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 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

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.

Eva Szabo


Eva has been teaching since 1993 and has also been working as a television personality since 2008. These two defined her professional life in her hometown Târgu Mureş (Romania) and Szeged (Hungary). She and her husband Lehel Molnár moved to Berkeley, California in 2018 as research scholars. She also joined our team at the East Bay Hungarian Educational Group, teaching several classes a week. Teaching is Eva's passion. She has three children and enjoys hiking and reading.

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. 

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.

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.

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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