“In the pupils’ questionnaires, all pupils agreed that their teachers help them to learn and an overwhelming majority stated that the teachers help them with any difficulties that they may encounter”.
ISI Inspection Report
Naomi Irakoze has a BA(Hons) in Primary Education from Canterbury University where she specialized in the Early Years and the teaching of languages. She is currently our Reception teacher. In her free time she enjoys swimming, cycling, walking her dog and playing with her three rats. Naomi is currently on maternity leave.
Elín Hafstein has a BA degree in philosophy from the University of Iceland, an MA degree in philosophy from the University of Copenhagen and a teachers qualification from the University of Iceland. She joined the school in September 2018 and is currently our Reception teacher. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking and playing board games
Year 1 Teacher
Patrick Tranter moved to Belgium in 2009, as the final stage in a 28-year career in the Royal Air Force. He joined the School in September 2013, as a teaching assistant and is currently our Reception teacher. He has a BA(Hons) in French and German, a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration, a PGCE(International) and a Trinity College Certificate in TESOL. He is married to Beverley, and they have a grown-up son, who lives and works in England. Outside of work, his spare time is taken up with DIY, gardening and keeping himself fit.
Year 2 teacher
Jane Still has a B.A. (Hons) degree in French and a PGCE in primary and middle years education. She taught in France and in England before moving to Belgium, where she worked as a translator when her children were young.
She spent many wonderful years managing an English-language children’s bookshop. In addition to the joys of meeting children and opening boxes of new books, she also worked closely with local and international schools, promoting books and running workshops and book fairs. She is passionate about children’s literature and about helping every child to discover the books that will inspire them.
In her spare time she plays the oboe in a village band and spends as much time outside as possible, gardening, walking, or on the edge of a football pitch watching her (now grown-up) children!
Year 3 teacher
Camilla Rutayisire is our Year3 Class Teacher. After completing a BSc in Psychology, Camilla trained to be a primary school teacher in 2004. Prior to starting at BISB in 2012, Camilla taught in the UK across the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One and gained an MA in Education. More recently she has enjoyed working in a variety of contexts overseas including training student teachers in Rwanda for UNICEF and teaching English at the European Commission here in Brussels. In her spare time Camilla enjoys traveling to faraway lands, travel writing and trying to learn both French and her husband’s mother tongue of Kinyarwanda.
Year 4 teacher
Tim Stedman studied Geological Engineering at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, after which he taught TEFL in Turkey for 6 months and in Spain for 21/2 years. Then he completed a Primary PGCE with Spanish at Nottingham Trent University. He has been teaching for more than 6 years with back-to-back Y2 classes, a Y3 class and then Year 1 and year 4 classes at BISB. He is the BISB Numeracy co-ordinator. In his free time, Tim plays hockey for White Star Hockey Club in Evere while also doing lots of running. When he is back home in England he competes in fell races. He also likes learning languages and going to the cinema. Tim is our year 4 teacher.
Year 5 teacher
Valeria Vetter trained as a primary school teacher in Pinetown, South Africa, where she qualified with an HDE to teach 5 to 12 year olds. After teaching for some 16 years in South Africa, she moved abroad where she worked in Poland before settling down in Brussels. She has an ESL qualification and has ESL teaching experience with students ranging from 5 to 19 years old in Polish schools. Her interests are her family, computers, reading and travelling. She is currently our Year 5 teacher.
Year 6 teacher
After a career in the Royal Air Force, Beverley Tranter trained to become a teacher. She has a BA(Hons) in Humanities and a PGCE. Beverley worked in France and England before joining BISB in 2009. She has recently taught, and been involved in teacher training, in India. Beverley is married with a grown up son who spends most of his life involved in outdoor pursuits. She enjoys reading, updating her computer skills and gardening. Beverley is currently our Year 6 teacher.
Kate Read qualified as a primary school teacher in London, with a PGCE, after completing a BA(Hons) degree in Music in Durham. In later life, she also obtained a degree and master’s degree in Law. She has enjoyed working in London, as a class teacher and as EAL teacher, in Brussels as co-ordinator of EFL at the European School, Uccle, in Paris as a class teacher and, as a volunteer, many years ago, in Palestine. She joined BISB in September 2015. She likes to spend her spare time reading, walking, and exploring Belgium with her two sons. Kate is currently our EAL teacher
Amira holds bachelor (Honours) degrees in Communication and International Relations and a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Studies and Linguistics from the University of Houston (UH) After graduating, she taught for ten years French, Italian and Spanish language, culture, history and literature in the Department of Linguistics at Rice and the University of Houston. After the birth of their two sons, Amira decided to volunteer teaching languages in an active and fun way in her neighbourhood schools A passionate teacher, social actor and a multilingual, Amira considers herself at home in our ‘ small’ world. She speaks fluently French, English, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian and Arabic and is proficient in Dutch. She lives with her husband and her two sons near the woods, where she enjoys walking and nourishing her soul. She loves tango, classical and ethno jazz, and she enjoys cooking healthy and tasty Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine.