Ivana Radu

Fourth Grade Teacher


Hi! My name is Ivana Radu, and I am originally from Bansk√° Bystrica, Slovakia. I have a Master degree in Architecture from the Slovak University of Technology and a Professional Educator License Level 1 APT, Elementary Education K-6.

I was a long term substitute teacher in 4th grade at Soldier Hollow Charter School for the Spring of 2017. I have been a permanent 4th grade teacher since the 2017-18 school year.

I enjoy spending time with my family, alpine skiing (champion of Slovakia in downhill), cross country skiing, hiking, biking, traveling, photography, and creative arts.

My philosophy is every person contains the capacities of thinking, feeling and willing, symbolized by the head, heart and hands. While traditional schools focus almost exclusively on the first, I believe the three capacities have to be in balance to educate the whole child. Our school is unique not because what we teach, but how we teach. I guide the students to be curious about the world about them. Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn. The need for imagination, a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility are important forces of education. Learning through experience prepares children to successfully meet the challenges of the changing world.