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 six 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 a few years in the Middle East and China. He is a drama teacher by trade and has been in senior leadership roles for around the last 15 years; he is married and has three children and two beautiful granddaughters and his middle son is in China to teach English, keeping up the family tradition! Greg is very happy to be in his third year at Britannica and absolutely loves working with such delightful and friendly students. His mission is to make coming to school the best experience it can possibly be and for all his students to fulfil their potential.
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.
KS 1 Coordinator and Year 1 Avon 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 has really loved her first year being part of our Britannica School community. She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching the 2 Mersey class and is now excited to welcome new students into Year 1 Avon this academic year. 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.
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.
Year 1 Avon Teaching Assistant
Szandra grew up in a town called Eger, surrounded by mountains. At high school she loved to do sports from basketball to floorball and even started singing in a band. After finishing high school, she first moved to Debrecen, then moved to Budapest, completing her university degree in Economics. During her last year at university, Szandra started learning more and more about music. She then had the opportunity to work in Italy at a music school. After moving back to Hungary, Szandra joined Britannica as she wanted to become a teaching assistant in an international environment. Her interests include hiking, reading and playing music.
Year 2 Mersey 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. She is enjoying living in Budapest and is looking forward to another school year with her students.
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, 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 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 moved to Bucharest, Romania, as a Year 3 teacher before moving to Budapest. This will be Rebekah’s second year here at Britannica and she is excited to continue her learning journey in LKS2. 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.
Year 3 Stour Teaching Assistant
Biology, Teacher Training College, Hungary
QTS London, Special Needs Assistant, Progressive College, Dublin
Agnes grew up in a village by a river in Southern Hungary. After completing her science teacher degree, she moved and worked in London for 6 years. She was studying English language in Morley College and also was working as a Nursery Officer (teacher). She took a Cambridge English language exam and also completed her QTS.
She moved back to Budapest, Hungary to teach Biology in a bilingual primary school where she was teaching science in both Hungarian and English. She really enjoyed to teach and later she got a great opportunity to move to Ireland, living in Dun Laoghaire, a beautiful Irish town by the sea, for 4 years, teaching in a Montessori Preschool, as well as in a Hungarian weekend school, and in her free time she was interpreting in hospitals. She studied to become a Special Needs Assistant in Progressive College, Dublin. Upon moving back to Hungary and started to work at Britannica. She really likes working here with her nice colleagues and lovely children from all around the world.
In her free time, Agnes loves to travel, cook, read a book, listen to music, go for walks and get to know other cultures.
Year 3 Tamar Teaching Assistant
ELTE-BTK: BA in English Studies (and Speech Science)
Julia graduated from ELTE-BTK in 2015, studying English literature, linguistics and speech science. After completing her BA degree, she spent 3 years teaching English as an Additional Language and is currently studying for an MA degree. Julia enjoys travelling, writing, music and theatre and in her leisure time she likes combining these by visiting theatre performances and concerts in different countries. She is excited to join the Year 3 team here at Britannica.
Year 4 Taw Class Teacher
BA(Hons) Drama, University of Lincoln, UK
Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Primary Teaching), University of Lincoln, UK
Qualified Teacher Status, Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance (SCITT), Lincolnshire, UK
After finishing her Drama degree, Natassja remained in Lincoln, UK to begin her teaching career, working in school with a Year 5 class while completing her qualifications. Returning home to Wales, Natassja began teaching through a supply agency, visiting a wide range of schools and teaching a variety of ages. During this, Natassja taught a Year 1 and 2 class for seven months in North Wales.
Moving to Budapest in February was a huge step and she began as a Year 4 teacher at Britannica. Natassja is excited to continue her journey in Year 4 Taw for the coming year. Natassja's interests include music, drama, creative writing, singing and playing the guitar, drums and learning the piano. She loves discovering new cultures and has been taking the time to explore Budapest and the new experience of teaching internationally.
Lower KS2 Coordinator & Year 4 Tees 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.
Boglárka B. Tóth
Year 4 Taw 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.
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 ICT and Year 5 Teme 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 a year 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.
Head of Primary English and Year 5 Thames 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 is looking forward to the new challenges that come with a change of country and teaching role. He is excited to learn about the school, the city, and the culture of Hungary through his passions: language learning, photography, running, and hiking.
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, having spent the last 2 years on maternity leave with her daughter Rebeka, she is looking forward to another exciting academic year ahead.
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 Tyne Teaching Assistant
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.
Year 6 Trent Teaching Assistant
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.
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.
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.
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.
Key Stage 3 Coordinator, Teacher of Humanities
BA Hons Geography, Coventry University
PGCE, Middlesex University
Peter is originally from Birmingham in the Midlands, UK, after completing his degree in Geography and spending the summer working with disadvantaged children, which helped him decide that he wanted to teach Geography. He went to London to complete his PGCE where he met his partner, Miss Fox, so rather than leave London he decided to stick around. He worked in a variety of schools teaching Geography while also taking on responsibilities such as Assistant Head of House. Then, 10 years later they got the travel itch. As a Geographer, Peter has always had a passion for travel and experiencing new cultures, so they decided to take the leap and move from the UK.
This led to the start of their adventures moving to Cambodia, so that they could see new exciting places. They managed to see lots of Asia in their three years making it to places like Bali, Japan & South Korea. One of Peter's other passions is food, so moving has allowed him to try new taste experiences such as deep fried crickets as well as exploring new cultures. After Cambodia they moved to Romania for 1 year before settling in Budapest to enjoy European culture.
Peter enjoys going to the gym and lifting heavy weights, he is a bit of a foodie who likes to eat good food at amazing restaurants all over the world and loves Rugby.
Key Stage 4 Coordinator, 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.
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.
Year 11B 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.
Year 9B 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.
Year 11A 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.
Teacher of Mathematics & Computer Science
William graduated with a Master's degree in Mathematical Logic from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He subsequently started a PhD at the same university and has been teaching there since 2015. William has also worked as a software engineer for a year before joining Britannica.
Apart from mathematics and logic, William enjoys literature, history, ancient and medieval art, philosophy, as well as cycling, yoga and various other sports.
Teacher of Mathematics
MMath (Hons) Mathematics, Nottingham Trent University
PGCE with QTS, University of Nottingham
Hayley grew up in Nottingham, UK. After completing her master’s degree in Mathematics she took her passion further and trained to be a secondary school teacher. She taught Maths in a leading state school in England for a few years. After travelling to a variety of European cities, she decided to experience teaching internationally which lead her to join Britannica.
Other than her love of maths and travelling, Hayley also enjoys running, yoga and socialising. She is really looking forward to exploring Budapest further and joining the Britannica community!
Year 8A Tutor, Head of Science, Teacher of Science
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 12 Form Tutor, Teacher 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.
Year 7B Tutor, DofE Coordinator, 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 7A Tutor, Head of Languages, 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.
Teacher of English
Kayleigh grew up in a small town outside Glasgow, UK. She studied English Literature and History at the University of Strathclyde before qualifying as an English teacher. After five years of teaching in the beautiful Scottish Highlands and Islands, she moved into international education where she could combine her love for literature with her love of travel. She taught in international schools in Mexico City and Sao Paulo before arriving in Budapest. Kayleigh enjoys using real life contexts to develop students' understanding of language and literature, so she is looking forward to getting to know students and their interests. Outside school, Kayleigh enjoys travel, music and running. She also takes any opportunity to get to the countryside and spend her time hiking, cycling and skiing.
Teacher of English
Mike was born in a large town, Barrow in Furness, in North-west England. After leaving school, he worked for a shipbuilding firm on warships, including Trident nuclear submarines as a production supervisor. Sixteen years later, he decided pursue a degree in English at Lancaster University, followed by a PGCE in Secondary Education.
Mike is married and has two sons, Jay and Carl; Jay has six children, two boys and four girls, making Mike a proud grandparent too. Outside of work, his interests include reading, art and writing short stories, song lyrics and poetry. Last year, he had an anthology of poetry published, co-written with an Indian poet. The book is called ‘Bones and Feathers‘, which they thought reflected their different writing styles, and were very pleased (and surprised) when it reached 25 on the Amazon best-seller list in the Poetry Anthology firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher of English
Alex has been teaching English language and literature for the last 12 years, firstly in Jakarta for 8 years before Lima and Istanbul. Alex loves to teach, especially literature, and in particular enjoys the challenge of developing each course to fit the students studying it. Experiencing a diverse range of students has allowed for continual learning and development of teaching practices and Alex is now excited about joining Britannica and seeing how the students there engage with and develop his teaching skillset.
When not teaching Alex likes to relax with his wife. An avid reader and terrible poet, Alex also obsesses over Scottish football.
Year 13 Form Tutor, Teacher of Economics
Grant has been teaching Economics and Business Studies for over thirty years and in several high achieving schools internationally. He has taught IGCSE and Advanced Level and been an examiner in both subjects. He believes in making learning fun, interesting, relevant and challenging and has high aspirations for the students in front of him. He has lead academic and pastoral areas of a school and has a holistic view of education.
His experiences internationally have given him an appreciation of the challenges and opportunities that young people and their families face, worldwide.
He enjoys reading, gardening and most sports and plays tennis badly to keep fit. He is a father and grandfather, so puts a lot of store in family and friendship.
Year 8B 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.
Teacher of Humanities
MA (Hons) Geography, University of St. Andrews
Jamie is originally from the former mill town of Dewsbury, in the north of England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of St. Andrews, with the Scottish university system allowing him the flexibility to study International Relations, French, Italian and History of Art alongside Geography at sub-Honours level. At Honours level he specialised in Political Geography, although he was still able to pursue interests in Physical Geography such as Glacial Processes and Fluvial Geomorphology (which he much prefers teaching at A Level!). Following graduation, he was unable to resist the pull of his native West Yorkshire and moved back to begin his teaching career. He has worked in a number of schools in the county, most recently in an outstanding Grammar School in Kirklees, before moving to Budapest and joining the team at Britannica. Jamie spends most of his spare time reading, travelling or finding novel ways to mention Yorkshire in any given situation.
Teacher of Humanities
Charlotte is originally from Scarborough, a seaside town in the North-East of England. She has spent the past 11 years teaching internationally, most recently in the Czech Republic. She loves teaching humanities and encouraging students to become internationally-minded global citizens. In her spare time, she enjoys supervising Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, volunteering as an Explorer Scout leader, travelling, reading and going to festivals. She is excited to live in and explore more of Budapest, a city she has enjoyed visiting several times in the past.
Year 10A Tutor, CPD Leader, Head of Expressive Art & Humanities, Teacher of Music
Year 10A 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 11B Tutor, Teacher of Art
BA (Hons) Fine Arts, Central St.Martins, London
PGCE, University of Bolton
CELTA, International House, Qatar
Nigel was born in London England. He graduated from Central St. Martin's in Fine Art Painting. Nigel has a particular interest in painting and drawing and working in mixed media.
Nigel has spent the last 10 years in the Middle East working as an art teacher in schools, college and private tutoring. When he is not teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife Patricia and rescue dog Liba. He is also a Wing Chun practitioner and enjoys walking, listening to music and cooking.
Teacher of Art
BA (Hons) Sculpture and Art History. Winchester School of Art, Hampshire, England
Marcus was born and grew up in Kenya. He moved to Hungary in 1993 and has worked as a professional artist since the mid-nineties. He has worked as a set-designer in various theatre companies here in Hungary and provides illustrations and designs for both local and international magazines as well as producing his own paintings, illustrations and sculpture.
Head of Hungarian, Teacher 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.
Year 8B Tutor, Teacher of Hungarian
MA, ELTE-BTK, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of English Language and Literature MA
BA, ELTE-BTK, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of Hungarian as a Foreign Language
BTK, Budapest, English Language and Literature, Minor in French
Lili spent her first teaching practice here at Britannica International School where she was captured by the friendly and vibrant atmosphere. Thus, Lili was planning to start her teaching career with us. Being a teaching assistant in the first three years after graduating meant that she became familiar with various teaching styles, pacing and classroom discipline strategies. Following this period, Lili took the opportunity to become a teacher of Hungarian as an Additional Language in Primary and Secondary school. Besides teaching, she likes celebrating birthdays with her family, going to the theatre, as well as discovering escape rooms with friends.
Teacher of Hungarian
MA - Teacher of Hungarian Language and Literature, PPKE-BTK
Csenge was born in the capital of Hungary but considers herself to be a country girl; she loves animals, nature, travelling and the time that people give to each other. After graduating from university, she took the opportunity to experience the world of fine art and worked in a prestigious art gallery for two years. Even though she grew to love secessionist art and the adrenalin rush during auctions, she always felt she was missing something and that her career should be in teaching. Therefore, she took a teaching job for one year in a local primary school before becoming a member of the Britannica community. Being a teaching assistant in the first two years meant that she became familiar with many different teaching styles. Teaching native Hungarian and international students is the perfect mix for her.
Besides teaching, Csenge likes puppetry, sewing with her children and goddaughter in her free time and enjoys long walks in the forest, whatever the season.
Teacher of Hungarian
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.
Marta Sosa Lama
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.
Teacher of French
Camille grew up in Belgium, but she felt drawn to foreign cultures and languages from an early age. She learned Dutch, English and Spanish in high school. As the appeal of living abroad grew stronger she decided to spend a year as an exchange student in the United States. When she came back, she studied French and Spanish literature and linguistics with a minor in English literature at the university of Louvain-la-Neuve. During her course, she went abroad again, spending four months in Montreal. Having developed a love of both literature and pedagogy, she graduated after five years with a specialization in book science and obtained her teaching diploma a year later. She began her professional life by teaching in Belgian schools for a year and then joined her first international school in Brussels as a French teacher. She is now very excited to join Britannica’s community here in Budapest!
Besides loving to read in French, English and Spanish, Camille enjoys outdoor activities such as walking in the countryside and climbing, which she discovered a few months ago. She also has a five-year-old dog that she adopted from a shelter two years ago… Her name? Ginny… Like in Harry Potter, of course!
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.
Year 10B Tutor, Head of PE, Teacher of PE
Lewis is originally from a small town in England called Houghton-Le-spring. He completed a Sport Science Degree at the University of Sunderland in 2015 and then his SCITT teaching degree and Durham University in 2017 after having a year break in between. He has a plethora of job experience from being a roofer, coaching in a college, teaching in a secondary school, personal training and a sports masseuse.
Lewis completed his NQT year at an infant school in Stanley as a Year 1 teacher then moved onto Year 4 within a parent school in the following year as well as being Head of PE at that school. He has a huge passion for sport and PE and competed at a high level before turning to teaching. He loves every sport, but in particular, his favourite sports are boxing and football.
Lewis will give anything a go and loves to travel, meet new people and experience new experiences. He is hugely excited to be part of Britannica International School and is looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
Teacher of PE & Swimming
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.
Kornelia took a degree from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences of the Semmelweis University as a P.E. and Hygiene teacher in 2010. Thanks to this experience, she also became a Swimming Coach and a Tennis Instructor in 2008. After university life, she spent some time in the U.K. but she came home for a job and started to work as a Swimming Coach at the BVSC Sport Club for almost 4 years. Kornelia was a successful swimmer in her youth. She was a member of the Hungarian National Swimming Team for years. From August of 2014 she was delighted to join Britannica International School. This year she specialises in teaching Swimming only across the school from Year 1 to Year 11 but she has been an integral part of the PE team for 6 years now. Kornelia spends most of her time with her family and she also has a boxer dog. She loves doing water sports and playing tennis, and also enjoys travelling, skiing and watching good movies in her spare time.
Teacher of Physical Education
Norbi was born in Targu Mures, a historical city located in central Romania, in the region known as Transylvania, home of Dracula. Instead of getting into a job as a vampire, Norbi began playing football at the age of 6 at one of the local football clubs. After playing for 12 years straight, his passion for sports led him to continue his studies at the Babes Bolyai University in the second biggest city in Romania, Cluj Napoca, completing his BA in Physical Education and Sports, specialising in Sports and Motor Skills. In the summers during his studies, he traveled to Maryland, United States to immerse himself in the English language and broaden his communication skills further. After completing his studies, his passion for enabling children to fall in love with sports and lead an active lifestyle led him to coaching football at one of the most successful Romanian teams, CFR Cluj 1907. In 2020, Norbi’s Hungarian heritage led him and his American partner to move to the beautiful city of Budapest to immerse himself in what he loves most, teaching sports and physical education. He is more than excited to join Britannica and be a part of this amazing community. On the weekends, you’ll find Norbi hiking in the Carpathian Mountains, playing football, or going exploring with his beloved Golden Labrador, Gringo.
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.
Dorina is originally from Budapest and has taken on the new challenge of leading our Library from 2020. She is enthusiastic about sharing her passion for reading and books with our students and enjoys hiking and photography in her free time.