MANAGEMENT BOARD, OWNER
Ms. Monika Chandler
Mr. Del Chandler
Ms. Joanna Rechnio-Haciuk
I’ve been preschool principal for the last eight 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).
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: Ms. Magda Barszczewska (maternity leave)
My name is Magda Barszczewska. I have worked at The Canadian School of Warsaw since 2006. I started as a common room teacher 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 postgraduate studies at the Pedagogical Faculty of Humanities at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Early Years Education including Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. 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
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.
Teacher: Ms. Donalyn Pietrzykowski (maternity leave)
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, and Concept-based Learning.
I have been a part of The Canadian Preschool of Warsaw since 2010.
Teacher: 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 workshop: 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 satisfactory teaching can be.
I have worked in The Canadian Preschool since July 2012 as the Juniors’ co-teacher and this school year I have the pleasure to be the Smilies’ homeroom teacher again.
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 Juniors R Homeroom Teacher; I have completed the online course of “Making PYP Happen”.
Teacher: Ms. Suzanne Rossouw
I come from South Africa. My teaching career started off in South Africa, where I taught Drama at my alma mater, before heading off to South Korea to teach English. After two years there, I relocated to Singapore where I had the wonderful opportunity to work in a Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool while completing my Master’s in Early Childhood Education. I spent a few years working as a class teacher, after which I was offered the role of Atelierista, a role that I thoroughly enjoyed, as I was able to utilize my knowledge, love and background in the arts. After five years in Singapore, I spent two more years working in Hong Kong, before returning home to spend a few precious months with my family. This year I will be Seniors homeroom teacher.
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. Two 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 joining the team at The Canadian Preschool of Warsaw; 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.
Teacher: Ms. Agata Ponichtera
I have graduated with Bachelor degree in preschool and elementary school education from Warsaw University.
Teacher: Ms. Kinga Kłoczko
I have graduated with Bachelor degree in Preschool/ Elementary school education with Special Educational needs from Cardinal Wyszyński University.
ART – Ms. Karolina Kaźmierczak
I have been a member of The Canadian School of Warsaw team since 2009.
In 1995 I finished my Foundation Course in Art and Design at the Central Saint Martin’s College of London, followed by a BA Diploma in Illustration from the Bath Spa University College obtained in 1998.
My teaching career started with training and working for two years using the Montessori method. From then on I have moved on to the PYP – I participated in the Making the PYP Happen, Assessment in the PYP and Concept-based Learning training sessions by the IBO. I am a strong believer in the concept of life-long learning and therefore keep broadening my qualifications and perspectives by taking part in various Polish and international courses and workshops. I am a certified coach and a judge of the international creativity contest, Odyssey of the Mind. I have also completed my formal pedagogical training here in Warsaw.
Photography has been my biggest passion and main form of artistic expression for quite a while now. That’s why I am delighted to be responsible for CSoW’s event photos as well as the social media management.
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 – Ms. Anna Stankiewicz
My name is Anna Stankiewicz. I graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff in 2012. There l obtained a Master of Art degree in the baroque violin.
After receiving my diploma I had come back to Poland where l had started to play with early music ensemble ‘Intemperata’. Later, l became a member of the Early Music Academy in Bydgoszcz. With both formations I have performed numerous concerts all over Poland and a project in Florence in Italy.
l decided to meet a leader of the Polish Society of Edwin E. Gordon, who introduced me to the Gordon’s method of teaching music to children aged from 0 to 7 years old. I became a member of the Society and since 2013 I have taught music to children at The Canadian Preschool of Warsaw using elements of this method combined with the Primary Years Programme.
Assistant: 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 two years ago . It is a great pleasure for me to be a member of the Canadian School of Warsaw.
Assistant: Ms. Glaiza Velasquez
This is going to be my fifth 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.
Assistant/CHESS 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, faculty of Early Year Education. During my studies I have had an opportunity to work with children. Recently, I completed a chess course, so I will do my best to help develop your child’s logical thinking skills. This year I am going to be Juniors’ co-teacher.
Assistant: Ms. Marianne Melchor
Having great love for children and passion for teaching, I pursued to take up Bachelor Degree in Education at Philippine Normal University, took up units for M.A. in Education and passed the board of Licensure Exam for Teachers in the Philippines. From then on, I’ve spent most of my years being a teacher both in school and church whichever country my husband and I may be assigned. Now, I am blessed to be given this great opportunity to become a part of Canadian Preschool of Warsaw. I am committed to work together with a team of dynamic and creative teachers in providing our children a loving and enjoyable environment while developing their skills and building strong foundation for lifetime learning.
Assistant: Ms. Romana Solovan
I was born in Ukraine. When I turned 5 years old, my family moved to Portugal, since then I’m traveling all over the globe. I’m currently pursuing an Early Childhood Education Certificate through UCLA extension program. Just recently I moved back to Poland after living in the United States of America for a little over than 2 years, in sunny and warm California. Where I worked as an Au Pair with children, ages 0-7. During this period of time I have taken Child Development and Child, Family & Community classes at Cañada College, one of the colleges in Silicon Valley. Finishing those classes with a GPA of 4.0, helped me get my C2 level in English. I’m multilingual and can speak both Russian and Polish on a level B2. Working with children is something that I’m very passionate about and I’m so excited to be a part of this wonderful community.
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 am currently completing postgraduate studies in Psycho-Dietetics at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw.