Our Staff

Leadership Team

Ela Cable – Deputy Head of School
I strongly believe that every child has the right to an excellent education where they are encouraged to do and be their best in a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment. Our lovely little school has a distinctive friendly ethos and a caring atmosphere; visitors comment on the ‘family feel’ that they experience as they walk through the door. On arriving at King’s Oak British International School, you immediately notice the excellent learning behaviour of our pupils and the passion, enthusiasm and friendliness of our staff.
We are fortunate to receive remarkable support from parents; our home school partnerships are an integral part of our school community. Staff, parents, pupils and governors have a shared set of core values: respect, trust, caring, courage, perseverance, belonging and determination. It is these values which make our school so special. They underpin everything we do and are at the heart of who we are.
As a parent of three children; I know how important it is to find the right school for your child; a place where the teachers will go the extra mile to develop your child’s potential; a school that goes above and beyond for each child. As an educator, I could not be more proud to be part of King’s Oak School community.

 

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!

 

Adina Susnea – Green 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.

 

Ela Cable – Green class
I strongly believe that every child has the right to an excellent education where they are encouraged to do and be their best in a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment. Our lovely little school has a distinctive friendly ethos and a caring atmosphere; visitors comment on the ‘family feel’ that they experience as they walk through the door. On arriving at King’s Oak British International School, you immediately notice the excellent learning behaviour of our pupils and the passion, enthusiasm and friendliness of our staff.
We are fortunate to receive remarkable support from parents; our home school partnerships are an integral part of our school community. Staff, parents, pupils and governors have a shared set of core values: respect, trust, caring, courage, perseverance, belonging and determination. It is these values which make our school so special. They underpin everything we do and are at the heart of who we are.
As a parent of three children; I know how important it is to find the right school for your child; a place where the teachers will go the extra mile to develop your child’s potential; a school that goes above and beyond for each child. As an educator, I could not be more proud to be part of King’s Oak School community.

 

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!

 

Tom Fulton – Year 1
I am Tom Fulton and this is my fifth 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.

 

Melinda Sali 
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 3
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, clothes and reading.

Irina Orfanakis – Year 4
My name is Irina Orfanakis and I have been teaching in King’s Oak for 16 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.

Mihaela Christescu – Year 5-7

I am Mihaela Christescu and this is my fifth year at King’s Oak. I have been a teacher for fourteen 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

Stuart Harrison – Music Teacher
I am Stuart Harrison and  I am from England, although I have been living in Romania for close to nine 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.

 

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.