Aggie Lastofka
Ágnes Lastofka
Year 5 Teaching Assistant
Aggie Lastofka

Ágnes Lastofka

Year 5 Teaching Assistant

Aggie was born in the north of Africa, in Tunis but when she was 5 her family moved to the United States, where she lived for 6 years before moving to Hungary.

Aggie studied at ELTE and later completed her masters in Debrecen. She has been teaching for nearly 20 years in a variety of institutions. She also spent 10 summers in different parts of the UK teaching in summer schools.

She started working in Britannica in 2014 and, returning from maternity leave with her daughter Rebeka last year, she is looking forward to another exciting academic year ahead.

Ryan Phillips2020
Ryan Phillips
Assistant Head of Primary & Year 6 Europa Class Teacher
Ryan Phillips2020

Ryan Phillips

Assistant Head of Primary & Year 6 Europa Class Teacher

Ba (hons) Advertising, Solent University, Southampton Uk

TESOL, Ban Phe, Thailand

PGCE, University of Roehampton, SCITT East London, Uk

Currently studying MEd in Education Leadership, University of Dundee, Uk

Ryan comes from the south of England, he has roots from Dover, to Southampton ,to the old mining town of Camborne in Cornwall. After finishing University he volunteered in Brunei with the Army’s Youth Service. This was followed by starting his teaching career in Thailand as an EAL teacher. Afterwards, he moved back to the UK, where he was a Learning Support Assistant, working in the Visual Support team at a primary school.

After these rewarding experiences, Ryan moved to East London, where he trained to become a Primary school teacher. Once his NQT year was completed, he became the PE coordinator and had amazing experiences in the build up to the 2012 Olympics, such as meeting Sir Steve Redgrave and being part of a team developing a scheme of work for the Mo Farah foundation.

Ryan is a keen traveler and enjoys new adventures. This and the opportunity to be part of a team helping to develop a new International school were the reasons for him moving to Mongolia. While at the school, he was part of a team of teachers that facilitated the school becoming accredited by COBIS. During the two years he was there, he enjoyed trips across the Gobi desert and traversing frozen rivers by Husky pulled sleighs.

Swapping -40 C for the 100 % humidity of Malaysia was quite a shock to the system. His first role was as Art Coordinator, in which he led many whole school projects with a focus on raising awareness about the environment and sustainability. Ryan then became Literacy coordinator, supporting teachers with strategies to engage young writers and how to support them becoming independent. During his time in Malaysia he led Teaching and Learning across the Primary and Secondary schools by introducing collaborative and developmental Professional Learning Teams.

Ryan enjoys a range of sports and activities, such as Rugby, with an abundance of enthusiasm but with little talent! He also enjoys trying new activities, like Parasailing in Nepal to get over his fear of heights. It didn’t work! He has a passion for History, Art and Poetry, which he looks forward to exploring in Budapest, the school and it’s community.

Paul Gonsalves
Paul Gonsalves
Year 6 Prometheus Class Teacher
Paul Gonsalves

Paul Gonsalves

Year 6 Prometheus Class Teacher

BEd(Hons) U.W.E, Bristol.

City & Guilds (Carpentry and Joinery)

Paul has worked as a teacher in a variety of schools across the UK including special needs. He has been a coordinator of many subject areas in his 18 years both in the UK and overseas. His interests include the nature of learning, experimental play, Hungarian, drumming and cheese. He has lived in Budapest for four years, and is currently enjoying his home life with his partner and puppy.

Kinga Boronkai
Kinga Boronkai
Year 6 Europa Teaching Assistant
Kinga Boronkai

Kinga Boronkai

Year 6 Europa Teaching Assistant

Aniko Letay 2023
Anikó Létay-Bruckner
Year 6 Prometheus Teaching Assistant
Aniko Letay 2023

Anikó Létay-Bruckner

Year 6 Prometheus Teaching Assistant

Anikó was born in Budapest but attended school in beautiful Szentendre. She studied English and German literature at ELTE University. She lived in Vienna and Salzburg in Austria where she enjoyed the kindness of people and the picturesque countryside. She worked as a teacher in the UK where she ran courses about Hungary. She had a marvelous time in the UK working and travelling. Back in Budapest she became an English camp coordinator. She also worked in a German school as a secretary. Afterwards, Aniko joined a Hungarian state school teaching English and German languages.

She missed the international environment so Aniko was happy to join Britannica in 2010. She loved teaching primary children working as a Teaching Assistant, a German and an Art teacher.

Aniko was on maternity leave 2014-2021 raising her beloved children, Botond and Boróka. She is excited to come back to Britannica working part-time in Year 6. She enjoys reuniting with colleagues and being part of a dynamic international community.

She loves making jewelry, sport, singing and going on trips with her family and friends.

Julia Pek
Júlia Pék
Learning Support Assistant
Julia Pek

Júlia Pék

Learning Support 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.

Kamilla Kelemen
Kamilla Kelemen
Learning Support Assistant
Kamilla Kelemen

Kamilla Kelemen

Learning Support Assistant

BA, ELTE Budapest, Special needs educator & speech and language therapist

Kamilla grew up in a small town called Mosonmagyarovar, and moved to Budapest for her studies. She studied at ELTE Barczi, and got her diploma in speech and language therapy and special needs education. She worked as a speech therapist for a few years with children. She's a complex art therapist too, which is a therapy for stuttering children. In 2020 she started her MA studies at Barczi. In her free time she enjoys reading, travelling, going to concerts and spending time with her loved ones.

Reka Joni
Réka Jóni
Learning Support Assistant
Reka Joni

Réka Jóni

Learning Support Assistant

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Katalin Balogh
Primary Music Teacher
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Katalin Balogh

Primary Music Teacher

Katalin grew up in Hungary and has been playing the piano, trumpet and music since the age of 11. Classically trained, she studied at the Zoltan Kodaly Music and Art Secondary School. Subsequently she went to Ferenc Kolcsey Teacher Training College in Debrecen, gaining a Degree in Primary and Music teaching in 2007 with honours, specialising in the Kodaly approach. After 7 years' experience in primary school teaching in Hungary, Katalin moved to London in September 2014 to pursue her love and passion for music and teaching. One year later, as she was completing her QTS – Qualified Teacher Status in England, she secured her first music teaching job with The DaCapo Music Foundation as a trumpet and piano teacher. Returning back to Hungary in 2018, Katalin is very pleased to have joined Britannica International School and enjoys being part of a team of teachers who love making all the benefits of learning accessible and who work with such enthusiasm, good humour and professionalism.

Veronika Pal2020
Veronika Decsi-Pál
Head of Primary EAL and Teacher of EAL
Veronika Pal2020

Veronika Decsi-Pál

Head of Primary EAL and Teacher of EAL

MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language – KGRE, Budapest, Hungary

BA in Teaching English Language and English Literature – KJF, Szekesfehervar, Hungary

BA in Communications (PR specialist) – KJF, Szekesfehervar, Hungary

QTS – General Teaching Council for England, UK

EYPS (Early Years Professional Status) – New Ham College, London, UK

Team Leading and Management – Avanta, London, UK

After graduating from university, Veronika moved to London where she spent 8 years. First, she was working in a nursery as a Deputy Manager and Pre-school Room Leader. Then she joined Hampstead Hill School in the heart of London where she was teaching in Reception Year.

After moving back to Hungary, Veronika wanted to carry on teaching in a British environment so she joined the Britannica team in 2017.

In her spare time, Veronika loves travelling and discovering new countries and places. She is also a big fan of playing pool.

Eszter Arvai photo
Eszter Arvai
Teacher of EAL
Eszter Arvai photo

Eszter Arvai

Teacher of EAL

MA in Intercultural Psychology and Education - ELTE, Budapest, Hungary

DELTA - IH, Budapest, Hungary

BA in Teaching English Language - KJF, Szekesfehervar, Hungary

Eszter grew up in Veszprem, Hungary. After graduating with a degree in Teaching English Language, she spent two happy years as an EFL teacher in a primary school in Szekesfehervar. In 2002, she relocated for a teaching job and spent the next ten years working in a language school in Budapest. In 2012, she moved to the UK and continued her teaching career in Salisbury. Her love of the British countryside then took her to Cambridge, where she taught EFL to international art students in further and higher education for six years. 
After moving back to Hungary, she joined the Britannica team in 2022. 
In her free time, Eszter is passionate about cooking, running, and pottering around the garden.

Zsolt Molnar
Zsolt Molnár
Teacher of EAL
Zsolt Molnar

Zsolt Molnár

Teacher of EAL

Zsolt was born and raised in Budapest. He has spent almost 5 years in the beautiful county of Yorkshire, where he first worked as a teaching assistant, supporting children with special educational needs besides English-language learners. After that, he was appointed to an English as an Additional Language Lead. He has enjoyed working in education and the challenges it brings, that is why he decided to become a teacher. Zsolt earned his Qualified Teacher Status in modern foreign languages in 2020, before moving back to his hometown.

Zsolt is enthusiastic about languages, travelling and getting to know new cultures, as well as eating sweets.

Holly Stroud
Holly Stroud
Key Stage 3 Coordinator & Teacher of Science
Holly Stroud

Holly Stroud

Key Stage 3 Coordinator & Teacher of Science

Holly grew up in Gloucestershire, in the West of England. After completing her Secondary Education, she moved to Wales to study Biology at Cardiff University and to enjoy the beautiful Welsh countryside. Upon returning to Gloucestershire, Holly completed her Secondary PGCE with the aim of sharing her passion for Science with young people. She taught Science and Biology for eight years in the UK, holding a range of Pastoral and Academic Middle Leadership positions.

Looking for a new challenge, and a chance to indulge her love of travelling, she moved to Bangkok in 2019 with her husband and labrador to take up a position as Head of Science at a bilingual dual-curriculum school. This provided a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Thailand, travel around Asia and to eat a lot of delicious food.

Holly is now enjoying splitting her time at Britannica between teaching Science and fulfilling the role of Key Stage 3 coordinator. In her spare time, Holly enjoys cooking and learning about different cuisines, yoga and spending time outdoors. She is looking forward to exploring Hungary and having the opportunity to travel to neighbouring countries.

Marta Sosa Lama
Marta Sosa Lama
Key Stage 4 Coordinator & Teacher of Spanish
Marta Sosa Lama

Marta Sosa Lama

Key Stage 4 Coordinator & Teacher of Spanish

Marta grew up in Seville, in the south of Spain. After graduating with a degree in English Philology from the University of Seville, Marta moved to the UK to complete a PGCE in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Southampton. She spent the next 6 years in teaching and leadership positions in London and joins Britannica as a Foreign Languages teacher. Alongside her interest in languages and cultures, in her spare time Marta enjoys reading, exercising, drawing and travelling.

Richard Roberts2020
Richard Roberts
Key Stage 5 Coordinator & Teacher of Science
Richard Roberts2020

Richard Roberts

Key Stage 5 Coordinator & Teacher of Science

BSc (Hons) - Biological sciences

MSc-R - Microbiology

Graduate Teacher Program (GTP) Secondary Science, Kent England

Richard is originally from the sunny Isle of Wight in the south of England. Richard first ventured off the “island” in 2005 moving to Plymouth University in the South West of England to complete his BSc in Biological science. Richard next turned to University of Kent at Canterbury to complete his MSc-R in microbiology and finished this in 2010. Richard then started his teacher training the Graduate Training Program at a secondary school in Folkestone. After completing his training, Richard became a member of an outstanding school in Kent and worked there for 7 years. Richard’s interests out of school are wide, ranging from any sport but mainly football and rugby, to science, the arts and culture. He is currently trying to expand his very basic knowledge of Hungarian.

Andor Spisak2020
Andor Spisák
Year 13 Tutor, Head of Mathematics & Computer Science
Andor Spisak2020

Andor Spisák

Year 13 Tutor, Head of Mathematics & Computer Science

MSc, Mag.phil., University of Salzburg, Austria, Teacher of Mathematics and English Language and Literature

Andor graduated from the University of Salzburg and holds a degree in Mathematics and English Language and Literature. After teaching at a Hungarian comprehensive school for five years he spent some time teaching Mathematics and Computer Sciences (networking, security) at various Hungarian colleges and universities, among others at the Technical University of Budapest. Before finally returning to teaching he was the Head of Research & Development at an IT company specialised in software development, data mining and artificial intelligence.

He is married and has two daughters. Since he has a wide range of hobbies, free time is always scarce.

Tamas Jakab2020
Tamás Jakab
Year 11B Tutor, Teacher of Mathematics
Tamas Jakab2020

Tamás Jakab

Year 11B Tutor, Teacher of Mathematics

After graduating as a teacher of mathematics and English language and literature at the University of Szeged, Tamas spent 2 years at Texas Tech University where he had a chance to get a taste of mathematical research (and an MSc in Mathematics). Having decided to pursue a teaching career, he returned to his old secondary school in Hungary and worked mostly with children gifted in mathematics. He then spent 14 years in Belgium teaching mathematics and acting in various coordinating roles at an international school before joining Britannica here in Budapest.

In his spare time, Tamas enjoys playing basketball, learning languages and going to the theatre, but nowadays he spends most of his free time with his two young daughters.