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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 owners, consultants, education influencers, governmental officials, parents, etc. can ask questions or just discuss and share his/her ideas or experiences about education. 

Here are some comments from persons 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!"

Meet a Finnish teacher to find out!

  • 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 together with a Finnish teacher your next lessons?

  • 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?

Meet a Finnish principal to find out!

  • 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 teacher?

MEET A FINNISH TEACHER OR PRINCIPAL

What are the benefits?

Usually, when you talk with a colleague, you will learn and get new ideas. Moreover, talking with a colleague not only from a different school but from a different country will give a whole new perspective – things can be done in another way. On top of that, you will learn from highly educated and carefully selected Finnish teachers and principals. 

We have selected Finnish teachers and principals with whom you can talk about the things that interest you the most. There are teachers and principals from different levels of education, pre-school, primary school, middle schools, high school, and university. Each teacher and principal has his/her specific themes, but your conversation does not need to be limited to those. 

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 For instance, you can select to discuss:

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teaching techniques
  • Phenomenon-based learning
  • The role of play in learning
  • Emotional awareness in teaching
  • Child-centred approach
  • School management and leadership
  • Assessment process
  • Use of ICT
  • Applying curriculum
  • Inclusion
  • Co-teaching
  • Co-operation with parents


For all of these aspects, the internet is full of information. The impact, however, is a lot more significant when the information is linked with a 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, a typical length for one class 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. That is why teachers’ and principals’ contact information will not be shared at any moment.   
  • 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 for your investment, it is highly recommended for you to get familiar 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 understand better 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.
  • Series of meetings available for a discounted price. For instance, ten sessions for the price of eight.

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

  • We are using Zoom for the meetings. Please connect a few minutes before the meeting start, 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 realize a credit 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 (depends 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) a mathematics, physics, and chemistry teacher in a middle school (age 13-15) in Ylöjärvi, near Tampere.  In addition, he works as a “peer-tutor” helping other teachers, for instance,  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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Choose the expert you want more information about

TOP 3 TOPICS

– How did we get here: the process of the changes needed in 40 years for the success of Finnish education
– Towards the shared responsibility between parents and school
– Support and Special education in Finland

Ms. Penttilä has a long and varied career in education both in Finland and on the international level. After working as a teacher and principal since 1977, she was elected president of ESHA in 1995 – The European School Heads´ Association with 17000 members. After the presidency, the city of Helsinki asked her to use her expertise for the benefit of its schools as the first Head of International Relations in the Education Department.  

Mr. Sinnemäki was one of the top 50 finalist at the Global Teacher Prize 2018.  He is holding following degrees: Master of Education, Master of Arts and Specialist Qualification of Product Development (Research and Development R&D). Sinnemäki has 20 years experience on teaching field in different positions, class teacher, subject teacher and principal. At present, Sinnemäki is developing solutions to increase overall well-being integrated in different subjects at schools, both in Finland and internationally.  

TOP 3 TOPICS:

-Qualification and Training to be a Principal
-How school is organized? What is Principal’s role?
-Management or Leadership? What Principals do at schools?

Mr. Pekka Tukonen is a School Principal from Järvenpää. Besides an experience of ten years in school leadership and taking part in several municipal projects, Pekka previously had a long experience as a Primary School teacher.

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

He has participated in various conferences and has given talks to English and Spanish speaking education specialists. He has organized different visits related to education and has a wide net of collaborators in schools and universities.

Ms. Kontra is an elementary school teacher who would rather take her students outdoors to learn than stay and teach in a traditional classroom environment. 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. She currently works at the International School of Vantaa close to Helsinki, Finland. 

‘Ms. Westling is an educational psychologist and expert in the field with both grass root teaching experience from school and teacher education as well as research from these environments.  She has a broad and holistic view of education and a deep understanding of human mind and learning. She has graduated from and later taught new students in an innovative program of educational psychology at the University of Helsinki. Her teaching has included lecturing, supervising pre-service-teachers’ practice, and facilitating group processes and process-oriented group studies. In her research she studies the quality of regulation of students’ learning and activity, at school and at teacher education. She has worked as an expert in educational program design at an academic level as well as in the world of international organizations. 

Ms. Liukas is the author and illustrator of Hello Ruby, a children’s picture book about the whimsical world of computers, as well as the founder of Rails Girls, a global movement to teach young women programming in over 260 cities. As Linda is an extremely looked after speaker, you can also ask for alternative speakers from her team. Read more>>

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Helsinki city center is full of interesting education related buildings and institutions. Get the know the city center with one of our educational experts.

Suomenlinna is #1 place to visit in Helsinki.  With an official Suomenlinna guide you get most out of it. Read more>>

What would be better way to start your study tour than spending a relaxed evening with your local host before the educational action starts.

Have an unforgettable end for your study tour with a farewell dinner! Your local host will take you to a traditional Finnish restaurant where you can try plates made out of traditional Finnish ingredients.