Humans of ISO

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People and their stories, feelings, memories, opinions, experiences. Each of us has a relationship with the school. The school gives us a lot of things and moves us further in our journey through life.

Adán Sanchéz

I'm from Arcos de la Frontera, a beautiful village in the south of Spain. There I spent my childhood and I fell in love with music. I have played flamenco guitar since my seven years, it's always my best trip partner. I decided to study music education to have the chance of teaching through my…

Alberto Moreno

I am from Spain and I came to Ostrava in 2014 on a scholarship for a year.  Having experienced the place I realized I would like to stay in this city. I found information about 1st International School of Ostrava on internet and the school gave me the opportunity to be here and be part of this huge…

Absolvent

As long as I can remember, the 1st International School of Ostrava was an integral part of my life. To put my “story” into some context, I must start at the beginning. My dad and mum met in the USA, and some time later, I was born in the Czech Republic. When I was a few months old, we moved to…

Dagmar Blahetová

I am from the Czech Republic but I have lived some time abroad and I have travelled all over the world. I studied in Finland and worked as a translator in Luxembourg. I have always loved meeting people from all over the world and I was thinking of staying abroad, but being in an international…

Absolvent

I chose ISO eight years ago, primarily because it was offering something, at that time, extraordinary for me . I very soon realized the importance of English language used all over the world and the idea of being educated in English was fascinating. This is my very last year, which makes me bit sad…

Absolventka

I come from Thailand and I’m an exchange student from YFU (=Youth for Understanding: Non-profit international educational organization offers intercultural exchange programs for teenagers, families, schools and communities; https://www.yfu.org/). They offered me an exchange program in one of the…

Jana Kotasová

I come from Ostrava and I like very much this city and its people. Teaching at 1st International School of Ostrava enables me to use my international experience, meet new people from other parts of the world and to build something new and different in my home town. I love sharing my Czech language,…

Absolventka

I didn’t think much about coming to Canada, I just did it to try something new. But after a few weeks in Banff I realized I was living my dream. Living in the mountains, climbing, hiking, skiing, waking up to the amazing view of the Rockies, nights with thousands of stars, road trips, this yearning…

Absolventka

I made the decision to study at ISO when I was 15 years old. I knew I need a school that gives me space, understanding and school that believes in its students. But mainly it was the passion, support, and motivation of all teachers who trusted in each single of us. Furthermore, projects pushed us…

Absolvent

I remember sitting in this café in London during my 1st year at University with few former ISO students thinking back to the high school time - what ISO meant to us. Up until then I never fully realised what those 4 years gave me. For me personally, ISO was an Opportunity. I got an opportunity to…

Absolvent

When deciding about my high school path, my plan to study at a medical school didn’t quite work out. Luckily, there was a new project starting at that time, which determined my future at the 1st International School of Ostrava (ISO). I must admit that I struggled at the very beginning but all the…

Absolvent

There’s so much stuff that you get access to once you’ve learned to speak English. There are throngs of TV shows, movies, books, music, and much more that I would have never even heard of had I not been studying at an international school. There are times when I can’t find any information for an…

Petra Helebrantová

At a school, I have been always looking for SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST EDUCATION. I believe in the experiential learning, the project based learning and the community education. I largely promote reading workshops. On purpose, I choose provocative and challenging titles and questions, which whirl…

Barney Liana

I became a teacher by accident as it had never been on top of my future career list. Despite the fact (or because of it) I have been working as an English teacher for the past nine years, ever since I decided to come back from the USA where I had lived for nine years. After moving back I had an…

Absolvent

ISO is definitely very close to my heart. Just as I am proud of the town where I grew up, I am proud of the school, that out of the all education instituions which I have gone through, had clearly the greatest influence on me. The school, built by the team around Jan Petrus and Brett Gray, can put…

Absolvent

1st International School of Ostrava was an important part of my life. This school literally taught me how to live my life, especially due to the IB DP program through which I learned how to grow in an international society and to be helpful towards other cultures. From the beginning I felt that it…

Absolventka

I moved to the Czech Republic in 2008 from Albuquerque, New Mexico. To be honest, I didn’t want to leave the US, I didn’t speak much Czech and I didn’t know anybody in Ostrava. I started 9th grade at ISO and my opinion of the Czech Republic immediately changed. The teachers, students, and the whole…

Absolvent

Anyone, who has ever lived abroad for a longer period of time, has always brought back home something new, a new perspective on life, new findings, or new strength. In their old environment, they then find themselves feeling a bit like strangers. When I came back as a seventeen-year old from a…

Ivo Helebrant

I have been working in the field of education for many years now. It has been a wonderful experience and  it still fulfils me with joy, excitement, new challenges and unforgettable experience. This is a paradox of my life - of course, I did not want to become a teacher at all. Every year I learn…

Lucie Kuluri

When my students first asked me how did I happen to be a teacher, it made me think deeply. I studied Czech and English language and literature at the University of Ostrava because I simply loved languages, reading the books, and writing into the drawer. However, the first idea of being a teacher…

Lukáš Pěchula

It's hard to find a vocation in life that would enable to a man on his deathbed to look back and know that his life had meaning. I think that teaching is the profession which can offer this opportunity. I teach German and Czech language and literature. My own love for creating, writing, philosophy…

Martin Vlček

I was born in Ostrava, Czech Republic. After my studies I spent over 3 years in England and another more than 3 years in the U.S. During those years I experienced a lot and I learned a lot. After coming back home, teaching at international school gave me a great chance to use my knowledge of…

Táňa Micková

I come from Ostrava and more or less have been living here my whole life so far. I have travelled a lot and spend some time of my education abroad. I came to the 1st International School of Ostrava because it was and it is the coolest place in Ostrava to be. I love the friendly and international…

Iva Čížková

Albert Einstein once said the only thing you have to absolutely know is the location of the library. Dr. Pfeffer used to repeat a very similar sentence during my university studies of Czech literature in Opava. And I, as a school librarian, have to agree with both these men. It is not important to…

Marta Sukeníková

I come from Opava but I like to work in Ostrava, as it is becoming quite an international city - and not only thanks to our international school. So the reason why I teach at ISO is obvious: I like meeting people of different nationalities, may it be teachers or students. I spent quite a big part…

Nitzan Hollander

I'm from Haifa, Israel. I've lived in the Czech Republic for more than 10 years. I like teaching for 1st International School of Ostrava since you get the opportunity to meet different people from all over the world. I like the interaction part while teaching and establishing good rapport with the…

Ondřej Folber

I like computer technology and playing with IT since I was at primary school. So it is not a surprise that I am still working/playing with IT as adult. Nowadays I am helping teachers and others who little bit struggle with computer technology. Everyday I am trying to show the bright side of the IT…

Pavel Kunčar

I am an enthusiastic teacher from Ostrava the best city in the world. Being a Biology teacher I believe in the evolution so that was the reason for me to change the Czech fusty state school for 1st International School of Ostrava - school where my teaching dreams can come true. I believe in our…

Perla Špetíková

Whole my life I live in Ostrava, not for incredible scenery and weird air, however our family roots are very strong and give me important stability for my life and being. During my studies I was in Sweden where I met many international students. It was a amazing experience from personal and…

Veronika Kulová

1st international School of Ostrava has provided me with the opportunity to experience and enjoy the international environment in the middle of this unique region. I really appreciate the cooperation and sharing ideas, views and thoughts with our students and teachers coming from all over the world…

Nina Pavelková

Art has always been a passion of mine no matter its form. I followed my passion and graduated at the University of Ostrava with master degree in Visual Arts and German Language. I’m passionate about photography, media, new technologies and the opportunities they bring to each student. My goal at…

Absolventka

My studies at ISO began in 2007. Since I completed elementary school in the Czech Republic and my English skills were limited, the first months at ISO were quite challenging. Not only English itself but overall adaptation to a different system of learning, this all was a jump into the unknown.…

Studentka

Like every 9th grader I did not know what to expect from high school and I chose 1st International School of Ostrava mainly because of my sister, who used to study here. It did not turn out to be exactly High School Musical, but ISO surpassed my expectations. Thanks to my parents I got the…

Studenti

We are from Czech Republic and we choose ISO because we found it really interesting. Our school prepares us for life and job in any fields of human activity not only in Czech Republic, but also abroad. We like studying at this school, because we feel that our teachers enjoy their job. Moreover, our…

Studentka

I have been attending the 1st International School of Ostrava since 2009. My sister Lucie also used to study here, which is one of the reasons why she got so far in life – she went to universities in the UK, the USA and Spain and is currently working in Spain. My parents enrolled me in this school…

Absolventka

I’ve been attending the 1st International School of Ostrava for four years now, even though I have known about the school long before. I even wanted to begin my study at ISO since the 6th grade, but that didn’t end up happening, so I waited until high school. The thing I really liked straight from…

Absolventka

Student, Master in Economics, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade do Porto, Portugal When I started studying at ISO, I was expecting to become very good at English. It was a big challenge for me to study the whole high school in a foreign language. Today I realize that the English proficiency was…

Absolvent

In the previous Humans of ISO posts, students talked about multicultural environment, quality of education and new great possibilities for our future. With my story, I am going to add another, so far not mentioned value, that the school gave me and this is acceptance. Throughout my whole life, I…

Absolventka

For me, ISO is one great man’s dream that came true. Mr Petrus started an amazing project that has grown into a blooming educational institution for young souls that want more than a solely standardized institutional system. ISO breaks the rules, it sets different standards and it makes you realize…

Absolventka

I remember coming to ISO for the first time. It was on 20 January 2005 on Open house day. Back then the school was basically a small building with two classes. I knew that choosing this school would be quite a risk, because I would only be in the 2nd generation of graduates. But after this visit it…

Absolvent

I left ISO three years ago, which gave me enough time to think about what it gave me. There are the obvious things. I’ve made friends who, although currently being 1000 miles away, stay my friends to this day. I’ve attended classes taught by some of the most inspiring teachers the country has to…

Absolventka

I went to Czech Republic first when I was 12. At that time, I didn't know that it would change my life this much. I learnt not only language and school subjects, but also broader outlook to see the world with good and crazy people from all different nations. I realize I would miss so many things if…

Pavlína Novotná

I have always wanted to do a profession that brings me satisfaction, joy and on top of that personal development. My mission is to provide better educational conditions for students with some kind of disability. I hope my assistance will help them to get higher education and more opportunities in…

Absolvent

1st International School of Ostrava is a school, which gave me general knowledge and very intensive studies in English. It also taught me to think and work, both collaboratively and individually, and this was a very good preparation for my mission abroad. I began my university career in Switzerland…

Tereza Němcová

As a gymnazium student, I have never thought I could become a teacher. Not even at my university where I studied Special biology with a focus for a scientific career. Although doing science is a beautiful job, I´ve never considered myself to be a scientist and I´ve been looking for (in my opinion)…

Absolvent

Four years ago I came up with an idea - I will study abroad when I graduate my high school. I wanted to explore the beauty of the world behind the borders of the Czech Republic. Now I study the first year of European Studies in Malmö, Sweden. Travelling and experiencing new countries have always…

Paul Ahuja

Having worked in secondary schools in the UK for many years, it was really interesting for me to experience life here in Ostrava. It’s great how the 1st International School of Ostrava combines the Czech educational system with an international approach. This aspect really gives our students the…

Alumni

Three years and seven months have past. My, Barbora's, and our classmates’ studies are slowly coming to the end. Looking back at our experiences at ISO, me and Barbora are thankful we have decided to study in such environment and moreover, that were given this chance by our biggest fans - our…

Absolventka

At the age of 15 I did not know what I wanted to do, or where I wanted to get in a few years. So I decided to go to study at ISO specially because of English as I thought it would be a good starting point if I wanted to do something in my life. Now, when I look back, school gave me much more than…

Absolvent

Being a part of ISO was a huge and positive experience for me. I think that it is necessary to take ISO as a different school compared to all the other schools in Ostrava. It has been almost nine years since I was hesitating whether to decide for ISO or another gymnasium in the region. I was really…

Tereza Kupčáková

I come from Ostrava and after a few years spent abroad, my steps led me back home to Ostrava. I am very glad that I was fated to the 1st International School of Ostrava because this school allowed me to do something I have always wanted. I teach mathematics and physics and my daily mission and…

Simona Fridrišková

I love mathematics, it teaches us to think about relations and connections, it develops our abstract thinking and imagination. However, the most important thing for me is to show to students that learning is fun which never ends, and that it opens unlimited opportunities.

Absolvent

I am a person who does not like changes and does not get used to them easily, but once that change is over I am very grateful for the new experience. That's exactly what happened when I was making a decision in the fifth grade whether I should study at ISO for the next eight years. I said yes, and…

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