Our Staff

Monette

Monette

Head Teacher Kindergarten & English Teacher

I joined this lovely community in July 2015 when my husband’s work brought us to Munich. With a cumulative 9 years of teaching preschool, early graders, and university students both in the Philippines and Thailand, my passion for teaching and fondness of children continue to drive me towards self-improvement and dedication. I am a firm believer of the transformative role education contributes to our society. At the same time, I also believe that for a meaningful and constructive learning to begin, a child must have a healthy self-concept. Given this, I am looking forward to a partnership with Choclate Butterflies in nurturing a holistic environment that is learner-centered, creativity-inspired, and developmentally appropriate for our children. As part of an able team of teachers, I hope to be able to substantially contribute to an exciting, insightful, and wonderful CB experience for our students.

Viktoria (Vicky)

Viktoria (Vicky)

Head Teacher Hort & German Teacher

My name is Viktoria and I’m an officially qualified teacher and Specialist in Education. I come from the lovely lands of Swabia, near Stuttgart, and have lived and worked in Bavaria for many years. I completed my training as a teacher in 2006 and, after a detour to be an au pair in America, moved to Bavaria. During my time as an au pair I cared for two girls, aged 4 and 6. I always helped the older girl with her homework after school and organized the afternoon with a variety of activities, primarily creative things or even learning German. During my years working with kids in two different kindergartens in Zorneding, I completed a long-distance course as Photo Designer because I had long been fascinated by photography. I really enjoy going out into nature to take photographs. Over the last few years (2016-7) I studied for and successfully completed my certification as Specialist in Education while working as a kindergarten teacher. I have worked with children of differing ages and have been able to gain extensive pedagogical experience. I’ve been with the team at Chocolate Butterflies since December 2017 and really enjoy working with the children and the colleagues. I bring specialist expertise, a musical nature and a lot of creativity to my work. My clarinet is also at the ready to musically accompany parties and other occasions! Since January I’ve been the leader of the Chocolate Butterflies hort. We have a lot of fun together, even if homework isn’t always fun and I need to find new ways to keep the kids motivated! "Don’t walk in front of me, Maybe I can’t follow. Don’t walk behind me, Maybe I can’t lead. Walk next to me - be my friend." (Jean Ayres) Just as so aptly described in this quote, I’d like to accompany our children on their journeys, and help them where they need help. I am really excited about working together with you and your children at Chocolate Butterflies.

Thelma

Thelma

English Teacher

I was born and raised in Jamaica in a beautiful town called St. Ann which is known as the Garden Parish and located on the northern end of the island. I have 11 siblings and I am also a mom. I have over 14 years’ experience working with young children. My experiences also include 6 years as a police constable on the Jamaica Special Constabulary Force. The knowledge and expertise I gained during the past years have encouraged me to pursue my dream as a Preschool Teacher and have helped to develop and strengthen my passion for working with children. I obtained my degree in Early Childhood Education in the Bahamas where I lived and worked as a Child Caregiver for 2 years and a Preschool teacher for 4 years. In October 2007, I moved to Munich from the Bahamas and worked at an International Preschool in the south of Munich for almost 8 years. In September 2015, I joined the Chocolate Butterflies team. As a preschool teacher, I have regular interaction with inter-cultural children in a multi-cultural preschool setting as well as private tutoring. My knowledge, skills and past experiences enables me to assist in providing a warm, nurturing, safe and enjoyable learning environment for the children in my care. My hobbies are reading, camping, hiking and cooking. I am presently enjoying a positive and effective relationship with the Chocolate Butterflies family.

Nicole

Nicole

English Teacher

My name is Nicole and I am an early childhood educator. I grew up in a small town in Canada with Portuguese roots. I am married and have one beautiful daughter. I moved to Germany to try a new experience and haven't left. I met my husband here and we now have a beautiful family together. In Canada I finished a 2 year program in Early Childhood Education. Within the program I have done many different placements such as kindergarten to infant and child development services. I have been working in this field since 2009 and enjoy it extremely. I have a real passion for working with children and feel rewarded to see them thrive. My main goals as a teacher are to be a good role model, motivate and inspire the children to learn.

Magdalena

Magdalena

English Teacher

My name is Magdalena and I am proud to call Chocolate Butterflies Kindergarten and Hort my new home! I was born and raised in Poland. I grew up at the seaside. And I am always more than happy to be back there. I have the most wonderful 5-year-old daughter and I am also a mummy to a playful dog! I am a qualified early childhood teacher with a passion for children‘s learning and care, and experienced in working in several preschools. I have worked with children of different ages, and captured pedagogical experience also in other institutions, like an orphanage, a Montessori Kindergarten, a Primary School in London, an ABC language school and a Catholic Mission School. My wish for our kids is that they see the light in this world, in themselves and in others. I see the light in them!!

Genet

Genet

German Teacher

My name is Genet and I am a certified social education worker. Originally, I come from Ethiopia. At the age of 12, I came to Germany with my family. I have eight siblings and I am the middle child. I grew up in Cologne on the Rhine. There I went to school. I finished my Abitur at the Ursulinenschule in Cologne. I finished my studies in Social Education in the summer of 2010. After my graduation, I worked for almost two years as a social and pedagogical family assistant for the city of Cologne. In this job, I really got in touch with toddlers and my passion was born. The last four years I was in the US and worked exclusively in public social services for children and family care. I describe children as my passion. It gives me great pleasure to see them grow, learn and laugh. I firmly believe that if we want to change the world positively, we have to start with the children. In my work with children, I cling to holistic education, where the child is supported socially, emotionally and intellectually. My goal is to pick the child up where it stands. Individual support is my personal claim. Since August 2017 I am part of the CB family and I am looking forward to an exciting time in Munich, my new home.

Claudia

Claudia

German teacher

My name is Claudia and I joined the Chocolate Butterflies team in February 2018. I have worked with children of all ages, with and without special needs. I also look back on three years' experience in a "Forest Kindergarten", which is why I am fond of educating children in the spirit of love for nature. I believe children's positive experiences in nature throughout their growing years will help them build a healthy and sustainable future. I am very happy to be able to share my experience with the children at Chocolate Butterflies and to help them explore the relationship between themselves and the environment. I also enjoy singing, doing yoga, going to the mountains and lakes.

Rumi

Rumi

Music Teacher

Playing music and singing with children has always been something that I have enjoyed. And so I began my work with Chocolate Butterflies while doing my studies for my music degree in 2003. In doing so I realized, that the joy the children have while making music is the most important thing. They should develop a musical foundation and be allowed to move and dance as they wish, they should develop a feeling for rhythm but most of all they should laugh while doing it. I work as a freelance music teacher in kindergartens, day care centers and in an elementary school. In addition, I founded a music theater, together with pianist Monika Moll called klang&farben. Here we bring drama together with traditional/classical music. In 2009, I completed my training in Breathing Therapy (respiratory therapy) according to Herta Richter and since then work together in groups or with individuals. In April 2016, I successfully completed my exams to become a registered German Naturopath.

Ramona

Ramona

Sports Teacher

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Nadja

Nadja

Federal volunteer

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Nico

Nico

Federal volunteer

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