Speak & Do Team

Bára KvasničkováBára Kvasničková
Owner, Founder & Managing Director

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.

 

Alena KravarčíkováAlena Kravarčíková
Office Manager & Classes Coordinator

I am a Capricorn and a perfectionist. I love bringing structure into chaos, being in charge, keeping an eye on deadlines and agreements. I am an ideal complement for creative people and visionaries; communication is my strong suit. I have been looking after clients all my professional life, it is my job and hobby. I am raising a 12-year-old young lady, so I know it is not always easy when you want to give your kids the best. Speak & Do tries to provide the best to kids using inner experience, play, an individual approach, and a special teaching methodology. English thus becomes an absolutely natural part of the kids’ lives which they seek out themselves. You can do anything you want.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Beth ShaughnessyBeth Shaughnessy
Online English Teacher

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

David HromatkaDavid Hromatka
English Teacher

Nazdar. I grew up with a (misspelled) Czech surname but very little knowledge about my Czech ancestry. That was a big part of the reason why I decided to leave a position in corporate America behind to move to Europe and get in touch with my roots. I am an avid reader of everything from ancient philosophy to contemporary postmodernism and would not feel comfortable leaving my flat without several hours of Spotify albums to keep me company. I have only been lucky enough to visit a few cities outside Prague in my time in the Czech Republic so far but I hope to become fully acquainted with the nature before I move on to a different country. In my free time, I enjoy watching people on the tram, writing songs, and trying to combine these two activities. Meet me in person at an open mic night near you or at one of my classes! ;-)

 

 

 

Mario GradínMario Gradín
Spanish Teacher

Hi! I'm Mario and I'm from Spain! There are a lot of things I love about Prague: its history, culture or its great architecture... but I'm particularly fascinated by the people of Prague: they're eager to learn anything, especially new languages! It's wonderful to share my mother tongue and my culture with kids and their parents, and I know Speak & Do is the best way to do this. :) I'm waiting for you! ¡Os espero!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Sarah TullySarah Tully
English Teacher

Hello! I am Sarah from the United States. I have been in Prague for five years and currently, am finishing a Master’s at Charles University. In my off time, I love to do pottery and other crafts and enjoy going to quizzes. I have been at Speak & Do since May 2018 and love it! I enjoy working with kids; my favorite activities are craft time and discovering a new book the children have yet to read. I love the sense of family and community that Speak & Do bring to teaching, and how both the staff and students are a great mix of Czech and native English speakers. I hope to continue staying in the Czech Republic, especially for the yearly mushroom hunting :)

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Adamya RajAdamya Raj
English Teacher

Hello, I am a medical student in Prague from London. I am also a certified Mediator. While looking for a job I stumbled upon the opportunity to teach kids English. Learning a new language can be stressful and my aim as a teacher is to make this process fun. I like to integrate a lot of unconventional ways into my teaching. After teaching English at two Montessori schools, I came across a job opportunity at Speak & Do. This opportunity works best for me, I have the chance to be creative and teach this language without too many restrictions. Teaching at Speak & Do also gives me the opportunity to teach adults, which is a whole new experience. Teaching adults give me the opportunity to diversify my circle of acquaintances and potentially friends. As a person, I am fun and easy going, always up for trying new things. The only minor flaw is I’m not a very outdoorsy person. I look forward to meeting you and helping you master the English language. Have a nice day :)

 

 

 

Madeleine ErikssonMadeleine Eriksson
English Teacher

Hi! My name is Maddie and I just started working for Speak & Do! I moved to Prague in August and got certified to teach English. Before moving to Prague, I got a degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina State University. I've grown up working with preschoolers and learning how to teach kids of all ages! Living in Prague has been a DREAM and I am so grateful for all the wonderful people and families I have met. When I'm not teaching, I'm eating pineapple pizza and exploring the city with my goofy flatmates!

 

 

 

Nathan PriestleyNathan Priestley
English Teacher

Hi, my name is Nathan. I’m from Kent in England and I have recently started working for Speak & Do. I moved to Prague in September because I fancied a change and I have never tried working or living in a different country so I thought I would give it a try. Back in my hometown, I was teaching primary school children with learning/behavioral/social issues. I love working with children because I believe that they can equally teach you as much as you are teaching them but in many different ways. They also remind us that life is supposed to be fun and doesn’t need to be such a struggle, we can learn and grow every day of our lives and have fun in the process.

 

 

 

Saara ZafarSaara Zafar
English Teacher

I'm Saara. I was born in Ireland but lived in many parts of the world before moving to Prague to study Medicine. I've been here for almost 5 years and I love how there's always something new and interesting to experience in this city. When I'm not hiding away in the library, studying for my next big test, I like to keep myself busy doing something positive and creative - which is one of the reasons I joined Speak & Do. Seeing the children learning a second language while simultaneously having a great time is really motivating and I hope that I can help them on this journey.

 

 

 

Dagmar DvorskaDagmar Dvorska
English Teacher

My name is Dáša and although I have joined the Speak & Do team only recently as a teacher, my daughter (6) has been attending Speak & Do lessons for 2,5 years now. As a mother I was looking for English lessons that would take at least 2 hours, with a guaranteed presence of a native speaker and a group of other kids of similar ages – in other words - I was searching for a school where kids would acquire the language as naturally as possible. I found precisely that in Speak & Do. Now I'm very happy to have joined the team and I'm looking forward to this opportunity.