About our Educators

Our educators are highly skilled Foreign and Romanian teachers that are required to have an Academic Degree(s) in Education and at least 2 years full-time classroom teaching experience.

Through a rigorous hiring process, we evaluate educators across four areas of professional practice standards that align with the VIS approach.

Application information and background

We interview most staff on more than one occasion to ensure we have thoroughly inquired about their past endeavours and personal values, driving force and passion. After this stage we then explore and cultivate the following areas:

Empowering Educators

Once we hire exceptional educators, we empower them to facilitate the best education possible for your children.

Educators are supported by

  • A creative and constantly innovating development model of events and trainings
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development
  • The flexibility to create meaningful experiences for their students
  • A professional learning community from which to draw and share best practices

Employment

If you want to work on our amazing team of world-class educators, or be a part of the administration of staff of the school, check out our open positions below.
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Management Team

Richard Joannides

Founder & Head of Social Emotional Learning

Richard graduated from Loyola Marymount University – Los Angeles, California with a degree in Early Childhood Education Master Degree from Oxford University in History. He has traveled and studied around the world: Los Angeles, Loyola University Rome, Marymount University Bonn Germany and Oxford University – Queens College.

Richard grew up in Los Angeles, California and Athens, Greece. As a full-time father of three boys, Richard is passionate about children and education and has been working for the last five years as a teacher and Director of Social Emotional Learning. Richard is also a play therapist with young children diagnosed with cancer at the Fundeni Hospital. He has over 10 years of experience with Mindfulness Parenting and teaching and has traveled the world to attend many courses, retreats and workshops in America, Europe and Asia, led by such eminent teachers as Jack Kornfield, John Kabat-Zinn and Susan Kaiser. His hobbies include music, guitar and tennis.

Founder of Verita Group: January 2010 – present

Verita International School brings a new approach to education with emphasis on teaching children wisdom in life. www.veritaschool.ro

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children” (Mandela)

Verita 4 All Foundation

Our main focus is on Children Educational Programs for orphans and underprivileged families. Education is one of the single most vital elements in combating poverty. Other important projects include: Helping children with cancer, the Elderly and Hospice Centers. www.veritafoundation.ro

“We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love” (Mother Theresa)

Damian Ward

School Director and Principal of Primary

Damian originates from Coventry in the United Kingdom. He has an honours degree in English with Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Warwick and he also holds a National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH). His teaching career took him all around the West Midlands where he was previously a head in a small primary school with 210 students and then Head of a much larger primary school of over 600 students.

He has a very clear sense of purpose and the necessary determination to make that a reality, he wants every child to truly enjoy learning – a key skill we need to pass onto our children. His special areas of interest are in the development of language and Mathematics. He passionately believes in challenging and supporting the staff at Verita to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning improves year on year.

Most importantly he sees his role to enhance the Verita curriculum, celebrate the successes and achievements of students and staff and truly raise aspirations in the whole community to strive to ‘be the best that they can be’. Every person is precious in his eyes, their talents and gifts are there to be honed and improved upon so that they can truly achieve their dreams.

Rico Chow

Principal of Secondary

Rico originates from Toronto in Canada. He holds an honours degree in Literature, Anthropology, and Education. He is currently undertaking a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Toronto.

Rico has spent the last several years teaching abroad. Prior to joining Verita, he was teaching Language & Literature and Humanities at an IB World School in Muscat, Oman at the secondary level. It was here where he refined his inquiry-based approach to learning through the IB framework. Rico also served as an Extended Essay supervisor for DP students during his tenure in Oman.

But the roots of his inquiry-based approach began during his formative teaching years back home in Toronto at an IB school. During his time here, Rico worked extensively with the Ontario curriculum in conjunction with the IB which fostered his passion for inquiry-based approach to learning.

Since joining Verita in 2017, Rico has focused his efforts in developing the secondary school’s curricula (IMYC, iGCSE & IB DP), assessments, best teaching practices, culture, and collaborative learning communities. Rico’s philosophy as an educator and leader is grounded in relationships and being culturally responsive. In essence, he believes that fostering positive relationships with students, parents, and teachers as well as being culturally responsive are the key to a school’s effectiveness and improvement. “

Julie Dinca

Assistant Principal of Primary for KS2 and Year 4B Co-Teacher

Julie (or Iulia) was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania. She graduated from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreing Languages and Literatures with a double degree in both English and Spanish. She also holds the Certificate for Teaching from the Teacher Training Department of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences.

Julie joined Verita in its first year and has seen it grow and flourish into an amazing school that values kindness, inquiry, project-based learning and innovative teaching. Julie is a tech enthusiast and as a technology integrationist, she has tried to enrich and support teaching and learning while strengthening the technology skills of students, staff, and the community. She is a Google Level II Certified Educator and carries a certificate of Leadership of Educational Technology in Schools.

Julie values the relationships between students and teachers, between teachers and parents and between all the staff and considers them to be the foundation of great teaching and learning. She is passionate about gamification, mindfulness, social-emotional and project-based learning. She has always enjoyed learning, and she is determined to inspire students to love learning and to pursue their naturally curious minds through her teaching.

Irina Cazacu

Assistant Principal for the EYFS & KS1 and Reception A Teacher

Irina was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania. After more than 13 years working in the mobile telecommunication industry, in 2012, Irina moved to Saudi Arabia, where she worked as a Teaching Assistant at the British International School of Al Khobar, where she realised her passion for working with young children. In the summer of 2017, she and her family were relocated to Romania and joined Verita school.

Her teaching experiences range from nursery through year 2. She strongly believes that early childhood education is vitally important to prepare children not only for school but for life. Helping the children to reach their individual milestones and working closely with families is why she loves working in Early Years.

To bring balance to her life, Irina enjoys swimming, reading, coffee with friends, and travelling.

Lila Vasilescu

Community Staff Well-Being and SEL Coordinator & Passionate Director of our NGO – Verita Foundation

Lila is the director of our Verita Foundation whose mission is to ignite meaningful change in the lives of underprivileged children and their families by providing educators in the public system, the resources needed to develop the academic and social emotional learning skills for students and themselves.
She has over 8 years’ experience in non profit work with children in Romania and over 5 years’ experience teaching Social Emotional Learning to children and doing training for parents and educators.

She is a certified trainer with an SEL ( Social Emotional Learning ) course certification from Rutgers University, USA and a Mindfulness Teaching certification from Mindful Schools in the USA.

Lila is also certified by Emory University, USA as an SEEL ( Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning) facilitator who can train other educators in this state of the art curriculum that will be translated into Romanian with the mission to introduce it to public schools in Romania.

She is also organizing many Service Learning projects in our school providing students with the opportunity to serve those in need and she enjoys organizing school events that bring our community of parents together while contributing to a noble cause.

In 2020, together with the foundation’s team, she has created CERC – Compassion in Education Resource Center – a Verita Foundation and Verita School project.

CERC is a resource platform for social-emotional learning, with scientific data and educational materials gathered from around the world in over 30 years of research and studies developed by internationally acclaimed experts and is intended to share our valuable SEL knowledge, results and resources with educators in the public education system and with other organizations and people who understand the importance of changing the way we look at and treat our children’s education.

She is also a mother and believes in the power of kindness, trusting people’s ability to find inner balance and joy of living and she wishes to contribute to a kinder, more compassionate world for our children and for us all.

Annie Keep-Barnes

Head of Curriculum and Coaching & Y8 English Teacher

Annie is a longtime educator. It’s been her great good fortune to teach almost every level of school over the years, all the way from grade 3 through to University. I have enjoyed teaching every year group.

In addition to teaching, she has also been a school leader. Together with three friends, she started the first charter school in the state of Alaska and she went on to found and direct an alternative middle school/high school. She has also served as principal in several schools in Alaska and as a mentor principal to new principals.

Gabriela Simionescu

Co-Founder & EY Teacher

Gabriela graduated Languages from the University of Bucharest and worked for 1 year in a state school. Then she founded a private English Kindergarten and taught over 220 children English, Math, History and many others for 32 years. Her life went through schools, marriage, 1 son, lots of hobbies (reading, music, sports, travel, theatre, film, languages, sewing) and, lately, 2 lovely granddaughters. In 2014 Gabriela joined Richard in this beautiful project called Verita International School, a dream that she had for a long time… So she continues teaching with passion, in a new environment. Continuity and change!

Secondary School Teachers

Wendi Shumard

IB DP coordinator & High School Mathematics

Hailing from the United States of America, Wendi is a  seasoned international educator, whose most recent post was as head of mathematics on the island of Curaçao. Wendi also has experience working in Turkey and the United States. She has extensive experience teaching iGCSE and IB mathematics and languages.

Wendi holds a masters degree in the art of teaching English as a second language, and curriculum development from the University of Maryland. She  also holds teaching certifications in English Language Arts, French, and Maths.

Tom Maracsko

IB DP EE Coordinator, University Counsellor, Y9 Humanities & High School History/ Business Management Teacher

Tom is from Hungary with a Master’s degree in Economics from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and a PGCE from the University of Cumbria. He has spent the past 12 years living and working around the Asia Pacific region. In the past four years, he worked in Beijing, China, where he taught IBDP and AL Economics and Business Studies. Tom has specialized on inquiry-based learning and has researched the effects of instructional humour on high-quality teaching and learning in a classroom environment He is also an AQA A levels examiner with experience in UCAS and Oxbridge interview preparation and college counselling. He loves motorcycle racing, geopolitics, history and travelling.

Emily Marriott

SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), Secondary Learning Support Lead & High School English Teacher

Emily was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia. She has lived and worked in education in many different countries until deciding to focus on primary education. After obtaining her Bachelors in English in Oman, as well as completing her Masters in Inclusive education at the University of Edinburgh, she hopes to incorporate elements of inclusion for all students in a creative and kind environment. Emily focuses on inquiry-based learning as well as interdisciplinary teaching methods and is keen to utilise new technologies as soon as possible.

Georgeta Gherghinoiu

IMYC Coordinator & Y9- 12 Art Teacher

Georgeta graduated from the National University of Visual Arts in Bucharest, holding both a B.A. and a M.A. in Graphic Arts. She also trained in becoming an art teacher. During school years, she came across two wonderful art teachers that inspired her not just in the artistic field, but also in wanting to guide others understand art. She coordinated various workshops in Romania and the USA.

Diana Mihalache

Language Coordinator & Y8- 12 Romanian Teacher

Diana has more than 15 years of experience in teaching Romanian, English and French in public and international schools. She started teaching at 19 years old, as soon as she graduated from Pedagogical Highschool. She has a vivid interest in using the most efficient teaching techniques and class management strategies, as well as learning about different education systems, curriculum and instruction programs, or teaching and learning philosophies.

After the Pedagogical Highschool, she graduated from Philology – University of Bucharest, Romanian – French department and she has a master degree in Linguistics and Communication. Previously she had a Literacy coordination position in an international primary school and she taught a wide range of ages. Besides teaching, Diana loves reading, cats, mountain trips, gadgets and new technologies.

Marco Fick

IB DP CAS Coordinator, Y7 Science and High School Chemistry/ Physics Teacher

Marco’s love and interest in science from childhood led him to obtain his BSC degree in Microbiology and Chemistry at the North-West University in South Africa. He wanted to inspire young minds to appreciate and understand the wonderful world of science. Which is why he obtained his PGCE in Natural Science and Physical Science at the University of South Africa. He has experience as a Mathematics Teacher as well as a Science Teacher in South Africa. He has taught in an IB school in Moscow, for nearly two years, and gained experience in teaching MYP science, mathematics and DP Chemistry.

While he was teaching the IB he wrote the year 7, 8, 9 and 11 curriculums for the MYP science and for the year 7 and 8 MYP Mathematics. He has also written the curriculum timings for DP chemistry and physics. He was also ATL coordinator and believes that the ATL skills are an extremely important part of a students development in and outside of the classroom.

As a teacher, Marco’s aim is to walk the educational journey with each student and believes that education is about forming students as a person and teaching them life skills that will benefit them long after they graduate. Marco believes that science is a verb and it can only be properly learned by doing it.

Marco is extremely passionate about sport and has attended several courses to broaden his knowledge such as an International High Jump Athletics Course and a World Rugby Coaching Course. Marco is a World Rugby Level 1 Officiate and also a World Rugby Level 1 Coach. He coached his own Rugby team for 2 years at High School level in South Africa. He was also the referee for several Rugby tournaments throughout the year.

Doria Draghiciu

Middle School Mathematics & SEE

Doria graduated from the University of Bucharest with a degree in Pure Mathematics. She moved to the US in 2012 and got a degree in Applied Mathematics from Middle Georgia University and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Georgia College and State University. She went on to teach high school mathematics at Kentridge High School, a mostly minority high school in Kent, Washington – Seattle’s most diverse district.

After that, she worked at Mill Creek High School back in Georgia for five years, where she helped build a program named EPIC (experiential, project-based, innovative, cross curricular, and collaborative) that has recently received Georgia State STEM certification. Doria has been part of several diversity committees and has led teacher workshops with a focus on STEM education and cultural responsiveness. She is passionate about building student leadership capacity and has been the sponsor of a student led STEM Ambassador club. In her spare time, she likes to run with her dog, listen to audio books, and take pictures.

Marucia Fick

Y7-8 Humanities & Y7 English Teacher

Marucia’s passion for Business Studies and Economics led her to complete a Bachelor of Commerce. Even though she also holds a law degree, her heart has always been set on education and this led her to complete a PGCE and TEFL certificate.
Marucia’s aim in life is to be a lifelong learner and aspires to teach students how to love to learn. Marucia believes that all students are unique and have individual learning styles. Her aspiration as an educator is to encourage students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and self-directed learners.

Growing up in the countryside in South Africa, Marucia used to be a horseback riding instructor. She loves the outdoors, hiking, traveling and learning about different cultures and languages. She believes that students in international schools are provided with the opportunity to develop a deep understanding and appreciation for different cultures and backgrounds.

Patricia(Paty) Saldinger-Marinof

ICT & Upper Secondary SEE Teacher

Paty Saldinger-Marinof is our Middle Years ICT and Y9-12 SEE teacher. With a background in clinical psychology and psychotherapy, and specializing in applied behavioral analysis and special education, she has been working with young children and teenagers for the past 9 years in various institutions and organizations.

Doina Lavric

Y8-9 Science and High School Biology Teacher

Doina graduated from the University of Bucharest, Romania with a conjoined bachelor’s degree in Biology and Education. She taught middle school and high school biology in Romania for 17 years and middle school science in the United States for 14 years. She is a certified teacher both in Romania, where she reached the highest teaching certification level, and in California, USA, the Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in the field of biological sciences. She completed many education-related courses and attended numerous science-related conferences in the United States. She returned to Romania in 2017 and joined Verita’s team in 2018 as a secondary science teacher.

Anca Dima

Y7 – Y8 Art Teacher

Originally from a city near the Danube, Anca moved to Bucharest to study journalism and eventually get a bachelor degree in Advertising. Her experience of working with children goes beyond the classroom walls, mainly working with vulnerable groups through the MATKA NGO. Most recently, she was a part of a residency where the outcome was a colouring book developed together with the children of the village.

Andreea Constandache

Y9-Y12 French Language Teacher

Passionate about French since childhood, Andreea graduated from the University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 holding an M.A. in Didactics of languages (French as a foreign and second language – FLE/FLS). With a previous academic background in Political Sciences (both B.A. and M.A. – University of Brussels), she discovered her passion for teaching in corporate international environnement, where she worked as a language (French) trainer for adults.

In addition, her passion for improv theater as a performing artist has led and contributed to becoming a school teacher, because Verita offers the perfect environment to invest in new creative language teaching approaches based on playfulness. Although driven by rigour and academic performance, Andreea is invested in providing a challenging and an entertaining learning environment for her students.

Ioana Visinescu

Y7-9 Music Teacher & Year 4A Teaching Assistant

Ioana has been studying music since she was 9 years old, therefore singing, composing music and playing different instruments are all important parts of her identity. She also enjoys poetry, drawing and wearing colorful socks. Ioana graduated from Dinu Lipatti Art School in Pitești – classical guitar and her Bachelor’s Degree is from the National University of Music Bucharest in Jazz Composition, vocal training.

She also completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz and Pop studies and her second module in Music Teaching. She enjoys new experiences and she thinks it’s very important to learn new things from everyone you meet. Working with children inspires her everyday to be more creative, to appreciate the little things in life and to spread some kindness every now and then.

Livia Untaru

Y7 Romanian Teacher and Primary ELL/ Romanian Teacher

Livia is originally from Romania, but for the past seven years, she has been studying and working in the Netherlands and New Zealand. Led by her passion for education and learning, Livia pursued a MSc Degree in Educational Sciences at Utrecht University, where she gained in-depth knowledge about learning theories and the most recent educational research. She has followed her dream and started as an English teacher.

At Verita, she is currently working as an ELL teacher and explores ways in which learners can be supported through suitable challenges and through scaffolding to improve their language skills. She has a holistic approach to teaching, and she always pays attention to both affective and cognitive sides of learning. With her eagerness to research and continuously develop herself, she has written a paper on inclusive curriculum which is going to be published in an international conference for short papers, and she is currently working on publishing her thesis in a scientific journal. Next to her interest in educational research, she has always wished to experience education from the position of a teacher.  In the future, her ambition is to get involved in curriculum and assessment improvement, as well as educational leadership.

Nicoleta Tiloi

French Y3-Y8

Nicoleta got in touch with the French Language when she was 8. She was deeply impressed by the musicality of the French language and by the way in which the access to another language and culture can enlarge your world.

At the age of 19 Nicoleta had the opportunity to work as a substitute teacher in the rural area. Then and there she experienced the impact of a teacher’s empathy and dedication in the children’s lives.

She graduated the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Bucharest and she was certified as Qualified Teacher. For more than 20 years she has had the chance to work with different age categories of students: as a KG Teacher at La Petite Maison (French KG), as a French and Romanian Teacher at Cambridge School of Bucharest and as a project based FLE Lector at USAMV Bucharest.

She is highly interested in personal development and she has become a certified Personal Development Counsellor and Trainer and an IANLP Certified Counsellor.

Nicoleta has a deep feeling that Verita School is the perfect garden in which she can use her abilities and plant the seeds meant to become in time beautiful flowers in her students’ minds.

Anca Marina Hultoana

Librarian

Anca, born and grown-up in Romania was fascinated by books and libraries since childhood and later she decided to pursue her education in the same field. After studying at the University of Borås in Sweden, her librarian career began in Spain at an international B-school.

Anca’s passion for traveling, learning new cultures, and working with diverse nationalities took her to Dubai, where she continued her librarian career and worked with students and colleagues from more than 55 nationalities at a well-known British B-school for 3 years

Anca enjoys being a lifelong learner through continuous reading and traveling, as well as working in a field that allows her to be active.

As a librarian, it was a privilege to be a part of the incredible journey that children experience as they grow, learn, and achieve. She is passionate about the opportunities available for children at Verita, but more specifically with its truly international outlook.

Andrei Pascu

Secondary PE

Pascu Andrei Mihai,originary from Alexandria, born on 11 March ‘83 I start playing football since i was a kid,in elementery school. I developed a passion for sport,especially football. I was included in home town team,playing football for a few years and after that I attended college. Graduated Spiru Haret University in 2007, getting a bachelor degree in phisycal education. After graduation i’ve been a highschool teacher and a coach for a little league team. Tried to work in various industries like IT or fashion also lived for a period in Madrid, working in different fields of activity.

Primary Educators

Julie Dinca

Assistant Principal of Primary for KS2 and Year 4B Co-Teacher

Julie (or Iulia) was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania. She graduated from the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreing Languages and Literatures with a double degree in both English and Spanish. She also holds the Certificate for Teaching from the Teacher Training Department of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences.

Julie joined Verita in its first year and has seen it grow and flourish into an amazing school that values kindness, inquiry, project-based learning and innovative teaching. Julie is a tech enthusiast and as a technology integrationist, she has tried to enrich and support teaching and learning while strengthening the technology skills of students, staff, and the community. She is a Google Level II Certified Educator and carries a certificate of Leadership of Educational Technology in Schools.

Julie values the relationships between students and teachers, between teachers and parents and between all the staff and considers them to be the foundation of great teaching and learning. She is passionate about gamification, mindfulness, social-emotional and project-based learning. She has always enjoyed learning, and she is determined to inspire students to love learning and to pursue their naturally curious minds through her teaching.

Dominic Munden

Literacy Coordinator and Year 5B Teacher

Born and raised in the south-east of England, Dominic spent the first 8 years of his teaching career working in a diverse range of inner London primary schools. Whilst in London, Dominic taught students from Year 1 to Year 6 as well as successfully supporting schools improve in a variety of leadership roles.

An insatiable traveller, Dominic was soon enticed to leave the UK and work internationally. He spent the next 3 years of his career working as a middle school maths, science and English teacher in a small accredited international school in South Korea before moving to Romania to work at Verita International School.

Amal Diab

IPC Coordinator and Year 6A Teacher

After graduating from Manchester University with a degree in Biotechnology, Amal’s passion for education led her to obtain her Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Sunderland University. She has spent the last 9 years teaching in various international schools around Europe and Asia. During her teaching career, she has worked as a Maths and Science coordinator.

Amal believes that primary education presents an opportunity to shape the thinking of future generations. By instilling inquisitiveness, curiosity about the world, and the ability to think critically, she helps young students to gain the social-emotional skills necessary to cope with everyday challenges. She loves seeing the students in her class grow in confidence and develops a real sense of enthusiasm towards their inquiry based learning in a positive and kind learning environment. Taking every opportunity to provide learning experiences outside the classroom is very important to Amal as students put their skills to use in the ‘real world’.

Kathryn Munden

Maths Coordinator and Year 6B Teacher

Kathryn originally comes from sunny South Africa. She studied English Literature, Classics and Politics at university before her love of literature led her to become a teacher. She has been teaching for 11 years, in South Africa, London, South Korea and now Bucharest, Romania. She has a passion for travelling and the outdoors.”

Georgiana Tat

Year 1A Teacher

For the past years, Georgiana has taught in International schools in Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest. She studied at Babeș-Bolyai University and she has a master degree in British Cultural Studies. She knew from a really young age that she wanted to become a teacher. Her grandmother was a teacher and she inspired her a lot, as she did her teaching with lots of love for her students.

Georgiana loves teaching because the children’s enthusiasm for learning makes every day they spend together and each topic they explore a new adventure. She believes children learn best when their natural curiosity is fostered and creativity is encouraged. Her goal is to encourage the students to love learning, to strive to achieve their highest potential, to be compassionate and responsible citizens, and to actively pursue a healthy lifestyle.

Valentina Dragomir

Year 1A Teaching Assistant

Valentina graduated from the University of Bucharest, in Communication and Public Relations. Since then, she has always been passionate about ways in which to improve emotional intelligence and develop a genuine interest in Montessori pedagogy when she enrolled her son into kindergarten in 2014.

Fascinated by this holistic way of teaching, she obtained a Montessori qualification. After several years of running a business and working in Sales and Marketing, she decided to pursue a career and follow her passion in education, working in an International British School and obtaining a further qualification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Following this, Valentina has always tried to further her skills and knowledge through various means to ensure she provides a stimulating learning environment that centres around nurturing and developing the child’s social and emotional skills, where students feel valued and supported throughout their learning journey.

Olimpia Mocanita

Year 1B Teacher

Olimpia started her teaching career back in 2003 shortly after she graduated from the University where she completed a program in History and English. In 2004, after she acquired her master’s degree in Translation Studies she decided to try a new approach and pursue a career in translation. Nevertheless, she never gives up on her first passion.

After several years in multinational companies, in 2020 she joined our community where she started as a Teaching Assistant in EC2. One year later, she moved to Year 3. Olimpia believes that emotional intelligence is at the core of teaching and that a positive attitude, kindness, play, and fun are the main ingredients that make a good recipe for teaching. She considers that this is one of the routes children’s creativity, imagination, and critical thinking development might be nurtured even at an early age. Transdisciplinarity is also one of her main beliefs in teaching.

Olimpia is currently attending a master’s program in Early Childhood Education offered by the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Bucharest.

She also loves reading, travelling, and biking.

Cristina Neagu

Year 1B Teaching Assistant

Cristina joins Verita with a wealth of experience working with Children. Cristina’s love of working in schools began while she was living in Japan. Cristina worked with children for ten years in Japan while developing her craft as an educator. She returned to Romania in 2011, and began working at the Cambridge School of Bucharest as a teaching assistant. During her time at Cambridge, she was also a primary school supervisor for five years. Cristina was teaching kindergarten before making her move to join us at Verita.

Doris Nastase

Year 1C Teacher

Doris graduated from Foreign Languages, at the University of Bucharest, where she studied English and Spanish literature. She also holds a Master’s degree in European law and specialized translations, in English and Spanish. She discovered her love for teaching while doing an internship at the British Council so as soon as she graduated from University she started working at the Cambridge School of Bucharest.

She believes that the most important is for a child to be happy and to enjoy learning, and since learning starts when we’re children, there’s no better time to foster a love of learning.

Gabriela Suceu

Year 1C Teaching Assistant

Gabriela is an optimist who looks for the good in every person or situation encountered. She first started working with children as a volunteer of the Romanian Scout Movement where she prepared activities meant to help the members have a challenging personal growth, and turn them into better people.

Gabriela’s quest for self-knowledge took her from working as an IT Consultant in Bucharest to moving abroad and experiencing different cultures. After traveling and living in the US for several years, she decided to turn her old passion of working with children into a profession, and became an ESL teacher in Vietnam.
Gabriela continued working with children in an international environment at the Cambridge School of Bucharest until recently, convinced that education can create confident and independent children who are ready to navigate through life.

Evelina Catoi

Year 2A Teacher

Evelina has a Bachelor degree in English-German from the University of Bucharest and a Master’s degree in Management and Business Communication from SNSPA. She mostly worked in communication, PR, online management and content writing.

But after working as a volunteer within an NGO which offers psychosocial support for children and teenagers hospitalized in the paediatric oncology wards of various hospitals, she realized how much she enjoys working with children and that her childhood dream to become a teacher could still be possible. This experience made her understand that working with children is something that she wants to do on a regular basis.

Andreea Manea

Year 2A Teaching Assistant

Andreea believes that education begins the moment we see children as innately wise and capable beings and that educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. She is a certified English language teacher and holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in specialized translations.

She discovered her passion for teaching in 2011 when she was asked by a friend to be supply teacher for a few days. Although she was working as a translator at that time, she realised that teaching children is more dynamic and fulfilling. She left for Coventry where she pursued a Master’s degree in English language teaching and worked as a support teacher and language register volunteer in primary schools in the West Midlands. Since her return to Romania, she has grasped every opportunity to improve her teaching skills and turn learning into a meaningful, joyful, challenging and inspiring experience.

She joined Verita because she found here a distinct approach to curriculum and a different teaching environment where educators understand the need for differentiated instruction and help children get the most out of their education without overlooking the social-emotional skills involved in learning.

Alice Nicoleta Bleiu

Year 2B Teacher

Alice is a friendly, results-oriented teacher whose passion for teaching emerged in Secondary school when she took part in various volunteering projects meant to help children from different cultural and social backgrounds.

After graduating from the University of Bucharest with a Bachelor’s in English and Spanish languages and literature, she moved to London where she later received a Master’s Degree Diploma in English Literature and Linguistics.

While in London, she was awarded Qualified Teacher Status and taught in Language and Primary Schools where she has acquired most of her experience and love for children. At present, she is a PhD student and dreams of opening many flourishing paths for her pupils through learning. Her ambition is to create a forever safe and suitable classroom environment for all students and to empower them to grow up as resilient and kind individuals.

Ana Vioreanu

Year 2B Teaching Assistant

Ana-Maria has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and currently, she is attending a Master course in Health Psychology – Clinical Research and Behavioral Optimization at the University of Bucharest. During high school, she was a member of a non-profit organisation, volunteering on various projects to support the local community and, especially, to provide new methods of keeping children engaged in school.

She also worked with international teams in Erasmus projects, expanding her perspectives over cultural differences and practices. She has been part of the afterschool department for another international school as well.

Her passion for working with children led her to wanting to deepen her knowledge of human behavior and emotions: and this is how she chose the scientific path of psychology. Her areas of interest include clinical psychology, developmental and evolutionary psychology. During these years of intensive academic training, she has developed a critical, evidence-based thinking which initiated me into the scientific research field. One of her main goals is to contribute to the ever-changing world of research, integrating new information with real-life practice strategies.

She is an enthusiastic learner and believes in the power of sharing one’s knowledge through step-be-step support to increase the motivation and performance of children.

In her day to day life she enjoys spending her time in nature and engaging in activities that boosts her mood such as singing, drawing and writing. She is trying to raise interest in important matters by writing and publishing various academic articles. Every day she is on her way of making at least one person smile. She recharges with music and coffee J.

Saskia Brookman

Year 2C Teacher

Saskia was born and raised in South Africa. She obtained her Bed Teaching Degree at the Nelson Mandela University. She taught intermediate phase students in South Africa for 2 years when she decided to take the next step in her teaching career. Saskia loves to travel and explore new things, and this led her to complete a TEFL certificate and travel to China where she taught at an IB International School for nearly 2 years. She got to travel Asia and gain more experience on inquiry-based teaching and participated in IB training. She has a deep passion for teaching and strives to encourage her students to find their own passion, to reach further and continue to grow.

Ana Maria Abatacesei

Year 2C Teaching Assistant

Ana-Maria graduated from the Faculty of Psychology in 2018. She has been working with children ever since, part of her work experience involved working with children with special needs. She can gladly affirm that being a teacher is the job that fits her like a glove. She loves working with children because it gives her a deeper sense of responsibility in helping grow and develop the younger generation.

She strongly believes that the teaching process should be approached in a holistic manner and involve a lot of kindness. She sees kindness as “doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.” She also has a lot of interests and hobbies besides Psychology like sewing, gliding, dancing, sports, reading and painting.

Veronika Sorokoviha

Year 2D Teacher

Veronika was born in Riga, Latvia. She received her master’s degree in education 4 years ago, but she has been pursuing a career as a teacher for almost 10 years. Over the last 8 years, she has been working internationally in primary education. Veronika believes that collaboration and communication are the keys to the successful planning and development of creative and fun learning experiences that will inspire all students.

She also believes that children fill lives with colorful moments, endless energy, and valuable lessons, as well as instill a cheerful spirit and strong hope for a bright future. She knows that the most important thing in communicating with children is to always be kind, positive, empathetic, understanding, and supportive. Every child is unique and capable of changing the world and making it better.
In addition, Veronika is a professional violinist and a music teacher. She has been playing in different orchestras around Europe (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, France). She has been actively involved in the organization and production of several creative projects to showcase the student’s talents, including musical duets and ensembles, talent shows, musical performances, and drama and musical theater.

Veronika’s hobbies are yoga, tennis, traveling and exploring the world, reading, drawing, and playing the violin. She is fluent in English, Latvian, Russian, and she speaks some French as well.

Roxana Soare

Year 2D Teaching Assistant

Roxana discovered her passion for working with kids when she had her first job as a babysitter at age 12, which she has later pursued by attending a Pedagogical High School. She is a graduate of the University of Bucharest, with a BA in Foreign Languages, namely Arabic and English.

She taught English to adults for some time, but then decided to follow her path in educating young minds, so that she can inspire kids to be responsible individuals, independent thinkers and kind souls, as well as to help them hold onto their childlike curiosity as they grow up.

Roxana loves cultural diversity and animals, and her ultimate goal is to become the type of teacher she wishes she had.

Irina Dumitrascu

Year 3A Teacher

Irina, an international teacher who has spent the last 7 years teaching students of different cultures & ages around the world. After completing her bachelors and masters in Communication, she pursued her studies in Education with a focus of Early Years learners. Having a passion for teaching that she discovered after a volunteering program, she continues to learn innovated strategies and applies new techniques to keep her students motivated and engaged. “

Ana Maria Stanciu

Year 3A Teaching Assistant

Ana graduated from Foreign Languages at the University of Bucharest, where she studied English and Swedish. She has been keen on teaching since she was a pupil herself, and she loves sharing her knowledge and learning from others. As soon as she graduated from University, she started working as a teacher and in the meantime, she enrolled for a Master’s degree in Communication and Public Relations at SNSPA, in Bucharest.

Passionate about reading and travelling, she couldn’t imagine her life without books or without the chance of visiting new places, discovering different customs and enjoying life. She truly believes that children can become everything they dream about if they are encouraged to believe in their dreams, and seeing them doing it is one of the most rewarding experiences.

Mihaela Mistode

Year 3B Teacher

Mihaela is a degree educated qualified EFL teacher. She holds a Bachelor degree in English and Chinese.Language and Literature from University “Dimitrie Cantemir” in Bucharest. She spent some time studying and working abroad in countries like China and Spain. She has been teaching for 6 years in China, Spain and Bucharest. She also completed different education related courses abroad.

She has always been passionate and curious about foreign languages and she is fluent in English, Chinese and Spanish and I have an intermediate level in French. She enjoys being creative and is also keen to use this creativity to create stimulating lessons to inspire a class.

Maria Awad

Year 3B Teaching Assistant

Enthusiastic and very energetic, Maria loves to be surrounded by children. She discovered the passion for education three years ago, when she started working as a Teaching Assistant in another international school. During her experience there, she had the opportunity to work with students within different age groups and abilities.

She graduated Faculty of Finance and Banking at Bucharest University of Economics Studies, where she got her teaching certificate, too, and she holds a master degree in Applied Finance. Her interest in children’s wellbeing motivates her to constantly improve herself personally and professionally, thus she enrolled in Teaching Assistant Level 5 training module, Child’s Psychology online module and Teaching for Special Needs Students training course.

She loves diversity and multiculturalism, especially that she has Arab, Romanian and Greek origins. She loves travelling, reading, languages, sports, music and traditional dancing. Her greatest dream is to become an inspiration for people around her, especially for the children she works with.

Oana Nedelcu

Year 3C Co-Teacher

Oana graduated from the University of Bucharest, where she studied Psychology and completed her licence in Psychotherapy. She holds an International Postgraduate Certificate in Education (iPGCE), awarded by the University of Sheffield. Oana also studied Drama, Photography and has been writing poetry for 17 years now. Working with kids can wonderfully combine these all together, for a better understanding of a creative mind that is in the process of decoding the world around us.

She first began her teaching career at 24 years old- with acting classes, then being an english teacher in a Montessori kindergarten and before being part of the Verita team, she worked for another international school in Bucharest.

Oana also collaborates with BBC Europe, if they need an extra person on the team, when they do a special broadcasting from Romania.

She loves sports, jazz, philosophy and always encourages kids to accept a challenge, if it’s a healthy one and it benefits learning.

Diana Maftei

Year 3C Co-Teacher

Diana has a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural American Studies from the Faculty of Letters in Iasi and a Master’s degree in Psychopedagogy for Inclusive Education from the Faculty of Educational Sciences in Bucharest and is currently studying to get her second Master’s degree in English Linguistics from the Faculty of Foreign Languages in Bucharest.

Her passion for English made her think how she can make use of it and, after seeing her aunt working in a school as a teacher, Diana decided to study to become a teacher.

Diana has been working in education for 4 years now and loves every single day of it. She is very passionate about working with children and she wants to create for them a loving and inspiring environment where they can become independent thinkers with a loving and kind heart.

Adam Rodman

Year 4A Teacher

Adam grew up in a small village near Newcastle Upon Tyne, in the North-East of the United Kingdom. He graduated from Northumbria University, in 2014, with a BA Honours degree in Primary Education. Since then, Adam has taught both internationally and within the UK, gaining a wealth of experience in both Key Stage One, and Key Stage Two.

He is a practitioner that values the benefit of positive relationships and fully recognises the impacts this can have on a child’s learning journey. Adam is a lover of enquiry based approaches and encourages his students to be exploitive and confident risk-takers in a safe environment. He has experience as an English coordinator and was also the Key Stage Two Leader at a school rated outstanding by Ofsted in the UK.

Ioana Visinescu

Year 4A Teaching Assistant & Y7-Y9 Music Teacher

Ioana has been studying music since she was 9 years old, therefore singing, composing music and playing different instruments are all important parts of her identity. She also enjoys poetry, drawing and wearing colorful socks. Ioana graduated from Dinu Lipatti Art School in Pitești – classical guitar and her Bachelor’s Degree is from the National University of Music Bucharest in Jazz Composition, vocal training.

She also completed a Master’s Degree in Jazz and Pop studies and her second module in Music Teaching. She enjoys new experiences and she thinks it’s very important to learn new things from everyone you meet. Working with children inspires her everyday to be more creative, to appreciate the little things in life and to spread some kindness every now and then.

Alin Nitu

Year 4B Co-Teacher

Full of joy and with a thoughtful disposition, Alin comes from a town at the foot of the Carpathian Garden. Alin worked for a Publishing House for a few years and there he discovered his love for children. Organizing various workshops with students, teachers and parents around Romania, represented Alin’s first stepping stone that supported him develop long lasting relationships and partnerships with all these individuals.

Alin decided to challenge himself and he decided to focus on a Customer Service career. He followed this path for more than 5 years and he developed his understanding about human relationships and communication. Further deepening his studies, Alin graduated recently from the Faculty of Primary and Preschool Pedagogy to have a better understanding of learning.

Cathy Theobald

Year 4C Teacher

Cathy received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Political Science. She then continued her education and earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Cathy has been an elementary teacher for 22 years. She taught in her hometown at Delavan, Wisconsin for 20 years, and internationally at the American School of Bangkok for 2 years.

She is very excited to be teaching third grade at Verita’s International Elementary School! She feels lucky to be in this profession doing what she loves. She strives to create a caring, safe, and engaging learning environment, which encourages students to believe in themselves and do their personal best.

Outside of teaching, she enjoys travelling, walking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Valentin Usturoi

Year 4C Teaching Assistant

Vali is the eldest of 4 children. He loves working  with children and taking care of their needs. He is undertaking a pedagogical module in his university studies at the academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. Seven years ago he lost his younger brother to cancer.

He was undergoing treatment at  Fundeni hospital and that is how he met Richard and Lila who were volunteering to play with the children in the oncology section. A beautiful friendship started and their common love for children brought him working together now in school. He is passionate about football, cooking and music and he wishes to be a good model for his siblings and the children he works with in school.

James Elliot

Year 5A Teacher

James is originally from the province of Quebec in Canada. He received a B.F.A. in theatre from Concordia University in Montreal and later went on to work with EAL students in the classroom and outdoor settings. Several years later, James graduated with a B.Ed. from the University of Ottawa to work with primary and junior school students. He has been working internationally ever since and has lived in Venezuela, Germany, England and Latvia.

He is very passionate about connecting with students and finding creative ways to engage curiosity and promote learning. He loves incorporating drama and music in the classroom and enjoys outdoor learning opportunities as well. He recently completed an additional qualification certificate from The University of Toronto to support students with special needs. James will strive to work with the students on social/emotional and academic self-management and find a balanced approach that is inclusive of different strengths and needs in the classroom. His hobbies include guitar, theatre, ice hockey, cycling, reading and travelling. His first language is English but he also speaks French and Spanish.

Irinel Constantin Manole

Year 5A & 5B Teaching Assistant

Teaching young special need minds is a task that cannot be taken lightly. It is full of challenges, frustrations, and responsibilities. However, it is a task that is also full of excitement, wonder, and joy. Irinel strongly believes that all children are capable of learning, if they have the proper motivation and direction from their teachers. His philosophy of education is that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.

Irinel is certified by Oxford, Cambridge & Royal Society of Arts, United Kingdom in Information and Communication Technologies, English, Mathematics, Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults. In the UK Irinel worked for 12 years under the British Curriculum with students from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 with different backgrounds, including those with learning disabilities, such as Autism, Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Emotional Behavioural Difficulties, Mild Learning Difficulty, Down’s Syndrome and Global Delay, preparing activities, lessons and helping the teacher to implement them.

Robert Radu

Year 6A & 6B Teaching Assistant

Robert loves working with people and helping them. He started as an engineer but soon realized that is better to work with people than with machines. He started studying towards his second bachelor’s degree, this time in Special Education, within the University of Bucharest. Robert is also a certified Combined Arts practitioner and has attended various other courses in Psychology.

Primary Specialist Teachers

Nomfundo Such

Phonics Lead Teacher

Originally from South Africa, Nomfundo joined Verita with diverse experience leading organisations around the globe such as the British Council in Qatar, Varsity College in South Africa and British Gas in the UK. Following her experience in the workforce, Nom achieved a degree in Foundation Phase and Early Childhood Development from the University of South Africa.

She also holds degrees in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy as well as in Communication Science. Nom has been living and teaching in Romania since 2015, working as a lead teacher at another international school in Bucharest. She enjoys facilitating learning by using an inquiry based teaching approach.

Marina Balabas

Art and Music KS1

Marina Balabas graduated Musical Interpretation from the Bucharest University of Music, having completed the teaching degree and with a ten year experience in teaching both violin and piano, as well as group music lessons . Between her collaborations with professional orchestras and playing in various chamber music groups and alternative formulas, she has always kept her focus on exploring accurate ways of explaining the learning process to both children and adults.

Jeni Susanu

Romanian KS1 and New to Romanian KS2

Jeni is always open to discover something new and exciting in every encounter of her everyday life and has a natural gift for teaching children and creating a special bond with children of different ages. This passion led her to begin a career in teaching. Jeni discovered this through the Teach for Romania program.

She holds a BA in Primary Education from Dunărea de Jos University of Galați, România, and has a wealth of experience and development from the Teach for Romania teaching and leadership program. She is an avid volunteer and has years of experience teaching in rural schools in Romania.

Livia Untaru

Primary ELL/ Romanian Teacher & Y7 Romanian Teacher

Livia is originally from Romania, but for the past seven years, she has been studying and working in the Netherlands and New Zealand. Led by her passion for education and learning, Livia pursued a MSc Degree in Educational Sciences at Utrecht University, where she gained in-depth knowledge about learning theories and the most recent educational research. She has followed her dream and started as an English teacher.

At Verita, she is currently working as an ELL teacher and explores ways in which learners can be supported through suitable challenges and through scaffolding to improve their language skills. She has a holistic approach to teaching, and she always pays attention to both affective and cognitive sides of learning. With her eagerness to research and continuously develop herself, she has written a paper on inclusive curriculum which is going to be published in an international conference for short papers, and she is currently working on publishing her thesis in a scientific journal. Next to her interest in educational research, she has always wished to experience education from the position of a teacher.  In the future, her ambition is to get involved in curriculum and assessment improvement, as well as educational leadership.

Nicoleta Tiloi

French Y3-Y8

Nicoleta got in touch with the French Language when she was 8. She was deeply impressed by the musicality of the French language and by the way in which the access to another language and culture can enlarge your world.

At the age of 19 Nicoleta had the opportunity to work as a substitute teacher in the rural area. Then and there she experienced the impact of a teacher’s empathy and dedication in the children’s lives.

She graduated the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Bucharest and she was certified as Qualified Teacher. For more than 20 years she has had the chance to work with different age categories of students: as a KG Teacher at La Petite Maison (French KG), as a French and Romanian Teacher at Cambridge School of Bucharest and as a project based FLE Lector at USAMV Bucharest.

She is highly interested in personal development and she has become a certified Personal Development Counsellor and Trainer and an IANLP Certified Counsellor.

Nicoleta has a deep feeling that Verita School is the perfect garden in which she can use her abilities and plant the seeds meant to become in time beautiful flowers in her students’ minds.

Theodor Grigoras

Art Y3-Y5

A graduate of the BA and MA programs, but also of the psycho-pedagogical modules at the National University of Arts in Bucharest, Theodor Grigoraș is an active visual artist on the art scene of Bucharest, regularly participates in group art exhibitions and regularly organizes solo art shows. During college he received Erasmus scholarships to study in the Czech Republic and Spain, won multiple art scholarships awarded by the Royal Margaret Foundation of Romania and received the award of the National University of Art in Bucharest for the best bachelor’s thesis in the Graphic Arts departent of his generation.

Theodor feels just as comfortable in class, as a teacher as in the studio, as an artist and takes both roles just as seriously, managing to create bridges between them. For Theodor, life, art and pedagogy intertwine in a common body. Art can be thought and explained through examples from life and from nature and life can be seen and understood through the artistic filter and pedagogy is practiced through parallels with the former.

As an art professor, Theodor hopes that he can contribute to the development of future generations of adults helping them to grow more sincere, more courageous, more sensitive and more aware than the current generations.

Georgia Tabacariu

Romanian Teacher for Y3 -Y6

Georgia Tabacariu loves children and has a great passion for teaching and helping them to succeed in managing their emotions, learning all that’s necessary for their inner development and growth. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in both English and Romanian languages, from North University of Baia Mare and another Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Science of Education from Hyperion University of Bucharest.

She has an experience of 7 years in teaching and working with children and teenagers. Georgia is a fine observer of human nature, a creative and empathic person. She joined Verita because she felt that they had a like-minded mission and vision for the children: to prepare them to function as thoughtful, emotionally and intellectually prepared individuals within society. She also likes to teach the children to interact in a harmonious way and to have the courage to express themselves using effective communication.

Jake Male

PE Primary Y4-Y7

Originally from Weymouth, England (also known as the English Bay of Naples) Jake has had a passion for sport from a young age, especially football. In his early career he focused on football coaching having worked with professional clubs in England. Once he had graduated Bournemouth University with a degree in sports science Jake turned his attention to teaching, working as a primary sports coach in an all through academy teaching the British curriculum.

More recently, while working as a football coach in Bucharest Jake has completed his iPGCE with Verita and is excited to be a permanent fixture at the school.

George Ciprian Dragan

PE Primary Rec – Y3

Ciprian is a graduate of Spiru Haret University with a degree in physical education and management in sport. He spent 8 years teaching physical education in the public sector before joining us here at Verita. In that time Ciprian was responsible for teaching PE, establishing partnerships with local authorities, and organizing competitions at school, sector and municipal levels. Ciprian leads physical wellness and education to students at Verita from Reception all the way though to year 9.

Teona Rusu

Y3-Y6 Music Teacher

Teona has experienced music from three different perspectives: performing, teaching and composing. Music University and Romanian-English Philology graduate, she studied classical piano for sixteen years and later pursued a songwriting career, in order to exploit the creativity she says could never be met through the study of classical repertoire.

She gradually shifted from concert halls to music studios, introduced technology in her creative process and collaborated with producers and artists from many different music genres – jazz, pop, electronic and traditional world music, to name a few. The stage was never absent in her journey. She is convinced it was the audience who helped her build the self confidence and experience she can now pass on to her students. Teaching has been a part of Teona’s life since university. Passionately sharing a part of each stage of her journey, her goal is to encourage creativity and artistic identity in young spirits, for she believes this would be her life’s work.

Oly Saldinger-Marinof

ICT Primary

Originally from Suceava, in the northeastern part of Romania, Olivian (Oly, as he likes to be called) has discovered his passion for working with children soon after graduating from the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance with a B.A. in Sociology.

The first five years of his career saw him work with children of all ages as a computer lab assistant and theatre manager at the American International School of Bucharest, honing his craft and developing his skills as an educator in an international school environment. Over the following years, he would travel, work as a sound engineer in various contexts (the entertainment industry, corporate events, broadcast TV), grow as an individual and ultimately return to his first love – helping youngsters make sense of the ever-growing, all-encompassing world of technology. He sees technology as more of a partner in education than a tool, and is continuously striving to find new and exciting approaches to teaching ICT.

Andrei Pauna

Supply Teacher

Andrei is an ambitious, hardworking and organized individual, with broad skills and experience in teaching, as well as technology related topics, having led projects related to teaching using the latest technologies and applications.
His passion and will to teach started when he was working for Cambridge, supervising exams and understanding how students are able to grasp a foreign language.

After graduating from the Foreign Languages University, he has worked for three years as a teacher, continuously improving and being in touch with the latest technologies and skills, in order to provide the best teaching experience for my students.
Some of his key strengths are communication, adaptability and patience; building strong relationships with his students in order to deliver the best results, as well as being adaptable to change and patient.

Andrei Hultoana

Supply Teacher

After ten years of work in a multinational company environment, Andrei has decided to put his effort in the benefit of the educational system. Meanwhile, in 2019 he graduated from the teaching and leadership program by Teach for Romania.

During the two years of program he taught Geography and English in several rural schools and he understood why the public educational system is as it is today. Therefore, knowing that the quality and training of the teachers have a huge impact in the lives of children, he continued with Teach for Romania as a staff member and in the last two years he helped build the next two generations of teachers in the program, as a recruiter, selector and guide.

Anca Marina Hultoana

Librarian

Anca, born and grown-up in Romania was fascinated by books and libraries since childhood and later she decided to pursue her education in the same field. After studying at the University of Borås in Sweden, her librarian career began in Spain at an international B-school.

Anca’s passion for traveling, learning new cultures, and working with diverse nationalities took her to Dubai, where she continued her librarian career and worked with students and colleagues from more than 55 nationalities at a well-known British B-school for 3 years

Anca enjoys being a lifelong learner through continuous reading and traveling, as well as working in a field that allows her to be active.

As a librarian, it was a privilege to be a part of the incredible journey that children experience as they grow, learn, and achieve. She is passionate about the opportunities available for children at Verita, but more specifically with its truly international outlook.

Early Years

Irina Cazacu

Assistant Principal for the EYFS & KS1 and Reception A Teacher

Irina was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania. After more than 13 years working in the mobile telecommunication industry, in 2012, Irina moved to Saudi Arabia, where she worked as a Teaching Assistant at the British International School of Al Khobar, where she realised her passion for working with young children. In the summer of 2017, she and her family were relocated to Romania and joined Verita school.

Her teaching experiences range from nursery through year 2. She strongly believes that early childhood education is vitally important to prepare children not only for school but for life. Helping the children to reach their individual milestones and working closely with families is why she loves working in Early Years.

To bring balance to her life, Irina enjoys swimming, reading, coffee with friends, and travelling.

Andreea Balan

Reception A Teaching Assistant

Andreea was born in Bucharest and graduated Romanian Language and Literature from the University of Bucharest.
She has had various job experiences including restoration at the National Art Museum, eight years of advertising, and another eleven years of owning a floral design studio, but has realised her true calling lies in a more human-oriented domain, a professional path that reflects her values.

Andreea believes in a healthy, safe and secure environment, where children’s individual needs are met and positive relationships with adults lead to a better learning process and progress. Freedom, patience and open-mindedness are the key elements which she has passed on to her children, and which she hopes to keep sharing on this exciting journey working with children in Verita school.

Roxana Din

Reception B Teacher

Roxana graduated from the University of Bucharest with a BA in Foreign Languages (English – Italian) and an MA in English Linguistics part of which she has done at the Ca’Foscari University in Venice, Italy. During college she worked as a volunteer teacher at various NGO’s and as an Educational Therapist at a centre which offered educational and psychological assistance to children with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia or Specific Language Impairment.

Her desire to get involved in education and especially in emotionally based learning stems both from her own experience as a student/learner and from her observations of the methods children use in order to acquire certain information. She strongly believes that children need an environment which would allow them to express their needs and feelings, to know themselves in order to be able to absorb information from the outside. They only need guidance and a lot of understanding.

Fedora Torok

Reception B Teaching Assistant

Fedora  graduated from the Romanian American University, International Tourism Economy faculty. She is an optimistic person and loves working with people. During her childhood she practiced gymnastics for 8 years.

Her first connection with teaching children was when she was 15 years old, when she had the opportunity to teach other children gymnastics. She worked in sales and in the administration field for a while. However when she had her two boys she discovered her passion for working with kids.

She believes that teaching children is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable jobs in the world. It’s a great pleasure seeing them learn, evolve and become the brave, caring and responsible leaders of tomorrow.

Adina Costea

EC A Teacher

With a Degree in Early Childhood and Primary Years, and graduated from Babes Bolyai University (Faculty of Letters-Romanian/Ethnology), she has more than 13 year experience as a teacher. Throughout the years, she has been highly appreciated by parents and loved by children and she managed to build a very strong and warm relationship to them.

Laura Ivanov

EC A Teacher

Laura has a Bachelor Degree in English and History and also holds a Certificate for Teaching Profession, from the Teacher Training Department and a TKT Young Learners Certification. She discovered her passion for teaching young children as a student and she worked as a Secondary and High School teacher in a state school for 3 years and has 5 years’ experience in working with young children both in state and private kindergartens. She believes in teaching with kindness, patience and joy.

Sabina Onet

EC A Teaching Assistant

Sabina graduated Communication and Public Relations (SNSPA, Bucharest), worked in advertising for a while and is now a Nursery Teacher Assistant in our school. She has several communication trainings as well as the First Level Psycho – Pedagogical certification. Sabina believes that meditation and children are a soul nurturing combination.

Irina Safta

EC B Teacher

Irina was born in Bucharest, Romania, but travelled the world due to her parents’ career as diplomats. This provided her a rich, diverse and multicultural education. She moved to Canada when she was in high-school; there she graduated from Glebe Collegiate Institute and later from Algonquin College from Ottawa.

Irina’s passion for children began from a very early age. Her first job right out of high school was as a part-time Kindergarten teacher in Ottawa, Canada. She then moved on to Teacher’s Assistant in Primary School in Ottawa, Canada.

Edwina Apostol

EC B Teaching Assistant

Originally from the Philippines, Edwina lives now in Bucharest with her husband and her lovely daughter. From 2017 until 2020 she was an after-school teacher at Fundatia Camin Phillip, Bucharest, with expertise in organizing and implementing educational games and activities, assisting with homework assignments, and assisting students in developing good habits and behavior.

She has experience in working with children ages 6 to 10, she loves to teach and she is passionate about Arts and Crafts. She has a big heart for the small ones and very playful with children. She loves to travel and she always enjoys reading a good book.

SEL & Support

Emily Marriott

SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), Secondary Learning Support Lead & High School English Teacher

Emily was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia. She has lived and worked in education in many different countries until deciding to focus on primary education. After obtaining her Bachelors in English in Oman, as well as completing her Masters in Inclusive education at the University of Edinburgh, she hopes to incorporate elements of inclusion for all students in a creative and kind environment. Emily focuses on inquiry-based learning as well as interdisciplinary teaching methods and is keen to utilise new technologies as soon as possible.

Monica Iorga

Primary Learning Support Lead

Monica holds an Honor degree in Philosophy and Psychology, she is an Educational and Vocational Psychologist, and a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist for children, adolescents, and adults. Her last post-graduate 2-year training was “The Techniques of child analysis”. Monica always had an active interest in education, even before deciding to pursue educational psychology, she was a product manager for third parties partnerships, at Telekom, and she collaborated with several Romanian developers of educational applications and platforms for children, like “Fairytales Land”.

Since then, she worked as an English teacher, she collaborated on psychoeducational projects in public schools, the last project was a program for personal development and vocational counseling in a public high school, and she has also worked for Verita as a support teacher.
Currently, she divides her work between Verita and her Private Practice, her main areas of intervention are psychoeducation, vocational counseling, and psychotherapy.

Lila Vasilescu

Community Staff Well-Being and SEL Coordinator & Passionate Director of our NGO – Verita Foundation

Lila is the director of our Verita Foundation whose mission is to ignite meaningful change in the lives of underprivileged children and their families by providing educators in the public system, the resources needed to develop the academic and social emotional learning skills for students and themselves.
She has over 8 years’ experience in non profit work with children in Romania and over 5 years’ experience teaching Social Emotional Learning to children and doing training for parents and educators.

She is a certified trainer with an SEL ( Social Emotional Learning ) course certification from Rutgers University, USA and a Mindfulness Teaching certification from Mindful Schools in the USA.

Lila is also certified by Emory University, USA as an SEEL ( Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning) facilitator who can train other educators in this state of the art curriculum that will be translated into Romanian with the mission to introduce it to public schools in Romania.

She is also organizing many Service Learning projects in our school providing students with the opportunity to serve those in need and she enjoys organizing school events that bring our community of parents together while contributing to a noble cause.

In 2020, together with the foundation’s team, she has created CERC – Compassion in Education Resource Center – a Verita Foundation and Verita School project.

CERC is a resource platform for social-emotional learning, with scientific data and educational materials gathered from around the world in over 30 years of research and studies developed by internationally acclaimed experts and is intended to share our valuable SEL knowledge, results and resources with educators in the public education system and with other organizations and people who understand the importance of changing the way we look at and treat our children’s education.

She is also a mother and believes in the power of kindness, trusting people’s ability to find inner balance and joy of living and she wishes to contribute to a kinder, more compassionate world for our children and for us all.

Andreea Alexandrescu

Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning Facilitator

Andreea Alexandrescu is a Social Emotional Learning Programs Facilitator, with more than 10 years of experience working with children, parents and teachers in various roles: DIR/Floortime Provider, Learning Support Teacher, Social Emotional Learning Teacher.

Andreea holds an Advanced Diploma in Special Education from the College of Allied Educators in Singapore and has a bachelor degree in Special Education from Bucharest University, with a certification in Communication and HR Management.

She is also certified in DIR/Floortime: DIR 203 – Coaching Caregivers, Teachers, or Other Care Providers (with ICDL – Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning). Andreea is passionate about Floortime, Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness, holding certifications from Rutgers University (Foundations of Social-Emotional and Character Development), Mindful Schools (Mindful Educator Essentials) and Emory University (Social Emotional and Ethical Learning). She is the proud mother of two wonderful teenagers and a passionate gardener :)

Marius Luca

Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning Facilitator

For more than 10 years he traveled far and wide in pursuit of climbing and human experiences through which he could get a glimpse of purpose and make meaning in life.

The quest outside turned out to be a quest inside. He started the inner journey through individual psychotherapy. He then joined a personal development group using the method of psychodrama to find balance and make sense of past experiences.

Marius explored various aspects of the mind by taking Consciousness Quotient Institute’s course on human consciousness and development.

He graduated a 4-year Psychodrama group training program to throw more light on the human psyche, to understand and work with group therapy methods and to use the insights in supporting human well-being endeavors.

He found inspiration, a renewed sense of purpose and drive in life by graduating servicespace.org’s 6 week Laddership program.

Marius is certified by Emory University, USA, as an SEEL (Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning) facilitator, who can train other educators in this state of the art curriculum, with the aim of introducing it to public schools in Romania.
Marius also holds a certification from Mindful Schools, USA, after completing the Mindful Educator course.

Marius taught Social Emotional Learning from 2016 to 2021 to children aged 5 to 16 and is presently engaged in Verita’s mission to promote quality integral – mind and heart – education in a kind and compassionate school environment.

He is part of the Social-Emotional Learning team.

Ilinca Vlaicu

School Counsellor

linca has graduated from the University of Bucharest with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and shortly after, she obtained degrees in counselling and psychotherapy from the Romanian Institute of Experiential Psychotherapy. She started working as a shadow during her years in college and after getting her license, she began working as a family counsellor in different associations, volunteering in children’s hospitals and teaching medical psychology at a community college.

Ilinca came to Verita because she wanted to focus on child development and also wanted to be part of a multicultural environment, having been brought up abroad, in Czech Republic and Sweden. She believes a healthy individual is the result of balance between one’s own biology and the environment they are in – it is in this school environment she takes the responsibility to take care of children’s mental health in any way she can. Her role here at Verita is to provide a comfortable, secure and resourceful space for both children and parents when it comes to school difficulties.
She is passionate about science and remains active in the academic community through various methods – she has published 5 scientific papers, is the co-author of a psychodynamic psychiatry book, and she has also spoken about occupational therapy at the National Congress of Psychiatry.
Currently, Ilinca divides her enthusiasm between Verita, her private practice where she offers psychotherapy and psychological evaluations, and her own association dealing with learning difficulties in children and teenagers.
She spends as much time as possible driving, getting exercise, traveling to exotic places where she can scuba-dive, and being out in the mountains with her friends, family and pets. She is a hopeless coffee enthusiast, a big fan of horror movies and bad TV shows.

Andreea Neagu

Counselling & Special Educational Needs Collaborator

Andreea Neagu is the former School Counsellor from Verita, but remained as a collaborator for our Counselling and Special Educational Needs Department. Currently she works in her private practice as a clinical psychologist, integrative psychotherapist and play and drama-therapist. She has extensive expertise in child, adolescent, adult and family clinical evaluation and psychotherapy interventions.

She is also a psychotherapy trainer and supervisor at the Romanian Association for Integrative Psychotherapy.

She graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Bucharest. She  holds a Masters Degree in Evaluation, Counselling and Therapy of Children, Families and Couples but also has numerous post-graduate trainings in Integrative Psychotherapy of Adults, with a specialization of Integrative Psychotherapy for children and young people (graduated in a Romanian-British Training School), Systemic Family Therapy, Play Therapy and Drama-therapy (one training graduated in a Romanian-British PlayTherapy school and one training graduated in Canada) and other numerous short-therm trainings in parenting and child, adolescents and family mental health.
Because she is passionate about Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness, she holds a Certificate in SEL and Character Development, at Rutgers University in USA and different trainings in Mindfulness in Education.

Ximena Reyes

Ambassador for Intercultural Global Citizenship

Ximena is an Intercultural trainer for global leadership and intercultural management.
She has been leading the intercultural activities at Verita, has been a speaker for the Families in Global Transition summit, is Mentor in the PWN mentoring program, and has a Studies at Swedish International Red Cross Institute on Children’s rights and Intercultural Communication at Shanghai International University.

Business Office

Luiza Joita

School Operations Director

Luiza graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest, specialized in Tourism & Services and she worked for 15 years in marketing and events management. Her professional journey helped her develop abilities to plan, organize and manage complex projects. The interest for education started when her  two daughters reached the age for schooling and because she truly believes in Verita School’s vision, she embraced a career change and accepted the challenge to join the Verita team. She loves to travel and spend time outdoors, as well as listening to music and reading a good book.

Olivia Musat

Admissions and Parents’ Relationship Coordinator

Olivia graduated from the University of International Relations and has a masters degree in European Policies. Throughout the years she has worked for many important companies in the Sales and Marketing field as well as in Customer Care.

Her other main achievement so far is her two daughters that she is very proud of.

She loves kids and spending time with them as she is a very warm, friendly person, so whenever you will need any information, don’t hesitate to ask Olivia, who will be more than welcome to help and support you.

Her hobbies include travelling, skiing, music, interior design and cooking.

Cornelia Cacu

Head of Finance

Cornelia graduated Cybernetics, Statistics and Economic Informatics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. Being passionate about numbers she joined, while she was still a student, an accounting company where she developed her accounting skills for several yeas, growing from Junior to Senior Accountant. She moved forward by working as a Financial Manager for a Romanian Publishing House, blending in her passion for numbers with the passion for words, reading and writing.

Because she believes that people are multitalented and multidisciplinary and when there is an appropriate environment they can develop their inner beauty and skills, she joined Verita with the confidence that it provides the kind of space that allows children and grown ups as well, to meet the most authentic and harmonious version of themselves.

Tania Buyuklieva

Front of the House Officer

Tania was born in Sofia, Bulgaria but moved to Beijing, China with her parents at the age of 6 where she spent the next 30 plus years living, studying and working. Tania graduated the Beijing Capital University of Economics and Business with an economics degree, but her interest in international education motivated her to start work at the largest international school in Beijing where she worked for over 12 years in different administrative positions. She is fascinated by other countries and cultures, and speaks 5 languages.

She met her Romanian-born husband in Beijing and after living there together for over 10 years, they moved to Bucharest a little over a year ago. She will be a new addition to the Verita team from school year 2021-22.

Roxana Marchidanu

Accountant

Roxana was born in Braila, Romania, and she has been living in Bucharest for more than 15 years.

She graduated from the Law and Public Administration Faculty at the University of Spiru Haret. Before joining Verita, she worked as a substitute teacher and also held various administrative positions.

Roxana has a great 10 years old son, and she believes that parents can learn to be children with their children, and every day she gets a lot of joy out of learning new things as a mom.

Alexandra Ivan

Junior Accountant & Purchase Manager

Alexandra graduated from Law University in Bucharest. After graduation, she worked as a freelancer with IT in Germany. She later became  a credit officer working on acquisitions. This became her passion, and her path to Verita. She applies her knowledge acquisition skills to her 9 year old daughter Anya, by making quality acquisitions for learning, studying and having fun. She knows that kids develop beautifully in a school like Verita, with the proper environment and learning support.

Livia Virtopeanu

Finance and Admin Officer

Livia graduated Political Science at University of Bucharest and after a couple of years in politics she entered the fascinating world of education. Having coordinated foreign language courses and afterschool activities for children, also being involved in event planning, Livia joined Verita team and family with enthusiasm.

Being a friendly and motivated person, she thinks there are no obstacles, but only challenges. Verita is the perfect place to grow and make friends, from students, to parents and colleagues and she is always there to help on financial and admin issues.

Adriana Calinciuc

Marketing Specialist

Adriana graduated Geodesy Engineering at the Technical University “Gheorghe Asachi” from Iasi. However, her curiosity and her eagerness to meeting new people and cultures made her move to Copenhagen, Denmark, where she’d lived for 5 years. There, she studied Multimedia Design and Communication at Copenhagen School of Design and Technology and worked in different startups, and now she is back in Bucharest, to share her knowledge and bring a new perspective to Verita community.

Ciprian Bulmaga

DPO and SIS Coordinator

Cip was born in Curtea de Arges, Romania and has been living in Bucharest for more than two decades. He graduated from the University of Bucharest with a BA in Communication and Public Relations and drove inspiration from working with children. He has been a substitute teacher and held various assistant administrative roles in a school environment. Cip is happy and passionate to help people around with troubling less over the use of technology, a huge math and science fan, a lover of fiction, and also a very proud father of three wonderful kids.

Alexandru Surugiu

Network Administrator

Alex holds a Bachelors’s in economics from Nicolae Titulescu University, he was born and raised in Romania and during his youth, he traveled through the country learning and meeting new people. Ever since high school, he has been passionate about IT and learning. From Windows and Linux administration to complex data center solutions and networking his expertise, lies between system administration and configuration and helping the companies he worked for to achieve their business outcomes using simplified IT solutions. 

In his free time, Alex enjoys reading and learning something new every day and his personal motto is to improve every interaction he has and always be the best version of himself.

Viorel Cervis

Site Supervisor

Viorel is a longer serving member of the Verita family as he has been working with our Foundation for the last 3 years. During this time he was also supporting our Verita Organic brand handling both the customers and suppliers.

Administrative staff

Ionela Obreja

School Nurse

One of Ionela’s passions is to help people in need. That was the reason that made her study Sanitary School and become a nurse. Since she had her daughter, Ionela wanted to focus more on children and she joined Verita’s team. She just loves to see children with a big smile on their face every day.

Lucian Tanasa

Driver & Security

Lucian is our guardian and driver, being trained as a gendarme. He enjoys serving and supporting, being a proactive and well organised person who enjoys being around children and fulfilling rigorously the tasks that he is offered.

Gheorghe Mocanu

Chef

Gheorghe, or ‘’ domnul Gicu” as we call him, worked for 12 years in Eurohotels and is passionate about international cuisine, handball and soccer. Father of a 23 year old boy who he cooks for at home with the same dedication as he does in school for our children and staff. He enjoys working in an environment where people are supportive, communicate openly and collaborate to find the best solutions.

Cristian Ionescu

Chef

Cristian is our Chef Assistant, passionate about Romanian cuisine and helping our team with preparing the necessary ingredients for our healthy meals, maintaining cafeteria organised and serve the meals. A father of two himself is enjoying being around children and is looking forward to pursue his Chef accreditation.

Ana Gaspar

Pastry Chef

Before achieving 18 years of experience in the kitchen, Ana worked in a clothing and knitwear factory. She preferred restaurants where she prepared salads and desserts. Verita is the first school where she can give her input as a Chef and she finds cooking for the little ones is very interesting.

Gabriela Baches

Cleaning staff

Gabriela, or ”Mama Gabi”, how some of the children and staff members call her, has been with Verita since the very first day. She has dedicated her time and energy to take care of each and everyone and make sure the environment is clean and safe. She is passionate about her job and the children.

Magdalena Cosma

Cleaning Staff

Before joining Verita, Mady worked in a joinery factory. She believes that work enables people. This belief makes her happy to be part of the Verita team cleaning department who work hard to enable us all. She has no children of her own, but loves them and hopes that one day she will have some. She loves to make sweets and cakes and she is very good at it.

Alexandrina Pena

Cleaning staff

Vera Iascenco

Cleaning staff

Elena Stan

Cleaning staff

Nicu Stan

Security

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