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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.
Year 2B Class Teacher
Primary Assistant Teacher
Originally from Astana, Kazakhstan, Mrs Bradley has a wealth of experience in international education, specialising in English as an Additional Language, as well as Special Educational Needs. She has an enthusiastic classroom presence, with a passionate commitment to students’ development and learning experience. Having worked as a full-time teacher at international schools in Kazakhstan and Malaysia, including special needs schools, Mrs Bradley is skilled at designing challenging, enriching and innovative activities that address the diverse needs and interests of her students.
In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, going for walks with her family and trying new cuisines.
Mr Malden joins us from an established academy school in the UK, as an experienced Humanities teacher, having taught History across Key Stage 3 through Sixth Form.
Growing up in Milton Keynes, famous for roundabouts and concrete cows, Mr Malden spent several years working in sales roles before deciding to do something that interested him and went to university as a mature student to study History at the University of Westminster, later completing his PGCE at the University of Hertfordshire.
Mr Malden loves being a teacher - especially being a Form Tutor. With a passion for history that extends far beyond the classroom, he enjoys travelling to historical sites - he’s been for a look around Angkor Wat, and last summer he took a tent and walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall. He is looking forward to exploring Ljubljana and some of the mountains around it - and meeting my new students and colleagues.
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.
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 6 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.
Originally from Portsmouth, England, Mr MacNeill obtained his Biochemistry degree from the University of Newcastle, before completing his PGCE teacher training at Leeds University. He remained in Leeds, working in state schools, and for the last three years he has been teaching Science in a comprehensive secondary school rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.
BISL will be Mr MacNeill’s first international teaching post, and he is very much looking forward to broadening his experience as part of our team.
In his free time, he enjoys travelling, baking, cooking, reading and is an avid runner.
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.
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.
Business & Economics Teacher
Mr Chuter has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and a CIM postgraduate diploma in Marketing (Chartered Institute of Marketing). Mr Chuter joins us with a wealth of commercial, training and teaching experience, enabling him to teach academic concepts alongside real-life business applications.
His pragmatic teaching approach has been hugely influenced by his own experiences of working in teaching/training, personal development, business consultancy and research. Graeme particularly enjoys the positive and friendly teaching environment that BISL provides for staff and students alike.
Outside of school, Graeme is keen to keep abreast of current affairs in the wider political, social, and economic environment. He is a keen traveller, and particularly enjoys exploring the highlights and hidden gems of Slovenia and its neighbouring countries. His other interests include sport, music, and discovering local food and wine specialities.
Head of Early Years
Joining us from our sister school in Shanghai, the first school in the city to be accredited by both COBIS and CIS, Ms Gillespie holds a PGCE specialising in Early Years from The University of London, Goldsmiths, as well as a BA Honours degree in Drama Studies from The University of Winchester.
Ms Gillespie began her teaching career in a federation of schools in Hackney London, where she had the opportunity to lead Nursery teams and was the whole school PSHE Coordinator. In 2014 she took the leap into international education, moving to Switzerland to work at an international school in Geneva which had just opened a brand-new Nursery. From Switzerland, she continued her international teaching career at Britannica International School, Shanghai, joining the school in 2017 as part of the Senior Leadership Team and has been leading the Early Years phase in these last four years.
Ms Gillespie is delighted to be staying within the Orbital family of schools and is looking forward to joining the BISL team and taking advantage of all that beautiful Slovenia has to offer.
Head of Science
With a degree in Environmental Science and a PGCE in Biology, Mr Bascombe has been teaching in England, China and most recently, the Middle East. He is joining us from an international school in Qatar, part of one of the world’s largest and most well-regarded group of schools worldwide.
Maintaining a high expectation of himself and his students, Mr Bascombe is looking forward to being able to use the skills he has honed working in these school to be an effective Head of Science here at BISL.
Mr Bascombe is half English, half Jamaican, and is an avid visitor of botanical gardens, wildlife reserves and national parks. His hobbies also include travelling and martial arts, as he is a brown belt kick boxer.
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.
Karla Marija Kukovica
Ms Kukovica graduated from the Faculty of Sport at the University of Ljubljana with a Master's degree in Physical Education.
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 organization 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 more than 20 years and is currently training in Contemporary dance. Besides spending her time in the dance hall, she loves to dive, climb and hike in the Slovenian mountains.
Ms Hafner completed her Master's degree in accounting and auditing at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. She worked for a major accounting company for 16 years before joining BISL in 2021. She passed the Chamber of Accounting Services exam in 2013, obtaining the title of Finance Manager.
She lives in Škofljica, in a lovely house with a garden and in her spare time, she loves reading, gardening and spending time with her family.
Year 1 Class Teacher
Ms Miklavec has completed her Masters degree in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, has completed her teaching course in Slovenia and is now working towards a further educational qualification.
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 3A 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 joining BISL back in 2014.
Ms Blundell is currently completing her iPGCE, an internationally recognised course with Derby University which offers a global perspective of education and challenge, and she has also chosen to dedicated some of her study towards inclusion and understanding learning differences.
In her spare time, Ms Blundell enjoys cycling, road trips abroad, cooking, creating artwork and gardening.
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.
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.
Originally from Wales, and joining us from an outstanding international school set to becoming the first High Performance Learning School in Romania, Ms Hawkins’ love of art began at a young age. She believes that art inspires ideas, encourages creative thinking, and offers insight into an ever-growing, exciting industry. Inspired by her secondary art teacher, she left school after her A Levels to study a foundation in art and design before completing her BA degree in photography, obtaining a TEFL, and going to work with students in Valladolid and Barcelona, Spain, for two years.
Knowing that teaching art was her calling, Ms Hawkins completed her PGCE in Cheltenham and worked as an art and photography teacher in the UK before moving on to international education three years ago. She is currently the Head of Creative Arts at an international school in Bucharest, Romania.
Her hobbies include photography, visiting art galleries and travelling. Living in Romania, she has learnt to ski and tries to spend as much time as possible on the slopes during the winter season, something she’s keen on continuing here in Slovenia. Ms Hawkins is very excited to move to Ljubljana and looks forward to teaching art here at BISL.
Year 5 Class Teacher
After gaining a BEd (Honours) in Primary Education at the University of Worcester, Ms Thomas worked in a school in North Wales where she was English coordinator and NQT mentor. Whilst teaching full time, she gained her Masters in Education and specialised in Special Educational Needs and English as an Additional Language.
Experienced in the world of international education, she has taught in China, Australia and Italy, and is very much looking forward to living in Slovenia. Joining us from an international school in Milan that is part of a global group of schools, Ms Thomas has recently been working with WWF and eco schools to educate children on how to be good global citizens and how important it is to look after our world. She believes outdoor education is very important as it develops children’s creativity, problem-solving, independence and confidence.
In her spare time, Ms Thomas loves to hike, read and travel. She has visited every continent in the world and has been on an expedition to Antarctica!
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.
Mr Staines is from England and has experience in international education, being a CELTA certified English teacher and having worked in various schools as an EAL teacher in Japan, China, Spain and the UK, supporting students with a range of special educational needs.
He holds a BA degree in Geography and a Master’s in Broadcast Journalism, loves meeting new people and exploring new cultures.
Passionate about music, Mr Staines also presents a new music radio show on local radio. He is really excited to move to Slovenia and start contributing to our vibrant BISL community.
Originally from Croatia, Ms Vasiljević is currently pursuing a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Maribor, having obtained her MSc in Education, specialising in Educational Mathematics and Physics, from the University of Maribor, and her BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Split, Croatia. She developed a passion for teaching during her student days, gaining years of valuable experience in various creative pedagogical methods ever since. Her Master’s thesis in Physics was centred around students’ preconceptions and understanding of mechanics based on the results of her educational research.
Ms Vasiljević actively participates in various international conferences and workshops, travelling across Europe to the likes of Hungary, the Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, Slovenia and France.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading comic strips, outdoor recreational activities and adores cats.
Year 3B 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.
Mr Gombač studied electro-technics at high school and graduated from the Faculty of Organisational Sciences of Kranj with a degree in IT Systems Organisation.
After graduating from high school, he worked as an Electrical Designer for a Slovenian company before joining the Slovenian Armed Forces in the position of a non-commissioned officer ,as a Recruit Instructor and continued as an Expert in Electronic Warfare Systems. Prior the joining the BISL team, he worked at the Ministry of Finance as a Systems Administrator.
Mr Gombač lives with his family in Domžale. He likes reading, growing fruit, swimming, diving and skiing. Most of his spare time is spent on his mouintain bike, discovering hidden paths and trails. Enjoying good food and music, however, is almost his obsession.
His life moto is:
Even if you find yourself on The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd) - Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python).
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.
Computer Science ICT Teacher
Miss Burtrand holds a PGCE in Information Communication and Technology from the UK and has taught ICT and Computer Science for over 12 years at various schools in the UK, Asia and Europe.
Most recently, she has been based in Luxembourg, teaching Computer Science across Key Stage 3 through Sixth Form at an international school rated ‘excellent’ by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.
Miss Burtrand enjoys seeing students progress in her subject and develop a love of learning. In her spare time, she enjoys walking and nature, cycling and relaxing with family and friends.
Mr Hayes has always had a strong passion for sport, representing his native Wales at cricket and tennis as a junior. He studied Physical Education & Sports Development at the University of Worcester before working as a tennis coach in Greece and Turkey. He then returned to the UK to work for Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with the Lawn Tennis Association, before moving back to his hometown of Wrexham to work as a PE Teacher.
In recent years, a desire to travel and work abroad saw him continue his work as a PE Teacher in China and Italy, joining us from an international school in Milan that is part of a global group of schools.
Playing and watching sport continues to occupy most of his leisure time, whilst he also enjoys travelling, listening to music and reading.
Originally from beautiful Cornwall in the UK, Mr Wilkins has a BA in English Literature from the University of Exeter and completed his PGCE at the University of Oxford.
He is unashamedly obsessed with reading, and the study of language and literature, and is consistently determined to share this love with his students. Most recently, he has been teaching in an established international school in Togo, West Africa.
After two years of never-ending sun, Mr Wilkins is looking forward to cold Slovenian winters. Outside of work, he enjoys anything related to football or outdoor activities. Having grown up by the sea, Mr Wilkins has always ensured he is never far from a large body of water and is extremely excited by the prospect of Slovenia’s numerous lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.
Sarah Fairchild Gojković
Head of PE
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.
Mr Astbury’s love of geography started from a young age, having spent 2 years in Indonesia living in the shadow of an active volcano. When he returned to the UK, he made the decision to enrol at Plymouth University to achieve a degree in geography. He then worked in a summer camp in the USA, teaching sailing for two summers before completing his PGCE in the UK, specialising in Geography.
Since then, Mr Astbury has worked in two schools in the UK, and has been teaching IGCSE and A Level geography and KS3 humanities in Bucharest for the last three years, at an outstanding international school set to becoming Romania’s first High Performance Learning School. Passionate about his subject, with a particular interest in sustainability and the environment, Mr Astbury believes that geography is key to a better understanding of global society and enjoys using geography to fire the imagination and bring the whole world into the classroom.
In his spare time, Mr Astbury enjoys rock climbing and cycling in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter, so he is looking forward to living in Ljubljana - the perfect place to live for these activities!
(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 4 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.
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
Viktorija has studied in Ljubljana, Graz, Leipzig and London. She holds a Master of Science degree in German Linguistics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German translation and English language and literature.
She has been teaching German translation and German Languages for Specific Purposes at the University of Ljubljana since 1999. In 2017 she has been the second person in over two decades to be admitted to the PhD program in Law by the University of Maribor as a non-lawyer.
Viktorija is a published author in the field of legal linguistics, a specialist in court interpreting and legal translation. In 2012 she founded the Association of Sworn Court Interpreters and Legal Translators of Slovenia SCIT® and is the association’s president.
With her more than twenty years of teaching experience on different levels of education, Viktorija was as a native speaker of German an ideal choice for BISL to approach to join us in 2014 as a Secondary German teacher for German IGCSEs and A-levels. Since 2021 she has been leading the afternoon activity “The German club” open to students who are native or have advanced knowledge in German.
Viktorija has two grown-up children and a dog. She spends her free time traveling, exploring cultures or lecturing at international conferences worldwide, and of course, working on her Ph.D. thesis.
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