More than just a school

Jaroslava Baconová, Direction, Heritage Library

Four years ago, Jaroslava Baconová prepared our first syllabus for high school for-credit Czech classes. Today, she is in charge of school coordination, book clubs, as well as Czech-Canadian Heritage Library. Her former students can be found all over the world, Prague, Glasgow, New Orleans. She even ran her own Czech kindergarten in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Jaroslava co-founded the new Ottawa Czech School

Lucie Koďousková, Kids Program Leader, Young Kids Classes

Lucie Koďousková, a certified elementary school teacher and teacher for children with special needs, is looking after our youngest students. With her love for arts and crafts, she can handle even our most restless kids.

Co-founded the new Ottawa Czech School

David Beneš, Administration and Community Events

David Beneš remembers the former Czech school in Ottawa not only as a parent, but even as a pupil. When not working on school accounts, he’s taking over any class that needs his help. 

Co-founded the new Ottawa Czech School

Michelle Havel, Older Kids Classes and Summer School

Michelle Havel works with our older kids. In addition to her background as an elementary school teacher, she brings valuable experience from the Montessori system to the team.

Pavel Oškrkaný, Online Teens and Adult Classes

Pavel Oškrkaný joined our team in January 2022. Secondary school teacher of history, geography, and a poet in his spare time, Pavel is presently teaching our high school and adult classes.

Renata Wachowiak -Smolíková, Conversation Classes

Renata is bringing all her experience as university prof, and developing fun, intense conversation classes for small groups at different levels. Perfect for students who cannot attend our Saturday school or those who want more practice.

Michelle Čipera, Community Outreach

Barbora Ždánský,  Volunteers Coordinator


Míša Čipera makes sure that our school and its values reach beyond language instruction. She is actively looking for community partners for our Czech Canadian Heritage Library and bilingual community events. 

Barunka has been with our school since its first days as a student, teacher’s assistant and a dedicated volunteer.  After our wonderful first gingerbread fundraiser, she has already started to organize a team of creative volunteers to bring to Ottawa a first real Czech Christmas bazaar. Are you in?

If you enjoy working with children or adults and want to be more involved in the Czech community, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We have plenty of ideas but somewhat less resources to make them happen. We welcome your ideas and help. Contact us at