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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
Ms Andronikos is Greek/Australian. She graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelors degree in Education and is currently working towards her Masters. Before moving to Slovenia to join BISL, she taught for several years in one of Australia's top private schools.
Ms Andronikos' real passion is working with middle school 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.
Špela Peršl Mlakar
Mrs Peršl Mlakar gained her Economics degree in Ljubljana, majoring in accounting and marketing. She is currently working towards a further degree in the management of life-long learning.
Whilst working in the finance department of a furniture factory in Idrija, Mrs Peršl Mlakar set up her own accountancy services company and through this started working with BISL in 2012. She took on the full-time role as Finance & HR Manager in 2014 and became Business Manager in 2019.
Mrs Peršl Mlakar is married, and has a daughter and a beautiful golden retriever called Gal.
Head of Marketing & Admissions
Mrs Gal-Varga is an experienced Marketing Manager who completed her studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, specialising in Marketing and Marketing Communications. After a good decade in multinational companies in the fields of Marketing and Sales and after setting up a marketing agency, she joined our team as Head of Marketing and Admissions in 2019.
She is married and has three children and loves to spend her free time with her family. She enjoys reading books, walks in nature with friends and spending time with her family.
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.
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.
Since graduating in Economics from the University of Ljubljana in 2012, Mr Smajila has continued to study and is currently completing his Masters degree.
Mr Smajila joined BISL in 2012 as Finance Assistant, but his passion for technology and other IT related areas enabled him to change roles and is now the school’s IT Manager.
A keen sportsman, Mr Smajila particularly enjoys playing football and loves volleyball, basketball and swimming.
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 4B 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.
Biology & Science Teacher
Experienced in teaching Science, Ms Ross completed her degree in Science and Sports, and is completing her Masters in Education this summer. Aside from her teaching experience, currently working in a school rated “Good” by Ofsted, Ms Ross has experience in teaching Physical Education and has also spent two summers in Virginia, USA working at a Girl Scout camp as a counsellor and lifeguard.
Her passions are the outdoors and trying new foods from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
Primary Assistant 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.
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.
Primary Art Coordinator
Primary Assistant Teacher
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 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 2 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.
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.
Maja Majzelj Kralj
Mrs Majzelj Kralj has worked in various language schools around Ljubljana, principally teaching very young learners and primary students. She has also worked extensively on a number of translation projects.
After finishing her CELTA teaching qualification and spending a year teaching at Mint International House, Mrs Majzelj Kralj initially joined BISL in 2010 as a part-time EAL teacher. Since then she has taken on a full-time role, also teaching Slovene as a Second Language.
Mrs Majzelj Kralj enjoys travelling (especially to Spain), reading, and learning languages. She spends her free time with her daughter and husband.
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.
Year 6B 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.
Year 1 Class Teacher
Primary Science Coordinator
Joining us from Trinity St. Peter’s Primary School and Nursery, rated as “Outstanding” in all areas in its most recent inspection, Mr Hughes holds a PGCE in Primary Education, specialising in EAL. He has really enjoyed developing his own teaching philosophy; developing the mind, body and spirit, through creative and expressive mediums that empower children. He has a passion for outdoor adventure, including: hiking, camping, fitness and snorkelling.
For the past four years, Mr Hughes has spent his summers living and working on the Greek island of Paros, meeting new people and experiencing different cultures, something he is eager to continue in the future.
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.
Year 5 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
SEN Assistant Teacher
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. Ms Fairchild 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 6A 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.
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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