About the School
A WORLD CLASS EDUCATION AND INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED QUALIFICATIONS
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.
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.
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.
PHD, MSc, BSc
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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
PGCE, BSc, MEd
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
PGCE, BA, BSc, MA, MEd
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.
PGCE, BSc, MA, PHD
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.
PGCE, BA, MA, TESOL
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.
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. She completed her PGCE at University of Leicester and taught in the UK for 2 years, where she was Modern Languages Lead. She then moved to a British international school in Poland and joined BIST in 2020.
Charlotte is a dedicated teacher who is passionate about creating an inclusive environment which allows children to embrace different styles of learning. She enjoys being creative in her teaching to plan fun and inspiring lessons. She particularly enjoys bringing her passion for reading and creative writing into the classroom, allowing students to use their imagination and find their voice.
In her own time, Charlotte enjoys music, travelling and reading. She also likes spending time outside, especially in the mountains, with her two dogs who she adopted whilst living in Romania.
PGCE, BA, MA
Upper Key Stage 2 Coordinator and Primary School Teacher
Emma has a real passion for hiking, particularly in the mountains and she has already climbed Romania’s five highest peaks. She plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in the next year. Emma also enjoys learning languages and hopes to be able to speak Romanian fluently. She has rescued two dogs from the streets since living in Romania and enjoys spending time walking them and attempting to teach them new tricks.
Emma currently teaches Year six at BIST, following two years of teaching in Year four. This year Emma is the UKS2 Coordinator and lead for Science in primary. She is also a member of the safeguarding team and is responsible for coordinating the prefects in their role.
PGCE, BA, MEd
Primary School Teacher
Primary School Teacher
Caitlyn is an experienced South African teacher with 9 years of international teaching in Thailand, North Macedonia, Georgia, and now Romania. Caitlyn’s versatile teaching spans reception, KS1, and KS2, fostering a multicultural environment. Passionate about art, environmentalism, and pottery, she integrates creativity and environmental awareness into her curriculum. With a love for the Springbok rugby team, she instills teamwork and sportsmanship values.
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
PGCE, BA, MA
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 12 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.
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 worked successfully for nine years. During this time, he has taught across the entire 5-11 age range, and was subject leader for science and geography. He has also undertaken forest school training and has implemented this at BIST, which has been a great success.
Edward currently works in Y4 and is also responsible for the administration of the SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) policy and procedures across the whole school.
Outside of school, Edward enjoys spending time with his family, walking his two dogs, cooking, reading and exploring new places.
PGCE, BA, MA
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.
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.
PGCE, BA, BSc, MA, MEd
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
PGCE, BSc, MA
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.
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.
Primary School PE Teacher
Denis graduated from West University of Timisoara, top of his class, with a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Motor Performance. Currently he is in the 2nd year of his Master’s Degree studying Fitness and Motor Performance.
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.
PGCE, BA, MA
Teacher of EAL
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.
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 German 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
PGCE, BA, MBA, CSML
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.
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 Mathematics / 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.
PGCE, BA, MA
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.
PGCE, BEd, MEd
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
Amy graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff, with a BA in History and Sociology (Joint Honours). She then achieved a PGCE in Secondary Education, History with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), at the University of Sussex.
Amy has been teaching for over twenty years, in a personal ‘voyage of discovery’ which has taken her from comprehensive schools in the UK, to international schools in China and Hong Kong. She has taught a variety of curriculums, including the British Key Stage Three, GCSE and A Levels in History and Sociology, IBMYP Humanities, IGCSE History (Cambridge) and IBDP History. In addition to this, Amy has many years of pastoral experience, as a Head of Year in the UK, Senior Head of House in China and Head of Pastoral in Hong Kong. She is a strong believer in ‘every child matters’ and feels that all children develop and grow in environments where they feel cared for, supported and encouraged. Amy has also led additional student initiatives, such as the Student Council and Model United Nations, attending conferences in China, Hong Kong and Seoul.
After six years in Hong Kong, Amy is ready for new experiences, including inspiring students and encouraging them to embrace a lifelong learning for History. This is her first time in Romania and she looks forward to discovering new culture, food and places. In her spare time, Amy enjoys theatre, reading, yoga, gym classes, travelling and eating.
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
Jay comes from a large town on the south-east coast of England, made famous for a battle in 1066 – Hastings. He gained his BA Hons from St David’s University College, where he learned, amongst other things, Swedish and Welsh. After a brief interlude teacher training at the University of Sussex, he taught for seven years, including five years at his former school, in his hometown, teaching Key Stages three to five, including GCSEs, AS and A-Level courses. It was in the UK where he took on the roles of head of German and head of department.
After seven years of teaching in the United Kingdom, Jay chose to make the jump to international teaching and relocated to Kiev, Ukraine where he was head of department. Then came fourteen years in Moscow, Russia where he was a founding member of staff for a brand-new school and teaching a range of subjects from history, to French to English literature.
Sofia, Bulgaria was the next point where Jay was head of Upper Secondary and also teaching English language and literature until he decided that teaching German in Timisoara was where he should be.
Jay enjoys travel and spending time in his holiday home on the coast of Bulgaria.
Teacher of Science
Jack hails from leafy Surrey, England where he enjoyed Science and Music as a secondary school pupil leading him to complete the Acoustical and Audio Engineering degree at The University of Salford.
After working as a Loudspeaker Engineer in Norway and Architectural Acoustician in London, Jack decided to go into teaching. Jack has worked as a Primary School Assistant teacher, a Volunteer Maths Teacher in Honduras and a Maths Tutor in England. He holds a PGCE in Science from the University of Bristol.
Jack is an advocate for life long learning and hopes his teaching will allow students to see the wonder and beauty all around us in the world.
Teacher of Science
Melanie is from the United States, growing up in both Boston, MA and Jacksonville, FL. Melanie received her Bachelors of Science in Life/Biomedical Science and Physical Science with a minor in Physical Anthropology from the University of Central Florida. She also received her Master of Arts-Teaching Science from the University of Central Florida (UCF). During her time at UCF, she was involved with Delta Epsilon Mu Professional Pre-Health Fraternity, holding positions on the executive board and helping to lead the establishment of the organization on a National Level. Additionally, she has worked as a Crime Scene Technician as an undergraduate student at UCF.
A former IB student and IB graduate, Melanie has followed her love of science through teaching science to secondary students in both the US and China. Melanie has spent the last several years teaching secondary science in China. Melanie has experience teaching in an online setting and in-person, incorporating technology and kinesthetic learning into the core of her teaching practices.
Outside of the classroom, Melanie enjoys living a physical lifestyle, playing soccer, reading, and traveling. A lifelong learner, Melanie is currently continuing her education in science through becoming a Certified Personal Trainer, deepening her knowledge of body movement.
Teacher of Science
Brett is from the United States, growing up in the states of Georgia and Florida. Brett received dual Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Florida in Materials Engineering and Biochemistry with a minor in Classical Studies. He has also received a Master of Arts in Teaching for Science Education from the University of Central Florida.
Brett has over 10 years teaching experience both in the United States and abroad. Most recently he has spent time teaching in China. Brett’s teaching experience includes AP, IB, and IGCSE science and math. Brett’s primary teaching interests include interdisciplinary presentation, real world project based learning, and international comparative curriculum. He also has leadership experience from his time as an assistant principal in China.
Outside of the classroom, Brett enjoys living a physical lifestyle, playing and watching sports, reading, and traveling. A lifelong learner, Brett has plans to pursue an educational doctorate in international comparative curriculum.
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
Her journey as an educator began during her time as a student in the mathematics department at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. She started teaching small groups of students, preparing them for either the Greek National exams or the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
Recognising her passion for teaching, she decided to pursue a master’s degree in Education, specializing in developing mathematical thinking, from the University of Dundee. Additionally, she obtained the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) certification.
Once she felt sufficiently experienced, she desired to explore teaching opportunities abroad. With an interest in the Scandinavian educational system, she aimed to secure a position in one of the international schools within that region. Over the past four years, she has taught various age groups in different cities across Sweden, creating unforgettable experiences. Additionally, she had the opportunity to serve as a head of mathematics, which greatly contributed to her professional development. She also thoroughly enjoys participating in and preparing her students for mathematics competitions. She continuously seeks opportunities to engage her students with math games and brain teasers.
On a personal note, she has a deep love for traveling, hiking, and playing board games. These activities bring her great joy outside of her teaching profession.
Head of Science
He was raised in Athens, Greece, and pursued his studies in Mathematics.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Aegean. He further expanded his knowledge in the field by earning a Master’s degree in banking from Hellenic Open University in Greece. With a license as a Maths Teacher, he has dedicated several years to teaching Maths and Science at secondary international schools in both Sweden and Greece as well as held leadership positions as Head of Year and Academic Coordinator.
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
Is part of the BIST team since 2021 and is enthusiastic about teaching German as a foreign language to the school’s students.
She has graduated from the West Univeristy of Timisoara in 2008 majoring in German Language and Literature but also specializing in Englisch Language and Lietarture as a second language. In 2010 she received her Masters of Art in German in a European context. Starting with 2008 she was part of the German Cultural Center’s team in Timisoara where she had the chance to develop her teaching skills of German as a foreign language alongside her experienced colleagues as well as to take part in advanced vocational training regarding her methodic and didactic skills both internally on site and the ones organized by the Goethe Institute Bucharest.
Apart from teaching German as a foreign language she has also been active as an examiner for the German exams offered by the Goethe Institute Bucharest. Starting with 2018 she parted from the German Cultural Center but continues teaching German as a foreign language independently since then
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.
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.
PGCE, BSc, MA
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.
PGCE, BA, MA, PHD
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.
PGCE, BA, MA
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.
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.
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
PGCE, BA, MA
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.
Primary School Teaching Assistants
Daniela is an enthusiastic, motivated and attentive person with experience of working in the busy corporate environment in Romania and also in London UK for 5 years.
Skilled at working with children, Daniela is eager to put creativity and organisational skills into practice to improve students confidence to explore new topics and achieve personal learning goals.
Looking after the needs of children, always approachable and cheerful, possessing good observation skills as well the ability to work alone or as part of our great team, she has a passion for supporting children with all aspects of school life.
PGCE, BA, MA – in progress
Andrada graduated from The West University of Timișoara with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sport. Now she continues her Master’s degree also on Physical Education and Sport within the same university. She’ s been practicing volleyball since she was 8, and she is a professional volleyball player for 6 years now. Volleyball is her greatest passions and represents her whole life and that’ s why she chose to continue her studies in sports.
BA – in progress
Gloria recently finished school at Mihai Eminescu National College in Satu Mare and has joined the BIST team this academic year, working in Year Six.
Over the past fourteen years, she has been actively involved in ballroom dancing, developing resilience, discipline, and perseverance; allowing her to understand the value of teamwork and cooperation. These key skills have been readily transferred into the classroom setting; supporting the collaborative and inclusive learning environment. Gloria has a wealth of experience in working with children, particularly those with special educational needs. She has previously cared for a child with Down’s syndrome and a young boy with autism. She feels that these experiences have enriched her life and heightened her empathy.
On a more personal note, Gloria has a great fondness of animals and she is the proud owner of a 10-year-old canine companion.
Bianca has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and PR from West University of Timisoara.
She started working with children from 4 years ago.
Her passions are reading, tennis, travelling and going for walks in nature.
Daniel Mioc is a dedicated teaching assistant who commenced his role in October 2023.
With a profound passion for Philosophy, he holds a bachelor’s degree in the subject and is currently pursuing a master’s in philosophical counselling and consultancy. His academic background not only enriches his understanding of philosophical concepts but also enhances his ability to support and inspire students in their educational journey.
Daniel brings a unique blend of academic expertise and a commitment to fostering a thoughtful and engaging learning environment.
As a new addition to the British International School of Timișoara, Diana is genuinely enthusiastic to embark on this learning journey.
In 2018 Diana graduated from Faculty of Letters, History and Theology at West University of Timișoara, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in English and Romanian languages and literature. Her experience in working with primary and secondary school students made her committed to building a healthy learning community for children. She is a firm believer that anyone can achieve their goals through work and discipline.
Diana loves teaching, art and languages. She is responsible, patient and invested into proper communication and coordination. In her spare time she likes reading books, writing stories and travelling.
Larisa has studied Pedagogy for younger children (primary and kindergarten) and she is interested in improving wellbeing in the classroom.
She is currently studying Counselling and Educational Orientation for her Master Degree. She has chosen this path as a teacher assistant as she wants to work alongside experienced and wonderful people. She also wants to share her love for learning and arts with the students as she strives to be a positive part of their learning process.
She enjoys painting and drawing using all kinds of media and plan to share her creativity with the children, whether it means finding new ways of using math or words in order to achieve the best possible results.
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
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.
Advanced Certificate – in progress
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
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.
Gabriela joined BIST in September 2023 as a teaching assistant. She has a PHD diploma in Civil Engineering and throughout the 18 years of work she has experienced various activity fields such as engineering ( water supply and sewage system designing and environmental protection), hospitality ( tourism) and multinational corporate companies.
Being the mother of 2 teenaged boys has lead her to the decision to teach other children how to discover their true potential and to guide them towards a better understanding of themselves and of the world surrounding us.
Gabriela loves cheering her sons at their football games and enjoys horse riding and spending time in nature.
BA – in progress
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.
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.
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.
PGCE, BA, MA
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 was born and raised in Sibiu, and she believes that the city has significantly shaped every aspect of her identity. It is not just her hometown but also a source of inspiration and a constant reminder of the richness of life. Moving to Timișoara signifies a new beginning — a chance to grow, learn, and create a life filled with exciting possibilities.
After working in the fields of culture and at a notary public office, becoming a mother made Florina reconsider her career path, leading her to fall in love with the field of education.
Traveling has always been an integral part of her family’s life, and they are constantly seeking new destinations. The thrill of exploring new countries, connecting with locals, and discovering hidden gems fills their hearts with joy. Each journey brings unique experiences that broaden her perspective and enrich her soul.
In addition to her love for travel, she has developed a profound appreciation for the culinary arts and often mentions that food is a universal language that brings people together.
Spending time with her husband and son is always challenging; they consistently encourage her to step out of her comfort zone, and she admits to finding herself beginning to enjoy it.
Florina is eager to embrace the challenges that this new chapter will bring into her life.
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
After graduating from the Faculty and the Master’s Degree in Administration of Business Organizations at FEAA, he started working at Hotel Angellis Timisoara.
He joined the BIST team in August 2023. He is passionate about sports and has participated in numerous karting and car rally competitions.
He was also a football referee. He loves animals and likes to be surrounded by children.
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.
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.
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 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.
BA – in progress
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.