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.



Nursery Team

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.


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!


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.


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.


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 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.


Oana Giol
My name is Oana Giol and 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


Sorina Stoienescu – Teacher Assistant

My name is Sorina Stoienescu and this is my 7th 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.”


KS1 Team

Year 1

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.


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 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 2

Olimpia Radu
Hello, my name is Olimpia Radu and I have worked as an EYFS and KS1 teacher in British International Schools for the past 25 years. For me as an educator, bringing passion, dedication and curiosity into my teaching and having high expectations of all of our pupils as well as nurture a love for school in any way we can is what matters most. As we all know each child learns in a different way and as teachers we adapt our teaching methods to reflect this diversity within the classroom. For some children this will mean breaking concepts down into their smallest steps, for others it may be just about remembering to tell a joke once in a while or just a friendly pat on the shoulder. At the end of the day each of our students should go home knowing that they are able to succeed, trusting themselves and above all keep an open mind. I have a passion for nature, space and history and I try to learn something new every day!


Cassie Borodenko
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. I’ve been teaching for more than 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!


KS2 Team

Year 3

Mădălina Niță 
I’m Mada Nita and I have a bachelor`s degree in Psychology and a teaching career spanning 18 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.


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 4

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.


Alina Dimache
I am Alina Dimache and I have always 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”.


Year 5

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.


Melany Patrascu
My name is Melany, but the children know me as Miss Williams. I am Canadian-American. I grew up in the United States, earning my degree in Education & Youth Studies and International Relations.  I love teaching and I love learning about the world and I appreciate the opportunity that teaching internationally affords me to do both. I have taught at King’s Oak since 2014, and previously taught cross-culturally for five years on Rosebud Indian Reservation in the United States. I am a certified teacher for Reception- Year 8, with experience across Keystages 1 and 2. I love reading, writing and history, and believe in a fun, creative, and holistic approach to learning. I enjoy working with children and appreciate the fresh perspective they bring to each day. I look forward to partnering with you to offer your child/children the best possible learning experience!


Year 6

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.


Tomas Collender
My name is Tomás Collender and I am originally from Dublin, Ireland. Since completing my Masters Degree in teaching, I’ve taught at all different year levels in primary school. Ensuring a holistic and well-rounded
education for every child in the classroom has always been my goal and doing so in an environment that allows each child to become the best version of themselves. The subjects I am particularly fond of teaching are maths and history! My experience in teaching so far has taught me many things such as a school is more than just teachers educating students, it is a microcosm of the wider world with teachers, school staff, students and parents working in tandem to ensure its success. Having been involved in team sports such as rugby from a child until the present day, I know the importance of working as a team and how everybody has something special they can bring to the table. Each day is new and different to the last and I look forward greatly to making each day even better than the one before it!


Secondary School Team – KS3-KS5

William Sheridan – English – Year 7 Form Tutor
My name is William Sheridan and I am from Liverpool in England, where I studied for my BA in English literature and History at Liverpool Hope University. Since qualifying as a teacher in 2006, I have worked in schools in England, Spain and Slovakia. I love teaching secondary school seeing the students develop into young adults and helping them along the way to the day they leave to go to university so they can start the dreams.


Yuriy Zlatkov – KS3 Coordinator – Biology/Physics – Year 8 Form Tutor
My name is Yuriy Zlatkov and I teach Physics and Biology. As an educator, it is my driving purpose to nourish students’ natural curiosity in the hopes that they will achieve all their personal goals and develop into lifelong
learners. “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Salomea Skłodowska Curie (Nobel Laureate in Physics & Chemistry)


Paulo Carvalho – Geography – Year 9 Form Tutor
I have spent more than 15 years teaching students of differing abilities and ages across curricula in Portugal, Brazil, the United Kingdom and recently Romania. I have held numerous positions including head of geography, head of humanities and classroom director. I am a highly dedicated and self-motivated professional, passionate about geography with particular expertise in European Geography. Over the course of my career, I have developed and maintained excellent professional relationships with my students. I believe it is imperative to earn the trust and confidence of my pupils and colleagues. School students encompass a wide variety of views and cultural perspectives and I believe an empathetic approach is the only route to ensure optimum performance from each individual. I was born and raised in Porto, Portugal. I attended school in Castelo da Maia, where I completed my A levels. This is where my passion for geography was born, culminating in securing a place at Oporto University to continue my specialism, which included a significant History component. I think my interest in teaching and passion for athletics began at the age of ten, culminating in preparation for Lisbon’s World juniors championship. Travelling enhanced my worldview and contributed to my fascination for geography.


Mihaela Christescu – English – Year 11 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.


Camelia Ramsamy – KS4 &KS5 Coordinator – Maths – Year 12 Form Tutor
My name is Camelia Radulescu Ramsamy and I have been teaching Mathematics for over 20 years. As a teacher, I use my enthusiasm for my discipline during lessons. I want every one of my students to grow as a person, critical thinker, problem solver, and student of mathematics. I do recognise that in any class, there are students with very different mathematical abilities. Learning can occur at many different levels, and it is important to me that every student in my class is advancing. I like to offer the top students in the class challenging problems to think about. I also make myself available to the students who are struggling and need a little extra assistance. I will continue to work at making my classroom a warm environment which provides challenge, discussion, and motivation for my students.


Wahagn Mkrtchyan – ICT & Computer Science
I am a Computer Science teacher from The Netherlands and completed my teacher training at Leiden University. Additionally, I discovered the World Teachers plus Programme geared towards bilingual and international education that led me to teaching at international schools. In the past, I have taught pre-university education (Dutch curriculum) as well as IBDP Computer Science, IGCSE Computer Science, MYP Digital Design. I believe that teachers should continuously aim to improve and update their understanding of the field they are teaching in. This includes challenges and opportunities, in academia and in the job markets, that their students are likely to encounter after graduation. They should attempt to bridge the gap between the school environment and possible future endeavours of their learners.  I believe my philosophy of being demanding, yet cooperative pays off and being mindful and considerate of time constraints and the workload of my learners plays a role in gaining their trust. I pride myself on getting along well with others due to being open and considerate of other people and I have a deep interest in the culture, history, and language of different countries, which I am excited to continue to experience and explore.


Dalila Militaru – English – SEN
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.


Sergiu Moise – Art&DT
Sergiu Moise


Adela Crisan – Drama & Music
My name is Adela Crisan and I have worked for more than 20 years in both Romania and Qatar with children of different ages and multicultural learning environments as a Music and English Teacher. Previously, I had the opportunity to attend the International Orff Courses – Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy which enriched my music and movement perspective. Using the Orff approach to teaching in the classroom inspires students in versified and unique ways.I studied ‘Improvisational Theater’ and utilized these techniques and approaches to guide and encourage students to stimulate and develop their creativity and spontaneity, whilst gaining insight of their thoughts, feelings and relationships. All the while, sparking their interest and enthusiasm by adopting a fun, impromptu and joyful approach. I believe that each student has an individual manner of expression, and as educators, we should foster their curiosity, creativity and uniqueness by supporting them to find their distinct style and confident articulation of such individualism. I am sincerely looking forward to meeting you all and building our relationship together based on the common interest of education and excellence.


Monica Inocencio – Spanish
Monica Inocencio


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.