• Meet the workshops' leaders!

    Adil Tugyan 

    Adil Tugyan is an eTwinning TR Ambassador and eTwinning LE Expert. He is also working as an ambassador in EU CodeWeek and MakerWeek. He is a teacher trainer and ICT and Web 2.0 in Education Expert. He has been involved in various projects such as Comenius, Grundtwig, Erasmus Plus but he always considers himself as an eTwinner. He is specialized in 21st Century Education and creating Just in Time Learning communities. He also works with Microsoft as a Master Trainer. He believes in the educational value of the Digital Games as a Minecraft Certified Educator.For almost more than a year, he has been working on Integration and Inclusion through an Erasmus Plus Project. He Works as an English as a Second Language, ICT and drama teacher at an Upper Secondary School in Rize, Turkey.

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    Anne Gilleran 

    Anne Gilleran is one of European Schoolnet’s Senior Advisers. She has many years’ experience in education as a guidance counsellor, teacher, school principal and teacher trainer. She has extensive experience in Information Communication Technology in Education both at in practice and research, and is currently the Pedagogical Manager for eTwinning  . Anne also works with the AmgenTeach  initiative  overseeing the Distance Learning Activities  Formerly Anne has been project coordinator of the European School Leaders Network (ESLN); coordinator of European Schoolnet’s Virtual School and the European Network of Innovative Schools (ENIS) networks. In relation to these positions Anne has been brought into direct contact with the teachers, head teachers and policymakers in education throughout Europe. Anne has also carried out or been involved in a number of educational research and development programmes concerned with emerging issues in education in Europe, coordinated by European Schoolnet. She has represented the European School Heads Association (ESHA) on an expert’s panel for the European Commission in the area of ICT in Education.  She has two Master Degrees from Trinity College Dublin, an MLitt in education and an MSc in Technology in Learning as well as a number of specialist qualifications in Computer Science and Education.

    Aristea Politi 

    Aristea Politi works as a policy assistant in the European Commission in DG EAC, in the Unit responsible for schools and multilingualism. From January 2016 she has been working on the development of the European Toolkit for Schools, managing the content and the promotion of the platform.

    Arjana Blazic 

    Arjana Blazic is a Language Arts Teacher,  eTwinning ambassador, education technology advisor, international speaker and course designer. She is a recipient of the 2014-2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Award at Penn State University, where she successfully completed a 10-month Teaching and Learning with Technology Program. Arjana serves on the Expert Panel of the K-12 Horizon Report for New Media Consortium. She is author and founder of award-winning projects, learning platforms and online and onsite professional development training courses. She believes that sharing is caring and she is very passionate about teacher training and professional development. Her research has focused on the impact of ICT on teacher professional development and the ways in which new technologies can contribute to building teacher capacity. She has won awards in different competitions, such a Microsoft Partners in Learning, National eTwinning Prizes, Europe @School and Edublogs. She has written articles and a book about teaching and learning with technology. She also has a strong passion for travel. 


    Benjamin Hertz 

    Benjamin Hertz manages the European Schoolnet Academy project, the first European MOOC platform dedicated to K12 education professionals. He has a background in educational technology with a particular focus on e-learning strategies for professional development. Educated as a classroom teacher, he has been involved in the planning and delivery of online learning projects since 2011. In 2013 he was responsible for the launch of the European Schoolnet Academy where he has overseen and participated directly in the production and delivery of MOOCs for teachers. Benjamin also worked as a coordinator of the Future Classroom Lab initiative with a range of educational stakeholders to support innovation in teaching and learning. He has taught history at one of the leading sixth form colleges in the UK where he drove forward the implementation of technology-enhanced learning and supported the roll-out of a new learning management system with training and advice. He has also worked on areas related to education technology at the European Commission and the Humboldt University Berlin. He is a graduate from King’s College London and holds an MPhil degree in European Politics as well as a qualification in teaching from the University of Oxford.

    Bob McDougall 

    Bob is an expert on Key Action 1 of Erasmus+, specifically with an emphasis on inclusion, having coordinated hundreds of volunteers and young people with high support needs. Bob is also the key trainer for the full EVS training cycle in England.

    His delivery style is energetic, enthusiastic and always fun and engaging. Bob has devised and delivered many courses internationally on a variety of subjects, and he is passionate about non-formal learning. Bob is an expert on Key Action 1 of Erasmus+, specifically with an emphasis on inclusion, having coordinated hundreds of volunteers and young people with high support needs. Bob is also the key trainer for the full EVS training cycle in England.

    Christine Kladnik  

    Christine Kladnik is a former special education teacher and has been working for many years in special schools and in an inclusive setting in a secondary school. During this time, she initialised and coordinated many eTwinning projects. All of them had the focus on inclusive education. After completing her studies of education management and school development in 2013, she started working at the University College for Education Upper-Austria in Linz, where she teaches inclusive education with focus on special needs education. In addition, she acts in projects for the Federal Center for Inclusive Education.

    Denitsa Gospodinova 

    Denitsa is a Digital Media Officer at European Schoolnet. Working on projects such as the School Education Gateway and eTwinning, she coordinates the development and maintenance of web and mobile platforms. She is also responsible for monitoring the performance of these platforms and for carrying out usability tests. Denitsa oversaw the development and launch of the European Toolkit for Schools section (focusing on inclusive education and early school leaving) in 2015 as well as its overhaul in 2016. 

    Diego Rojas   

    Diego is a teacher of English at Secondary Education, currently working for the Spanish eTwinning National Support Service.

    Edite Sarva   

    Edite Sarva has been eTwinning ambassador since 2013. During this time she has planned and lead different learning activities (online courses, seminars and workshops) she has also taken part in evaluating projects and creating eTwinning publications. She holds and MA in Education and has worked as primary, secondary and highschool teacher. At the moment she is working in adult education - planning and leading online and on site learning events for teachers through different organizations - eTwinning, Skola2030 (country wide education reform project), Iespējamā misija (partner organization of Teach for all) and others.

    Elina Jokisalo
    Introducing the School Education Gateway/Teacher Academy – 28/10/2016, 9:30-11:30 and 29/10/2016, 9:30-11.30

    Elina Jokisalo has been working at the European Schoolnet since 2010. Currently she coordinates the School Education Gateway, European Commission’s platform for school community in 23 languages. She is also in charge of the Future Classroom Lab, a unique and inspiring learning space created by European Schoolnet – in particular its teacher training programme and visits to the lab. 

    Frederic Bayersburg 

    Frederic Bayersburg has been working for the Austrian National Agency since 2010. In 2016 he changed from the Vocational Education team to the School Education team within the NA, now working in the field of eTwinning and Erasmus+ KA2 projects.


    Granse Lysiane 

    Retired  teacher from a French vocational school,I taught English and French for more than forty years. I have been a volunteer for more than twenty years in a NGO called Terre des Hommes (TDH). I am currently president of TDHFrance and president of the International Federation of Terre des Hommes. The film I am going to show was produced by Terre des Hommes Suisse. It has been shown in many Swiss schools with a huge success. It is about the story of  pupils saving  energy in their school and consequently saving money to help pupils in several  poor communities in Peru to improve their surroundings at school , using insulation, solar energy and even producing vegetables to improve their diet and the community's. The film comes with a lot of educational tools and teachers will be able to go back home with them. The film is in French, English, German and Spanish.  This program might interest language teachers , but also science teachers and any teacher concerned with solidarity and ecological conciousness. It is suitable for primary pupils and 1st year of secondary school.

    Jacqueline Tordoir  

    Jacqueline Tordoir is PeaceJam Europe’s Senior Programme Coordinator for Belgium and the Netherlands. Jacqueline’s professional background brings together project management and communications work in EU-wide networks including the European Commission and European umbrella NGO's. At heart, Jacqueline will always be a teacher with a lifelong passion for education. She has an established track record in teaching at secondary and primary levels in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium as well as in International schools. Promoting fair access to education for everyone and creating chances for children with learning difficulties and has been a driving force throughout her professional career. Jacqueline has a degree in English Language and Literature from Leyden University and the University College Dublin.

    Hannah Voak  

    Hannah Voak is an editor at Science in School, the European journal for science teachers. With a bachelor’s degree in biology and an enthusiasm for science communication, she moved to Germany in 2016 to join Science in School at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

    Kornelia Lohynova

    Kornelia Lohynova is a teacher of Hotel Management and Tourism Business in Hotel Academy in Bratislava, Slovakia. Additionally, she is a teacher and a teacher trainer of Junior Achievement Entrepreneurial Programs. She has been an eTwinning ambassador for 7 years. 
    Kornelia speaks at conferences and leads workshops. She moderates two eTwinning featured groups, “Entrepreneurship in Education” and “Teacher Academy Alumni-PBL course”.
    She was selected as one of the twenty women global leaders 2013 for the International Visitor Leadership Program Women and Entrepreneurship granted by the US Department of State.
    She worked as a tourist guide some years ago and her passion for travel is still very strong.

    Lara Sammut

    Lara Sammut is a professionally trained teacher specialising in the teaching of foreign languages. She is currently working at the Migrant Learners’ Unit within the Ministry of Employment and Education, in Malta.  She is in charge of teacher training and mentoring, resource production as well as teaching in both primary and secondary sector.  She is passionate about continuous professional development and the teaching of foreign languages

    Maité Debry

    Maité has nine years of experience in European education projects management (STEM, innovation in education, awareness raising) with a background in development cooperation and international relations. She  currently coordinates the eTwinning Plus project (, that provides a platform for schools in Europe’s immediate neighbourhood, to link with schools participating in eTwinning. She also manages the STEM Alliance (, on school-industry collaboration and the activities linked to education in the RRI Tools project (, an EC initiative on Responsible Research and Innovation. Originally from Belgium, Maite has a Degree in Political Sciences and a Master Degree in Development Projects and Programmes. 

    Małgorzata Knap  

    Małgorzata Knap is a member of Polish National Support Service of eTwinning. She holds MA degree in English Language Translations and also in Education. Before joining NSS, she was a primary school English language teacher to students aged 5 to 12 in Warsaw. She completed numerous eTwinning projects focusing on topics carefully chosen together with her students. One of her recent interests is connected with teaching coding to young students. She ran a few international workshops sharing her experience in coding with other eTwinners. She was also an eTwinning Ambassador and an instructor of computer workshops for teachers who are about to begin their adventure with eTwinning.

    Marco Neves 

    Computer Science teacher and also ICT Coordinator. An enthusiast of new technologies applied to learning environments like Robotics, Virtual Reality, Coding, IOT and 3D Printing. Teacher trainer for ICT in education since 2002. Responsible for developing, coordinating and supporting educational partnerships with European countries related with technological innovation projects. Educational technology consultant. Ambassador for the Scientix Project. Member of Google Earth Outreach Trainer Network. Master thesis developed based on the impact of the European eTwinning projects in Portuguese schools.

     Maria José García   

    Ambassador etwinning in Spain. Coordinator of the group "Acercando Aulas”, Group in Spanish, the collaborative project to obtained the spinning top of spiral Silver Awards of Spain. National Award for "Origami" 2017. Coordinator and author of the Learning event: “ Creando equipo a través de la narración en etwinning” During 4 years Technical teaching of etwinning and European projects for the Government of the Region of Valencia. Primary school teacher and an enthusiastic convinced that etwinning means a change in the classroom.

    Maria Kurz 

    Maria Kurz teaches English and French at a Vocational Secondary college (HLW Türnitz) in Austria. Since 2000 she has been coordinating international school partnerships and placements for her students in other European countries. In her Erasmus+ projects she offers her students the opportunities to meet new people, to get to know different cultures and to develop various skills. She uses eTwinning for the implementation of her projects.

    Marie Louise Petersen 

    I am a trained teacher since 1993 and BA in French. I teach in the Danish Folkeskole (the municipal primary and lower secondary). I have been an eTwinner since 2008 and an eTwinning ambassador since 2014. I moderate a group about Gender on eTwinning and I enjoy the inspiring environment of eTwinning Shortly after my teaching training I took courses at Copenhagen University and attained a supplementary education in Gender Studies in 1999. More countries now pay attention to gender equality and diversity within education. I have also studied the discussions and the challenges in the process of the Action Plan “Equality for girls and boys” in the National Education in France, launched in 2014: Working with gender issues in schools can evoke many emotions and discussions and it helps to keep a focus on common targets and values like equality and inclusion.

    Marijana Smolcec 

    Marijana is an EFL teacher and teacher mentor with 16 years of experience of working with teenagers at Gimnazija Bernardina Frankopana in Ogulin, Croatia. She has been a part of the EVO 2015-2017 Electronic Village Online Coordination team. For several years she has been running various online EVO sessions for teachers such as "Becoming a Webhead, "ICT4ELT" and EVO Minecraft MOOC. She is an active eTwinner and since 2015 a moderator of the eTwinning group "Inclusive Education" (#eTwINEDU). Together with her students, she has developed many online projects and several successful eTwinning and Comenius projects . Being a school project coordinator, an educational speaker, team worker and above all a lifelong learner she is interested in flipped and blended learning, inclusive education, working with struggling students, use of technology in the classroom and collaboration. She also loves social networks and you can easily find her on Twitter as @mscro1 or @eTwinedu.

    Marina Screpanti 

    I’m an eTwinning Ambassador and a Primary School teacher from Chieti (Italy) with a specific expertise in European cooperation, project planning, digital teaching, physical education and CLIL. I’m researching and experimenting new methodologies in class and I’m a teacher trainer about the use of ICT in teaching and learning and about the introduction of new teaching strategies, especially Flipped Classroom, eCLIL, Class 3.0, Spaced learning, Coding with a special eye to special needs students learning. I graduated in Physical education from the University of Urbino and from the University of Chieti and I’m currently studying Innovative education and Lifelong learning at IUL  University in Florence. I’m also one of the author of the scientific teaching magazine NGN Gulliver News. I organized two European Learning Events on the eTwinning platform: “How partnership and ICT innovate Primary School teaching and learning” May/June  2016 and “Teaching English differently” March 2017, training lots of European teachers. In the two learning events I introduced specific sections dedicated to inclusive activities. 

    Martin Schmalzried 

    Martin Schmalzried holds a Master’s Degree from the ULB (Brussels) in Political Science and is a licensed sociology teacher in upper secondary education. He has been working at COFACE (Confederation of Family Organisations in the EU) as a Policy Officer for over five years. His areas of expertise include safer internet and new technologies, and has been involved in a number of EU projects and initiatives linked to this field. Martin is currently the chair of the SIP BENCH III project (review of parental control tools), a member of the POSCON (Positive Online Content and Services for Children in Europe) network and represents parents and families in DG CONNECT meetings such as the CEO and the ICT Coalitions. He was also responsible for the policy content of the #DeleteCyberbullying project. He has supervised the development of a variety of tools such as Nutri-médias which aims at raising awareness of parents regarding advertising and nutrition and the #DeleteCyberbullying app that is designed to help teenagers, parents and teachers to deal with cyberbullying.

    Marvic Refalo 

    Graduating as a teacher on 1995,  specialising in Maths and Primary Education,  Marvic Refalo continued her studies with a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching ICT in Secondary Schools and more recently in a Masters in the Management of Education for Sustainable Development in Schools specialising in the Intercultural and Environmental Management of Schools.  In 2007, she started working with Nature Trust FEE Malta on the FEE programmes, mainly Eco-Schools, Young Reporters for the Environment and Learning about Forests, giving support to schools in participating in these programmes and providing training for educators at all levels. The vision of the Foundation for Environmental Education is to empower people everywhere to live sustainably and in an environmentally conscious manner. With members in 73 countries around the world, its programmes represent the absolute cutting edge in Education for Sustainable Development and Environmental Education. While Eco-Schools, LEAF and YRE educate young people to cultivate a more environmentally conscious approach in their lives, Green Key and Blue Flag initiatives are known across the world for their promotion of sustainable business practices and the protection of our valuable natural resources. Recognised by UNESCO as a world-leader within the fields of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and formally acknowledged as the largest international ESD network of teachers and students in the world, the Eco-Schools programme was launched in 1994 and now mobilises over 16 million students from 64 different countries. The programme is not solely about promoting the care and protection of our environment, but also of the people who live in it, the communities who depend on it, the businesses who profit from it and the ecosystems which rely on it. Each participating school follows a seven step change process and empowers their young people to lead processes and actions wherever they can. Eco-Schools is an internationally renowned eco-label for a school’s serious commitment to environmental improvement. Email:

    Milena Popova  

    Milena Popova is the Head of the Re-user services team at Europeana which aims to increase re-use of digital cultural content in education. Milena is responsible for the development of partnerships with educational networks, publishers, policy makers and national Ministries of Education, to promote the educational value of Europeana and inspire learners across the world to use Europeana resources for digital learning. She also oversees the development of Europeana Education community, open for all those who believe that Europe’s digital cultural heritage can enrich educational experiences, and who want to work with Europeana to make this happen.

    Miljenko Hajdarović 

    Miljenko Hajdarović works as a teacher at Čakovec High School and School of economics and commerce Čakovec, Croatia. He teaches history, sociology, politics and civics. Interests: history of 20th century, Holocaust, human rights, ICT education. In his free time he’s editing Croatian Historical Portal (e-magazine about history) and works for Association for education and human rights promotion. He’s currently also working on ongoing projects of Anne Frank House and EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators.

    Monica Abela Medici  

    Monica Abela Medici has over 20 years’ experience teaching French and English to students from various countries and for a number of years she was part of a team of teachers who taught listening and speaking skills to students in primary schools. After attending the Malta Writing Programme she also taught creative writing in secondary schools. She is based in Malta at the Migrant Learners’ Unit within the Ministry for Education and Employment. She is currently involved in the day-to-day running of the unit which caters for the needs of newcomer learners and her duties also include teacher training and mentoring

    Nandia Tomasidou 

    Dr Nandia Tomasidou holds an MA and a PhD in Drama and Theatre Education, University of Warwick. She has worked as a primary school teacher, as a TV presenter on shows of educational nature, as well as a drama practitioner establishing her own Youth Theare addressed to children and teenagers, which has been running in success since 2013. She is currently a lecturer at the European University Cyprus teaching Drama and Theatre Education to future teachers. She is also the curriculum designer for the Cypriot Fairy Tale Museum. She has designed, organised and conducted two educational programmes addressed to primary and pre-primary school students: Using Drama and Theatre Education as a creative approach towards anti-racism education and towards learning to accept those who are different’ and ‘Paphos 2017 through the Drama and Theatre Education Approach’. The programmes have been approved and promoted by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. They have received excellent feedback from students and teachers. She is currently in the process of publishing a book based on her doctoral thesis titled ‘The contribution of drama and the arts to student well-being’.

    Nicole Sattler  

    Nicole Sattler is working at the National Agency for Erasmus+ Education in Vienna, Austria and is part of the National Austrian eTwinning Agency. She is in charge of the day-to-day projects and training coordination. Together with her colleagues, Nicole hosted two eTwinning seminars and kept several eTwinning workshops.

    Paola Arduini, Laura Maffei and Elena Pezzi 

    Better known as “The Power of Three”, we are eTwinners from the very first hour, Ambassadors for our regions and members of the European Ambassadors Network. We created and moderate Virgilio Group, leading new eTwinners in the eTwinning galaxy of opportunities, and “eTwinning e la Realtà” Group, the specimen of an eTwinning Community of Practice. We have been involved in teacher training for several years now, our area of interest dealing with Communication, 


    Project Based Learning, Edutech and Team-Work. All of us are teachers, which is definitely a plus for us, and together we cover all levels of compulsory education.


    Paola Arduini: Primary School teacher, currently working in the Italian Primary School in Madrid.   


    Laura Maffei: teacher of Italian Language and Literature, Italian to migrants, History and Geography in Lower Secondary School. 


    Elena Pezzi: teacher of French for some years, now 

    teacher of Spanish in a Secondary School.

    Sari Auramo  

    Sari Auramo is an eTwinning Ambassador in Finland. She works as a class teacher at the Riihenmäki school in Mäntsälä. She is excited about the internationality and information technology, so the eTwinning has been a great way to combine these two things.

    Silvana Rampone

    eTwinning Ambassador and Primary School teacher from Pinerolo (Italy), CLIL studies at University Ca’ Foscari in Venice, trainer for primary CLIL methodology in Italy and abroad (UK, Japan), online Clil tutor for Lend Language Association, author of a CLIL book (Cross-curricular projects for young learners); coordinator of three European Comenius projects and  Erasmus + about CLIL for young learners whose two have been awarded with the European Label for Languages in 2007 and 2010.  I have been involved several eTwinning projects, three have been awarded with National Prizes,  one highly commended  at Medea Awards 2014 and one shortlisted at the European eTwinning prize in 2014. I strongly believe in the power of eTwinning to promote CLIL inclusive learning spaces where “the HOW” of learning has the priority on” the WHAT of teaching”.

    Sonja Di Vetta  

    Sonja Di Vetta is a media educator at SIN – Studio im Netz e.V. She currently coordinates the project “Multimedia-Landschaften für Kinder” (short “MuLa”) for nurseries in Munich to use computer and tablets. SIN concentrates its main activities on children, adolescents and their use multimedia. As an independent multimedia hub SIN takes up new digital challenges in a practice-orientated and critical way and hands the resulting knowledge and experience over to pedagogically responsible and interested people. SIN plans, realizes, evaluates, and publishes projects, seminars, and educational guidelines.

    Stasele Riskiene  

    Stasele Riskiene is a teacher of English in Lithuania, eTwinning Ambassador, Apple Education Trainer and an expert of using smart devices in education. She has been running a professional blog and giving trainings to teachers on how to make the best use of smart devices in schools and especially in project work for more than five years. In 2016 she was awarded the titles of Teacher of the Year and Most Innovative Language Teacher in Lithuania.

    Tea Režek 

    Tea Režek is a Sociology and Spanish teacher. She has been working in the area of adult education for 8 years. Since 2014., she is working as coordinator at the eTwinning National Support Service in Croatia.

    Tiina Sarisalmi   

    Tiina Sarisalmi is EFL teacher and text book writer, but works now as fulltime project coordinator in national and regional projects dealing with global education, internationalization of education and developing language teaching. Tiina is an eTwinning ambassador. She registered in eTwinning in January 2005 and won the European competition in 2006 in pedagogical innovation category. She was a member in the eTwinning pedagogical advisory group 2008 – 2010 and has designed and carried out several Learning Events. Tiina is an active teacher trainer and gives over 30 lectures or workshops dealing with different aspects of education and curriculum development every year.

    Tom Himdgen  

    Tom Hildgen is a primary schoolteacher from Luxembourg. After 10 years of teaching he made his Master of Arts in Media- and Play pedagogy on the Danube University in Krems in Austria where he is currently finishing his Master of Science in "Games, Media and Education". He is now an educational consultant for the ministry of education as well as a teacher coach. (Digital) game-based learning and classroom gamification are his preferred subjects. He also teaches as a guest lecturer at the Danube University as well as he offers training for young teachers in the fields of pedagogy of media and play at the IFEN (Institut de Formation de l'Education Nationale), the Luxembourg training centre for teachers. From September 2017 on he will be working as a school developer for Luxembourg primary schools.

    Tsvetelena Taralova  

    Tsvetelena Taralova has been a secondary English language teacher and Erasmus+ coordinator for 12 years.  She has participated in many European and two training courses in the USA, working and exchanging good practices with teachers. Tsvetelena has been an eTwinning ambassador since 2015.  At present she works as the head of the foreign language department in her school in Sofia. She is a co-author of an English language course for teenagers.

    Wouter Hustinx 

    Wouter Hustinx is master in Pedagogical Sciences. He works as head of research in the expertise centre on educational innovation at PXL University College in Hasselt (Belgium). His main research interest is the use of mobile devices in classrooms in order to achieve classroom differentiation. The expertise centre is currently involved in several European projects. As a member of educational staff, Wouter is also responsible for the educational ICT-policy and ICT-portfolio at PXL.