Academic staff

Justin Kilcullen-Nichols

Head of School


Justin Kilcullen-Nichols is originally from a sleepy market town in the UK called Newbury, but has been living overseas since 2008 as an international teacher. After graduating with a BSc w/hon in Marine Biology followed by a PGCE in Secondary Science at Portsmouth University, his teaching career has taken him from Doha to Bucharest, Prague, Kiev, Sofia, Abu Dhabi, and, finally, Cluj-Napoca. Justin started his teaching career as a Biology teacher, having taught Cambridge IGCSE & A-levels and the IB Diploma before moving into Leadership.

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Justin has led the science department of an outstanding BSO accredited school where students’ exam results, alongside comprehensive career counselling, allowed them access to the best universities in the world. Justin has also overseen the growth and development of a small school of 180 students becoming an accredited school of just over 550 learners in his four-year role as Principal. He has also led whole school SEN provisions across four campuses.
Justin is committed to continuous professional development and always looking for ways to improve his practice. He is a trained COBIS peer accreditor and BSO-trained school inspector, has completed multiple courses related to curriculum development in Cambridge and IB curricula, as a Designated Safeguarding Lead, he has completed Safeguarding and Child Protection training, and thanks to his work with children in need of inclusive education, has received a commendation from an NGO in Bulgaria.
Justin loves to see students arrive to school each morning, excited to be there, and enjoys listening to what students have discovered by the end of the day as they leave; there’s nothing more satisfying than seeing the spark of discovery in a student’s eyes and nourishing that to become a life-long passion.
Outside of education, he tries to keep fit, practices archery and may often pick a road and drive without direction until he discovers something new and interesting.
Justin is looking forward to being part of the Royal School story and working with his team to help raise the personal and academic profile of our students to the next level.

 

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Anda Bădiță 

Primary Coordinator, KS 2


Anda had the pleasure of teaching for the past six years in private and public schools. She had received her credentials from Pedagogical Highschool „Sabin Dragoi”, Deva and she had special training in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) at the University of Southampton, as well as several courses through CCD and ISJ. In the summer of 2014 she obtained her PGCE.

She knew from a really young age that she wanted to become a teacher. One thing she loves about teaching is that it is never dull!

Her favourite hobby is to read. For her there is nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee. Second to reading is travelling. She loves to visit new places and to learn everything about different cultures.

Simy Castilla

Future Teacher of Kindergarten


Simy was born in Portsmouth, United Kingdom and studied Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. After finishing her studies, she knew that she wanted to become a teacher, being always fascinated by the impact of early experiences on people’s behaviour and she firmly believes that formative years are the most important in shaping someone’s characteristics and skills. She completed her PGCE at the University of Winchester, where she specialized in early years. Her first teaching post was in Yangon, Myanmar where she taught Kindergarten for 3 years. Whilst in Yangon she was the eco-coordinator for the school and worked with children and teachers to help the school environment become more eco-friendly and sustainable by implementing a composting and recycling scheme.

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Teaching early years is an incredibly rewarding age range and she loves knowing that each day will be different. Her passion in early years is ensuring that children are given the freedom and encouragement to follow their own curiosities in a fun and playful manner.
Outside of school she enjoys cooking and experimenting with new ingredients. She is passionate about nature and walking in the woods is one of her favorite past times. She also enjoys practicing yoga and reading.

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Simona Mocan

Teacher of Reception


I studied Translation and Interpretation and Psycho-Pedagogical Studies for the Teaching Profession at Politehnica University of Timisoara. I have a Master’s Degree in Philology and one in Communication, Public Relations and Digital Media.

I have also had the privilege to work as a Translator at the French Institute of Timisoara, as an English Teacher in the Romanian public school and as a Credit Controller for the UK and Ireland at Office Depot, Cluj-Napoca. I think that these experiences complement my education and will give me an opportunity to contribute in different ways to the development of Royal School.

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I love teaching and supporting young people. I think helping students develop personally and academically is the noblest thing a person can do and it is this which makes me so enthusiastic about my future at Royal School.

Outside of work I like outdoor activities (biking, hiking and trekking) and spending time with my friends and my loved ones.

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Cătălina Ispas 

Teacher of Reception


Cătălina is a certified counselor for personal development and also a certified trainer. She first started working with children in private counseling for personal development, emotional intelligence and behavioral matters. During this time, she also started an after school club for emotional intelligence.

Every day working with children is a wonderful challenge for her. In every lesson that she teaches, there is also a lesson that they teach her.  She loves their energy, their endless joy, their unique bravery. It is a pleasure getting to know every one of them and getting close to their inner personality.

She thinks of herself as a good listener, a calm and supportive person. She likes to read a lot and she tries to use every spare minute that she has to read a good book.

Amanda Buzogan

Teacher Assistant Year 1


Amanda is a third year student of the Faculty of Letters, University of Babes-Bolyai, specializing in Hungarian Language and Literature and English Language and Literature. As an ambitious and hard-working teacher, her personal standards and goals are as high as they can be. She believes in the power of perpetual learning and she considers that there is always room for improvement.

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When she works with children she encourages them to ask questions and to be curious about the world that surrounds them, to always set goals and targets and a plan to achieve them. Her two main passions are teaching and reading, therefore she always encourages young learners to read as many books as they can. Nature has a special place in her heart, she loves animals and being outdoors. She took it as a great opportunity to be a part of this school and a great chance to start her carreer in a professional and supportive environment.

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Zsuzsanna Simon 

Kindergarten & Key Stage 1 Coordinator, Teacher Year 2


With almost 10 years experience in pedagogy, teaching and babysitting, she is enthusiastic to teach with different methods. Prior to joining us here, Zsuzsa taught at Octavian Goga Gymnasial School in Cluj Napoca, where she had 29 students in the third grade, all participating together in sports events, Christmas shows, after-school activities and trips. From 2011 to 2014, Zsuzsa was a teacher in the Unitarian Nursery where she had responsibility for the daily activities of youngsters under 3 years, helping them to improve their basic skills and preparing for kindergarten. Thanks to her, many parents enrolled their children in the nursery. Previous to this, while studying at university, she was a babysitter. Zsuzsa holds an MA in Political Communication and Marketing and a BA in Journalism, and she attended a full four year pedagogical profile in high school.

Diana Muresan

Teacher Assistant Year 2


Diana graduated from the Faculty of Letters, Babes-Bolyai University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature and Chinese Language and Literature.
Ever since high school she knew she wanted to become a teacher and throughout college she cultivated this passion by obtaining a Psycho-Pedagogical Certificate from the Teacher Training Department.
In 2017 she spent a semester studying abroad in China which helped her grow as a person, as well as developing a sense of awareness and consideration towards other cultures.
Her favourite hobbies include anything that involves nature: hiking, gardening, camping. She believes that nature is a true source of learning and relaxation.

Andreea Cadiș 

Teacher of Y3


She is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters, University of Babes-Bolyai, with a degree in English Language and Literature and Italian Language and Literature. She is currently an MA student specializing in British Cultural Studies. She loves children and teaching, therefore she is convinced that she found her vocation. She discovered a passion for music in high school and began to sing, play guitar and other instruments, considering music a universal language through which people connect perfectly. Nature is an important part of her life, loving outdoor sports, such as skiing and climbing.

She considers nature her teacher. She is very happy to be a part of this innovative school which offers her the possibility of learning a lot from great teachers and wonderful children.

Daiana Lupescu 

Teacher Assistant Year 3


Daiana graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Babeș-Bolyai University with a degree in Pedagogy of Primary and Preschool Education.
Her love for children started at a very young age with babysitting and from that point she knew that she must pursue a career in the educational field. She strongly believes that continuous self-improvement and constant
learning are very important, so she worked as a kindergarten teacher while completing her bachelor’s studies and now she is continuing her education in parallel by doing her master’s studies in educational management.

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Daiana is a very dedicated and hardworking person, as she wants things done and achieved close to perfection. She is open minded, with a keen eye for subtle behavioural details and she always tries to follow her values and
apply them in her actions, so that she can be an inspiration to children.

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Sorana Petruța

Teacher Year 4


I made the decision to study Geology to have a better understanding of life on Earth and the Evolution of the universe. Understanding the past can help us face the challenges of the future taking into account the welfare of everything and everyone around us. I have, since high school, enjoyed tutoring younger students and this has led to my desire to become a teacher. Working with children is a wonderful, never ending flow, of challenges and rewards. I strongly believe that education is the key for a stronger world.

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I enjoy reading scientific articles (geology, bio-chemistry, chemistry, biology, astrophysics and astronomy). I also like to read about foreign cultures and universal literature. I enjoy gardening and taking care of wild fauna and flora.

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Paula Gavris

Teacher Assistent Year 4


Paula graduated from the Faculty of Food Biotechnologies, at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca, with a master degree in Applied Biotechnology and a Psycho-Pedagogical Certificate. Her love for knowledge has led her to embark on two Erasmus mobilities (Italy and Sweden) and a German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) scholarship.
She is also in her 4th PhD year, writing her thesis on using DNA barcoding in identifying the botanical sources of honey.
In her thirst for new experiences, she has volunteered and worked at many music and movie festivals throughout her student years.

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Ever since she was in primary school, she has dreamed of becoming a teacher and considers Royal School in Transylvania more than a perfect fit. She is passionate about teaching and loves to inspire curiosity for knowledge in children.
Paula enjoys spending time with her cats and reading about genetics, biology, philosophy and cinematography.

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Chiuzan Ana-Maria

Teacher Year 5


Ana is a freshly graduate of Babeș-Bolyai University with an MA at the Faculty of Letters in “British Cultural Studies” and a degree in Psycho-Pedagogy from DPPD. Having a BA in English and French language and literature and studying philology in highschool, she confesses that being a teacher has always been her dream job. Being in love with teaching, communicating and speaking English as far as she is able to recall, this is more than a great post for her. It’s purely passion. When she is not teaching, Ana travels, reads or takes photos. She is a ferm believer that the educational environment gives her freedom to focus on her hobbies too. Ana is enthusiastic, full of life and with an eager desire to improve herself and others combined with a love for children and the teaching and learning standards that Royal School in Transylvania maintains.

Mihaela Patras

Teacher Year 5


Mihaela graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Babeș-Bolyai University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Management, Counselling and Psychopedagogical Assistance in Inclusive Institutions. She always knew that teaching suites her best, so she has been teaching since graduation. For a short period of time she worked as a speech therapist, and after that she became a teacher at a special school, where she had the opportunity to improve herself through several formation courses. She is passionate about her work, loves the moments when students go to school smiling and curious about what they are going to learn new.

Mery Blaga 

Teacher of Year 6/SL

Inclusion Coordinator


Mery graduated the Teacher Training National College “Gh. Lazar” in Cluj-Napoca, in 1994 earning her primary teaching degree. Later on, she became a Geography teacher by earning her Bachelor’s degree at Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, with a track in Geomorphology. She began her teaching career as a Geography teacher at Liceul Teoretic Nr. 5, and continued to build on it in the US. Her approach to teaching was consolidated in typical classrooms, special education environments, a combination of the previous two, and within in-home therapy helping children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their families. While she lived and worked in the US for almost 15 years, she obtained her first level certificate in Pivotal Response

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Treatment from the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, and in 2015, she earned her Master’s degree in Psychology track Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University. Mery decided to return to Romania and wants to be involved with a different kind of school promoting independence, applied knowledge, inclusion of all individuals, real connections and mirroring in the community.Based on her experience and her education, Mery understands each child is different, and a teacher’s job is to discover and enhance his/her uniqueness. She knows that a happy student is a child who asks questions, who explores, who discovers, who creates, who becomes someone today for tomorrow. In her private time, Mery enjoys hiking and photography, exploring the countryside (anywhere in the world), cooking, reading traveling books and playing Sudoku.

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Laura Prisacariu 

Teacher Assistant Year 6


Ever since she was a pupil in school, Laura has shown interest in both artistic and technical areas. As an adult, this has translated into graduating from both the Faculty of Political Science, Administration and Communication and from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Technical University, majoring in Land Surveying.

Having graduated, Laura chose to work in the US gathering unique experiences with a measurable impact upon her personal growth and making memories which will always have a special place in her life.

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Being inquisitive and looking forward to continuously developing new professional skills by always keeping high standards, Laura has shown interest in learning, collaborating and teaching using various approaches and methods, mainly trying to “make a difference” in the world through her constant involvement. Laura believes that children are unique and have their own fascinating ways of discovering new things, exploring them, adapting them and so much more.

Laura is quite passionate about traveling, architecture, photography, reading, psychology and event planning. She believes there is always a new chance to learn by reaching a balanced combination of these actions – learning about others, learning about places and learning about oneself.

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Joe Berwick

Future Head of English


He was born in the United Kingdom, however, he spent a large proportion of his formative years learning in international schools in Europe. He returned to his homeland to complete a B.A at the University of Hull, before achieving an M.A in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. After finishing his teacher training qualification in Birmingham, he has held multiple leadership roles that focus on developing and creating a culture of English excellence, and his most recent role was as a senior
leader at a school just outside of London.

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Joe is passionate about the power that language and literature has to allow students to explore the world, culture and themselves! The world is filled with stories and he believes that it is his privilege to work with young people in helping them to understand, analyse and reflect on them. He has worked on multiple whole school community projects that aim to put literacy and oracy front and centre of everything that the school does.

Outside of school, he enjoys exploring nature, getting to know the world around him and watching football. He loves to hike, play tennis, and when the snow allows it – ski.

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Ioana Ciumaș-Bratan 

Teacher of English


Ioana graduated from the Faculty of Letters, Babeș-Bolyai University, with a BA in English and Romanian Language and Literature. Throughout her teaching career she has taught a wide range of classes and she has proven to be dedicated to her work and to her students.

She is an enthusiastic teacher who enjoys helping young people acquire skills and build self-esteem. She strongly supports the idea that students who believe in themselves and in their talents (whatever they are) will be
better-equipped to succeed in life. Being child-oriented, Ioana motivates her pupils to do their best and she strives to create a friendly learning environment.

When she isn’t teaching she loves reading, going to the theatre and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Her main qualities are patience, optimism and empathy.

Cristian Mazilu 

Teacher of Mathematics


Cristian Mazilu is a passionate, continuously-growing, young Physics and Engineering teacher, fuelled by the enthusiasm triggered by all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). He holds a degree in psycho-pedagogy from the Department of Teacher Training and is currently a last-year Engineering Physics student in the Faculty of Physics, both in Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca.
His go-getter attitude and passion for STEM has helped him find the beauty of math in a rather diverse set of circumstances and hobbies, such as Engineering, Aviation, Electronics, and even sports dance. Teaching Mathematics comes as a natural and intriguing activity for him, since it is driven by the genuine belief that Mathematics is the language of nature.

Teodora Brudasca

Teacher of Psychology; School Counselor

Teo graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Science of Education, Babeş Bolyai, with a Bachelor degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy.  She has always been passionate about human nature and human development. She worked as a psychologist with autistic children, where she realised she has a lot of patience and love for the children.  She wanted to make a change in the world and she found out that teaching is a great opportunity to make this change.

As a hobby she likes to read and reflect on what she has read. She also likes long walks and enjoying every moment. Last, but not least, she likes to travel and meet new people, learning about their culture. Teo has been in the United States of America with work and travel.

Alina Aluaș

Teacher of French


Alina is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters, Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj- Napoca. She holds a BA in French and Norwegian language and literature, a MA in Multilingual and Multicultural Communication (Romanian,
French, and Spanish) and a degree in psycho-pedagogy.

Alina is writing a PhD thesis in contemporary French literature. She knew from a really young age that she wanted to become a teacher and Royal School is the perfect environment to develop her professionally. She believes that learning is a continuous process even as a teacher. Alina loves reading, spending time with children, interacting with the other people and traveling.

Iulia Ciogescu 

Teacher of Spanish


Iulia is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters at the Babes-Bolyai University with a major in Spanish and a minor in English. Iulia is currently involved in a MA, specializing in Multicultural and Multilingual Communication in Romance Languages. Her biggest interests and passions are languages, literature and teaching. In her spare time, she is an editor at the Babeș-Bolyai magazine, Echinox, but also publishes book reviews and translations from Spanish. Iulia’s biggest wish is to be a role model for her students in Royal School and wants to share with them her passion for studying.

Anastasia Covrig 

Teacher of German


Anastasia graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, with a German-Russian specialization, at the University of Bucharest. She then studied school psychology and educational counselling, following a Master’s degree at Titu Maiorescu University in Bucharest.
Prior to joining the Royal School team, she taught for 4 years at the “Anastasia Popescu” Pedagogical High School in Bucharest.
Aware that a teacher who does not permanently learn themselves cannot teach and educate others well, she has attended training courses in Germany, the Academy of Languages in Heidelberg and the Language Academy in Aachen, and has also benefited from a scholarship under the Erasmus + program at the ActiLIngua Academy in Vienna.

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Here she was fascinated by the non-formal methods of teaching German language in school.
In her free time Anastasia is very passionate about interior and floral design.

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Krisztina Keresztes

Key Stage 3 Coordinator; Teacher of Hungarian;


I am enthusiastic about embarking upon my teaching career after obtaining my MA degree in Irish studies from the Faculty of Letters in Cluj-Napoca. I also hold a BA degree in English and Hungarian language and literature, along with a psycho-pedagogical certificate from the Teacher Training Department.

I feel that teaching has always been my vocation and I have the ambition to become the best teacher I can possibly be.

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My education has taught me to see and appreciate the beauty in everything, in nature, art, philosophy, literature and, most importantly, people. I believe in perpetual self-improvement and in learning for the sake of learning, being passionate about becoming the best version of myself and assisting others in doing the same. I value and practice creativity in all its forms, be that arts and crafts or outside-the-box thinking, but I also appreciate consistency and systematic work.

I love interacting and working with other people. and sharing my experience and knowledge while also learning from others, prioritizing the needs of my students and helping them grow into kind, respectful and sensible adults.

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Jonathan Hooley

Teacher of Mathematics


Jonathan Hooley has been a teacher for over 27 years, from which 8 years in Bristol and 19 years in international settings. He trained to become a teacher in Manchester where he had previously graduated in Computing and Information Systems. His teaching career started with a post teaching A´level Maths and Further Maths in Britain and progressed when he moved to Saudi Arabia in 2001 at the behest of an influential family. Here he worked with the children of the family and also in the American, British and German schools.

Seven years later he relocated to Germany where he was part of a team setting up an English school within a school for native German students. Since then he has taught GCSE and A´level Maths in Spain and Qatar. He has recently relocated to Campulung Moldovenesc with his Romanian wife. Mr. Hooley hopes that his vast experience will add true value to the school.

Bianca Andone-Rotaru

Teacher of Biology


Even though she graduated only last year in Biochemistry, within “Babes-Bolyai” University, she believes this is an advantage in teaching biology as she is closer to the age of the students, and knowing what a student needs in order to be interested in a certain field. She is currently following the courses of an MSc in Molecular Biotechnology. Discovering what biology is, means that you discover yourself and how the world around you is working, and this is the first step in doing great things. Combining teaching and biology means that she has the opportunity to make a change in this world by guiding future adults into understanding that without biology, we cannot exist. As a former intern and now, as a teacher, she believes that Royal School gave her the chance to teach what she likes in a child-centred system with an emphasis on developing practical skills, which are the most important not only in science, but also in life.

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Another important part of her academic life is scientific research. She is part of the research team in the Molecular Biology Department of Babes-Bolyai University. The research field in which she is working is animal physiology.

In her free time she loves to travel, as she likes discovering new cultures. Reading is also a hobby of hers and she mostly enjoys books about evolution, neuroscience or behaviour studies.

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Anca Chira

Accountancy Teacher


Our new accountancy teacher has graduated the master of Diagnostic and Valuation in Accounting at Babes-Bolyai University, having two bachelor degrees in Accounting and European Studies, at the same university. She was enrolled in the Pedagogic Module during university years.

She started working at one of the Big Four external audit company, where she developed her skills in accounting and audit, performing audit engagements at large companies across Romania, for four years. Afterward, she opted for two more multinational companies, where she coordinated teams working on internal audit and accounting. In 2015 she became an affiliate member of the Association of Chartered Accountants Glasgow, UK, passing a number of 15 international exams in Accounting.

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Anca always wanted to share knowledge and contribute to the development of the students, being a calm and caring person.
In her free time she enjoys reading, walking in nature, travelling and spending quality time with her dear ones.

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Katinka Demeter 

Teacher of Chemistry


I’m a Chemistry graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Cluj Napoca. During my Masters Degree I felt that my experiences of working with young people and my love of science could be combined in a teaching post at Royal School.
I would regard myself as being an active person, I enjoy the outdoors and participating in a number of different sports. I have been involved in the scouting movement for a number of years and enjoy helping young people gain an appreciation for the environment and the wider world.

Denisa Maier 

Key Stage 4 & 5 Coordinator;Teacher of Humanities


Denisa graduated from the Faculty of History and Philosophy, with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and European Studies and started the Teaching Module in her first year of university studies; she is now enrolled in the Second Teaching Module as a Master’s degree student.

History always represents a passion for Denisa and she thinks it is of the utmost important to have knowledge of the past and of culture. This allows us to learn where we come from and to see the evolution of things and to be grateful for the present.

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During the years spent at university so far, Denisa was involved in different projects as both a volunteer or coordinator. She always enjoyed being part of a team that does something for others, helps them to discover new subjects, ideas and allows them to express themselves.  That is why she decided to take part of the internship program offered by Royal School and later to join the team like teacher assistant for Y2 and also history teacher.

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Lorin Cantor 

PE Teacher


Lorin graduated from UTAD University in Portugal. He has a vast experience in the field of sports working in public and private institutions in both Portugal and Romania. Sport has always represented a passion for Lorin who considers physical education as a main pillar in today’s society which positively impacts upon the development of children, we should expand the amount of sports and physical activities that they try when they are young. “Let them develop the fundamentals of movement first before focusing on becoming the next sports super star!”. Lorin has many hobbies, he likes to practice many different sports like , rugby, tennis and football.

Renata Burca 

Teacher of Music


Renata Burca is a pianist, piano teacher, music teacher and accompanist. Having grown up in a family of musicians, music was a part of her life starting from a very early stage: she started playing piano at the age of 4. After finishing the Sigismund Toduta High school of Music from Cluj-Napoca, she went on studying piano at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy from the same city, where she got her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. She collaborates with the Romanian State Opera and Romanian State Theatre in Cluj, and when she’s not busy with teaching and performing, she enjoys singing, having recently started a small cover-band. She thinks of teaching at Royal School as a new challenge, for it is the perfect combination between learning and really enjoying music, the goal being that of slowly building a solid foundation of musical knowledge, combined with the pleasure and excitement for music and performing.

Marian Vultur

Teacher of Drama


Marian Vultur is a fresh graduate of the University of Arts in Târgu-Mureș, currently following his Master’s Degree studies at the same university. He discovered his great passion for theater during high-school, a discovery which made him choose to study the specialization Performative Arts – Acting. Once he got into university he has discovered one more thing that was present inside him, but was waiting to be found: the joy of teaching.

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The years spent in Târgu-Mureș were utterly complex for Marian as he collaborated with the National Theater of Târgu-Mureș, but was also involved in multiple independent theater projects. The great majority of these projects were focused on social issues and were created to help the community. In addition to trying to be on stage as much as he could, he has also tried to find himself among people in his attempt to help them, in particular the younger generations. During the last 4 years he held multiple workshops, or ‘meetings’ as he likes to call them, with students from the 1st to the 12th grade. During these meetings he has guided the participants into acknowledging the problems of our era, especially those related to communication. Following this approach, personal solutions to the issues discussed were to be found by the instrumentality of games. Ever since then, Marian thought that solutions are better to be discovered and not offered and that he should act more like a guide into the proccess of education.
His passions are literature, mountain hiking and, of course, theater. He greatly appreciates the works of William Shakespeare, F.M. Dostoievski, Mihail Bulgakov and Lucian Blaga, but also the outstanding presence and talent of Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Being lively, patient and with a trimendous love for culture and education, Marian is very excited to be a part of the Royal School team. The position of drama teacher in this school offers him the possibility to fulfill something he refers to as ‘the purpose of life’: helping others grow.

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Raul Buzilă

IT Teacher


Raul Buzilă graduated Computer Science and Economics at Babes Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca and he finished the Business Modelling and Distributed Computing master’s degree at the same university. He has 3 years of experience of working in the IT field for a multinational company.

The passion for working with people, especially with young people and sharing knowledge, made him choose an education career. He experienced education by working as a ski instructor and he volunteered as an English teacher for an international school in Egypt.

He is passionate about outdoor activities, trips, entrepreneurship and comedy.

Teodora Toc

Teacher of Humanities


Teodora has recently graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has always been interested in how humans think, feel, work and learn and she has dedicated much time in studying these processes. During the university and high school years, she has had various volunteering experiences as an English teacher, training facilitator, project manager, HR intern and conference organiser.
Her main mission in life is to continuously learn and share the acquired knowledge with the others. She is willing to take on professional and personal challenges in order to grow as a person, teacher and psychologist. Becoming a teacher of humanities has been one of the greatest challenges so far and she is determined to give her best and thrive in the new role.
Teodora is also interested in humanitarian actions, medicine, clinical and school psychology. In her free time she enjoys reading, travelling, doing sports and attending sociocultural events.

Tudor Feher

Physics Teacher


Tudor is a student of the Faculty of Physics, studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Technological Physics; he holds a degree in psycho-pedagogy from the Department of Teacher Training, both at Babeş-Bolyai University. He intends on continuing his studies and obtaining a Master of Science in engineering. Tudor is motivated to show pupils the beauty of physics and of the phenomena that describe the inner workings of the universe, using interactive lessons, experiments and demonstrations. He wishes to spread the love for physics just like the famous teacher Walter Lewin.
Besides teaching, a few of Tudor’s passions are basketball, reading, cycling and hiking.

Iulia Felfalusi 

Art Teacher


Iulia is an artist born and based in Cluj. She has a Certificate of Vocational Proficiency in Monumental Arts and most of her works are represented in paintings and linocut prints.

She comes from an artistic family where her grandfather was a theater set painter at the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj for almost thirty years. Art was always a legacy for the family, as her son is a graduated artist, too.

The passion for teaching started five years ago when she did art and craft events starting small, in summer school programs, teaching drawing and painting lessons in private and going big in many community events with different art projects for kids.

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Iulia believes that children learn to speak by speaking, think by thinking, write by writing, read by reading, draw by drawing, paint by painting, and create by creating. They learn to communicate by being able to represent and express themselves as living and imaginative human beings. That being said, everybody should take art functions as a language because it is a communication system in which visual statements clarify ideas and stimulate further ones.

As a teacher at Royal School, Iulia wants to share her passion for arts, help every student connect more deeply to the world and create the uncreated.

In her spare time she is an artisan perfumer, loves cooking, traveling and photography

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