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David Newsham
Head of Secondary
David Newsham
Head of Secondary

David gained his degree and teaching qualification from Glasgow University’s Faculty of Engineering in 1994 and started teaching in Scotland. He has worked in International schools since 1998 having spent time in Indonesia, Peru, Jordan and Thailand before moving to Romania. He is married with 2 lovely daughters who are students here at ISB and they all hope to be in Bucharest for several years.

Janet Hunter
Head of English Language Department
Janet Hunter
Head of English Language Department

Janet Hunter began teaching in 2005 after completing a PGCE at The University of Nottingham. Since then, she has taught in a variety of schools across Nottinghamshire, gaining experience in A Level, GCSE and Key Stage Three English. ISB will be her first international post and she is greatly enjoying the opportunity to share her passion for English Language and Literature with students from many different backgrounds.

She first came to Romania on a horseriding holiday in Transylvania, where she encountered Romanian culture and experienced the peaceful environment offered by the mountains. Janet enjoys horseriding, yoga, reading and music.

Carmen Zaharia
Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Spanish Teacher
Carmen Zaharia
Head of Modern Foreign Languages, Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Carmen studied Sociology, Psychology and Pedagogy at the University of Bucharest. She also got a University Degree in Political and Administrative Sciences and a Master's degree in Sociology. She continued her professional training and she's in the possession of different certificates issued by the Cervantes Institute, such as the certificate for oral examiner for DELE exams, the International Diploma for Spanish as a Foreign Language and the certificate for Spanish Curriculum Planning in relation with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. She finished a postgraduate course for teaching Spanish, offered by the University Complutense of Madrid. She's been working in ISB since 2004, teaching Spanish for KS3, IGCSE and AS/A Level. During this time, she's been oral examiner for Spanish Cambridge International Examinations, IGCSE, AS and A Level. She's been Head of Modern Foreign Languages Department since 2007. In 2009 she started teaching Sociology for IGCSE. She now follows a PHD Programme in Sociology and she teaches some seminars at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Bucharest.

Ian McShane
Head of Creative and Performing Arts
Ian McShane
Head of Creative and Performing Arts

In January 2012 the ISB security guards asked Ian what he was doing on the roof and he had to come up with a quick answer. Since then he has been teaching Drama here. He relishes the challenge of teaching a diverse range of students how to perform Shakespeare in a Manchester accent, and he has used his five years in Romania wisely, collecting enough points on his Cora loyalty card to buy half a KitKat. When not teaching, he enjoys promoting his own range of fragrances (‘Bloke - Pour Homme’), now available in 100ml, five-gallon family can and the new Cat Litter Freshener Spray.

Mihaela Stan-Hapenciuc
Head of Mathematics and ICT department
Mihaela Stan-Hapenciuc
Head of Mathematics and ICT department
After graduating from International Computer High School of Constanta, where she was Mathematics Olympic student, Mrs.Hapenciuc went to University of Bucharest, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, where she got a BA in Mathematics. Before completing her undergraduate studies, Mrs. Mihaela started working with maths gifted students and in the same time her teaching career began. She has since taught all of Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 maths courses and now is teaching Mathematics for A Level  and IGCSE and Statistics & Mechanics for A Level. Even that is not necessary, in her free time, she works with different exam boards beside CIE, like Edexcel or IB and follows courses from different universities to help her ISB students understand concepts in maths from different views and make connections with what they will use in Uni. 
Besides teaching Mathematics and preparing students for different exams, Mrs. Mihaela also participates in many activities, conferences and projects. Some of these activities include working with exceptional students, sitting on various committees and steering groups or organising different events and competitions - in ISB she was Projects and Olympiads Coordinator for two years, then she became the Head of Mathematics and ICT department. Mrs. Mihaela is part of the International School of Bucharest team for almost seven years. She likes to listen to what students have to say and for a few years she was Form tutor and Year leader. Mrs Mihaela loves children and nature and likes to travel.
Helen Wilkinson
Head of Humanities / Geography Teacher
Helen Wilkinson
Head of Humanities / Geography Teacher

I am originally from Brighton; a seaside town on the south coast of England. I studied Geography and Development Studies at The University of Sussex followed by a PGCE at Brunel University in West London. After 5 years teaching in the UK I decided to accept a job in an International School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After an amazing 13 years, during which time I have also worked in Egypt and the Seychelles, I am thoroughly enjoying being back in Europe. I am living here with my daughter Sarah who is in Year 4.

Ingrid Stanciu
Head of Enrichment
Ingrid Stanciu
Head of Enrichment

Mrs. Ingrid has graduated from The National Academy of Physical Education Sports - Bucharest where she earned her BSc. degree. Shortly after her graduation she moved to The Middle East starting her teaching career within a British Curriculum school. Four years later she moved to Canada, continuing teaching to all of the Key Stages. She also upgraded her Certification of Qualified Coach in Gymnastics in Toronto, and earned a diploma in Teaching English As a Second Language (TESL) in Toronto. While in Kuwait she was a CEO of The Kuwait Foreign Schools Activities Conference and Head of the PE department at Kuwait English School, where she initiated and successfully implemented the Cambridge IGCSE Program for Physical Education. Mrs. Ingrid joined The ISB team in September 2008 as Head of the PE department. She is a dedicated mother of two boys and in her spare time she likes to watch movies, listen to music and read books and magazines. She also loves to travel, enjoying the beauty of each place. She is a committed teacher who strives to promote, implement and improve awareness, motivation and importance of physical education among, not only students, but colleagues and parents as well.

Claudiu Pitigoi
P.E. Teacher
Claudiu Pitigoi
P.E. Teacher

Mr. Claudiu Pitigoi graduated the Institute of Physical Education and Sport Bucharest in 1989 with a double qualification: PE teacher and a professional volleyball coach. During his 40 years of professional experience, Mr. Pitigoi was a professional volleyball player for almost 19 years, having also a number of 80 selections in the National Team of Romania.  He taught and trained volleyball teams in Romania’s First League and abroad. Mr. Pitigoi was the head coach of a women volleyball team in The Faroe Islands First League for almost five years.

Mr. Pitigoi’s favourite quote belongs to Heywood Hale Broun: ‘Sports do not build character. They reveal it.’

Yusuf Orhan
IB Coordinator / Mathematics Teacher
Yusuf Orhan
IB Coordinator / Mathematics Teacher

Mr. Yusuf Suha ORHAN is a math teacher since 1993. He is proud to have taught at ISB in its first year, from 1996 to 2008. He has worked both as a teacher and manager over this period.

He's back after 7 years of working in other countries and thinks it's a grace to work at ISB. Mr. Orhan taught maths in all levels at ISB, from KS 3 to A-level, and at present he is teaching one group from each of the year groups 10, 12 and 13; moreover he works as the Examinations Officer.

He is nominated as the DP coordinator of IB programme, which will commence at ISB in September 2017.
Turgay Uzuncakmak
ICT Teacher
Turgay Uzuncakmak
ICT Teacher

Turgay Uzuncakmak after speaking to a wise man (his uncle) he decided to study computers instead of medicine. After studying Computer Education and Instructional Technology at the Middle East Technical University, he started working at ISB. He is now teaching IGCSE and A Level ICT. Taking pictures, shooting video and digital edits are his favourites.

Adina Barbu
Music Teacher
Adina Barbu
Music Teacher

As she was born in a family of musicians Miss Adina began studying piano when she was 5 years old. She continued studying music and graduated the Music University of Bucharest with a degree in Performing Arts – Piano and also has a Master's degree in pedagogical research and development.

Ahmet Aki
Physics Teacher
Ahmet Aki
Physics Teacher

I graduated as a teacher of physics from Marmara University in Istanbul in 1993. I have a master's degree in educational management. Since my greatest passion is teaching physics, I am still teaching even though I am the educational director of Lumina Educational Institutions.

Brendan Clarke-Smith
Geography Teacher
Brendan Clarke-Smith
Geography Teacher

Brendan grew up in Nottingham, England (the home of Robin Hood) and before teaching spent a decade as a politician in the city as well as working for various charities helping young people.

He has a BA (Hons) Politics from Nottingham Trent University and graduated with a PGCE (Secondary) Religious Education from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. He also spent two years in Sweden where he obtained an MSc European Studies at the University of Gothenburg, which was very useful when he stood as a candidate for the East Midlands region at the European Parliament elections in 2014.

Brendan is now in his second spell at ISB, having also spent time teaching at an IB school in Norway and various schools in the United Kingdom. Brendan very much enjoys Bucharest, and lives here with his Romanian wife and baby son. Outside of teaching, Brendan enjoys travel, politics and football and is a supporter of Notts County FC and CS Concordia Chiajna.

Kayleigh Dale
English Teacher
Kayleigh Dale
English Teacher

I am from the north east of England, and graduated with a degree in English Literature from Newcastle University, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Durham University. I have since gained international teaching experience working in a British secondary school in Cairo, Egypt. In my spare time, I like reading and movies. This is my first time in Romania, but I already very much enjoy life in Bucharest!

I look forward to passing on my love of English and literature to the students of ISB.

Alina Constantin
Special Needs Teacher
Alina Constantin
Special Needs Teacher

Ms. Alina is a qualified psychotherapist who specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy. For the past 6 years she worked with both young children and teenagers in Romania and New Zealand. This is her second year working with ISB and the first one holding the School Counselor and SEN Teacher position for the Secondary School. She is excited to be a part of the SEN Team and to have the chance to make a positive sustainable change in the the students life.

Alina Piuaru-Isar
English Support
Alina Piuaru-Isar
English Support

Mrs. Alina Piuaru-Isar graduated the Foreign Language University in Bucharest in 2001 and has been a member of staff at ISB since 2002, but her experience with international schools has started long before that as she was a student and graduated an international school herself.

At ISB she is currently teaching English as a Second Language and Romanian for beginners to students from KS3 and KS4.

She is a dedicated mother to her two sons and she spends most of her free time with them. Her hobbies are animals, plants and of course spending time with children.

Catalina Scutariu
ESL Teacher
Catalina Scutariu
ESL Teacher

My name is Scutariu Catalina and I graduated the University of Bucharest in 2004 with a degree in English Theology. Two years later I obtained my master degree in "Communication and Public relations" at the Faculty of Political and Administrative Sciences.

I began teaching in 2004 and have taught in many schools and kindergartens from Bucharest, becoming a member of ISB staff in 2010.
I am currently teaching English as a Second Language for students from KS3 and KS4.

Anthony O'Brien
Exams Officer / PE Teacher
Anthony O'Brien
Exams Officer / PE Teacher

I am originally from South Wales and as such I was indoctrinated into all things rugby from an early age. Fortunately we have a decent team at the moment so I do not have to suffer too much ridicule from the other home nation supporters. I graduated from St Mary's University, London and returned to Wales to complete my PGCE in Cardiff.

My teaching career began in Wales where I taught for 2 years before moving to Kuwait with my wife, Claire and my daughter, Calista. We left the Middle East and spent a couple of adventurous years in Venezuela. From here it was a short posting to Beijing before eventually arriving in Bucharest in 2008. Before joining ISB I taught at BSB for 7 years.

I have recently taken up Triathlon and competed in my first race in Mogosoaia last June and i hope to complete an Iron Man event before my body gives up on me.

Bogdan Manu
Business Studies Teacher
Bogdan Manu
Business Studies Teacher

Bogdan joined ISB as Business Studies teacher in 2014 after 11 years of entrepreneurship working in training, recruiting, vocational counselling and consultancy for companies in hospitality, banks, auto, oil and IT.He has a degree in company management and has a post graduate diploma at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne.

Bogdan has an international experience working in business environment in London- UK and Prague- Czech Republic.

His aim is to make Business Studies as tangible as possible.

Derek Walker
Art Teacher
Derek Walker
Art Teacher

Derek Walker is from the UK and has taught Art and Design in several International schools. He believes that art is not a talent and can be acquired by any student through patience, effort and a desire to succeed. Derek joins the school along with his daughter in year 9 and his son who part of our first IB cohort.

Cristina Purici
Drama Teacher
Cristina Purici
Drama Teacher

“The world is a mirror that reflects in theatrical plays” - Aristotle


Collaborative actress at Ion Creanga Theatre in Bucharest, Ms. Cristina Purici is licensed in Performing Arts and holds a Master degree in Alternative Pedagogies and Theatrical Art in Education at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Studies, The University of Bucharest.

In her three years experience in teaching preschool and primary students, followed by two years teaching secondary KS3 students, Ms. Cristina searched for an approach that stimulate the way on how children think so that they can understand what they study and how to apply the knowledge in their future grown-up life.

"The desire of giving students a different type of activity came from the need of comprehending the essence of what the children learn in school in a time when computerization is the most effective process for performing the tasks. The importance of creativity in school is known to be responsible for success in academic development. Drama stimulates imagination and increases enthusiasm. Through Drama, students adapt to different situations by developing intuition and memory, forming the concrete and critical thinking. Drama activities lead to educating emotional intelligence.”

Florentina Murteza
ESL/ELE Teacher
Florentina Murteza
ESL/ELE Teacher

My name is Florentina Murteza, or as the sutdents call me, "Miss Flori". I really love teaching and I have been practicing it since 2009. I have acquired most of my experience in Mexico, country where I have worked and studied. I am an ESL and ELE teacher, meaning I teach English and Spanish as second languages. Qualifications: Master in History of Art-BUAP-Puebla, México. Degree in English and Spanish Language and Literature- Faculty of Foreign Languages- University Dimitrie Cantemir-Bucharest, Romania. CELTA -Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages- Cambrigde.  

Recep Yolcu
Turkish Teacher
Recep Yolcu
Turkish Teacher

I graduated from Cumhuriyet University, the faculty of education in 2014. I worked 1 year in Turkey and I am very excited to be teaching Turkish at ISB.

Helen Lumb
English Language Teacher
Helen Lumb
English Language Teacher

Helen Lumb grew up in Scotland, graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Arts degree in 1991, followed by a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Jordanhill teacher training college in Glasgow.

She has been a teacher in London and the South-East of England for over twenty years, mostly teaching GCSE and A level English Language and English Literature but with 5 years acting as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

In her spare time she enjoys skiing badly, eating well and sleeping in. An enthusiastic dancer, she is currently learning Argentinian Tango!

Iulia Mustatea
History Teacher
Iulia Mustatea
History Teacher

Inspired by my History teacher in high school, I have developed a great passion for humanities, which was later on translated in the university studies and the extra-curricular activities I have undertaken. I have a B.A and M.A diploma in History, International Relations and European Studies and I am currently a PhD student at the University of Bucharest and a PGCE student at the University of Sunderland, UK. My interest in education was triggered during high school and developed ever since, through many European and international projects and activities. Since 2009 I have been part, as trainer and group leader, of more than 20 youth and lifelong learning projects, focused on formal and non-formal education. I enjoy very much teaching, as it is a life-shaping process, both for my students and I.

Marilena Bigu
Mathematics Teacher
Marilena Bigu
Mathematics Teacher
Mathematics teacher graduated the University of Bucharest in 2000, with a degree in Pure Mathematics. She started teaching in 2000 in a Romanian school. After 6 years she started a collaboration with a private school in Bucharest where she worked as a director and mathematics teacher. She loves working with children and solving their problems, she likes traveling, reading and practising winter sports.
Mustafa Karakas
Mathematics Teacher
Mustafa Karakas
Mathematics Teacher

Mustafa likes to travel and live in different cultures. He worked in several international schools in different countries and in various positions besides teaching. He is happy to be here for greater challenges.

Monica Motoi
French and Romanian Teacher
Monica Motoi
French and Romanian Teacher

Mrs. Monica has been teaching French and Romanian for 8 years. She has graduated the West University of Timisoara and she became a teacher specialized in French-Romanian. In 2009, Mrs. Monica obtained her Master degree in “Media and Public Relations”, Writing techniques, Faculty of Political Science, the West University of Timisoara. During that time, she also attended the Faculty of Economic Science obtaining a degree in Accounting and Informatics of Administration at the University of Craiova in 2011. Even if it was challenging, she thinks that her vocation is to be a teacher.

Mrs. Monica started her professional career in a public school where she has taught French and Romanian for four years. She has been working for ISB since 2012, teaching French for KS3, IGCSE, AS/A Level and Romanian First Language for KS3 students.

Mrs. Monica is also an oral examiner for French Cambridge International Examinations, IGCSE, AS/A Level. At the moment, she is following a PHD Programme in French at the University of Bucharest.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going shopping, listening to music and going out with her friends.

Oytun Pekel
Mathematics Teacher
Oytun Pekel
Mathematics Teacher

I graduated from Abant Izzet Baysal University, Turkey with a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Mathematics. I have been teaching at ISB for 4 years. I also had one year Bosnia experience
before joining ISB teaching staff. Since 2011, I have been teaching KS 3, 4 and 5 students. I am very glad to be a part of their education at ISB.

My main goal as a teacher is to teach the basic academic skills,
and I also believe it's important for children to develop good moral character.
I have always appreciated the opportunities to communicate with parents and children.

Ozcan Karaca
Spanish Language Teacher
Ozcan Karaca
Spanish Language Teacher

I am originally from Trabzon which is a town on the coast of the Black Sea, in the northeastern side of Turkey. I am a graduate of the University of Bucharest, the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures with a bachelor's degree in Turkish and Spanish. Now I am a teacher of Turkish and Spanish at ISB.

Piers Posner
English Language Teacher
Piers Posner
English Language Teacher

Piers Posner began teaching EFl in 1999 in London, where he completed his degree in French Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. After 3 busy years at Language Studies International teaching English to small groups of international students and business clients from around the world, he began 4 years of employment in the field of ESOL provision to adults at the OFSTED grade 1 City and Islington College. This was followed by implementing several Train to Gain adult English classes in the workplace and a year off to care for his children. Piers Posner's most recent position in the UK was at another OFSTED grade 1 employer, Barnfield College in Luton, just outside London. After spending many years teaching himself Romanian, and dreaming of bringing his wife and 2 children to live in Romania, in 2010 he was offered a position teaching EFL to Young Learners for the first time, at the highly successful British Council in Bucuresti. He remained there for 2 years before coming to ISB, where he is now enjoying his third productive year and will complete his PGCE in June of 2015.

Simona Negrea
French Teacher
Simona Negrea
French Teacher

Mrs Simona Negrea holds a BA in French and Italian, and a MA in Business. She is a sworn translator, and she translated French and Italian literature for Romanian publishing houses. She joined ISB in 2013, teaching French for KS3, IGCSE and AS/A Level. She also teaches Romanian as a second language, for KS3.

Soner Efe
Biology Teacher
Soner Efe
Biology Teacher

I was born in Germany. I graduated from Middle East Technical University in 1999. I completed my masters degree in Bucharest. I have been teaching Biology for 17 years now. 

Susan Archibald
English Language Teacher
Susan Archibald
English Language Teacher

Susan Archibald is Scottish and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1994 before completing her PGCE at Goldsmiths College, The University of London in 1995. She taught English Language and Literature at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level for twelve years in the London Borough of Greenwich. She left Kidbrooke School to move to Romania and began teaching at ISB in 2010. ISB provides the opportunity to share her passion for literature with enthusiastic young people and she is very happy here.

Vepa Sarykulov
Science Assistant
Vepa Sarykulov
Science Assistant

I graduated from Istanbul University, Turkey with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics.This is my first year in ISB as Science Assistant.  I also had one year ICHB experience before joining ISB  staff. I really enjoy working with the  children. My biggest pleasure is in seeing how I can help children to develop their love of learning and confidence achieve.I love teaching and working in laboratory so I am pleased to be Science Assistant in ISB. I have a particular passion for books and reading. My other main hobby is outdoor activity and sport and I am regularly at the gym, running, cycling.  Winter sports are also a favorite.

Carmen Florea
ESL Teacher
Carmen Florea
ESL Teacher

Miss Carmen is from Bucharest, Romania. She graduated from Bucharest University with a degree in English and French in 2009. She has also got a Master’s degree in Canadian Studies. She joined ISB in 2011 and she has worked in the Primary school for 6 years.

She is now teaching English as a second language to KS3 students. She loves children and she loves teaching. Before joining ISB, she taught English and French to a few other schools of foreign languages in Bucharest.

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