We aim to employ the highest quality, fully trained professionals who are selected for their experience, excellence and dedication.
Mr Walton graduated as an Information Communication and Technology teacher in the UK and worked for over 10 years at 2 different schools. He then moved overseas and has enjoyed working in leadership positions at four different international schools in Hungary, Malaysia (twice) and Texas.
He believes that we should encourage students to follow their passions, ambitions and inspire them to reach beyond what they feel is possible. All students should enjoy a great learning experience that is progressive, exciting and personalised. Mr Walton has a MA in Leadership and Management and the UK’s NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Head teachers). He has worked for two different exam boards, developed a pilot IGCSE course and led a group of schools in ‘Assessment for Learning’ in the UK.
His track record of school improvement, student-led learning and leading excellent academic outcomes is something that he is extremely proud of. Mr Walton has led a UK school out of over 600 others to be awarded the SSAT (The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust) ‘Learning Experience Award’ in 2005, received awards from BECTA (The British Educational Communications Technology Agency) and was nominated for ‘Teacher of the Year’ in 2008 from the National Teaching Awards Trust.
He is a qualified outdoor leader (Snowsport England), has led Skiing/Snowboarding trips, International Award trips and a European Code Camp promoting computational thinking across 7 schools. Mr Walton is excited to learn about Slovenian culture, getting involved in a wide range of sports and exploring this wonderful country.
Head of Primary
Whole-school SEN Coordinator
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Mrs Železinger was born in Slovenia, but grew up in the UK. She gained a BSc in Psychology and Social Anthropology from Brunel University and trained as a TEFL teacher before joining the International School of London. She later moved to Spain, as School Psychologist and SEN Coordinator at the International College of Marbella and other schools in the area.
After returning to Slovenia, Mrs Železinger joined BISL in its opening year as a Music and Art Teacher, working with both Primary and Secondary students, and as SEN Coordinator and Administrator. In the years since, she has also been a Primary Class Teacher, has taken on the role of Child Protection Officer and has been the Head of Primary since 2014.
With her musical background and her experience in performing arts and training young people, Mrs Železinger has been a keen member of BIMS, as both a teacher and student, and is currently working hard to master the saxophone.
Head of Secondary
Director of Assessment
Mathematics TeacherMs Andronikos is Greek/Australian. She graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelors degree in Education and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership in Education. Before moving to Slovenia to join BISL, she taught for 10 years in one of Australia's top private schools.
Ms Andronikos is passionate about working with Secondary students, building in them a strong foundation and high standards and expectations from which their academic, social and emotional wellbeing can flourish. In her spare time, she enjoys Latin dancing and loves going on long walks to explore the countryside with her Slovene partner and their dog.
Mr Kravanja studied electro-technics at high school and at university in Ljubljana. After working at the Swedish Embassy and at the Mons Hotel, where he was responsible for much of the Conference facility, Mr Kravanja joined BISL as Facilities and Enterprises Manager in 2010 and played a major role in establishing the after-hours programmes and on-site school lunches. Having already been assisting with accounts, he became a Finance Assistant in 2014 and Health & Safety Officer in 2018.
Outside of school, Mr Kravanja is passionate about dogs, (he is an active member of Kinološko društvo Barje) and spending time with his family and his two Rhodesian Ridgebacks.
Ms Drofenik graduated from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Maribor with a degree in Slovenian language and literature. During her studies, she started teaching Slovene language for volunteers from different countries who were working on projects at the Magdalene’s Network institute in Maribor. After graduating in 2012, she took part in a voluntary teaching practice at the Slovenske Konjice High School. A year later she also gave Slovene language lessons for foreigners at the Secondary Vocational and Technical School in Zreče. In the last five years, she has also worked in sales and marketing and before joining BISL, she was working as a proofreader.
Living in Slovenske Konjice, Ms Drofenik likes to relax in nature, often goes hiking, enjoys playing badminton, and adores travelling and reading. Whenever she has a spark of inspiration, she writes poetry as well.
Head of PE
Mr Damjan is a former professional ski jumper. As well as competing at the top levels, he has worked as a coach and is a trained masseur. He has finished Faculty of Sports of Ljubljana with a degree in Nordic skiing.
Since joining BISL to assist with Primary play breaks in January 2013, Mr Damjan has taken responsibility for the school’s lunch arrangements, administration, all site operations, including Health & Safety and since 2018 he has taken on a role of PE Teacher, since becoming Head of PE.
Mr Damjan actively participates in a number of sports and outdoor activities, and operates a sports massage clinic in the evenings.
English & EAL Teacher
Mr Eve has been living in Slovenia for the past 18 years where he has spent a lot of time running his own English language school, writing music and lyrics for his own band or a number of local pop stars, representing Slovenia in the national cricket team as well as all the other things that make life in Slovenia so fascinating.
Year 4 Class Teacher
Primary Mathematics Coordinator
After teaching English in language schools in Indonesia, England and Slovenia, Mr Bishop went back to Australia to obtain his BEd(Hons) in Primary Education, specialising in Mathematics, TESOL and PE.
In 2008, he returned to Slovenia, teaching in Secondary schools across the country as part of the European Class Project and Enriched Foreign Language Learning Project, in which he also held the position of English Coordinator at the National Institute of Education before joining BISL in 2011. He is also an IELTS examiner for the British Council.
He is married to a Slovene and has 2 children. In his (limited) free time he enjoys playing a wide range of sports, including cricket, windsurfing, tennis, diving and snowboarding. A keen traveller, Mr Bishop has explored Asia, the Middle East and Europe and his favourite pastime is indulging in the culinary delights of the world and the replicating them in his own kitchen.
Year 3 Class Teacher
Mr Mulcahy is originally from Cork, Ireland and qualified from Dublin University with a degree in education, before beginning work as a primary school teacher in a school in North County Dublin. He has since worked in international schools in Berlin and Cairo, gaining experience with both the English National Curriculum and the International Primary Programme (IBPYP).
Mr Mulcahy is passionate about Yoga and meditation and has been on various retreats around the world. He also has a keen interest in music and sports, having played hurling (a native sport of Ireland) for many years growing up.
Performing Arts Teacher
Mr Hulse studied performing arts from a young age. More specifically, he developed a love of music and the saxophone, studying at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) where he achieved ‘The Beatles Story Award’. Throughout his music career he has travelled the globe, more recently he completed a contract for an international production show on Asia’s biggest cruise liner and spent six months working for the biggest music venues in Dubai. In his free time, Mr Hulse is a passionate Liverpool supporter and will very rarely miss a match. His hobbies also include, ballroom & latin dancing and filmmaking. Having recently skied for the first time on his first visit to Slovenia, he has developed a passion for the sport, and is very much looking forward to going back on the slopes after joining BISL.
Ms Begić is driven by exploring new places and opportunities. A week after graduating in Special and Rehabilitation Pedagogy from the University of Ljubljana, for instance, she travelled to Gambia to work with the youngest students and assist with curricular planning in a school there.
Following a period working within the Slovene school system, Ms Begić joined the SEN team at BISL in 2012.
As well as exploring new places and situations, Ms Begić enjoys spending time with her new daughter, her family and friends; hiking and rollerblading; and she loves walking through the city centre in the early morning, as the first rays of the sun break through the darkness.
SEN Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Yates is an SEN specialist from England. She has gained much experience with Special Educational Needs and behaviour issues whilst working in England, Malaysia and most recently China. Whilst in Malaysia she studied for a Postgraduate Diploma in SEN at Nottingham University of Malaysia and is working on completing her Masters in SEN whilst in Slovenia. She believes that every student has a right to be listened to and taught in the way that they learn to help them be successful. Outside of work Mrs. Yates and her husband enjoy the outdoors especially wildlife, birds and hiking. She is looking forward to getting into the mountains and experiencing the Slovene ski slopes. She is excited to be part of the BISL team and experiencing a new culture.
Joining us from Tollbar Academy and Sixth Form College, rated by Ofsted as an “Outstanding School” for the past 8 years, Ms Clayton graduated from the University of Lincoln with a First-Class degree in Fine Art and went on to complete a Post-Graduate teaching qualification.
Before teaching in the North East of England, she led a photography programme in New York and taught English in France. These experiences encouraged her to move overseas to Slovenia, where she looks forward to interacting with and learning from different cultures, whilst enjoying her other passions for hiking and running.
Head of Humanities
Joining us from the Tenby group of international schools in Malaysia, Mr Bradley has a BSc in Archaeology, an MA in Palaeolithic Archaeology and a PGCE in Geography. His teaching philosophy has been hugely influenced by his own experiences as a student at an international school in Zürich, being exposed to an internationally-minded and friendly learning environment where positive student-teacher relationships were highly regarded. Mr Bradley likes to keep up to date on current affairs and world news as these can often be directly incorporated into lessons.
Outside of teaching and learning, he loves to travel and in particular enjoys walking or hiking, especially in Scotland, his home country.
Mr Rogers qualified as a teacher with a PGCE in Secondary Geography from the University of Warwick, and has experience working in both good and outstanding schools in the UK. Before completing his PGCE and gaining QTS, Mr Rogers taught EAL for 3 and a half years in Vietnam too. Outside of work, Mr Rogers likes to get outdoors as much as possible - hiking, climbing and skiing whenever he has the chance. He likes to live an active life and loves sports, especially football and cricket.
Head of Sixth Form
Head of Mathematics
Mathematics & Psychology Teacher
Mr Batson gained his BSc in Psychology from Kingston University, in London, before undertaking a PGCE in Mathematics at Brunel. Whilst working in England as a Mathematics and Psychology teacher, he added a TEFL qualification to his repertoire and decided to explore more parts of Europe, teaching in Toulouse, Vienna and Barcelona.
Mr Batson joined BISL in August 2010 as a part-time teacher of Psychology and ESL and soon became a full-time member of staff, also teaching Maths. He has been the Mathematics Coordinator since 2012, whilst continuing to teach Psychology, took on the role of Examinations Officer in 2015 and became Head of Sixth Form in 2019.
Mr Batson divides his free time between long distance running and running after his two beautiful twin daughters.
Juan Malo de Molina Herrera
Physics and Science Teacher
Mr de Molina Herrera is originally a Spanish aerospace engineer, completing his PGCE in Secondary Physics at Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK. He is also currently finishing a degree in art history through the National University for Distance Studies (of Spain). He loves travelling and learning new languages, cultures and living abroad. An experienced Science teacher, he has lived and worked in various cities in Spain, France and in the UK. Mr de Molina Herrera has multiple hobbies: playing the drums, writing, reading, climbing, skiing, and playing/coaching/watching basketball – to name but a few.
Head of English
Joining us from England, Ms O'Regan completed her BA degree in History and Politics from the University of Liverpool, and continued her education completing two masters degrees, an International Masters in Russian and Eastern European studies at the University of Glasgow, and an MA (Mgr) in European Studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where she started to have an interest in education and linguistics. She is an experienced teacher, gaining her PGCE from Edge Hill University in English and is now pursuing a masters in Education part time. Having worked in England, Scotland and in Poland she has a passion for languages, literacy and history which she hopes to pass onto her students too. Ms O'Regan is also a qualified EAL teacher with extensive experience with IELTS, GESE and Cambridge English examinations. Ms O'Regan is a keen long-distance runner and has completed several half-marathons in her spare time. She is also an avid baker, and describes cooking as a huge passion of hers.
Karla Marija Kukovica
Early Years Assistant Teacher
Ms Kukovica is a Physical Education graduate of the University of Ljubljana and is currently completing her Master's degree.
Her passion for physical development in children and youth gave her a sharp-eye and a wealth of experience in various fields of Sports. She has worked as a swimming, dance, and gymnastics teacher for international Early Years aged children and supported the organisation of many sporting events for both kids and adults, such as the Ironman triathlon race in Germany.
Ms Kukovica finds her professional mission in encouraging children to explore themselves through movement. She has competed in different styles of dance for 20 years and is currently training in modern dance. Besides spending her time in the dance hall, she loves to dive, surf and hike in the Slovenian mountains.
Early Years Teacher
Ms Miklavec has completed her Masters degree in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana and is now working towards a teaching qualification, specialising in the Early Years.
Ms Miklavec first joined the BISL team in 2014, as the afternoon receptionist and later assisting in Student Services and organising school trips and has since been an assistant teacher across the Primary school. She is excited to join the Early Years teaching team this academic year.
Outside of school, Ms Miklavec is a passionate scout leader and organises training courses for young leaders on behalf of the National Scout Organisation of Slovenia. She is also an advocate of Forest Kindergartens and is organising workshops to promote the idea in Slovenia. She also enjoys travelling, sports and jazz dance.
Year 1 Class Teacher
Primary Art Coordinator
After gaining a BA(Hons) at Wrexham, Ms Blundell worked in a Pre-School in the UK, initially leading arts and crafts activities. During this time, she also trained as a TEFL teacher.
Leaving the UK, Ms Blundell traveled and worked in Europe before arriving in Slovenia in 2012, where she became actively involved in a number of social-care arts projects with disabled adults and children charities around Ljubljana, as well as teaching in Language schools. She spent a year working in a Slovenian Primary school, offering cross-curricular lessons with English, before being joining BISL as an Assistant Teacher back in 2014.
Ms Blundell enjoys cycling, road trips abroad, cooking, creating artwork and gardening.
Kathleen Domjan Poulet
After being a primary teacher in Educational Priority Zones in France for several years, Mrs Poulet joined BISL in August 2018. She is excited to promote the french culture and to teach the beautiful language that is French.
Mrs Poulet has an International Relations degree and a Primary Teacher diploma from the Pedagogy and Education University of Lyon, France, where she wrote her thesis about teacher's practice in bilingual school. She believes that the school purpose in to enable students to build strong fondations (academically, socially and emotionally ) in order for them to reach their own potential.
Mrs Poulet is married and enjoys travelling, reading, dancing and painting. In her spare time she likes spending time with people she loves.
Finance & HR Officer
Ms Dinčič gained her Bachelors Degree from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, where she majored in International Relations.
She is a licensed tax adviser, but after working for a number of years in an international tax advisory company and at the Egyptian embassy in Ljubljana, she joined the Accounts team at BISL 2014.
Ms Dinčič spends her free time with her family.
Joining us from St. Columb’s College, a school which received the “Best Whole School Award” in Northern Ireland, Mr Kirwan completed his BA degree in English and History at Maynooth University, followed by a Master’s degree in History and International Relations at UCD and a PGCE in English at Ulster University. In addition, he is also a CELTA qualified EAL teacher.
His main hobbies include sports (especially football), learning foreign languages and watching films.
Year 2A Class Teacher
Primary Humanities (Topics) Coordinator
Ms Harris studied Theology and Education in London at St Marys University and completed her PGCE in Birmingham where she has been able to work in a range of schools, most recently in a Catholic Primary school rated “Good” by Ofsted, working in Key Stage 1.
Outside of school, Ms Harris enjoys fitness, cooking and spending time outdoors as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and so she’s very excited and looking forward to starting her journey in Slovenia.
Computer Science Teacher
Mr Johnstone has finished his Bachelor’s degree at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, ranked ‘Gold’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework. He is an energetic educator with experience having worked both in the UK and in international schools around the world, including Qatar, Sweden and Singapore. Mr Johnstone is diligent and flexible in meeting the needs of individual students in a friendly and safe educational environment. He has a passion for technology, sports and jokes. He has played a lot of sports and helped establish his university’s American football team. He is looking forward joining our team and experiencing Slovenian culture.
Year 2B Class Teacher
Ms Miller is joining us from Internationella Engelska Skolan in Sweden, which has a proven track record of outstanding academic results. She completed her Bachelor of Education for Primary at Deakin University, Australia. Following this she worked as a classroom teacher in Barwon Heads, Australia. Because of her desire to travel, she then accepted the position of Maths Teacher in Stockholm, Sweden. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors - hiking, swimming, paddle boarding. Ms Miller is excited to join the BISL team and believes that students learn best when they feel safe, valued and supported on a social, emotional and intellectual level of wellbeing.
Like many of our students at BISL, Ms Dascalescu also has an international background, having lived in Austria, Scotland, Romania, Spain and England. With broad subject exposure across humanities, and a specialisation in History, having most recently worked in a school rated “Good with Outstanding” by Ofsted in the UK, Ms Dascalescu studied BA History at Royal Holloway, University of London, and completed her Secondary PGCE in History at the University of Cambridge.
When Ms Dascalescu is not in a library, she loves to travel, hike, ski, dive and plays the piano.
Head of Performing Arts
Ms Kenealy completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Wolverhampton. She also obtained her PGCE and QTS in Secondary Music. As an experienced secondary music teacher, having worked both in the UK and internationally in Indonesia, she also had the pleasure of teaching Expressive Arts, Drama, Creative Minds and CPSHE. Ms Kenealy feels that seeing the delight on students’ faces as they come to understand something or the pride they exhibit when someone sees the value and effort in their work is priceless – this is just one of the many reasons why she loves to teach and cannot wait to join the BISL team.
Ms Zupanc is currently working on her master’s degree at University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Mathematics and Physics and has been a mathematics tutor for almost 12 years.
Ms Zupanc has worked as a substitute teacher in Slovene schools such as Gimnazija Jesenice, Šolski center Kranj and has worked at BISL in 2018, 2019.
Her passion is delivering unlimited mathematics knowledge and support to anyone seeking it.
In her free time Ms Zupanc enjoys cooking, exploring nature, hiking and spending time with her pets.
Assistant PE Teacher
Mr Černi is from Slovenia and spent 8 years living in Australia before moving back. He has worked with elite private schools coordinating the entire volleyball program, training students of all ages to compete in local, national and international competitions. Mr Černi was an international volleyball player himself, representing Slovenia all around Europe.
Other than his passion for volleyball and sports in general, he enjoys inspiring all ages to be fit and healthy being a personal trainer and having successfully run his own business. With his extensive knowledge of sport, he is able to motivate students to achieve.
Ms Košec completed her Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education at the Faculty of Educational Studies in Koper.
During her postgraduate study, she spent a few months in Norway, where she was part of the international programme "No Reason to Stay Inside". Her Masters thesis research involved hands-on teaching experiences in Norway and Slovenia, an in depth study of 1st grade early literacy, and examined the support offered to migrants (whose first language was not Norwegian or Slovenian) within those school systems. She also spent two and a half years in Australia, working in her field of study and travelling whenever she could.
Ms Košec aspires to instil a lifelong love of academic and personal learning and development in the students she teaches.
She loves to travel, hike, swim, read and spend time with beloved ones. She has a beautiful border collie Jacky with whom she spent most of the time when she is back home.
Head of Science
Previously Mr Cox's original profession was a career as an Aeronautical Design Engineer. He worked on Military and civil design projects in the UK and Europe. Tempted into teaching, Mr Cox graduated with Physics and Science Bed from Liverpool John Moore’s University (JMUL) in 1997 and began teaching in Liverpool. He subsequently became responsible for managing and developing teacher training programmes with JMUL and Liverpool University.
Over the following 20 years Mr Cox has worked in several schools in the UK overseas territories. He has managed several departments in different subjects as well as whole school leadership roles. He is passionate about teaching and learning and has delivered papers at international conferences on holistic learning and cognitive science. He has worked with various Universities in the UK to develop learning strategies and closely with Sheffield Hallam Mathematical department on proposals for educational development in Africa. Mr Cox has worked as a consultant in public, private and corporate sectors. He has extensive experience in mentoring, training, and coaching at both professional level and with students. He has coached Rugby and Football teams to National Competitive Level.
Business & Economics Teacher
Mr Dalton has extensive experience with marketing and promotions, having worked as a regional manager for a global consumer electronics giant in his native England, whilst at the same time achieving his MSc in International Business and Management from LJMU. Prior to this, he taught business studies at an English language summer camp, which challenged teenagers from all over the world to use their English language abilities to gain experience with practical business skills in order to foster an entrepreneurial spirit alongside the absolute essentials of theory. This passion for entrepreneurship was activated by running his own teaching business in Krakow, Poland where he spent most of his time teaching business English to adults. In his spare time, Mr Dalton enjoys adventurous culinary experiences, in-depth debates about politics and economics, and Netflix.
SEN Assistant Teacher
Mrs Godec is a special education teacher and has extensive experience working with children with various learning difficulties, including delayed mental development, autism, emotional and behavioural needs, children with a long-term illness and those who are hearing impaired. She has been supporting such children in a Slovenian specialist school following a programme of equal educational standards.
Her mission is the inclusion of all children with special needs, striving to achieve a supportive environment for them. Her main focus is on their talents, enabling them to overcome their difficulties through various learning strategies, as well as providing appropriate career orientation. She enjoys incorporating art therapies in her sessions to foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivating emotional resilience and enhanced social skills.
Outside of school Mrs Godec likes playing volleyball, cycling, swimming and refining her drawing skills.
Year 6 Class Teacher
Primary ICT Coordinator
Mr Kokalj received his Bachelor of Elementary Education from the University of Maribor. He also holds a Certificate of Advanced English from the University of Cambridge and is a certified swimming instructor.
Mr Kokalj first came to BISL to complete a voluntary teaching practice, and then focused his thesis onto the integration of a foreign language into the IPC. He subsequently joined the school as a full-time teacher in 2009 and is now the Primary ICT Coordinator - which ensures that his interest in developing the minds of young people is continued.
He enjoys married life in Višnja Gora and renovating his home. In any spare time he has, he likes to travel, read and participate in various sporting events with friends.
Chemistry & Science Teacher
Ms Tušar moved to the UK from Slovenia to complete her BSc from the University of Warwick in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry as well as undertake some research on biodegradable plastics. Having completed her PGCE at Warwick, she has taught in two “Good” secondary schools in the UK.
In her spare time, Ms Tušar likes to cook, hike and play handball.
Head of Early Years
Ms Rosa completed her Bachelor of Primary Education at Nottingham Trent University and also holds a Master of Law degree from the University of London in human and educational rights. Fluent in English, British Sign Language and French, she has worked as a Primary School teacher, Intervention teacher and Early Years teacher before making the decision to live internationally. Ms Rosa’s passion is the teaching of English and literacy from Early Years all the way to Key Stage 4, focussing on embedding literacy in the wider curriculum and story-telling techniques for EAL children.
Year 5A Class Teacher
Primary Internationalism Coordinator
Mr Walker obtained a degree in Law prior to completing his PGCE at Liverpool Hope University. An energetic and inspiring teacher, this won’t be his first overseas teaching post, having previously worked in Vietnam before working in a school rated “Good” by Ofsted in Liverpool. Mr Walker also has experience in working with SEN students, supporting their progress in mathematics in particular and has led extra-curricular activities in mindfulness as well as coaching football.
He is an avid sportsman and, away from playing football, has completed two half marathons and enjoys travelling around the world.
Sarah Fairchild Gojković
Ms Fairchild studied Sports Management at George Mason University while also competing as a multi-sport NCAA Division 1 athlete. She was a part of three USA Olympic Development Programmes including US Track and Field, US Rowing, and US Speed Skating.
Recently, she spent four years helping to build and grow DC International School, assisting in the creation and monitoring of students IEP’s. After Ms Fairchild went into teaching, she worked on developing specific sporting skills within students who were training for a range of different sports and has experience teaching students diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, executive functioning challenges, autism, and EAL. She also holds an International Neuro-Linguistic Programming Certification.
In her free time, Ms Fairchild enjoys spending time with her family and is also a signed writer, having set herself the goal of having her first children’s book completed by the end of the year.
(Duke of Edinburgh's International Award)
Primary Assistant Teacher
Mr Irving became part of the team in July 2012. His previous career roles have included team leadership, and caring for young people with behavioural problems. He is also the proud father of two rather grown-up ‘children’, and one child that is of nursery age.
Mr Irving enjoys being active and spending time in the great outdoors, but admits that his love of reading, and enthusiasm for cooking, have not been beneficial to his current level of fitness!
Ms Kotnik graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Univesity of Ljubljana in Slovenian language and literature and is a specialist in Slovene as a Second or Foreign Language. During her studies, she worked as an assistant at the Centre for Slovene as a Second or Foreign Language at the University of Ljubljana and continues to work with them though their many Youth Summer Schools and Language courses at the faculties in Ljubljana and Koper.
Ms Kotnik has also worked with international families living in Slovenia, assisting them with their language and integration in Slovenia, and with early years children.
Ms Kotnik joined the BISL team in January 2012.
In her free time Tanja enjoys hiking, reading, concerts and spending time with the people she loves.
Year 5B Class Teacher
C4C & Global Citizenship Coordinator
Primary Student Council Coordinator
After completing her BSc in Adelaide and post-graduate studies at Monash University, Mrs Charlesworth worked in the field of sleep science until choosing to move into teaching, gaining a BEd at Deakin University, with qualifications as both a Primary teacher and as a Secondary Biology teacher.
As well as in schools, Mrs Charlesworth has worked in orphanages in India, with illiterate adults in Australia, and with severely disabled children. These experiences created the spark for setting up the Caring for the Community programme at BISL. C4C empowers students to make a positive difference to our own school as well as the local and wider community. Additionally, Mrs Charlesworth has a passion for reading and writing, which comes across clearly in the creative activities she organises at school.
Mrs Charlesworth is married, and has three children, one dog, two cats, two turtles and a lizard to keep her busy while traveling and writing her novels.
Tatjana Struna Berden
Ms. Struna Berden is a professor of French language and Pedagogy.
She conducted her studies at the University of Ljubljana and the University of Lille in France. She achieved a Ph.D. degree in French linguistics.
Teaching French and expanding the knowledge of French culture to children and adults is her main drive and occupation for years, whereby she is always proving to help in translating both languages.
As a lover of French literature, she translated some of French authors into Slovene among which were Luc Bessons books for youth - Arthur and the Minimoys. Ms. Struna Berden professional activities include active involvement in building ties between French and Slovene communities in Slovenia.
In her spare time, she loves mountaineering, skiing, and nature.
Prior to joining the BISL team in 2018, Mr Siter worked in an IT firm in Slovenia as a Key Account Manager. After graduating from Ljubljana's Faculty of Arts with degrees in English Language and Literature and Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, he spent more than two years teaching at the Montessori Elementary School in Ljubljana.
Mr Siter is also an experienced translator and a writing enthusiast. Among his many translation projects are the books from prominent authors such as Gary Chapman and the education and creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson.
Mr Siter is a combination of a bookworm and a people's person. He loves spending time alone, reading, writing or running, but couldn’t imagine a life without his wife and three children or an occasional get together with colleagues and friends.
Viktorija Osolnik Kunc
Ms Osolnik Kunc has studied in Ljubljana, Graz, Leipzig and London. She has an MA in German Linguistics and a BA in German translation and English language and literature. She has been teaching German translation and German LSP at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana since 1999. She is a published author in the fields of legal translation, and has recently started a PhD program in Law at the University of Maribor.
Ms Osolnik Kunc is a specialist in court interpreting and legal translation and is an advisor to the Slovene Ministry of Justice. In 2012 she founded the Association of Sworn Court Interpreters and Legal Translators of Slovenia SCIT.
With her more than twenty years of experience as a teacher on different levels of education, Ms Osolnik Kunc joined us in 2014, teaching German at IGCSE and A Level.
Ms Osolnik Kunc has two grown-up children and a dog. She spends her free time with her partner, on their motorcycle or lecturing at international conferences worldwide.
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