Our team

Bc. Zuzana Nováčková

directress

Zuzka started working with children quite by accident, on a part-time job while studying. She spent four years in a family with seven children. Then she moved to the Mamre Diocesan Youth Center in Osová Bítýška, where she worked with youth for two years. She began studying preschool pedagogy at the Faculty of Education of the MU in Brno and at the same time started to work in Safirka (first part-time), and then full-time in the class of Moles - which became very close to her heart - both the children and their parents, and it was difficult to say goodbye to them and move to the position of directress. However, she is looking forward to it as a fulfilling experience. She also takes care of pre-school preparation or ESS (Educational Stimulation Groups). Zuzka likes to play keyboard, ukulele, a little mandolin and guitar, flute and very little :) violin. She likes to discover new things, except for a few areas, there are probably none that she is not interested in. She is curious, for example, about what will be photographed in the JWST universe, where AI will move, who will invent some interesting alternative energy source and thereby help the planet. Who will discover a theory that fills the gap between quantum mechanics and relativity and so on ...

Mgr. Pavla Velinská

deputy directress

Pavla grew up in the scout troop and later took part in its leadership. This experience fundamentally influenced her in the future as well - she likes to be in contact with nature, needs to work in a good team and likes to work with children. She studied Special Education and Social Education and Free Time at Masaryk University. After studying for a longer period of time, she anchored in an organization working with people with visual impairments, and then by chance she was drawn to Safirka, with which she has been connected almost from the very beginning. She is the mother of three little "dragons", who have turned her perception of the world, approach to upbringing and education upside down. Safirka is dear to her because of her openness towards children, parents and colleagues.

Mgr. Andrea Dittrichová

manager

Andrea studied special pedagogy with a focus on speech therapy, deafness and specific learning disabilities at PedF MU in Brno. Already during her studies, she led speech therapy circles as part of extracurricular activities and focused on children and families with autism spectrum disorders. After graduating, she worked as an early care counselor and then as a kindergarten teacher. She sees huge potential in children and likes to be inspired by them.

Mgr. Jana Kobzová

Teacher Lizards (Ještěrky)

Jana studied special pedagogy with a focus on speech therapy, special education of people with hearing impairment and specific learning disabilities at the Faculty of Education, Masaryk University in Brno. Already during her studies she led speech therapy circles, worked as an assistant teacher at  primary school and there reeducated specific learning disabilities. After graduating, she taught in the speech therapy  kindergarten  class for several years. Her two children changed her worldview  in many ways.

Lucie Jeřábková

Teacher Lizards (Ještěrky)

Lucka studied personal management and she has been involved in this area throughout her practice. However, the birth of her second son was the impuls for a reassessment of her current way of life and led her to take a big step in making a professional change. She started studying Teacher Training for Kindergartens and worked part-time as a substitute teacher in Safirka and is now a teacher in the Lizard class. She is very grateful for this opportunity, because she can give her energy somewhere, where it makes sense to her. She sees working with children as a great responsibility, joy and mission.

Bc. Michaela Pejšová

teacher in Mole Class (Krtečci)

Míša began her work with children as an au pair staying with an English family, to which she returned several times. During her studies, she led English classes in kindergartens around Brno. During the summer holidays, she organizes and leads children's summer camps (also as a health worker). Previously, she worked as an English-speaking teacher in Dragon class and now she is a Czech speaking teacher in Mole class.
Míša focused her university studies on economics and completed her education in the field of preschool pedagogy during her maternity leave. Míša is interested in experiential pedagogy and putting it into practice with children. She tries to lead children to a healthy relationship with movement.
Working with children is very inspiring and fulfilling for her. Mutual listening, open and respectful discussion is important to Míša.
"A smile is a language that everyone can understand."

Mgr. Barbora Vajdíková

teacher in Mole class (Krtečci)

Bára decided to devote her career to preschool children already in early adulthood. The study itself was aimed at children who were often neglected in the past, namely children with special educational needs. She therefore studied special pedagogy with a focus on psychotherapy at the Masaryk University in Brno. She started as a teacher's assistant and is now a teacher in the Moles class. She is constantly trying to develop both in pedagogical areas and in artistic and movement expression. She likes to pass on her love of creativity and nature to children. She perceives them as a mirror in which the world is reflected and at the same time as beings in which infinite wisdom is hidden.

Mgr. 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

Mgr. Monika Reichstäterová

Czech teacher in Dragon class

Monča studied art education and special pedagogy with a focus on speech therapy and special education of people with hearing impairment therapy at the Faculty of Education, Masaryk University in Brno. Already during her studies, she worked as an assistant lecturer in art and ceramic events for children. She started working in Safirka right from its foundation. After five years on maternity leave, she returned to Safirka. She enjoys and fills especially with work with children on art projects. She supports children in their own thinking about the possibilities of processing. Working in Safirka in a great team of children and colleagues, in the beautiful environment of the Kohoutovice forests, is very inspiring and stimulating for her. She is grateful that she can be close to children, helping them, enjoy the results of working together and that thanks to them she can see the world through their eyes.

Veronika Chatrná

Czech teacher in Monkey class

Veronika graduated in Preschool and Leisure time Pedagogy. She has experience in kindergartens of various specializations and also has experience in organizing events for both children and adults. In her last job, she helped start a family business, but her heart was always with the children, and she always wanted to return to work as a kindergarten teacher. Working with preschool children fullfills her, their curiosity and desire to learn is such motivating! She is very interested in working in a bilingual class. Her interests include traveling, she is an enthusiastic athlete.

Petra Doris Rossalinni

english teacher in Monkey class

Becoming a kindergarten teacher was her childhood dream. However, over the years, fate took her elsewhere. In Norway, she studied at the international high school RCUWC, graduating with a world-renowned IB diploma. Subsequently, she studied in Prague at the Anglo-American School, B.Sc. studies in the field of Politics & Society, Mgr. in the field of International Relations & Diplomacy, whereby the entire course of study was conducted exclusively in English. She has always been drawn to children and became a children's swimming instructor. She works professionally in this industry at the Fontána Children's Club in Brno, where she devotes herself to this activity in her spare time. She is also currently completing her education at the VOŠP in Litomyšl, where she studies preschool and leisure pedagogy.

Zayda Wilson

native speaker

Zayda studied elementary education at UNCW in the USA, which included a year abroad in Malta. In her senior year of high school, she was a teacher's assistant at the local elementary school she went to as a child, and also a basketball coach to 3rd graders. She spent summers working as a nanny and as a camp counselor, so a career in teaching made perfect sense. She always remembers how important the role of her 1st grade teacher was when she was learning to read, and hopes to have the same positive influence on her student's as they learn to navigate their own intelligence.

Lucie Fixelová

Marek Větrovský

afternoon teacher in czech classes

Kateřina Valachová

afternoon teacher

Lucie Bohatá

atelierist

Lucka

Mgr. Jitka Vavrušová

substitute teacher

Marie Comte-Baltusová, Jakub Březina

Executive directors

Světlana Kučerová

care taker, janitor

Eva Vitézová

Cleaning lady