Education must not simply teach work - it must teach Life.
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.
I stepped for the first time in a classroom, with a gradebook in hand, twenty-two years ago! Yes, it's been a long time since then and yet, it's like it happened yesterday. The time I spent with the primary students immediately after I finished the Normal School "Elena-Cuza", with the specialization teacher-educator, were a very beautiful experience for me. The Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, English-Romanian section, within the “Spiru Haret” University did not convince me to change my activity level, although I also taught English at the secondary school. And, being an ambitious person, I didn't stop here. My professional training was completed, during my many years of activity, with training courses. “School Counseling and Orientation Hour”, “Classroom Management”, “Experiential Methods”, “Evaluation”, “Economic and Civic Education”, “Conflicts and Negotiation” and, last but not least, the “Human Resources Manager” course are just some of the most important improvements I've taken part in.
The first teaching degree obtained in 2008 with a grade of 10 confirmed that the profession I chose is the one that really suits me and, at the same time, encouraged me to carry out in the future the same activity among children, an activity that, at the end of each school year, gave me the satisfaction I needed. We must not forget the fact that we organized and coordinated several activities within educational partnerships with other educational institutions and not only, in order to offer children, in a different way than the classroom, a vast culture about which means education and values.
“The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.” Ralph Emerson
In my childhood when I was asked what I wanted to become when I grow up, my answer was the same everytime: a primary teacher. Maybe my primary teacher passed on to me this love for teaching by the way she was telling me stories and made me love every school subject. In this way I attended Elena Cuza National College, graduating in 2005 with double specialty kindergarten/primary teacher. I continued the academical further training with the Psychology and Educational Sciences at University from Bucharest, then I deepened my knowledge with a Masters Degree in Presecondary Education (Politics and Strategies in Development). Being permanently up-to-date with the new learning approaches, I have attended many training courses over the years. Ten years in teaching in a public and then a private school have taught me the most beautiful and most motivating thing for this job is shaping personalities, lightening up the children’s souls and minds through the power of knowledge, and last but not least, offering the concepts you teach with drops of love.
It's been almost 16 years since I chose to be a teacher. I graduated from the “Matei Basarab” Pedagogical High School in Slobozia, as educator-teacher under the careful and gentle guidance of the wonderful teachers who later became my true role models. After high school, my professional growth came as a natural path, the steps leading me to numerous professional training courses, the completion of the faculty and the master's degree in history. I started practicing as an educator, but the “voice” of the teacher was much stronger, au I chose to work in public education and with students having disadvantaged backgrounds. Curious, eager to persevere, I continued my studies in the field of education in the United States to find out the secrets of alternative education, in order to individualize the learning process of each student, to integrate his passions in school, using The "power of children's imagination" and inspiring stories.
The intertwining of state education with the alternative one has been for more than 9 years the main objective of the field of activity that represents me. I kept close the parents who “entrusted” their child with advice given as needed, I organized workshops for families, I successfully involved the parents' community in the school activity, I developed partnerships with other educational environments, humanitarian centers and I strongly believe that passionate people, with the love of a child, brought together can really change the course towards a quality education. I join with all the love of the IOANID team, with the expectation to be close to the future students in the new path of discoveries, to create new experiences and fond memories over the years.
My name is Irene Popa Scurtu. In the autumn of 2011, I joined the group of primary school teachers at IOANID School. During my 12 years of teaching I have learnt a part of life’s lessons as a teacher: the lesson of patience – having patience with the childrens’ souls and minds to open to a different adult than the dear ones from home; the lesson of faith – trusting that what was not understood today, will be understood tomorrow; the lesson of joy – enjoying every success; the lesson of giving – giving a smile, an encouragement, a piece of advice, a scolding, trust and optimism; the lesson of authentic learning – teaching the others helped me reflect upon my own successes and failures; it is helping you learn about yourself, to broaden your horizons of self-knowledge. All the knowledge I set and deeepen year by year, with every student, reminds me of my reasons for choosing this path of teaching. I like playing and having fun with children, I like having butterflies in the stomach before school exams or tests, I like ”fighting” with Math problems, I like reading and discovering hidden meanings in books, I like having partners in learning (children) and in education (parents), I like teaching behaviours and shaping Humans – I like DIFFICULT things. I believe in good upbringing, in a different education. I found this belief in the mission of IOANID School and in the approach of my new fellow teachers. I join them with the will to continue the work of the teachers at IOANID Kindergarten and shaping pupils interested in finding new things, to become better every day, to ask and answer, becoming confident pupils. I look forward to discovering together new things about this world, about the people around us, about ourselves.
Einstein said "The only way to escape the corruptible effect of praise is to go on working." I always wanted to become a primary teacher and I dearly remember this since I was in the fourth grade, I used to correct my notebooks from previous grades and marked them. My mother is the one I owe everything I have now because she was always there for me and gave me courage to move on. My childhood dream became reality after I graduated Elena Doamna Normal School from Bucharest, when I became a primary teacher. The most beautiful 15 years I have spent close to children. They have made me smile, enjoy and be proud of them. I wish my whole professional experience will bring me many more satisfactions with the children from IOANID School.
I am very pleased to work with children, to help them reach their fullest potential and to fulfill their dreams through education.
Surrounded by them, I always felt "the right man, in the right place". Their innocent smiles can load you with energy, just like their desire to discover something all the time. Thus, their success give me the greatest satisfaction.
I have graduated "Elena Cuza" School, with the specialization of educator-teacher and the Faculty of Economic Management within the Academy of Economic Studies. During my eleven years of activity as a teacher in the private system, I had the opportunity to apply modern, creative, interactive, student-centered teaching techniques and I have participated in numerous training and professional development courses. I encourage learning through independent research, creativity, learning through cooperation. I aim to stimulate students' curiosity for new things, to model their social behaviors and to strengthen their confidence in their own strengths.
I joined IOANID School team with the desire to continue working with children in a professional environment, and together with the little schoolchildren to walk together on the "road of knowledge".
For me, it is a joy working wth children, shaping every personality, helping them grow and guiding their steps towards the adults of tomorrow. An English quote says ”The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day”. I want to show children the right way in life, to give them power and courage to learn so that they become good people.
I chose to become a teacher because I find myself in every child. Just like them, I am a lively, sensitive, warm and friendly person, a good listener. I like playing, listening to music, walking and being in nature. Just like in a kaleidoscope, I can be at a time and in the same time, a friend for children, a counselor and a learning partner.
I am happy to be part of the IOANID family and I will do everything to meet the main objective of this institution, that is to offer its pupils a ”high education”.
”You are born to be an actress or a teacher”, my primary school teacher used to tell me after the school show. Since I loved children, I chose teaching, but with the help of the little ones I permanently toyed with acting, too. After graduating The Pedagogical School, I attended the courses of the Educational Sciences and Psycholgy Faculty at University of Bucharest, being specialized in Primary and Preschool Educational Pedagogy, becoming a kindergarten and primary teacher. During my teaching activity, I found out the beauty of involving myself in a non-gouvernamental organization for children. 7 years ago I chose to migrate from a public school to a private school, thus getting to know the international system of education. In the last two years as a director, I coordinated the extracurricular activities and I organized a lot of actions from non-formal education actively in the humanitarian campaigns. I had the chance to attend many courses and seminars in the country and abroad. From every generation I learnt something, just as Coelho says “A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” When I found IOANID School, I was fascinated by the warm atmosphere, positive energy and most of all, by the vision that stands out among other private schools. Starting this school year I joined IOANID team, a group of dedicated, opened professionals involved in the quality of education. I cannot wait for ”the little sunrays” that will lighten my soul with their smile, so that we will take steps together on the first stairs of knowledge.
"The job of educator is a great and beautiful profession that does not resemble to another, a job in which mediocrity is not allowed. I quote a few rows in trying to define this profession. The art of being an educator is reflected in the eyes of children who do not lie and cannot be lied to and who can "tell" you so much, just to want to "hear" them. Graduate of the Pedagogical High School "Elena Cuza", Bucharest, and of the Faculty of Sociology-Psychology, I am a good pedagogue and psychologist, patient, empathetic, perfectionist, full of dynamism and creativity and, last but not least, loaded with love for children. After all these years of education (both primary and preschool), I can say, with conviction, that you cannot choose such a job if you do not love children, if you do not let love come out through every gesture, through every word, if you have forgotten how to play, to enjoy, to laugh. It is a job you do not choose, but who chooses you. All these things have made me join the team of IOANID, a team of professionals, passionate about what they do, for which the harmonious development and the safety of the children are prime goals.
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“Where am I from? I'm from my childhood. I'm from my childhood like I'm from a country!” Antoine de Saint-Exupery.
I chose this job following the steps of the person who helped me use the pen, my primary teacher. I attended the courses at Elena Cuza Normal School from Bucharest with double specialty kindergarten/ primary teacher, then the Geography Faculty, majoring Tourism Geography, one of my hobbies being travelling. The 6 months exchange with The American School which helped me learn important things for my professional activity, lead me to continue from 2008 with the private school. In 17 years of teaching activity I attended various training courses achieving the First Level in Education. Combining the two specialties, I cannot wait to become a guide for children not just in discovering mysteries through learning, but also discovering beautiful places from Romania. ”A kind word, a smile and a good deed are rays of sun falling on the soul.” Nicolae Iorga
A Chinese quote says ”Fall down seven times, get up eight”, and I continue that in everything I do. I learn to fall lightly so that I can get up easily. In my teaching I am interested in helping children find themselves and I search new ways of motivating children so that they become strong, autonomous and to use their own creativity. I like working with happy children, pleased with their own accomplishments, but willing to outdo themselves. I graduated Pedagogical Highschool from Ploiesti in 2000 having double specialisation kindergarten/primary teacher and the same year I started my teaching activity. I attended the courses of the Legal Studies Faculty at Valahia University from Targoviste. After my graduation, when I was working in the same time with children, I discovered the beauty of working as a volunteer in a youth non-governmental organization. I had the chance to attend courses and seminars in the country or abroad. For a period of two years I coordinated youth projects having the chance to observe , to propose or to experiment the best non-formal teaching methods. In the same time I continued to upgrade my professional activity and in 2011 I obtained First Level in Education with the paper Ecological Education in Primary School. I have 16 years of experience in teaching. All this time, no matter what I did: working with children in the classroom, in the library, in the science lab, in the schoolyard, on the playground, in the forest or other unconventional places like Knowledge Town or The Farm from Ogrezeni, I have kept in my mind two things: What do we discover and consider as being simple/ interesting/ captivating for us in the environment and how can we use what we discover or find out, so that we become wiser and better than the others?
My connection with the universe of childhood and the wish to become a kindergarten teacher were instiled in me back in my childhood because my mother was a kindergarten teacher. So, when I was 6 years old I started to keep the colouring books and dolls for the moment I would become a kindergarten teacher, involving myself in my mother’s work. (Of course, she was happy for me!) In 2001, I graduated Matei Basarab Pedagogical Highschool from Slobozia, continuing with the courses of the Faculty of Internatiol Relations. The choice for this faculty was a personal one, I wanted to broaden my knowledge. During the training as a teacher I realised that this job was not imposed on me by my parents and I could find myself in everything I was doing, then I understood it represented me. At present, I have the Second level in Teaching but continuing my teaching activity at IOANID School I will obtain the First Level in Teaching. I like the IOANID team because I feel welcomed and appreciated and it offers me the possibility for my professional development, since I can work in the best conditions with different materials and teaching resources adapted to the modern methods.
I am happy to say that I chose one of the most beautiful jobs in the world … the job of never getting tired. Many will say that I am joking, but I assure you that I am not. I hold my view and belief: how can you get tired from being a child? How can you get tired going back to childhood everyday? What can be better than feeling young everyday, learning something new every day, learning everything with the little ones? How can you not be happy when you see right before your eyes how they grow ? Here, time is passing slowly and comes back every five years with new challenges and new experiences. For this thing I have prepared for a lifetime and I am still preparing myself. I graduated Pedagogical Highschool from Bucharest and the Faculty of Geography of University Spiru Haret. Being a primary teacher means every day is different; every day brings something new, interesting that children are learning from, but not just them. It means to find the best methods and means that can help you achieve the goal set everyday, so that everyday will become a beautiful and interesting one. I can say that this mission is a passion for me, just as travelling and hiking on the mountain peaks and my collections are.
At the end of a day spent with children I ask myself , ”Did I manage to make their eyes sparkle with enthusiasm, curiosity and impatience to start another working task?” But the answer becomes the searching engine for modern teaching methods that can help children learn in an attractive and friendly environment.
I have been working as a teacher for 11 years (5 years in private schools), but I enriched my professional experience being a journalist on social subjects for 4 years in Spain. For me, the biggest accomplishment is having four generations of children and parents, that everytime we meet, they smile to me and they remember the first years of school.
I wanted with all my heart and I convinced my parents that my gift was to become a primary teacher, that is why I attended Elena Cuza Normal School from Bucharest, then I attended the Colegiul Universitar de Institutori from University of Bucharest, majoring primary teacher-English. I got the Bachelor Degree at the Faculty of Sciences and Psychology, University of Bucharest, Sociopedagogy, certificate accepted by the University from Valencia, Spain, in 2007.
I am licenced as a primary teacher , I got 10 at the tenure exam and level exam in teaching.
I don’t wish to be the „ex cathedra” type of professor that, with enough confidence, pretends to know everything, pass judgments and dictate the truth. Because I respect my students, I have faith in their abilities, because I don’t consider the requirements of the modern education system to be merely words, I try to focus on the creativity, the spontaneity of my students, I try to encourage them through Socrates’ maieutics, to discover their own truths.
Even if, throughout my career, I have worked with secondary school or highschool students, I tried to, beyond the lessons I teach, to also make them value respect, seriousness and the satisfaction of a job well done, but also teach them to accept different people, appreciate individualities, however heterogeneous. Maybe some of these values may seem obsolete, but, by assuming some idealism, be it exigency or autoexigency, I hope in their rebirth.
It became a very common topic of discussion among adults to cry about „today’s youth”: a lot are superficial, don’t have patience, don’t know what respect it, don’t understand the concept of democracy... Maybe! But my students have proved me throughout the years that they suppliment these deficiencies with some qualities dictated by today’s necessities: adaptability, mobility, the courage to take on life without fear and to know their qualities. I have faith in this „new generation”, otherwise I would consider education a lost cause.
From a deep source of my being, the desire to surround myself with people has always been impatient, ever since I know myself, "writing to me" and "(re) writing to me" profoundly all choices, all existential paths.
I didn't know, then, as a child, what makes me want to stay among the big people, why, then, I instinctively wanted to work with the "small" people. It was, in fact, the job that was looking for me, as a kind of redemption of the lost paradise of childhood. Many years later, I had the privilege of building on some "unexpected steps" of the soul, reading the late Solomon Marcus. With a late understanding I mention here, in a small exercise of admiration, the ten deeply human needs of being a teacher fulfilled me, rounding up my being in harmony: the need to give a meaning to life, the need to refresh, the need of question and wonder, the need for doubt and suspicion, the need for error and failure, the need for play, the need for identity, the need for human and humanity, the need for culture, the need for transcendence. All this and a great joy to live with me every day, with the hope that I could inspire those with whom, in the classroom or outside, we are building a little identity and meaning of life.
The road, both in the zodiac and in the profession, did nothing but break them: the Faculty of Letters of the "Babeș-Bolyai" University of Cluj-Napoca, followed by a master's degree in "Didactics of philological disciplines" and the title Doctor of Philology, doubled by the continuous work at the chair and sporadic meetings with the field of research, due to the need for refreshment.
The teacher cannot be seen only as a man who practices a trade. He does not wake up in the morning to go to work, after which, at the end of the work day, he leaves everything behind and resumes his normal life. Teaching is, in fact, his own life. Joy, anger, love, enmity, friendship, wickedness are human feelings that do not distinguish between the chronological moments of the profession and the individual rhythm of human life. All this because he, the teacher, has not only one, but thousands and thousands of lives.
This is the conviction I reached, more than twenty years after graduating from the Faculty of Letters within the University of Bucharest, the period spent uninterrupted in education. I consider myself a lucky woman who has the joy of walking on the street and seeing a smile recognized only by the look in his eyes or hearing a voice that seems familiar to me, calling me sympathetically: "Ma'am, how are you?".
From a professional point of view, over the years, I have participated in numerous training and development courses, seminars, conferences and projects. I appreciate as an advantage of my experience the fact that I had contact with many age groups, both in school and in that offered by after-school programs.
The optimism and ambition that characterize me are traits that make me look forward to the challenges of interacting with my future children, the students of IOANID School.
I am sure that there is not a single man who was not tortured by Math….but it can make you forget your problems and concentrate on its problems. When I find the result to a problem, my mind opens up and the impossible becomes possible. What a nice feeling when you discover that something which seemed impossible to solve minutes ago, hours or days, becomes possible, and the solution is in your hands!
During 16 years of experience I have noticed that children do not have patience to wait for the brilliant idea from the drawers of the mind to solve a problem. I encourage the pupil through the methods I use in teaching to read the requirement very carefully, to think of what the mind is exploring and to solve the problems using the information learnt during the previous years.
I want every pupil from IOANID School to wear the qualities of the words: Meticulous, Attentive, Tenacious, Educated, Methodical, Avid, Triumphant, Intelligent, Conquerer, Attractive.
I was very fond of my primary school teacher, I loved and I admired my Chemistry teacher very much in high school. This is how the idea of becoming a teacher developed. Why Mathematics? Because Mathematics is fair, it shows you what you know, how much you know, where you are and the goals you want to reach).
I have a Mathematics degree from University of Bucharest in 1994 and during my university years I started to teach. I continued with a master’s degree “Real and complex analysis” within the Faculty of Mathematics which I completed in 1995. I got the teacher certification level I with the highest score (average 10) in 2005. I participated in trainings/teacher certification programs such as: “Continuing professional development on the component of differentiated teaching of students”, “Enabling school-based curriculum on interdisciplinary level”, “Communication and personal development strategies”, the mentoring course.
In 2008 and 2009 I worked in partnership with “Campion” publishing house to write the schoolbook “Solving Baccalaureate Variants 2008” and “Solving Baccalaureate Variants 2009”. Then in 2009, my book “Exercises textbook for the 10th grade” was published by the same “Campion” publishing house.
Since primary school I loved mathematics, and, even though in 1997 I finished a high school with a finance-accounting profile, in 2001 I was already a graduate of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Bucharest.
Throughout my career, I have worked with high school teenagers or high school students only in private education, coordinating the additional program to prepare students for the National Assessment and Baccalaureate exams. I have always been concerned with the approach of teaching on the final acquisitions of learning, the formation of the students’ personality and their correlation with society's expectations, by achieving specific skills, with the motto: "Competition - Quality - Effective, Work well done!".
"The purpose of teaching a child is for him to go on without his teacher", so the teacher's mission is to give him wings for the future.
From the first year I studied Physics in high school I wanted to be a Physics teacher. Therefore, I decided to follow the courses of the Faculty of Physics within the University of Bucharest, with a specialization in Biophysics. But I was disappointed with the public education system, so I took a 7-year break in the United States, where I studied Genetics at Kansas State University and Iowa State University. When I returned to Romania, I resumed my dream of being a teacher, in a private school with English teaching, and for three years I also taught in the International Baccalaureate (IB) system.
I think we live in a world that bombards us with negative messages and forms a dystopian image of the future. But the world of science and technology is a positive and fascinating oasis, so I hope to attract my students to get to know her and keep in touch with her, even if not everyone will want to "move" there.
Since I was little I have wanted to work with children, then I was arranging the dolls and teddy bears to play with as their teacher. When I was a teenager I got the chance to teach English to children in an interactive programme called Learn with music!
I have always been surrounded by children, so I easily understood what job I would like to have. After highschool graduation I entered the Faculty of Letters with confidence.
Along with the experience from private teaching, I decided to attend the courses of Fischer Publishing (Fischer National Conference – Successfully Teaching Diversity). I also attended many workshops and symposiums and also personal development courses like ”Mosaic-Edu, Workshop for effective methods” and ”A different kind of communication”.
I have joined the IOANID team and I want the energy and enthusiasm to be transmitted to colleagues and children, also, because I want to share beautiful experiences and learn new things together!
I believe that children are the greatest wealth in this world and that the most valuable investment is their education. Since my early childhood I have dreamed of embracing the profession of teacher. I saw in this job a complex figure, gifted, devoted, with love for children and for his calling. Its highest purpose is a great work, because it addresses both the mind and the soul, by cultivating both knowledge and values. He assumes a responsible conscience, dedicated to the profession. I believe that a good teacher is the one who never ceases to be a student, because the experience of knowledge starts from school and lasts a lifetime, and a good student is the one who surpasses his teacher, like a disciple on his teacher. The art of education has always fascinated me with its unique, living, spontaneous nature, adapted to the child's nature, by being active, intuitive and affective. As a result, I started the route of my didactic training with the Faculty of Letters, the Romanian-English specialization and I continued with the master's degree at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures within the University of Bucharest. My first years as a part of an English department in a state school confirmed to me that the joy of being among the children and the satisfaction of the results cannot be surpassed. I joined the IOANID team with the desire to evolve and contribute to the education of tomorrow's generation, with whom we have an essential responsibility.
I discovered my vocation as a teacher in a kindergarten in Melbourne, Australia, where I also started my "career" in education: I fondly remember when I taught lessons to teddy bears: English, music and dance. Later, as a teenager, I put into practice teaching methods through stories, songs, games and conversation, which worked for the children in the family and strengthened my belief that teachers correspond to my aspirations.
I graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages (English-Spanish), continuing with the Master of Linguistics of English, both at the University of Bucharest. The studies and the works of language acquisition offered me theoretical orientations fruitful in practice. As part of a volunteer program at Shakespeare School, I taught English to children with disadvantaged backgrounds, having the opportunity to diversify my teaching methods and to adapt to different levels of knowledge and challenges.
We often learn from children how to enjoy together all the experiences that the school offers: learning and playing, creativity, fun and meaningful events. With them we learn to have patience, empathy and enthusiasm. They inspire us and show us every day that the teachings we receive from us bear fruit.
I joined the IOANID School team with the confidence and conviction that our little students will have many successes in the magical journey of learning English, whose secrets they will gladly unravel.
A teacher is not just teaching, but he/ she dedicates all his knowledge and skills in forming people. I consider being a teacher is not a job, but a calling. For fulfilling this dream I attended the courses at Andrei Saguna National Pedagogical College from Sibiu, specialization English-Romanian, and I started working as an English Teacher. Since educational environment is changing permanently, those who work as teachers are in a continuous process of training. So, during my career I have attended many national and international certified courses, I also graduated a Master’s degree . I wish my experience in those 10 years of activity in teaching English to open new horizons for my pupils. Together with the IOANID team, my objective is to ensure the necessary knowledge basis for the growth of the next generation.
I decided to embrace the career of teaching once I attended the courses of the Pedagogical Highschool, being sure about my path. After graduating the faculty, I started my teaching career. In 2010, I got the licence in teaching English.
In 2010 I attended a programme for training adults in English, but presently I dedicate myself to teaching children, a wellspring of energy and imagination. I attended British School courses from Bucharest: Preparing Students for YLE (Young Learners English), Modern English Teaching and so on. I am also responsible with the e-Twinning Projects from IOANID School (projects: Card Exchange European Day of Languages, English all around the world, Colours of my childhood, Breathing Life into Books)
Children of the 21st century need to communicate in an international language. To be the one that opens the window to knowledge is a privilege. ”You can teach a student lessons for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.” Clay P. Bedford
My name is Madalina Vlad, I am 38 years old and I have been an English teacher for over 15 years, many of whom spent in the British system. My passion is also my job, which means I love working with children. I am the mother of two wonderful children, a boy and a girl.
My hobbies are reading, traveling and spending quality time with my family. My son is a student at this school, which is the main reason why I chose to join the team. I believe that personal and academic development are important aspects for his future.
It's been fourteen years since I first walked with excitement in a classroom full of curious, big-eyed children. Although I have a lot of experience in this job, I still spend every year with the same emotion, because I know how important this job is and what impact has on the school life.
I started to prepare for this road in 2000 at the Ovidius Constanta University. In 2004 I graduated the Faculty of Letters with the specialization of English Language and Literature - Spanish Language and Literature. I have taught in different schools and high schools in Constanta county, and in 2012 I obtained the Second Degree. The improvement continued throughout the years not only through courses and conferences at national and international level, but also through the position of assistant professor within the Maritime University of Constanta.
In the recent years I have worked as an English and Spanish teacher at an international school in Bucharest, where I can say that I have greatly enriched my bag of attractive methods and techniques for teaching English, by attending workshops and conferences held by native speakers. I hope that my experience and enthusiasm inspire and motivate the students of IOANID School, because, as Confucius said, "Nature resembles us. Our education is different ”.
A Chinese quote that I really like and defines me is ”Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” The passion for English and love for children guided me in the teaching world, a world I had been dreaming of since my childhood and where I stepped in 9 years ago when I joined a group of teachers from a language teaching school, where I taught Standard English and English for Business to children and adults. With every child I discovered new things, I learnt more, such as what it patience, communication, support, positive attitude, imagination and creativity mean. As years have passed, teaching courses and seminars have helped me grow professionally and adopt different approaches and strategies according to the needs and personality of my students. I joined IOANID team with the wish to share the experience and discover new things together.
The meeting between me and this profession was, although accidental at the age of 18, defining for what I would choose as a professional path. Therefore, I like to say that I did not choose the profession, but she was the one that made the choice, and this providential meeting brings me joys that I am sure I would not live otherwise. I like to work with the little ones and I do this with passion and dedication.
In 2002 I graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, within the University of Bucharest and I have an experience of over 16 years in teaching English to all age groups. Throughout my career, I have taught a variety of courses, from general English to those preparing for the Cambridge, Toefl, IELTS international exams. I also hold a CELTA certificate and am an official Cambridge examiner.
"If you want to build a ship, do not start sending people by wood, nails, tools, twine and other materials. Teach them to long for the endless, distant sea. ”(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
The most important thing that I always strived to instill in my students was the desire to know more, to aim higher, to be better than they were yesterday, as the competition with yourself being the most important form of motivation in any type of learning. I must admit that the English language has the privileged status of having passed the stage of study object with teaching, learning and evaluation at the end, in that it has become, for several decades in particular, an instrument of adaptation in a continuous world evolution. Following a beautiful family tradition, I put a lot of energy and soul into the teaching profession and I have always sought to perfect myself and learn new things, both for my own professional and personal development, as well as to be a good example for my students. In addition to the Faculty of Letters, in my work I am greatly helped by both the Master of Communication and Language Sciences, which I graduated in 2007, as well as the numerous training courses I have attended since 2002. Within the IOANID team I have noticed the attributes of a school that is guided by sound principles, with professionals who constantly demonstrate concern for quality education.
"I'm always ready to learn, but not always ready to let myself be taught"; this quote of Oscar Wilde best defines my conception of the profession I practice and embodies the essence of its challenges. I try to present myself to my students with enthusiasm, especially and to produce on them that kind of intellectual fascination that will determine them to want more of what I have to offer. I think that here resides the talent of a pedagogue, in "how", above "what". And in the case of the German language, which has a reputation for "heavy" or even unapproachable discipline, this concept is fully verified. The study and mastery of this language strengthens a child's character and increases his self-esteem, while bringing him closer to a culture that capitalizes on specialization and improvement in any field.
After graduating from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures Bucharest, specializing in German-Image Science and after a master's degree in Advertising Expertise, I started teaching this language as a trainer in multinationals and I had contact with professionals from many areas of activity. I then taught in two German schools in Bucharest, DSBU and Zeppelin Schule. A non-German school is a new challenge for me and I hope to train new practitioners of this language and followers of this high-performing culture here. I want my students to discover satisfaction as a difficult thing, if done well, it will seem easy to them.
I discovered my passion and fascination for working with and for children from the beginning of college. The study of Psychology at the University of Bucharest was harmoniously combined with many hours spent carrying out extracurricular activities of experiential learning, based on play, in schools, kindergartens and summer camps. I believe in adapting the activities and the way of transmitting information to meet the needs of each child. I am an energetic person and I translate this energy into play and all the interactions I have with the little ones. I like to be close to them and give them the support they need to answer questions on their own and continue to be curious.
In the meantime, I accepted a new challenge, that of joining primary education, with the desire to be closer to the students. As the learning process never ends, I currently follow the psycho-pedagogical module and continue to learn every day with and from children.
My passion for counseling began when I was in high school. I took the first counseling course in the 12th grade, at a time when in Romania there were almost no notions about counseling and psychotherapy. I graduated from the Faculty of Psychology in Bucharest in 2006, but I started working as a school counselor before graduating. I have over 15 years of experience in the field of psychotherapy, counseling, clinical psychology and speech therapy. I completed two masters in the field and four trainings in psychotherapy, which gives me the opportunity to combine several theories and practical methods to achieve what I propose. I regularly participate at professional courses or workshops so that I can always be up to date with new methods and studies in the field of psychology.
I am eager to find the resources in every child to reach the maximum potential that a person can have in life. You can find information about my trainings, writings and articles on my website www.psihoconsultanta.ro.
My dear ones, I am glad to meet you all! Psychology and psychotherapy are my vocation, since I know myself I have been fascinated by people and curious to find out new things. Since 2006, when I graduated from the Faculty of Psychology, after a pedagogical module and a psychoanalysis scholarship in France, most of my projects have been with and about children. After the Master of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Couples, Families and Groups, after a clinical experience of almost 10 years, I learned the most important lessons from children and with them.
I strongly believe that every person is independent in emotions and thinking and I believe in the right of each of us to live our experiences as we choose and as we can. The children and the experience of counseling, psychotherapy and learning with them showed me different valences of the spirit, they taught me that life is alive everywhere and that every being deserves respect.
During the 14 years I have worked in the field of management in primary education, then as a teacher in top private high school education in Bucharest I coordinated a series of motivational conferences and TEDx conferences, I participated in international camps and with friends and colleagues we have built a community of passionate people. Since 2010 I am a writer of haiku poetry and psychoeducational stories for young and old. I try to share the motivation for my work with those around me, because I believe that one of the strongest social engines is the courage to be honest and authentic. I wish you all growth in all and creativity in your lives!
I graduated the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences in Iasi. I continued with a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. For the past 8 years I have specialized in child, adolescent and adult psychology. I have passionately studied family interactions, especially how emotions influence our behavior at different stages of life. Everything we build in our adult lives, whether it is personal or professional life, is based on what we learned in our childhood. We already know the skills that depend on the personal and professional success of a future adult are the social and emotional skills acquired in their childhood. Within the counseling office my goal is to create those types of experiences that will help the good development of the social and emotional abilities of the children. Their integration will help them have a high self-esteem and will dramatically decrease their chances of developing psychosomatic disorders and engaging in destructive or dangerous behaviors.
All I know I owe to all the children I worked with and the parents who supported me in this process. Children are our best teachers and their play, emotion and love can guide us on our own journey through life.
Stefania Bolos is the graduating student of The Faculty of Interpretation from University of Music from Bucharest, section Classical-Canto. In 2007 she graduated the master courses at the Faculty of Interpretation, section Vocal Art. She is a graduate student of College of Institutors, section Music and the Faculty of Musical Pedagogy from Valahia University, Targoviste. In 2006 and 2008 she got the teaching licence degree as a kindergarten teacher and Second level degree in education as a classical-canto teacher. She is a lyrical artist at George Enescu Filarmonica, Bucharest, successfully working together with musical institutions from Romania and abroad. She is the winner of many contests from Romania and abroad.
I have been a teacher for 9 years in total, with a big gap working in film, television and advertising.
I teach English, Science (with a particular focus on STEM), Improv Performance, Debate, Creative Writing and digital skills. I hold a BSc with Honours in Chemistry from the University of Leeds, a cert TESOL and dipl TESOL and an MBA. I am also one of only three qualified independent World Peace Game facilitators in Europe.
I have been in Romania for 15 years and love very much the country and people. I chose IOANID because I highly rate and respect the team and strongly identify with the values and teaching methods the school promotes. And of course I love the kids!
I started my career as a computer teacher at the National Children's Palace, and ever since then I managed to understand that is it only the experience of private schools can provide an alternative to the Romanian educational system.
With over 16 years of experience in the computer science department or, more correctly, next to my students, in front of the keyboard, I can say that every student, every class, every generation has shown me that we always learn from each other and that we can be one for others inspiration.
Whether you choose to become a programmer or choose another profession, IT is an essential tool in today's human survival kit.
I love to discover and model the world through the art of music, which I practice and develop from the first years of my life, trying to improve myself permanently and to give further to the little ones. I am a graduate of the National University of Music in Bucharest and I have been teaching in the artistic and musical field for over 20 years, having various projects and collaborations with the most important theatres in Bucharest for various shows. I encourage seeding creativity and values through any form of artistic manifestation and I believe that music plays an essential role in the development of children, through the skills that I try to stimulate as much as possible in my music classes.
I was born and lived in a society that promoted a dictatorial and pragmatical behaviour, in a closed system, where escape of any kind, physical or mental, were being punished, in a world where wings were often broken and dreams were hardly coming true. I am happy for the ”foundation”on which our children are building their future. I have the faith that in all of us there is an original self, free and willing to express himself/ herself artistically, that is sincere and creative. Together with my little friends, the pupils from IOANID School,we speak the same language that we reinvent every time differently but having the same means based on colour, shape, line, point, shadow and light… All my life, private or public, my own phylosophy, is evolving around the idea of art. And because the real sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination, just as Einstein thought, I try simplifying or developing to re(imagine) my world.
Liviu Rebreanu said that "a true sportsman is a knight in all the manifestations of life". I chose the profession of physical education teacher because I think that the sport really builds characters, helping children not only to develop harmoniously and to choose a s healthy lifestyle in the long term, but also to become tidy, disciplined, develop their team spirit, sociability and learn to cope with both success and failure. I have been doing performance sports since the age of 10 and I realized that I want to practice in this field, especially since I really like children, and I have the greatest satisfaction when I see the progress they make from all points of view, thanks to the sport. I became a basketball coach when I finished my playing career, with 11 years experience in working with children. I graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, with the intention of transmitting to the children the love for sport. Over time I have attended national and international courses and specializations in the field and I think it is important to invest in our own professional education.
National Assessment exam
IOANID teachers are writing a new story about success and results, within our new high-level intellectual modeling project - IOANID CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE. The activity of the centre will give our students the chance to prepare themselves at a higher level in the study disciplines where they excel: Romanian Language and / or Mathematics, along with the IOANID team of teachers according to a specially prepared schedule.
This is an educational program provided by IB – International Baccalaureate, that has modern educational approaches and curriculum, which means that the IOANID staff (head of school, PYP Coordinator, Romanian and English teachers alike) all take part in training courses of at least a month, provided by the IB.
Class activities are designed according to the IB standards and philosophy. Our institution has an international consultant assigned by the IB who counsels our staff and who will organize evaluation visits at IOANID.