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.
IB Diploma Programme Coordinator in Vilnius
Uwe G. Anselm
Uwe is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He has also received a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY, USA. He has also studied Mathematics at von Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Uwe has been teaching High School Mathematics for over 20 years and has specialized in IB Math for 7 years. He has also taught Computer Science, Coding and Robotics.
Math is his passion and he loves sharing that with his students.
Teacher of Lithuanian language and Literature
Lithuanian language and literature teacher, VBE assessor with 12 years of experience in pedagogical work. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Vilnius pedagogical university at the time and studied for a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at Vilnius University. Sigita is convinced that work in school is special, requiring a wide range of teacher knowledge and skills because children are extremely curious, skillful, eager to test themselves, so not only knowledge of the subject is necessary at work with the younger generation, but also many other competencies. She believes that a teacher is an assistant who can discover or channel the potential of students, so he constantly consciously seeks personal and professional development, and does not stop learning himself so that he can teach others. Sigita admires Lithuanian subjects because of its versatility: “Lithuanian language lessons are not only learning texts, contexts, grammar categories or syntactic figures. This is a set of complex approaches to various cultural, social, historical phenomena, the system of values. After all, literature synthesis all the arts, and the text is needed in any area of life,” says the teacher.
Sigita believes, that life is a school where everyone has the opportunity to discover their infinite talents and enjoy the gifts of life.
Teacher of Lithuanian language and Literature
Lithuanian language and literature teacher with 24 years of pedagogical experience. In 1997 she graduated from the Faculty of Lithuanian Pedagogical University of Vilnius Pedagogical University and since 2001. The qualification category of the senior teacher has been given the same. The teacher is a PUPP evaluator, has been elected president of the school board on several occasions, and has led a methodological group of teachers. Participates in the consultation on the evaluation of teaching tools and Lithuanian language textbooks. For five years, he has been preparing assignments for Lithuanian-language Olympians for pupils of ethnic minority schools. Inga participated in the EU project “Living Reading” to improve pupils’ reading skills. During the project, he improved knowledge of fast, inclusive reading, the use of ICT and the virtual learning environment, and the creation of texts through IT tools. She also worked as a journalist in žolynų magazine. Inga educators participate in various educational competitions, Olympics, social campaigns, project activities. “Modern children are curious, they need to explore and try. Research activities involve, reveal pupils’ talents, abilities, learning becomes interesting, effective. I remind my students that language opens up many paths and opportunities for a person,” says the teacher. “The Lithuanian language is very important and this is the key to all the secrets of the world,” Kant wrote.
Mathematics teacher methodist with 15 years of pedagogical experience. He received his professional qualifications as a mathematics teacher after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Vilnius University. In his activities constantly looking for how to improve his qualifications, gain new experience, so do not shy away from participating in projects related to improving the quality of education. Marius had to try his hand at working in the authors’ team to prepare the textbook “Mathematics For You 12kl”, the task “Mathematics for you 11kl”, the publication “Mathematics Tasks 5kl.”. He has participated in projects, creating interactive educational objects for gymnasiums, digital teaching tools, and their methodology for their use. Marius is interested in the dynamic mathematics program Geogebra is involved in the activities of the Geogebra Institute of Lithuania.
Marius believes: I’m good and I’m doing well, you’re good and you’re doing well.
A mathematics teacher who received a master’s degree in mathematics and informatics with a teacher’s qualification at Vilnius University started his teaching path in 2012. Has significant pedagogical experience working with pupils, students, and pedagogical experience in working with adults in grades 5 to 12. Tomas is co-author of the first electronic textbook in Lithuania (2018). He has been active in sports, and he has been playing basketball for 10 years.
Tomas believes, that the teacher must be a friend, but not a friend. This approach allows you to discover the connection with the student and find the key to the success of the collaboration.
Teacher of Physics
A methodist in physics with 24 years of experience in physics teaching school. After graduating from Vilnius Pedagogical University in 1995, teachers were awarded the qualification of a teacher of physics and astronomy, and in 1996 after completing a master’s degree in science from Vilnius Pedagogical University, a master’s degree in natural sciences and the qualification of a professor of physics and astronomy in gymnasium physics and astronomy. The teacher is a co-author of the spreadsheet’s Scope of Application in School Physics. The article was published in the journal Information technologies at school (2006) of the selected articles of the 2nd International Conference “Informatics at School: Evolution and Perspectives”. In 2015, she trained at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (France, Switzerland). Developed methodological material “History of atom structure and elementary particle study”, which can be found in the activities of the National Education Agency (UPC) “Education GARDEN”. Aida is open to innovation, constantly improving both in the business and pedagogical field. Encourages students to observe and explore nature. Willingly shares experiences and reads reports at LFMA (Lithuanian Association of Physics Teachers) conferences. She is a member of this association and a member of the Board of the Vilnius Division of LFMA. She released four school programs that keep her in touch with former students and even their parents.
Aida believes, that students to believe in the teacher in a way that they can even trust.
Chemistry and Biology Teacher
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences and a Master’s degree in Chemistry, Kristina was awarded a senior teacher’s qualification category in 2004. Since 2012, she has been involved in the State Chemistry Exam, and since 2017, Kristina is a senior evaluator. Successfully prepares students for the Chemistry Olympiads. The teacher is proud to receive a letter of thanks from VU Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences in 2018 for students’ interest in chemistry and excellent preparation of pupils for studies at Vilnius University. Kristina participates and represents Lithuanian chemistry teachers at seminars organized by Baltic chemistry teachers in Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Its students aim to show not only the heavy and precise side of chemistry, of natural sciences, but also to help them understand how wonderful it is to know what is happening in the human body, in nature, in technological processes.
Kristina believes, that the only way to be really satisfied is to work in what you think is a wonderful job. And the only way to do a wonderful job is to enjoy what you’re doing.
Teacher of History and Ethics
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.
Teacher of Geography
Geography teacher, who has worked for the last seven years as a senior teacher in geography in grades 6 to 8. Mantas is responsible for the self-government of students and actively organizes the activities of the Young Travelers Club. Mantas is convinced that not only teaches children but also learns a lot from them.
Mantas believes, that most of the experience and joyful moments come not from being on top of a mountain, but from the time spent climbing the mountain.
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.
Physical education Teacher
Physical education and wellness teacher is a coach who has acquired a teacher/coach specialty and bachelor’s degree in sports degree at Kaunas Academy of Physical Education. After successfully working as a teacher and coach, Regimantas continued his studies at Vilnius University and in 2009, where he graduated with a master’s degree in business management. In 2009, he installed karate hall, one of the prestigious Vilnius schools, where he continued his career as a coach and later a teacher. Currently, Regimantas is 2 KYU (brown belt). In the latter period, Regimantas discovered Muay Thay, TRX, functional and other strength, endurance, and health-enhancing workouts, like pilate, yoga, which connects the body and soul, helps to relax. Regimantas is the LRS’s public adviser on sports and education. Participates in the activities of the Ministry of Education and Science of the RL, creating a wellness program for teachers. Regimantas is also proud of the excellent awards: Karate Kyokushin in adult competitions “Hall sign” prizewinner (2007-2008); Participant and winner of judo competition (in junior and junior groups); National Guard Service, Republican race, a battle barrier with firearm multiple prize winner and champion.
He believe that health is not everything, without health everything is nothing!
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.
Eglė Smaidžiūnaitė Corbett
Teacher Eglė has acquired the qualifications of an English language, primary class, and music teacher. A long pedagogical tour began in Klaipėda, then continued for many years in Ireland, where Eglė had a great opportunity to further deepen her language skills and gain pedagogical and cultural experience. The teacher is convinced that it is very important to be open and courageous in accepting new knowledge, challenges, and opportunities, and above all to believe and love what you are doing. It was the rigidity that accompanied the teacher from childhood, which led her to choose the profession of teacher, and the textbook was and until now remained Eglė’s favorite book.
She believes, that ingenuity opens the way for science to man, and diligence and sincerity contribute to the realization of aspirations.
Alina Žutautaitė, an English teacher methodist is proud of her 23 years of pedagogical work experience. The teacher is convinced that she is best at learning with her students. The best assessment of the teacher’s work is that letters come from students stressing that being a teacher is the greatest joy because they are extremely interesting, enriched not only with business knowledge but also by a motivation to achieve their goals and never give up. Teacher Alina has been participating in the state evaluation of the English exam orally and in writing for many years, to help her students. Reaching a goal, participates in the organization and management of children’s summer camps in English, not only in Lithuania but also outside. In 2017, primary school students founded their own school called “Intelligent School”, where they teach English with active teaching methods to make children interested and curious to learn the language. For many years, the teacher was a curator of practice for English students and shared their best practices with future educators. As virtual learning and training is now being used, Alina has created a YouTube channel: Englishmentorlt and Podcast, where she shares her tips on learning English.
She believes, that creativity is a process that allows you to understand the world, and it serves language skills.
Teacher of French
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.
She believes, that each student must experience success in the lesson in order to gain confidence in their abilities.
An art teacher who graduated from Falmouth University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animation and VFX. After graduating, she began the animation of the film “The Currency of Kindness” for the BBC Spotlight channel about Coronavirus Lessons. Viltė has given lectures to students about teamwork and public speaking. Also, organized events, volunteered in the Lithuanian School Union (LMS), where she was responsible for the organization, conduct, and design of the participants’ cards. Viltė also studied neurolinguistic programming, psychology, and public speaking at Toastmasters Club. Viltė hopes that she will resurrect the usual art classes for a new life through the expanses and beauty of the animation discipline.
Viltė thinks that everything is as it must be.
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.
Teacher of Economics and Business
A teacher from Portugal, who received his bachelor’s degree from the Polytechnic Institute of Braganza and with a master’s degree in Tourism Marketing. He began his life in Lithuania 4 years ago as a Tourism lecturer at Kaunas College, at the end of his master’s degree. Nuno began his work trip at Erudito Lyceum, working as a photography and video teacher as well as organizer of the summer and autumn camps. After arriving in Vilnius, he decided to deepen his entrepreneurial knowledge in various international companies and then continued his career as a Field Application Engineer. Now Nuno has returned to Erudito with deeper experience and knowledge in management and business.
He believes that everything happens for a reason and that hard work and honesty is the key to success.
Communicative, creative, seeking improvement – this is how Irma can be described. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in nature and a Master’s degree in Biology, she sought improvement, so she decided to acquire a Teacher’s qualification in Bachelor of Biology. Teachers are important for communication and collaboration so that students can apply theoretical knowledge in practice of everyday life in various activities. As she states: “Practice is essential to develop students’ critical thinking, creativity, and autonomy. The promotion of the goals set, allows the pupil to unfold as an unique personality with its own distinctive characteristics. The realization that love, respect, attention, responsibility are values that man must apply not only to another person but also to the entire natural world, to the self-awareness and self-worth of man.”
She believes, that nature is not a human asset, and human is just a part of nature.
After graduating from bachelor of arts at the Vytautas Magnus University, is continuing her studies at master of arts. She also attends jazz academy in Kaunas to deepen her understanding of music and practice new skills. Girmantė has 3 years’ pedagogical experience in teaching music at kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in Kaunas and now in Vilnius. She also gives piano and accordion lessons. Girmantė worked as a music therapist with kids who have special needs.
Girmantė is very happy to have an opportunity to work and share her professional expertise with young, talented and motivated students at “Erudito licėjus”.
English teacher, translator, editor, obtained a bachelor degree in English philology at Vilnius University. She is the winner of Sir Stanley Wells Fellowship, who graduated with honours from the Shakespeare Institute, Birmingham University. Greta has a strong personality, is able to think critically and creatively, rationally solve problems and build a relationship with the intercultural community. Ir is extremely important for Greta to create an equal dialogue with children, to know them as growing individual personalities, to share and inspire love for literature and science.
She believes, that openness, trust, self-reflection and mutual feedback in the educational process are among the most important values.