Ryan and Markéta Goodwin – With over 25 years combined experience in the field of education and childcare, we are fulfilling our dream to build a school that successfully prepares young children for the challenges of higher learning and becoming a compassionate and intelligent human being in our rapidly changing world.
Ryan – Originally from Littleton, Colorado, USA, I moved to Prague in 1999 as an exchange student. Before returning to the Czech Republic in 2001, I graduated Cum Laude with a degree in business and marketing at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
I began teaching at the University of Economics in Prague before finding my first preschool position in 2005. Teaching children at this age is so rewarding because of their desire to learn, their unique way of seeing the world and the laughter we share in observing it. In addition to designing fun and challenging worksheets for our students, I have enjoyed writing and directing over 24 school plays.
Sustaining meaningful relationships with our students and their families is so important that I continue to teach some former students privately; the oldest will be turning 18 this year! I also enjoy sharing my passion for history, reading, cooking and puzzles with our students. The births of our son, Ryley, and daughter, Zara, have only strengthened my commitment to giving children a lasting education and a memorable childhood.
Markéta – Raised in Příbram, I studied civil engineering before leaving to live and work in England as an au pair. For two years, I cared for children ranging in age from 4 to 11 years old before taking a position caring for patients with muscular dystrophy. Throughout my time in England, I studied English language and Linguistics at Canterbury College.
In 2005, I was given the opportunity to become the manager of a newly-opened English language preschool in Prague. Having the opportunity to share my passion for art and design with children has been an immensely rewarding experience. After our son, Ryley, was born, I continued to work in a limited capacity designing background sets and costumes for the school theater as well as decorative art for seasonal displays and celebrations. The opportunity to continue guiding children through their educational development is a constant source of inspiration and fulfillment.
Emily – I moved to Prague in October of 2017 and completed my TEFL course at The Language House-Prague shortly after. Before moving to Prague, I was living in Grand Rapids, Michigan in the United States. There, I received my bachelors of science in anthropology and environmental studies, focusing on agriculture and environmental education.
In college, and through volunteer work afterwards, I learned the power of experiential education and the joy of working with young children. After living and working on several small farms in the United States, I decided that I wanted to start a career in education while also immersing myself in new cultures and communities.
Teaching at The Academy at Marina and other schools in Prague has proved to be the dynamic and fulfilling experience I was seeking. I am so happy to be able to engage our students and facilitate their learning; not only teaching them English, but also how to be constructive, creative, and mindful individuals.