Meet The Team

Secondary School
  • Mr Antony Geralis

    Secondary School Principal - IB DP Coordinator Greece

    Mr Antony Geralis holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Greek Language and Literature from the University of Athens, a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Study from the University of Cambridge, a Master of Arts in Education Management from King’s College London and a Master of Arts in Leadership from the Institute of Education, University of London.

    He has been working as a teacher, learner, and qualified examiner for more than 22 years. He has attended and presented in many workshops and conferences and he is very much interested in keeping up to date with current trends and issues related to education. Mr. Geralis is a certified IB workshop leader, as well as an IB, WASC, CIS accreditation visiting team member.

    Antony's hobbies are traveling, volunteering, meeting and socializing with people and cultures, listening to music, going to the opera, cooking and gardening.

  • Mr Dawid Bochen

    Secondary School Assistant Principal - IB MYP Coordinator; Interdisciplinary Learning Coordinator; Music; ATL/ Personal Project Coordinator Poland

    Mr Dawid Bochen comes from Poland. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Music Therapy (graduated with honors) from the Karol Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Pedagogy, with Specialization in Child Care and School Counseling from the University of Wroclaw. Dawid performed a variety of functions throughout his professional career.

    He has been working as an IB Middle Years Programme Coordinator, music instructor and school counselor, and before that as a music therapist and university lecturer. Dawid is also a certified IB workshop leader.

    He considers himself to be a lifelong learner, driven by the old Chinese proverb: “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand”, which in his opinion is reflected in the inquiry based approach promoted by all IB programmes. Dawid lives in Beijing with his wife and two children. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, experiencing different cultures, being involved in sports, and further developing his passion for music.

  • Ms Destyni Rivera

    Optimal Learning Centre & Student Support Services Coordinator; SaA & CAS Coordinator; ESOL Support USA

    Ms Destyni Rivera comes from sunny central Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services/Counseling from Southeastern University. She began teaching at a Middle School in Lakeland, Florida in 2007, and has been serving students ever since. During her teaching career, Destyni has taught English Language Arts, Science, and Critical Thinking, as well as, supporting students in the classroom with learning difficulties.

    Destyni is a recent graduate of Endicott College with her Master of Education degree with a specialization in International Education Administration. This specialized program gave her the opportunity to study abroad with other international educators, even graduating in the beautiful Alps of Switzerland.

    For the past nine years, Destyni has served students with varying exceptionalities, and especially enjoys serving students with specific learning needs in the classroom. She enjoys providing teachers with support and strategies to effectively reach and teach all the learners within their classes. Her passion is in believing that all students have the capacity to thrive in their own individual and unique way and providing them with the tools to do so.

    This is her second year at BISS and teaching abroad and she has enjoyed it immensely. BISS is a family and it is a joy to come here each day. She lives in Beijing with her husband, Gabriel, and her two boys, who also attend BISS.

  • Dr Esther Kim

    Korean Language & Literature Korea

    Dr Ky-Ok (Esther) Kim is a Korean with Multicultural background. She was born in Seoul, Korea, but has grown up and studied in Mongolia, America, Russia and China. She earned her Doctor of Literature degree from Peking University, a Master of Literature from Seoul National University, and a Bachelor of Literature from Korea University.

    She previously taught Literature and Film in Yonsei and Hanyang University. She published academic papers both in Chinese and Korean, and presented her work in numerous international conferences and workshops.

    Dr Ky-Ok Kim’s doctoral research focused on the subject of the “Cold War culture”, and she wrote her masters thesis on the subject of “diaspora”. She is interested in several fields such as Comparative literature, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, and Women’s Studies. Current research focuses on the subject of media, memory and re-writing history. She enjoys reading, sports, film, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Dr Margarita Sifnaiou

    Mathematics; ToK/ Coordinator Greece

    Dr. Sifnaiou was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She has worked as a teacher of Mathematics in International and IB Schools in Athens since 2008. Before focusing her career on education, she worked as a research associate at the National Institute of Geophysics (Geoforschung Zentrum Potsdam) in Germany and at the National Technical University of Athens. She earned a doctorate degree in Mechanics and Strength of Materials and a Master in Science, both from the National Technical University of Athens (School of Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences). She holds a degree in Physics (National University of Athens).

    She believes that learning is a never ending process and she works consistently on her personal and professional development.

    She enjoys classical and jazz music, art, singing in choirs, sports, travelling, reading, gardening and cooking for friends.

  • Mr Jonathan Burslem

    Science (Physics)/ Coordinator; ATL UK

    Mr Jonathan Burslem was born and brought up in the UK. He studied engineering at Brunel University, London and later obtained a PGCE in physics and science from Nottingham University. He then worked for 16 years teaching physics and science in various schools in London, Derby and Nottingham before moving into international teaching in 2010 with his wife Amina. Since then he and Amina have taught in Turkey and Sudan before their move to Beijing in August 2014. Jonathan enjoys the challenge, excitement, discovery and experience of living in different cultures. He also enjoys cycling and hopes to use his bike to explore Beijing.

  • Mr Roger Hawke

    Individuals & Societies (History)/ Coordinator; ToK; Online Courses Site Based Coordinator Australia

    Roger began teaching in Melbourne in 2004 and later taught in Suzhou and regional South Australia. He began teaching at BISS in 2011. For the first five years here he was a Homeroom Teacher in the Elementary School, the highlight of his time being leading the Grade 5 Exhibition for two years. Now he thoroughly enjoys teaching MYP Individuals and Societies, DP History and Theory of Knowledge.

    Roger has a Masters of Education and other university qualifications in teaching, public policy and organisational learning, all from Australian universities. He is currently studying international development. Some of his favourite past times are watching Australian Rules Football, bike riding and reading with his daughters.

  • Ms Selinna Mu

    Chinese Language Acquisition/ Chinese Language & Literature; Chinese Culture Facilitator China

    Ms Selina Mu holds a Master degree of Art from Peking University and majored in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language.

    She has been teaching Chinese Language for over 10 years. She likes reading, hiking, listening music. She is the mother of two lovely kids. And all her family members are keen to travel. This is her first year in BISS and she hopes to implement an environment in which everyone enjoys Chinese Language and culture.

  • Ms Veronika Garga

    Science (Biology); ATL Latvia

    Ms. Veronika was born and brought up in Latvia. She studied Molecular Biology in University of Latvia and then in the University of Houston (USA). Molecular biology and medicine was and is her passion. Ms. Veronika was working in research laboratories for 12 years before deciding to go into international teaching.

    Since then she taught DP Biology and MYP Sciences in International Schools in Latvia and in Tanzania before coming to Beijing. When not involved in reading about medicine and the latest research, she enjoys to be outdoors and engaged in all kinds of adventures such as hiking, horseback riding, rafting or scuba diving. She also loves dancing and drawing.

  • Ms Christina Myrisi

    English Acquisition/ Language & Literature/ Coordinator; Student Council & Houses Coordinator; Yearbook Editor Greece

    Ms. Christina Myrisi comes from Athens, Greece. She holds a BA in English and Greek Language and Literature from the University of Athens as well as an MPhil focusing on Comparative Literature from the University of Cardiff in Wales and an MBA from the Cyprus International Institute of Management.

    She is currently studying for her MEd with the University of Dundee, Wales. She has been teaching English for many years both in Greece and also in Dubai and Sharjah, UAE and Jordan where she resided for 6 years. She has taught both in primary and secondary schools and has attended various seminars and workshops always aspiring to keep abreast of the latest educational trends and remain close to her students’ needs and demands.

    Moreover, she has held administrative positions as Head of English and Head of School. She has been successful in motivating her team and ensuring a great educational and professional standard while she has also been running a very successful and demanding MUN program of THIMUN affiliation and hosting an annual MUN conference. She is now in Beijing with her loving husband and their two children, aged 15 and 10. She loves reading, music, cinema and art. She also enjoys meeting new people, learning novel concepts and experiencing the joy of immersing herself in new cultures and traditions.