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Founders

Iva Crookston M.A.

My name is Iva Crookston, and I come from a small town in the Czech Republic called Mlada Boleslav.

Before I came to the United States, I worked as an executive assistant at the car manufacturing company Škoda Auto which is part of the Volkswagen group. I also helped create an election campaign for one of the prominent Czech political parties. Additionally, I worked as a head of economic department of a Spanish German company.

I have been living in the US since 2006 when I started studying at Brigham Young University in Utah. Within 4 years I completed a bachelor’s degree in German literature and minor in Communications as well as my Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. I also created and taught a Czech class (Czech cultural history) at the same university. Since then I have started and lead two successful language projects.

Czech School of California is a dream come true. I am honored to be a part of this amazing project and am very glad I can contribute and help it grow. We have done a lot of great work in a short period of time, and I believe this is just a beginning.

 

MsC Michaela Zuckova

My name is Michaela Zuckova and I come from Prague. I graduated from Charles University in Prague and Academy of Performing Arts, and I also studies abroad at the University d’Artois in France.

After graduation, I worked as a school teacher and couch at a middle and elementary school in Prague, teaching czech language, music and theater. I also lead theater classes for pre-schools and I have more than a decade of experience in teaching piano and voice.

As my next career challenge, I worked as Regional director of sales for a french company Yves Rocher where I undertake training in marketing, management, HR and sales. Later on, I worked as an instructor and HR specialist.

I have been living in the US since 2009, I spent my first two years at Purdue University where I worked as a communication skills instructor. I love sports, teaching music, reading and walking with my dog Nemo.