The staff in academic year 2017-2018

 455-EditKärt Mõttus

Principal

Origin: I come from a small village near Võru. After finishing high school, I moved to Tartu to study in the university. During my studies I spent a year in Norway, as an au pair, which was a wonderful experience learning about different cultures and people.

Language: I am a native Estonian speaker and I am fluent in English, but I can also understand a bit of German and Norwegian.

About: Before joining our kindergarten I worked as an English and Estonian teacher. Working with children can be challenging at times, but most of the time it’s incredibly rewarding.  I feel it gives me a lot of positive energy and it sure never gets boring.

 

716-EditKristi Kandima

Group teacher

Origin: I was born and raised in a small town of Kuressaare on a big island called Saaremaa.
As far as I know my family has lived in Saaremaa for many generations. When I finished high school in Kuressaare, I knew right away that Tartu is the city for me, so I came here to study.

Language: Estonian is my mother tongue, but I am also fluent in  and I speak a little bit German. English

About: I’ve always loved working with children but it was this summer when I was working as a youth worker in Kuressaare
I realized, that playing a part in a child’s emotional and academic development and seeing them grow is an amazing feeling.
That is why I am so happy to be a part of this small family. Currently I am doing my BA in theatre research and in physiology in the University of Tartu.
I’ve been dancing and singing since I was a little girl and I’ve always been fond of theater. I can’t wait to connect all these three of my hobbies
in Drama club.

 

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Greta Tohv – Group teacher

 

 

 

 

196-Edit-2Silja OrasGroup teacher

Origin: I was born in Tartu and have lived here all my life. I have studied Estonian literature in Tartu University years ago and now I`m once again  a student studing in educational sciences` department of Tallinn University. I studied in Music class during my high school,  and I  am still very much into it.

Languages: I`m native Estonian speaker, but  I can also speak  English and Russian, I`ve taken Norwegian and Italian language courses, so I can understand a little bit in those language too.

About: I worked for 6 years in a private daycare before joining International Kindergarten in 2016. This very educating and joyful time  made me understand how much I love to work with children,  how much energy and wisdom they can give  to you. A teacher in the university  told me once that one of teacher`s most important task is to help a child to create a positive me-picture and opinion about themselves. This may be the foundation of everything the child  achieves in the future. That is what I try to do here, among everything else. 

 

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Liis Pariis – Group teacher

 

 

 

 

 

Hasso Paap

Sport’s teacher

I was born in Viljandi but raised in Vändra – this is a small village in southwest of Estonia. After finishing the high school in 2001, I came to Tartu in order to start my university studies in Tartu University. There I studied sports and physical education. At the moment I am working as a trainer and a teacher, but I have also worked in a sports shop. My passion is sports and long distance running. I hope that I can transfer some of my passion to my students too!

 

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Vesta Voltein

Music teacher

I was born and raised in Tartu. In 1992 I moved to Tallinn to study in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and I lived there for 8 years. Since 2000 I am back in Tartu. My mother tongue is Estonian and I speak English and Russian as well. I love Music. Children too. Let’s sing and play! The choir or the band- music is fun!

 

 

 

 

Sander Lange assistant teacher

 

Daiga Parsova

Latvian pre-school teacher