Angela Jane Alsop – Director, Owner & Co-founder of Jingle Bells since 2000
Born in Manchester, England, I studied a Bachelor Honours Degree in Primary Education between 1993 and ’97 in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire. Bradford being a highly multicultural city, my work in schools, with children from 3 to 12 years old lead to an interest in teaching children whose first language is not English. I found my specialist subjects of art, music, drama and dance very valuable when teaching all curriculum subjects in a multilingual environment.
After spending many summers visiting and taking part in voluntary teaching programmes in Central Europe, on completing my studies I moved to Prague to teach in an English Language Preschool. This allowed me valuable experience in the classroom but also sparked many personal ideas about the ideal learning environment for young children.
I had the opportunity to put my educational ideologies and experience into practice when opening Jingle Bells Preschool in September 2000. I believe that over the many years of life in Jingle Bells we have provided a consistently happy and warm learning environment whilst continually restructuring and improving our programme to keep it effective, fresh and current. After many years of nurturing our lovely little school, I am the very proud owner of Jingle Bells Hradcanska and her baby sister, Jingle Bells Namesti Miru.
I particularly enjoy the friendly and relaxed family-like atmosphere of Jingle Bells and have a lot of fun with the children and my colleagues and enjoy sharing stories with the parents.
My daily duties range from interviewing new families, holding assessment meetings and other general managerial, organisational and financial concerns TO reading stories and singing songs, serving snack and zipping zips. It is all hands on deck at Jingle Bells!
I live in a busy household with my husband Tom, who also works at JB, our 3 little rescue dogs, Stardust, Missy & Marvin and our 2 beautiful kitties, Milkymitts & Pixiepaws. Out of school, I am the singer with ‘soul, jazz & blues’ band Duchess and the Kittens and an actor with Prague-based theatre company Blood, Love & Rhetoric.