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BIST STAFFING
2019-20
ACADEMIC YEAR
Stephen has been Principal at BIST since August 2017. He has been in school leadership for over 20 years as well as teaching Geography for over 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 COBIS Lead Improvement Partner for the Patron's Compliance and Accreditation process and a qualified British Schools Overseas inspector. Stephen enjoys life in Georgia with his wife and son.
Alexandra joined BIST in 2019 from fellow COBIS member school Kolej Tuanka Ja’afar in Malaysia where she was an Assistant Headteacher. She has also worked at British schools in Kathmandu and Penang and in her native West Yorkshire. Alexandra has a degree and teaching qualifications from universities in Liverpool and Leeds. Alexandra will be accompanied by her husband, Yang, and their two young children.
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, as well as the EYKS1 Coordinator and Director of Studies at BIST. He loves Japan and offer a weekly Japanese club to primary students at BIST.
Joanne is originally from Newcastle -upon- Tyne, in the UK. 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 Key Stage 2 Coordinator and Year 6 teacher.
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 in 2014. He is currently the Key Stage 3 Coordinator and the Secondary History and Sociology teacher.
Andrew worked in Tajikistan, Tanzania and Ethiopia for various educational NGOs before becoming a teacher. Before coming to BIST he was 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 University.
Les joined BIST in 2018 from a school in Shanghai, China to teach English, Drama and History. He is also the Head to of Sixth Form at BIST. He has previously worked in Guangzhou and before that at Woking College in the UK. Les 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.
Adam joined our secondary Humanities team as a History specialist in August 2020. He moved to BIST from the British School Tokyo in Japan and previously worked in a number of UK schools. Adam is originally from Lancashire and studied at the universities of Leeds, Oxford and Edinburgh.
Tumika joined BIST in August 2017 having worked in fellow COBIS school, The British School, Kathmandu in Nepal. She worked there for 19 years as Head of Administration and Human Resources. Tumika has a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development degree in Human Resource Management from ICS Glasgow, UK.
Christopher joined BIST after serving as Head of Geography at a large school in North London. He has an honours degree in Geography from Staffordshire University and teaching qualifications from nearby University of Keele. Christopher is from East Yorkshire.
Tatia joined BIST in 2017. She has a degree from Caucasus University. She has been working as a Learning Support for 3 years.
Emma joined the school in 2019 as a Mathematics teacher. She is also teaches Psychology and is a member of the Sixth Form mentoring team. Emma qualified as a Mathematics teacher in Nottingham and is a University of Nottingham graduate in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Emma is originally from Scotland, but grew up as an international school student herself. She is accompanied by her partner Benedict.
Economics & Business Teacher Elizabeth has worked in a number of international schools in Asia as well as in her native South Africa. Prior to becoming a teacher Elizabeth worked as an economist for the Western Cape government. She studied Economics at the University of Cape Town.
Nata manages the joint BIST and BGA library.
Gvantsa joined BIST in 2020 as a Yr 4 Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistant. She has experience of working as a Teacher's Assistant in the Autism Centre in Krakow, Poland.
Tamar joined BIST in August 2020 as a Learning Support Assistant for children in Key Stage 1.
Tatiana joined BIST as a MFL teacher in 2017. She has her qualification in linguistics and teaching from State Linguistic University and marketing from the Economics University in Moscow. Furthermore, Tatiana completed a course of French at the International College of Cannes, France. She taught at a number of Moscow schools, provided training for international marketing companies in Moscow and worked for Foresight Journal of Higher School of Economics. Currently, she is a Russian and French teacher and Y9 Mentor at BIST. She enjoys her life in Tbilisi with her husband and son.
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 running our Performing Arts programmes, Stacy is also a Sixth Form Mentor and in addition to Music and Singing teaches Year 7 Science. Stacy did her undergraduate studies and teaching qualifications at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. Stacy is originally from Hampshire in the UK.
Nino works as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator at BIST. She graduated from the Tbilisi Institute of Psychology, specialising in Psychotherapy. She completed a Human Resource Management course at Management Academy and an Intensive Integrated English Language Skills course at Harvard University. Nino has worked at children rehabilitation centres and kindergartens in Georgia as a child psychologist.
Anne came to BIST from The British School Caracas, Venezuela where she was head of Primary Computing, coordinator for the International Primary Curriculum, a member of the Primary management team as well as a class teacher. Anne is responsible for further developing our Primary Science and Technology curriculum as well as teaching in Year 3. Prior to Caracas, she taught throughout the Primary age range in British schools in Dubai, Hong Kong and London. Anne obtained her Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of London. She is from East Yorkshire in the UK.
Irakli joined the BIST and BGA team in 2019 to support both schools' ICT infrastructure and systems.
Salome joined BIST in August 2020 as a Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistant and Russian as a First Language Teacher.
Barbora joined BIST in 2017 teaching Art to both Secondary and Primary classes. Initially she came to Tbilisi for an art residency at the Centre of Contemporary Art Tbilisi. As an artist she was involved in Performing Art Scene in Prague and she enjoyed broadcasting for Community Radio in Iceland. Barbora exhibited during Venice Biennale 2019. In Georgia she took part in the 3rd Tbilisi International Triennial, Tbilisi Architecture Biennial, Performance Days Tbilisi, she had a solo exhibition in Patara Gallery. She worked as a gallery manager at Centre for Visual Art in East Iceland as well as the Prague City Gallery, the Duncan Centre Conservatory & Theatre in Prague and the Czech National Theatre. She has a bachelor degree in Systematic Biology and Ecology and a Master degree in Cultural Studies and Ecology from Charles University in Prague.
Sophie has been working as an Early Years Teacher for six years. She taught in the British Georgian Academy for 3 years before moving across to BIST in 2018. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Anglistics and Useful Psychology at Ilia State University, Tbilisi in 2013. After graduating university Sophie received her Master’s Degree in English Philology at the University of Georgia and she is working on her PhD topic ''Modern Systems Socio-psychological Analysis within Early Years Education" presently.
Zura is a sportsman. He followed sports from school. He started to swim in his childhood and he has been connected with this sport for 17 years. After graduating from the Sports Academy he qualified as a swimming teacher. He worked in various swimming pools as a trainer. He has worked in BIST as a swimming coach from 2017.
Jake joined BIST from a British school in Kuwait and prior to this worked at schools in Liverpool. Jake is responsible for further developing Physical Education across the school and managing local and international sporting events at BIST. He teaches PE to 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.
Tina has been working at BIST since 2014. Prior to this she has taught in several public and private schools as an English Language teacher. Since 2018, she has been a Georgian as a Second Language teacher at BIST. Tina has an English Language Philology degree from Tbilisi State University.
Sophie joined the BIST administration team in 2018. Previously she worked as an Examination Centre Coordinator at the Agricultural University of Georgia and the Free University of Tbilisi. Sophie has a Bachelor's Degree in English Philology and a Master's Degree in British Studies from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.
Benjamin joined BGA in 2019 as an English teacher and became a part-time member of the BIST team in August 2020 as a Media Studies Teacher. Benjamin is from London, UK.
Maia joined BIST in 2015 and has worked as a learning support in Foundation Stage. Maia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Philology. She also completed 7 years of intensive learning at Musical School. In August 2020, Maia became the Music and Art teacher for Primary School.
Mariam joined BIST in August 2019 as a Learning Support Assistant for Key Stage 1. She also teaches Georgian as a Foreign Language in Key Stage 1.
Khatia joined BIST in January, 2019. Prior to this Khatia worked for the British Council. She graduated from Tbilisi State University’s Faculty of English Philology.
Veko joined BIST in 2018 as a Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistant.
Nino has worked at BIST for over 10 years in the capacity of school doctor.
Giorgi has a Classical Guitar Degree from Vano Sarajishvili State Conservatory. He graduated from Ilia State University studying for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences majoring in Music. He has also completed the Sound Directing programme in Shota Rustaveli Theater and Film University. Before joining the BIST, he worked as a classical guitar teacher at several music schools. Giorgi has participated in various music competitions and festivals.
Ketevan joined BIST in 2017 as a swimming teacher and coach.
Jonathan joined BIST from the leading British school in Cambodia. Prior to this Jonathan worked at schools in his native Norfolk. He has a Music and Technology degree and Primary School teaching qualifications from the universities of East Anglia and Suffolk.
Hasna is originally from Paris and has worked in various UK schools as a language teacher and for a language teacher-training institute in Vienna teaching teachers. Hasna studied Anthropology at London Metropolitan University and her teaching qualifications at the University of Portsmouth.
Keti joined BIST in August 2019 as an Early Years Learning Support Assistant.
Rachel teaches English in Secondary and is Year 7 mentor. 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.
Keti graduated with a Bachelor in Education from Ilia State University. Keti has worked for BGA and BIST since 2012. Before becoming a member of the PE team Keti worked as a pre-school teacher and LSA with BGA and BIST. Keti also mentors and works as an assessor for our Duke of Edinburgh Award students.
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.
Teona joined our Modern Languages department as a Spanish specialist in August 2020. She came to BIST after working as a Spanish language teacher in Spain and in Poland. Teona was born in Georgia, but moved to Spain when she was 7 years old. She studied at the universities of Oviedo and Santander.
Beka joined BIST as Head of Security in 2019 after working for the US Embassy. He heads up our dedicated security team.
Ketevan is originally from Georgia, but grew up and was educated in London. She is on loan to us from the University of Surrey's Biomedicine department. She has taught Chemistry in London and has university experience in London and Aachen, Germany.
Yang joined our PE and Swimming team here at BIST from Kolej Tuanka Ja’afar in Malaysia and previously worked at St. Christopher’s School in Penang. At both schools he has been Head of Primary PE. Yang has teaching qualifications from the University of Nottingham and also a degree from University Sains Malaysia. He is accompanied by his wife, Alexandra, and their two small children.
Nino joined BIST in 2018 as a Key Stage 1 Learning Support Assistant. She also teaches Russian as a Foreign Language in Key Stage 2. Nino is a UK qualified LSA through the COBIS training scheme.
Nino has worked at BIST and BGA for 10 years as a Georgian teacher. She teaches Georgian language to native speakers and supports Primary School classes in their appreciation of Georgian culture.
Benedict joined BIST after teaching Mathematics and Further Mathematics at a highly respected school in Nottinghamshire. Benedict also completed his Physics degree and Mathematics teacher training in Nottingham. He also has further Mathematics qualifications from University of Warwick in his native West Midlands. Benedict is accompanied by his partner Emma.
George joined our secondary Mathematics team in August 2020. He came to BIST from the Modern Knowledge School in Bahrain with prior experience in South Africa. George is originally from South Africa and studied at the North West University.
Georgia joined our Key Stage 1 team from the British School in Kuwait where she has also worked in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Georgia is from South Wales and has primary school teaching qualifications from the University of Wales.
Sadie joined BIST from the Oporto British School in Portugal. She has previously worked as a Head of Science and a Science teacher in Peru and the UK. Sadie has a Psychology degree from the University of Bristol. She is originally from South Wales.
Pati graduated from Foreign Language University. She has a COBIS diploma as an international teacher for early years. She has completed an international course in Sweden about leadership and development. Pati has worked in the SEN department and she is now a teacher in Foundation 1.
Teona joined BIST in August 2020 as a Learning Support Assistant.
Mariam was born in Tbilisi. She lived in Germany and worked in a kindergarten. She started to work in the BIST laboratories in 2018.
Nikita joined our Key Stage 2 team in August 2020. She moved to BIST from King’s College, the British School of Latvia, to which she moved after teaching in her native Scotland. Nikita is from Glasgow and studied at Strathclyde University.
Tamuna joined the BIST Administration team in 2018. Previously, she worked as an administrator and event manager in the hospitality industry. Tamuna graduated from Grigol Robakidze University and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics. She is also a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.
Miranda joined BIST in 2019 after working in public health in Nepal and the Netherlands. She supports students through social and emotional challenges as the school's counsellor.
Misha joined BIST in 2020 to support children in learning English.
Nina joined the school to work with Sixth Form students and BGA seniors to assist them with SAT and IELTS preparation and US college applications. Nina is of Georgian heritage, but a born and bred New Yorker and did her university studies in New York.
ICT Technician Avto joined BIST in 2020 to support our ICT infrastructure.
Gabriela came to BIST from a primary school in London. She has worked at three different primary schools in the UK, but is originally from New Zealand. Gabriela studied at Victoria University and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.
Tamar teaches keyboards and piano to Primary and Secondary students. She is originally from Tbilisi and holds master diplomas in music performance / piano from Tbilisi State Conservatoire in Georgia and from Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland. Tamar has performed across Europe and taught at schools and musical institutes in Georgia.
Seth is now in his fifth 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 Years 3 and 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 two young sons.
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.
Edwin joined BIST from a college in Lelystad in his native Netherlands. He has taught Computing, ICT and Mathematics at the British School in Kathmandu and also taught Computing and Mathematics at an IB programme school in the Netherlands. Prior to this Edwin was a computer programmer. He has degrees in Education, Computer Science and Mathematics from university in Leeuwarden. Edwin is accompanied to Tbilisi by his wife, Miranda.