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Stephen has been Principal at BIST since August 2017. He has been in school leadership for 20 years as well as teaching Geography for 25 years in Nepal, Germany and the UK. He is originally from Wath-Upon-Dearne in South Yorkshire, UK. Stephen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Staffordshire University, a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from Manchester Metropolitan University and a Higher Certificate of Educational Management from the University of Leicester. He is also a fully qualified inspector of British international schools. Stephen enjoys life in Georgia with his wife and son.
Erin is an American educator who has spent the last 25 years studying education and teaching practices. After university Erin explored the world and catalogued teaching ideas and styles in such places as China, Japan, India, New Zealand, and Guatemala. Upon returning to the United States, she obtained her Master’s in Education from WNMU and an Lower Elementary Endorsement from the North American Montessori Center. Expanding her own educative literacy, Erin taught in New Mexico, Hawaii, and Montana. Erin also reached further into the education panoply and spent a year on a personal professional development journey teaching in West Hebron, Palestine with Partners for Sustainable Development and training teachers in the Bugesara District of Rwanda with CUSO/VSO. Most recently, Erin, worked as Head of Education at the European School of Central Asia (now Bishkek International School) in Kyrgyzstan. Working with other highly qualified teachers in resource scarce environments lead to Erin’s pursuit of professional development strategies that are personalised to each teacher. Erin is currently the Head of Primary and Year 4 teacher at BIST.
James has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Windsor, Canada and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University, Canada. He worked in international schools in Germany and the Czech Republic before joining BIST since 2014. He is currently the Key Stage 3 Coordinator and the Secondary History, Geography and Sociology teacher.
Daniel is an American educator with 15 years experience and ongoing education. His most recent trainings are International Baccalaureate High Level Mathematics (Amsterdam International School) and Teaching Mathematics Through Historical Context (Harvard University). He received his Master of Arts in Teaching from nationally accredited Western New Mexico University. He has acted as Head of Mathematics Department and Mentor in U.S. schools in New Mexico, Hawai’i and Montana. His International experience includes language instruction in Japan and Head of Mathematics/IGCSE Coordinator at an international school in Kyrgyzstan. An engineer by training, Mr. Comar uses applied mathematics as an approach to all facets of his mathematical instruction.
Alex is originally from the UK, but grew up in Japan and has worked at international schools around the world since 2007. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Studies and Japanese from University of Wales, Cardiff and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education specialising in Primary Education from the Billericay Educational Consortium. He is the Year 1 teacher and Director of Studies at BIST. He supports learning across the whole school with a keen interest in phonics and writing. He loves Japan and offer a weekly Japanese club to primary students at BIST.
Martha leads our large languages team and oversee French, Georgian, Russian and Spanish programmes. Martha has worked as a French and Spanish teacher in 3 London schools and comes to BIST from the well-respected City of London Academy. Martha is originally from London. She did her undergraduate studies at Oxford, her Masters at SOAS and her teaching qualifications at Cambridge.
Joel teaches secondary science at BIST. He came from Cambridge College, Lima where he was Head of Chemistry. He has experience of teaching Science in the UK, Vietnam, South Korea and for the last 8 years in Peru. Joel is originally from Wales in the UK. He will be moving to Georgia with his wife and our 5 year old daughter. Joel did his undergraduate studies at the University of Bath and his teaching qualification at Leeds.
Rachel teaches English at BIST and overseas the EAL programme. Previously she worked in Cambodia teaching English and managing the scholarship and sponsorship programme. Her previous teaching experiences, many at middle leadership level, span teaching English Language and Literature in the UK, the UAE and Kazakhstan. Rachel is from North Yorkshire in the UK. Rachel did her undergraduate studies in Liverpool and her teaching qualification in Leeds.
Naeemah joined BIST in 2017 as the Foundation Stage teacher. She has taught in local and international schools in Georgia for several years. In 2015, she completed her postgraduate teacher training programme through the University of West Florida specialising in Early Childhood Education (Ages 3-8). Previously, she was an English Language teacher in South Korea and Georgia. Naeemah is originally from New York City and did her undergraduate studies at Carleton College in Minnesota, USA.
Kristine joined BIST in September 2017 and is currently Foundation 2 class teacher. Previously she taught abroad for 2 years as an Early Years educator at an international school in Egypt. Kristine holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and Inclusive Education from Ilia State University. She has completed British Council's Primary Teaching certifications and currently working on her Cambridge TKT qualification.
Caitlyn joined BIST from an international school in Skopje, Macedonia. Prior to this she has taught in Thailand and South Africa. Before becoming a teacher, Caitlyn was a swimming instructor and a potter. She is keen on both the arts and sport. Caitlyn has education degrees and qualifications from the University of South Africa and the University of Cape Town. She is originally from Cape Town.
Joanne is originally from Newcastle, a city in the north of England near the Scottish border. She has a degree in Law and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the University of Manchester where she trained as a primary teacher. Joanne has been teaching for over 10 years with experience ranging from Year 1 all the way to Year 13. She started off her teaching in the UK in schools in Birmingham and London before moving to Madrid where she taught English in a bilingual secondary school. She also enjoyed teaching Year 6 and Year 2 for three years in Kathmandu, before finally moving to Tbilisi where she is currently teaching a Year 2 class. Her favourite subjects to teach are Mathematics because it is challenging and Art because she loves being creative in the classroom.
Stacy joined BIST from a British school in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. Previously she has worked in Bangkok, Moscow, Ghana and Greater Manchester and has experience of teaching years 3 to 7. As well as being a classroom teacher, Stacy will also be responsible for further developing our Primary Science and Technology curriculum and manage our after schools clubs and creativity programme. Stacy did her undergraduate studies and teaching qualifications at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. Stacy is originally from Hampshire in the UK.
David joined BIST from a British school in Bratislava, Slovakia where he has been working for a number of years following a period teaching in South Wales. As well as being a class teacher, David will be responsible for further developing the Mathematics programme across our Primary section. David is from South Wales in the UK and did his undergraduate and teaching qualifications at the University of South Wales.
Jake joined BIST from a British school in Kuwait and prior to this worked at schools in Liverpool. As well as sharing a Key Stage 2 class with a BIST leadership team member, Jake will also be responsible for further developing Physical Education across the school. He will teach PE to some classes across Primary and Secondary. Jake studied for his undergraduate degree and teaching qualification in Liverpool. He is originally from West Yorkshire in the UK.
Jon has taught in primary schools in England, Brunei and Russia and taught teacher trainers in Ethiopia. He did his teacher training in London and has an MA in education from University College, London. His hobbies are music, tennis and reading. He is currently the Year 4 teacher at BIST and is particularly interested in aiding children to progress through the development of self assessment. This is his fifth year at BIST.
James joined BIST from a school in South London, a part of the world where he has spent his whole teaching career to date. Late into teaching, James worked in the retail and legal fields before retraining as a teacher. James has an undergraduate degree from the University of Manchester, a masters from Goldsmiths’ College London and teaching qualifications from London South Bank University.
Rachel Peart has a degree from the University of Manchester and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from Kingston University. She taught in Year 4 and 5 in primary schools in the UK before moving first to Botswana and then Hungary where she taught in a bilingual international school.
Seth is now in his second year working at BIST as a Year 6 teacher. Originally from Wallingford, Connecticut, USA, he first came to Georgia as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in 2006 and worked as an English teacher in Chiatura for two years. He taught Year 3/4 at the British Georgian Academy in 2012-13 and then worked for three years as an English lecturer at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani in Iraq. He has a Bachelors of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Connecticut and Masters of Science in Education from the University of New Haven. He currently lives in Tbilisi with his wife and young son and enjoys exploring Georgia with them.
Andrew worked in Tajikistan, Tanzania and Ethiopia for various educational NGOs before becoming a teacher. He is currently curriculum leader for Physics at a school in East Yorkshire, UK and prior to this worked as a Science and Maths teacher in another East Yorkshire school. Andrew is originally from Northern Ireland in the UK. Andrew’s undergraduate and masters qualifications are from Queen’s University Belfast and his teaching qualification from Sheffield Hallam.
Leslie joined BIST from a school in Shanghai, China to teach English, Drama and History. He has previously worked in Guangzhou and before that at Woking College in the UK. Leslie is from the North West of England. He studied English and American Literature at the University of Warwick and took his teaching qualifications at the Institute of Education in London.
Nino Bitskinashvili is currently the BIST ICT teacher. She is also a PhD student at the International Black Sea University (IBSU) researching digital storytelling as an innovative teaching and learning practice in schools. She has rich experience in working as in-service teacher-trainer to implement innovative ICT practices at schools. She was an exchange PhD student of Education Sciences at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland from 2015 to 2017.
Afsaneh is originally from Iran and has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Arak University, Iran. Ten years ago, she took the IELTS test and passed it with flying colours and thus embarked on a career teaching English in one of the most reputable Language Centers in Iran. Afsaneh also took the Cambridge CELTA teaching qualification and passed Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test recently. Afsaneh is our English as an Additional Language teacher.
Erika is an American teacher who has been residing in Tbilisi for 7 years. She has taught English in South Korea, France and came to Georgia in 2011 to be part of the Teach and Learn with Georgia programme. Erika completed her Bachelor of Arts at Colorado State University and her Elementary Education qualifications from the University of West Florida.
Tamar is leading the Music team at BIST. She is originally from Tbilisi and has music qualifications from the Tbilisi State Conservatoire and Bern University in Switzerland. Tamar has performed across Europe and taught at schools and musical institutes here in Georgia.
Pamela is a Peruvian national and native Spanish speaker. She works with the languages team to promote learning in Spanish across the school. Pamela is a lawyer by trade, but is currently retraining as a Spanish language teacher.
As a mindfulness coach, Lena runs the mindfulness and well-being programme at BIST. She works with students and teachers as well as offering individual coaching sessions to students. She obtained a Master's Degree in Speech and Language Sciences from University College London and worked with children, youth, parents and teachers in education and speech and language therapy in London between 2010 and 2017. Her interest in mindfulness coaching began when she discovered the impact of this practice on her own life and well-being. The curriculum she teaches is based on the knowledge and skills she gained through training with Mindful Schools in the USA.