Our team

Andrea Dittrichová

directress

Andrea graduated from Special Education at The Faculty of Pedagogy at Masaryk University. She specialized in speech therapy. During her studies she worked with children with communication difficulties. She worked as an assistant of an autistic boy in a preschool and then as a special educator and speech therapist in a center for early childhood for three years. She creates different materials to develop children. She also led speech club and school preparation club for preschool children. She attended different courses concerning speech difficulties and educative - stimulating groups. She likes children and she can not imagine her life without them.

Jana Jobová

executive assistant

She has been co-operated with leisure-time centre. She led mini-schools for children 2 years+ and activities for moms with children. She is the founder of the civic association for family support, healthy development of children, leisure, cultural and sports activities. She prepares and implements cultural events for the general public. Jana is a mom of two children, before maternity leave worked in a multinational company providing strategic outsourcing services. Today she feels her way is led children's hands. 
“Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.” (Jean de la Bruyére)

Christina Felton Křístelova

English native speaker teacher

Christina finished bachelor degree in English Education as second language (ESL) at Liberty University in Virginia in USA. During high school and university studies she volunteered at summer camps "Word of Life" in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. After finishing her studies she taught in kindergarten and at primary school in Virginia, and then she has increased her education career on international level in Georgia and South Korea. She likes everyday English interaction with children. She appreciates to be a part of team, which supports bilingual education of children. 

Michaela Marešová

teacher in Dragon class (Dráčci)

Míša is a student of master´s degree of Special Education specialized on speech therapy at Masaryk University in Brno. She has gained the practice of speech therapy by professional clinic speech therapists and at speech therapy caps, which she has attended. Míša works with children for many years. Since high school she has started work as summer camp leader, she worked as au pair in United Kingdom, worked as English lector in English after school club and she led English hobby classes for children all ages. She started to work as a teacher assistant in Safirka. She loves working with children and she is enthusiastic traveller. Míša is a lover of nature, yoga, she loves traveling and working with children. Because adults never ask you what your seventh favorite dragon is. 
Motto: "Adults are waiting all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness. Children are happy here and now, and we have to learn that from them. " 

Katarína Zimčíková

English teacher in Dragon class (Dráčci)

Katka studied social work and social pedagogy at University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica. During her studies she has worked in foster care house, she was a coordinator of primary school – based drug prevention programs and also she worked at a child abuse hotline. Language studies led her to Great Britain where she lived for six years. She worked with small children all along. For the last two years, she had been a teaching assistent at the reception class of primary school inspired by the Reggio Emilia aproach. She had the privilege of being at the very beginning of kindergarten Safirka. Katka participated in the Reggio Emilia International Study group in Italy and she enthusiastically applies her knowledge in her work with children. She is a mum of two girls. 
“Help children climb their mountains, as high as possible.” Loris Malaguzzi

Alena Valečková

teacher in Monkey class (Opičky)

Alena studied Special Education with specialization on combine sciences at The Faculty of Pedagogy in Ostrava and then in Brno. During studies she worked as personal assistant to blind schoolmate, she taught English in kindergarten and the method Good start. After moving to Brno she started to work as part – time employee in Safirka. She has various experience with children thanks to summer children camps. She perceives children as pure souls, who are able to draw adults into the present moment. 
Motto:„Time spent with children is never waste of time“

Barbora Seďová

English teacher in Monkey class (Opičky)

Barbora studied preschool education in Znojmo as her secondary studies. Then she continued at Masaryk University and got degrees in Combined art studies and Art management. During her studies she used to work as a teacher in kindergarten and a music tutor. For a period of time she lived abroad. She sees working with children as a creative opportunity to always keep learning. Recently she joined the team at Safirka as an English-speaking teacher in class of MONKEYS

Zuzana Nováčková

teacher in Mole Class (Krtečci)

Zuzana began working with children as temporary work during her university studies. She spent four years working in a family with seven children. After this experience she went to the Diocesan Youth Centre where she worked with the youth for two years. Then, she began studying Preschool Education at Masaryk University and also began working part-time in Safirka, where she is now working full time in the little Moles class. "I like to marvel, step into puddles, dig with a stick into the ground... and with the children I can do it often. I like to learn, observe ... I even learn from the children, from what they tell me or how they react, from their worldview and their logic. I learn even from their parents and from their approach to children, from colleagues, because we are all different. With children I share the idea that every moment in life is precious - children know it naturally and enjoy every moment. I had to go back to this realization. Life is a wonderful gift." 

Hana Pokorná

teacher in Lizards (Ještěrky)

She already worked with children younger than school age as an instructor of oriental dance, but the real impulse for this work was her au pair stay in the UK. After that she has begun studying pre-school pedagogy at Masaryk University and at the time of the study fortuitously came to work in Safirka. It totally enchanted her and she would like to develop children in all aspects in this friendly environment and also help them paint their own picture of life. 
Favorite motto: "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."

Jitka Vavrušová

assistant teacher

As I'm oldest of five siblings ,so therefore, I was always around kids. After I became mother of 3 I graduated on Faculty of Education - preschool pedagogy and social pedagogy. 
Personaly I perceive in children their endless energy, imagination and inspiration for whole society. I appreciate the opportunity to become a member of Safirka team. It is my everyday pleasure to see children discovering world around us. Amazing child's world full of movement, fantasy and creativity! 

Monika Reichstäterová

teacher in Mole class (Krtečci)

I studied at Masaryk University in Brno Art education and Special education (speech therapy and surdopedy). During my studies, I was working as an assistant lecturer of children's art and a ceramics club. I started to work as a teacher at Safirka right from the founding of the school. I am returning to Safirka after five years of maternity leave. Working with children is fulfilling for me and I enjoy it, together we create art projects. When working on projects, I support children in their own process of thoughts. Children desire to express themselves and leave their own unique mark. Our kindergarten is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, and thanks to it, those desires are fulfilled.  Working here, surrounded by a wonderful collective of children and colleagues, in the beautiful environment of the Kohoutovice forests is a very inspiring and enriching experience for me. I am thankful for the opportunity to be near children, help them and rejoice at the results of collaborative work and thanks to them I can see the world through their eyes.

Mgr. Eliška Šimecká

atelierista

Eliška finished studies of Preschool education at Masaryk University, Faculty of Education in Brno. She finished also studies of art therapy at the same university. She was working in mother center, later on she was working in kindergarden. She completed various music therapy, dance therapy and movement therapy courses. Eliška was leading groups of creative dance and scenic dance for children and adults. She participated in the dance theatre Mimi Fortunae. Due to working with the smallest children in the mother center, leisure groups and the kindergarden she started to write a book about body perception and inner perception of a child. Reggio Emilia was the best way she could go: „My ideas and assumptions about children perception and learning exactly fitted with the philosophy of Reggio. That´s why I´m so glad that I can be an art creationist right here.“ 
„Children are joy and hope of humanity to be more spontaneous, creative, more in movement, closer to a pure soul.“