Mindful, resilient and authentic teachers are groundbreaking leaders.
Simona Baciu is an innovative and visionary leader in education. She is a recipient of the British International School Lifetime Award and holder of the Custodian of the Romanian Crown Medal, awarded for her outstanding contribution to education.
At the beginning of the 1990’s, as a teacher in a state school in Romania, Simona decided to start a school that would introduce change in the prevailing system and make a difference in the lives of students. Happy Kids Kindergarten was opened in 1993 in one of the rooms of her family’s small apartment. This is how Transylvania College, today a well-known and prestigious institution with over 700 students, was born.
Simona is an educator, speaker, author, trainer, and consultant for the improvement of education in Romania and abroad. As a Board Member of Round Square, Global Connections, ReThink Romania, Romanian Business Leaders, Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation, TedX Eroilor, and President of C-EDU Cluster of Education, Simona acts as a global agent of change for education.
She has authored numerous articles and spoken at both national and international events and conferences promoting education for the 21st century, incorporating social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and well-being. Co-author of The Teacher Within: A Mindful Journey Toward Well-Being For Teachers In The 21St Century, Simona believes that education should cultivate and nurture a love for life-long learning in everyone, while keeping a curious mind, an open heart and a caring soul for the world in which we live.