This year we welcome Ms. Fionnuala as the Acting Principal of the British School Tirana. Fionnuala has been leading international schools for the last ten years. She is from the beautiful town of Westport in county Mayo, Ireland. After graduating with a Masters in International relations, Fionnuala began teaching History, Geography and English in her local all girls convent. Here she fell in love with teaching and went on to qualify with my PGDE so she could continue sharing her passion for knowledge.
With the economic downturn in her beloved nation, Fionnuala combined her love of travel and began teaching internationally in Moscow. In Russia she became key stage 4 leader and taught a variety of IGCSE subjects before moving to Ukraine. Fionnuala spent five happy years in Kiev where she transitioned from middle to senior leadership. She has been a headteacher in Ukraine and Qatar before coming here to Albania and feels completely privileged to live in such a beautiful country. Fionnuala has extensive experience of the British curriculum and leading British international schools. She understands the evolving nature of education and the challenges of preparing our students for the future. Fionnuala believes that we are a school that provides the very best opportunities for our students to develop, grow and mature into young adults. Thus allowing our students to become lifelong learners and global citizens. “Whilst we have high expectations and ambitions for our students, we also know that for them to succeed, we need to provide a caring, supportive and challenging environment in which they can grow and flourish. We aim to spark curiosity within our students and teachers, which motivates and drives teaching & learning. Through our embedded pastoral programme, we will strive to ensure that every individual student makes a positive difference not only in their own lives; but also in the lives of others”.
Ms. Janet will be the year 1 form tutor and head KS1. She graduated with a Certificate in Education awarded by Bristol University and a Post graduate Advanced Diploma in Language and Literacy awarded by Cambridge University. Janet has been lucky enough to have a wide and varied teaching career over many years. After teaching in the UK her experience internationally includes Nepal, South Africa, Myanmar and Palestine. In her spare time Janet enjoys travelling, reading, swimming, walking and spending time with her family and friends.
Miss Louise joins us for her second year as a primary school teacher here at the British School of Tirana and will be the year 2 form tutor. She has a background in Psychology, having gained her degree in Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, England. Louise also has experience working in special needs schools specific to autism, alongside mainstream primary schools in England. Louise began working at the British Nursery School of Tirana teaching Year One pupils and has attained several teaching qualifications in Early Years and Child Development, including TEFL certification. She has lived in Tirana since 2016 and therefore can relate to the challenges students will face with learning a second language. Louise is confident that her colleagues and herself will do their utmost to allow every student to succeed.
Miss Petra, is a primary teacher and she will also be teaching PSHE and Modern Languages. Petra obtained a Bachelor Degree in Child and Education Studies and a Masters in Educational Science from Leiden University. She has several years of teaching experience working as a private tutor and a one to one with children and teenagers with special needs. Petra believes that education should facilitate the holistic development of children and help them become confident, successful and independent citizens, who are ready to contribute to a better society. She is excited to explore Albania and is very happy to be part of the BST team!
Rosie Ms. Rosie is the new Secondary School Science teacher here at the British School of Tirana and Pastoral Care. She is from England and achieved four A levels (A*-A) in Biology, Philosophy, Psychology and Drama before completing completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Rosie has always enjoyed working with children and has a background of teaching children with special needs. She is very excited to share her passion for science and innovation with our students and will endeavour to create an inspiring and engaging classroom. In her spare time Rosie enjoys swimming, reading and playing tennis.
Mr. Joseph is from England and will be the year 4 form tutor along with teaching whole school PE. He grew up in Coventry, achieved four A’s in his A-levels (Maths, PE, History and Geography) and graduated from Bristol University. Joseph began his teaching career in schools working with children with special needs. He loves sports and feel passionately that physical exercise is crucial for a happy, healthy, learning environment. Joseph has a love of reading and is looking forward to encouraging reading for pleasure with our students. After travelling here a few years ago he became fascinated with Albanian culture and history. Joseph is very excited to explore every aspect of Albanian life and is looking forward to learning more.
Mr. Jordan studied music in the United States of America and earned a bachelor degree in Music Business at Middle Tennessee State University. He worked as a musician and songwriter for several years before eventually moving abroad to become an educator. Jordan has had a successful career as a teacher for several years, in both Asia and Europe. He has worked with students from ages five to fifty, in a variety of class sizes and settings. Jordan loves working with students and helping them to become the best learners that they can be. He is the year 5 form tutor and will teach Music, Computing, PSHE, and Global perspectives here at the British School of Tirana.
Miss Anxhela joins us for a second year and will be the whole school art teacher here at th British School of Tirana. She began her early education in the UK before she moved back to Albania. Her studies in art started at an early age where she attended a professional arts secondary school which led to graduating in ceramic sculpture at ‘The University of Arts’, Tirana. Anxhela has taken part in several exhibitions and art events which has developed her desire not just for creating but teaching art to school age children. Her mission at our school is to open up our pupils minds by educating them in arts and culture. Anxhela enjoys different sports and loves to read books. She is extremely happy to be a part of the BST team and is excited to watch how our young people develop into something great.
Ms.Laureta Sinomati is our Albanian language teacher. She studied Albanian language and Literacy in Eqrem Cabej University of Gjirokastra. Laureta has been teaching Albanian language for almost 14 year, have successfully completed the professional development qualifications required by the Albanian education authorities and has been involved in numerous school based and regional projects on teaching methodology, etc. Therefore she has extensive teaching experience. She enjoys working with students and it makes her very happy to see them make progress. Lauerta believes that successful teachers create an atmosphere of mutual respect, open communication, consistent feedback and a caring, safe environment.
Miss Ervina is a returning teaching assistant who will also teach Albanian language for year one here at the British school of Tirana. She is from Tirana and has a Bachelor degree in School Psychology from Tirana University. Vina really enjoys working with year one children at our school and relishes in watching their development as they begin their journey with the National Curriculum of England and Wales.
Miss. Arba is a returning teaching assistant at the British School of Tirana. She joined the school last year, working with our children on a one to one basis. Previously Arba worked with children with special educational needs such as visually impaired, down syndrome and children with autism spectrum disorder. Joining the teaching team made Arba feel that she was fulfilling the purpose of teaching children not only maths and English, but also teaching respect and building worthwhile Attitudes and Values. Since she studied Psychology, it is important for Arba to be part of a positive environment where our children can develop.
Mr. Darren will be the form 3 teacher. He studied at the University of Bedfordshire and has a Bachelors Degree in Primary Education. Darren has been teaching for over 10 years and taught all year groups from early years to year 6 in the UK.
My name is Xhestina and I’m the teacher of Albanian language here at the British School of Tirana. I joined the school in September 2018 and I can honestly say it is one of the best decisions I have ever made! I love being part of a teaching team that provides such creative, engaging and immersive learning experiences for the children in our school. I started teaching last year after completing a BA degree in Primary Teaching in Tirana. For one year, I build teaching experience overseas with children aged 3-6 years old. Prior to this, I also volunteered on different projects in different schools and centers in Tirana. Outside of school, I still enjoy learning and I’m following a MA degree in Counselling Psychology and Pedagogy.