BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Business Management and Administration, University of Leeds, UK
PGCE, University of Leeds, UK
M. Ed, University of Brighton, UK
Neil started his career twenty five years ago as a Maths teacher in Northallerton, North Yorkshire before moving to Germany, where he worked in a number of roles including Consultant Advisor to Primary and Secondary leadership teams across Service Children’s schools in several countries. After twelve years in Germany, Neil moved to the Channel Islands to further expand his knowledge of senior leadership. In January 2017, Neil moved back to mainland Europe as Principal at Britannica. As well as being an avid reader of Educational literature with a thirst for new and inspiring teaching and learning ideas, Neil enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, one of whom attends the secondary phase of Britannica. His outside interests include sports, particularly rugby and football where he is a passionate supporter of Saracens and Liverpool respectively, keeping fit at the gym, travelling, reading, eating out and watching action films.
Head of Primary
BSc Psychology, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK
PGCE, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK
Marie grew up in the south-west of England in a large industrial town called Swindon. Having studied in Bristol, she remained in this vibrant city for 7 years, working in a variety of schools in Swindon and inner-city Bristol.
Then, to fuel her appetite for adventure, Marie took a position in Bangkok, Thailand, where she spent time exploring Asia. She developed a fascination with the rich culture and history of China and moved to a large international school in Suzhou in 2008, where she later gained the position of Deputy Head of Junior School.
Despite being somewhat accident prone, Marie enjoys a variety of sports and activities such as football, badminton, netball and cycling. Marie joined the Britannica family in 2016 and has subsequently had a daughter, Eve Violet, who now attends nursery and is doing much better than Marie at learning Hungarian! When she is not playing with Eve or exploring Budapest, Marie is often found with her nose buried in a good book.
Marie is proud to be part of such a wonderful and welcoming community and to be working with such a fantastic group of children, staff and parents.
Head of Secondary, Examination Officer
BA (Hons.) Drama, University of Leeds
PGCE, University of Leeds
Greg comes from the UK but has spent the last few years in the Middle East and China. He is a Drama teacher by trade but has been in senior leadership roles for around the last 15 years; he is married and has got three children and two beautiful granddaughters and his middle son has just landed in China to teach English, keeping up the family tradition! Greg is very excited to be here at Britannica and he has been very impressed with what he has seen so far, a very welcoming and committed staff and delightful and friendly pupils.
MA, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary, Accounting and Finance
Balázs was born in a small town at the lovely Lake Balaton, where he finished a local primary school, then the secondary school in Veszprém. He graduated at Corvinus University of Budapest, specialized in Accounting and Finance. After finishing his studies in 1991, he started his career joining multinational companies, where he gained experience in several industries, such as chemical, automotive, seeds research and production, IT distribution, including expat stay in the Netherlands.
Balázs has two children; his “small” daughter is 26, married already and attending university; his “big” son is 19 and finishing the secondary school. In his free time he loves riding the bike or the motorbike, visiting the gym and caring of his internal self-development, like meditation.
Balázs is excited to join the Britannica community from November 2019 and look forward to working in the private educational sector.
Head of Primary Mathematics and Year 1 Axe Class teacher
Kyle grew up in a small town in the east of England called Boston. He went to school there and then moved to Hull in England where he studied English Literature. Following this, Kyle moved to Stuttgart Germany to work at the Free Active School there, before returning to England to complete his teacher training. For the last three years, Kyle has been living and working in London, England in two different schools. He is moving here having been the teacher of a Reception class in the Academic year 2018/19.
Having the desire to travel further, Kyle recently decided it was time to move to Budapest, a city he has visited and enjoyed on a number of occasions. He enjoys music and literature and he is currently learning to play the guitar. Kyle is really excited to join the Britannica School community and is looking forward to meeting everyone. He would like to wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer holiday before we return for a fun-filled Year one.Kyle grew up in a small town in the east of England called Boston. He went to school there and then moved to Hull in England where he studied English Literature. Following this, Kyle moved to Stuttgart Germany to work at the Free Active School there, before returning to England to complete his teacher training. For the last three years, Kyle has been living and working in London, England in two different schools. He is moving here having been the teacher of a Reception class in the Academic year 2018/19.
Having the desire to travel further, Kyle recently decided it was time to move to Budapest, a city he has visited and enjoyed on a number of occasions. He enjoys music and literature and he is currently learning to play the guitar. Kyle is really excited to join the Britannica School community and is looking forward to meeting everyone. He would like to wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer holiday before we return for a fun-filled Year one.
Year 1 Avon 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 college graduation where she fell in love with teaching. She enrolled in online graduate school to obtain her M. Ed 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 years of living and teaching in Thailand has allowed her to explore all that Asia has to offer. Having visited over 30 countries on 5 continents, Haley enjoys travelling, 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 is so excited to be joining the Britannica team this year in Budapest. Her love of languages and culture has sparked in her a desire to learn Hungarian. Most of all, she is looking forward to getting to know her students, their families, and the Britannica community.
Year 1 Avon 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.”
Year 1 Axe 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.
KS 1 Coordinator and Year 2 Mersey 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 aboard and see what the world outside little New Zealand had to offer. She accepted a job in China at Dulwich College Suzhou where she has 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, enjoying a yoga class 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 sport while in New Zealand. She also loves art, music and more recently enjoys photographing and writing about her travel experiences.
Rosie is really excited to join the Britannica School community and looks forward to meeting you all in August. She would like us to extend her wishes for a safe and relaxing summer holiday break before you return for a fun-filled Year 2.
Head of Primary PSHCE and Year 2 Medway Class teacher
Primary Education with QTS, University of Brighton, UK
Elin comes from the East of England and having completed a degree in Primary Education, she has spent the past two years living in Norwich and working in a large, vibrant school in the heart of the city.
Elin has taught in Year One for the past two years and has enjoyed passing on her passion for learning, ensuring that learning is engaging and meaningful.
In her spare time she enjoys tennis, swimming, running, reading and socialising with friends and family. She is very excited to explore Budapest and is looking forward to joining the Britannica school community, while discovering more about teaching internationally.
Year 2 Mersey Teaching Assistant
BA, JGYTF, Szeged, Primary School Teacher of English and Hungarian
BA, University of Szeged, Communication Studies (Journalism)
Helga grew up in Hungary and after finishing her studies she spent a couple of years abroad. For one and a half years she lived in Stuttgart and for four and a half years in England, where she worked in care homes with special needs people. Later in Hungary she taught English for children with special needs. Her interests include reading, psychology, music, dancing, going to theatre and to ballet. She also enjoys spending time with her ten year old son. Her dream is to improve her German and to learn French.
Year 2 Medway Teaching Assistant
ELTE PPK, Budapest, Hungary
Bachelor of Education Degree in Teaching English Language and Cultural Management
As a schoolgirl, Andrea always helped her classmates do their homework and explained the curriculum enthusiastically, so choosing a career in teaching was, without question, the obvious choice. Andrea graduated from ELTE University in Budapest with a degree in Teaching English and Cultural Management. She taught English as a Second Language for primary and secondary school students and adults in various language schools, but what she enjoyed the most was teaching young children. After spending a little time in London, she became a fan of British culture, so she's really glad to be working at Britannica, a truly British international school. In her free time, Andrea enjoys sewing, watching films, listening to music, travelling and taking part in “escape room” games.
Year 3 Stour 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."
Head of Primary Topics (Science) and Year 3 Tamar Class Teacher
BA Theatre Arts, Middlesex University, UK
Postgraduate Certificate in Work Based Learning Studies (Primary Teaching) Middlesex University, UK
Rebekah first started her teaching career back home in London, before taking a giant leap and moving to Cambodia where she taught in an international school, as well as taking on the role as Milepost 1 leader. After three amazing years in Cambodia, she recently moved to Bucharest, Romania, as a Year 3 teacher and is now excited to continue her learning journey and be part of the team here at Britannica. Rebekah has a love for learning, travel and tasting new culinary delights. She has had the opportunity to experience new cultures, food, and seen some amazing places around the world. Now she can’t wait to see what Budapest has to offer.
Year 3 Stour Teaching Assistant
Year 3 Tamar Teaching Assistant
Marta studied at Eötvös Loránd University, specialising in Hungarian language and literature and Hungarian as a foreign language.
After finishing her studies in Budapest, she won a scholarship for a dual training offered by the Italian-Hungarian Studies Curriculum in the Institute of Foreign Languages, Literature and Intercultural Studies at the University of Florence.
Alongside her studies, Marta has taught in a bilingual environment, in the community life organisation for the Tuscan Italian-Hungarian Cultural Association, taking active part in the education process of the Hungarian weekend school Skolabusz.
She also taught Hungarian as a foreign language with AIAU Onlus, an international adoption organisation based in Florence. The range of her teaching experience is enhanced by the fact she has also worked as a cultural mediator during her stay in Italy, in a primary school.
Marta is a big theatre lover, she plays the flute and loves taking big walks with her small dachshund, Luna.
Boglárka B. Tóth
Year 3 Tamar 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.
Lower KS2 Coordinator and Year 4 Taw Class teacher
BEd University of Windsor, Windsor Ontario Canada
BA Specialisation in History and English Literature, Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario, London Ontario Canada
Justyna has worked as a teacher and assistant in a variety of different schools across Ontario and Europe. She was also teaching art courses at the Thames Art Gallery in her home town in Canada. Additionally, she has worked as an English language teacher in Budapest and in Poland. This is her third year at Britannica International School, previously having taught Year 6 and now teaching Year 3. Her interests include reading, travelling to visit family across Europe and spending time with friends in the amazing city of Budapest.
Year 4 Tees Class teacher
BA Sociology with Media and Communication, Newcastle University
MA Education, Durham University
Fiona grew up in the beautiful city of Durham, famous for its Norman cathedral and castle.
After four wonderful years of teaching children aged 7-11 in a small community school just outside of Durham, her thirst for travel drove her to search for a new adventure and she accepted a job in Suzhou, China, at Dulwich College. There she taught Year 6 and worked as Head of Junior English.
Following this post, Fiona decided to move to look for a new experience and took a job in Almeria, Spain, teaching Year 5. She loved the food, the culture and most of all living by the sea. There she met her husband and they had their beautiful daughter, Elisa.
In her spare time, Fiona enjoys travelling. She has been to 29 countries so far and has many more on her wish list. Her dream is to visit Japan. She also enjoys reading, writing, painting and cooking.
Fiona adores being a teacher; she believes it is important to encourage the children she teaches to achieve their dreams and much much more.
Year 4 Tees 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.
Head of Primary English and Year 5 Thames Class teacher
Lorna lived and attended grammar school in Leyland, a small town in the north west of the UK and graduated at Leeds University (including a placement at Malaga university) with a BA Honours Degree in Spanish and English. This was followed by ten years’ experience as a Careers teacher and teacher of GCSE Spanish and GCSE English in schools within Greater Manchester. In 2005 she studied at the University of Cumbria, obtaining a post graduate certificate in education (Primary) with QTS. Since qualifying as a primary school teacher, Lorna has taught in schools close to her home in the village of Ramsbottom and across all primary age groups. In 2012 she began teaching overseas; first in Qatar then Tunisia and has spent the last five years teaching in Egypt. She is a very enthusiastic and creative teacher and has a strong passion for teaching English language and literature. She is delighted and thrilled to have the opportunity to teach in Budapest and to share her love of education with the children at Britannica International school. When she has time, Lorna loves to visit places of historical interest and art galleries and to attend theatre and opera productions. She is also an ardent supporter of her football team, Manchester United. During the summer holidays she likes to travel and has recently visited India, Cuba, Peru and Brazil !
Csilla Horváth Sajgó
Year 5 Teaching Assistant
I grew up in the North part of Hungary in a small village where traditions are still alive. I've been playing on the piano from my childhood and I was singing in the choir for several years. I am a qualified primary and secondary school teacher. Throughout my college and university years I participated in scholarship programs in Denmark and in Wolverhampton Teachers Training College in UK. I got experience in care homes in Auckland, New Zealand.
I taught the European diplomats' children for nine years. During those years I was a mathematics coordinator. It belonged to my duties to develop children with special needs.
I have two sports fan sons. I like to visit historical sights and wandering in the nature with my family. I am running and I like going to the theater in my spare time.
Head of Primary Computing & IT and Year 5 Teme Class teacher
Learning Support Assistant
BA, University of Miskolc, Teacher of English
BA, ELTE, Special Needs Teacher
After working in various roles Eva turned to education. She spent two memorable years in London to perfect her English and to get to know the English way of life. She taught English to children and adults before joining Britannica as a Learning Support Assistant. Her interests include running, swimming, skating, reading, arts and crafts and Greek dance. She enjoys many of these with her 12 year old daughter.
Year 6 Trent 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 three years, and is currently enjoying his home life with his partner and puppy.
Upper KS2 Coordinator and Year 6 Tyne 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.
Year 6 Trent Teaching Assistant, Hungarian Literacy Teacher
BA, SZE-AK Primary School Teaching (English specialization), Győr, Hungary
Fanni grew up near Veszprém, in Hungary. She has spent two years studying Antropology, Ethics and Social Studies, but then decided to turn towards primary education, therefore she started studying Primary School Teaching in Győr. During her studies, Fanni has spent a semester studying at Mondragon Unibersitatea in the Basque Country, where she took a glimpse into what education is like in a different country. She has also been volunteering in English Summer Camps for many years since the age of 18.
Her good experiences with people from various countries have drawn her to an international environment, now to Britannica.
Fanni enjoys learning about different cultures and animals, literature, visual and musical arts. She loves meeting unique people and enjoys doing photography, listening to music, reading, doing yoga or playing ball games.
Year 6 Tyne Teaching Assistant, Teacher of P.E.
BA in Teaching Biology and Geography- EKU, Eger, Hungary
QTS, General Teaching Council for England, UK
Level 2 Certificate in Group Exercise to Music Instructing, London, England
Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training,London, England
After graduating from university, Eva started working in a Hungarian mainstream school where she has worked in a variety of positions including Biology teacher, free-time organiser, general primary class teacher, school library assistant and as an after school club supervisor.
Following this, Eva decided to look for a new experience in the UK, where she has worked in education in a variety of different schools across London holding positions such as SEN TA, LSA, TA, Cover supervisor, HLTA, Supply teacher, PPA cover teacher (primary curriculum subjects), Invigilator, and School Administrative officer.
After these rewarding experiences, Eva moved back to Budapest in 2018, wanting to continue her teaching career, so she joined Britannica that same year.
In her spare time, Eva enjoys travelling. She has been to 20 countries so far and has many more on her wish list. Her dream is to visit Borneo and Africa one day. She also enjoys international gastronomy, visiting museums, going to the theatre and street arts. Being a certified fitness and group exercise instructor, Eva is passionate about a range of sports such as aerobics, running, hiking, fitness, spinning, HIIT training, squash, badminton, volleyball and swimming.
Wayne has traveled extensively and worked in a wide range of roles.
He has been married to Aurore (our French tutor and Head of Modern Foreign Language) for 7 years and arrived with her in Budapest last summer.
His last post in the U.K. was in complex care of adults with Moderate/Severe Learning Disabilities.
He is using his experiences and knowledge from this field, to develop in his role as an educational specialist using a truly holistic approach to child centric learning.
In his spare time he enjoys 70’s & 80’s music whilst working on his TEFL masters course.
Head of Key Stage 4, Teacher of English
MA Creative Writing, Birkbeck College, University of London
BA (Hons) English Literature, Kingston University, London
Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) Secondary English, London
Teaching Leaders Graduate, Ambition School Leadership, UK
Laura is originally from Margate, Kent on the South East coast of England, but moved to London to study for her degree and later, masters qualification. Laura graduated as a secondary English teacher in 2010, and has since worked in three outstanding schools in the London area, as well as more recently at a private British school in the Valencia region of Spain. Laura has previously enjoyed leading colleagues and students alike in her roles as Deputy Head of English, Head of Media Studies, and Head of Year 12 at a flagship Academy in East London. In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, cycling, swimming, hiking in the great outdoors, writing stories, playing Spanish guitar and learning languages.
Réka Kabelács - Balanyi
Year 7A Tutor, Secondary EAL Coordinator
BEd ELTE-BTK Hungary Teaching English as a Foreign Language
MA DE-BTK Hungary Philologist and Teacher of English Language and Literature
QTS National College for Teaching & Leadership
After finishing an English-Hungarian bilingual secondary school Reka became engrossed with the English language and culture and it did not take long for her to decide to choose teaching English as a career. Being amazed and attracted by British culture Reka has spent her summers in the United Kingdom working for residential summer schools and thoroughly enjoys the international environment. In her free time she enjoys amateur car-racing and she is spending as much time as she can with her family.
Year 7A Tutor, Head of MFL, Teacher of Spanish
B.A. in Primary teaching, English Specialization, Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain.
M.A. in Spanish as a Foreign Language, IL3 – Universidad de Barcelona, Spain
Nora grew up in Pamplona, Spain, before moving to Carlisle, UK, to complete an Erasmus year during her last year at university. She fell in love with the British culture and decided to stay working as a Foreign Language Assistant in Leeds while completing her M.A. studies and then moved on to teach Spanish. Alongside her interest in languages and cultures, Nora enjoys reading, baking and gastronomy.
Year 7B Tutor, Teacher of Hungarian
Year 7B Tutor, Teacher of History
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.
Year 8A Tutor, Teacher of French, Head of Modern Foreign Languages
BA Hons MFL (English/German) with Law, business, marketing and accountancy.
PGCE MFL ( French with German)
Aurore grew up in the South East of France, on the French Riviera, where she developed a passion for languages and cultures. Whilst working as a MFL teacher (French and Spanish) in a Secondary school for thirteen years, she additionally worked in Primary schools (Years 1-6), and private languages centres. In addition to this she worked in language programs at Sunderland, Newcastle and Durham Universities as a French teacher (CEFR levels and assessments). Aurore is passionate about innovative teaching and collaborated with Newcastle University, on the Digital Kitchen project, which won the European Language Label prize in 2012. Last year, she took up a post as a PGCE tutor at Newcastle University; where all 122 student teachers in her cohort, successfully attained their PGCE qualification. Contiguously, she interpreted at Newcastle United Football Club for their French native speaking players at press conferences and tv interviews.
Year 8A Tutor, Teacher of Geography & History
Chris is from Somerset in the South West of England. He studied Geography at the University of the West of England in Bristol and completed his PGCE in Geography at the Institute of Education in London.
Chris has been teaching for 9 years and has taught in a range of secondary schools in London and the South West of England.Chris greatly enjoys teaching young people about the natural world and how humans can impact the physical environment and takes great pride from seeing his students develop and achieve their goals and targets through Active Learning. It has always been a dream of Chris's to teach abroad and he is really excited to have the opportunity to teach in at Britannica and to live in Budapest.
Year 8B Tutor, Teacher of Mathematics
Year 8B Tutor, Teacher of English, Languages
Year 9A Tutor, Teacher of Sciences
Sean is from Hamilton, Scotland although lived most of his life in England. After a brief stint in Scotland, he moved to Basingstoke for 8 years before moving to Cumbria.
Sean studied Chemistry at UCLAN, before following on in his studies at the University of Cumbria. He completed his PGCE in 2018 before teaching in Carlisle. At the end of his contract, he wanted to try something new and so when a job came up in Budapest he could not say no. He currently works as a Teacher of Chemistry, and is one of the Duke of Edinburgh Coordinators here.
During his teaching career, Sean has branched out and began teaching Physics alongside Chemistry, although his passion will always be with Chemistry. Since 2014, he has been an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and for the past 2 years has become an Associate Member. He wishes to bring this experience to the school and
In his spare time, Sean likes traveling to new places; trying new food; meeting up with friends and spending time exploring.
Year 9A Tutor, CPD Leader, Head of Expressive Art & Humanities, Teacher of Music
Year 9A Tutor, CPD Leader, Head of Expressive Art & Humanities, Teacher of Music
QTS, BA HONS Theology and Education, Leeds University, England, UK
Marie is from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. She has worked in seven different schools during a twenty four year teaching career spanning four countries. Marie has a joint BA honours degree in Theology and Education from Leeds University with QTS. She is a specialist in Religious Education, Philosophy, Ethics and PSCHE and has been a HOD in these subjects in three different schools. Prior to leaving Guernsey, Marie was the lead practitioner for four schools, delivering courses in Philosophy and Ethics to students from all schools on Island. She is also a music specialist, playing the clarinet and piano to a high standard. Prior to her current role at Britannica, Marie was also a Music HOD in Guernsey. In 2016, Marie was recognized by UK Inspectors as a sector leading practitioner. During her career, Marie has alsoled Service Children’s Education Schools and the Guernsey Federation of schools in curriculum planning, behaviour management and teaching and learning development. Marie has moved to Hungary with her husband Neil (the Principal), son Preston and veteran Jack Russell (16) Ellie. Outside of her passionate interest in Education and teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading and listening to classical music.
Year 9B Tutor, Head of Science, PE & Psycology
MSc, KLTE TTK, Debrecen, Hungary, Teacher of Mathematics and Physics, English-Hungarian translator, QTS
Betty graduated at the University of Debrecen as Mathematics-Physics teacher and English-Hungarian translator. She worked in bilingual schools before starting at Britannica International School in 2008. She obtained qualified teacher status in 2015. Apart from teaching she often does the choreography for the Year 13 ball. She loves anything to do with movement and music (dancing, aerobics, Zumba), reading and spending time with her children.
Year 10A Tutor, Teacher of Mathematics
BEng Mechanical Engineering, Exeter University, UK
GTP, Institute of Education (UCL), UK
After graduating in mechanical engineering Darren worked in construction and ICT roles in the UK before realising his passion for teaching. He worked for a range of schools in pastoral and academic positions before completing the Graduate teaching program in London. He worked as a Mathematics teacher of years 7-13 in North West London for 5 years before moving to Qatar in the Middle-East to lead the Mathematics department for the previous 3 years.
A huge fan of mountain biking, music and rugby he enjoys building and riding bike tracks as well as DJ’ing in his spare time.
Year 10A Tutor, Teacher of English
Fiona is originally from Leicester, England. After completing her English degree at De Montfort University, Fiona completed her PGCE in Secondary English in 2014. She spent the next two years teaching in a British school before making the move to teach in a private school in Kuwait for the next three years. Fiona is excited to explore the wonderful architecture and culture that Budapest has to offer as a refreshing change to the desert environment of Kuwait. In her spare time Fiona enjoys reading, calligraphy and astronomy as well as a deep passion for cooking.
Year 10B Tutor, Head of Mathematics, Computing & Economics
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.
Year 11 Form Tutor, Teacher of Computing
Catalin graduated from the Polytechnic University of Bucharest with a Masters diploma in Theory of Materials and Structural Engineering. He finished his teacher training in UK obtaining a Certificate in Education. After eleven years of working for/with major IT solutions in companies like IBM, Hewlett Packard, Dell and EMC squared as an engineer and subsequently consultant and technical manager, he spent four years at Croydon University College in UK teaching Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Business Analysis. From 2010 to date, he taught for international schools in China, Romania and Middle East.
His hobbies are very much related to fast cars, arts and writing.
Year 12 & 13 Form Tutor, Head of Science
MSc, ELTE TTK, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of Chemistry
QTS, General Teaching Council for England
Viktoria graduated at ELTE TTK Budapest in 2005. She has MSc in chemistry teaching and certified to teach sciences in English as well. She was a trainee teacher in Framlingham College Suffolk, England between 2000-2001. She started working at Britannica International School in 2002 as a biology and chemistry teacher. She loves being with her family and spending time outdoors hiking and travelling.
Teacher of Mathematics and Computer Science
MSc Mathematics and Computer Science, ELTE TTK, Budapest
Theme-Centred interaction pedagogy, Ruth Cohn Institute - TCI Hungary, Budapest
Dyscalculia specialist, Dyscalculine accredited teacher training, Budapest
Tünde graduated from ELTE TTK Budapest. She has MSc in Mathematics and Computer Science and is certified to teach in English as well. She started teaching in a private school in the UK, then returned to Hungary and worked as Director of Customer Care and Shared Services at IT companies. After raising her children at home, she returned to teaching at Britannica International School as a Mathematics teacher. Currently, she attends a postgraduate teacher's course at the Waldorf Pedagogy Institute. She is a long-time yoga practitioner, loves dancing and playing the piano.
Head of Primary EAL and Teacher of EAL
MA, PPKE-BTK, Hungary, Teacher of English Language and Literature
MA, PPKE-BTK, Hungary, Communications and Journalism
Bálint lived and worked in many countries around the world, including the UK, France, the Middle East and Hong Kong. Apart from language teaching, his passion is to teach Hungarian folk dancing in English to foreigners and to translate Hungarian folk songs into English. In his free time, he practises traditional Hungarian archery, enjoys hiking, gardening and DIY and loves spending time with his family and friends.
Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 Primary Drama Teacher
BA Early Childhood Education, Eötvös Loránd University
Alongside her teaching at Britannica, Ivett teaches drama and English at DramaWorks English Theatre School, Budapest. She spent some time working in the USA in a Montessori kindergarten and in bilingual kindergartens in Hungary. During her spare time Ivett enjoys dancing, reading and music.
Teacher of German
BA Language Teaching,
In her 18 years of teaching at Britannica, Kriszta helped many students sharpen their language skills, complete their IGCS and A-level exams, or study in Germany. She started working at our school after graduating cum laude from the Lóránt Eötvös University of Sciences where she gained MA in German Language and Literature with specialization in Digital Technologies in Language Teaching. As a lifelong learner, she continued her studies in the field of psychology, currently working on her MA in Gestalt Psychology. For the last year, she has been Head of MFL and the tutor of form group 8B
Head of Hungarian
MA, ELTE-BTK, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of English Language and Literature
MA, ELTE-BTK, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of Hungarian as a Foreign Language
MA, ELTE-BTK, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of Hungarian Language and Literature
After graduating from ELTE, Borbála started working in private language schools teaching English and Hungarian as foreign languages. She worked for the Chinese-Hungarian Bilingual School in Budapest for four years, where she got attached to Chinese culture. After giving birth to her two children, she came back to work in 2013 to join the Britannica team as a teacher of Hungarian. She spends most of her free time with her family, and she loves everything about languages, gastronomy and cross stitch.
Teacher of P.E.
MA, TF, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of Physical Education
BA, ELTE-BTK, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of English as an Additional Language
Agi worked as a teacher of PE and English at Városmajor Grammar School in Budapest, then she was a PE teacher at the American International School of Budapest. She also taught English for adults and kindergarten children for a few years. Agi was coaching volleyball, swimming and athletics.
She used to do underwater orienteering and triathlon, her main interests still lie in sports and nature. She loves running, biking, swimming, orienteering running, skiing and being outside in the wild. Agi is very keen on long, nomad hikes, biking and canoening with her sporty husband, two sons and friends. She likes watching films, reading books and socializing.
Teacher of PE, Swimming coach
TF, Hungary Swimming coach, water polo coach
BSc Corvinus Hungary Agricultural Engineer in Environmental Management
College of Szolnok, Hungary Engineer in waste management
Alexandra has been working as a swimming teacher since 2007. She studied to be an engineer, but she realized she wanted to teach and work with children. That is why she started the University of Physical Education parallel with her engineering studies. She was teaching swimming in BVSC (a sport club in Budapest) for 2 years, then she worked in KOPE. She used to play water polo for 10 years in Hungary, and for a year in Germany, where her team got third in Bundesliga. Alexandra likes swimming and watching water polo and any other ball games. She truly loves animals, that is why she has got a dog, two cats and a rabbit.
Kitti Brigitta Kovács
Teacher of Psychology, School psychologist
Bachelor’s Degree in the professional qualification of Behaviour Analyst (KRE, Budapest)
Master’s Degree in the professional qualification of Psychologist-Clinical child and Developmental Psychology (PPKE, Budapest)
Kitti comes from the north-east of Hungary and after finishing her Master`s degree in Psychology, she started her carrier to support children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. After joining Britannica International School, she became the Secondary Learning Support Coordinator, then the School Psychologist where she supports students` social, emotional well-being and their academic development. To expand her knowledge she has attended various courses and started a post-graduation course to become a Person-Centred Therapist. Being passionate about psychology, she has started to teach A level Psychology to Sixth Form students. Her interests include reading, watching movies and travelling.
Head of Primary Houses, Teacher of EAL and Learning Support Assistant – SEN
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.