Dagny Aalde – HR Manager
I heard about TES for the first time in February 2015, when I did my internship. It gave me the opportunity to observe all the HR processes in TES for a few months. I remember the first time I stepped into the building I felt warmth and joy, I really loved the atmosphere and it is still the same – I can tell.
I am originally from Rapla (a small town in the middle of Estonia), where I have a lovely country house with nothing but forest around. Kind of a paradise! I love to learn new things, exciting things I am not familiar with. I started coding a few months ago and went for a walk on the edge of the TV tower. I am a keen volunteer, whether it is planting trees or helping out with organizing bigger events and festivals in Estonia. Apart from that I enjoy travelling and reading good books.
Guillaume Raboutot – French Language Teacher
I am 39 years old, I come from France but I live in Estonia with my family. I have been a teacher for 17 years now, and I love it. Language and culture are essential for mutual understanding and respect, and I’m doing my best to share it with others.
I love reading (everything but especially crime stories), running (but not too fast) and I have a passion for theater: to me, teaching is a bit like acting, that’s probably why I enjoy it so much.
Diana Maron – P1 Teacher Assistant, Primary Aftercare Teacher
I joined TES last spring working in the Nursery Aftercare. I am very excited to continue this year as P1 teacher assistant. Originally I am from Tallinn but during the past seven years I was living and working in London, UK. I was a childminder, running a little nursery, as well as a volunteer in the local primary school, tutoring and supporting children in their educational journey. Also I worked in Sunday school with multilingual children and organised after-school activities.
In addition to my first higher education (Veterinary Medicine, University of Life Sciences, Tartu), I completed the Childcare and Education course in South Thames College, London.
I am very happy to become a part of the TES team and be able to make a difference together, providing positive and effective learning environment for our children.
Vera Naydenova – Bulgarian Language Teacher
My name is Vera and I come from Lovech, Bulgaria. Growing up, I never thought I would leave this small town but pursuing higher education became my driver in discovering the world. In 2009 I was an Erasmus student in Estonia. Ever since, I have been longing to come back to this magical, fairytale-like land. Just recently I finished my master studies in Social Design – Arts as Urban Innovation at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and became engaged in projects at the intersection of art and urbanism here in Tallinn.
In my years of travelling and living abroad I worked as a freelance translator from English to Bulgarian. What I wished for though was a more creative and interactive channel for my passion for languages. That’s why teaching my mother tongue at TES is both a challenge and an opportunity I pursue with great excitement!
Liivi Ramula – German Language Teacher
For the past 20 years I have been teaching German at the International School of Estonia. I’m trained in the International Baccalaureate (IB) system at PYP, MYP and DP programs, and I have taught German Language at various levels like ab initio, Language B and Language A1 (literature course). I hold BA in Teaching German from Latvian State University and a MA in German Studies from Fernuniversität in Hagen.
My hobbies include, but are not limited to Yoga, fitness and reading. I am happily mother of three.
Anda Zule-Lapimaa – Latvian Language Teacher
My name is Anda and I will be a new Latvian language teacher. I come from Latvia, Riga but I have been living in Estonia for 16 years now. I have studied law and pedagogy; I am sworn Latvian language translator, entrepreneur and a mother of four boys. I only do things that I like to do therefore my whole life is one big hobby. My welcoming to Tallinn European School has been the warmest, therefore I am very eager to start my new hobby – teaching Latvian in TES.
Nicolas Jego – French Language and Human Sciences Teacher in Secondary
I come from Marseille in the south of France, I am French, history and geography teacher for the last 10 years and I taught abroad for several years. My last experience was in China. I like all kinds of nature, travelling, food, football and discovering new things.
Rita Weiss – Hungarian Language Teacher
Rita Weiss, in my soul Hungarian, in my life very multicultural. I have always been impressed by children, how big is their world and how many new things they can learn in a short time. As a mother of three bilingual growing children, I can`t wait to show my pupils, how great they are in learning languages.