PRINCIPAL

Ms. Justyna Rejba-Chuba

Vice Principal, French Teacher (Grades 7-8)

A versatile educator with over fifteen years of experience, I have enjoyed four with the CSW team where – besides teaching French – I mentored teacher advancement and created the French curriculum for the school’s Middle Years Programme (MYP).

I graduated from the Warsaw University Centre for Foreign Language Teacher Training in order to become a qualified Teacher (partly completed in Paris) and have a Master’s degree in Journalism and Communication from the University of Warsaw.

As Principal, in addition to my organizational and administrative duties, I am responsible for ensuring the implementation of policies and procedures and for maintaining the school’s educational development, its academic advancement, respected public image and continued growth.

My primary focus is on our beloved students: their needs, development, and wellbeing. I ensure that every student’s voice is heard, and that appropriate support is provided.

I facilitate effective collaboration and clear communication; oversee the day-to-day running of the faculty, and provide a safe, respectful, and positive teaching/learning environment. In so doing, I maintain positive relationships between all members of the school community and pledge my commitment to transparency and honesty.

Outside of school, I am a proud mother and love spending time with my daughter, my family and my friends. In addition to which, I enjoy reading, cooking, World Cinema and keeping fit.

ADMINISTRATION

Office Coordinator Olimpijska Street:

Iwona Wojacka: secretary@canadian-school.pl

Office Coordinator Bełska Street:

Weronika Budziło (maternity leave)

Justyna Gabzdyl: 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

Ms. Zuzanna Buczma

HOMEROOM TEACHERS

Ms. Irina Pawul

IB Coordinator, Grade 1 Homeroom Teacher

Since joining the Canadian School of Warsaw in August 2014, I have been a Homeroom Teacher in Grades 1 and 3, and as of January 2021, I am thrilled to take on my new role as PYP coordinator for the CSW.

As a Primary Years Program practitioner and implementer since 2005, I truly believe in our ability to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring students, capable of creating a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

My educational background includes a Master’s Degree in International Education from Framingham State University, USA and a Bachelor’s Degree in English Philology from Kyiv Institute for the Humanities, Ukraine. Additionally, through participating in numerous training sessions and workshops worldwide, I have become a proficient PYP practitioner in accordance to the latest IB standards, while my educational philosophy is in keeping with my approach to life: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” – B. Franklin.

In short, guiding students in their growth and development brings me immense joy, while, on a personal note, I have passion for traveling and leading an active lifestyle.

Grade 2B
Ms. Kimberly Trier-Chyla

Mr. Adam Black

Grade 3A Homeroom Teacher

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, I have recently been appointed Vice Principal in addition to my homeroom duties, having spent the past sixteen years working as a homeroom teacher at various grade levels.

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 – have been a featured artist in a Doodlers Anonymous publication and was awarded second place in the 2016 Millennium ‘Docs Against Gravity’ Photographic Competition.

Grade 3B
Ms. Jessica Schuitemaker (maternity leave)

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 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

Lower Elementary Teacher / Lower Elementary Programme Coordinator
Ms. Aleksandra Chaliburda

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

I graduated from the Faculty of Resocialization with a specialization in Teaching children with behavioral problems. I also have a master’s degree from the Faculty of Pedagogy, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education. I graduated from both faculties at the University of Warsaw.

I strongly believe in project-based learning and my approach to education involves strong and positive relationship between me and my students, as well as an inquiry-based, active learning which respects individual learning needs. I want my students to believe in themselves and not be afraid of taking up challenges. I am very happy that I have the chance to combine my hobby and my work on a daily basis.

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. 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. 2-6
Ms. Kinga Nakrewicz-Świerkot

I have been a member of The Canadian School of Warsaw team since January 2021.

I have always loved learning foreign languages and quickly realized that I also like teaching them, which is why, for the past eighteen years, I have been teaching French passionately to all age groups at all levels, using creative and interactive methods.

Based on the success of a single year of intensive French studies at high school – where I was recognised as the leading student – I was given the opportunity to go to France. Later, I completed my master’s degree and teaching qualifications at Wydział Neofilologii Instytut Romanistyki at the University of Warsaw.

Throughout my professional life, I have been a coordinator-methodologist of the French section at a language school; participated in a European French teaching project; cooperated with Nauczycielskie Kolegium Języka Francuskiego at the University of Warsaw; organized training for companies; worked on translations; and taught in private international and public schools.

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!

Dance/P.E.
Ms. Klara Dybińska

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
Ms. Karolina Kaźmierczak

Grade 1 Assistant
Ms. Paulina Płachta

Education for Safety Gr. 8
Mr. Bartłomiej Czerkowski