Passionate About Sharing our Expertise
We are able to deliver one-of-a-kind curricula thanks to our pool of expertise, experts with very unique backgrounds, who provide teachers and early childhood practitioners with the unique skills for a more innovative and stimulating classroom experience. This allows educators to foster creative outputs and allow for more meaningful enquiry-based exploration.
Our Hoopla Education professionals have at least 10+ years experience in a technical field of expertise as well as having experience working with children in the Early Years, bringing the best of both worlds together.
Angelica Manca, Co-Founder of Hoopla Education and Early Years Specialist in Creative Education
Angelica is the Co-Founder of Hoopla Education. She is a global citizen who was born and raised in Europe (France, Switzerland, Italy and the U.K.) with 20 years work experience that spans the Americas, Europe and Asia. Since 2006 she has dedicated her professional career to the promotion of creativity in the early years. She has spoken at numerous conferences in Europe and Asia on The Role of Play, Music and Movement in English Language Learning for Young Learners (Children’s Museum Rome, 2009); The Impact of Play in Social-Emotional Development (Beijing International Early Childhood Conference, 2010); The Impact of Music on Foreign Language Acquisition (International Conference on Bilingualism, Hong Kong, 2012), to name a few.
Angelica has combined her expertise in Developmental Psychology, experience in early childhood education to create new curricula - Kindermusik's English & Me an English language learning program for 2 to 6 year olds- and now The KinderGarden Curriculum, a sustainable education curriculum for 3 to 6 year olds. She acted in the role as International Director for Kindermusik for over 10 years, giving her a multi-cultural perspective on early childhood education. A mother of 2, she has seen first hand the power creative teaching has on her children!
Paul Frank Wagner, Co-Founder of Hoopla Education and Conceptual Artist
Paul Frank Wagner is a world-renowned conceptual artist from New York City. His art is strongly influenced by the 1960's Minimalism movement and the use of rope as his main material aims to promote a revolutionary art. Texture, accessibility, recycling propensity, and the ability to both connect and free are the reasons Paul has chosen "rope" in his artwork.
In 2005, Paul was 1 of the 30 Artists featured in "30 Ways to make a Painting" - together with high profile artists such as Christo, Keith Sonnier, Allan Mc Collum and Nam June Paik to name a few, at the Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinatti, OH. USA. In 2009 his solo show was featured at Scope Miami for Grey Gallery/LHP Productions. In 2014 his "Exhale" Installation for the animals in the Forest won 1st prize on Artslant Magazine.
Today, Paul travels the world creating and performing his 3-Dimensional Rope Painting installations in the most unusual locations as well as running Art Residency programs for children in schools and kid clubs. Paul firmly believes that everyone is an artist and like Picasso said "all children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up". Watch Paul in action http://vimeo.com/96055407
Katherine Xenophontos, Kodaly and Creative Music Specialist
Music has always been part of Katherine’s life from a very young age, where in Toronto, Canada she learned to play the piano and flute as part of her early music education. After obtaining a degree in Music Education from York University, Orff level three certification, Kodaly, Dalcroze, sound exploration & improvisation training, Katherine settles in Cyprus where she teaches music to children of preschool, primary and high school age. Over the past 20 years years of teaching, she has developed music curriculums for pre-K to grade 12 general music, choir and band classes, directed numerous children’s and adult choirs, started the first junior school band program of its kind and introduced Kindermusik classes to Cyprus. Highlights of some of her group performances have been performing at the opening celebrations of Cyprus’ entrance into the European Union in 2004 and conducting her school’s children’s choir at Pope John Paul II’s visit to Cyprus in 2010.
Actively involved in the music education scene, Katherine has conducted numerous professional development trainings for teachers, most recently at the EAS (European Association for Music in Schools) conference in 2014 and continues to advocate the need for quality music education, especially in the early years. She is now completing her Masters in Music Education, focusing her current research around the area of musical creativity in the early years classroom.
Lloyd Godson, Ocean Explorer and Scientist
Lloyd is an ambassador for ocean exploration committed to encouraging young Australians to undertake STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) studies and careers. He loves to live his wild dreams, sharing the excitement of exploration and adventure, which include living for a total of one month underwater, propelling himself through the Greek islands in a human-powered submarine and holding the Guinness World Records for the most electricity generated by pedalling underwater. In 2007, Lloyd received the coveted Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year award. In 2013, he launched a new educational initiative called 'Tik and Bubbles' which designs community-based science projects that are creative, collaborative, challenging and fun.
Lloyd Godson graduated from the University of Queensland, including a semester abroad at the University of British Columbia, in 2000 with a degree in marine science (honours). He then completed a Graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies at the University of Canterbury. Learn more about Lloyd's adventures by visiting http://www.tikandbubbles.org
Stefanìa Sarasiti, Environmental Conservationist and Early Years Specialist
Stefanìa Sarasiti holds a degree in pre-school education, with extensive experience working both as a kindergarten teacher as well as environmental studies with children. Her passion for environmental awareness started in 1996 when she worked for the Sea-turtle protection society in Gytheio and Athens (Greece) until 2000 raising awareness for these beautiful creatures in schools as well as amongst tourists and with local fishermen. Her dedication lies especially in the fieldwork and during this time was even responsible for the winter project.
Stefanìa is also a certified Horticultural Therapist from the Agrarian School of the Monza Park (Italy) adding gardening and horticulture to her proficiency in environmental studies. Moreover, in 2014 she specialised in Environmental Education from the Environmental Education Centre in Northern Italy.
Stefanìa has over a decade experience working with schools on environmental projects with children ranging from kindergarten up to age 12. She also heads horticultural therapy projects ranging from work with the homeless shelter to abused women and their children, believing that there is nothing more powerful than the healing aspect of Nature. Her passion lies in “Bringing all people close to Nature and Nature close to people”!
A mother of two, Stefanìa is a Greek-German living in Italy with her family. Her multicultural background and extensive travel gives her a unique perspective on education.
Santiago Garrido Rua, Audiovisual Specialist
Santiago Garrido Rua is an expert in audiovisual languages. He has developed his professional career combining the creation of audiovisual works for films, television, museums and internet, along with teaching "Digital Storytelling" in Masters and postgraduates programmes.
Richard Kearns, Artist, Photographer and Print-Maker
Richard Kearns is an independent artist whose work encompasses photographic, printed and digital media. His conceptual approach often incorporates issues of social anthropology. In this capacity Richard has worked on several projects calling on his seasoned experience as a documentary photographer recording transitional societies.
In 2009 Richard moved from professional photography practice to teaching photography, enabling time for a Masters in Printmaking. In turn this opened the route back to his original vocation of a practicing artist.
Richard has worked on many varied projects and collaborations which include constructing giant Zoetropes on the River Thames (London, UK), building traditional mud and brick furnaces and kilns for traditional Dhokra lost wax casting (Baroda, India). He has exhibited internationally, including in Egypt, India, Singapore, and UK.