Staff at KSI

Kings Schools International aims to recruit and retain members of staff that clearly share the school's core values. By doing so, we try to ensure that we have members of staff that possess the personal qualities and attributes to be a positive role model to both their students and colleagues.

Kings Schools International expects and encourasges all members of staff to support and respond positively to students' innate curiosity and support them in recognising their individual talents, interests and abilities. They should help students negotiate challenges and avoid negatively criticising for making mistakes. They should also strive to be fair and impartial in all relations with students regardless of race, colour, creed, gender or sexual orientation, economic situation, or social characteristics. Ultimately, all members of staff should model, promote and assume responsibility for the decent and dignified behaviour of all students, for the safety and welfare of the everyone at the school.

Management and Head Teachers 

CEO & Founder

Peter Chanas

Head of Primary

Adam Cochrane

Head of Secondary

Omneya Seif

School Office Manager

Caroline Heisterova

Head of Slovak Administration and Compliance & Founder

Lena Kampmillerova

CEO & Founder

Peter Chanas

I graduate at Comenius University, where I obtained a Master’s degree and a professional qualification in Marketing management. After graduating from university, I worked in private companies as a senior manager. I currently work as the CEO of several companies engaged in a wide range of activities.
After the acquisition of Kings Schools International, I am mainly dedicated to the management of our schools. I emphasize the selection of the right personalities with the right experience and knowledge for the positions of school principal and within the top management of the school to ensure the quality of the teaching provided, which is a priority for me.
You can say that I am a perfectionist and I pass this on to my decisions. I am a creative person and building and developing new things and business fills and motivates me. it could be said that I also take the building and development of the school as one of my hobbies.
In my free time, apart from work, I focus on my family in the first place, and together with them we perform dog sleds at a semi-professional level. I am also the Vice President of the Slovak Sled Dog Association.
Head of Primary

Adam Cochrane

I have worked across the primary age range for 19 years, having completed my PGCE in 2002 at York St John College. Over my career, I have held several leadership positions and supported other schools in improving their practice.

I love hiking, mountains and travel, so this was the perfect city for me to continue my teaching adventure having spent the past 3 years working in Shenzhen, China.

I am delighted with the opportunity to grow and develop the primary school at Kings.

Head of Secondary

Omneya Seif

Omneya Seif joins Kings from the English International School, Bratislava where she taught Science in the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and Chemistry in the Diploma Programme. Before this, Omneya worked as a Project Management Analyst in Bratislava with responsibility for assisting in monitoring, controlling and communicating the project performance.

Omneya currently holds the position of Science Coordinator with responsibility for ensuring the delivery of the Edexcel IGCSE and A Level programmes.

Omneya Seif sa pripojila ku Kings z anglickej International School, Bratislava, kde vyučovala vedu v medzinárodnom programe Baccalaureate Middle Years a v chémii v diplomovom programe. Pred tým pracoval Omneya ako analytik projektového riadenia v Bratislave so zodpovednosťou pri monitorovaní, kontrole a komunikácii výkonnosti projektu.

Omneya v súčasnosti zastáva pozíciu vedeckého koordinátora zodpovedného za zabezpečenie poskytovania programov Edexcel IGCSE a A Level.

School Office Manager

Caroline Heisterova

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Other:Admissions Manager

Head of Slovak Administration and Compliance & Founder

Lena Kampmillerova

I am a graduate of Comenius University, where I obtained a Master’s degree and a professional qualification in teaching physical and sports education and computer science.  I also obtained the first attestation on the basis of meeting the conditions for obtaining the title PaedDr. – the doctor of pedagogy, as well as the second attestation in the field of creating a school educational program.I have extensive teaching and management experience, as I have gone through all career development positions in education – from a teacher, a class teacher, the head of a subject committee, to a deputy headmaster and finally to a director.

I used my professional qualifications as the director of the Nejedlého Primary School for many years. I received an award from the mayor of the Dúbravka district and the mayor of Bratislava for my innovative procedures in the management of educational activities. I completed shortterm internships at primary schools in Spain, in the Czech Republic, Poland and England. For many years, I worked in professional organizations in public education under the presidency of the Association of Primary Schools of Slovakia for the Bratislava Region, in advisory bodies of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports for the creation, innovation and modernization of school documentation and preparation of evaluation and classification of pupils. I have published a number of methodological materials for principals and teachers at RAABE.

Why did I decide to work at Kings Schools International?

“I see great opportunities at KSI in terms of developing the personality of our students. I am attracted by challenges based on a creative approach of teachers and students. The essence of our pedagogical principle is to create in each student a feeling of success from the achieved educational goals. I am fortunate to work with principals and teachers who can achieve the goals of the international educational program Edexcel in a playful and experiential way. I particularly appreciate the interest of the school owners, who create suitable conditions for our common goals. I like working in our creative team, which consists of school owners, school founders, directors for the primary and secondary educational process, teachers, nonteaching staff, students and, of course, parents. We form a cooperating community. My job is my hobby. I spend my free time mainly with my family, I devote myself to a healthy lifestyle, further education and cultural activities.

Teachers

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Primary Teacher

Clara Sastre Canadas

Primary Teacher

Lewis Ron Perry

Primary Teacher

Gabriel Laurentiu Pastrascu

Special Educational Needs Teacher and Coordinator

Simona Valisková

Slovak Language Teacher

Denisa (Holáková) Mašutová

Slovak Language Teacher

Michal Maturkanič

Slovak Language Teacher

Branislav Slušňák

Spanish Language Teacher

Jesus Buitrago Mantilla

Biology Teacher

Barbora Tuhárska

English Language Teacher

Phillip Mayes

Mathematics Teacher

Robert Francis Pettit

History Teacher

Naoumi Vivian Van Olmen

ICT Teacher

Ruchi Sharma

Geography Teacher

Soňa Oravcová

Science Teacher

Tala Khoury

German Language Teacher

Zuzana Ivanová

Art Teacher

Zuzana Hudeková

Business Teacher

Gabriela Viňanská

Physics Teacher

Tamás Jávor

Primary Teacher

Clara Sastre Canadas

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Class teacher:Year 2

Primary Teacher

Lewis Ron Perry

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Class Teacher:Year 3-4

Primary Teacher

Gabriel Laurentiu Pastrascu

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Class Teacher:Year 5-6

Other:Student Council Coordinator

Special Educational Needs Teacher and Coordinator

Simona Valisková

I studied special educations at Comenius University in Bratislava. During my studies, I was actively involved in working with children with special needs. Working with children is very enriching, challenging and full of surprises. After graduating, I decided to take a break and traveled to the USA, where I had the opportunity to study English. I also worked there as a keeper for a girl with Rett syndrome. This possibility changed my life and opened up a lot of possibilities. I was given the opportunity to travel around, see and experience various things. I am very grateful for that, I taste international dishes, get to know different cultures, or just be a part of other human stories.

When I returned from abroad, I started working in the Montessori education system. This work enriched me with a lot of experience, but I needed a change and to try something new. So here I am trying something new and  I am very happy to be a part of  Kings.

Other:Assistant Teacher

Slovak Language Teacher

Denisa (Holáková) Mašutová

I discovered my love for learning during my studies at the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra. In addition to the Slovak language and literature, I also studied history and pedagogy. After successfully completing my studies, I started working as a teacher of Slovak language and literature and Slovak language for foreigners at an international school in Bratislava, where I spent 4 years. Here I worked as a teacher of Slovak language and literature, class teacher and in the position of Head of slovak department, thanks to which I have experience with preparing students for graduation or Testing 5. In addition, I also worked on self-development by participating in various trainings or English language course. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to have great educators who play a big part in what I am today as a teacher.

Of course, I’m not just a teacher. In my free time, I focus mainly on my family. In addition, I also enjoy reading, snowboarding, skating, playing Xbox and board games. I prefer to go to the cinema for Marvel movies. My weakness is quality desserts and coffee. I think I know every good restaurant in Bratislava, so food is my big love.

In upbringing and education, I prefer a respectful and individual approach. I believe that every single student has something in him that can change this world for the better. My job is to find it, show it to the student and work so that his unique personality can develop in the direction that is best for him. That is also the reason why I decided to work at Kings. I like that here I have the opportunity to devote myself to my students individually and thus make full use of their potential. My view of upbringing is in line with the school’s philosophy, and that is the most important thing to me.

Other:Head of Slovak Language Department

Slovak Language Teacher

Michal Maturkanič

Michal graduated from Comenius University, Bratislava – Faculty of Physical Education in Sports MSc, and Teaching Slovak Language and Literature MSc. Michal speaks English, French and Russian and particularly enjoys travelling and hiking in the countryside. Michal is a keen musician and plays lead guitar in his beloved blues band. Michal joins Kings from the English International School, Bratislava, where he taught Slovak Language as part of the IB Middle Years Programme.

Michal vyštudoval Univerzitu Komenského v Bratislave – Fakultu telesnej výchovy a športu MSc. Vyučoval slovenský jazyk a literatúru MSc. Michal hovorí po anglicky, francúzsky a rusky a obzvlášť sa teší cestovaniu a turistike v prírode. Michal je vášnivým hudobníkom a hrá na svoju gitaru vo svojej milovanej bluesovej kapele. Michal prichádza do Kings z English International School, Bratislava, kde vyučoval slovenský jazyk ako súčasť programu IB Middle Years Program.

Form Tutor:Year 13

Other:The Duke of Edinburg’s International Award Coordinator

Slovak Language Teacher

Branislav Slušňák

I came from Dolný Kubín, from the Orava region in the northern Slovakia. I studied teaching history and slovak language and literature in Ružomberok. Our teachers at the university have led us to innovative ways of teaching.
I love slovak language and also history, and I see a space in connecting several topics in both subjects.

I decided to join Kings mainly for possibility  to apply the innovative ways of teaching to my lessons, especially for the opportunity to work with the small group of students. I also choose Kings for unique environment of school, teachers and  also students. This connectios brings interesting solutions and procedures in teaching.

My hobbies are hiking and cycling. Love to mountains i gainded as a child, because the Orava region is known for the several mountains and valleys.

I am very pleased for opportunity to be a part of the Kings team. And l look forward to classes with my students.

Spanish Language Teacher

Jesus Buitrago Mantilla

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Form Tutor:Year 7

Biology Teacher

Barbora Tuhárska

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh in biological sciences with a focus on Immunology. I have been teaching Biology for 5 years. I love travelling, enjoying good food and reading.

Form Tutor:Year 8

Other:Career Coucelor

Other:SEN Support Teacher

English Language Teacher

Phillip Mayes

Phil Mayes was educated at the renowned British public school Wellington College before studying history at the University of Leeds. He graduated more years ago than he would care to remember. Since his studies he worked in the city of London for financial services firms before leaving the rat race to set up and run his own business; a chocolate and sweet shop with a coffee and milkshake bar, which he did for 10 years.

Since then he worked as a compliance officer for an insurance company and battled with the delights of GDPR on a daily basis as well as training the staff in data protection. Throughout this time he maintained his passion for education and was a school governor for many years.​

Phil is married to Sarah and has one child Florence who joins us at Kings. He loves literature (handy for an English teacher) and the arts and also loves to watch anything sport related on television much to his wife and daughter’s annoyance.

Form Tutor:Year 9

Other:Exam Officer

Mathematics Teacher

Robert Francis Pettit

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Form Tutor:Year 10

History Teacher

Naoumi Vivian Van Olmen

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Form Tutor:Year 11

Other:Head of Humanities Department

ICT Teacher

Ruchi Sharma

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Form Tutor:Year 12

Geography Teacher

Soňa Oravcová

After completing my Masters degree in Geography and Physical Education at Comenius University, in Bratislava, I continued my study of Human Psychology at Personal Development Institute in Bratislava. I had been teaching Geography and PE at the First Independent Secondary School in Bratislava for 16 years. I took on the role of Head of Geography and closely cooperated with Department of Didactics in Science, Psychology Faculty of Natural Sciences in Bratislava.

My strong interest in the multicultural world motivated me to study more about the profound relationship between people and their environment. I finished one year of cultural course at the Yavapai College in Prescott, USA and studied Art and History of the Native Americans. My international teaching experience was enriched by a one year Fulbright exchange program at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and opened me the door to the International teacher community. I have been working for 10 years at the British International School in Bratislava as a Geography, Global Perspectives in KS3 and KS4 as well as  a coordinator International Award.

Since September 2021 I have been teaching Geography KS3 and KS4 at Kings Schools International in Bratislava and I belong to the DofE International Award organizational team.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family. I love art, especially photography and I am a keen outdoor woman. My main passions are hiking, skiing and traveling. I am part of the team of the International mountain and adventure film festival, Bratislava.

Other:The Duke of Edinburg’s International Award Coordinator

Science Teacher

Tala Khoury

I am so excited to get to know everyone at kings throughout the year! I graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in general biochemistry, and then went on to earn my master’s degree of biochemistry and biomedical technologies with an emphasis in neuroscience, and pharmacology.
This is my first year teaching and my goal is to implant an interest for science in each student, and provide them with the analytical and thinking skills that they need for their future.
I’m a third culture kid, and I grew up in an international environment, and I always felt at home in an international community. I am eager to learn more about different cultures, and explore more the world we live in, and as you have guessed it, traveling is my passion. I also enjoy hiking in nature, cooking, and large gatherings with family, and friends.

Other:Student Council Coordinator

German Language Teacher

Zuzana Ivanová

Zuzana obtained her teaching degree at the Faculty of Education at Comenius University in Bratislava where she studied English and German Language and Literature. During her studies, she studied German language at University of Luxembourg. Besides that, she attended summer universities at University of Vienna and University of Heidelberg. Prior to joining Kings, she was working as a German teacher at an international school in Bratislava and as an English and German Language in various language schools. She has decided to join Kings as a German teacher because the school offers an individual approach for students to their studies which she believes helps them to develop their skills and knowledge significantly.

Ms Zuzana is an avid language learner. She speaks French, Italian and this year she has decided to dabble in Russian a little bit. She hopes that her passion for languages will increase the interest of students to learn German or maybe a different foreign language.

She believes that learning a foreign language broadens people´s horizons and helps them to better understand the world around us.  

Other:Librarian

Art Teacher

Zuzana Hudeková

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Business Teacher

Gabriela Viňanská

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Other:French Language Teacher

Physics Teacher

Tamás Jávor

Mr. Jávor graduated from Budapest University of Technology and Economics with an MSc in physics with a specialisation in Nuclear Technology. He then went on to qualify as a teacher with an MA in Physics. Mr. Jávor began his International teaching career as a Science and Mathematics Teacher at the English International School of Bratislava (IB Middle Years Programme). He continues to apply his considerable knowledge and understanding of these subjects at KSI as our IGCSE and A Level Mathematics and Physics teacher.

Pán Jávor vyštudoval Vysokú školu technickú a ekonomickú v Budapešti s titulom MSc vo fyzike so zameraním na jadrovú technológiu. On potom pokračoval kvalifikovať sa ako učiteľ s MA vo fyzike. Pán Jávor začal svoju medzinárodnú pedagogickú kariéru ako učiteľ prírodných vied a matematiky na anglickej Medzinárodnej škole Bratislavy (IB Middle Years Program). Svoje značné vedomosti a znalosti týchto predmetov naďalej aplikuje na KSI ako náš učiteľ IGCSE a učiteľ matematiky a fyziky na úrovni.

Canteen Staff

Canteen Manager

Lenka Čizmaziová

Canteen Manager

Lenka Čizmaziová

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