English program team

Meet our team. Native speakers teach English through games and common communication and give your children a head start over their peers at an early age.

Elena Šarifová


Education: university

”It has always been my great hobby to learn foreign languages, that is why I graduated from the University of Pedagogy, majoring in English and German. At the same time, I have always gravitated towards children, I have 3 children myself, which is why I decided in 2005 to found a language center for children of preschool and school age. I know from my experience that the earlier a child starts learning a foreign language, the better. Children in this period learn the language quickly, they do not think about it like adults. So my goal is to teach children a foreign language through play, so that learning takes place in a natural way.

After gaining a lot of experience in teaching children’s language, I founded a Czech-English kindergarten in 2015. It is a joy for me to see when a child begins to speak not only one foreign language, but two at the same time. I know that teachers are a very key factor, I always choose them with my heart and some of my own intuition, and I must point out that I am doing well. We have a great team of teachers.

Aneta Řezníčková

Director, teacher, native Czech speaker

Education: university

“My entire studies from high school to getting my master’s degree were focused on early childhood education. Secondary school prepared me for working with children, especially from a practical point of view. I worked intensively with children in kindergartens as part of my internship and created puppet shows, theater and musical performances and participated in the organization of educational events. University gave me a much deeper insight into preschool education. A child’s preschool period is one of the most crucial stages of a child’s life. During this period, the child’s brain is the most plastic and literally absorbs everything like a sponge. It has a great influence on the relationship and success in further learning at primary school. So my goal is to develop the child so that he reaches his maximum possible level of development in terms of psychological, emotional, physical, social and also in learning. In short, to be ready for compulsory school attendance. Everyone is unique and typical, therefore it is necessary to approach children individually and respect their personality, thereby strengthening their self-concept. Support their curiosity with the help of questions and lead them to such learning, where the child, based on games and active activities, comes to information and gains experience without passing on ready-made knowledge. During my studies, I helped in kindergartens as a teacher in the summer months. During university, I also worked as a teacher of pre-school children in a Czech-Slovak school in London as part of a practical internship, and then as a teacher’s assistant in an English kindergarten and primary school in London. Working with children fulfills me, it is important for me to help children gain confidence in themselves, to constantly motivate them to discover the world around them, to enjoy newly acquired experiences and information, to have a positive attitude towards learning, in short to reveal to the surface what it is in them. And last but not least, so that I can constantly improve myself and be a good teacher.”

               Rachel Tevlin

Teacher, native English speaker

Education: university

Hello! My name is Rachel, I am from the United States, born in New Jersey and have lived in London, Seattle, and New York City, and am excited to call the beautiful city of Prague my new home. I received my TEFL Certification and Teaching English to Young Learners Certificate in early 2023. I have experience working as an English tutor to adults, however my passion is working with children. I have several years of experience working at summer camps which have been the most rewarding work experiences that I have ever had. I am passionate about creating an environment that is not only conducive to learning, but one that is fun and engaging where students feel encouraged and supported. I specifically love incorporating art into the classroom and I am excited to foster my student’s creativity and imagination through crafts and art projects. I am looking forward to getting to know all my students and be a part of their growth and learning in the year ahead! 

       Kaity Bitter       

Teacher, native English speaker

Education: university

“Hello, I’m Kaity!
I am from Canada and have lived in the Czech Republic since 2020. I received my TEFL Certification in 2022 and have been working with kids for seven years. I have taught English at a language school in Prague and also with one on one lessons. 
I believe that when kids feel safe and loved, magic happens. In the classroom, I want every student to feel valued and cared for, because it is then that they reach their highest potential. 
Building an inclusive, caring and curious classroom environment is so important to me. I love reading, art, and having class discussions. Watching students learn and grow is so rewarding as a teacher!”

Julie Zedníková 

Teaching Assistant, native Czech speaker

Education: high school

My name is Julie, my education was in the art sphere, which is one of my goals that I would like to pass on to children. I also have a year of intensive English studies, which allows me to work as effectively as possible with teachers who are native speakers of the English language. Working with children fulfills me. Their first years of life are crucial and they need to start in an environment full of respect and understanding. In an environment where they can be themselves and where they look for their interests. That’s the most important thing for me. I am at the beginning of my teaching journey and plan to continue to educate myself in this area.
I spend a lot of time outdoors, I often read, sometimes I do graphics and illustrations, I paint and I am generally a creative person.

       Monika Blahošová        

Teacher, native Czech speaker

Education: vocational college

“Hello, my name is Monika. I always knew that I wanted to work with people and be of benefit to them. So I decided on a pedagogic lyceum, where I had the opportunity to try out work in various fields. In the end, the little ones won me over the most. I like children’s honesty, openness and, above all, their enthusiasm for everything new. Children’s curiosity and the need for discovery is a nature that I would like to continue to develop in children so that they develop a positive attitude towards learning. It also motivates me to find new ways. So I decided to continue my studies at the vocational college, field Preschool Pedagogy, where I could get valuable advice from more experienced teachers and deepen my theoretical knowledge. At the same time, I studied the English language, which now helps me communicate with my English-speaking colleagues. I am happy that I can support the children and be a part of their development in such a friendly kindergarten.


Opalinka mateřská škola a jesle s.r.o.     

Branch Bubeneč                          

Executive director Mgr. Elena Šarifova
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Čechova 587/29

170 00 Praha 7-Bubeneč

Opening hours
Mo-Fri 8 AM to 6 PM 

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Opalinka mateřská škola a jesle s.r.o.

Registration number: 03708411

File number: C 236535 (Municipal Court in Prague)


Do you want your children to attend English-Czech kindergarten with native speakers? Sign up to Opalinka!

The application form can be found HERE.

We would like to inform you that we succeeded in applying for a grant from the European Union funds within the Operational Program Research, Development and Education (Templates III. For OPALINKA kindergarten and nursery sro, reg. Number CZ.02.3.X/0.0/0.0/20_081/0022651 ). Our goal is to increase the quality of education and training, including strengthening their relevance for the labor market. Staff support, joint education and development of children and pupils in cooperation with parents / public. Facilitating the transition of children to kindergarten and subsequently to primary school.