Teachers

KS 1 Teachers

Vera Buzek

Class Teacher and SENCO

 


I started my university years at the University of Szeged with a BA in English-German Studies, after which I graduated from the University of Eötvös Loránd with a degree in Special Educational Needs.
I dreamt about becoming a teacher since my childhood, so I am really passionate about education. As a teacher, I strive to create and maintain an environment where each child’s individual needs are kept in mind, so that all pupils can learn and grow. Every one of us needs some additional attention and care now and then and for children in particular, this is most important.


Julianna Egri

KS1 Teaching Assistant


I was born in Hungary but lived abroad for several years. I decided to become a teacher because I love being around children, I love to learn, and have always been driven by the desire to help those around me.
I want to inspire kids to learn and grow. I believe that what happens in the classroom has the potential to impact students’ futures just as it did mine. I graduated as an Elementary School Teacher with English major and worked in a Hungarian-English bilingual school. For the last couple of years, I have lived and worked in Germany.


Kate Holmes

Class Teacher
Head of Phonics

 


I have always worked in international schools in Hungary and in the UK. I am passionate about making the learning experience enjoyable and memorable.
I strive to be a role model, a mentor and a facilitator of learning to my students. I believe the relationship I nurture with my students sets the stage for the learning journey. I’m passionate about literature and arts. I coordinate early reading instruction to nurture fluent, confident readers through our synthetic phonics programme.


Cassandra Bryant

KS1 Teaching Assistant


‘I was born in the UK, where I studied Animation at Manchester Metropolitan University. My path changed when I worked on various Summer School projects and I discovered how much I enjoy working with children and seeing them develop through their learning journey. I’m excited to be using my creative abilities to help 1KH learn and grow in a fun and caring environment.’


Vicky Ellaby

Class Teacher
KS1 Coordinator
Eco Schools

 


My name is Vicky Ellaby and I am from England. Although, I have not lived there for 17 years. I have a Bachelor in Education and started my career in London. I became an International Teacher after this and have worked in Spain, Mexico, Egypt, U.A.E. and now in Budapest.
I have worked in International Schools and a Montessori School. I love to learn about new cultures and I speak Spanish. Also, I am very interested in becoming more self-sustainable. I choose to work in small school as I feel the children can feel more at home and supported with their learning. I run the Eco- Warriors and want to develop this further in the school.


Anna Szigeti

KS1 Teaching Assistant

 


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 am a teacher simply because I love children. I am amazed of their curiosity, braveness and how open-minded they are.


Anett Spinks

KS1 Teaching Assistant

 


I qualified from ELTE University with Bachelor of Arts diplomas in both Communication and Cultural Studies. I love working with children as they can teach us as much as we can teach them. The variety of the job and the fact that no two days are the same is extremely rewarding. I am very pleased to be part of this special community and the opportunity to work with a great team of staff.


Richard Darling

KS1 Teaching Assistant

 


Hello, my name is Richard and I grew up in the rural Southern Uplands of Scotland. Coming from the countryside ensures two things: a love of nature and an education experience suited to smaller, caring classroom sizes, both of which are true at BBIS.
Throughout my time in primary and secondary school I was heavily involved with drama and the arts, taking part in many extracurricular pursuits such as theatre and sports, as well as in-school activities like choir singing and art exhibiting. Graduating from the University of the West of Scotland with a BA in Filmmaking & Screenwriting, I went on to work as head of design for a CBBC children’s comedy show pilot, changing from working with mostly adults to children aged six and onwards.


Jennifer Christensen

Class Teacher


I have been at BBIS since 2016. Prior to moving to Budapest in 2010, 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-long development of our emotional and social skills. I am pleased to be a part of the students’ development at BBIS.


Anita Lepedat

KS2 Teaching Assistant 

 


Hi, my name is Anita Lepedat and I am delighted to have the opportunity of working for BBIS which is such an awesome and caring place!
I grew up in Budapest and I left the country straight after graduation to live in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom to fulfil one of my biggest dreams which was to move to England and to see double-decker buses, the Buckingham Palace and to learn more about their culture and admire their dry and sarcastic sense of humour. I have done more than that, I also tasted gravy and Yorkshire puddings! I spent 12 years in the same town doing various jobs that allowed me to (almost) perfect my English. I am very excited to be back in Budapest, exploring and falling in love with the city again.
Overall, I am very excited to be here and I will do my very best to support the teachers, the children and their parents in every way I can!


Olga Gonzalez

Class Teacher
MYP Spanish

 


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 developing professionally studying and working with international students.
In 2002 I moved to Budapest where I have been living ever since and where I have obtained great experience teaching a diverse student population across international schools.
Teaching is my passion. Since I remember, I have always enjoyed working with children. It is a privilege to contribute positively to their personal development and to watch them evolve.


Sarah Hoban

Class Teacher

 


 I am a primary school teacher hailing from the beautiful West Coast of Ireland. I have a Bachelor of Education in English, Psychology and Theatre/Performance and then went on to complete my Professional Master in Education. Before I joined the team at BBIS, I worked as a primary school teacher in Dublin city, Ireland. I have also worked as a Learning Support Teacher for children with special needs and EAL. I am passionate about fostering a love for lifelong learning in my students and helping them develop the skills they need to be thoughtful, informed global citizens.


Ivan Aleksic

 KS2 Teaching Assistant

 


Born and grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. I graduated as a public relations manager. I have been working as a physical education teacher at Budapest British international school for the past 4 years. This academic year I changed my position to Teaching assistant in year 5 which I consider a step up in my career. I was given an opportunity to enroll and finish “COBIS DITA” course with the TA college and I am looking forward to that challenge. Sport still remains my big passion and I am also involved in BBIS boys football squads in years 5&6 and MS and I am also in charge for a basketball after school club. I find BBIS right place to be because of its diversity and opportunity to learn. The school is dedicated to support professional development of its employees which gives amazing opportunities for expanding views and gain more professional knowledge.


Jolan Chien Szegedy

KS2 Teaching Assistant

 


I studied Visual Communications and Illustration. For my master’s thesis I wrote and illustrated an original children’s storybook. Thinking with a creative mind taught me flexibility, adaptability, and the confidence to express a unique perspective, which are all traits I am passionate about nurturing in the next generation.
Since 2013 I have taught English & Art at a bilingual primary school in Budapest before joining BBIS last year.


Joshua Coupland

Class Teacher

 


My name is Joshua Coupland and I am originally from the beautiful county of Cornwall in the United Kingdom. I started my teacher training in Roehampton University, London in 2011 and have since graduated, taught in London and most recently had the excellent opportunity of teaching in Year Six and Year Five for four years in a fantastic British International school in Doha, Qatar! This was an incredible experience, though I am definitely ready for somewhere a little cooler.


Tunde Horvath

Class Teacher
Head of Primary Science

 


Upon graduating in 2003, I moved to England, where I worked as a Special Educational Teacher for five years. While 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 taught 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. I believe that the ideal classroom atmosphere for learning is where children feel comfortable and relaxed, but at the same time suitably challenged.

 


Holly Johnstone

Class Teacher
KS2 Coordinator
Drama Specialist

 


Hi, my name is Holly Johnstone and I am currently teaching in the Heritage Private School in Limassol in Cyprus. Prior to this I was at The English School in Limassol and at Cayman Prep and High School in the Cayman Isands. I love to be creative, so I have written a poem for you to get to know me a bit better. I look forward to meeting you all in August!


Leanne Wootton

 KS2 Teaching Assistant

 


My name is Leanne Wootton and I am from southern England. I have a BA in Biology and also have a background in Dentistry.
I have lived abroad since 2009 both in Thailand and the UAE before moving to Hungary. In Thailand I worked with Early Years through to Year 6 and also supported the SEN Coordinator. In the UAE I worked as an LSA in a team dedicated to supporting SEN students.
I really enjoy assisting children in their educational journey to be the best that they can be and reinforcing a positive attitude towards their learning. The experience I have had in education has been very rewarding and there is nothing better than helping children to fulfil their full potential.


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Alexander Wolverson

 Class Teacher

 


My name is Alex Wolverson and I am from Wolverhampton, in the centre of England. After achieving my degree in History, I went on to complete my primary teacher training course at the University of Wolverhampton. For the past 5 years, I have been teaching the British curriculum at an International School in Doha, Qatar.
Travel is a passion of mine; I have been fortunate enough to travel to places such as Japan, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. In 2014 I travelled around Europe and the highlight of my trip was visiting Budapest. It has stuck with me as the most beautiful city that I have ever been to!
I am a big sports fan, particularly football which I like to play as much as possible.
I like to create a calm and friendly classroom atmosphere where everyone can work together to support each other.
I am very excited to be joining the BBIS team and meeting everyone in August!


Owen Matthews

 Class Teacher

 


My name is Owen Matthews and I’m really looking forward to meeting all of you. I’m 39 and I’m from the north-west of England. I have been a teacher for 10 years or so now having worked in the UK, Oman, Denmark and Argentina as a KS2 Primary Teacher and Turkey and France as a TEFL teacher…so I like to immerse myself in different cultures. I love helping children to release their imaginations and to think independently. I play the drums, I studied philosophy at university, I love food, art, football, cycling and books, I used to be a newspaper reporter and a social research officer and a hundred other things. When I’m an old man I would like to live by a river with a garden to grow my own food and keep hens. Please help me learn Hungarian! See you soon.


Alexandria Kasza-Martin

Class Teacher

 


My name is Alexandria Kasza-Martin and I am very much looking forward to joining the team at BBIS in August. I am currently the Year 3 Lead and Art and Design Coordinator at Elmhurst School, London and have been teaching for 5 years. I have a BA (Hons) in Art & Design from the University of Leeds and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from London South Bank University. I have also recently completed an ‘Emerging School Leaders’ course. I am a passionate and dedicated teacher who loves teaching creative and engaging lessons that are often ‘outside the box’. Being half-Hungarian and having spent many summers at family homes in Budapest and Harkány, I am extremely excited to live and work in a city so close to my heart.


Primary Specialist Teachers

Geovanny Gonzalez

Head of MFL
KS1, KS2 and MYP Spanish

 


“We acquire language when we understand messages, when we understand what people tell us and when we understand what we read.” Stephen Krashen.

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 started working at BBIS in 2017 where I have been teaching Primary and Secondary school. Currently we are on an incredible teaching journey by introducing the MYP program in Secondary school. It has been a very satisfying experience and I am looking forward to keep learning about the program as we develop it.


Vivien Meray Horvath

KS1, KS2 and MYP German

 


I was born and raised in Budapest. My relation to the German language started 18 years ago in primary school and it has guided me through my whole path. I finished my Master Degree as a specialist of German literature and linguistics on Eötvös Loránd University. Year by year the German language become to my passion.
On the university I got the opportunity to give lessons to children and since that I am building my career as a teacher. I worked with children and adults in different ages and I am glad that I could experience the challenges with my student, especially with students in younger ages.


Daniel Albi

Primary and MYP Digital Design and Computing

 


I was born in Budapest graduated from Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Nursery and Elementary School Teachers Training. I worked as a teacher in a Hungarian-English bilingual elementary school for seven years before coming to BBIS.
I am working as a primary Computing teacher and Digital Design teacher in MYP which I am both enthusiastic about. I’ve taught children from ages 5-14 now and found it extremely rewarding. I have experience teaching basic robotics through LEGO robots and logic gates through Minecraft. I like playing basketball, singing and playing the guitar.

 


Hedi Bodi

Head of Primary Music

 


I taught at North London Conservatoire as a musicianship and music kindergarten teacher. I have a wide range of experience working with children aged 1 to 14.
I have always enjoyed being with children because I can learn more from them than from anyone else. Music is always a key element in my method which is a big help for many children to widen their perspectives. The most fulfilling part of my work is awakening young children’s desire for music throughout their lives. BBIS is a caring school where everyone feels welcome and supported teachers and students both.

 


Neil Best

Head Of PE Senior And Primary

 


I have been teaching internationally for 8 years now, in Saudi Arabia at the British International School, Jeddah, and currently at the Nord Anglia British International School in Houston, in the USA. Outside of work, I am a keen Rugby player and Footballer still playing as much as possible, whilst also attempting to improve my golfing when time allows. Joining me in Budapest will be my wife Lisa, a hairdresser by trade, and our 2-year-old daughter Florence. We are looking forward to experiencing life in Hungary and to making it our home.


Ildiko Bakos

Year 4-6 and MYP Hungarian


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.
I believe it is very important that Hungarian pupils in international schools take their first steps in the international context on the basis of a sound knowledge of their mother tongue and national culture.


Nicole Sweeney

Primary PE

 


I am originally from Liverpool, but grew up in Cambridgeshire in England. After passing my BTEC National Certificate in Sports Studies and NVQ 2 Activity Leadership, I left full time education and worked in the fitness industry for four years.
However my dream was always to become a PE Teacher so I applied to University and achieved a BA Hons degree in Secondary Physical Education, Sport and Dance with QTS.
I then relocated to London to begin my PE teaching career and spent four years at a private primary school, where I gained experience in teaching all year groups and organised the internal and external extra-curricular activities.


MYP Teachers

Barb Dilthey

MYP Coordinator
Head of Individuals and Society

 


Hi, my name is Barb Dilthey. I have been working as an educator for 18 years and have been an MYP Coordinator, Individual & Societies teacher and MYP Personal Project Coordinator for 13 years. My passion for supporting the education of young people leads me to continually strive to find new ways to improve student learning and care.


Geovanny Gonzalez

Head of MFL
KS1, KS2 and MYP Spanish

 


“We acquire language when we understand messages, when we understand what people tell us and when we understand what we read.” Stephen Krashen.

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 started working at BBIS in 2017 where I have been teaching Primary and Secondary school. Currently we are on an incredible teaching journey by introducing the MYP program in Secondary school. It has been a very satisfying experience and I am looking forward to keep learning about the program as we develop it.


Laura Maxwell

Head of MYP/DP Language and Literature

 


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.
My teaching style is energetic and versatile.


Jonathan Spinks

Deputy Principal
Head of Performing Arts

 


In my opinion teaching is still the best job in the world and I believe passionately in inspiring students, not just academically, but personally, socially and also to make a difference in the world.
I have been in education now for just over 20 years and started my teaching career in Poland. I have since worked in the UK and other international schools in Budapest and Bali. I have a wide range of experience in teaching and leadership across the entire 4-18 age range.


Niki O’Sullivan

MYP Librarian

 


I am very excited to have finally returned to Budapest, my hometown, after growing up in Birmingham, U.K. and then working as the Librarian in International schools in Hiroshima and Tokyo, Japan. As a librarian, I feel very passionate about helping students find the right book and to make even the least confident reader find something which will hopefully ignite a love of reading. I am also teaching Study Skills to each of the MYP classes, which will help them develop the skills they need to do their best work in each of their subjects. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (of course!) either on my own, or to my daughter, Szofi. I also enjoy cooking, baking and spending time at home relaxing with my family.


Olga Gonzalez

MYP Spanish

 


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 developing professionally studying and working with international students.
In 2002 I moved to Budapest where I have been living ever since and where I have obtained great experience teaching a diverse student population across international schools.
Teaching is my passion. Since I remember, I have always enjoyed working with children. It is a privilege to contribute positively to their personal development and to watch them evolve.


Vivien Meray Horvath

KS1, KS2 and MYP German

 


I was born and raised in Budapest. My relation to the German language started 18 years ago in primary school and it has guided me through my whole path. I finished my Master Degree as a specialist of German literature and linguistics on Eötvös Loránd University. Year by year the German language become to my passion.
On the university I got the opportunity to give lessons to children and since that I am building my career as a teacher. I worked with children and adults in different ages and I am glad that I could experience the challenges with my student, especially with students in younger ages.


Daniel Albi

Primary and MYP Digital Design and Computing

 


I was born in Budapest graduated from Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Nursery and Elementary School Teachers Training. I worked as a teacher in a Hungarian-English bilingual elementary school for seven years before coming to BBIS.
I am working as a primary Computing teacher and Digital Design teacher in MYP which I am both enthusiastic about. I’ve taught children from ages 5-14 now and found it extremely rewarding. I have experience teaching basic robotics through LEGO robots and logic gates through Minecraft. I like playing basketball, singing and playing the guitar.

 


Neil Best

Head Of PE Senior And Primary

 


I have been teaching internationally for 8 years now, in Saudi Arabia at the British International School, Jeddah, and currently at the Nord Anglia British International School in Houston, in the USA. Outside of work, I am a keen Rugby player and Footballer still playing as much as possible, whilst also attempting to improve my golfing when time allows. Joining me in Budapest will be my wife Lisa, a hairdresser by trade, and our 2-year-old daughter Florence. We are looking forward to experiencing life in Hungary and to making it our home.


Ildiko Bakos

Year 4-6 and MYP Hungarian


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.
I believe it is very important that Hungarian pupils in international schools take their first steps in the international context on the basis of a sound knowledge of their mother tongue and national culture.


Penny Clements

DP Coordinator, Performing Arts Teacher


Penny was Head chorister at a Woodard School in the UK, and went on to gain a BMus at Trinity College of Music. She specialised in choral conducting, arranging and music education, then went on to study her PGCE at the University of Reading where she was a member of the University chamber choir.
Penny has worked in the IB teaching music, and coordinating MYP and DP in the UK and Caribbean. In addition to her current post as Head of Music at Cobham Hall in Kent, Penny directs a ladies’ choir.


Hilary Porritt

Head of Maths + PSHE role

 


I trained as a Middle Years Teacher, and worked in Primary schools in the UK and Singapore before moving to the Netherlands, where I taught Maths at secondary level to students aged 11 to 18. I have taught both British GCSE and A level Mathematics, IB Diploma Mathematics and worked in China where I taught IGCSE Maths. Currently I am working back in The Netherlands at a new and developing Senior School, where I am the Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator with Pastoral responsibility for all of our students.
I play the flute, recorder and ukulele and I enjoy listening to classical music. I love to be outdoors riding my bike or walking in the countryside. I am looking forward to moving to Budapest with my husband David, as I like travelling and learning about different places and cultures. We have two grown up daughters who both live and work in the UK.

 


Tunde Baranyi

Whole School EAL, German Teacher

 


My name is Tunde Baranyi and I am an ESL and German teacher with a passion for teaching young learners and teenagers. During the past 13 years, I have been working in various educational environments in the UK, Spain, Switzerland and China. The consideration of individual student needs is fundamental to my approach and I am able to connect with children from diverse cultural backgrounds and with differing educational levels. I am capable of applying my personal experience as a life-long language learner in engaging and supporting students appropriately so that they thrive and succeed. At the same time I aim to create a safe environment which nurtures multicultural awareness and authentic communication. I am also a qualified yoga teacher and look forward to being able to use elements of mindfulness with my students even in a busy classroom setting. After having lived abroad for 15 years, I am beyond excited to take on this wonderful new opportunity at BBIS as a MYP German and EAL teacher and cannot wait to share my skills and enthusiasm for learning with the BBIS community.


Lies Warlop

MYP Visual Arts, Digital Design & Year 5 and 6 Art


My name is Lies and I am from Ghent, Belgium.
I have a degree as an art and English teacher. I decided to become a design technology teacher too. After these degrees I’ve gained another degree in special educational needs.
I enjoy combining my degrees into my work. This makes me very excited to become the new art teacher and work together with the design technology teacher for new projects.
I was an art teacher for two years in a school with an IB program in Turkey. I was teaching grade 1 to grade 12 and did a lot of projects that have a connection with design technology. I use a lot of digital technology in my lessons.
I did a couple of internships like one in the international school of Vilnius.
During the holidays, I drove around with a van filled with toys to play with children of a certain area for a day. Every day we went to a different area.
I have gained responsibilities in youth organisations at a young age. I knew then that I wanted to work with children as a job.
I love teaching and sparking the creativity in the students in my class. Wonder, be amazed and create!