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.
“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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.