||Ildikó Mónika Pataki was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. She obtained her BA at the András Pető Faculty of Semmelweis University (formally known as International Pető Institute of Conductive Education for the Motor Disabled) in physical therapy and teaching. She moved to Berkeley, California in 1996, where she established a private school for children with cerebral palsy. She became a Visiting Assistant Professor at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she made Conductive Education a reality for children with motor impairments by working to establish the first training program for conductor-teachers in the United States.
Ildikó moved back to California and, as a mother of 3 young daughters, she joined the local community-based Hungarian school and Hungarian Scout Troops and started to teach elementary school children. She has been teaching literature, grammar, history, and geography for the past 14 years. She serves as the President of the Executive Board of the school and helps organize activities and events for the Hungarian community. She became a member of the Hungarian Diaspora Council and represents the Hungarian organizations of Northern California at the annual conference in Hungary.
As a teacher at the Kányádi Sándor Hungarian School, Ildikó organized teacher training opportunities for Hungarian language teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area in collaboration with professionals from Hungary. She is a highly dedicated teacher and devotes her time to her students. Her mission is to create a fun learning environment where children establish an emotional connection to the language and master reading and writing while also learning about the culture of their homeland. She is passionate about teaching and loves working with young students. She strongly believes that besides being able to explain grammar concepts, a good teacher needs to be able to create a special connection with the students and construct a supportive and motivating environment for them.