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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:

Ms. Iwona Wojacka secretary@canadian-school.pl

Office Coordinator Bełska Street:

Mr. Krzysztof Kutnik secretary.belska@canadian-school.pl

Assistant to the principal/admissions coordinator:

Ms. Ilona Zaniewska izaniewska@canadian-school.pl

Security Guards: 

Mr. Wojciech Samojluk

Cleaning and Supply Manager:

Ms. Bożena Zalewska

NURSE

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.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

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.

Before my time at the Canadian School of Warsaw, I also worked as shadow teacher, specialist teacher and even 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 I-III.

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.

SCHOOL PEDAGOGUE

Ms. Bogusława Fila-Kołodziejczyk

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 Doodler’s Anonymous publication, as well as a second place winner in last year’s Millennium ‘Docs Against Gravity’ Photographic Competition.

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Grade 2
Ms. Cynthia Rudwick
This is my 7th year at the Canadian School of Warsaw and my 4th 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.

Grade 3
Ms. Jessica Torowska

This is my first year at the Canadian School of Warsaw and I am very excited to be here!

I was born in Canada and raised bilingual in Poland. I hold a degree in English Philology from the University of Warsaw and I am about to complete 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 between 11 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. Giles Martin

This is my first 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 4 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 5
Ms. Alessandra Pastor

This is my first year at The Canadian School of Warsaw, and I am very excited to be joining this warm and welcoming community! 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 
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
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.

Grade 8
Ms. Agnieszka Sarafin

I graduated from the Department of Polish Studies at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. During my education at the Department I graduated in three specializations: Teaching, Editing and Publishing and Teaching Polish as a Foreign Language. As a lecturer of the Polish language I teach both general language, and language for special purposes (medical language). I also conduct workshops for foreigners in terms of the Polish language culture and Polish editorial rules. In my free time I do Polish-Italian translations. I also study bilingualism and I am preparing children for curatorial competitions and olympics. I have been teaching Polish as a foreign language at all levels for six years. I am a certified examiner.
My hobbies include travelling and meeting people with different  backgrounds and life experiences, discovering their culture, and the variation of languages.

SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

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Polish
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.

Polish
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 ).

Polish
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 Paradowska

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.

Polish Gr. 7 – 8 / PFL Gr. 4 – 6
Ms. Agnieszka Sarafin

I graduated from the Department of Polish Studies at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. During my education at the Department I graduated in three specializations: Teaching, Editing and Publishing and Teaching Polish as a Foreign Language. As a lecturer of the Polish language I teach both general language, and language for special purposes (medical language). I also conduct workshops for foreigners in terms of the Polish language culture and Polish editorial rules. In my free time I do Polish-Italian translations. I also study bilingualism and I am preparing children for curatorial competitions and olympics. I have been teaching Polish as a foreign language at all levels for six years. I am a certified examiner.
My hobbies include travelling and meeting people with different  backgrounds and life experiences, discovering their culture, and the variation of languages.

French (gr.2-8)
Ms. Justyna Rejba- Chuba
This is my third 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.

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 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, Concept-Based Learning and  Assessment in the PYP
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.

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.

English
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.

Mathematics (Gr.6-8), Chemistry
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 5, 7,8 and Middle School Grade 3 and I am leading the Scratch coding club.

I am mother of 5-year old twins – a boy and a girl. I am very enthusiastic about time management and I am interested in creating home budget.

Mathematics (Gr.4-5)
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.

Science
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.

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 passion and experience from around the world 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 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, 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.

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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 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 
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.

P.E.
Mr. Marcin Wierzajtys

Dance
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. 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.

Before my time at the Canadian School of Warsaw, I also worked as shadow teacher, specialist teacher and even 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 I-III.

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