Our Teachers

Martin Hoľko

Hi, my name is Martin and I consider myself truly fortunate, as for me, teaching is not only my profession, but also my life‘s mission… Not to mention, great fun!

I enjoy sports, traveling, history, a good sleep and making other people happy! The feeling of sharing my knowledge and experiences with my students is simply priceless.

I began my teaching carrier straight after finishing university and 10 years later, having spent seven years teaching at the gymnasium followed by three years at a primary school, I’m still enjoying it. Funnily enough, as a teacher, what I enjoy the most, are the excursions outside of the classroom and the school; where the learning is a combination of hands-on experience and fun. Having a lesson outside, maybe in a park or a historical part of the town-center, has always had a bit of magic to it. I have also been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work alongside third country nationals, where in addition to various activities we were also devoting time to teaching them the Slovak language.

Currently I am a part of the project that introduces and offers experiential learning (hands-on learning) workshops to various primary schools. I believe experiential and practical learning should be the at the very base of education and in all educational institutions. I believe individual subjects should overlap and complement each other as opposed to being taught in isolation.

Teaching of the Slovak language has, in comparison to other subjects, a great advantage in that it also includes the culture, history, geography, traditions and other whole wealth of information about our beautiful Slovakia.

Lenka Hanusová

Hi, my name is Lenka and I can honestly say that one of the greatest joys in my life is working with small children.

After graduating high school, I made the decision to continue my career in the field of education. Whilst studying biology and physics, I came to the realization that my heart was guiding me into pre-school education and for that reason I decided to start working in a kindergarten. During my 6 years practice, I was able to finish my university studies.

I am one of the lucky teachers for whom working with children is not only interesting, but also totally fulfilling! I feel that working with children is my life’s calling. I believe every child is unique and needs an individual approach. This is reflected in my practice with children; I strive to identify the uniqueness and individuality of each child and create an environment in which they can thrive. During my classes, I like discovering the beauty of the Slovak language through games, songs and poems. I love plays with puppets and dramatizing stories and fairy tales. The best reward for me is knowing my students are looking forward to my classes and seeing happy and contented smiles on their faces.

I look forward to meeting you and your little ones!

Juliana Molnárová

Hi, my name is Juliana. I am a qualified Slovak language teacher. I see my job as a mission to show to children the beauty of our language and our country and guide them through an extraordinary path of education. Working with children is the most interesting and meaningful call for me, in which I not only pass on my knowledge to children, but also expand my own horizons with their unique points of view. I truly enjoy this experience!

After finishing my university studies, I started teaching in a primary school. During my lessons, I try to put into practice the idea of Ján Amos Comenius: “learning by playing”. I believe that education should be appealing and attractive for children, therefore I engage my students with games, projects, plays and hands-on activities. My aim is to expose children to Slovak language in a playful way that they are going to enjoy, to keep language-learning fun for them and to make their curiosity brewing. My reward is their smile and progress.

Zdenka Valeková

Hi! To introduce myself shortly I can say that I am a teacher, a special needs pedagogue, and a mother.

I help children discovering their own potential; I am their guide on their path of knowledge. I believe that the driving force of education is mainly the intrinsic motivation of children for learning. Therefore I try to create a stimulating and safe learning environment where students can be themselves.

I believe in the uniqueness of everyone and with this in mind I approach each of my students.  Do you make mistakes? Great! I am here for you! We all learn from our mistakes and what is even more important, we are becoming more tolerant of the „imperfections“ of others.

Apart from teaching, I provide psychological couching and counselling to parents, teachers and students, mostly to those with any kind of specific educational needs.

My current full-time work is being an internal expert for the Research Institute of Child Psychology and Pathopsychology. However, I don´t see myself as an expert in everything, therefore I am constantly in the process of studying and learning.  

In my free time, I like engaging myself in various activities – sports, adrenaline experience, hiking, cycling, swimming, skiing, reading… I love spending time in nature where I can “recharge” and gain a new strength. My most unforgettable experience was climbing the Gerlachovsky peak in the High Tatras.

Slovak is my native language. This reflects not only in my ability to communicate, but also in my knowledge and passion for our country´s cultural and natural heritage, which I am excited to share with my Flamingos students!

Stanislava Michalková

Hi Flamingos,

My name is Stanka. I am a mother of two grown-up children. As a child, I had a dream to become a kindergarten teacher. My childhood dream did came through and I am living it until today. For past 20 years, I have been a teacher and second mom to children in a kindergarten. I also teach and support elementary school students with special educational needs that require individual teacher’s assistance. My work is my joy, my passion and my life.

I discover the beauty of the Slovak language and culture through fairy tales, games or stories. I help children to develop their skills for expressing the needs and feelings and using correct pronunciation. I navigate children in their development of social contacts with friends, peers and adults as well as prepare them for taking adequate responsibility. I support children’s uniqueness, healthy self-confidence and self-esteem. I apply creativity and environmental sensitivity into my daily work and build habits that lead to healthy lifestyle.

In my free time I do sports, I like downhill and cross-country skiing and fitness. I like riding a motorcycle, listening to modern and classical music. I love musicals, history and visiting cultural monuments.

Most rewarding feeling for me is seeing children excited to spend time with me, share their achievements and skills they gathered through my approach and dedication.

I look forward to seeing and enjoying our classes together.

Ivana Cigániková

Hi, my name is Ivana, I am a Slovak language teacher and lecturer. I am one of those lucky ones that have fulfilled their childhood dream in their adulthood profession. Becoming a teacher has been my dream since the elementary school, following the example of my favourite first teacher. Until today, my job is a source of a great joy and accomplishment for me.

I graduated the university with masters at Slovak language and literature, geography and catechetical studies. I have three wonderful children and a great husband who always „keep me on my toes“ in order not to distance myself too far from my students. Sometimes I try new activities and ideas first at home with my kids and in return, they give me useful educational tips on how to lecture with enthusiasm and for a joy of others.

As for teaching methods, I am a supporter of hands-on and experiential learning. I also like taking my students on various trips, to museums, galleries, cultural events etc. I believe that any unusual experience or adventure can have a great impact on children´s learning process motivation and is always an inspirational enrichment for all of us.  

In addition to teaching Slovak language in primary school, I also lecture Slovak as a foreign language to adults. My last addition to my profession portfolio is giving lessons at the Flamingos school. It is with a great pleasure and honour that I can share my love for Slovakia, its language and culture with children of the Flamingos school and, in return, to learn a lot about themselves and their countries. Can´t wait to meet you at my lessons!    

Our Management Team

Marieta Gundová

SCHOOL DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER

Hi, my name is Marieta and here are few words that describe me: • Global citizen • Passionate Traveler • Business women • Linguist • Life-long learner • Designer • Mother

I was born in Slovakia but thanks to my parents and my carrier and passion for travelling, I have spent most of my life abroad.

Miriam Racekova

SCHOOL MANAGER

Hi, my name is Miriam and above all I describe myself as a mother of a multilingual child. I am also a big fun and supporter of our school and as a result of this I spend my free time managing the school administration and coordinating the out-of-school activities, weekend gatherings, as well as our social media platforms and parent – school communication.

Zuzana Nicolaou

Manager

Hi, My name is Zuzka. As 18 years old, I was admitted for studies of Medicine in Prague. New adventures brought me to Cyprus and instead of a doctor I became a businesswomen. I also met the love of my life and made this island my second home. However, even though that I live abroad for longer than in Slovakia, I am Slovak in my heart and I teach my children to feel the same!