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.

 

Mihaela Christescu – Head of Secondary School
I have been a teacher for more than fifteen 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.

 

Irina Orfanakis – KS2 Coordinator
My name is Irina Orfanakis and I have been teaching in King’s Oak for more than 20 years. During this time, I have learned that a successful teacher is more than a deliverer and that the recipe for success lies ultimately in the bond created by the children and teachers.

 

Andreea Jipa – KS1 Coordinator
„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.

 

Pink Class

Daniela Gherga – Teacher Assistant
I am a happy, patient and loving person. I love working with babies and toddlers because I believe that education starts at birth as Maria Montessori said. I have been working at King’s Oak School as a nursery teacher assistant for more than 10 years.

 

Orange Class

Diana Udor
“A child without education is like a bird without wings”. I believe our role as educators is important, as we help children to learn to be part of the world beyond their families, but we also shape their minds and emotions. Teaching young children for more than seven years has brought new challenges along the way, but also something funny to laugh at. I love being around children-their energy and the smiles on their little faces make my day. “Why teaching?”, a question I often get. The answer can be comprised into words such as: discovery, fun, energy, laughter, tenderness.

 

Monica Dan

I am a calm, optimistic and positive person. I love working with children. I have been working in this school for the last ten years, in all the Nursery classes. I believe that working with children is a wonderful opportunity for us, as adults, to discover new ways of looking at the world around us. We, as teachers, are responsible for giving the children the right tools and skills that will help them face the challenges throughout their lives!

 

Green Class

 

Adina Susnea – EYFS Coordinator
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. 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 well-being and development, opening young children’s minds to new concepts and ideas on a daily basis.

 

Esmeralda Pirjol – Memeci
My name is Esmeralda Pîrjol – Memeci. I’m a positive person, patient and passionate to work with children. I am originally from Albania, where I started the long journey of “How to become a good teacher”, with 2 levels of education and preparation, Bachelor and Master in Teaching and continuing my professional development with another level, this time a Master in School Psychology. This and every training, specialization or working experience that I contributed in my professional life, I did it all in order to be a better teacher, to be able to stimulate, develop and support children’s potential. Today I’m sure that I found a place where my abilities, energy and passion will contribute in the best manner! Today I’m happy and proud to be part of King’s Oak School community. Let’s start this challenge!

 

Sorina Stoienescu – Teacher Assistant
My name is Sorina Stoienescu and this is my 6th year in the nursery department here at King’s Oak School. I love working with young children, learning and discovering the world together with them. I think that the teaching should be done with love and care, because as Aristotle said ” Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

 

Reception Class

 

 

Ela Cable
I am happy to be part of a school dedicated to helping each child develop the skills needed to contribute in our rapidly changing world. We know this begins with a solid foundation in traditional skills with emphasis on the development of a child’s critical eye and inquisitive thinking.
As teachers, we embrace the challenge of helping our students navigate their own course in learning. I truly believe it is vital to personalise the learning experiences of every child and I enjoy working collaboratively with all my colleagues to provide the best possible experience for every child.

Becky Lownds 
I have been teaching at King’s Oak for for more than 10 years. I am from Brighton in England. I love teaching, and it has been such a pleasure to watch the children I have taught over the years grow and develop into fantastic individuals. I love singing, and you can often find me singing around the school.

 

Ioana Mustățea
My name is Ioana Mustățea and I’ve been a EYFS teacher for 7 years now. I discovered the British curriculum after my first year of teaching and I fell in love with it. I feel that it has everything that a child needs to develop harmoniously and be happy. Throughout the years I taught children with ages between 2 and 6 and at the end of each day of school I asked myself one question “ Would I still come into my classroom the next day if I was a student?”. This is the way I learned how to improve, auto evaluate and grow as a person and a teacher. This year I’ll be teaching Reception Class and I am very excited by the challenge.

 

Year 1

 

Oana Giol
My name is Oana Giol and this is my 5th year working as a teacher. I am passionate about fostering the holistic and academic development of young people that comes together with a sense of responsibility to inspire and engage students in order to strengthen their independence, self-awareness, intellectual curiosity and appreciation of other cultures. I am grateful to have the opportunity to enable children to become reflective learners and make a positive difference to the world, using their skills and creative thinking. I chose King’s Oak School for the
collaborative learning atmosphere and inclusive orientation, along with the focus on ensuring that each student reaches his or her true potential.’

 

Year 2

Andreea Jipa
„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. I am fortunate to learn new things every year from the children I work with – and I consider it a privilege! I have also started on the path of training in middle leadership and I am trying to implement new strategies in my work with the children and my colleagues.

 

Tom Fulton
I am Tom Fulton and I have been part of the King’s Oak team since 2013. Since Graduating with a B.D in Primary Education from Aberdeen University, I have taught all over Scotland as well as in Greece, Germany and else where 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.

Year 3

 

Mădălina Niță 
I’m Mada Nita and I have a bachelor`s degree in Psychology and a teaching career spanning 17 years. At the beginning, I started working with children with disabilities, then after a couple of years I moved to another English curriculum school, then to King’s Oak. I love teaching children and I think that we have the greatest role in a child’s life: to model a positive attitude and channel their curiosity, motivating them to discover the world’s beauty and be part of it. I enjoy spending time in nature, hiking and travelling, playing basketball; I love reading and whenever I’ve got time, I like to create little handmade objects.

 

Irina Orfanakis 
My name is Irina Orfanakis and I have been teaching in King’s Oak for more than 20 years. During this time, I have learned that a successful teacher is more than a deliverer and that the recipe for success lies 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.

 

Year 4

 

Adriana Șerban
My name is Adriana Șerban and, for me, teaching is more than passing to the children the information, shaping their skill or contributing to the building of their character. It is showing them how to learn, how to make choices with the information that they are exposed to. I encourage them to try different ways to solve a problem even if that means they make mistakes, as this is the fastest way to grasp the idea. I guide them into sensorial learning revealing different practical activities. I love reading and travelling. I like to discover new places and rediscover the ones that I already know. At the same time, I also like to travel in the magnificent world of knowledge filled with mystery and accomplishments. I enjoy the journey that I take together with my pupils all the way through.

 

Lisa Bulloch
Please to meet you my name is Miss Bulloch!
I am a qualified teacher from Scotland- (I speak a different kind of English) Being a teacher has let me see different parts of the world, teaching in Scotland, Moscow, Italy and Romania. I love literature and just finished my masters degree in museum education. I love to learn but I love to see the joy in children as they learn and discover their own strengths.

 

Year 5

 

Alina Dimache 
I am Alina Dimache, I am Romanian but always have been in love with foreign languages. I have a Bachelor degree in English and French and numerous qualifications in teaching. My career began more than 10 years ago, as an English and French Teacher in a language school in Bucharest where I had the chance to prepare students for the Cambridge exams as well as DALF and DELF for French. Further on, I continued working in British and International schools in Bucharest as an Early Years and Primary Teacher. I have always found teaching both adventurous and rewarding, as every day is different, fun and challenging when working with children. Teaching is an ongoing learning experience and “while we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about”.

 

Christopher Mason
My name is Chris Mason and I am originally from England. Since completing my P.G.C.E in education in 2011, I have taught in Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago and most recently Argentina, as well as the UK.. Encouraging passion, empathy, creative and collaborative learning in the classroom is central to my own, personal teaching practice. Living in different countries and being exposed to different cultures helps to nurture cultural awareness and international mindedness which is essential in order to engage with people in an increasingly globalised, rapidly changing world. This is something that I strive to install in all my students. I believe that a positive parent-teacher relationship helps children feel good about school and to be successful in school. I have always encouraged open and clear communication with my previous students’ parents and feel that working collaboratively enables the children to achieve their best potential.

 

Secondary School

Camelia Ramsamy – Maths – Year 11 Form Tutor

Paulo Carvalho – History and Geography – Year 8 Form Tutor

Yuriy Zlatkov – Science

Cassie Borodenko – English
I come from Manchester, England and studied at the University of Durham. I did a degree in Modern Foreign Languages, before training as a teacher and completing my PGCE. This is my first year at King’s Oak, although I have lived and worked in Romania for a couple of years now. I’ve been teaching for about 10 Years in schools in the UK, Tanzania, China and Romania. I love teaching and am so glad to be part of a school where children really enjoy learning!

 

Mihaela Christescu – English – Year 9-10 Form Tutor
I qualified as a teacher in 2003 and since then I have taught in state and international schools, aiming to gain experience in various educational systems. 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.

 

Dalila Militaru 
I have been teaching for as long as I remember, in formal and informal positions, in private international schools as well as in public schools. I graduated the Foreign Languages department, University of Bucharest. Relying on my three captains – Knowledge, Curiosity and Playfulness, I try to navigate the seas of childhood meeting school, which can be stormy sometimes. All I know is that there is always the page of a book, an experiment, a work of art, a good joke or even hard work that can change the whole experience.

 

Irina Orfanakis – Art – Year 7 Form Tutor
My name is Irina Orfanakis and I have been teaching in King’s Oak for more than 20 years. During this time, I have learned that a successful teacher is more than a deliverer and that the recipe for success lies 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.

 

Daniel Culinaru – Physical Education
I am Daniel Ciulinaru, Physical Education teacher. I love sports; teaching and motivating children and the sense of fulfillment seeing hard work rewarded with success in winning game or in a strong athletic performance. I started working with children at King’s Oak 7  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.

 

Camelia Ion – School Nurse
My name is Camelia Ion and I am the school nurse. I qualified as a nurse more than 16 years ago and have more than 10 years of experience in working with children in internationals schools. I am based in school full time Monday to Friday; providing direct nursing care along with physical and psychological support when required. One of my priorities is to increase the health and wellbeing of children in school. I am supporting classes throughout the school, organising events such as ‘Healthy Week’. I enjoy spending time with children and have developed positive, friendly relationships with them. I believe that by forming a good partnership between parents and teachers, we can ensure the healthy development of every child.

 

Maria Calapod-Tomescu – Educational psychologist, SENCO(Special Needs Coordinator),Psychotherapist
My name is Maria Calapod –Tomescu, and I am the psychologist and special needs coordinator at King`s Oak. I am an educator for children, adults, parents, adolescents and school’s staff. One of the mottos that inspires me is ‘a child needs encouragement like a plant needs water’ by Rudolf Dreikurs, a quote which in my perspective, speaks about endless ways to be kind and encourage others.

I am a licensed psychologist and psychotherapist in Individual Adlerian and CBT psychotherapy, with extensive experience as an educational and clinical psychologist with children, adolescents, families and adults. As a practitioner, I am also specialised and trained in supporting people dealing with trauma, anxiety and depression difficulties.