MANAGEMENT BOARD, OWNER
Ms. Monika Chandler
Mr. Del Chandler
Ms. Joanna Rechnio-Haciuk
I’ve been the Preschool principal for the last ten 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
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.
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. Ritu Khurana
My name is Ritu Khurana and I was born and raised in India. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and later completed Masters in Commerce. I also graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. In addition I have Diploma in “Nursery Teacher Training” from “All India Early Childhood Care and Education” and “Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching and Learning”. I have 6 years of experience in education. I began my career as a math teacher in India. I have also taught in one of the reputed schools in Bangalore, India as an English Literature teacher for two years. One year ago I moved to Poland. It’s been pleasure to be the part of the team at The Canadian Preschool of Warsaw as Smilies’ Homeroom Teacher; I have completed the online course of “Making PYP Happen”.
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. Katie White
My name is Katie White and 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, with an emphasis on early childhood education. Four years ago I moved to Poland to start working in a small private kindergarten and before this I had spent four years living and working as a teacher in a school just outside of Shanghai. I am excited to be Seniors’ Advanced homeroom teacher; I have completed the IBO courses: ‘Making PYP Happen’ an ‘Assessment in the PYP’. I am looking forward to learning more and more about this exciting teaching philosophy in my third year at the Canadian Preschool of Warsaw.
Teacher / Early Years Coordinator: Ms. Brigette Henk-Gulatowska
I am originally from California, in the United States. I completed my university studies at the University of California, including bachelor’s degrees in Comparative Literature and Women’s studies and certificates in early childhood education. I later earned a master’s in European Studies, a postgraduate diploma in American Studies and am currently completing a master’s in Education. Part of my program included coursework meeting the requirements for the IB Educator Award, which is in addition to the PYP workshops that I have completed. I have eleven years of teaching experience, including in IB schools in Poland, Azerbaijan and Germany.
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 also took up a new challenge to become 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. Kate Vayda
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.
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. Kinga Kłoczko
My name is Kinga Kłoczko. I graduated from the Cardinal Wyszynski University with a Bachelor’s degree in Preschool/Elementary Education with Special Educational Needs. In September 2018, I started Master’s studies related to pedagogical therapy.
To broaden my knowledge, I took part in the ‘Modern Teacher’ project. The project involved workshops, courses, project classes and study visits. Among others: workshops with dr. Kevin Spencer – the creator of the Hocus Focus method, workshops on modern methods in education: ‘Universal design in didactics’, ‘Information and communication technologies in education’, ‘English for teachers’, ‘Project-based and workshop-based method in school practice’, ‘Morality and empathy in the teacher’s work’, ‘Animation of play’, ‘In someone else’s shoes – working on methods to develop empathy’ – a project in an educational center, workshops on fairy tale therapy. During my studies I took part in theatre workshops: ‘How to introduce preschoolers to the world of the visually impaired’ and participated in many additional conferences. I have completed a first aid course for children and a course for a camp counsellor. I have completed professional training in preschools, schools and special schools. I also gained childcare experience by working as a babysitter, camp counsellor, animator and volunteer.
I joined the Preschool team in March 2018. I started as a substitute teacher and common room teacher. From September, I have had the pleasure to work as a preschool teacher in the Seniors group.
English Co-teacher: Ms. Aliaksandra Kozik
l 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, l graduated from the Higher School of Tourism and Foreign languages with a Master’s degree.
I began to work in preschool three years ago . It is a great pleasure for me to be a member of the Canadian School of Warsaw.
Teacher: Ms. Christine Els
My name is Christine Els. I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in English, Drama and Film Studies in 2010. I was a key member of a major student outreach tutoring programme during my undergraduate study years, where I tutored underprivileged children.
I have been living in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates since 2011, during which time I further completed a Post-Graduate Marketing Management Diploma in 2012 and also acquired an ESL/TEFL (English Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification. I was previously employed as a personal tutor to a preschooler in Abu Dhabi and for the past year have been working as an ESL/TEFL teacher to foreign students.
My zest for teaching young children in particular is born from the fresh and fearless attitude towards learning that they bring into the classroom environment. Being able to play a vital role in shaping young lives through positive influence is incredibly rewarding.
Teacher: Ms. Mary Ann Mataga
My name is Mary Ann Mataga. I completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the Philippines and passed the Philippine Nursing Licensure Exam 2006. I have more than 6 years of professional nursing experience in Hospital and Home Care. I have worked in special areas like Emergency Department and especially Pediatric ward, through that, I have acquired extensive knowledge on childcare, child behaviour and development, which is indeed one of the highlights in my experience as a nurse. It was genuinely one of the most fulfilling experiences I had during that time. I also worked in the Middle East and Switzerland. I am TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified.
As a professional, I am capable of providing safe, humane and holistic care to individuals of varying age, gender and health-illness status, with intensive nursing practicum experience that will refine further my competencies. I speak basic Arabic and Polish.
Teacher: Ms. Magda Barszczewska
My name is Magda Barszczewska. I have worked at The Canadian School of Warsaw since 2006. I started as a common room assistant in the elementary school and preschool. After three years I became a co-teacher and a homeroom teacher.
I graduated from Interfaculty Studies of Commodity Science at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Food safety is my hobby, but nothing gives me as much pleasure as working with children. I am also a trained camp counselor and I had an opportunity to gain some experience in this area. For a long time I have been interested in child psychology, as well. In 2009 I completed pedagogical studies at Warsaw University of Life Sciences. In 2014 I graduated from Early Childhood Education and Pedagogical Therapy at the University of Warsaw.
At The Canadian School I had an opportunity to participate in professional development workshops that enriched my knowledge. I have completed 3 IB workshops: Making PYP happen, Teaching and Learning in the PYP and Action in the PYP.
Teacher: Ms. Karolina Dziewulska (maternity leave)
I graduated from Department of Education of University of Warsaw and achieved a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching English to Young Learners.
I have worked in our Preschool since February 2011. I started as an assistant for the Smilies and Juniors groups, and then for the Seniors. Before my maternity leave I was the Smilies homeroom teacher.
I am ready and fully qualified to implement Primary Years Programme in our preschool. I attended three PYP workshops: Making the PYP happen, Teaching and learning in the PYP, Action in the PYP.
Teacher: Ms. Katarzyna Kuźmińska
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.
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 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.
MUSIC&RHYTHMICS – Mr. Coki Marquez
I was born in Chile into a family of musicians. From a very young age I developed an interest for music and singing, at twelve I began learning traditional music. Because of my family’s cultural popularity in the midst of a military dictatorship, we were exiled to France in the early 80’s.
I rapidly began to study music in my city’s conservatory and soon became specialized in classic percussion. While still very young I became a professional musician.
This led me to learn other types of music genres for which I studied Cuban and African percussion in Cuba and in France. I also became a composer and musical arranger in various styles, and created several musical productions. This all led me to be examined by the SACEM, a French society of composers, and to receive my certificate as such.
Somewhere along the way I discovered my passion for teaching, particularly children. In 2001-2002 I studied Music Therapy at the International Center for Music Therapy (C.I.M) after which I created a method called Vocal Resonance Therapy with which I have been working since 2017.
I am passionate about holistic teaching for children, I taught at the Canadian primary school from 2015 to 2017 and am very happy to now begin teaching preschool.
The earlier musical awakening and teaching begin, the more profound their benefits can be for children in their daily lives, giving them the opportunity to grow more confidently within themselves and to better develop their creative minds beyond limits.
I could write pages about the lifetime walking the path of music that remains recorded in my heart, with these words I will just say how much I love teaching and seeing the spark in the eyes of children as they marvel at sounds, instruments and musical notes.
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 / Soccer Club – 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.
Assistant: 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).
At the moment I am preparing to pass my Cambridge exams. I am also doing a degree in English Philology.
Ms. Marta Żysko-Pałuba
My name is Marta Żysko-Pałuba and I am a graduate of the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities and postgraduate psychotherapeutic studies certified by the Polish Psychiatric and Psychological Association. I enrich my knowledge in the field of psychotherapy by learning the latest methods of psychotherapy aimed at working with children, teenagers and adults, participating in numerous conferences and trainings. I have been an active academic teacher at the Pedagogical University in Warsaw for years.
I gain experience while conducting private psychological practice, organizing educational workshops for teaching staff, training for parents and group therapy for children based on the method of fairy tale therapy and other modern solutions. I am a consultant of some TVN productions, including ‘Strict Parents’, ‘Secrets of Surgery’, ‘Perfect Nanny’, ‘Mom vs. Mom’ and ‘Masterchef Junior’, as well as a frequent guest on TV programs ‘Dzień dobry TVN’, ‘Rozmowy w toku’, ‘Kawa czy Herbata’ TVP 1, ‘Pytanie na śniadanie’ TVP 2 and TVN 24.
Within my psychological practice, I consult, advise, diagnose and conduct psychotherapy (I specialize in anxiety disorders, selective mutation, OCD disorders, depression, shyness, reduced self-esteem, divorce, behavioral disorders, learning difficulties, dyslexia, bedwetting, and other parenting problems).
Privately, I am a mother of 18-year-old Klara and 8-year-old Laura and an enthusiast and active participant of sports such as running, sailing and skiing.
Ms. Anna Wysocka
My name is Anna Wysocka and I am a 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.