Anna was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in public health. Travel has always been very important to Anna, so a year after graduating she went solo traveling around Europe for two months. It was on this trip that Anna discovered Budapest and decided that she would find a way to return. For the past two years, Anna taught at a school in suburban Budapest, but is very excited to join the Bilingual.hu team at Budakeszi.
Before moving to Hungary, Anna worked as a nanny, as well as for the Seattle School District. When not working, you can find her running, reading and drinking coffee, and traveling. Anna has a goal to visit all the countries that border Hungary. Although she is from Seattle, notorious for rain, Anna does not believe in umbrellas.
Ariel Clark was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest of the United States in Portland, Oregon. She is currently a sister to six siblings as well as an aunt to five nephews and five nieces. In 2014, Ariel graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Conservation and Sustainability. She completed her TEFL certification in 2016. For the past nine years, Ariel has been directly involved with various organizations that teach children and adults about various aspects of flora, fauna, and Earth’s processes. She held multiple positions as an educator at the Oregon Zoo; was a Camp Assistant teaching about organic gardening and healthy lifestyles; and most recently, an Outdoor Science Educator with the State of Oregon. In addition to her love for spreading the wonders of The Earth, she has a passionate affinity for various sports. For six years, she ran competitively in Track & Field and Cross Country, including two years at the university level.
In 2012, Ariel came to Hungary for the first time to research her family ancestry and attend the wedding of her oldest brother in Kecskemét. In December of 2016, she was invited to teach at Bilingual.hu. In her eagerness to return to Hungary, and share her knowledge of the natural world and physical education, she quickly pursued the position. Ariel is thrilled to be a part of the Bilingual.hu Program at Váradi Primary School.
Blanka was born in Sydney Australia, and moved to Hungary in 2001. Music
played an important part in her education and she studied the violin for
10 years at Szabolcsi Bence music shcool. She was also a member of
the Kodaly Zoltan music school's choir during her high school years . She has
recently started working at Daisy kindergarten as an afternoon teacher. She
is currently finishing a diploma in Early Childhood Education and will take her
pedagogical studies further in the near future.
Her interests and hobby's are hiking, photgraphy, enjoying nature and
singing. She enjoys sport and has been swimming and playing water polo for
Christie Goodwin, originally from Detroit, Michigan, earned her dual degree in English and Secondary Education at Grove City College, a liberal arts school in Pennsylvania. During her time there, she had the opportunity to study civilization, literature, and art history, serve in multiple leadership positions, and play in many different musical groups. This past summer, she taught painting, sculpture, and animation at Cranbrook Art Studio in Detroit. In her free time, she enjoys painting, writing poetry, and composing music. She and her friends perform music together and enjoy camping and hiking on the weekends. She is in Budapest with her older sister, Jane, and they are both so thankful for the opportunity to teach here.
Courtney grew up in Virginia, in the USA. In 2013, she graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Criminology, Law & Society. During her time at university, she was fortunate to be able to study abroad in Florence, Italy, an experience which helped to ignite her love for travel and exploring new cultures. After two years working in US politics, the call of Europe beckoned and Courtney jetted back to Italy. While living in Rome for about a year and a half, she earned her TEFL certification and began working with students of all ages to help them learn English. Having recently moving to Budapest, Courtney is excited to join the Bilingual.hu team and will begin her Masters of International Education in the fall. In her free time, she looks forward to traveling, reading, watching the Washington Nationals baseball team, and taking her dog Jameson on adventures.
Dana was born in Canada and moved to Hungary with her family. Her passion for Music began at a young age, she started to study music and playing the flute when she was 6 years old. She received her diploma in Flute Performance at McGill University in Montreal, QC. Dana always had a passion for children and worked at several children’s camps throughout her university years. Her love for children and interest in different cultures led her to then spend a year teaching English to kindergarten and elementary school children in Soul, South Korea. It was her homesickness that then inspired her to return to Budapest, where she worked at an international kindergarten for several years. Her plan to stay in Budapest for only a temporary time soon became permanent, when she met her Hungarian husband.
In 2013 Dana completed her Child Care certificate after which she gained a TEFL certificate. She also plans on continuing her studies in Music Therapy, where she can help children learn and develop through music.
Debbie grew up in a small city in Ontario, Canada. She was very active in swimming, sports and music. She spent many hours at the pool teaching children to swim and older ones to become life guards.
She studied Physical Education at the University of Western Ontario and spent some time teaching P.E. in a high school.
In 1980 Debbie worked in Vienna as a Nanny looking after several small children. She was sent to Budapest to help a family and there she fell in love with the people and the culture. She thought, "One day I would like to come back here".
She was married in 1984 and in the next 5 years had 3 children. An opportunity came up for her husband and her to work in Budapest teaching English, as Bob, her husband is also an English teacher at the Corvinus University. As they felt so at home here, they decided to settle in Hungary permanently. Their fourth child was born here, and Debbie has enjoyed raising her 4 amazing children who all excelled in music.
Debbie has enjoyed teaching English for several years, and is now excited to teach in the Bilingual.hu Program.
In her spare time, she keeps very active, as she has a passion for fitness, health and wellness.
Dreux completed her education at Northern Arizona University with a BS in biomedical science and contributed to research in their Environmental Genetics and Genomics laboratory. She has been working in education since 2007. For five years she was a college tutor for mathematics and biology which lead to being a supplementary instructor. For the pat three years she has been a financial literacy educator for a non-profit in Kalispell, MT.
Dreux enjoys strategy board games, fluffy animals, backpacking, and sci-fi literature. She has spent the last few years attempting to learn medicinal plant foraging and preparation in her local area. She is excited to experience a new cultural dynamic and explore eastern Europe.
Emma was born and raised in the Midwest region of the United States and attended college at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. In 2016 she earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. In 2017 she completed her master’s degree in elementary education and received her K-6 teaching license. In college she had several jobs including serving as a literacy mentor for the America Reads program where she worked in many educational settings with students aged Pre-K through 6th grade. She also worked in a children’s literature department at the Elmer Andersen archival library. These experiences encouraged her intense passion for children’s literature and literacy. When Emma is not reading she enjoys music, hiking, and exploring new places. This is her first time living outside of the United States, and she is very excited for her first year of teaching with the Bilingual.hu Program and in a Hungarian school!
Francis comes to Hungary from Memphis, Tennessee. In 2014 he graduated from Millsaps College with a B.A. in Anthropology. In university he was able to study abroad in Italy, Germany, and Mexico, sparking a desire for work and travel. He completed a TEFL Certification Course in the Spring of 2015, and moved to Barcelona, Spain in the Autumn to teach at the Primary School at Viaro Global School. While in Barcelona, he earned an Expert in Bilingual Education certification from the International University of Catalonia, learning about all the strategies and techniques of teaching ESL. Understanding the importance of learning another language, Francis has a working knowledge of Spanish and Catalan, and plans on learning Hungarian during his time in Hungary. In his spare time, Francis enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, learning languages, and watching Memphis Grizzlies basketball.
Gina Harsanyi – Senior Kindergarten Teacher
Gina has been living in Hungary since 2001. Before coming to Hungary she worked in Sydney at a Montessori kindergarten where she also taught Italian as a second language. Gina had training with Montessori and has a diploma in Early Childhood Education. She is one of the longest serving members of Szőlőtő-bilingual at Daisy Kindregarten. She started working there in 2003 and feels privileged to have been one of the first teachers. She believes that the bilingual program is of a very high quality and gives children a wonderful start and future in life. She loves working with children, and takes pride in watching the program continue to develop and grow.
Gina was born and raised up in Sydney, Australia. Her Parents are of Italian origin. She met her Hungarian husband in Australia and they moved here 15 years ago. She feels this is her home now. Her 3 daughters (aged 24,21 and 15) are her pride and joy.Her hobbies are travelling, going on excusions to the country side, and most importantly, being a good loving mother to her children, who are the most important thing in her life.
An Englishman with his own umbrella and tea preference, Jack has been teaching as part of Bilingual.hu and at SZIA for the past three years. He graduated from University College Falmouth in 2012 with a BA (Hons) degree in film. He acquired TEFL certification in 2014 before moving to Hungary where he incorporated his skill for crafting drama into the lower school classroom. With both parents working in education and with his own experience in filmmaking with children of all ages for art, circus, theatre and dance projects, Jack is passionate about the Content and Language Integrated Learning methodology employed in the Bilingual.hu Program. Jack has also experienced success working as a close-up magician in Budapest, and is a recreational electric guitarist of 11 years.
Jennifer B. Taylor – Senior Teacher
Jenny grew up in a bilingual family, and finds it very helpful for children to get introduced to a new language at a young age. She studied at the ELTE Teacher Training College in Budapest, specializing in English, and has been working in the Bilingual.hu Program since 2014. She also teaches dance and enjoys playing the piano in her free time. She loves spending time with her family and doing all sorts of DIY projects.
I love teaching and I love working with children. Seeing them grow and learn, hearing them use something I taught them is one of the most rewarding things a teacher can experience. This is probably the reason why I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.
Joe holds a MA in Liberal Studies and a BA in Secondary Math Education from the State University of New York. Throughout his long career he has taught in public, independent and international schools. He has been in Hungary since 2008.
I've had a varied career teaching students from kindergarten to adults in big cities and small towns. I've also been a profession musician for many years and regularly here in Hungary. I love spending time with my daughter!
John Mark Taylor
Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.
Growing up I played many sports, but never stuck with one specific sport. I always wanted to be a professional athlete, but when I got to college I had to realize I didn't have a sport. The basketball coach gave me an opportunity, first as a janitor cleaning the gym floor, then I became part of his staff and by my senior year I even had a chance to play. I knew I wanted to give others a chance to fulfill their dreams in sports and that is why I chose to become a physical education teacher because it all starts with loving physical activities.
Jon was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2015 he graduated from the Capital University Conservatory of Music (Columbus, Ohio) with a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and Music Business. Following graduation, he taught music at two different studios in Columbus and received his TEFL certification.
Jon first came to Hungary in 2013 to study abroad at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét. Additionally, in 2015 he lived in Budapest for three months working as an intern at Editio Music Budapest—Hungary’s most prominent classical music publisher. This will be his second consecutive year teaching the 8th grade for Bilingual.hu at Krúdy Gyula Primary School.
Outside of teaching, Jon spends his free time studying the violin, attending concerts, and performing as much as possible. He also enjoys running, learning foreign languages, and reading.
Katie Schwebach graduated from South Dakota State University, USA in 2015 with bachelor’s degrees in Global Studies and Spanish. Additionally, she obtained both a K-12 teaching certificate in Spanish and a TEFL certificate. Throughout her time at university, she worked as an au pair and later studied in Spain. Unable to quench her thirst for travel and education, Katie moved to Hungary for both. She taught in Eger, Hungary for a semester before joining the Budakeszi Bilingual.hu team. A Spanish teacher by trade, she is passionate about using language learning to open one’s world. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, listening to comedy, and writing. Katie is eager to explore Hungary further and hopefully make the world a better place in the process!
Kristen Herbert first came to Hungary during a quick visit in 2015, after finishing an exchange program in Le Havre, France. She fell in love and wanted to come back. After graduating that winter from Roosevelt University (in Chicago), she earned her TEFL certificate and assisted with an adult ESL course at a community college in the suburbs of Chicago, near her hometown. In the fall of 2016, she came back to Hungary and taught Conversational English in Tapolca in Grades 1 to 8.
She is very excited to join be joining the Bilingual.hu Program at Krúdy Gyula Primary School this year. In her off time, she will most likely be finishing up her novel, or trying to improve her knowledge of the Hungarian language. She may also be on a bus or train, heading to visit some of the places she missed.
Laura was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, but has spent the past 8 years living in Austin, Texas. She has her Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from The University of Texas and her Master’s degree in Secondary education from Texas State University. She is a certified teacher and also has her TEFL certificate. Laura has taught fifth grade Writing and Social Studies for the past two years at a charter school in Austin, Texas. She recently moved to Hungary and is excited to be working with the Bilingual.hu Program! Her interests include dancing, reading, enjoying delicious food, and exploring her new city, Budapest. Laura is eager to start her third year of teaching and can’t wait to see what adventures occur!
Michelle graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Secondary Education Teaching Certificate. She is specialized in the areas of Government, History, Geography, and English Language Arts. Her passion for education led her to work and volunteer in numerous school settings throughout her undergraduate education. She has experience teaching a wide range of subjects and ages in the United States. Michelle’s commitment to international studies and the value of cultural exchange led her to pursue teaching opportunities in Hungary. She is passionate about working in a bilingual setting that prepares students for lifelong success.
Michelle’s personal hobbies include hiking, the performing arts, and riding horses. She believes in incorporating these passions as well as those of her students into the classroom to create an engaging learning environment.
Mike Fulop – Senior Teacher
Mike graduated from Concordia University, Montreal in 2005, where he earned his Bachelor of Education degree with a specialization in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Following his graduation he taught for one year in Zhenjiang, China in a public elementary school where he taught all lower grades, but mostly first graders.
Shortly after moving to Hungary he started teaching for the Szőlőtő Bilingual Education Program. First he spent a semester at Daisy Kindergarten, followed by four years at Krúdy Gyula Elementary School, where he taught all the lower grade subjects with his co-teachers. After completing the lower school cycle at Krúdy, he started with a new group of first graders at Óbudai Nagy László Elementary School (Váradi school) in 2011. During the last 3 years he worked at Lauder Javne School in the English Plus program, teaching a variety of subjects from first grade all the way up to Grade 9.
He returned to Bilingual.hu in 2015, and is eager and excited to start a new first grade class at Váradi school with his former co-teacher, the "ever amazing” Magdi néni.
Neil is a practicing artist and teacher.<In 1995 he received his first Degree from Heriott-Watt University, Edinburgh College of art with a B.A, in Design (3D design / Ceramics.In 2004 he completed an M.A, level degree in art teaching at secondary level from the Hungarian University of Craft and Design, Budapest.He has held ceramic sculpture exhibitions and created architectural commissions in England, France, Belgium, Austria, Latvia, Hungary and Kenya.
I was born in Durham, England a while ago. Whilst studying at Edinburgh a very delightful Hungarian lady came into my life (she is also a superb artist). So it came to pass that I arrived at Ferihegy 1 in 1996. Since then we have lived around in different places, made public and private commissions and exhibited worldwide.
The finest things we have made are two golden haired angels.
Nicky was born and raised on the Isle of Wight, England. Having graduated with a diploma in business studies, she travelled the world teaching English before raising her family. She always enjoyed working with children and so retrained in the Early Years sector, gaining her Level 3 certificate in ‘Children and Young People’s Workforce, Early Learning and Childcare’. She moved to Budapest in 2012 and since then, has been teaching English to children, young people and adults. She also has TEFL certification. In February 2014, she joined Daisy Kindergarten and is the main English teacher of the Green Group. In March 2015, she received an award from the Óbuda Local Government for high level performance in classroom free play and hopes to continue being successful and helping the children flourish.
In her spare time she enjoys watching football, cooking, writing and exploring Hungary.
Mr. Roxas is a native of California where he graduated from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In 2007 he completed his Bachelor of Arts in English and has been teaching ever since. Recently, he completed the CELTA program and does part time English lessons at local language schools in Budapest. He enjoys playing tennis and snowboarding during the winter. His wife Judit is from Budapest and they have two sons, Benjamin, (4 years old) and Dominic (2 months old). Experience has taught him that the students are capable of learning a great deal. Therefore, he has very high expectations for his students.
Mr. Roxas has been teaching for over several years and has taught primary to middle school in the subject areas of: History, Science and Physical Education (including group tennis lessons).
Ruth Senum grew up in Maple Grove, Minnesota. She graduated from Augsburg College in 2010 with a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics. She worked for two years as a classroom teacher at a Montessori school for a small city in rural Minnesota. She has spent the previous four years working as a telecoms analyst for a large retail company. Deciding she missed teaching and working with young students, she decided to go back into the field and applied for a position with Bilingual.hu through the Central European Teaching Program. She loves going on hikes, photography, cooking, coloring books and computer programming. She is excitedly looking forward to her first year in Hungary at Váradi school!
Sam Boyd was born in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a B.A. in creative writing. He worked as a paraeducator at an elementary school for two years before moving to Hungary in 2016. He enjoys going for hikes and experiencing nature, reading, cooking and making music. In his first year as a teacher with Bilingual.hu in Budakeszi, he founded the “Hour of Code Club” where students had the opportunity to learn about the basics of coding and technology. Sam has loved living in Budapest this year and is looking forward to his second year as a teacher in Budakeszi!
Steve Horvath – Team Leader
Steve Horvath has been teaching in the program since September of 2013. He was born in Hungary but from the age of 20 to 30 he lived in the United States.After completing his first degree from the Physical Educational University of Budapest in triathlon coaching, Steve received a full athletic scholarship to a college in Arizona. There, besides general education courses in literature, mathematics, science, social science and art, he received a formal music education with emphasis on choral music along with the mandatory instrumental studies. He graduated with honors in 1996. Besides his academic success at the school he also earned a leading role in the campus community as a Resident Assistant.
It was during those college years in America where he was first able to get actively involved with classroom work through his involvement in the tutoring program of his school in Arizona.In 2003, after having spent a third of his life in the States, he decided to move back to Hungary and continued his education. He became more and more interested in language teaching and bilingualism and was particularly interested in the unique position of language education in Hungary and started to study bilingualism in great depth. Since then Steve has been teaching English as a foreign and as a second language to children and adults of all nationalities and ages, both in the institutional and the private sector.
His third degree, which he received in Hungary, is in Philology and Pedagogy, where his thesis revolved around the subject of language learning and bilingualism.
One of the main reasons why I love teaching here is that the program is a direct reflection of my philosophy on language education and education itself. Early language learning and bilingualism is very close to my heart. I have two wonderful children. They are aged eight and four and even at home, in my family life, we have a bilingual environment. Besides my work, I try to spend a lot of time with my family and my little girls, and live an active, healthy life.
Susann Pihl – Senior Teacher
Susann graduated from Monash University with a BA(Hons) in French and Russian and minors in English and Spanish. She has been working with the programme since 2003, when the programme was in its infancy at Daisy Kindergarten. Susann has also taught at Krudy Elementary School. In 2008 she helped set up the programme at Budakeszi Elementary School, where she is now teaching Grade 1 the third time around. She finds it very rewarding to be part of the programme and to help educate the children.
Susann grew up in Melbourne, Australia and has also lived in several other countries. She has a passion for languages and is a keen traveller. She loves learning and teaching languages!
Bill Robb first came to Hungary more than fifteen years ago, and it quickly became his new home. He has been teaching in kindergartens and elementary schools in Budapest for eleven years so far, and he loves reaching across the language divide to find new ways of communicating and understanding. He earned degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2003, though he has also learned a great deal in languages and linguistics, and he has discovered that his passion is in teaching young people.
A member of the team for many years in both kindergarten and primary school, Bill is now returning to the Bilingual.hu Program at Krúdy Primary School to teach in the fourth grade. He is looking forward to being the new kid again on the old block, this time with a new group of amazing children. Bill is also excited to be part of the new High Five English Club at Megyeri út Primary School, where a group of first graders will be diving into English for the first time.
In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, whether walking in the city or taking a longer hike in the forest. He also likes to explore many corners of Hungary and travel to nearby countries to expand his view of the world. In the quiet hours at home he likes handicrafts too.
Yaneke graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Florida in 2013. After graduating, she spent a semester teaching high school students in Chuuk, an island state in Micronesia. She enjoyed the experience so much that upon returning to the United States, she made it her goal to teach abroad elsewhere. With this in mind, she completed a TEFL certification course and worked in the department of education at Stanford University, under a grant from the George Lucas Education Foundation. Having Hungarian family, Yaneke is excited to be able to teach in Budapest, and is happy to be back for a second year at Krudy!