Jill is originally from New York, and attended Houghton College to earn a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education and Bachelors of Science in Philosophy. Since then, she has over a decade of teaching experience in the diverse county outside of Washington, D.C. She specializes in teaching English literature, writing, and history, but has also taught all content areas to upper elementary grades. She loves working with all types of learners, being creative in her lesson planning, and creating a safe environment in her classroom.
Jill also has a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, California. She has provided counseling in a number of different contexts, but specifically working with teenagers and families. Her background in mental health and development informs her work with students in the classroom as she works holistically with her students to facilitate the development of academic and social-emotional skills in their lives.
Jill enjoys being active, playing soccer with her daughter and son, and hiking. She also loves Croatian cuisine and spending time with friends around a good meal.
Hrvoje is a native of Split, but spent the majority of his adult life in the United States. He is excited to be back in Croatia. He has earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Humanities at Indiana Wesleyan University, Indiana, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Azusa Pacific University, California, and Graduate degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia.
Hrvoje is licensed in Special Education (K-12), Middle School content education, and English as a Second Language (PreK-12). He has taught in a diverse Virginia public school environment outside of Washington, DC.
Hrvoje is passionate about meeting students where they are, providing necessary scaffolds and supports necessary and helps them find success across all areas of their education. He is the utmost champion of his students and is committed to building their capacities in and out of the classroom.
Hrvoje enjoys his family and friends, he is an avid coffee drinker and always on a look for a travel adventure.
John was born and raised in New York, having attended the prestigious Hunter College High School preparatory program before moving to Boston to pursue his university studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). John holds dual Bachelors of Science degrees in the fields of Comparative Media Studies as well as Materials Science and Engineering, in addition to a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. Although his PhD research focused primarily in the area of electrochemistry, John’s 15-year teaching career has spanned the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, design, and robotics.
In the classroom, John believes that students need to be motivated and engaged in order to become active participants in their own learning. Students learn best through hands-on learning methods, and need to be given the freedom to make their own decisions and learn from their mistakes through constructive reflection and discussion. John is a strong supporter of the FIRST Robotics organization and a dedicated volunteer and mentor.
In his free time, John enjoys connecting with and exploring the natural world. He is an avid outdoors enthusiast and rock climber, a professionally licensed boat skipper, and a SCUBA divemaster.
Andrea has been working with young children for twenty five years mostly in the UK, where she also gained her higher education qualification in Montessori pedagogy and early years/pre-school education. Andrea has been actively involved in the Montessori movement, which includes founding her own Montessori Kindergarten in London for children under 5 years of age for twenty years. During that time her provision obtained outstanding status and recognition by Ofsted (British inspectorate) and the Montessori Accreditation and Evaluation Board (MEAB, London). Andrea’s other line of work included promoting the importance of continued professional development in order to develop reflective practices in early years and pre-school education, while fulfilling an assessor role for the Montessori Accreditation and Evaluation Board (MEAB, UK) for the last thirteen years. Andrea is enthusiastic about, and interested in raising standards of early intervention and inclusion in early years and pre-school practices, and is a published author in the area of developing reflective practices.
Andrea’s family comes from a multicultural background, which has led her to enjoy learning about and experiencing different cultures and languages. Having relocated from the UK to Croatia with her family 3 years ago, Andrea looks forward to working with the Split International School team to contribute towards a child-centered program and curriculum where children can explore through concrete experiences. In her spare time Andrea is involved with her own children and loves outdoor activities such as cycling, running and swimming. Andrea and her family have also recently embarked on a new adventure in the form of beekeeping, a relaxing hobby which they enjoy together. They very much enjoy their new life in Croatia, learning the Croatian language and getting involved with their local community on Brac.
Marko has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from DePaul University in Chicago. He has been teaching at various institutions in the USA for the past ten years and looks forward to contributing to the development of the highest quality educational program and the International School of Split to prepare students for successful futures.
Being of Croatian descent and first generation born in the United States, Marko’s whole life was scheduled around being able to come to Croatia every summer for three months. During his teenage years, he spent every summer in Croatia and was immersed in the culture and lifestyle of Europe, and this trend continued with his wife and three children. When he and his wife talked about this, it only made sense to find a way to move and make the dream a reality: living in Split!
Marko’s class is all about communication and interaction. His experiences have taught him to always put the students first through respect and understanding, and that they will return the favor when they feel comfortable within and outside the classroom, with the teacher and each other, with their environment and their goals.
Magdalena holds a Master’s of Kinesiology from the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Split. She is an award-winning athlete, a professional fitness coach, and previously taught health and physical education at the elementary School "Manuš" in Split. Magdalena is a big fan of everything that has to do with sports, active life, nature, exercise and healthy living. She has been working for years on personal growth, advancement, knowledge in the field of athletics, and believes strongly in the value of professional development and continuing education.
Gifted with a cheerful and positive spirit, Magdalena feels that sports, physical activities and a healthy life are extremely important for human health, psychophysical development, and for the quality of life itself. Through her work, she has developed and nurtured many friendships which enrich her life in innumerable ways. Magdalena believes that there is a really healthy spirit in a healthy body, and she wants to pass that positive impact of a healthy lifestyle onto others so that they can feel the energy of nature, activities, and good vibes that such a life brings.
Nicole has been teaching for 11 years. She was born and raised outside of Los Angeles, California in small town called San Pedro. She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the California State University, Dominguez Hills. She then continued her education and received her Elementary Education certification from American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.
Nicole began her teaching career in Istanbul, Turkey where she taught ESL for several years. After meeting her husband, she decided to make the move to Split in mid 2014. Since being here, she has continued teaching ESL and made the change to becoming an elementary teacher.
Nicole has two children- a daughter and son. When she is not spending time with her family, she loves to be active by biking, hiking and practicing yoga. The beach is always calling her name. She also enjoys reading books and traveling to new places. She has visited over 30 countries and can't wait to see more! Most importantly, she has a true passion for teaching children.
Nicole always tries to make her classroom a welcoming place for learning. She strives to make her students feel relaxed and comfortable in the classroom. When students walk out of the classroom, she wants them to feel that their experience there was a positive and nurturing one.
Film has been Dora’s passion for as long as she can remember! Rewinding videotapes (who remembers that?!), going to the movies hungrily, dissecting film characters endlessly.. an absolute delight! And 15 years of versatile experience in the area of film art were only a warm-up as she perceives it.
Starting from academic research with graduation thesis in Film Studies - Dora holds a BA and a MPhil degree in Comparative Literature and Art History from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb.
Continuing with broad landscape of film festivals, in particular the vivid occupations of art director / principal programmer for two internationally renown annual manifestations - Human Rights Film Festival and Subversive Film Festival, both in Zagreb.
Ending in film education, by teaching MA students of Film and Media Art at the Arts Academy of Split at present, and simultaneously, educating schoolteachers on the employment of film and visual media within curriculum, at School of Media Culture, provided by Ciné-club Split.
Lifelong and hands-on learning are methods she promotes heartily and lives herself: learning, and seeing the world with new eyes whilst learning - isn’t it such a boundlessly remarkable thing?!
Which is why Dora has also completed first a Screenwriting School, then a Filmmaking School, and is just about to start her PhD “Film with Practice” studies at the University of Kent, UK.
The fresh breeze brought by Split International School, namely, the opportunity to teach Film and Digital Arts in an interculturally-minded environment, fostering both knowledge and creativity, Dora saw as the invigorating opportunity for herself to learn and grow alongside her students.
Her subjects reinforce the importance of the media literacy from the very early age in today’s world. Methodically they develop conceptual understanding as the basis for future critical thinking. As a teacher Dora encourages the synergy of individual imagination and collaborative work. Since we are play-based human species (homo ludens!), she sees playfulness as the real foundation for any artwork or research. Thus play, equality (everyone gets a say at the table! or learns how to talk but also how to listen!), community awareness and active participation are the key ingredients to creating a warm supporting atmosphere in Dora’s classroom.
Dora puts her old pointe shoes every now and then, travels whenever she can (journey within if not journey abroad!), fancy concerts and music festivals, Indian summer, sushi and French Cinema. She’s on a quest to travel to Japan, walk the Camino, speak French fluently, complete her first short film and her first feature film screenplay. Oh and not to forget the quest to re-invent herself daily - being a mum of a playful two!
Anita is a teacher of Croatian language and literature. She holds a Master's degree in Croatian language and Philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. For the last 12 years she has dedicated herself to teaching both Croatian to both native speakers and second language learners.
Everything started while she was studying in Zagreb and was given an opportunity to travel to South America and to teach the Croatian language there. She fell in love with the whole process of teaching a language, and in that beautiful continent, of course. Coming back to Croatia, she started to teach in elementary schools in Split and also acted as a private tour guide.
In the classroom, she wants her students to feel a safe environment where they can express themselves, their thoughts, opinions, desires, and fears. Anita wants to make space for a creative process in which both teacher and students will be involved. Being very passionate about the Croatian language and literature, it gives her great joy when she can transfer her passion in a classroom, motivating her students.
Living abroad (she went back to South America, again, to Chile) and raising two bilingual children, Anita is enjoying getting to know different languages and cultures, but is also aware of the challenges of living and raising children in a foreign country. That's why she is looking forward to work in the first international school in Split.
Anita loves spending time outside with her family, mostly on the beach. She is also in love with the sea and when she is not near the sea with her kids, she is reading (a huge fan!) or preparing something sweet with her son. While she is living in Split with her family, she calls Chile her second home.
Neissa's function as "Partnership Liason" is to develop partnerships that take the impact of the school into the community.
Neissa is passionate about professional and executive coaching for leaders, staff, teams, and volunteers as a way to maximize the skills and talents of both the individual and organization.
"I am forever grateful for the trusted advisors in my life who ask hard questions and speak truth gently. As a coach, I enjoy working with those who are humble enough to self-evaluate, hungry enough to learn and smart enough to know going at it alone is not sustainable."
A Masters in Healthcare Administration and 15+ years of combined experience in the medical, oil & gas, marketing and hospitality fields allows her to connect with and coach a variety of individuals, leaders and teams across cultures and generations.
"Traveling with my husband (Sean) via air, land, or sea and taking pictures is one of my favorite pastimes, and our travels provide artwork for our home. We have two beautiful children, Chase and Genevieve, who challenge us to our core, and inspire us to see each day as a gift."
Filip is a native of Split, but has lived internationally for a number of years. He is our school's Marketing Specialist and IT (information technology) specialist who advises on technology issues.
"I like to think that opportunity is a matter of perspective. It’s undoubtedly the right time for Split International School for several reasons. The Croatian government has done a great job during the pandemic, keeping infection rates very low. Croatia introduced a Digital Nomad Visa for remote workers. And though Croatia a member of the European Union, it's not in the Schengen zone which makes traveling a lot easier. It’s a great opportunity to build a meaningful and impactful legacy."
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