Jana Žalská
Resident Director, Prague
Start Date
April 2017
Interest
Love and Believe in People • Fascinated by Math, Science, and Languages • Always Want to Know Why and How Things and People’s Minds Work • Cannot Live Without Physical Exercise and Music
“I am happy when I can give back and help extend people’s learning experiences: after years of living, studying, teaching, and working abroad, I love being able to make cultures and individuals meet and foster their awareness of diversity and one-self. I am thrilled to be part of the development of a brand new program in Prague, and am especially drawn to its emphasis on cultural empathy and practical learning opportunities.”
Education
Jana is completing her doctorate in mathematics education from Charles University. She holds a master’s degree in mathematics education from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a master’s degree in mathematics and economics from Masaryk University in Brno.
Travel Experience
Jana’s first study abroad experience was in her senior high school year when she went to California to spend a year living in a host family, and studying at Placer High School. Jana soon realized the experience was only a beginning of a lifetime of exploration, challenges, and rewards of an international life. It is never late for travel but, as an educator, Jana believes that late high school and early college experiences abroad that are semi-structured (e.g. with an educational program and a relevant focus) are crucially formative and effective in developing important skills, influencing your view of life, and the choices you make in the future.
Did You Know?
Jana loves live music of almost any kind, and her favorite kind of an evening would be spent singing her heart out with friends and a guitar or two. She has been discovering the benefits of yoga, and runs regularly.
Reach Out To Us
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