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.

Anett Blum
Anett Blum
Year 6 Europa Teaching Assistant
Anett Blum

Anett Blum

Year 6 Europa 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.

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.

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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.

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Haruko Castro
Head of Primary EAL, Teacher of EAL
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Haruko Castro

Head of Primary EAL, Teacher of EAL

Haruko was born and raised in Queens, New York, USA. She began her career in English language teaching straight after university, working as an Assistant Language Teacher in Toyama, Japan for two years. After a brief period in housing support in the southeast of England, she returned to teaching and hasn’t looked back. She spent three years delivering a range of English language curricula to learners of all ages (primary school-aged to retirees) in language schools across Sussex, England. Following that, in Suzhou, China, she worked as an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) lecturer at an international high school, preparing students for their upcoming university studies in the UK. More recently, she has taught a range of General English and Business English curricula to corporate clients here in Budapest.

Haruko holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Leicester, for which she investigated the importance of vowel pronunciation in English as a Lingua Franca. She is truly fascinated by the workings of Second Language Acquisition and is excited to expand her understanding of SLA here at Britannica.

In her spare time, Haruko enjoys studying languages. She has studied Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin, and she is currently embarking on the very fulfilling endeavour of studying Hungarian while living here in Budapest. After languages, her next passion is food, and she enjoys trying (nearly) everything that any country or region’s cuisine has to offer.


Kamilla Kelemen
Kamilla Kelemen
Teacher of SEN, Teacher of EAL
Kamilla Kelemen

Kamilla Kelemen

Teacher of SEN, Teacher of EAL

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.

Katinka Hudaky
Katinka Hudáky-Szabó
Teacher of EAL, Teacher of Hungarian
Katinka Hudaky

Katinka Hudáky-Szabó

Teacher of EAL, Teacher of Hungarian

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.

Zsolt Molnar
Zsolt Molnár
Teacher of EAL, Teacher of German
Zsolt Molnar

Zsolt Molnár

Teacher of EAL, Teacher of German

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.

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Aiperi Sadykova
Learning Support Assistant
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Aiperi Sadykova

Learning Support Assistant

Aiperi Sadykova is from Kyrgyzstan. Aiperi is a Professional Psychologist and ABA Therapist. She has provided individual and group therapy, and has more than 4 years of experience working alongside people to facilitate positive change in their life and their communities. Aiperi graduated from International Ala-Too University in Kyrgyzstan as a psychologist. She started working in the International Child Development Center in 2016 in Bishkek. She worked in an International training and coaching institution . She had opportunity to work abroad.

She speaks 4 languages and she is learning Hungarian and Chinese. She likes cooking ,going to the gym, reading and self-development.

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Zsuzsa Zsák
Learning Support Assistant
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Zsuzsa Zsák

Learning Support Assistant

I was born and raised in Budapest. I finished my BA degree in the field of social-pedagogy, in 2004.

After graduating I had a long maternity leave with my three children. During this period I have lived

with my family three years in Basle Country, Switzerland, where I worked as a volunteer teacher

assistent in the Hungarian School of Basel. After moving back to Hungary I completed an add-on

degree in developmental teaching at ELTE, Budapest. I used to work in a Kindergarden as a SEN

teacher assistant and in a public school as a developmental teacher before I started at Britannica. I

like to spend my free time with my family and friends, I’m fond of pilates and hiking as well. I am

happy to work at Britannica, in an international community, with a kind team and lovely children.

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Gertrúd Czérna
Learning Support Assistant
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Gertrúd Czérna

Learning Support Assistant

Gertrúd is from Hungary, born and raised. In high school, she really enjoyed the Hungarian literature and grammar lessons, so she followed her dream and started studying in Kaposvár. Four years later, she received her degree as a primary school teacher with a Hungarian language and grammar specialization. After this, she decided to stay at the same university and start her Special Education Needs studies. There, she specialized in learning difficulties and psychopedagogy. In her free time, she really enjoys reading, studying and learning about different languages, baking, and, last but not least, spending time with her loved ones.

Reka Joni
Réka Jóni
Learning Support Assistant
Reka Joni

Réka Jóni

Learning Support Assistant

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Mariel Ruta
Learning Support Assistant
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Mariel Ruta

Learning Support Assistant

I grew up and raised in a beautiful small insland called Cabilao in Bohol, Philippines. I graduated from University of Bohol as an Elementary Teacher. I worked at the school for a year before moving to Budapest in 2017. I studied Hungarian language at different langauge schools, then I started to work at the International Kindergarten Schools in Budapest. I participated in Erasmus + projects in Budapest and in Lithuania.

I like playing basketball, pingpong, and badminton. I really enjoy exploring different places. During my free time, I cook, bake, draw, and spend time with my loved ones.


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Barbara Ibrahim-Piller
Learning Support Assistant
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Barbara Ibrahim-Piller

Learning Support Assistant

Barbara graduated from Semmelweis University in Budapest as a conductor and primary teacher. In 2011 she got her third degree from Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary an MA in theatre studies.

She started to working in a Special Needs School in Budapest as a conductor and primary teacher. She had opportunity to work in abroad as a conductor and as a shadow teacher. Since then she has worked in international schools in China, and special needs kindergartens and schools in Sweden, Norway and USA. She likes hiking, cooking, watching movies. Barbara enjoys spending time with her husband, her cat and her puppy.

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Luca Trovo
Head of Year 7 & Transition, Teacher of German
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Luca Trovo

Head of Year 7 & Transition, Teacher of German

BA in Modern Languages and Literature and MA in Secondary Education

Luca is a born and bred Italian transplanted to Budapest via London, where he has lived for 8 long years. He is a language enthusiast and has taken up German, Spanish and Russian. Travelling is his passion. He always tries to where the unknown is - Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Siberia are just a few examples on his list. He is passionate about language learning and is really keen on taking up Hungarian next. His interest in the world of education has made him a language teacher - it was the only profession in the world where he could combine languages and teaching! He hopes to inspire students take up languages and travel as well.

Richard Roberts2020
Richard Roberts
Head of Years 8 and 9 & Teacher of Science
Richard Roberts2020

Richard Roberts

Head of Years 8 and 9 & 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.

Ian Gould2020
Ian Gould
Head of Years 10-11, Teacher of History & Y12A Tutor
Ian Gould2020

Ian Gould

Head of Years 10-11, Teacher of History & Y12A Tutor

Ian comes from Northampton in England. Before joining Britannica, he taught English as a foreign language in the Czech Republic and Portugal. Most recently, he worked as a History teacher in a secondary school in Leicester. He encourages students to think independently and to use evidence to form their own understanding of the past. He also inspires learning through an active and skills-based approach. In his free time, he is an avid concert-goer, chess player and scuba diver. He also spends a significant amount of his time following sports (especially rugby and the Northampton Saints!), learning Hungarian and studying for his Master’s in Education.

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Robert Setchell
Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of Humanities & Y12A Tutor
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Robert Setchell

Head of Sixth Form, Teacher of Humanities & Y12A Tutor

Robert hails from Luton in England, and studied International Politics and Strategic Studies as well as he PGDE in the University of Aberystwyth (Wales). After a brief time teaching in the UK Robert quickly embraced teaching History and Geography internationally, teaching in Czechia, UAE, China and Azerbaijan before coming to Britannica. Robert tries to inspire a positive desire to succeed and help students become independent learners, and the knowledge that the youth will improve the world through education.In his spare time Robert enjoys travelling all over the world enjoying witnessing the culture, architecture and scenery of unique locations. When not travelling he enjoys painting or trying out the latest gadgets and technological innovations that make life easier. Not to mention spoiling his 2 young nieces whenever he pops back to the UK.