British International School of Timisoara is an authotrised IB World School for the Diploma Programme. 

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

February, 2020

About the School


British International School of Timisoara is a coeducational private international school offering a British-style education and accepting children aged between 4 and 18. 

 The British based educational system combines a strong and balanced academic curriculum (languages, mathematics, sciences, technology, creative arts, humanities, social sciences, physical education) with extracurricular activities designed to help children develop emotionally, culturally, socially and spiritually.

All teaching is carried out through the medium of the English Language apart from Romanian that is taught as first language. The school employs teachers from the United Kingdom alongside international teachers with relevant experience in similar schools from all over the world. All the teachers recruited locally attend a comprehensive training programme, meant to provide them with all the necessary information and tools to enable them to embrace the educational approach promoted within our vision and aims.

British International School of Timisoara offers its students a truly international experience through a British-style curricula and adheres to the guidelines of the Council of British International Schools, Cambridge Assessment International Education and the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

 Students joining our school are stepping into a world of dreams and opportunities which can grow proportionally with their desire, effort, determination and ambition; they will be able to graduate with a portfolio of achievements recognized by top universities worldwide, including Romania.

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🔬📚 The Joy of Learning Through Experiments!

🤩 Teaching isn’t just about textbooks; it’s about igniting curiosity and fostering love for learning. Today our Year 6 Red students learned about the effects of sugar on bread.

💡Experiments are like a journey into the unknown. They spark curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and make learning a thrilling adventure.

🧠 Students not only understand concepts better but also remember them longer when they get to actively participate. Plus, the “Wow!” moments that come from seeing science, or any subject come to life are priceless. 🤯

🚀 So, let’s keep the flame of curiosity burning bright!

#TeachingThroughExperiments #LearningIsFun #Curiosity #EducationMatters #EducationIsTheKey #PrimarySchool #KeyStage2 #BIST #PrivateSchool #ExcellenceInEducation #Timisoara #InternationalCommunity


🔬📚 Bucuria învățării prin experimente!

🤩 Predarea nu se referă doar la manuale; este despre stârnirea curiozității și încurajarea iubirii pentru învățare. Astăzi, elevii din Year 6 Red, au aflat cu ajutorul unui experiment despre efectele zahărului asupra pâinii.

💡 Experimentele sunt precum o călătorie în necunoscut. Ele stârnesc curiozitatea, încurajează gândirea critică și fac din învățare o aventură palpitantă.

🧠 Elevii nu numai că înțeleg mai bine ceea ce învață, ci și rețin pentru o perioadă mai îndelungată atunci când participă în mod activ la un experiment. În plus, momentele „Wow!” care vin din a vedea cum știința prinde viață, sunt de neprețuit. 🤯

🚀 Să păstrăm vie flacăra curiozității din copiii noștri!

#TeachingThroughExperiments #LearningIsFun #Curiosity #EducationMatters #EducationIsTheKey #PrimarySchool #KeyStage2 #BIST #PrivateSchool #ExcellenceInEducation #Timisoara #InternationalCommunity
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🧘🏻‍♀️ Mens sana in corpore sano!

At BIST, this renowned Latin saying is the cornerstone of our approach to running the day-to-day activities.
🌳 From PE classes to the time spent on the school premises, we emphasize the importance of the outdoors activities in our children’s lives.
🧘🏻Sports and any kind of outdoor activities have a great importance in the holistic development of students.

Here are some benefits of outdoor activities:
💪🏻Physical fitness – this helps students build strength and improve cardiovascular health
🧘🏻‍♀️Mental well-being – outdoor activities provide an excellent outlet for stress relief
🤝🏻Social development – team sports encourage collaboration and communication, fostering valuable social skills
👩🏻‍🎓Academic performance – physical activity can improve concentration, memory and overall cognitive function
🧗🏻‍♀️Appreciation for nature

#HealthyLife #HealthyChildren #MindBodyBalance #Sport #OutdoorActivities #BritishInternationalSchoolOfTimisoara


🧘🏻‍♀️Mens sana in corpore sano!

La BIST, acest renumit proverb latin, este integrat în abordarea noastră prin care desfășurăm activitățile de zi cu zi.
🌳De la orele de sport, până la timpul petrecut în curtea școlii, toate activitățile sunt gândite pentru a evidenția importanța mișcării fizice în viața copiilor noștri.
🧘🏻Sportul și orice fel de activități petrecute în aer liber au o importanță deosebită în dezvoltarea holistică a elevilor.

Iată câteva beneficii ale activităților în aer liber:
💪🏻Condiția fizică – sportul ajută la îmbunătățirea condiției fizice și a sănătății cardiovasculare
🧘🏻‍♀️Bunăstarea mentală – activitățile în aer liber oferă o ieșire excelentă pentru ameliorarea stresului
🤝🏻Dezvoltarea socială – sporturile de echipă încurajează colaborarea și comunicarea, dezvoltând astfel abilități sociale valoroase
👩🏻‍🎓Performanța academică – activitatea fizică poate îmbunătăți concentrarea, memoria și funcția cognitivă generală
🧗🏻‍♀️Apreciere pentru natură

#HealthyLife #HealthyChildren #MindBodyBalance #Sport #OutdoorActivities #BISTcommunity #IBSchool #InternationalCommunity #MakingEducationFun #BritishInternationalSchoolOfTimisoara
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Why British International School of Timisoara?

  • Small class sizes to support personalised learning
  • State of the art facilities and resources
  • Modern classrooms and special designed areas for specialised subjects
  • A safe, happy, caring and friendly environment
  • A student centred educational system and a modern teaching approach
  • British curriculum functioning under the auspices of Cambridge International Examination from the United Kingdom
  • All teaching will be carried out through the medium of English language
  • Romanian language will be part of the curriculum for natives and non – natives
  • Highly qualified teaching staff (recruited from the UK, internationally and locally)
  • International and national accreditations
  • High standards of personal development care with a focus on fostering students’ self-confidence
  • Highly engaging teaching and learning
  • Continuous open communication with parents and an open doors policy
  • Ongoing personalised academic and career paths guidance
  • Rigorous academic standards
  • The unique opportunity of graduating with a portfolio of achievements recognized by top universities worldwide

 School Director’s Message

I am excited to welcome you to the British International School of Timisoara.

I would like to start by saying that I am happy and proud to be part of the team that has developed in Timisoara, what we like to call, the Foundation on which our children can flourish, the British International School of Timisoara.

Education is the greatest gift we can give our children and is the key to their future and to their very identity. For this reason, we must ensure that what we do in our homes as parents and in our schools as educators is provide our children with the best possible environment to nurture emotional wellbeing and development at all levels.

 Our commitment here at BIST is to do our best to ensure that using a British based curriculum and a truly international approach, we provide the best possible experience for our children and members of staff. The school’s welcoming, family atmosphere is grounded in respect, trust, compassion and the ideal of community service.

 Education is the key to a successful, purposeful and a happy life and it is one of the main aspects that contribute to building a healthy and a strong society. Strong education can only be built on a foundation that combines fundamental values with rules and regulations that are in place to protect all members of the community and to give everyone equal opportunities for development and progress. In addition to the highest British academic standards, at BIST we want to ensure that all members of our community understand and adhere to our school ethos and values.

 One of our long-term aims is to ensure that our children leave our school at graduation as knowledgeable, responsible, independent and happy young adults with a complex, positive and balanced approach towards life and equipped with a set of skills, values and abilities that will enable them to build a successful life and make a valuable contribution to the community they will be in. We also aim to develop students to be independent learners and leaders in the global community. 

 We want our children to leave our school well aware of their strengths and weaknesses, passions and abilities and we want our children to learn how to live purposeful and meaningful lives.

BIST has a first-rate team in place with solid, experienced and passionate educators, outstanding leadership to provide momentum and guidance, support staff who love what they do and have a real sense of belonging here at BIST.

I invite you to come and visit our school and see outstanding teaching and learning in progress and savour the unique atmosphere that we are so very proud of. I very much hope that you and your family will join us in the future.


Ciprian TIPLEA
School Director

School Board

The School Board at The British International School of Timisoara has an important role in setting the educational character and vision for the school.

The Board plans the strategic development of the school, approves the annual budget, capital and investment strategy and procedures that will ensure the best possible education for the children studying at the BIST.

Organisation Chart

Ovidiu Sandor


Chair of the School Board

Mr Ovidiu Sandor is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Romania. He has a keen desire to bring improvements to the community through his various projects. His main area of activity is in real estate. His modern, multifunctional office centres and residential areas are well known for their innovative flair. As recognition of the quality of his projects and the positive impact in the community, Mr Sandor has won numerous awards, including the EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019. In addition to his work in the building industry, Mr Sandor is also involved in several civic and community projects. His Art Encounters biennial is well known in the region and has had a significant impact on the Timisoara community and surrounding areas.

As he himself would say, the implementation of top-quality international education, through the opening of the British International School of Timisoara, in the west of Romania is one of his dearest projects. Mr Sandor is the main founder of BIST and the Chair of the School Board. He is actively involved in the strategic development of the school and together with the School Board and the School Leadership Team, he is planning to build one of the best schools in the country and to create a centre of excellence in international education.

Mr Sandor can be contacted via the school office at

Sorin Maxim


School Board Member

Mr Sorin Maxim is a prominent and a very present figure in the community in the west part of Romania. He has been involved in the BIST project since the very start. Mr Maxim offers a huge amount of experience and expertise in terms of managing and overseeing a complex project such as this. Mr Maxim has performed many different roles in the business world including acting as president, consultant, minister of state and even as a lecturer. Mr Sorin’s particular expertise is in legislation and regional development, helping to chart through the complex paperwork and protocols required for the creation of a new school.

Mr Sorin is a passionate believer in the power of education; he has seen the importance of a solid educational grounding in his European wide travels, business associations and committee work. Above all, Mr Maxim is dedicated to bringing a highly successful British style educational institution to Timisoara. He is using all his skills of diplomacy and all his knowledge of regulations and funding to ensure the smooth transition of the school into full operational mode and towards becoming the institution he visualised when he first became involved.

Mr Maxim can be contacted via the school office at

Animona Hutu

MSc, BSc

School Board Member

Ms Animona Hutu is a member of the School Board and has a vast experience in the business area locally and also a distinguished sporting career. The CEO of a Romanian company with tradition she has managed to successfully combine her professional career with volunteering work, being the President of the Romanian Federation of Badminton, for 7 years. During this time, she has promoted the implementation of an important project related to sports in the schools, called Shuttle Time. With the support of many teachers and school managers, Animona has managed to implement this project in over 250.

Animona has also been involved in teaching, being a collaborating tutor and teaching management courses organized by a partner company with Open University in the United Kingdom.

With a keen desire to bring her contribution to the development of the new generations, she has decided to join our project as one of the founding members of the school.

Animona strongly believes in the importance of sport, as a tool for shaping the child’s character and ambitions and as a tool for developing positive human relationships, leadership qualities and teamwork.

Ms Hutu can be contacted via the school office at

Mr Ciprian Tiplea (School Director) and Ms Alina Barna (Financial Officer) are also part of the school board and in their roles are actively involved in the strategic development of the school. See their profiles under the school team link.

School Leadership Team

Ciprian ȚIPLEA


School Director

Ciprian joined our team at an early stage in our project and has been an integral part in preparing the opening of the school. He is originally from Timisoara, where he qualified as a teacher of Mathematics, before leaving the city in 2002. Since then, he has been working in various teaching and management roles in the international British based educational sector. He has had the opportunity to experience life in international schools in Bucharest and the independent school sector in the United Kingdom.

Ciprian has over 12 years’ experience in the leadership and management of international schools and has been the Academic Head in a prestigious international school with a British curriculum in Bucharest, for over 9 years. Over the past five years he has gained a master’s degree in Educational Management and has recently achieved the status of British Schools Overseas Inspector through Cambridge Education Inspectorate.


Bogdan N. LAZAR


Deputy School Director

Bogdan joined the British International School of Timisoara as the Deputy Head of School. Bogdan is a fully qualified teacher with experience working in international schools from Asia and Europe. In his previous appointment, Bogdan served as IB Coordinator and Upper School Management Team member at a premier international school in Germany.

Bogdan specialised in teaching IB, A-Level and iGCSE Economics, Business and Sociology and has been an education manager at various levels, from Head of Department to School Principal, in diverse contexts. His teaching experience also extends to undergraduate level: he was Assistant Professor at a prestigious University, teaching there, on a part-time basis, for a couple of years. Bogdan is also an IB Examiner and he very much enjoys marking exam scripts or moderating internally assessed components. His qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons), a PGCE and a Master’s Degree; he also holds a Certificate of Qualified Teacher Status from the United Kingdom and he recently completed a course in Global Education from the United States. As a staunch believer in life-long learning, he decided to continue his education by pursuing a second Bachelor’s Degree with a Swiss University.

Bogdan confessed that riding his motorbike in the crowded streets of China or flooring his car on the unrestricted motorways in Germany is something he misses badly.

Bogdan is married and has a 12-year-old daughter in Year 8.



Head of Primary School

Claire joined our school as a Year 1 teacher in August 2019. She has been working in education for 31 years, the majority of this time as a Primary class teacher. Claire trained and qualified in the United Kingdom and gained the Qualified Teacher Status in 1991. Her teaching career has taken Claire to different schools and scenarios, being an English Co-ordinator, Arts Co-ordinator, Key stage leader, a teacher and also a Co-ordinator of education for children with special needs. In Germany, where she spent nine years with her family, Claire worked for the Ministry of Defence in Service Children’s Schools and she trained and worked as an Early Years Ofsted Inspector – registering and inspecting childcare provision and nurseries across Germany. With quite a full career within the education sector across three European countries and nearly three decades, Claire took over as Head of Primary in August 2020.

Claire is a proud mother of 4 amazing children. Her two older children are living and studying in the UK. The eldest has successfully completed a BA (Hons) and working to fund her move to a Masters, whilst her son is studying for a degree in the Arts in Birmingham. Her youngest two girls attend BIST, both in Secondary School.

As one of the founding team of teachers at BIST, Claire believes whole heartedly that we have an amazing school with great children a strong and diverse team of teachers and a leadership team whose main focus is, has and will continue to be the education of our children.



Head of Secondary School / Deputy IB Coordinator

Silviu joined the British International School of Timisoara as a teacher of science with responsibilities in the areas of examination and timetabling. Before coming to our school, he worked for an international British school in Bucharest where he taught science at Key Stages 3,4 & 5 and held the positions of timetable officer and examination officer, respectively.

He has obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemistry at the University of Bucharest and he continued his PhD studies at the same institution. As a researcher at both University of Bucharest and Politehnica University of Bucharest, he has published numerous scientific articles in international journals, has been involved in several international projects along with receiving grants to study abroad at the Universität Karlsruhe (Germany), the University of Manchester (UK), and the University of Pavia (Italy).
Silviu loves reading and enjoys cycling and one of his major passion is photography.

 Our World Class Teachers

Primary School Teachers


PGCE, BA, EYFS Certificate

Reception Coordinator and Teacher Reception 

Manuela joined the British International School of Timisoara as a reception teacher and coordinator. Manuela graduated from university in Bucharest with a bachelor’s degree in geography and has achieved a certificate in Early Years Education (EYFS) from the University of Roehampton, in London. She has been working in the international school sector with a British based curriculum for over twenty years, as an EYFS teacher and member of the management team. Before joining us at BIST, Manuela has been working as the EYFS stage coordinator and reception class teacher in a British International School in Bucharest.

Prior to that, she was part of the management team in one of the first international nurseries with a British based curriculum in Romania.

Manuela loves travelling, reading and going to the cinema. She brings along her expertise wrapped in love and ready to nurture all of our young learners.

Andreea LAZAR


Key Stage 1 Coordinator and Primary School Teacher 

Andreea has been teaching primary school students for most of her professional life and is joining our school from the International School on the Rhine, a leading international school in Germany.

Andreea is a fully qualified teacher with experience working in international and state schools from China, Germany, the United States and Romania. She received recognition from both the American and British boards of education. Andreea started her teaching career 15 years ago in the United States and has continued teaching ever since. Her experience covers the international, British and American curricula; she also received certification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Young Learners. She graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences from the University of Bucharest in 2005. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology.

Andreea is married and has a 12-year-old daughter in Year 8.

Charlotte BANERJEE


Lower Key Stage 2 Coordinator and Primary School Teacher

Charlotte graduated from SOAS, University of London, with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese and Linguistics, for which she studied in London and Beijing. Charlotte completed her PGCE at University of Leicester and taught in a state school there for 2 years, where she was Modern Languages Lead. She then moved to a British international school in Poland and is now looking forward to teaching children at BIST.

Charlotte is a dedicated teacher who is passionate about creating an inclusive learning environment which allows children to embrace different styles of learning. She enjoys being creative in her teaching to plan fun and inspiring lessons. Charlotte has experience of working with children who are new to English and who come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Charlotte enjoys reading, music and spending time outdoors, especially in the mountains. She also loves to travel and to learn about the language and the culture of the places she visits.



Upper Key Stage 2 Coordinator and Primary School Teacher

Emma graduated from Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, with a Forensic Psychology honours degree. She was inspired to become a teacher after initially beginning a career in the NHS, working on a forensic unit for mentally disordered offenders. She began to volunteer at a local school in her free time and then embarked on a PGCE in Primary Education. She has six years’ experience of teaching in the UK, where she taught in Key Stage One. She has a lot of experience in phonics and she part devised a new and very successful phonics scheme for the school. She has a lot of experience of working with children with special education needs, ranging from mild to severe. She has trained several student teachers, supporting and guiding them to successfully complete their final placements.

She is keen to keeping up to date with educational research and took a master’s module in Reflecting on Practice, to develop her teaching further, implementing several changes in her teaching practice. Before emigrating from the UK, she earned a TEFL qualification. She spent two years abroad now, teaching in Ferrara, Italy and Bucharest, Romania. She is now looking forward to teaching the children at BIST. On a more personal note, in her free time, she enjoys travelling and trying new things.

Emma has a real passion for hiking, particularly in the mountains. She enjoys learning languages and hopes to be able to speak Romanian fluently. She rescued a puppy this year and enjoys spending time with her and teaching her new tricks.



Primary School Teacher

Tiziri graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s in both Interior Design and Spanish. After working for a residential design firm in Florida for 2.5 years, she made a career change and obtained her TEFL certification. Driven by her passion for teaching, she went on to teach in Poland and Azerbaijan for several years before returning home to the United States and completing her Master’s of Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in bilingual education. 
Beyond her professional achievements, Tiziri enjoys reading books, seeks adventure through hiking, exploring new places, and captures moments through photography. She also likes to play soccer (football) as she has 18 years of experience on the field. As a multilingual individual who speaks English, French, Spanish and her family’s mother-tongue Berber, Tiziri is also learning Italian. She is enthusiastic about returning to the classroom and teaching with BIST, and she is eager to learn more about Romania and immerse herself in the culture.



Primary School Teacher

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Damaris CIRET


Primary School Teacher

Damaris is originally from the United States, but she has lived overseas since August 2007. Upon graduating from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Damaris originally planned on becoming a juvenile probation officer and working with at risk youth. After graduating, she had the opportunity to work in a tutoring capacity with young children, and she realized that teaching was her calling. Her love of traveling and teaching led her to become certified in teaching English as an additional language. Once certified, Damaris headed to Shanghai, China to officially begin her teaching career. She spent one year teaching English, and after that, Damaris started working at international schools as an Early Childhood teacher. During this time, she decided to return to school to get her master’s degree in education from Concordia University.

Damaris has taught in international schools in China, Germany, and France. She is experienced in teaching the American curriculum, the British curriculum, and the IB PYP program. She’s also experienced in teaching in a play based setting.

Damaris enjoys spending time with her family,  reading, traveling, and learning new languages. She is excited to explore Romania and try her hand at learning the language.



Primary School Teacher

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Primary School Teacher

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Primary School Teacher

Oana graduated Faculty of Psychology and Sociology, specializing in pedagogy from the West University of Timisoara, master’s degree in Integrated Education and Psycho-pedagogical Counseling.

Oana started her career in private preschool 8 years ago at an international school and has worked with children between the ages of 3 and 6.
From her experience with children she has learned that all are good, smart, but different, so that teachers should adapt to children and not vice versa.She considers empathy, the affection and the smile of the teacher to be essential in early education and beyond.

On a personal level she likes to spend time with her family, friends, reading and travelling.

Sebastian JONES


Primary School Teacher

Sebastian graduated with a Degree in Business and Management from Aberystwyth University in 2015. He then spent four years teaching in public schools and private academies before returning to the U.K Since then, he was awarded a PGCE with a distinction after working across Key Stages 1 & 2 in the Midlands region.

Sebastian is passionate about languages and enjoys working with children for whom English is an additional language. He is interested in the evolution of languages and removing language barriers in the classroom to allow all children to access the curriculum. Another subject of particular interest to Sebastian is geography, stemming from a multi-cultural background and a love for traveling. He also enjoys staying healthy and keeping fit and is a big fan of playing and watching rugby.



Primary School Teacher / Whole School SEND Adminstrator

Edward has been at BIST since 2019 and works as a Key Stage 2 Teacher. He graduated with an Honours Degree in Biology and followed this with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Birmingham City University. Edward then spent eleven years teaching in schools both in Birmingham and in Devon, United Kingdom. During this time, he was subject leader for mathematics, science and design technology, as well as Key Stage 2 leader.

Subsequent to this, he was employed as a specialist teacher for a local authority working with children with complex needs who were unable to attend mainstream school. He then moved to teach at international schools within the British military community in Germany, where he has worked successfully for the past nine years. During this time, he has taught across the entire 5-11 age range, and has been subject leader for science and geography. He has also undertaken forest school training and has successfully implemented this at his school. Edward is passionate about using the outdoors to inspire learning with the children he works with.

Daniela ENE


Primary School Teacher

Daniela is in her 20th year of teaching and inspiring young minds. Daniela qualified as a primary school teacher after graduating from high school and continued her education by graduating from university with a bachelor’s degrees in Law and Psychology. Following that, she gained a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and School Counselling, in Bucharest.

Daniela has over 19 years of experience in the international school’s sector, having the opportunity to work in both the international British and international American schools’ systems. Over the years, she been able to expand into a multitude of areas in addition to working in the class, such as: after school activities, student mentoring, helping with winter and summer concerts, field trips, themed weeks and assemblies. Daniela has a passion for reading and she is a big promoter of a healthy lifestyle and the growth mindset approach in education and life in general.

Kirsty HEGYI


Primary School Teacher

Kirsty graduated from The Univeristy of Abertay Dundee with a bachelor’s degree in Law. She initially worked for the Scottish Court Service on civil law matters including family law, before a career change into teaching through a PGCE in primary education with The University of Buckingham.

Kirsty has 9 years teaching experience at British schools in Cyprus and Bahrain. During that time she has held a variety of positions including SEN teacher, classroom teacher and been part of middle leadership as Phonics Leader. Kirsty is passionate about creating a safe and child-centred learning environment, with a focus on developing the ‘whole’ child. She loves to get creative with the children and help them on their journey to be curious, life-long learners.

In her own time, Kirsty enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks with their family dog and visiting new places.



Primary School Teacher

Melissa was born and raised in the cosmopolitan city of Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor’s of Health Science and from Moreland University with a Master’s of Education. She left home in 2013 to begin her career and has since been teaching in a wide variety of schools in South Korea, France and Egypt. Melissa decided to make the move to her father’s homeland in Romania in order to learn more about her cultural roots and to live the experiences this wonderful country has to offer.

Melissa is the proud owner of a dog who she adopted while living in South Korea. She is named Hallie after Hallasan, the volcano near where she was found and the highest peak in the country. Melissa’s hobbies include diving in the red sea, reading books, hiking in nature, and eating delicious food. She looks forward to continuing her development as a teacher, meeting and growing with her students, and discovering all there is to learn about life in Romania.



Primary School Teacher

Adam graduated from The University of Abertay Dundee with an honours degree in Sociology. After teaching for a year in Kuwait, he completed his PCGE in primary education with The University of Buckingham followed by a Master’s in Education a few years later.

Adam has 9 years teaching experience at British schools in Kuwait, Cyprus and Bahrain. He has previous leadership experience as Head of Innovation and Technology and as Computing Subject Lead, and has a real passion for technology. Adam is a certified Apple and Google educator is a firm believer in empowering children to become confident in the skills required to navigate the ever-changing technology of modern life.

In his own time, Adam enjoys football, photography and spending time with his family.

Nicola RALPH


Primary School Teacher and Whole School Wellbeing Coordinator

After graduating from the University of St. Mark and St. John, in Plymouth, with a Primary Education BEd Hons with a specialism in art and design, Nicki has built her teaching career in the South West of England for over 8 years.She has experienced teaching in all levels of Primary school ages and over the last 4 years, has been teaching in a middle school (8-13year olds).

With a passion for the Humanities subjects (Geography, History and Religious Education), she became the Humanities Second in department for the school. Over this time, she has designed and developed a creative and inclusive curriculum for both KS2 year groups. Nicki is keen to involve the children as much as possible into their learning, so she ‘Wow days’ into the curriculum timetable.

As well as developing areas of the curriculum, Nicki has established her current school’s Outdoor Classroom/ Forest School and is an advocate for using the outdoor space for improving and enhancing learning and well-being. Through winning a national grant, she has invested time and dedication to embedding this resource into the curriculum on a daily basis.

Nicki has been involved in the school’s community by supporting a variety of sporting activities as well as performing arts. She cannot wait to get involved in BIST extra-curricluar activities and the wider school community.

Nicki has enjoyed working in the South West of England, as there is much to explore along the coastline and areas of natural beauty. She has always had a passion for travel and has been fortunate to explore the world from a young age. She cannot wait to get her walking boots on to explore the gems that Romania has to offer.

Primary School Specialist Teachers



Primary School ICT and Music Teacher

Mark was born in Tanzania since his parents also taught abroad, but he was brought up in England. He obtained his BA (hons) degree at Manchester University in 1992 and then my PGCE in 1995. For the majority of his career he has taught in UK state primary schools Y1 to Y6, teaching the full British curriculum. He has taught in international schools in Italy and Bucharest.

As a life long learner, he gained a black belt in Karate, grade 8 ABRSM in piano playing and a TEFL certificate. His eldest son works in Cardiff, his daughter has moved to Canada and his youngest son is studying Pharmaceutical Science at Lincolnshire University.

Adelina Veturia LEANCA


Head of Romanian (Primary School) and Teacher of Romanian Language

In 1994 Adelina graduated from the “Carmen Sylva” Pedagogical High School in Timișoara, and in 1999, she obtained a degree in philology at the Faculty of Letters, Philosophy and History, within the Western University, Timișoara.
She has 25 years of experience in primary education, years in which she has trained and educated 6 generations of students between the ages of 6 and 11, at the Bănățean National College.

Adelina’s philosophy with the students it seek to cultivate their creativity, to discover and highlight their skills and talents, as well as to apply the education for each one, based on the development of emotional intelligence. Besides the teaching profession, Adelina is a mentor, a good counselor. On a personal level she is passionate about traveling, discovering places and people, and enjoys meeting friends.
She is looking forward to starting work at BIST where she will come with heaps of ambition, creativity, experience and optimism.



Teacher of Romanian Language / Copywriter 

Denisa graduated from The West University of Timisoara with a Bachelor’s degree in Romanian/English and also a Master’s degree in American Studies.

Studying and teaching English is her passion. She has over three years’ experience in teaching English to students aged between three and fifteen in prestigious public schools in Timisoara. She has also passed the English tenure exam for the Romanian educational system.

At the moment, one of her interests is in studying Piaget, Erikson and Montessori’s theories, while also trying to apply the concepts on a daily basis.

She is a mom of a two-year old daughter whom she loves to play and spend time with. She is enthusiastic about travelling, arts and crafts, reading, listening to podcasts and spending time with her family and friends.



Teacher of EAL

Ungra is originally from Targu-Jiu and has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Romanian language.

She graduated from Faculty of Letters, History and Theology at  “West University of Timișoara în 2018. În addition she has a  Master’s degree in translation theory and practice within the same university.
She has experience in teaching at prestigious Secondary schools in Timisoara and obtained the “Titularization” exam for the Romanian education system.
Ungra considers that the teacher is the one who can experiment with various methods in order to reach the sensibility of the educated and thus his pedagogical vocation to be realised.
In her spare time, Ungra loves music, is passionate about panpipes and she also likes reading, traveling and going to the theatre.



Teacher of Physical Education

He practiced basketball during his whole childhood in his hometown, Targu Mures (Romania) where he also graduated the Sports Highschool.

At the age of 21 he moved to the UK to work and higher education. He graduated from Leeds Beckett University (2021) with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Coaching.

He moved from Leeds to Brighton and completed his PGCE Primary with PE course (2022) with the University of Sussex.

He is very passionate about education in general and how children learn. His favourite subject is PE as I strongly belief that physical exercise and sports participation is a crucial factor in modelling and creating healthy behaviours. Sport related activities (PE lessons, organised sports, etc.) generate life skills such as discipline, problem solving, communication and more others, skills that would constantly benefit our existing and future society.

During his time in the UK, he coached the Leeds Beckett University Women’s basketball team, and he oversaw the afterschool’s sport programmes within his placements. He also volunteered during his studies to help with the PE lessons in schools across Leeds and Brighton.

He is looking forward to continuing his teaching career at BIST and learn from his well experienced colleagues. He aims to contribute and have a positive impact within the BIST community.

He enjoys sports in general therefore he plays basketball whenever he has a chance and exercising in the gym. Recently, I found a pleasure for long distance runs. He managed to run this year a full marathon twice, and he’s looking forward for Timisoara Half/Full Marathon next September.

When he doesn’t do sports, he loves listening to Hip-Hop music and drinking coffee in town. Reading and quality time with friends, family and meeting new people is also a must for him.

A life goal of his is that one day he will be able to teach Sports in China, as he’s always been interested in their culture and language.



Teacher of Romanian Language (Non-Native)

English for Cristina was love at first sight. Since the very first English words that she heard and thanks to her teachers, she promised herself that one day, she would be a teacher.

Teaching or tutoring English is her passion. She have always said that being a teacher involves a lot of passion, empathy and respect for the students. She has over 25 years of experience in teaching and tutoring English to primary students and to teenagers. For more than two years she have been teaching English online on an e-learning platform.

She considers being a responsible and sociable person. She is empathetic and grateful for everything she has. She enjoys traveling abroad and trying out different cuisines, reading and dancing. She loves nature and  spending time with friends and family drinking a cup of coffee or tea.

Secondary School Teachers

Candy MAO


Deputy Head of Secondary School / Teacher of Economics

Candy is joining us as the Deputy Head of Secondary School working alongside Silviu and Benjamin to ensure the smooth operation of Secondary School. With a CSML Leadership Certificate from Harvard University, Candy is a very seasoned educator with a specialty in leading K12 international schools; over the years she was in charge of the overall operations and management of various programs including iGCSE, A-Level and the IBDP. As an educational leader, Candy‘s experience includes, amongst other, roles such as Academic Director, Assistant Centre Director, IB Coordinator and Head of Humanities. Candy has a vast experience in leading and managing both founding international schools, such as the King’s College Wuxi, and also famous schools from China such as the Nanjing Foreign Language School, ranked as one of the best schools in Asia.

Candy holds an MBA from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and a Teaching Certificate from Warwick University. She is a fully qualified Economics and Business teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience in addition to her dual examiner role for both A-Level and the IB.

Candy is very passionate educator and will always strive to improve students’ performance and achievement both academically and individually as a whole person. Candy loves nature, sports, and outdoor activities; she is looking forward to exploring Timisoara, her new host town.

Benjamin SHORTEN

MA (hons)

Assistant Head of Secondary School / Teacher of IB Sports Exercise and Health Science

Benjamin joined the British International School of Timisoara as a Year 5 teacher at the beginning of our journey. He is currently part of the IB team as well as the Assistant Head of Secondary.

Benjamin grew up in Mallorca, Spain, where he attended Queen’s College International School. He is a native English and Spanish speaker, who spent five years teaching sports in English to Spanish children. He developed a love for Sports Science while being captain of his local rugby team and being part of the Spanish National team.

He studied Primary Education at the University of Dundee, in the United Kingdom and taught in Scotland after receiving his degree. 




Key Stage 3 Coordinator / Teacher of Humanities and Life Skills / Data Manager

Simeon has joined BIST as a student supervisor for the IB Diploma Programme and as a Data Manager. Recently he took over his new role as teacher of Humanities and Life Skills.

Previous to this he has worked in Singapore, Malawi, France and the UK as a MYP and DP Design Teacher along with being a Pastoral Coordinator.

Simeon started teaching in 2004 in the UK after passing his P.G.C.E at St Lukes College Exeter. Previous to this Simeon worked as Mechanical Design and Fabrication Engineer in the UK, Netherlands and USA. He went to the University of the West of England where he read Mechanical Engineering and passed with a BEng Honours Degree.

He spent his formative years in the southwest of England and enjoys outdoor activities such as Surfing, Mountain
Biking and Skiing.



Key Stage 4 Coordinator and Teacher of History and Geography

Edward ‘Ted’ Norman is from Columbus, Ohio USA and have a BA in History from Xavier University. He is also a licensed Social Studies teacher there. He has been living in Izmir, Turkey for the past 10 years and have been working as the head of an International School’s Humanities department. He is trained in Cambridge IGCSE and A Levels as well as the IB. He has taught History, Geography, Economics, and Global Perspectives to Middle and High School year students. He has also been a counsellor and advisor/coach for Model United Nations and various sports teams.

He is married to a wonderful woman and have two high energy children, aged 1 and 4. In his free time, he likes skiing and playing rugby.



Head of Social Science and Humanities / Teacher of Business Economics, Socio – Psychology

Abass Mugabe has over 18 years of IBDP and CAIE teaching experience. He is specialised in Economics and Business Management and has been an IBDP examiner for 15 years. He has also enjoyed supervising Extended Essays and moderating internal assessments for both Economics and Business Management and was invited to become one of the IB Business Management assessment content creators, a role he has enjoyed since 2020. Abass also has 11 years as a CAS coordinator and 5 years as a Head of Humanities. 

Abass holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (Hons) from the most prestigious University in Uganda and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sunderland. He is his completing  Masters of Arts in Education from the university of Sunderland. 

He is a super football and formula 1 enthusiast. He was a junior versify (under 16) football coach in China and Qatar. He also fancies a game of tennis once in a while. 

Abass am happily married with two children whom he loves very much. 




Head of Physical Education / Teacher of Physical Education

Tim graduated from the University of South Australia with a bachelor of education, majoring in physical education. 

Tim started his international teaching career as an elementary and middle school physical education at Seoul Foreign School (SFS).  Tim gained knowledge of key stage two by working at SFS’s British School, teaching classes and preparing teams to participated in the FOBISIA games.  Additionally he coached swimming, track and field, cross country running, basketball, soccer, volleyball and Scottish dancing.

After 15 wonderful years in Seoul, Tim was employed as Head of Physical Education and Physical Education Teacher at Wellington International School in Hangzhou, China. He taught years 1 to 10, while also tackling middle management tasks. One of his greatest achievements was creating different ways to keep students active and engaged during online PE lessons. He developed a variety of lessons tailored to different age groups and registered the school in virtual swimming and running competitions. 

During his spare time Tim loves to stay active by cycling, running, working out and cooking.



Teacher of Humanities

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Teacher of Humanities

Theo was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, he ventured abroad and taught English for three years in South Korea, China, and for an online company. Upon returning to his hometown, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching and has been teaching Geography and English at an international school in Auckland for the past two years.

With experience instructing diverse learners, Theo is driven by a passion for integrating technology in the classroom, fostering an innovative and engaging learning environment. His teaching philosophy involves inspiring and empowering students to embrace a lifelong journey of learning, critical thinking, and personal growth.

Beyond the classroom, Theo finds joy in travel, surfing, hiking, maintaining an active lifestyle, and learning new languages. He is excited to be joining the team at BIST and immersing himself in Romanian culture, embracing new experiences, and making a positive impact on the lives of his students.



Teacher of German Language

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Teacher of Science

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Melanie JOSEPH


Teacher of Science

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Teacher of Science

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Teacher of Romanian Language

Oana Boldea is joining our school as a teacher of Romanian. She graduated from university in 1999, with a degree in philology – Romanian and English language and literature, and has been teaching ever since. She has honed her teaching skills in various environments, working with children and undergraduates in the Romanian formal school system, but also adults in face-to-face and online classes.  She has enjoyed interacting with people from different countries at international conferences and during the international camps she has been a part of as a teacher and organizer.

She approaches her work with great enthusiasm, grateful that she is one of the people who get to do what they love. She is passionate about teaching and always strives to help her students grow as individuals, at the same time being aware that she has learned a lot from them over the years, becoming a better teacher in the process. This is a journey she fully enjoys. Outside the classroom, she enjoys travelling with her husband and their two teenage sons, discovering places and people.




Teacher of Mathematics

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Georgios KVENTES


Teacher of Science

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Head of Arts, Teacher of Arts, PSHEE Coordinator

Jane joined the British International School of Timisoara as a Year 2 teacher and is currently Head of the Pastoral Care and part of the IB team and Teacher of Visual Arts. She graduated from Birmingham Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Three Dimensional Design. She then went on to complete a PGCE in art and design at the University of Central England in Birmingham. Jane has 17 years teaching experience, working in Birmingham, London and Manchester in the UK as well as abroad. Before joining BIST, Jane taught at an international British school in Bucharest where she was involved in teaching and management roles.

Over the years, Jane has had the opportunity to develop her passion for holistic education with a strong focus on pastoral care. She has worked on a number of initiatives for example, building global dimensions into the curriculum, organising and running international educational trips, student exchange programmes, community action service, citizenship days, mentoring programmes, organising Model United Nations conferences, school assemblies and shows. Outside teaching, Jane continues to pursue her Interests in holistic living. Her interest in cultural and historical travel continues to influence her own personal creative projects.



Teacher of German Language

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Head of English, Teacher of English

Paul graduated with an Honours Degree in English Literature from Sheffield University and followed this with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in English and Drama. Paul has extensive experience working at independent schools in the United Kingdom as housemaster, pastoral roles and management roles. He taught in Kent, Hertfordshire and at a rural boarding school in Gloucestershire and, before landing in Romania, he taught in Switzerland.

Paul believes that education is paramount in ensuring a student’s future success: integrity, consistency, respect and a sense of curiosity will be at the heart of BIST’s new generation of life-long learners.
BIST is a new venture and he believes that BIST’s first students have a fantastic opportunity to be participating in this adventure from day one. He believes that they will leave the secondary school in the years ahead not only with excellent examination results but, much more importantly, with a sense of having been on a journey of exploration and discovery.

In his personal life, Paul loves cooking, hiking, cycling, world cinema, reading and supporting Manchester United through thick and thin.



Student Supervisor / Cover Teacher / Teacher of Romanian

Răzvan studied at Jean Louis Calderon High School from Timișoara. He enrolled in the Italian bilingual section. After high school he studied for three years History at the University of Bucharest. His BA thesis was about the Lutheran Church from the 16th century from Transylvania. During his university year he did his practice at Romanian National Archives.

His previous job was at museum, where he was a custodian.

In his free time, he is an amateur of open-mic poetry and spoken word poetry.

Simina DOLCA

BA, MA – in progress

Teacher of Mathematics

Simina has joined our team as a Teacher of Mathematics. She graduated the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, at West University of Timisoara in 2022 and decided to continue her studies willing to obtain a Master Degree in Financial Mathematics.

Simina’s dream has always been to become a teacher and this is why she started volunteering in her first year of University at Generala 1, together with the “Ajungem mari” Association. There she polished her teaching skills but also learnt how to be a teacher and a friend to her students.



Head of Mathematics / ICT and Teacher of Mathematics

Diana joined the British International School of Timisoara as a mathematics and computer science teacher in the secondary school. Diana graduated with a Degree in Mathematics and Computing Science from the West University of Timisoara. After graduation she spent four years teaching mathematics in secondary schools in Romania and then decided to try the British school system.

Diana moved to England to teach mathematics to secondary school students in a multicultural school in Dagenham. For the past five years Diana has been working within the British school sector, teaching children from 11 to 16 years old. She has experience with preparing students for the IGCSE exams and has been successful in assuring very good exam results for her students.
Diana is passionate about reading, logical games and gardening.

Raluca BEMBE


Head of Romanian (Secondary School), Assistant CAIE Exam Officer, Teacher of Romanian Language and TOK Coordinator

Raluca joined our team as a teacher of Romanian language and literature and is currently the Head of languages and part of the IB team. She graduated from the Romanian language and literature section of English language and literature, at the Western University of Timișoara and is a doctor of philology at the same university. Raluca is interested in the multicultural environment, otherwise, during her doctorate, she benefited from a scholarship at the University of Vienna and participated in various summer schools abroad with a multicultural theme.

Throughout the course, Raluca had the opportunity to work with students of all ages: with preschoolers, teaching English at different kindergartens, she taught Romanian in secondary schools and high schools, and in the university environment, Romanian as a foreign language.
Raluca is passionate about theatre and is ready to introduce students to local cultural events.

Kristina DANCIU


Teacher of English Language and TOK Coordinator

Kristina was born and raised in New York City, in the United States of America where she finished high school.
She graduated from the West University of Timisoara receiving a Bachelor’s degree in English and Serbian Language and Literature. Kristina has also obtained her Master’s degree from the West University of Timisoara in Theory and Practice of Translations (Romanian-English). In addition, she has also completed a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and a certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners.

Before joining BIST, Kristina has worked with children from 3-13 years old teaching English as a second language.
Kristina loves reading, spending time outdoors, art, and watching movies. She enjoys producing lessons that are thought-provoking and creative.



Teacher of English Language

Sarah is joining the British International School from the United States where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Middle Childhood Education from Cedarville University in Ohio and a master’s degree for reading specialization from Concordia University of Chicago in Illinois.  Her plethora of experiences over her 19 years of teaching thus far include serving as a reading specialist and teaching primary, secondary English, and secondary history in locations including in Chicago, Illinois; Austin, Texas; and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Her love of learning is evident as she has continually taken graduate level classes to expand her knowledge and expertise.  Likewise, her love for her students is evident in her classroom as all learners feel accepted, challenged, and encouraged through her interactive and dynamic approach to teaching.

Sarah, her husband, and their three children (ages 12, 9, and 2) love traveling, playing strategic boards games, competing in or watching football, spending time with loved ones, and participating in church events.  She is delighted and dedicated to serve the BIST community, to see the growth of each of her students, and to engage in the Romanian culture!


BSc Mathematics and Physics, PGCE

Teacher of Mathematics

Helen grew up in Nottingham, England, and moved to Sheffield to study at The University of Sheffield, where she took her BsC in Mathematics and Physics and her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Secondary Mathematics. After teaching in England for 4 years, she moved on to the international circuit, where she has had extensive experience of teaching different curricula, from IGCSE, to A-Level, to IB. Her first international position was in Kuwait, and since then she has taught in countries as wide ranging as Malaysia, Jordan and Guernsey.

Helen believes that in addition to academic success, it is a school’s responsibility to support students as they become confident, socially aware, responsible global citizens by broadening their horizons, building character and empathy, and raising an awareness of the local and global issues of tomorrow. A blend of a multicultural inclusive learning environment, a diverse range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities and a comprehensive pastoral programme are intrinsic to realising successful, well-rounded individuals.

Helen loves to read, and has thousands of photos of pretty buildings taken during her travels.

William WILSON


Teacher of English Language and Drama

Mr. Wilson has been teaching for 27 years – the first ten years of his career were spent in Texas and the remaining seventeen found him on the Isle of Wight in the UK where he taught a wide range of subjects and year groups. Most pupils would remember Mr. Wilson for his work in theatre. During his time in Texas, he twice advanced to the State level in the 5A One Act Play competition. Whilst in the UK, he helped to found the East Cowes Acting Troupe which was created to give more opportunities for high school pupils to experience drama outside the classroom. Twice he helped to take young people from this organisation to the world renown Edinburgh Fringe Festival to produce original plays. In addition, he has been active in a local theatre troupe as they perform their Christmas pantomime (he always plays the villain).

Trekking through mountains, reading voraciously, exploring history and writing are amongst his hobbies. He also enjoys playing chess although he is not very good.



Teacher of Humanities

Nicole Warmerdam is from Lismore, NSW Australia. She completed her graduate teaching diploma at Southern Cross University. Nicole began her international teaching career in Hanoi, Vietnam. She then moved to La Guajira, Colombia to teach Individuals and Societies in the MYP program for 9 years, before moving to Xi’an China. 

Nicole loves taking her dogs for long walks with her husband and exploring the countryside. 


BSc, MA, PGCE PhD – in progress

Teacher of Science

Iulia Bunduruș joined our BIST team as a Science teacher. She was born and educated in Timișoara, graduating from West University of Timișoara, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry. She holds two Master’s degrees: Developmental Biology and Teaching. 

Iulia sees herself as a true born naturalist currently taking interest in teaching and scientific research. At the moment, she is also doing a PhD in Biotechnology at University of Life Sciences “King Mihai I” from Timișoara

Patrick PEREZ


Teacher of Computer Science

Patrick Perez is from Lawton, Oklahoma in the south western United States. He attended Cameron University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science with Honors. He then attended the University of Minnesota where he recieved a masters in computer science.

During his undergraduate and graduate years he volunteered with various organizations such as NASA, The Bell Museum, and Coder’s Dojo to create unique Educational Opportunities to teach students Computer Science from the primary school to secondary school age level. Patrick is interested in creating classrooms that teach students to become excited independent problem solvers and cultivate an attitude of lifetime learning.

Patrick enjoys reading, hiking, the arts, and weight training.

Catalina PĂUNA

BA, MA – in progress

Lab Technician

Catalina graduated from the West University of Timisoara with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and now she is studying for her M.A.  She is a very kind and loving person with good communication skills. She has some previous experience with children due to her projects as a supervisor in different summer camps.

During her free time, she enjoys playing arts&crafts, reading adventure novels and playing the guitar. She also loves photography and nature walks.



Financial Officer and IB Business Management Teacher

Alina joined our team as a volunteer this during spring 2018 and worked closely with her colleagues on the implementation of this project. She has over 12 years’ experience in financial audit and consultancy, as well as financial reporting and is currently part of the IB Team as Business Management Teacher.

She has had the opportunity to experience life for a year in both Canada and Germany at the Regensburg University. Alina is also an ACCA member – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in UK.



IB CAS Coordinator and IB Business Management Teacher

Luminita joined our team as Personal Assistant for the School Leadership Team. Soon after has took on the events coordinator role and is now part of the IB team as the CAS Coordinator and Business Management Teacher.

She is really fond of the British Educational System as she got to experience it since Primary School. Four years in a row, she took part in the student exchange programme organised between Vasile Alecsandri Highschool and Bishop`s Stortford College in UK.

Originally from Iasi, she moved to Timisoara eleven years ago and is now established here. She has a vast experience in sales, marketing and customer care, achieved in different lines of work: hospitality, advertising and online market research. Luminita has a Bachelor`s Degree in European Studies and International Relations and a Master`s Degree in The Management and Marketing of the Organization from Romanian -American University in Bucharest.

On a personal level, her passion is dancing and wishes to inspire as many people to practice this form of communication and self-awareness.


BA – in progress

IB Librarian

Elena joined our team as administrative support and is currently the IB Librarian. During her studies she was a member of an NGO for 5 years and 2 years in its management, being largely responsible for the administration and human resources of the organisation.

In recent years she has worked in an international company teaching English online.
Elena is a sociable person who likes to read, visit new countries and spend her free time in nature with her family or friends.

Across School Teachers



Student Counsellor / SENCo

Adriana was part of the BIST community from the very first day working as a TA with various year groups. She now has the role of SENCO and school counsellor and is very much looking forward to the new challenges ahead. She sees her role as being a listening ear and supporting students in their academic and personal development. Adriana studied psychology and has a Masters degree in cognitive diagnosis and psychotherapeutic counselling. Since university Adriana has continued with her studies in the areas of integrative psychology and many other courses related to personal development.

Adriana is passionate about enabling students to achieve their best academically but she is also determined to focus on wellbeing and the development of a student’s confidence and  communication skills both within school and beyond.

Outside the school environment Adriana loves reading, music and travel; meeting new people and sharing new ideas.



Teacher of French Language

Doinița  was born in Băile Herculane and moved to Timisoara in 2010, when she started studying at  “Carmen Sylva” Pedagogical High School.
She obtained her Cambridge Advanced English Certificate (CAE) in 2015 and graduated from Faculty of Applied Modern Languages in 2018, at West University of Timisoara.
Her passion for teaching and children started in high school when she also decided to be a volunteer for two years at “Save the Children” Foundation.
She loves spending her spare time in nature, with friends, taking long walks or even gardening sometimes.

Beatrice TRIPSA


Teacher of German Language

Beatrice is originally from Timisoara and graduated from “Colegiul National Banatean” in 2017. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and German Languages and Literature graduating from the Letters, History, and Theology Faculty within the “West University” of Timisoara in 2020. She also has a Master’s degree in American Studies, also within the “West University” of Timisoara that she obtained in 2022.

Beatrice did volunteering with an international youth-run, non-governmental and not-for- profit organization called AIESEC, and in the year 2019, she also went to Indonesia for 6 weeks, where she thought English to 12th-grade students. She loves to read, travel, and write poetry.



Teacher of Spanish and English Language

Silvana is a positive and determined person, with an 8-year experience in teaching English to young children. She is extremely excited to join the BIST team, seeing it as a great opportunity to evolve and continue to learn, better herself in the field of teaching and, most importantly, being there to guide and inspire pupils to become people who, one day, will also choose to define and inspire other characters and values.

Silvana had the opportunity to graduate secondary school in the United Kingdom, where she lived for 5 years and therefore, has experienced both the advantages and disadvantages of two different educational systems and would like to share what she has learned with others. She believes that the role of the teacher is to make teaching attractive and pleasant for the learner, to combine theory with practice, facilitate learning and find ways to stimulate the pupils’ desire to learn, be actively involved and enjoy everything they gain through the whole process. It is very important to help children find motivation and desire to explore and enhance their strengths and therefore, be able to reach their full potential.

In her free time, Silvana loves to go hiking in the mountains especially because she misses the times when she used to take part in orienteering national and international competitions, as a young child. She believes that participation is sports helps to build character, encourages emotional growth and teaches children the value of respect, dedication, teamwork and courage. She also loves spending time with her children, travelling, reading, dancing and gardening.

Alina Iozefina MANEA


Teacher of French Language

Alina Iozefina Manea is joining the British International School of Timișoara as a French teacher. She graduated from the West University of Timișoara with a Bachelor’s degree in French philology and she studied for a Master’s degree in cultural policy and project management. She has worked in both state and private education teaching French and Romanian to middle and high school students but also to Romanian and foreign adults.

She believes that in life we constantly learn, both students and teachers, and in everything she does she relies on mutual respect, creative thinking, exploration and involvement.

Nicoleta RUSU


Teacher of German Language

Nicoleta is a German teacher with many years of experience, having taught various age groups, spanning from elementary school to high school, as well as having taught private courses to people of any age. In 2000 she graduated from the West University in her hometown of Timișoara and moved to Germany after a short stint of teaching German as a foreign language in Romanian schools. In Germany she taught German to immigrants looking to assimilate the German language and culture with great success.

Upon her return to Romania, Nicoleta worked for prestigious schools in Timișoara, such as the German speaking school Nikolas Lenau and “Colegiul Național Bănățean.” In 2020 she moved her activity to the private sector, offering online courses to people looking to learn German and preparing them for the TELC-Exam, which evaluates levels of proficiency in the German language and whose certificate is officially recognized throughout the German speaking countries.

Nicoleta’s strongest asset is communicating with and teaching people of various ages and backgrounds, almost always being able to find a common denominator between herself and her students.



Head of Modern Foreign Languages (Secondary School) and Teacher of Spanish Language

Alisa started her teaching journey from the first year of university. She lived in Spain for a while, during which she followed a master’s degree in translation and interpretation and taught English through Spanish to primary school children. She is passionate about reading, traveling and of course Spanish and wants to instil this passion for the Spanish language and culture in her students. She enjoys teaching in a friendly, open and cheerful atmosphere.


PGCE, BA, MA, PhD – in progress

Teacher of Music

Mihai Bîzgan, was born in Timisoara, where he attended specialised studies at the National College of Art Ion Vidu Timisoara between 2002-2014. In 2014 he was admitted to the music conservatory in Timisoara at the Western University where he received his license in 2018.
He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Western University of Timisoara. Pianist, clarinetist and composer, Mihai is noted nationally and internationally in the field of music through awards, compositions and concerts. From 2008 until now he has won numerous musical competitionsand enjoyed public appreciation.

From 2014 until now he has taught music in several educational institutions in Timisoara and has been a collaborator in various social and student development projects through music. In 2013, together with his band, he appeared on Romanian Television participating in a popular cultural show.
Mihai loves art and music, and this is want he wants to pass on to the children.

Adriana MOCUȚA


Teacher of Art

Adriana is from Deva, Romania. She graduated from the Faculty of Art and Postgraduate Studies, Graphics section in Timisoara, within the UVT. She joined the BIST team as an art teacher for years 7.8 and 9.

In the last 8 years he has taught arts as an optional subject in kindergartens, after school, state schools and private clubs for children. She worked with children between the ages of 3 and 14 years. She also held art workshops in children’s camps.
She firmly believes that any child can create when he/she feels free and confident.
Her passions are children, art and interior design.

Primary School Teaching Assistants




Head TA

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Teaching Assistant

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Teaching Assistant

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Larisa SPAN


Teaching Assistant

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Daniela DAN


Teaching Assistant

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Teaching Assistant

Arthur was born in Sfântu Gheorghe, he moved to Timișoara to study Arts. He finished his BA and MA in Painting at the West University of Timisoara, and currently, he is going to finish his PhD in Visual Arts. His research is related to appropriation art and Caravaggio, and how we can bring the past back into the spotlight and give it a new meaning.

He made two Erasmus mobilities during his studies, one during his MA at Ecole Supérieure d’Art in Metz, France, and the second one in Covilhã, Portugal, during his PhD studies where he expanded his artistic horizons. As an artist, he already had exhibitions across Europe in countries like Hungary, România, and most recently two in Portugal.

He did arts and crafts workshops, like felting, origami, and calligraphy, with different age groups. He was recently asked to hold a coffee painting workshop at GranulaR coffee shop. One of his proudest moments was taking part in the InclusiveArt project where he did a cultural intervention in Banloc Castle Park that tried to solve the problem of disadvantaged children who need a space to perform artistic activities in a recreational and educational environment. The overall objective of the project was to make the younger generation aware of local values. Working with the kids brought a lot of joy and colour to the village of Banloc, and made Arthur realise that ART is something that everyone needs in their life.

In his free time, he likes to draw, paint, read, cook, learn languages, and travel. He likes to spend quality time with his friends and family



Teaching Assistant

Maja spent most of her life in her native country, Croatia; she recently moved to Timisoara and she very much enjoys her new home. She graduated from Faculty of Food Technology in Osijek, Croatia where she also worked as a Teaching Assistant and Scientific Researcher for a six years.

From a young age she showed interest in dancing and now she calls herself a passionate dancer. Also, she gained experience working with children as a leader of children dance group. 

Psychology and emotional development of children is one of her main interests and something she deeply cares about. In her free time she enjoys listening to music and loves to spend some time outside in the nature.


BA, MA – in progress

Teaching Assistant

Ehab Rawayh, a skilled English teacher in various settings, including schools in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, online tutoring, and private institutes, with a passion for education and a proven track record of success in the classroom. Born in Syria in 1993, Ehab has dedicated his career to helping students achieve their full potential and develop a love of learning.

Ehab holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Damascus University, and he received his TESOL (Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages) certification from Cambridge University in 2018.

Beyond his teaching qualifications, Ehab has developed strong communication and interpersonal skills through his experience as a bodybuilding coach. He believes that health is valuable and that being of service is heroism, and he is committed to creating a safe and happy learning environment for all students.

Ehab is excited to bring his passion for education to the British International School of Timisoara and is confident that his skills and experience make him an excellent fit for a teaching assistant position.

Beatrice POLLARD

Advanced Certificate – in progress

Teaching Assistant

Beatrice was born in Barnstaple, England. She has lived in and worked in Malawi and Singapore. She is currently finishing her education with Wolsey hall college.

Her passion for working with children started in High school where she volunteered to teach kids at a riding stables and help people improve their English in Malawi.

She began with private tutoring but enjoys all aspects of the primary level education. She also enjoys reading, spending time with animals and writing.


BA, MA – in progress

Teaching Assistant

Lavinia joined British International School of Timisoara as a teaching assistant.

Lavinia graduated the West University of Timisoara, having a bachelor’s degree in language and literature. Currently, she is a first year in the American Studies MA programme.

Lavinia is passionate about teaching and helping children reach their full potential, not only as students, but also as people.


BA – in progress

Teaching Assistant

Ana graduated from Colegiul National Banatean Timisoara, Philology profile. She has experience in working with students from the previous schools where she worked at.

She is a certified artist and presently a student at Babes Bolyai University where she studies Special Psychopedagogy. She is a dedicated person and believes in the principle: “the best thing you can do for the children is to believe in them.”

On a personal level, she is passionate about everything related to art, cars and motorcycles and in her spare time she enjoys riding her motorcycle or making portraits.



Teaching Assistant

Tamara finished her BA in Serbian language and World literature in Serbia at the University of Novi Sad. She worked for several years as a teacher in her country where she taught in primary and secondary schools and organized and executed many extracurricular activities. After being involved in different international volunteer projects she left for Portugal where she was a full-time volunteer on a European Commission project as an educator for children 3-15 years old. She moved to Belgium afterward, where she worked as a babysitter and a nanny for international families, and as she says- she loved that job! Later on, she finished her MA in Art & Culture in the Netherlands, with a specialization in Cultural Education (pedagogy and educational psychology, art). After years of working in museums, galleries, and with online photography, she decided to get back to her true passion – teaching and working with children.

Tamara thinks that children are our future and that we should give our best to make them feel safe, nourished, happy, and free in our school. Tamara does have an engaging personality and good communication skills and is flexible and willing to learn new things. Her attitude is positive and solution orientated. She is keen to provide an engaging, stimulating, and supportive learning environment. Tamara is certainly looking forward to working in our school and contributing to it with all her skills and qualifications.

Tamara really likes and appreciates spending time with her dog. She also likes to travel a lot, hike and swim, spend time with her friends and family, try different cuisines and watch movies.



Teaching Assistant

Carla Preda joined the British International School of Timisoara as Teaching Assistant for year 6.

With Bachelor`s degree both in Law and Management, Carla also has extensive experience as a public speaker and counsellor in international and national conferences on different topics: leadership and ethics, human trafficking. Carla uses every opportunity to help others and is often volunteering and working for charitable causes.

Her effervescent personality and sociable nature enables her to captivate and easily communicate with both adults and children. Her favourite motto is: Help other and expect nothing in return.



Teaching Assistant

Anca is from Bucharest, Romania and she moved to Timisoara a few years ago.

Anca graduated from West University of Arts and Design in Timisoara. She likes to paint on clothes and make unique designs. She also likes nature and creative work.

Anca is happy to be a part of children’s education. She was working many years in retail where she  learned a lot of things about many types of people. She likes the positive vibes in every difficult situation.



Teaching Assistant

Elena joined the British International School of Timisoara as a Teaching Assistant.

She graduated from “Vasile Lupu” Pedagogical High School and she has experience of working with primary school students. Elena graduated from the West University of Timișoara with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Modern Languages and a master’s degree in The Theory and Practice of Translation. Elena is deeply fascinated by the Japanese culture and she likes to study Japanese in her spare time.

Elvira GOMEZ


Student Supervisor/ Cover Teacher / Teacher of Spanish

Elvira is from Majorca, Spain; however she got her bachelor’s degree in Primary Education from the University of Granada. While living there she developed her interest in art and cultural management, which is her passion. She is also very interested in politics and social issues. In order to further develop her knowledge in these two areas, she came to Romania to participate in a European Union’s volunteering program.

In her free time she loves getting to know new people and cultures, biking and, especially travelling. She is enthusiastic and fun, something she puts a lot of effort into translating into the activities she plans for the students.

Administrative non-academic staff

Florina CAPOTA



Administrative Secretary / Marketing Support

Coming soon…



Admission Officer

Lia joined our team as Admissions Officer. With 7 years of experience in marketing and public relations. She is mainly responsible for the admission process of students in our school.

She is a communicative person, often involved in charity and voluntary work. Originally from Timisoara, Lia holds a Bachelor Degree in Public Relations and Communications and a Master’s Degree in European Studies.

Angelo Michael SCHULDESZ


PA to School Director / Deputy School Director

Coming soon…



PR Coordinator

Aurica joined the British International School of Timisoara as Personal Assistant for the School Leadership Team and is currently the PR Coordinator. She is originally from Romania but lived in Canada for twenty years which gave her the opportunity to learn, work and enjoy life in a multicultural environment with English as the main language.

Aurica graduated from Faculty of Communication Sciences- UPT- Timisoara with Bachelor degree in Communications and Public Relations and Master degree in Communication, Public Relations and Digital Media.

She is a motivated and enthusiastic person, having extensive communication experience with the internal and external organisational publics. She is a follower of positive communication and wishes to inspire others by this.

Music is the passion which accompanies her and during different stages of her life it gave her the chance to have artistic experiences by conducting or singing in choirs.



Administrative Coordinator

After graduating from the Faculty of Management and Rural Tourism and the master’s degree, Carmen worked in the field of hospitality as a hotel manager at the Angellis hotel in Timisoara, then to carry out her activity in culture, occupying in recent years the position of head of the literary secretariat service, marketing and show organization in the German Theater Timisoara.

Starting with July 2022, she became part of the big British International School Timisoara family, as the administrative coordinator.


BA – in progress

Communication and Events Coordinator

Bianca Sabaila joined British International School of Timisoara in 2022. She lived in the UK for almost 17 years.
She has an amazing personality, very energetic and enjoys being around children. She has a positive attitude and is always willing to help teachers and students alike.
Her background in hospitality required her to provide a high level of customer service. This high customer service background translates very well in the everyday life and duties that she has to accomplish while working in the school.
She enjoys reading, spending time hiking and has a passion for motorbikes.



HR / Admin Support Officer

Maria joined our team as HR/Admin Support.

Maria was born in Timisoara and she graduated from the Faculty of Sociology and Psychology, Department of Social Work in 2008 and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Administration.

Maria has experience as trainer and has been working in the Human Resources field for over 6 years.

In her free time she likes to read and travel.


BA, MA, PhD – in progress

 IT Technician

Awni was born and grew up in Amman, Jordan where he studied “Industrial System Engineering” at Mutah University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree. In 2020 he moved to Timisoara and now he is preparing his master’s thesis in Quality and Engineering Management at Polithenica University of Timisoara.

He is looking forward to focusing on the field of management, administrative and solving problems in an international organization like British International School. Awni has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. He is also an expert in the applying the 5S method for all departments in an organization, writing 8D reports, drawing flow charts and compare the expectations with client’ satisfactions.

Family is the most important thing for Awni, and he misses them dearly. Awni is married with a Romanian woman, they love spending time in the mountains together. He also enjoys swimming and playing chess.



Administrative Secretary

Daniela was born in Timisoara and she graduated at Banatul University of Timisoara, Public Relation-English. She has about 15 years of experience in Customer Service and Administrative/HR department. She is an organized, communicative and friendly person and she likes to pay attention to details.

She likes reading, especially personal development books and watching movies and documentaries on Discovery Channel.



IT Support

Though not born in Sheffield, England, Orville thinks of the city as his home. He moved there in 2002 to study at The University of Sheffield, graduating with a 2:2 (Hons) in East Asian Studies in 2006, and stayed there for another decade after that, working in administration and IT roles.
Orville’s IT experience is both non-professional – he has been building and fixing his own computers and running home networks since 2004 – and professional, having worked in the past as an IT and Technical Support Assistant for Sheffield City Libraries.
Orville loves problem solving, and his hobbies include playing video games and reading both fiction and non-fiction books, as well as travelling.

Alina BALI


IT Department Coordinator / IT System Engineer

Alina joined the BIST team in 2019 as the IT System Engineer. She graduated from the Faculty of Informatics and Computer Science and is very passionate about technology.

She enjoys spending her free time in nature with friends and family. Riding the bike or fishing are two of the activities she usually does with her son.

Andreea HEPEȘ

School Nurse

Andreea Hepeș joined our team as School Nurse. She is originally from Timisoara, where she attended the courses of the Post-secondary Health School becoming a general medical assistant in 2002.

Over the years she has been a nurse in the family medicine and cardiology practice. Before joining the BIST team she worked for three years in a kindergarten and International Primary School in Timisoara.
She is a communicative person, cheerful, loves children and spending time with her family.