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Lila Jorge

Associate Head of School
lilaj@bfischool.org
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Lila Jorge

Associate Head of School
lilaj@bfischool.org
Lila has 20 years of experience in education, having served in such diverse roles as high school Spanish teacher, elementary school teacher, ESL teacher, literacy coach, and assistant principal, in both public and private schools. For five years, and before joining BFIS, Lila was the principal in a New York City public elementary school, where she oversaw the successful transformation of a school that was in danger of closing. She was the Early Childhood and Elementary Principal at BFIS from 2019 to 2020, when she was appointed Associate Head of School. 

Lila earned a BA in Education and Spanish from Colgate University, an MA in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and an Advanced Leadership Certificate from Stonybrook University, and she is currently pursuing a PhD from Claremont.


Advanced Leadership Certificate from Stonybrook University,
MA in Education from Claremont Graduate University
BA in Education and Spanish from Colgate University 

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Kristine Tesoriero

Director of Learning
kristinet@bfischool.org
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Kristine Tesoriero

Director of Learning
kristinet@bfischool.org
Prior to becoming the Director of Learning at BFIS, Kristine served as the Curriculum & Professional Learning Coordinator at the International School of Beijing.  She is originally from New Jersey, where she taught for eight years before moving overseas.  Kristine considers herself a learner and is always looking for ways to grow as both an educator and individual.  This spirit has led her to BFIS, where she will support teaching and learning across the school community.  Kristine strives to assist teachers in making the strongest possible impact on student learning through effective curriculum design.  When she is not at school, you can find her on her yoga mat or out exploring this beautiful city with her husband Casey.  


Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Education K-12
Master's Degree in Educational Leadership in Curriculum & Instruction 
Post Master's Principal Certificate

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Ana Royo

Director of Finance and Operations
anar@bfischool.org
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Ana Royo

Director of Finance and Operations
anar@bfischool.org
Ana has been working in Finance for more than 20 years. Prior to join BFIS Ana worked as a Business Manager at the British School of Barcelona (Cognita Schools) where she was in charge of successfully restructuring the finance and administration departments among other things. Before that Ana worked for different companies and multinationals as the Finance Manager. Ana has a Bachelors Degree in Economics, Major in Finance and an MBA by Esade Business School. 
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Josep Pablo

IT Manager
josepp@bfischool.org
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Josep Pablo

IT Manager
josepp@bfischool.org
Josep was born in Barcelona and he graduated as an industrial engineer from UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). Before joining BFIS Josep was working as IT Manager at UIC (Universitat Internacional de Catalunyua) and before that he has worked in several companies where he acquired experience managing the IT Deparment, as well as other skills such as quality management and facility projects.  He loves spending time with his family,playing team sports and doing computer geek things. 
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Kristy Csensich

EC/ES Principal
kristyc@bfischool.org
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Kristy Csensich

EC/ES Principal
kristyc@bfischool.org
Kristy grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where everyone bleeds black and gold (Steelers, Pirates, Penguins!), and where she still refer to as ‘home’. Her other home is Chicago, Illinois, where she worked as a special education teacher, classroom teacher, associate principal, and elementary principal in various north/northwest suburbs. She eventually realized it was time to pair travel, volunteer work, and teaching and moved to Peru, where she spent four years as the elementary associate principal at Colegio Roosevelt, the American School of Lima. Then, she headed to the Middle East, where she returned to the classroom at ABA Oman International School and then moved to the American School of Dubai as the elementary associate principal.
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Richard Nies

MS/HS Principal
richardn@bfischool.org
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Richard Nies

MS/HS Principal
richardn@bfischool.org
Richard is from the San Francisco area of California and he has experience as both a Principal, Associate Principal and Director of Learning in both the High School and Middle School divisions . He comes from the United World College in Singapore, where he was a school administrator. He has thoroughly enjoyed more than eighteen years in education as a teacher and administrator. In addition to having his Masters in Education Administration from San Francisco State University, he has more than ten years experience in school administration and eight years experience teaching high school social studies.

Middle High School

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Ian Oxlade

MS/HS Drama Teacher
MS Dean of Students
iano@bfischool.org
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Ian Oxlade

MS/HS Drama Teacher
MS Dean of Students
iano@bfischool.org
Ian comes to us from the UK where he has worked as Teacher of Drama and Head of Faculty of Creative Arts. He has also taught in Istanbul. Alongside teaching, he is a versatile theatre practitioner: a playwright, actor and director, the work he is most proud of away from school is his community theatre work with Nottingham's diverse communities. He is a graduate of the University of Warwick.
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Kelly Zavotka

IB English
kellyz@bfischool.org
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Kelly Zavotka

IB English
kellyz@bfischool.org
Kelly has been teaching High School English for 17 years, including 12 years in Columbus, Ohio, and 5 years in Rio de Janeiro. She has a BFA and an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College and Columbia University. She is originally from Rowe, Massachusetts, US. Kelly loves nature, hiking, and adventures in general: rural, urban, and gastronomical. At home, she loves to play the piano and to read. She has spent many summers in Spain, although this is going to be her first time living in Barcelona.
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Alina Toza

MS Administrative Assistant
alinat@bfischool.org
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Michelle Schuler

MS/HS Social Studies
michellesc@bfischool.org
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Michelle Schuler

MS/HS Social Studies
michellesc@bfischool.org
Originally from Connecticut, Michelle has since had the pleasure to teach around the world – this is her fifth international experience teaching middle and high school Social Studies/Humanities, including IBDP History.  Michelle has taught in Maryland (USA), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Lausanne (Switzerland), and most recently Medellin (Colombia).  She has also held several leadership roles including Head of Department, Year Level Leader, Global Understanding Coordinator, and Service-Learning Coordinator.  Outside of Social Studies, Michelle is most passionate about skills-based learning, project-based learning, global/intercultural understanding (including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), curriculum-building, and service-learning.  Michelle has her Bachelors in History and Secondary Social Studies Education as well as her Masters in History.
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Matthew Pray

MS/HS Science
matthewp@bfischool.org
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Matthew Pray

MS/HS Science
matthewp@bfischool.org
Matt grew up and started his teaching career in Connecticut, USA.  His first experience teaching abroad was in Barcelona - so in many ways, he will be returning to what he calls his second home. Matt is also married to a Catalan girl and are parents of a one-year-old baby girl. Aside from Connecticut and Barcelona, Matt has also taught in Guatemala and he joins BFIS from the International School of  Beijing, China.  He is an avid hiker and bicycle tourer. He spent several summers bicycling around Europe, California, and he and his wife bicycled from Morocco to South Africa in 2018.
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Rhonda Leshman

College Counselor
rhondal@bfischool.org
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Rhonda Leshman

College Counselor
rhondal@bfischool.org
Rhonda has worked in university admissions and college counseling for over twenty-five years.  Her first job in admissions was at her alma mater, The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Rhonda lived for a long stretch in Los Angeles before moving abroad to work at international schools in Shanghai and London.
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Richard Nies

MS/HS Principal
richardn@bfischool.org
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Richard Nies

MS/HS Principal
richardn@bfischool.org
Richard is from the San Francisco area of California and he has experience as both a Principal, Associate Principal and Director of Learning in both the High School and Middle School divisions . He comes from the United World College in Singapore, where he was a school administrator. He has thoroughly enjoyed more than eighteen years in education as a teacher and administrator. In addition to having his Masters in Education Administration from San Francisco State University, he has more than ten years experience in school administration and eight years experience teaching high school social studies.
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Marta Morer

MS/HS Spanish Teacher
martamo@bfischool.org
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Marta Morer

MS/HS Spanish Teacher
martamo@bfischool.org
Marta was born in Alicante where she earned her Degree in English Philology. She has got a Master Degree in Teaching Language and Literature. She worked as a Language teacher in Germany and England. In 2016, she run her own private Language School in Alicante. After several years of teaching experience she moved to Barcelona where she joined BFIS in 2018. She is currently teaching MS/HS SFL and is in the Learning Support Team working with our Spanish local students. Some of her passions are playing music, reading and discovering new places.

 

 
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Andrea Cranshaw

MS English Teacher
andreac@bfischool.org
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Andrea Cranshaw

MS English Teacher
andreac@bfischool.org
Andrea has been teaching for the last 19 years in the Tustin Unified School District in Tustin, California, the past nine years at the middle school level. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade before becoming a 6th grade ELA and Social Science teacher six years ago. She has a BA in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She has been trained in Readers and Writers Workshop and attended the Teachers College Writing Institute at Columbia University last summer.
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Mar Ardirte

MS/HS Spanish Department Teacher
mara@bfischool.org
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Mar Ardirte

MS/HS Spanish Department Teacher
mara@bfischool.org
Nací en Barcelona y, aunque empecé mis estudios universitarios de Historia del Arte en la Universidad de Barcelona, finalmente los cursé en La Sorbonne, en París. Enamorada del arte, de la cultura, del cine y de la literatura, soy también una entusiasta de las lenguas. Cuando terminé mis estudios, volví a mi ciudad, la de Gaudí y de Joan Brossa, y reencontré mi amado Mediterráneo. Fue entonces cuando tuve clara mi vocación: enseñar, transmitir, conectar con los alumnos, acompañarlos y guiarlos durante su proceso educativo. Así, cursé el Máster de Formación al Profesorado. Me gusta viajar, ir a ver exposiciones, leer y estar con mi pareja y mis amigos.
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Núria Araguas

Spanish Department Teacher
nuriaa@bfischool.org
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Núria Araguas

Spanish Department Teacher
nuriaa@bfischool.org
I am from Barcelona and I just came back to my hometown after living and working as a teacher in Illinois, in the United States. Before my experience in the United States, I have been living and studying in Berlin, Germany.

I love traveling and learning languages, riding my bike all around the town, swimming, good movies and music.
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Tammy Westrick

Tammy Westrick
Literacy Coach
tammyw@bfischool.org
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Tammy Westrick

Tammy Westrick
Literacy Coach
tammyw@bfischool.org
Tammy is originally from the Seattle, Washington area in the US.  She comes to Barcelona with her husband, David. They have two daughters who live in Los Angeles and Seattle, respectively.  Tammy graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Elementary Education and a MS in Curriculum and Instruction.  Her international experience began in 2010 with a stint as K-10 Literacy Coach at International School of Bangkok and then K-12 Instructional Coach at the American International School of Johannesburg.  Tammy and David enjoy traveling, especially road trips and via boats.   
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Monique Puig Worthington

MS/HS Math Teacher
moniquep@bfischool.org
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Monique Puig Worthington

MS/HS Math Teacher
moniquep@bfischool.org
Monique is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has long had one foot in Catalunya. Her career includes 9 years of teaching both Math and ESL, as well as 7 years of non-profit administration. She has been at BFIS since 2012, and is currently serving as Associate Principal for the MS/HS.  

MA in Mathematics Education, University of Missouri - Columbia (in progress)
MA in Education Administration and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh
​BA in International Relations, American University, Washington, DC
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Eva Gausa

Geografía / Historia Teacher
MS/HS Spanish Technical Director
evag@bfischool.org
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Eva Gausa

Geografía / Historia Teacher
MS/HS Spanish Technical Director
evag@bfischool.org
Eva was born in Barcelona. She has  a degree in archeology and ancient history by the University of Barcelona and Hull University, UK. She also has a degree in restoration of cultural assets and a teaching certificate by the University of Barcelona. Eva is a BFIS Middle and High School teacher of Geography and Spanish History since 1999, head of Social Studies Department from 2007  to 2009 and Head of the Spanish Department from 2007 to 2009 and from 2013 until now.  She is also the Spanish Technical Director at BFIS since 2013. 


Eva loves traveling, visiting art museums and collecting antiquities and thumbnails. 



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Martha Correa

Asisstant to MS/HS Principal
marthac@bfischool.org
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Martha Correa

Asisstant to MS/HS Principal
marthac@bfischool.org
I have majored in Public Relations in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Moved to the United States where I lived and worked for 15 years. After that I moved again, this time to Barcelona, where I have been living since 1997. My relationship with BFIS started in August 2001 and has been going strong ever since.
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Anita Kleijn

Well-being Coordinator and Teacher
anitak@bfischool.org
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Anita Kleijn

Well-being Coordinator and Teacher
anitak@bfischool.org
Born and raised in the UK Anita has lived abroad and worked in a variety of International schools including BFIS. In addition to being a fully qualified school teacher (BAhons & PGCE) she has attained a variety of teaching qualifications in health and wellbeing including YMCA exercise, Integral Yoga, Raja Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation. Her professional experience includes, over 20 years teaching a variety of age groups, TV, presenting, YMCA training & development coach, teaching yoga, meditation and organising community arts projects. 
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Brooke Fezler

Middle School Counselor
brookef@bfischool.org
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Brooke Fezler

Middle School Counselor
brookef@bfischool.org
Brooke was born in the United States. She joined BFIS in 2017 coming with her young son, who was born in Brazil, and her husband, who is also working at BFIS. She has a Masters in Counseling and has been working in international schools as a middle school counselor for over 12 years. She has worked in Indonesia, Argentina, France and Brazil. Brooke is passionate about her work and loves to run and travel and be with her family.
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Isabel Vives

IB Math and Physics
isabelv@bfischool.org
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Isabel Vives

IB Math and Physics
isabelv@bfischool.org
I was born in Barcelona. I grew up, studied and worked here until 2007. Then I moved to New York, where I spent four intense years teaching, learning, and living new and exciting experiences. I came back to Barcelona in the summer of 2011 and started working at BFIS. I like hiking, biking and swiming. I also like exploring the world with my little family.
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Elizabeth Villa

HS Science Teacher
IB Chemistry
elizabethv@bfischool.org
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Elizabeth Villa

HS Science Teacher
IB Chemistry
elizabethv@bfischool.org
Elizabeth majored in Biology, but almost from the very beginning she started working as a teacher and there she found her truly professional vocation.  Then she got a degree in teaching Biology in High School and a Master´s degree too.  Working with teenagers is her passion. She has been teaching Biology, Chemistry and general sciences for many years now.  She is teaching MS/HS Science at BFIS.
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Isid Spaho

Social Studies Teacher
Global Politics
isids@bfischool.org
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Isid Spaho

Social Studies Teacher
Global Politics
isids@bfischool.org
Isid joined BFIS in 2014 as a MS/HS Teacher. She has previously taught AP High School Economics and AP History of the United States in an IB school in Dallas, TX. She has completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with Concentration in Tourism with a Minor in Marketing. Currently, Isid is in the process of completing her Master’s Degree in Humanities. She holds a Grades 8-12, Social Studies Teacher Certification from the United States.
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Eva Solanich

Catalan Teacher
evas@bfischool.org
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Eva Solanich

Catalan Teacher
evas@bfischool.org
Nací en Barcelona donde crecí y cursé mi carrera universitaria.
Me gusta dedicar mi tiempo libre a estar con mi familia y amigos. Mi hija me llena de ilusión y me gusta compartir cada etapa de su crecimiento. Disfruto de las actividades que ofrece la naturaleza en cualquier estación del año. Mi gran pasión es la danza y he formado parte de un grupo folklórico desde muy pequeña, tanto bailando como haciendo coreografías y enseñando a niños.Me interesa viajar y conocer otras culturas y tradiciones. La lectura y la música son otras de mis aficiones.
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Julia Halverson

Science Teacher
juliah@bfischool.org
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Julia Halverson

Science Teacher
juliah@bfischool.org
 

Julia was born and raised in central California. She has been involved in education since 2007, first as a supervisor and mentor for undergraduate students in a marine biology research laboratory at Boston University, and then as a classroom teacher in Barcelona since 2010.


She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from the University of California, Davis
and a Master of Education in International Education from Endicott College.

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Andreia Abecasis

Math Teacher
andreiaa@bfischool.org
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Andreia Abecasis

Math Teacher
andreiaa@bfischool.org
I’m an experienced High School and IB Mathematics teacher. I have a Masters degree in Mathematical Education, and have worked in a high tyer school in Portugal for 4 years, followed by 7 years at Oslo International School.
I’m passionate about Mathematics and making it as exciting to my students as it is to me.
I’m a mother to three small children and spending time with my family is one of my favourite things. I also enjoying cooking, dancing, discovering new places and making new friends
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Maria Anguera

Lengua Española Teacher
maria2@bfischool.org
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Maria Anguera

Lengua Española Teacher
maria2@bfischool.org
Nací en la misma ciudad donde nacieron Gaudí y el pintor Fortuny, Reus. Me gradué en Lengua y Literatura Hispánicas y terminé mis estudios en Berlín. Empecé mi labor docente en un Gymnasium en Bonn y desde hace dos años resido en Barcelona donde ejerzo una de mis pasiones: la educación.

Leer, ir al teatro, viajar y la moda son las actividades en las que ocupo mi tiempo libre cuando no estoy en BFIS, además del deporte, mi familia y mis amigos.
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Adriana Aulet

IB Pschology
MS/HS Learning Support
adrianaa@bfischool.org
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Adriana Aulet

IB Pschology
MS/HS Learning Support
adrianaa@bfischool.org
After finishing her Psychology Degree Adriana decided to focus her professional orientation towards working with children and teenagers. She earned her Masters degree in Infant and Teenage Psychology and focused her training in specific educational needs. After working several years with students with learning differences, she feels very grateful to have a job where she can continue helping teens at BFIS while also teaching them her passion for psychology. In her spare time she enjoys reading a good book, sharing time with friends and family and most of all learning new things.  She will be joining our MS/HS Learning Support Team to work specifically with our Spanish local students and teachers. She will also be teaching IB Psychology.

Education: 


Psychology Degree
Masters degree in Infant and Teenage Psychology

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Laura Blair

IB Coordinator
IB Spanish B
laurab@bfischool.org
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Laura Blair

IB Coordinator
IB Spanish B
laurab@bfischool.org
Laura Blair is an American who has lived in Spain for several years with her Catalan husband and two children who attend BFIS.

Laura graduated from college with BA degrees in Spanish Literature and Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Journalism. After working in Public Relations and Marketing in New York City, Laura pursued her Masters degree at New York University where she graduated with an MA in Foreign Language Education (Spanish and English) with certification in grades K-12.  Her teaching career began in New York City, teaching Spanish as an additional language (SAL) in the public school system. When she moved to Barcelona in 2007, she earned a second Masters degree at the University of Barcelona in The Teaching of Language and Literature while she taught English as an additional language at an international school in Sant Cugat.  She started her doctorate studies at the UB researching the multilingual aspects of teachers´ lives and the impact that language transfer has on their teaching styles and philosophies. Laura put her investigation on hold after having her first child and hopes to one day finish her doctoral thesis.  She began working at BFIS in 2011 where Laura has taught SAL in grades 6-10, IB Spanish B in grades 11-12 and will serve as IB Coordinator starting in September 2019.

Laura has held a passion for Spanish language and culture since she was very young and has experienced various study abroad programs to several different Spanish speaking countries. She finds joy in watching her students become passionate about language.  Laura believes that by enjoying the process of learning a new language, students will identify with and truly appreciate the target culture. Her hope is to simply plant the seed in her students that will lead to a life-long love for language learning. 

Education background: 

Spanish Literature and Mass Communication

MA in Foreign Language Education (Spanish and English)

Masters Degree in Teaching Language and Literature
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Núria Borrell

Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL)
nuriab@bfischool.org
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Núria Borrell

Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL)
nuriab@bfischool.org
I was born in Barcelona and here is where I got her degree in Translation in 2006 and my Masters in Education in 2007. My passions are travelling, Feldenkrais, learning languages and spending time with my  family. I am really happy to be part of the BFIS community!

Education:


Degree in Translation
Masters in Education

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Jose Carrasco

Science Lab Technician
josec@bfischool.org
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Jose Carrasco

Science Lab Technician
josec@bfischool.org
Jose is originally from Cartagena (Murcia) but spent part of his childhood in Vevey, Switzerland. He has a B. Sc. in Physics from the University of Louvain in Belgium and did his undergraduate project at the Imperial College in London on an Erasmus grant. He then pursued a career in the telecommunications industry for 10 years, working for companies such as Alcatel or Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs in the Middle East, African and Eastern European markets. After a traineeship in Buenos Aires, working in music therapy with autistic children, Jose decided to change his focus and moved to Barcelona to study jazz-piano and carried out several educational projects using music. He completed his Bachelor in Arts at the Taller de Músics in Barcelona while teaching at different international schools such as Scuola Italiana, Lycée Français, Oak House School and BFIS, where he has taught IB Physics and Science since 2013. He currently combines his work in the lab with a career as a performer/composer in several fields such as dance, theatre, publicity or video games.
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David Cevoli

Librarian
davidc@bfischool.org
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David Cevoli

Librarian
davidc@bfischool.org
I´m originally from Rockland County, NY, just outside New York City. Over the years I´ve taught a wide variety of subjects: mainly ESL and high school Spanish, but I even spent a year as a GED teacher in Harlem. I´ve studied, lived and worked in various cities throughout Italy and Spain, including Modena, Siena, Salamanca, Granada and Madrid.

When I arrived at BFIS in the fall of 2007, it was my first year as a school librarian, but I knew I had finally found my educational profession of choice.
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Maura Cevoli

IB English B
EAL Teacher
maurac@bfischool.org
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Maura Cevoli

IB English B
EAL Teacher
maurac@bfischool.org
Maura joined the BFIS faculty in 2008. Prior to her arrival in Barcelona, Maura spent five years teaching English as an Additional Language in a variety of settings to both children and adults in the UK, Germany and the United States. Her teaching philosophy is centred on supporting students and providing them with a wide range of strategies to help them become independent learners, thinkers and writers. Over the years, Maura has also been actively involved in the Middle States Accreditation process at BFIS.


She graduated from Sussex University with a BA in German Philology and European Studies.
In addition, she holds a Cambridge Diploma (DELTA) from International House in Newcastle upon Tyne
MA in Education with a particular focus on curriculum development.

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John Salach

PE Teacher
johns@bfischool.org
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Domenico Composto

IB Economics
domenicoc@bfischool.org
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Domenico Composto

IB Economics
domenicoc@bfischool.org
Domenico was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Boston University and worked for three years at the Archaeological Institute of America. He has seven years experience teaching Economics, American History, American Government, Modern European History, World History, and Geography at the high school level. He lived in Tokyo, Japan for over three years and traveled to over forty-five countries. He has been living with his wife and son in Barcelona for the past ten years combining his passion for teaching and writing
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Cristina Cucurella

Geografía / Historia Teacher
cristinac@bfischool.org
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Cristina Cucurella

Geografía / Historia Teacher
cristinac@bfischool.org
Nací en un lugar de Cataluña cuyo nombre puedo recordar: Barcelona, pero mi espíritu siempre ha preferido la ciudad de Sevilla. Me encanta la historia y mi pasión es poder enseñarla, por eso me licencié en la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona y cursé el Certificado de Aptitud Pedagógica en esta especialidad. Me mantengo al día realizando cada año cursos que me hagan crecer profesionalmente y me permitan innovar en mis clases. Disfruto cuando estoy en casa con mis hijos y mi marido. Me encanta leer (es una obligación diaria) y escuchar música, aunque nunca digo que no a ver exposiciones, jugar a golf en buena compañía y viajar.
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Nadine Gervais

French Teacher
World Languages and SAL Coordinator
nadineg@bfischool.org
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Nadine Gervais

French Teacher
World Languages and SAL Coordinator
nadineg@bfischool.org
Nadine brings more than 20 years of experience as a teacher. Nadine has also taught drama and serves as an assistant IB examiner for French B and Theatre Studies. Prior to BFIS she worked at the Casablanca American School in Morocco and has also taught in Switzerland, Germany, the U.K., Turkey, and France. Her favourite words of wisdoms are: “Open your heart, open your mind and don’t forget your eyes!
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David Magaña

Art Teacher
davidm@bfischool.org
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David Magaña

Art Teacher
davidm@bfischool.org
I am a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art(1985) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting. I first came to Barcelona in 1983 to study the traditional Catalan method of paper making and made my life here permanently upon graduation from CIA. I have been an Art Instructor at BFIS since the inception of our school in September of 1986. I am also a practicing Art Therapist, with a Masters degree in this field from the University of Barcelona (2006).
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Nathaniel Highstein

Middle School Math
nathanielh@bfischool.org
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Frank Luna

Math Teacher
frankl@bfischool.org
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Frank Luna

Math Teacher
frankl@bfischool.org
I am from San Diego, California in the U.S. I have my degree and teaching credential from the states and began teaching middle school over ten years ago.

I came to Barcelona because my wife is from here and fell in love with the city. I love incorporating various strategies for students to learn and passionate about teaching. I enjoy the Middle School level because the students are inquisitive, active, and energetic.

I love reading historical non-fiction, watching horror movies, and listening to old time radio shows. 
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Karina Jackson

French Teacher/ CAS Coordinator
karinaj@bfischool.org
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Karina Jackson

French Teacher/ CAS Coordinator
karinaj@bfischool.org
I was born and raised in the beautiful Loire Valley, in Tours, France. Then I lived in London for 6 years before moving back to France, in Paris. Some would say the most beautiful city in the world… and that is until you fall in love with Barcelona. I moved to Barcelona in  2012 with my English husband and my son Thomas. Being a teacher is the most rewarding and challenging job.
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Matthew Monaghan

HS Science Teacher
IB Biology/ IB ESS
matthewm@bfischool.org
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Matthew Monaghan

HS Science Teacher
IB Biology/ IB ESS
matthewm@bfischool.org
I am British, but I have lived in a few places before arriving at BFIS. I have studied Biology and taught English in Dresden, Germany and worked as a Biologist for an Austrian company in Salzburg. During my teaching career I have taught in Manchester (UK), Costa Rica and Spain. I moved to Barcelona from Cadiz in January 2011, after five years there.

I am passionate about science, especially evolution, ecology, and zoology. I also love music and playing music. Sometime I even get to combine science and music, which is great fun. I like to incorporate my love for the outdoors and nature into my lessons wherever possible.
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Paula Oter

Lengua Española Teacher
paulao@bfischool.org
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Paula Oter

Lengua Española Teacher
paulao@bfischool.org
Nací en Barcelona y he vivido siempre en esta maravillosa ciudad. Soy licenciada en Filología Hispánica y en Filología Románica por la Universidad de Barcelona. Realicé el Certificado de Aptitud Pedagógica en la especialidad de Castellano.

Desde 2007 formo parte de una gran comunidad en la que me divido en dos departamentos: el de lenguas extranjeras, donde imparto estudios de cultura española y catalana y el de lengua y literatura castellana, donde imparto las asignaturas del programa español en Middle y High School.
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Mónica Moreno

Catalan Teacher
monicam@bfischool.org
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Mónica Moreno

Catalan Teacher
monicam@bfischool.org
I was born and grew up in Barcelona. I have a Fine Arts and a Cultural Anthropology degree, and a MA in Musicology. I joined BFIS in 2013 and I am currently studying MA in Teaching Catalan. I love spreading my curiosity and motivate students to learn.

 
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Jason Pendell

Learning Support teacher
jasonp@bfischool.org
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Jason Pendell

Learning Support teacher
jasonp@bfischool.org
Jason has been a special educator for the past 15 years. He started teaching in Austin, Texas and he has been working in international schools for the past 12 years. He has worked in Mexico, Indonesia, Czech Repulic and Brasil. He is married to Brooke Fezler, the new middle school counselor, and they have an 11 month old son named Levi, who currently likes to open and close doors and cabinets and he seems to really like music.

Jason has a Bachelor`s degree in Sociology from Eastern Illinois University and a Master`s Degree in International Studies from Buffalo State University.  He also has a teaching certificate in Special Education from Southwest Texas University.
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Dana Mewes

Learning Support Coordinator
danam@bfischool.org
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Dana Mewes

Learning Support Coordinator
danam@bfischool.org
Dana earned a Masters in the Science of Special Education 15 years ago.  Although she started in the field at the preschool level, she has a passion and talent for working with teens. In her home state of New York, she taught students with a wide array of learning differences. Upon arriving in Spain in 2008, she taught English as an Additional Language to students of all levels until coming to BFIS and merging two of her passions as Head of Student Support Services.
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Timothy Locher

MS/HS English Teacher
timothyl@bfischool.org
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Richard Littlewood

Math Teacher
richardl@bfischool.org
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Richard Littlewood

Math Teacher
richardl@bfischool.org
I grew up in Yorkshire. I qualified as a mathematics teacher in 1995 and moved to Barcelona in August 2000.


Richard studied at University of East Anglia (in Norwich, UK)
and completed his post graduate studies at the University of Nottingham (UK)

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Albert Julve

Digital Art Teacher
albertj@bfischool.org
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Albert Julve

Digital Art Teacher
albertj@bfischool.org
Albert studied Visual Arts and Photography in Barcelona and graduated in 2009. He has been working as a photographer and filmmaker for more than 15 years, when he founded his own Production Company, AJ STUDIO.

He is a BFIS Alumni and started teaching Digital Arts in Middle and High School in 2013.
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Javier Pozo

MS Communication Media Teacher Grade 7 Math Teacher
javierp@bfischool.org
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Débora Real

SFL Teacher
deborar@bfischool.org
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Débora Real

SFL Teacher
deborar@bfischool.org
Débora has a Degree on Translation and Interpreting, a Post-Graduate course on Audiovisual Translation, and a Masters Degree in Teaching. She has several years of experience as a Spanish as Foreign Language and as IB Spanish B teacher. She has lived in Ireland, Germany and Belgium, and she has traveled to over twenty countries.
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Jordi Ricos

IB Spanish ab Initio
jordir@bfischool.org
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Jordi Ricos

IB Spanish ab Initio
jordir@bfischool.org
I was born and raised in Barcelona where I graduated in English Language and Literature and completed my Masters degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. Prior to coming to BFIS, I taught Spanish at a Middle and High public school in the United States and at the University of Belgium. In my free-time, I like to enjoy the outdoors with my family. At the moment, I am fully dedicated to raise my 6 and 8 year old children.

 

Early Childhood

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Marisa Blundell

Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher
marisab@bfischool.org
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Marisa Blundell

Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher
marisab@bfischool.org
Originally from Sydney, Australia, Marisa trained as a nurse, before moving into education. She has taught students of all ages, from the youngest learners in Pre-Kindergarten settings to students striving for their degrees in Education at University. Marisa has been teaching internationally for the past 13 years, where she established and led the Nursery for the British School in New Delhi, India before working in England, in Primary and Early Years.  Marisa comes to BFIS after 3 years in the American School of Bombay, India, where she is the Team Leader for Pre-K.

-Diploma in Applied Science (Nursing)   -BA of Education – Early Years
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Tammy Westrick

Tammy Westrick
Literacy Coach
tammyw@bfischool.org
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Tammy Westrick

Tammy Westrick
Literacy Coach
tammyw@bfischool.org
Tammy is originally from the Seattle, Washington area in the US.  She comes to Barcelona with her husband, David. They have two daughters who live in Los Angeles and Seattle, respectively.  Tammy graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Elementary Education and a MS in Curriculum and Instruction.  Her international experience began in 2010 with a stint as K-10 Literacy Coach at International School of Bangkok and then K-12 Instructional Coach at the American International School of Johannesburg.  Tammy and David enjoy traveling, especially road trips and via boats.   
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Montserrat Figueredo

Pre-K Teacher
montserratf@bfischool.org
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Nuria Cros

Early Childhood Associate Teacher
nuriac@bfischool.org
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Nuria Cros

Early Childhood Associate Teacher
nuriac@bfischool.org
Núria is from Barcelona and has spent some time in the United States working with ESL students. She got the Elementary  Education degree in college and the TEFL Certificate few years later. This is her  3rd year at BFIS. She enjoys hiking and playing field hockey.
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Kristy Csensich

EC/ES Principal
kristyc@bfischool.org
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Kristy Csensich

EC/ES Principal
kristyc@bfischool.org
Kristy grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where everyone bleeds black and gold (Steelers, Pirates, Penguins!), and where she still refer to as ‘home’. Her other home is Chicago, Illinois, where she worked as a special education teacher, classroom teacher, associate principal, and elementary principal in various north/northwest suburbs. She eventually realized it was time to pair travel, volunteer work, and teaching and moved to Peru, where she spent four years as the elementary associate principal at Colegio Roosevelt, the American School of Lima. Then, she headed to the Middle East, where she returned to the classroom at ABA Oman International School and then moved to the American School of Dubai as the elementary associate principal.
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Emma Kerr

Elementary Librarian
emmak@bfischool.org
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Julie Rainer

EC/ES Counselor
EAL High School
julier@bfischool.org
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Julie Rainer

EC/ES Counselor
EAL High School
julier@bfischool.org
I am a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. After earning my degree in Elementary Education from Drake University, I taught in Tokyo, Japan and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2006 I came to Barcelona to teach internationally again. 
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Valerie White

Nursery Lead Teacher
valeriew@bfischool.org
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Valerie White

Nursery Lead Teacher
valeriew@bfischool.org
Valerie was born in the United States, and first came to Barcelona when she was finishing her undergraduate degree. . . . and she has here most of here life since then. Before joining BFIS, Valerie worked at elementary schools in California, and taught English to adults and children in Barcelona at the North American Institute.  
 


She has a degree in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara
RSA degree in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
Bilingual/Cross-Cultural Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles
M.A. in International Teaching from Framingham State University, Massachusetts
Master in Intervención en Dificultades del Aprendizaje, from ISEP Barcelona
MAIS Math Specialist in International Schools degree
Currently enrolled in the ASIS Elementary Language Arts Cohort.

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Teresa Valderas

Early Childhood Coordinator
Pre-K Associate Teacher
teresav@bfischool.org
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Teresa Valderas

Early Childhood Coordinator
Pre-K Associate Teacher
teresav@bfischool.org
Born and raised in Barcelona, I have been teaching at BFIS for many years. I speak several languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French, and love to travel in my free time.
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Angie Baratech

Pre-K Lead Teacher
Business Administration
Maters degree in Child Psychology.
angieb@bfischool.org
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Angie Baratech

Pre-K Lead Teacher
Business Administration
Maters degree in Child Psychology.
angieb@bfischool.org
I was born in Barcelona but I spent most of my childhood between London and Seattle. I returned to Barcelona to complete a degree in Business Administration but I quickly realized that my passion was working with children.

I came to BFIS in 2008. I was a co-teacher in Kindergarten for two years, during which time I also completed a Maters degree in Child Psychology. In 2010 I became a Pre-Kindergarten teacher!

I have a Masters degree in Child Psychology and I am an ECIS certified teacher. 
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Kelly Midbo

Pre-K Associate Teacher
kellym@bfischool.org
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Kelly Midbo

Pre-K Associate Teacher
kellym@bfischool.org
I am Spanish and Canadian, but was born in Italy and then moved to Switzerland during the second part of my childhood. I have a BA degree in English and Spanish linguistics and literature from the University of Geneva,Switzerland. I came to Barcelona two years ago to complete a Master’s degree in Communication and Advertising at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and completely fell in love with the city. I have always had a passion for children, and alongside my studies I worked in several bilingual schools as an English teacher, as well as a tutor. I realized this is what I truly enjoy the most, and have decided to pursue a career in teaching.


BA degree in English and Spanish linguistics and literature from the University of Geneva,Switzerland.
Master’s degree in Communication and Advertising at the Autonomous University of Barcelona

Elementary School

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Payson Warlick

ES Student Support Services
paysonw@bfischool.org
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Payson Warlick

ES Student Support Services
paysonw@bfischool.org
Payson is originally from Vermont. She completed her Bachelor degree at Ithaca College, NY and her Master Degree in Special Education/Speech-Language Pathology at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She taught in Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge, MA for 5 years. In 2012, she moved to San Diego, CA and worked as a Bilingual speech language pathologist and special education teacher in Chula Vista Elementary School District, as well as she provided Early Intervention services for the San Diego Regional Center.  She fell in love with Spain after studying abroad in Salamanca in college! She has also lived, studied and volunteered in Mexico, Peru and Ecuador.
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Tammy Westrick

Tammy Westrick
Literacy Coach
tammyw@bfischool.org
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Tammy Westrick

Tammy Westrick
Literacy Coach
tammyw@bfischool.org
Tammy is originally from the Seattle, Washington area in the US.  She comes to Barcelona with her husband, David. They have two daughters who live in Los Angeles and Seattle, respectively.  Tammy graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Elementary Education and a MS in Curriculum and Instruction.  Her international experience began in 2010 with a stint as K-10 Literacy Coach at International School of Bangkok and then K-12 Instructional Coach at the American International School of Johannesburg.  Tammy and David enjoy traveling, especially road trips and via boats.   
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Mónica Villalpando

Grade 2 Associate Teacher
monicav@bfischool.org
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Whitney Armstrong

Grade 1 Associate Teacher
whitneya@bfischool.org
Whitney Armstrong's picture

Whitney Armstrong

Grade 1 Associate Teacher
whitneya@bfischool.org
Whitney was born and raised in Florida where she graduated from Florida State University and began teaching in 2013. In her spare time she practices film photography, biking, and anything crafty. 
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John Hellman

Grade 5 Lead Teacher
johnh@bfischool.org
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John Hellman

Grade 5 Lead Teacher
johnh@bfischool.org
John was raised in Idaho, California, and Washington.  He has a Masters degree in Elementary Teaching from the University of Portland and has taught upper elementary homeroom classes and English to Speakers of Other Languages courses in the USA, Korea, and Brazil.  John is passionate about classroom community, collaboration, physical activity, and problem-based learning.   
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Julie Rainer

EC/ES Counselor
EAL High School
julier@bfischool.org
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Julie Rainer

EC/ES Counselor
EAL High School
julier@bfischool.org
I am a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. After earning my degree in Elementary Education from Drake University, I taught in Tokyo, Japan and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. In 2006 I came to Barcelona to teach internationally again. 
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Aitor Quintana

Grade 5 Associate Teacher
aitorq@bfischool.org
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Aitor Quintana

Grade 5 Associate Teacher
aitorq@bfischool.org
 

Born and raised in a town next to Bilbao, Aitor got a Language Teaching Bachelor degree at University of the Basque Country at Bilbao. After a year working in Bilbao, he got into a Teacher Program created by the Spanish Ministry of Education and the Texas Education Agency and moved to Dallas (Texas, US)  to teach in a bilingual program at elementary schools. He spent 5 years teaching and living in Texas before moving to Barcelona, where he continues his teaching career.
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Kristy Csensich

EC/ES Principal
kristyc@bfischool.org
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Kristy Csensich

EC/ES Principal
kristyc@bfischool.org
Kristy grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where everyone bleeds black and gold (Steelers, Pirates, Penguins!), and where she still refer to as ‘home’. Her other home is Chicago, Illinois, where she worked as a special education teacher, classroom teacher, associate principal, and elementary principal in various north/northwest suburbs. She eventually realized it was time to pair travel, volunteer work, and teaching and moved to Peru, where she spent four years as the elementary associate principal at Colegio Roosevelt, the American School of Lima. Then, she headed to the Middle East, where she returned to the classroom at ABA Oman International School and then moved to the American School of Dubai as the elementary associate principal.
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Krista Meisch

Grade 3 Associate Teacher
kristam@bfischool.org
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Krista Meisch

Grade 3 Associate Teacher
kristam@bfischool.org
Krista has been working and living in Barcelona for the last 10 years and she says it has been both exciting and challenging. Joining the BFIS team will be the next step in her journey living in Barcelona. Krista is originally from Kansas; and travels there with her two sons, Noah (9), and Jack (7), as much as possible. She enjoys trail running as well as reading non-fiction books. Along her educational journey, she has taught both in the USA and in Spain. Her experience includes teaching preschool; Kindergarten, 4th grade, and middle school English.
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Misha Therrian

Grade 4 Lead Teacher
mishat@bfischool.org
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Misha Therrian

Grade 4 Lead Teacher
mishat@bfischool.org
Misha has been teaching elementary school for 17 years and although she enjoys all subjects, in particular she has a love for science and math.  Previously, she was teaching a second and third grade blended classroom at a Scottish Storyline Magnet school in Bend, Oregon. 

Her family loves spending time outdoors recreating and playing sports.  She is an avid ultra runner and loves her time on the trails.  Misha moves to Barcelona with her family and joins BFIS with her two children
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Caroline Rockett

Assistant to ES Principal & Powerschool Specialist
caroliner@bfischool.org
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Caroline Rockett

Assistant to ES Principal & Powerschool Specialist
caroliner@bfischool.org
Born in the North of England, and raised on an island off the west coast of Scotland, Caroline originally studied Graphic Design in Glasgow. After moving to Barcelona in 1998, Caroline studied childcare and Eduction and worked in various schools doing everything from teaching and administration work to making posters and designing classrooms.

She has a young daughter who loves covering her desk with post-it's, and in her free time enjoys painting, going to the mountains and chasing the family rabbit out of the plants!
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Elena Pons

PE Elementary Teacher
elenap@bfischool.org
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Elena Pons

PE Elementary Teacher
elenap@bfischool.org
I am originally from Barcelona, and I have a Graduate Degree in Physical Education (I.N.E.F.) from the University of Barcelona. I received my Master’s Degree in Business in the United States, where I lived for three and a half years. I love sports; some of my favorites are tennis, skiing, rhythmic gymnastics, rollerblading and swimming.
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Donna Love

Elementary Learning Support Teacher
donnal@bfischool.org
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Donna Love

Elementary Learning Support Teacher
donnal@bfischool.org
Donna Loves being a teacher.  She has been doing so for many years.  Donna also Loves Art and Theatre. She is a woman who can wear many hats and she Loves that. She Loves languages and travel and working with children. She Loves the smell the mimosa and orange blossoms when they come out in the spring.  Donna Loves her family in Canada and is so happy to have whatsapp so that they can share their daily news.  She Loves Barcelona and the culture here. And Donna Loves the BFIS Community!
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Judith Mctaggart

Student Support Coordinator & Learning Support Grades 2-3
ES Observations - Admissions Department
judithm@bfischool.org
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Judith Mctaggart

Student Support Coordinator & Learning Support Grades 2-3
ES Observations - Admissions Department
judithm@bfischool.org
A licensed Speech Language Pathologist, my experience ranges from my native Sydney, Australia to the beautiful Mediterranean city of Barcelona which I have called home for 20 plus years. I'm a mother and love swimming and stand up paddling in the sea, and cycling and running in the hills.

Early graduate experience took place in Australia serving individuals with severe developmental disabilities. Love of language and travel saw me complete a degree in Language Arts with a Spanish language major involving studies abroad to Costa Rica and - you guessed it - Barcelona.  I am equally at ease in English, Spanish or Catalan.  I am enthusiastic about language acquisition and learning support at BFIS, where I coordinate Student Support Services in the Elementary School team. Supporting individuals, their families, and educators, I am proud to be part of this community.  
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Poonam Pamnani

Kinder Associate Teacher
poonamp@bfischool.org
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Poonam Pamnani

Kinder Associate Teacher
poonamp@bfischool.org
I am Indian and have lived in Barcelona for twenty-five years, my second home. Before coming to Barcelona I lived in Casablanca, Morocco. I have two children who have graduated from BFIS. I feel that I am in a long relationship with the school and I am glad to say that it is a pleasant one.
 
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Mariona Llauradó

Spanish Department Teacher
marionall@bfischool.org
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Mariona Llauradó

Spanish Department Teacher
marionall@bfischool.org
Nací en Barcelona, ciudad a la que volví después de licenciarme en la Universita degli Studi de Padova (Italia), y obtuve mi certificado de aptitud pedagógica  en la especialidad de ciencias sociales (geografía e historia) por la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.  Este es mi décimo año en la escuela. Durante estos años he realizado diferentes cursos de especialización en la UOC (Universitat oberta de Cataluña) y he asistido a diferentes conferencias y congresos sobre educación y aprendizaje. 

Actualmente estoy cursando un curso homologado por el ministerio de educación sobre nuevas tecnologías aplicadas a la educación.
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Emma Kerr

Elementary Librarian
emmak@bfischool.org
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Laia Abad

Grade 3 Lead Teacher
laiaa@bfischool.org
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Laia Abad

Grade 3 Lead Teacher
laiaa@bfischool.org
Born and raised in Barcelona, Laia has a TEFL diploma in teaching and a Master’s degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies. She has been teaching English as a Foreign Language for 5 years and has also been a robotics instructor in schools.
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Liz Jacobs

Grade 1 Lead Teacher
lizj@bfischool.org
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Liz Jacobs

Grade 1 Lead Teacher
lizj@bfischool.org
Liz is originally from New York, but has been calling Barcelona her home for the past four years. She holds a degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta (NY) in Childhood Education. She joined BFIS in 2014 and has been dedicating her time to working in first grade. She enjoys a good book, sunny beach days and doing yoga.
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Fiona Higgins

Learning Support Grades K-1
fionah@bfischool.org
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Fiona Higgins

Learning Support Grades K-1
fionah@bfischool.org
Fiona is originally from Ireland, where she obtained her Bachelor of Music Degree before moving to Barcelona to complete a Master in Music Therapy with the University of Barcelona. For the past few years Fiona has been travelling around Europe working in various international schools as a Music teacher and Learning Support teacher. She has recently completed her qualification in Early Childhood Education
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María Gutiérrez Rodríguez

Spanish Department Teacher
mariagu@bfischool.org
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Jefa Mercade

CSCS/Spanish
jefam@bfischool.org
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Jefa Mercade

CSCS/Spanish
jefam@bfischool.org
Nací en Vilanova i la Geltrú, ciudad donde resido actualmente. He trabajado varios años para el Servei d’Ensenyament de Catalunya en un programa de inmersión lingüistica en muchos colegios de la comarca del Garraf y 7 años en un colegio inglés/catalán en primaria y secundaria hasta que en el año 2002 empecé a trabajar en BFIS. 
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Jennifer Ellis

Grade 5 Lead Teacher
jennifere@bfischool.org
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Jennifer Ellis

Grade 5 Lead Teacher
jennifere@bfischool.org
Jennifer is originally from Dallas, Texas  and went to TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education, a certification in teaching English as a Second Language,and holds a Texas teaching certificate for early childhood to grade 6. Prior to teaching at BFIS, Jennifer taught in Dallas/Fort Worth, Copenhagen, and at a colegio concertado here in Barcelona. She strives to inspire her students, fueling their thirst for knowledge, curiosity, and wisdom. Her favorite quote is "Reach for the moon. Even if you fall short you´ll land among the stars." - Norman Vincent Peale
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Erika Velasquez

Grade 2 Lead Teacher
erikav@bfischool.org
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Erika Velasquez

Grade 2 Lead Teacher
erikav@bfischool.org
I was born and raised in Mexicali Baja California, Mexico. Soon after graduating from High School, I moved to San Diego, California. There I lived for many years until I moved to this lovely city. I feel very privileged to have worked at BFIS for the last ten years.
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Lindsey Alvarez

Grade 2 Lead Teacher
lindseya@bfischool.org
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Lindsey Alvarez

Grade 2 Lead Teacher
lindseya@bfischool.org
I am from Indiana in the United States. I graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from Purdue University. After university I joined the Peace Corps where I was stationed in Samoa. There I taught in a rural primary school for two years. After my time in Samoa I decided to move to Barcelona to receive a TEFL certification and learn Spanish. I have been here for four years and have enjoyed every minute of it.
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Carmen Anido

Spanish Department Teacher
ES Observations - Admissions Department
carmena@bfischool.org
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Carmen Anido

Spanish Department Teacher
ES Observations - Admissions Department
carmena@bfischool.org
I've been a BFIS Teacher since 1992 as a Spanish teacher and speech therapist. Before joining BFIS I worked as a teacher in Chiavarelle Montessori School and at Rose Hall Montessori School, both in Illinois, USA. 


Master in Speech Pathology, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona
Master in Psychology (Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy), Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona
BA in Psychopedagogy, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona
BA in Education, major in Early Child Education, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona
First Certificate in English, British Institute of  Barcelona, June 1990.
Certified Catalan Teacher, June 1992.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language),

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Astrid Tamayo

CSCS/Spanish
astridt@bfischool.org
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Astrid Tamayo

CSCS/Spanish
astridt@bfischool.org
Born and raised in Barcelona, Astrid studied at the Blanquerna and Camilo José Cela Universities to obtained her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Teaching. During her studies, she also worked at different schools as a monitor and after school activities teacher.  Before joining BFIS Astrid also worked at an international school in Barcelona for four years. She joins BFIS to work as a Spanish Teacher in Elementary, PreK and Nursery. Astrid is a passionate teacher and enjoys learning from the experience gained day to day. 
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Laura Avendaño

Grade 1 Lead Teacher
lauraav@bfischool.org
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Laura Avendaño

Grade 1 Lead Teacher
lauraav@bfischool.org
I am originally from Sacramento, California.  I received my undergraduate degree and my teaching credential through Sacramento State University.  My first three years of teaching I worked at a public school in San Diego, California.

In 2007 I decided to move abroad and I began as a associate teacher in 2008 at Benjamin Franklin International school.  I have been a first grade, lead teacher at this school now for 5 years and I truly enjoy this age group.   This year I completed an International Graduate Program for Educators through SUNY Buffalo State  and  have received my Masters degree in Multidisciplinary studies.  
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Tracy Climent

Grade 4 Lead Teacher
Elementary Student Council Coordinator
tracyc@bfischool.org
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Tracy Climent

Grade 4 Lead Teacher
Elementary Student Council Coordinator
tracyc@bfischool.org
Tracy is originally from New York City, where she taught 4th grade for 9 years in Brooklyn and Harlem. She has worked in various independent and public schools as a classroom teacher, tech integrator, and music instructor, as well as served as the Director of English Programs for the Nuestro Futuro School in Guatemela.

 
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Holly Gilbert

Kinder Lead Teacher
hollyg@bfischool.org
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Holly Gilbert

Kinder Lead Teacher
hollyg@bfischool.org
Holly joined BFIS from Honduras, where she was teaching 1st grade. She joined BFIS as an Associate Teacher in Elementary four years ago. She was a lead teacher in Pre-K and now she is a Lead Teacher in Kinder. She got her degree in Early Childhood Education from the Ohio Wesleyan University. Her favorite words of wisdom are: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better” Maya Angelou
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Julie Douglas

Kinder Associate Teacher
julied@bfischool.org
Julie Douglas's picture

Julie Douglas

Kinder Associate Teacher
julied@bfischool.org
Julie is originally from Sunderland in the North East of England. She has a BA Honors Degree in Early Childhood and has worked with children from 2 to 16 years of age since 2002. She and her family moved from England in 2007 to live and work in Rome (Italy) for 4 years. In 2011 she decided to move to Barcelona where she has worked in several schools with children from as young as 2 years old.
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Tiffany Emerick

Art Teacher
tiffanye@bfischool.org
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Tiffany Emerick

Art Teacher
tiffanye@bfischool.org
I am originally from Upstate New York and worked in both public and Montessori schools in New York and Colorado before relocating to Barcelona.  I am now in my thirteenth year of teaching and my ninth year here at BFIS.  In my undergraduate years I focused on 2D arts, primarily drawing and printmaking, and in graduate school I focused on ceramics. Aside from art, I enjoy travel, the outdoors, yoga and cooking.  I love teaching and learning and do my best every day to use my creativity, sense of humor, and emotional availability to motivate students and contribute to their lasting appreciation of the arts and culture.  I believe our community is very special and Barcelona is an amazing place to be an art teacher, the whole city is a work of art! 
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Kathy Shepherd

Kinder Lead Teacher
kathys@bfischool.org
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Kathy Shepherd

Kinder Lead Teacher
kathys@bfischool.org
I am originally from Edinburgh, Scotland but I have been in Barcelona for 9 years now working with small children. I have worked at two other International Schools in the Barcelona area and also as an English teacher. I have two younger sisters who both live in Edinburgh and enjoy coming to visit whenever possible. I am currently studying for my BA in Early Years which I hope to finish soon. In my free time, I love to go traveling, to the cinema, reading lots of books and go to museums. I love to work with th little ones because every day is different and full of surprises!
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Jennifer Gibbs

Grade 3 Lead Teacher
jenniferg@bfischool.org
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Jennifer Gibbs

Grade 3 Lead Teacher
jenniferg@bfischool.org
Jennifer has traveled to many places and lived overseas for many years. She has dual citizenship (Spain and US). She lived in Florida for 10 years before she relocated to Barcelona. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in teaching science, a certification in teaching English as a Second Language (ESOL), and a Florida teaching certificate for grades K-6th. Prior to teaching at BFIS,  she taught 5th grade for four years at a public school in Tampa, Florida. The summer of 2011 she moved to Barcelona and began teaching at at BFIS where she has taught 5th grade for four years, 6th and 7th grade math and science for one year, and she is now a 3rd grade lead teacher. 

 
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Carmela Gil

Spanish Department Coordinator
carmelag@bfischool.org
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Carmela Gil

Spanish Department Coordinator
carmelag@bfischool.org
Estudié Magisterio y recientemente obtuve el Certificate of Teacher Leadership in International Schools. Hace 18 años que trabajo en BFIS. Anteriormente  trabajé cinco años en otra Escuela Internacional en Sitges y, aún antes, en una
escuela pública . Soy mamá de dos niñas que también estudian en la escuela, una en 3rd grade y la otra en 11th. 
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Kathleen Watt

EAL Kinder and Grade 1
kathleenw@bfischool.org
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Kathleen Watt

EAL Kinder and Grade 1
kathleenw@bfischool.org
I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. During my many years of teaching, I have always worked with English language learners, in Chicago, Phoenix, and now Barcelona. My experience includes working with 2nd – 8th grade students, both as a classroom and resource teacher, as well as a district bilingual testing coordinator. I came to BFIS for the unique opportunity to work within a diverse multilingual and multicultural community.

Operations

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Claudia Blanc

Educational Technology and System Administrator
claudiab@bfischool.org
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Lourdes Bracons

Nurse
lourdesb@bfischool.org
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Albert Castro Pérez

Human Resources
albertc@bfischool.org
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Albert Castro Pérez

Human Resources
albertc@bfischool.org
Albert was born in Barcelona, he graduated as a psychologist from the UB (Universitat de Barcelona), before joining BFIS He was working as HR Manager in Konecta corporativa more than 3 years in the contact center industry, before that he worked in two companies managing challenging international projects where he acquired high experience managing people. Being enthusiastic in HR, he studied an HR Executive Master in EADA ( Escuela Alta Dirección y Administración). Outside school you'll find him traveling with his beautiful family. 
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Aitor Gracia

Technology Technician
aitorg@bfischool.org
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Cristina Molina

Administrative Assistant
cristinam@bfischool.org
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Cristina Molina

Administrative Assistant
cristinam@bfischool.org
Cristina graduated with a Bachelor degree in Media Communications. Although she holds the C.A.P. qualification (equivalent to the english PGCE) she has always felt more comfortable in the business area of the school. She has  been working happily as an admin assistant at BFIS for two years. She loves reading, good movies, meeting friends and has a soft spot for cats.
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Alina Toza

MS Administrative Assistant
alinat@bfischool.org
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Serena Washburn

Director of Admissions
serenaw@bfischool.org
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Serena Washburn

Director of Admissions
serenaw@bfischool.org
I am originally from Virginia, however, I have lived almost half my life in Barcelona. I came to Barcelona almost 20 years ago for a job at the 1992 Olympic Games and later entered into advertising for seven years. I have been a part of the BFIS community for almost 15 years: first, as a parent of 3 boys; then, as an active volunteer in marketing and fundraising; and lastly, as the Director of Community Relations and Marketing.
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Josep Pablo

IT Manager
josepp@bfischool.org
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Josep Pablo

IT Manager
josepp@bfischool.org
Josep was born in Barcelona and he graduated as an industrial engineer from UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). Before joining BFIS Josep was working as IT Manager at UIC (Universitat Internacional de Catalunyua) and before that he has worked in several companies where he acquired experience managing the IT Deparment, as well as other skills such as quality management and facility projects.  He loves spending time with his family,playing team sports and doing computer geek things. 
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Charo Rodriguez

Director of Communications
charor@bfischool.org
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Charo Rodriguez

Director of Communications
charor@bfischool.org
Charo graduated in Advertising and Public Relations from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has also a Master in Communications from Escuela de Administración de Empresas. She has been working in the communications field for 30 years. She has worked for different advertising agencies and communications groups such as BBDO, Aegis and Publicis Group as Communication and Marketing Director. She also worked for several years in New York, USA,  as Marketing Manager at the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce. She joined BFIS in 2012 as Communications and Community Relationships Director. 


Coaching Certificate by European Coaching School and International Coaching Federation (USA)
Master Degree in Communications by Escuela de Administración de Empresas
BA in Communications by Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

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Ana Royo

Director of Finance and Operations
anar@bfischool.org
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Ana Royo

Director of Finance and Operations
anar@bfischool.org
Ana has been working in Finance for more than 20 years. Prior to join BFIS Ana worked as a Business Manager at the British School of Barcelona (Cognita Schools) where she was in charge of successfully restructuring the finance and administration departments among other things. Before that Ana worked for different companies and multinationals as the Finance Manager. Ana has a Bachelors Degree in Economics, Major in Finance and an MBA by Esade Business School. 
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Belén Bravo

Facilities Manager
belenb@bfischool.org
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Miguel Martinez

Admissions Coordinator
miguelm@bfischool.org
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Miguel Martinez

Admissions Coordinator
miguelm@bfischool.org
I’m delighted to be back at BFIS. I started here as a 4th grader in the year BFIS was founded (1986) and I graduated in 1995. I then moved on to ESADE where I got my Law degree in the year 2000. In the past I have worked as legal counsel in both the private and public sector  while also working on my own as real-estate attorney. 
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Bea Zimmermann

Auxiliary Programs Coordinator
beaz@bfischool.org
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Bea Zimmermann

Auxiliary Programs Coordinator
beaz@bfischool.org
Raised in Chicago by an American father and Catalan mother, I grew up spending vacations in Barcelona. After studying International Affairs in Washington DC, I worked for several years in a consulting firm specializing in international development. Since then I have lived in Athens, Tokyo, and Riga, raising two small children and working on international projects focusing on education. Ideally, I spend my free time on road trips exploring new places and enjoying the outdoors, reading novels, or doing complex jigsaw puzzles into the wee hours of the night.


M.A. Southeast European Studies National Kapodistrian University of Athens
BA in International Affairs by The George Washington University

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Marta Viñas

Business Office
martav@bfischool.org
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Marta Viñas

Business Office
martav@bfischool.org
I have been the accountant at BFIS for 11 years. Previously I worked in other companies but always in the area of accounting. I am delighted to be part of this great family.
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Mary Okeke

Nurse
maryo@bfischool.org
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Mary Okeke

Nurse
maryo@bfischool.org
Mary is a polyglot, a graduate from the University of Barcelona with a Nursing Degree. She pursued her Post-Garduate studies in Anesthesiology, Pain Therapy and CPR from  the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is currently studying for her second University Degree in Psychology. She is an avid reader and  loves to write. Before her arrival at  BFIS, she worked as a registered qualified nurse in maternal and child care unit, obstetric operating room and gynecological emergencies.
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Imma Sanchez

Business Office
immas@bfischool.org
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Imma Sanchez

Business Office
immas@bfischool.org
I have been working for BFIS since May 2000. Prior to this, I was working as an accountant and also for a sales company here in Barcelona. Our work cause in BFIS is so different, the lives involved so precious, I am enjoying myself!
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Caroline Rockett

Assistant to ES Principal & Powerschool Specialist
caroliner@bfischool.org
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Caroline Rockett

Assistant to ES Principal & Powerschool Specialist
caroliner@bfischool.org
Born in the North of England, and raised on an island off the west coast of Scotland, Caroline originally studied Graphic Design in Glasgow. After moving to Barcelona in 1998, Caroline studied childcare and Eduction and worked in various schools doing everything from teaching and administration work to making posters and designing classrooms.

She has a young daughter who loves covering her desk with post-it's, and in her free time enjoys painting, going to the mountains and chasing the family rabbit out of the plants!
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Fabián Ortiz

IT - Technical Support Especialist
fabiano@bfischool.org
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Judith Mctaggart

Student Support Coordinator & Learning Support Grades 2-3
ES Observations - Admissions Department
judithm@bfischool.org
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Judith Mctaggart

Student Support Coordinator & Learning Support Grades 2-3
ES Observations - Admissions Department
judithm@bfischool.org
A licensed Speech Language Pathologist, my experience ranges from my native Sydney, Australia to the beautiful Mediterranean city of Barcelona which I have called home for 20 plus years. I'm a mother and love swimming and stand up paddling in the sea, and cycling and running in the hills.

Early graduate experience took place in Australia serving individuals with severe developmental disabilities. Love of language and travel saw me complete a degree in Language Arts with a Spanish language major involving studies abroad to Costa Rica and - you guessed it - Barcelona.  I am equally at ease in English, Spanish or Catalan.  I am enthusiastic about language acquisition and learning support at BFIS, where I coordinate Student Support Services in the Elementary School team. Supporting individuals, their families, and educators, I am proud to be part of this community.  
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Víctor Guimerà

Maintenance Staff
maintenance@bfischool.org
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Lola Cortes

Business Office
lolac@bfischool.org
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Tadas Bitinas

Administrative Assistant
tadasb@bfischool.org
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Núria Bertomeu

Human Resources
PA to HoS
nuriabe@bfischool.org
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Núria Bertomeu

Human Resources
PA to HoS
nuriabe@bfischool.org
I am an experienced trilingual (English/Spanish/Catalan) PA and I have worked in senior secretarial and administrative positions in London (UK), Edinburgh (UK) and NY (USA). Other places I have worked include The British Council, KPMG, Uría & Menéndez Lawyers and Accenture.

I love traveling and spending time with my two daughters and my little dog Flocky
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Carmen Anido

Spanish Department Teacher
ES Observations - Admissions Department
carmena@bfischool.org
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Carmen Anido

Spanish Department Teacher
ES Observations - Admissions Department
carmena@bfischool.org
I've been a BFIS Teacher since 1992 as a Spanish teacher and speech therapist. Before joining BFIS I worked as a teacher in Chiavarelle Montessori School and at Rose Hall Montessori School, both in Illinois, USA. 


Master in Speech Pathology, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona
Master in Psychology (Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy), Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona
BA in Psychopedagogy, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona
BA in Education, major in Early Child Education, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona
First Certificate in English, British Institute of  Barcelona, June 1990.
Certified Catalan Teacher, June 1992.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language),

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Martha Correa

Asisstant to MS/HS Principal
marthac@bfischool.org
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Martha Correa

Asisstant to MS/HS Principal
marthac@bfischool.org
I have majored in Public Relations in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Moved to the United States where I lived and worked for 15 years. After that I moved again, this time to Barcelona, where I have been living since 1997. My relationship with BFIS started in August 2001 and has been going strong ever since.