Primary Support Staff
Jonathan SmithTeacher of EAL (English as an Additional Language) and Head of Danube House
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.
Alexandra KillhamMusic Teacher, MAT Coordinator, Head of House (Arges)
Alexandra joined the British School of Bucharest as a Primary Music Teacher in 2020.
She graduated with combined honours in Music and Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University, and she started her teaching career in public schools in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her main instrument is voice, and she studied piano and orchestral percussion throughout her academic career. She began teaching early years and primary music internationally in a British school in Kuwait in 2015 and stayed there for five years. She was the choir director and also taught piano, voice, and dance. In 2018, she obtained a master’s in education from the University of New Brunswick. She’s also very passionate about critical education and language studies.
Dalila IstrateEYFS Music Teacher and Primary Music TA
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.
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.
Ana Maria MarinLibrarian & Primary Enrichment Assistant
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.
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.
Kalliopi DiimitropoulouPrimary Cover 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.
Andreea Banciu1:1 TA
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.
Eibhlin GoppertArt, Design & 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.