‘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
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 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.
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 our KS2 assistant.
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.
Vanessa di Fine
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. Vanessa is a nursery assistant and garderie supervisor.
Anna has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Sydney in Australia,
where she has taught for A Really Long Time. She has also taught in Geneva,
Switzerland. Now at BISB, Anna is working as a teaching assistant in
Nursery. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, reading and knitting (
sometimes sequentially and sometimes concurrently)! Anna speaks English and
Italian and a little French.
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.
Muriel Gazeau has a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting, as well as a formal training in coaching and considerable experience in a range of coaching methods.
From an extended multicultural family, she completed her finance studies in France and the Netherlands. Her work in the sector in both France and Belgium included training non-financial employees to deal with financial challenges. This led to a decision to retrain as a teacher and NLP coach, a profession she loves and now enjoys as a freelancer.
She had the opportunity to combine her financial management skills and educational experience when running an English-language independent bookshop in Belgium. Being immersed in the wonderful realm of books also gave her an insight into the exciting world of international schools, where she organized regular book fairs and author events.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and knitting, and spending time discovering the world with her 3 children.