Support staff

Inspection Finding

‘A key strength of teaching is the calm and respectful relationships that the pupils enjoy with their teachers and assistant teachers, which provides a secure and supportive environment in which to maximise opportunities for learning’.

ISI Inspection Report

Sabine Ryon

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Sabine Ryon joined BISB in 2008 after living abroad (in New York) for 24 years. Being twice an expat herself gives her the sensitivity to make life’s transitions as comfortable as possible for everyone concerned. She brings to BISB her passion for life long learning, teaching and getting things organised. She enjoys hiking, water aerobics, reading, writing & illustrating, singing, smooth jazz and spotting the best side of every situation. She has experience in real estate, customer relations, children’s advocacy & juvenile protection, diplomatic administration and early childhood education. She received her teaching assistant and educational psychology degree from Dutchess Community College in NY. She has three grown children of her own and many more at heart. Sabine is currently on sick leave.


Inés van Wassenhove

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Inés moved to Belgium in February 2015. Before this, she lived in Uruguay where she taught young children for 8 years. She has a degree on Early Years Foundation Stage from the Universidad Católica in Montevideo and a Trinity College Certificate in TESOL. Inés is currently our nursery assistant and in her free time she enjoys reading, photography and travelling with her husband.

Ivana Julaton

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Ivana Julaton has a Certificate in Early Years Practice from The Open University. She started as a teacher’s assistant at BISB in 2006 having already been in the school a year earlier as a volunteer doing research for her Open University courses She assists in Reception. She enjoys reading books and listening to music.

Ena Tolentino

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Ena Tolentino has been with BISB since 2001 and is therefore one of the longest serving contributors to BISB’s success. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Accountancy. She has recently completed her Teaching assistant level 2 course with the UK Open College. Ena assists in both the Infant and Junior departments..  She also speaks three languages including English and French.

Smita Bandaru

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Smita moved to Brussels with her family after working for 9 years with a major hospitality chain in their Sales & Marketing department. She has done her MBA in Marketing and Finance and has been certified by COBIS – TA college as a Teaching Assistant. She currently works in Year 1. In her spare time, she likes to read and also study French.

Tomasz Iwaniuk

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Tomasz Iwaniuk has been the main minibus driver for BISB since 2005. He speaks three languages and is also very helpful attending to several small maintenance tasks around school.

Vanessa di Fine

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Vanessa has always been passionate about music.  She believes that music plays a very important role in education. She is a Music Together teacher at Dingdong music center in Brussels, a joyful, creative, and natural way for children and their grownups to learn music through songs, rhymes, movement, and instrument play. She began her violin studies in Italy at the age of seven. Ten years later she had already performed with several orchestras in Italy. After obtaining her violin diploma at the Conservatorio Nino Rota di Monopoli in 2009 she started her first MA year as an Erasmus student in the Czech Republic in order to deepen her knowledge of chamber music. Her second MA year was in Germany where she completed an Erasmus placement at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig. In April 2014 she obtained her Master’s degree in chamber music with the highest note at the Conservatorio di Monopoli Nino Rota. Soon thereafter she won the Leonardo da Vinci scholarship which gave her the opportunity to work as an assistant at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. Working as a music teacher at DingDong and as a Garderie supervisor at BISB was a gift for her and for her career as teacher. It allows her to combine her passion for teaching music with her love for children.