Teaching children to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.
From the first years of my childhood, my dream was to do beautiful things with and for children, to build a place where preschoolers and students could grow up beautifully. The dream came true a few years after graduating in psychology, which I attended at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 2009, with my first visit to the building that would become our first headquarter, on Polonă Street, I felt that everything would turn into reality, with people with the same vision and training in education.
I accepted challenge after challenge, as our schools grew up beautifully, and now we offer high quality competitive educational programs, in three locations where we encourage learning and research - Kindergarten, School and IOANID International High School, soul projects that remind me every day that I have a contribution to the future of children, with whom I grow and learn, in my turn.
My story with the little ones started a long time ago…. We already have a history that lasts for twenty years and still promises many other pleasant moments spent together. I have always put conscientiousness and perseverance into this relationship, but also energy and self-discipline.
Over time, I've built my own educational program, focusing mainly on rapid adaptability to change, cooperation, receptivity and imagination to capture all the attention and energy of those I dedicate myself to. In order to become an even better psychologist and educator, I attended and graduated the courses of Master's “School Psychology and Educational Counselling”.
The ability to work at IOANID means developing all the attributes that characterize me as a teacher. The kindness, patience, and love are the attributes I wish to pass on to the team I coordinate, and without these qualities a teacher could not complete his mission.
I have been working with children for almost fifteen years, in international kindergartens, according to the rigors of the British system. During this time, I obtained a bachelor's degree in Educational Sciences, specializing in preschool and primary education, as well as the certificate of teaching English for adults, from the University of Cambridge.
I am a hardworking person and open to challenges, I have a creative, analytical nature and I have always strived to build a team motivated by teachers and children, which cultivates self-respect and respect for others, trust and discipline.
I joined the IOANID team because here I can combine my training in the Romanian system with the experience in the British system to support teachers to offer the best activities in English so that the little ones can constantly improve their English level.
“If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older!” (Tom Stoppard). Working with preschool children I discovered an extraordinary way of carrying childhood with me!
After a four-year break, during which I have taught in primary schools, I returned to my first love: the kindergarten. I have a total of 16 years of teaching experience, mostly in the kindergartens and international schools in Bucharest.
After I became a mother, I returned to teach with even greater joy and love for the children, combined with an enormous confidence in the potential of each pupil.
The skills acquired through initial and continuous training, the experience, the creativity, the spontaneity and, last but not least, the empathy are the magical "ingredients" that help me, day by day, to inspire children to have confidence and courage to overcome obstacles, but also to assert their own abilities.
I have always had a beautiful connection with the children, and the sense of satisfaction I feel when contributing to their education is fantastic. I love children and this has caused me to turn my attention to this field, to study and to dedicate myself to them. With much love for their kindness, empathy and passion, I know I can make preschoolers happy and fulfilled.
I started my teaching activity in 2014, after, through different volunteering activities, camps, programs over several years, I realized that my place is with children, helping them to discover their values and to progress every day.
Thus, at IOANID I have found the framework that suited my professional and personal aspirations. From the beginning I was convinced that the whole kindergarten group is dedicated to the development of children and all together, we will have a significant contribution in shaping their personality.
The Fireflies Group
My name is Diana Gabriela Căpățină and I am delighted to be part of IOANID Kindergarten’s team. I started on the journey to knowing the very young ones three years ago. I have always been fascinated with working with children and I have always known that this is the only job in the world that can give me so much joy, so many satisfactions, smiles, and a will to learn. It is through children’s eyes that we rediscover the world while understanding that only the little things that make our life remarkable. Therefore, I can say that this job did in fact choose me, since childhood is the starting point of all future achievements.
"The future of the world is in my classroom today."
We all dream of a better world for the little ones, and their education is the first step we take together. I am delighted to be able to contribute to their formation and adore to be guided by the playful spirit, the positive attitude, the uniqueness of their thoughts, emotions and behaviours that surround me every day in the classroom. We discover so many interesting things together … I’m convinced that I have chosen one of the most beautiful jobs in the world.
With 11 years of experience in private pre-school education and many children who have grown and evolved around me, I have so many beautiful memories, but also the greatest satisfaction a teacher can get: the certainty that I helped a little one become a grown up. I Joined IOANID team eager for new challenges and looking forward to creating even more beautiful memories together with the rest of the team!
"All the great men were once children." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
A child is like a diamond…you can only see his true brightness by polishing it. I started working in the private teaching system in 2012 eager to be surrounded by children, to help them discover their personality and to enjoy the most beautiful years of their childhood together.
Being a teacher is a form of art! For me it is like living in a small universe where everything is possible through knowledge and play. By joining the IOANID team I wish to help the children discover this special universe, making them confident in their own abilities, giving them wings to fly in the pursuit of their dreams.
In my pedagogical activity with the little ones, I am guided by the following beliefs: As adults, we are raised by our children to the same extent that we raise them, and play is "holy". I believe these things because, once we enter the world of children, we see ourselves reflected in them, we understand each other better even if our parents we understand from another perspective. The eight years of experience I gained, both personally and professionally, have shown me that the communication barriers between children and adults can be shattered by the magic of the game.
In order to best describe my purpose in working with the little ones, I quote what my 5-year-old friend said about her 2-year-old brother, while we were playing: "Andreea, my little brother is learning to be HUMAN!". The quality of being human is learned and practiced with patience and a lot of dedication. I offer in this development the love and fascination for working with the little ones, the experience gained as an educational trainer in different private educational environments, training in alternative psycho-pedagogy under the guidance of genius coach Florian Colceag, as well as numerous training and improvement courses in the area of parenting and personal development. I chose with great enthusiasm to join the IOANID team due to the warm, professional educational framework and focused in an authentic way on the individual needs of the children.
I love toddlers, during their first years of life, especially the look in their eyes. I feel like they open towards eternity… More than that, they are persons who follow eagerly their target-again, a feature of young age. So, as I wanted to become a teacher one may say I was meant to succeed. That is why I chose to study four years at “Stefan Banulescu” Pedagogical High school getting specialized as tutor-teacher. After graduation I was hired as a teacher and had the opportunity to work with wonderful children. Together we took part in countless contests and festivals: “Carols Festival - 2007”, the National Educational Project “Romanian Traditions-2008”, “Pipo Educational Project”. In 2009, I got licensed in pre-school teaching and was granted the second level Professional Title. At the same time, I studied at the Orthodox Theology college, part of University of Bucharest 2007-2010 and then for the Master Degree in Ecclesial Communication and Communion in the Orthodox world. In autumn 2010 I joined the IOANID Kindergarten team.
I graduated the Faculty of Psychology and started to work in the private teaching system, where, for five years I worked as a teacher in one of the most prestigious private schools in Bucharest.
I joined the IOANID team, convinced that it can offer me the possibility of professional development, where I feel welcomed and appreciated. It’s also a place where children learn in the best conditions. I’m happy that I chose one of the most beautiful jobs in the world.
Working with children helped me discover that I have the qualities of a great teacher: patience, creativity and the ability to adapt myself to their needs.
Seeing their progress, curiosity and desire to learn new things every day makes me love this job even more!
“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart’’.
My name is Cristina Mihai and I am very excited about the beginning of my fifth year at IOANID. The ten years’ experience in prestigious international schools (British School of Bucharest; Acorns) has formed me as a specialized teacher in modern teaching and education. I’m a dedicated person and strongly believe that quality education taken from the first stages of life highlights a child’s maximum potential. That’s why I chose to continue with the IOANID team, where I found teachers who provide a proper educational environment and harmonious development within an atmosphere filled with care and respect for the little ones.
I am aiming to remain the same enthusiastic and creative person who likes to be around children, guiding them through the most exciting activities and at the same time discovering their fascinating universe.
Childhood is the most beautiful stage of life! Even since high school I have had a great love for children and I have felt that this is my calling: to guide them through their first steps in life, to help them discover the world, to be next to them when they learn the first things.
For this reason, I work with toddlers. I am a sociable and calm, open-minded person who knows how important communication is for the harmonious development of the child. That is why I’m always willing to listen, understand and support them. I have completed my professional development with the master’s degree in “School Psychology and Educational Counselling” at Titu Maiorescu University in Bucharest and with studies on English language skills. In the spring of 2013, I joined the IOANID team and met passionate and dedicated people. We are a compact and enthusiastic team!
"Music starts from the heart and talks to hearts." George Enescu
I joined IOANID Kindergarten in the winter of 2016 because I love children and music. IOANID is the place where musical education has a particularly important role in helping with the emotional and cognitive growth of children, where they learn to love singing in a choir, playing the piano and being on a stage.
I graduated from “George Enescu” National University of Music in Bucharest, the Faculty of Composition, Musicology and Musical Pedagogy, I used to be a lyrical artist in the National Chamber Choir Madrigal for 10 years, a musical editor with Radio Romania International, all the while working as a teacher in both state-funded and private schools. I pass on my love for music through singing, elements of musical language, through joy, while shaping the children’s musical talents, encouraging their creativity and self-reliance.
Numele meu este Andra Cristina Voicu si sunt absolventa a Facultatii de Psihologie si Stiintele Educatiei, specializarea Pedagogia invatamantului primar si prescolar din cadrul Universitatii Bucuresti.
Povestea mea alaturi de copii a inceput in anul 2016. Recunosc ca pe atunci nu stiam inca ce mi se potriveste. Cand m-am vazut insa inconjurata de copii am simtit ca mi-am gasit calea. Faptul ca sunt o fire foarte calma, vesela, zambitoare si copilaroasa ma ajuta foarte mult in interactiunea cu cei mici. De-a lungul acestor ani, am invatat si am descoperit multe lucruri despre mine, despre limitele pe care nu stiam ca le am. Timpul petrecut alaturi de copii mi-a oferit satisfactii, bucurii, multumire sufleteasca si mi-a confirmat faptul ca ma aflu unde trebuie. M-am alaturat echipei IOANID optimista si dornica de noi experiente si provocari.
De 12 ani contribui la ghidarea copiilor spre explorarea lumii. Primii ani de viata sunt decisivi in dezvoltarea lor armonioasa, asa ca prin profesia mea de educatoare, creez un proces educativ bazat pe experiente de invatare autentica, pe explorare, curiozitate si descoperire, intr-un mediu sigur si armonios.
La Gradinita IOANID am gasit aceleasi principii educationale dupa care ma ghidez si eu. Sunt bucuroasa ca fac parte dintr-o echipa foarte bine pregatita care asigura o educatie de calitate pentru copii.
Sa lucrezi cu cei mici este, in egala masura, o provocare de care ai parte zi de zi, o sursa de energie, cat si o responsabilitate uriasa, pe care trebuie sa ti-o asumi cu multa siguranta. Frumusetea, dragostea si fericirea, pe care le-am simtit odata cu venirea copilului meu pe lume, s-au transpus, in timp, in profesia pe care o practic de aproape 10 ani. De aceea, am simtit nevoia sa ma perfectionez in aceasta profesie. Asa ca, pe langa absolvirea Facultatii de Geografie, am absolvit, de asemenea, Facultatea de Psihologie si Stiintele Educatiei, specializarea Pedagogia Invatamantului Primar Si Prescolar, Universitatea Bucuresti.
Cunoasterea continuturilor, creativitatea, naturaletea si iubirea fata de copii, precum si increderea oferita acestora sunt o parte din ingredientele "succesului" meu.
Bucuria pe care o simt in fiecare dimineata la venirea la gradinita a fiecarui copil, imbratisarea oferita de bun venit sunt primele lucruri care ma motiveaza pentru ceea ce am de facut. Bucuria mea este impartasita si de copii, iar asta imi da aripi sa caut cat mai multe metode prin care sa patrund in sufletele lor si sa-i provoc la invatare prin joc.
Copil fiind, jocul meu preferat era intoteauna cel “de-a invatatoarea” cu mine in rolul titular, fireste. Am avut mereu “lipici” la copii iar dragostea si interesul fata de ei m-au determinat in mod natural sa ma indrept catre educatie. Am absolvit Liceul Pedagogic din Bucuresti si am inceput sa predau cu peste 20 de ani in urma. Am continuat sa studiez de asemenea limbile engleza si hindi, iar ulterior am obtinut certificatul Cambridge de predare a limbii engleze. Am profesat in Romania si in India, la nivel prescolar si primar. De asemenea am activat in functia de profesor de engleza, pregatind inclusiv pentru examenele internationale Cambridge.
Filosofia mea de dascal este simpla: rolul meu este acela de a facilita invatarea si dezvoltarea “prin joaca” si descoperire, in mod natural, tinand cont de interesele copiilor, utilizand metode interesante, interactive, distractive si ghidand cu blandete si incurajare.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Xunzi
Intr-o lume in care poti fi orice, mi-am dorit sa aduc un aport in educarea viitoarei generatii.
Parcursul meu profesional a inceput intr-o gradinita de stat, mai apoi am avut oportunitatea de a lucra intr-o institutie de invatamant in Anglia. Cand am revenit in tara, am ales sa lucrez intr-o gradinita cu profil britanic pentru ca mai apoi sa incep o frumoasa colaborare cu Ioanid Preschool International Education, un 'forest school' bazat pe un sistem international de predare.
In preparing meals, we use fresh ingredients provided by carefully selected suppliers on bio-nutrition criteria. We offer a varied and balanced menu, established with the help of healthcare professionals, respecting the necessary nutrition principles for the child`s best development and growth.
The purpose of these workshop courses is stimulating creativity, their capacity to express themselves and practicing different creative or academic techniques.