Accredited Foreign and Romanian teachers encourage effort and monitor progress, but do not pressure their students to perform according to any preset standards. Introductions of new lessons are tailored to the individual needs and interests of each child.
Verita’s British or American teachers are required to have an Academic Degree (s) in Education with a valid British or American Teaching Certificate/License with at least 2 years of full-time classroom teaching experience at the Elementary/Primary level, in the UK/US school systems;
Verita’s Romanian Verita Teachers are required to have an Academic Degree (s) in Education with at least 2 year of full-time classroom teaching experience at the Elementary/primary level, preferably in the UK/US school systems.
Verita Staff & Teachers are strongly encouraged and supported to continuously cultivate their professional development and demonstrate their growing expertise through a practice-based assignment. The qualifications are designed to enable teachers to apply their professional learning in their day-to-day teaching, and lead to qualitative improvements for the individual teacher.
Brian Roach
(School Director)
Originally from Vancouver in Canada, Brian’s life journey has taken him to Zimbabwe where he worked as a volunteer teacher and then on to teaching, counselling and administrative roles in eight schools in four countries around the globe. Prior to joining Verita, Brian was the Director of the International School of Kigali-Rwanda. Bucharest, however, is the one place in the world where he owns a house and, when he speaks of going home, he means coming back home to Romania. Read more […]
Richard Joannides
(Founder & Head of Social Emotional Learning Team)
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 University of Bonn Oxford in England, 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. Read more […]
Gabriela Simionescu
(Co-Founder & Year 1B Teacher)
Gabriela graduated Languages in 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! :) Read more […]
Christina Mihai
(Year 7 Teacher)
Christina is an American-Romanian who studied at an international school in Bucharest and graduated with from an American university. After various work experiences – including university assistant, writing and editing for a magazine, working in marketing, teaching English as a second language, and helping a non-profit – Christina decided that she most enjoys teaching and seeing the spark in children’s eyes when they learn something new. Read more […]
Bill Gehl
(Year 6 Teacher)
Born and raised in the USA. Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Wabash College, Master’s degree in Math and Education from Vanderbilt University. Taught high school Math and directed school choir for 2 years; 17+ years with IBM (marketing, sales, training); visited Romanian kindergarten in 1994. Met and married a Romanian angel, Liana; settled in Bucharest; taught 5 years in Romanian schools; raised three wonderful children; ran two companies of his own (software development, recruiting, training); retired; volunteers with Missionaries of Charity; joined Verita School hoping to tickle his students’ God-given attraction to things infinite, and to give his students a concrete experience of what it means to be a member of a team. Read more […]
Narcis Iniesta
(Year 4-5 Teacher)
Benvolguts, Narcis was born and bred in the heart of the picturesque Catalan capital. His passion for travelling and learning foreign languages came from his dance background in his childhood in an international circuit. After he finished his Bachelor degree in Primary Teaching, specialising in English as a Foreign Language, he needed to challenge himself and explore the English culture and National British Curriculum in depth, where he achieved his British QTS. He moved to England, where he worked in his first English School for five years, teaching all levels from Reception to Year 5. Read more […]
Louise Ryan
(Year 3 Teacher)
Dia dhuit! Hailing from the small but mighty island of Ireland, Louise first began her teaching career at twenty years old. She taught EAL in summer camps in various camps across Cataluña and she also taught in an academy in the Basque Country while studying on an Erasmus programme. She continued her international teaching career after graduating with a BALCSM from University College Cork. She immediately took a teaching post in the fastest growing city in the world, Dubai. Read more […]
Lorena Miller
(Year 2B Teacher)
Lorena was born in Romania but she spent part of her life abroad. Lorena has studied both in Romania as well as in the United Kingdom and Australia and she holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences. Lorena has started her teaching career as a high school ESL teacher but after 6 years, she discovered the inspiration of the primary school children. Read more […]
Christiana Kalantzi
(Year 2A Co-Teacher)
Christiana comes from a small town in Greece. She graduated from a Greek university as a primary teacher and worked as a year 2 teacher for her internship. However, her dream to explore more about special education, took her to UK where she studied her master degree in UCL, London. During her masters, she was an assistant in a school specified for children with autistic spectrum disorder. She has also been a Year 3 class teacher in Hatfield, UK. In addition, Christiana has currently studied a mindful educator course and she wants, through her teaching, to balance academic skills with emotional intelligence. Read more […]
Irina Safta
(Year 2A Co-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. She is planning to continue her education, by attending a Psychology Faculty from Bucharest this fall. 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. Read more […]
Evelina Catoi
(Year 1A 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. Read more […]
Anca Dima
(Year 1B Teacher Assistant)
Anca graduated from the University of Bucharest with a bachelor degree in Advertising. She is currently a member of the MATKA NGO, which deals with restoring a community centre for children in Berceni. The project she works on with them is to develop a children’s magazine. She also holds workshops where she shows kids how to make their own fanzines and books.
Damian McHugh
(Reception A Co-Teacher )
Damian hails from Manchester in the U.K. although before relocating to Romania he lived and worked in London. Damian worked in the U.K. Government for 36 years until he took early retirement and then realised his dream of working with children. He is currently undertaking an associate degree course in Early Child Education. evel
Iulia Dinca
(Reception A Co-Teacher )
Julie (or Iulia) has always been connected, one way or the other, to teaching. Either during her childhood when her classmates would ask her to explain something they didn’t understand or during her teenage years when she started teaching English and Maths to young children or now, in her adulthood, when she discovered her true passion is working with kids. Read more […]
Adina Costea
(Nursery 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 worm relationship to them. Read more […]
Lila Vasilescu
(Verita Foundation Director SEL Teacher)
Lila is the director of our Verita Foundation working with underprivileged children. She has over 6 year experience in charity work with children in Romania and over 11 years event management experience with children and adults. Lila is also a Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning Teacher with a SEL course certification from Rutgers University, USA. She is a certified trainer and has a Mindfulness Teaching certification from Mindful Schools in the USA. Read more […]
Andreea Alexandrescu
(Learning and Support Director & 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) and Mindful Schools (Mindful Educator Essentials). Read more […]
Andreea Neagu
(School Counselor)
Andreea is an accredited Clinical Psychologist and an Integrative Psychotherapist. She graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Bucharest. She attended many accredited trainings focused on the Psychotherapy and Counseling of children and adolescents, families and adults, including a Master’s Degree at the Bucharest University in Evaluation, Counselling and Therapy of Child, Couple and Family and two masteral trainings in Integrative Psychotherapy for adults and children. Read more […]
Marius Luca
(Social Emotional Learning Teacher)
For more than 10 years now he’s travelled 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 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 also explored various aspects of the mind by taking Consciousness Quotient Institute’s course on human consciousness and development.
He follows an ongoing 3 year Psychodrama group training to throw more light on the workings of human psyche, to understand and work with group therapy methods and to use the insights in supporting human well-being endeavours.
Marius is presently engaged in Verita’s mission to promote quality integral – mind and heart – education in a kind and caring school environment.
He is part of the Social and Emotional Learning team, using Mindfulness as one of the main tools to support students’ self-regulation and well-being.
Georgeta Gherghinoiu
(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 USA. Read more […]
Laura Borodan
(Music Teacher)
Laura has a Master degree in Music – Hall Arts, as well as a Bachelor degree in Theatre. Before that she attended the classes of the Dinu Lipatti National Arts College where she majored in piano.
Throughout the years she has tried to combine the music and the theatre and became both a piano teacher at Mozzartino Music School and an actor in the Masca Theatre.
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Olivia Musat
(Calderon Campus Manager & Registrar)
Olivia has graduated the University of International Relations and has a master degree in European Policies. Throughout the years she has been working in a few important companies in the Sales and Marketing field as well as Customer Care. Her main achievement so far, are her two daughters that she is very proud of.
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Teona Cristu
(Financial Manager)
Florina Voinea
(Financial & Administrative Coordinator)
Flori is a motivated optimistic person who graduated Management in Bucharest, at Academy of Economic Studies. After more than 7 years working in Economics and Management, she discovered the beautiful and the important meaning of Mindfulness, applied with children and staff at Verita School. She loves being able to continue her experience with ovely people and grow professionally and personally. Read more […]
Lavinia Besselink
(Special Education Teacher Assistant)
Cerasela Bogzoiu
(Special Education Teacher Assistant)
Cerasela has finished her master degree a Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Bucharest. Since her undergraduate years she started volunteering at an association that worked with kids from ASD spectrum and implementing recreational activities for young kids with chronical illnesses. Before joining Verita she has also worked as an extra-curricular supervisor within a private kindergarten in Bucharest and in a public school working providing individualised instructions for kids with disabilities in a mainstream school. Read more […]
Sabina Onet
(Nursery Teacher 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 has joined us believing that meditation and children are a soul nurturing combination. Read more […]
Roxana Din
(Teacher Assistant Reception B)
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. Read more […]
Radu Robert
(Support Teacher)
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 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. Read more […]
Alexandra Costache
(Year 1A Teacher Assistant)
Alexandra has a Bachelor degree in foreign languages and one in psychology. Although undergoing specialized training in psychotherapy, she decided to remain a teacher, as this was her initial desire. Her dream is to become a professor of literature. Starting from 2010 she has taught English to students of all ages, focusing mainly on children and teenagers. Alexandra is very focused on emotional health and promotes it as much as possible within her work. Read more […]
Loredana Dumitrescu
(Year 2B Teacher Assistant)
Alin Nitu
(Special Education Teacher Assistant)
Full of joy and thoughtful, 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. One moment in life, 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. Read more […]
Claudia Basalau
(Special Education Teacher Assistant)
Claudia is currently attending a Master course in Speech Therapy within the University of Bucharest. She already has a Bachelor Degree in Special Education from the same University and has attended various other courses in Psychology. During University, she volunteered to assist children within “We conquer autism Association”, where she had the chance to learn more about play therapy.
After graduating, she started working as a kindergarten psychologist, performing various evaluations, liaising with parents, and designing personal development programs for children. Read more […]
Georgiana Ciobanu
(Year 4-5 Teacher Assistant)
Georgiana knew from an early age that she has the inclination and interest to work with children so she enrolled, as a teenager, in a Pedagogical high-school. Graduating high-school she gained, at 18 years old, a double qualification: kindergarten and primary school teacher. Nevertheless, she chose to pursue academic development afterwards in the Faculty of Philosophy from University Bucharest. She is a graduate in Moral-Philosophy and has a Masters in Applied Ethics. While studying she was also getting involved in various volunteering opportunities, many of which had at least one thing in common: children’s education (be it formal or non-formal). Read more […]
Viorel Cervis
(Site Supervisor)
Viorel is an old 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.
Constantin Anechiti
(Chef)
Constantin, also known to his friends and colleagues as Sorin, has become a certified chef more than 24 years ago. Ever since, his professional path took him in various and sometimes exotic places where he had the chance to explore and experiment with various means and combinations.
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Marian Ivan
(Chef)
Marian has 15 years’ experience as a Chef and he has worked at some of the finest hotels in Bucharest, including the Sofitel and Grand Hotel Continental. He has collaborated with several nutrition specialists in his previous experience and is well familiar with the nutritional requirements for both adults and children. He will cook for children the necessary dishes according to their ages and their nutritional needs and will make them better – better quality, better tasting, better for them. He also enjoys listening to music, practicing sports and making children laugh.
Gheorghe Mocanu
(Chef)
Mariana Sabau
(Chef Assistant)
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.
Ionela Sandu
(Cleaning staff)
Dumitru Tudorache
(Security)
Dumitru, also known as ”Nea Mitica”, is the face that meets you everyday in the morning and wishes you a good day in the afternoon at Verita. He makes sure that everything in the school works well or is being fixed and he also makes sure that no child leaves unattended.
Roxana Craciun

Roxana Crăciun is a passionate supporter of early education starting her career as a teacher in primary school. Being a mother of beautiful baby boy, she decided to join our school as Executive Manager because she truly believes that together we can make a difference for our children. Prior to joining Verita she practiced for more than 15 years with enthusiasm and professionalism human resources management. Before her maternity leave, Roxana served Regina Maria – Private Healthcare Network, a 3,000+ employee healthcare company in Romania as their HR manager. She also worked for firms such as Nobel, Coca-Cola Hellenic or BCR Este Group where she expanded her human resources expertise. Currently she is a seasoned professional specialized in an array of topics ranging from recruitment, induction, on boarding and training to compensation and benefits and performance management. She is a strong project manager able to clearly communicate vision, goals and expectations to others. Being a leader with an eternally full cup and a positive mental attitude, Roxana can instill in others the necessary motivation to pursue dreams, vocation and even destiny.
Rico Chow

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Rico’s passion for teaching started when he was completing his Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He first started teaching at tutoring academies as a part time job to help pay for his university tuitions. What started out as a side job quickly flourished into his passion to become a full- time teacher. After Rico completed his Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Anthropology, he went on to attain his Bachelor of Education to become a certified teacher. Fresh out of teacher’s college, Rico secured a full-time secondary teaching position at an IB school in Toronto. It was here where his colleagues informed him the joys of teaching internationally. With this in mind, he completed his contract and went off to teach at another IB international school in Muscat, Oman. Rico spent two years in Oman teaching IB English and Humanities at the secondary level. After experiencing the wonders of Oman and the Middle East, he decided to join Verita International School to refine his inquiry- based approach to learning and also, to experience the marvels of Romania.
Andrew Johnstone

Andy hails from a small town near Glasgow, Scotland. He originally enrolled in a business degree at university but soon realised that he preferred working with people and switched to a Bachelor of Education course in Primary Education at Glasgow University after doing some voluntary work in a local primary school.
He spent a couple of years teaching in primary schools in Scotland, gaining experience in all stages from Reception to Year 6. So far his international teaching career has taken him to Ukraine, where he spent three years teaching the IB PYP curriculum to Year 3 and Year 6 students, as well as elsewhere in Bucharest. He is passionate about inquiry-based, student-centred education which allows children to take ownership of their learning and understand the relevance that their school experiences have to life outside the classroom.
Outside of school, he enjoys a range of interests including playing and watching sports, reading and language learning. He is excited to be part of the team at Verita International School as it continues to grow and develop.
Monika Harlace

Although Monika calls Australia home, her Polish heritage and love of European culture has brought her to Romania to pursue an international teaching career. After completing a Bachelor of Communication, then a degree in Psychology, she finished her studies in Education with a focus in learning support. Monika is an advocate for inclusive education and has since worked in a variety of positions across primary, secondary and special education schools, as well as non-for-profit organisations and community development programs. During this time she also lived in London for two years to gain experience teaching the English National Curriculum. Before arriving in Bucharest, she travelled to India to volunteer in a school for young children with learning difficulties. Monika adopts a creative teaching approach that values the individual gifts and differences that each student brings to the classroom.
Andrei Nicoara

Born and raised in Bucharest, he always had a passion for life, in all its forms. Presently, he divides his time between Verita, guiding kindergarten children in the forest and organizing nature education trips for all ages. In 2013 he left the University of Bucharest and started volunteering and working in a series of projects monitoring the state of plants and animals, which took him through most of Romania. Realizing that the only chance for a healthy planet inhabited by happy humans is education, and using his experience teaching university students, he started working with younger children, from kindergarten up.
After 2009, he worked as a researcher in Ecotoxicology, collaborating with universities from Germany, the UK, Austria, Sweden, Italy and Poland, to repair areas affected by severe pollution from mining activities.
He studied Biology at the University of Bucharest, then followed a master’s in Genetics, Microbiology and Biotechnology, while working for the university, in Microbial Genetics.
Diana Mihalache

Diana has more than 15 years of experience in teaching Romanian, English and French in public and international schools. She has 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, from 4 years olds to 12. Besides teaching, Diana loves reading, cats, mountain trips, gadgets and new technologies.
Andreea Constandache

Passionate about French since she was 7 years old, Andreea studied the language during high school and then during university. After graduating from the University of Brussels with a master’s degree in Political Science and International Relations, Andreea came back to Romania and started to work in a French corporation. She discovered her passion for teaching when she became a certified trainer and started training large groups of adults on various subjects. About three years ago, Andreea began teaching French in big corporations and in international schools. At about the same time, she also discovered the improv theatre and she started taking classes and workshops in Romania and also abroad. Today, she performs almost weekly with her group in a nice and cozy theatre in Bucharest.
Teaching in an international school is a dream come true, because Andreea loves children and French and Verita offers the perfect environment to invest in new creative language teaching approaches based on playfulness and discovery.
Anna Radu

Anna Radu is originally from Finland where she has completed two bachelor degree studies; one in dance pedagogy and another one in physiotherapy. Anna’s background in dance promotes creativity in physical education while physiotherapy studies have provided her with knowledge about physical health and training.
Anna has been teaching dance and movement to children and adolescents in various dance schools and projects in Finland, as in Munich, Germany, since 2011. After moving to Bucharest, Anna joined Verita School in August 2017. She is a positive teacher who encourages her students towards an active lifestyle and finding joy in physical exercise.
Ionela Obreja

One of Ionela 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 wannet 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.
Irina Cazacu

Irina graduated Finance in Bucharest, at Academy of Economic Studies. After more than 13 years working in mobile telecommunication industry, in 2012, Irina moved to Saudi Arabia where she worked as a Teaching Assistant at 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.
Currently, she is working on Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) as part of her professional development. She enjoys traveling and discovering new tastes and flavours from different countries.
Cristian Ionescu

Lucian Tanasa
(Security)