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Adrian Tudorica - Teaching Assistant Pre-School

I have been living in Belgium for 10 years. I am passionate about teaching, and I enjoy working with children of all ages. My interests include photography, music, hiking, and other outdoor activities. 

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Analida Anguizola - Pre-Primary Teacher and Early Years Coordinator

I am a Panamanian with Spanish and Italian roots.  In 2002 I moved to Belgium to honor my European origins and spice life up in the Old Continent with my Latin American charm.  I am passionate about Psychology, but I fell in love with education whilst completing my end-of-studies internship in Educational Psychology.  I have been teaching at international schools for more than 15 years. When I am not teaching, I like to spend my time relaxing at the coast, sunbathing, baking, and sharing the joys of life with my two sons and my Belgian husband.

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Arancha Barrasa -  Head of Primary School

Originally from Spain, I have been living in Belgium for the past 7 years. I have 3 years of leadership experience in a corporate environment and years of teaching experience in European and International schools. I have lived in several countries such as the U.S.A, Poland, Spain, and Belgium, and I am fluent in English, French, and Spanish. In my spare time, I love traveling, reading, learning new things, as well as spending time with my family and friends.

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Beatrice Schneider -  French Language 1, History Teacher and French Coordinator

I am French from Paris and have been living in Belgium for the last 6 years. I’ve taught French, Modern Literature, Philosophy, and History for more than two decades, in Paris and abroad. Teaching is my passion, and I believe that it is a work of the heart. I enjoy classical rock, movies, traveling, enlightenment philosophers, symbolist poets, Albert Camus, and impressionist painters. 

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Belinda Yates -  Executive Head

I have 29 years of teaching experience in private schools in Australia and Belgium, and in the last 10 years, I have been in leadership positions.   I have always been and continue to be involved with a variety of professional educational organisations such as the Junior School Heads Association of Australia (JSHAA) and Council of English Speaking Schools in Belgium (CESSIB). I am the founder and one of the Google Education Group (GEG) leaders for Belgium.

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Ben Thumwood - Physical Education Teacher 

I have been in Belgium for over ten years. I have a Masters in Physical Education. My main passion is playing, coaching, refereeing, and watching football.

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Bob Cavanagh - Maths Teacher

I have taught in the UK, South America, and Africa, and although born in London, I traveled widely with my parents.  I have lived in Belgium longer than in any other country and think of here as home.  I am teaching A-Level Maths and Physics. I follow yoga and can often be found at Beer Festivals and wandering around looking for GeoCaches.

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Cathy Kerendi - Year 4 Teacher

Born and raised in London, my first career was in international banking. Then followed several years in the US before life brought me to Belgium and, more specifically, to ISF, where I am thoroughly enjoying my second career in teaching.

 

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Christiana Rousi - Year 2 Teacher

Originally from Greece, I have been living abroad for the last five years. I have lived in the United Kingdom, where I completed my Master's Degree in Educational Psychology, and life brought me back to Belgium to continue my teaching career. I am really passionate about teaching children, learning about new cultures and experiences.

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Claudia Cordeiro -  Year 6 Teacher

I am from Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. I have been living in Belgium for almost five years. Teaching is my passion. I have over nine years of experience teaching primary students in international schools. I am fluent in English and Portuguese. In my spare time, I like to travel with my husband and three children. I also like to read, sing and play the piano.

 

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Chiemeka Anyabuike - Bus Driver and Maintenance 

I was born and raised in Nigeria and have three beautiful children. I moved to Belgium in 2010 and have worked in the logistics industry for 8 years. I am now part of the maintenance and bus-driving team at ISF. I love playing football to keep fit, and I enjoy watching wrestling.

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Cobus Steyn - Deputy Executive Head 

I was born and raised in sunny South Africa and have lived and worked in Namibia, England, and the United Arab Emirates. History is a passion of mine, and I enjoy museums and places of interest. I try to play golf and am an avid scuba diver and keen gamer. Once, I jumped off the highest bridge bungee jump in the world –  a staggering 210meter fall! I am also an internationally qualified rugby coach, an International Award Leader, and Assessor and a Cambridge International Examinations Assessor. I am passionate about education and believe in the holistic development of students, and place great importance on learning outside of the classroom.

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Damien Buxant -  French Teacher

I am a Belgian teacher born in Enghien, a small town located 30 kilometers west of Waterloo on the border between Wallonia and Flanders. I naturally emerged in a bilingual environment. It suited me as I decided to become a foreign language teacher. Besides teaching for 15 years in Belgian schools, I taught French in Kansas-City, Missouri, for two years. I joined ISF in 2009 and feel happy working in an international environment.

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Edwin Thijs -  English Teacher

I was born and raised in South Africa and recently moved to Belgium with my family. I have been teaching for the past 11 years, and I don't see myself pursuing a different career anytime soon. I am a sporty person who enjoys the outdoors and living a healthy lifestyle. I think I have a great sense of humor, but my wife doesn't always agree with me. 

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Fatima Saadani - Pre-School Teacher

I was born and raised in London and moved to Belgium in 2004. I  have more than 15 years of experience working in Montessori schools both in Belgium and in London.  I enjoy traveling, art, and spending time with my family and friends.  

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Frank Christensen - Bus Driver and Maintenance 

I was born and grew up in Copenhagen. I moved to Belgium in 1993 and worked as a school bus driver and maintenance worker. I returned to Denmark for 4 years and set up my own company, and then decided to return to Belgium to continue my previous work. I have two lovely children and enjoy bowling and making sculptures. I enjoy working with iron and on roofs; the higher, the better.

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Hadeeqa Batool - Financial Assistant and School Secretary

I was born and raised in Pakistan. I moved to Belgium in 2005. After doing my Masters in Administration, I worked in a bank. It's been five years since I have been part of the ISF team. I enjoy the diversity at ISF Waterloo. I like travelling, and I really enjoy planning long road trips with my family. 

 

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Henrik Kjoller - Grounds Manager and Bus Driver

I was born and grew up outside Aarhus, Denmark. After finishing Seamans and Carpenters school, I moved to Belgium in 1991. I started working for an International school, doing maintenance, teaching woodwork classes, and bus driving for several years. I also worked at Sportkot-KULeuven for 16 years. I raised 4 children and many dogs and cats. I like to be creative, in nature, with dogs, my motorbike, traveling, cooking, and good people. 

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Jake Erkens - Mathematics, Art and Project Management Teacher

I am a German-Filipino and grew up most of my life in the Philippines. Before moving to Belgium last year, I was in Denmark, completing my studies. This is now my second year of teaching at ISF, and I am enjoying it. Some of my hobbies and interests include cooking, traveling, visiting museums and art galleries as well as spending time with friends and family. 

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Juan Francisco Betancourt - School Counsellor

I am Ecuadorian, born and raised in Quito. I have lived and travelled to many countries around the world. I am a psychologist and did my postgraduate of 'International Teacher' in Belgium because I fell in love with the international educational environment as soon as I stepped into a classroom as a teacher. I've been a teacher of psychology, history and linguistics for the last 5 years. My passions are sports (mainly swimming and MMA), but I also love to read and write in my free time.

 

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Katrien  Willems - Year 1 Teacher

I am Belgian and have lived in various countries growing up. I have always had a passion for learning and so studied a wide range of degrees in England, including biology and anthropology. I then started a career in producing factual and educational film content. This led me to realise my passion for teaching, wherein I can directly inspire the future generation to learn more about the world. In my spare time, I love to paint and sing. 

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Kelly Ashbaugh - Year 3 Teacher

My teaching career began in the United States, in my home state of Arizona. After a few years of teaching there, I decided that I wanted to experience teaching in a more international and multicultural environment. Over the past fifteen years, I have taught in international schools in Lithuania, Germany, and now I am entering my 11th year at ISF Waterloo. I enjoy travelling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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Lakeisha Cassidy - Pre-School Teacher 

I am an Early Years teacher originally from Ireland. I have been traveling for many years, and after attending University in Belgium, it has been my home for the last five years. I love my career developing children's early life skills. In my spare time, I enjoy art and crafts, reading and traveling. 

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Madeleine Alting von Geusau - Year 5 Teacher 

I am half Dutch and half British but spent my childhood living in different countries. I studied and taught in London for the last three years and recently moved to Belgium. I enjoy being active and outdoors, taking part in lots of different sports, and I hope that I can inspire this in the children I teach. 

 

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Melina Partsinevelos - Science Teacher

I'm a Greek-American born and raised in the United States and have been living in Belgium for two years. With a pharmacist background, I enjoy helping people and using my scientific knowledge to better their lives. I enjoy travelling, exploring nature and cycling. In my free time, I like painting, playing board games, and spending time with my family, friends and budgie.

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Morgane Kermer -  French Teacher (Second Language)

Originally from Belgium, I had the chance to teach in various schools in Belgium, Louisiana and recently in different International Schools in Brussel. Being an immersion teacher in the USA gave me my first opportunity to work with children who don’t speak any words in French. As a second language teacher, I enjoy teaching students to develop greater fluency speaking in French in my own country. I am glad to be a part of ISF Waterloo team. It’s always a fantastic opportunity to work in a multicultural environment that is always personally enriching.

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Nadim Bayeh - Head of Secondary, Chemistry Teacher

Half-Lebanese, half-Trinidadian with a Franco-American education; my background is in engineering as an architect, public speaking coach and social worker volunteer. I like to bring out the practical aspect of science in everyday life.

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Natalie Harbinson - Science Teacher

I was born in England but grew up in Switzerland, where I developed a love of biology, nature, and the environment.  I have lived and worked in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Canada, and now Belgium.  I moved here in 2020 with my husband, son, and our dog Higgs and we are all enjoying discovering new outdoor adventures together. 

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Niki Daun -  Assistant to Executive Head, Data Protection Officer

I'm from the UK but brought up mostly in Sweden, with American international education, so I feel very much at home in the ISF community! I've been in Brussels for 20 years, freelancing, volunteering, and recently completed my Degree in psychology - while raising two kids. I indulge in creative photography, cooking, and long walks in the forest with my dog in my free time. 

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Nikita Thijs - History, Travel and Tourism, Global Perspectives Teacher

In 2016 I stepped into a classroom for the very first time as a teacher. Never expecting to find myself in that position, as I had never planned on being one. From that day onwards, I have never looked back. I found a passion for working with children of all ages. My favorite is interacting in a multicultural environment and teaching children about a school's syllabus, and preparing them for the outside world. I recently moved to Belgium from South Africa with my husband and daughter. I enjoy being active and outdoors. I love laughing and have been told occasionally that I talk too much.

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Sarah Hodges - Humanities, Geography  and Project Management Teacher

I am originally from the Wirral in the UK and have been living and working in Belgium for nearly 25 years and recently received Belgian nationality. Throughout my teaching career, I have taught students from 9 to 18 years old in a variety of schools for 27 years. Prior to my teaching career, I was an Outdoor Pursuits Instructor working in Snowdonia, North Wales, and I was awarded my teaching degree from Liverpool John Moores University. My interests include sailing, cycling, walking, photography (particularly ornithology) and crafts.

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Tahlia De Corso - Primary Music Teacher 

Originally from Australia, I have been living in Belgium for the past 4 years. I have a teaching diploma (Music) and a Masters Degree in Music Performance. Before moving to Belgium, I had been teaching Music in schools for 4 years. Aside from this, I was also an active member of the music scene in my hometown, Adelaide. Along with the piano, I have a passion for singing and theatre. I enjoy teaching music and hope to spread my love of music to the students here at ISF Waterloo.

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Tom Houston - English and Global Perspectives Teacher

Originally from South-West Scotland, I have been teaching in an international setting for the past 14 years, spanning a variety of schools in South Korea and the UAE. This has allowed me to experience a range of education systems and cultures, as well as opportunities to travel. Being part of the ISF school community is a privilege, and it is great to see the students' ongoing successes.

 

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Yves Luyens - Maths and Physics Teacher

I am Belgian and a father of four. I am fluent in English, French and Dutch, and I love teaching in an international and multicultural environment. I am delighted to be part of the ISF community. My engineering background gives me a purposeful view of maths that I love to share and teach. I also like to inspire students through another passion of mine, namely, distance running and some of its key benefits like perseverance, progression and balance.

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Yonas Khamal - IT Technician

I am Belgian with some Moroccan roots. I have worked in the security industry prior to joining ISF. I have been interested in computers from a very young age and have a passion for technology.