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Secondary Staff


Greg Barker

Head of Secondary


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. 




Shaun O’Keeffe

English Teacher


BA [Hons] English Literature, University of Winchester, Winchester, UK

PGCE Secondary English, University of Bath, Bath, UK

Teaching Leaders Graduate [NPQML], Ambition School Leadership, London, UK


Shaun originally comes from West London, which is where he has worked for the last five years, most recently as a member of SLT in a state comprehensive secondary school; his responsibilities included leading: English, Mathematics, the professional development of other Middle Leaders and Whole School Data: Assessment and reporting.With regards to education, Shaun is passionate about two things: instilling a love of reading in all learners and ensuring that all students have developed a refined and rigorous level of academic literacy to maximise students’ chances of success in their next stage of education.

Outside of work, Shaun thoroughly enjoys reading and attending theatre productions [most genres!], particularly shows linked to the Fringe Festival, attending the Prague Fringe Festival for the past four consecutive years. Shaun also loves to travel to places near [Europe] and far [South America and Asia] at every given opportunity.


Francesca Sergeant

English Teacher



Francesca is originally from Warrington in North West England. After graduating from Aberdeen University in 2011 Francesca spent the next 5 years working as an English teacher in the city. In 2016 she left Scotland for Spain and for the past year has been teaching English in a private school in Madrid. In her spare time Francesca enjoys travelling to new places, running, reading and playing the piano.


Laura Peters

English Teacher


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.

Mathematics and Information Communication Technologies


Andor Spisák

Head of Secondary Mathematics and ICT
KS4\5 Coordinator


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.


Balint Szabó

Mathematics and Physics Teacher

 MA Physics and Mathematics, Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary


After graduating from ELTE, Balint started working in a private school in the UK as a teacher of Mathematics. After this 1-year-long experience he continued his career teaching Mathematics and Physics in various bilingual schools in Hungary. Meanwhile, his love of sports was so strong, that he has become a registered badminton player in Hungary. As being a great fan of badminton and also being keen on educating children, he graduated as a badminton coach. Now he spends his afternoons mainly with his family enjoying the time with his 3-year-old son, but his interests still include all kinds of sports.


Tünde Madarász

Mathematics and Computer Science Teacher


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. 


Humanities (Business Studies, Geography, History, Psychology, Economics)





Marie Haigh-McGarry

Year 8 Form Tutor

Teacher of Geography

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.


Chris Adams

Year 7 Form Tutor

Teacher of Geography


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.


Tom Bannan
Head of Humanities, History Teacher



BA History Royal Holloway University of London, UK
MA History Royal Holloway University of London, UK
PGCE (Teach First) Sheffield Hallam University, UK


Tom originally comes from Plymouth in the South-West of England. Before joining Britannica he taught English as a foreign language in Hungary, Spain and Russia, and taught history in a Leeds comprehensive school for two years. Outside of school, his interests include writing and playing music (guitar), travelling, hiking, and learning the Hungarian language.  


Kitti Brigitta Kovács

Teacher of Psychology AS/A level

Learning Support Coordinator


Bachelor’s Degree the professional qualification of Behaviour Analyst (KRE, Budapest)

Master’s Degree the professional qualification of Psychologist-Clinical child and Developmental Psychology (PPKE, Budapest)


Kitti grew up in north-east of Hungary. She began to study Behaviour Analysis (Bachelor`s degree) at Gáspár Károli University then studied Clinical Child and Developmental Psychology (Master`s degree) at Péter Pázmány University. Kitti also works at a foundation where she helps children with special needs. She has been supporting children with special needs mainly with autism since 4 years. To further develop her knowledge she has attended various workshops and conferences. Kitti can easily establish connection with students and finds her profession to work with them. As a Learning Support Coordinator she would like to support students in every way for their well being, using her competence and experiences. Her interests include reading, watching movies and travelling.

EAL (English as an Additional Language) and Mother Tongue


Réka Balanyi

Year 7 Form Tutor
Head of EAL
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
TEFL qualification
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.


Modern Foreign Languages


Nora Pascual
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.


Aurore Jenkins 

Teacher of French 


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.


Krisztina Erdélyi

Teacher of German
9B Form Tutor

BA Language Teaching,

MA Germanistics


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.


Borbála Dinnyés

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.





Viktoria Naserghodsi

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.


David Kennedy

Science Teacher


Master of Chemistry (MChem) - University of Durham, England, UK

PGCE Science (Chemistry Specialism) - University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, UK


David has worked in a wide range of schools in the UK and in Malaysia. After graduating with a Masters degree in Chemistry, David worked as a Chemical Analyst researching drug development before completing his PCGE, working for two years in the North East of England then working for three years in an international school in Kuala Lumpur. As well as having a passion for understanding how the world works, David is a keen sportsman and enjoys travelling. David has combined these interests and has completed many cycle expeditions around Europe, Asia and North America, including cycling across the USA. David has also competed in many world wide endurance events, including marathons, triathlons and trail running.



Shane Egglestone

Year 8 Form Tutor

Teacher of Science and P.E.


BSc Sport Science and Management, Nottingham Trent University

PGCE Secondary Science (Biology specialism), Nottingham Trent University


Shane was born in Plymouth, in the South West of England and began his teaching career at a high achieving state school in Nottingham. He then returned to the West country to live in Cornwall which is regarded by many as one of the most scenic areas in England. During this time he worked as both a Head of House and then Director of Key Stage 4. Shane is proud to have  represented his school on several international trips which allowed him to gain valuable experience working with leading Science schools and universities around the world in countries such as Australia, Thailand and Canada.

Shane has many passions in life including playing the bass guitar, cycling, surfing and supporting his beloved Plymouth Argyle! He is looking forward to living and working in Budapest, having visited the city many times and cannot wait to begin work at the Britannica!




Fábián Markolt

Head of PE


MA, TF, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of Physical Education

TFTI Baseball Coach


Fabian finished his University studies in 2004 and wasting no time he immediately started teaching at Britannica. Two years later received his diploma for Baseball coaching from the same university. He is an extreme sport enthusiast who loves all types of outdoor activities.


Ágnes Trón

Teacher of PE


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.



Alexandra Sándor
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.


Zsuzsanna Kerekes


BA Theology Maryland Bible College & Seminary, Baltimore, USA

CELTA International House, Budapest, Hungary


Zsuzsa is from Hungary and has lived in Romania and Kazakhstan. She has worked in Almaty for five years as an EAL teacher. She enjoys getting to know people from different cultural backgrounds. Her interests include nature, traveling, crafts, attending church and reading.