Head Teacher Kindergarten & 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.
Head Teacher Hort & German Teacher
My name is Patrick. I am a state-approved educator and have been employed at the Chocolate Butterflies after-school Hort since September 2020. Originally, I come from a small village in Franconia, and through my love for American Football I was able to get to know many big cities and decided to settle down in Munich. I immediately felt super comfortable at Chocolate Butterflies and was able to bring in and implement my ideas and experiences with school children right away. It is important for me to work in an atmosphere in which children and educators feel comfortable.
My name is Maren and I am originally from the North of Germany. Already when I was a child, I got to visit many cities and as an adult I like to travel and meet new people. In my free time, I enjoy doing arts and crafts and discovering new things. When choosing my profession, I wanted to incorporate creativity and social interaction and therefore I decided to train as a nursery school teacher, which I completed in 2015. Before, during and after my training I gained experience in the care of infants, children, adolescents and also elderly people with disabilities. Since 2017, I have been living in Munich and was deputy head of a kindergarten and nursery school. In 2020, I consciously looked for a parent initiative with a focus on authentic education that supports children to become resilient and responsible adults. That's why I decided to start with Chocolate Butterflies. Here I am the "Focus teacher" for our Preschoolers and you can often find me in the kitchen or outside in nature. I look forward to being able to accompany your children during this chapter of their lives.
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 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!!
My name is Dominik. I am an art therapist and have been working at CB since September 2019. I have two great children and a wife and we live together in Munich. My passions include painting and making music. During my studies I realized that I want to become a kindergarten teacher and I fell in love with this profession. I love working with children because I enjoy studying and playing in combination. It is important to me that I have fun in my work and that I can share that fun.
My name is Iscah. I was born and raised at the western part of Kenya, in a small town called Kapsabet. I am the eldest in a family of four siblings. I am also happily married and a proud mama of two. I schooled in the same town till I completed my secondary school level. Then I moved to a bigger city called Eldoret for my undergraduate, where I graduated with a B.Ed.(arts). After my bachelors, I worked as a secondary school teacher for approximately two and a half years before coming to Germany for my master program. I had been teaching languages and humanities. In Germany I studied Swahili literature at the University of Bayreuth. I graduated with a MA, (African Language Studies) in 2013. Afterwards, I joined Technical University of Munich where I graduated with a M.ED. (Research on Teaching and Learning). When I was not teaching or studying, I was spending much of my leisure time with Sunday school kids. Together we did not only learn new games and new songs, our ultimate goal was to train ourselves to become good human beings. I love to watch young minds grow and I treasure my part in preparing them for the future. I appreciate chocolate butterflies for offering me another opportunity to work with young people. At chocolate butterflies, my goal is to establish fun experiences, while providing the kids the opportunities that will help them gain self-confidence and foster a new appreciation for the world around them.
My name is Nidhi. I was born and brought up in India. Over the last forty years, I have lived and worked in many different countries, so I proudly call myself a global citizen now. Munich is home for me and my family since August 2017, we love it here. My passion is running and I am a member of a runners group in Munich. I am happy to share that I have been lucky to run quite a few races in Germany. The best one so far has been the Munich Marathon. I am a qualified educator with experience of teaching in primary schools in London, Singapore and India. I am glad to be a part of the Chocolate Butterflies team now. It is a place with happy teachers and happy children. We try to make everyday a fun learning experience for the children and the staff. I strongly believe in image of the child, at all times we should remind them how capable and strong they are and support them in a positive way with the things they are struggling with. I look forward to making new discoveries with the children and enjoying the little wonders.
My name is Tea and I come from Croatia. I have spent my childhood and youth there, and that is where I went to school. In 2017 I obtained my M. Ed in English and Italian and I soon got a job in an elementary school as an English teacher. Alongside my primary work, I also worked for several private language schools where I taught English and Italian to various age groups. Although I have also taught adults, I prefer working with kids because they are so genuine. I enjoy helping them discover new cultures and broaden their mindests. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to become the best version of themselves and I want to play a role in their growth. In my free time, I love playing different sports. I have a black belt in Karate and I have been a handball referee for the past 10 years. Besides these two sports, I love playing squash, badminton and rollerblading, and I particularly enjoy long walks with my dog. I moved to Munich in 2020 and I am very proud to call myself a Chocolate Butterfly.
English Teacher ~ on parental leave
My name is Edita and I grew up in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In April 2019, I moved to Munich and soon after that I was lucky to find a job in the Kindergarten & Hort Chocolate Butterflies. I always enjoyed spending time with children and during my studies I have worked as a nanny. After I graduated, I worked as a certified editor for online and print media outlets focused on the upbringing, health and education of children and young people. This work gave me both personal and professional fulfillment and I am very happy for the opportunity to continue my work in this unique child care community. I enjoy nurturing children's curiosity and creativity and seeing them grow and learn. Most of all, I like how genuine and honest our youngsters are in everything they do and I am glad to positively contribute to their education and personal development.
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.
My name is Ramona Arendt, and I am a state-certified sports & gymnastics teacher and personal trainer. A love for nature, of being outside and of using the body as an instrument to experience many great things with it have been a constant life companion. Through my years of experience in competitive sports, I know what our body is made for: to MOVE
Since 2016 I have been teaching the children in the area of sports, and I have to say that time with the children provides the best hours of my week. The playful use of basic motor skills, such as climbing, jumping, balancing, and running, but also team tasks are so easy & effective. Outside in the wind & weather, I show the children how to use Mother Nature as a playground and a place to learn. I am incredibly grateful to see and feel the development of the children very closely and to be able to pass on my experience to them.