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.

 

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.”

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.

 

Ana David
My name is Ana David and I joined the King’s Oak Early Years team more than 6 years ago. It has been a wonderful life experience to work with the different age groups in the nursery and learn and play together with them. I studied and trained to be a Psychologist and worked for more than 7 years with children with special educational needs. Every day I have spent teaching in the nursery has challenged me to find new ways and ideas to support children’s emotional, behavioural and intellectual development. I love teaching in the nursery and I look forward to learning new things every day.

 

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.”

 

Green 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.

 

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.

 

Bianca van Wyk
My name is Bianca van Wyk. I am from South Africa. I started my teaching career in 2009, molding young minds for the hospitality industry. I found myself in a position where I enjoyed sharing and gaining knowledge as well as experience. In 2010 I pursued a career working for a kindergarten in South Africa and I have not looked back since. I love working with children, and seeing the world anew through their eyes.

 

Reception Class

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.

 

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.’

 

Alina Cimpoeru-Teacher Asistant
I’ve been teaching since 2014. For the first four years I taught English to children between 6 and 14 years old. Last year I chose to be part of the King’s Oak team as a Teacher Assistant. I have the ability to see where students need support, enabling me to reteach the ideas in a way the students can understand.
I have a degree in arts (specifically theater) and a degree in economics. I was very active in these fields but my strong ideals took me on a new professional path.
I believe in education!

 

Year 1

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.

 

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.

 

Gabriela Sirghi

I’m Raluca Gabriela Sirghi, the teacher behind the paints and the glasses. I’m a happy person loving her job. Being a teacher has allowed me to keep young, laugh and achieve amazing things with children I had the chance to work with. I believe that a part of me has always known I was going to be a teacher. I have been teaching for more than 10 years and I think that I have one of the most challenging but amazing careers, because I have fun every day! I mean, how many people can wear a tiara to work and still get paid? The the day teaching isn’t fun is the day I’ll find a new career. Until then I will continue to laugh, learn, love and pass it on.

Year 2JF

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 2BT

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. 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!

 

Andra Tudorache 
„Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is useless.”  I believe that we are all unique and we each have our own set of abilities and a true “zone of genius”. Children should feel loved and to gain enough self-confidence to stand up for what they believe later on in life and to have enough courage to follow their own path and grow in their own terms. I wish for them to be open enough to admit when a mistake has been made, to acknowledge it, accept it, learn from it and move on and to learn from each other.
I aim to make my classroom a space where no fish is ever judged by their ability to climb a tree and a monkey by the ability to swim, a space where children learn through play and open exchange of ideas!

 

Year 3

Melany Williams
My name is Melany Williams. I studied Education and also 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 teach in an international school environment and to incorporate global perspectives in my teaching. Prior to teaching at King’s Oak, I have taught cross-culturally for 5 years on Rosebud Indian Reservation in the United States. 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.

 

Georgiana Tat
I am Georgiana Tat and for the past five years I have taught in International schools in Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest. I was part of a multicultural environment where we used principles and strategies of the UK National Curriculum. I am a graduate of the Faculty of Letters, Babeș-Bolyai University and I have a master’s degree in British Cultural Studies. I knew from a really young age that I wanted to become a teacher. My grandmother was a teacher and she inspired me a lot. She did her teaching with lots of love for her students. I think it is great to be a teacher, because this involves lots of work, compassion, enthusiasm and dedication. We inspire, support, mentor and get the chance to discover and share some of the best parts of ourselves as human beings. I love teaching because both teacher and student learn from each other. I enjoy exchanging information about our culture, traditions and customs.

 

Year 4

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.

 

Patrick Hearn
I’m from Cambridge in the UK. I have a degree in History and a master’s in educational leadership, and have been teaching for the past 5 years. I began my teaching career in London before spending 3 years teaching in Nigeria. I believe that children learn best through joyful experiences, by making mistakes and being part of a learning culture of intrigue and expression. What I love most about teaching is seeing a child become more resilient, confident and curious about the world around them. When I’m not teaching, I love reading and traveling. I enjoy football, rugby and being outside in nature.

 

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.

 

Amal Diab
After graduating from Sunderland University, I spent the last 7 years teaching in various international schools around Europe and Asia. I passionately believe that primary education presents an opportunity to shape the thinking of future generations. By instilling inquisitiveness, curiosity about the world, and the ability to think critically, educators can equip young people with the skills necessary to face the future. It is these values that I try to encourage in the ethos of my classroom.  The best moments of my teaching career are those that have been unexpected. I enjoy seeing the children in my class grow in confidence and develop a real sense of enthusiasm towards their learning. Everything from when you can cheer up a child who’s feeling sad to that ‘light bulb’ moment they get when they understand something new. Outside school, I enjoy discovering new places, hiking and mountain cycling. Being outdoors, in nature and the fresh air makes me very happy!

 

Secondary School

Mihaela Christescu – English, Science – Year 8-9 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.

 

Harriet Baxter – English, Drama – Year 7 Form Tutor
My name is Harriet Baxter and my teaching career begun at Canterbury Christ Church University where I studied Primary Education and learnt the theory of teaching. My real passion for teaching begun in the classroom where I was able to help guide and nurture children on their learning journey and I, in turn, learnt from them. I taught for three years in London before making the life changing decision to teach in South-East Asia for two years. After teaching in Thailand and Vietnam, I decided to move a little closer to home and am now very excited to be teaching in Bucharest. I am committed to providing a supportive and creative environment in which every child is able to reach their full potential.

 

Irina Orfanakis – Art, History – Year 6 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.

 

Huw Roberts – Maths, Geography – Year 10 Form Tutor
My name is Huw Roberts and I am the Maths and Geography teacher at Kings Oak British International School. I am originally from South Wales in the UK and have been teaching for over 20 years now across 4 continents. My main passions are education and travel and I have been lucky enough to combine both through International Teaching. I use a variety of methods and strategies to teach the children of varied abilities in my class and I raise the standard within each class through planning, assessment, and classroom management. I believe all children should have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and that I should nurture them to become independent and creative thinkers with a positive attitude towards life.

 

Dalila Militaru – Teacher Assistant
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.

 

Pilar Veiga – Spanish Teacher
I come from Galicia, the Atlantic part of Spain and arrived in Romania in 2003. I studied Hispanic Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela and then a master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language at the Antonio de Nebrija University in Madrid. I have been a teacher at the Cervantes Institute in Bucharest since September 2006. In recent years, I have specialised in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). I like to discover the personality of each one of my students in order to help them learn at their own pace and style. I also appreciate the creativity that allows my to develop my work as a teacher.

 

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.

 

Melinda Copaci
I was born at the seaside and I moved to Bucharest 14 years ago prepared to change the world. First I studied Social Work and Applied Social Studies and after a short time I decided to start Psychology too. I have a master’s degree in Child and Family Counselling and Psychotherapy and also graduated in Alternative Educational Programmes. I discovered the love for teaching 8 years ago, when I got a job as a support teacher at another international school. I joined King’s Oak 6 years ago as a class teacher. Currently I am providing psychological and learning support around the school and I am actively involved in the inclusion of students with additional needs. The motto that really changed my whole understanding about education says:” If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn” (Dr. Ivar Lovaas). I want each of my students to know they are important, loved and unique. Outside my work, I’m involved in various humanitarian projects and I enjoy spending my free time investing in the lives of less privileged people. When I don’t do any of the above, I choose to travel or to read.