Welcome From Head Of School

Our mission is to develop students who make an active contribution as they take their place in our ever-evolving global society. To demonstrate our accountability and commitment towards this ambitious statement, ISB has been successfully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), and our educational programs are evaluated and authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization. ISB offers the three International Baccalaureate programs — the Primary Years Programme, the Middle Years Programme, and from September 2015 the Diploma Programme with our first graduating class in 2017. This will result in a truly international early years-to-university preparatory educational experience. In addition to its programs, and the quality of the faculty that delivers them, ISB’s diverse community enhances the richness of international school experience. Perhaps uniquely, however, the school is further defined by the local culture. Bologna has a tremendous academic history: the University of Bologna, founded in 1088, for example, is believed to be the oldest university in continuous operation. Through this combination of the local and global we are preparing students not just to cope with a changing world, but to lead the change. Our expectations are of a community that is open-minded and tolerant, kind and thoughtful, assertive and persuasive and able to apply knowledge and skills to creative problem-solving. To participate in the education programs at ISB is to aim high.

Fabio Corvaglia

Meet Our Staff

We are more than sixty-five staff members working at ISB


Rachel Burgess

Primary School Principal

PYP Coordinator

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Neil Walton

Secondary School Principal

Filippo Testoni

Business Manager

Helen Exler

MYP Coordinator

MYP PE/TOK Teacher

Nazanin Nikanjam

IB Diploma Coordinator

MYP/DP Maths Teacher

Pio Fabriziani

Technology Director

Susan Lassiter

School Secretary

Olivia Cremin

Admission Director

Anita Ostergaard

Transition Teacher

Early Years Coordinator

Maria Girasoli

EAL/Student Support Coordinator

Maartje Koster

School Counsellor

Mina Urosevic

Transition Support Teacher

Eimear Hurley

Kindergarten Teacher

Francesca Cantagalli

Kindergarten Support Teacher

Tasha Wahl

Reception Teacher

Marcella Atzori

IAL Teacher

Sian Charlesworth

Grade 1 Teacher

Alexandra Tuenter

Grade 2 Teacher

Sarah Gresty

Grade 3 Teacher

David Park

Grade 4 Teacher

Jane Sedgwick

Grade 5 Teacher

Elementary Team Leader

Laurence Hicks

DP History Teacher

Alex Lloyd

English & Design Teacher

Maija Makela

Music Teacher

Miriam Greaves

Art Teacher

Christine Ricci


Silvia Bedodi

Italian Mother Tongue

Julie Valèry

MYP French/PE Teacher

Sara Diaz Gonzalez

MYP/DP Spanish Teacher

Nikolaos Michas

MYP Science &

DP Physics Teacher

Lara Delimelkonoglu

MYP/DP Maths Teacher

Emma Dixon

MY/DP English Teacher

Arianna Candiotto

DP Italian Teacher

Saba Saeedi

DP Business Management & Psychology Teacher

Rachel Mullen

EAL Learning Support

Kristen De Graaf

MYP/DP Visual Arts Teacher

Federica Martelli

MYP Italian Teacher

Rita Kosmidou

Learning Support Specialist

Mariel Reid

MYP Individuals & Societies Teacher

Domenico Prudenzano

MYP Science/Math &

DP Chemistry Teacher

Anna Weitzler

Learning Support Specialist

Philippa Dell

MYP Science &

DP Biology Teacher

Lola Capote

MYP Spanish Teacher

Hannah Testa

MYP English Teacher

Silvana Saracino

Support Teacher

Aurora Sergi

Italian Teacher

Elena Bonafé

Italian Teacher

Federica Bevilacqua

MYP Drama Teacher

Monica Marzolini

Grade 1 Support Teacher

Andrea Buning

Reception Teacher

Federica Giorgi


Monia Biagi


Agnes Cella


Barbara Nieri


Roberto Soscia

Purchasing & Logistics

Dea Rakovac

IAL & EAL Teacher

Kumara Fernando


Giuseppe Anastasi


Ileana Perrone


Leon De Silva