The core teaching staff at AISV is composed of certified professional teachers. Grade 1-5 main homeroom teachers as well as the upper school core subject teachers are native English speakers. A large percentage have Master's degrees from American universities. The Lithuanian teachers are graduates from outstanding Lithuanian universities. Art, music, ELA, computers, French, German, Russian, Lithuanian language and culture, and physical education are taught by qualified and devoted personnel. Here you can see introductions of all staff with details about their qualifications, experience, hobbies and their impressions of Vilnius and AISV.


MA, Framingham University; Library Certification; Certificate - Montana State University, Bozeman; MS, Kaunas Technological University

I have earned Master's degree in Science from the Kaunas Technological University and Master's degree in Education for the Framingham State University. I have been working at AISV since 2001. I enjoy traveling. Vilnius is my home and I love it!

Diana Arya, Gr. 9-10 Math Teacher, IB Math Teacher
I graduated with a BA in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin in 2005, and I graduated with an MA in Teaching from Rockford College in 2008. I taught Special Education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 4 years before moving abroad. I taught English in Taiwan and most recently taught Primary School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I love exploring the old streets of Vilnius and discovering new coffee shops to visit. I have a dog named Leo, who I enjoy taking for walks around the city and parks.
Samantha Baker, Grade 2 A Teacher

Education: BA, Vilnius Pedagogical University

I graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University with a bachelor's degree in Educology. I've been working at AISV since 2009. I'm happy to be part of AISV. I'm passionate about traveling, skiing and ceramics/pottery. I love exploring nature and experiencing different cultures, especially through food & tastes. I was born in Vilnius. I've been living here for all my life. This city has always been pretty, cosy and full of nice surprises. 

Julija Balčiūnė,
Lower School Tech Integrator

Education: MA, Vilnius Pedagogical University. I am a qualified teacher of Physical Education and Geography and the coach of handball, as well as a qualified Pre-school teacher. I had been working as a teacher with small kids over 18 years in pre-schools of Vilnius. I started working at AISV as a Pre-K Learning Assistant, then for 4 years I worked as LS Learning Assistant and at the same time I was part time AISV Librarian's Assistant for 8 years.  I like music, traveling, sports, playing team games like handball, football. I enjoy oil painting as well. I think Vilnius is the most beautiful city in the world.

Rasa Barauskienė,
Kinder Learning Assistant

Education: MS, Vilnius University

I graduated from Vilnius University with BS in Applied Mathematics, then got my masters in Probability, Theory and Financial Economics. I worked for a couple of years in IT, then banking, while finally ending up in education, which seems to be the coolest path so far. My hobbies are sports and politics. Vilnius is my native cuty - it is cozy, but quite a lively little city, with amazing history, in the middle of nowhere.

Konstantinas Bogdanas,
IB Math Teacher/ IT Coordinator,
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and minor in Spanish from Northern State University. After studying in Santiago, Chile I realized my passion for languages and travel. I was fortunate to work at an amazing Spanish immersion primary school in a second grade classroom. Movement, laughter, and discussion are key components within my classroom. I bring a lot of energy, jokes, and compassion when it comes to my students. I swam competitively in college, and I am so excited to begin coaching the swim team here at AISV. My passions outside of teaching are cooking and baking. I love watching films and I am an avid Bong Joon-ho and Ari Aster fan. I also enjoy dancing, fashion, and exploring the beautiful nature of Lithuania. AISV has been such a welcoming community and I am grateful for my little family I’ve made here in Vilnius.
Karlie Brown, Grade 1 Teacher

Education: MA, Vilnius University

I’ve been working at AISV for 4 years. As a young specialist, I’m getting immense work experience at AISV everyday. I’m supporting fourth graders in a variety of subjects including English Language Arts, Math, Science, and many more. With a bachelor’s degree in English Philology and master’s degree in Russian studies, I’m particularly strong in the fields of linguistics and second language acquisition. I support students who experience difficulties in learning and using English. I truly believe that a teacher has to create a positive atmosphere of learning and trust to ensure that every student is successful within the classroom. Traveling and music are at the top of the list of my hobbies. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Agneta Bulgakova,
Lower School EAL Teacher

Education: MA, Vilnius Pedagogical University. I earned a Bachelors degree in Pre-school Education and a Master's degree in Special Education from Vilnius Pedagogical University. Later, I completed a 2 year course of studies to earn my Art specialization. I worked as a Special Education teacher for about 17 years, teaching árts and ceramics as my second work option. I taught summer camps almost every summer. I completed the course on child care and adoption last year. I love reading and traveling. I enjoy being with young people, I am fond of Arts. Vilnius is simply the best.  It is calm, green and welcoming. Vilnius is also a city of low flying angels.

Leticija Cvetkova,
K-Gr. 3 Art Teacher / Special Needs Assistant
With my Masters in Arts & Design and after working for ten years as a graphic designer for major publicity agencies in Paris, I moved with my family to Cambodia and Singapore. Now we are delighted to start a new journey in the inspirational baroque pearl of the Baltic States, Vilnius. With my creative flair and my French touch, I develop innovative concepts to promote school events with high visual impact. I am thrilled to make AISV proud of our vibrant community through appealing communication campaigns for Theatre Shows, Sports Competitions, Arts Exhibitions and more… Crazy about the 50's & 60's in Design, Cinema, and Arts.
Guylaine Draghi , Graphic Designer

After earning my Bachelor of Education in PE in my native country France, I worked for 15 years as PE educator, Athletic Director and Coach in three IB schools in Paris, Cambodia, and Singapore. Fun and pleasure are my main drivers to innovate. My students experiment with creative and new sports to grow socially. I teach a “can-do attitude”. I played baseball at semi-pro level, used to be an NBA journalist and collaborate with a skateboarding NGO in Asia. Travelling is my main motor, especially to discover new outdoor landscapes. Other hobbies are cinema, contemporary art, golf trips, and snowboarding. 

Julien Draghi, Gr. 5-10 PE Teacher

Education: BA from the Emory University (USA), MA in Teaching from the Piedmont College.  I have been working in the field of education for 19 years with students at every age level and in various positions (college admissions, teacher of mathematics, English, History, college counselor, community service and CAS coordinator, etc. I've taught  students in the State of Georgia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, and the Republic of Georgia. I have advised and worked with a myriad of clubs including MathCounts, Rotary International's Interact and EarlyAct Clubs, Glee Club, National Honor Society, and Women's Empowerment. Outside of teaching, my passions include traveling, running, theater, art, reading, and cooking. I love spending time with my family: my husband, our two daughters, three sons, and rescue dog. Our family has already felt at home in Lithuania and among the AISV community.

Elizabeth Elger, MS and Gr. 10 Math Teacher

Education: Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from the Leland Stanford Junior University (USA), Masters of Arts in Teaching from the Piedmont College (USA).  2020-21 is be my 16th year teaching - 7 in the state of Georgia, as well as stops in the Commonweath of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Republic of Georgia. Outside of school, I've coached soccer for 16 years and am a diehard Tottenham Hotspur and Atlanta United supporter (as well as a passionate NBA fan - Go Hawks!). I look forward to working with AISV students in the classroom and on the pitch.

Joseph Elger, IB History, IB English SL, TOK Teacher

Education: BA in Languages and Cultural Studies (Los Andes University), MA in Secondary Education (University of Alabama), MA in International Communication (Vilnius University). I have been teaching languages for the past 9 years. This journey has brought me to places like Hong Kong, China, Côte d’Ivoire, France, and now Lithuania. At the same time, my passion for music has been traveling with me. Interestingly enough, Lithuania and its rich cultural and artistic environment have been a source of inspiration and growth for me, allowing me to collaborate, create, and share with local artists (and other super talented staff members!)

Diego Esteban, EAL Teacher/ IB Language B English Teacher

Education: BA in Applied PE and Sports from Lithuanian Physical Culture Academy in Kaunas; MA in Biology - Lithuanian Physical Culture Academy in Kaunas.  I am a sports physiologist, fitness and flexibility expert. All my life is related to sports, dance and music. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I believe that the most important thing that I can teach my students is love for lifetime wellness. I feel it is my responsibility to teach children how to take care of the most important place they are ever going to live in - their own body. My biggest passion is contemporary and modern jazz dancing. A big part of my life is music and nature.

Rima Firienė,
Pre-K - Gr. 4 PE Teacher

Education: BS in Secondary Education (University of Michigan)

I hope to instill confidence and excitement in my students, helping them realize their full potential in science and beyond. I'm passionate about songwriting, reading, travel, and running. I'm grateful for the wonderful community here at AISV and for the endless inspiration that the views in Vilnius have to offer.

Veronica Freel, Middle School Teaching Assistant

Education:BA, Vytautas Magnus University

I graduated from Vytautas Magnus university in 2018. At the university I studied Spanish language and spent an extended time living in Spain. For a year I worked as an English teacher at the International Children’s Club. I love travelling, dancing Lithuanian folk dances and reading.

Kamilė Gabševičiūtė,
Gr. 4 Learning Assistant
I stared with volunteering in Šiauliai Childrens' Day Centre and my interest in working with the children continued when I went to study BA Industrial Design & Technology in Loughborough Design School, UK. There I joined LU Number Partners Society where we went to Loughborough Primary School to support math learners through pull-outs. Before coming back to Lithuania, I travelled to Honduras to volunteer in Honduras Child Alliance. Currently, I am on my final year at Vilnius Academy of Arts studying BA Ceramics.  I really enjoy ceramics wheelthrowing, painting, drawing as well as spending time actively in nature, running, swimming and more.
Eglė Gedvilaitė, Gr. 3 Learning Assistant

Education: MEd, Framingham State College;MA, Vilnius Pedagogical University.  I have earned my MA in French and English Philology from Vilnius Pedagogical University. Later I did my Masters degree in International Education from Framingham State College. I started working as French language teacher at Financial College of Vilnius and at the French Lyceum of Vilnius. I have worked at the French Institut in Vilnius for 10 years. I started working  at AISV in 2001. I like to walk with my dogs, to invite people over to my place and cook. I love travelling and visiting friends. I also adore skiing and biking.

Jurgita Gerybienė,
Gr. 4-12 French Teacher

Education: PhD, Vilnius Pedagogical University

I graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University with diploma in German philology and subject teaching. Then I taught German at my alma mater and 2002 I got a PhD in linguistics. My teaching experience is more than 20 years. In 2018 I started working at  AISV. I am also a professional city guide - I enjoy showing our beautiful Vilnius to the guests. I like reading books, travelling and spending time with my family.

Skaidra Girdenienė, Gr. 6-12 German Teacher
I have been teaching upper elementary grades since 2012. I graduated with my BA in Elementary Education, a Middle School Social Studies Endorsement, and History minor from Augustana College in 2012. I also received my MA in School Counseling from Roosevelt University in 2017 and am a Certified School Counselor. I taught 4th grade for 4 years in River Grove, Illinois and spent the last 2 years teaching 5th grade at the American School of Guatemala in Guatemala City. I am fond of travel, adventuring, eating delicious food, and reading. I love Vilnius for its quirks, blend of history and modernism, and quaint coffee shops.
Adrianna Gonzalez, Grade 5 Teacher
I have been teaching for 14 years - six at an international school in Brazil, 5.5 in North Carolina, and 2.5 in Texas. I graduated from Angelo State University with a BA in History and Special Education. In 2018, I finished my MS program with the University at Buffalo (also known as SUNY Buffalo). My desire to help students moved me to get certified to teach math, and it was the one of the best decisions I ever made. I am joined by my amazing wife and our three energetic cats. I love traveling, doing community service, and visiting cafés.
Eric Hayes, Middle and High School Inclusive Education Teacher
I received a BA from the College of William and Mary in Psychology and Hispanic Studies, as well as a Masters in Elementary Education K - 6 with a TESOL certification. I worked as a 4th-grade and 1st-grade teacher for 5 years in Bogota, Colombia at an International baccalaureate school. I love speaking Spanish, dancing, and singing. I also love to travel and explore new places. I am loving Vilnius and AISV and everything this new city and school have to offer.
Rachel Heend, Grade 4 A Teacher

Education: MA, University of Arkansas.   This year will be my 9th year of teaching a combination of Science, Math, and Special Education to Middle School students. For the past 4 years, I have been the MS Divisional Leader. Before teaching, I received a BS in Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, specializing in MS Science and Math. I continued there to earn my MA in Teaching. After, I taught in Arkansas public middle schools for 3 years, then in Morocco and now in Lithuania. On weekends, you can find me running alongside the Neris river or swimming at the pool. I absolutely love wandering around Vilnius Old Town.

Lauren Heil, MS Science Teacher / MS Principal

Education: BA in TESOL (Goshen College), MA in Educational Psychology (Ball State University). Growing up internationally in West Africa and Germany developed my appreciation for other cultures and for exploring the world. That inspired me to teach internationally, and I have had the privilege of teaching in Honduras, Egypt, and now Lithuania. My passions extend beyond the classroom as I have also coached football and look for every opportunity to play it, too. My favorite football club is Chelsea, so you can always expect to see my Chelsea poster hanging proudly in my room!

Hans Hess, MS and Gr. 10 ELA Teacher

Education: BA in Elementary Education, Special Education + TESOL (Goshen College); MA in Elementary Education with Reading/Literacy concentration (Ball State University).   I am very pleased to have joined the AISV community along with my family. I previously taught Inclusive Education in the United States, Honduras and Egypt, and taught both the American and British curriculums. Outside of school, I love traveling and learning about others' cultures, being in nature, and spending time crafting. I have thouroughly enjoyed my time in Lithuania and hope to get to know what Covid-free Vilnius is like soon.

Melina Hess, LS Inclusive Education Teacher

Education: MA, San Francisco State University; Certificate: California. I have a Bachelor of Arts and Masters in History. In addition, I have a teaching credential in History and a certificate to teach English as a Second Language. I taught English for 1 year in Russia and Japan for two years. Before coming to Lithuania, I taught History at the American School in Morocco for 5 years. I enjoy traveling, swimming, running, fine dining, reading history, and movies. Vilnius is a nice city that is not crowded or polluted. Also, it offers a good variety of places and activities to enjoy.  So far, I have really enjoyed my time in Vilnius and look forward to spending more time in this city.

Jason Holt,
MS and Gr. 10 Social Studies Teacher,
I originate from a family where six former generations were educators, so teaching is my passion, and it is in my blood. My second passion is chemistry, and obviously, It was no accident that I chose to enter Vilnius Pedagogical university and to study there chemistry and education. After graduating from university with a BA in chemistry and teaching, I worked for several years at the UN's environmental field. I am proud to be a teacher!
Donatas Iliška, HS Science Teacher and IB Chemistry Teacher

Education: BA, Vilnius Pedagogical Univesrity. I have been working at AISV since 2006. I taught Toddlers as well as 3-7 year-olds at AISV Saturday School and AISV Summer Camp. Before joining AISV, I worked as a teacher with children of ages 3-6 in a Lithuanian pre-school. I have degrees in Educology with a specialization in Pre-School Education and English Philology from Vilnius Pedagogical University. I am interested in psychology and photography. I also enjoy cooking and spending time with my family. Moreover, I love playing table games, singing, traveling and visiting parks. I strongly believe that the only way to do great work is to LOVE what you do! And I have my job a lot!

Inga Jaruševičienė,
Pre-K 4 Teacher

Education: PhD, Vilnius Pedagogical University.  I have been working as a teacher for 23 years. In 2002, I graduated with an MA in Education. For two years I was a lecturer at the University of Educology in Vilnius. In 2006 I was an intern at the University of Education in Heidelberg, with the Baden-Wurttenburg Scholarship. In 2015, I got a PhD in Social Science and Education. Since 2012, I have been working at AISV. I got my BA in German language teaching from Vytautas Magnus Univeristy in 2019. My hobby is traveling and discovering the world. Vilnius is a perfect place to live - it is a city with big opportunities.

Angelė Jelagaitė,
Gr. 2-10 German Teacher, IB Language B German Teacher
I have started working at AISV since 2007 as  a Learning Assistant in Toddlers class. Then I became a Pre-K 3 Learning assistant. I really enjoy working with the smallest students of AISV. I like traveling, swimming, diving, cooking, gardening, and spending time in nature. I was born in Vilnius and have been living here all my life. Vilnius is is a beautiful and perfect city.
Rita Junevičienė,
Pre K-3 Learning Assistant

Education: MA, Lithuanian Music Academy; PGCEi, Nottingham University.   I have earned Master's degree from Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. I have also gained teaching certificate (PGCEi) from the University of Nottingham. It is my 7th year of teaching at AISV. I've been working as a learning assistant and a music teacher, also lead the Lower School choir and the AISV musical. My hobbies are growing the flowers and playing the piano. I moved to Vilnius in 2004. I am amazed how rapidly Vilnius is growing and changing. It is a modern city with the amazing historical heritage.

Jūratė Kaikarienė,
Middle School Music Teacher, Performing Arts Coordinator
I have earned Bachelor's degree in Library Science and Information from Vilnius University. I have been working at AISV since 2011. Also I am a Board Member of "Association of Lithuanian School Library Staff". I enjoy traveling, dancing ZUMBA, reading books and learning new languages. I love Vilnius because all the most interesting historic places and monuments can be visited here on foot.
Eglė Kazlauskienė, Librarian/Library Teacher

Education: BA, Vilnius Pedagogical University. My overall teaching experience is 30 years. I have BA degrees is English philology, social science and music. In my career I have taught students of different levels - from Pre-K4 up to 12 graders. The subjects that I have taught are music, Russian language, English for ELA and ELL students, and common core subjects for P-4 and K students. I have been at AISV for more than 12 years now. My favorite hobby is traveling and learning different languages, I also like making jewellery design, reading and cooking. I love Lithuania and Vilnius because of its beautiful nature and rich history. I also like nice people living here. 

Marina Kornilova,
Kinder Teacher
Eigirdas Saulius Kruopis, Pre-K 4 Learning Assistant

Education: MA, Michigan State University

After graduating from James Madison University with a Information Systems degree, I worked in Washington, DC for United Services. I earned my Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and Instructional Design from Michigan State and started working in schools. I’ve had the good fortune to work in some great schools around the world and I am enjoying AISV. I cannot say enough good things about Vilnius, a great walking city with something surprising around every corner. I enjoy being in the moment.

Brad Kurtz,
Director of E Learning

Education:  MEd, Framingham State Coll.; MA, Vilnius Pedagogical University.   I have earned my MA in French and English Philology from Vilnius Pedagogical University. Later I did my Masters degree in International Education from Framingham State College. I started working as French language teacher at AISV more than 17 years ago. I also worked as Pre K teacher in French Lyceum in Vilnius for many years and then I took over the Pre-K 3 teacher's position at AISV, so the biggest part of my career is spent at AISV as Pre-K 3 teacher. I like travelling, reading books, watching TV series and enjoying Old Town of Vilnius and Užupis.

Renata Lazarevičiūtė – Sinkevičienė,
Pre-K 3 Teacher

Education:MA, Florida State University; Certified - State of Colorado

After finishing my BA in International Studies from the University of South Florida and working for the state of Florida, I decided that teaching young children was my passion! I went back to school and finished an MS degree and certification in Early Childhood Education at Florida State University. I worked for over 25 years both at public and private schools in the US and Vilnius is my first position abroad. I have worked on and led many teams in investigating how we should teach and learn with elementary students. I believe it is our responsibility as educators to nurture the natural curiosity and to inspire a continued desire to learn! Traveling, reading, cooking and enjoying the great outdoors are high on my list of favorite activities. Living in Vilnius is like living in a picture postcard - the city is beautiful, the people are kind and cultural opportunities are vast!

After finishing my BA in International Studies from the University of South Florida and working for the state of Florida, I decided that teaching young children was my passion! I went back to school and finished an MS degree and certification in Early Childhood Education at Florida State University. I worked for over 25 years both at public and private schools in the US and Vilnius is my first position abroad. I have worked on and led many teams in investigating how we should teach and learn with elementary students. I believe it is our responsibility as educators to nurture the natural curiosity and to inspire a continued desire to learn! Traveling, reading, cooking and enjoying the great outdoors are high on my list of favorite activities. Living in Vilnius is like living in a picture postcard - the city is beautiful, the people are kind and cultural opportunities are vast!
Robin MacArthur,
Lower School Principal
Born into a family of teachers I was naturally involved with the educational process, teherfore with early interests in biology and human behavior I started studying psychology. While studying in Vilnius University for bachelor's degree of psychology, I took a wide variety of interests, one of them being developmental psychology and educational psychology. After finishing my studies, I started myself working with children. I was invited to join the AISV as an inclusive educator, helping those in need and utilising skills acquired while studying as well as directly working with children.
Ąžuolas Maniušis, Inclusive Education Learning Assistant

Education: BA, Vilnius University

 I have a BA in French Philology from Vilnius University. I started working in AISV when I was in my second year of university so I started mu career here many years ago. I also work at the French Institute of Vilnius.  I like travelling, discovering new cultures, seeing new places, reading books and learning. I also like  playing and watching all kind of sports.

Gintarė Maslauskė,
Gr. 1-12 French Teacher,

Education: MA, Vilniaus University of Educational Sciences. I earned BA in Social Pedagogy at Vilnius University of Educational Sciences and then MA in Social Work. I taught for 6 years in private kindergartens. In my career, I gained experience working with children from at-risk families, disabled children and adults. During an internship in Denmark, I worked with children throught creative activities.  At AISV I started working with students as a learning assistant. I am very interested in social-cultural life. I love going to theatre, art exhibitions or cinema. I really enjoy traveling, yoga, meeting anew people. 

Gintarė Matulevičiūtė,
Grade 1 Learning Assistant
I graduated with a Bachelor in French philology and pedagogy and German philology and pedagogy from the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences. Both during my studies and afterwards, I underwent teaching practice in France and Germany. I also have experience working in public and international school, with children of different ages, from Pre Kindergarten to Grade 2. I was lucky to have a three-month internship in a German international school based in Mallorca (Spain) and work in French school in Vilnius, where I had a chance to improve my educational skills, as well as the language knowledge. Outside of teaching I love sports and traveling in Europe. I am incredibly happy and proud to be part of AISV family!
Judita Miežanskaitė , Grade 2 B Learning Assistant

Education: MA, International Education Administration from Endicott College; BA, University of Michigan.   I graduated from the University of Michigan with BA in History and Political Science. After graduating, I moved to Seoul, South Korea, where I fell in love with both teaching and living abroad. Seoul is also where I met my wife, Kelly Mejia. I taught in Seoul for two years, and then we taught in Jackson, Mississippi, USA. and then at Qingdao No. 1 International School in China. We both recently earned Master of Education degrees in International Education Administration. My hobbies include traveling, cooking, watching movies, reading, and sports, especially soccer. 

Antonio Mejia,
Grade 3 Teacher

Education:  BA, University of Georgia; MA of Education and Administration in International Education from Endicott College; Certificate - Georgia

I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Studies Education with an emphasis in History. I first moved abroad in 2010 to Seoul, South Korea. This is where I fell in love with teaching and living abroad. I spent two years in Seoul before I went back to teach a 4th and 5th grade Gifted Program in Jackson, Mississippi. Then my husband, Grade 3 teacher Antonio Mejia, and I were offered positions teaching at Qingdao No. 1 International School in China. We spent three years there before accepting our current positions at the AISV. We have recently earned Master's degrees in Administration in International Education. My favorite hobbies include traveling and learning about new cultures. I fell in love with Vilnius before we even moved here and once we arrived.

Kelly Mejia, IB History/ Gr. 9 History/ HS Principal

Education: BA Vilnius Pedagogical University, MS - University of Southern California.  I have been teaching English to secondary students and adults in schools and various institutions including ISM University of Management and Economics. I earned my MS in Education from the University of Southern California (Muskie Fellow in 1998-2000). I  taught Lithuanian to US Peace Corps Volunteers and managed the educational program for US Peace Corps of Lithuania. I have always been interested in international and intercultural matters. This, together with my lifelong passion for working with students, brought me to AISV. My hobbies are reading, hiking, cooking and travelling.

Jolita Norkūnaitė,
Activities Director/IB DB CAS Coordinator
I graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Teaching from Vilnius University. I am also studying in Master's programme of Educational Sciences in Vilnius University at the moment. I have been volunteering in a number of non-formal education organizations since I was a teenager which shaped my views toward education and paved the road that I am walking now. Out of school my passion is Ultimate Frisbee. I play Ultimate for my club "Drop That Smile" in Vilnius, I am a member of the National Lithuanian Ultimate Frisbee Mixed team and I also am a board member of the "Lithuanian Flying Disc Federation".
Gintarė Petrauskaitė, Gr. 5 Learning Assistant

Education: BA, Universitat Politecnica de Cat

I have a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering from DeMontfort University and UPC (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya). After working as an engineer for nine years I decided to obtain a teaching certification from UPC. I have worked in schools in Spain, Peru, Morocco and now Lithuania. I love working in a dynamic environment and teaching students about how to apply math and physics. I like trekking and travelling. I love Vilnius because it is peaceful, beautiful and a perfect city to rise young children.

Javier Perera,
IB Math and Physics Teacher

Education:  MA, University of Arts, Kostroma.  Prior to my job at AISV I have worked in different schools as a teacher of art, design and art history. In addition, I coordinated a number of international art projects as well as worked for non-governmental organizations on adult education and intercultural communication. This gave me experience in multicultural work and opportunity to get acquainted with other cultures and countries. My field of activity is painting, design, ceramics, graphics, stage decoration and interior design. I love being part of AISV for numerous years and helping the students discover the wonderful world of art. 

Anna Platonova,
Gr. 4-12 Art Teacher

Education: MA, Lithuanian Music Academy

I started working at AISV in 2001. Prior and along with that (for ten years) I worked at Lithuanian National Radio and TV Children’s Choir, leading a choir of first graders and working as an assistant to the Director. I earned a BA in Music and an MA from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in choir conducting, with an emphasis on choral pedagogy. I’ve had opportunities to live in some other big cities (NY, London), but Vilnius is my first love I cannot betray it. Big and small at the same time, busy and calm – living  here you can find anything you want. What I find so special about my hometown - it is SO green!

Vilma Plukienė,
Music Teacher

Education: MA, Vilnius Pedagogical University

"Education is the movement from darkness to light”, - said Allan Bloom. I think a teacher is like a lighthouse in the darkness. Therefore, I am glad I have an opportunity to contribute to sharing this light in international education for about 20 years while teaching in local schools, in The French School of Vilnius and at AISV. My educational background is from Vilnius Pedagogical University and Vilnius Business College.

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” (Saint Augustine).  My favorite hobbies are traveling and reading books.

Ingrida Poškuvienė,
Gr. 9-12 Lithuanian Mother Tongue Teacher,

I was born in France but spent most of my life in the US.  I have received my bachelor in Management from the University of Houston as well as a Master in Business Administration (MBA). I worked in the private sector in accounting and marketing until in 2009 when I started teaching in Houston IB Economics. In 2012, I started working as a college counselor and earned a certification from UCLA.  I love teaching and knowing that I can help young people become global and responsible citizens and plan their future. I love to travel and visit new places and go on adventures, spending time with my family, watching movies, reading a book, and learning. I am currently studying for a Master in School Counseling through an online program in the US so that takes a lot of my time and I should be done next year hopefully. I love living in Vilnius!  Walking around, I am always astonished by the beautiful architecture of Old Town and its charm. 

Claire Ruz,
College Counselor/ IB Economics Teacher,
I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Arts in French Literature.  I worked in the US in Houston, Nashville and Boston in independent schools as a teacher of French Literature for 14 years.  I have been an administrator in Houston, Morocco and now at AISV in Vilnius.  I strongly believe that everything we do in school must answer the simple question: "How does this support our students' learning?" We are here doing one of the most beautiful jobs in the world to ensure that our students are inquirers, internationally-minded and critical thinkers. I enjoy making music, watching tv series and movies and reading about history. My family and I love Vilnius. It is a safe, beautiful city that provides lots of things to do both outdors and indors as well as cultural events.
Stephane Ruz.,
International education has always been my passion and career. With a bachelors degree in English and secondary education, I taught English language and literature to middle and high school students in the US, Peru and Belgium. After earning a masters in School Administration and Supervision and a certificate in International School Leadership, I've served in leadership roles in schools in Guatemala, Peru, Morocco and now, Lithuania. My interest and experience are in the design and implementation of an educational program that inspires teachers and students to be active learners and committed, collaborative members of a global community. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling and reading. For balance, strength and flexibility - physical, mental and emotional-  I practice yoga. Vilnius is charming - a city with beautiful architecture and parks, interesting history and rich culture.  I'm grateful for the opportunity to explore all that Vilnius has to offer and this corner of the world.
Sheryl Salem.,
Deputy Director

Education: MA, Universite Libre de Bruxelles; Certificate - Spain

After completing BA in English and Spanish Literature from the University of Oxford, a Master's degree in International Politics from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, and teacher certification from the Universidad de Barcelona, I decided to combine my passions for literature, language and international cultures and perspectives by teaching literature internationally. As an IB graduate myself and an IB teacher for many years, I wanted to support the implementation and development of the program as an IB Coordinator. I am proud to dedicate my career to the three things: empowering young learners, encouraging international-mindedness and helping others develop a love for literature. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, whether it is traveling, sampling international cuisine or spending time in nature. Vilnius is one of my favorite cities in the world and I feel lucky to live here. 

Sofia Segedy,
IB Coordinator/ IB English
I finished my BA in Psychology and an MA in Educational Psychology at Vilnius University in 2012. I got my Teacher's Certificate from the Lithuanian University of Educational Science in 2016, and in 2018, I acquired the European Certificate in Psychology (EuroPsy). Having started my professional psychology career helping those with addictions, I continued working in the field by participating in the development of the "Savu Keliu" psychoactive substance abuse program and its implementation in Lithuanian schools until 2019, when I started to work at AISV. Overall, I have worked as a counselor with children and teenagers since 2010: as a volunteer counselor with "ChildLine" for 4 years, as a school psychologist in the Vilnius Lyceum for 5 years, and at Queen Morta for 1 year. My passion for video games and LARPing certainly comes in handy when working with children and adolescents. I am also a member of the nature conservation association "The Baltic Wolf".
Uldė Sirtautaitė, School Counselor

Education: MA, Vilnius Pedagogical University

My deep interest in reading books was the reason to study literature. After my BA in the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, I earned a MA in literary studies. Overall, I've worked as a teacher for 17 years. I started my pedagogical career in a public school teaching Lithuanian in grades 5-10 and also worked as a primary English teacher and vice-principal. My attitude is bringing to students more than just knowledge, but also teaching that empowers them to become lifelong learners. I think working at AISV is not accidental because all my pedagogical journey is marked with international diversity. I was manager and coordinator of two international projects with schools in France, Bulgaria, Holland, Spain, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Turkey, and Italy. Books and music are my biggest passions. I also appreciate the time spent watching good films.

Irena Stefanovič,
LS Lithuanian Mother Tongue Teacher
I graduated with a BA in History, with a license in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. I also have my MA in Teaching from the University of Northern Colorado in Elementary Education. I have been teaching for 8 years, 6 in a public school in Colorado, and 2 years in a German-American school in Berlin. I was born and raised in Germany by international teachers, who instilled a thirst for traveling. I love baking, crafting, and planning trips for my next travel adventure.
Erin Sullivan, Grade 2 B Teacher
I graduated from the International Business and Law School in Vilnius. Prior to that, I lived in the UK, where I worked in a similar position with children at a football academy, where I gained work experience. I am in a constant search for improvement and ready to assist the students in their learning, notice, what's needed, cheer them up and support in all possible ways.  I am very happy to be at AISV because I am surrounded by wonderful teachers and students every day.  In my free time, I read a lot, travel and spend time with my daughter.
Kristina Viskontaitė- Šmatavičienė, Grade 2 A Learning Assistant

Education: PhD, Vilnius University 

I have earned my PhD in Chemistry from Vilnius University in 2015, I have worked for six year at the Environmental Agency in Vilnius as investigator of various samples with gas chromatography-mass spectrometer, then I was four years in Vilnius University as a specialist of laboratory. In 2018 I have started as the Head of Laboratory at AISV. I like Jigsaw puzzles, Rubik's cubes, advertising, British short-hair cats and "Alchemistry": Tarot, Vision board and Dream maps.

Vaida Šmitienė,
Head of Science Laboratory

Education: MEd, Framingham State Coll., BA Vilnius University

I have earned my BA in English in  Vilnius University. Later I did my Masters degree in International Education from Framingham State College. I worked as an EAL teacher for some years. The biggest part of my career is spent at AISV. I like history and historic places. I like nature, especially, swimming in clean lakes and rivers. Vilnius is my love. It has everything that inspires me to live and enjoy every day. Peace and harmony is here.

Asta Šukienė,
Gr. 2-10 Lithuanian Language and Culture Teacher
I completed my Masters in Education from the University of Portland. I was lucky enough to follow my parents around the world. I attended the International School of Kenya for almost 12 years. I love Kenya and all it has to offer. My father is from the beautiful island of Cyprus, which I have been so lucky to visit over the course of my life. My mother is from the great state of Minnesota. Before arriving in Vilnius, I taught for the last 14 years in Portland, Oregon, and Beaverton, Oregon. Oregon is a beautiful place, but I am so excited for the opportunity to explore Vilnius and Lithuania.
Mark Tsakistos, Grade 4 B Teacher

Education: MA, Vilnius University

I have been part of AISV community since 2009, when I started working as a Lithuanian language teacher. I got my diploma in Lithuanian Phylology from Vilnius University and my teaching certificate from University of Educational sciences. I enjoy travelling, trekking and fine dining combination.

Irena Vaivadaitė,
Lithuanian Mother Tongue Teacher Gr. 5-8

Education: BSc, University of Western Ontario. 

I received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario on London, Canada and my Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. I have taught in South Korea, China, Vietnam and Morocco. I enjoy traveling and experiencing new things. Vilnius is a very beautiful city, I feel very lucky to call it home. I am excited to be a part of the AISV community and to have the opportunity to contribute to the continuous development of the school.

Victoria Yeung,
HS Science Teacher, IB ESS and Biology Teacher,

Education: MA, Vilnius University, MEd Vilnius University

I hold a BA diploma in English Philology, an MA in English Linguistics, and an MA in Education obtained at Vilnius University. In addition, I have participated in two internships at Eastern Finland University, and Charles University, studying anglophone cultures and literatures. Before coming to the AISV, I worked as a translator and interpreter. Besides volunteering, I am interested in history and literature. 

Natalija Židkova,
Gr. 6-12 Russian Language teacher