IBDP 11-12 Grades

Sara Spivey

English teacher

Sara Spivey

International Cambridge program teacher. Having worked around the world for many years Sara has been exposed to many different cultures and teaching and learning philosophies.  Her BA specialising in English Literature and Language.
She believes her global journey both in business and education has defined, for her, the best aspects of each to develop a skill set for learning that has proven to be extremely successful over the years.  She is delighted to be joining the team in September 2019 to enhance the International experience for students. Her aim is to integrate both the Cambridge and national curriculums hand in hand with a more holistic approach to learning. A collaborative, inquisitive, unlimited attitude for students to continually explore and search for reasons, processes and results. Thus allowing the students to discover how their learning is actually relevant to the real world.
She worked for several years in medium and large sized international schools in Egypt, then spent another 2 years working in the Cambridge International system in Italy, as a qualified Cambridge exam invigilator at a Cambridge exam centre and covered all levels, primarily First Certificate up to Proficiency level. Whilst there she established a writing workshop which was a first for Rome, being well received, as she is also a published author of one novel and 5 short story compilations for her publisher in London, which she still does from time to time and has presented in Egypt, Milan and Rome. She also spent a year teaching at LUISS University, ranked number 2 in Italy teaching English, Business English and Business Management to graduates of Law, Economics and Social Sciences. One of her students wrote this to her after completing a course. ‘You made me think about myself, who I am and how I deal with others’ then went on to quote one of her favourite sayings, ‘You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you.  And then you meet one person and your life changes’, this is what happened to me, and it’s all about you’.  This is what Sara believes teaching should be all about.

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IBDP Chemistry teacher

Andrew Hennigan

Approaching his twentieth year in teaching and having taught IB Diploma Chemistry and Cambridge IGCSE Sciences for twelve years, Andrew is looking forward to using his experience to help Erudito Licejus to develop our international programme.

After graduating from Aston University in the UK, with a BSc Hons in Applied Chemistry, Andrew worked as a scientist for many years, before retraining as a teacher and becoming the seventh consecutive generation of teachers in his family. With an energetic approach to teaching, and the ability to use concrete examples from his time working in the chemical industry, Andrew has always proven successful at motivating students, and this has been borne out by student surveys and an increased uptake for Chemistry as an option at nearly every school where he has worked. As a scientist, research is an integral part of who he is, and Andrew loves to keep abreast of new advances in both technology and education.

Andrew has taught Chemistry, Physics and general science throughout the secondary school age range and also enjoys teaching and assessing the IB Theory of Knowledge course. He firmly believes that education is not just about filling someone’s heads with facts; it is about learning to think; having the confidence to try out your ideas; and the resilience to try again if your idea doesn’t work!

Andrew’s personal philosophy of education is that effort leads to success. This applies to his own efforts in making sure that he gives the best help he can to every student, but he also stresses to his students that every single one of them can succeed if they have the right attitude. Research shows that there is only a small correlation between measured intelligence and exam results, and that with the right encouragement and motivation all students can achieve their goals.

Having taught in the UK, Malaysia, El Salvador, Bratislava and Thailand Andrew is very much looking to commit himself to a school with a caring atmosphere, at which he can make a strong academic contribution and where himself and his family can be actively involved in the wider school community.

Rokas Balčiūnas

Biology and Math teacher

Rokas Balčiūnas

Deputy Director of Education. A graduate of KTU Gymnasium, regular winner for national school competitions, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Kaunas University of Technology in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Chemistry in 2010. As a student, he worked at the Institute of Physical Electronics at KTU, contributing to the development of diamond-like coatings and an innovative medical device. In 2011, Rokas completed his teaching qualification and has been a teacher of physics, mathematics, technology, IT since, and runs children’s’ camps during the school breaks. Interested in philosophy, psychology, physiology and wellness, Rokas enjoys hiking, holds a footprint specialist diploma and a black Aikido belt. Rokas has taught the IB Diploma Programme for the past five years, in subjects including Maths, Biology, and Physics, and has also been an Extended Essay supervisor.

Rokas believes that comprehensive education is the way to success in the 21st-century world.

Rokas will be teaching the Erudito Licejus IBDP Math Application and Interpretation and Biology from September 2020.

Nino Bitchiashvili

English teacher

Nino Bitchiashvili

English teacher at Erudito Licejus with five years of teaching experience. She has taught English in different countries such as Georgia, Spain, Greece and Lithuania. She is currently acquiring her degree in Political Science at Vytautas Magnus University. Nino is very passionate about teaching and learning different languages. She is fluent in three languages and is presently mastering   two more.  She reckons that the biggest responsibility for a teacher is to open up a “pathway of thought” in children’s minds and inspire them to the fullest. She believes in treating them seriously from the younger age and has individual approaches developed for each and every student.

Nino believes, that the root of the world “education” stands for the idea to “lead”, meaning that for her, education is leading out of what is already there in a pupil.

Nino will be teaching the Erudito Licejus IBDP English B from September 2020.

Donatas Šinkūnas

Teacher of history and TOK theory of knowledge

Dr. Donatas Šinkūnas

Donatas has solid international experience to educate students of the 21st century. Having worked as a Teacher of Social Sciences and Humanities at the IB School in Bogotá, Colombia,

Donatas gained experience working with both middle-aged (MYP) and senior (DP) students teaching Cognitive Theory (ToK) and Philosophy. At Bogota School, Donatas was also in charge of the United Nations Module (MUN). Donatas continues his academic work at one of the Canadian Universities (Western), where he is a candidate for a Ph.D. The teacher received his Bachelor’s and Master’s qualifications in Lithuanian (VMU) and Belgian (KU Leuven) universities. The teacher is an IB model enthusiast and believes in the meaning and benefits of interdisciplinary science.

The idea is that ideas are tools for making better decisions in life. Therefore, the school should teach the principles of thinking, not specific ideas. This is in line with IB’s mission and philosophy.

Donatas will be teaching the Erudito Licejus IBDP History and Theory of Knowledge from September 2020.

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Teacher of Physics

Edita Bitvinskaitė

Physics teacher – Methodologist with 23 years of experience. In 1995 she graduated from Vilnius University of Education and acquired a qualification as a teacher of physics, astronomy and IT. After the studies Edita worked at Onuškio secondary school in Trakai region for11 years. Since 2007 she has been working at Jonas Jablonskis gymnasium in Kaunas.

Edita believes it is important to work so that your lessons would inspire children to like your subject – physics, as a result, they would manage to see and hear it in the surrounding world.

Edita will be teaching the Erudito Licejus IBDP  Physics from September 2020.

Tomas Stasiukaitis

Teacher of Information Technology and Robotics

Tomas Stasiukaitis

Teacher of information technology and robotics. He teaches how to apply technologies for practical tasks in life. A teacher with a master’s degree in Informatics not only works with children. Most likely, you have heard that in 2016, the Christmas tree of Kaunas was first connected to the Internet, and anyone who wanted could manage and change positions of Christmas tree decorations. It was our teacher’s job. Tomas Stasiukaitis has mostly worked with adults and older children, this year he is teaching all students, starting from the first grade.

Tomas believes it is possible to achieve everything, and it depends only on our effort how long it can take. Everything comes true if you believe it.

Tomas will be teaching the Erudito Licejus IBDP Computer Science from September 2020.

Erudito licėjaus mokytoja Goda Stelnonienė

German teacher and six grade teacher

Goda Stelnonienė

Goda Stelnionienė received her Bachelor’s degree in Philology from Vilnius University and continued her studies at Kaunas University of Technology, where she received a Master’s degree in Education and Education Management. She began her teaching career in 1997 and during this time, two generations of students have been leaded into the wider world.
The teacher is particularly interested in developing students’ emotional intelligence: “I believe that managing emotional intelligence is the key to everyone’s success,” says Goda.

Kristina Celiešiūtė

Teacher of Economics and Business

Kristina Celiešiūtė

Deputy Director for Informal Education, Teacher of Economics and Business, started her pedagogical career in 2011. New challenges arising from the reform of education fostered her interest in entrepreneurship education in which she has been involved up to now. In 2006 she acquired Master’s degree in education science at Vytautas Magnus University, since then she has mainly been engaged in formal and informal schoolchildren education, particularly in business areas, as well as in international and local project activities.

Business concept has changed and currently we perceive it not only as an activity focused on commercial benefits but also as a personal growth of an individual, his capability to work in a team, being able to find appropriate arguments and express a flexible reaction towards changing circumstances and situations. School is an environment where children discover themselves, strengthen their abilities and gifts. It is a starting point where an independent life of a young person begins. Consequently, we, teachers, must encourage children to find and recognize themselves, their uniqueness and strengths at the same time educating their competences.