PRINCIPAL / IB COORDINATOR
Ms. Christine Mamo
This is my fourth year at The Canadian School of Warsaw, third year as IB coordinator and my first 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.
Ms. Anna Wysocka
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.
Mr. Maciej Sandomierski
I graduated from the department of Psychology at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw. Subsequently I also completed degrees at from School of Training and Psychological Workshop and the Interpersonal Training Course at the INTRA Center, Warsaw.
At the moment I am completing my post-graduate studies in the fields of pedagogical preparation, as well as post-graduate studies in pre-school and early-school education.
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.
Ms. Irina Pawul
Ms. Cynthia Rudwick
This is my 6th year at the Canadian School of Warsaw and my 3rd year in 2nd grade. I absolutely love the school and its students and this incredible community.
Understanding and interacting with children has been a passion of mine for a huge chunk of my life. All children are natural learners who are so genuinely curious about the world that surrounds them. As a teacher, I firmly feel that my mission is to facilitate that curiosity and to continue to inspire that beautiful sense of wonder. Every child has an expanse of authentic potential within them, and I want to be an active part of showing them what they are truly capable of.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy exploring the outdoors. Hiking, biking, camping…anything that gets us out enjoying the beautiful Poland. I also enjoy traveling and have been fortunate enough to visit many amazing foreign countries. It is this love of travel and learning about diverse cultures that lead me to earn 1st Degree in Education with an emphasis in teaching Linguistically Diverse Populations.
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 Doodler’s Anonymous publication, as well as a second place winner in last year’s Millennium ‘Docs Against Gravity’ Photographic Competition.
Mr. Adriaan Van Den Berg
I am from South Africa and have been living in Warsaw since 2012. My professional career started off as lawyer however subsequent to a course in Paris my life took a much more adventurous path. I briefly taught History and Afrikaans Second Language at an English Secondary School in South Africa followed by several years giving private English lessons in Warsaw. In total I have around seven years’ experience teaching students between the ages of 5 and 18.
I am a great believer in project-based learning strategies which form a key part of the IB program. The PYP system is still rather new to me. Currently I am completing my “Making the PYP happen” course. With my classes I try to expose students to real-world environments and challenges – teaching them about social responsibilities, motivating them to become true global citizens. The best part about teaching for me is constantly learning alongside students. I believe a teacher should not only act as tutor in class, but also be as engaged in learning as he/she expects the students to be.
Grade 5 Ms.
I graduated from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin with a Master’s Degree in English Philology. During the course of my studies I spent a couple of semesters in London which was a very valuable and enjoyable experience. I have been teaching English for 10 years now, both in Poland and the UK. I joined the Canadian School team last year and completed “Making the PYP Happen” as part of my IB professional development.
To my mind, one of the most crucial benefits of PYP is that it encourages students to think for themselves and take responsibility for their own learning through an inquiry-led approach.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending times outdoors, especially cycling and running. I’m also a fan of travelling and healthy cooking.
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.
Ms. Urszula Jasieńska
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.
Ms. Agnieszka Kuć
I graduated from the University of Warsaw with a major in Early Childhood Education and Re-education. I participated in trainings such as: Creativity and critical thinking in education and training, Making the PYP happen, Action in the PYP, Teaching and Learning in the PYP, Creating therapeutic programs for children and young people with ADHD, Health Promotion, and Drama course.
I have worked at The Canadian School of Warsaw for the last 14 years. During that time, I have taught Polish, Mathematics and Science to Grade 1-3 students, which has given me great joy. I enjoy working at The Canadian School of Warsaw as a challenging and multicultural environment.
This school year, I have the pleasure to be Grade 2 and 3 Integrated Education teacher.
Mr. Maciej Łokietek
I graduated from the Polish Department in Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz. I am a qualified teacher and an examiner in elementary school 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 olimpiads, and organize state exams in the school. In our school I am considered to be the guardian of the accurate Polish forms.
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. Kamila Piwko
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, a Polish teacher for foreigners and a speech therapist. 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 as a foreign or second language / French
Ms. Joanna Popiołek
I graduated from University of Warsaw with a Master’s Degree in French Philology but I also have a Diploma for Teaching Polish as a Foreign or Second Language.
I joined the Canadian School community three years ago, in October 2015: first, the Canadian Preschool of Warsaw as a Seniors assistant, then the CSoW as a PFSL/French teacher.
During and after my studies, l had the opportunity to work with children as a guide in Scouts of Europe.
I am currently completing my postgraduate studies in Preschool and Elementary School Education at the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education.
Outside of work, I love reading, cycling and travelling.
Librarian / Polish Gr.1
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 Grade 1 and the Librarian. 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.
Ms Justyna Rejba- Chuba
This is my first year at the Canadian School of Warsaw, 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 MYP and IB programs.
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, traveling, running and cycling.
Ms. Paulina Polakowska
I have been working at The Canadian School of Warsaw since 2015. I graduated from The Warsaw University of Technology with a Master’s degree. I also finished also Pedagogical Studies and I have a Cambridge Certificate in English at B2 level. I have participated in trainings such as Mathematical Education for Preschoolers and Young Students, Methods of Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties, Programming in Scratch, Activate Methods in Teaching Mathematics.
In The CSoW I am a Maths teacher in Grades 4, 5 and Middle School and I am leading the Scratch coding club.
I am mother of 3-year old twins – a boy and a girl. I am very enthusiastic about time management and I am interested in creating home budget.
Mr. Adam Pielaszek
My adventure with The Canadian School of Warsaw began in November 2016. I teach history, civics and ethics. I have a Bachelor Degree in History and now I’ m in time of studies for a Master of History. I’ve also spent a few years on studying philosophy. I’m licensed karate and combat systems instructor with almost 30 years of experience in teaching children and youth.
I believe in such way of teaching history which rather explains the historical processes than enforces pupils to learn material by heart. I love discussion lessons: asking questions and making children learning by answering them.
On a personal note, I’ m a happy husband and proud father of two wonderful sons. I love journeys and visiting interesting places with my family. History is my passion but I also share my time with martial arts and classical music.
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 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 world around them. To ask questions, to try something on their own – finally the whole world is new for them and thus the teacher should be the guide, helping to find the right way to understand environment.
Ms. Agnieszka Kazała
I studied history at the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, 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 exhibitions, individual and collective and my works are in 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.
Ms. Gabriela Wojciechowska
I feel both an artist and a teacher. I graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, where I got my master degree in Painting and Art Education. I have also been trained in Art Therapy at the Warsaw University Group Therapy & Training Postgraduate Study Center. I have worked as a qualified Art teacher for 14 years in private schools in Warsaw, with the CSoW since 2011 aboard. Lately I have been interested in workshops for children and adults based on local history questions, where I always try to involve participants creative skills and willingness.
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 about art is my passion, which I gladly share with children and youth. I truly enjoy our ‘time travels’ discovering old masters with the use of interesting and unconventional techniques. Together with my pupils, 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 Gr. 1-5
Ms. Katarzyna Boruta
My adventure with music started from piano classes in Music School in Bialystok, when I was 8 years old. I also sang there in female choir “Schola Cantorum Bialostociensis” for over 9 years. Then I moved to Warsaw, where I graduated from the Academy of Music of F. Chopin with Master of Arts degree (opera – singer, mezzo-soprano ). I also finished School of Pedagogy in Academy of Music of. F. Chopin. Since then I’ve worked at the Private School in Konstancin – Jeziorna (teaching kindergarten, elementary school and high school students) for 5 years. I have spent the further two years working at two other I ternational schools in Warsaw.
I started to teach at the Canadian School of Warsaw 10 years ago. After 7 years, I had a “little” break, because my 3 lovely daughters “decided” to be born. Now, I’m the happiest mum of Hania, Hela i Mila and I believe that music is the best “language”. It’s a “heart” of all artistic disciplines.
Music Gr. 6-8
Ms. Anna Dyś
I am a musician graduated at harpsichord class at Music Academy of F. Chopin in Warsaw. I also completed postgraduate studies of harpsichord and chamber music at Royal Conservatory in Brussels. When it comes to teaching I am a certified music teacher.
My teaching experience counts already for 18 years of work with pupils in several international schools in Warsaw. I also lead piano classes at Nutka Music School in Warsaw.
I joined The Canadian School of Warsaw two years ago. At my classes I love to share and discover together with students all the secrets of music world. We try to combine knowledge and practice. |Each time when it is possible I involve our students in art and music projects to allow them to discover their talents.
Speaking about myself, I like reading books and travelling. Especially I am interested in Greek culture to the extent that I learnt Greek to be able to communicate in native language to explore the richness of Greek history and society.