Ms Zatreanu graduated from the Pedagogical High School and Foreign Language Faculty in Bucharest and has worked in Roma education for more than 15 years, first as a primary school teacher, then as a trainer for Roma and non Roma educators, as well as educational inspector at the Ministry of Education in Romania.
Mihaela Zatreanu developed the first curriculum for Romani language in Romania and continued her activity as author of text books for Romany language, but also several other books with best practices for teachers for a better integration of Roma children in school.
During 5 years as educational inspector in the Ministry of Education and Research of Romania, she contributed to the design of policies for increasing the school participation of Roma, for instance the second chance education programme, remedial education, qualification programmes and alternative forms of education for Roma. She has been monitoring and guiding locale programmes for supplementary school assistance and introduced school mediation for the first time in Romania. Mihaela Zatreanu had an important role for the introduction of Romany language and history in state schools at national level and for the allocation of special places for Roma students at high school and university level.
At European level Mihaela Zatreanu has been working in cooperation with the Council of Europe as a Chief Executive Officer at the European Roma and Travellers Forum with the main aim to achieve equal rights and equal opportunities for Roma in Europe, including fair and equal participation at all levels of policy-making at national and international level. In this respect she has been cooperating with Roma organizations at European level affiliated with the Forum, in order to achieve the social integration of Roma on the basis of full equality and mutual respect.
For a number of years, Ms Zatreanu also acted as educational expert for the Council of Europe, contributing to the development of the policy paper for the education of Roma children at European level, developing the Guide for Roma school mediator/assistant, teaching materials for preschool education and Curriculum Framework for Romany Language together with a group of European experts.
She was also the Executive Director of the National Cultural Centre - Romano Kher, an institution with a cultural profile falling under the rule of the Ministry for Culture and National Patrimony, and during her office in the organisation she organized cultural programs to promote a positive image of Roma by developing programs within the following categories: professional training, research, inter-cultural dialogue, museum activities and performing arts.
She is currently the National Project Officer for the ROMACT Programme in Romania.