PRINCIPAL / IB COORDINATOR

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Ms. Christine Mamo

This is my fifth year at The Canadian School of Warsaw,  fourth year as IB coordinator and my second year as the School’s Principal. I am from Sydney, Australia and lived there all my life until moving to Warsaw in January 2014. I have a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology, A Master of Arts in Ancient History and a Diploma for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I have also completed Making the PYP Happen as part of my IB professional development. I have worked for 14 years in the area of Speech Pathology and Education with both adults and children.

I am a strong believer in holistic education and recognizing the talents of each and every student and using methods that allow students to use and develop their talents in the classroom. I am relishing the opportunity that has been given to me this year in my role as IB coordinator across all three sites, developing relationships with all staff and reigniting their enthusiasm in the PYP and transdisciplinary education. The role has been challenging but it appeals to my high achieving personality and strong work ethic.

On a personal note I love going to the movies, listening to music and traveling. My thirst to see the world and appreciate it’s history in particular has been abated somewhat since moving to Poland as the world, particularly Europe is much closer. As such I have been able to visit many places since coming here and experience different cultures. I love my home and Sydney will always be my home but it is literally on the other side of the world compared to so many places.

ADMINISTRATION

Office Coordinator Olimpijska Street:

Iwona Wojacka: secretary@canadian-school.pl

Office Coordinator Bełska Street:

Weronika Budziło: secretary.belska@canadian-school.pl

Security Guards: 

Wojciech Samojluk

Cleaning and Supply Manager:

Bożena Zalewska

NURSE

Ms. Anna Wysocka

My name is Anna Wysocka and I am the 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 have also completed postgraduate studies in Psycho-Dietetics at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST/PEDAGOGUE

Mr. Maciej Sandomierski

I graduated from the department of Psychology at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw. I also graduated from the School of Psychological Training and Workshop and the Interpersonal Training Course at the INTRA Center, Warsaw and I became a 1st and 2nd degree coach.

At the moment, I am completing my post-graduate studies in the fields of Pedagogical qualifications, as well as post-graduate studies in Preschool and early years education.

Before my time at The Canadian School of Warsaw, I also worked as shadow teacher, specialist teacher, and homeroom teacher. One of the subjects which I have been teaching throughout this time was ethics, which is as well the subject I currently teach for grades 1-3.

Apart from teaching I also established and run various social development workshops for children and young adults, which include the Psychological Youth Academy.

I like to spend my free time meeting friends, listening to music and taking part in sport.

HOMEROOM TEACHERS

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Grade 1 
Ms. Irina Pawul

Being a member of the Canadian School of Warsaw since August 2014 I’ve been teaching young learners at Grades 1 and 3 levels. My overall experience working at International Schools exceeds 10 years period.  Educational background includes Master’s Degree in International Education and Bachelor’s Degree in English Philology. Additionally, I’ve undergone variety of trainings and workshops, therefore am proficient in PYP curriculum according to the IB standards.
My philosophy of education comes from the approach I use living my life: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” (by B.Franklin).
I have passion for traveling and leading an active life style.

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Grade 1
Mr. Adam Black

Dorset born and bred, I am a native English speaker from the south of England, a proud father of three and a long standing member of the Canadian School team, having spent the past twelve years working as a homeroom teacher at various grade levels, including those in preschool and primary.
A graduate from Bath Spa University, I have a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art/Painting, am a MACTE accredited Montessori teacher and have a host of authorized IB qualifications from categories 1, 2 and 3, including Making the PYP Happen, Teaching and Learning, Action and Concept Based Learning.
Before moving to Poland, I worked as a freelance film and video maker – specializing in collaborative projects between local councils, schools and art galleries – and have recently been a featured artist in a Doodlers Anonymous publication, as well as a second place winner in last year’s Millennium ‘Docs Against Gravity’ Photographic Competition.

Grade 2
Ms. Katie White

I joined the team at the Canadian School of Warsaw in 2016, initially working in the Preschool before moving to the Primary School to teach Grade 2 this year.
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.
I have been teaching for over 10 years now and have developed a strong love of working within the PYP. I have completed the IBO courses: Making the PYP happenAssessment in the PYP, and Leadership in the Early Years, among others.
My passion is working with young people, helping them develop their creativity and logic skills, by following their interests. It gives me great joy to see them develop and grow every day.

Grade 2
Ms. Alessandra Pastor

In my second year at The Canadian School of Warsaw, and I am very excited to be joining Grade 2 as their homeroom teacher!

I am from the state of Massachusetts in the U.S.A, but have been teaching grades 1-3 in Warsaw for the past four years. I also taught for one year in the U.S.A. prior to moving to Poland. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in both elementary and general special education, and I enjoy participating in courses that further my professional knowledge.

I come from a family of teachers, and therefore, education has been a prominent part of my life for as long as I can remember. I find it so rewarding to help each and every child reach his/her full potential both academically and social-emotionally.

I love living and working in Warsaw because I have the opportunity to travel throughout Poland and other fascinating countries as well. When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, reading, and exploring the outdoors.

Grade 3
Ms. Jessica Torowska

I have joined the Canadian School of Warsaw team in 2019 and it has already been an amazing journey.

I was born in Canada and raised bilingual in Poland. I hold a degree in English Philology from the University of Warsaw and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Nottingham University.

My inspiration to become a teacher started early on when I became a big sister to three amazing siblings that are 11, 17 and 20 years younger than me. As a teenager I loved guiding, teaching and helping them to grow and develop. This, I believe, has made me the educator I am today.

Grade 4
Mr. Paul Watson

This is my fifth-year teaching in Poland. Born in England, I am a native English speaker. This is my second academic year at the Canadian primary school. With great enthusiasm I joined the team in February this year, and I taught grade 5. This school year I am the grade 4 Homeroom teacher and I am also the English acquisition teacher. Back in the UK I taught, English, Math’s, and Engineering and I was the program leader for a project inspiring young people back into education.

Enabling young people to grasp the foundational knowledge and skills that they will use for the rest of their lives is a wonderful gift. Good education is, in my belief, the single most important thing. I was first inspired to pursue a teaching career after teaching English in Poland more than eight years ago. Confidence and good communication skills have continuously helped me to interact well with people. I have a passion for raising aspirations and helping people reach their full potential.

Grade 5
Mr. Giles Martin

This is my second year at The Canadian School.

I am from Scarborough, UK though thankfully I don’t have a Yorkshire accent as that can be very difficult to understand.

I have been teaching in Warsaw for almost 5 years. Throughout that time I’ve  taught in various private schools across the city. I have also prepped children/adults for their Cambridge examinations.      

Before being a teacher, I used to coach children and adults how to climb and kayak. I worked as a climbing instructor in England for a few years before heading out to America to teach children over there for a year. However, you soon find working outdoors in the winter can be challenging, let alone cold. Henceforth, using my University Degree I made the transition into teaching and haven’t looked back since. 

Grade 6
Mr. Wendell Ernstzen

For more than 2 decades I’ve been involved in the education of young minds and spirits, guiding and encouraging all to achieve more and go further. Having the good fortune of teaching in public and private school, from primary through to grade 12 in all my major university subjects of English, Mathematics and Art. Learning through fun is paramount to good education. Add a touch of discipline and respect for one and all, and you have a recipe for success.

Originally from Zambia, I was raised most of my life in Cape Town, South Africa. Truly the Mother City, where two oceans meet and having a mountain, Table Mountain, placed centrally in this beautiful city. My heart is African. Steve Biko, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela featured, and still feature, in my philosophy and life path. Love, respect, happiness.

Grade 7
Mr. Maciej Łokietek

I graduated from the Polish Department in Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. I am a qualified elementary school teacher and examiner and run training sessions for other teachers. In my career I have worked in both public and private schools. I have been working in the Canadian School of Warsaw since 2011 as a Polish and a homeroom teacher. I prepare students for contests and olympiads, and organize state exams in schools. In our school I consider myself to be the guardian of correct forms of the Polish language.

As a typical Gemini, I am interested literally in everything. Although in my free time I read, visit big European cities, study the musar movement, meet my friends, I may seem a bit boring at times (at least that’s what I think).

Ms. Urszula Jasieńska (MATERNITY LEAVE)

I joined the Canadian School of Warsaw in April 2009 with over 5 years of experience in teaching English as a foreign language under my belt. Since then I have had an opportunity to work with students from Grade 1 up to Grade 6. I graduated from the English Teacher Training College and Polish Studies at the Warsaw University. I am currently pursuing my postgraduate studies in Preschool and Elementary School Education at the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education.

I have always enjoyed teaching and I am always on the lookout for new tools, methods, and technology to be used in the classroom. It has always been my priority to help my students develop independence and their own motivation for learning and I always do my best to encourage them to succeed in their attempts to gain new skills, experience and knowledge; to become successful communicators of their ideas, as well as responsible and committed members of their community.

On a personal note, I love cooking, listening to music and going to concerts with my husband. I also collect picture books I can now read not only with my students, but also with my son Feliks.

SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

Polish Gr. 1, 2 and 3 / Books and Resources Manager (Polish books)
Ms. Aleksandra Chaliburda

I joined the Canadian School of Warsaw community in September 2014.

During my first years here, I gained a lot of experience in working with children as a Teacher in the Common Room and Co-teacher in Grade 1.

Also, I graduated from the University of Warsaw with a Bachelor’s degree in Resocialization with a major in Teaching Children with Behavioral Problems and I received Master’s degree in Teaching with a major in Early Childhood Education.

This year, I have the pleasure to be Polish Teacher in Grades 1A, 2B and 3 as well as a Books and Resources Manager.

I strongly believe in project-based learning and my approach to education is to provide a inquiry-based, active learning which respects individual learning needs. I am very happy that I have the chance to combine my hobby and my work on a daily basis.

Polish Gr. 1-2
Ms. Anna Piotrowska

It is my great pleasure to start working at the Canadian School of Warsaw as a teacher of primary education in Grades 1 and 2. Previously, I worked at another international school in Warsaw. I graduated from the Faculty of Early Childhood Education with English, and I have a certificate of socio-cultural animation. Additionally, I am currently finishing my Master’s studies in Art and Media Education at the University of Warsaw.

I am passionate about literature, history, and art, and I am eager to share my passions with my students! I am looking forward to this journey, as we learn from each other every day.

Polish 
Ms. Kamila Sujkowska (MATERNITY LEAVE)

I graduated from the University of Warsaw where I studied Polish Philology and Speech Therapy. At the Canadian School of Warsaw I am a teacher of Polish in Grades 4-6. During our Polish lessons we rarely sit in the classroom – thanks to books we explore distant lands. I want my students to be creative, responsible and clever people in the future.

At present I am a doctoral student of the University of Warsaw. I specialize in dialects of Polish language.

In private life, I love music, theatre and riding a bicycle.

Polish Gr. 4-6, PFL Gr. 7-8
Ms. Joanna Kutyła

I studied Polish Philology at the University of Warsaw, specializing in: Polish literature and culture in the European and world perspective; teaching and language; literature; with editorial and publishing specialization.

Apart from my love of literature and working with text, my passion is teaching and shaping the linguistic awareness of students.

In the Canadian School of Warsaw, I will teach Polish language in Grades 4 to 6 and Polish for foreigners in Grades 7 and 8.

Polish Gr. 7-8, PFL Gr. 5-6
Mr. Maciej Łokietek

I graduated from the Polish Department in Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. I am a qualified elementary school teacher and examiner and run training sessions for other teachers. In my career I have worked in both public and private schools. I have been working in the Canadian School of Warsaw since 2011 as a Polish and a homeroom teacher. I prepare students for contests and olympiads, and organize state exams in schools. In our school I consider myself to be the guardian of correct forms of the Polish language.

As a typical Gemini, I am interested literally in everything. Although in my free time I read, visit big European cities, study the musar movement, meet my friends, I may seem a bit boring at times (at least that’s what I think).

French Gr. 2-8
Ms. Justyna Rejba-Chuba

I started working at the Canadian School of Warsaw in 2017, however I have been a full-time French teacher for over 12 years, at all grade levels at Primary, Elementary, Middle and Secondary Schools). I have also taught at the Polish-French Society, a private language school and a state school with the IB program.

I graduated from the Warsaw University Center for Foreign Language Teacher Training, as well as European Education in the field of Philology (completed partly in Paris). In addition to teaching and all things French, I am also passionate about media and have an MA degree in Journalism and Communication from the University of Warsaw.

In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, cooking, watching films, learning new things, travelling, running and cycling.

French Gr. 1
Ms. Margot Nowak

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 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 eight years I have been working as a French teacher in the CSW.

I started my adventure in Preschool five years ago. I participated in IB trainings and methodological workshops such as Action in the PYP, Concept-Based Learning and Assessment in the PYP.

I still develop my skills in the Institute of Applied Linguistics (ILS), University of Warsaw, which is an independent research and training unit, educating translators, linguists and foreign language teachers.

English
Mr. Wendell Ernstzen

For more than 2 decades I’ve been involved in the education of young minds and spirits, guiding and encouraging all to achieve more and go further. Having the good fortune of teaching in public and private school, from primary through to grade 12 in all my major university subjects of English, Mathematics and Art. Learning through fun is paramount to good education. Add a touch of discipline and respect for one and all, and you have a recipe for success.

Originally from Zambia, I was raised most of my life in Cape Town, South Africa. Truly the Mother City, where two oceans meet and having a mountain, Table Mountain, placed centrally in this beautiful city. My heart is African. Steve Biko, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela featured, and still feature, in my philosophy and life path. Love, respect, happiness.

Mathematics Gr. 4-6
Mr. Paweł Żaczek 

I graduated from the Department of Physics (BA) as well as Astrophysics (MA) at the Warsaw University. I have joined the CSW team this year to teach Math in Grades 4 and 5. I am also a teacher of Physics on everyday basis.
Teaching is my passion. During my lessons I try to show students how to solve problems and understand the world around us together with the laws that govern it. I have been involved in school and extra-curricular education for over 10 years.
I am also fascinated by astronomy and take my time to observe the stars whenever I can.

Mathematics Gr. 7-8, Chemistry
Ms. Paulina Polakowska

I have been working at the Canadian School of Warsaw since 2015 as a teacher of mathematics and chemistry. I graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology and the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw.

I completed trainings in the field of mathematical education for the youngest, methods of working with students with special educational needs, modern methods of teaching mathematics, programming in Scratch.

At The Canadian School, I coordinate most of the math and chemistry competitions, conduct classes with gifted students, prepare students for final math exams, and am the administrator of the ‘Librus’ Electronic Register.

Privately, I am a well-organized mother of twins – a boy and a girl. I am very enthusiastic about time management and interested in creating home budget.

Science / Biology / Geography
Mr. Bartłomiej Wrona

I am a geographer specializing in hydrology and meteorology with special interest in water management in urban areas. I have finished Geography at Maria-Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin and now it is time for me to continue my journey at the University of Warsaw.

I believe that the teacher during their class should be the one that says the least. It is up to the students to find out what is going on around them and simply be curious about the world around them, to ask questions, to try something on their own. The whole world is new for them after all and thus the teacher should be the guide, helping find the right way to understand the environment.

Physics
Ms. Magdalena Szczygieł

Geography
Ms. Ewa Wink, Mr. Bartłomiej Wink

Civics / History
Mr. Marcin Gostkowski

I have an MA in History with a teaching specialization from the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw and an MA in Archaeology from the University of Warsaw. In 2011, I studied in Granada, Spain. Between 2010 and 2019, I participated in archaeological and educational projects in Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, France, Spain, Jordan, Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, England, and Norway.

I want to share my experience from around the world and passion for studying and discovering the past with my students – this is why I’ve decided to become a history teacher. Since 2013, I’ve been working in primary schools as a history teacher and instructor of archaeology-oriented extracurricular activities for children, awarded with the Warsaw’s Cultural Education award in 2018.

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Art
Ms. Agnieszka Kazała

I studied History at the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, and Pedagogy and Art at the University of Warsaw. I am an active visual artist and an Art teacher. In my work I combine artistic and teaching qualifications. I took part in many individual and collective exhibitions, and my works are part of private collections in Poland and abroad. Currently, I am also employed as an Art teacher at the Culture Centre in Grójec and cooperate with the Culture Centre in Góra Kalwaria.

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Art / Technics / Religion
Ms. Anna Zarębska-Słomka

I graduated from a high school of fine arts, post-graduate studies ‘Teaching Visual Arts’ at the University of Warsaw and the Faculty of History of Art at the Catholic Theology Academy in Warsaw. The knowledge of art is my passion, which I gladly share with children and youth. I truly enjoy our ‘time travels’ discovering old masters of interesting and unconventional techniques. Together with my students, I am happy to see every new skill, every successful artistic experiment and every exhibition of their wonderful works. It is an adventure which never becomes boring!

Music 
Ms. Katarzyna Boruta

My adventure with music began with piano lessons at the Music School in Białystok. For over 9 years, I also sang in the female choir “Schola Cantorum Bialostociensis” there.

In 2002, I graduated from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw at the Opera Singing Department. I also studied there at the Inter-faculty Pedagogical College.

I have been teaching children and youth for 18 years. I started working at the Canadian School of Warsaw in 2007.

Music is my passion, love and adventure. By teaching children, I can discover it again and again, enjoy it anew and look at young “adepts of art”.

P.E.
Mr. Marcin Wierzajtys

Sport has been my passion since childhood. I come from a family where physical activity was everyday reality. My father was a physical education teacher, while his brother (and my uncle) was a footballer.

At the beginning I focused my attention on basketball and finally, thanks to my peers, I became involved with Olympic taekwondo. As a competitor, I continued my adventure with this discipline until the end of my studies, and my greatest sporting achievement was the second place at the Polish Junior Championships in 2002.

After graduating from the University of Physical Education in Warsaw, I decided to start working as a physical education teacher, which is my mission to support the harmonious psychophysical development of children and youth. I also run Taekwondo classes for children and adolescents and in my free time I am interested in issues related to a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on nutrition.

Dance/P.E.
Ms. Klara Dybińska

Ethics Gr. 1-3
Mr. Maciej Sandomierski

I graduated from the department of Psychology at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw. I also graduated from the School of Psychological Training and Workshop and the Interpersonal Training Course at the INTRA Center, Warsaw and I became a 1st and 2nd degree coach.

At the moment, I am completing my post-graduate studies in the fields of Pedagogical qualifications, as well as post-graduate studies in Preschool and early years education.

Before my time at The Canadian School of Warsaw, I also worked as shadow teacher, specialist teacher, and homeroom teacher. One of the subjects which I have been teaching throughout this time was ethics, which is as well the subject I currently teach for grades 1-3.

Apart from teaching I also established and run various social development workshops for children and young adults, which include the Psychological Youth Academy.

I like to spend my free time meeting friends, listening to music and taking part in sport.

Ethics (Gr. 4-8)
Ms. Sylwia Gibaszek

Working at school is one of my passions. I am a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw and Psychology at the International Academy of Personnel Management. I have been working as a teacher since 2006. For 10 years I was associated with the “Bednarska” school complex. I worked there as a teacher of philosophy and ethics, poetry and film workshops. I also took part in multicultural educational projects. Teaching Polish as a foreign language and lectures on Polish culture were my tasks. I belong to the Association of Polish Writers. I am a teacher and author of six poetry books and essays on poetry and philosophy.

The original project of the “Philosophical Discussion Club” and publication of an anthology of poetry by participants of my literary workshops are considered by me as one of my greatest teaching achievements. All proceeds from the publication were allocated to humanitarian aid for Burma.

I also participated in many projects related to multicultural education. I popularized the activity of “Free West Papua Campaign Poland” among students and participated in the Festival of Stateless Communities.

I think my strength is unflagging passion for learning as well as creativity.

School Librarian, Common Room Teacher
Ms. Aleksandra Miernik

I have been a member of The Canadian School of Warsaw since 2016, acquiring the experience in work with the youngest students as a common room teacher, class assistant, and finally the school librarian.

While interacting with children, I draw a lot from my educational background. I graduated from the University of Warsaw with an MA degree in Psychology, as well as SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities with a BA degree in English Studies. I also studied in American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, spending one semester at Humboldt University of Berlin. As a psychologist, I gained over 10 years of experience in work with both children and adults in various mental health care institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Parallelly to my work with children, I pursue my other long-term passion. Having 7 years of experience in individual psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults makes working with children a very precious lesson for myself. I truly appreciate having an opportunity to contribute to their development at this memorable stage of life.

Grade 1 Assistant
Ms. Paulina Płachta

Grade 1 Shadow Teacher
Ms. Olga Velichanova

I joined the Canadian school of Warsaw in 2020 as a shadow teacher. I have a Bachelor’s degree in primary education, a Master’s degree in secondary and high education, and post-graduate studies in special education. Before moving to Poland I was a preschool teacher and English and Russian teacher for students of all ages (including adult and older adult students). The first time I met a student with special needs was 4 years ago. That was when I decided to change my teaching career.

As a shadow teacher and therapist I strongly believe that if a child cannot learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way he or she can learn. For me special education is the most challenging area in education and that is why it is the most interesting, inspiring and satisfying.

In my free time I like reading books and cross-stitch embroidering.

Education for Safety – Gr. 8
Mr. Bartłomiej Czerkowski

Family Life Classes, Gr. 4-8
Bogusława Fila-Kołodziejczak