long-term internship for a Georgian NGO and has broad experience with volunteering, as well as with working with international students. She worked and studied in Germany, Sweden and the UK. Prior to joining IMSP she worked at the Institute for Politics and Society where she was mainly responsible for organizing various events, such as debates, round tables and conferences.

In her free time she does Thai Boxing, hiking and reading.

Eliška Hladká

Office Manager

After graduating from high school, Eliska began pursuing a degree at the Czech University of Agriculture.  After almost two years of studies, Eliska realized that she wasn’t passionate about the subject and decided to enter the workforce full time.  Eliksa spent time as an Event Manager before moving into the corporate work as a receptionist and office assistant.  She is happy to be working in the education sector now.  In her free time, Eliska enjoys spending time with her family and partner, playing with her, visiting her cottage and watching movies. 

Kateřina Melichová

Marketing manager

Katka comes from Jablonecko, the region world-renowned for its glass and jewellery industry. After graduating from the University of Economics Prague she worked as a marketing and event specialist for some of the largest Czech glass producers and exporters. After many years spent working with fashion accessories and luxurious lighting, Katka has discovered a passion for an extraordinary education system – Montessori. Katka was a member of a rhythmic gymnastics club for ten years. She continues doing sports in her leisure time, and enjoys nature trips, photography, and baking cakes. 

Toddler Team

Ivana Šket

Toddler 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 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!

Xeniya Verle

Toddler Support and Childcare Teacher

Xeniya is originally from Astana, a beautiful city in Kazakhstan with always blue sky. She has been living, studying and working in Prague for already 10 years. Here she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Anglophone Studies and master’s Degree in International Relations and European Studies. Throughout her studies, she also lived in Sweden and Iceland. Xeniya started to teach English language as a tutor, and later she worked in a bilingual English-Czech school as an English teacher and as a teaching partner at international school in Prague. She enjoys working with kids and she loves to help them develop their talents and personalities. Among her interests are photography, traveling and reading. She loves yoga and at the moment she is doing a yoga teacher course.

Primary Team

Alice Giles

Primary Coordinator, Primary 2 Lead 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.  

Aimee Lewis

Primary 1 Lead 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.

Helen Fell

Primary 2 Teacher

​Originally from the South of England, Helen went to university at Leeds College of Art and Design and graduated with a BA in Interior Design. Helen’s creativity and art background are well used in the classroom, where she shares them with the children through art projects, crafts, and the environment. She joined IMSP in 2011 and completed her AMS Early Childhood (ages 3-6) training with the Princeton Montessori Training Center in New Jersey.
Outside of school Helen spends most of her time either developing the interior of the A Maze in Tchaiovna, the teahouse she helped set up with her husband, enjoying time with her son, or helping to organise music festivals and events.

Lisa De Silva

Primary 2 Assistant Teacher

Originally from Western Australia, Lisa has a Certificate IV in Education Support which qualifies her to work as an Education Assistant for mainstream and disabled children as well as an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Assistant Certification. In addition, she holds the TEFL Certificate. Her recent teaching experience includes being a classroom teacher in Australia and teaching English to young learners in a Czech language school. Lisa was thrilled to join the AMS Primary (3-6) training this summer. In her free time, Lisa enjoys photography and art as well as dancing and traveling.

Caryn Khoo

Primary 1 Assistant Teacher

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. Caryn is currently completing her AMS Montessori Training for Primary age children. During her free time, Caryn enjoys cooking, good food, and traveling. 

Lenka Míkovcová

Primary 1 Assistant Teacher

Lenka joined the IMSP team during the 2017-18 school year.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and Public Administration at the University of Economics in Prague, and studied in an international diploma program at UC Berkeley Ext in California. Prior to becoming a mother,  Lenka worked with the Vice Prime Minister of Economic Affairs of the Czech Republic, focused on public funding in science and education.  Lenka also worked for the Sue Ryder Foundation. A writer, Lenka has published various parenting bulletins with practical tips for parents as well as a story called “Baboo the Baby Elephant and the Sharing Puzzle,” which later also become a play.  In her free time, Lenka enjoys spending time with her family, writing her next story, and traveling. 

Taylor Carleton

Primary Support and ESL, Childcare Teacher

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.  

Hayleigh Backs

Primary Support & Childcare Teacher

Hayleigh joined the IMSP team at the beginning of the 2018 school year. In 2017, Hayleigh earned her BAA in Two Dimensional Art with a Minor in Art History at Central Michigan University. During her time at university, she studied abroad in Prague for one year to learn about Czech culture, language, and history. After graduating, she moved back to Prague where she received her TEFL certification and has enjoyed teaching ever since. In her free time, Hayleigh enjoys drawing, cooking, and baking.

Elementary Team

Amy Tobias

Elementary Coordinator Lower Elementary Teacher

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.

Joyce McCusker

Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

Joyce has been a Lower Elementary teacher for 17 years. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY, she grew up near Pittsburgh, PA. She earned a degree in history and political science from Duke University in Durham, NC, after spending her junior year abroad in Hong Kong.

Having homeschooled her two daughters using Montessori methods and materials, Joyce trained to be a Montessori Elementary teacher at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, earning an Elementary 6-12 credential. In 2002, she began teaching in the Lower Elementary at Sunset Hills Montessori School in Reston, VA, where her children attended through sixth and seventh grades, respectively. Joyce attributes her daughters’ academic success to the foundation they received and the love of learning they developed during their Montessori years. She strives to inspire all her students to become their best selves. When not in the classroom, Joyce enjoys hiking, biking, swimming, reading, visiting museums, and traveling.

Ruth Švandová

Lower Elementary 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 an AMS Elementary (6-12) 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 and as our Upper Elementary Czech teacher. In her free time, Ruth enjoys Latin American dance, sport and music.

Greg McCracken

Upper Elementary Lead Teacher

Greg has been involved in the Montessori world since the oldest of his three children started first grade in 1987. Originally from western Pennsylvania, he studied theatre and acting in New York City in his early twenties, and then moved to the Los Angeles area where for 15 years he cared for his three children as an at-home dad. While in L.A., he completed a degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. He also occasionally worked as a carpenter in L.A.

In 1997, Greg and his family relocated to a small town near Washington, D.C. Inspired by his children’s Montessori experience, he pursued a credential for Elementary I and II at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has taught in both Lower and Upper Elementary Montessori classrooms since 1998. He loves teaching, but when not in the classroom, he also loves taking photographs, playing music, reading, hiking, traveling, visiting museums and bookstores, and learning about and discovering new things.

Irena Pajanková

Upper Elementary Teacher

Ms. Irena comes from the beautiful spa town of Františkovy Lázně. It has been her dream to become an educator since being inspired by her own elementary teacher. She graduated from the Pedagogical High School in Karlovy Vary and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and English Language from the Purkyne University in Ústí nad Labem. During her university studies, she moved to Prague and began teaching at the Gate of Languages Elementary School.

Irena’s life was changed by a move to New Zealand two years ago. During her travels, she experienced different cultures and environments and emerged with a new understanding and approach which eventually led her to IMSP. She was excited to join the AMS Elementary (6-12) training this summer. Irena  spends her free time travelling, practicing yoga, hiking, or with her fiancée, friends and her dog Vicky.

Emmy Schroering

Elementary Support, Childcare Teacher

Emmy originally hails from Indianapolis, Indiana where she completed her bachelor's degree in Biology and Psychology, while working part time at a preschool. After spending some time working in healthcare, Emmy made the decision to return to teaching. After moving to Prague in 2017, she completed the CELTA teaching certification course and worked as an ESL teacher in Czech public kindergartens before joining the IMSP team. In her spare time, Emmy likes to travel, read, and spend time outdoors. 

Childcare and Specialists

Alena Bělohubá

Czech Program Specialist

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.

Kathleen Renehan

Expressive Arts Specialist

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.

Iva Rozkošná

Office Support Elementary Czech Support

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.

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.

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.

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.  

Emmy Schroering

Elementary Support, Childcare Teacher

Emmy originally hails from Indianapolis, Indiana where she completed her bachelor's degree in Biology and Psychology, while working part time at a preschool. After spending some time working in healthcare, Emmy made the decision to return to teaching. After moving to Prague in 2017, she completed the CELTA teaching certification course and worked as an ESL teacher in Czech public kindergartens before joining the IMSP team. In her spare time, Emmy likes to travel, read, and spend time outdoors. 

Hayleigh Backs

Primary Support & Childcare Teacher

Hayleigh joined the IMSP team at the beginning of the 2018 school year. In 2017, Hayleigh earned her BAA in Two Dimensional Art with a Minor in Art History at Central Michigan University. During her time at university, she studied abroad in Prague for one year to learn about Czech culture, language, and history. After graduating, she moved back to Prague where she received her TEFL certification and has enjoyed teaching ever since. In her free time, Hayleigh enjoys drawing, cooking, and baking.

Xeniya Verle

Toddler Support and Childcare Teacher

Xeniya is originally from Astana, a beautiful city in Kazakhstan with always blue sky. She has been living, studying and working in Prague for already 10 years. Here she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Anglophone Studies and master’s Degree in International Relations and European Studies. Throughout her studies, she also lived in Sweden and Iceland. Xeniya started to teach English language as a tutor, and later she worked in a bilingual English-Czech school as an English teacher and as a teaching partner at international school in Prague. She enjoys working with kids and she loves to help them develop their talents and personalities. Among her interests are photography, traveling and reading. She loves yoga and at the moment she is doing a yoga teacher course.

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