Teachers

KS 1 Teachers

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.


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.

 


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.


Annamaria Tapodi

Primary Teacher

 


My name is Annamaria Tapodi. I was born and raised in Hungary, but after finishing my bachelor’s degree, I moved to the Netherlands. There I worked for eleven years in international primary education, between 2015-2020 for the British School in the Netherlands. I am passionate about promoting mental health and well-being. I believe a happy child is a successful child.
I enjoy learning; I am constantly busy exploring new ways of helping children to develop academically and emotionally. My ethos is that every child is talented in some way, and we need to find and nurture this talent to raise successful, resilient individuals.
In my free time, I like to travel, discover new places, and learn about different cultures. I enjoy hiking, and I am excited to rediscover the beauties of Hungary.
I am looking forward to being able to pass my love of learning to all the children I teach at Budapest British International School.


Edua Toth-Csernus

Learning Support Assistant

 


I was born in Serbia and grew up in Budapest.
I always believed that if we spend half of our lives in schools, we should make those an environment that allows educational and personal growth. School should be a safe space where we can express ourselves.
As a special education teacher, I find joy in working with students and enjoy nurturing their individuality through learning. I believe that my most important job as a teacher is to inspire students to find their way in life, to gain resilience and trust their ideas and dreams.
In my free time, I love reading, listening to music, creating faux flower headpieces and making music with my band.


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

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.


Emily Brunt

Emily Brunt

MYP Science

 


Hello, my name is Emily Brunt, and I am a high school teacher specializing in Biology, Chemistry and Sciences with International Baccalaureate qualifications. In addition, I have a Bachelors of Science from the University of Guelph, with honours in Zoology. I have lived abroad for the past two years, most recently teaching at a Canadian School in Tokyo, Japan. My objective is to gain experience teaching people of different backgrounds and inspire them to be curious and learn more about the world around them.

I grew up in Ottawa, Canada, where I developed a love for the natural world and the great outdoors. As a result, I studied Zoology, and worked both at a safari park and an aquarium, where I had the opportunity to share my passion with others. I then studied Education, specializing in Biology and Chemistry, and I most recently taught at an Canadian international school in Tokyo. My other interests include scuba diving, hiking, and exploring new places. I am looking forward to meeting you all, learning from each other, and the new adventure of life in Budapest!


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

 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!