Jana Bertova Resume

My name is Dr. Jana Bertova. I studied piano at the Conservatory of Music in Kosice, Slovakia. I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Science in Music Education and Piano, and Teaching Slovak at the University of Presov (Slovakia). I majored in Teaching Common Subjects in Slovak Language, and in Literature/Music from 1987 to 1992. I continued my studies at Komenskeho University in Bratislava from 1993 to 1995 where I majored in Education of the Mentally Handicapped, and I graduated with a Bachelor in Science of Special Education. I further continued my studies at the Komenskeho University in Bratislava from 1997 to 2000, earning the degree of Master of Science in Piano and Music Education. I majored in Teaching of Special Subjects in Music, and was then awarded the degree of Doctor of Pedagogy on January 13, 1999. I pursued doctoral studies in Piano and Theory of Music Education Teaching at the Komenskeho University in Bratislava. I passed qualifying examinations and dissertations defense, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education on November 3, 2000.

I have taught piano, music, and all academic subjects to students of all ages and skill levels. I began my career as a piano teacher at the Elementary School of Art in Gelnica, Slovakia. In 1993, I joined the Slovakian Special School, an elementary school for mentally handicapped students, as their music, piano and special education teacher. After earning my Doctorate from the University of Komensky in Bratislava, I served as the school's Vice Principal for two years, and later served five years as Principal, working closely with teachers and students, the Senior Ministry of Education, and other schools in neighboring countries. In 2003, I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, USA, to enrich my international experience. I joined Ashley Hall School, a private school in Charleston shortly thereafter. In April 2004, in South Carolina, I earned the Professional Teacher Certificate in a doctoral class. In 2005, I relocated to London, UK, to continue my international exposure. There I taught piano and all academic subjects at several elementary schools. From 2006 to the present, I have been teaching piano and music at public schools in Charleston County School District in South Carolina. I speak Slovak , English, Czech, Polish, Russian, and German, and have been published twice for articles on how music stimulates speech and personal development within mentally handicapped children, as well as on how it improves their mood and attention span.

I have 21 years of experience teaching in K-12 in Europe, UK and the USA. I have attained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and have met the requirements for employment in maintained schools and non-maintained special schools in England. As mentioned above, I have also attained a Doctoral level Professional Teacher Certificate.

I have participated in professional development conferences and been nominated for several awards. In 2007, I facilitated “Making Global Connections,” a workshop promoting cultural awareness and understanding in the classroom and school community in Columbia, South Carolina. In 2008, I presented “Creative Cultural Activities (K-12)” at the Winter Professional Development Conference in Columbia, South Carolina. I was nominated for the 2008 Cultural Educator of the Year and was chosen as the South Carolina Outstanding Cultural Educator for that year.

Updated:  April 15, 2013

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