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

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

Director of School

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.

Teresa Fry

Principal of Primary and Early Years

Originally from Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada, Teresa has been a school educator and leader for 28 years in Canada, Asia, Africa and South America. Teresa loves working with children and believes in fully supporting each student academically and socially emotionally to reach their dreams. She values relationships and collaborating with teachers, parents and the greater school community to offer highly engaging teaching and learning for our children. Teresa graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria, Canada.

She later completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Gonzaga University in the USA and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Pacific University in the USA.

Teresa has extensive experience working with children, teachers and families to support mindfulness practices and social-emotional learning.  She has led school accreditation and ongoing school improvement in curriculum, assessment, student achievement, professional learning communities, and improved school culture. Teresa has training and experience in ipc, ieyc, IB, PYP, AP and Canadian Curriculum frameworks. 

Rico Chow

Principal of Secondary

Rico originates from Toronto in Canada. He holds an honours degree in Literature, Anthropology, and Education. 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.

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 then, he has spent the last 3 years at Verita shaping the secondary school’s identity, culture, and implementing best teaching practices. Lastly, Rico believes that relationships are the most important aspect of educating teenagers. Fostering a positive relationship with teenagers comes first, educating them comes second. In essence, Rico does not believe you can teach teenagers before you reach their hearts.

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!

Educators

Early childhood

Adina Costea

EC 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 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 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.

Claudia Basalau

EC Teaching 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.

She continued her volunteering activities within another association where she was involved in designing and applying supporting programs on cognitive and personal development of institutionalized children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Reception

Irina Safta

Reception A 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.

Andreea Balan

Reception A Teaching Assistant

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.

Cristina Periteanu

Reception B Teaching Assistant

As a college student I found myself spending a great portion of my free time tutoring children of different ages.
After that I joined a small local kindergarten in Voluntari. I continued my activity at the kindergarten ” Sf. Anton de Padova” with the “Franciscan Sister of the Sacred Hearts” (Surorile Franciscane ale Presfintelor inimi). I worked there for two years and during that time I’ve learned important lessons about empathy, kindness and patience.

Primary

Mihaela Andrei

Year 1A Teacher

Born and raised in Bucharest, Mihaela has been part of the Verita Team for four years already. She has always been interested in the wellbeing of children and keen to discover their unique world.

Therefore she followed the path of education after her son was born and specialised herself in this domain. She has a Certification for the teaching profession, a specialised education certificate, Attachment and Early Childhood education course, First Aid course and Child Safety course.

She also used to live in Jersey Channel Island, UK and could get a glimpse of British life. Her Master and Bachelor’s Degree in Management gave her the skills to work with groups, facilitate communication and support those in need.
She enjoys traveling with her family, doing yoga and participating in different volunteering programmes.

Fedora Torok

Year 1A 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.

Irina Cazacu

Year 1B Teacher

Irina graduated in Finance from Bucharest 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 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.

She qualified as an Early Years Educator as part of her professional development during her early years here at Verita. She enjoys traveling and discovering new tastes and flavours from different countries.

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.

Valentin Usturoi

Year 1C 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.

Saskia Brookman

Year 2 Online Teacher

I was born and raised in South Africa. I obtained my BEd teaching Degree from Nelson Mandela University. I taught in South Africa for a while when I decided to take my next step in my teaching career. I love to travel and explore and this led me to China where I taught at an IB International School for 2 years. I got to travel to Asia and learn more about Inquiry-based teaching and participated in IB training. I have a deep passion for teaching and strive to encourage my students to find their own passion, to reach further and continue to grow.

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.

Roxana Soare

Year 2A 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.

Nom Such

Year 2B Teacher

Originally from South Africa, Nom 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.

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.

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. “

Olimpia Mocanita

Year 3A Teaching assistant

I have a bachelor’s degree in History and English, and I completed a master’s program in Translation Studies from the University Dunarea de Jos. I also hold a certificate for the Teaching Training profession and I am currently attending master courses in Early Childhood Education offered by the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences in Bucharest.

I started my career as an ESL teacher in a public high school, though, shortly after, driven by my eagerness to discover new opportunities I decided to pursue my passion for translation. After several years in privately held companies, I considered it almost natural to give it a try as an entrepreneur and dedicate more time to my son’s education. This was the spark that ignited and led my way back to teaching. I believe in teaching with kindness, engagement, and a positive attitude.

Last but not least, I like reading, hiking, biking, and traveling.

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.

Alice Nicoleta Bleiu

Year 3C 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.

Elena Croitoru

Year 3C Teaching assistant

Elena has a passion for education, open to learning new things and she loves spending time with children, as they make her very happy.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Degree in English and Italian.
She spent several years working abroad as a nurse, nine years in Italy and five in the UK.

Mihaela Morello

Year 4A Teacher

Mihaela was born in Transylvania where she started her teaching career back in 1998. Later, she moved to Canada, and from there she started her international teaching adventure. Together with her husband, also an educator, Mihaela has taught in international schools around the world for the last 15 years. She moved from Canada to Kuwait, Peru, Denmark and Turkey and is now joining the Verita team as a Year 4 teacher.

Along her journey, Mihaela has experienced different educational models and cultural environments. Through her experiences as a classroom teacher, curriculum coordinator and head of primary, Mihaela has continued to enhance her understanding of what teaching and learning in the 21st century requires. She is now excited to share her knowledge with the Verita community and is looking forward to learning from our community as well.

Ioana Visinescu

Year 4A Teaching Assistant

I’ve been studying music since I was 9 years old, therefore singing, composing music and playing different instruments are all important parts of my identity. I also enjoy poetry, drawing and wearing colorful socks.
I gratuated from Dinu Lipatti Art School in Pitești – classical guitar and my Bachelor’s Degree is from National University of Music Bucharest in Jazz Composition, vocal training. I also completed my Master’s Degree in Jazz and Pop studies and my second module in Music Teaching.

I enjoy new experiences and I think it’s very important to learn new things from everyone you meet. Working with children inspires me everyday to be more creative, to appreciate the little things in life and to spread some kindness every now and then.

Anca Dima

Year 4B Co-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.

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.

Steve Morello

Year 5A Teacher

Steve Morello is a Canadian/Italian, born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He has had a wonderful time teaching and learning abroad with his wife and kids for the last 15 years and is excited to begin this new experience in Romania. Steve is passionate about teaching and coaching kids of all ages. He is an experienced Primary Teacher and Coach of many sports. His love for family, football, friends and having fun, help shape his lifestyle and positive attitude. Steve enjoys project-based learning and continues his research and practice on inspiring self-motivation in kids and athletes.

Robert Radu

Year 5A 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.

Dominic Munden

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.

Irinel Constantin Manole

Year 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.

Monika Harlace

Year 6A Teacher

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 not-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.

Anca Hultoana

Year 6A Teaching assistant

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

Kathryn Munden

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.”

Calin (Nick) Vasilescu

Year 6B Teaching assistant

Calin holds a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Secondary Art and Design from the University of Sussex in the UK. He has 10 years of experience working in both Primary and Secondary Schools in the UK.
Calin has returned home to Romania to settle here with his British wife and two daughters.

He has a very strong passion for Art, particularly Sculpture, and is enthusiastic about educating through art and creativity. He has two years experience running a forest school in the UK for disadvantaged pupils who benefit from learning sessions outside of the standard classroom setting.

Secondary

Wendi Shumard

Secondary 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.

Ben Wall

Secondary Humanities Teacher

Originally from North Carolina, USA, Ben has been on an international teaching adventure for several years. Ben chose Verita because he enjoys working within a collaborative community, where he can grow professionally and make a meaningful impact on students’ lives.

He holds a Masters of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina. Ben began his teaching career in the public school system in the United States, but has since been a teacher and department head in Guatemala and China.

Emily Marriott

Secondary 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.

Teona Rusu

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.

Olivian Saldinger

IT KS1 and KS2 Teacher

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.

Nicoleta Tiloi

Romanian KS1 and French KS2

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.

Georgia Tabacariu

KS1 Romanian Language Teacher

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 5 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.

Doina Lavric

Secondary Science 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.

Iulia Dinca

Secondary ICT 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.

Lila Vasilescu

Verita Foundation Director and 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.

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 the 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-Emotional Learning team, using Mindfulness as one of the main tools to support students’ self-regulation and well-being.

Theodor Grigoras

Art Teacher KS2

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.

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 the USA.

Diana Mihalache

Year 5 – Year 10 Romanian Language Teacher, Languages Department Coordinator

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.

Andreea Constandache

Secondary French Language Teacher

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.

Jeni Susanu

EAL and new to Romanian in KS1 & 2

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, Romania, and has a wealth of experience and development from the Teach from Roamian personal and professional development programme. She is an avid volunteer and has years of experience teaching in rural schools in Romania.

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.

Andreea Vasile

Physics and Chemistry, SEL and Maths Secondary Teacher

Andreea owns a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry-Physics and a Post Universitary engineering degree. She has been working as a teacher for many years, and she has experience with different age categories. She is an active person, open to learn new things, and she likes to communicate with people, especially with children. She is passionate about non-verbal communication, always trying to understand things from different perspectives.

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.

George Ciprian Dragan

PE KS1 and KS2

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.

Oana Nedelcu

Library and Support Teacher

Oana graduated from The University of Bucharest, where she studied Psychology. She’s licensed in Psychotherapy, also studied Drama, Photography, and poetry is her second language! 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.

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.

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.

Dana Jimborean

SEN coordinator

Ever since high school, Dana was fascinated by how people think and behave and what makes them tick. She has a master’s degree in psychotherapy and counseling and a degree in speech therapy, working with both adults and children. Throughout the years she has worked in HR departments where is enriched her knowledge about the human mind and behavior. 10 years ago she decided to go back to her first love, psychology, and she completed her studies with two degrees, one in psychotherapy from the Romanian Association of Clinical Hypnosis and Ericksonian Psychotherapy and the other one from the Romanian Association of Speech Therapy.

She started to work as an English teacher which helped her make the next step, working with special needs children. She joined our team last year as a shadow teacher and decided to remain as our SEN coordinator. Currently, Dana divides her work between Verita, her private practice, and Regina Maria Clinic.
She loves spending her time with her family and pets and to travel as much as she can. She believes in living a balanced life, that is why she is doing sports and meditation every day.

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.

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

Admin and Parents Relationship Officer

Livia has an extensive admin background she has been a coordinator of foreign language courses, a project assistant for the Ovidiu Sincai Social Democratic Institute and Titulescu European Foundation and the administrative secretary at HR Creative Energy. Livia holds a masters degree from the National University of Political Science and Public Administration in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Her experience providing administrative and organizational services make her an excellent asset to the Verita team.

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.

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.

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.

Meftah Benmohamed

Security

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.

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