Our Staff

Our Team

Fairs Principal

BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think”.

I am very proud to be the Principal at BBIS, working with such a fantastic group of teachers, and supportive parents. For the past
17 years I have been leading teams in education, and have developed my experience in international schools in London, Singapore and in Brunei. I am a member of the Principals Training Centre in London, and have been involved in training for international team leaders, as well curriculum development and assessment., with COBIS and the Institute of Education in London.
My passion lies in helping children, of all ages, achieve more than they think they can. I believe every child has a unique talent and it is our job, as teachers and educators, to give children the self -confidence and skills to be able to try new things, and develop a life- long passion for learning.


Szalai Managing Director

I studied at international schools throughout my childhood, at the British International School of Budapest( BISB) in primary, and at the American International School ( AISB) for high school and IB diploma. Having had those experiences I fell in love with the International school models, and it was a dream to open a school which combines all yet keeps the small family atmosphere.
I completed my double major in international relations and psychology at Vienna American University. After this I then gained an MBA at Oxford Brooks University. Later I continued at a Doctoral school in Budapest.
I have two children Laura and Peter, who both proudly and happily study at BBIS.
I enjoy travelling and spending time with my loved ones, besides my other biggest love which is BBIS. I am lucky to have my passion and work in one package!


Dr. Emese
Petho Financial Director

I was born and raised in Jászberény in Hungary. After graduating at the Budapest Business School – University of Applied Sciences I quickly became the chief accountant at the Bundy Ltd. After moving to Budapest I graduated at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University – Faculty of Law and Ploitical Sciences. Since 2004 I am the chief accountat of Rosinter Hungary Ltd. …
I feel that constantly improving myself is important therefore I finished numerous courses, trainings such as E-C Business School CMS, auditor, etc. I am pleased to say that my daughter is a happy student at the BBIS and I can be a proud mum and also a member of the school.


Spinks Deputy Principal, Head of Performing Arts and Year 6JS Teacher

I am very excited about my role as Year 6 Teacher and Head of Performing Arts at Budapest British International School. I strongly believe that the Performing Arts has an important job in driving the spirit of a school and I constanly strive to create an environment where students feel comfortable and confident taking risks and challenging themselves.
I am passionate about making Music relevant and engaging for all students and look forward to developing some exciting opportunities for the students at the school.


Brandon Assistant Principal,Director of Studies and Year 6GB Teacher

Hello, my name is Gary Brandon and I’m from a small seaside town called Margate in Southern England. I graduated with a degree in Marketing from the University of Newcastle but my life changed when I gained a TEFL qualification and moved to South Korea to teach English as a foreign language.
Since then, I have also taught in Prague, Qatar and of course, Hungary. I obtained my PGCE from Sunderland University, in the UK, and have happily been a Primary teacher ever since. I continue to learn from the teachers around me and look to improve myself at every opportunity. I like to see children enjoying every day of school, leaving each day with new knowledge instilled in them. If I’m not teaching I spend my time doing anything artistic, playing or watching football and cricket, playing darts and choosing the next place I can explore on holiday. A couple of interesting facts about me are that I have gone cage diving with great white sharks and I have ridden an ostrich.


Beedle Director of Operations, Year 2 Teacher

I was born and raised in North Yorkshire. I graduated from the University of Cumbria with a first-class degree in Primary Education with a specialism in English. I have had experience teaching children throughout the Primary phase with a range of needs. When teaching in Finland I further developed my skills in teaching children for whom English as an additional language
I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and found it very rewarding. I have taught in lower Key Stage 2 in England. For the past year I have taught Year 2 at BBIS. I have embraced my role as Key Stage 1 Leader and look forward to the rest of my time at BBIS.



Bódi Co-Teacher Year 1

I was born in Debrecen east of Hungary. I completed my degree as a music teacher and choir conductor in Eger at Eszterhazy Karoly University. I have sung in numerous choruses and chamber choirs since I was 7 years old. After completing my MA course I moved to London where I lived for nearly 8 years. I taught at North London Conservatoire as a musicianship
and music kindergarten teacher. I also have worked at Fortis Green Nursery as a music teacher. I have experience working with children aged 1 to 14. I always found it easier to find the common language with the younger children. I enjoy working in an international environment and getting to know different cultures and traditions especially from a child’s point of view. In my free time I enjoy travelling and meeting new people. I am slowly finding my way back to chorus singing. I am enjoying to relocate back to Hungary and be a part of a great team at BBIS.


Latinyák Co-Teacher Year 2

My major in teaching was always the responsibility to prepare students for their next educational level,either as a primary school teacher ,where I was teaching phonics,writting,reading,Math ,Science,arts and crafts or as an English Language teacher,where I was responsible for my students language and learning development.
I hold a Primary School Teacher Degree in Hungarian (grades 1-4)and Bachelor Degree in English Language Teaching.
I have been living in Hungary for more then 20 years.

Since 1996 I have worked at several International Kindergartens and Schools here in Budapest. I was experiencing teaching in school such as American International School of Budapest,British International School of Budapest,ISB,Happy Kids International KIndergarten,Lauder Javne Jewish Community School and Britannicaschool Budapest in Hungary. Last school year I had the opportunity to run one of the after school clubs at our school twice a Week,Creative visual arts and cratfs.

I was always interested in following teaching developments in education. I have always attended different workshops,webinars and teacher trainings. Nowdays, I have been working on my own creative visual arts and crafts program,called Almaház,officially accepted and protected by the law,for young learners where I am developing learning activities for pre/school age children.With these activities children are able to accomplish the technique of being able to turn their own inner abilities into life- long important skills ,very important for their future school years. (focusing skills,attention,concentration,clear communication and problem solving ability)


Holmes Lower Primary English Coordinator and Year 2KH Teacher

I was born and raised in Budapest. I received my BA in pedagogy at Apor Vilmos Teachers Training College. I also gained a degree in teaching Religious Education. I started my career in international schools (BISB, ICSB) in Hungary. Following that I moved to the UK, where I gained most of my teaching experience in both Primary
and High School settings (St. Anthony’s School of London, Sir Charles Parsons Science College and Walbottle Campus). I have had extensive training in teaching phonics. I trained at the National Institute of Learning Development in the USA and became a certified educational therapist. I use a sensory approach in my teaching and aim to engage and motivate my students to become curious and independent learners. I have recently relocated from the UK and I am raising a bilingual family.


Hum Co-Teacher Year 2

I was born in Hungary but grew up in Australia. I have a degree in Art History from the University of New South Wales, Australia and a degree in Public Relations from Queensland University of Technology, also in Australia. I worked in communications for various government departments in Australia.
In Hungary I was one of the writers for the popular Hungarian soap opera Barátok Közt. I have also taught English to adults and children for several years at Berlitz Language School.



Egri Co-Teacher Year 3

I was born in Hungary but from a very young age I have gravitated towards international surrounding. As a child, I took part in international summer camps where I had the privilege to get to know people from all around the world. To share this experience with others, that I believe has formed me in a lot of good ways
my family and I had the opportunity to organize summer English and Sport camps, working together with great people from the USA and the UK for almost 10 years. At a young age, I went to the UK to do voluntary work. I always loved working with children and speaking English. Doing it simultaneously was the way to go for me. I graduated as an Elementary School Teacher with English language specialism and worked in a Hungarian- English bilingual school. For the last couple of years, I have lived and worked in Germany.
I believe that in every challenge lives a greater opportunity. I am excited to be a Year 3 Co- Teacher and looking forward to learning and exploring new things with the students.


Whitfield Key Stage 2 Coordinator and Year 3EW Teacher

graduated from the University of Cumbria with a 2:1 degree in Primary Education with a specialism in Inclusive Practice. This course prepared me to be able to teach across the range of English national curriculum subjects and, in particular, prepared me to be able to ensure all students have the best opportunity to learn and succeed.
As part of my degree I also focused on learners for whom English is an additional language (EAL). Most recently I have been teaching in a school in Birmingham, UK. The school is in the centre of Birmingham and I teach year 4. The student”s in my class come from many different cultures, countries and backgrounds; for many, of whom English is not their first language. I have had experience teaching in an international school in the United Arab Emirates and, prior to commencing my studies to become a teacher, I spent some time in India working in a rural school. I am looking forward to joining the team at BBIS and working hard to provide with my colleagues to provide students with the very best education.


Prest Upper Primary English Coordinator and Year 3AP Teacher

I have been working as a teacher in international pre-schools in Budapest for 14 years, and have a degree from St Martin;s University, Lancaster, UK in Education and Performing rts. I am now very excited to join Budapest British International School. I was born in the U.K, and was involved in performing arts from an early age.
I sincerely believe that a good education includes introducing children to great literature, plays, dance, visual arts, and music.


Tóth Co-Teacher Year 3

I was born in Szeged, south of Hungary then moved to Budapest to graduate at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy as solfege, music theory teacher and choir master. I sang in numerous choruses since I was a child. After having my BA degree I moved to London and lived there for 7 years.
I taught piano and musicianship at the North London Colourstrings Music School for children aged 6-16 years and also led 3 choirs. During my time in London I won a place at the BBC Symphony Chorus and I had the opportunity to work with world famous conductors and solo singers. In 2014 I started working at the Hungarian State Opera as an assistant of the orchestra. This is my second year at the BBIS and I am excited about the new challenges and the year ahead.


Jones Teacher Year 3

I am originally from Liverpool in England but have been living and teaching abroad for almost ten years. This experience inspired me to continue my studies in order to qualify as a primary school teacher. I completed my PGCE in Primary education at Roehampton University in 2013.
Since then I have been working in an international kindergarten in Budapest.


Hettig Co-Teacher Year 3

After graduating at the University of Szeged as a Primary School Teacher with English major, I decided to travel and work abroad. I was working in London for a year and also had the chance to travel around the world by working on a luxury cruise line. I have experienced working with diverse nationalities therefore I am comfortable being in an international environment.
I have started my teaching experience in Thailand as an ESL teacher. In 2013 I received a certificate of TEFL for Target Learner Groups and started working at an international academy. I have experience of teaching children, teenagers and adults. After being an ESL teacher I became a subject teacher at a bilingual kindergarten, teaching Phonics and Language. Even though I had enjoyed working abroad it was time to move back to Hungary. I have been a Co-Teacher at BBIS since 2016, teaching most of all Science, Circle Time, Topic, EAL and taking part in other activities. I am passionate about teaching children. I consider myself an organized, hard-working and self-motivated teacher. In my free time I enjoy running and doing exercise. I am also a Zumba Fitness and Zumba Kids instructor.


Gonzalez Teacher Year 4

I am originally from Bogotá, Colombia, where I pursued my BA in modern languages and I started my teaching career as a EFL and a bilingual teacher in two prestigious schools of the city. Following my passion for languages I moved to Sydney, Australia where I continued working with international students as a student advisor in a language college.
Two years later, in 2002 I moved to Budapest where I have been living ever since and where I have obtained great experience teaching science and mathematics to diverse student populations at an international school. Over the years I have also gained experience teaching Spanish to children and I am a member of the Spanish Teachers Association in Hungary. I am passionate about teaching children and forging relationships that help them build a sense of confidence and enable them to grow as successful learners. Teaching Gifted and Talented students and General learning disabilities are the two areas of my most interest which I constantly support by taking professional development courses from ICEP Europe. I am a proud mother of a gorgeous boy and besides my passion for teaching I enjoy traveling with my family, taking bicycle rides, exploring international cuisine and meeting with my friends.


Jolan Chien
Szegedy Co-Teacher Year 4

I am American and a California girl with a Chinese mother and Hungarian father. Growing up in a racially diverse community I have always felt a wanderlust to explore new locales and I always documented my experiences through artistic mediums. This led me to study Visual Communications at University of California Davis with a minor in English.
I then completed a Master of Fine Arts in Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. My thesis project was to write and illustrate an original children’s storybook.


Maxwell Teacher Year 4

I was born in New South Wales Australia to an Australian father and English mother. For my teaching degree, I completed a double major in the subjects of English and History. I graduated from the University of New England in 2005 as a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society due my maintenance of an outstanding academic record.
After graduating I worked in Australian schools for six years. My passion for travel brought me to Hungary in 2014 and I decided to stay permanently. I have now taught ESL for three years here in Budapest. I have very much enjoyed the challenge of moving from teaching English as a first language to teaching it as a second language – it has broadened my understanding not only of how students learn but also of my own language. I aim to establish and maintain a classroom environment in which students feel safe and supported but also inspired to create and learn for enjoyment and self expression. My teaching style is energetic and versatile. My personal interests include travel, cooking, hiking and craft. I am also in the process of learning Hungarian although I admit my progress is slow!


Szigeti Co-Teacher Year 4

I’m from Keszthely, a pretty Hungarian town near lake Balaton. I studied in Budapest, at the Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Primary and Nursery School Teachers’ Training. During that time my biggest experiences were to study in Belfast, Northern Ireland for one semester, and to work in a summer camp in the USA…
After my studies I become a primary school teacher in a Hungarian-English bilingual school. I worked there for 4 years teaching 6-11 years old children, and in the summertime I also worked in many kids’ camps. I like teaching different subjects and I think a great school is where all kids and teachers are excited and happy to come every day. In my free time I like reading, running and hiking.


Christensen Teacher Year 5

Hello! I am the Year 5 Class Teacher. This will be my eighth year teaching at international schools in Hungary, and my second year at BBIS. Prior to moving to Budapest, I taught in the United States after studying at Crown College in Tennessee and obtaining my teaching degree.
I strongly believe that education is not all about academics. Learning and processing information is vital, but we should also focus on life skills that involve developing our emotional and social skills. I also belive that this development is a process we should consciously work on throughout our lives. I am pleased to be a part of the students’ lives at this impressionable age.
I have two teenage daughters who study economics in a Hungarian-French bilingual school. We have a puppy, Mochi, who keeps us thoroughly entertained. In my spare time I like to read and travel. I enjoy Hungary’s central location, perfect for accommodating weekend trips to nearby countries.


Albi Co-Teacher Year 5, IT Teacher

I was born in Budapest and graduated from Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Nursery and Elementary School Teachers’ Training, with English language specialism. I worked as a teacher in a Hungarian – English bilingual elementary school for seven years and since then, I am a co-teacher at this school, where I got the opportunity to have my own subjects and try myself in teaching several others as well.
I’ve taught children from age 6 to 11 so far, and found it extremely rewarding. I have experience in teaching basic programming through Scratch and LEGO robotics and basic logic gates through Minecraft. I like playing basketball and I also like to play the guitar and sing.


Horváth Primary Science Coordinator and Year 6JS Co-Teacher

I was born and raised in Hungary but after graduating in 2003 I moved to England, where I worked as a Special Educational Teacher for five years. Whilst teaching in England, I studied at Kingston University and completed a diploma in Professional Studies in Education.
I moved to Thailand in 2012 where I worked as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Primary Teacher in international schools and delivered the English National- and International Primary Curriculum. As a teacher, I especially enjoy delivering a topic-based creative curriculum where children are encouraged to express their ideas through arts and crafts.


Kiss Co-Teacher Year 6

I was born and raised up in Hungary.
I awarded a Master Degree and a professional qualification of teacher of English language and Culture at Eszterházy Károly University.My teaching carreer started in 2004 and I am proud of having over 12 years experience in primary and secondary schools in Hungary and in England.
I have had opportunity to do different teaching roles in North London for two years.
Before the educational field I had worked with international families living in Budapest.
Being a member of a newly started international school, gives me enthusiasm to share all my valuable experience . I also look forward to all the challenges of the new generation.
I believe that kids thrive when we believe in their capaiblities.
Besides that I am a mother of a teenager girl. My interests outside of school are travel, reading, rowing and gardening.



Adams Teacher Year 7

Hi, my name is Chris Adams and I am from Somerset in the South West of England. I studied Geography at the University of the West of England in Bristol and completed my PGCE in Geography at the Institute of Education in London.
I have been teaching for 8 years and I have taught in a range of secondary schools in London and the South West of England. I greatly enjoy teaching young people about our natural world and how humans can impact the physical environment and I take great pride and enjoyment from seeing my students develop and achieve their goals and targets through Active Learning. It has always been a dream of mine to teach abroad and I am really excited to have the opportunity to teach in Budapest at BBIS.




Gonzalez Head of MFL , Spanish Teacher

I was born and raised in Mexico, in the beautiful Mayan peninsula of Yucatán. After finishing my teaching training specialising in Modern Languages I worked in various state and private Mexican schools.I made the decision to move to Europe in 2010, starting my International Career at the Vienna International School.
I worked at VIS as a substitute teacher for the World Languages department and was trained within the IB Diploma standards.


Beattie Head of EAL

I was born in a small suburb outside of Richmond, Virginia in the U.S.A. Growing up, I never dreamed I would be living a life teaching abroad. While at Virginia Commonwealth University, I gained a Master’s Degree in Teaching Secondary English. Immediately after graduating, I decided to take a job teaching English and EAL In Budapest, Hungary and have been here now for three years.   This has been the craziest but most rewarding decision I have ever made and I haven’t looked back since.

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Fotescu Primary Maths Coordinator

I am a very experienced Maths teacher with more than 16 years of active teaching children from early stages to high school. I gained my BA diploma in Mathematics in 2000, at University of Bucharest, Romania, my native country. I have also an MA diploma in Algebra and Theory of Numbers, from 2002 and specialization in Pedagogy and Psychology of Children starting 2000.   I have always been dedicatedly involved in school’s life, being Head of Mathematics and Science Department, member on the Board of Directors, Mentor teacher, but most of all a great Maths teacher. During the last 6 years I was living abroad in Lithuania and Hungary, an experience which gave me the chance to join an open-minded intercultural environment and to apply my Maths vision and skills in British Curriculum. I have a Certificate of Linguistic Competence in English, given by the University of Foreign Languages, Bucharest and many other certificates which prove my qualifications in multiple intelligences, techniques of conflicts’ negotiation, management of educational events, financial management, ECDL, training in Child Protection etc. I believe that Mathematics is that international coded language which can open minds and lead the way to a bright future for each child and it is my great pleasure and duty as a teacher to make it understandable and loved.

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Sticzay Hungarian Teacher KS1

I finished my pedagogy studies in Esztergom in 1983 and I started my early career also here. Later, I moved to Budapest and I taught children from class 1 to 6. Since then I have decades of teaching experience, my primary subjects are Hungarian grammar and literature, environmental studies such as biology and geography and teaching how to write and read from young age.
I have always paid extra attention on my skill development throughout the years and I have successfully completed several courses such as the Lepesrol- lepesre/ Step by Step, which focuses on the most advanced ways to teach writing and reading in a way that children can develop coherent thinking.
In the past years I have also started working at international pre-schools where I help to prepare children for school, I am very happy to follow their further development in our school. I have years of experience in teaching in international schools and working with multicultural colleagues and students, which I find inspiring and engaging. I am happy to say that I teach here since day one in multiple classes and that next to the Hungarian language I also make the children familiar with the Hungarian culture.
I consider myself lucky that I can do what I like, my profession is my passion and hobby.


Bakos Hungarian Teacher KS2 / KS3

Born in Budapest, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Hungarian and Russian Language and Literature at Eötvös Lóránd University, Faculty of Humanities, Budapest. During my studies, I also completed one semester at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia.
I started my career at Szent István University, Gödöllő, as a teacher of Hungarian as a foreign language.
In this period, I also edited and compiled educational materials for Hungarian and regularly appeared in an educational programme of Danubius Radio and Hungarian Television called “Telecke”.
Subsequently, I worked for twelve years at the British International School, Budapest as a teacher of Hungarian as a foreign language, and Hungarian language and literature for native-speaker pupils. I gathered considerable experience in teaching various age groups, from KS1 to adults.
During my career, I worked as a teacher of Hungarian as a foreign language for various foreign organisations (such as the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, the Cultural Centre of the Russian Federation’s Embassy in Budapest, Erasmus, and the Rotary Club). I successfully taught hundreds of foreigners to master our mother tongue, which is far from easy, and made them familiar with Hungarian culture by virtue of activities which I organised.


Grahl German Teacher

I was born and raised in Germany where I obtained a BA in International Business Studies. I have always been interested in languages and other countries, so I have spent 1 year in the United States and 2 semesters in Spain during my studies. After graduating I started my career with the BMW Group organizing international motor shows worldwide.
Before coming to Budapest we lived in Austria where I worked at the Johannes Kepler University as program manager. To continue my career in Budapest I completed in 2015 a “German as foreign language” course with the Goethe Institute and started working as a German teacher for kids. Since September 2015 I am teaching at BBIS (former BBIA) and looking forward to start into an exciting new school year.



Kepes Art Teacher

My name is Bori Kepes. I’m indigenous “Budapestian”. Ever since I was able to hold I was drawing and creating. I went to most Art Schools in Budapest. After graduating from high school I’ve learned to be a goldsmith, but very soon I’ve realized that instead of working alone I want to create together with children.
So I attended University and learned to be a Teacher of Drawing and Visual Communication. Before I’ve joined this school I taught Visual Arts in international kindergardens for 9 years and I’m teaching here -each class- at BBIS right from the beginning. I’m married and a proud mother of two boys.”


Clowes KS3, Year 6 Science Teacher, Year 7 Maths Teacher

Steven worked in the pharmaceutical industry for seventeen years as a Scientist. His first teaching Job was as a Maths Teacher. He moved on to teach Science at a Secondary School in Hull that was a Beacon School for Science.
His first international Teaching post was in Romania where he met his wife.
He went on to teach in Madrid and Santiago Chile before returning to the UK. Overall Steven has thirteen teaching experience.
He particularly enjoys teaching key stage three (11-14) Science and Maths. He has taught Maths and Science both in the UK and Internationally. Steven has several years of experience preparing pupils for IGCSE Cambridge Board in both Maths and Science.
Steven prides himself on finding new and innovative ways to teach his subject for second language learners.
Outside of the classroom Steven has a keen interest in sports and has coached Football, Cricket and ran a Baseball after school club.
Steven is particularly looking forward to living and working in Eastern Europe again



Paraizs School Receptionist

After obtaining my master degree in business at College of Foreign Trade in Budapest. I worked in business, foreign trade and marketing, export and import, organising exhibitions abroad. Then I continued this business in my own agency. 15 years ago I began to work on the field of education at an international school as a school secretary. In January, 2017 I happily joined to BBIS.   I am married, have 3 daughters and a grandson. I like travelling, which was an important part and pleasure in my business, and at the same time I like gardening at the Balaton.

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Kelemen Admissions and Database Officer

My name is Krisztina Kelemen. I graduated and worked for the Szalai family for many years 26 years ago. I have experience working with international tourists in Budapest. I also ran my own business in the 90’s. I joined the staff of BBIS in 2017 as data and admissions officer.   I have two grown-up daughters and I am an active grandma.

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Lorincz Office Manager , Engage Specialist

I spent my childhood and pre-adolescent years in several different countries around the world with my family. During those years spent abroad, I attended Russian Embassy kindergarten, as well as elementary and high schools in Beijing and Prague, respectively. From an early age, I was immersed in a multinational, multicultural environment, which left a lasting impression on me.   I strongly believe that the many years spent studying in international schools subsequently made me a better, more tolerant, open minded and respectful person. As a young adult I moved to the United States, and spent 16 years living, working and studying in New York City. I believe that I have a fairly clear idea about the challenges and the many advantages that come from being a student abroad in an international school. Especially during my New York City years, I have seen how speaking a common language such as English, could bring people with different cultural backgrounds together. I cherish the opportunity to work at BBIS and apply all of the knowledge I have obtained through my diverse work experiences towards a position aiding the pupils, parents and staff of the school.

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Szabo Chef

Allen Head of Facilities