About

our Dragonfly team

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Mirjam Orasch

(Founder and owner)

For our founder and owner Mirjam Orasch, her English-language pre-school in Klagenfurt is a matter of the heart. The motivation for the project came from her own children: Mirjam is a mother of four and has encountered many pre-schools and childcare concepts over the years. However, she never felt that they were quite right for her kids. Mirjam Orasch and her team want the Dragonfly English Kindergarten to be an oasis for children aged 3-6, where they are encouraged and lovingly looked after in a stimulating environment.

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Doris Affar-Grabher

(Kindergarten Principal)

Doris Affar-Grabher is married and has a daughter. She completed her educational training in Germany and gained valuable experience in the kindergarten of the Metropolitan International School, both in the management team and in group responsibility. Her hobby is her family, which strengthens and inspires her. One of her strengths is providing children with a safe and nurturing environment where they can develop individually and resource-oriented.

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Edita Tabakovic

(Educational Specialist)

Edita Tabakovic is a qualified early childhood educator and childminder and takes care of the needs of our children in an extremely loving and sensitive manner. It gives her great pleasure to accompany children in their development and to make them understand the world in all its facets.

Ms. Tabakovic is very athletic and has also completed training as a children’s sports trainer. She has worked with children as a martial arts teacher for many years. The aim is to learn perseverance, concentration, conflict management and the teaching of peaceful values.

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Caron Kremnitzer

(Native Speaker)

Caron Kremnitzer worked, in both Kindergarten and Primary School settings, as a Speech and Language Therapist in South Africa for over 15 years before moving to Austria in 2020.

She is an Advanced Phono-Graphix Reading and Spelling Therapist and has a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate.

Caron aims to provide the children with a good foundation in English, taught through play and carefully guided activities.

She also has a special interest in teaching pre-literacy skills, in order to develop confident readers in the future.

Caron loves working with children and helping them to develop skills they can use both now and in the future.

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Stefanie Grabner

(Educational Specialist)

In 2012, Ms. Grabner completed her training as a certified nursery teacher and has since developed further in various companies. Her love for music, outdoor activities, and exploring new things is very important to her.

Stefanie sees her strengths in providing the children with a loving, respectful environment where each child can develop individually and independently.

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Laura Benedikt

(Educational Specialist)

Laura Benedikt is a qualified early childhood educator and childminder. She has known since childhood that she wanted to work with children. With her loving and empathetic nature, she is committed to giving the children a special and unforgettable kindergarten experience. Her aim is to create a warm and supportive environment in which every child feels comfortable and can move freely.

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Wolfgang Dunst

(Chef)

Wolfgang is 34 years old and lives in Klagenfurt. He is the proud father of a five-year-old daughter who inspires and motivates him daily. After completing his high school diploma in German and English, Wolfgang completed his apprenticeship at the renowned Werzer Hotel in Pörtschach.

Since then, he has worked as a head chef in several prestigious establishments, gaining valuable experience that he now brings to our kitchen. In addition to his passion for cooking, Wolfgang is an enthusiastic sportsman.

His hobbies include bouldering and rope climbing, activities that not only bring him great joy but also provide balance and inspiration for his professional life.

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Sabrina Finschger

(Kindergartenbetreuerin)

Frau Finschger ist ausgebildete Elementarpädagogin und übt ihre Berufung mit sehr viel Herz und Freude aus. Ein guter Umgang mit ihren Mitmenschen und der Umwelt ist ihr ein großes Anliegen und dies vermittelt sie auch unseren Kindern. Basierend auf ihrer Erfahrung in der Montessoripädagogik findet sie spielerisch den Weg die Kinder darin zu begleiten sich zu verantwortungsvollen, selbständigen und eigenständigen Persönlichkeiten zu entwickeln.

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Tanya Nazer

(Kindergartenbetreuerin)

Tanya Nazer wurde in England geboren und wohnt seit 2004 in Kärnten. Sie hat bereits über 10 Jahre Erfahrung in der Kindererziehung und Entwicklungsbegleitung im Kindergarten. Frau Nazer hat auch ihre beiden eigenen Kinder allein großgezogen. Durch ihr fröhliches Wesen und ihre Erfahrung versteht sie es spielerisch den Kindern ihre Muttersprache zu vermitteln.

Ihre Freizeit verbringt sie gerne mit Schifahren, Schwimmen oder Zeichen.

Ihr Lebensmotto:

„Happiness is happy, healthy children „and “a smile is worth a thousand words”

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Elina Larinto

(Kindergartenbetreuerin)

Frau Elina Larinto ist ausgebildete Waldorfpädagogin aus Finnland. Sie liebt es mit Kindern zu arbeiten. Besonders gefällt es ihr zu sehen, wie sie lernen, wie sie die Welt entdecken und sich entwickeln. Sie schenkt den Kindern eine schöne, sichere und erinnerungsreiche Zeit, indem sie ihnen Möglichkeiten zum spielenden Lernen schafft und auch nach dem Prinzip „learning by doing“ arbeitet.

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Adriana Paltinean

(Haus- und Küchenfee)

Adriana Paltinean ist unsere gute Haus – und Küchenfee. Sie achtet penibel auf Sauberkeit im gesamten Kindergarten und bereitet mit viel Liebe unsere, tägliche gesunde Jause zu. Sie unterstützt auch das Team der Domäne Lilienberg bei der täglichen Zubereitung unseres gesunden, fleischreduzierten Mittagessens.

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Our Dragonfly team

Our team consists of native speakers and English-speaking staff. It is a well-functioning team, with all members being passionate about what they do. 

They love playing with the kids, organising experiments, and, most of all, helping them gather many different experiences. Their goal is to teach the kids English in a playful way, and their daily reward and motivation are the shining eyes of the children and the happy and satisfied parents!