Head of the IBDP Programme, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator in Kaunas
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.
A mathematics teacher methodologist with 25 years of experience in teaching mathematics at school. At Vilnius University, she acquired a specialization of mathematics lecturer. Jolanta is the author of the publication “Ideas of Project Works in Mathematics”, co-author of the textbook “Tests and Additional Material for Self-study of Mathematics for Class 11″, co-author of the new mathematics textbook “Mathematics Tempus for Class 11.” She is the lecturer of “Šviesa” publishing house and shares her experience conducting seminars for teachers.
The teacher thinks that high achievements are not only when her students take prizes at the city’s Mathematics Olympiads or receive high grades in mathematics state examinations, but also when they discover mathematics in various areas of life. Jolanta and her students have organized exceptional and interesting creative workshops, participated in conferences.
Jolanta believes that all children are gifted, we just need to notice their talents and encourage them to unfold.
Mathematics teacher and methodologist. Julia has 36 years of teaching experience. She started her career at the University of Educational Sciences, where she acquired the specialty of mathematics teacher. Later, in 2003, she continued her master’s studies in Vytautas Magnus University and obtained a qualification degree in mathematics. In 2018, Julia attended the CLILiG @ Litauen Project Seminar organized by the Geothes Institute to teach integrated math and German lessons. “Teaching students logical thinking and applying mathematical knowledge in real life is important in math lessons, so I pay close attention to that,” Julia shares her teaching priorities.
It is important that students explain complex things in a simple and understandable way.
Teacher of Lithuanian language
Lithuanian language teacher, methodologist. Having graduated from VU KVF she became a teacher of Lithuanian language and literature. Irena has been working at school for 34 years. She admits the importance of lifelong learning, and the best teachers for her are students. Irena organized many performances, trips, discussions about books, much time has been spent with students enjoying and crying together.
Irena believes that only through cooperation and communication it is possible to achieve positive relations and the most important achievement is happy children.
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.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in English Philology from Vilnius University, she decided to further expand her knowledge of languages and obtained a Master’s degree in English Linguistics at the same university. Simona has always had an interest in the international environment, so during her studies she took part in the Erasmus program and tried her best at foreign universities: she acquired theoretical knowledge of integrated teaching at a Finnish university and then went on a traineeship in Spain.
There is a belief that mistakes are learned, so doing them is not shameful.
English teacher-lecturer with eleven years of experience in teaching English to different age groups; PTE exams assessor. Vitalija received her Bachelor of English Philology qualifying degree in Vytautas Magnus University and obtained her Master’s degree (cum laude) in Linguistics at Vilnius University. She also acquired her teaching certification from Vilnius Pedagogical University. As a student, in addition to delivering private tutorials in Spain, she participated in the Erasmus programmes and studied at the University of Jaén (Spain) and the University of Extremadura (Spain). Vitalija has been teaching English in American English School (AMES) in Kaunas for 10 years. She regularly attends teacher training workshops and seminars held for English teachers and does not miss the opportunity to go on educational trips to the UK each year.
Vitalija believes that the more languages a person knows, the more windows to the world for him/her open.
English Teacher Methodologist
Rasa graduated from Vilnius University Kaunas Humanitarian Faculty where she studied English Language and Literature and got English Philologist speciality. She has 23 years pedagogical experience, 18 of them she was working as an English teacher with primary students at J.Jablonskis Gymnasium and ,,Papartis” primary school. Together with 4th class students took part in Kaunas English Contests where they got first places.In 2007 Rasa was elected to Kaunas Council of English Teachers.She helped to organise tasks for English contest. From 2007 was working in Ireland where she was observing Irish cultural life, parenting of Irish children. Later 5years she was working pedagogical work in kindergarten in Norway where she was interested in Norwegian lifestyle, their patriotism, respect for each other and especially respect for children. Rasa came back to prove that Lithuania is the best country to live and only we can make it well known in the world.
Rasa thinks that every child is a personality and we have to find the key to his heart and help him in his life.
English language Teacher
Deividas Marušauskas graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University where he received his Bachelor’s degree and the qualification of English language teacher. He has been continuously teaching general and different kinds of professional English to students of all ages since 2001. For him, teaching is undoubtedly a meaningful vocation and a way of life.
If you asked those around him what Deividas is like, they would respond with such words like professional, dynamic, communicative, socially active, punctual, and responsible. He always strives to adapt his teaching style and materials to the student’s personality type, abilities, goal pursued, as well as time constraints to achieve the desired goal.
Deividas is of the opinion that his lesson is not taught to such and such a class, but rather to different individuals with their own abilities and talents. Therefore, they must be trained with this in mind. “A lesson is great fun, yet purposeful and meaningful way of spending time to achieve certain goals” – says Deividas.
Teacher of French
Dalia has an incredibly broad and successful experience of 36 years of teaching: graduating from Vilnius State University in 1983 as a philologist and lecturer in French; Paul Fort College in the Burgundy Region, France. In these French lands, Dalia also participated in the EMILE integrated French language training program. “Language is an inexhaustible treasure, the key to the world, because only through communication can you create new relationships, exchange information, ideas, explore a different culture, reach career heights, and most importantly, improve,” Dalia believes.
It is important for teachers that each student should enjoy the joy of learning and have opportunities for creative expression. Thus, students are constantly trained and encouraged to participate in various French language projects, Contests, conferences, French poetry recitation, song contests and festivals.
Dalia believes: “Do something a little better today than yesterday. Compare yourself not to others, but to yourself. It will help you never run out of motivation.
Teacher of Geography
Justina Mieželė is a member of the “Renkuosi mokyti” program. From 2008 to 2016 Justina taught history and geography for 5-12 grades at St.Matas gymnasium, and geography for 9-12 grades at KTU gymnasium. Justina graduated from Vytautas Magnus University, she completed bachelor and master studies in sociology and pedagogical studies.
Justina says that there are not the same lessons and the same children and that there is no child that would not care about the surrounding environment. At the lessons, Justina helps students find problems and their solutions. It motivates to teach at school, where the child is in the centre of learning process.
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.
Teacher of Physics
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.
Chemistry and Biology Teacher
Džiuginta started her pedagogical work in 1991 when she graduated from University of Educational Sciences. She takes place in different international trainings for Science teachers that emphasize integral teaching and the use of virtual labs. She is very proud of her profession because she has opportunity to convey her knowledge to others and from children you can learn about positive attitude to life, learn to dream. She says: My students are my accelerators. She wants that children don’t think about Science as a complicated subject but treat it as a part of their world.
Džiuginta thinks that communication and cooperation could help to develop everyone’s personality and grow.
Teacher of Information Technology and Robotics
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.
Tom 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.
Teacher of Information Technologies and Robotics
In 2018, he is a qualifies web developer, and has been active in international IT projects. During his spare time, Vytautas travels and enjoys music very much. He counts the number of musical contests he has conquered and is proud that there is probably no instrument that he could not play!
Vytautas believes that today’s science is the technology of tomorrow. He believes that the teacher must not only provide knowledge, but also inspire young inventors.
Theater and Religion teacher and the Eighth Grade Class Teacher
Theater and Religion Teacher and the class teacher of eighth grade. Justinas received a Bachelor of Catholic Theology from Vytautas Magnus University. For some time, he studied to become an actor. Justin is a presenter of events and training, and a facilitator of Christian activities for children and youth, and assistance in Camps. Throughout his almost eight years of active work, he has accumulated communication experience with people of all ages and social backgrounds – children, adolescents, the elderlies, the sick, the disabled, the homeless, and adults in crises. „Funny, communicative, with a wealth of public speaking experience“, – Justin describes himself as a hobbyist in theatre, literature, cinema and museums.
Justinas believes, that God gave man authenticity and sincerity, which are important to cherish both in life and in artistic projects.
German Teacher and six grade Teacher
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.
Teacher of Economics and Business
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.