About Us

Welcome to Leaping Toads

Language and life skills for children aged between two to sixteen

We make learning fun, exciting and interactive. We provide a range of educational activities for children aged between two to sixteen from language lessons, dance, music and piano to art therapy, fashion design, speech therapy, and much more!

Our motto “play, explore, create and learn!” encapsulates our holistic teaching philosophy. Our lessons enhance life experience and children are encouraged to apply their own experiences and knowledge of the world to organically develop their social, emotional, physical, artistic, creative, and language skills.

Our children regularly create educational video projects and live plays. They also create a weekly radio programme, “The Curious Frogs”, which is broadcast in Lithuania and online for children around the world.

Our short comedy, “Laughter”, created by six year-olds as part of an interactive, sensorial learning experience.

We actively perform at events and festivals throughout the year and participate on national television and are frequently in the media. Our work was recently also acknowledged by the President of Lithuania.

At our centre we also learn about and celebrate international and traditional holidays/special days in the yearly calendar. From as young as the age of four, children are taught how be welcoming and friendly hosts, which they put into practice at our family events.

Our services are mainly oriented towards the Lithuanian population but we are open to everyone interested in developing their language and life skills.

Our below team creates a dynamic, interesting and lively learning environment for all children at Leaping Toads:

Our Team

Mrs Simona Staputienė
Head and founder of
Leaping Toads
“Mano Pirmieji Mokslai”
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Alma Sleckute
Alma Slečkutė 
Deputy at Leaping Toads, Language and Art Teacher

Erika Aukštuolytė Music, Lithuanian language Teacher and Curator of Events
Zivile Leaping Toads

Živilė Džiaugutė

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Aušra Jusevičiūtė
Lithuanian Language Teacher
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Aira Kubiliūtė

Ausra Urbanaviciute Leaping Toads

Aušra Urbanavičiūtė
Desigh Teacher

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Visiting academic student

Rita Petravičienė

Rita Petravičienė
Teaching assistant

Filomena Leaping Toads

Filomena Normantaitė Juknevičienė
Teaching assistant

Adomas Miklys
Martial Arts Teacher

Yulia Andropova
Yulia Andropova
Russian language teacher

Lina Puidokaitė
Music Teacher

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Christine Biancardi

Christine is a very experienced teacher with an extensive knowledge of
both the State and Independent sectors in education. She has taught
across all Key Stages, including early years, and currently specialises
in working with children with special needs and teaching English to adults and children who do not speak English as their mother tongue.

Christine enjoys interacting with overseas students, where she uses her vast experience and range of teaching techniques to facilitate the acquisition of the English language through role play, conversation and active learning.

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Anne Cordery

English language ESOL teacher

Anne is known by us for over 25 years. She is a very warm, friendly and lively personality.

Anne has been teaching in the English education system as a qualified teacher for 25 years. She is a qualified head teacher (having attained her NPQH qualification) and has been a Deputy Head Teacher in the UK. Anne is part of the Leadership Team of a school in Essex and is responsible for raising the achievement in English. She is also an examiner.

Anne has a very broad experience in teaching at a range of schools, located in both affluent areas as well as the challenging inner city of London. Anne has a BA in European Studies from Queen Mary College (University of London) and a Master’s degree in Hispanic Studies from Birkbeck College (University of London) where she specialised in comparative linguistics.
As well as teaching English, Anne also teaches Spanish and French. Before commencing her extensive teaching career in the UK, Anne also taught English abroad.

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Sarah Butler

English language ESOL teacher

Sarah is a qualified teacher of English as a Foreign Language. She gained her Batchelor’s degree from Southampton University and a CELTA certificate (Cambridge University) to teach English to adults. Sarah enjoys meeting people from other cultures and teaching students at Leaping Toads.