Meet our new staff members for the school year 2020-2021
"My name is Faith Adebiyi, I am a Nigerian and also the new aftercare teacher here in Tallinn European School. Yes, I do love children a lot and my hobbies are cooking and singing 😊. I'm in my final year of study at Tallinn University where I am having my masters in International relations. I'm looking forward to having a great time working here."
"My name is Carina Adolfsson, a 50 years old woman, originally from Sweden. I lived and worked in Estonia first time as a volunteer in 1993-1994 when I taught English and Swedish at Valga Gümnaasium. In 1996 I came back and since then I have lived here, in Rakvere, permanently. During most of the time I have been giving language courses as self-employed, but I have also been teaching Swedish and English at schools in Tallinn, Rakvere and Kunda. I have a partner and two children. My son is 17 and my daughter is 15. My big passion is football and I am playing and coaching in the team and representing the club named KadRak United, which consists of female amateur players from Kadrina and Rakvere, from there the name. I am very excited about starting working at TES and I am really looking forward to meeting you all."
"I am Samuel Amankwaa and I join TES community as a Mathematics Teacher (Secondary level). It’s my pleasure to join this beautiful community of staff and students, a nice welcome to everyone back to school as academic work begins. It’s my greatest desire to meet and interact with colleague teachers and students in this atmosphere of excellence and I hope that we will have the best of the academic year and fruitful studies. I hope positive in these times."
"My name is Katrin Ashley-Smith, I am 33 years old, living in North-Tallinn, near the seaplane harbour with my British husband and 3-year-old son. I lived in the UK for 8 years and moved back to Estonia 3 years ago. In my spare time, I like to read, watch tv/movies, cook and visit the spa with family. "
"I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Michelle James and I will be joining the team at TES in August 2020 as the P5 teacher. I am extremely happy and excited to be part of TES team and I look forward to meeting you all in the near future. For the last 12 years, I have been teaching over the water in Finland at the International School of Helsinki. I have taught a variety of grades during my time there, including grades 2, 3, 4 and 5. Previously to join ISH I taught for 2 years at the International School of Milan. Teaching has been a lifelong dream for me and is my second career. I was a member of The Royal Air Force for 10 years before gaining my teaching certification. I believe my role as an elementary teacher is to nurture and encourage the lifelong learning of my students. Through hands-on activities, classroom discussion, and even the use of humour, I hope to prompt students to think creatively and explore their natural curiosity. I want them to feel that no question is too silly to ask. I praise students not just for mastery of material but also for critical thinking, effort, curiosity, and creativity. I lead by example, always working to improve my own skills in these areas as an educator. Creating a welcoming space for learning is so important, especially for young learners. As an elementary teacher, I am acutely aware that I am defining the school experience for my students. I work hard to make that experience a positive, nurturing one."
"My first name Eudoxie is greek. My parents found it in Madagascar where they were both young teachers. I was born in France but I grew up in French Guiana (South America). I also lived in Canada, Guadeloupe, spent a few months in Scotland and travelled in many countries. I’ve been a teacher for 5 years in Issy-les-Moulineaux (near Paris) where I taught economics to vocational students. I hold a master’s degree in geography and sustainable development. I also hold a bachelor’s degree in human sciences, a diploma in French as a Second Language, and a diploma in journalism. Nearly 10 years ago I wrote several books among those an encyclopedia of animals of French Guiana. In my free time, I spend a lot of time swimming as I’m an international Masters swimmer (amateur). I hold several national titles in long-distance and open water swimming. I came 7th in my group age at the 2017 FINA World Masters Championships (Budapest, Hungaria), and 6th at the 2016 LEN European Masters Championships (Rijeka, Croatia). I also like practising yoga, hiking, canoe and cycling."
"Coming from the sunny south-west of France, my name is Brice, I am 37. I studied foreign languages in Toulouse. I am a French teacher for almost 10 years. I worked in South America, Central Europe and in Asia. I am in Tallinn since September 2019. I love the Estonian nature and the way of life in this little country. I am glad to be part of the Tallinn European School and I can't wait to meet all the TES team."
"I graduated from the German-language class of the Tallinn German Gymnasium and started studying Estonian language and literature as major and German language as minor. In 2003, I started my journey as a teacher, initially teaching German and Estonian at Viimsi Secondary School and moving to Tallinn English College in 2010 to teach German language and literature, both in the national and international curricula (International Baccalaureate). After the birth of my second child, I decided to continue my studies at the School of Humanities at Tallinn University with a master's degree in translation, while also working for a few years as an assistant in the Department of Interpretation and Translation. At the same time, I was also involved in interpretation and translation, as well as editing and proofreading texts, working as a private teacher and translator, cooperating with various publishers, conducting language study camps, working for a few years as an Estonian and German language teacher at ISE, etc. I have participated in several international curriculum training sessions and successfully supervised dozens of academic research papers. In recent years, I have focused more on the introduction of the international curriculum program (MYP and DP) at the upper secondary school level of Tallinn English College. In my free time, I enjoy travelling, reading, cycling, swimming, cooking and taking care of my pets. I really enjoy my job as a teacher and can‘t imagine doing something else as my main profession."
"My name is Jane and I am a qualified primary school teacher. After graduating from Tallinn University I worked as a teacher in a private kindergarten Naba and Järveküla School teaching P2 class. Between those two experiences, I was working abroad for a couple of years. When travelling in Australia and Canada, I was homeschooling kids from age 6-9. These experiences have given me the confidence to face new challenges and grow as a person on a daily bases. Overall I am an honest, open-minded and responsible person and I am looking forward to being a part of the Tallinn European School family. I am very excited to meet the pupils of my class and welcome families."
"Hi! My name is Sophie and I will join TES as a part-time German teacher at primary level. I grew up in a town in northern Germany. My father is German and my mother is from Guatemala. I love travelling and learning about different cultures. Apart from Germany, I have lived for some time in California, Spain, the Netherlands and now Estonia. I have studied psychology and will continue with a part-time master course soon. In my free time, I like to sew, read, play the guitar and sing. I feel excited about joining the team at TES and I am wishing everyone a beautiful school year!"