Developing children's potential since 2010

Welcome to Genius School

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We founded a kindergarten 12 years ago with a clear goal - to create the best kindergarten in Prague. We didn't know what it meant to be the best, but we went forward with the idea that we wanted to create the kindergarten we wanted for ourselves and our children.

Over time, we have come to the conclusion that the most important thing is to enable children to develop in a targeted way in all areas, with an emphasis on the areas in which the child has talent. That is why we have created our own educational program in cooperation with the most professional experts, such as the Talent Center and Mensa ČR, which takes the best of modern and proven educational fields (Montessori, NTC learning, Growth mind, etc.). We also involved learning about foreign cultures and languages, that's why it is  educational program bilingual Czech-English and we have professional English language teachers.

But the most important thing is the natural environment for games and self-development. We take great care of him in order to enable children to fully develop their potential, to become a personality with regard to their natural talents and to further develop this talent in further education in the Czech Republic or anywhere in the world.

Our kindergartens have grown over time to two branches and a primary school, which we opened in 2021 and which is a continuation of our unique educational program. In 2022 we will open the third branch of our kindergarten in Prague 4.

Children will tell us that we do kindergartens and school well. By looking forward to ourselves.

Michal Zuza, director

Meet our team

Yes, we are demanding and we have high requirements not only for ourselves but for our entire team. That's why our kindergartens attract the greatest enthusiasts in the industry.

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Petra Langerová

Principal of kindergarten and education

In my own ideas, as a little girl, I already had a school that is a paradise for all children. Enthusiastic teachers and a respectful team of children who develop together in a harmonizing environment.  Already in primary school, I had the honor of meeting teachers who were so enlightened in an effort to find all children an activity that suits them and in which they can realize themselves. I was very inspired by this approach. Over the years, studies, meetings with experts and state-of-the-art research and interesting training from Mindfulness, Mindset Coaching, Motivation Course, Children's Brain and its secrets in the education system, to, for example, project teaching in basic education and many others, I had about the perfect school clear. Based on this, GENIUS Mind was created. This educational concept is the cornerstone of our GENIUS schools.

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Michal Zuza

Director of the company

I studied law in Prague, spent some time in the USA and then several years in advocacy. Then I founded my own consulting company. I have been associated with GENIUS schools from the beginning, helping them with administrative and legal matters.
As schools grew, in terms of quality and scope, I helped more and more until I became the company's director in 2019.
GENIUS schools allow me to capitalize on my experience and at the same time realize my enthusiasm for innovative education and development of children. I am filled with immediate feedback, because I immediately see our children and parents when we do our job well, which allows me to grow better personally and professionally.

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Jarmila Cechova

Elementary school principal

​I am the co-founder and marketing manager of our GENIUS schools and kindergartens.
In our schools I can fully apply my art and graphic education from the Václav Hollar Art School, as well as knowledge of marketing and communication studies from university and, last but not least, the time and experience gained from studying and working in Australia or the USA. I  take care of the marketing, graphics, visuals and communication of our schools with love and passion. At the same time, I broaden my horizons with my own work. I paint and illustrate for interesting Czech companies or, for example, for the National Theater of Prague. 
It is impossible to describe in words how proud I am of what we create with our team here in our GENIUS schools and how we manage to qualitatively influence the lives of so many children, but also colleagues, and I believe that parents too :-).

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Pavlína Zuzová

​I am a co-founder and marketing director of our GENIUS schools and kindergartens. In our schools I can fully apply my art and graphic education from the Václav Hollar Art School, as well as knowledge of marketing and communication at the university and last but not least the time and experience gained in Australia or the USA. I enthusiastically and happily take care of the marketing, graphics, visuals and communication of our schools. At the same time, I broaden my horizons with my own work. I paint and illustrate for interesting Czech companies or, for example, for the National Theater. It is impossible to describe in words how proud I am of what we create with our team here in our GENIUS schools and how we manage to qualitatively influence the lives of so many children, but also colleagues, and I believe that parents too :-).

Marketing and communication

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Margaret John

My name is Margareta and I am mainly in charge of psychodiagnostics of children and sometimes psychological counseling. I have studied single-subject psychology and I am constantly trying to deepen and expand my education - in the field of psychotherapy, crisis intervention or modern diagnostic methods. The bio-psycho-socio-spiritual approach to man is very close to me, I try to approach children as unique personalities who want to fully develop and use their potential, whatever their kind. In my practice I work with children and adults, I have gained the most experience in working with children during the 12 years of working in the Fund for Endangered Children and Facilities for Children Requiring Immediate Help Kangaroo.

Psychologist

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Nikol Brožková

A few years ago, I chose an amazing profession - working with children. Every day I look forward to the spontaneity of the children and their world, which I try to enrich with education as much as they enrich mine. 

I studied special pedagogy of preschool age at the Technical University in Liberec. My specialization in speech therapy was also a great benefit to my studies.  Already during my studies, I was very interested in psychology, which I was able to devote more intensively to thanks to a one-year course. I have always been looking for a kindergarten where children really come first, everything revolves mainly around their "start in life" and a place where the teacher gets enough space to develop their skills. During my internship, I tried the work of a nanny, teacher of circles and public and private sector of education. A few years ago, I landed at GENIUS School, where my teaching soul gets what it needs. 

Deputy Director

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Jackson Smith

My name is Jackson, a California-born English teacher living and working here in Prague for over 4 years. I have my Bachelors degrees in English and Theater Arts from the University of San Diego. While a university student, I taught English to children from Mexico and Latin America, and that's where my career as an English teacher began! I have my accreditation to teach English to foreign language learners through TEFL, and also completed a special TEFL-for children course as well. I incorporate dancing, singing, and acting into my English lessons, teaching English while also engaging my students in the performing arts. I've been at GENIUS for over 2 years now and I am very happy working with such fun and hard working students and teachers.

Teacher

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Michaela Ringmaierová

In Genius Kindergarten, I lead the Blue class, ie the class of preschoolers. My career has been greatly influenced by my family and many life encounters with people with disabilities, whether physical, mental or combined. These life experiences further shaped the choice of university, when I decided to devote myself to special pedagogy. I also used the knowledge from this school in my professional life. I worked  in the positions of teaching assistant, class teacher and now branch manager. Why working with preschool children?  At each stage of development, children face crucial milestones that continue to accompany their lives.  Kindergarten is often the first place where children separate from their parents for the first time, learning new social roles. They are no longer just a son, a daughter, but now they are friends, students.  Their talent, skills and knowledge develop here, which subsequently opens the door for them to enter primary school and further life. My goal is to be a support to all these children and I am honored to be able to accompany them through their first steps in the lives of "schoolchildren".  😊

Leading teacher GENIUS Smíchov

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Barbora Semová

My name is Barbora, I study special pedagogy at Charles University and I have been working at the GENIUS kindergarten for four years now. I have tried other professions in the past, but none of them made as much sense to me as this. Being a guide for children at their start on the path to education makes me very happy and fulfilling at the same time. In class, I pay attention to a harmonious and safe environment, which is filled with mutual respect, knowledge, movement and also fun, which is important for me in my personal life. Thanks to the GENIUS kindergarten, my dream has come true and I believe that the GENIUS kindergarten will help your children discover their own potential and fulfill their dreams.

Teacher

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Dominika Šalamonová

Teacher

I have been working with children since I was a child, as the oldest child I have always taken care of the program for many younger family members and I have always enjoyed it. I also did animation activities and teaching dance and yoga for children from 3 to 12 years of age while studying history at Charles University. Due to my interest in educating children, I have expanded my education with a two-year lifelong learning program that includes pedagogy and psychology. During my studies, I completed a stay at one of the best European universities - KU Leuven in Belgium, where I had the opportunity to improve my English and get to know the multicultural environment. I prefer to discuss with children the issues related to a sustainable lifestyle, or the diversity and equality of all people, and by regularly engaging in relaxation and mindfulness activities, I want to help children find their way inside and develop their imagination and self-confidence.

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David Reda

Teacher

David studied psychology at Grinnell College in the USA, where he worked as a teacher then. Afterwards, he worked for several years as an English language teacher in Vietnam. In addition to teaching English itself, David has extensive experience in preparing all lesson plans and determining students' language levels. His way of teaching is experiential and effective which he adapts to the individual abilities of the students.

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Dominika Skipalová

Teacher

Higher vocational school, secondary school, language school with the right
Preschool and extracurricular peadogogics

Taking children first grade in primary school is a beautiful mission and I would like to make this important social milestone as pleasant as possible for them. An individual approach, a tailor-made educational plan, bilingual education and the development of creativity are the reasons why I perceive working at GENIUS School as another milestone in my life. I believe that I will learn a lot from children and my colleagues again and evaluate my previous experience to 100% ❤️.

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Jitka Platilová

Teacher

I admire their immediacy, sincerity, readiness and their endless imagination. From my point of view, these are all qualities that we adults often forget. That is why I enjoy working with children and I am grateful to be able to contribute to the development of their personality and be a part of their lives during their kindergarten years. I myself have three children who have trained me during their growth and it could be said that they also helped me find the right direction I had taken, which is just working with children. I graduated from university in the field of business economics and management, later I graduated from school in the field of preschool and extracurricular pedagogy. I worked in a state kindergarten focusing on environmental education. When working with children, I like to work outside, listening to their needs and their emotional state. At GENIUS Kindergarten, I really appreciate the individual approach to each child and at the same time the effort to support them in their strengths. 

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Zdeněk Kryštof Vitešnik

Teacher's assistant

 

I have dedicated most of my professional and academic life to working with children. I spent my last 4 years in New York where I received a diploma in Psychology, specializing in Developmental and Child Psychology, from the University of Rochester. During summers I worked as a program coordinator and team leader in EU funded English language camps for children from rural areas. 

I am very excited to be working with such a talented group of children we have at Genius and I hope I will be able to teach them as well as learn from them😊.

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Kristýna Nová

Teacher

I studied special pedagogy for educators with a focus on speech therapy. In January 2016, I flew to the USA, where I lived for 5 years. I started as an au pair and then studied and worked in a special kindergarten and nursing home. What I like most about working with children is their sincerity, immediacy and creativity. GENIUS kindergarten allows me to teach children and develop their personalities according to their individual needs, which is very important to me.

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Nikola Vrbová

Teacher

I studied Social and Special Education. During my studies, I worked as a teaching assistant at the Jedlička Institute and School, and I also worked as a leader at children's summer camp. What I like most about working with children is their diversity and creativity, thanks to which we open the door to new experiences together. In the GENIUS kindergarten I will work as a teacher in the nursery and I am very much looking forward to working with you☺.

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Ema Vlčková

Teacher's assistant

My name is Ema. I studied art, but I have spent most of my professional life as an English translator and teacher. Working with children in various forms accompanies me all my life, gives me meaning and brings joy. I led a drama education courses and photography workshops for children. I also worked at a children's crisis center, where I realised how safe and stimulating environment plays such a big role in child's development. It brings me the greatest joy when I see children moving forward in their thinking and independence. At GENIUS Kindergarten, I will work as a teacher in the Yellow Class.

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Markéta Karanská

Teacher

I am fascinated by working with children since my first school internship and it is still the case today. I graduated from Kindergarten Teacher Training at UJEP and have several years of experience in public schools.

Being in the company of children is very rewarding for me. I like their sincerity, authenticity, spontaneity and focus on the present moment.
As an educator and as the mother of my own child, I find every progress in development fascinating and I am glad to be able to be part of this process, to observe it and to support it in every way.

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Sabina Podrazilová

Teacher

My name is Sabina and I am a new teacher in Yellow Class in GENIUS Strašnice.
I studied Higher School of Preschool and Extracurricular Pedagogy. Since my childhood, I have been attending a choir, thanks to which I have experience working as a choirmaster and leading children in camps.
I like to develop children's creativity through musical and artistic activities, where they can fully express themselves. I try and will continue to try to lead children not to be afraid to make mistakes. Because through them they can learn a lot and move forward in their development.

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Veronika Fíková

Teacher's assistant

My name is Veronika. I graduated from the course: Nanny for children until the start of compulsory schooling. I would also like to finish the pedagogical school. I enjoyed working with children from an early age, so at the age of 12 I started working with families on a part-time basis. While studying in high school, I went to a summer pioneer camp as a child supervisor. I have been working at GENIUS school for 2 years. I thank the GENIUS school for providing us with a job that I really enjoy and at the same time that I can be a part of your children's lives. 🙂

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Catherine Harcombe

Office assistant

 

One of my main activities in kindergarten is caring for parents. I accompany you from the first contact, through the day of arrival and then throughout the course. I am in charge of communication with my parents and you can contact me with questions about the circles, events and the normal operation of the kindergarten. I care that you and your children feel good with us and that communication is known to be an integral part of every relationship, whether working or private.

Client care has accompanied me throughout my professional life in various forms and I am grateful to be able to do what I enjoy now in such a dynamic and inspiring environment and especially with people with whom it all makes sense to me 😊

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Karolína Mynaříková

Teacher

Working with children fills me like no other. I have a pre-school and out-of-school pedagogy at high school. I especially enjoy working with smaller children, which is why I settled in our cribs. I like to involve any musical activity in my teaching. Music is my great passion. In addition to kindergarten, I am also involved in two smaller projects, where I work with students who are transitioning from primary to secondary school, social networking and production.

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Vojtech Zuza

Teaching assistant

My name is Vojtěch and I am a high school graduate. I am energetic, reliable, hardworking and persistent. I like working with children because I am a direct part of creating their habits, habits and decent upbringing.

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Kristina Mičková

Operating manager

 

My name is Kristina, in the GENIUS kindergarten I combined two of my dreams of administration and work with children. 

I like to work with numbers and the solution of accounting matters or the operation of the kindergarten fills me 100%. 

As the mother of two girls, I am glad to be able to contribute to creating such a great environment for children. My children are happy in kindergarten and school, so I can work with a clear conscience.

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Self-esteem

Our first goal is to give children the appropriate guidance through teaching in order to help each child become a confident individual. As a confident individual, each child would be able to present and self-evaluate themselves, learn from their mistakes, think critically and learn how to be resiliant.

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Self-fulfillment

As professionals in child development, our second goal is to help you find your child´s potential and continue developing it through the concept of education and exposure to bilingual environment that’s provided at school. Your child would become successful in the subject area that he is talented at. 

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Creativity

Our third goal is to teach children how to be open-minded and creative. Children are encouraged to find solutions to problems and come up with new original ideas. Acquisition of such skills will also prepare them for being able to deal well with any unforseen circumstances that they may possibly face in the future. 

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Playfulness

Our fourth goal is to fulfill every child´s playful side by engaging them in fun games and activities that encourage them to explore the world around them. Every day is also filled with laughter and collaboration with friends. Education is a part of everyday activities that is included in the form of play. Children learn and discover new horizons through play

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Healthy lifestyle and values

Our fifth goal is to teach children a healthy lifestyle consisting of healthy diet and regular exercise. We, as professionals in child development, also teach children how to be environmentally friendly and show respect to our planet Earth and to others. 

Our goals

Our story

Genius School was first opened in 2010 under the name Josefínka and Vendelínek in Prague Strašnice. Since then, the school has become one of the most successful and prestigious schools in Prague and a part of many children´s lives. It was accredited by the Ministry of School.

 

The school was established by two cousins – Petra Langerová and Pavlína Zuzová. Their goal was to develop a concept of education that was not in any other existing school in Prague. Petra who completed her degree in special education already had an idea in mind of what their private school would look like. Finally after 10 year experience of being the director of  school and education, she developed a new concept of education, along with other professionals from the subject area, called the GENIUS MIND. The teaching methods implemented in the new concept of education were reviewed in research and practice. They are proven by excellent results in research and successful effectiveness in practice.

 

At the end of 2019, we started to prepare for the opening of a second location for your children in Prague Smíchov. Schools at both locations are open under the name GENIUS School as of January of 2020.

 

The name Genius highlights the school´s philosophy and belief. The philosophy is that all children are born as creative creatures with a given potential. To be able to continue nurturing and developing every child´s potential, it is first necessary to discover their potential. According to Albert Einstein: “ Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid“. This is the reason why the Genius School is represented by a fish in its logo.

 

The Genius School collaborates with teachers who are passionate about teaching and are willing to continue learning and developing their skills from most up to date research in education.

 

In the near future, the school directors are also looking to expand their concept of education to primary education. They are currently looking for apropriate location that would serve the needs of teachers and children. We would appreciate any suggestions.

Our partners

We would like to thank all our partners for their cooperation.

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We have been collaborating with various partners and professionals including educational and psychological counselling centre, psychologist and a clinical speech therapist. We have also been collaborating with Mensou ČR and Centrem nadání since spring of 2013. Other partners: 

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We have been collaborating with various partners and professionals including educational and psychological counselling centre, psychologist and a clinical speech therapist. We have also been collaborating with Mensou ČR and Centrem nadání since spring of 2013. Other partners: 

 
 
 
 
 
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