Head of International Programmes (IBDP/IGCSE), IBDP College Counselor, IBDP/IGCSE Exam Officer
Marta graduated from the University of Warsaw with M.Sc. in Geography, followed by a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences. She also holds a Qualified Teacher Status from Poland and the UK. Marta is involved in International Baccalaureate education since 2004. Firstly as a Geography teacher and Head of Faculty and most recently as a Head of Education and IB DP Coordinator. During her career, she worked in international schools in several countries, including Poland, Netherlands, Russia, and Armenia. Apart from that, she is also an experienced IB DP workshop leader, school visitor and examiner. Marta is looking forward to meeting all at the school and living in beautiful Lithuania, the country she has been visiting in the past on many occasions and which is dear to her.
Marta believes that “It’s worth being honest, although it doesn’t always pay off. It pays off to be dishonest, but it isn’t worth it”.
International Baccalaureate and Cambridge (IBDP/IGCSE) Programmes Head Science Teacher, Students’ Projects Coordinator
Ash Ellis is a Lead chemistry and physics teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Ash has two BScs degrees which shows her thirst for knowledge and Postgraduate Diploma Secondary Education and Subject Knowledge Enhancement Science/Chemistry at University of Plymouth. Ash is a prestige member of UK charted teachers, with a proven track record of helping students achieving extraordinary results. She joined this prestigious group by studying the science of learning, where through research they are improving teaching practices in educational environments. She has taught a variety of age groups and topics including, GCSE, IGCSE, A Level Chemistry, A Level Physics and Cambridge International A Level Physics.
Ash believes in training and encouraging the new generation to become lifelong learners and preparing them for the unknown future. “Nothing happens until something moves” – Albert Einstein.
International Baccalaureate and Cambridge (IBDP/IGCSE) Programmes Mathematics Teacher
Dr. Ozhan Akdag
Dr. Ozhan Akdag has 20 years of experience by teaching mathematics in International Baccalaureate (MYP and DP) and Cambridge (A-level and IGCSE). Teacher graduated from Ataturk Technical University and worked in many international schools and latest in Denmark and Czech Republic. He founded and managed Robotics and Project creating clubs at schools where he previously worked. Dr. Ozhan Akdag wants to create a robotics club in “Erudito licėjus” too and wants to join some competitions with students. Dr. Ozhan Akdag is pleased that by teaching children mathematics, he encourages students to achieve the highest results.
Dr. Ozhan believes that the Mathematics is not somewhere out of our life, it is around us and touches our life every second.
International Baccalaureate Computer Science and Cambridge Primary & Secondary Programmes Information Technology Teacher
Mr Thierry has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Nantes and a Master’s Degree in Computing from the University of Toulouse, France. For the last six years he worked as a Head of Computer Science and Design, IB DP Computer Science and IGCSE ICT teacher at the Bishkek International School in Kyrgyzstan. Prior to that he worked as a software engineer and software developer in various companies in France. Mr Thierry is very effective in inspiring a wide range of students to improve their computer science and design skills and in guiding students through their graduating year. He is joining Erudito licėjus together with his wife, Mrs. Olga Taberna who will be a secondary school co-teacher.
Cambridge Programme Primary and Secondary School English Language and History Teacher
Alexandru is a History and English teacher with a Postgraduate Diploma in Secondary Education and holds Qualified Teacher Status from the United Kingdom. He also holds two BScs degrees in History and International Relations and European Studies. During his career he has worked as a teacher in Vietnam, Slovakia and the United Kingdom covering all age groups and topics including GCSE, A level History and ESL. Apart from that, he has been involved in working with the Vietnamese government in a programme for training teachers in the Cambridge English curriculum. Personal interests range from fantasy and science fiction literature to Japanese history and current world affairs. An avid reader, he hopes to impart this to his students and create a bond through knowledge.
Alexandru believes that ‘’There is no struggle too vast, no odds too overwhelming, for even should we fail – should we fall – we will know that we have lived.’’
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Business Teacher
From Portugal with a Master’s degree in Tourism Marketing, Nuno began his life in Lithuania 5 years ago, as lecturer of Tourism at Kauno Kolegija. He has been a part of the Erudito team previously in Kaunas as extra-curricular teacher for Photography and Video and as coordinator for summer and autumn camps. His journey led him to pursue a new job in Vilnius working with Portuguese Language as a Sales Manager and Field Application Engineer before returning to the Erudito Team with a more deeper experience and knowledge in Business management and business growth. His passion is knowledge in a creative way, teaching young and grown children that business management is investing their time developing their skills in a joyful way.
Nuno believes that everything happens for a reason and that hard work and honesty is the key to success.
Secondary School Mathematics and English Language Teacher
Christo earned a Master of Business Administration Degree, Bachelor of Arts Degree specialising in Education, Higher Education Diploma, and Certificates IV in Information Technology and Training and Assessment. He has eight years experience as a Principal/Director, four years’ experience as Head of Department and more than ten years experience in hands-on teaching across all levels from Early Years to University level. Christo gained his experience across the world in South Africa, Australia, China, Portugal, Russia, Hong Kong, Georgia, and Ukraine! He has qualified Teacher’s status in Australia, Germany and the UK.
Christo believes in holistic education, intending to make learning a process of self‐improvement.
Secondary School Programme Manager and History Teacher
He is an ethics teacher who received a bachelor’s degree in history in 2008. Actively participates in international projects in The Netherlands, Poland, Latvia. Interested in education news, apply the latest teaching methods. Gražvydas participated in the process of assessing the achievements of standardized pupils and developing self-assessment tools for general education schools and is a lecturer in various seminars. The teacher is interested in sports, nature, photography. He is pleased with the knowledge he has with the interests that can convey to the younger generation. Actively travels, has organized a dozen student excursions abroad, visiting science centers or interesting historical objects.
Gražvydas believes, that one of the most important things is to engage the student in the subject, and then learning becomes easier.
International Baccalaureate Programme Biology Teacher
Jurgita graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences and Ecology. She has also completed PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) studies at Middlesex University and received a qualified teacher’s status (QTS) in the United Kingdom. Jurgita has taught Biology, Chemistry, and Physics GCSE in Secondary Schools in London for the past three years. She gained invaluable international experience in teaching English National Curriculum for Science. Jurgita enjoys sharing her knowledge and skills with students and believes that perseverance, open-mindedness, positivity, and resilience are among the most important values needed for the students to be prepared for the challenges of this precious century.
Jurgita believes that “Teachers can open the door, but you must enter it yourself.”
IB DP History and TOK, Secondary English Language and History Teacher
John a warm-hearted, open-minded, down-to-earth guy from the “Show Me” state (Missouri) in the USA. Besides having an MA in Philosophy and a teaching diploma from the KU Leuven (Belgium) and Bachelor diplomas in English, Studio Art and Biology, John loves to work with his hands, is very much into Permaculture and likes being in Nature. As an example, John created an organic garden with his students and fellow teachers while teaching Philosophy in the European Baccalaureate at the European School in Mol, Belgium. He has also taught IB-DP Philosophy and Ethics at an international school in Madrid; and English Language and Literature, History, Geography, Social Studies, Technology and Computer Applications at other European Schools. In addition, he is qualified as a yoga teacher.
John is a world traveler, explorer who believes, following Democritos, “The universe is the good soul’s native land.” Yet, he is happiest when he can help kids get started on the journey to themselves. He loves the poetry of Rumi and the philosophies of Parmenides, Empedocles, Plato and Kant.
A Lithuanian Language and Literature Teacher
Lithuanian language and literature teacher with 24 years of pedagogical work experience. 1997 graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University, Faculty of Lithuanian Studies, and since 2001. Inga was awarded the qualification category of a senior teacher. The teacher is a PUPP evaluator, has been elected chairman of the school council on several occasions, and has led the teachers’ methodological group. Participates in consultations on the evaluation of teaching aids and Lithuanian language textbooks. She has been preparing tasks for Lithuanian language olympiads for students of national minority schools for five years. Inga participated in the EU project “Living Reading” aimed at improving students’ reading skills. During the project, she improved her knowledge about fast, inclusive reading, the use of ICT and virtual learning environment, and the creation of texts using IT tools. She also worked as a journalist in the editorial office of Žolynų magazine. Inga’s students participate in various educational competitions, olympiads, social actions, project activities. “Modern children are curious, it is important for them to explore and try. Research activities involve, reveal students’ talents and abilities, learning becomes interesting and effective. I remind my students that language opens up many ways and opportunities for a person, ”says the teacher. – I. Kant wrote: “The Lithuanian language is very important and it is the key to all the secrets of the world.” “
Inga believes that meaningful, innovative teaching (s) can be a pleasure.
A Lithuanian Language and Literature Teacher
Lithuanian language teacher, having graduated from the Bachelor’s and Master’s studies in Lithuanian Philology and started writing a dissertation in the field of philology. The teacher belongs to the literary prize commission of the writer G. Kanovičius, she has also published fiction texts as well as scientific and journalistic articles. In addition to Lithuanian studies, she is interested in Judaic studies, completed her internship in Israel and taught Hebrew language to 1-9 grade students for a couple of years. The teacher is an active user of visual and performing arts.
Rima believes famous Lithuanian writer Juozas Tumas-Vaižgantas sometimes signed in his letters: “Totis viribus! (With all one’s might!)”
A Lithuanian Language and Literature Teacher
A Lithuanian language and literature teacher with a senior teacher qualification category, during her 13 years of work experience has worked in Lithuanian and international schools. Teacher Ernesta graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University with a bachelor’s degree in Lithuanian philology and a master’s degree in literary studies. The teacher regularly prepares students for both local and republican competitions, educates young journalists, used to publish a school newspaper with them, organises inter-school debates and other events, and is an evaluator of the Secondary Education Achievement Test (PUPP). The teacher always sees the learning process as a field of possibilities – an opportunity to help others grow and improve on a daily basis, and at the same time, an opportunity to be a part of the future for herself. It is important for teacher Ernesta that every student in the lessons feels safe and important and knows the ways in which they can learn and improve.
Ernesta believes famous pedagogue and educator Meilės Lukšienė: “To educate means to transfer culture and prepare a person so that he can participate creatively in it – not only to consume cultural goods properly, but also to increase them.”
Mathematics teacher methodologist with 15 years of pedagogical experience. He obtained the professional qualification of a mathematics teacher after graduating from Vilnius University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. In their activities, they are constantly looking for ways to improve their qualifications, gain new experience, so they do not shy away from participating in projects related to improving the quality of education. Marius had to test his strength while working in the team of authors preparing the textbook “Mathematics for You 12th grade”, the task “Mathematics for You 11th grade”, the publication “Mathematics Tasks for 5th grade”. Has been involved in projects for the development of interactive learning objects for gymnasiums, digital teaching aids and methodologies for their use. Marius is interested in the dynamic mathematics program Geogebra, is involved in the activities of the Lithuanian Geogebra Institute, and is also a member of the organizing committee of the Baltic & Nordic Geogebra Network.
Marius believes that “keep in mind that I am good and I am lucky, you are good and you are lucky.”
Teacher Dalia, who has 12 years of experience in pedagogical work, graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University, obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and a teacher’s qualification. She graduated from the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences with a master’s degree, completed a study programme in management and administration of educational institutions and obtained a master’s degree in business and management. The teacher has acquired the qualification category of a senior teacher of economics. Dalia studied a mathematics subject module at Vytautas Magnus University for 1.5 years. During the lesson, teacher Dalia looks for methods and ways to interest students in the subject, encourages students to cooperate, develops the ability to evaluate their own and friends’ work, to be their friends’ teachers and encourage creativity.
Dalia believes the Latin saying „Discere ne cesses! (Engl. Don‘t stop learning!)“
Secondary School English Teacher
Ms. Indrė is originally from Lithuania. She graduated from University of Leeds with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Classical Literature. In her studies she was reading, analysing, and interpreting all kinds of English, Ancient Greek, and Roman texts. Just before graduation, she wrote an academic paper about an early medieval source, which was a great experience and a good way to practice what she has learned at the university. After studies Ms. Indrė worked as a translator in the UK and then had the opportunity to join a start-up company, where she trained various people and teams. This experience has allowed her to learn how to transfer knowledge in an effective and engaging way. Finally, she decided to continue pursuing her teaching career by working as an English teacher. To work as a teacher has been her lifetime dream, so Ms. Indrė is happier than ever. Currently she is deepening her knowledge of literature, language and history by studying for a Master’s degree in Classical Studies at Vilnius University. Ms. Indrė is interested in literature, art, and history. Also, she is keen on the issues of the environment and human rights. She tries to volunteer and help others whenever she can.
Ms. Indrė believes that through kindness and understanding our world will become a better place.
Joel Mowdy graduated with high honors from Hofstra University with a Bachelor degree in English Literature. He has also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from the University of Michigan. He is a published author with more than fifteen years experience teaching English (Language and Literature) as well as other humanities subjects at international schools on three continents. Writing is his passion, and he strives to impart the good writing habits his students need to be successful on their life-long learning journeys.
French teacher, who has been working in education for 15 years, has completed her Bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in French and didactics and has a teacher expert qualification category. Gintarė is demanding and seeking improvement, so she regularly participates in various trainings in Lithuania and France, she is a member of a team of various national projects, conducts methodological training for Lithuanian teachers, is an evaluator of international DELF/DALF exams, and since 2020 vice-president of the Association of French Language Teachers and Teachers. Teachers are a very important environment based on collaboration, teamwork, and partnership, where pupils use the language naturally and easily in various activities.
Gintarė believes, that each student must experience success in the lesson in order to gain confidence in their abilities.
The teacher has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Vilnius University, where she also obtained a Master’s degree in French Philology and a qualification in interpreting. France, the French language, culture, books, music have surrounded her since early childhood. Since high school, Indre has been a laureate of many French language competitions and Olympiads. During her studies, she studied at various universities in Paris, Angers and Strasbourg. She worked as a freelance French-Lithuanian interpreter in the public and private sectors. Trained at the European Commission’s Interpretation Directorate in Brussels and at the European Court of Justice’s Interpretation Directorate in Luxembourg. Being a mother of two kids, she became convinced that working with children and their education was one of the most meaningful activities, so she joins the Erudito licėjus teachers’ team with joy and inspiration.
Indrė believes that family gives children roots and school gives the wings.
French teacher holding a DAEFLE (Professional diploma in teaching French as a foreign language) and a Masters in History from the Université de Caen Normandie, France. Teacher also had the great opportunity to do a language exchange in Germany and an Erasmus+ year in Cardiff, UK. Teacher have lived and worked in a number of countries worlwide in the UK, Japan, Switzerland and recently Ethiopia. Chloe is always happy to share her culture and her language with students from around the world as well as learning from them. Her vision about teaching French is that it must be fun. The students must be in movement, they must communicate, share their own experience. Everyone has a voice, should use it and be heard. Everyone is important and teacher uses French to encourage them to believe in themselves.
Teacher believes that the teachers have to let the students express who they are and let their personalities shine. The lesson will be richer and the students more confident.
Physics Teacher – Methodologist
The physics teacher is open to innovation, constantly improving in both subject and pedagogical fields, and encouraging students to observe and explore nature. Aida has even 24 years of experience in teaching physics at school. Graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University in 1996 and obtained the qualification of a physics and astronomy teacher also graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University with a master’s degree and obtained a master’s degree in natural sciences and a qualification of a gymnasium physics-astronomy teacher. The teacher is a co-author of the methodological article Spreadsheet’s Scope of Application in School Physics. The article was published in the publication “Information technologies at school” (2006) of the selected articles of the 2nd International Conference “Informatics in School: Development and Perspectives”. 2015 internship at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (France, Switzerland). Prepared methodological material “History of Atomic Structure and Elementary Particle Research”, which can be found in the activities of the National Agency for Education (former UPC) “Educational GARDEN”. Aida willingly shares her experience, reads presentations at LFMA (Lithuanian Physics Teachers’ Association) conferences. She is a member of this association and a member of the LFMA Vilnius branch board. She has released four student shows that keep in touch with former students and even their parents.
Kristina is determined to show her students not only the difficult and exact side of chemistry, natural sciences, but also to help them understand how wonderful it is to know what is going on in the human body, nature, technological processes. After obtaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees in natural sciences, Kristina in 2004 awarded the qualification category of a senior teacher. Since 2012 she has been participating in the evaluation of the works of the State Chemistry Exam, and since 2017 Kristina is a senior evaluator. Successfully prepares students for chemistry olympiads. The teacher is proud of 2018. after receiving a letter of thanks from the VU Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences for their interest in chemistry and excellent preparation of students for studies at Vilnius University. Kristina participates and represents Lithuanian chemistry teachers in seminars organized by Baltic chemistry teachers in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
Kristina believes that the only way to be truly happy is to work what you enjoy most and enjoy what you do.
The teacher graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology and obtained the qualification of a teacher at Vytautas Magnus University. He is currently studying a Master’s degree in Inclusive Education: Socio-Educational Industries. The teacher has worked as a homeroom teacher and has experience working with 5-12 grade students as well as with students with learning difficulties. Marius applies active teaching methods, various information technology tools and platforms, and principles of universal design to education in the learning process, in order to involve all students in the class and experience learning success. He is interested in the biological diversity of Lithuanian organisms, and also has a collection of invertebrates that he is constantly increasing. Marius believes that nature, biology is an integral part of every human life, so to understand what is going on in nature and in our body processes are very important. Marius thinks that if a teacher goes to work with joy, a smile on his face, he believes in himself, then the students will trust him as well.
Marius believes that the experience of learning success is very important in the learning process, which increases students’ motivation, self-esteem, relationship with teachers, develops competencies, abilities and allows them to move forward.
A geography teacher who has worked as a senior geography teacher in grades 6-8 for the last seven years. Mantas is responsible for student self-government and actively organizes the activities of the Young Travelers Club. Mantas is convinced that he not only teaches children, but also learns a lot from them.
Mantas believes that experience and joyful moments do not come from being on top of a mountain, but from the time spent climbing a mountain.
Geography teacher Raimonda has a bachelor’s degree in geography, a master’s degree in environmental policy and administration as well as completed a study programme in school pedagogy. The teacher is extremely fond of travel, books, movies and geography subject. The science of geography encompasses a variety of natural, cultural, historical events, and the teacher’s goal is to show students how wonderful and full of miracles our world is, and we are each responsible for its future.
Raimonda believes that the school does not prepare students for life, but on the contrary – the school is already an important part of their lives.
Information and Modern Technology Teacher
Teacher of Information and Modern Technology, who has 20 years of experience in pedagogical work, has completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and also mathematics and computer science at the then Vilnius Pedagogical University. Jūratė is a Logo enthusiast, one of the pioneers of the Logo competition – Olympic and informatics and also informatics competition “Bebras” in Lithuania. Jūratė is a co-author of many textbooks.
Jūratė believes that the teacher’s job is to show the student the paths and opportunities, to support and encourage them to take the first steps.
Ethics and Theatre Teacher
After graduating from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, with a bachelor’s degree in drama and a master’s degree in theatre, Asta has accumulated particularly extensive and significant experience in theatre, television, cinema and education. Asta has many years of pedagogical experience working with children of all ages in schools, leading theatre groups and studios, as well as creativity and theatre camps. The mother of four children constantly strives to inspire the younger generation to be themselves through constant self-search, discussing the principles and essence of tolerance. Asta teaches children communication, public speaking, emotion cognition and expression, cooperation, reflection skills, which are especially important for students’ spiritual, emotional and intellectual development.
Asta believes that that only by not being afraid to take risks and overcoming all fears can one create and be oneself.
Physical Education Teacher
Frank van Lieshout
Physical education and wellness teacher comes from the Netherlands. From a very young age he was highly passionate about sport, outdoors and nature. He obtained a university degree in physical education and qualified to be a sports pedagogue. During 10 years of experience he has worked in sport clubs as well as different schools from traditional schools to outdoor and nature based schools and schools for children with special needs teaching children from the age 4- 21 years old. Frank likes running, trail running and also obstacle running. He also has participated in both European and World championships. Besides teaching in a school he also teaches adults an active lifestyle in the sport community he has founded in Vilnius (Sportive locals). His vision as a physical education teacher is to help children find the joy in doing sports by introducing children to as many different sports as possible including the new trends and non-traditional sports. Teacher believes that the foundation of success comes together with happiness and positive energy.
Frank believes that “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you“.
In 2002 he graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University and acquired a bachelor of religious sciences. After successfully starting as a teacher, Julius continued to improve his knowledge and in 2011 acquired the Qualification Category of Senior Teacher. Julius is currently a member of the Methodological Group of The Teachers of Nicholas, All Saints, parish teachers, and st. Chairman of the Theresa Parish Teachers Methodological Group. They believe that the search for the meaning of life is specific to everyone and everyone is looking for what is filling. In his lessons, it is most important for him to find a connection with the student so that the student feels safe, open, and critical in the lesson.
Julius believes that whatever you do, do it from the heart.
Violeta Serbintienė – music teacher methodologist with 32 years of work experience in pre-school, primary and secondary education. The teacher obtained her qualification as a choir leader and music teacher at Klaipeda University. As a lover of theater, dance and music, teacher Violeta combined these art branches into the musical genre. The musicals “Please love my Lithuania”, “Your Anna”, “We play love according to Shakespeare” and many others created by the teacher were noticed and evaluated in republican theater competitions, shown in the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, the Presidency, Trakai Castle, the Martynas Mažvydas National Library and other Lithuanian stages. The teacher is also active in international projects – in the Erasmus + project “Life on stage”, street performances created by the teacher and her students were shown in the squares of Madrid, Spain. Teacher Violeta also creates digital educational content – e-lessons used by the Lithuanian music teachers.
Violeta believes that believing in the child’s abilities, mutual respect and mutual responsibility, courage to be oneself, creativity are the most direct path to learning success.
After graduating from the performing arts – jazz vocals – at Vytautas Magnus University Music Academy, Dovaldė has been working as a vocal, piano and music teacher for three years. She is graduated the composition from Jazz Academy in Lithuania. In teaching students of all ages, the teacher seeks daily positivity and shares it with others. Dovaldė is also a participant in several popular musical TV shows as well as a backing vocalist. The courage to stand on the stage and the excellent communication skills gained during the concerts, enables Dovaldė to teach her students by applying a holistic approach. During the lessons, the teacher strives for each child to overcome their fears, internal barriers and free themselves in a variety of senses.
Dovaldė believes that every child has an infinite desire to act, and the teacher must help to turn it into action.
Art and technology teacher
Inga Fontez (stage name Sakurako)
Inga spent 20 years in Amsterdam and in 2017 returned to Vilnius, where she worked as a teacher at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater and obtained a teacher qualification at Vilnius University. At the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam, she studied conceptual art and searched for forms of expression by experimenting with a variety of disciplines: drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, installations, video and performance. Eventually, she discovered her style by creating mostly embedded installations and interventional performances. After graduating from the academy, she also studied traditional martial arts, tea ceremonies, sumi-e, traditional theater Noh and avant-garde dance Butoh with various masters in Japan. Known as Sakurako, she creates performances that balance performance art, dance and theater. The geography of presentation of her works is very wide – from Paris to Tokyo, her works have been presented in prestigious galleries and non-traditional spaces, as well as in the most famous theater stages and festivals. As a mother, Inga focuses on pedagogical activities, echoing Dewey’s idea that education is the only way to social progress and reform.
The teacher resonates with the paradigm of posthumanist education and encourages the diverse creativity of students by decoding J. Beuys ’statement that everyone is an artist.