David Milburn
David Milburn
Year 1 Falcons Class Teacher
David Milburn

David Milburn

Year 1 Falcons Class Teacher

David is from England. He attended Cardiff in Wales and graduated with a degree in History, before moving back across the border to Gloucestershire in the UK. David spent many years working in retail, hospitality and journalism, before changing career and becoming a Primary Teacher. David gained his PGCE from UCL Institute of Education in central London.

David has always taught in Key Stage 1 and loves working with the newest learners. He moved to Bangkok, Thailand and worked for two years in a Thai/English dual-language school. The opportunity for cultural exchange is what motivates David, and he is glad to be in the beautiful city of Budapest to further this experience.

David is pleased to be back in Year 1, where his sense of humour tends to naturally lie, and he is excited to spend some time getting to know Hungary as well as possible.

Rosie Wolland
Rosie Wolland
KS 1 Coordinator and Year 1 Ravens Class Teacher
Rosie Wolland

Rosie Wolland

KS 1 Coordinator and Year 1 Ravens Class Teacher

Rosie grew up in a small rural community called Pahiatua in the North Island of New Zealand. After high school, she moved to Christchurch in the South Island to attend University where she studied to be a teacher. She later returned home where she taught in a range of different schools in varying age groups from Reception to Year 8.

Always having a desire to travel, Rosie decided it was time to teach abroad and see what the world outside little New Zealand had to offer. She accepted a job in China at Dulwich College Suzhou where she taught Year 2 and English Language Learners across Key Stage 1 and 2. She has a real love of developing a love of language in children and seeing them grow into independent learners.

Outside of school life, you will find Rosie out running, exploring all Budapest has to offer or having a coffee in the sun. She also loves many sports from hockey, cricket and rugby especially supporting the All Blacks. She spent many years playing competitively and coaching sports while in New Zealand. She also loves art, music and enjoys photographing and writing about her travel experiences.

Rosie is really loving being part of our Britannica School community. Whether you are joining Year 1 or Year 2, our KS1 team can't wait to meet your family and welcome you to the Garden Corridor.

Krisztina Zubak Dobos 2020
Krisztina Zubak-Dobos
Year 1 Falcons Teaching Assistant
Krisztina Zubak Dobos 2020

Krisztina Zubak-Dobos

Year 1 Falcons Teaching Assistant

BA, ELTE-BGGYK, Special Needs Educator and Therapist (Physical Disabilities)

BA, ELTE-BGGYK,Special Needs Educator and Therapist (Speech and Language Therapy)

Krisztina grew up in a village close to Debrecen. After finishing high school, she moved to Budapest, completing her university degree. During her last year at university, Krisztina worked at a foundation as a Special Needs Educator and Therapist for children with physical disabilities. She then had the opportunity to work in Luxembourg as a special needs educational assistant and learning support teacher for almost 4 years, later qualifying as a Special Needs Educational Teacher. After moving back to Hungary, Krisztina joined Britannica as she wanted to carry on being a teaching assistant again in a Primary school in an international environment. Her interests include reading, travelling, sport, watching movies, going to the theatre and music.

Imola Bartha
Imola Bartha
Year 1 Ravens Teaching Assistant
Imola Bartha

Imola Bartha

Year 1 Ravens Teaching Assistant

Imola graduated form Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary as a primary school teacher. After a few years of teaching, she had the opportunity to travel to England and further improve her English. She started working in a nursery in Notting Hill, then as a teaching assistant and later on as a teacher in a Special Needs School in London. Having greatly enjoyed her time in London, she spent more than 10 years there.

After moving back to Budapest she worked as an English teacher in a language school. Imola is still keen to learn and is interested in exploring different ways of teaching, and is lucky to have found Britannica, joining the KS1 team in August 2021.

Imola enjoys travelling, getting to know new cultures and also being out in the nature, especially in the mountains. She has a great passion for teaching, and believes 'it takes a big heart to shape little minds'.

Vilma Kamarás
Vilma Kamarás
Year 2 Eagles Class Teacher
Vilma Kamarás

Vilma Kamarás

Year 2 Eagles Class Teacher

BA in International Hospitality Management and Travel Management, London Metropolitan University

PGCE, University of Greenwich

Vilma grew up in Budapest but after secondary school she decided to move to the United Kingdom. Having completed her Hospitality and Travel Management degree at London Metropolitan University, she also gained CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification. She became more and more interested in education and broadened her experiences by working as a Teaching Assistant at Britannica. Her teaching career advanced in 2018 when she completed her PGCE teacher training at the University of Greenwich. Since then, Vilma has had a wide range of experiences as a primary class teacher both in London and here in Budapest.

Her interests include dancing, art, running, learning languages and exploring gluten-free restaurants wherever she goes. She also loves to travel to places where the average temperature doesn’t drop below 25 degrees.

She is eager to become part of the school community at Britannica International School again, and return to the place that inspired her to become a teacher.

Hayley Katopodis
Haley Katopodis
Year 2 Phoenix Class Teacher
Hayley Katopodis

Haley Katopodis

Year 2 Phoenix Class Teacher

Haley grew up playing basketball, exploring the outdoors (weather permitting!), and loving learning in the lakeside town of Minnetonka, Minnesota, U.S.A. Her lust for travel and adventure took her to Thailand shortly after her university graduation where she fell in love with teaching. She enrolled in online graduate school to obtain her M. Ed in International Education and subsequently completed an online teaching certification in Early Childhood Education all the while teaching at an international kindergarten in the beach town of Bangsaen, Thailand.

Four plus years of living and teaching in Thailand has allowed her to explore all that Asia has to offer. Haleyenjoys traveling, adventure activities, culture, food, and a good read. She welcomes any invitation to participate in outdoor activities and sports and is especially a fan of basketball, both on and off the court. Although she doesn’t consider herself a culinary expert, Haley also enjoys cooking and learning new recipes in the kitchen.

Haley has been a part of the Britannica team in Key Stage 1 since August 2019, first as the Year 1 Avon teacher and then moving into Year 2 Mersey, and now Year 2 Phoenix. She is enjoying living in Budapest and is looking forward to another school year with her students.

Andrea kicsak
Andrea Kicsák
Year 2 Eagles Teaching Assistant, Lead Teaching Assistant
Andrea kicsak

Andrea Kicsák

Year 2 Eagles Teaching Assistant, Lead Teaching Assistant

BA, ELTE Budapest, Teacher Training Faculty

BA AVKF, Vác, English Language in Primary

Andrea grew up in a little village in the Northeast of Hungary. When she finished high school she started her studies at ELTE University in Budapest as a primary school teacher. It was a big change to live in a capital city after the countryside but she really fell in love with it. Andrea's career in teaching started when she was 11. It seemed like just a game in at the start when she was teaching her younger sisters but she never thought it would be her profession in the future. After completing her teaching degree, Andrea decided to go abroad and get to know more about other cultures and wanted to gain more experience. She spent nearly a year in Scotland and was a volunteer in a Scottish Catholic School. Her good experiences with people from other countries stirred a desire in her heart to work in an international environment in the future. When she returned to Hungary, she started working in a Hungarian state school before joining Britannica in 2017. She is really glad to be working here.

In her free time, Andrea loves arts and crafts, painting, singing, listening to music, playing her guitar and going to church.

In her career, Andrea believes that all children are wonderful and unique. With our support, they can reach their potential at their own individual pace.

Andrea's inspirational quote is: "A child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different, each one is special, each one is beautiful.”

Anett Blum
Anett Blum
Year 2 Phoenix Teaching Assistant
Anett Blum

Anett Blum

Year 2 Phoenix Teaching Assistant

BA, ELTE Budapest, Kindergarten Teaching
BA, ELTE Budapest, Slavic Studies with Russian


Anett grew up in a small town near Budapest, she always knew that she would like to work with children. After finishing high school she started her studies at ELTE University in Budapest to become a kindergarten teacher. Thanks to her interest in languages and cultures, she decided to take part in the work of the English-Hungarian Bilingual Faculty, then later got the chance to study in Denmark, where she learned more about Scandinavian pedagogy, their attitude to children and the advantage of learning a language in an early age. Anett was always interested in the world of theatre, so she wrote her dissertation from drama pedagogy. In her free time Anett enjoys travelling, crafting, sewing and reading. She used to play the piano and do Hungarian folk dancing, as well as participated in the local scout community, so amongst other things, she looks forward to passing on her love for active leisure time to the children here at Britannica.

Ben Willoughby
Ben Willoughby
Lower KS2 Coordinator & Year 3 Dali Class Teacher
Ben Willoughby

Ben Willoughby

Lower KS2 Coordinator & Year 3 Dali Class Teacher

BA Information Management, Thames Valley University

PGCE, South Bank University

Ben grew up in Croydon in south London. He had a fantastic start to his teaching career in a lively and diverse part of London. He caught the international bug in 2006 at a big school in Kampala, Uganda; a city that still holds a big place in his heart. Since then he has worked in international schools in Vietnam, Egypt, Thailand and most recently a short hop away in Prague. During this time, Ben has been lucky enough to have worked with a wide range of children, parents, and teachers across all three primary key stages, as well as leading year groups and a range of topics and projects.

In the last year, Ben has started enjoying leisurely cycle rides around flat city parks but finds hills a lot trickier! He loves hiking everywhere, from urban landscapes to the Himalayas. He is looking forward to making lots of discoveries at Britannica, with some curious pupils as guides.

Andi Egerszegi 2020
Andrea Pankotai
Year 3 Kolodko Class Teacher
Andi Egerszegi 2020

Andrea Pankotai

Year 3 Kolodko Class Teacher

BEd (Hons) Teacher Training College, Debrecen, Hungary

NQT Programme in London Borough of Lambeth, UK

Andrea grew up in a small town in Southern Hungary. After completing her teaching degree she lived and worked in Italy to complete further studies in Visual Arts. In 2004 Andrea moved to SW London where she worked as primary teacher in Stockwell Primary School. The birth of her son was a turning point in Andrea's life and over the last ten years her life has centred around children in a variety of ways. When she is not working at Britannica, she spends lots of time with her family and friends especially in the countryside. Andrea enjoys also doing yoga, hiking and travelling. Andrea believes that students need to be their own "teachers" with her as their coach. Her motto is "To teach is to touch a life forever.

Kinga Boronkai
Kinga Boronkai
Year 3 Dali Teaching Assistant
Kinga Boronkai

Kinga Boronkai

Year 3 Dali Teaching Assistant

Sara Hajdu2020
Sára Hajdú
Year 3 Dali Teaching Assistant
Sara Hajdu2020

Sára Hajdú

Year 3 Dali Teaching Assistant

MA, Teacher of English Language and Literature,

Teacher of Hungarian as a Foreign Language,

Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church, Budapest

Sara grew up in a small town called Székesfehérvár close to Budapest. After she had finished her high school, she moved to Budapest, where she completed her university MA studies as an English and Hungarian as a foreign language teacher. Throughout her university years she had a chance to participate in different scholarship programmes in the UK, as well as in Portugal. She spent a year in Portugal in a private secondary school as an English teacher, where she developed a good knowledge of Portuguese and since then she has been enthusiastic not only of the language but also of the culture. She is an athlete and a real sport fanatic, still an active member of a gym. She is keen on to try any kind of sport activities. In her free time besides doing sports she enjoys spending time with her two and a half year old daughter, who is a true blessing.

Julia Pek
Júlia Pék
Year 3 Kolodko Teaching Assistant
Julia Pek

Júlia Pék

Year 3 Kolodko Teaching Assistant

ELTE-BTK: BA in English Studies (and Speech Science)

Julia graduated from ELTE-BTK in 2015, studying English literature, linguistics and speech science. After completing her BA degree, she spent 3 years teaching English as an Additional Language and is currently studying for an MA degree. Julia enjoys travelling, writing, music and theatre and in her leisure time she likes combining these by visiting theatre performances and concerts in different countries. She is excited to continue in the Year 3 team here at Britannica again this year.

Jamie Burns
Jamie Burns
Year 4 Bourgeois Class Teacher
Jamie Burns

Jamie Burns

Year 4 Bourgeois Class Teacher

Jamie was born and raised in a small coastal town in the east of England. After completing a degree in International Business Studies at Nottingham Trent University he decided to spend a summer teaching at a summer camp in the United States. It was here where he discovered his passion for teaching and subsequently completed his teacher training at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, England before teaching in Year 3 in his hometown.

With a desire to experience other countries and cultures Jamie spent five years teaching a variety of primary year groups in Yangon, Myanmar. He enjoyed exploring the vibrant culture and natural beauty in this region whilst developing his teaching practice.

Jamie is excited to continue his journey in Budapest, and is ready to embrace the culture of Hungary and enjoy all that the country has to offer. He loves spending his free time playing sport, running, hiking, or enjoying a good book.

Jamie is looking forward to his first year at Britannica and teaching the fantastic students of Year 4 Bourgeois.

Alex Garrow 2020
Alex Garrow
Head of Primary ICT and Year 4 Kahlo Class teacher
Alex Garrow 2020

Alex Garrow

Head of Primary ICT and Year 4 Kahlo Class teacher

BA(Hons) Media Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

PGCE Primary with QTS, Edge Hill University, UK

Alex grew up and lived in Formby, a coastal village, north of Liverpool for 24 years. Having completed his Media Technology degree at Manchester Metropolitan University, he decided to complete his teacher training at Edge Hill University. This is his first career role as a primary teacher. He has now worked at Britannica International school for 2 years and is thoroughly enjoying it.

Alex enjoys playing golf and football, socialising with friends and family and listening to music, attending gigs when possible. He is extremely excited about continuing his career at Britannica International School and being able to explore this wonderful city further.

Agnes Hegyi
Ágnes Hegyi
Year 4 Bourgeois Teaching Assistant
Agnes Hegyi

Ágnes Hegyi

Year 4 Bourgeois Teaching Assistant

Biology, Teacher Training College, Hungary

QTS London, Special Needs Assistant, Progressive College, Dublin

Agnes grew up in a village by a river in Southern Hungary. After completing her science teacher degree, she moved and worked in London for 6 years. She was studying English language in Morley College and also was working as a Nursery Officer (teacher). She took a Cambridge English language exam and also completed her QTS.

She moved back to Budapest, Hungary to teach Biology in a bilingual primary school where she was teaching science in both Hungarian and English. She really enjoyed to teach and later she got a great opportunity to move to Ireland, living in Dun Laoghaire, a beautiful Irish town by the sea, for 4 years, teaching in a Montessori Preschool, as well as in a Hungarian weekend school, and in her free time she was interpreting in hospitals. She studied to become a Special Needs Assistant in Progressive College, Dublin. Upon moving back to Hungary and started to work at Britannica. She really likes working here with her nice colleagues and lovely children from all around the world.

In her free time, Agnes loves to travel, cook, read a book, listen to music, go for walks and get to know other cultures.

Boglarka B Toth
Boglárka B. Tóth
Year 4 Kahlo Teaching Assistant, Drama Teacher
Boglarka B Toth

Boglárka B. Tóth

Year 4 Kahlo Teaching Assistant, Drama Teacher

MA, TK, Kecskemét, Hungary, Teacher Training Faculty

MA, St. Patrick College Erasmus Studies, Dublin, Ireland

MA, TF, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of Physical Education/ Equestrian Education Specialist

Bogi worked as a teacher assistant in Dublin and as a bilingual primary school teacher in Kecskemét. She later became the manager of a riding school, where she worked as a horse riding trainer and teacher of equestrian culture for primary school children. Her heart tough told her to go back to her original profession of full time primary school teacher – and she followed the advice. She is now grateful for gettingthe possibility to work at Britannica International School, where her mission is to show childrenthat the world around them is beautiful and worth getting to know, and to prove that school and learning can be an exciting way of spending their time. Bogi’s passion is theatre, but she also likes playing the ukulele, doing all kinds of sports, travelling, and going for long walks with her partner, family or friends and her dog.

Toni Goddhew
Toni Goodhew
Upper KS2 Coordinator & Year 5 Apollo Class Teacher
Toni Goddhew

Toni Goodhew

Upper KS2 Coordinator & Year 5 Apollo Class Teacher

BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

Toni grew up in the south east of England in the county of Kent. After completing her degree at Durham University, Toni started her teaching career in Year 2 at a local primary school. As someone who enjoys travelling and seeing the world, Toni then moved to the United Arab Emirates to continue her teaching career where she taught across, and lead, a range of year groups. Toni enjoyed experiencing the cultures and experiences of Abu Dhabi and having the opportunity to use it as a travelling hub. She is now excited to live in here in Budapest and embrace the new opportunities this city and country has to offer.