Our Staff

Leadership Team

Susan Eriksson – Head of School
I have over 20 years experience in teaching and leading both UK and International schools. I passionately believe that every child only has one chance in their primary education and it is our responsibility to ensure that they have the best possible educational experience. We must provide an environment that supports, challenges and stimulates them, whilst allowing them to take time to be a child and discover the world.
In my spare time I am a keen walker and photographer.

 

Stephen Marr – Deputy Head of School
I am Stephen Marr and I am the Deputy Head of School as well as the Head of Primary. I have the privilege of working alongside extremely talented and dedicated teachers and together we are committed to providing every pupil with an education that will recognise their strengths, celebrate their achievements, challenge and inspire.
I thoroughly believe that learning should be fun and personalised and we should strive to produce active learners. Teaching should also have variety and impact; academic as well as non-academic activities to allow children to work collaboratively and build self-confidence. Finally, children need to feel safe and happy, and supported and challenged throughout their learning journey.

 

Ela Tudoran Cable – Head of Nursery
I am Ela Cable and I coordinate the nursery department at King’s Oak. I started my journey as a teacher 17 years ago and since then I have actively promoted the importance of early years. As a teacher and a mother of 3 wonderful girls I appreciate the uniqueness of each child, and respect and respond to every child’s feelings, needs and interests. I support active learning in a happy, safe, stimulating and exciting learning environment. I believe in play as a fundamental right for all children. Play in a well-planned and sensitively thought-out environment is very powerful in promoting children’s development and learning.
The curiosity, enthusiasm and humour of young children is a constant motivation and inspiration and learning together has brought so many unique, happy memories; it is a pleasure to go to work every day knowing many more are just around the corner.

 

Nursery

Andreea Alexandrescu – Pink class
My name is Andreea Alexandrescu and I have been working in the Nursery Department for the last ten years. Young children live in the present moment; they are active and curious, eager to explore and to learn new things every day! Our school strives to sustain and encourage all children to discover their uniqueness and supports all individuals in developing their true potential! As a teacher, I strongly believe in these values and I’m happy to take an active part in the children’s learning and development!

 

Andreea Zarcu – Pink class
My name is Andreea Zarcu and I started working at King’s Oak as a Nursery Teacher 10 years ago. I find teaching young children a very exciting and challenging job. The first seven years are the most important stage of a person’s life. This is the time when children learn and discover the world around them using their whole body and through all their senses. Our children count on us! They give us unconditional trust and this should encourage and give us the power to be good role models.

 

Adina Susnea – Orange class
My name is Adina Susnea and I started working at King’s Oak in January 2006. I have been training towards a career in education and towards working with children since the early years of high school, which is where I was trained to become a teacher specialised in early years education. Later, I continued my professional development with a diploma from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Education.
From the moment I visited King’s Oak, I realised that teaching could be fun for both the children and teachers and most importantly that I would love to be part of the team. I believe that starting to teach children from early years has a positive impact on children’s wellbeing and development, opening young children’s minds to new concepts and ideas on a daily basis.

 

Gina Hughes – Orange class
My name is Gina Hughes and this is my second year working in King’s Oak in the nursery department. I have been teaching for over 18 years and have taught in International schools in Italy, Turkey and Spain.
I believe that every child should have a safe and loving environment in order to strive. Learning through play is important for a child to develop in the early years and I ensure that all children are happy and most importantly have fun. I love teaching nursery age children as I can watch them develop and grow into confident, happy and independent children.

 

Ela Tudoran Cable – Green class
I am Ela Cable and I coordinate the nursery department at King’s Oak. I started my journey as a teacher 17 years ago and since then I have actively promoted the importance of early years. As a teacher and a mother of 3 wonderful girls I appreciate the uniqueness of each child, and respect and respond to every child’s feelings, needs and interests. I support active learning in a happy, safe, stimulating and exciting learning environment. I believe in play as a fundamental right for all children. Play in a well-planned and sensitively thought-out environment is very powerful in promoting children’s development and learning.
The curiosity, enthusiasm and humour of young children is a constant motivation and inspiration and learning together has brought so many unique, happy memories; it is a pleasure to go to work every day knowing many more are just around the corner.

 

Melany Patrascu – Reception
My name is Melany Williams-Patrascu. I studied Education and International Relations because I love teaching, and I love learning about the world. I have enjoyed the opportunity teaching at King’s Oak affords me to incorporate global perspectives in my teaching.
I love teaching because the children’s enthusiasm for learning makes every day we spend together and each topic we explore a new adventure. I believe children learn best when their natural curiosity is fostered and creativity is encouraged. My goal is to encourage my students to love learning, to strive to achieve their highest potential, to be compassionate and responsible citizens, and to actively pursue a healthy lifestyle.

 

Andreea Jipa – Reception
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the ‘thinks’ you can think if only you try!” (Dr Seuss)
I believe in an educational environment that inspires all involved to think and exchange amazing experiences that lead to learning. I chose this school 6 years ago for the opportunity it offered me to think alongside my colleagues and the children.
My name is Andreea Jipa. I like spending time with my friends, cold lemonade with mint, pasta, mountain hikes and rainy day walks. I enjoy reading late at night and I’m trying my best to think!

Primary

Tom Fulton – Year 1
I am Tom Fulton and this is my fourth year teaching  at King’s Oak. Since Graduating with a B.Ed in Primary Education from Aberdeen University, I have taught all over Scotland as well as in Greece, Germany and elsewhere in Bucharest. My love of teaching stems from many years of coaching various sports whilst also competing at University, International and professional level. I’m also a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, having tutored several instruments. I love to teach in a fun active way which enables me to use my ’talents’ to help the children learn.

Lisa Bulloch – Year 2
Having been part of international learning communities in Italy, Russia and Kenya I have had the privilege to work alongside children from all over the world. This is a unique position to share my ideas and knowledge with them but also to be impacted in return by the children as we exchange our experiences and backgrounds together. I am an educator who believes in helping the children realise their potential as individuals and global citizens and coming to King’s Oak has given me the opportunity to do this first hand as part of a caring and dynamic teaching staff.
I am excited to rise to the challenge of my new teaching role and exploring what life in Bucharest has to offer.

Melinda Sali – Year 2
My name is Melinda Sali and I started teaching 6 years ago. I am trained in Child Psychology and Alternative Educational Programmes. This is my fourth year teaching Year 1 and I believe it’s a great privilege to have the opportunity to impact and empower children. I want each of my students to know that they are loved, important and unique. Therefore, I am committed to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, ensuring that every child’s abilities are addressed. King’s Oak offers me a great environment to develop my teaching skills and to apply my knowledge.

 

Madalina Nita – Year 3A
My name is Madalina Nita and I love to teach! I am the eternal student dedicated to learn and teach. I am in my 11th year at King’s Oak, but I have been a teacher since I graduated!
I enjoy being part of children’s life and development and I learn alongside them! Children teach you humour and the joy of life. They are so serious yet fun at the same time and it’s a joy being part of their life.
I enjoy gardening, sewing, designing jewellery, cloths and reading.

 

Stuart Harrison – Year 3A
I am Stuart Harrison and am currently teaching the Year 3A class along with Mada Nita. I am from England, although I have been living in Romania for close to eight years now. I trained for teaching in the UK and worked in two different schools. I have also taught in two different schools in Bucharest. I am delighted to work at King’s Oak as I appreciate the ethos and values here and can feel liberated to teach to my personal strengths and therefore better support the pupils in their learning.

Irina Orfanakis – Year 3B
My name is Irina Orfanakis and I have been teaching in King’s Oak for 15 years. During this time, I have learned that a successful teacher is more than a deliverer and that the recipe for success lays ultimately in the bond created by the children and teachers. I learned that every child is an important individual that needs to be cherished, supported, listened to and respected. I learned to appreciate the team work among teachers and to benefit each day from each other’s strengths and knowledge in order to provide the most inspiring learning experience for each child. Every day I try to stimulate, provoke and light the spark of curiosity in every child while I guide them into their future.

 

Alan Asher – Year 4-5
My name is Alan Asher and this year I am teaching Year 4-5. For many years I taught in a number of schools in my home country of Scotland and then made the decision to broaden my horizons through teaching abroad. Initially I taught in Kuwait and now I have entered my third year at King’s Oak and I can happily say that I work alongside very talented and professional colleagues. I thoroughly enjoy teaching children of many nationalities who come into our school full of enthusiasm, with a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to learn.

 

Diana Mihalache – Year 4- 5
I am Diana Mihalache and I am in my 9th year at King’s Oak. I am a Year 5 teacher and I am running an Intensive French Club in the morning for intermediate learners. I love teaching and I am always looking for new and exciting ways to encourage the children to learn.
I truly believe that excellence comes with passion, dedication and positivism. An enthusiastic teacher will inspire the children to try their best and to believe in themselves. I am lucky to be part of a great team, to work in an international stimulating environment and to be rewarded every single day by the achievements of my students.

 

Jane Swiers – Year 6-7
I am Jane Swiers and I work in Year 6-7. I enjoy working collaboratively in the classroom with my colleague to provide the children with a variety of academic and creative experiences. Two heads are definitely better than one!
Children need a calm and ordered learning environment, with a high teacher to child ratio, in order that their individual talents and interests can be recognised and encouraged. They flourish best and enjoy their learning when it includes real activities and experiences to learn from in addition to the more traditional academic work expected of them.

 

Mihaela Christescu – Year 6-7
I am Mihaela Christescu and this is my fourth year at King’s Oak. I have been a teacher for thirteen years and I have worked in various international and state schools. I consider myself to be a warm and caring teacher who wants all children to be successful learners and works hard to create a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging and adaptive to the various needs of my students.
I am interested in discovering and promoting creativity while teaching as I consider creativity to be about generating ideas or producing things which later on can be shaped into something of great value. This often involves being inventive, ingenious, adaptive and innovative – skills and abilities we all should have the chance to develop.

 

Specialist Teachers

Daniel Ciulinaru – Physical Education
I am Daniel Ciulinaru, Physical Education teacher. I love sports, teaching and motivating children, and the sense of fulfilment seeing hard work find success in a won game or any other athletic performance achieved.
I started working with children at King’s Oak 3 years ago and one of the most important things I have learned so far is that not only do children learn from us, adults, but we, as adults, equally learn from them. If we realise this, then we can really build valuable relationships with our children.

 

Adriana Dima – Modern Foreign Languages
I graduated from university with a degree in Spanish and English. I spent the first years of my life in Morocco and France, thus French became my second language. This is my 4th year at King’s Oak. Here I teach French, Spanish and Romanian. I run the Intensive French Club (the Advanced group) and I am proud that our school is the only international school in town (apart from the French school) participating in the DELF Primary exam.  In my free time I like to play the piano and to write. I believe not only in teaching children a foreign language, but mostly in inspiring in children the love for languages.

 

Maria Tomescu – SEN/Pshichologist
My name is Maria Tomescu and I am a licensed Psychologist and Psychotherapist for children, adolescents and adults with over 12 years of experience in the field.
I joined the team over 9 years ago where I also coordinate the Program for Children with Additional Needs.
I am available at request to all children/students, parents and staff for any concerns that they may have. My role at the school consists in that of counselling students that can benefit from it, individual parenting sessions, supporting children with special needs, liaising with teachers and parents, offering suggestions to teachers and working together to support the child’s needs, as well as finding other efficient ways to assist children in their classroom.
I believe that each child is unique and should be treated with respect and encouraged to reach their full potential regardless of what that might be. As all children are confronted with different developmental stages which they cope with in various ways, communication is crucial for children and it is an important tool to ensure their needs are met.
It is important for you to know that communication between you, your child and I is confidential unless it involves self-harming or harming others in which case other adults that can support will be involved. In most cases, after having a meeting with you, you will receive a summary of our meeting, which underlines the main discussed points.