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Preschool: +48 697 979 100
Elementary: +48 22 646 92 89

TEAM

MANAGEMENT BOARD, OWNER

Ms. Monika Chandler

 

OWNER

Mr. Del Chandler

 

PRESCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Ms. Joanna Rechnio-Haciuk

I’ve been preschool principal for the last eight years.

I graduated from the University of Warsaw, completing MA in French Philology with teacher’s training, and postgraduate studies in Early Years Education in English at the Faculty of Pedagogy, Warsaw University. I also completed Management in Education postgraduate studies. Currently, I study Early Years Education including Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities.
I spent 4 consecutive years in London, where I have been teaching in multicultural preschools, among others in the Parsons Green Prep School in Fulham&Chelsea.
My stay in the United Kingdom allowed me to complete several courses such as Food safety, First Aid, Efficient use of interactive boards, of which the most complex was Using the new Early Years Foundation Stage course, as well as to obtain a Qualified Teacher Status from The General Teaching Council of England in 2006.
Upon my return to Poland in 2008, I was employed by The Canadian School of Warsaw and I’ve loved it since then.
In order to become a member of an IB community, I successfully completed 5 workshops (Making the PYP happen, Teaching and Learning in the PYP, Pedagogical leadership in the PYP, Action in the PYP and Concept-based Learning).

 

PRESCHOOL SECRETARY

Ms. Kamila Kozicka preschool@canadian-school.pl

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My name is Kamila Kozicka and I am the Preschool office coordinator. I am a graduate of the English Institute, Warsaw University, specialization: translation, with pedagogical qualifications.
My professional career has included working as a proofreader and editor in a publishing house; however, it was working in The Canadian School of Warsaw that enabled me to utilize my skills in full.
I have worked at The Canadian School since 2006, first as the Elementary School office coordinator when I had a chance to participate in one of the IB trainings Making the PYP happen.
Afterwards, I worked as the Middle School office coordinator, and since 2013 I have had a genuine pleasure to be a member of The Canadian Preschool team.

 

TEACHERS

Teacher: Ms. Magda Barszczewska

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My name is Magda Barszczewska. I have worked at The Canadian School of Warsaw since 2006. I started as a common room teacher in the elementary school and preschool. After three years I became a co-teacher and a homeroom teacher. 
I graduated from Interfaculty Studies of Commodity Science at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Food safety is my hobby, but nothing gives me as much pleasure as working with children. I am also a trained camp counselor and I had an opportunity to gain some experience in this area. For a long time I have been interested in child psychology, as well. In 2009 I completed postgraduate studies at the Pedagogical Faculty of Humanities at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Early Years Education including Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. At The Canadian School I had an opportunity to participate in professional development workshops that enriched my knowledge. I have completed 3 IB workshops: Making PYP happen, Teaching and Learning in the PYP and Action in the PYP.

 

Teacher: Ms. Karolina Dziewulska

I graduated from Department of Education of University of Warsaw and achieved a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching English to Young Learners.
I have worked in our Preschool since February 2011. I started as an assistant for the Smilies and Juniors groups, and then for the Seniors. Before my maternity leave I was the Smilies homeroom teacher.
I am ready and fully qualified to implement Primary Years Programme in our preschool. I attended three PYP workshops: Making the PYP happen, Teaching and learning in the PYP, Action in the PYP.

 

Teacher: Ms. Katarzyna Kuźmińska (maternity leave)

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I graduated from the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw in and I have a Master’s degree in Glottodidactics and Early Education with English. During my studies I had an opportunity to gain some teaching practice in London. Since I am very interested in models of educational leadership and management, I completed post-graduate studies at Politics and Administration of Education at the University of Warsaw.
I highly appreciated participating in International Baccalaureate teacher-training workshops such as: Making the PYP happen, Teaching and learning in the PYP, Action in the PYP and Concept-Based Learning.
I joined the CSoW team nine years ago and since then I have worked with Smilies groups. Before my maternity leave I was Juniors K’s homeroom teacher and Seniors’ Polish teacher.

 

Teacher: Ms. Kari Larsen

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This is going to be my fourth year both in Poland and at The Canadian Preschool of Warsaw. I am originally from sunny South Africa. I graduated from the University of Stellenbosch, in Cape Town; South Africa, with a Bachelor of Law. I have also received my TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Also, I completed a PYP training Making the PYP happen. I gained my teaching experience teaching English to Turkish children at a Private College in Izmir and I thoroughly enjoyed my work. This school year will be my fourth year as Seniors K’s homeroom teacher and I hope for another successful year, with many memorable moments.

 

Teacher: Ms. Donalyn Pietrzykowski

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This year I will be Juniors’ homeroom teacher and I come from the Philippines. I am a native speaker of both English and Tagalog. My university education is a Bachelors’ degree from Science in Medical Technology. Later on I added a certificate course in Caregiving; my studies during this course included child care and care for individuals with special needs. In 2009 I completed an international TEFL course (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), and I have completed 3 training courses for the Primary Years Program (PYP) for IBO: Teaching and Learning in the PYP, Action in the PYP, and Concept-based Learning.
I have been a part of The Canadian Preschool of Warsaw since 2010. 

 

Teacher: Ms. Małgorzata Rzetelska

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I graduated from the University of Warsaw with major in Early Childhood Education and English Philology.
I participated in trainings such as: Child Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, methodological workshops for English lecturers, a series of meetings for teachers titled ‘New Age of Inquirers’ based on PYP concepts, a PYP workshop Concept-based Learning.
My professional practice includes working in preschools as well as in a primary and secondary school. During that time I was a homeroom teacher of a group of 2-3 year olds, which was a very unforgettable, joyful and fulfilling experience. It made me realize just how satisfactory teaching can be.
I have worked in The Canadian Preschool since July 2012 as the Juniors’ co-teacher and this school year I have the pleasure to be the Smilies’ homeroom teacher again.

 

 

Teacher: Ms. Kate Podgórna

I was born and raised in beautiful London, Ontario, Canada where my parents and sister continue to live. I completed an Honours Bachelors Degree in Sociology at The University of Western Ontario and I went on to The University of Windsor to complete my Master’s Degree in Sociology with a specialization in Criminology. I came to Poland 18 years ago with a plan to go back home but life happened, time just flew by and now I call Warsaw my ‘home’ away from ‘home’. In 2003, I completed a post-graduate degree in Pedagogical Studies at The University of Warsaw and in 2010, I completed my CELTA teaching certificate through The University of Cambridge. This summer I will begin the Making PYP Happen course.

Over the course of my English language teaching, which spans from young children to adults, I have aquired a broad spectrum of different teaching styles because each student is different; each student brings something different into the classroom so being open to these differences and allowing myself the flexibility and adaptibility to tap into these various approaches to learning makes teaching an exciting and rewarding endeavour.

 

Teacher: Ms. Katie White

My name is Katie White and I was born and raised in Tasmania, a small island state in Australia. I graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Contemporary Art and later returned to complete a postgraduate study, so that I now have a Masters in Teaching, with an emphasis on early childhood education. Two years ago I moved to Poland to start working in a small private kindergarten and before this I had spent four years living and working as a teacher in a school  just outside of Shanghai. I am excited to be joining the team at The Canadian Preschool of Warsaw; in preparation I will soon begin the Making PYP Happen course online and I am looking forward to learning all about this exciting teaching philosophy. 

 

 

SPECIALIST TEACHERS

ART – Ms. Karolina Kaźmierczak

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I have been a member of The Canadian School of Warsaw team since 2009.

In 1995 I finished my Foundation Course in Art and Design at the Central Saint Martin’s College of London, followed by a BA Diploma in Illustration from the Bath Spa University College obtained in 1998.

My teaching career started with training and working for two years using the Montessori method. From then on I have moved on to the PYP – I participated in the Making the PYP Happen and Concept-based Learning training sessions by the IBO. I am a strong believer in the concept of life-long learning and therefore keep broadening my qualifications and perspectives by taking part in various Polish and international courses and workshops.

I am a certified coach and a judge of the international creativity contest, Odyssey of the Mind.

I have also completed my formal pedagogical training here in Warsaw.

Photography has been my biggest passion and main form of artistic expression for quite a while now. That’s why I am delighted to be responsible for CSoW’s event photos as well as the social media management.

FRENCH – Ms. Margot Nowak

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My name is Margot Nowak. I am from Fribourg in Switzerland, and a graduate of Warsaw University Center for foreign Language Teacher Training and European Education UW in the field of Philology.
I have accumulated considerable experience at teaching French to children. I am part of the French Association in Poland. I have taught at the Polish-French Society and, as a former homeroom teacher at a state school, I was responsible for the education of more than a hundred children at all grade levels. For the last four years I have been working as a French teacher in the CSoW.
I started my adventure in Preschool last year. I participated in IB trainings and methodological workshops such as Action in the PYP, and Concept-Based Learning.
I still develop my skills in The Institute of Applied Linguistics (ILS), University of Warsaw, is an independent research and training unit, educating translators, linguists and foreign language teachers.

MUSIC&RHYTHMICS – Ms. Anna Stankiewicz

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My name is Anna Stankiewicz. I graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff in 2012. There l obtained a Master of Art degree in the baroque violin.
After receiving my diploma I had come back to Poland where l had started to play with early music ensemble ‘Intemperata’. Later, l became a member of the Early Music Academy in Bydgoszcz. With both formations I have performed numerous concerts all over Poland and a project in Florence in Italy.
l decided to meet a leader of the Polish Society of Edwin E. Gordon, who introduced me to the Gordon’s method of teaching music to children aged from 0 to 7 years old. I became a member of the Society and since 2013 I have taught music to children at The Canadian Preschool of Warsaw using elements of this method combined with the Primary Years Programme.

 

ASSISTANTS

 

Assistant: Ms. Glaiza Velasquez

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This is going to be my fifth year at the Canadian Preschool of Warsaw. I come from the Philippines and am a Spanish Filipino. I am bilingual: I speak both English and Tagalog.
I arrived in Poland for my studies and I have enjoyed it so much, especially working as an assistant at The Canadian Preschool that I decided to stay in Poland for a longer period of time. In Poland I have finished a company training concerning basic medicine and medical products, which allowed me to work as an assistant at medical congresses combined with vascular and heart surgery. I study Polish language and culture (I speak Polish on level B2).
At the moment I am preparing to pass my Cambridge exams.

 

Assistant: Ms. Joanna Popiołek

My name is Joanna Popiołek. I graduated from Warsaw University with MA degree in French studies, pedagogical qualifications, translation specialty, and B2 level of English. I lead a team of European Scouts associating girls aged 9-12 and am a trained camp counselor. At The Canadian Preschool I have worked as a substitute teacher assistant since 2015. Next academic year I am going to be Seniors assistant.

 

Assistant: Ms. Klaudia Skoniecka

I graduated from the Faculty of Special Education at The Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw. I also have been studying in Denmark at Via University College, where I finished Erasmus Exchange Course in Creativity and Co-creation in educational work.

I gained experience in working with children during my study, doing internships in social clubs and placements related with child care.

I completed several courses such as a summer camp course, animation and organization of spare time for children, choreotherapy and dances in the circle.

Assistant: Ms. Kate Vayda

I have been working at The Canadian Preschool since October 2015. I started as a substitute assistant for all the groups. I was born in Ukraine. When I was six we moved to Poland. Therefore, I understand what it’s like to be an expat.

I graduated from the University of Warsaw with Bachelor‘s degree in Russian studies with pedagogical qualifications. To learn more about child behavior and psychology, I decided to study at the Academy of Special Education in Warsaw, faculty of Early Year Education. During my studies I have had an opportunity to work with children. Recently, I completed  a chess course, so I will do my best to help develop your child’s logical thinking skills. This year I am going to be Juniors’ co-teacher.

 

PRESCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

Ms. Marta Żysko-Pałuba

 

NURSE

Ms. Anna Wysocka

My name is Anna Wysocka and I am a school nurse. I have worked at The Canadian School of Warsaw since 2005 in both preschool and elementary school.
I have a Master’s degree in Nursing from the Medical University of Warsaw and also a Master’s degree in Pedagogy from the University of Humanities and Economics in Łódź.
I am currently completing postgraduate studies in Psycho-Dietetics at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw.