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.

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.

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🎤 This week we had the pleasure of hosting the renowned entrepreneur and investor Radu Georgescu, to speak to our students about business and entrepreneurship.

📈 Radu Georgescu is the founder of multiple successful companies, including GECAD Group, and has played a pivotal role in the growth of numerous tech startups. He made the choice to leave the USA in favour of Romania, for the more engaging work opportunities. He still reads 50 books a year and travels the country to talk to high school students.

🗣 Our students talked with our guest about how you choose ideas, how you put failure to work and what it means to create value.

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🎤 Săptămâna aceasta am avut plăcerea să-l avem printre noi pe renumitul antreprenor și investitor Radu Georgescu, pentru a le vorbi despre domeniul afacerilor și antreprenorial.

📈 Radu Georgescu este fondatorul mai multor companii de succes, inclusiv GECAD Group, și a jucat un rol esențial în creșterea a numeroase startup-uri. A făcut alegerea de a părăsi SUA în favoarea României, pentru oportunitățile pe care țara noastră le putea oferi. Încă mai citește 50 de cărți pe an și călătorește prin țară pentru a vorbi cu elevii de liceu.

🗣 Elevii noștri au vorbit cu oaspetele nostru despre modul în care își pot alege ideile de la care pleacă un business, despre cum să învețe din eșecuri și ce înseamnă să creeze lucruri de valoare.

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🎤 This week we had the pleasure of hosting the renowned entrepreneur and investor Radu Georgescu, to speak to our students about business and entrepreneurship.

📈 Radu Georgescu is the founder of multiple successful companies, including GECAD Group, and has played a pivotal role in the growth of numerous tech startups. He made the choice to leave the USA in favour of Romania, for the more engaging work opportunities. He still reads 50 books a year and travels the country to talk to high school students.

🗣 Our students talked with our guest about how you choose ideas, how you put failure to work and what it means to create value.

#BISTguests #radugeorgescu #business #school #workshop #students #secondaryschool #IBschool #internationalschool #cobis #education

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🎤 Săptămâna aceasta am avut plăcerea să-l avem printre noi pe renumitul antreprenor și investitor Radu Georgescu, pentru a le vorbi despre domeniul afacerilor și antreprenorial.

📈 Radu Georgescu este fondatorul mai multor companii de succes, inclusiv GECAD Group, și a jucat un rol esențial în creșterea a numeroase startup-uri. A făcut alegerea de a părăsi SUA în favoarea României, pentru oportunitățile pe care țara noastră le putea oferi. Încă mai citește 50 de cărți pe an și călătorește prin țară pentru a vorbi cu elevii de liceu.

🗣 Elevii noștri au vorbit cu oaspetele nostru despre modul în care își pot alege ideile de la care pleacă un business, despre cum să învețe din eșecuri și ce înseamnă să creeze lucruri de valoare.

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🌏🕊 Even though school is almost over, good news doesn’t cease to appear: a couple of days ago we received amazing news from the Black Sea Schools „Art Competition”. Our students won in 3 out of 4 categories: 🥇Key Stage 1 category – 1st Place, 🥈Key Stage 2 category – 2nd place, 🥈🥉Key Stage 3 category – 2nd and 3rd place.

Congratulations to our talented students and to the amazing teachers of our Art department who make sure that each student taking Art classes, feels like they’re in a real Art School.👏🏻🎨

#artcompetition #blackseaschools #youngartists #awards #education #primaryschool #secondaryschool #Students #BIST #britishinternationalschooloftimisoara #IBschool

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🌏🕊Anul școlar se apropie de final, însă veștile bune nu se opresc: în urmă cu câteva zile am primit minunata veste că elevii noștri au obținut premii la 3 din cele 4 categorii din cadrul Black Sea Schools ”Art competition”, și anume: 🥇Locul 1 la categoria de vârstă 5-7 ani, 🥈Locul 2 la categoria de vârstă 7-11 ani și 🥈🥉Locul 2 și 3 la categoria de vârstă 11-14 ani.

Felicitări talentaților noștri elevi, dar și profesorilor din departamentul nostru de artă, care au grijă ca fiecare copil care participă la orele lor să se simtă ca într-o adevărată școală de arte.👏🏻🎨

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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.

Sincerely, 

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

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 office@britishschool-timisoara.ro

Sorin Maxim

BA, BSc

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 office@britishschool-timisoara.ro

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 office@britishschool-timisoara.ro

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

PGCE, BSc, MEd

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.

Contact: school.director@britishschool-timisoara.ro

Bogdan N. LAZAR

PGCE, BA, BSc, MA, MEd

Deputy School Director

Bogdan joined the British International School of Timisoara as the Deputy School Director. 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) in Social Sciences, a PGCE and Master’s Degrees in Organisation Management and Educational Psychology; 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 an additional Bachelor’s Degree at 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 13-year-old daughter in Year 10.

Megan Hickman

PGCE, BA, MA

Head of Primary

Ms. Hickman arrives at BIST from a premier international school in Budapest, where she has been dedicated to fostering academic excellence and community growth. Her adept management of school expansion initiatives, akin to our own recent endeavors, highlights her proficiency in navigating changing educational landscapes, which is key to supporting students particularly in the wake of the global pandemic.

Grounded in her belief in the transformative power of education, Ms. Hickman’s pedagogical philosophy centers on cultivating a culture of joyful learning and holistic personal growth. She is dedicated to instilling values of global citizenship, community engagement, and equality across all facets of school life, ensuring a nurturing and inclusive environment for students and educators alike.

Originally hailing from Canada, Ms. Hickman’s academic career began in linguistics and English literature, followed by a transition to Europe where she pursued her PGCE and obtained a Master of Education in leadership and management from the UK. Beyond her professional pursuits, she is an avid enthusiast of art and classical music.

Silviu NĂSTASE

PGCE, BSc, MA, PHD

Head of Secondary / Associate 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

Andreea LAZAR

PGCE, BA, MA, TESOL

Deputy Head of Primary (Years 1-3) 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 13-year-old daughter in Year 10.

Emma BRAY

PGCE, BA, MA

Deputy Head of Primary (Years 4-6) 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 predominantly in Key Stage One. In addition to this, and her time at BIST, Emma has worked in two other international schools in Europe.
 

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.

Manuela CONSTANTIN

PGCE, BA, EYFS Certificate

Reception Coordinator and Teacher of 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.

Tiziri SEFFAL

PGCE, BA, MEd

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.

Caitlyn MANNERS-WOODS

PGCE, BA

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. 

Caitlyn’s academic journey encompasses fine art, English and African literature, as well as film television studies at a university level. She later pursued a postgraduate qualification in childhood education, uniting her artistic and literary interests with her commitment to teaching. Caitlyn has a black cat called Kiki.

Damaris CIRET

BA, PGCE

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.

Joann DUNBAR

PGCE, BA

Primary School Teacher

JoAnn Dunbar was born and raised in Alberta, Canada but discovered early in life that she loved exploring the world. She combined travel and learning with a high school semester abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a University semester in Caen, France.  After completing her Bachelor’s of Education degree at the University of Alberta, JoAnn started her teaching career. Her first years of teaching included HS English; Junior High French and Language arts; and ES French.

JoAnn discovered she could combine her teaching career with her love of travel when she was presented the opportunity to teach 6th grade in North Carolina. In addition to teaching Language Arts, Social Studies and Math, she was involved in many activities outside of the classroom, which included coaching volleyball, becoming a certified volleyball ref, and acting in two productions with the Western Rockingham Community Theatre Guild.

After her adventures in North Carolina, JoAnn decided to try English teaching in Korea for a year.  One year turned into two and during that second year, she learned about International schools.  When a position opened up at Seoul Foreign School (SFS), JoAnn decided that Seoul could be home for a few more years. JoAnn taught a variety of subjects during her 14 years at SFS and she also earned a Master’s degree from Simpson University, Redding California while working at SFS. 

After 16 fulfilling years in Korea, JoAnn chose to try something new. She joined the team at Wellington College International in Hangzhou, China where she gained valuable experience with the British National curriculum and a new age range of pupils. She was also flexible and practiced thinking outside the box to deliver engaging lessons, both in person and online.

JoAnn is excited for the new learning opportunities at BIST, and for a new city and country to explore.

Oana STRÎMBEANU

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.

Sebastian JONES

PGCE, BA

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.

Daniela ENE

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.

Kirsty HEGYI

PGCE LLB 

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.

Viviana Granata

PGCE, BA

Primary School Teacher

Coming soon…

Primary School Specialist Teachers

Lavinia TANASIE

BA, MA – in progress

Teacher of Romanian Language

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.

Denis IOVESCU

PGCE, BA

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.

Besides being a PE teacher he is also a karate athlete and coach. One of his passions is teaching kids to achieve their goals and to transform them into the best version of themselves.
In 2022 & 2023 Denis won the World Karate Championships and in the same years he was declared the best athlete from Timis county.
 
In his free time he likes to ride his bike, read and spend time with his friends.

Denisa STOIAN

BA, MA

Primary School Teacher

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.

Elena TROFIN

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.

Eva NISTOR

BA

Teacher of German Language

Eva was always in fond of learning foreign languages. She started teaching German language as mother language in Kindergarten in year 2012 in Deva.

Among many languages she considered German the most challenging. Her first teaching job was in Kindergarten, as an educator in German language as mother language, and continued with primary and secondary school.

She graduated Germanistics at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu and also studied Pedagogy for primary and preschool education as native German language at Babeș- Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca. After 10 years of teaching experience she joined us last year in November as a German Teacher in the Primary school.

Cristina MUNTEANU

BA

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

Benjamin SHORTEN

MA (hons)

Academic Quality Manager (Whole School) / Deputy Head of Secondary  (Pastoral)

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. 

Raluca BEMBE

PGCE, BA, MA, PHD

Deputy Head of Secondary (Academic)

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.

Adam HEGYI

PGCE, BSc, MA

Head of Computer Science

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.

Maja IZAKOVIC

PGCE, BA

Teacher of Science

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.

Abass MUGABE

PGCE, BEd, MEd

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. 

 

Tim SCHULZE

PGCE, BA

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.

Amy RICE

PGCE, BA

Head of Humanities and Social Science / 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.

Theodore WOODHEAD

PGCE, BA

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.

Jay MOORE

PGCE, BA

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.

Brett SCHLOSSER

PGCE, BA

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.

 

Oana BOLDEA

PGCE, BA

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.

Sofia PAPADOPOULOU

PGCE, BA

 

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.

Georgios GKEVETZS

PGCE, BA

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.

Jane MIHALACHE

PGCE, BA

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.

Karina GHEORGHE

PGCE, BA

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

Paul JENNINGS

PGCE, BA

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.

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.

Diana STĂNICĂ

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.

Kristina DANCIU

PGCE, BA, MA

Head of English / 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.

William WILSON

PGCE, BSc

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.

Iulia BUNDURUȘ

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

James HUNTER

PGCE, BA

 

Teacher of English

James is joining BIST from St. George’s – The British International School Düsseldorf Rhein-Ruhr where he spent three years working in various parts of the Primary School. Having worked in international schools for over ten years in Amsterdam, Yangon and Düsseldorf, James is extremely excited about joining the school.

Whilst working in Germany, James graduated from The Open University with BA (Hons) in English Literature. As well as a passion for literature and poetry, James enjoys travelling, watching his beloved Manchester United and listening to music. In the future, James hopes he will be able to pass on his love of football to the children in clubs and lessons. 

Florina CAPOTĂ

BA, MA

 

Head of Marketing / IB CAS Coordinator

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.

Catalina PĂUNA

BA, MA – in progress

Teacher of Science / 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.

Gabriela GHERMAN

BA, MA, Phd

Teacher of Science

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.

Alina BARNA

PGCE, BA, ACCA 

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.

Mark MANUELL

PGCE, BA

Primary School 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.

Luminita BERECZKI

BBA, MA

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.

Roxana DAN

PGCE, BA

Librarian

Roxana graduated from William Shakespeare High School with her Cambridge Advanced Certificate before pursuing Human Resources at West University. She also gained practical experience working in HR and Customer service.
 
Known for her friendly nature and genuine interest in people, Roxana finds joy in building connections wherever she goes.
 
In her free time, she enjoys traveling, immersing herself in different cultures, and cherishing moments with loved ones.

Elena BĂLGRĂDEAN

BA – in progress

Head 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

Adriana JENNINGS

BA, MA

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.

Doina CARASAN

PGCE, BA

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.

Ana MAFTEI

BA – in progress

SEND Support

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.

Silvana PILIPETI

BA

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

PGCE, BA, MA

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.

Daniel MIOC

PGCE, BA

Teacher of PSHEE

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.

Alisa SOHOREANU

PGCE, BA, MA

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.

Mihai BÎZGAN

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

PGCE, BA, MA

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

Tamara NISTOR

PGCE, BA

Teaching Assistant

She is a blessed and grateful mother of an 11-year-old boy, passionate about nurturing young minds, an experienced child educator, and an advocate of body-mind wellness practices.

While her degrees are in engineering and economics, life’s calling led her to a path of immense fulfillment in children’s education and care. With over a decade of experience, she has worked closely with children in various settings, starting from babysitting to roles in kindergartens and after-school activities.

In 2018, she embraced her passion for yoga and child education, becoming a certified Yoga Kids Educator. Since then, she has been utilizing her skills to plan and deliver engaging activities that promote physical health and emotional well-being in after-school setups and extended her support to underprivileged children during camps and events.

Her heart lies in nurturing the growth and development of young minds. She firmly believes in laying a strong foundation for their future success, emphasizing not only academic excellence but also emotional well-being and mindfulness.

Beyond her love for child education, she actively engages in educating people about caring for their body-mind relationship through the transformative practice of restorative yoga. This holistic approach empowers individuals to find balance, harmony, and inner peace.

In addition to her professional pursuits, she finds joy in various interests such as travel, reading, running, gardening, nutrition, and psychology. These passions enrich her understanding of the world and deepen her connections with others.

Raul GOMEZ

PGCE, BA

Teacher of Music

Born and raised in Mallorca, Spain, Raul Garcia Gomez started his journey in music at the young age of two years old. When he was five, he started playing clarinet but stopped at the age of seven to start with his main instrument (drums) at eight.

During his teenage years in Mallorca he started playing in his first band and at the age of 18 he moved to Barcelona to study his passion in Taller de Musics and Conservatori Superior del Liceu de Barcelona. There he studied Jazz and Modern music interpretation, during these years he discovered his other passion also related with music which is teaching it. He combined his time studying with teaching percussion, music theory and drums to all kind of students (from children to adults, in groups and in particular lessons) and playing in different projects such as Jove Big Band del Taller de Musics.

Raul also loves discovering new places and cultures and that is the reason why he decided to move to Romania to be a music teacher, as this was a great opportunity for him to start to discover the world and getting to know different people from all across the globe.

Diana POPESCU

PGCE, BA

Teaching Assistant

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 SPAN

PGCE, BA

Teaching Assistant

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.

Carla PREDA

PGCE, BA

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.

Anca ANDREI

PGCE, BA

Teacher of Arts

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.

Elvira GOMEZ

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

Lia CORLAN

BA, MA

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

BA, MA

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 COSTINESCU

BA, MA

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.

Carmen SCHULDESZ

BA, MA

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.

Bianca SĂBĂILĂ

BA – in progress

Communication and Events Coordinator

Bianca Săbăilă 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.

Maria PAVEL

BA, MA

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 NICORICI

BA

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.

Alina BALI

BA

Head of IT Department / 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. Camping or fishing are two of the activities she usually does with her family.

Andreea HEPEȘ

NPC

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.

Radu LAZĂR

School Caretaker

Mr. Radu is our longest serving member of the maintenantce team having join us five year ago. Mr Radu knows a little about everything and enjoys his long holidays overseas.

Needlees to say we are happy to have him on the team aswell.

Sorin DOBOSAN

School Caretaker
 

Mr Sorin joins the team recently after serving as the administrator of his own company.

We are glad to have him on the team aswell.

Nicolae Pinzari

School Caretaker

Originally from Russia, Mr. Nicolae moved to Timisoara in the early 2000s.

In the past Mr. Nicolae was very succesfull in the construction industry.

We are very glad that he decided to join our very succesfull maintenance here at BIST.

 
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