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 international teachers are required to have an Academic Degree(s) in Education with a valid teaching certificate/license and at least two years full-time classroom teaching experience. Verita’s Romanian Teachers are required to have an Academic Degree (s) in Education with at least 2 year of full-time classroom teaching experience, preferably in an UK, US, or international school setting.
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.
Damian Ward
(School Principal)
Damian originates from Coventry in the United Kingdom. He has a degree in English 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 success and achievement and truly raise aspirations in the children to strive to ‘be the best that they can be’. Every child 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.

Mason McCormick
 (Curricula Coordinator)
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Mason has spent the last decade teaching and leading learning in North America, Asia, Africa and now Europe. Mason is a dedicated and student-focused educator. He is a lead-learner who is able to manage operational matters of school organizations. He is skilled at driving academic improvement, motivating top performing teams, and leading schools through critical transitions. Mason holds an Ontario Principal certificate, a bachelor of Arts and Education, as well as a Masters of Education with a focus on educating culturally and linguistically diverse students. He has led three schools through the accreditation process. Mason has worked with the International Baccalaureate (IB), Canadian, British, and American, curriculums. He brings his passion for curriculum to Verita to develop and improve our ieyc, ipc, and imyc curriculum framework
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 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 […]
Brian Roach
(Dean of Academic Programmes)
Rico Chow
(Year 7-8-9 Teacher)
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.
Monika Harlace
(Year 6 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 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.
Emily Marriott
(Year 4A 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 is currently a Year 4 homeroom teacher, and focuses on inquiry-based learning as well as interdisciplinary teaching methods.
Louise Ryan
(Year 4B 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 and academies across Cataluña and the Basque Country. She continued her international teaching career after graduating with a BALCSM from University College Cork. Louise has worked in international schools in Dubai and Spain before joining the Verita team, and has taught from Reception to Year 4. Louise has a PGCEi from the University of Nottingham and has also qualified as a Mindful Educator through Mindful Schools USA. She is currently completing her MA in Education through the University of Nottingham, and is specialising in Mantle of the Expert, a drama inquiry approach to education. Louise is currently our Mantle of the Expert Coordinator and Year 4B class teacher. She believes in fostering a collaborative and a co-constructed approach to inquiry education that supports a thriving learning community.
Lorena Miller
(Year 1A 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 […]
Dominic Munden
(Y5 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.
Kathryn Munden
(Year 3A 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.”
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
(ICT 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 have seen him work with children of all ages as a computer lab assistant and theater 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 years to come, he would travel, work as a sound engineer in various contexts (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.
Georgia Tabacariu
(Year 2B Teacher Assistant)
Georgia Tabacariu loves kids 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 have likeminded mission and vision for the children: to prepair them to function wholesome, emotionally and intelectually within society. She also likes to teach the little ones to interact in a harmonius way and to have the courage to express themselves using effective communication.
Fedora Torok
(EC2 Teacher Assistant)
I graduated from the Romanian American University, International Tourism Economy faculty .I am an optimistic person and I love working with people. During my childhood I practiced gymnastics for 8 years.
My first connection with teaching children was when I was 15 years old, when I had the opportunity to teach other children gymnastics.
I worked in sales and in the administration field for a while. But when I had my two boys I discovered my passion of working with kids.
I think 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.
Valeria Turcu
(English (ELL) Teacher)
I’m Valeria Turcu and I joined Verita International School last year in 2018. I graduated foreign languages (English and Spanish) at Bucharest University in 2000 and I worked in different companies and fields of activity, as an assistant manager, HU referee, sworn interpreter (freelancer) for a long period of time and I started teaching again in 2014. I have kept on improving my educational background since graduation through different courses, seminars, trainings as I do believe that education is the best weapon to change the world and to succeed in life.
My passion remains teaching children. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” (Confucius). It’s a very rewarding and comfortable feeling to see your students’ progress and development and to invent new games, stories, to relive your childhood together with them and to make them have fun and learn at the same time. I have been a teacher since my childhood when playing with my dolls and now my play has become reality. I teach from my heart, not from books…If a teacher loves teaching, this is going to make children love learning. The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence…
I want to offer Verita School all my skills and knowledge attained through my vast experience and to contribute to its perpetual growth and fame.
Valentin Usturoi
(Year 1B Teacher Assistant)
I am the big brother of three siblings, a four years old brother and two twin sisters of two years old  that I love dearly and that I have helped my mother take care of from the day they were born. I love children and taking care of their needs and I am undergoing a pedagogical module in my university studies at the academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. Seven years ago I lost my younger brother to cancer. He was undergoing treatment at  Fundeni hospital and that’s how I met Richard and Lila who were volunteering to play with the children in the oncology section. A beautiful friendship started and our common love for children brought us working together now in school. I am passionate about footbal , cooking and music and I wish to be a good model for both my siblings and the children I work with in school.
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. Read more […]
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. Read more […]
Iulia Dinca
(Year 3B 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
(EC3 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 Counsellor)
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.
Bill Gehl
(Mathematics 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 […]
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 […]
Diana Mihalache
(Romanian Language Teacher)
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
(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 and discovery.
Loredana Dumitrescu
(Year 2B Teacher)
After getting her degree in English and Swedish Philology, her passion for education brought her to Spain where she worked in a Science Museum as a museum educator and guide. After two years, she got TEFL certified after an intense course at Oxford House School in sunny Barcelona and started her career as an English teacher. She moved to England for two months where she worked as an EFL teacher at a prestigious summer camp at St. Joseph`s College, Ipswich. Teaching the language and culture to children from all over the world made her aware of how humans are naturally different and diverse and how learning should follow the inherent rules of diversity.
Her life journey brought her back to her home country, Romania,in 2017, where she started working at Verita International School, blending in her everyday activity her experience and her passion for education.
Anca Dima
(Year 4B 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.
Robert Radu
(Year 2A Teacher 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 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 […]
Alin Nitu
(Year 4A 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 […]
Irina Cazacu
(Year 2B Co-Teacher)
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.
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. Read more […]
Sabina Onet
(EC2 Teacher)
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 […]
Claudia Basalau
(EC3 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 […]
Mihaela Andrei
(Year 3B Teacher Assistant)
Born and raised in Bucharest, Mihaela followed the path of education after her son was born. Even though before that in more than eight years was around families being a travel agent consultant in a Leasure Department. Due to her kindness approach and openness she was always surrounded by children.
She has a First Level Psycho-Pedagogical certification, a specialized education course for underprivileged children and she is currently undertaking a Teacher Assistant certification in the United kingdom. She also used to live in the Jersey Channel Island, UK, for almost a year and that got her close to the native English language. Her Master and Bachelor Degree in Management gave her the skills to work with groups, facilitate communication and support those in need.
She is currently working as a teacher assistant for year threes.
She enjoys making photos, traveling with her family, doing yoga and participating to different volunteering programmes that Verita offers.
Marina Balabas
(Reception B Teacher Assistant)
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.
Ciprian Bulmaga
(Year 5&6 Teacher Assistant)
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.
Laura Ivanov
(EC2 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.
Doina Lavric
(Science Teacher)
I graduated from the University of Bucharest, Romania with a conjoined bachelor’s degree in Biology and Education. I taught middle school and high school biology in Romania for 17 years and middle school science in the United States for 14 years. I am a certified teacher both in Romania, where I’ve reached the highest teaching certification level, and in California, USA, where I hold a Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential in the field of biological sciences. I completed lots of education-related courses and attended numerous science-related conferences in the United States. I returned to Romania in 2017 and joined Verita’s team in 2018 as a secondary science teacher.
George Ciprian Dragan
(PE Teacher)
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.
Diana Grey
(Year 1A Teacher Assistant)
Although I’ve graduated a Post High Sanitary School and have worked as a register nurse in various hospitals throughout Kuwait,Dubai and Abu Dhabi it was in the last 6years in Saudi Arabia where I’ve discovered my passion for working with children being employed as a Teaching Assistant (EYFS to Year 2) at British International School of Al Khobar.
I enjoy working with small children,supporting and taking care of them.
I am currently doing a Teaching Assistant Level 3 course to gain knowledge required to carry out this job.
Outside school I enjoy reading,traveling and cycling.
Oana Nedelcu
(Year 3A Teacher Assistant)
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.
Andrada Dirdala
(Year 1B Teacher Assistant)
Andrada graduated from the Faculty of Sociology and Social Assistance at the University of Bucharest. She also holds a Masters Degree in Social Deviation and Criminology. Before joining us at Verita, she worked with women and children in different social contexts. Her experience working with children from a variety of backgrounds has helped her develop excellent social and emotional understanding, and skills to help children manage their emotions in order to be successful in school and in life.  In her spare time she enjoys reading, photography, poetry and travel.
Cristina Neagu
(Year 2B Teacher 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.
Iulia Bardar
(SEN Coordinator)
Passionate about people, Iulia has studied psychology since she was little, in books, movies or real life. Later, she graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the University of Bucharest and she has a Master’s Degree in Evaluation, Counseling and Therapy of Child, Couple and Family. Iulia continued her studies in different psychological approaches such as Solution Focused Therapies and also Integrative Psychotherapy of Trauma, offering her services to children, teenagers, parents or adults. Having a large background in the studies of trauma, she also works as a Psychotherapist for children from private care institution. She is working with children from special needs area for more than eight years and she loves helping them integrate in schools and grow up into happy teenagers. She likes working together with the families, offering the parents the possibility to understand their children needs and behaviors. Her main responsibility in Verita School is to work in multidisciplinary teams with the School Counselor and Teachers to identify children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), to develop individualized educational programs for them and to adapt curricula on their needs and abilities.
Ana-Cristina Babita
(Support Teacher for Reception)
Ana-Cristina started working with children when she began her studies at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology. She holds a masters degree in Psychotraumatology And Social Assistance. Ana has been working with people in need, in her own practice and through the development of community workshops. She has worked with children between 3-17 years old, and has experience with clinical evaluations, interventions in cognitive behaviour programs  and coordinating therapy sessions. Ana is passionate and has experience in  Emotional Learning. She is a dedicated and motivated person, ready for new experiences in psychology. She enthusiastically brings value to Verita’s principles, and believes that joining Verita is her best professional decision.
Irinel Constantin Manole
(Shadow Teacher)
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 UK Irinel has worked for 12 years under 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.
Ionela Obreja
(School Nurse)
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 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.
Luiza Joita
(School Operations Director)
Luiza graduated 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 Verita team. She loves to travel and spend time out door, as well as listening to music and reading a good book.
Olivia Musat
(Admissions and Parents’ Relationship Coordinator)
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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Florina Voinea
(Administrative & Parents Relationship Management Officer)
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 […]
Cornelia Cacu
(Head Accountant)
Cornelia graduated Cybernetics, Statistics and Economic Informatics at the Academy of Economical 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 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.
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.
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)
Gheorghe, or ‘’ domnul Gicu” as we call him, worked together with our Chef Sorin for 12 years in Eurohotels and is passionate about international cuisine, handball and soccer. Father of a 23 years old boy he cooks for him 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 Barbu
(Pastry Chef)
Ana has 15 years of experience as a Chef. She worked in other schools and kindergartens in Bucharest, cooking and creating menus. She loves working around children and they feel lovely when they are with her. Now at Verita, Ana is responsible for the snacks and deserts. She helps the other chefs in delivering organic and delicious food.
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.
Viorica Dinita
(Cleaning Staff)
Viorica has been working and living abroad for 10 years in the cleaning industry, mostly in hospitals. She also was also a deposit administrator in a factory. Working in a school is new for her but she loves the environment and the kids.
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.
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.
Lucian Tanasa
(Driver)
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.