Meet Our Teachers
Our dedicated faculty and 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.
Leadership Team - Secondary School
Jason PorterHead 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.
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!
Mark HealyDeputy Head of Secondary (Director of Studies)
Mark Healy joins us in 2021 as the Director of Studies & Deputy Head of Secondary. Mr Healy brings over 30 years of experience in leadership and teaching roles in Psychology, TESOL and Physical Education.
He has lived and worked internationally, including in the United Arab Emirates and the South Island School in Hong Kong, where he held several Senior Leadership roles. Mark joins us from Scotland, where he worked as Deputy Head. Mr Healy is actively involved in educational research, being an associate of ResearchED, a professional organisation supporting teachers’ professional practice, and he has regularly presented at conferences. He has appeared on several high profile education podcasts and interviews. He is currently writing a book on the psychology of sleep and its impact on schools and learning and is also a contributory author to leading educational titles.
Mark Healy will be responsible for all curriculum matters for students in Secondary. This will include leading the GCSE and A level options process, overseeing the Key Stage 3 curriculum, coordinating academic events such as Parents’ Consultation Evenings, reports and curriculum information presentations. Generally, offering guidance and support to students and parents to optimise academic progress across Secondary. Mark will also place a lens on effective classroom practice and provide a fulcrum to support high-quality learning and teaching across our secondary classes.
Darren GoodeDeputy Head of Secondary (Pastoral)
Darren joined the British School of Bucharest as the Deputy Head of Secondary School (Pastoral) in 2022. He holds a BA in Arts from Brunel University, a 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.
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.
University Guidance Counsellor
Philip WaltersAdvisor to the Board & 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.
Janet HunterHead of English
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 SinclairTeacher 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.
Holly StephensTeacher of English and Media & Head of Year 7
Holly Stephens joined the British School of Bucharest as a Media Lead and teacher of English in 2021.
She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology and English with Dual Honours at the University of Keele before continuing with a PGCE at the University of Nottingham.
Having a great passion for creativity, Holly moved swiftly across to teaching Media, Creative Media Production and Film at GCSE, BTEC, A level and IB at both British and International settings from the Middle East to the USA. She feels very fortunate to join BSB to build a new Media qualification in Romania where staff and students can thrive.
Lauren AnghelTeacher of English
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 WrigthonTeacher of English
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.
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.
Alex CoopeHead 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 FaulknerTeacher of Maths
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.
John FloodTeacher of Maths
John Flood has been a Maths teacher at the British School of Bucharest since 2011.
He has taught Maths at multiple academic levels, from Primary to Year 13, and gained international experience teaching both the IB and IGCSE curriculum in Istanbul. John is a graduate of the University of Scotland, where he studied Mechanical Engineering before undertaking engineering roles in the UK and the Far East before moving into teaching.
Ben ShuttleworthTeacher of Maths
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 BuckleyTeacher of Maths
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.
Eva CliffeHead of Science
Eva Cliffe studied Natural Sciences (Biological) at Newnham College, Cambridge, 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. Eva joins BSB from Hong Kong, where she has spent a year working for the international NGO Crossroads Foundation. Before this sabbatical, she taught Chemistry at the prestigious Harrow International School Hong Kong before becoming Head of Chemistry for four years and Head of Scholars for the following two. During all six years, she was also the Assistant House Mistress of a Boarding House. Eva has led a range of extracurricular activities, including STEAM, musical theatre and knitting! She also loves to experience new places and cultures and has been all around the world with school trips, from Fiji to China, India and the Galapagos Islands.
Naomi BousieTeacher 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 MillwardTeacher 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-CoulsonTeacher of Science & KS 3 Science Coordinator
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.
Anthony GeorgeTeacher of Science
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.
Wallace Macindoe MacgregorTeacher 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.
Phil DoganayLaboratory 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.
Susannah ReadHead of Humanities & MAT Coordinator
Susannah Read, the Head of Humanities & MAT coordinator, who joined the British School of Bucharest in 2018, has a degree in the rather unusual subject of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic from the University of Cambridge.
After two years working in recruitment in London, she completed her History PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) at the University of Sussex. She has since taught at good schools in Sussex and Brighton, in England, as well as in the international sphere at a top A level college in Singapore. In 2016, Susannah moved with her family to teach at an international school in Malaysia for two years before moving to Romania to join us as a History Teacher.
Scott AllsopTeacher 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 AllsopTeacher of Humanities & Exams Officer
Alice Allsop 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. With six years spent teaching in Cairo, Egypt, as the Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate ‘Core’, Alice continues to examine for the IB Theory of Knowledge course alongside teaching the British Curriculum.
Roisin MulchroneTeacher of Humanities & PSHCE Coordinator & Head of Year 9
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’.
Nick WestTeacher of Humanities
Nick West joined BSB in 2021 as a Geography Teacher.
He has more than 10 years of experience creatively teaching in secondary schools across Humanities subjects. He also has three year’s experience teaching Computing and intensive academic lessons to students with EAL. His approach to education is that every child matters. He supports this statement by creating a challenging and stimulating environment where success is both earned and celebrated through hard work.
Computer Science, Business and Economics Faculty
Stephen YoungTeacher of CS, 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’HaraTeacher of Business and 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 KnightTeacher of Business and Economics & Head of Arges House
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.
Elisabeth CitronHead 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.
Miriam CollinsonTeacher of MFL
Miriam Collinson joined the British School of Bucharest in 2018 and is a teacher of MFL.
An Exeter University graduate, Miriam studied French and German before qualifying as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher at Oxford University. She taught French, German and Spanish for many years in two different UK schools following the British Curriculum, where she also was Head of French and Head of Faculty. Before joining our school, Miriam spent two years as a French teacher at Lincoln Community School, an international school in Ghana.
Kim McCallumTeacher 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.
Helen NobleTeacher of MFL
Helen Noble is a German and French graduate of Girton College, Cambridge.
After an early career in the British Diplomatic Service, she gained her PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) with the Open University. Since then, she has taught German and French in three selective and popular schools in London and Guildford, including Kings College School, Wimbledon. She has also taught German and English, as an additional language, in international schools in Athens and Berlin and lived for 8 years in Germany and Austria.
Dorothea DraserTeacher 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.
Rocio MartiTeacher of MFL & Primary MFL Coordinator & SEN Assessor
Rocio Marti Alarcon introduced Spanish as a Modern Foreign Language subject to the British School of Bucharest when she joined in 2008.
She has previously taught in international schools in Madrid, Spain, where she is originally from, but is now proud to call Bucharest home, where her eldest son was born.
Paloma Vivar DuranTeacher 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.
Tianxiong ZangTeacher of MFL
Tianxiong Zang joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023 as a Teacher of Mandarin.
Zang studied at the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) for his master’s degree, focusing on Master of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. Zang was part of several programs, including the “International Chinese Volunteer Teachers” project. He started his teaching career ten years ago, and he was a Mandarin teacher at the Confucius Institute of Bucharest from 2015 to 2017 and from 2020 to 2021.
Creative Arts Faculty
Mark WilliamsHead 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.
John GreensladeTeacher of DT
John Greenslade joined the British School of Bucharest in 2018 as an Art and Design & Technology teacher, having held the position of Head of Art and Design & Technology at the Instituto Bilingue Victoria in Mexico previously.
John studied Three-Dimensional Design and completed his PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in Cardiff. After teaching Art and Design for three years in Southampton, he began his international career in Cairo as Head of Art. John’s teaching career includes time spent working with students of all ages in Europe, North Africa, North America and Asia.
Siobhan WilliamsTeacher of Art and DT & Head of Key Stage 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.
Nick ReadArt and DT Technician
Nick Read is an experienced Safety and Control Systems Engineer with 10 years of experience joining us in the Art and DT department.
His electrical and electronic engineering expertise and extensive technical software knowledge will prove to be a welcome addition for the BSB students.
Performing Arts Faculty
Lynne SharpHead 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.
Sam KennedyTeacher of Drama, LAMDA Coordinator, Head of Olt House & Head of Year 8
Sam Kennedy joined the British School of Bucharest in 2020 as a Secondary Drama Teacher and as a LAMDA coordinator.
He spent four years studying at Liverpool’s John Moores University, gaining a BA Drama undergraduate degree and a PGDE in Secondary Drama. He has taught as a trainee in multiple schools in the Merseyside area during his studies. Sam has extensive experience working with and developing young people and children both in the UK and abroad through programmes such as the National Citizen Service, Camp America and Camp Canada.
James PywellPeripatetic 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).
Laura LacherTeacher of Drama
Mrs Lacher joined the British School of Bucharest in 2023. She has a BA in acting and an MA in musical theatre. This is her second time teaching at BSB, the first being at the beginning of the pandemic when she prepared students for A-Levels.
She has experience teaching Music and Drama to all ages, starting as a teenager when she taught piano lessons at a private music school. She has a true passion for the performing arts and believes in supporting each student’s creativity and uniqueness.
Aside from teaching, Mrs Lacher is also a professional actress, currently in post-production with a short movie she wrote, directed and produced over the summer. She also nurtures her passion for music and is part of two bands that play regularly in Bucharest.
She is excited to be returning to BSB and having the opportunity to meet everyone.
Christopher DaviesHead of P.E. & Head of Danube House
Christopher Davies joined the British School of Bucharest in 2020 as a Secondary Physical Education teacher.
He studied Sports Development and Education Studies at Liverpool Hope University, where he graduated with a BAc with honours. After graduation, Christopher decided to join the Royal Marine Commandos. Upon leaving the Royal Marines, he received his PGCE in Physical Education at the University of Exeter. He developed a passion for PE and wanted to inspire young people to play sports with a high sense of sportsmanship, fair play and respect.
David AchimTeacher of P.E. & Head of Head of Mures House
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 FernandesTeacher of P.E.
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 CranneyTeacher 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 StancuFootball 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 PorterHead of Secondary EAL and 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 WilliamsTeacher 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 ScraggTeacher 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.