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

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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

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Olivia Cremin

Admission Director

Anita Ostergaard

Transition Teacher

Early Years Coordinator

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Maria Girasoli

EAL/Student Support Coordinator

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Maartje Koster

School Counsellor

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Mina Urosevic

Transition Support Teacher

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Eimear Hurley

Grade 2 Teacher

Francesca Cantagalli

Kindergarten Support Teacher

Tasha Wahl

Reception Kindergarten Teacher

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Marcella Atzori

IAL Teacher

Sian Charlesworth

Grade 1 Teacher

Livia Trombini

Secondary EAL

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Sarah Gresty

Grade 3 Teacher

Elementary Team Leader

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David Park

Grade 4 Teacher

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Laurence Hicks

DP History Teacher

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Alex Lloyd

English & Design Teacher

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Maija Makela

Music Teacher

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Miriam Greaves

Art Teacher

Silvia Bedodi

Italian Mother Tongue

Julie Valèry

MYP French/PE Teacher

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Sara Diaz Gonzalez

MYP/DP Spanish Teacher

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Nikolaos Michas

MYP Science &

DP Physics Teacher

Lara Delimelkonoglu

MYP/DP Maths Teacher

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Emma Dixon

MY/DP English Teacher

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Saba Saeedi

DP Business Management & Psychology Teacher

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Rachel Mullen

EAL Learning Support

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Dea Rakovac

IAL / DP Ab Initio Italian

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Kristen De Graaf

MYP/DP Visual Arts Teacher

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Federica Martelli

MYP/DP Italian Teacher

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Rita Kosmidou

Learning Support Specialist

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Mariel Reid

MYP Individuals & Societies Teacher

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Domenico Prudenzano

MYP Science/Math &

DP Chemistry Teacher

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Anna Weitzler

Learning Support Specialist

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Lola Capote

MYP Spanish Teacher

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Hannah Testa

MYP English Teacher

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Silvana Saracino

Support Teacher

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Aurora Sergi

Italian Teacher

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Elena Bonafé

Italian Teacher

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Federica Bevilacqua

MYP Drama Teacher

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Monica Marzolini

Grade 1 Support Teacher

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Federica Giorgi


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Monica Lombardi


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Agnes Cella


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Barbara Nieri


Roberto Soscia

Purchasing & Logistics

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Kumara Fernando


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Giuseppe Anastasi


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Ileana Perrone


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Leon De Silva