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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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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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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, with over 20 years spent in education, having previously taught in Essex, near London, where he was deputy head. 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, child-centered, dynamic learning environment. Away from school, Alan indulges his passion for travelling with his family- exploring new areas and having fun adventures- and enjoys skiing and time in the mountains, swimming, and reading with 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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Madalina Soare (RO)
Teacher in EYFS, KS1 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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Alexandra Brosteanu (RO)
Teacher Assistant in EYFS

Alexandra joins the Early Years Team with a wealth of teaching experience, having taught both in Romania and the United Kingdom, prior to accepting a position at IBSB in the Early Years Programme. She studied Foreign Languages, including both English and Mandarin, at the University of Bucharest, and began her teaching career teaching Romanian to immigrants. Relocating to the United Kingdom in 2017, Alexandra worked as a nursery school teacher and in the field of Special Educational Needs. It is evident to everyone around Alexandra that she really loves children, saying that she works incredibly hard to create a special connection with each and every child in her class. She is naturally empathetic and patient, and as such is a popular member of staff with the students. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys reading, watching movies, and outdoor activities such as gardening, jogging, tennis, and playing with her pets. She is looking forward to a great year here at IBSB!

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Victoria Fay (Ireland)
Primary Teacher in Year 1

BA (Honours), International Business and Japanese Language (Dublin City University, Ireland); MEd, Linguistics (Open University, UK); iPGCE (The University of Buckingham, UK)

Victoria is originally from Dublin, Ireland, were she worked as a teacher following graduating university in 2006. Before arriving at IBSB, Victoria previously taught internationally in Japan, Spain, and, most recently, Mexico. Victoria will be joining the Key Stage 1 team as a Year 1 teacher, saying she is extremely passionate about teaching and helping young students to develop the key skills they need to become confident, successful, happy learners. In her free time, Victoria enjoys travelling, reading, and doing yoga. She is very much looking forward to exploring the city of Bucharest and eating a lot of delicious Romanian food in the coming months. She is also excited to learn about Romanian history and culture and hopes to visit many of the wonderful locations throughout Romania during the school breaks.

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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 10th year at IBSB, and was her first teaching position abroad, having taught in Ireland for six years before arriving at IBSB in September 2012. This academic year she will teach in Year 2. She has a degree in Irish and Geography and 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 continues in her role as the Primary School PSHE Coordinator, as well as the Charity Links Coordinator, and an important member of the Middle Leadership Team. Her interests include sports- especially the Irish native sport of hurling- reading, travelling, and collecting stamps from around the world!

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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 looking forward to another year of teaching and learning at IBSB. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, exploring new places, reading, and watching films. She is enjoying getting to know the city of Bucharest and she hopes to continue to explore the rest of Romania as restrictions begin to ease.

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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 worked as a qualified Primary Teacher since graduating from Northumbria University in 2012. Joining IBSB in 2019 (having previously taught in the UK and in the Middle East), Lee is the current Year 5 Teacher and Key Stage 2 Coordinator, and as such, is a core member of the Primary Middle Leadership Team. He enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures and continues to enjoy his time in Romania – taking full advantage of the nearby ski resorts in the winter months. Outside of school, Lee is extremely passionate about football, whether it be playing, watching, or even just talking about it – his favourite team is Newcastle United, obviously- and can often be found on the terraces, supporting Rapid Bucuresti.

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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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Tom Wilson (UK)
Primary Teacher in Year 6

Tom Wilson BA (Hons) Primary Education (University of Sunderland); QTS

Tom joins IBSB as a Year 6 teacher, joining us from the International school in Kuwait, where he taught for 3 years. He is a keen traveller, with considerable time spent exploring countries in Asia, and a year in Australia. Outside of teaching, Tom says he is an avid football fan supporting Newcastle United and regularly attending matches when home in England, but is now looking forward to finding a Romanian team to support and watch in Bucharest. He also enjoys other sports and was a volunteer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the European Athletics Championships, and the UK School Games. When not enjoying all things sport, he likes listening to live music and attending festivals, and says he is especially looking forward to exploring Romania and the surrounding countries, as soon as it is safe to do so.

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

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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Oana Marcu (RO)
Teacher Assistant, KS1 EAL Teacher

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

Oana is the Year 6W Assistant Teacher and a highly valued member of the Primary School EAL Department. Graduating from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, Oana has been teaching for the past 20 years in both Romanian and international schools to students of different ages, with a proven track record of supporting students to consistently achieve above average progress and attainment across the curriculum. She is an enthusiastic and self-motivated teacher at heart, 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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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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Ioana Lilcu (RO)
Teacher Assistant

BA, Geography ( University of Bucharest. Romania); Master in Management of Resources and Tourist Activities (University of Bucharest, Romania); Teaching Certificate (University of Bucharest, Romania); COBIS DITA (Diploma for International Teaching Assistants)

Ioana joined our team in 2014, having graduated from the University of Bucharest. She is a positive and warm person who loves working with children, helping them achieve their full potential. Ioana has recently returned from her 2 year maternity leave and is very happy to be the Year 1F Teacher Assistant and also KS1 Spanish Teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching films, and reading.

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Alexandra Filip (RO)
Teacher Assistant
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Luiza Stoica – Diaconovici (RO)
Teacher Assistant, EAL Teacher

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

Luiza joined the IBSB team almost twelve years ago after eight years of teaching in other international and state schools. This year she is the Year 4 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 guided 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 and is the owner of a very playful dog.

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Andreea Cazacu (RO)
Teacher Assistant, Romanian Non-native Teacher

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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Elena Stefan (RO)
Spanish and Romanian Teacher, Teacher Assistant

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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David Cooper (UK)
Computer Science Teacher

BSC (Hons), Management and Publishing (Oxford Brookes University, UK); PGCE, Secondary ICT Specialist Teacher Training (Roehampton University); Certified Teacher of Secondary Computer Science (British Computing Society); QTS

This is David’s 4th year at IBSB – being his third overseas teaching position – arriving in Bucharest with his wife and two children from Stockholm (where he taught for 4 years). With more than 15 years teaching experience, David has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of schools in the UK, including various non-selective state schools, a high-performance state school, and an independent boarding school. He is a member of the UK ‘Computing at School Working Group’ and a previous CAS Hub Group Leader, and says he always looks forward to coming to school to help the students progress in their Computer Science education! His key interests include programming, sailing, paddle boarding, and carpentry.

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Paul Georgescu (RO)
Primary School PE 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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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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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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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)

Daniela is an valued member of the IBSB MFL Department, now in her third year teaching French at IBSB to students in Key Stages 2, 3, & 4. With more than 10 years experience teaching languages (French, English, and Romanian) in an international school environment, Daniela (or Dana as she prefers to be called) has learnt how important it is to invest time and energy into building positive relationships in the classroom, greeting her students with a big, friendly smile at the start of each lesson, encouraging them to set high goals, and providing the right level of support and challenge needed to keep them engaged throughout the learning process. 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 understand and support the needs of her students on a day to day basis.

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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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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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Mina Pile (UK)
Art and Design Teacher

BA (Hons), Graphic Design (University of the Arts London); PGCE (Liverpool John Moores University)

Mina joined IBSB in 2021, having taught in Myanmar for three years prior to her arrival. Originally from Bristol, in the South West of England, Mina attended Central Saint Martin’s College where she specialised in printmaking and Illustration. Outside of school, Mina is a keen cyclist, and nature lover. She has a passion for Mountain biking, slack lining, and trekking. She is also a practicing artist, and spends much of her time visiting art galleries and artist studios.

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Mairéad Lonergan (Ireland)
Music Teacher

BMus (Hons, First Class), PGCE (Edge Hill University, UK); QTS, MA Ed (Edge Hill University, UK);

Mairéad joins IBSB as a music teacher with plenty of teaching experience, both in the UK and further afield, in the United Arab Emirates. From early childhood, Mairéad says music has been central to her life, learning first to play the piano and violin, and thereafter, taking up classical singing lessons. She enjoys playing the guitar, ukulele, banjo, and West African Djembe as a hobby. Mairéad also enjoys watching live performances, performing both solo and choral music herself, and has developed a passionate interest in composing and song writing. She grew up in the North of Ireland, in a small mountainous area called the Ring of Gullion; an area which is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and collections of mountains. When not inspiring young minds, Mairéad enjoys going for long walks, exploring the countryside and playing Irish traditional music. She likes to play Gaelic football and more recently golf in her spare time. Like many international teachers, Mairéad has had the opportunity to travel around the Middle East and parts of Europe, and believes that creativity, positivity, and an open mind are key to living a happy life.

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Ciprian Iacob (RO)
Secondary School PE 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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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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Ioana Cojocaru (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 friends, and spending time in nature.

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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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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)

Originating from a small ex-German town in the heart of Transylvania, Rodica has grown up immersed in the German language and culture since early childhood. She is a graduate of both English and German from the Bucharest Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures and has a Master’s Degree in the English Translation of Literary Texts. She has now been teaching German at IBSB for more than a decade to students across the Secondary School, in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, and says she feels very privileged to be able to share her passion for all things German with her students. When not at school, Rodica enjoys spending time with family, reading, and travelling.

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

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 the challenges they face. She says that moving from a private Indian school to an international school was initially an exhilarating experience- with Model United Nations, speeches, drama, inter-cultural events, and so many other activities that the regular private schools in India did not offer. In addition to teaching Economics and Business Studies, Blessy also runs the MUN Club, and is 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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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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Aidan Ryan (Ireland)
Geography & Humanities Teacher

BSc Physical Education with concurrent Teacher Education (with Geography), (University of Limerick, Ireland); CELTA (University of Cambridge)

Aidan joined IBSB in August 2020, and is currently in his 7th year of teaching. He was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland, where he trained as a Geography and Physical Education Teacher, before moving to Kent in the UK to continue his teaching career, with a further 4 years teaching in international schools in the UAE. Aidan says he is extremely passionate about Geography and aims to instil the same passion in the students he teaches. Outside of teaching, Aidan loves to travel. He tends to favour active, outdoor trips and always tries to explore a place in depth, when time allows. He confesses himself to be a sucker for a beautiful view and relishes the challenge of a tough hike to get to one. He is also a big sports fan, who enjoys an active lifestyle, playing football and tennis on a weekly basis.

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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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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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Joy Murphy (UK)

BSc (Hons) Equine Science (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), PGCE Chemistry (Canterbury Christ Church University), QTS

Originally from the UK, Joy joins us from Dubai, UAE, where she taught for 4 years (her first international teaching post), and grew to love the international school learning environment. Prior to this, Joy taught for 10 years in the UK, gaining a wide variety of experience from Key Stage 3 through to Sixth Form. Outside of school, Joy enjoys an active life, spending as much time as possible outdoors running, cycling, and doing yoga, amongst other things, and says she is very much looking forward to adding snowboarding to her long list of interests, taking full advantage of the Romania winters!

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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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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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Mathew Kirk (UK)
Mathematics Teacher

BSc (Hons) Physics & Mathematics (Open University); MSc, Astrophysics (Liverpool John Moores University). PGCE (Leeds Beckett University); QTS

Mathew joins IBSB this year, having worked in a secondary school in the North West of England for 8 years. Believing in the power of education to continually improve, whether as a professional or an academic, Mathew is a great example of a true lifelong learner studying for a master’s degree in Astrophysics whilst teaching full-time. Mathew has family links in Eastern Europe and has joined us in Romania to settle here with his wife (herself a qualified Mathematics teacher) and their two sons. Outside of teaching, Mathew likes spending time with his family, discovering great food, and going on long walks in nature (including the many great parks in Bucharest). His hobbies include reading, playing chess, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he is hoping to offer as a club at IBSB.

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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 Vincent (UK)
Mathematics Teacher

BA (Hons) International Business (University of Liverpool); PGCE Secondary Mathematics (University of Cumbria); QTS

David joins IBSB having completed his Mathematics teacher training in the UK. Prior to specialising as a Mathematics teacher, David worked as an English teacher, with a considerable amount of time, five years to be precise, spent in China. Growing up beside the Lake District National Park (NW England), David says he was imbued with an appreciation for nature and a sense of adventure. Outside of school, he enjoys travelling and spending time in the great outdoors. He is a keen skier and snowboarder and always welcomes the opportunity to go hiking, saying he is very much looking forward to exploring Romania, especially the world famous Apunseni, Transfagaras, and Carpathian mountain ranges.

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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 close to twenty years, both in the UK and internationally. 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, saying he loves 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, programmer, and a dedicated AFOL. When not at school, Bohdan spends most his free time with his wife, riding around Romania, and enjoys working on DIY projects around the home.

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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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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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Tara Bennett (UK)
English & Humanities Teacher
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Carmen Răducanu (RO)
Secondary EAL Teacher

BA, English & Spanish (University of Bucharest, Romania); Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreter Certificate English/Spanish ( University of Extremadura, Spain); CELTA (International House, Spain)

Carmen joins IBSB as the Secodary School EAL Coordinator, having spent twelve years in Spain working as an English teacher. She graduated from the University of Bucharest with a BA in Modern Foreign Languages (English and Spanish), before moving to Spain to perfect her Spanish language skills and gain first-hand experience of the vibrant Spanish culture. Whilst in Spain she completed a course in Simultaneous Interpreting, at the University of Extremadura in Caceres, whilst studying TV, Radio, and Movie Production, then accepted an Erasmus scholarship in Brescia Italy, where she successfully completed her training working for a local TV station. Spain beckoned once more, moving to Barcelona, where she worked as an English teacher, completing her CELTA qualification at International House. Carmen says she is excited to be a member of the IBSB community, and is looking forward to creating a warm, friendly, motivating learning environment for her students.

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Cristina Latcu (RO)
Student Counsellor, SENCO Coordinator, & DSL

BA, Psychology (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca); MA, Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor and Psychotherapist (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca); Independent Clinical Psychologist; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist (CBT), APPCR.

Cristina joined IBSB in 2021 as a Secondary School Counsellor and SENCO Coordinator. During her BA, she volunteered for Autism Transylvania Foundation (AAT) for a semester; it was then that she realised how special autistic children are, dedicating the next three years to working as a therapist for ASD children whilst continuing her studies. Upon finishing her MA, Cristina opened a private practice and continued working with ASD Children, along with teenagers and adults. In addition to running her private practice, Cristina also provided focused support supervising, facilitating behavioural change, and assisting with curricula adaptation for an autistic child in a private international school in Cluj-Napoca, prior to relocating to Bucharest. Outside of work, Cristina enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking.

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Nicoleta Vasilescu (RO)
Science Technician
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Veronica Pintilie (RO)
School Librarian
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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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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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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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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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Claudia Hulea (RO)
Finance Department

BA, Economics, (Academy of Economic Studies, Romania); MA, Financial Audit and Consulting (Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

Claudia joined the IBSB team as a member in the financial department. She completed a degree in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, before going on to do her master’s in Financial Audit and Consulting. Related to accounting, she has over 15 years experience working in a variety of companies across a number of business sectors. When not at work, Claudia likes spending time with friends, reading, and going to the theatre.

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Ruxandra Dragomir (RO)
Finance Department
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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 a few 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 13 year old daughter, Sonia.

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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 family, reading, travelling, and discovering child friendly locations for her daughter in Bucharest area.

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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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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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Iuliana Ormeny (RO)
Receptionist

BA, Library and Information Science (University of Bucharest); Certificate IV in Business Administration (Origin HR, Sydney)

Iuliana joined IBSB in February 2020 as the School Receptionist, having returned from a period of living and working in the United Kingdom. Following on from graduation, having completed a BA in Library and Information Science, Iuliana worked in both school and university libraries before making the transition to working in the administrative department of various educational institutions in Romania, Australia, and most recently the UK. She says she particularly enjoys her role in school administration because she enjoys working within a team and interacting with the students, parents, and staff on a day to day basis. Outside work, Iuliana enjoys spending time with her nieces, going to the movies, and assembling jigsaw puzzles.

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Mihaela Puiu (RO)
School Nurse
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Andreea Strimbeanu (RO)
Marketing Support
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Madalina Soare (RO)
Teacher in EYFS, KS1 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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Alexandra Brosteanu (RO)
Teacher Assistant in EYFS

Alexandra joins the Early Years Team with a wealth of teaching experience, having taught both in Romania and the United Kingdom, prior to accepting a position at IBSB in the Early Years Programme. She studied Foreign Languages, including both English and Mandarin, at the University of Bucharest, and began her teaching career teaching Romanian to immigrants. Relocating to the United Kingdom in 2017, Alexandra worked as a nursery school teacher and in the field of Special Educational Needs. It is evident to everyone around Alexandra that she really loves children, saying that she works incredibly hard to create a special connection with each and every child in her class. She is naturally empathetic and patient, and as such is a popular member of staff with the students. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys reading, watching movies, and outdoor activities such as gardening, jogging, tennis, and playing with her pets. She is looking forward to a great year here at IBSB!

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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, with over 20 years spent in education, having previously taught in Essex, near London, where he was deputy head. 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, child-centered, dynamic learning environment. Away from school, Alan indulges his passion for travelling with his family- exploring new areas and having fun adventures- and enjoys skiing and time in the mountains, swimming, and reading with his children.

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Victoria Fay (Ireland)
Primary Teacher in Year 1

BA (Honours), International Business and Japanese Language (Dublin City University, Ireland); MEd, Linguistics (Open University, UK); iPGCE (The University of Buckingham, UK)

Victoria is originally from Dublin, Ireland, were she worked as a teacher following graduating university in 2006. Before arriving at IBSB, Victoria previously taught internationally in Japan, Spain, and, most recently, Mexico. Victoria will be joining the Key Stage 1 team as a Year 1 teacher, saying she is extremely passionate about teaching and helping young students to develop the key skills they need to become confident, successful, happy learners. In her free time, Victoria enjoys travelling, reading, and doing yoga. She is very much looking forward to exploring the city of Bucharest and eating a lot of delicious Romanian food in the coming months. She is also excited to learn about Romanian history and culture and hopes to visit many of the wonderful locations throughout Romania during the school breaks.

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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 10th year at IBSB, and was her first teaching position abroad, having taught in Ireland for six years before arriving at IBSB in September 2012. This academic year she will teach in Year 2. She has a degree in Irish and Geography and 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 continues in her role as the Primary School PSHE Coordinator, as well as the Charity Links Coordinator, and an important member of the Middle Leadership Team. Her interests include sports- especially the Irish native sport of hurling- reading, travelling, and collecting stamps from around the world!

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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 looking forward to another year of teaching and learning at IBSB. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature, exploring new places, reading, and watching films. She is enjoying getting to know the city of Bucharest and she hopes to continue to explore the rest of Romania as restrictions begin to ease.

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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 worked as a qualified Primary Teacher since graduating from Northumbria University in 2012. Joining IBSB in 2019 (having previously taught in the UK and in the Middle East), Lee is the current Year 5 Teacher and Key Stage 2 Coordinator, and as such, is a core member of the Primary Middle Leadership Team. He enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures and continues to enjoy his time in Romania – taking full advantage of the nearby ski resorts in the winter months. Outside of school, Lee is extremely passionate about football, whether it be playing, watching, or even just talking about it – his favourite team is Newcastle United, obviously- and can often be found on the terraces, supporting Rapid Bucuresti.

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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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Tom Wilson (UK)
Primary Teacher in Year 6

Tom Wilson BA (Hons) Primary Education (University of Sunderland); QTS

Tom joins IBSB as a Year 6 teacher, joining us from the International school in Kuwait, where he taught for 3 years. He is a keen traveller, with considerable time spent exploring countries in Asia, and a year in Australia. Outside of teaching, Tom says he is an avid football fan supporting Newcastle United and regularly attending matches when home in England, but is now looking forward to finding a Romanian team to support and watch in Bucharest. He also enjoys other sports and was a volunteer at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the European Athletics Championships, and the UK School Games. When not enjoying all things sport, he likes listening to live music and attending festivals, and says he is especially looking forward to exploring Romania and the surrounding countries, as soon as it is safe to do so.

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

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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Oana Marcu (RO)
Teacher Assistant, KS1 EAL Teacher

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

Oana is the Year 6W Assistant Teacher and a highly valued member of the Primary School EAL Department. Graduating from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, Oana has been teaching for the past 20 years in both Romanian and international schools to students of different ages, with a proven track record of supporting students to consistently achieve above average progress and attainment across the curriculum. She is an enthusiastic and self-motivated teacher at heart, 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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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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Ioana Lilcu (RO)
Teacher Assistant

BA, Geography ( University of Bucharest. Romania); Master in Management of Resources and Tourist Activities (University of Bucharest, Romania); Teaching Certificate (University of Bucharest, Romania); COBIS DITA (Diploma for International Teaching Assistants)

Ioana joined our team in 2014, having graduated from the University of Bucharest. She is a positive and warm person who loves working with children, helping them achieve their full potential. Ioana has recently returned from her 2 year maternity leave and is very happy to be the Year 1F Teacher Assistant and also KS1 Spanish Teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching films, and reading.

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Alexandra Filip (RO)
Teacher Assistant
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Luiza Stoica – Diaconovici (RO)
Teacher Assistant, EAL Teacher

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

Luiza joined the IBSB team almost twelve years ago after eight years of teaching in other international and state schools. This year she is the Year 4 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 guided 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 and is the owner of a very playful dog.

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Andreea Cazacu (RO)
Teacher Assistant, Romanian Non-native Teacher

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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Elena Stefan (RO)
Spanish and Romanian Teacher, Teacher Assistant

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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David Cooper (UK)
Computer Science Teacher

BSC (Hons), Management and Publishing (Oxford Brookes University, UK); PGCE, Secondary ICT Specialist Teacher Training (Roehampton University); Certified Teacher of Secondary Computer Science (British Computing Society); QTS

This is David’s 4th year at IBSB – being his third overseas teaching position – arriving in Bucharest with his wife and two children from Stockholm (where he taught for 4 years). With more than 15 years teaching experience, David has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of schools in the UK, including various non-selective state schools, a high-performance state school, and an independent boarding school. He is a member of the UK ‘Computing at School Working Group’ and a previous CAS Hub Group Leader, and says he always looks forward to coming to school to help the students progress in their Computer Science education! His key interests include programming, sailing, paddle boarding, and carpentry.

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Paul Georgescu (RO)
Primary School PE 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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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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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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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)

Daniela is an valued member of the IBSB MFL Department, now in her third year teaching French at IBSB to students in Key Stages 2, 3, & 4. With more than 10 years experience teaching languages (French, English, and Romanian) in an international school environment, Daniela (or Dana as she prefers to be called) has learnt how important it is to invest time and energy into building positive relationships in the classroom, greeting her students with a big, friendly smile at the start of each lesson, encouraging them to set high goals, and providing the right level of support and challenge needed to keep them engaged throughout the learning process. 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 understand and support the needs of her students on a day to day basis.

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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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Mairéad Lonergan (Ireland)
Music Teacher

BMus (Hons, First Class), PGCE (Edge Hill University, UK); QTS, MA Ed (Edge Hill University, UK);

Mairéad joins IBSB as a music teacher with plenty of teaching experience, both in the UK and further afield, in the United Arab Emirates. From early childhood, Mairéad says music has been central to her life, learning first to play the piano and violin, and thereafter, taking up classical singing lessons. She enjoys playing the guitar, ukulele, banjo, and West African Djembe as a hobby. Mairéad also enjoys watching live performances, performing both solo and choral music herself, and has developed a passionate interest in composing and song writing. She grew up in the North of Ireland, in a small mountainous area called the Ring of Gullion; an area which is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and collections of mountains. When not inspiring young minds, Mairéad enjoys going for long walks, exploring the countryside and playing Irish traditional music. She likes to play Gaelic football and more recently golf in her spare time. Like many international teachers, Mairéad has had the opportunity to travel around the Middle East and parts of Europe, and believes that creativity, positivity, and an open mind are key to living a happy life.

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Veronica Pintilie (RO)
School Librarian
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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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David Cooper (UK)
Computer Science Teacher

BSC (Hons), Management and Publishing (Oxford Brookes University, UK); PGCE, Secondary ICT Specialist Teacher Training (Roehampton University); Certified Teacher of Secondary Computer Science (British Computing Society); QTS

This is David’s 4th year at IBSB – being his third overseas teaching position – arriving in Bucharest with his wife and two children from Stockholm (where he taught for 4 years). With more than 15 years teaching experience, David has had the opportunity to teach in a variety of schools in the UK, including various non-selective state schools, a high-performance state school, and an independent boarding school. He is a member of the UK ‘Computing at School Working Group’ and a previous CAS Hub Group Leader, and says he always looks forward to coming to school to help the students progress in their Computer Science education! His key interests include programming, sailing, paddle boarding, and carpentry.

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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)

Daniela is an valued member of the IBSB MFL Department, now in her third year teaching French at IBSB to students in Key Stages 2, 3, & 4. With more than 10 years experience teaching languages (French, English, and Romanian) in an international school environment, Daniela (or Dana as she prefers to be called) has learnt how important it is to invest time and energy into building positive relationships in the classroom, greeting her students with a big, friendly smile at the start of each lesson, encouraging them to set high goals, and providing the right level of support and challenge needed to keep them engaged throughout the learning process. 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 understand and support the needs of her students on a day to day basis.

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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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Mina Pile (UK)
Art and Design Teacher

BA (Hons), Graphic Design (University of the Arts London); PGCE (Liverpool John Moores University)

Mina joined IBSB in 2021, having taught in Myanmar for three years prior to her arrival. Originally from Bristol, in the South West of England, Mina attended Central Saint Martin’s College where she specialised in printmaking and Illustration. Outside of school, Mina is a keen cyclist, and nature lover. She has a passion for Mountain biking, slack lining, and trekking. She is also a practicing artist, and spends much of her time visiting art galleries and artist studios.

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Mairéad Lonergan (Ireland)
Music Teacher

BMus (Hons, First Class), PGCE (Edge Hill University, UK); QTS, MA Ed (Edge Hill University, UK);

Mairéad joins IBSB as a music teacher with plenty of teaching experience, both in the UK and further afield, in the United Arab Emirates. From early childhood, Mairéad says music has been central to her life, learning first to play the piano and violin, and thereafter, taking up classical singing lessons. She enjoys playing the guitar, ukulele, banjo, and West African Djembe as a hobby. Mairéad also enjoys watching live performances, performing both solo and choral music herself, and has developed a passionate interest in composing and song writing. She grew up in the North of Ireland, in a small mountainous area called the Ring of Gullion; an area which is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and collections of mountains. When not inspiring young minds, Mairéad enjoys going for long walks, exploring the countryside and playing Irish traditional music. She likes to play Gaelic football and more recently golf in her spare time. Like many international teachers, Mairéad has had the opportunity to travel around the Middle East and parts of Europe, and believes that creativity, positivity, and an open mind are key to living a happy life.

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Ciprian Iacob (RO)
Secondary School PE 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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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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Ioana Cojocaru (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 friends, and spending time in nature.

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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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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)

Originating from a small ex-German town in the heart of Transylvania, Rodica has grown up immersed in the German language and culture since early childhood. She is a graduate of both English and German from the Bucharest Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures and has a Master’s Degree in the English Translation of Literary Texts. She has now been teaching German at IBSB for more than a decade to students across the Secondary School, in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, and says she feels very privileged to be able to share her passion for all things German with her students. When not at school, Rodica enjoys spending time with family, reading, and travelling.

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

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 the challenges they face. She says that moving from a private Indian school to an international school was initially an exhilarating experience- with Model United Nations, speeches, drama, inter-cultural events, and so many other activities that the regular private schools in India did not offer. In addition to teaching Economics and Business Studies, Blessy also runs the MUN Club, and is 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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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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Aidan Ryan (Ireland)
Geography & Humanities Teacher

BSc Physical Education with concurrent Teacher Education (with Geography), (University of Limerick, Ireland); CELTA (University of Cambridge)

Aidan joined IBSB in August 2020, and is currently in his 7th year of teaching. He was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland, where he trained as a Geography and Physical Education Teacher, before moving to Kent in the UK to continue his teaching career, with a further 4 years teaching in international schools in the UAE. Aidan says he is extremely passionate about Geography and aims to instil the same passion in the students he teaches. Outside of teaching, Aidan loves to travel. He tends to favour active, outdoor trips and always tries to explore a place in depth, when time allows. He confesses himself to be a sucker for a beautiful view and relishes the challenge of a tough hike to get to one. He is also a big sports fan, who enjoys an active lifestyle, playing football and tennis on a weekly basis.

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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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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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Joy Murphy (UK)

BSc (Hons) Equine Science (University of Wales, Aberystwyth), PGCE Chemistry (Canterbury Christ Church University), QTS

Originally from the UK, Joy joins us from Dubai, UAE, where she taught for 4 years (her first international teaching post), and grew to love the international school learning environment. Prior to this, Joy taught for 10 years in the UK, gaining a wide variety of experience from Key Stage 3 through to Sixth Form. Outside of school, Joy enjoys an active life, spending as much time as possible outdoors running, cycling, and doing yoga, amongst other things, and says she is very much looking forward to adding snowboarding to her long list of interests, taking full advantage of the Romania winters!

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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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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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Mathew Kirk (UK)
Mathematics Teacher

BSc (Hons) Physics & Mathematics (Open University); MSc, Astrophysics (Liverpool John Moores University). PGCE (Leeds Beckett University); QTS

Mathew joins IBSB this year, having worked in a secondary school in the North West of England for 8 years. Believing in the power of education to continually improve, whether as a professional or an academic, Mathew is a great example of a true lifelong learner studying for a master’s degree in Astrophysics whilst teaching full-time. Mathew has family links in Eastern Europe and has joined us in Romania to settle here with his wife (herself a qualified Mathematics teacher) and their two sons. Outside of teaching, Mathew likes spending time with his family, discovering great food, and going on long walks in nature (including the many great parks in Bucharest). His hobbies include reading, playing chess, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he is hoping to offer as a club at IBSB.

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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 Vincent (UK)
Mathematics Teacher

BA (Hons) International Business (University of Liverpool); PGCE Secondary Mathematics (University of Cumbria); QTS

David joins IBSB having completed his Mathematics teacher training in the UK. Prior to specialising as a Mathematics teacher, David worked as an English teacher, with a considerable amount of time, five years to be precise, spent in China. Growing up beside the Lake District National Park (NW England), David says he was imbued with an appreciation for nature and a sense of adventure. Outside of school, he enjoys travelling and spending time in the great outdoors. He is a keen skier and snowboarder and always welcomes the opportunity to go hiking, saying he is very much looking forward to exploring Romania, especially the world famous Apunseni, Transfagaras, and Carpathian mountain ranges.

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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 close to twenty years, both in the UK and internationally. 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, saying he loves 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, programmer, and a dedicated AFOL. When not at school, Bohdan spends most his free time with his wife, riding around Romania, and enjoys working on DIY projects around the home.

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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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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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Tara Bennett (UK)
English & Humanities Teacher
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Carmen Răducanu (RO)
Secondary EAL Teacher

BA, English & Spanish (University of Bucharest, Romania); Simultaneous and Consecutive Interpreter Certificate English/Spanish ( University of Extremadura, Spain); CELTA (International House, Spain)

Carmen joins IBSB as the Secodary School EAL Coordinator, having spent twelve years in Spain working as an English teacher. She graduated from the University of Bucharest with a BA in Modern Foreign Languages (English and Spanish), before moving to Spain to perfect her Spanish language skills and gain first-hand experience of the vibrant Spanish culture. Whilst in Spain she completed a course in Simultaneous Interpreting, at the University of Extremadura in Caceres, whilst studying TV, Radio, and Movie Production, then accepted an Erasmus scholarship in Brescia Italy, where she successfully completed her training working for a local TV station. Spain beckoned once more, moving to Barcelona, where she worked as an English teacher, completing her CELTA qualification at International House. Carmen says she is excited to be a member of the IBSB community, and is looking forward to creating a warm, friendly, motivating learning environment for her students.

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Cristina Latcu (RO)
Student Counsellor, SENCO Coordinator, & DSL

BA, Psychology (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca); MA, Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor and Psychotherapist (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca); Independent Clinical Psychologist; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist (CBT), APPCR.

Cristina joined IBSB in 2021 as a Secondary School Counsellor and SENCO Coordinator. During her BA, she volunteered for Autism Transylvania Foundation (AAT) for a semester; it was then that she realised how special autistic children are, dedicating the next three years to working as a therapist for ASD children whilst continuing her studies. Upon finishing her MA, Cristina opened a private practice and continued working with ASD Children, along with teenagers and adults. In addition to running her private practice, Cristina also provided focused support supervising, facilitating behavioural change, and assisting with curricula adaptation for an autistic child in a private international school in Cluj-Napoca, prior to relocating to Bucharest. Outside of work, Cristina enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking.

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Nicoleta Vasilescu (RO)
Science Technician
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Veronica Pintilie (RO)
School Librarian
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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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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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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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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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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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Claudia Hulea (RO)
Finance Department

BA, Economics, (Academy of Economic Studies, Romania); MA, Financial Audit and Consulting (Academy of Economic Studies, Romania)

Claudia joined the IBSB team as a member in the financial department. She completed a degree in Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, before going on to do her master’s in Financial Audit and Consulting. Related to accounting, she has over 15 years experience working in a variety of companies across a number of business sectors. When not at work, Claudia likes spending time with friends, reading, and going to the theatre.

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Ruxandra Dragomir (RO)
Finance Department
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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 a few 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 13 year old daughter, Sonia.

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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 family, reading, travelling, and discovering child friendly locations for her daughter in Bucharest area.

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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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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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Iuliana Ormeny (RO)
Receptionist

BA, Library and Information Science (University of Bucharest); Certificate IV in Business Administration (Origin HR, Sydney)

Iuliana joined IBSB in February 2020 as the School Receptionist, having returned from a period of living and working in the United Kingdom. Following on from graduation, having completed a BA in Library and Information Science, Iuliana worked in both school and university libraries before making the transition to working in the administrative department of various educational institutions in Romania, Australia, and most recently the UK. She says she particularly enjoys her role in school administration because she enjoys working within a team and interacting with the students, parents, and staff on a day to day basis. Outside work, Iuliana enjoys spending time with her nieces, going to the movies, and assembling jigsaw puzzles.

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Mihaela Puiu (RO)
School Nurse
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Andreea Strimbeanu (RO)
Marketing Support