School Staff

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Arthur Alkins - Dutch & French Teacher (Lower Primary)

I am an English native speaker born and raised in Belgium. I am teaching Dutch and French to Primary students up to Year 2 and assisting the pre-school. I have a passion for art and baking, as I am a qualified baker and a teacher. 


Angela Phanopoulos - Finance & HR Manager

Originally from Greece, I was born and grew up in Zambia and lived in Belgium for over 30 years.  I have a scientific research background and first joined the school community as a parent many years ago.  As part of the admin team, I appreciate the school's multicultural character and enjoy working between the two school campuses looking after the finances and staff.

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Brun Marteau - Pre-School Assistant 

I am originally from Belgium and a mother of three wonderful children. I have a Bachelors Degree in History and I have spent the last twenty years managing my own business. In my free time, I enjoy working in my garden, doing sports and cooking. 


Camille Babut du Marès - Music Teacher 

I am Belgium and a mother of two young children. I have studied music at the Royal College of Music in London, graduating with a Masters in Performance. For the last 15 years, I have been involved in various concerts, festivals and music productions but my true passion is chamber music. I'm excited to work with primary children to inspire and develop their passion for music. 

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Cristina Bueno - Year 2 Teacher

Originally from Girona, Spain, I've been in Belgium since the end of July 2020. I studied for a Bachelor's Degree in primary education and also held a nursery teaching certificate. At the moment, I'm studying a CLIL postgraduate as well as Dutch. I enjoy cooking, eating out, road-tripping, and going for walks. Passionate about exploring the world. I've lived in different countries, the USA, England, Finland, and Australia. I love being in a multicultural environment, and I'm very excited to be part of the ISF community!

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Cobus Steyn - Deputy Executive Head

I was born and raised in sunny South Africa and have lived and worked in Namibia, England, and the United Arab Emirates. History is a passion of mine, and I enjoy museums and places of interest. I try to play golf and am an avid scuba diver and keen gamer. Once, I jumped off the highest bridge bungee jump in the world –  a staggering 210meter fall! I am also an internationally qualified rugby coach, an International Award Leader, an Assessor and a Cambridge International Examinations Assessor. I am passionate about education and believe in the holistic development of students, and place great importance on learning outside of the classroom.

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Deborah Dodd - Year 3 - 4 Teacher

I am from British Columbia, Canada, and I have been living in Belgium for three years.  I have over twelve years of teaching experience from schools in Canada and the United Kingdom. ISF is a wonderful school with so much positive energy!  I enjoy an array of outdoor activities, yoga, cooking, and traveling with my family.

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Dorine Ionita - Pre-Primary Teacher 

Born and raised in Belgium, I have also lived in Australia for several years. I am a Pre-Primary teacher and also the librarian at ISF Tervuren.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from the University of Thomas More Malines. Since graduating, I have worked as a teaching assistant in Preschool whilst teaching Dutch and French language classes in the Early Years section.


Glen Smith - Maintenance & Bus Driver 

I am originally from New Zealand but have lived abroad for most of my life.  I have lived in the  USA, Australia and for many years in Belgium. My wife is Belgian, and we have two school-aged boys and two daughters studying in Maastricht. I enjoy studying theology, and I am also a passionate musician and songwriter.

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Julie Boyd - Deputy Head of Campus, Year 6 Teacher

I have been a teacher for over 30 years, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.  Following two years of teaching in the United Kingdom, I moved to Germany and subsequently to Cyprus to teach children in Service Children’s Schools. I have taught in various school establishments, varying from small village schools to large inner-city schools. I have held various leadership positions, including an Assistant Headship in West Berkshire. I have an Arts degree from Cardiff University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). I love to walk my dog, and I also enjoy sport, especially football.

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Juan Francisco Betancourt - School Counsellor

I am Ecuadorian, born and raised in Quito. I have lived and travelled to many countries around the world. I am a psychologist and did my postgraduate of 'International Teacher' in Belgium because I fell in love with the international educational environment as soon as I stepped into a classroom as a teacher. I've been a teacher of psychology, history and linguistics for the last 5 years. My passions are sports (mainly swimming and MMA), but I also love to read and write in my free time.

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Laurence Peetermans - French Teacher (Upper Primary)

I am from Belgium. I studied journalism and communications at ULB, and after my studies, I was very interested in teaching. I continued my education to teach French as a foreign language. I have taught for three years at an International IB school before joining ISF. 


Niki Daun -  Data Protection Officer

I'm from the United Kingdom but brought up mostly in Sweden, with American international education, so I feel very much at home in the ISF community! I've been in Brussels for 20 years, freelancing, volunteering, and recently completed my Degree in psychology - while raising two kids. I indulge in creative photography, cooking, and long walks in the forest with my dog in my free time. 

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Sara Hoff - Pre-school Teacher 

I am originally from the United Kingdom. I have over 25 years of teaching experience in many schools in the UK, Germany, the USA, and Belgium. I am passionate about teaching and aim to inspire a love of learning. I enjoy cycling, traveling to new places, and long walks with my family and dog. 

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Scott James - Year 5 Teacher 

I have been teaching for 14 years in Australia and Belgium. During this time, I have taught as a classroom teacher in Primary as well as a specialist teacher in Secondary up to A-Level. For the past 5 years, I have also held various leadership roles as Curriculum Coordinator and Deputy Principal. I have a love of travel, music and languages and enjoy learning about other countries and cultures. I enjoy helping my students to reach their goals and celebrating their successes with them. 

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Szilvia Szonyi - Year 1 Teacher 

I am originally from Hungary and I have been living in Belgium for the past 6 years. I am a BA certified teacher and have been working with small children since I was a teenager. I worked in ISF Daycares for the past 4.5 years and I am excited to get to know the children and staff from the school as well. I enjoy yoga as a sport and doing cross country with my dog.

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Orla Mcloughlin - Head of Campus

I am originally from Ireland, and I have been living in Belgium for 20 years. I have over 25 years of teaching experience in both Ireland and Belgium, and in the last 8 years, I have worked in leadership positions. I am passionate about teaching and learning and currently studying for a Masters in Educational Leadership at Portsmouth University.

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Yonas Khamal - IT Technician

I am Belgian with some Moroccan roots. I have worked in the security industry prior to joining ISF. I have been interested in computers from a very young age and have a passion for technology. 



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