Welcome to our new teachers!
As every year we are delighted to welcome many new teachers and staff members for this school year 2019/2020! Some of them would like to introduce themselves to our community! Welcome to TES!
You can find the contacts for all TES staff members here.
Hello! My name is Camille Pallas and I will teach French as a second and third language and also literature in secondary. I hold a master's degree in literature from the University of Lyon in France and I am very happy to participate in the development of the French section at TES. I'm also very excited to discover Tallinn and I can't wait to discover the Estonian winter! With best wishes, Camille.
Tere TES! My name is Dimitri Esteves, I am French but so much more! My mother is Spanish, my dad is Portuguese but born in Angola and they raised me in Andorra. I started my Master’s Degree in Toulouse, where I was born but I continued it between Valladolid and Venice. I worked as a teacher in Los Angeles, Frankfurt or Athens; I taught French Literature, Spanish, Latin, Philosophy, Geography, and more. I love languages, speak 5 fluently. To finish – for now - that’s just the tip of the iceberg… Have a great start of the year!
I am Ester Vandersmissen and I will be teaching Biology in upper Secondary and Integrated Science in S3. When I was a teenager sciences were always my favourite subjects, so I decided to study Bio-Engineering at university. In my previous occupation I was very invested in sustainable food production and environmental science. I am an eighties kid from Belgium, happily married, a mom of two wonderful daughters and fill my free-time with dancing, working out, fun with friends and exploration trips with my family.
Tere TES! My name is Jean-Louis Peretti, I am French and Italian. I will teach Economics, History in French and French as a second and third language in Secondary. I see myself as a facilitator kind of teacher, with the drive to develop in students the capacity for independent action, initiative and responsibility. Thus a bigger picture of my teaching philosophy is to recognize that all students learn differently, and it takes a good and passionate teacher to explore best approaches of getting their students engaged while focusing on making the students achieve the learning objectives.I've always liked the idea of empowering my students to understand and appreciate the subject by making them lead some class discussions and even lectures. This is where I anticipate the flipped classroom approach will be appropriate. Finally, I am continually seeking ways to improve my teaching skills. I attend professional development events, including education conferences, read science education practitioner. I look forward to continuing to find new ways to engage students.
Hi there, my name is Kristjan and I am teaching economics for secondary school students. Working on various commercial projects and developing my business acumen has been an interest from me since an early age. Because I found my economics classes rather uninspiring during the high school years, I developed an ambition to teach economics in a way that is both engaging for the students by making the content as practical for their daily lives as possible. Having obtained a BBA from The Hague University, studied in Taiwan and collaborated with people from more than 130 countries, I saw a great opportunity for applying my international experiences at TES for passing on my knowledge/experiences and contributing to the development of tomorrows entrepreneurs.
My name is Maarja and I am a P5 teacher in TES. I have worked in public schools in Estonia and Germany and also in a private academy in Spain. I have enjoyed both experiences. The year as an English teacher in Spain made me realise how much I liked being a class teacher and have that team to work with. I believe that one learns by doing and experiencing the world itself. I have studied in Tallinn University twice, I hold a Master’s degree in education (English teacher and class teacher) and a Master’s degree in Educational Management. My main hobbies are travelling with my family, rock climbing and going to the cinema.
Tere! My name is Mall. I have worked for many years with children as a teacher of art, dance and craft, but also as a social worker for children at risk. I am old enough to be a good step-grandmother to the TES kids and childish enough to understand the needs of the children. I am still playful and curious because of my six grandchildren aged 1, 3, 5, 13,14 and 19. They are my best teachers and supervisors! They have taught me the most about how to be productive and happy at any age. Although I have gone through many schools throughout my life, children have taught me the most important – how to enjoy the little things and every moment. With best wishes, Mall.
Bonjour! My name is Marie Félix and I will be the teacher for the 1-2 french section this year. I hold a master’s degree in education from the University of Nancy. I’ve been teaching in different places in France and I am very happy to come to participate in the development of the French section at TES. I come from Vosges, in eastern France. Mountain range are low but the weather is rough. So I can not wait to discover the Estonian winter! Always say yes to new adventures!
Hello! My name is Miina Adermann and starting this autumn, I am going to give music lessons for primary and nursery classes; also awaiting students from P3-P5 to join the choir! I am from Estonia and in spring graduating from Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, specializing in jazz music and music pedagogy. For the next school year, I am looking forward to sharing our cultures, ideas and emotions in the music class, through playing, singing and dancing!
My name is Miina Leemets and I teach Estonian language and literature. I hold a master's degree in education from the University of Tallinn. For the past six years, I've been teaching in a state school called Noarootsi Gümnaasium. My hobbies include travelling, reading (especially horror literature), playing video games and watching movies.
I am Samuel Meireles and I will teach French as a second language, in both Primary and Secondary. I am originally from France (Burgundy), but I have worked in schools abroad for 12 years now, mainly in the United Kingdom, but also in Portugal, Tanzania and Egypt… After all these years in the heat and sun, I am very excited to be in Estonia and have a chance to enjoy some refreshing snow and rain! I really look forward to working at TES, and meeting all the students and parents very soon.
Bonjour ! My name is Virginie Boucaut. I spent 12 years in the French national education system, from kindergarten to elementary school, and then shared 15 years of my personal art practice, facilitating visual arts workshops for adult children, various activities in cinema, out-of-school teaching and out-of-country teaching. I am now finishing a year spent in Egypt and I am particularly happy to come to participate in the development of the French section at TES. It will be a great pleasure to meet you and join your community at the start of the new school year.