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Meet a Finnish Teacher or Principal!

VisitEDUfinn Ltd. is the only organization in the world offering online meetings with selected Finnish teachers and principals. Meeting a Finnish teacher or principal is open to everyone– teachers, principals, school administrators, consultants, education influencers, government officials, parents, and anyone interested in the Finnish education system. You can have a personal conversation, ask questions, compare experiences, or just discuss and share ideas about education. This service can also provide the potential for a more long-term relationship with a Finnish teacher or principal that can have a lasting impact.  Here are some comments from individuals that have met a Finnish teacher using our service:

Ms Kontra was so kind and friendly, so I could ask her many questions. I could learn Finnish education well. 45 minutes is good time to talk easily.

"The session was what I wanted it to be. I'm only sad that it wasn't longer!"

Interested in meeting a Finnish teacher?

  • Would you like to deepen your understanding of Finnish education by discussing it with a local teacher?

  • Curious to hear how a Finnish teacher prepares their classes, the methods they use, and how they evaluate students?

  • Would you like to plan your next lessons together with a Finnish teacher?

  • Interested in knowing how teaching in Finland was organized during COVID-19 lockdown?

  • Want to organize a special class and let your students ask questions directly from a Finnish teacher?

Interested in meeting a Finnish principal?

  • Do you want to learn about Finnish society, culture, and educational system from a school principal’s perspective?

  • Curious to hear how a Finnish principal selects, supervises, and motivates the teachers?

  • Interested in knowing how teaching in Finland was organized during COVID-19 lockdown?

  • Would you like to know how Finnish public schools keep every student on board?

  • Want to organize a special class and let your students ask questions directly from a Finnish principal?

MEET A FINNISH TEACHER OR PRINCIPAL

What are the benefits?

Talking with a professional expert or colleague often provides the opportunity to learn and get new ideas. However, talking with a teacher or principal not only from a different school- but from an entirely different country and culture- can give you a whole new perspective. Things can be done in a different way. Challenges can be looked at from another angle. Your thinking can be broadened and enriched.

We put you in touch with carefully selected, highly educated Finnish teachers and principals with whom you can have a dialogue and discuss the themes that interest you the most. There are teachers and principals from different levels of education– pre-school, primary school, middle school, high school, and university. Each teacher and principal has his/her specific themes, but your conversation does not need to be limited to those. Teachers and principals are also prepared to talk about their challenges and how they overcame them, and what tools and solutions they used to fix a certain problem.

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 For instance, you can select to discuss:

    • The child-centered pedagogical approach in Finnish education
    • Assessment process
    • How e-learning is organised
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teaching techniques
    • Phenomenon-based learning
    • The role of play in learning
    • Emotional awareness in teaching
    • School management and leadership
    • Use of ICT
    • Applying curriculum
    • Inclusion
    • Co-teaching

For all of these topics, the internet is full of information. The impact, however, is a lot more significant when the information is linked with a personalized conversation and practical examples provided by a Finnish teacher or principal. Your motivation to improve your work and routines will be on a completely different level.

MEET A FINNISH TEACHER OR PRINCIPAL

How to connect with Finnish Teachers and Principals?​

Below you will find all our current teachers and principals available for a LIVE virtual meeting. The list will be updated constantly so if you are interested in someone, do not think about it too long – he or she might not be available anymore after next month. You will find which level they teach, what they teach, and what are their specialties. You will also find links to their booking calendar, where you can check the time slots they are available for a meeting and make the booking immediately in the calendar via online payment.

Here are the key features of the service:

  • One meeting takes 45 minutes, the typical length of one class period in a Finnish school. It is possible to book several meetings in a row.
  • The idea is that you communicate during the session, not before or after, as teachers and principals do not have resources for continued communications. For this reason, teachers’ and principals’ contact information will not be shared at any time.   
  • Up to five participants can join the meeting (unless meeting with a class). For bookings for bigger groups or audiences, please contact info@visitedufinn.com.
  • To maximize the benefit of your investment, it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with our material about Finnish education before the meeting. This helps you to have the right context for the themes you want to talk about and better understand the Finnish teacher or principal.
  • The price is 99 euros for a teacher and 199 euros for a principal
  • Recording the meeting is available for an additional fee of 29 euros.
  • A series of meetings can be made available for a discounted price. For instance, ten sessions for the price of eight.

Please read the following details carefully before proceeding with your booking.

  • We are using Zoom for the meetings. Please connect a few minutes before the meeting starts, especially if you have not used Zoom before. And if you want to use your mobile phone for your meeting, make sure you have installed the application beforehand. Finns are punctual, so the teacher you booked the meeting with will be there exactly at the booked time – and not later.
  • After selecting the time for your meeting, you will be directed to make a credit card payment. Your booking will not take place until the payment has been processed properly. If you want to pay for the meeting with a bank transfer, please send an email to info@visitedufinn.com. An extra fee of 20 euros will be applied for bank transfers to cover the additional administrative costs.
  • After booking the meeting, you will receive a calendar invitation by email. Please note that if you accept the meeting, the invitation email with the Zoom link can disappear from your inbox (depending on the system you are using). However, you can find the email in the trash folder and the meeting details on your calendar.
  • Cancellation is not possible, but you can change the date and time of your online meeting 24 hours before the scheduled time. After that no changes are possible.
  • If in doubt, please contact us by email at info@visitedufinn.com or WhatsApp +358 407 516 478.
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Finnish Teachers and Principals available for your meeting

Choose the Finnish Teacher or Principal you would like to meet.

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Pekka Tukonen
Principal, Primary School
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Pekka Tukonen

Mr. Tukonen (Master of Education) is a school principal in a primary school in Järvenpää, a small city close to Helsinki. Besides 10 years of experience in school leadership and taking part in several municipal projects, Pekka has previous experience as a primary school teacher for many years.

He studied pedagogy at Helsinki University. After completing his studies, he worked in Spain, near Barcelona, for eight years, in one of the best-known private schools in Catalonia. His degree from Finland was recognized as a higher degree in Pedagogy in Spain. He also completed various post-graduate studies, as well as language studies (e.g. Spanish, Catalan, and English).

He has participated in multiple international educational conferences and has given talks to English and Spanish speaking education specialists. He has hosted various visits related to education and has a wide network of collaborators in schools and universities.

Top discussion themes:

  • Qualification and training to be a principal.
  • How a school is organized? What is the principal’s role?
  • Management or leadership? What do principals do at schools?
  • Differences between the Finnish and the Spanish school system.

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Sari Kontra
Special Education Teacher,
Primary School
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Sari Kontra

Ms. Kontra (Master of Education) is a special education and Finnish language and literature teacher who currently works in a primary school near Lahti, Finland. She has worked in many international schools both in Finland and abroad. Ms. Kontra is keen on functional ways of teaching and she believes that by incorporating physical activity and new forms of functionality and devices into teaching, we can tackle many of today’s challenges in the field of education. In addition, she is a partner of VisitEDUfinn Ltd.

Top discussion themes:

  • Special education
  • Inclusion
  • Physical activity in a classroom
  • Digital tools
  • Benefits of functional learningbookmeetingbutton
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Juhana Annala
Teacher, Middle School
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Juhana Annala

Mr. Annala (Master of Science) is a mathematics, physics, and chemistry teacher in a middle school (ages 13-15) in Ylöjärvi, near Tampere.  In addition, he works as a “peer-tutor” helping other teachers, such as using digital platforms for teaching. In 2017, he won a “Future Educator” -prize for the active development of mathematics teaching. He has invented a method that motivates students for learning mathematics.

Top discussion themes:

  • How to motivate the students to learn mathematics?
  • Digital learning environments
  • Peer-tutoring in Finnish schools
  • STEM-teaching in Finland

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Jenni Sipola
Teacher, Primary School
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Jenni Sipola

Ms. Sipola (Master of Education) is a primary school teacher in Vantaa, close to Helsinki. She has been working as a classroom teacher since 2001, and currently, she is teaching 5-graders (11 years old). She acts as a teacher tutor once a week and is a freelance educator. Ms. Sipola is one of the two winners of Fulbright Distinguished Awards on Teaching 2020-2021 for implementing STEAM education.

Top discussion themes:

  • ICT
  • Remote learning
  • Assessment
  • Social skills
  • Being a tutor teacher
  • Extracurricular clubs (for example Campfire Kids or Coding Girls)

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Sara Numminen
Teacher,
Preschool and Kindergarten
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Sara Numminen

Ms. Numminen (Master of Arts and Bachelor of Education) is a Finnish language and literature teacher and also a preschool and kindergarten teacher who works currently in the kindergarten of the French-Finnish School of Helsinki (Lycée franco-finlandais d’Helsinki) with a group of five-year-olds. She has experience in both private and public schools and preschools. Ms. Numminen has a humanistic and cultured way of teaching and she believes that embedding a broad cultural general knowledge from early on will help children in all their fields of life and for them to build a better society. 

Top discussion themes:

  • Early childhood education
  • Humanistic subjects and approach
  • Incorporation of different subjects
  • Impacts of education in society

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Tuovi Ronkainen
Teacher, Primary School
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Tuovi Ronkainen

Ms. Ronkainen (Master of Science) is a Finnish biology and geography teacher and later a high school principal, now also a project ambassador of ESHA (European School Heads Association). She has been working on many ecological projects both at the national and international levels. Her special area is future education: how to get a positive approach to the future and how to get the skills to solve wicked problems like climate change. After her retirement, she was asked to work as a primary school teacher.  

Top discussion themes:

  • Applying future skills
  • Climate change
  • Ecological competences

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Anne-Marie Rapo
Principal, Primary and Middle School
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Anne-Marie Rapo

Ms. Rapo (Master of Education) is currently working as the Principal of a Finnish international, comprehensive English-language school in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Earlier in her career, she worked as a primary, middle school, and high school teacher, an education planner, and a mentor teacher. Besides her extensive experience of Finnish basic education and upper secondary education curricula, she has gained new insights by working as a teacher in a French state school and as a principal of an IB world school. She is a popular presenter on Finnish education and has held numerous workshops and presentations for education ministries as well as international school administrators and teachers. Anne-Marie holds a Master of Arts degree in modern languages from the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Top discussion themes:

  • Finnish National Core Curriculum for Basic Education
  • Assessment
  • Student Welfare and Special Education
  • Leading Teachers by Trust

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Ulpu Siponen
Teacher, Primary School
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Ulpu Siponen

Ms.  Siponen (Master of Education) is a primary school and English teacher working in a 300-pupil school in Southern Finland (Orivesi). She has studied Montessori pedagogy and coordinates her school’s international Erasmus project about sustainable development. Ms. Siponen has a humanistic, child-centered approach to teaching. She has also six years’ teaching experience in a small Sami comprehensive school in Lapland in combined classes. 

Top discussion themes: 

  • Online teaching
  • Elementary education and languages 
  • Active, experiential learning 
  • International cooperation and Erasmus 
  • Sustainable development 

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Minna Vasara
Teacher, Middle School
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Minna Vasara

Ms.  Vasara (Master of Arts) is a secondary school and Finnish language and literature teacher working in a secondary pupil school in Southern Finland (Orivesi). She is currently getting a special qualification as an environmental educator.  At her school, she is a tutor teacher and coordinator for phenomenon-based learning.  

Top discussion themes: 

  • Phenomenon-based learning
  • Local curriculum development
  • How to teach sustainability  
  • New assessment methods 
  • Pedagogical drama
  • Collaboration with special education  

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