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 – Senior Teacher
I am Mihaela Christescu and this is my sixth year at King’s Oak. I have been a teacher for 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.

 

Ioana Toma – Administrative Director
In progress.

 

 

Creche/Pink

Irina Mihaela Gruia
My name is Irina Mihaela Gruia, I am 29 years old and this is my 7th year working in the Nursery department. I have been working with different age groups during those years (2 to 6) and loved to see how the children are growing, developing and enjoying the learning progress. This is my first year in King’s Oak team and I’m enthusiastic about this new start. The best is yet to come!

 

Ana David
My name is Ana David and I joined the King’s Oak Early Years team 5 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.

 

Ioana Mustatea
My name is Ioana Mustatea and I’ve been a nursery 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 thought 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 a was a student?”. This is the way I learned how to improve, auto evaluate and grow as a person and a teacher.I’m really excited to see where my journey with King’s Oak will take, but after 3 months here, I have a feeling that’s it is going to be amazing.

 

Daniela Gherga
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 10 years.

 

Orange Class

Christina Eisenbach
My name is Christina Eisenbach, I am a Psychology graduate from the University of Aberdeen. Child development has fascinated me ever since I had the opportunity to coach a junior handball team during high school.
What I have discovered first hand through my work is that children develop best in an environment that is engaging and fun, with activities tailored to one’s specific capabilities. The children’s development and well-being are important to me and I enjoy working together with the children to reach their own unique full potential at King’s Oak.

 

Martha Kouzeli
My name is Martha Kouzeli and I am from Greece. I have studied psychology and I have completed a master’s degree in special education. I have been working at King’s Oak School as a nursery teacher for 10 years. Working with children is a unique experience and I am proud to be part of the children’s emotional, social and physical development! I love working with kids and I strongly believe that the best award for a teacher is children that come happily to school and make progress through the year. After all „the wonder of teaching is watching caterpillars become butterflies”!

 

Irina Stoian
I knew from an early age that I have the disposition and interest to work with children therefore I graduated the Pedagogical High-School- double qualification: early years and primary school teacher. I am a dynamic person with very good interpersonal communication skills acquired in my long experience as a teacher: responsible, committed, in continuous self-improvement training. I am a positive, calm, patient and a smiling person and I like to empathize and respond quickly as needed.I enjoy being around the little ones, supporting and taking care of them. Being involved in their process of discovering the world is fascinating. My goal in teaching is to provide the nurturing environment that allows children to learn and grow intellectually.For me King’s Oak British International School offers the perfect environment to invest in new creative teaching approaches based on playfulness and discovery which allows me to continue to develop my teaching skills while creating a challenging and fun learning environment for students.

 

Green Class

Adina Susnea
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.

 

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.

 

Bianca van Wyk

My name is Bianca van Wyk  and I am from South Africa. I pursued my hospitality interest and traveled to Abu Dhabi in 2005. I returned to  to further my studies at the Private Hotel school in 2007 and successfully completed a Diploma in International Hospitality Management program in 2009.My academic history at the Private Hotel School and international experience has qualified me for a Managerial position. I learned a great deal and realized I wanted to share my knowledge . I rejoined the Private Hotel School in September 2009 as part of the academic staff , teaching young minds to peruse their hospitality dreams.If we could see the world through the eyes of a child , we would see the magic in every thing .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 I believe they are the future and I enjoy being a person who can give them the opportunity

 

Sorina Stoienescu – Teacher Assistant
My name is Sorina Stoinescu and I am Nursery Assistant Teacher Level 2. I’ve been working in the nursery for 3 years. I am the mother of a 4 year-old boy who helped me become a better teacher and by being a better teacher I became a better mother. My favourite quote is: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” by Nelson Mandela.

 

Reception Class

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 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.

 

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.

 

Diana Udor

My name is Diana Udor and I am glad to be part of the team that guides your children in their learning journey. I graduated from the University of Bucharest with a BA in English and literature and I have taught in Early Years for more than seven years. I am a highly organised, extremely creative, energetic and patient person.

Year 1

Irina Orfanakis
My name is Irina Orfanakis and I have been teaching in King’s Oak for 18 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.

 

Becky Lownds
I have been teaching at King’s Oak for nearly 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.

 

Andreea Alexandrescu
During my 14 years of experience at King’s Oak I learned that every child’s individuality needs to be cherished and guided with care. Every year is a challenge and a new opportunity to learn alongside my students. I am passionate about languages and I am a specialist teacher as well- I teach Spanish! This year I am thrilled to be part of a great team, ready for a fantastic journey!

 

Year 2

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.

 

Mada Nita
I’m Mada Nita and I’m in my 13th year at King’s Oak. I am Romanian and I have a bachelor 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.

 

Year 3

Adriana Serban
My name is Adriana Șerban. This is my 14th year in King’s Oak School. 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 challenge 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.

 

Rebekah Fox
My name is Rebekah Fox and I work in Year 3. I first started my teaching career back home in London, before taking a giant leap and moving to Cambodia, where I taught in an international school. I am very excited to now be in Bucharest and to be part of the team here at Kings Oak. I am committed to giving children the best education, creating a love of learning and a curiosity about the world around them. I believe that an excellent education should be fully inclusive to all learners and that enjoyment and challenge are at the heart of learning. I know that every child is unique and my aim is to nurture and inspire, so they can reach their full potential.

 

Year 4

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. Here at Kings Oak, I teach Year 4, Literacy to Year 6-8, Drama to Year 5-8, and morning French Club. I love teaching and am so glad to be part of a school where children really enjoy learning!

 

Georgiana Avram
I am Georgiana Avram 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 5

Mihaela Christescu
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.

 

Melanie de Klerk
In progress.

 

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

 

Year 6-8

Mihaela Christescu – Year 6-8 Form Tutor, Specialist Teacher
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.

 

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

 

Cassie Borodenko – Literacy and Drama Teacher
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. Here at Kings Oak, I teach Year 4, Literacy to Year 6-8, Drama to Year 5-8, morning and morning French club. I love teaching and am so glad to be part of a school where children really enjoy learning!

 

Alina Cimpoieru – Teacher Assistant
In progress.

 

 

 

Camelia Ion – School Nurse
My name is Camelia Ion and I am the school nurse. I joined King`s Oak School 4 years ago. 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.

 

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 7th year at King’s Oak. Here I teach French, Spanish, Romanian and EAL. I run the Intensive French Club and I am proud that our school is the only international school in Bucharest (apart from the French school) participating in the DELF Prim exam. Furthermore, our pupils broke the record and were the first in Romania who passed the A2 DELF exam while still in Primary School. 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.

 

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 5 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.

 

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 one 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.