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Meet Our Staff

In teaching, it is the staff that make all the difference to the quality of education that children receive. At IBSB we understand this, and take great care to select the best staff to ensure our students receive the outstanding educational experience they each deserve. Please see below all the members of our school staff.

ALL EYFS PRIMARY SECONDARY ADMIN
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Aura Bogdan (RO)
Executive Director
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Kendall Peet (UK)
Head of School

BCA, Marketing and Management (Victoria University, New Zealand); BA, Economic History (Victoria University, New Zealand); PGDE (English) (Canterbury University, New Zealand); MA, Educational Leadership, in progress (University of Bath, UK); CELTA; DELTA

Kendall first joined IBSB in 2005 and after a period away returned as Head of School in 2011. He has taught in variety of situations including Primary Schools, High Schools, and at University Level, working as a teacher, senior teacher, Head of Department, Director, and Head of School. He graduated from Victoria University with a BCA in Marketing and Management and a BA in Economic History, before continuing on to study toward a Post Graduate Diploma in English at Canterbury University. He is currently completing an MA Educational Leadership at the University of Bath. As Head of School, Kendall is responsible for overseeing the day to day running of the school, ensuring that the school ethos and philosophy are imbued into every aspect of school life. He also teaches English and is a passionate advocate of debating and public speaking. Outside school, Kendall enjoys reading, swimming, running (occasionally), playing tennis, and trekking to far distant locations, such as Mt Everest, Mt Kilimanjaro, and Mt Kinabalu, located on the small island of Borneo.

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Alan Cornish (UK)
Head of Primary

BA (Hons), Economics (University of Northumbria, UK); MA, Information Technology (University of Huddersfield, UK); PGCE (Leeds University, UK); NQT Mentor

Alan originally joined IBSB in 2007, and is the current Head of the Primary School. He is an experienced teacher from the UK, in his 20th year of teaching, having previously taught in Essex, near London, where he was deputy head at a school that was failing when he joined and was considered to be good by Ofsted standards when he left four years later. In 2014, Alan returned to England with his young family, but missing Romania and IBSB, returned in 2015 with a new zest for life and a clear vision for the future direction of the Primary School, built on trust and a desire to create a happy and purposeful learning environment. Alan has a passion for travelling, originally coming to Romania to experience a new culture and to explore Eastern Europe, he enjoys skiing and time in the mountains, swimming and reading bedtime stories to his children.

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Matthew Tansley (UK)
Head of Secondary

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Medical Biochemistry (University of Wales, Cardiff); PGCE (University of Wales, Cardiff); ISI Team Inspector; COBIS Peer Accreditor; NQT Mentor.

Matthew joined IBSB in August 2017 as Head of the Secondary School. He is an experienced teacher of Science from the UK with 20 years’ experience in education. During this time, he has taught in a selective boys grammar school in London, a school for the children of British military personnel in Cyprus, and a comprehensive academy in Worcestershire in the UK, before moving overseas again to the UAE where he was Deputy Head Teacher in charge of the curriculum. Whilst in the UAE, Matt was part of the team that successfully obtained both BSO accreditation and full CIS accreditation for his school. Matt is also an ISI Team Inspector for BSO schools and a Peer Accreditor for COBIS. Matt enjoys travelling and has taken advantage of his time overseas to visit many different countries. He is also a massive Rugby fan and passionate supporter of Gloucester Rugby.

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Alexandra Ivascu (RO)
Head of MFL, Spanish Teacher, Assistant Teacher in Year 5

BA, Modern Languages Applied, English/Spanish (University of Bucharest, Romania); Teaching Certificate (University of Bucharest, Romania)

Alexandra joined our team in 2018 as a Primary School Spanish Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She graduated from the University of Bucharest (English-major and Spanish-minor) in 2010 and since then has been working as a devoted and passionate teacher. She says she especially loves working with the younger children because she enjoys sharing the innocent way they perceive the world, full of hope and dreams for the future, as well as courage and determination. Alexandra also says she is herself a child at heart, which helps her create special bonds with each of her students to best help her students develop the necessary strategies and skills needed to be the very best they can be and to live a life full of meaning and purpose. Alexandra has already shown what a positive impact she has on her students, and now in her role as Head of MFL in Primary, she has the opportunity to extend her support and encouragement to all learners of language at IBSB. In her spare time she loves reading, spending time in nature, travelling, doing yoga, and ice-bathing.

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Alina Caldes Radu (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Year 3, Key Stage 1 German Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, English and German (Spiru Haret University, Romania); QCF Teaching Assistant level 3; Teaching Certificate ("Spiru Haret" University)

Alina is always a happy and smiling face around IBSB and has made a home for herself here. She is our TA for Year 3O and also the KS1 German Teacher. She studied foreign languages in University and has a passion for teaching in the MFL department. She has also taught French at IBSB. Alina has just returned to work after her 2 year maternity leave and is enjoying life as a busy new mum. She really loves children and takes time to get to know her students well. In her spare time she enjoys reading and visiting with friends and family. Alina has been at IBSB for 7 years and is a helpful and dedicated member of the team. She is looking forward to another great year and to working with colleagues and students both old and new!

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Alison Tansley (UK)
Primary Teacher in Year 5

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) – The University of Nottingham; BScEcon Sociology (Honours) – The; University of Wales, College of Cardiff; Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management – Kingston University; Higher Diploma in Career Skills – Oxford Media and Business School

Alison is from London, her father was in the British Army so she attended boarding school in Sussex, England from the age of 9-18 and lived abroad in a variety of countries (Brunei, Germany, Cyprus). She met her husband at University and has lived and worked abroad in Cyprus (again!) and the UAE.
Her previous career experience is in the field of Human Resources, Recruitment and Administration and she started working in education in 2013, because she feels the education sector is a challenging, rewarding and inspiring area in which to work. Imparting knowledge and helping to teach new skills is incredibly important and fulfilling. Alison has three children who attend the IBSB Secondary School. In her free time she likes travelling, experiencing new cultures, learning new languages and her whole family love animals.

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Aliviana Sanders (USA)
Primary Teacher in Year 4

BA in Creative Writing (University of Southern California, USA);Master of Arts in Education (University of Southern California, USA)

Aliviana joined IBSB in 2019, having taught at British schools in Kuwait over the past seven years. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and studied Creative Writing and Education at the University of Southern California. She believes that the most effective manner of teaching is to inspire a passion for learning in her pupils, and is excited to begin a new year of teaching and learning in Bucharest. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, exploring new places, reading, and watching films. She is therefore thrilled to have a brand new city to explore and would love to receive tips on hidden gems around Bucharest and great places to visit during the weekends and school breaks!

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Ana Maria Boiangiu (RO)
Head of Romanian, Romanian Teacher (Key Stages 1&2)

Master in Literature Theory (University of Bucharest, Romania); Bachelor of Arts, English and French (University of Bucharest, Romania); Teaching Certificate (University of Bucharest)

Ana Maria takes departmental responsibility for the teaching of Romanian Language and Literature throughout the Primary School. Originally from Slobozia and graduating Bucharest University, Ana Maria has been with IBSB since 2007 and compliments our impressive band of linguists and is an exceptional teacher. She can be relied upon to get the children and staff up to perform a hora at school events; she is passionate about Romanian culture. A specialist in Romanian with French, with a Masters Degree in Theory of Literature, she has seventeen years teaching experience, and has published three literature school books. An endless well of knowledge and energy, Ana adds to life on campus in many ways beyond just the classroom.

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Ana Maria Dobre (RO)
Student Counsellor, SENCO Coordinator, & DSL

BA, Psychology (Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu); Specialist Clinical Psychologist and Independent Psychotherapist; trained in Psychodrama by Asociatia Romana de Psihodrama Clasica; trained in Cognitive-Behavioural therapy and clinical hypnosis by AHPCC; trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis by ATCA

Ana Maria joined IBSB in 2019 as a whole school student counsellor and core member of the student support team, coordinating SEND support across the school. She is also the Whole School Designated Child Safeguarding Lead (DSL), and as such will clearly be playing a key role in maintaining student wellbeing, working closely with the pastoral care team to support our students both emotionally and academically. After volunteering for the Psychiatry Hospital for 2 years and being a clinical psychologist for an NGO sheltering children and mothers victims of domestic abuse for 3 years in Sibiu, Ana decided to move to Bucharest. Seven years ago she started working with children with special needs. Before opening her private practice, she also began working with neuro-typical children and adolescents. For the past 3 years, she has been working with children and adolescents in school settings and collaborates with HelpAutism doing home-based therapy. When she isn’t at work, Ana Maria enjoys reading, painting, and horseback riding.

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Anamaria Stere (RO)
Extracurricular Coordinator

BA Faculty of Marketing and Economic Affairs “Spiru Haret University”
 

Ana first joined IBSB in September 2001 as a teaching assistant, after graduating University. She then moved from the classroom to the office, bringing with her the experience of the classroom, taking over the responsibility for organising school lunches, school transport, after school clubs, trips, and events. Whether in the classroom or the office, Ana says that working at a school is a fulfilling experience as the children teach you so much about discovery, imagination, curiosity, and joy. Outside school, Ana enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, going to the cinema and cooking for friends.

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Andreea Cazacu (RO)
Year 6M TA, Romanian Non-native Teacher, Head Teaching Assistant, Middle Leadership Team

BA, Accounting and Management Information Systems (ASE, Bucharest); MA, Audit and Counselling - in progress (ASE, Bucharest); PGCE

Andreea Cazacu, or Adi as friends call her, joined IBSB in 2010. She has a bachelor degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from The Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE) and attended the Financial Audit and Counselling master programme until she decided she likes better working with children more than with numbers. Mathematics, however, remains a passion which explains why she enjoys running maths clubs and helping to organise the Maths Kangaroo Competition in the Primary School. Andreea says she is looking forward to facing the challenges of a new academic year, because life is always interesting when working with children. Outside school, Adi loves to have fun with her family and friends. She also likes watching films, reading and dancing, but since she became a mother she says these things happen a little less often.

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Angharad Morgan (Wales)
Primary Teacher in Year 1, Computing Coordinator

BA, Welsh (Cardiff University, Wales), PGCE (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

This is Angharad’s 3rd year at IBSB, and her first teaching position abroad, having taught in Wales for two years before arriving at IBSB in August, 2016. This year she will teach Year 1, having taught Year 4 for the past two years. She has a degree in Welsh from Cardiff University and a PGCE from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Her interests include music, and coming from Wales there is a strong tradition of choirs and dance- something she has been sharing with the students here at IBSB as she directed the Winter Show last year. She also enjoys travelling and taking part in adventurous sports.

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Anthony Varden (UK)
Science Teacher

BSc (Hons), Biology (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK); PGCE (Liverpool Hope University, UK); QTS

Anthony joins IBSB having spent the last two years teaching science in the UK. He graduated with a degree in Biology after studying in both Liverpool and Manchester, before returning to Liverpool to complete a PGCE in Secondary Science. Outside of school, Anthony enjoys travelling and is intent on visiting every European capital city before he reaches 30. He is a keen reader of both fiction and non-fiction and always welcomes a good recommendation.

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Aurora Stroescu Nitu (RO)
Spanish Teacher, Form Tutor, CAS Leader

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Romanian (University of Bucharest, Romania)

Aurora is a key member our Modern Languages Department, with responsibility for the delivery of the Spanish curriculum for KS4 and KS5. Following graduation from the University of Bucharest, Aurora taught in the Romanian system for more than twenty years before eventually joining our team in 2010, and since this time has consistently supported her students to achieve outstanding results in both IGCSE and A Level exams. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Aurora is also an Assistant Form Tutor for 9V and is a staff member working with our sixth form student in the CAS Programme. Aurora says she enjoys her work at IBSB as she loves teaching the language of Cervantes, taking every opportunity to share her passion for Spanish culture.

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Dr. Blessy Savu (India)
Economics & Business Studies Teacher, Key Stage 5 Coordinator, Form Tutor

PhD (Academy of Economic Studies, Romania); MA (University of Guelph, Canada), BA (Trent University, Canada); Romanian Post-Graduate course in Education

As the daughter of diplomatic parents, Blessy grew up travelling the world and attending international schools before coming to Romania, so she is well-placed to relate to our students and challenges they face. She says that moving from the standard private Indian schools to an international school was quite the exhilarating experience- with Model United Nations, speeches, drama, inter-cultural events and so many other activities that the regular private schools did not offer. In addition to teaching economics and business studies, Blessy will also run the Debate Club, and will be involved in supporting university applications and student mentoring. Believing in the potential of all students and maintaining the view that success is more about hard work than ability, Blessy will continue to play a key role in supporting and guiding our students as they work toward achieving their dreams.

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Bohdan Pantella (UK)
Key Stage 2-4 Computer Science and ICT Teacher, Key Stage 4 Coordinator

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Business Information Technology Management (Manchester Metropolitan University); PGCE Information Communication Technology (St Martin’s College Lancaster).

Originally from Manchester in the UK, Bohdan has been teaching for over fifteen years, both in the UK and internationally for the past twelve years. His first five years teaching internationally were in Bucharest, which he says he enjoyed tremendously. He then moved on with a desire to see more of the world, working in a number of countries within the Middle East and Asian regions, before eventually returning to Romania in 2017. His main passion is teaching ICT and Computer Science, sharing his knowledge and experience with his students. Being from Manchester, his other passion is football. You’ll have to guess which football team he supports. He is also an avid motorbike rider and programmer. When not at school, Bohdan spends most his free time with his wife and beagle, and enjoys working on DIY projects around the home.

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Ciprian Iacob (RO)
Physical Education Teacher

Master in Physical Education & Sport (University of Bacau, Romania); Bachelor in Physical Education (National Academy of Physical Education and Sport, Romania)

Ciprian is our Secondary School Physical Education Teacher, and one of our longest serving staff members, having joined the school close to its official opening in 2000. He is a teacher who has over the years played an important role in the lives of the students who have passed through this school. He is a specialist swimming coach, Judo coach, and alpine ski coach, with success achieved in national competitions. In addition to running PE lessons, the after school swimming club and football club, Ciprian also organises and coordinates a number of interschool sports events. When not teaching, he can usually be found working on his training programme or enjoying conversation with the students, and is one of our more popular staff members on campus.

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Claudia Marta (RO)
Head of Admissions and Corporate Communications

Academy of Economic Studies Romania, Marketing

Claudia joined IBSB in August 2017 having been an active member of the PTF for the past five years, including 4 years as the PTF President where she took the lead in coordinating a variety of successful school and extracurricular social events. As the Head of Admissions and Corporate Communications, Claudia has much to offer with over 20 years’ experience working in multinational companies in advertising as Head of Marketing for B2B and B2C, with DÁrcy and McCann, where she was responsible for advertising for Telecom, FMCG, Finance and Electronics brands, in Finance & Banking with Western Union, BRD, BCR, MasterCard, and in Utilities at Tinmar Group. As both a parent and a lifelong learner herself, Claudia has always maintained an active interest in education and is excited to be joining IBSB at a time when the school is expanding quickly, with many projects on the horizon. When not at school, Claudia enjoys travelling, reading, writing, painting and discovering new things together with her 10 year old daughter.

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Cristina Marascu (RO)
Head of Mathematics, Mathematics Teacher, Student Mentor, Kangaroo Competition Coordinator

Master in Business Administration (University from Craiova, Romania); Bachelor in Mathematics and ICT (University of the West, Romania)

Cristina is a good example of a lifelong learner, having graduated from the University of Timisoara, Faculty of Mathematics with a degree in Mathematics and ICT, before continuing on to complete an MBA whilst working at IBSB. She has also completed a course in International Hospitality Tourism Leadership and during the summer break works in Greece as a tour guide. She joined the school in 2004 and is a teacher that has the ability to get the best out her students. She is a Form Tutor, the Secondary School Clubs Coordinator, and in 2014 was promoted to Head of Department, which will certainly keep her busy. She says her passion in life is travelling, and so most school breaks she is off somewhere enjoying other cultures, making friends wherever she goes.

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Cornelia Tianu (RO)
School Doctor

UMF (Carol Davila University, Bucharest), Masters, Psychotherapy and Ericksonian Hypnosis (ARHTE) Other medical studies: General Ultrasound, Cardiac Ultrasound for children, Ultrasound Trans-fontanel for children, Homeopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, Systemic Therapy, Bach Therapy, and Craniosacral Therapy

Cornelia has been the school doctor on our campus since 2009. After graduating from university, she acquired experience working with children at St Macrina and in hospitals for 4 years before opening her own private practice. She introduced immunization to our school for those parents who wish for them. Her responsibilities in the school include helping to identify SEND children, supporting the PSHE Programme, and developing counselling programmes, including both individual and group counselling for children and parents. Some of her other interests include music, travelling, and reading.

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Dan Boboc (RO)
IT Technician

BA, International Relation and European Studies (Spiru Haret University, Romania), IT Technician SQL Programming Certificate

Dan joined IBSB in January 2007 and since this time has been involved in various areas of support across the school. In his current role as IT Technician he is responsible for the smooth functioning of IT devices (computers, smartboards, tablets, electronic whiteboards, projectors, printers etc.) and software in our school, saying he is always happy to offer support to our staff and students in their day to day encounter with the IT equipment on campus, and does so with a warm, welcoming smile. Outside school, Dan enjoys spending time with his daughter and his wife, travelling, listening to music, watching movies, playing video games, staying in touch with technology, swimming, running, bike riding and skiing.

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Daniela Momirleanu (RO)
French Teacher

BA, Foreign Languages (Major French, Minor English, University of Craiova); BA, English (Charles de Gaulle University, France); MA, Inter-cultural and Inter-religious Exchanges (Chair UNESCO, University of Bucharest)

Dana joins the IBSB as our most recent addition to the MFL team, as the KS2 & 3 French teacher. She brings with her more than 10 years’ experience teaching languages in international schools, including French, English, and Romanian. As a polyglot and lover of languages, Dana says she enjoys teaching all languages, but has a particular soft spot for teaching French. As a new teacher at IBSB, Dana also says that the first contact with students is extremely important, and as such she always makes an effort to greet her students with a big friendly smile, which the students soon look forward to each day. When not at school, Dana spends most of her free time playing with her two boys, which means she lives a very active life, but is also very well-positioned to understanding and supporting the needs of her students on a day to day basis.

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Dr. Daniela Baitan (RO)
Science Teacher, Form Tutor

BSc in Chemical Engineering (Technical University of Iasi, Romania); MSc in Natural Sciences (University of Poitiers, France); MSc in Civil (Soil) Engineering (University of Aveiro, Portugal); PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of Hamburg, Germany)

Originating from northern Romania, Daniela completed her Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering, specializing in organic chemistry, before receiving a two year Erasmus Mundus Master’s Scholarship in Natural Sciences to study in France, Portugal, and Canada. In 2015, Daniela was awarded the Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship, allowing her to complete a PhD. in collaboration with the University of Hamburg, working with research groups from the University of Basel, University of Gothenburg, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Strasbourg, and many other world renowned research institutions. In her free time, Daniela is very much an outdoor person, enjoying practicing yoga, hiking, spending time in nature, and travelling, which has she says has enabled her to explore her interest in other country’s traditions and cultures.

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Dr. Darren Laffar (UK)
Mathematics Teacher

BSc (1st Class Hons), Mathematics (University of Sheffield); PhD, Mathematics (University of Glasgow); QTS

Darren joins us from Leicestershire, England, where he worked as a Lead Practitioner for Mathematics and an Assistant Head of Mathematics. Before then, Darren worked at an International school in Rome. Mathematics has always been a huge part of Darren’s life and career, where after obtaining a first class degree at Sheffield University, he went on to do research at Glasgow University on Differential Geometry. It was during this period that Darren caught the “teaching bug” and went on to become a successful teacher in the UK for over 13 years. Outside of teaching, Darren is a huge football fan (and a follower of Leicester City) and plays as a 5/6 a-side goalkeeper. He also enjoys playing pool, keeping physically fit through a variety of means (anything from Yoga to HIIT training), and enjoys time with his lovely wife and new baby daughter.

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David Cooper (UK)
Computing/Computer Science Teacher

BSC(hons) Management and Publishing (Oxford Brookes University, UK); AMBCS British Computing Society, PGCE Secondary Teaching (Roehampton University), QTS, ATPL civil aviation authority

This is David’s 1st year at IBSB and his third overseas position, having taught for 13 years in total. David will be teaching Computer Science and has extensive background and qualifications in information technology and programming. He has taught in a number of situations, including non-selective and high performance comprehensive schools and latterly an independent boarding school in the UK ranked 4th nationally. He has travelled to Bucharest from Stockholm, with his wife (a qualified primary teacher) and two children. His interests include sailing, flying, diving, and programming and he looks forward to helping the students at IBSB to progress in their computer science education.

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Diana Lia (RO)
Head of MFL, French Teacher, Student Mentor

Master in Francophone Cultural Studies, University of Bucharest, (University of Bucharest, Romania); Bachelor of Arts, French and English (University of Bucharest, Romania); Teaching French skills at Alliance française Paris

Diana joined our team as a Secondary School French Teacher in 2007, taking on her role as the new Head of MFL in 2011, and as such is responsible for continuing the tradition of outstanding grades across all Modern Foreign Languages. A graduate from the University of Bucharest, Diana has continued to develop her knowledge by attending seminars both nationally and internationally. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Diana has also helped in organising and running the very successful Key Stages 4 & 5 Work Experience Programme. Diana has always appreciated the valuable conversations between students and teachers regardless of their mother tongue and is currently herself learning Italian- and rumour has it is planning a world tour in the future.

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Efstratia Laiou (Greece)
EYFS, Primary and Secondary School Music Teacher

MA, Historical Musicology (Goldsmiths, University of London); BA & MA (Hons) with QTS, Musicology and Music Education (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki); MMus Solo (Hons), Piano (Sygxrono Conservatorium of Thessaloniki); Dip. Mus Higher Theoretical Studies (Hons), Harmory and Counterpoint (Sygxrono Conservatorium of Thessaloniki)

This is Evi’s 2nd year teaching at IBSB having taught previously in Greece, Germany, Brazil, and the UK in a variety of situations. Growing up in the small seaside town of Amfilohia in Greece (near the Ionian Islands), music has always been present in her life. With 24 years’ experience playing the piano, Evi is a wonderful example of a lifelong learner, as she continues her education following seminars in piano performance and music psychology from universities and music academies around the globe. She has spent a big part of her life travelling in order to experience culture and music in different settings and has been performing classical music as a solo pianist as well as in chamber music ensembles around the world. She says ‘Every year I learn something new about a different part of the world and with it more about myself as music surrounds us always in everyday life.’ Evi enjoys sharing her passion for music through teaching practical skills, such as playing piano, singing, and writing music, while integrating all aspects of music and other art forms. Outside of teaching, her interests include dancing, specifically ballet, and she likes to swim, watch films, and spend time in nature.

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Elena Iliuta (RO)
Finance Manager

BA, Faculty of Financial Management Accountant (University of Spiru Haret, Bucharest); MA, Audit and Financial Business (Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest); Human Resources Inspector – National Certification; Advanced Postgraduate certification in Accountancy;

Elena joined IBSB in April 2006 as an Economist, quickly becoming a valued member of the office team, handling the day-to-day planning, implementing, managing, and controlling of all financial-related activities. A graduate from the Faculty of Financial Management Accountant, University of Spiru Haret, she completed her academic studies with a Master Degree in Audit and Financial Business. In her free time, Elena says she likes to relax, with much of her free time spent reading books and watching movies.

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Elena Stefan (RO)
Spanish and Romanian Teacher, Assistant Teacher in Year 4

Bachelor of Arts, English and Spanish (Spiru Haret University, Romania)
Teaching Certificate (University of Bucharest, Romania).

Elena enjoyed working over 10 years as a translator with two international companies but also as a freelancer. She loved so much what she was doing and it seemed that nothing and nobody could make me change my direction about my job. Until one day when her daughter inspired her to get into teaching, so she completed her studies with the pedagogical modules at University of Bucharest and there her pedagogical skills were confirmed.

Since that time she has been teaching English in public high schools, private kindergartens and afterschools. In 2018 she joined IBSB team and she is happy to be part of our family because her work means a lot for her, it is often a great source of joy and satisfaction and everytime when she looks into her students’ eyes she realizes that here is her universe.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her friends, watching movies, reading spiritual books and meditating.

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Emilia Cucu (RO)
Teaching Assistant, Student Support

BA, Psychology at (Titu Maoirescu University, Bucharest); MA, School Counselling (Titu Maiorescu, Bucharest); Teaching Certificate (Titu Maoirescu University, Bucharest)

Emilia joined IBSB in 2018 as an energetic teacher with plenty of experience in primary years, including six years in a number of other international school. She says she has a great passion for her work and wants to help children develop the necessary skills to guide them further in life. She believes that every child is unique and promotes positive educational techniques. She is confidant, and warm, bringing a sense of calmness to the classroom. In her spare time, she likes to write stories for children, from which they can learn new and good things, to read and plays the drums.

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Florin Ghita (RO)
IT Administrator

BA, Public Administration (National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Romania)

Florin is our IT Administrator. He joined our team in 2009 and is responsible for the smooth running of the IT system in the school. In addition to ensuring that all our school servers, computers, tablets, electronic whiteboards, and printers are running smoothly, Florin is also involved in a host of other jobs, including maintaining and updating SchoolBase (the school MIS), issuing reports, and maintaining all staff and student accounts, which added together means that he is usually the last staff member to leave school each night. Outside school, Florin enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching movies, and keeping up to date with the latest innovations in technology.

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Florina Georgescu (RO)
PR & Admissions Officer

BA in Law at University Romano- Americana, BA in Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years Education at the Romanian University Bucharest of Psychology and Educational Science, Masters in  Educational Management at the Romanian University Bucharest

Flori joined IBSB in September 2000 as one of the original team members, and as such has seen the school grow from just 9 students to more than 350 today. Originally joining the team as a teaching assistant, Flori took some time out in 2010 to have her first child, returning to work in the school office as the Admissions Officer, and is now also involved in PR. After 16 years of work at IBSB, surrounded by students, staff, and parents, Flori says she feels like IBSB is her second home. When not at school, she likes spending time with her family, travelling, and discovering different places, cultures, and people. She enjoys reading and doing sport and can be found more recently participating in many of the school Triathlons and Marathon events.

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Geoff Old (UK)
Year 3 Teacher

BSc (Honours), Marketing and Management Sciences (University of Lancaster); PG Certificate in Management (Nottingham Trent University); PGCE, Primary mathematics specialism (Edge Hill University)

Geoff hails from Manchester and enters his second year of teaching here at IBSB, having previously spent four years teaching in years three and four in England. He qualified as a primary maths specialist in 2014, retraining following a twenty year management career in the leisure industry. Geoff has four adult children and, when not at school, enjoys listening to music, watching films and going to the cinema, walking, and performing as a DJ!

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Ioana Chelba (RO)
Spanish Teacher, EAL Teacher, Form Tutor

BA, Modern Applied Languages, English and Spanish (University of Bucharest, Romania), MA, Faculty of Philosophy (University of Bucharest, Romania); PGCE; Authorised Translator (Ministry of Justice)

Ioana joined IBSB in 2019, as a Spanish and EAL teacher, and will also be a Form Tutor for Year 9. She is a graduate from the University of Bucharest, with both a Bachelor and Master’s degree, who worked for a number of years in the public school system, teaching children aged 6 to 14, before eventually making the move to an international school environment. Of teaching, Ioana says she is a passionate teacher who feels a deep sense of gratitude for every moment spent in classroom, appreciating the fulfilment that comes from helping students, who she hopes will aspire to become polyglots with a passion for learning languages. In her free time, Ioana loves playing with her two sons, enjoying lively debates with her husband and friends, and spending time in nature.

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Ioana Miliana Anghel (RO)
German Teacher, Form Tutor

Master Studies in Literature (University of Bucharest, Romania); Bachelor of Arts –Linguistic and Literary Studies, (University of Bucharest, Romania); Germany Yesterday and Today-Applied Studies (Berlin, Germany) Goethe Institute Practice and Certificate for Teaching German; Creativity in the Classroom (Cambridge, UK); Academic Leadership (Cambridge, UK)

Ioana is our linguistically adept German teacher. She graduated from the University of Bucharest, completing a Master in Literary Studies, before going on to work as a German Teacher, as well as a teacher trainer. A passionate teacher, she strives to continuously develop her teaching skills as a lifelong learner, attending development training courses for teachers both in Romanian and abroad. She says of teaching, that she likes personalising learning and adapting materials to her students’ needs, creating new activities to make the lessons more interactive, fun, and efficient for all levels.

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Iona Tanguay (UK)
Humanities & Sociology Teacher

MA Social Justice and Education (Institute of Education, London), BA Sociology and Anthropology (Goldsmiths, London) PGCE post-compulsory.

Iona joined IBSB in 2017 to teach Sociology in her first international teaching post. Originally from Wiltshire in the South West of the UK, she has lived most of her life in East London in the UK and has taught in several London Colleges and Sixth forms. Iona worked in educational support and youth work prior to training to be a teacher. She started out teaching English, adult literacy and study skills to adults and worked for eight years at an FE college in Tottenham, London. Following this she decided to move into teaching A levels with a focus on her specialist subject, Sociology. She believes sociology helps students to look differently at the world, giving them the valuable analytical skills needed to thrive in higher education. Outside of school Iona enjoys watching films, is a keen musician and enjoys making music with others. She is interested in all types of music, including folk and world music. She is excited about continuing her expeditions to different places in Romania and is keen to learn more about Romanian culture and history.

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Irina Ranete (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Year 3

BA, Economics (Hyperion University, Bucharest); Reintegration Teacher Certificate (National Association for Children and Adults with Autism in Romania, Bucharest); Recovery Therapist through Arts Certificate ( PECA Association - Psychology, Education, Culture and Arts, Constanta)

Irina Ranete joins IBSB as the Year 3 Teaching Assistant. She has a Bachelor Degree in Economics, working initially as an accountant post-graduation, before making the transition to working with children in education, which she says matched her passions and lifestyle much better, making every day an incredible adventure shared with her students and colleagues. Her great passion, in addition to teaching, is art, including painting, drawing, and creating handmade objects. Irina also enjoys participating in a variety of sports and traveling.

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Irina Ruse (RO)
Reception Teacher

BA, English and French (University of Pitesti); MA, Linguistics (University of Bucharest, Romania); PGCE

Irina is our Reception Teacher in the Primary School, having joined IBSB in 2010. She has a double degree in English and French from the University of Foreign Languages and Literature, with a MA in Linguistics. Irina believes that IBSB is the place where children feel safe, secure and above all feel like they are in a family environment. The curiosity, enthusiasm and humour of young children is a constant motivation and inspiration for her teaching. Irina has one of the biggest smiles on campus and as such brightens up the day of those around her. Away from school, Irina likes spending time with her family and friends and also enjoys reading.

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Iulia Boboc (RO)
HR Manager

Spiru Haret University Bachelor in Law (Bucharest), Masters in Law and Public Administration-Probation in Criminal Law Spiru Haret University (Bucharest), HR Inspector National Certification

Iulia joined IBSB in March 2007, as a graduate from the Faculty of Law at University of Spiru Haret, where she completed a Bachelor and Master Degree in Law and Public Administration. On a day to day basis, Iulia brings not only a warm friendly smile to the school, but a wealth of knowledge and experience. As a lifelong learner, Iulia has continued to develop her knowledge since joining the IBSB team, attending HR and Safer Recruitment courses and seminars. She plays a primary role in regard to ensuring safer recruitment policies and procedures re followed, and assisting new staff and their families to settle into life here in Romania. Outside work, Iulia enjoys travelling and exploring beautiful countries and meeting new people. She also enjoys skiing, photography, and spending time with her daughter and husband.

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Jack Oldham (UK)
Primary Teacher in Year 3, Maths Coordinator

BA (Honours) Primary Education with QTS, (Sheffield Hallam University)

Jack joined IBSB in 2017, having taught in the UK for four years and at an International School in Iasi for a year. He was born and raised in rural Yorkshire, England, and attended Sheffield Hallam University where he earned a degree in Primary Education..
Outside of school, Jack is a keen cricketer and is hoping to instill this passion into our school during extra-curricular sessions. He also has a passion for travelling and is looking forward to exploring the beautiful landscapes that Romania has to offer.

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James Hudson (UK)
History & Humanities Teacher

MA, Continental Philosophy (University of Essex); BA (Hons), Philosophy (University of Essex); PGCE; CELTA

James joined IBSB in 2017, having taught in Hong Kong for five years. He is originally from Grimsby in the the north east of England, and attended Essex University where he specialised in the history of philosophy for both his BA and MA. Outside of school, James is a keen climber and has run some trips to local climbing walls. He also has a passion for music and enjoys playing a variety of string instruments, including the guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

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Jayne Baker (UK)
Business Studies Teacher, Form Tutor, University Applications Coordinator

Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIBS), PGCE from University of the West of England

Jayne joined our team in 2016 to teach Business Studies. She gained her teaching degree in 2007 after a change in career from being an International Trade Manager for a British bank. Once qualified Jayne undertook her first two years of teaching in Bristol; her home city, in a Sixth Form College. In 2009 she moved to her first international teaching post in Bahrain. After five years as Head of Faculty, she moved to a new challenge in Thailand, joining Regents International School as Head of Department and University Applications Coordinator. She was able to expand her horizons in teaching the IB Diploma Programme alongside IGCSE and A Level in Business Studies, Economics and Accounting. Outside school, Jayne enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, going to the cinema, skiing and cycling. After spending time in the Far East she also wishes to discover more regarding meditation, mindfulness and yoga.

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Johanna Croci (Italy)
Head of Social Sciences, Teacher of Sociology & Psychology, Form Tutor, CAS Coordinator, DofEIA Coordinator, Student Mentor

BA, Psychology, Sociology & Political Science (Hyperion University, Romania); PGCE

Johanna first joined us in 2005 as a teacher of Italian and has since that time extended her role to include Head of Social Sciences, Teacher of Sociology and Psychology, Coordinator of the CAS Programme and Coordinator of the Duke of Edinburgh Programme. She is also involved in assisting students with University Applications. Involvement, care, and responsibility are some of the values that Johanna espouses, working with students to provide every member of our school with the opportunity to achieve and to make a positive difference. For this reason she was awarded the ECIS Teacher of the Year Award in 2011-12. Both in and out of the classroom, Johanna has one of the biggest smiles on campus and no doubt will continue to enrich the lives of both staff and students at IBSB.

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Laura Hawkins (UK)
Art Teacher, Head of Creative Arts

BA (Hons), Photography (Trinity Saint David University); BTEC Foundation, Art and Design (Glamorgan University); PGCE; TEFL

Laura is our latest arrival to the IBSB Secondary School Art Department. Arriving to us from Bristol in the UK, where she was teaching art across the full age range and photography at A-level, Laura says she is excited to be relocating to Bucharest to teach at IBSB. She completed a foundation diploma in art and design and then a BA hons in Photography at University of Wales – Trinity St David’s. Laura loves to visit galleries, reading, ceramics, listening to music, photography, travelling and languages. Laura is originally from Wales and is bilingual in both Welsh and English. Before completing her teacher training, Laura taught in the North of Spain for a year and then in Barcelona for her second year, picking up some Spanish language along the way. Laura believes that art inspires ideas, encourages creative thinking, and offers insight into an ever-growing, exciting industry.

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Lea Cohen (RO)
Marketing and Office Manager

BA in Marketing with specialisation in Advertising and Promotion from PACE University,  New York University,  New York

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Lee Hawkins (UK)
Primary Teacher in Year 5, Key Stage 2 Coordinator

BA (Honours) in Primary Education (Northumbria University, UK); QTS

Lee was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England and has been a qualified Primary Teacher since graduating from Northumbria University in 2012. He is excited to join IBSB this year, having previously taught in the UK and, most recently, the Middle East. Lee joins us as a Year 5 Teacher and Key Stage 2 Coordinator and as such, is a core member of the Primary Middle Leadership Team. Outside of school, Lee is extremely passionate about football, whether it be playing, watching, or even just talking about it and his favourite team is Newcastle United, obviously. He also loves visiting new places and can’t wait to start exploring Romania!

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Lorena Diculescu (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Early Years

MA, Universal Literature (University of Bucharest); BA, Philology, Romanian-English (University of Bucharest); PGCE

Lorena joined IBSB in 2013 as the teaching assistant for EYFS, having worked as an English teacher for 2 years in public schools and 1 year in an international school. She has a double degree in Romanian and English from the University of Bucharest, with a MA in Universal Literature. She has practical work experience, with seven years experience as an assistant manager of BCR, but says she enjoys working with children much more, leaving banking to return to teaching. When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.

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Loredana Iliescu (RO)
Science Teacher, Form Tutor

Bachelor in Mathematics and Physics (Transilvania University, Romania); Teaching Certificate (teacher gr.1 - University of Bucharest)

Loredana, was a mathematics and physics teacher at IBSB from 2005-7, and having taught at a number other international schools over the past eight years, including three years at an international school abroad, she returned to IBSB for her second term in 2014. With eleven years teaching experience, teaching both the English National Curriculum and the IB Programme, Loredana has much to offer our students, and will no doubt put her knowledge and skills to good use in taking on the responsibility of teaching both IGCSE and A Level Physics, including A Level Mechanics. When not in school teaching her students, Loredana is most likely to be found spending time with her family, and where possible travelling as she enjoys visiting other countries and meeting new people.

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Lucretia Gabroveanu (RO)
German Teacher, Art Coordinator

Postgraduate studies in Intercultural Communication and Professional Translation (Japanese and Romanian) - Bucharest; Bachelor Degree in Foreign Languages (German and English) - the University of Bucharest; Training in Education Certificate (Japanese) - Dimitrie Cantemir University

Lucretia joined us this year as our new German teacher in Key Stage 2, but she also offers Japanese Language and culture for beginners as a club. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature – English and German and postgraduate studies in Intercultural Communication – Japanese major, Romanian minor. As part of her process of becoming a teacher, she completed her studies with the pedagogical modules, levels I and II. She also attended several foreign languages and education conferences and trainings to hone her language skills and she is another example of the high quality of linguistic teachers here at IBSB. Lucretia loves talking in German with her students, it is the best way to learn a language. She is a creative and ambitious person who wants to share her knowledge through attractive and creative methods. Her hobbies are: fashion, playing the guitar and reading psychology books.

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Luiza Stoica – Diaconovici (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Year 5, EAL Teacher

BA, English and Romanian (Petrol Gaze University, Romania)

Luiza joined the IBSB team almost nine years ago after eight years of teaching in other international and state schools. This year she is the Year 5T Assistant Teacher and the EAL teacher for Key Stage 2 in the Primary School. Luiza graduated with a joint degree in Romanian and English language. She enjoys working with children, having a genuine interest in helping not just the most talented but also the less inclined to achieve their full potential. She believes that the art of teaching lies is the art of assisting discovery. Luiza completed a Teaching Assistant NCFE qualification in 2013. Her hobbies include reading, travelling, exploring nature, learning about new cultures, roller-skating and listening to music. Luiza also loves animals, owning a playful dog.

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Madalina Soare (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Year 2, Key Stage 1 French Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, French and English Literature (“Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati); Teaching Certificate (“Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati)

Madalina joined our team in 2015, having graduated from the University of Galati with a degree in French and English Literature. Before deciding to return to Romania, Madalina had been working as a teacher in an international preschool in Poland. This year Madalina is the Assistant Teacher for Year 2 and also teaches French to Key Stage 1 children. She is one of the friendliest members of our community always happy to help. When not in school, Madalina loves travelling the world and enjoys reading and going to the cinema.

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Maria Orban (RO)
Primary School PE Teacher

BSc, in Sport and Motor Performance (National University of Physical Education and Sport, Romania ); MSc, in Physical Education – in progress (National University of Physical Education and Sport, Romania )

Maria Orban joins the IBSB PE Department as a former professional tennis player and member of the Romanian National Team for 8 years, with many national titles to her credit. She studied at the National University of Physical Education and Sport in Bucharest, focusing on athletics and coaching, whilst starting a career as a tennis coach at Champions Club teaching children of various ages, but focusing mainly on 6-10 year old children. Having completed a Bachelor degree in motor performance, she is now ready to move into her first full-time teaching position, whilst continuing to study for her Master’s degree at UNEFS, specialising in physical education in school.

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Marius Bogdan (RO)
IT Director

Marius first joined IBSB in 2003 and after a period away returned as IT Director. He is responsible for the management, strategy and execution of IT infrastructure for the organization. Marius also oversees technical projects in alignment with organizational goals, supervising IT team, while working closely with management, external vendors and advisors.
In his free time, Marius enjoys spending time with friends, watching 4D movies at the cinema and bike riding.

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Michelle Gourley (New Zealand)
Head of English

BA Hons (First Class) English, Classical Studies (University of Canterbury, New Zealand); MA (Distinction), English (University of Canterbury, New Zealand); Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Christchurch College of Education, New Zealand)

Michelle joins IBSB  as the new Head of English, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a number of years teaching, both in New Zealand and internationally, in the Middle East, Europe, and South America. Originally from New Zealand, where she trained and first taught, Michelle joined the mass kiwi migration west in search of an international life of adventure. Above all else, Michelle says she looks forward to sharing her love of the English language and literature with her students, inspiring the next generation of would be writers. Outside of school, Michelle has a passion for travel and new cultures, and in her down time can be found doing typical English teacher things, like reading and correcting people’s grammar.

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Mihaela Senzaconi (RO)
Head of Science, Biology Teacher, Eco Committee Coordinator, Student Mentor

Bachelor of Biology (University of Bucharest); Teaching Certificate - Biology (University of Bucharest)

Mihaela has been teaching Biology for 14 years (most of which she has spent in IBSB). She graduated from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology, with a degree in Genetics, which she still finds fascinating. Her aim is to inspire her students with the same passion she has for the subject from their first year in the senior school until they graduate, and her students‘ grades show that she is certainly achieving her aim. She is also the Head of Science, overseeing admissions tests for science, and is an active supporter and volunteer in our schools Community Action Service programme. She is a chair of the Environment Committee, working at improving the quality of our schools ecological background and increasing awareness and understanding of global issues, and can usually be found in the science rooms offering students extra help in her free periods.

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Mihaela Vlad (RO)
Financial Support

MA, Programs and Investment Management (National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest); Project Manager (National Certification Authority); Train the Trainers (National Certification Authority)

Mihaela joined IBSB in 2019 as a member of the school office administration team, providing support within the finance department. With more than eleven years professional experience in reporting, analysis, operations, and planning, Mihaela is able to add value to the admin team in a variety of ways. She describes herself as a sociable, proactive, and hardworking person with a passion for finance and a sincere desire to ensure we offer and excellent standard of customer service to our families and community partners. In her free time, Mihaela enjoys travelling, watching movies, and art.

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Nicoleta Micu (RO)
School Nurse
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Oana Marcu (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Year 4, EAL Teacher, Head of Teaching Assistants, Middle Leadership Team

Bachelor of Arts, French and English (University of Craiova, Romania); QCF Teaching Assistant level 3 (Stonebridge)

Oana is the Year 4M Assistant Teacher and an excellent EAL teacher for the Primary School with very impressive results in her department. She is also an important member of the Middle Leadership Team. She graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, and has been teaching for the past 17 years in both Romanian and international schools with students of different ages. Oana is an enthusiastic and self-motivated teacher who enjoys working with children and says she couldn’t imagine herself doing anything else. Having completed her Teaching Assistant NCFE qualification in 2013, she is now involved in developing the knowledge and skills of her colleagues through regular CPD sessions. Away from school, her hobbies include travelling, reading, and cooking.

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Orla O’Dwyer (Ireland)
Primary Teacher in Year 2, Pastoral Leader, Middle Leadership Team

BA, Irish and Geography (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland), BEd (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland), Cert. Special Educational Needs

This is Orla’s 7th year at IBSB, and her first teaching position abroad, having taught in Ireland for six years before arriving at IBSB in September 2012. This year she will teach in Year 2. She has a degree in Irish and Geography, a degree in Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, as well as a certificate in Special Educational Needs. She has taught in a number of situations, including Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, and Special Needs Schools. This year she is the PSHE Coordinator, as well as the Charity links coordinator within the primary school and an important member of the Middle Leadership Team. Her interests include sports, especially the Irish native sport of hurling, which she is hoping to share with the students here at IBSB in the hope that it will become a new national sport. She also enjoys reading, travelling, and collecting stamps from around the world!

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Paul Georgescu (RO)
Physical Education Teacher

Master in Physical Education, Special needs Physical Education (National Academy of Physical Education and Sport); Bachelor in Physical Education and Sport (Kinetotherapy and Sport from the National Sport Academy); Postgraduate Certificate in physical preparation (National Academy of Physical Education and Sport - Bucharest)

Paul has been at IBSB since the school opened and as such is one of the school’s founding staff. He is responsible for implementing all aspects of the Primary School P.E. Programme, including the after school swimming club. He is a qualified water polo coach and a physical fitness coach, and was himself a professional water polo player, having won the Romanian Championship twice and the Romanian Cup once with the Steaua Bucharest Water Polo Team. Presently he is a first class water polo referee and has started coaching the IBSB Water Polo Team. He has also organised the first interschool triathlon and again competes in this sport himself on a regular basis and is a national champion in the team relay. If this was not enough, Paul is also the Romanian record holder for the fastest time to swim the English Channel and is now pursuing his dream to complete the open water endurance swim challenge, starting in America next year. Outside school Paul is a busy father of two and when not playing with his children uses most of his time to train and as such is a great role model for any students hoping to pursue a life in sport.

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Peter Ennion (UK)
English Teacher, Upper Primary School Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator, Middle Leadership Team

BA, First Class Hons English Language and Literature (University of Liverpool, UK); PGCE (Liverpool Hope University, UK)

This is Peter’s thirteenth year teaching at IBSB. Peter hails from Wirral (just outside Liverpool) and he completed a degree in English Language and Literature before completing his PGCE and moving to Romania to teach at IBSB. After spending twelve years as a core member of the Primary School team, he has now moved across to our Secondary School for a new challenge. Peter will be teaching English in Key Stages 3 and 4 and is looking to promote literacy-related events and enjoyment of all aspects of the subject. Over the years, Peter has picked up enough Romanian language skills to survive in Bucharest and has travelled all over the country he now considers home.

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Philip Orme (UK)
Drama and English Teacher

BA (Hons) Drama (University of Sunderland); PGCE in Secondary Drama (University of Middlesex, London); FA Level 1 in Football Coaching (Northumberland FA)

Philip joins IBSB this year having taught abroad in Thailand for four years and for four years in England prior to that. Originally from Sunderland, having attended school in Essex, he returned to attend Sunderland University where he specialised in Drama for his BA. Outside of school, Philip’s interests include playing and watching football and visiting the theatre, two things he is hoping to offer as extra curricular activities in school.

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Robin Morrison (Scotland)
Primary Teacher in Year 6, Science Coordinator

BA (Hons) Environmental Studies (University of Lincoln, UK); Diploma in Nursing (Nottingham University); PGCE in Primary Teaching

This is now Rab’s second time teaching at IBSB as he was with us 6 years ago and he says he is glad to be back. Rab is from Glasgow in Scotland and taught in many schools there before moving over to Romania to teach internationally. Rab has a passion for Science and Magic and has used his skills to entertain and teach children, introducing the successful Science Week to the Primary School programme. Away from school, Rab is a keen climber and mountain biker and has recently started growing fruit in his new orchard down near Giurgiu.

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Rodica Ursu (RO)
German Teacher, Form Tutor, Student Mentor

Pedagogy Bachelor, German and English (University of Bucharest); Master in English Literary Translation (University of Bucharest)

Rodica returns to us this year from maternity leave to work as a German teacher full-time, working with our A Level and IGCSE students. She is a graduate of English and German from the Bucharest Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature and has a Master’s Degree in the English Translation of Literary Texts. This is Rodica’s ninth year at IBSB. She describes herself as a quiet but determined person who loves to travel and to engage herself in new, exciting life experiences.

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Roxana Anghel (RO)
Head of School PA & Office Admin Support

BA, Faculty of Foreign Languages, English-French (Spiru Haret University, Romania), Level 1 Teaching Certificate (Spiru Haret University, Romania)

Roxana joined IBSB in October 2017 as a member of the office administration team, assisting the Head of School in the day to day running of the school, providing logistical support in a number of key areas, including community liaisons and interschool relations and events. Roxana also plays an important role in supervising the activities of the 6th form students, ensuring school policies and procedures are followed in accordance.Roxana says that she really enjoys working in a school, because she finds it a warm and cheerful environment with the presence of the children, who always bring a smile to her face and a feeling of joy to her day. Outside school, Roxana enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, reading, travelling, and discovering child friendly locations in Bucharest.

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Sarah Dowling (UK)
Mathematics Teacher

BSc (1st Class Hons), Mathematics and Management Studies (University of Manchester); PGCE (University of Chester); QTS

Sarah joins us from Malaysia where she worked as Head of Mathematics in an International School for the past four years. Sarah hails from North Wales and during her teaching career has worked in schools in the UK and the Seychelles. She is a form tutor and Award Leader for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Programme. Before discovering her passion for teaching, Sarah worked and travelled extensively, including a period working for TomTom in Amsterdam. Outside school, Sarah is a keen hiker, enjoys a good book, and hopes to improve her snowboarding skills this winter.

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Simon Astbury (UK)
Geography & Humanities Teacher

BSc, Geography (Plymouth University); PGCE (University of Gloucestershire)

Simon arrives to us directly, from Bristol in the UK, where he was teaching geography, humanities, and economics. He completed his degree at Plymouth University in geography and his teacher training in Cheltenham. Simon says he loves teaching geography as it teaches students all about the world around them and how to interpret the human and physical connections in our environment. As a geographer, Simon is very excited to arrive in Romania to experience all it has to offer, such as the mountains and the lower course of the Danube, as well as the developing economy in Bucharest. Outside of teaching, he enjoys playing football, currently playing for two 5-a-side teams, reading, and socialising. Simon says he is excited to watch football in Bucharest, but is still undecided which team he will support. In his summers during university, he worked at a summer camp in the USA teaching sailing, so is hoping to be able to continue this past time in the warmer months! Simon is also looking forward to experiencing the pleasures of skiing in Romania.

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Ana Maria Dobre (RO)
Student Counsellor, SENCO Coordinator, & DSL

BA, Psychology (Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu); Specialist Clinical Psychologist and Independent Psychotherapist; trained in Psychodrama by Asociatia Romana de Psihodrama Clasica; trained in Cognitive-Behavioural therapy and clinical hypnosis by AHPCC; trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis by ATCA

Ana Maria joined IBSB in 2019 as a whole school student counsellor and core member of the student support team, coordinating SEND support across the school. She is also the Whole School Designated Child Safeguarding Lead (DSL), and as such will clearly be playing a key role in maintaining student wellbeing, working closely with the pastoral care team to support our students both emotionally and academically. After volunteering for the Psychiatry Hospital for 2 years and being a clinical psychologist for an NGO sheltering children and mothers victims of domestic abuse for 3 years in Sibiu, Ana decided to move to Bucharest. Seven years ago she started working with children with special needs. Before opening her private practice, she also began working with neuro-typical children and adolescents. For the past 3 years, she has been working with children and adolescents in school settings and collaborates with HelpAutism doing home-based therapy. When she isn’t at work, Ana Maria enjoys reading, painting, and horseback riding.

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Irina Ruse (RO)
Reception Teacher

BA, English and French (University of Pitesti); MA, Linguistics (University of Bucharest, Romania); PGCE

Irina is our Reception Teacher in the Primary School, having joined IBSB in 2010. She has a double degree in English and French from the University of Foreign Languages and Literature, with a MA in Linguistics. Irina believes that IBSB is the place where children feel safe, secure and above all feel like they are in a family environment. The curiosity, enthusiasm and humour of young children is a constant motivation and inspiration for her teaching. Irina has one of the biggest smiles on campus and as such brightens up the day of those around her. Away from school, Irina likes spending time with her family and friends and also enjoys reading.

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Lorena Diculescu (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Early Years

MA, Universal Literature (University of Bucharest); BA, Philology, Romanian-English (University of Bucharest); PGCE

Lorena joined IBSB in 2013 as the teaching assistant for EYFS, having worked as an English teacher for 2 years in public schools and 1 year in an international school. She has a double degree in Romanian and English from the University of Bucharest, with a MA in Universal Literature. She has practical work experience, with seven years experience as an assistant manager of BCR, but says she enjoys working with children much more, leaving banking to return to teaching. When not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.

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Alan Cornish (UK)
Head of Primary

BA (Hons), Economics (University of Northumbria, UK); MA, Information Technology (University of Huddersfield, UK); PGCE (Leeds University, UK); NQT Mentor

Alan originally joined IBSB in 2007, and is the current Head of the Primary School. He is an experienced teacher from the UK, in his 20th year of teaching, having previously taught in Essex, near London, where he was deputy head at a school that was failing when he joined and was considered to be good by Ofsted standards when he left four years later. In 2014, Alan returned to England with his young family, but missing Romania and IBSB, returned in 2015 with a new zest for life and a clear vision for the future direction of the Primary School, built on trust and a desire to create a happy and purposeful learning environment. Alan has a passion for travelling, originally coming to Romania to experience a new culture and to explore Eastern Europe, he enjoys skiing and time in the mountains, swimming and reading bedtime stories to his children.

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Alexandra Ivascu (RO)
Head of MFL, Spanish Teacher, Assistant Teacher in Year 5

BA, Modern Languages Applied, English/Spanish (University of Bucharest, Romania); Teaching Certificate (University of Bucharest, Romania)

Alexandra joined our team in 2018 as a Primary School Spanish Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She graduated from the University of Bucharest (English-major and Spanish-minor) in 2010 and since then has been working as a devoted and passionate teacher. She says she especially loves working with the younger children because she enjoys sharing the innocent way they perceive the world, full of hope and dreams for the future, as well as courage and determination. Alexandra also says she is herself a child at heart, which helps her create special bonds with each of her students to best help her students develop the necessary strategies and skills needed to be the very best they can be and to live a life full of meaning and purpose. Alexandra has already shown what a positive impact she has on her students, and now in her role as Head of MFL in Primary, she has the opportunity to extend her support and encouragement to all learners of language at IBSB. In her spare time she loves reading, spending time in nature, travelling, doing yoga, and ice-bathing.

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Alina Caldes Radu (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Year 3, Key Stage 1 German Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, English and German (Spiru Haret University, Romania); QCF Teaching Assistant level 3; Teaching Certificate ("Spiru Haret" University)

Alina is always a happy and smiling face around IBSB and has made a home for herself here. She is our TA for Year 3O and also the KS1 German Teacher. She studied foreign languages in University and has a passion for teaching in the MFL department. She has also taught French at IBSB. Alina has just returned to work after her 2 year maternity leave and is enjoying life as a busy new mum. She really loves children and takes time to get to know her students well. In her spare time she enjoys reading and visiting with friends and family. Alina has been at IBSB for 7 years and is a helpful and dedicated member of the team. She is looking forward to another great year and to working with colleagues and students both old and new!

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Alison Tansley (UK)
Primary Teacher in Year 5

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (International) (PGCEi) – The University of Nottingham; BScEcon Sociology (Honours) – The; University of Wales, College of Cardiff; Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management – Kingston University; Higher Diploma in Career Skills – Oxford Media and Business School

Alison is from London, her father was in the British Army so she attended boarding school in Sussex, England from the age of 9-18 and lived abroad in a variety of countries (Brunei, Germany, Cyprus). She met her husband at University and has lived and worked abroad in Cyprus (again!) and the UAE.
Her previous career experience is in the field of Human Resources, Recruitment and Administration and she started working in education in 2013, because she feels the education sector is a challenging, rewarding and inspiring area in which to work. Imparting knowledge and helping to teach new skills is incredibly important and fulfilling. Alison has three children who attend the IBSB Secondary School. In her free time she likes travelling, experiencing new cultures, learning new languages and her whole family love animals.

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Aliviana Sanders (USA)
Primary Teacher in Year 4

BA in Creative Writing (University of Southern California, USA);Master of Arts in Education (University of Southern California, USA)

Aliviana joined IBSB in 2019, having taught at British schools in Kuwait over the past seven years. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and studied Creative Writing and Education at the University of Southern California. She believes that the most effective manner of teaching is to inspire a passion for learning in her pupils, and is excited to begin a new year of teaching and learning in Bucharest. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, exploring new places, reading, and watching films. She is therefore thrilled to have a brand new city to explore and would love to receive tips on hidden gems around Bucharest and great places to visit during the weekends and school breaks!

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Ana Maria Boiangiu (RO)
Head of Romanian, Romanian Teacher (Key Stages 1&2)

Master in Literature Theory (University of Bucharest, Romania); Bachelor of Arts, English and French (University of Bucharest, Romania); Teaching Certificate (University of Bucharest)

Ana Maria takes departmental responsibility for the teaching of Romanian Language and Literature throughout the Primary School. Originally from Slobozia and graduating Bucharest University, Ana Maria has been with IBSB since 2007 and compliments our impressive band of linguists and is an exceptional teacher. She can be relied upon to get the children and staff up to perform a hora at school events; she is passionate about Romanian culture. A specialist in Romanian with French, with a Masters Degree in Theory of Literature, she has seventeen years teaching experience, and has published three literature school books. An endless well of knowledge and energy, Ana adds to life on campus in many ways beyond just the classroom.

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Ana Maria Dobre (RO)
Student Counsellor, SENCO Coordinator, & DSL

BA, Psychology (Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu); Specialist Clinical Psychologist and Independent Psychotherapist; trained in Psychodrama by Asociatia Romana de Psihodrama Clasica; trained in Cognitive-Behavioural therapy and clinical hypnosis by AHPCC; trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis by ATCA

Ana Maria joined IBSB in 2019 as a whole school student counsellor and core member of the student support team, coordinating SEND support across the school. She is also the Whole School Designated Child Safeguarding Lead (DSL), and as such will clearly be playing a key role in maintaining student wellbeing, working closely with the pastoral care team to support our students both emotionally and academically. After volunteering for the Psychiatry Hospital for 2 years and being a clinical psychologist for an NGO sheltering children and mothers victims of domestic abuse for 3 years in Sibiu, Ana decided to move to Bucharest. Seven years ago she started working with children with special needs. Before opening her private practice, she also began working with neuro-typical children and adolescents. For the past 3 years, she has been working with children and adolescents in school settings and collaborates with HelpAutism doing home-based therapy. When she isn’t at work, Ana Maria enjoys reading, painting, and horseback riding.

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Andreea Cazacu (RO)
Year 6M TA, Romanian Non-native Teacher, Head Teaching Assistant, Middle Leadership Team

BA, Accounting and Management Information Systems (ASE, Bucharest); MA, Audit and Counselling - in progress (ASE, Bucharest); PGCE

Andreea Cazacu, or Adi as friends call her, joined IBSB in 2010. She has a bachelor degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from The Bucharest University of Economic Studies (ASE) and attended the Financial Audit and Counselling master programme until she decided she likes better working with children more than with numbers. Mathematics, however, remains a passion which explains why she enjoys running maths clubs and helping to organise the Maths Kangaroo Competition in the Primary School. Andreea says she is looking forward to facing the challenges of a new academic year, because life is always interesting when working with children. Outside school, Adi loves to have fun with her family and friends. She also likes watching films, reading and dancing, but since she became a mother she says these things happen a little less often.

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Angharad Morgan (Wales)
Primary Teacher in Year 1, Computing Coordinator

BA, Welsh (Cardiff University, Wales), PGCE (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

This is Angharad’s 3rd year at IBSB, and her first teaching position abroad, having taught in Wales for two years before arriving at IBSB in August, 2016. This year she will teach Year 1, having taught Year 4 for the past two years. She has a degree in Welsh from Cardiff University and a PGCE from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Her interests include music, and coming from Wales there is a strong tradition of choirs and dance- something she has been sharing with the students here at IBSB as she directed the Winter Show last year. She also enjoys travelling and taking part in adventurous sports.

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Daniela Momirleanu (RO)
French Teacher

BA, Foreign Languages (Major French, Minor English, University of Craiova); BA, English (Charles de Gaulle University, France); MA, Inter-cultural and Inter-religious Exchanges (Chair UNESCO, University of Bucharest)

Dana joins the IBSB as our most recent addition to the MFL team, as the KS2 & 3 French teacher. She brings with her more than 10 years’ experience teaching languages in international schools, including French, English, and Romanian. As a polyglot and lover of languages, Dana says she enjoys teaching all languages, but has a particular soft spot for teaching French. As a new teacher at IBSB, Dana also says that the first contact with students is extremely important, and as such she always makes an effort to greet her students with a big friendly smile, which the students soon look forward to each day. When not at school, Dana spends most of her free time playing with her two boys, which means she lives a very active life, but is also very well-positioned to understanding and supporting the needs of her students on a day to day basis.

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Efstratia Laiou (Greece)
EYFS, Primary and Secondary School Music Teacher

MA, Historical Musicology (Goldsmiths, University of London); BA & MA (Hons) with QTS, Musicology and Music Education (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki); MMus Solo (Hons), Piano (Sygxrono Conservatorium of Thessaloniki); Dip. Mus Higher Theoretical Studies (Hons), Harmory and Counterpoint (Sygxrono Conservatorium of Thessaloniki)

This is Evi’s 2nd year teaching at IBSB having taught previously in Greece, Germany, Brazil, and the UK in a variety of situations. Growing up in the small seaside town of Amfilohia in Greece (near the Ionian Islands), music has always been present in her life. With 24 years’ experience playing the piano, Evi is a wonderful example of a lifelong learner, as she continues her education following seminars in piano performance and music psychology from universities and music academies around the globe. She has spent a big part of her life travelling in order to experience culture and music in different settings and has been performing classical music as a solo pianist as well as in chamber music ensembles around the world. She says ‘Every year I learn something new about a different part of the world and with it more about myself as music surrounds us always in everyday life.’ Evi enjoys sharing her passion for music through teaching practical skills, such as playing piano, singing, and writing music, while integrating all aspects of music and other art forms. Outside of teaching, her interests include dancing, specifically ballet, and she likes to swim, watch films, and spend time in nature.

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Elena Stefan (RO)
Spanish and Romanian Teacher, Assistant Teacher in Year 4

Bachelor of Arts, English and Spanish (Spiru Haret University, Romania)
Teaching Certificate (University of Bucharest, Romania).

Elena enjoyed working over 10 years as a translator with two international companies but also as a freelancer. She loved so much what she was doing and it seemed that nothing and nobody could make me change my direction about my job. Until one day when her daughter inspired her to get into teaching, so she completed her studies with the pedagogical modules at University of Bucharest and there her pedagogical skills were confirmed.

Since that time she has been teaching English in public high schools, private kindergartens and afterschools. In 2018 she joined IBSB team and she is happy to be part of our family because her work means a lot for her, it is often a great source of joy and satisfaction and everytime when she looks into her students’ eyes she realizes that here is her universe.

In her spare time, she loves spending time with her friends, watching movies, reading spiritual books and meditating.

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Emilia Cucu (RO)
Teaching Assistant, Student Support

BA, Psychology at (Titu Maoirescu University, Bucharest); MA, School Counselling (Titu Maiorescu, Bucharest); Teaching Certificate (Titu Maoirescu University, Bucharest)

Emilia joined IBSB in 2018 as an energetic teacher with plenty of experience in primary years, including six years in a number of other international school. She says she has a great passion for her work and wants to help children develop the necessary skills to guide them further in life. She believes that every child is unique and promotes positive educational techniques. She is confidant, and warm, bringing a sense of calmness to the classroom. In her spare time, she likes to write stories for children, from which they can learn new and good things, to read and plays the drums.

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Geoff Old (UK)
Year 3 Teacher

BSc (Honours), Marketing and Management Sciences (University of Lancaster); PG Certificate in Management (Nottingham Trent University); PGCE, Primary mathematics specialism (Edge Hill University)

Geoff hails from Manchester and enters his second year of teaching here at IBSB, having previously spent four years teaching in years three and four in England. He qualified as a primary maths specialist in 2014, retraining following a twenty year management career in the leisure industry. Geoff has four adult children and, when not at school, enjoys listening to music, watching films and going to the cinema, walking, and performing as a DJ!

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Irina Ranete (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Year 3

BA, Economics (Hyperion University, Bucharest); Reintegration Teacher Certificate (National Association for Children and Adults with Autism in Romania, Bucharest); Recovery Therapist through Arts Certificate ( PECA Association - Psychology, Education, Culture and Arts, Constanta)

Irina Ranete joins IBSB as the Year 3 Teaching Assistant. She has a Bachelor Degree in Economics, working initially as an accountant post-graduation, before making the transition to working with children in education, which she says matched her passions and lifestyle much better, making every day an incredible adventure shared with her students and colleagues. Her great passion, in addition to teaching, is art, including painting, drawing, and creating handmade objects. Irina also enjoys participating in a variety of sports and traveling.

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Jack Oldham (UK)
Primary Teacher in Year 3, Maths Coordinator

BA (Honours) Primary Education with QTS, (Sheffield Hallam University)

Jack joined IBSB in 2017, having taught in the UK for four years and at an International School in Iasi for a year. He was born and raised in rural Yorkshire, England, and attended Sheffield Hallam University where he earned a degree in Primary Education..
Outside of school, Jack is a keen cricketer and is hoping to instill this passion into our school during extra-curricular sessions. He also has a passion for travelling and is looking forward to exploring the beautiful landscapes that Romania has to offer.

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Lee Hawkins (UK)
Primary Teacher in Year 5, Key Stage 2 Coordinator

BA (Honours) in Primary Education (Northumbria University, UK); QTS

Lee was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England and has been a qualified Primary Teacher since graduating from Northumbria University in 2012. He is excited to join IBSB this year, having previously taught in the UK and, most recently, the Middle East. Lee joins us as a Year 5 Teacher and Key Stage 2 Coordinator and as such, is a core member of the Primary Middle Leadership Team. Outside of school, Lee is extremely passionate about football, whether it be playing, watching, or even just talking about it and his favourite team is Newcastle United, obviously. He also loves visiting new places and can’t wait to start exploring Romania!

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Lucretia Gabroveanu (RO)
German Teacher, Art Coordinator

Postgraduate studies in Intercultural Communication and Professional Translation (Japanese and Romanian) - Bucharest; Bachelor Degree in Foreign Languages (German and English) - the University of Bucharest; Training in Education Certificate (Japanese) - Dimitrie Cantemir University

Lucretia joined us this year as our new German teacher in Key Stage 2, but she also offers Japanese Language and culture for beginners as a club. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature – English and German and postgraduate studies in Intercultural Communication – Japanese major, Romanian minor. As part of her process of becoming a teacher, she completed her studies with the pedagogical modules, levels I and II. She also attended several foreign languages and education conferences and trainings to hone her language skills and she is another example of the high quality of linguistic teachers here at IBSB. Lucretia loves talking in German with her students, it is the best way to learn a language. She is a creative and ambitious person who wants to share her knowledge through attractive and creative methods. Her hobbies are: fashion, playing the guitar and reading psychology books.

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Luiza Stoica – Diaconovici (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Year 5, EAL Teacher

BA, English and Romanian (Petrol Gaze University, Romania)

Luiza joined the IBSB team almost nine years ago after eight years of teaching in other international and state schools. This year she is the Year 5T Assistant Teacher and the EAL teacher for Key Stage 2 in the Primary School. Luiza graduated with a joint degree in Romanian and English language. She enjoys working with children, having a genuine interest in helping not just the most talented but also the less inclined to achieve their full potential. She believes that the art of teaching lies is the art of assisting discovery. Luiza completed a Teaching Assistant NCFE qualification in 2013. Her hobbies include reading, travelling, exploring nature, learning about new cultures, roller-skating and listening to music. Luiza also loves animals, owning a playful dog.

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Madalina Soare (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Year 2, Key Stage 1 French Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, French and English Literature (“Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati); Teaching Certificate (“Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati)

Madalina joined our team in 2015, having graduated from the University of Galati with a degree in French and English Literature. Before deciding to return to Romania, Madalina had been working as a teacher in an international preschool in Poland. This year Madalina is the Assistant Teacher for Year 2 and also teaches French to Key Stage 1 children. She is one of the friendliest members of our community always happy to help. When not in school, Madalina loves travelling the world and enjoys reading and going to the cinema.

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Maria Orban (RO)
Primary School PE Teacher

BSc, in Sport and Motor Performance (National University of Physical Education and Sport, Romania ); MSc, in Physical Education – in progress (National University of Physical Education and Sport, Romania )

Maria Orban joins the IBSB PE Department as a former professional tennis player and member of the Romanian National Team for 8 years, with many national titles to her credit. She studied at the National University of Physical Education and Sport in Bucharest, focusing on athletics and coaching, whilst starting a career as a tennis coach at Champions Club teaching children of various ages, but focusing mainly on 6-10 year old children. Having completed a Bachelor degree in motor performance, she is now ready to move into her first full-time teaching position, whilst continuing to study for her Master’s degree at UNEFS, specialising in physical education in school.

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Oana Marcu (RO)
Assistant Teacher in Year 4, EAL Teacher, Head of Teaching Assistants, Middle Leadership Team

Bachelor of Arts, French and English (University of Craiova, Romania); QCF Teaching Assistant level 3 (Stonebridge)

Oana is the Year 4M Assistant Teacher and an excellent EAL teacher for the Primary School with very impressive results in her department. She is also an important member of the Middle Leadership Team. She graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, and has been teaching for the past 17 years in both Romanian and international schools with students of different ages. Oana is an enthusiastic and self-motivated teacher who enjoys working with children and says she couldn’t imagine herself doing anything else. Having completed her Teaching Assistant NCFE qualification in 2013, she is now involved in developing the knowledge and skills of her colleagues through regular CPD sessions. Away from school, her hobbies include travelling, reading, and cooking.

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Orla O’Dwyer (Ireland)
Primary Teacher in Year 2, Pastoral Leader, Middle Leadership Team

BA, Irish and Geography (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland), BEd (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland), Cert. Special Educational Needs

This is Orla’s 7th year at IBSB, and her first teaching position abroad, having taught in Ireland for six years before arriving at IBSB in September 2012. This year she will teach in Year 2. She has a degree in Irish and Geography, a degree in Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, as well as a certificate in Special Educational Needs. She has taught in a number of situations, including Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, and Special Needs Schools. This year she is the PSHE Coordinator, as well as the Charity links coordinator within the primary school and an important member of the Middle Leadership Team. Her interests include sports, especially the Irish native sport of hurling, which she is hoping to share with the students here at IBSB in the hope that it will become a new national sport. She also enjoys reading, travelling, and collecting stamps from around the world!

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Paul Georgescu (RO)
Physical Education Teacher

Master in Physical Education, Special needs Physical Education (National Academy of Physical Education and Sport); Bachelor in Physical Education and Sport (Kinetotherapy and Sport from the National Sport Academy); Postgraduate Certificate in physical preparation (National Academy of Physical Education and Sport - Bucharest)

Paul has been at IBSB since the school opened and as such is one of the school’s founding staff. He is responsible for implementing all aspects of the Primary School P.E. Programme, including the after school swimming club. He is a qualified water polo coach and a physical fitness coach, and was himself a professional water polo player, having won the Romanian Championship twice and the Romanian Cup once with the Steaua Bucharest Water Polo Team. Presently he is a first class water polo referee and has started coaching the IBSB Water Polo Team. He has also organised the first interschool triathlon and again competes in this sport himself on a regular basis and is a national champion in the team relay. If this was not enough, Paul is also the Romanian record holder for the fastest time to swim the English Channel and is now pursuing his dream to complete the open water endurance swim challenge, starting in America next year. Outside school Paul is a busy father of two and when not playing with his children uses most of his time to train and as such is a great role model for any students hoping to pursue a life in sport.

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Peter Ennion (UK)
English Teacher, Upper Primary School Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator, Middle Leadership Team

BA, First Class Hons English Language and Literature (University of Liverpool, UK); PGCE (Liverpool Hope University, UK)

This is Peter’s thirteenth year teaching at IBSB. Peter hails from Wirral (just outside Liverpool) and he completed a degree in English Language and Literature before completing his PGCE and moving to Romania to teach at IBSB. After spending twelve years as a core member of the Primary School team, he has now moved across to our Secondary School for a new challenge. Peter will be teaching English in Key Stages 3 and 4 and is looking to promote literacy-related events and enjoyment of all aspects of the subject. Over the years, Peter has picked up enough Romanian language skills to survive in Bucharest and has travelled all over the country he now considers home.

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Robin Morrison (Scotland)
Primary Teacher in Year 6, Science Coordinator

BA (Hons) Environmental Studies (University of Lincoln, UK); Diploma in Nursing (Nottingham University); PGCE in Primary Teaching

This is now Rab’s second time teaching at IBSB as he was with us 6 years ago and he says he is glad to be back. Rab is from Glasgow in Scotland and taught in many schools there before moving over to Romania to teach internationally. Rab has a passion for Science and Magic and has used his skills to entertain and teach children, introducing the successful Science Week to the Primary School programme. Away from school, Rab is a keen climber and mountain biker and has recently started growing fruit in his new orchard down near Giurgiu.

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Kendall Peet (UK)
Head of School

BCA, Marketing and Management (Victoria University, New Zealand); BA, Economic History (Victoria University, New Zealand); PGDE (English) (Canterbury University, New Zealand); MA, Educational Leadership, in progress (University of Bath, UK); CELTA; DELTA

Kendall first joined IBSB in 2005 and after a period away returned as Head of School in 2011. He has taught in variety of situations including Primary Schools, High Schools, and at University Level, working as a teacher, senior teacher, Head of Department, Director, and Head of School. He graduated from Victoria University with a BCA in Marketing and Management and a BA in Economic History, before continuing on to study toward a Post Graduate Diploma in English at Canterbury University. He is currently completing an MA Educational Leadership at the University of Bath. As Head of School, Kendall is responsible for overseeing the day to day running of the school, ensuring that the school ethos and philosophy are imbued into every aspect of school life. He also teaches English and is a passionate advocate of debating and public speaking. Outside school, Kendall enjoys reading, swimming, running (occasionally), playing tennis, and trekking to far distant locations, such as Mt Everest, Mt Kilimanjaro, and Mt Kinabalu, located on the small island of Borneo.

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Matthew Tansley (UK)
Head of Secondary

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry with Medical Biochemistry (University of Wales, Cardiff); PGCE (University of Wales, Cardiff); ISI Team Inspector; COBIS Peer Accreditor; NQT Mentor.

Matthew joined IBSB in August 2017 as Head of the Secondary School. He is an experienced teacher of Science from the UK with 20 years’ experience in education. During this time, he has taught in a selective boys grammar school in London, a school for the children of British military personnel in Cyprus, and a comprehensive academy in Worcestershire in the UK, before moving overseas again to the UAE where he was Deputy Head Teacher in charge of the curriculum. Whilst in the UAE, Matt was part of the team that successfully obtained both BSO accreditation and full CIS accreditation for his school. Matt is also an ISI Team Inspector for BSO schools and a Peer Accreditor for COBIS. Matt enjoys travelling and has taken advantage of his time overseas to visit many different countries. He is also a massive Rugby fan and passionate supporter of Gloucester Rugby.

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Ana Maria Dobre (RO)
Student Counsellor, SENCO Coordinator, & DSL

BA, Psychology (Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu); Specialist Clinical Psychologist and Independent Psychotherapist; trained in Psychodrama by Asociatia Romana de Psihodrama Clasica; trained in Cognitive-Behavioural therapy and clinical hypnosis by AHPCC; trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis by ATCA

Ana Maria joined IBSB in 2019 as a whole school student counsellor and core member of the student support team, coordinating SEND support across the school. She is also the Whole School Designated Child Safeguarding Lead (DSL), and as such will clearly be playing a key role in maintaining student wellbeing, working closely with the pastoral care team to support our students both emotionally and academically. After volunteering for the Psychiatry Hospital for 2 years and being a clinical psychologist for an NGO sheltering children and mothers victims of domestic abuse for 3 years in Sibiu, Ana decided to move to Bucharest. Seven years ago she started working with children with special needs. Before opening her private practice, she also began working with neuro-typical children and adolescents. For the past 3 years, she has been working with children and adolescents in school settings and collaborates with HelpAutism doing home-based therapy. When she isn’t at work, Ana Maria enjoys reading, painting, and horseback riding.

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Anthony Varden (UK)
Science Teacher

BSc (Hons), Biology (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK); PGCE (Liverpool Hope University, UK); QTS

Anthony joins IBSB having spent the last two years teaching science in the UK. He graduated with a degree in Biology after studying in both Liverpool and Manchester, before returning to Liverpool to complete a PGCE in Secondary Science. Outside of school, Anthony enjoys travelling and is intent on visiting every European capital city before he reaches 30. He is a keen reader of both fiction and non-fiction and always welcomes a good recommendation.

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Aurora Stroescu Nitu (RO)
Spanish Teacher, Form Tutor, CAS Leader

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish and Romanian (University of Bucharest, Romania)

Aurora is a key member our Modern Languages Department, with responsibility for the delivery of the Spanish curriculum for KS4 and KS5. Following graduation from the University of Bucharest, Aurora taught in the Romanian system for more than twenty years before eventually joining our team in 2010, and since this time has consistently supported her students to achieve outstanding results in both IGCSE and A Level exams. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Aurora is also an Assistant Form Tutor for 9V and is a staff member working with our sixth form student in the CAS Programme. Aurora says she enjoys her work at IBSB as she loves teaching the language of Cervantes, taking every opportunity to share her passion for Spanish culture.

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Dr. Blessy Savu (India)
Economics & Business Studies Teacher, Key Stage 5 Coordinator, Form Tutor

PhD (Academy of Economic Studies, Romania); MA (University of Guelph, Canada), BA (Trent University, Canada); Romanian Post-Graduate course in Education

As the daughter of diplomatic parents, Blessy grew up travelling the world and attending international schools before coming to Romania, so she is well-placed to relate to our students and challenges they face. She says that moving from the standard private Indian schools to an international school was quite the exhilarating experience- with Model United Nations, speeches, drama, inter-cultural events and so many other activities that the regular private schools did not offer. In addition to teaching economics and business studies, Blessy will also run the Debate Club, and will be involved in supporting university applications and student mentoring. Believing in the potential of all students and maintaining the view that success is more about hard work than ability, Blessy will continue to play a key role in supporting and guiding our students as they work toward achieving their dreams.

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Bohdan Pantella (UK)
Key Stage 2-4 Computer Science and ICT Teacher, Key Stage 4 Coordinator

Bachelor of Science (Hons) Business Information Technology Management (Manchester Metropolitan University); PGCE Information Communication Technology (St Martin’s College Lancaster).

Originally from Manchester in the UK, Bohdan has been teaching for over fifteen years, both in the UK and internationally for the past twelve years. His first five years teaching internationally were in Bucharest, which he says he enjoyed tremendously. He then moved on with a desire to see more of the world, working in a number of countries within the Middle East and Asian regions, before eventually returning to Romania in 2017. His main passion is teaching ICT and Computer Science, sharing his knowledge and experience with his students. Being from Manchester, his other passion is football. You’ll have to guess which football team he supports. He is also an avid motorbike rider and programmer. When not at school, Bohdan spends most his free time with his wife and beagle, and enjoys working on DIY projects around the home.

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Ciprian Iacob (RO)
Physical Education Teacher

Master in Physical Education & Sport (University of Bacau, Romania); Bachelor in Physical Education (National Academy of Physical Education and Sport, Romania)

Ciprian is our Secondary School Physical Education Teacher, and one of our longest serving staff members, having joined the school close to its official opening in 2000. He is a teacher who has over the years played an important role in the lives of the students who have passed through this school. He is a specialist swimming coach, Judo coach, and alpine ski coach, with success achieved in national competitions. In addition to running PE lessons, the after school swimming club and football club, Ciprian also organises and coordinates a number of interschool sports events. When not teaching, he can usually be found working on his training programme or enjoying conversation with the students, and is one of our more popular staff members on campus.

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Cristina Marascu (RO)
Head of Mathematics, Mathematics Teacher, Student Mentor, Kangaroo Competition Coordinator

Master in Business Administration (University from Craiova, Romania); Bachelor in Mathematics and ICT (University of the West, Romania)

Cristina is a good example of a lifelong learner, having graduated from the University of Timisoara, Faculty of Mathematics with a degree in Mathematics and ICT, before continuing on to complete an MBA whilst working at IBSB. She has also completed a course in International Hospitality Tourism Leadership and during the summer break works in Greece as a tour guide. She joined the school in 2004 and is a teacher that has the ability to get the best out her students. She is a Form Tutor, the Secondary School Clubs Coordinator, and in 2014 was promoted to Head of Department, which will certainly keep her busy. She says her passion in life is travelling, and so most school breaks she is off somewhere enjoying other cultures, making friends wherever she goes.

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Dr. Daniela Baitan (RO)
Science Teacher, Form Tutor

BSc in Chemical Engineering (Technical University of Iasi, Romania); MSc in Natural Sciences (University of Poitiers, France); MSc in Civil (Soil) Engineering (University of Aveiro, Portugal); PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of Hamburg, Germany)

Originating from northern Romania, Daniela completed her Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering, specializing in organic chemistry, before receiving a two year Erasmus Mundus Master’s Scholarship in Natural Sciences to study in France, Portugal, and Canada. In 2015, Daniela was awarded the Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship, allowing her to complete a PhD. in collaboration with the University of Hamburg, working with research groups from the University of Basel, University of Gothenburg, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Strasbourg, and many other world renowned research institutions. In her free time, Daniela is very much an outdoor person, enjoying practicing yoga, hiking, spending time in nature, and travelling, which has she says has enabled her to explore her interest in other country’s traditions and cultures.

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Dr. Darren Laffar (UK)
Mathematics Teacher

BSc (1st Class Hons), Mathematics (University of Sheffield); PhD, Mathematics (University of Glasgow); QTS

Darren joins us from Leicestershire, England, where he worked as a Lead Practitioner for Mathematics and an Assistant Head of Mathematics. Before then, Darren worked at an International school in Rome. Mathematics has always been a huge part of Darren’s life and career, where after obtaining a first class degree at Sheffield University, he went on to do research at Glasgow University on Differential Geometry. It was during this period that Darren caught the “teaching bug” and went on to become a successful teacher in the UK for over 13 years. Outside of teaching, Darren is a huge football fan (and a follower of Leicester City) and plays as a 5/6 a-side goalkeeper. He also enjoys playing pool, keeping physically fit through a variety of means (anything from Yoga to HIIT training), and enjoys time with his lovely wife and new baby daughter.

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David Cooper (UK)
Computing/Computer Science Teacher

BSC(hons) Management and Publishing (Oxford Brookes University, UK); AMBCS British Computing Society, PGCE Secondary Teaching (Roehampton University), QTS, ATPL civil aviation authority

This is David’s 1st year at IBSB and his third overseas position, having taught for 13 years in total. David will be teaching Computer Science and has extensive background and qualifications in information technology and programming. He has taught in a number of situations, including non-selective and high performance comprehensive schools and latterly an independent boarding school in the UK ranked 4th nationally. He has travelled to Bucharest from Stockholm, with his wife (a qualified primary teacher) and two children. His interests include sailing, flying, diving, and programming and he looks forward to helping the students at IBSB to progress in their computer science education.

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Diana Lia (RO)
Head of MFL, French Teacher, Student Mentor

Master in Francophone Cultural Studies, University of Bucharest, (University of Bucharest, Romania); Bachelor of Arts, French and English (University of Bucharest, Romania); Teaching French skills at Alliance française Paris

Diana joined our team as a Secondary School French Teacher in 2007, taking on her role as the new Head of MFL in 2011, and as such is responsible for continuing the tradition of outstanding grades across all Modern Foreign Languages. A graduate from the University of Bucharest, Diana has continued to develop her knowledge by attending seminars both nationally and internationally. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Diana has also helped in organising and running the very successful Key Stages 4 & 5 Work Experience Programme. Diana has always appreciated the valuable conversations between students and teachers regardless of their mother tongue and is currently herself learning Italian- and rumour has it is planning a world tour in the future.

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Efstratia Laiou (Greece)
EYFS, Primary and Secondary School Music Teacher

MA, Historical Musicology (Goldsmiths, University of London); BA & MA (Hons) with QTS, Musicology and Music Education (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki); MMus Solo (Hons), Piano (Sygxrono Conservatorium of Thessaloniki); Dip. Mus Higher Theoretical Studies (Hons), Harmory and Counterpoint (Sygxrono Conservatorium of Thessaloniki)

This is Evi’s 2nd year teaching at IBSB having taught previously in Greece, Germany, Brazil, and the UK in a variety of situations. Growing up in the small seaside town of Amfilohia in Greece (near the Ionian Islands), music has always been present in her life. With 24 years’ experience playing the piano, Evi is a wonderful example of a lifelong learner, as she continues her education following seminars in piano performance and music psychology from universities and music academies around the globe. She has spent a big part of her life travelling in order to experience culture and music in different settings and has been performing classical music as a solo pianist as well as in chamber music ensembles around the world. She says ‘Every year I learn something new about a different part of the world and with it more about myself as music surrounds us always in everyday life.’ Evi enjoys sharing her passion for music through teaching practical skills, such as playing piano, singing, and writing music, while integrating all aspects of music and other art forms. Outside of teaching, her interests include dancing, specifically ballet, and she likes to swim, watch films, and spend time in nature.

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Ioana Chelba (RO)
Spanish Teacher, EAL Teacher, Form Tutor

BA, Modern Applied Languages, English and Spanish (University of Bucharest, Romania), MA, Faculty of Philosophy (University of Bucharest, Romania); PGCE; Authorised Translator (Ministry of Justice)

Ioana joined IBSB in 2019, as a Spanish and EAL teacher, and will also be a Form Tutor for Year 9. She is a graduate from the University of Bucharest, with both a Bachelor and Master’s degree, who worked for a number of years in the public school system, teaching children aged 6 to 14, before eventually making the move to an international school environment. Of teaching, Ioana says she is a passionate teacher who feels a deep sense of gratitude for every moment spent in classroom, appreciating the fulfilment that comes from helping students, who she hopes will aspire to become polyglots with a passion for learning languages. In her free time, Ioana loves playing with her two sons, enjoying lively debates with her husband and friends, and spending time in nature.

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Ioana Miliana Anghel (RO)
German Teacher, Form Tutor

Master Studies in Literature (University of Bucharest, Romania); Bachelor of Arts –Linguistic and Literary Studies, (University of Bucharest, Romania); Germany Yesterday and Today-Applied Studies (Berlin, Germany) Goethe Institute Practice and Certificate for Teaching German; Creativity in the Classroom (Cambridge, UK); Academic Leadership (Cambridge, UK)

Ioana is our linguistically adept German teacher. She graduated from the University of Bucharest, completing a Master in Literary Studies, before going on to work as a German Teacher, as well as a teacher trainer. A passionate teacher, she strives to continuously develop her teaching skills as a lifelong learner, attending development training courses for teachers both in Romanian and abroad. She says of teaching, that she likes personalising learning and adapting materials to her students’ needs, creating new activities to make the lessons more interactive, fun, and efficient for all levels.

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Iona Tanguay (UK)
Humanities & Sociology Teacher

MA Social Justice and Education (Institute of Education, London), BA Sociology and Anthropology (Goldsmiths, London) PGCE post-compulsory.

Iona joined IBSB in 2017 to teach Sociology in her first international teaching post. Originally from Wiltshire in the South West of the UK, she has lived most of her life in East London in the UK and has taught in several London Colleges and Sixth forms. Iona worked in educational support and youth work prior to training to be a teacher. She started out teaching English, adult literacy and study skills to adults and worked for eight years at an FE college in Tottenham, London. Following this she decided to move into teaching A levels with a focus on her specialist subject, Sociology. She believes sociology helps students to look differently at the world, giving them the valuable analytical skills needed to thrive in higher education. Outside of school Iona enjoys watching films, is a keen musician and enjoys making music with others. She is interested in all types of music, including folk and world music. She is excited about continuing her expeditions to different places in Romania and is keen to learn more about Romanian culture and history.

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James Hudson (UK)
History & Humanities Teacher

MA, Continental Philosophy (University of Essex); BA (Hons), Philosophy (University of Essex); PGCE; CELTA

James joined IBSB in 2017, having taught in Hong Kong for five years. He is originally from Grimsby in the the north east of England, and attended Essex University where he specialised in the history of philosophy for both his BA and MA. Outside of school, James is a keen climber and has run some trips to local climbing walls. He also has a passion for music and enjoys playing a variety of string instruments, including the guitar, mandolin, and banjo.

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Jayne Baker (UK)
Business Studies Teacher, Form Tutor, University Applications Coordinator

Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIBS), PGCE from University of the West of England

Jayne joined our team in 2016 to teach Business Studies. She gained her teaching degree in 2007 after a change in career from being an International Trade Manager for a British bank. Once qualified Jayne undertook her first two years of teaching in Bristol; her home city, in a Sixth Form College. In 2009 she moved to her first international teaching post in Bahrain. After five years as Head of Faculty, she moved to a new challenge in Thailand, joining Regents International School as Head of Department and University Applications Coordinator. She was able to expand her horizons in teaching the IB Diploma Programme alongside IGCSE and A Level in Business Studies, Economics and Accounting. Outside school, Jayne enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, going to the cinema, skiing and cycling. After spending time in the Far East she also wishes to discover more regarding meditation, mindfulness and yoga.

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Johanna Croci (Italy)
Head of Social Sciences, Teacher of Sociology & Psychology, Form Tutor, CAS Coordinator, DofEIA Coordinator, Student Mentor

BA, Psychology, Sociology & Political Science (Hyperion University, Romania); PGCE

Johanna first joined us in 2005 as a teacher of Italian and has since that time extended her role to include Head of Social Sciences, Teacher of Sociology and Psychology, Coordinator of the CAS Programme and Coordinator of the Duke of Edinburgh Programme. She is also involved in assisting students with University Applications. Involvement, care, and responsibility are some of the values that Johanna espouses, working with students to provide every member of our school with the opportunity to achieve and to make a positive difference. For this reason she was awarded the ECIS Teacher of the Year Award in 2011-12. Both in and out of the classroom, Johanna has one of the biggest smiles on campus and no doubt will continue to enrich the lives of both staff and students at IBSB.

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Laura Hawkins (UK)
Art Teacher, Head of Creative Arts

BA (Hons), Photography (Trinity Saint David University); BTEC Foundation, Art and Design (Glamorgan University); PGCE; TEFL

Laura is our latest arrival to the IBSB Secondary School Art Department. Arriving to us from Bristol in the UK, where she was teaching art across the full age range and photography at A-level, Laura says she is excited to be relocating to Bucharest to teach at IBSB. She completed a foundation diploma in art and design and then a BA hons in Photography at University of Wales – Trinity St David’s. Laura loves to visit galleries, reading, ceramics, listening to music, photography, travelling and languages. Laura is originally from Wales and is bilingual in both Welsh and English. Before completing her teacher training, Laura taught in the North of Spain for a year and then in Barcelona for her second year, picking up some Spanish language along the way. Laura believes that art inspires ideas, encourages creative thinking, and offers insight into an ever-growing, exciting industry.

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Loredana Iliescu (RO)
Science Teacher, Form Tutor

Bachelor in Mathematics and Physics (Transilvania University, Romania); Teaching Certificate (teacher gr.1 - University of Bucharest)

Loredana, was a mathematics and physics teacher at IBSB from 2005-7, and having taught at a number other international schools over the past eight years, including three years at an international school abroad, she returned to IBSB for her second term in 2014. With eleven years teaching experience, teaching both the English National Curriculum and the IB Programme, Loredana has much to offer our students, and will no doubt put her knowledge and skills to good use in taking on the responsibility of teaching both IGCSE and A Level Physics, including A Level Mechanics. When not in school teaching her students, Loredana is most likely to be found spending time with her family, and where possible travelling as she enjoys visiting other countries and meeting new people.

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Michelle Gourley (New Zealand)
Head of English

BA Hons (First Class) English, Classical Studies (University of Canterbury, New Zealand); MA (Distinction), English (University of Canterbury, New Zealand); Post-Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Christchurch College of Education, New Zealand)

Michelle joins IBSB  as the new Head of English, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a number of years teaching, both in New Zealand and internationally, in the Middle East, Europe, and South America. Originally from New Zealand, where she trained and first taught, Michelle joined the mass kiwi migration west in search of an international life of adventure. Above all else, Michelle says she looks forward to sharing her love of the English language and literature with her students, inspiring the next generation of would be writers. Outside of school, Michelle has a passion for travel and new cultures, and in her down time can be found doing typical English teacher things, like reading and correcting people’s grammar.

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Mihaela Senzaconi (RO)
Head of Science, Biology Teacher, Eco Committee Coordinator, Student Mentor

Bachelor of Biology (University of Bucharest); Teaching Certificate - Biology (University of Bucharest)

Mihaela has been teaching Biology for 14 years (most of which she has spent in IBSB). She graduated from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology, with a degree in Genetics, which she still finds fascinating. Her aim is to inspire her students with the same passion she has for the subject from their first year in the senior school until they graduate, and her students‘ grades show that she is certainly achieving her aim. She is also the Head of Science, overseeing admissions tests for science, and is an active supporter and volunteer in our schools Community Action Service programme. She is a chair of the Environment Committee, working at improving the quality of our schools ecological background and increasing awareness and understanding of global issues, and can usually be found in the science rooms offering students extra help in her free periods.

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Peter Ennion (UK)
English Teacher, Upper Primary School Coordinator, Literacy Coordinator, Middle Leadership Team

BA, First Class Hons English Language and Literature (University of Liverpool, UK); PGCE (Liverpool Hope University, UK)

This is Peter’s thirteenth year teaching at IBSB. Peter hails from Wirral (just outside Liverpool) and he completed a degree in English Language and Literature before completing his PGCE and moving to Romania to teach at IBSB. After spending twelve years as a core member of the Primary School team, he has now moved across to our Secondary School for a new challenge. Peter will be teaching English in Key Stages 3 and 4 and is looking to promote literacy-related events and enjoyment of all aspects of the subject. Over the years, Peter has picked up enough Romanian language skills to survive in Bucharest and has travelled all over the country he now considers home.

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Philip Orme (UK)
Drama and English Teacher

BA (Hons) Drama (University of Sunderland); PGCE in Secondary Drama (University of Middlesex, London); FA Level 1 in Football Coaching (Northumberland FA)

Philip joins IBSB this year having taught abroad in Thailand for four years and for four years in England prior to that. Originally from Sunderland, having attended school in Essex, he returned to attend Sunderland University where he specialised in Drama for his BA. Outside of school, Philip’s interests include playing and watching football and visiting the theatre, two things he is hoping to offer as extra curricular activities in school.

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Rodica Ursu (RO)
German Teacher, Form Tutor, Student Mentor

Pedagogy Bachelor, German and English (University of Bucharest); Master in English Literary Translation (University of Bucharest)

Rodica returns to us this year from maternity leave to work as a German teacher full-time, working with our A Level and IGCSE students. She is a graduate of English and German from the Bucharest Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature and has a Master’s Degree in the English Translation of Literary Texts. This is Rodica’s ninth year at IBSB. She describes herself as a quiet but determined person who loves to travel and to engage herself in new, exciting life experiences.

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Sarah Dowling (UK)
Mathematics Teacher

BSc (1st Class Hons), Mathematics and Management Studies (University of Manchester); PGCE (University of Chester); QTS

Sarah joins us from Malaysia where she worked as Head of Mathematics in an International School for the past four years. Sarah hails from North Wales and during her teaching career has worked in schools in the UK and the Seychelles. She is a form tutor and Award Leader for the Duke of Edinburgh International Award Programme. Before discovering her passion for teaching, Sarah worked and travelled extensively, including a period working for TomTom in Amsterdam. Outside school, Sarah is a keen hiker, enjoys a good book, and hopes to improve her snowboarding skills this winter.

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Simon Astbury (UK)
Geography & Humanities Teacher

BSc, Geography (Plymouth University); PGCE (University of Gloucestershire)

Simon arrives to us directly, from Bristol in the UK, where he was teaching geography, humanities, and economics. He completed his degree at Plymouth University in geography and his teacher training in Cheltenham. Simon says he loves teaching geography as it teaches students all about the world around them and how to interpret the human and physical connections in our environment. As a geographer, Simon is very excited to arrive in Romania to experience all it has to offer, such as the mountains and the lower course of the Danube, as well as the developing economy in Bucharest. Outside of teaching, he enjoys playing football, currently playing for two 5-a-side teams, reading, and socialising. Simon says he is excited to watch football in Bucharest, but is still undecided which team he will support. In his summers during university, he worked at a summer camp in the USA teaching sailing, so is hoping to be able to continue this past time in the warmer months! Simon is also looking forward to experiencing the pleasures of skiing in Romania.

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Anamaria Stere (RO)
Extracurricular Coordinator

BA Faculty of Marketing and Economic Affairs “Spiru Haret University”
 

Ana first joined IBSB in September 2001 as a teaching assistant, after graduating University. She then moved from the classroom to the office, bringing with her the experience of the classroom, taking over the responsibility for organising school lunches, school transport, after school clubs, trips, and events. Whether in the classroom or the office, Ana says that working at a school is a fulfilling experience as the children teach you so much about discovery, imagination, curiosity, and joy. Outside school, Ana enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, going to the cinema and cooking for friends.

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Claudia Marta (RO)
Head of Admissions and Corporate Communications

Academy of Economic Studies Romania, Marketing

Claudia joined IBSB in August 2017 having been an active member of the PTF for the past five years, including 4 years as the PTF President where she took the lead in coordinating a variety of successful school and extracurricular social events. As the Head of Admissions and Corporate Communications, Claudia has much to offer with over 20 years’ experience working in multinational companies in advertising as Head of Marketing for B2B and B2C, with DÁrcy and McCann, where she was responsible for advertising for Telecom, FMCG, Finance and Electronics brands, in Finance & Banking with Western Union, BRD, BCR, MasterCard, and in Utilities at Tinmar Group. As both a parent and a lifelong learner herself, Claudia has always maintained an active interest in education and is excited to be joining IBSB at a time when the school is expanding quickly, with many projects on the horizon. When not at school, Claudia enjoys travelling, reading, writing, painting and discovering new things together with her 10 year old daughter.

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Cornelia Tianu (RO)
School Doctor

UMF (Carol Davila University, Bucharest), Masters, Psychotherapy and Ericksonian Hypnosis (ARHTE) Other medical studies: General Ultrasound, Cardiac Ultrasound for children, Ultrasound Trans-fontanel for children, Homeopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, Systemic Therapy, Bach Therapy, and Craniosacral Therapy

Cornelia has been the school doctor on our campus since 2009. After graduating from university, she acquired experience working with children at St Macrina and in hospitals for 4 years before opening her own private practice. She introduced immunization to our school for those parents who wish for them. Her responsibilities in the school include helping to identify SEND children, supporting the PSHE Programme, and developing counselling programmes, including both individual and group counselling for children and parents. Some of her other interests include music, travelling, and reading.

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Dan Boboc (RO)
IT Technician

BA, International Relation and European Studies (Spiru Haret University, Romania), IT Technician SQL Programming Certificate

Dan joined IBSB in January 2007 and since this time has been involved in various areas of support across the school. In his current role as IT Technician he is responsible for the smooth functioning of IT devices (computers, smartboards, tablets, electronic whiteboards, projectors, printers etc.) and software in our school, saying he is always happy to offer support to our staff and students in their day to day encounter with the IT equipment on campus, and does so with a warm, welcoming smile. Outside school, Dan enjoys spending time with his daughter and his wife, travelling, listening to music, watching movies, playing video games, staying in touch with technology, swimming, running, bike riding and skiing.

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Elena Iliuta (RO)
Finance Manager

BA, Faculty of Financial Management Accountant (University of Spiru Haret, Bucharest); MA, Audit and Financial Business (Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest); Human Resources Inspector – National Certification; Advanced Postgraduate certification in Accountancy;

Elena joined IBSB in April 2006 as an Economist, quickly becoming a valued member of the office team, handling the day-to-day planning, implementing, managing, and controlling of all financial-related activities. A graduate from the Faculty of Financial Management Accountant, University of Spiru Haret, she completed her academic studies with a Master Degree in Audit and Financial Business. In her free time, Elena says she likes to relax, with much of her free time spent reading books and watching movies.

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Florin Ghita (RO)
IT Administrator

BA, Public Administration (National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Romania)

Florin is our IT Administrator. He joined our team in 2009 and is responsible for the smooth running of the IT system in the school. In addition to ensuring that all our school servers, computers, tablets, electronic whiteboards, and printers are running smoothly, Florin is also involved in a host of other jobs, including maintaining and updating SchoolBase (the school MIS), issuing reports, and maintaining all staff and student accounts, which added together means that he is usually the last staff member to leave school each night. Outside school, Florin enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching movies, and keeping up to date with the latest innovations in technology.

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Florina Georgescu (RO)
PR & Admissions Officer

BA in Law at University Romano- Americana, BA in Pedagogy for Primary and Early Years Education at the Romanian University Bucharest of Psychology and Educational Science, Masters in  Educational Management at the Romanian University Bucharest

Flori joined IBSB in September 2000 as one of the original team members, and as such has seen the school grow from just 9 students to more than 350 today. Originally joining the team as a teaching assistant, Flori took some time out in 2010 to have her first child, returning to work in the school office as the Admissions Officer, and is now also involved in PR. After 16 years of work at IBSB, surrounded by students, staff, and parents, Flori says she feels like IBSB is her second home. When not at school, she likes spending time with her family, travelling, and discovering different places, cultures, and people. She enjoys reading and doing sport and can be found more recently participating in many of the school Triathlons and Marathon events.

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Iulia Boboc (RO)
HR Manager

Spiru Haret University Bachelor in Law (Bucharest), Masters in Law and Public Administration-Probation in Criminal Law Spiru Haret University (Bucharest), HR Inspector National Certification

Iulia joined IBSB in March 2007, as a graduate from the Faculty of Law at University of Spiru Haret, where she completed a Bachelor and Master Degree in Law and Public Administration. On a day to day basis, Iulia brings not only a warm friendly smile to the school, but a wealth of knowledge and experience. As a lifelong learner, Iulia has continued to develop her knowledge since joining the IBSB team, attending HR and Safer Recruitment courses and seminars. She plays a primary role in regard to ensuring safer recruitment policies and procedures re followed, and assisting new staff and their families to settle into life here in Romania. Outside work, Iulia enjoys travelling and exploring beautiful countries and meeting new people. She also enjoys skiing, photography, and spending time with her daughter and husband.

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Lea Cohen (RO)
Marketing and Office Manager

BA in Marketing with specialisation in Advertising and Promotion from PACE University,  New York University,  New York

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Marius Bogdan (RO)
IT Director

Marius first joined IBSB in 2003 and after a period away returned as IT Director. He is responsible for the management, strategy and execution of IT infrastructure for the organization. Marius also oversees technical projects in alignment with organizational goals, supervising IT team, while working closely with management, external vendors and advisors.
In his free time, Marius enjoys spending time with friends, watching 4D movies at the cinema and bike riding.

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Mihaela Vlad (RO)
Financial Support

MA, Programs and Investment Management (National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest); Project Manager (National Certification Authority); Train the Trainers (National Certification Authority)

Mihaela joined IBSB in 2019 as a member of the school office administration team, providing support within the finance department. With more than eleven years professional experience in reporting, analysis, operations, and planning, Mihaela is able to add value to the admin team in a variety of ways. She describes herself as a sociable, proactive, and hardworking person with a passion for finance and a sincere desire to ensure we offer and excellent standard of customer service to our families and community partners. In her free time, Mihaela enjoys travelling, watching movies, and art.

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Nicoleta Micu (RO)
School Nurse
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Roxana Anghel (RO)
Head of School PA & Office Admin Support

BA, Faculty of Foreign Languages, English-French (Spiru Haret University, Romania), Level 1 Teaching Certificate (Spiru Haret University, Romania)

Roxana joined IBSB in October 2017 as a member of the office administration team, assisting the Head of School in the day to day running of the school, providing logistical support in a number of key areas, including community liaisons and interschool relations and events. Roxana also plays an important role in supervising the activities of the 6th form students, ensuring school policies and procedures are followed in accordance.Roxana says that she really enjoys working in a school, because she finds it a warm and cheerful environment with the presence of the children, who always bring a smile to her face and a feeling of joy to her day. Outside school, Roxana enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, reading, travelling, and discovering child friendly locations in Bucharest.