PRESCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Ms. Joanna Rechnio-Haciuk

I’ve been the Preschool principal for the last 11 years.

I graduated from the University of Warsaw, completing MA in French Philology with teacher’s training, and postgraduate studies in Early Years Education in English at the Faculty of Pedagogy, Warsaw University. I also completed Management in Education postgraduate studies. I also completed Early Years and Elementary Education 3-9, including Special Educational Needs.

I spent 4 consecutive years in London, where I have been teaching in multicultural preschools, among others in the Parsons Green Prep School in Fulham&Chelsea. My stay in the United Kingdom allowed me to complete several courses such as Food safety, First Aid, Efficient use of interactive boards, of which the most complex was Using the new Early Years Foundation Stage course, as well as to obtain a Qualified Teacher Status from The General Teaching Council of England in 2006.

Upon my return to Poland in 2008, I was employed by The Canadian School of Warsaw and I’ve loved it since then. In order to become a member of an IB community, I successfully completed 5 workshops (Making the PYP happen, Teaching and Learning in the PYP, Pedagogical leadership in the PYP, Action in the PYP and Concept-based Learning).

PRESCHOOL OFFICE COORDINATOR

Ms. Kamila Kozicka

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

TEACHERS

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Teacher / Polish Curriculum Coordinator: Ms. Małgorzata Rzetelska

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

Teacher: Ms. Megan van Vliet

I am originally from South Africa and graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Social Work degree. I have also completed a 140 hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate.
Before moving to Poland to be a teacher, I had lived in the Netherlands and in Sweden as an au pair. I’ve also worked with children in counselling and other teaching settings in South Africa. Apart from working with children, I love to travel and experience different cultures and learn new languages. History, photography, and science are some of my other interests.
Children have always been a big part of my life in one way or another; and it was during my time at university that my passion for education and children was reaffirmed. I love spending time with children and seeing the world through their eyes, but also helping to inspire, in them, a love for curiosity and learning.

Teacher: Mr. James Giblin

My name is James Giblin and I was born in the North West of England. I spent several years living in Wales where I completed an undergraduate degree in History at Bangor University. Upon returning to England, I gained a Masters in Medieval History from the University of Manchester. Since graduating, I worked at a school in Warrington, fulfilling various roles across several age groups. In preparation for my move to Poland, I completed a 150 Hour Advanced TEFL course. I have worked at The Canadian Preschool since 2020.

Teacher: Ms. Donalyn Serra

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

Teacher: Ms. Kari Larsen

My name is Kari Larsen, and I am from sunny South Africa. I worked as a homeroom teacher for the Canadian Preschool of Warsaw from 2014-2017 and returned home for a brief period to qualify as a lawyer and complete my admission to the South African Bar. I obtained my LLB degree in 2013 and thereafter I completed a 190-hour TESOL qualification.

I began my teaching career at a private college in Izmir, Turkey, and thereafter moved to Warsaw, Poland, and I am happy to be back once again.  I have completed two IB training course, namely: Making the PYP Happen, and Assessment in the PYP.
I look forward to getting back into teaching and implementing our exciting and dynamic programme which supports the social, emotional, physical, and academic development of your children.

Teacher: Ms. Paulina Ptasińska

I come from Warsaw and I joined our Preschool team at the beginning of 2017. However, this year will be my third year as a co-teacher in Seniors, I am also a Polish teacher in Seniors Advanced.

I graduated from Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw with a Master’s degree in Early Years Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Special Educational Needs, specialization: Pedagogy of Blindness and Visual Impairments and Pedagogy of Creativity. I also took part in additional lectures such as: Society, Social Inequality and Social Change, Child Protection. I am a trained camp counselor, as well. During my studies I had an opportunity to work with children in many different schools and institutions, from kindergartens to junior high schools, also in special needs schools.

I have completed the IB workshop: Making the PYP happen in the early years.

I’m very excited about this school year and more than ready to help our little heroes make new discoveries and let their creativity thrive!

Teacher: Ms. Kateryna Wajda

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

I graduated from the University of Warsaw with Bachelor‘s degree in Russian studies with pedagogical qualifications. To learn more about child behavior and psychology, I decided to study at the Academy of Special Education in Warsaw. I achieved a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. This year I will be a Seniors Co-teacher.

I am also Juniors’, Seniors’ and Seniors’ Advanced chess teacher. One year ago I finished a chess course, so I will do my best to help develop your child’s logical thinking skills.

Teacher: Ms. Aliaksandra Kozik

I was born and raised in Belarus. I graduated from Vitebsk State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and music education in 2013. During and after my studies, l had the opportunity to work with children.
In 2015 I decided to move to Poland to further my education. Last year, I graduated from the Higher School of Tourism and Foreign Languages with a Master’s degree and also finished TEFL pedagogical training.
I began to work in preschool three years ago. It is a great pleasure for me to be a member of the Canadian Preschool of Warsaw.

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Teacher: Ms. Glaiza Velasquez

This is going to be my sixth year at the Canadian Preschool of Warsaw. I come from the Philippines and am a Spanish Filipino. I am bilingual: I speak both English and Tagalog.
I arrived in Poland for my studies and I have enjoyed it so much, especially working as an assistant at The Canadian Preschool that I decided to stay in Poland for a longer period of time. In Poland I have finished a company training concerning basic medicine and medical products, which allowed me to work as an assistant at medical congresses combined with vascular and heart surgery. I study Polish language and culture (I speak Polish on level B2).
Lately, I graduated from the Higher School of Tourism and Foreign Languages with a Bachelor’s degree in English Philology and also finished TEFL pedagogical training.

Teacher: Ms. Vita Tsymbaliuk

I was born and raised in Ukraine. Since I went to university I started working as a private tutor of English to students of different age groups. I graduated from Chernivtsi National University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Philology in 2017, and then I made a decision to move to Poland to continue my studies at University of Social Sciences. In 2019 I graduated with a Master’s Degree in the same field. It is the third year of me being a member of the Canadian Preschool of Warsaw and working with children of different age groups here, gives me a versatile teaching experience.

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Teacher: Ms. Katarzyna Kuźmińska (maternity leave)

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

SPECIALIST TEACHERS

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French – 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.

Music&Rhythmics – Ms. Tatyana Malukhina

My name is Tatyana Malukhina. I joined the Canadian Preschool team in Warsaw in the spring of 2021.

I was born in Belarus, where I started studying music at age of six. I received my musical education from the best representatives of the violin school in Minsk. From the age of 16 I began to take part in concert activities. I performed on stage as part of an orchestra (including as first violin), a chamber ensemble, and also as a soloist. My concert tours took place in many countries: Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, France, Holland, Great Britain, etc.

After starting my own family and having children, I began to devote most of my time to teaching music. I have a lot of musical knowledge, rich performing experience and can talk about music in a very interesting and entertaining way. I love working with children because they are always open to new knowledge and very sincere in communication. With great pleasure I tell children about the wonderful world of music, perform on my favourite instrument, sing songs with them and, of course, teach them to play the piano and violin.

Art – Ms. Hanna Zwierzchowska

My name is Hanna Zwierzchowska and I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Interior Design Department and Art Pedagogy Department) with a Master’s degree.

Currently I work in cooperation with three major cultural institutions in Warsaw: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art and National Institute of Architecture and Urbanism, where I am part of education teams.

Beside working in education I am an active artist occupied mostly by painting and design. I have been a multiple scholar in and outside of Poland: student at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna in Italy (Erasmus Programme), designer of ceramics in Portugal (Leonardo da Vinci Programme), educational methods researcher at European museums (scholarship from the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in Poland)

PSPE – Mr. Krzysztof Michałowski

My name is Krzysztof Michałowski and I graduated from Academy of Physical Education and Sports in Gdańsk with a Master’s degree.
I used to play for Polonia Bydgoszcz and Brda Bydgoszcz (Junior football teams).

I have been a Physical Education teacher at The Canadian School of Warsaw and The Canadian Preschool of Warsaw since 2015. I have completed a pediatric first aid training, I am also a Lacrosse instructor and skiing instructor.

PRESCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

Ms. Marta Chrościcka

My name is Marta Chrościcka. I am a psychologist, diagnostician and a child therapist.
I work in several psychological clinics in Warsaw with children aged 2-17 and their families. I conduct psychotherapy and counselling.
I have extensive experience at working with preschools and schools – including therapeutic and bilingual ones.
I co-design educational projects for parents with  foundation „Jestem Mamą” and I regularly speak at „Parent’s Zone” in radio program Channel 1.
My twelve-year-old son and eight-year-old twins remind me constantly, what a bliss and a challenge parenthood is.
You are most welcome to contact me.

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.