Maria Rachidi


Maria Rachidi is the founder and director of the East Bay Hungarian Educational Group.  She moved to the United States over 15 years ago and served as the Public Relations Director for the Hungarian Tourism Board in NYC prior to moving to California in 2015.


Maria's drive to found the Hungarian school was born out of necessity.  Shortly after moving to Walnut Creek with her family, she sought out Hungarian institutions that would help her expose her children to their Hungarian heritage, but soon realized there were no suitable programs available in the vicinity.  Drawing on her prior experience in organizing the Hungarian community in NYC, she founded the school with the help and dedication of many members of the Bay Area’s Hungarian community.


In addition to her involvement with the school, Maria is also engaged with the sister city program, and continues to serve as a liaison between Walnut Creek and the Hungarian city of Siofok.

Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in public Relations from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in media and Journalism from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest. 

Timea Iharosi

Assistant Director

Timea moved to the United States 7 years ago, she holds a master’s degree in Business and Economics from University of Pecs, and a master’s degree in Business and Economics from Corvinus University in Budapest. 

She joined to the school first as parent volunteer in 2017, then as a Board member, and became the assistant director in 2018.

Reka Kiss

Head Teacher

Réka was born in Veszprém, Hungary and spent her childhood and high school years in her hometown.


She completed her senior year at Kingston High School in Kingston, NY and later a year of college internship in Chicago. After graduating from the Budapest Business School she moved to Chicago in 2004 then to beautiful San Diego.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay area since 2006 and became an active volunteer and member of a few Hungarian organizations.


As her two children grew it became more and more important for her to teach and share her beautiful mother language, history and culture of Hungary with children of Hungarian roots. She founded the Harangvirag Jatszohaz non-profit organization to promote, educate and entertain Hungarian children through puppet shows, singing circle and crafts.

She also became a teacher in the Hungarian school of the San Francisco Scouts and a scout group leader for the kindergarten age children.

She joined the East Bay Hungarian Educational Group in 2018 fall and became a devoted teacher for the school-age children.

Timea Olah

Preschool Teacher

Timea has studied child psychology in Hungary and has been working with children for over 10 years. She has 3 children of her own and making the little bears laugh every Saturday.

Erika Pazmandi Hagen


Erika is a language and history teacher and a ceramic artist.

She has been teaching drama for kids and Hungarian language for adults at our school since 2017

Judit Pap


Judit has been living in the USA since 2004. She and her family moved to the East Bay from Nashville, TN in 2017. Judit holds a Bachelor's degree in teaching English and French as second languages from Jozsef Attila University (Szeged, Hungary), a Master's degree in Mass Communication from Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN), and an ESL Instructor degree from the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (Nashville, TN). 


Before relocating to Nashville, Judit was a personal interpreter for the CEO of Lapker RT in Budapest. In Nashville, she worked as an ESL and French instructor at Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TFLI), teaching adult and children's language classes, beginner through advanced conversation levels. 


Judit has an Autistic son who is about to turn 5 years old. In order to better understand her son's challenges and  to support him in meeting these as much as possible Judit has gone through several trainings offered for parents of special needs children. She became an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) Mentor in 2019, after finishing a training offered by the Family Resource Navigators. 


While unemployed due to immigration status (dependent visa) Judit learned photography. She has been working as a family and fine art photographer since 2012. To see some of her work please take a peek at

Timea D. Yost


Timea has been living in the United States since 2014. Born and raised in Hungary she worked as a teacher and has many years of experience teaching private students, and small groups of adults. Before moving to California she spent three years on the East Coast, working with children.

Laszlo Tihany

Artistic Director

Tihanyi is the Artistic director and principal dancer of the Eszterlanc Folk Ensemble in San Francisco.

He receives his bachelor of Science in Hungarian folk dancing and folk dance coaching from the Dance Academy of Budapest. 

István Böröcz

Board Member/ Language Teacher

Istvan is a retired physician, with a hobby of teaching languages. He started learning Russian in the summer of 1945, while selling fruit to Russian soldiers on R&R by lake Balaton. His Russian knowledge saved his -and 6 of his buddies- lives in 56.  His teaching started with tutoring classmates in Russian in high school. Now he is teaching Medical English to Hungarian physicians -on Skype- and Hungarian conversation to anyone interested in Walnut Creek at the school. His photo is from earlier years.

Kata Szabo


Kata Szabo studied at the Bod Péter Pedagogic High School and at the pedagogical faculty of the Babes-Bolyai University in Székelyudvarhely. She worked as a preschool teacher in Transylvania before moving to Berkeley with her family. 

She has two wonderful boys Magor and Regő.

László Domonkos Bálint


Bálint was born and raised in Hungary in a big family. He is a member of a local Christian community in Budapest and a leader of the kid's scout. He likes all kind of sports and loves nature. He is also a musician, playing the bracsa and cello.


He is a part of the Korosi Csoma Sandor internship program and will be with our school for the 2019/20 school year

Klara Egei

Web Designer/Website Manager

Klara is a Website/ Logo Designer who specializes in websites for small businesses, nonprofits and freelancers, creating custom dynamic sites suitable for products and image galleries, online calendars, e-commerce applications and for all people who wish to make frequent changes to their websites including text and image updates.

Her designs are Full Responsive websites, well visible on multiple devices such as smart phones, tablets and desktops.

She also specializes in UI/UX design (User Interface / User Experience Design) that deals with a website's functionality, as well as the process behind making the product provide a seamless experience for the people who use them.

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Maria Rachidi - President


Erica Dénes - Treasurer


Elise Jordan - Secretary


Istvan Böröcz


Tamas Jackovics


Erzsebet Legrady


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Created by Klara Egei

Tel: (646) 345-4077


   Mailing Address:

1655 N. California Blvd, # 310,

Walnut Creek, CA 94596


School Address:

The Seven Hills School - Preschool Area 

975 North San Carlos Drive

Walnut Creek, CA 94598