Meet Our Teachers

Our dedicated teaching and learning staff reflect the international nature of our community and bring a wealth of experience from their home countries and other international schools. BSB teachers are committed to ensuring all pupils receive a premium education in Bucharest. Whether teaching algorithms or guiding students into building an electric car from scratch for five days a week, the people who ensure that the British School of Bucharest maintains an excellent learning environment work tirelessly to keep our students inspired and cared for. Get to know their stories and perspectives, what sets them apart and what makes them outstanding at their job.

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Head of EYFS & Primary School

Victoria Smith

Head of Primary School

Victoria Smith joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015 as Head of Primary School. She acquired her PGCE and MA in International Education from the University of Sunderland in England.

She holds additional degrees in Spanish and Political Science. Following her passion for professional development and school improvement, Victoria is an accredited facilitator of the COBIS leadership training programmes, including CPAH (The COBIS Programme for Aspiring Heads) and CPML (COBIS Programme for Middle Leaders). These courses are delivered to delegates from around the world.
She is also qualified as a ‘Lead Improvement Partner’, helping other international schools obtain COBIS accreditation. Victoria has over 20 years of experience working with children in schools. Before becoming a Teacher and senior leader, her background was in social services and Special Educational Needs (SEN).

EYFS & Primary School Leadership Team

Dan Batson

Director of Academic Studies

Dan Batson, Director of Academic Studies at the British School of Bucharest, joined in 2014. Dan is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the Whole School.

Dan has a BA in Education from Wolverhampton University, a MA with distinction from Liverpool Hope University, and an NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). He started his teaching career in Birmingham in 1998, working mainly in Key Stage 2 within the British Curriculum. In 2005, he joined a highly respected international British school in Abu Dhabi, where he worked as Assistant Headteacher. At BSB, he oversees all curriculum and assessment matters within Primary and has led many whole-school projects, seeking opportunities to incorporate technology effectively within the classroom.

Paul Gildea

Director of Pastoral Care and Inclusion

Paul Gildea joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015, taking on the Key Stage 2 Coordinator role and, more recently, Director of Pastoral Care and Inclusion.

He studied at the University of Durham and graduated with a BA degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies before undertaking a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) focusing on Modern Foreign Languages at the University of London, and has an MA in Education, Leadership and Management from the University of Derby. Paul gained eight years of experience in the British school system, rising to the position of Assistant Headteacher while working in two London primary schools. He has also worked as an English Subject Leader and Year 6 Teacher at the British School of Beijing.

Laura Gildea

Director of KS2

Laura Gildea is the Director of KS2, having joined the British School of Bucharest in 2017.

She worked as an EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher before moving to London to complete her PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in Primary Education and then teaching in London for several years. Before joining our school, Laura gained experience in teaching the British Curriculum in an international setting with the British School of Beijing, where she taught in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Jodie Lewis

Director of EYFS and KS1

Jodie Lewis joined BSB in 2014. She qualified with a BA(Hons) in Primary Education from the University of Central England in 2001 and worked for four years in a mainstream primary school in the UK.

Jodie then taught in a special needs school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties. She moved into international teaching 12 years ago and taught in Egypt and Kuwait before moving to Bucharest as a KS1 coordinator and returned after her maternity leave as EYFS coordinator. In 2023 Jodie assumed the role of Director of EYFS and KS1.


Pre-Nursery K

Aisling Kinsella

Class Teacher

Aisling Kinsella joined the British School of Bucharest in 2022.

She obtained her PGCE from Sunderland University and for the last three years, Aisling has taught Early Years in a highly respected International School in Cambodia. She is passionate about providing an individualised experience that encourages every child’s voice in her classroom to be heard and considered.
As a specialist in early child development, she has a keen interest in nurturing students and providing stimulating learning experiences. An expert in transition and attachment, she brings her breadth of experience to Primary School.

Andreea Slodoneanu

Teaching Assistant

Loredana Barbu

Teaching Assistant

Nursery H

Catherine Holland

Class Teacher & Nursery Leader

Catherine Holland joined the British School of Bucharest in 2022.

She studied Primary Education at Edge Hill University and graduated with a BA(Hons) in 2009. She is an exceptionally experienced teacher having taught in several schools, both internationally and in the UK.
As a highly skilled EYFS teacher, Catherine discovered her passion for learning through play and gained the Early Years Professional Status in 2011. This has influenced her approaches to teaching and learning.
During her international teaching journey, she finely tuned her extensive experience, working in global academic environments.
She has worked in Qatar, Vietnam, the UK and most recently, Kuwait, where she was the Reception Curriculum coordinator.

Sofia Anagnostaki

Teaching Assistant

Cristina Bucur

Teaching Assistant

Cristina has completed a BA in English and Theology at the University of Bucharest in 2007. Previous experience with children includes working as a caregiver and Teaching Assistant in a Nursery at a private kindergarten in Chiajna from September 2020 to August 2023. She joined the British School of Bucharest as a Teaching Assistant in 2023.

Cristina has also volunteered for about seven years with ‘Asociatia FREE’, working with at-risk children from underprivileged environments, conducting prevention classes against human trafficking, and more. She has been involved as a leader in various children’s summer camps in Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

She is deeply passionate about illustrating children’s books, crafting, calligraphy, exploring nature, and cycling, among other interests.

Nursery B

Cheryl Baker

Class Teacher

Cheryl completed a degree in Primary Education and Art in 2005. She then spent eight years teaching Years 3-6 in London schools before her first international post in Shanghai. Cheryl first joined BSB in 2016, teaching Year 4 and then Year 6. She moved back to England for a few years in 2019, where, after completing her maternity leave, she worked in special educational needs schools with children having complex, profound, and multiple learning difficulties, ASC, and sensory impairments. She then accepted a position in a private nursery, using Montessori methods to teach preschool-aged children.

Cheryl is delighted to return to BSB in 2023, this time as an EYFS Teacher.

Adriana Sima

Teaching Assistant

Adriana Sima has been with the British School of Bucharest since 2008.

Her experience as an Early Years Teaching Assistant covers Pre-Nursery and Nursery, and she has also worked with older children, aged 6 to 11, at the popular BSB Summer School. Adriana has an MA in Psychology – Human Resources and a BA in Psychology – Education Sciences. She graduated from the CTAIC (Certificate for Teaching Assistants in an International Context) course in 2014.

Dana Cirje

Teaching Assistant

Dana Cîrje joined the British School of Bucharest in 2007.

Over those fourteen years she has worked in the Early Years Foundation Stage and she is currently working as part of the School Learning Support Team. Dana studied Management and in 2015 completed the course ‘How to talk so kids can learn’.

Reception B

Jenna Batson

Class Teacher & Reception Leader

Jenna Batson joined the British School of Bucharest in 2014 as a Music Teacher for Primary and is now one of our EYFS Curriculum Coordinators.

Jenna completed her teacher training at Chester University, specialising in Art. Following graduation, she spent her first few years in a Lancashire school before moving to the Middle East as a Class Teacher and Subject Coordinator in a highly respected British Curriculum school in Abu Dhabi.

Daniela Vezeanu

Teaching Assistant

Daniela Vezeanu began working at the British School of Bucharest in 2008 in Early Years.

She has a BA in Universal and Comparative English Literature. During her time working with children, she has specialised in working in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

Reception C

Kalliopi Diimitropoulou

Primary Teacher

Kalliopi Diimitropoulou joined the British School of Bucharest in 2019 as a Teaching Assistant.

Kalliopi graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with a specialisation in Preschool Education and obtained her Master’s diploma in Human Resources, at the Bucharest University. Kalliopi speaks fluent English and Romanian, and her mother language is Greek. She joins us after several years teaching Primary students.

Adriana Diaconescu

Teaching Assistant

Adriana Diaconescu joined the British School of Bucharest in 2019 as a Teaching Assistant.

She has a degree in History, specialising in Medieval history from Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University and has worked for many years within the administrative sphere including several years within an international school.

Year 1I

Ann-Marie Isaac

Class Teacher & Y1 Leader

Ann-Marie Isaac joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015. She combines her role as a Class Teacher with being the Key Stage 1 Coordinator for Primary.

She studied teaching at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Carmarthen, where she specialised in Music and Key Stage 1. Ann-Marie’s international school experience includes teaching children from Reception to Year 2 in Kuwait, where she taught for many years in different schools.

Nicoleta Bragadireanu

Teaching Assistant

Nicoleta Bragadireanu started at the British School of Bucharest in 2006, working in Pre-Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 as a Teaching Assistant.

She is a graduate of the University of Bucharest (Department of Foreign Languages and Literature) and, in 2014, completed her CTAIC (Certificate for Teaching Assistants in an International Context) with the University of Northampton.

Year 1A

Anna Atanasiu

Class Teacher

Anna received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the UK in Private International Law. She worked for major international companies in the UK and Cyprus, such as Deloitte, KPMG, and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

She joined BSB in 2018 as our Data Protection Officer. Being a part of the BSB community and observing the work of our dedicated teachers inspired her to make a career change. She completed her PGCE with the University of Sunderland (graduated with distinction) in 2022. Having been raised in multiple countries (Cyprus and Sweden), Anna has a unique set of skills allowing her to cater for the needs of our international students. In her classroom, Anna applies the amalgam of science and empathy. She is always on top of the latest educational research to pander to children’s needs. Anna enjoys discovering the Arctic, observing nature, botanical drawing, and various kinds of sports in her free time.

Dalila Istrate

Teaching Assistant

Ms Dalila Istrate joined the British School of Bucharest in January 2005 as a Teaching Assistant. She brought a wealth of talent and experience gained working with children, both within and outside Romania. Dalila is a qualified Art Teacher and has completed three international courses as part of her continuous professional development during her 16 years as a Teaching Assistant.


After I lived in Argentina for several years and worked with children from poor backgrounds, I realised that I had the skills and knowledge to prepare them for a better world. Teaching is a way of offering a solid learning experience to each pupil, which is one reason that inspires me to continue to teach to this day.

What I teach my students

I will start with Maria Montessori’s metaphor, ‘The Child, His Majesty’.
Every year group demands specific necessities. Being an EYFS Music Teacher is a challenge for me to make them understand and embrace Music at such an early stage of their lives. Being a Primary Music TA is a perfect opportunity for me to support my students in learning and discovering Music and instruments.

Something unexpected

I am quite a good ping-pong and badminton player, and I received the title of Champion in Secondary School by competing with different school teams from Romania.

Year 1R

Matthew Ratcliffe

Class Teacher

Matthew joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023 as a Primary Class Teacher. He has over ten years’ worth of experience in KS1 and KS2, working both in the UK and internationally.

Matthew finished his BSc in Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of Liverpool in 2006, and then went on to do a MSc in Palaeoanthropology at the same university finishing in 2007. After graduating, he became an archaeologist in London. However, after working there for a number of years, he realised he wanted to go back into education and completed his teacher training in 2012.

Matthew worked in the UK for a few years before heading overseas and has worked internationally since 2015. He initially worked in Thailand and then more recently in China, during which he completed his MEd in Bilingualism in Education, before moving to Romania. He enjoys bringing his wide range of different experiences outside of education into the classroom to help the children learn in lots of different ways.

Claudia Gagea

Teaching Assistant

Claudia Gagea joined the British School of Bucharest in 2006 as a Teaching Assistant. She worked throughout the school but mainly in Key Stage 2 (years 4, 5 and 6).

She graduated from the Romanian-American University in Bucharest with a degree in International Relations, International Banking and Finance. She obtained her CTAIC course (Certificate for Teaching Assistants in an International Context) from the University of Northampton and currently works in EYFS, Pre-Nursery class.

Year 2S

Kelly Salmon

Class Teacher & Y2 Leader

Kelly Salmon has been a Class Teacher in Primary at the British School of Bucharest since 2021.

She completed her Primary PGCE at the University of Sussex in 2014 after completing a Psychology (BSc) degree in 2010. After graduation, she taught KS1 in England, then moved to Shanghai, China, for three years, where she taught in bilingual kindergartens. Kelly has joined us after teaching Reception for two years in an International School in Cadiz, Spain. She has a big passion for ‘learning through play’ and encouraging ‘hands-on’ learning throughout the curriculum.

Ramona Boiangiu

Teaching Assistant

Ramona Boiangiu joined BSB in 2003 and has worked in the Primary school with Year 2, 3 and 4 for more than 10 years.

She currently works with Year 1 and enjoys every single day with the children. Ramona has a BA in English and Spanish from Spiru Haret University and achieved a CACHE Level 2 Diploma for Teaching Assistants with Distinction Diploma. She has also gained the Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced) and recently the Cambridge English Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA).

Year 2M

Ellis McConnell

Class Teacher

Ellis McConnell joined the British School of Bucharest in 2022 as a Primary class teacher.

She graduated with a PGA degree from the University of Brighton, where she was the school-wide lead in English. Before starting her international teaching journey at BSB, she spent the last few years teaching in a school in the UK. As a former international school student who completed her secondary education and IB diploma in Thailand, she is eager to share her knowledge and expertise with her pupils. Ellis leads the Guides at BSB and has a keen interest in pastoral development.

Ana-Maria Bragadireanu

Teaching Assistant

Ana-Maria Bragadireanu currently works as a Teaching Assistant. She joined the British School of Bucharest in 2005 and has mostly been with Pre-Nursery and Nursery.

She also held the Resources Coordinator position for three years, covering classes in Years 1 to 6 during this time. Ana-Maria attended the George Cosbuc Bilingual High School, studying English as a second language, and has also studied English with a teaching module at the Spiru Haret University.

Year 3S

Matthew Scragg

Class Teacher & Year 3 Leader

Matthew Scragg is a dedicated teacher with experience across KS1 and both lower and upper KS2 at schools in England and overseas.

Matthew graduated from the University of Manchester in 2004 and, after spending several years working in Human Rights Law, obtained his PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University in 2010.
He first joined the British School of Bucharest in 2012 as a Primary School Teacher in Year 4, coordinating the ICT and PSHCE Curriculums. He spent the next seven years leading KS1 and KS2 English in international schools in The Netherlands and Qatar before rejoining the British School of Bucharest. Whilst in Qatar, Matthew taught Primary School Music in partnership with The Juilliard School in New York.

Andreea Stanescu

Teaching Assistant

Andreea joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023 as a Teaching Assistant. She graduated in 2021 from the Faculty of Letters, specializing in Romanian Language and Literature – Modern Language and Literature (with French), at the University of Bucharest. After that, she started a master’s degree in Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, and Folklore. During this time, Andreea also developed a passion for teaching and educating younger generations, engaging in teaching the Romanian language and participating in a Teacher Training programme.

In the past years, and particularly during her master’s degree, Andreea discovered the beauty of cultures around the world and the significance of multicultural and multiethnic places. Now, she aspires to pursue her passion for education by sharing and teaching students about the diversity offered by our world.

Year 3H

Philip Holland

Class Teacher

Philip Holland joined the British School of Bucharest in 2022 and he is a dedicated teacher with a great deal of experience working across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

He graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in Business Economics. Before completing his Primary PGCE at Edge Hill University, he worked as an EAL specialist for two schools in Vietnam, the British Vietnamese International School and the British International School.
Since completing his Primary PGCE, he worked as a Key Stage 2 Teacher at the renowned Kuwait English School. Philip’s expertise is language acquisition and he combines humour with exciting opportunities to ensure his students are successful.

Daniela Iliescu

Teaching Assistant

Daniela Iliescu has worked as an Early Years Teaching Assistant at the British School of Bucharest since 2011, working in Nursery for four years and, more recently, in Year 3.

Previously, she taught English in a Romanian Public School and volunteered in a village school close to Bucharest for Nursery and Primary children. These combined opportunities helped Daniela to move into working with children as a career. Daniela has a degree in Theology and English from the University of Bucharest.

Year 3L

​ Lucy Harrison

Class Teacher

Lucy Harrison joined the British School of Bucharest in 2019 as a Teaching Assistant. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada.

Lucy obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, specialising in Social and Community Psychology, and a PGCE from the University of Birmingham. Lucy has volunteered in schools and worked as an Activities Director. She is a Class Teacher now and passionate about providing quality education to students and promoting a lifelong love for learning.

Livia Bud

Teaching Assistant

Livia Bud joined the British School of Bucharest in 2007 as a Teaching Assistant, working with Key Stage 1 for six years and, more recently, spending time with Key Stage 2.

During her time with the school, Livia has completed many courses, including Teaching Assistant, Child Protection, First Aid, Online Safely, Safeguarding Young People and The Prevent Duty.

Year 4C

Karen Cojocaru

Class Teacher & Y4 Leader

Karen Cojocaru joined the British School of Bucharest in 2014 as a Class Teacher.

She graduated with a Primary Education degree from the University of Lancaster. She taught in primary schools in the north of England for a few years before moving to western Germany, spending 10 years teaching in an international environment. During this time, Karen played an important role in setting up a new bilingual international school in Cologne as part of the school’s Leadership Team.

Sam Smith

Teaching Assistant

Originating from the scenic county of Somerset, UK, Sam’s path embarked on a thrilling adventure in 2006 when he joined the Royal Navy. For five years, he proudly served aboard HMS Albion, honing his skills and discipline.

Sam’s path eventually led him away from the military, unveiling a newfound passion for teaching and coaching. His pursuit of this passion led him to Qatar in 2018, where he spent 5 and a half years. Now, his heart is set on nurturing the younger generation, sharing his wealth of experiences and guiding them toward their own remarkable journeys.

Sam joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023 as a Teaching Assistant.

Year 4P

Adam Pegrum

Class Teacher

Adam Pegrum has been at the British School of Bucharest since 2015.

He completed a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in Primary Teaching after taking the CELTA (Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults) language course in 2007. Following his qualification as a teacher, Adam spent eight years teaching EAL (English as an Additional Language) in the UK, South Korea and Vietnam, where he specialised in teaching young learners. Adam also has a degree in Tourism Management from Sheffield Hallam University.

Valentina Voiculescu

Teaching Assistant

Year 4N

Stephanie Nasskau

Class Teacher

Bianca Zamfirescu

Teaching Assistant

Bianca Zamfirescu joined the British School of Bucharest in 2012 as a Teaching Assistant.

Throughout her time at BSB, she has gained valuable experience in supporting children across the Primary School, with a particular focus on Key Stage 2. Bianca graduated from Transylvania University in Brasov with a degree in Romanian-English Literature and also a master’s degree from Bucharest University in Communications and Public Relations. She completed a Certificate for Teaching Assistants in an International Context at the University of Northampton, which has helped to shape and develop her classroom practice.

Year 5H

Carl Helps

Class Teacher & Y5 Leader

Carl is a highly committed and dedicated teacher with a strong background as a UKS2 teacher and middle leader.

Carl graduated from Liverpool Hope University in 2009. Following a few years working with children with SEN, he completed his PGCE at Keele University in 2013. He then taught within the UK education system for four years before embarking on an international teaching career.

He first joined the British School of Bucharest in 2019 as a Primary Teacher in Year 6 and coordinated Maths across the Primary School. After a span of three years, he resumed his career in the UK as a Phase Lead and Head of Maths, before returning back to BSB in 2023. Prior to working at BSB, he worked at the International Community school in Amman, Jordan, as a Year 6 teacher and Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Lead.

Ingrid Munteanu

Teaching Assistant

Ingrid Munteanu is a Teaching Assistant in Year 6, having joined the British School of Bucharest in August 2017.

She has a BA in Foreign Languages from the University of Bucharest and an MA in HR Management. After graduation, Ingrid used her foreign languages expertise to teach French in a Romanian public school.

Year 5B

Alyssa Bullen

Class Teacher

Alyssa Bullen joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023. She graduated as a Dickson Poon Law Scholar from King’s College London, UK. Alyssa obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Law, and a Master’s degree specialising in Law with Corporate and Financial Services from the National University of Singapore. She worked in the accountancy profession before pursuing a PGCE from Goldsmith’s University. Coming from an expatriate family, she values being part of an international community. As a Class Teacher, she is committed to supporting students’ individual growth and academic progress.

Cătălina Paraschiv

Teaching Assistant

Miss Cătălina Paraschiv joined BSB in 2007 and is currently working with Year 6 pupils, having worked in upper Key Stage 2 for many years. She graduated (B.A.) in Literature at the University of Bucharest, including the pedagogical module. She also completed the University of Northampton’s Teaching Assistant course and enjoys being part of the teaching staff at the BSB Primary School.


I consider Teaching Assistants the backbone of any classroom. Therefore, passion and energy, dedication, adaptability, forward-thinking and being friendly are necessary so that every pupil has the support they need for their lessons.

What I teach my students

I support, motivate and encourage children to reach their high expectations in learning, and create a desire to always strive for more.

Something unexpected

I am a certified cycling instructor 🙂 and a collector of old children’s books.

Year 5M

Emily Marsh

Class Teacher

Emily Marsh joined the British School of Bucharest in 2019 as a Primary School Teacher and one of our Curriculum Coordinators.

Emily graduated from the University of Edinburgh and attended the University of Exeter, where she obtained her Primary PGCE, specialising in the Humanities. Emily started her teaching career 10 years ago, is a dedicated teacher with experience across the EYFS, KS1 and lower KS2 in the UK and overseas. She joined us after six successful years in Shenzen, China.

Anca Huțanu

Teaching Assistant

Anca Huțanu joined the British School of Bucharest in 2019 as a Teaching Assistant.

Anca graduated from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iași, and she has Bachelor’s Degrees in both Psychology and English with German, together with her teacher training qualification. Anca has four years of experience in the private education sector, teaching English in different schools in Romania.

Year 6D

Rebecca Doganay

Class Teacher & Y6 Leader

Rebecca Doganay joined the British School of Bucharest in 2017 as a Year 5 teacher and PHSCE Coordinator.

Rebecca graduated with a degree in Primary Education from the University of Worcester in 2006 before spending two years working within the British school system in the UK, in both middle school and primary school settings. She then moved to an international school in Istanbul, where she was subject leader for PHSCE and English and a Year 5 teacher for five years. Before joining our school, Rebecca was Head of Year and Humanities, Arts and PHSCE subject leader at another international school in Bucharest. She is also the Coordinator for Year 6.

Catalina Stefan

Teaching Assistant

Catalina Stefan has worked as a Teaching Assistant at the British School of Bucharest since 2011.

She spent four years teaching Early Years before changing to work within Key Stage 2 and now Year 6. Catalina’s teaching experience includes time spent at a Romanian nursery and working as a Teaching Assistant and Substitute Teacher in an American international environment. She has a BA in Social Work from the University of Bucharest.

Year 6W

Thomas Williams

Class Teacher

Thomas Williams holds a First Class Honours Degree in Education.

He started teaching in 2012 and has worked at a prestigious international school in Kazakhstan. He has taught a wide range of Primary students and held his first leadership role in 2015 as Head of EYFS. Thomas is exceptionally committed to professional development and recently led whole staff training. His extensive background and broad experience enable him to get the very best from each child in his class. He is also a very dedicated chess player.

Irina Rosca

Teaching Assistant

Year 6C

Scott Cable

Class Teacher

Scott’s journey into teaching began when he started working with children as a full-time volunteer Sports Coach in Edinburgh for six months in 2007. This then led to a year working as a Teaching Assistant at a school for students with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. After this, he completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Primary Education at The University of Edinburgh in 2009.

Scott spent one year teaching Year 5 in Scotland while completing further training to achieve full registration. Afterwards, Scott moved to Romania to teach at another international school where has been very busy for the last 12 years, teaching Years 2, 4, 5 and 6 and performing a variety of leadership roles including Pastoral, KS2, Technology, Year, and PSHE Leader.

Scott joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023.

Raluca Bobeica

Teaching Assistant

Raluca Bobeica joined the British School of Bucharest in 2016.

She has an MA in Public Relations and Communication and a BA in Foreign Languages. Before joining the school, Raluca was an English teacher and a freelance photographer, working with children aged two to 15.

Primary Support Staff

Georgiana Varbiu

Executive Assistant

Yelena Chivaran

Resource and Stationery Coordinator

Jonathan Smith


Jonathan Smith joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015 as a teacher in the EAL Department.

Prior to moving to Romania, he taught English to children in Years 1 to 9 at a Czech state school, where he also worked on an initiative to introduce e-learning and promote inclusion within Czech schools. Jonathan’s significant experience with language learning also includes working with a prestigious Czech IT company, for whom he founded the English Language Training Department and helped establish an award-winning private international university, leading the English Department.

Jonathan Prestbury

Primary Music Teacher

Jonathan joined the British School of Bucharest as a Primary Teacher in 2023. He graduated with combined honours in Music Technology and Media Communications and Culture from Keele University and started his teaching career in Primary Schools in the United Kingdom.

Jonathan has extensive experience performing, composing and recording a variety of musical styles and is a featured artist on several major recordings working with well-known record labels in the UK, such as Bella Union. His main instrument is the guitar, but he has also taught and can play the drums, bass and piano.

He began teaching primary-aged children a range of creative skills such as music, animation and film making, working with schools across the whole of the UK before completing his PGCE in Music and moving on to work in Secondary Schools in the North West of England. Jonathan also achieved a Cambridge accredited qualification to teach English as a foreign language and is a passionate advocate and practitioner of all the arts. He firmly believes in the educational power of creativity.

Nicholas Morgan

Primary Learning Support

Nicholas Morgan has a BSc in Astronomy and Maths, which he obtained whilst living abroad in Malaysia.

He started his journey as a teacher at the Nexus International School in Putrajaya, Malaysia. He is an experienced KS2 teacher who taught Year 6 for the last three years at The British School Kathmandu in Nepal. Having extensive knowledge of new technologies, he uses technology to enhance learning as an ICT coordinator and a Google Certified Trainer. He has an innate passion for developing a growth mindset in his students and encouraging them to embrace all facets of their education.

Theodora Anagnostopoulou


Theodora has taught English, French and Greek as a foreign language teacher.

Through this extensive experience, she has acquired new techniques in teaching, become more patient, made new friends and visited new places to meet her students. In 2013, though her coming to Romania did not seem like a step in the right direction as she did not speak the language back then, she reinvented herself and taught in nurseries. Her last position as Deputy Headmaster at a French kindergarten also helped her gain experience in preschool stages. “I know only one thing that I know nothing”, by Socrates, keeps her forever interested in learning daily from her students.
She likes learning languages when she doesn’t work or tries to create with yarn and needles what she cannot draw. Having no pets in her new location, she turned her love to plants and found out she has green fingers, after all.

Teodora Ghinea

School Counsellor

Teodora Ghinea joined the British School of Bucharest in 2022 as a School Counsellor. She graduated with a MA in Assessment, Counselling and Psychotherapy for children, couples and families from the University of Bucharest.

Teodora is a Member of the Romanian Psychologists College, professing as an Autonomous clinical psychologist and psychological counsellor. She has experience working with children with emotional, social or school difficulties, as well as experience working with children with special needs, including expertise in personal development workshops. Teodora also has long-term training in Experiential and Unification Psychotherapy focused on adult-child-couple-family.

Teodora volunteers for children in different associations and non-formal activities, providing them with emotional support.

Eibhlin Goppert

Art & Food Technology Teacher

Eibhlín Göppert joins the British School of Bucharest as a teacher of Arts, Design & Food Technology.

She received a first honours BA in Education and Psychology from the Mary Immaculate College in Ireland, specialising in Art in Education and ABA in Psychology. She also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston to receive the Nord Anglia training on launching STEAM challenges in school.

Eibhlín has taught across both Primary and Secondary schools, including as Head of Art at the British International School Hanoi in Vietnam. In that role, she achieved excellent results and created an engaging curriculum that challenged and provided increased interest in IGCSE and IB Visual Arts courses.

She aims to continue working internationally and in Secondary Art Education, collaborating with professionals and students from around the world to provide meaningful learning opportunities that align with our ever-changing environment.

Andreea Nichita

1:1 TA

Andreea Nichita joined BSB as a Teaching Assistant in August 2022. She is a certified Yoga teacher and completed her certification at Rishikesh, India, in 2020. Following her passion and continuous desire to keep learning, she is pursuing a Diploma in Psychology.

Head of Secondary School

Jason Porter

Head of Secondary

Jason Porter joined the British School of Bucharest in 2013 as Deputy Head of Secondary and is now our Head of Secondary. He graduated from Exeter University, where he read Russian and German, and later qualified as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher at the University of Nottingham. Jason joined the school following nine years as Housemaster at Chigwell School, a prestigious HMC Boarding School in the UK. Jason has obtained an MA course in Applied Educational Leadership and Management at University College London (Institute of Education).


I advise my students to always expose themselves to different languages because that’s how we understand and appreciate others’ cultures, values and ways of life, which enrich our lives. Language is a window into another person’s life. Children growing up surrounded by, understanding and adopting these values are more likely to become tolerant, respectful and accepting adults.

What I teach my students

To learn and develop together, personally, academically and professionally, and aspire to leave BSB a bit differently than when they started – in a good way, of course.

Something unexpected

Despite studying languages, I took A-Level physics when I was at school. This was because I wanted to learn about black holes and the Big Bang, only then to discover these topics didn’t really feature in the syllabus. But my physics teacher took a syllabus detour, and we studied them anyway!

Secondary School Leadership Team

Anthony George

Director of Academic Ops & Outreach

Anthony George studied Physics at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, before undertaking a PGCE at King’s College, London.

Ever keen to develop and learn new things, Anthony recently completed an MA in Educational Leadership from University College, London.

He taught in schools in London for a few years before moving to Hong Kong to take his first steps in his career as an international teacher.

Anthony has spent the last eighteen years teaching students in international schools in Hong Kong, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Cambodia, where he was the IBDP and Curriculum Coordinator.

Darren Goode

Director of Pastoral Care & Inclusion

Darren joined the British School of Bucharest in 2022 and he has the role of the Director of Secondary Pastoral Care And Inclusion. He holds a BA in Arts from Brunel University, an MA in Education from St. Mary’s University and a PGCE certification from the London Metropolitan, all obtained in the United Kingdom. He is a highly effective Senior Leader and English, Media and Drama teacher with a strong track record of over 15 years of teaching and 13 years of leading innovation and change in various leadership positions in international schools. His passion for education, innovation and change transformed into a personal blog project where he covers different topics within the field. His concern for others and love for social action motivated him to run a social programme offering education support services to disadvantaged students in London.


To sum up my education philosophy in three words, I’d say it’s democratic, empowering and personalised.

What I teach my students

I support my students in understanding themselves, what they excel at, and their natural personalities and tendencies. To quote the Irish writer Oscar Wilde, I encourage them to be themselves because everybody else is taken.

Something unexpected

For several years I practised a martial art which originated in Brazil. It’s called Capoeira and combines music as well as combat. I’m also a pretty good cook.

Eva Cliffe

Director of STEAM, Economics & Experiential Learning

Eva Cliffe studied Natural Sciences (Biological) at Newnham College, Cambridge, and then worked in the industry as a Development Chemist. After spending some time as a youth worker, she completed her teacher training in Stoke-on-Trent, where she worked in a local school as a Teacher of Chemistry. Moving abroad, she taught Chemistry at the prestigious Harrow International School Hong Kong for seven years, with four years as Head of Chemistry and two years as Head of Scholars, as well as being the Assistant House Mistress of a Boarding House throughout these six years.

Eva joined BSB in 2021 as the Head of Science after volunteering for a year at the international NGO Crossroads Foundation Hong Kong. She has led a range of extracurricular activities, including STEM leaders, musical theatre, and knitting. She also loves to experience new places and cultures and has travelled all around the world with school trips, from Fiji to China, India, and the Galapagos Islands.


Rob Notley

Director of Languages, Humanities, and Arts

Rob joined BSB in 2019 and served for three years as a Senior Leadership Team member. After a year back in the UK as a Vice-Principal at a large academy, he returns to BSB in 2023. Rob has a BA in Physical Education, QTS from Southampton University, and an NPQML from UCL.

He is an experienced senior leader and has worked previously in the UK as a Director of Sport and Vice-Principal. He has also aided school improvement in a consultancy role and has been a member of a school governing body. While Director of Sport, he worked with the Youth Sport Trust launching a nationwide sport education program and with the FA increasing the number of girls playing football.

During his time at BSB, he has implemented many new programs, including the BSB Prize, TEDx, the EPQ, LAMDA, and other pastoral systems that have improved the well-being of the BSB community. Alongside this, he delivers the CPML, a worldwide program with COBIS that develops Middle Leaders in international schools.

University Guidance Counsellor

Philip Walters

University Guidance Counsellor

Cambridge graduate Philip Walters joined the school in 2012 as Head of Secondary School and was the Headmaster of the British School of Bucharest until the end of the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

Starting August 2021, he is the Head of the Advisory Committee and continues to offer University guidance to BSB students in tertiary education. While at Christ’s College, Cambridge, he read Geography. Philip taught the British Curriculum for many years in a highly selective UK grammar school as Head of Department before moving into the international sphere at Harrow International School in Bangkok, Thailand. There he worked for seven years as part of the Senior Leadership Team as Head of House and Head of Sixth Form.

English Faculty

Janet Hunter


Janet Hunter joins us in 2021 as the Head of Secondary English.

She obtained her PGCE in English at the University of Nottingham in 2005 and has 16 years of teaching experience. She also has experience as Head of English and EAL, as well as Pastoral Care.

Catherine Sinclair

Teacher of English

Catherine Sinclair is joining BSB in 2021 as a teacher of English. She has a PGCE in English and Media from the University of North London.

She taught English to Secondary students in several international schools in India, UAE, Mexico and the UK.

Denise Myers


Denise joined BSB in 2023, in the English Department, and she brings with her a wealth of experience from the worlds of Education and the Arts. She graduated with double honours in English and Drama in 1992 and went on to Oxford University for her PGCE.

After a few years teaching English, English Literature and Drama to GCSE and Theatre Studies AS and A-Level, Denise took a sabbatical to study Documentary Photography at University of South Wales. She was awarded a First Class Honours degree in 2013, and photography is still an important part of her life through The Little Barn, a not-for-profit artists’ retreat she founded in 2018.

For the past five years, Denise has lived and worked in Switzerland, teaching the inquiry-based IB MYP English Literature program at KS3 and KS4 in an international school in the mountains. Highlights of her time there included supporting students to co-write a novel, directing an online Zoom production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ during lockdown, and starting and running an active House System.

She looks forward to combining her knowledge and experience of the British and IB systems, and to using her creativity and energy to work both inside the classroom and as part of the wider life of the School.

Lauren Anghel


Lauren Anghel joined the British School of Bucharest in 2022 as a teacher of English. She completed her undergraduate degree in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster before completing her PGCE in English at the Institute of Education, University College London.

Celia Wrighton


She joined the British School of Bucharest as a Teacher of English. She studied Experimental Psychology at Somerville College, Oxford, before getting her PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in English at Kingston University, London.
Before training to teach, Celia studied acting, diction, writing and public speaking. She brings all that experience to help students develop their confidence in the three disciplines of English: reading, writing and oracy. Previously, she has worked with students who want to study at the top universities in the world.


Everyone is good at something, so I’m always encouraging students to never give up on themselves if they are not brilliant at every subject at school. The more they discover about their true selves and their unique talents, the happier they will be in life.

What I teach my students

If I could take the students on a field trip anywhere in the world, I would like to go with them to the Globe theatre on the river Thames in London. It is an almost perfect replica of the theatre in Shakespeare’s day.

Something unexpected

I can sing. I trained in Acting and Musical Theatre at Mountview in London, one of the best musical theatre schools in the UK. I was an actor for five years, a jazz singer, and then a musical comedian. I’ve also performed all over the UK and co-wrote an original musical, which I took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Mathematics Faculty

Alex Coope

Head of Maths

Alex Coope joined the British School of Bucharest in 2013 and is Head of Maths. Alex studied Maths at Leeds Carnegie before completing a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at Sheffield University.

Following graduation, Alex’s first teaching post was with a large comprehensive secondary school in the UK, teaching Maths, Physical Education and ICT. After four years there, he moved to Alexandria, Egypt, where he was the Head of Mathematics and ICT for eight years. Alex later worked in Kuwait for three years before moving to Romania to join our school.

Jacques Faulkner


Jaques Faulkner joined BSB in 2021. He has taught Secondary Maths and ESL at multiple academic levels, from Primary to Year 13.

His international experience includes leading teaching positions in various schools in Thailand, Spain and the UK.

Steve Franklin


Steve joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023. He is an experienced Mathematics Teacher who studied a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cardiff and then completed a PGCE in Mathematics at Southampton University. After this, he worked in a UK school for three years, gaining invaluable skills and training.

Since departing the UK, Steve has taught across the globe, including two international schools in Thailand, an international school in Vietnam, The International School of Milan, and assuming the role of Head Trainer for Year 9 Mathematics in the UAE.

Steve has many hobbies and interests that he would like to share with the students, these include a fondness for board games, juggling, and a range of sports such as football, cricket, and badminton.

Ben Shuttleworth


Ben Shuttleworth rejoined the British School of Bucharest in 2020.

He graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, with a first-class Master’s in Mathematics, followed by a PGCE from the University of Warwick. His first teaching post lasted five years at Hereford Sixth Form College, UK, where he spent five years specialising in the teaching of A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. Ben then taught here at the British School of Bucharest for five years before taking a year’s sabbatical to teach in Vietnam. In 2020 he returned to the British School of Bucharest to teach both Mathematics and Computer Science.

Natalia Buckley


Natalia Buckley joined the Mathematics Faculty in 2022.

She graduated from Lancaster University after studying Mathematics and obtained her PGCE from Leeds University.

Natalia was the mathematics subject leader at two primary schools before gaining international experience teaching the IGCSE and IB curriculum at an international secondary school in Hanoi. During her career, she has taught Mathematics at multiple academic levels from Year 2 to Year 12.

Science Faculty

Chris Baker


Chris studied Environmental Biology at the University of Lancaster, before completing a PGCE and M.A. in Science Education at the Institute of Education (University of London).

He started his science teaching career in East London before working internationally for eight years, including as Head of Year at the British International School Shanghai, and three happy years as Head of Science at BSB between 2016 and 2019.

Upon his return to the UK, he assumed the role of STEM Coordinator, during which he successfully attained an NPQML in Remote Learning.

After four years, being fond of Romania and BSB, Chris rejoined the British School of Bucharest in 2023 as Head of Science. His main teaching interests lie in outdoor education, assessment for learning, and learning through practical experience.

Naomi Bousie

Teacher of Science and Psychology

Naomi Bousie has worked as a Science teacher at the British School of Bucharest since 2015.

She studied Biology and completed her PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at the University of Wales, Swansea. She taught Science in the British school system for a few years before moving to Mwanza, Tanzania, to teach Biology and Psychology in an international school.

Chloe Millward

Teacher of Science & Head of Key stage 5

Miss Chloe Millward joined the British School of Bucharest in 2021, and she has been teaching our Secondary students Physics and Science, alongside being the Head of Key Stage 5. She studied Physics at the University of Durham. Afterwards, she worked as an After Treatment Integration Engineer for Cummins Emissions Solutions before returning to the University of Durham to complete her teaching PGCE in Physics and Mathematics. She worked in Middlesbrough, then moved to Lusaka International Community School in Zambia, where she taught IGCSE and A-Level Physics. She was promoted to Pastoral Leader, Years 9 and 10 and successfully ran the Student Council during her time there. She recently completed her MA in Education from the University of Durham.


Every student should be allowed to flourish, and education is the key to that. Education is more than academics and the retrieval of content; it is the ability to problem-solve, critically analyse situations, and enable a person to become the best version of themselves. This can only be possible if students feel supported and cared for within the
school environment. Students should feel supported even when they fail; fostering this resilience can prepare them to take on the modern world. Teachers can have such a profound impact on their students, and I hope my impact on the students at BSB is meaningful.

What I teach my students

I prepare my students for A-Level by exposing them to examination-style questions throughout the Academic Year to help them understand the style and terminology and apply their knowledge at the examination. Besides discussing concepts, I also incorporate practical and hands-on teaching. We also spend a lot of time in class reviewing questions and modelling the mathematical approach to problems, enhancing their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

As Head of Key Stage 5, I ensure that all students are supported throughout the year. This last term, we focussed on creating realistic revision timetables that can be followed. Some students make these on paper, and others do this on apps on their phones or using online calendars. The key to making a realistic revision timetable is scheduling time for things other than academics. Going to the movies, reading a book, or seeing friends can significantly improve memory and productivity during scheduled revision sessions. We also have offered study skills and exam stress workshops to prepare groups of students further. I often have one-to-one sessions with students, mentoring and coaching them to ensure they feel prepared for the exams and offer an individualised support plan for each student.

Patrick Sutton-Coulson

Teacher of Science

Patrick Sutton-Coulson joined the British School of Bucharest in 2020 as a Secondary Science Teacher.

He studied Biology and Psychology at Aston University, with a particular interest in microbiology. Patrick worked as a science technician at two schools in London before completing his PGCE and taught at Waldegrave School in Richmond for six years. He enjoys teaching science and the variety of extra-curricular activities that teaching allows for. At all schools Patrick has worked in, he has helped run science clubs, CREST award clubs and taken part in school choirs and drama productions.

Dr Wallace Macindoe Macgregor

Teacher of Science

Wallace brings to BSB eight years of teaching experience at international schools in Ukraine, Egypt, Spain and Russia.

Before starting a career in teaching and obtaining his PGCE from Canterbury Christ Church University, Wallace spent several years in academia and the pharmaceutical industry as a chemist in both research and development fields. As a PhD holder, he has published several articles for chemistry peer-reviewed journals and holds an MBA from Durham University. Beyond the execution of his lessons, it is not surprising that he emphasises how student learning takes on broader significance in the real world, outside the classroom.
During his free time, Wallace enjoys trying and sampling new recipes, learning foreign languages and keeping fit.

Paul Jardine

Teacher of Science

Paul joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023, in the Science Department, as a teacher of Physics.

After studying at St Andrews University, he gained a PGCE to teach in Malawi with VSO. Since then, his experience has included many years in the state sector in Scotland, followed by a spell in an international school in the Netherlands.

He is an avid cyclist and continues to explore Europe on two wheels.

Phil Doganay

Laboratory Technician

Phil Doganay graduated from Istanbul University with a degree in Geology Engineering.

Since then he has lived and worked in Turkey, England, Saudi Arabia and Romania. Before working as a lab technician at the British School, Phil was a member of staff at an international school in Istanbul.

Humanities Faculty

Melissa Davis


Melissa, the Head of Humanities, joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023 and has a degree in History with Sociology.

After 10 years of experience in a global company, she completed her History PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at the University of East Anglia. She has since taught at high-quality schools in Essex and Suffolk, in England. In 2011, Melissa gained her MA (Master of Arts Degree) in Education. She took a brief break from teaching between 2016 and 2018 to work for a charity training graduates to become outstanding teachers before returning to the classroom.

​Scott Allsop

Teacher of Humanities & House Coordinator

Scott Allsop joined the British School of Bucharest in 2014. He is a teacher of Humanities and a House Coordinator.

Scott is a Cambridge graduate, studying History at Emmanuel College before returning to the University of Cambridge to complete his PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). He taught for several years at a comprehensive secondary school in the UK before embarking on teaching in an international environment with a move to the Modern English School, Cairo. There, he held the position of Head of Humanities and was the whole-school Online Learning Coordinator. Scott is the author of a leading history learning website and also hosts a popular daily history podcast.

​Alice Allsop


Alice joined the Humanities Faculty of the British School of Bucharest in 2016. She studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and had a career in higher education and disability studies before becoming an international teacher. Alice spent six years teaching in Cairo, Egypt, where she was the Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate ‘Core’ and an examiner for the IB.

Alice initiated Make A Difference (MAD) at BSB and was the Charities Coordinator. She has been the Exams Officer at BSB since 2021 and is an examiner for Cambridge International. She is committed to supporting students throughout the exams experience and is passionate about student opportunities beyond the curriculum.




Roisin Mulchrone


Roisin Mulchrone joined the British School of Bucharest in 2020 as a Secondary Psychology Teacher.

She studied Psychology at St. Mary’s University of Twickenham and has taught for six years in the UK and three years in Vietnam. She has been a Psychology A Level teacher throughout this time while also teaching various Humanities subjects to Key Stage 3. After her PGCE, she completed a research Masters in ‘Education and Leadership’.

Irada Chadwick


Irada joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023. She completed her studies in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. With a PGCE from the University of Sussex, she honed her teaching skills. Her international exposure at Harrow International School Bangkok strengthened her commitment to global education.

Irada dedicated herself to teaching underprivileged students through local charities in Thailand and believes in fostering critical thinking and active citizenship.

Computer Science, Business and Economics Faculty

Stephen Young

Head of CS, Economics and Business & EdTech

Stephen Young works in our Computing department, teaching Computer Science at KS3, KS4 and KS5. He joined the school in August 2020.

He received his BSc honours degree in Information Systems as well as his PGCE at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, graduating in 2001. Stephen has taught in colleges and schools in the UK, Poland, Bermuda and Spain. Before going to University, Steve worked for both the government and the private sector in computing.

During his time as a teacher, Stephen has taught Information Technology, Computer Science and also Design & Technology. He has taught a broad range of topics, software and programming languages over the years. He was also involved in an international astronomy project, has assisted with school science fairs and run an investment club. He is also very passionate about bringing technology into other subject areas and developing cross-curricular activities linked to computing.

Other than his passion for computing, Stephen enjoys going for walks and loves to travel, and he is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club.

Gerard O’Hara

Teacher of Business & Economics

Gerard O’Hara was appointed to the British School of Bucharest in August 2017 as an Economics and Business Studies teacher.

Gerard has extensive experience within the British school system, working in a variety of positions as Class Teacher, Deputy Head of Year, Principal Examiner, Head of the Business and Geography Department, and Assistant Head Teacher. Before joining our school, he held the position of Deputy Head of Curriculum at the Cairo English School for three years.

Trevor Knight

Teacher of Business & Economics

Trevor Knight has been a qualified high school teacher since 2006. Trevor graduated from Southern Cross University (Queensland, Australia) with a post-graduate degree in secondary education in Human Society and its Environment.

Trevor’s first posting was in Hanoi (Vietnam), then he went back to Australia teaching in the public system for a couple of year and then moved to Bucharest, then Cluj, Buenos Aires, Lima, Milan and finally back in Bucharest.

Trevor is passionate about education and he expresses this passion in all his lessons, engaging the students with real life experiences and their links to the unit topic of the day.
Prior to being an educator, Trevor’s experiences have been working for the Australian Government as a statistician and prior to that working for a brewery in Lima, Peru in the finance and logistics sections.

Outside of School, Trevor is a qualified gym trainer, group fitness instructor and a musician. He is passionate about football and road cycling too.

Starting 2022, he joined the BSB Computer Science, Business and Economics Faculty, as Business and Economics Teacher.

MFL Faculty

Elisabeth Citron

Head of MFL

Elisabeth Citron is a French and Italian graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge.

Having joined the British School of Bucharest in 2012 as a Modern Languages teacher, she is now the Head of the MFL Faculty. Following graduation and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education), Elisabeth spent many years teaching French and German in a highly selective grammar school in London, where she was also Coordinator for Key Stage 3 and Language Exchanges. Elisabeth moved abroad with her family in 2006 to work at Harrow International School in Bangkok, Thailand, where she spent seven years teaching both French and English as a second language.

Kim McCallum

Teacher of MFL

Kim McCallum joined the British School of Bucharest in 2019.

He studied Spanish and French at London South Bank University and gained his PGCE certificate in 1997. He started his teaching career at the Repton School, Derbyshire, where he introduced Spanish to the school’s curriculum and was the French and Spanish teacher for 20 years.

Ben Roach


Ben joined BSB in 2023. He graduated from the University of Cardiff with a degree in French in 2001. He spent a couple of years in the travel industry, exploring France by bike and learning to ski, before completing a secondary Modern Foreign Languages PGCE at Birmingham University in 2003.

Ben has taught for 20 years in the UK school system, as well as British International schools in Cyprus, the Philippines and Romania. He has spent the majority of his career as Head of Modern Foreign Language departments, leading on curriculum development, teaching and learning and staff training. Ben has taught French to students from Year 4 to Year 13 and has extensive experience of the GCSE, A-level and IB courses.

Ben enjoys playing an active role in school life by running residential trips, coaching sports teams and playing the saxophone in school bands and orchestras.

Dorothea Draser

Teacher of MFL & KS3 MFL Coordinator

Dorothea Draser joined BSB in 2006 as a teacher of German and Spanish.

She graduated from Heidelberg University (Germany) with an MA in German, English and Spanish languages and literature. She studied abroad at Universidad de Chile (Chile) and University of Augsburg (Germany), as well as in Babes Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania). She gained her PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) from Sunderland University. She believes in lifelong learning and has expanded her knowledge of languages by learning French, Greek and some Mandarin Chinese as a hobby. She led the school’s MFL department for several years before going on maternity leave.

Paloma Vivar Duran

Teacher of MFL

Paloma Vivar holds an MBA in Business Administration from the University of La Salle in Barcelona and a Master in Advanced Teaching Skills from the Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid.

She is a certified DELE examiner by the Cervantes Institute and Executive Coach, specialising in teenagers and families.

For the past 19 years, she has dedicated her professional career to private companies in management positions within the financial and management control departments. For more than five years, she has been teaching Economics and Spanish, as well as emotional management and guidance of students through coaching through various programs.

Carina Schaber


Carina Schaber has joined BSB in 2023 as a Teacher of German and Spanish.

She graduated from the University of Vienna with a Master of Philosophy in English and Spanish for Secondary Education. After having spent time in Spain and England during her studies, she decided to go abroad again and obtained a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Brighton.

She spent the last three years teaching Spanish and German at Bedford School, an independent boys’ boarding and day school in the UK.

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​Sarah Porter

Head of Secondary EAL, Teacher of MFL

Sarah Porter joined the British School of Bucharest in 2013 as an EAL and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher.

She holds a BA in Modern Languages and an MA in Russian. Sarah previously taught French to Years 3 to 5 at a Preparatory School in North London.

Creative Arts Faculty

Mark Williams

Head of Creative Arts

Mark Williams joined the British School of Bucharest in 2006 and is now Head of the Creative Faculty.

Mark graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Exeter School of Art and Design, followed by an MA from Chelsea School of Art and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) from Brighton University. He previously worked as an exhibitions coordinator and curator, before becoming a freelance illustrator. Now a teacher and inspiration for his pupils, Mark continues to create art. His work has been published in many magazines and books. He is represented by Olivia Connelly in England and exhibits work at various venues and galleries, in both London and Bucharest.

David Burke


David received a Bachelor of Science in Product Design and Technology from the University of Limerick in 2009 and completed his PGDE (Postgraduate Diploma in Education) in Secondary School Teaching from Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh in 2016.

David has worked in Scotland teaching DT (Design and Technology) on the remote island of Shetland. He has also worked at the Prague British International School. He joined BSB in 2023 coming from the British International School Hanoi where he taught STEAM and Design and Technology for three years.

David is a keen collaborator, having previously worked with other departments within the school to promote DT as a subject and a creative career choice. He hopes to be able to share his passion and enthusiasm for DT, as well as his joy of extracurricular activities such as hiking and cycling, with the students here at BSB.

Siobhan Williams

Teacher of Art and DT & Head of KS 4

Siobhan Williams studied Graphic Design at the University of Teesside before gaining a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in Design & Technology from the University of Sunderland.

She worked in the UK teaching Art, Design & Technology for four years while also studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Siobhan’s first international teaching position was at Haileybury Almaty School in Kazakhstan, where she spent five years teaching Art.

Michael Nixon

DT Technician

Michael joined BSB in 2023 as DT Technician. He has transitioned into education 15 years ago after earning his PGCE in education. He is also a registered UK paramedic with 30 years of NHS prehospital emergency care experience.

In the past, he worked as a Learning and Development manager in the largest UK Ambulance Trust, leading regional teams of clinical educators and overseeing the coordination of clinical and non-clinical education delivery to thousands of emergency medicine professionals. Additionally, Michael led the response coordination and upskilling of dispatching teams during the pandemic outbreak in the Southwest of the UK.

Beyond work, Michael is a certified gym instructor, personal trainer, and accomplished ultrarunner, conquering races like the Marathon des Sables and Ultra Race Romania.

Performing Arts Faculty

Lynne Sharp

Head of Performing Arts, Teacher of Music

Lynne Sharp has been teaching music for ten years and holds a Music degree from City University in London and a PGCE in Music at the Institute of Education.

Before joining the British School of Bucharest, she was head of the Music Department for seven years for the Ark Academy in Wembley. During her time at Ark, the students she worked with played at prestigious London venues such as the Barbican and Wembley Arena.

Lynne has extensive experience in various instruments and performed several major festival processions around Northeast England. She has also been part of a concert band in London for ten years.

Liana Stanusi

Teacher of Drama

Liana joined BSB in 2023 as the Drama teacher for Key Stage 3 and IGCSE. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from University College Utrecht, with a major in Media & Performance Studies and Literature, as well as a Master’s degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in theatre across various countries, taking on roles as an actress, director, producer, researcher, and teacher. Additionally, she has undergone several years of training in bel canto singing. In 2020, Liana furthered her expertise by completing a Foundation Course in Art and Drama Therapy in Barcelona, Spain.

Liana is currently a member of two improvisational theatre groups. Beyond her dedication to the Performing Arts, she is also deeply passionate about creative writing, travel, and exploring different cultures.

As an educator, Liana is known for her unwavering dedication, positivity, and leading by example. She is highly enthusiastic about the work she will be doing with her students at BSB.

James Pywell

Peripatetic Music and Ensembles Coordinator

James Pywell joined the British School of Bucharest in 2014 as a part-time specialist in instrumental music, bringing with him diverse musical experience gained in the UK and internationally.

He studied bassoon, composition and conducting at the University of Huddersfield, holds a Master’s in Composition, and plays several wind instruments. Since 1990, he has combined a freelance practical career with his role as a music educator in schools, colleges and universities. His many senior positions in music education include Fellow in Music at the University of Bradford, Academic Coordinator at A R Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India, and Exchange Coordinator at BISYOC Intercultural Youth Orchestral Exchange. He has strong connections with the music education development in Kenya, where he lived for 13 years. He co-founded the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya and was its first Musical Director. He also initiated the country’s first BTEC National Diploma in Music (performance and technology).

P.E. Faculty

Natalie Marnoch


Natalie joined BSB in 2023. She originally hails from Scotland, but grew up as an international student herself, having had the opportunity to live in many countries, predominantly the USA. She places a high value on the unique learning experiences that international schools can offer and will certainly bring these experiences with her to her new role at BSB.

After completing her Sports Science and PGCE degrees at Exeter University, Natalie taught in the West Midlands, England, before embarking on her international teaching career in Houston, Texas. During this time, she has not only been teaching P.E. and Sports Science for the last 7 years, but has also led many student experiences, including a yearly international exhibition to Tanzania.

Natalie is extremely passionate about Physical Education, not only its implementation into a curriculum context, but also the opportunities and attributes students can acquire to help them succeed beyond their school years. Whether developing high-performance athletes, guiding students participating in leadership programs, or instilling a love of health and fitness, she is dedicated.

In her spare time, Natalie enjoys watching or playing sports, particularly football. At the peak of her athletics career, she competed at state championships in the USA, and more recently, she has been involved in Netball, with her team competing in the US Open Netball Championships.

She also has a passion for traveling and is very much looking forward to exploring Eastern Europe.

David Achim


David Achim joined the British School of Bucharest as the new Primary School Physical Education teacher and a Year 7 Tutor.

He received his undergraduate degree and PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) from Loughborough University and is completing, through online courses, his Masters in Education at the same institution. David was born in England to a British mum and Romanian dad. He speaks both English and Romanian fluently and lived the majority of his life in Bucharest whilst studying at an international school. His multi-cultural heritage is a welcome addition to the British School of Bucharest.

Chris Fernandes


In 2018 Chris Fernandes received his Sports Science undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s University, this led him to undertaking work as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school in Covent Garden, followed by being an SEN TLA in a secondary school in Hayes and ended by working as a Year 3 1:1 Teaching Assistant in Feltham.

After gaining experience of working in different schools Chris joined the Hillingdon SCITT 2020-21 cohort for his teacher training alongside undertaking the PGCEcert at Brunel University. Starting 2022, he joined the BSB Physical Education Faculty.

Outside of School Chris is a Football Referee, a Level 1 Football Coach and a Level 1 Swimming Teaching Assistant. When he is not refereeing, Chris spends his time watching his local team (Hayes and Yeading United) and he enjoys swimming as it is a good relaxation tool.

Kirby Cranney

Teacher of P.E.

Kirby Cranney completed her degree at Teeside University in 2019 with first-class honours in Sports Studies. After graduating, she joined the North East Partnership SCITT, receiving her PGCE through Northumbria University.

She began her pedagogy career in Kuwait, teaching a diverse range of students for two years with the primary aim to allow students to develop character, respect and sportsmanship through love and understanding of PE.

Stelian Stancu

Football Coach

Stelian Stancu joined the BSB team in September 2017 and is one of the coaches who experienced football at the highest professional level as a player.

He took his first steps on the road at the Football School in Pitesti and then to include in his CV the most important clubs in terms of tradition and performance. In turn, he played for Astra, Sportul Studentesc, Poli Timisoara, FC Brasov and FC Steaua Bucuresti. He reached the peak of his career at Steaua, where he had the honour to meet in the supreme competition, the UEFA Champions League, the strongest football team at that time, Real Madrid.

The passion for Football, the seriousness and the desire to return to the sport what it offered him, determined him to continue on the coaching path, dedicating himself to initiating and perfecting the little sports-children, hoping that one day they will have the opportunity to follow in his footsteps or even to surpass their teacher.

EAL (English as an Additional Language)

​Sarah Porter

Head of Secondary EAL, Teacher of MFL

Sarah Porter joined the British School of Bucharest in 2013 as an EAL and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher.

She holds a BA in Modern Languages and an MA in Russian. Sarah previously taught French to Years 3 to 5 at a Preparatory School in North London.

Douglas Williams

Teacher of EAL and ESL & D of E IA Coordinator

Douglas Williams joined the British School of Bucharest in 2018 as a part-time EAL teacher, having previously taught at the American International School of Bucharest.

Prior to that, Douglas taught EAL at the British School of Kuala Lumpur for five years and in China and London before then. Douglas, who is also an experienced journalist, is founder and co-owner of OZB Media platform, an English language media platform for the international community in Romania.

Simona Scragg

Teacher of ESL

Simona Scragg covers Secondary English classes and teaches Secondary EAL at the British School of Bucharest.

She has taught the British Curriculum for many years. Simona was the lead teacher of the EAL department at a school in The Netherlands and taught SEN and Secondary English at a school in Qatar. She also has experience teaching in Foundation, KS1 and lower KS2.
Simona graduated in English and Arabic from the Universitatea Dimitrie Cantemir here in Bucharest in 2008. She is a polyglot that can speak five different languages, including Spanish and Arabic.

Secondary Support Staff

Iulia Gogiia

SENCO & Learning Support Assistant

Iulia Gogiia works as SENCO in our Secondary Special Educational Needs (SEN) Department.

She joined the British School of Bucharest in 2015. Iulia holds a BA in Psychology and has recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate International Award for SEN Coordination at Middlesex University.

Milena Stefan

Learning Support Assistant

Milena Stefan joined the British School of Bucharest in 2009 as a Teaching Assistant and now works as Learning Support in the Secondary Special Educational Needs (SEN) Department.

She studied Modern Languages and has worked as a translator and interpreter. Milena also worked for a few years with different groups at risk (single mothers, abandoned children, homeless people, refugees and Roma people) and has supported poverty projects, both in Romania and outside the country. Milena holds a degree in Social Care from the University of Bucharest.

Ana Maria Marin


Mrs Ana-Maria Marin joined the British School of Bucharest in 2000, our opening year. Ana-Maria has been with the School through all the essential steps to create and deliver an excellent learning environment for children. She worked with the School Office, gave Romanian lessons to students and parents, was a co-teacher in Pre-Nursery and played a supporting role for the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Department and the Able, Gifted and Talented Department. She assists with organising trips and other enrichment activities for Primary. Additionally, she is a Romanian and English Literature graduate from the University of Bucharest.


I believe a child learns when feeling safe, when feeling seen and when opportunities are plenty. Children are more likely to take risks, ask questions, welcome diverse opinions, and generate more productive and creative solutions if they are in continuous competition with themselves.

What I teach my students

As a librarian, my job is to match the child with the right book and ensure they come back for another book and another and then some more. As a support staff member, I encourage their creativity, spontaneity and individuality.

Something unexpected

I have named my daughter after a student I worked with, a little Japanese girl that came to us with no English at all. She could only express herself through gestures and art, but sometimes the most profound connections do not need words.
Since 1997, when I first came across it, I have read my favourite book seven times. I’m pretty sure I might reread it in the future.

Andreea Knight

Learning Support Assistant

Andreea Knight joined BSB in 2022, bringing her passion for education alongside promoting a healthy lifestyle and practising sport.

She is a graduate of the University of Bucharest, Department of Social Care, specialising in Mother and Child Protection. She has been volunteering for more than five years for non-profit organisations, providing assistance with the social reintegration process.

She has been teaching English since 2005, tutoring students and also giving class lessons in private kindergartens in Bucharest. CPD certified in teaching Phonics, her professional background also comprises co-teaching the Early Years programme at San Silvestre, Lima, being responsible for lesson planning, coordinating and delivering lessons and a contribution at the International School of Milan.

She speaks Spanish fluently as she lived in South America (Argentina and Peru) for four years. Outside of School she is a certified trainer for the Romanian Federation Sport for All. She is also a Yoga, Pilates and Tae Bo instructor.

Ana-Maria Corliceanu

School Counsellor

Ana-Maria joined the British School of Bucharest in 2021, as a school counsellor.

She graduated with a master’s degree in assessment, counselling and psychotherapy for children, couples and families, from the University of Bucharest. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychological counsellor and is currently undergoing training in hypnotherapy and cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy. She has five years of experience working with children with special needs.

In June 2020, she became a member of the research team at the Laboratory of Clinical Psychology for Children, Adolescents and Families.

Ana-Maria is also a volunteer for children with special needs and has offered her assistance in various hospitals in the pediatric psychiatric ward.

During her master’s degree, she was introduced to the notions related to play therapy and drama therapy, which she has since integrated with her therapeutic work with children.

While working with children, she focuses on connecting and providing a safe framework to grow emotionally. As a school counsellor at BSB, Ana conducts assessments and lesson observations, assisting children in developing their cognitive and emotional abilities. She also supports children in understanding their inner and outer world better and adapting their behaviour according to their needs.

Emma Morgan


Emma Morgan started working at the British School of Bucharest in August 2022.

She holds a Mathematics degree from the University of Bristol and is currently completing a master’s degree in the Psychology of Mental Health and Wellbeing. She has a wealth of international experience, having worked in Thailand, Malaysia, and Nepal as a Maths teacher and Head of Mathematics. Emma has fostered strong bonds with her students throughout her 11-year teaching career and is now applying those skills in supporting mental well-being and helping guide pupils and students be the best they can be.

Whole School Support

Daniela Serban

Counselling Support

Daniela Serban is an Autonomous Integrative Psychotherapist and a Member of the Romanian Psychologists College.

She has over 20 years of experience working as a student mentoring and training programme coordinator. She organises individual and group psychotherapy sessions and is a consultant for human resources development and organises training sessions for social educators, as well as in vocational and personal development. Daniela joined the British School of Bucharest in 2017 as a Human Resources Development Consultant and has now rearranged her schedule to allow for individual sessions for BSB parents and staff members, helping them to get through the stressful period of COVID-19.

Elena Tudor

School Nurse

Elena joined the British School of Bucharest in 2020 as a School Nurse. In 2017, she graduated as a General Nurse from the Carol Davila School.

During the same year, she started to work in education at a private school in Bucharest, providing medical assistance and creating a warm and friendly environment amongst children and staff. A large part of Elena’s training required of her to do internships in the paediatric department of the hospital. There she gained a great deal of experience in knowing best how to act and treat children. Being a mother of two, this has also helped her immensely with her own children.

She studied Psychology and enjoys working with children, and believes that individual health can be defined as a state of physical, mental and social well-being.

Elena’s philosophy is that as long as we are in harmony with our body, we can easily solve medical problems and that, any individual when not feeling well, needs care, kindness and a big smile.

CCAs & Trips

Andreea Banciu

Trips &Transport Coordinator

Andreea Banciu first joined BSB in October 2007 and worked as a Teaching Assistant for 10 years in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

She took a hiatus from working at BSB in 2018 to manage some personal projects and also worked as a private English Tutor during this period before coming back this year as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant in Key Stage 1.

Veronica Diaconescu

Extracurricular Coordinator

Veronica Diaconescu joined BSB in 2018 as a Teacher’s Assistant. Three years later she shifted to Extracurricular Coordinator.

Veronica completed a Master’s degree in Economics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. Following her graduation, she worked for six years as an accountant for a private IT company. She then specialised in the payroll and human resources field, working for a year as Human Resources Inspector for an Accounting & Human Resources company. At BSB she experienced her first teaching assistant role and now her first role as an Extracurricular Coordinator. In the future, she plans to explore and gain experience in management to further develop her career.