Passionate about Sharing Our Expertise
Our one-of-a-kind curriculum and teacher resources are possible thanks to our unique pool of expertise, Specialists with diverse backgrounds, who provide teachers with the specialised skills for a more innovative and stimulating classroom experience, making a more meaningful enquiry-based exploration.
Angelica Manca, Co-Founder of Hoopla Education and Early Years Specialist in Creative Education
Angelica is a global citizen with over two decades working experience spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia. Since 2006, she has been dedicated to the promotion of creativity in the early years speaking at numerous conferences in Europe and Asia on the role of play in early childhood education and the importance of using a hand’s on approach to foreign language acquisition in young learners.
Angelica has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Kent (UK) and is the author of The Garden Project, a unique Early Years’ PBL curriculum that teaches for Sustainability and Healthy Eating.
Paul Frank Wagner, Co-Founder of Hoopla Education and Visual Artist
Paul Frank Wagner is a world-renowned Contemporary Artist from New York City. His art is strongly influenced by the 1960's Minimalism movement.
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. In 2009 his solo show was featured at Scope Miami. In 2014 his "Exhale" Installation for the animals in the Forest won 1st prize on Artslant Magazine.
Today, Paul travels the world creating art as well as running Art Residencies in leading schools and kid clubs. Watch Paul in action http://vimeo.com/96055407
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) and later in 2004 got certified as a Horticultural Therapist from the Agrarian School of Monza (Italy) adding gardening and horticulture to her proficiency in environmental studies. 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 believes that nothing is more powerful than the healing aspect of Nature. Her passion lies in “Bringing all people close to Nature and Nature close to people”!
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. In 2015 Lloyd took his passion one step further as he wanted to see his ideas applied in the early years world and opened The Nature School in Australia.
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.