Marc Welbourn

Dear readers,

My name is Marc Welbourn and teaching our future generation of young adults the English language has been a dream of mine for a long time. I have worked with children and in schools since 2003. Firstly, as an I.C.T Technician, (after achieving a G.N.V.Q), then moving on to become a Music Technician for a world-class Music School in London, where I worked with students who would go on to understudy some of the top composers of our time.

I have always had a passion for the English language, and would spend my nights as a teen writing poetry. It always fascinated me how versatile the English language is, and how word orders could be manipulated to achieve a desired outcome, meaning, or rhyme. It was this fascination that led me down the path of wanting to teach; to teach others to see the beauty in words and sounds.

Eventually, I gained my TEFL qualification, and half of my dream was complete. Shortly after, the opportunity to teach English as a second language arose and my dream was fully-realised.

It is my pleasure to be able to teach the wonders of the English language to our future travellers, doctors, politicians, scientists, writers, engineers, et al. I truly hope that they enjoy the journey as much as I do.

I look forward to teaching your children at Big Ben School!

Marc Welbourn

Mark Wrycraft

Hello readers!


My name is Mark Wrycraft and I was born and raised in the UK. Here I graduated University with a degree in Business and Education.

Now I find myself in the crazy, interesting yet adventurous and enjoyable city known as Bucharest.

What do I do in this city of Bucharest? I am a native English speaker teaching English classes with students ranging from five to eighteen years old.


I never envisioned I would end up working as a teacher in Bucharest but an attractive opportunity came about to work here for a few months, which turned out to extend to 5 years already. So far the experience has been very enjoyable, insightful and informative. I have met some fascinating characters, both Romanian and international, and am looking forward to the upcoming years here.


The reason I find myself as a teacher is partly due to the experiences I have had working with children through various summer camps and schools throughout Europe and America during the past few years. For me there is something very unique and wonderful about working with children. It is certainly not a career path for everyone but for me it keeps me young at heart and I thoroughly enjoy the challenges but also the rewards that come from this type of job.


I am very fortunate to work at Big Ben which is a beautiful building full of unique teaching spaces and amazingly kind hearted knowledgeable staff members. When I step into work I feel instantly at home. Here at Big Ben School I have been teaching students for 5 years. Although at times I have felt a little out of my comfort zone, the children have been exceptional and have made the experience of teaching very satisfying and pleasurable.


I invite you to come experience Big Ben School for yourself! Not only will you be greeted with a smile but you may also have the opportunity to hear my beautiful Romanian.


I look forward to meeting you!

Bianca Nedelcu


Ma numesc Bianca Nedelcu si sunt profesoara de limba engleza la Big Ben School of Languages.
Consider ca limbile straine reprezinta pasaportul nostru catre celelalte civilizatii, sunt folosite in toate domeniile, aducand oamenii aproape si legand continente, tari si culturi. Incurajez cunoasterea cat mai multor limbi straine, insa in special a limbii engleze intrucat este vorbita, cel puţin la un nivel de baza de aproape o treime din populatia lumii, fiind cea mai importanta limba in acest moment din punct de vedere al comunicarii.
Limba engleza a fost prezenta in viata mea inca din gradinita si de atunci nu mi-am dorit sa ma indepartez de ea. Am urmat cursuri particulare incepand din clasele primare, urmand Liceul Bilingv „George Cosbuc” unde mi-a fost predata de catre profesori nativi, continuand cu facultatea pe care am studiat-o integral in limba engleza.
Asa cum am fost inconjurata in toti acesti ani de profesori pasionati care s-au straduit din plin sa ma faca sa ma indragostesc de limba engleza, aceeasi pasiune imi doresc si eu sa o transmit mai departe tinerelor generatii.
In cateva cuvinte ma definesc ca fiind o persoana activa, energica si mereu cu zambetul pe buze. Iubesc copiii si din experientele didactice anterioare am observat ca datorita varstei mele tinere am reusit sa ma regasesc atat eu in ei cat si ei in mine, avand astfel o comunicare benefica si usoara.
Va astept cu drag!

Ruxanda Topor


Salut tuturor!
Ma numesc Ruxanda Topor si predau limbile engleza si franceza. Am absolvit Facultatea de Limbi Straine, sectia Engleza-Franceza, a Universitatii Bucuresti, in 2008, apoi mi-am continuat studiile urmand un program de master si scoala doctorala din cadrul aceleiasi institutii. Sunt specializata asadar pe literatura britanica a secolului al XVIII-lea si ma declar o mare amatoare de carti, filme, prelegeri si evenimente culturale. Stiu ca sunt doar doua meserii cu care ma simt compatibila – cea de profesor si cea de cercetator, si sunt fericita atunci cand reusesc sa le combin, pentru ca imi place in egala masura sa invat si sa predau; nu-mi imaginez ce altceva as putea fi! Pe parcursul celor 8 ani de experienta profesionala am predat atat copiilor prescolari si scolari, precum si adultilor/studentilor, iar aceasta munca mi-a oferit atat satisfactii emotionale, cat si provocari intelectuale. Imi place diversitatea, creativitatea, ludicul din activitatile didactice si ma stradui sa fiu un profesor modern, vesel, tanar mereu si conectat la nevoile si la spiritul jucaus al copiilor din clasa.
Va astept cu drag la activitatile noastre de la Big Ben!

Timothy Tilley


Dear Readers,

My name is Timothy Tilley and was born and raised in the United States. I grew up in Dearborn Michigan and lived in Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando and Las Vegas. I have an Associate’s Degree in Audio Engineering from Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts.

Since moving here to Bucharest in the fall of 2016, I have embarked on an exciting new career as a native speaking English teacher. I come from a family of teachers, as my grandmother, mother and sister were teachers.

I am very proud to be able to continue my teaching career here at Big Ben School of Languages. Big Ben is located in a classic old house, with very unique classrooms which promote a fun exciting learning environment and staffed by highly professional, motivated, friendly teachers. If you are thinking about enrolling your child here, I strongly suggest you come for a visit and view the Big Ben learning experience for yourself. We all look forward to meeting you and your child.

Timothy Tilley

Philip Starling


Dear parents and children,

My name is Philip Starling and I’m an English teacher at Big Ben and the coordinator of the KET, PET, FCE and CAE teaching department. I have made the move to Romania from the UK where I spent most of my life living in and around London, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire. Despite having grown up and having spent most of my life in the South East of England, I have travelled extensively, but Romania was the country that I fell in love with, and it is here that I look forward to calling home!

As an individual and as a professional I have a deep love of learning and self-development, this is why when I am not teaching, my time is devoted to my own studies. I have a degree in German and Spanish with the Open University UK, a well-respected university and British institution designed for individuals who wish to continue their academic development well into their adulthood. I have also successfully completed an intensive professional training course for teachers of English as a second language, CELTA, a course designed and regulated by Cambridge University. Over the years my own personal language studies have seen me studying Spanish in Colombia and Argentina, French in France and French Guiana, German in Germany, and Mandarin in China. Looking to the future, it is my intention to complete my Cambridge University regulated DELTA (Diploma of English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages), and my Masters in Linguistics.
It is my personal belief, not only as an English Language Teacher and Tutor, but as a life-long language student, that learning should be enjoyable and engaging, and that the learning process should also be diverse. To become proficient in using the English language I would advise that alongside classroom learning parents also encourage their children to read English books/magazines, listen to music in English, and also watch suitable English language movies. The use of authentic media and materials can not be understated in the acquisition of language, and for this reason it will be used in class to supplement student coursebooks.
It is my wish, that, as well as increasing children’s understanding of English, and their confidence with integrating it in to their everyday lives, I hope they may also take away a love of language learning and a passion for self-development that will continue in to their adult lives.

I look forward to teaching your children.

Mioara Dinu



Ma numesc Mioara Dinu si sunt foarte bucuroasa sa lucrez cu copii care, dupa o zi obositoare la scoala, isi rup din timpul de distractii si vin sa mai invete cate ceva la noi. Pentru mine meseria de profesor este o pasiune, nu vreau sa ma gandesc ca va veni o zi cand scoala va incepe fara mine. Am o vechime considerabila in invatamant si am lucrat cu copii de diferite varste.

Am urmat Universitatea Bucuresti – Facultatea de limbi germanice, sectia lb engleza – lb romana din doua motive: dragostea pentru literatura anglo-saxona si admiratia pentru profesorul meu de engleza din Liceul “Mihai Viteazul”. In familia mea toti suntem profesori: mama, tata si fratele meu – profesori de limba si literatura romana, doar eu am tradat traditia urmand engleza.

In timpul liber imi place sa citesc, sa ascult muzica, sa fac drumetii pe munte si sa calatoresc.

Adeseori petrec timp cu elevi, ca de exemplu iarna ma duc cu fostii mei elevi la patinaj, iar vara pedalam impreuna prin parcurile Bucurestiului.

Sper ca acest an scolar la Big Ben sa se adauge amintirilor mele dragi din activitatea de dascal.

Ana Maria Bratu


Hallo tuturor cititorilor! Ma numesc Ana Maria Bratu si ma bucur ca ati ajuns pe pagina echipei din care fac parte.

Trebuie sa va marturisesc ca doua dintre pasiunile mele sunt limba germana si copiii. Cand acestea se intalnesc am ocazia sa ofer ce am mai bun celor din jurul meu.

Am absolvit facultatea de limbi straine, sectia germana-engleza si predau limba germana atat copiilor cat si adultilor.

Tin ca fiecare minut din timpul orelor de curs sa fie valorificat, constructiv si in acelasi timp relaxant si distractiv. In clasa copiii trebuie sa se simta ca si acasa si incerc in permanenta sa le transmit din entuziasmul meu si pasiunea pe care o am pentru limba si cultura germana. In plus, imi propun sa le insuflu copiilor incredere in fortele proprii si disciplina si perseverenta tipice germane.

Va astept sa facem cunostinta!

Mihaela Sandu


Education costs money, but then so does ignorance. Claus Moser
The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. BB King

Ma numesc Mihaela – Valentina Sandu, profesor de limba engleza, si sunt foarte bucuroasa sa fac parte din echipa Big Ben School. Am o experienta de 13 ani in invatamantul de stat si privat si mi-am ales aceasta profesie din convingerea ca scoala este mediul perfect de a ma dezvolta ca persoana. Acelasi lucru il doresc si elevilor mei, carora incerc sa le inspir faptul ca eforturile lor se vor traduce mai tarziu in satisfactii neasteptate.

Am absolvit Faculatea de Limbi Straine, sectia engleza-italiana, cu licenta la Universitatea din Craiova, si cursurile Departamentului pentru Pregatirea Profesorilor la Academia de Studii Economice.

Consider ca rolul profesorului nu este doar acela de a sta si preda in fata clasei la catedra, asa cum era metoda traditionala de predare, caracterizata printr-o relatie de autoritate. Profesorul are o raspundere importanta in progresul si educatia elevilor, iar acest lucru inseamna daruire, munca si inventivitate.

Ca profesor, sunt motivata, deschisa catre nou, iar scopul meu este sa fac din lectiile de limba engleza o experienta placuta si confortabila de invatare, prin care copiii sa ajunga la potentialul lor cel mai inalt.

Se spune ca un copil este ca un burete, absoarbe rapid si usor cunostintele. La varsta copilariei, este cel mai usor sa inveti o limba straina, mai ales daca acest lucru se intampla alaturi de alti copii de aceeasi varsta, intr-un mediu distractiv.

Limba engleza este cea mai raspandita limba de comunicare international, fiind limba oficiala in nu mai putin de 53 de state ale lumii.

Studiile arata ca, dintre toate lucrurile pe care le invatam la scoala, limbile straine sunt acelea care ne aduc cele mai multe beneficii, ne ajuta sa ne dezvoltam intelectual, emotional, ne deschid noi orizonturi catre alte culturi, relatii inter-personale diverse si, foarte important, in opinia mea, ne ofera acces la studiu international.

Impreuna pregatim copiii pentru viitor!

Larisa Ciobotaru


Ma numesc Larisa Ciobotaru si predau limba germana de 8 ani. Am absolvit Facultatea de Limbi Straine, sectia traducatori, Germana- Italiana, ulterior am continuat cu un master in cadrul Facultatii de Geografie, profil Climatologie si Resurse de Apa. Visul meu era sa ajung Meteorolog sau Hidrolog in Germania, dar, pe parcurs mi-am dat seama ca menirea mea este alta, de fapt, iar copiii m-au ajutat sa realizez acest lucru. Iubesc sa lucrez cu ei, iubesc sa predau. Sunt o fire ambitioasa, un profesor modern si mereu conectat la nevoile copiilor din clasa.
Am lucrat cu copii de toate varstele si nivelurile si am pregatit cursanti pentru examenul Goethe si in continuare ii sprijin si ii indrum pentru pregatirea si obitinerea certificatului Goethe (A1, A2, B1, B2).
Va astept cu drag la activitatile noastre la Big Ben!