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.

Csilla Pasztori Kupan
Csilla Pásztori-Kupán
Year 1 Ravens Teaching Assistant
Csilla Pasztori Kupan

Csilla Pásztori-Kupán

Year 1 Ravens Teaching Assistant

Csilla grew up in Romania (Transylvania) and graduated as a Kindergarten and Primary School teacher. She worked as a Primary School teacher for 4 years, then spent one year in the United States, and moved to Hungary in 2003, where she obtained a kindergarten teacher degree at Apor Vilmos Catholic College. In the past years she has been working at various international kindergartens in Budapest. In her spare time, Csilla loves hiking and cycling with her 16 year old twin sons and her husband. She also likes reading, especially books related to modern history!

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.

Regina Szabo
Regina Szabó
Year 2 Eagles Teaching Assistant
Regina Szabo

Regina Szabó

Year 2 Eagles Teaching Assistant

Regina was born and raised in Budapest. After finishing high school, she began her studies at Eötvös Loránd University, where she earned three degrees, a BA in English Studies, an MA in Applied Linguistics, and an MA in English Foreign Language Instruction. During her studies, she mainly focused on bilingual children’s language acquisition and speech development, foreign language anxiety, and the varieties of the English language. In the final year of her studies, she started working at an international kindergarten, teaching English to children from various cultural backgrounds. In her free time, Regina loves writing poems and short stories, drawing, and painting. She also likes extreme sports, such as sky-diving and rafting!

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.

Boglarka B Toth
Boglárka B. Tóth
Year 3 Dali Teaching Assistant, Drama Teacher
Boglarka B Toth

Boglárka B. Tóth

Year 3 Dali 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.

Katinka Hudaky
Katinka Hudáky
Year 3 Kolodko Teaching Assistant
Katinka Hudaky

Katinka Hudáky

Year 3 Kolodko Teaching Assistant

Katinka grew up in a town just outside of Budapest. She has three degrees from ELTE University, a BA in Slavic Studies, an MA in English Language Instruction and a MEd in Teaching Hungarian as a Foreign Language. She enjoys teaching and learning languages, and speaks Hungarian, English, German, and Russian. Her work experience includes a year at the Hungarian Kindergarten and School in Berlin, as well as teaching languages in many different settings: one on one and in groups, to kids and adults, in primary schools, language schools and privately. In her free time, she loves to stay active and go climbing, hiking or cycling.

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.

Julia Di Nunzio Kersner
Julia Di Nunzio - Kersner
Year 4 Kahlo Teaching Assistant
Julia Di Nunzio Kersner

Julia Di Nunzio - Kersner

Year 4 Kahlo Teaching Assistant

Julia was born and raised in Budapest and has a degree in Italian from Pazmany Peter University. She lived in Rome for three years before moving to New York City. A couple of years ago, together with her husband, they decided to move back to Budapest to raise their son in family environment. Julia recently completed her MA degree in English at ELTE University. She has always pictured herself working in a school and is very happy to join the international crew here at Britannica. In her leisure time she loves to do jigsaw puzzles and take long walks with the family dog.

Coming soon
Julianna Pusztai-Simon
Year 4 Bourgeois Teaching Assistant
Coming soon

Julianna Pusztai-Simon

Year 4 Bourgeois Teaching Assistant

Julianna was born and raised in Eger, a historical town in Hungary, and has an MA degree in French and a BA degree in Teaching from ELTE University in Budapest. She started teaching French during her University years, and has since gained a very varied experience in teaching, having taught both adults at language schools, secondary school pupils at Toldy Ferenc Secondary School and young children too. From a very young age besides languages, her passions have been playing the guitar, singing and doing yoga. After also receiving her diplomas as a singer and vocal coach, she gained some work experience as a singer at elegant hotels around Hungary and Germany. Later she started to write songs and in 2017 released her first album called “Lovely disorder”, with the album release concert taking place in that same year at the French Institute of Budapest. Having obtained a yoga instructor diploma, she has also been teaching yoga until the birth of her two daughters. Julianna loves spending her free time with her family, playing sports or making music, occasionally giving concerts at clubs. She is very happy joining the vibrant multinational community at Britannica, and her dream is to use her teaching, yoga and musical skills for the benefit of our pupils. She firmly believes that doing yoga or practicing music promotes concentration in any other field.

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.

Nicholas Bateman
Nick Bateman
Head of Primary English and Year 5 Titan Class Teacher
Nicholas Bateman

Nick Bateman

Head of Primary English and Year 5 Titan Class Teacher

Nick was born and raised in a small village in the south of England. He speaks English, and a little bit of both Mandarin and Japanese. He has had a wide range of teaching experiences since leaving university in 2007, both in the UK and abroad: teaching across years 1-6 in mainstream British primary schools; supporting 16-25-year-olds with severe epilepsy and autism, in a special education FE College in the UK; providing cover supervision for English, Media, Drama and Film Studies at Key Stage 3; and teaching English language learners in every age-group from pre-school to pensioner, both in the UK and Japan.

He graduated from the University College of the Creative Arts with honours in Digital Screen Arts and has maintained his interest in technology and the arts through his teaching. He went on to gain his PGCE (Primary English Specialism) through the University of Brighton before teaching, co-ordinating MFL, and co-leading Year 6 at a large junior school in West Sussex.
Nick has recently been teaching in Suzhou, China. He joined a large British international school there as an infant school EAL Teacher and has spent the last two years as Head of EAL in the Junior School.

Nick enjoys the challenges that come with living in a different country. He is continues to be excited to learn about the city and the culture of Hungary through his passions: language learning, photography, running, and hiking.