New Staff at BIC Sa Porrassa
We were excited to welcome a new raft of experienced and excellently qualified teaching staff this September. They will work alongside our existing BIC staff, continuing to realise the maximum potential of every individual student within our care. We look forward to continuing to drive forward the reputation of our school to be the international school of choice on the island.
Miss Rosie Leslie – Year 1
A graduate from the University of Aberdeen, Miss Leslie joins BIC from The ENS Karamyshevskaya school, Moscow. Prior to that, she taught at The Anderson School, Milan. Rosie undertook a degree in Early Childhood Studies in Belfast and an HNC in Childcare and Education from Edinburgh. She has worked with children with Special Educational Needs and as an assistant within the Educational department at the Royal Victoria Children’s Hospital, Belfast.
Mrs. Rachel Alonso-McGregor – Year 4
Mrs. Alonso-McGregor began her teaching career in 2001 and worked at several schools in London, Berkshire and Wiltshire. She went on to spend seven years at The Weald Church of England School Dorking, Surrey combining the duties of a Key Stage 2 teacher with those of Maths Subject Leader across the school.
Mr. Alan Sparks – Head of Mathematics
Mr. Sparks joins the school having served as Second in Department at the Ilfracombe Academy, North Devon. Mr. Sparks initial career path led him in to structural engineering and then on to journalism writing for specialised publications. He joined the teaching profession in 2004. Through Alan’s leadership we look forward to seeing the department continue to grow and motivate all students to achieve their very best in this core subject.
Mrs Beth Coutts – Head of Humanities
A former Assistant Headteacher, Mrs. Coutts will lead the newly created Humanities department comprising of History, Geography and Business Studies. Her experience has seen her hold positions at the Ashcroft Academy in Putney, London (an Ofsted Outstanding High Achieving school) and The Overton Grange School in Sutton, as Director of Humanities and Key Stage 4 Raising Achievement Coordinator.
Mr. Alex Fitzpatrick – Director of Sport
Mr. Fitzpatrick, former Assistant Headteacher at The Tong Academy, Leeds, will develop competitive sports teams within the school, rollout the House system in Secondary and work to deliver an extensive and varied extra-curricular programme. With a career that began in 2005, he has held several leadership posts, including that of Learning Director for P.E. at The Bemrose School, Derbyshire and Faculty Leader at The Temple Moor High School, Leeds.
Miss Izabela Zborzynska – P.E. Teacher
Miss Zborzynska will work alongside The Director of Sports as a Part time teacher of P.E. A graduate of the Academy of Physical Education in Poznan, Poland, and a professional volleyball player, Izabela has experience in teaching a variety of disciplines to all ages. Miss Zborzynska, a maternal Polish speaker is a keen linguist and able to communicate in English, German, Russian and Spanish.
Ms Martina Bernie – Teacher of English
Ms. Bernie will join BIC straight from her classroom experiences in the Republic of Ireland. Martina’s qualifications from the University of Dublin as well as her passion for literature will ensure that our English department goes from strength to strength. Ms. Bernie has travelled extensively combining international experience in Indonesia with working in one of the UK’s very well respected independent schools; Tolworth Girls School, Surbiton.
Ms. Maria Luengo – Teacher of Spanish
Ms. Luengo’s teaching career began in 2008 leading her to become Course Leader for Spanish at The Middlesbrough College before moving on to the prestigious Harris Academy Schools in London. A University of Malaga graduate with a PGCE from Leeds University, Miss Luengo is an examiner for the Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel boards, a member of the Association of Hispanists in the UK and a member of the Film In Language Teaching Association.
Miss Nathalie Houdek – Teacher of German
Miss Houdek is another exciting addition to our successful Modern Foreign Languages department and will deliver the German curriculum to our students. A graduate from Goethe University, Frankfurt, Miss Houdek joins BIC having already been in Mallorca for a year. Nathalie holds an MA and the German equivalent of the British PGCE. In addition to her academic qualifications, she is a state-licensed swimming coach in Germany and a professional ski instructor, with experience in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.