Vice-President, Director of Fund Development
My name is Helena Cinkova and I have been living in the United States with my husband and two daughters since 1996. I graduated from Charles University in Prague with a double major in math and geography and the teaching thereof. I have been with the Czech School of California from its inception, serving as a board member and a teacher. I am very excited about the school’s mission and am looking forward to its future growth. Prior to working with the Czech School of California, I worked as a language teacher at Berlitz Languages Inc. where I taught the Czech language to non-native speakers. I was also a full time substitute teacher at Morgan Hill Unified School District, and am currently expanding my own private tutoring business. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, being outdoors and spending time with my family.
Director of Education
My name is Barbora Brehovska and I have been living in California with my husband and our two kids since 2008.I studied Czech language and music at the West Bohemia University in Pilsen. After graduating, I became a Czech language teacher at a elementary school in West Bohemia and also I taught classical guitar at a Music School in Prague. I have been with the Czech School of California from its beginning. My first class was Mysaci in Palo Alto in the fall semester of 2012. This year, I am teaching two Czech language classes, Slunicka and Mysaci and volunteer as a Director of Education. When not working for the Czech School, I like to go camping and hiking or skiing with my family and enjoy teaching the classical guitar play.
Chief Financial Officer
My name is Zuzana Hesova. My husband and I have been living in California since the year 2000.I studied at the University of Economics, Prague where I received the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Before moving to the US, I worked for the Czech IRS, in the assurance business as an Ernst & Young auditor assistant, and later as an accountant for several public companies. After moving to the US I focused on studying and understanding the US GAAP, worked in payroll, and now I am helping seniors with their tax returns under the TCE program. When not working with numbers I like to go hiking or kayaking and enjoy cooking with fresh ingredients and gardening.
My name is Tereza Knappkova and I have been living in the United States with my husband and two sons since 2011. I have been with the Czech School of California since April 2012 as a Graphic Designer. I studied in Business Academy in Prague. Prior to working with the Czech School of California, I worked in the crosswords puzzles magazines department. I enjoy traveling, photography,creating new and innovative clothes design and being outdoor with my family.
My name is Veronika Vajdova and I was elected as the representative for the parents of the preschool children group Broucci in Palo Alto for the Spring 2014. I am a big fan of the Czech School, both of my kids are students there and I hope that I will contribute to an open communication between parents and the leadership. I would like to maintain an environment, in which the parent community will remain engaged, enthusiastic, and rich with ideas for children’s events.
I arrived in the US in 1998 in pursuit of a graduate degree in geosciences. After receiving PhD at the State University of New York at Stony Brook I have been working in the oil industry as a research engineer in Houston, TX, and more recently as an engineering contractor in San Ramon, CA. In my free time I enjoy hiking, nature field trips, various sports, and learning about coaching students.
Department of Slovak Language Education Representative