Developing children's potential since 2010

Welcome to Genius School

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The school was established 10 years ago with a specific vision. The vision was that it would become one of the most prestigious schools in Prague. However, the question remains, how do we know if our school is among top schools in the city?

 

Eventually we came to the conclusion that top schools focus on offering children a wide range of multidisciplinary activities that would help them develop and progress in all dimensions. Most of all, they encourage each child to increase their potential that they are destined to. 

 

Furthermore, top schools should make children be aware of cultural differences and languages that are spoken around the world. That in mind, children at our school are exposed to two languages, Czech and English taught by native speakers from the USA, on a daily basis. Other than the concept of education, early experience of bilingual environment contributes to the development of cognitive abilities.

 

As professionals in child development, we support and encourage children to develop their potential in natural settings. The school provides children with toys from various subject areas that help them grow and learn through play. We pay attention to every child and help them increase their primary potential in order to prepare them for their next journey in further education in the Czech Republic and abroad.

 

Children who attend our school give us a feedback on whether we, as professionals, did a great job by the degree to which they look forward to coming back.

Michal Zuza, ředitel

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

  • Petra completed her masters in early years and special education

  • Gained qualification for becoming a director at schools

  • Qualified in preventing employment burnout 

 

Courses completed:

  • Mensa NTC Learning

  • Montessori pedagogy

  • How to prepare a child for transfer from kindergarten to school?

  • How to start a day together in kindergarten?

  • Starting together in class

  • Yoga for children

  • Fort IG – working with bright and talented children

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Michal Zuza

Director

  • Michal studied law in Prague

  • Years of experience in advocacy (Havel & Holásek, Weinhold Legal, White & Case)

  • In charge of his consultancy company for 8 years

 

  • Courses completed:

  • Fort IG – working with bright and talented children

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Pavlína Zuzová

Marketing

​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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Nikol Brožková
  • Completed her degree in special education focused on early years (specialised in speech therapy)

 

Courses completed:

  • Psychology

  • Fitness activities for children

  • Preschool children

  • Teaching course “How does family atmosphere influence children’s upbringing?“    

  • Fort IG – working with bright and talented children

Headteacher​ 

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Jackson Smith
  • TEFL Certification

  • Young Learners and Teens Certificate

  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre Arts and Performance Studies

  • 21 months of English Language Teaching, ages 4, 5, and 6 in the Czech Republic

Teacher

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Barbora Semová
  • Student of the Faculty of Education, Charles University, Special Education

  • Fort IG – working with bright and talented children

Teacher

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Michaela Ringmaierová 

Leading teacher Smíchov

 

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  choosing a college 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 work 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".  😊

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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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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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Annette Kolková

Teacher

I have been working with children from the very beginning. I graduated from the singing and acting conservatory, where I started teaching music at primary school. My mother used to take me with her to the kindergarten where she worked as a teacher. I helped her there with the children and education. When I was an older, I took care of my three brothers. When they grew up, I started to miss children. So now, with experience from private bilingual schools and children's camps, I am ready to help guide your children here at GENIUS Kindergarten in Blue Class. I look forward to working with you.

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Kristýna Nová

Teacher

My name is Kristýna and 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

Pedagogue

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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Eliška kupcová

Teacher's assistant

My name is Eliška and even though I studied art, it always drew me to children. I used to teach children in art school. I took a psychology course and I like to study developing of gifted children, hypersensitivity, art therapy and children's drawing diagnostics. I love how authentic children behave and I wish to help them live a life of full acceptance, respect and individuality here in the GENIUS kindergarten :-).

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Kateřina Harcombe

Office manager

 

Kateřina will help you get general information about the operation of the school, events, clubs and other common matters.

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Margareta Johnová

Psychologist

 

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. A 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.

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Veronika Fíková

Teacher

Veronika is our teacher who takes care of the youngest children

She has a degree in Nanny for Children until the start of compulsory schooling

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Karolína Mynaříková

Teaching assistant

 

She graduated from the Secondary Pedagogical School

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Vojtěch Zuza

Asistent učitele

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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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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Soňa Štajnochová

Assistant teacher

Certificate of completion of accredited
qualification program in the DVPP system - Study for a teaching assistant

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Kristina Mičková

Office manager

 

Contact Kristina regarding invoicing, contracts and special catering needs.

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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.

Reference

Our partners

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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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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