Speak & Do team

Bára KvasničkováBára Kvasničková
Owner/founder and teacher

Bára has loved foreign languages and English in particular since she was a child. She gained her first teaching experience when she was only a 10-year-old girl and started learning English at school; right after her classes, she would rush home to teach her aunt, whose daughter had emigrated to the USA, whatever it was that she had just learned. While studying English and American philology at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University she taught company courses and individual and group lessons. She studied in the US – both at the high school and university and spent one year as an Erasmus student in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. After completing her studies, she lived and worked in Ireland. Her current focus is on teaching small children, for whom she created the unique experience-oriented Speak & Do project, which incorporates elements of Montessori pedagogy and Hejný’s mathematics. Bára abounds with original ideas for kids’ activities – be it sports, trips, arts and crafts, little science experiments or just ”simple” games. She promotes a respectful and respecting partner-like approach to children and practices this day with her son and daughter (6 and 4 years old). Her special talent is to bring people together. Whatever she does, she does 100 percent. Speak & Do is her ”third baby” and her current passion.


Jerry ParedesJerry Paredes
English teacher

I have a deep devotion to traveling and exploring different cultures. I'm fascinated by the relatively small size of Europe and the ease of traveling within the Schengen Zone. What people probably appreciate most about me is my ability to not place limits on personal goals. My move to Prague was viewed by some as a bold move, but I was not one to be deterred. Such a move has given me the confidence to strive for more adventures. Who knows what the future has in store for me? A child's mind is ever changing and is in constant need of stimulation. As a teacher, I feel it more gratifying when a child learns something new. Children emote differently and their excitement is more contagious and yet more rewarding.



Mara BackerMara Backer
English teacher

As a native New Yorker, I’ve been fortunate enough to have spent my life surrounded by people from different parts of the world. This exposure to diverse people sparked my interest in traveling the world. I graduated from college with a degree in Marketing & Communications. Although I found myself working in some wonderful places, I knew I needed to pick up and move across the ocean. My passion for people and the desire to step outside of my comfort zone landed me here in Prague, where I received my TEFL certification. Coming from a large family, I have watched babies grow into young adults and there is something truly spectacular about this time in a child’s life. I love making people laugh and making the best out of every situation. There is nothing I’d love more than to help your child successfully transition into the next stage of his/her life!.



Haunani Marie ThomasHaunani Marie Thomas
English teacher

A few years ago, a Missouri tornado flung me all the way to Prague and I liked it so much that I had to come back. So, I put on my cowgirl boots and left the USA to go learn Czech and how to make goulash. Now I can share my language by helping people speak better English. I have experience teaching English to both kids and adults, from sandboxes to conference rooms. I like answering questions and learning new things. I love music and art, history and animals, science and politics, beautiful things and silly things. I can talk about pretty much almost anything because I find so many things interesting. I look forward to talking to you!



Beth ShaughnessyBeth Shaughnessy
English teacher ~ external collaborator (currently out of the country)

After completing my studies in Childcare, English literature, English language and Psychology in England I decided to see what a TEFL course could offer me and so I flew over to Prague with my partner. In England, I have left behind my horse and my much-loved job of delivering Princess parties to children from just one to ten years old. Despite loving my day to day life in England, the urge to travel and teach had me itching at my fingertips - a desire I knew could not be contained. At home, I have grown up in a family with seven siblings; not only has this given me the advantage of growing up in a big, loving and caring family household, but I have also established a natural talent for caring for children of all ages. My passion for children is no better expressed than when working alongside Bara at Speak & Do where we teach children the basic English language in a fun and caring way.




Rob RichRob Rich
English teacher

My name is Rob Rich, and I recently moved to Prague from California. I love working with both adults and children. I find it inspiring and humbling to teach others English. One of my favorite things about this is working together with my students to reach a common goal. Not only do I teach a language, but I spend my free time learning languages such as Swedish, Norwegian, German, and Czech of course. I love to relax with friends and family, as well as do yoga, and all types of art. Cheers!




Radka ZimovaRadka Zimova
English teacher

I am Radka. I am Czech and I was born in Prague. I lived in England and Scotland in the past but now I am settled in Prague with my Scotish husband and our two sons. I love helping people to learn and experience new things. I have been teaching English and Czech as a foreign language for more than 10 years. My lessons are based on my client's needs. Since my passion is art and literature I love to teach creatively both, adults and kids. My motto is: Playing games is not just for kids! :)




Ephraim GoldinEphraim Goldin
English teacher

Hello all, The most important thing I have learned from working with children is that one is never too old to learn, and one is never too young to teach. You may or may not agree with this statement but for me, it has been a reminder that caring for and educating children is a two-way street. For children to learn from you they must first trust and believe that you are someone with whom they can feel safe and secure. Since respect should be earned I believe that showing children respect and consideration in all things is the only way to do this. This makes for a healthy environment in which to nurture and maintain bonds of friendship where the child not only learns from you but also teaches you! In my 8 years of working with children, I have taught kids phonics, numbers, letters, addition, subtraction, colors, shapes, sizes and songs. I have shown kids how to hold toothbrushes, pencils, spoons, and even small animals. I have had to explain why it's good to flush a toilet after use and why it isn't good to stuff it full of paper before doing so. That it's ok to feel sad sometimes and even cry because it means that we can always look forward to smiling and laughing again. That ouchies heal and pain doesn't last forever. That friends always say sorry and that they also forgive one another. The list is endless, and yet, I could never have taught any of these things without the one thing the children have taught me: patience. I have learned from children how to be patient and understanding and to not only see to their needs but to anticipate them. Children have taught me how to see the world through their eyes, where anything is possible and where the imagination is not only a tool for creativity but for understanding. They have reminded me that I have been 3, 4, 5 years old, that I have stood where they stand now and I know how hard it is for them to navigate a world they did not create and which was not really created for them. They have not been where I stand now and therein lies the inescapable truth for me: They cannot know what I know. How can I expect them to? Knowing this has made it possible to really know them, understand them and accept them for what they are. Children are people too. And they have much to teach us about ourselves if we but choose to listen.




Petra BrandalikovaPetra Brandalikova
English teacher

Hi, I’m Petra. I've been teaching 3-10 year-old kids for three years now and I was with the Speak & Do team for the SummerCamps. I also teach adult classes. I studied languages at the Faculty of Education and creative education at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Kids teach me how to play and discover new things that's why I enjoy my time with them.




Benjamin SelingerBenjamin Selinger
English teacher

I believe in the child. Also in the one whose hair has turned grey because even an old wrinkled grouch was a child once, who needs support and understanding. I think a child gains understanding by empathizing – which, being an aware child, I hope I can do. Support, on the other hand, is gained through patience; I have been mastering the art of patience all my life by careful listening and by couching my students and friends. In the past, I used to interpret for kids from reception centers, translate legal documents and supervise a summer camp in Pennsylvania. I love to spend both long and short moments of spare time intoxicated by music and creation and in the remaining time, I allow myself to be fascinated by both the surrounding and my inner world. A language school should provide an ideal space for development. It should be equally open to everybody who knocks on its doors. Speak & Do provides such a unique space where kids not only receive an education but are also given a chance to fully develop their potential and express themselves.




Keyanna ChambersKeyanna Chambers
English teacher

Hello Everyone! My name is Keyanna and I am from Seattle, WA, USA. When I heard about the opportunity to work with Speak & Do I knew I had to apply! I love that the school believes interactive based learning through song, storytelling, and games. I really enjoy working with children and I have worked as a nanny for children of various ages. Some of my hobbies include dance, being outdoors, and traveling. When I learned about teaching English abroad, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to combine the things that I love. I am excited to start this new journey and teach English with Speak & Do.




Liam WelshLiam Welsh
English teacher

Hi, I'm Liam, I'm twenty-three and I come from Scotland. I enjoy my work with Speak & Do because I value the organic relationships that are forged with children and their families. I believe that a child can learn better with a smile on his or her face than if they are dictated to in a grave classroom environment. Speak & Do rewards my creative inclinations and allows me to draw out the creative impulses of children which, in my opinion, are always ready to be ignited. It's a close community of teachers that place importance on the experiences of youngsters, nurtures growth, and seeks to fill their time with equal parts learning and wonder.




Anna FieldsAnna Fields
English teacher

My name is Anna, I am 22 years old, and I am glad to be a new addition to the Speak & Do team! I recently graduated from University in America and moved to the Czech Republic to teach English. I arrived in Prague in February, and I have been earning my TEFL and YLT certifications. I love working with kids because they are so fun, creative, and funny. In America, I taught primary school students and worked as a server and a camp counselor. When I’m not with kids, you can find me exploring this wonderful city or reading a book and drinking a nice cup of coffee at a quiet café. Any recommendations for great spots to visit inside or outside the city are welcomed! I can’t wait to get to know Prague, to get to know the Czechs and to become a part of the Speak & Do world. I feel so grateful to start this journey with such an amazing staff and such amazing children!




Kylie McCardelKylie McCardel
English teacher

My name is Kylie. I like to dance and climb in my spare time. Currently, I’m in university and living in Prague with my dog, Rémy. I’m excited to work with you and your kids! I’ve been teaching foreign languages for about a year now, and the opportunity to teach my native language has been an incredibly unique experience.




Ulysses LaraUlysses Lara
English teacher

Ahoj, my names is Ulysses Lara and I am from a tiny town from California known as Ojai. We are surrounded by mountains, therefore, what I love to do are outdoor activities. Some of those activities include hiking, camping, BBQ, cloud watching, star gazing or kayaking. But wait, there’s more! I also enjoy playing football, American football, basketball, and field hockey. I appreciate teaching kids simply because they all remind me of what it meant to be young again. It brings a HUGE smile to my face knowing that I am helping them achieve their entire potential and make it as fun as I can while doing it. The fact that I am able to share my knowledge and experience makes it that much more rewarding in the long run. I originally came to Prague in wanting to explore the city and travel throughout Europe (which I have been doing). However, now that I have various opportunities in working with children, it has opened my eyes to bettering their education further. Speak & Do is the right option for me because it greets you with open arms and creates an amazingly comfortable atmosphere. The teaching aspects of Speak & Do also allows you to expose your English to kids and adults at the best of my ability. I am very happy for this opportunity and will carry on the torch to pursue and better their language skills.




Madeline RogersMadeline Rogers
English teacher

Hello, hello! My name is Madeline. I'm from a small mountain town located in Southern California. I moved to Prague to experience a new lifestyle, culture, and language. During my free time I love to sing, dance, hike in the mountains, travel, cuddle with animals, ride horses and eat scrumptious food. The reason why I chose to be a teacher for Speak & Do is that I believe in their teaching methodology. I myself went to a Montessori school when I was a child and it benefited me in so many ways. I think the Montessori methodology can benefit many other children who have a difficult time with other teaching styles. I’m excited to experience life in the Czech Republic and even more excited to be working for an awesome program!