Academic staff

Michael McPherson  gb

Head of School

Michael McPherson is originally from the north of England but has spent the majority of his teaching career in the major cities of the Midlands including Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester. After graduating from Sheffield with a B.Ed. Hons in Design and Technology Michael held a number of teaching posts before committing to a career in school leadership. He has over fifteen years of experience in senior positions in the United Kingdom, initially as a Vice Principal in a specialist language school, followed by two subsequent spells as a school Principal.

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In 2014, Michael decided to move to Kazakhstan to take up the position of International Vice Principal in Nazarbayev Intellectual School, Kyzylorda. Initially attracted by Kazakhstan’s ambitious educational reform program. Michael has contributed to a number of training programs as well as supporting the development of teaching and learning in both of the schools that he has worked in during the last five years
Michael has a deep interest in improving the quality of teaching and learning in all the schools that he works in. He has been involved in a number of school based research projects, including the use of classroom observation data, to understand the dynamics of learning in second language classroom environments and how best to utilise student feedback to inform curriculum planning. He is always looking for ways to improve his own teaching for the benefit of his students and is currently developing blended learning resources to provide a higher degree of differentiation across the social studies subjects that he teaches.
Michael regards himself as a lifelong learner and he actively encourages the development of this attribute in his students. Throughout his career he has placed the learner at the heart of his decision making with the intention of providing the highest quality of education so that every student can reach their full potential.
Outside of school Michael spends much of his time outdoors and his hobbies include hiking, cycling, sailing, skiing and canoeing. He enjoys travelling and finding out about the culture and traditions of the places that he visits.

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Anda Bădiță   ro

Key Stage 1,2 Coordinator

Teacher of  Year 4

Anda had the pleasure of teaching for the past six years in private and public schools. She had received her credentials from Pedagogical Highschool „Sabin Dragoi”, Deva and she had special training in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) at the University of Southampton, as well as several courses through CCD and ISJ. In the summer of 2014 she obtained her PGCE.

She knew from a really young age that she wanted to become a teacher. One thing she loves about teaching is that it is never dull!

Her favourite hobby is to read. For her there is nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cup of coffee. Second to reading is travelling. She loves to visit new places and to learn everything about different cultures.

Daiana Lupescu  ro

Teacher Assistant

Year 4

Daiana graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at Babeș-Bolyai University with a degree in Pedagogy of Primary and Preschool Education.
Her love for children started at a very young age with babysitting and from that point she knew that she must pursue a career in the educational field. She strongly believes that continuous self-improvement and constant
learning are very important, so she worked as a kindergarten teacher while completing her bachelor’s studies and now she is continuing her education in parallel by doing her master’s studies in educational management.
Daiana is a very dedicated and hardworking person, as she wants things done and achieved close to perfection. She is open minded, with a keen eye for subtle behavioural details and she always tries to follow her values and
apply them in her actions, so that she can be an inspiration to children.

Iuliana Caralicea    ro

CAI Examinations Officer

KS3&4 coordinator

Teacher of Mathematics

Iuliana began her career in education as a high school maths teacher in 2011. She has taught mathematics at Cambridge IGCSE and AS levels, and English National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. She has additionally taught Romanian National Curricula in Middle School. She holds a BA in mathematics and an MA in Education, both from Babes-Bolyai University. She is involved in many additional earning activities and enjoys running the school chess club. After five years at Transylvania College, she has moved to the Royal School to continue her work with students and to dedicate her time in teaching mathematics.

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She is currently reading for her PhD Student at Technical University in Cluj. Away from teaching, Iuliana loves music and reads many books in her free time. She wants to develop herself professionally and remains very confident that she will influence students to choose advanced mathematics in the higher stages of their learning careers. Her motto is: “If you are born without wings, don’t do anything to stop them growing”.


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Mery Blaga   ro

Teacher of Year 6/SL

Inclusion Coordinator

Mery graduated the Teacher Training National College “Gh. Lazar” in Cluj-Napoca, in 1994 earning her primary teaching degree. Later on, she became a Geography teacher by earning her Bachelor’s degree at Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Geography, with a track in Geomorphology. She began her teaching career as a Geography teacher at Liceul Teoretic Nr. 5, and continued to build on it in the US. Her approach to teaching was consolidated in typical classrooms, special education environments, a combination of the previous two, and within in-home therapy helping children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and their families. While she lived and worked in the US for almost 15 years, she obtained her first level certificate in Pivotal Response

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 Treatment from the Koegel Autism Center at the University of California, and in 2015, she earned her Master’s degree in Psychology track Applied Behavior Analysis from Kaplan University. Mery decided to return to Romania and wants to be involved with a different kind of school promoting independence, applied knowledge, inclusion of all individuals, real connections and mirroring in the community.

Based on her experience and her education, Mery understands each child is different, and a teacher’s job is to discover and enhance his/her uniqueness. She knows that a happy student is a child who asks questions, who explores, who discovers, who creates, who becomes someone today for tomorrow. In her private time, Mery enjoys hiking and photography, exploring the countryside (anywhere in the world), cooking, reading traveling books and playing Sudoku. 

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Laura Prisacariu  ro

Teacher Assistant Year 6

Ever since she was a pupil in school, Laura has shown interest in both artistic and technical areas. As an adult, this has translated into graduating from both the Faculty of Political Science, Administration and Communication and from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Technical University, majoring in Land Surveying.

Having graduated, Laura chose to work in the US gathering unique experiences with a measurable impact upon her personal growth and making memories which will always have a special place in her life.

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Being inquisitive and looking forward to continuously developing new professional skills by always keeping high standards, Laura has shown interest in learning, collaborating and teaching using various approaches and methods, mainly trying to “make a difference” in the world through her constant involvement. Laura believes that children are unique and have their own fascinating ways of discovering new things, exploring them, adapting them and so much more.

Laura is quite passionate about traveling, architecture, photography, reading, psychology and event planning. She believes there is always a new chance to learn by reaching a balanced combination of these actions – learning about others, learning about places and learning about oneself.


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Diana Ploscaru   ro

Teacher of Year 5

Diana Ploscaru wished since she was a little child to become an educator (dolls and soft toys were her first beloved learners). Therefore, she graduated from a vocational high school – Pedagogical College. Once she obtained her bachelor degree in Foreign Languages (French and Romanian), she also graduated from the teaching training courses to become a qualified teacher at secondary school level (2003). Diana started her didactic career as a Romanian and French teacher in a middle school, where she was also the manager for almost two years. She also obtained her Master’s Degree in Communication and Language Sciences.

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She developed her teaching skills enrolling to different professional development courses and getting teaching degrees (II-nd teaching degree; Qualified Teacher Status obtained in the UK). She also had the opportunity to enrich her experience in China for five years (2010-2015) as an English teacher. The experience abroad was continued at London South-East Colleges (Bromley College) in the UK as a learning support assistant (2015-2016). Back to Romania, she resumed her teaching activity in international schools as a Romanian teacher for foreign students and as a primary school teacher in the international line.

As a very active person, open to life-long learning and development, adaptable, she meets with enthusiasm any challenges that occur in her journey as a teacher; and indeed, she loves traveling- both, imaginary -through reading- and in the real way, anytime this is possible. Therefore, every single time she sets off on a new journey with her students, Diana hopes she can be a proper companion, who enjoys in turn new discoveries.


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Sorana Petruța ro

Teacher Assistant Year 5

I made the decision to study Geology to have a better understanding of life on Earth and the Evolution of the universe. Understanding the past can help us face the challenges of the future taking into account the welfare of everything and everyone around us. I have, since high school, enjoyed tutoring younger students and this has led to my desire to become a teacher. Working with children is a wonderful, never ending flow, of challenges and rewards. I strongly believe that education is the key for a stronger world.

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I enjoy reading scientific articles (geology, bio-chemistry, chemistry, biology, astrophysics and astronomy). I also like to read about foreign cultures and universal literature. I enjoy gardening and taking care of wild fauna and flora.


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Andreea Cadiș  ro

Teacher of Y3

She is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters, University of Babes-Bolyai, with a degree in English Language and Literature and Italian Language and Literature. She is currently an MA student specializing in British Cultural Studies. She loves children and teaching, therefore she is convinced that she found her vocation. She discovered a passion for music in high school and began to sing, play guitar and other instruments, considering music a universal language through which people connect perfectly. Nature is an important part of her life, loving outdoor sports, such as skiing and climbing.

She considers nature her teacher. She is very happy to be a part of this innovative school which offers her the possibility of learning a lot from great teachers and wonderful children.

Teodora Brudasca  ro

Teacher Assistant  Year 3

Teo graduated from the Faculty of Psychology and Science of Education, Babeş Bolyai, with a Bachelor degree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy.  She has always been passionate about human nature and human development. She worked as a psychologist with autistic children, where she realised she has a lot of patience and love for the children.  She wanted to make a change in the world and she found out that teaching is a great opportunity to make this change.

As a hobby she likes to read and reflect on what she has read. She also likes long walks and enjoying every moment. Last, but not least, she likes to travel and meet new people, learning about their culture. Teo has been in the United States of America with work and travel.

Zsuzsanna Simon   hungary-flag-icon

Teacher of Year 2

With almost 10 years experience in pedagogy, teaching and babysitting, she is enthusiastic to teach with different methods. Prior to joining us here, Zsuzsa taught at Octavian Goga Gymnasial School in Cluj Napoca, where she had 29 students in the third grade, all participating together in sports events, Christmas shows, after-school activities and trips. From 2011 to 2014, Zsuzsa was a teacher in the Unitarian Nursery where she had responsibility for the daily activities of youngsters under 3 years, helping them to improve their basic skills and preparing for kindergarten. Thanks to her, many parents enrolled their children in the nursery. Previous to this, while studying at university, she was a babysitter. Zsuzsa holds an MA in Political Communication and Marketing and a BA in Journalism, and she attended a full four year pedagogical profile in high school.

Oana Bărăian  ro

Teacher Assistant Year 2

Our new Humanities teacher is a person that has a growth mindset in everything she does. She is purpose driven and she likes to find fulfillment in the work she does.

Oana has a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Communication, being passionate about people’s stories and human behavior. She had a long collaboration with a local newspaper, “Transylvania Reporter” before deciding to upgrade her studies and pursue a Master’s degree in Complementary Studies in Computer Science at UTCN University, being a strong believer in innovation and the use of technology in humanities research.

She worked in a multinational IT company and in a local start-up, where she understood the complexity and beauty of the business world. She has experience in marketing and took an international training in Entrepreneurship, in Poland, through Erasmus+ project.

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However, she believed that her skills and passions could be capitalised in an environment where there would be a greater need of communication and use of creativity and, after pursuing an internship at Royal School, she fell in love with teaching. Currently, she is enrolled in the psycho-pedagogy module from the Department of Teacher Training.

Her greatest wish was to wake up every day eagerly waiting to get to her “job”, a dream which she now considers fulfilled.

She believes in the power of education not just as a way of sharing knowledge, but also as a way of getting students to be curious about the world, encouraging and guiding them to find their passions, take the best out of what a school can offer and create their own unique path in life, so they can too live their “ikigai”.

Her passions include taking road trips, being out in nature and reading (especially biographies).


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Cătălina Ispas  ro

Teacher Reception – Year 1

Cătălina is a certified counselor for personal development and also a certified trainer. She first started working with children in private counseling for personal development, emotional intelligence and behavioral matters. During this time, she also started an after school club for emotional intelligence.

Every day working with children is a wonderful challenge for her. In every lesson that she teaches, there is also a lesson that they teach her.  She loves their energy, their endless joy, their unique bravery. It is a pleasure getting to know every one of them and getting close to their inner personality.

She thinks of herself as a good listener, a calm and supportive person. She likes to read a lot and she tries to use every spare minute that she has to read a good book.

Simona Mocan ro

Teacher Assistant Reception – Year 1

I studied Translation and Interpretation and Psycho-Pedagogical Studies for the Teaching Profession at Politehnica University of Timisoara. I have a Master’s Degree in Philology and one in Communication, Public Relations and Digital Media.

I have also had the privilege to work as a Translator at the French Institute of Timisoara, as an English Teacher in the Romanian public school and as a Credit Controller for the UK and Ireland at Office Depot, Cluj-Napoca. I think that these experiences complement my education and will give me an opportunity to contribute in different ways to the development of Royal School.

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I love teaching and supporting young people. I think helping students develop personally and academically is the noblest thing a person can do and it is this which makes me so enthusiastic about my future at Royal School.

Outside of work I like outdoor activities (biking, hiking and trekking) and spending time with my friends and my loved ones.


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Ryan O’Neill gb

Head of English

After graduation Ryan pursued a career in teaching English Language and Literature. After gaining experience in Spain and the Middle East he undertook a Masters in Applied Linguistics through the University of Portsmouth. A particular area of interest is the concept of Psycho-Linguistics. This is the exploration of second language and acquisition. It requires an understanding of adolescent learning strategies.
After completing a PGCE in Secondary English he continued teaching in International schools in various locations. As Head of English in various schools he has also contributed to Professional Development and staff training in Secondary Education.
As a qualified Teacher Trainer Ryan is undertaking a NPQH through University College London to become a Head Teacher in the future.
A love of creative writing contributes to the teaching of English in the classroom. He enjoys Cricket, tennis and Chess.

Ioana Ciumaș-Bratan

Teacher of English

Ioana graduated from the Faculty of Letters, Babeș-Bolyai University, with a BA in English and Romanian Language and Literature. Throughout her teaching career she has taught a wide range of classes and she has proven to be dedicated to her work and to her students.

She is an enthusiastic teacher who enjoys helping young people acquire skills and build self-esteem. She strongly supports the idea that students who believe in themselves and in their talents (whatever they are) will be
better-equipped to succeed in life. Being child-oriented, Ioana motivates her pupils to do their best and she strives to create a friendly learning environment.

When she isn’t teaching she loves reading, going to the theatre and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Her main qualities are patience, optimism and empathy.

Alina Aluaș ro

Teacher of French

Alina is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters, Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj- Napoca. She holds a BA in French and Norwegian language and literature, a MA in Multilingual and Multicultural Communication (Romanian,
French, and Spanish) and a degree in psycho-pedagogy.

Alina is writing a PhD thesis in contemporary French literature. She knew from a really young age that she wanted to become a teacher and Royal School is the perfect environment to develop her professionally. She believes that learning is a continuous process even as a teacher. Alina loves reading, spending time with children, interacting with the other people and traveling.

Iulia Ciogescu  ro

Teacher of Spanish

Iulia is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters at the Babes-Bolyai University with a major in Spanish and a minor in English. Iulia is currently involved in a MA, specializing in Multicultural and Multilingual Communication in Romance Languages. Her biggest interests and passions are languages, literature and teaching. In her spare time, she is an editor at the Babeș-Bolyai magazine, Echinox, but also publishes book reviews and translations from Spanish. Iulia’s biggest wish is to be a role model for her students in Royal School and wants to share with them her passion for studying.

Anastasia Covrig  ro

Teacher of German

Anastasia graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literature, with a German-Russian specialization, at the University of Bucharest. She then studied school psychology and educational counselling, following a Master’s degree at Titu Maiorescu University in Bucharest.
Prior to joining the Royal School team, she taught for 4 years at the “Anastasia Popescu” Pedagogical High School in Bucharest.
Aware that a teacher who does not permanently learn themselves cannot teach and educate others well, she has attended training courses in Germany, the Academy of Languages in Heidelberg and the Language Academy in Aachen, and has also benefited from a scholarship under the Erasmus + program at the ActiLIngua Academy in Vienna. Here she was fascinated by the non-formal methods of teaching German language in school.
In her free time Anastasia is very passionate about interior and floral design.

Krisztina Keresztes hungary-flag-icon

Teacher of Hungarian, Librarian, ESL

I am enthusiastic about embarking upon my teaching career after obtaining my MA degree in Irish studies from the Faculty of Letters in Cluj-Napoca. I also hold a BA degree in English and Hungarian language and literature, along with a psycho-pedagogical certificate from the Teacher Training Department.

I feel that teaching has always been my vocation and I have the ambition to become the best teacher I can possibly be.

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My education has taught me to see and appreciate the beauty in everything, in nature, art, philosophy, literature and, most importantly, people. I believe in perpetual self-improvement and in learning for the sake of learning, being passionate about becoming the best version of myself and assisting others in doing the same. I value and practice creativity in all its forms, be that arts and crafts or outside-the-box thinking, but I also appreciate consistency and systematic work.

I love interacting and working with other people. and sharing my experience and knowledge while also learning from others, prioritizing the needs of my students and helping them grow into kind, respectful and sensible adults.


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Adela Lupescu ro

Teacher of Mathematics & IT

Adela has a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics, a Masters in Didactics of Mathematics, both from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca and is about to finalize her PhD Thesis in Differential Geometry. During her PhD she has taught seminars on Linear Algebra, Introduction to Cryptography, Geometry and Astronomy. She was also research coordinator for the MatLan Emil Racovita National College project between 2014 and 2017. Mathematics and computer science were always a passion for Adela and passing the knowledge to young children is the outmost rewarding part of her career.

Beside science her favorite indoor past time is reading and listening to music. However, during her holidays she loves to play sports, travel and spend her time surrounded by nature.

Bianca Andone-Rotaru ro

Teacher of Biology

Even though she graduated only last year in Biochemistry, within “Babes-Bolyai” University, she believes this is an advantage in teaching biology as she is closer to the age of the students, and knowing what a student needs in order to be interested in a certain field. She is currently following the courses of an MSc in Molecular Biotechnology. Discovering what biology is, means that you discover yourself and how the world around you is working, and this is the first step in doing great things. Combining teaching and biology means that she has the opportunity to make a change in this world by guiding future adults into understanding that without biology, we cannot exist. As a former intern and now, as a teacher, she believes that Royal School gave her the chance to teach what she likes in a child-centred system with an emphasis on developing practical skills, which are the most important not only in science, but also in life.

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Another important part of her academic life is scientific research. She is part of the research team in the Molecular Biology Department of Babes-Bolyai University. The research field in which she is working is animal physiology.

In her free time she loves to travel, as she likes discovering new cultures. Reading is also a hobby of hers and she mostly enjoys books about evolution, neuroscience or behaviour studies.


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Katinka Demeter  hungary-flag-icon

Teacher of Chemistry

I’m a Chemistry graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in Cluj Napoca. During my Masters Degree I felt that my experiences of working with young people and my love of science could be combined in a teaching post at Royal School.
I would regard myself as being an active person, I enjoy the outdoors and participating in a number of different sports. I have been involved in the scouting movement for a number of years and enjoy helping young people gain an appreciation for the environment and the wider world.

Oana Coș  ro

Teacher of Romanian, ESL

Oana is a graduate of the Faculty of Letters, with a Bachelor’s degree in Romanian and English Language and Literature, holding also a degree in psycho-pedagogy from the Department of Teacher Training, both at Babeş-Bolyai University.

The desire to expand the study of languages led her to pursue a Master’s degree, as she is currently specializing in Romanian language. By being enthusiastic about both teaching and learning, she has recently earned the Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test.

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After having the experience of being an intern within Royal School, Oana considered joining the team, as she thinks this school provides a positive environment to create an optimal setting for both teaching and learning. She is a firm believer that literature is a stepping stone to become an enthusiastic lifelong learner and teaching gives you the opportunity to raise children’s aspirations and make a difference in their lives.


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Denisa Maier  ro

Teacher of Humanities

Denisa graduated from the Faculty of History and Philosophy, with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and European Studies and started the Teaching Module in her first year of university studies; she is now enrolled in the Second Teaching Module as a Master’s degree student.

History always represents a passion for Denisa and she thinks it is of the utmost important to have knowledge of the past and of culture. This allows us to learn where we come from and to see the evolution of things and to be grateful for the present.

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During the years spent at university so far, Denisa was involved in different projects as both a volunteer or coordinator. She always enjoyed being part of a team that does something for others, helps them to discover new subjects, ideas and allows them to express themselves.  That is why she decided to take part of the internship program offered by Royal School and later to join the team like teacher assistant for Y2 and also history teacher.


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Lorin Cantor  ro

PE Teacher

Lorin graduated from UTAD University in Portugal. He has a vast experience in the field of sports working in public and private institutions in both Portugal and Romania. Sport has always represented a passion for Lorin who considers physical education as a main pillar in today’s society which positively impacts upon the development of children, we should expand the amount of sports and physical activities that they try when they are young. “Let them develop the fundamentals of movement first before focusing on becoming the next sports super star!”. Lorin has many hobbies, he likes to practice many different sports like , rugby, tennis and football.

Renata Burca  ro

Teacher of Music

Renata Burca is a pianist, piano teacher, music teacher and accompanist. Having grown up in a family of musicians, music was a part of her life starting from a very early stage: she started playing piano at the age of 4. After finishing the Sigismund Toduta High school of Music from Cluj-Napoca, she went on studying piano at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy from the same city, where she got her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. She collaborates with the Romanian State Opera and Romanian State Theatre in Cluj, and when she’s not busy with teaching and performing, she enjoys singing, having recently started a small cover-band. She thinks of teaching at Royal School as a new challenge, for it is the perfect combination between learning and really enjoying music, the goal being that of slowly building a solid foundation of musical knowledge, combined with the pleasure and excitement for music and performing.

Delia Andreea Gröller  ro

Teacher of Art and Design

Delia is a graduate of the Art and Design University in Cluj-Napoca, with a Bachelor’s degree in the Pedagogy of Arts and a Master’s degree in Painting.  She had a scholarship at the Belle Arti Academy of Bari in Italy, where she was able to catch up with contemporary trends in the artistic world, and studied scientific illustration,  computer graphics and make-up for the theater.

She fell in love with Cluj-Napoca and decided to stay here. This is currently her sixth year as an art teacher and she is really happy to be a member of the Royal School team.

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Her belief is that we all have that special sparkle called creativity and that we need to make it grow and lead us with courage to

pursue our dreams and goals, never giving up on what is really important to us.

In her free time, Delia makes traditional embroidery and enjoys reading, travelling, and making people smile.


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