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Secondary Staff

 

z.alibaux-jakab@britannicaschool.hu

 

Zsófia Alibaux-Jakab

Head of Secondary

 

MA, ELTE BTK, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of French Language and Literature

QTS, National College for Teaching and Leadership, UK

 

Zsófia began her career at Britannica International School in 1999 as a French teacher and then started to teach EAL to various levels and age groups. She also did two years of postgraduate studies in Law at ELTE while working at Britannica. She then moved to France and worked there at an international school in Lyon, teaching mainly EAL to primary and secondary students along with some French. Having attended various workshops and conferences on EAL and mother tongue languages she became quickly a professional in that field rejoining Britannica in 2011 as the school's EAL and Mother Tongue Coordinator. Zsófia was appointed Senior Teacher in November 2011 and Head of Secondary in 2012. Her interests include horse riding, motorcycling, reading, hiking and spending time with her husband and two sons.

 

English

 

s.okeeffe@britannicaschool.hu

 

Shaun O’Keeffe

Head of English

 

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.

 

f.sergeant@britannicaschool.hu

 

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.

 

Mathematics and Information Communication Technologies

 

a.spisak@britannicaschool.hu

 

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.

 

 

b.szabo@britannicaschool.hu

 

Balint Szabo

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.

 

b.mallord@britannicaschool.hu
 

Bruce Mallord

Secondary ICT and Computer Science Teacher

ICT Integration Co-ordinator (Whole School)

 

BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems, Bournemouth University, UK

PGCE Sunderland University, UK

 

Bruce originally comes from North Devon, England and has lived and worked in a variety of countries including the UK, Australia, Romania and Egypt. Bruce worked in ICT for many years before entering the teaching craft and is experienced at teaching IGCSE and A Level qualifications in ICT and Computer Science.

His interests include rugby, cricket and tennis along with a passion for travel and is also a keen fisherman.

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

 

a.klatyik@britannicaschool.hu

 

Andrea Máté-Klátyik

Careers and University Guidance Counsellor
Business Studies and Mathematics Teacher

 

MSc, ELTE TTK, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of Mathematics

QTS, National College for Teaching and Leadership, UK

CELTA, IH, Budapest, Hungary

 

Andrea studied accountancy and became a chartered accountant before completing an MSc degree in Mathematics at ELTE University. She has various teaching experience in different schools both in Hungary and in the UK. She is interested in languages and exploring new cultures. She enjoys going on excursions with her family, handicrafts, baking, swimming and snowboarding in winter.

 

Geography

 

j.cuttell@britannicaschool.hu

 

 

Joshua Cuttell

Teacher of Geography
Tutor to Year 13

 

BSc Geography University of Worcester, England, UK

PGCE Swansea University, Wales, UK

 

Joshua originally comes from England and has experience working in two ‘outstanding’ schools in the UK. His interests include travelling, football, motorsport, diving, rugby and learning guitar. Joshua worked and travelled around the world for a year before his PGCE gaining excellent geographical experiences which have inspired him to teach students from a range of backgrounds in Budapest.

 

 

 

m.hmcgarry@britannicaschool.hu

 

 

 

 

Marie Haigh-McGarry

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.

History

 

t.bannan@britannicaschool.hu
 

 

Tom Bannan
Head of Humanities, History Teacher

Year 8A Form Tutor

 

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.  

 

 

EAL (English as an Additional Language) and Mother Tongue

 

z.alibaux-jakab@britannicaschool.hu

 

Zsófia Alibaux-Jakab

Head of Secondary, EAL and Mother Tongue Coordinator

 

MA, ELTE BTK, Budapest, Hungary, Teacher of French Language and Literature

QTS, National College for Teaching and Leadership, UK

 

Zsófia began her career at Britannica International School in 1999 as a French teacher and then started to teach EAL to various levels and age groups. She also did two years of postgraduate studies in Law at ELTE while working at Britannica. She then moved to France and worked there at an international school in Lyon, teaching mainly EAL to primary and secondary students along with some French. Having attended various workshops and conferences on EAL and mother tongue languages she became quickly a professional in that field rejoining Britannica in 2011 as the school's EAL and Mother Tongue Coordinator. Zsófia was appointed Senior Teacher in November 2011 and Head of Secondary in 2012. Her interests include horse riding, motorcycling, reading, hiking and spending time with her husband and two sons.

 

 

b.letay-nagy@britannicaschool.hu

 

Bálint Létay-Nagy
EAL Teacher


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.

 

 

n.campbell@britannicaschool.hu
 

Neil Campbell

EAL Teacher

 

BA (Hons) Political Economy Northumbria University, England, UK

PGCE German with French, Newcastle University, UK

Cambridge Celta Certificate, Newcastle College, UK

 

Neil originally comes from England and has lived and worked in a variety of countries including the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. Neil has a long history of language teaching and has taught English, German and French in the UK and abroad. Neil enjoys reading and a variety of sports including tennis, football and skiing. His love of languages and skiing has also enabled him to work as a ski instructor in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Modern Foreign Languages

 

n.pascual@britannicaschool.hu

 

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.

 

b.montgomery@britannicaschool.hu

 

 

Branwen Montgomery
French Teacher

 

BA European Studies and Modern Languages (Spanish and German) University of Bath, UK
PGCE Modern Languages Bath Spa University, UK

 

Branwen comes from Paris. Growing up speaking both English and French, her passion for languages started at an early age. She graduated from the University of Bath in Spanish and German, during which time she spent a year teaching English in Spain, and went straight on to completing her PGCE, also in Bath. She has just recently joined Britannica, having moved to Budapest in October and looks forward to discovering the city, the rest of Hungary and learning some Hungarian! In her free time, she enjoys reading, sports -which include racket sports, winter sports and golf, travelling as well as spending time with friends and family, cooking and trying new foods.

 

b.dinnyes@britannicaschool.hu

 

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.

 

 

b.bartak@britannicaschool.hu

 

 

Bea Bartak

Teacher of Hungarian

 

BA, PPKE-BTK, Piliscsaba, Hungary, Teacher of Hungarian Language and Literature

MA, PPKE-BTK, Piliscsaba, Hungary, Teacher of English Language and Literature

QTS, General Teaching Council for England

 

Bea started to work in international education more than ten years ago. She worked in different schools in Hungary and England before arriving to Britannica International School.  She likes reading and running in her spare time.

 

 

z.zsemberovszky@britannicaschool.hu

 

Zita Zsemberovszky 

Teacher of Hungarian, Year 7A Tutor,

KS3 Coordinator

 

MA PTE-BTK Pécs, Hungary Hungarian as a Foreign Language Teacher

MA PTE-BTK Pécs Communication Specialist

Drama Teacher (Hungarian Drama and Theatre in Education Association)

English Language Instructor (TEFL Institute)

 

Zita finished university studies in 2004 in Pécs as a Hungarian language teacher and communication specialist. After working for a radio station she started her great adventure as a teacher: she taught communication for college students, English for children and she has been teaching Hungarian as a foreign language for adults and children from age of 6 to 70. In 2010 she became a drama teacher and she has been using Drama in Education technics during her lessons. 

She teaches Hungarian in Primary and Secondary and Drama in Secondary.  

Zita enjoys rock and wall climbing, hiking, travelling and reading Central European Science Fiction from the ’60s.

 

Science

 

v.naserghodsi@britannicaschool.hu

 

 

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.

 

 

d.kennedy@britannicaschool.hu

 

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.

 PE

 

f.markolt@britannicaschool.hu

 

 

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.

 

 

a.tron@britannicaschool.hu

 

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.

 

 

a.sandor@britannicaschool.hu

 

 

Alexandra Sándor

Teacher of PE

Swimming Coach

Art

 

v.dothee@britannicaschool.hu

 

Veronique Dothee

Head of Expressive Arts

Teacher of History and Art

 

Bed, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Brussels

CELTA, International House, Budapest

 

After completing her studies in Belgium, Veronique taught Art and History in a variety of primary and secondary schools in Belgium, England and Mexico. Having visited Hungary several times, her appointment at Britannica in 2010 and her subsequent move to Hungary were like a dream come true. Veronique enjoys living in this beautiful city and country, with its vibrant traditions and its intriguing and ever-changing outlook on the future.

 

 

k.b.kovacs@britannicaschool.hu 
 

Kitti Brigitta kovács
Learning Support Coordinator

Teacher of Psychology AS/A level

 

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.

 

z.kerekes@britannicaschool.hu

 

Zsuzsanna Kerekes

Librarian

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.

 

 

 

r.balanyi@britannicaschool.hu

 

Réka Balanyi

Year 9 Form Tutor, Teacher 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.