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Our team

We are enthusiasts, explorers, doers, specialists, adult kids, friends and enthusiasts. We have very different biographies and backgrounds, which makes us rich in ideas and experiences. What unites us is a shared vision of the learning culture and a passion for education. We develop our competences together in interdisciplinary teamwork.

Petronela Bordeianu

Earth spinner

I am a geoscientist and a process facilitator. I taught geography and history as a combined subject in bilingual high school classes in France and in my home country, Romania. In my educational work, I am fascinated about bringing people to interact through playful and participatory methods and initiating learning experiences through non-formal education. In over 10 years as a facilitator in European youth organizations, I have led soft skills trainings and promoted cultural exchange. Since 2014, I have been living in Berlin where I work with integration and participation projects. I am particularly proud of “Map Me Happy”, an analog and digital tool for participatory mapping. I developed it with the intention of inviting city dwellers to use their senses to explore and change the public space in a positive way.

Dr. Olesya Chayka

Particle buster

I am an environmental chemist with a PhD in molecular biology. Born in Russia, I studied, lived and worked in the UK, Italy and Germany, among other places, where I was able to participate in many research projects and laboratories. I spent a lot of time educating students and I was very interested in ways to bring science closer to children. When I moved to Berlin in 2016, I decided to turn my passion for experiments into a profession and started my own project “BubbleScience”, with the goal of introducing children to the world of science. The workshops combine art, playful methods and scientific experiments. Through this project I met many like-minded people, which soon led to the foundation of the network skolla. This network focuses on the unique synergies of different disciplines to make the educational journey more experiential not only for children but also for adults.

Maryna Markova

Dreammaker

I am an interdisciplinary artist and an educational consultant. Born in Ukraine, I have been living in Berlin for more than 20 years. After studying art education, fine arts and adult education/lifelong learning, I have worked in the project field for several migrant organizations. In recent years, I have led projects to promote bicultural identity, early childhood multilingualism, strengthening participation in the migration society, as well as projects for parent and family education. In addition, I work as a freelance artist and as art educator in schools. Together with other creative people I realize artistic projects for adults, young people and children. In 2016, while working on the question of how the arts can change the culture of learning and teaching, I had the idea to found the skolla network – a platform for artists, scientists and educators who want to rethink education and develop and implement school projects and educational formats in a co-creative way.

Marinessa Radchenko

Wordsmith

I am an educator and a writer. I got my first pedagogical training in Ukraine. Now I am continuing my training in Berlin. I have been working with and for children for many years: I develop projects, give lessons in different disciplines, write children’s literature, do theatre productions. I love being on the same wavelength with children, creating and designing together with them. For me it is very important to pay attention to each child’s personality and to gently support them in learning and developing. After getting to know the principles and philosophies of many schools, I stick to the ones my heart beats for the most. These are the principles of the humane pedagogy of Shalva Amonashvili. I am also interested in the topic of inclusion and working with children with special needs. I dedicate myself to these aspects in my professional training. I have recently become part of the zumquadrat team, which I am very happy about!

Mirona Sangiorzan

Shape creator

Before Berlin became my home in 2015, I lived in Romania, the country where I was born, and in Italy for ten years. In my hometown Constanța I taught art in elementary and middle school, in Berlin I worked as an educator at a bilingual daycare center and coordinated a creative course for elementary school children. In Bologna, I worked as an art therapist. My focus as an educator is multicultural and creative educational work in multilingual groups. Besides my mother tongue, I speak German, Italian, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. I have also learned sign language. Since 2019 I am part of the team of schule zumquadrat.

David Bratu

Movement acrobat

I am an illustrator and animator from Romania. I started my way in this industry by creating websites, but shortly after that my attention turned to motion design. Most of the time I work as a freelance animator. When I’m not researching and learning new techniques, I support schule zumquadrat by bringing dreams to life through my motion graphics.

Den Gonto

Tech enthusiast

Born in Ukraine, raised in Lithuania and Berlin, I have been successfully working as a graphic and web designer since the early 2000s. Currently I am the creative director in a PR agency and I am passionate about computer tech gadgets and other IT topics. I also work for various art projects and design art books and exhibition catalogs. Since the beginnings of the network skolla and of schule zumquadrat, I take care of the media presence of both projects.

Valentina Gulina

Line swinger

I live and work as an illustrator in Kyiv, Ukraine. After studying art and working for an advertising agency for many years, I have been working as a freelance illustrator for 5 years. To date I have drawn over a thousand illustrations for various projects. My motto is: Satisfy the customer, but never lose yourself! Since 2019, I design colorful illustrations for schule zumquadrat. Working on the drawings for the website was just a little experiment at first, but I’m happy to grow and expand my boundaries with such a great project.

Hans-Christian Höpcke

Connection master

Born in the flat countryside in the far north of Germany, I traveled all over Europe by train after graduating, found the love of my life and settled down in Berlin. When I’m not cycling the beaming offspring through the city on a cargo bike, I support Schule zumquadrat with public relations and am always on the lookout for the right contacts and networks for the school’s success.

Hans-Christian Höpcke

Connection master

Born in the flat countryside in the far north of Germany, I traveled all over Europe by train after graduating, found the love of my life and settled down in Berlin. When I’m not cycling the beaming offspring through the city on a cargo bike, I support Schule zumquadrat with public relations and am always on the lookout for the right contacts and networks for the school’s success.

Dora

Joy specialist

I love discovering the world, sniffing at new things, touching and marvelling at them, romping around and letting the wind blow around my nose without worries and thoughts, but full of joy and fun. I pursue what makes me happy. I am mindful with all my senses in the here and now. On a walk, I follow smells and am alert. I keep my eyes open for exciting encounters. Not a day should be wasted without trying out all these things.