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Our Team

School management

Dr Lindsay Davidson, B. Mus (Hons), Dip. Mus. Ed, PGCE, MA (Ed), PhD
Director of Education

Dr. Lindsay Davidson brings twenty years of teaching experience to the Embassy International School. This experience covers all age groups within the school, from Nursery through to the final years and extends beyond into University lecturing and includes a variety of curriculum areas.

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A major feature of Lindsay’s career has been teaching workshops internationally, on 4 continents in topics ranging from music to teaching. Lindsay has also taught for the Institute of Music Education at Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce.

 

Dr Davidson’s teaching philosophy is based upon a belief that we can all succeed at any time in life and from any starting position and is framed within the theory of Multiple Intelligences from Howard Gardner and growing research in the field of brain based learning. He has developed his own methodology of teaching musical instruments, with proven results, supported by research.

 

Lindsay’s leadership experience started from a young age with musical ensembles, leading to his own music school based in Edinburgh, and after moving to Poland in 2001 continued to develop through project management and consultancy. Before co-founding the Embassy International School Lindsay worked in a variety of roles including Classroom Teacher, Senior Teacher, IB DP Coordinator and Deputy Head as well as serving as University and Careers Advisor.

 

Lindsay studied in Edinburgh University and Napier University, in Scotland, gained his Primary school teaching qualification from Sunderland University, England and his Master’s in Education (including educational leadership) from Bath University, also in England.

 

Lindsay has an active life as a practising musician, writer and a composer, with concerts in over 40 countries on 5 continents and works performed and published across the world. His website discusses this in more detail.  

email: l.davidson@embassyschool.pl

 

Dr Katarzyna Kotulska,  MBA, PhD 
Director of Administration

Dr. Katarzyna Kotulska, Doctor of Economic Sciences in the field of management science, she has worked as an academic at the University of Economics in Krakow for 17 years and also works with the College of Banking and Management in Krakow.

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She lectures and teaches undergraduate and graduate students of the Faculty of Management in the subjects of Production Management, Controlling in Enterprise, Bonus and Motivation Systems, International Enterprise, Enterprise Science, Strategic Management. She is a specialist in the field of competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises and has supervised dozens of undergraduate and graduate theses.

 

She has organised and participated in many international conferences, giving papers in Polish and in English. She is the author of numerous scientific papers and research projects in the field of company management. She was a member of an expert group undertaking business consulting.

 

Katarzyna has many years of association with international education, firstly as a pupil, as a participant in the Ronald Reagan United States exchange programme, and now as a mother of two children who have been almost entirely educated in international schools.

 

Based upon her knowledge and rich experience, she is co-creating a school that aims to provide children a sound and solid education, and also be a favourite place to spend time with friends. The school should inspire and develop creativity, and at the same time take care of a good upbringing and the desirable attitudes of young people.

email: k.kotulska@embassyschool.pl

 

Małgorzata Magda-Przybyszewska, MA
Polish Programme Coordinator

Małgorzata Magda-Przybyszewska is a Polish teacher who has accumulated substantial experience over many years teaching in a number of primary schools in Cracow and afterwards in middle school. She graduated from the Pedagogical University in Cracow and the Jagiellonian University…

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 Małgorzata gained her management experience as one of the founders and for eight years Headmaster of a private middle school in Tyniec, near Krakow. Over this time the school grew and gained an excellent reptutation for educational standards and institutional stability.

 

In the classroom, and everywhere where teaching and learnig occur, Małgorzata puts emphasis on using proper, nuanced and sophisticated language, in both  spoken and written forms. She takes care to introduce students to Polish and world literature, theatre and film.

 

In her free time she enjoys reading, travelling, admiring art and listening to various kinds of music.

email: m.przybyszewska@embassyschool.pl

 


Early years teachers

Jayne Lucas, NNEB PGC TESOL
Early Years Teacher / Early Years Coordinator

My name is Jayne Lucas and I am really excited about working for Embassy International school as the Early Years Coordinator.  My background is in Early years and Education and have worked in the UK and Middle East for the past 17 years until moving to Poland a year ago…

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… I initially studied at Poole and Bournemouth College in Health and Social Care ( CETSW) and over the years in Child care and Education and also have a post graduate Cert In Teaching English to speakers of other languages. (Cert Trinity)

 

I am a great believer in providing a quality program within a safe and nurturing environment where little people can explore, inquire, play, learn and, most importantly, have fun!

 

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“ Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love”

Mother Theresa

email: j.lucas@embassyschool.org

 

 

Agnieszka Kulak, MSc
Early Years Teacher

Agnieszka is a pre-school teacher specialized in speech therapy, Polish philology and teaching Polish as a second language with many years of experience in working with children. Agnieszka graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She was trained in all types of school…

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and in the pedagogical diagnostic centre. She has taught Polish in Lviv, in Ukraine, and has also conducted international research into bilingualism and biculturalism.

Since her own school days Agnieszka has been working with children, starting as a scout leader. Years of voluntary service have given her a lot of experience in work with children from various environments, including with special needs or disabilities. She deeply believes that it is always possible to find a way forward for a child, through having respect for their individual nature. Agnieszka’s fundamental rule in teaching is to encourage children’s natural curiosity and give them acceptance and a sense of security.

Agnieszka is also a speech therapist and finds language development particularly important. Speech is a significant tool for self-expression, communication and building relations. In her work she pays attention to activities developing speech in an interesting and attractive way. She is deeply passionate about children’s poetry and draws upon this in her activities.

email: a.kulak@embassyschool.org

 

 

Chandlor Grandon, Bsc (Hons)
Early Years Teacher

Chandlor loves to bring her love of nature, movement and music into her classroom.  She believes that children’s academic achievements have a direct correlation with their creative self- expression. Her teaching philosophy includes helping each child in finding…

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their passions and interests, and then guiding them in their individual growth towards the person they will become.

Chandlor received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education (Hons) at Central Michigan University in Michigan, USA. While there, she dual enrolled in their Early Child Development program and was awarded her state certification with her primary teaching license. After her university studies, Chandlor taught in different Early Years classroom sat a Bilingual Kindergarten in Shanghai, China. She began her teaching first in their 3 to 4 year old classroom, and then in their Kindergarten (ages 5 to 6) and was heavily involved in their curriculum modernisation and development.

 

In her own school days, Chandlor enjoyed a wide range of extra curricular activities including numerous music groups, sports, scouts and theater.  In her university life she added historical methods of dance to her list of hobbies.

email: c.grandon@embassyschool.org

 

Jadwiga Walusiak, MSc, PGCE
PE coordinator, Primary Assistant, Early Years Teacher

Jadwiga received her Masters Degree in Recreation Movement/Sport from the University of Physical Education in Wroclaw. Her educational background has given her a solid understanding of the importance of physical development from the early years. …

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She sees sport as a unique way to work with children and instill meaningful values.

Jadwiga also believes that school needs to be a safe environment where children can grow emotionally, socially and intellectually.

 

Jadwiga graduated from the Akademia Ignatianum in Kraków having completed a Preschool Upbringing course.

 

She loves children and has international experience working with children in Germany and the UK.

 

Her teaching philosophy can be summarised by pedagogue Janusz Korczak who wrote “Tell the child that he/she is good, that he/she can and he/she is capable to do the things.” Jadwiga used to work in an corporate environment for a several years and through this experience has gained a strong set of communication skills.

email: j.walusiak@embassyschool.org

 

Kinga Stuglik, MEd
Early Years Teacher 

Kinga graduated from the Silesian University in Katowice with a Masters degree in protective education and social work. Since graduating, she spent 9 years working in a government nursery in Tychy in Poland and has been working in Dubai for the past 3 years…

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… where she worked at an English Curriculum School. There she specifically focused on children with special needs across all the age groups.

 

For many years Kinga worked as a volunteer where she helped to organise summer schools and Saturday afternoon clubs for children of different ages.

 

In her own words: “I’m honoured to be a part of the Embassy School community and work with children, not only in Early Years classes but also during after school care.”

email: k.stuglik@embassyschool.org

 


Primary teachers

Ewa Mróz, MA, PGCE 
Year 1 Teacher / IPC Coordinator

Ewa obtained her MA degree from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin where she studied English philology. She then went on to complete postgraduate studies in Written Specialized Translation at the UNESCO Chair of the Jagiellonian University. …

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She qualified as a teacher in Pre-school and Early School Education at the Pedagogical University of Cracow. Ewa has experience working both with children and adults, in a variety of settings. For the last 5 years she has been working in an international school, with pre-school and Lower Primary children.

 

Ewa believes that effective learning begins when children feel safe at school, enjoy the time they spend there and when they are motivated to learn, and that it is one of the teacher’s duties to make these things happen.

 

email: e.mroz@embassyschool.org

 

Magdalena Mikrut, B.A, M.A 
Year 2 Teacher 

Magdalena completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Philology at Higher Vocational School (2008, Krosno, Poland) as well as a Masters of Arts in English Philology at Higher School of Linguistics (2011, Czestochowa, Poland)

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Since completing her degrees, she has gained ten years of teaching  experience in all year levels of primary and middle school. Her inquisitive nature as well as a passion for languages encouraged her to move to England in 2012 where she taught English as a First and Second language, Math and other subjects to primary age students from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds.

After teaching at various schools in England, Magdalena undertook a new challenge and moved to Rome to teach at a large international school where she used the PYP or Primary Years Programme. She believes the PYP curriculum offers students great educational opportunities, enabling them to discover their interests and passions, providing the tools to become lifelong learners.

In her own words: “My teaching philosophy lies under the strong belief that everyone is capable of succeeding. In my classes, I integrate real-life activities to ensure that each student can naturally make connections with the learning, creativity to engage students, and differentiation to ensure that students become confident learners.”

When she has the opportunity, she likes to travel and explore while meeting new people, taking photographs and trying new foods along the way!

 

email: m.mikrut@embassyschool.org

 

Meagan Wright, B.Ed 
Year 3 Teacher, Primary Co-ordinator

Meagan has a B.Ed in Primary Teaching and a Diploma in Sports and Recreation from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, she also has many years experience working with people of all ages who have learning or physical disabilities, and has spent time …

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… working as a swimming instructor.

 

Since gaining her qualifications Meagan has had the opportunity to work in many culturally diverse school and home settings, which has enhanced the quality of her practice. She taught in lower primary for three years in New Zealand before moving overseas where she has worked and taught in London, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates with a variety of age groups.These experiences have been immensely valuable in giving her first hand experience working with children and adults in an international environment and engaging with different cultures. Meagan has come to the Embassy International School from three years in a local school in Al Ain, UAE, as a class teacher for pupils learning English and developing the school’s positive behaviour policies.

 

Meagan believes in providing pupils with the encouragement they need to become the best and most effective learners they can be. She aims to create a learning environment that is supportive and inclusive which develops pupils both academically and socially. Meagan considers learning to be a lifelong experience and is always looking for opportunities to participate in new experiences and learn new skills.

 

email: m.wright@embassyschool.org

 

 

 

Kirsty Hoggons, B.Ed
Year 4 Teacher

Kirsty received her B.Ed degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She has been teaching in South Africa and has worked with children from all backgrounds. Through volunteer work, and travelling Kirsty has spent time with people from all walks of life…

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…  She enjoys meeting new people and experiencing different cultures.

 

Kirsty values the fact that teachers can also learn a lot from the children that they teach and interact with. She also believes that teachers help children to grow and succeed as people, as well as scholars.

 

Kirsty believes that a good teacher is tasked with helping children to love learning and if they don’t, the teacher needs to find another way of teaching them.

 

email: k.hoggons@embassyschool.org

 

 

 

Maria McCabe,  BA, M.S. Ed.
Year 5 Teacher 

This is Maria’s first year at Embassy International school and her twentieth year as an educator. A native New Yorker, Maria began her teaching career teaching in New York City and has since taught in international schools in Milan,Italy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands …

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and Shanghai China before coming to Krakow.

 

Maria is a lover of the visual and fine arts which led her, in 2006 to begin taking workshops with Project Zero at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. There, she participated in learning about Visible Thinking, Artful Thinking, the Good Work Project, and Creating Cultures of Thinking. Maria has since, regularly incorporated Visible Thinking Routines in her teaching practice. 

 

In 2017 she completed her training as an Instructional Coach for the Visible Thinking online course for classroom educators, administrators and  in K – 12 schools who want to encourage the development of a culture of thinking in their classrooms and schools. 

 

Maria strives to cultivate students’ thinking skills and dispositions.  

 

Maria has worked as a volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, bringing her love of art and work as an educator to life outside the classroom and in the museum setting at the Met Kids Family Program. In her free time, she looks forward to exploring the many museums and cultural highlights of Kraków.

 

email: m.mccabe@embassyschool.org

 

Anyah Wysoczynska, B.Ed, M.Ed  
Year 6 Teacher / Maths Coordinator

Anyah received her Masters Degree from The Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology at Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin. Her approach to teaching is to bring the atmosphere of trust, respect and love into the classroom environment. She believes in empowering and encouraging…

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…children to learn in a fun manner. Anyah promotes active learning because children make sense of the world through hands on experiences, using all of their senses to learn effectively.

 

She took part in the Erasmus Programme at Stanmillis University College in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After graduation she continued to work in the educational field and has ten years experience with a variety of teaching roles in Primary Schools in Northern Ireland. Anyah also has experience teaching English as a Second Language in the Primary and Secondary School setting, as well as working with children with Special Educational Needs.

 

Anyah is gifted creatively and this is apparent in her innovative classroom. She has previous experience in working in creative media and photography. She effectively addresses different learning styles and is focused on differentiated learning needs to ensure that children are learning at their full potential.

 

Anyah enjoys music. She has been a soloist at Belfast Community Gospel Choir and also has been using her musical gifts at various events that were focusing on delivering global and diversity education initiatives.

 

email: a.wysoczynska@embassyschool.org

 

Barbara Evans, B.A. , M.A., CELTA  
Primary Teacher – On maternity leave 

Barbara received her B.A. in teaching in Krakow under the auspices of Marie Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin. She later obtained her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Silesia and has been a teacher for a number of years working in Poland, Romania and Korea. …

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In Korea, Barbara taught in lower primary at Dulwich College Seoul international school. This gave her invaluable experience being part of a worldwide community at a well-established and ever expanding school.

She believes that education should be a memorable experience for children and schools should offer a friendly learning environment where all the pupils are challenged, inspired and their opportunities are maximised.

Barbara enjoys the challenge and sense of adventure that living and working in different countries has given her. Learning about different cultures is definitely one of her passions. She also enjoys arts and crafts.

 

email: b.evans@embassyschool.org

 

Hanka Szymański, BA, Dip Ed, Graduate Dip (Business in Professional Development, CELTA Cambridge RSA, Dance in Education, ESL
Year 3 Teacher 

Hanka is a Tasmanian, Australian and describes herself as a conscientious teacher, who is self-motivated and enthusiastic. She understands the need to take responsibility for her own professional development and to keep up to date with research and developments in pedagogy.  …

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Hanka evaluates her own teaching critically and uses this information to improve her effectiveness. She identifies clear teaching objectives, content, structures and sequences of lessons appropriate to the educational needs of the pupils and builds on their prior knowledge.

 

Hanka uses teaching methods which engage students, stimulate their interests and enable them to investigate strategies and concepts being developed. She assesses a pupil’s achievements and progress throughout the year in their emotional, social, physical and cognitive development. She sets high standards for pupil’s behaviour through well focused teaching and through positive and warm relationships. Furthermore, she readily engages with parents and provide informative reports about their child’s progress in a professional manner. Finally, Hanka interacts with colleagues collaboratively and aims to improve the teaching and learning environment in the school.

 

email: h.szymanski@embassyschool.org

 


Secondary / Specialist teachers

Penny Turner, MA, (Hons), PGCE
English Literature Teacher

Penny Turner holds an M.A. Honours in English Literature from the University of Aberdeen which she studied alongside  English Language, Psychology and Philosophy. Penny went on to take a PGCE in teaching English Language and Literature, Drama and also Health Education…

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… (which is now PSHE). Penny believes that education is not just about teaching  “Subjects” but also about helping individuals to be the best they can be.

 

After teaching in London for some years, Penny went to Greece to teach there. Whilst in Greece Penny added teaching horse riding to teaching English, as well as becoming an examiner for all the suites for the Cambridge English examinations. She was an examiner for more than twenty years.

 

Penny has for a long time had a mission to “make everyone’s tomorrow a better tomorrow,” and she is passionate about environmental matters. Penny felt she would be able to  make most impact on future attitudes to protecting the environment if she  designed a Culturally Linked Language Learning course that combined learning English at FCE level and above with education about the environment. The project was financed by the British Council and Arkturos, ( an environmental NGO with a particular interest in the conservation of bears and wolves in Greece) Penny then took two courses at the World Famous Durrell centre in Jersey, and was then qualified to educate people about conservation, particularly of amphibians.  She designed a series of walks in the Mountains of Greece- and a guidebook “6 antidotes to technology” for the NGO Arkturos (in English and Greek) which was designed to help adults understand nature better. This book has become a blueprint for other environmental NGOs to use when  designing guidebooks and walks for other areas in Greece.

 

Subsequent to this Penny designed and built a Wildlife garden as part of a project to educate the public in Athens about the importance of the environment and to help people engage with the environment. This work was for a NGO called “Organisation Earth” in Athens, visited by thousands of people every year.

 

While doing these things Penny worked as a journalist and also travelled more than 8,000 kms on horseback through the wildest parts of Greece. As a result of these travels, and her writing on these matters she was honoured to be made a Fellow Of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Long Riders Guild. Her book about these journeys  “Lost in the Wilds of Greece, a love story” is “In Press” at the moment and should appear soon.

 

Penny does not have a conventional “CV” for an English teacher, but her life has been full of adventure and exploration both in the real world and in the world of thought.

 

Her philosophy for teaching has developed from her own passion for learning and understanding:

Not to tell people what to think but how to think, not what to learn  but how to learn. This, she believes,  will provide students with the freedom to make choices and give them  the tools to do whatever they choose to do.

email: p.turner@embassyschool.org

 

Dr. Lee Ann Montanaro,  M.Sc, PhD

English Teacher

Dr Lee Ann Montanaro holds a doctorate in English literature and Art History from the University of Edinburgh. She has studied and taught in Universities and schools in Malta, Edinburgh, Oxford, London, Sussex, Nottingham, and Boston  …

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She has been teaching general English, literature, linguistics, and exam courses for the past 12 years. She has also worked in educational management where she mentored a team of 7 teachers whose classes prepared students for five English exam boards (including IB, IGCSE, and TEFL exams).

In the classroom, Lee Ann is committed to giving the motivation and direction students need to successfully learn. She does her utmost to develop fruitful teacher-student relationships and tries to accommodate every individual’s learning style.

Lee Ann qualified in mental health first aid and theory in April 2016. She then set up a programme in literacy for the homeless and autistic in Malta. Following this, she started a music, dance and art programme for children from rough backgrounds. She also works actively with an NGO which provides a shelter for women and children who suffer from domestic and drug abuse. Apart from her humanitarian aid, Lee Ann works as a freelance proofreader of conference papers, academic articles, and dissertations on subjects within the Humanities sector.

Lee Ann is a jazz dance graduate and has travelled extensively in various continents. She is also an exercise enthusiast and has worked in both fashion and journalism. In her leisure time, she likes swimming, and watching films or theatre/dance productions. She is a fan of the Arts.

Lee Ann has often published articles and presented at conferences on various subject matters. She is currently doing research and writing academic papers on bilingualism, modernist art and literature, and psychoanalysis.

email: l.montanaro@embassyschool.org

 

Marta Barreto, BA, TEFL, QTS

English Teacher

Marta has been working as an English teacher since graduating from Teacher Training College in 2002. She has gained her teaching experience working in international environments in Poland, England, and Brazil. Marta is also a trained actress and she has spent the past three years  …

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teaching drama and English in secondary schools in London. In her free time she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her family.

email: m.barreto@embassyschool.org

 

 

Ángel Barrajón, MSc
Spanish Teacher

Ángel Barrajón has experience at the Cervantes Institute in Kraków and the Jagiellonian University Language Centre, Poland where he is involved in training teachers at the Cervantes Institute in Kraków as well as in Spain as a Master’s Internship tutor. He has given lectures and educational…

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…workshops and teacher training organised by the Cervantes Institute and other institutions across Europe.

 

Ángel Barrajón has experience at the Cervantes Institute in Kraków and the Jagiellonian University Language Centre, Poland where he is involved in training teachers at the Cervantes Institute in Kraków as well as in Spain as a Master’s Internship tutor. He has given lectures and educational workshops and teacher training organised by the Cervantes Institute and other institutions across Europe.

 

As a teacher he has a strong work ethic. He possesses an open, accessible personality and is sensitive to the issues involved in cross-cultural communication,  having worked in different institutions in Kraków for many years. Ángel has considerable strengths in the field of teaching methodology of Spanish and Foreign Language teaching, educational technologies, language testing, assessment and material design. He is able to apply his research interests in applied linguistic and cultural studies to teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language.

 

Ángel Barrajón has participated and coordinated numerous training events and teacher training courses for the Institute Cervantes in Kraków and has a particular focus on language assessment, how to create an optimal learning environment for pupils and how to use modern tools and techniques to aid learning.

 

His goal is to motivate pupils in discovering their inner strengths, abilities and the activities that truly inspire them.

email: a.barrajon@embassyschool.org

 

Guenael Collin, MSc, PGCE
French Teacher

Guénaël sees the teacher as a guide who makes it possible for each pupil to make progress through their learning. Proposing a reassuring and stimulating environnement, he wants to bring pupils to autonomy. He attaches a lot of importance to teaching fundamentals, …

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…which then function as pillars for other learnings. Guénaël sees the teacher as a guide who makes it possible for each pupil to make progress through their learning. Proposing a reassuring and stimulating environnement, he wants to bring pupils to autonomy.

 

He attaches a lot of importance to teaching fundamentals, which then function as pillars for other learnings. As an enthusiast of active teaching methods, Guénaël likes that his pupils experiment, manipulate… and think! He also thinks that projects undertaken by pupils give sense to what they learn and so motivate them.

 

Since graduating from Education Nationale Française in 2002, Guénaël has been a teacher in all levels of primary school. As a teacher in small rural classes with several levels, he has learnt to differentiate his teaching methods in order to allow each student to make progress at their own pace. As a Head Teacher for 6 years, he successfully undertook several projects and strengthened links between families and the teaching community.

 

As a life-long lover of nature and a graduate in Master of Science and Environnement, Guénaël is now working on opening a « Pedagogical Center of Environmental Learning» in the Bielsko Biala region.

 

Guénaël discovered Krakow and Poland in 2001 during an «Erasmus» exchange with the Akademia Pedagogiczna. He came back many times, including a 2 year stay when he was French teacher for learners from 7 to 77 years old. His many travels brought him from Tamanrasset to Irkutsk passing through Reykjavik and Sofia and finishing in Krakow. These journeys taught him that, as Nicolas Bouvier said “You think you’re making a trip but you sson discover that the trip is making you or un-making you”.

 

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Guenaël perçoit le rôle de l’enseignant comme celui d’un guide qui permet à chaque élève de progresser en étant acteur de ses apprentissages. En proposant un environnement rassurant et stimulant, il veut amener l’élève vers l’autonomie.

 

Il accorde beaucoup d’importance à l’enseignement des fondamentaux qui servent de piliers aux autres apprentissages. Adepte des pédagogies actives, Guénaël aime que ses élèves expérimentent, manipulent… et réfléchissent ! Il pense aussi que les projets, portés par les élèves, permettent de donner du sens à ce qu’ils apprennent et les aide ainsi à se motiver.

 

Diplômé de l’Education Nationale Française depuis 2002, Guénaël a enseigné dans tous les niveaux de l’école primaire. Enseignant dans des classes rurales à plusieurs niveaux il a appris à différencier ses méthodes pédagogiques afin de permettre à chaque élève d’avancer à son rythme. Directeur d’école durant 6 ans, il a pu porter de nombreux projets pédagogiques et tisser des liens de confiance entre les familles et la communauté pédagogique.

 

Amoureux de la nature depuis toujours et diplômé d’un Master en Sciences de l’environnement, Guénaël porte aussi actuellement un projet de « Centre Pédagogique de découverte de l’environnement » dans la région de Bielsko-Biala.

 

Guénaël découvre Cracovie et la Pologne en 2001 au cours d’un échange Erasmus à l’Akademia Pedagogiczna. Il est revenu à plusieurs reprises dont un séjour de deux ans au cours duquel il fut enseignant de français auprès d’élèves de 7 à 77 ans. Ses nombreux voyages qui l’ont mené de Tamanrasset à Irkustk en passant par Reykjavik et Sofia pour finalement revenir à Cracovie lui ont appris, comme le dit Nicolas Bouvier, que l’ “on croit qu’on va faire un voyage mais [que] bientôt c’est le voyage qui vous fait ou vous défait”.

email: g.collin@embassyschool.org

 

Ewelina Zapał, BA, MA (Ed)
French Teacher

Ewelina Zapal obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the Pedagogical University in Krakow and went on to complete her Masters degree at the same university, specialising in teaching and with a special emphasis on the French language. During and after her studies she has also made multiple trips to France, as a volunteer and au pair,  to perfect her language skills 

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Since gaining her qualifications Ewelina has had the opportunity to work in many schools in Kracow and in an  international environment. She has taught all year levels:  kindergarten, primary, secondary and adults.
She has also worked as a private tutor for 3 years, which gave her a lot of experience with working with teenagers and their parents. Finally, she has also worked as trainer for teachers at the University.
 
 
Ewelina is a teacher who truly enjoys her job. She is engaged and is engaging her students to learn, noticing the learning styles of her student and directing the education methodology to make it more efficient. She makes each lesson unique with variety of ways to teach and involve the students in the process. She is genuinely interested in seeing them succeed and motivates them to consistently do their best. For her the most important in teaching, but also in live is to concentrate on the process … on the steps and direction to develop yourself.
 
 
Her motto is: “Success in a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” 
Arthur Ashe
email: e.zapal@embassyschool.pl
Renata Darda-Staab
German Teacher

Renata graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow with a Masters Degree in German Philology with an additional speciality in “teaching German language”.
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and three bilingual children. There she obtained a BAfMF license which allowed her to teach German as a foreign language. After coming back to Poland in 2012 she set up her own centre for teaching German where she set out to make it a place of passion for language, creating a large amount of new and innovative and interesting material for her pupils to work with and through which to grow a love of language learning.
She made it a place where all must speak or at least try to speak German. Her motto is: let the
students forget that they are learning a foreign language and instead make them want to
communicate in this language!

“Ich weiß mein Glück zu schätzen, beruflich das tun zu dürfen, was für mich im Leben von
Bedeutung ist: mit Menschen zu sprechen, zu erfahren, was sie erlebt haben, was sie denken,
fühlen und träumen.”

email: r.staab@embassyschool.org

 

Paulina Krok, B.Sc (Hons) Psychology, MA
Primary EAL Teacher / ECA Coordinator

Paulina received her Bachelor of Science honours degree in Psychology from the University of Bradford, England. She later obtained her MA Early Years (New Leaders in Early Years) with Distinction and the Early Years Professional Status from the Canterbury Christ Church University…

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…also in England. While at CCCU she was sponsored by OMEP UK  (World Organisation for Early Childhood Education – United Kingdom) to attend the OMEP European Conference in Warsaw, April 2012 ‘Respect for a Child’ where she presented a paper entitled “The Childhood Narrative of a Polish Deportee to Siberia: a Lesson about Survival from My Grandfather”

 

She has been a teacher for a number of years working in England, Poland and Ecuador. In England, Paulina taught children within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Then she gained experience teaching English as an Additional Language in Poland and Ecuador. She spent the last three years teaching children the language through movement, music making, storytelling, singing, making crafts, sensory play activities and experiments in the hot and humid city of Guayaquil.

Paulina believes that education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. She wants to inspire children to seek their own answers and to encourage them to think for themselves in a safe and rich environment. They learn best when they feel motivated to participate by their natural joy and curiosity, when learning is active, and when they are engaged in hands-on classroom games and activities.

email: p.krok@embassyschool.org

 

Gabriella Bakó, MA
Secondary EAL Teacher, Psychology Teacher

As a criminologist, Gabi considers herself a good observer, which enables her to understand and empathize with her students better. She is always cheerful and is delighted to pass on some of her enthusiasm to her students. Gabi believes in the power of individualized learning,…

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… adjusted to students’ skills and needs, and in the potential of internationally minded students.

 

Gabi believes in the power of individualized learning, adjusted to students’ skills and needs, and in the potential of internationally minded students. She encourages her students to think critically, work creatively, communicate openly and cooperate efficiently. Having spent many years living in multiple countries, Gabi has gotten accustomed to working with people from various cultures, backgrounds and ages.

email: g.bako@embassyschool.org

 

Ewelina Anna Warumzer, MA , PhD candidate
EAL Teacher

Ewelina Anna Warumzer, is a PhD student at the Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Polish Studies, Department of Old Polish Literature (thesis about academic teaching of rhetoric), Institute of Sociology, Department of Modern Culture (thesis about socio-cultural love experience)...

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She is a graduate of Polish Philology with specialisation in social communication (Pedagogical University) and Sociology with specialisation in social communication (Jagiellonian University).

 

Teaching is her passion and , because of that, she went to Saint Petersburg and Lviv to  work as a teacher of Polish. Since 2013, she has been working as an academic teacher at the Jagiellonian University.

 

Her teaching philosophy lies under the strong belief that every child is capable of succeeding. According to her, children can develop their imagination through interpretations of poetry and prose.  

 

Her main interests are sociology of film, rhetoric, cognitive linguistics, theory of teaching. In her spare time, she likes reading, watching movies, theatre and travelling. 

email: e.warumzer@embassyschool.org

 

Adam Różałowski, BA Social Science Education, MA 
Humanities Teacher, Form tutor Yr 13

Adam Różałowski graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a degree in Teaching of History and the Social Sciences and holds a teacher license from the State of Illinois. He was also a recipient of the Project STELL scholarship,  …

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which led to a state certification to teach English as a Second Language.

 

In 2016 Adam completed his Masters degree in an interdisciplinary program called The Erasmus Mundus Master of Excellence in Euroculture. During this two year program Adam attended UJ in Kraków, Groningen University in the Netherlands and Indiana University in the US. This program is based on mobility, project management and developing research skills in the social sciences. Within the framework of this program, Adam has done research on the phenomena of transnational history textbooks and the changing face of teaching history in an increasingly globalized world. Adam is currently enrolled in a COBIS Middle Leaders Programme which he will complete in 2019.

 

Adam’s past teaching experiences span 3 continents and are as varied as the pupils he has had the pleasure to teach. He has taught history at a high school in the United States, Literature, reading/writing skills, World History, and various academic skills at a private school in Seoul, South Korea for 3 plus years. At this school he was also involved in research and development of a tablet based curriculum, one of the first of its kind. Adam has also been a full-time supply teacher at Asia Pacific International School, giving him a wide range of extra experience across an array of subjects including sociology and human geography.

 

Adam’s current interests include learning about how technology can help pupils reach a state of flow, the place where learning happens. In other words make it easy for pupils to cut out the time it takes to get organized and start learning. This is a key component of the ‘flipped classroom’ approach which Adam has embraced in his teaching.

 

In his free time Adam enjoys spending his time actively by playing sports, riding his bike, or traveling. On long weekends he enjoys going hiking and unplugging for a bit to recharge his batteries. He is also interested in video production, design, TED, and reading non-fiction books, especially Ryszard Kapuściński.

 

In Adam’s own words;

“My mission is to make the place where I live the best place it can be. One way I am aiming to achieve this is by helping people, my pupils in particular, to become the best versions of themselves. To help illustrate this I often refer to the writings of Martin Heidegger who states that we are born, or rather ‘thrown’ into a particular time and space of history. I believe we are all born into a specific social milieu with a unique mix of characteristics and talents that are filtered through the environment and culture which we inhabit. I hope to help pupils recognize this and in the process become confident individuals that are self-aware and understand the world and their role in it. I believe the humanities and social sciences are central in helping us understand this. I hope to teach pupils not only the topics that come with the subject matter, but also self-awareness and personal development skills which they may apply to whatever challenges life may throw at them in the future.

I look forward to working with all of you and building a better school for the local and international community.”

email: a.rozalowski@embassyschool.org

 

Marian Mallen-Civit, MA
Psychology Teacher

Marian graduated in Psychology from Tarragona (Catalonia) University, and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. He has experience in teaching Psychology both at GCSE and A levels and through the International Baccalaureate program.

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He believes that by establishing a relationship of mutual trust and respect with his pupils, they will be able to achieve the perspective and critical thinking skills that Psychology and life in general requires.

He devotes his free time to his wife and two children and his biggest passion, aside from his family, is music. He doesn’t play any instrument but he goes to concerts any chance he gets.

He has spent his life between Catalonia, Poland and England, and he travels (another of his passions) whenever he cans, which provided him with the proper skills for working and communicating with people from various cultures.

email: m.mallen@embassyschool.org

 

Łukasz Michalik, MA, PhD Candidate
History, Maths, Civic Education (WOS) Teacher, Form tutor Yr 12, University Advisor

Łukasz graduated from the Jagiellonian University with a degree in History, specialising in 20th century history. From the beginning his research has been concentrated mostly on the Far East …

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…and the involvement of European empires in the region. He currently researches the part British Commonwealth Occupational Forces played in the occupation of Japan. In his own words:

 

Teaching

Probably my greatest passion. I knew I wanted to be a teacher since primary school. It was always more a question of what will I teach. I believe that every class and every pupil is different and you just can’t stick to one method and one plan and expect the same results. Teaching for me is about adaptation. Identifying strengths and weaknesses of my pupils and trying to come up with the best possible approach to help them improve. I try to encourage my pupils to seek knowledge on their own and view me only as a helping hand in their quest.

 

History

For me history is not about facts and dates. Of course they are important, but we can’t reduce history to just that. Specially on a school level. Not everyone is passionate about history, and I get that. So I concentrate on the teaching skills that studying history can greatly improve and develop such as:

  • critical thinking,
  • ability to see things from a different perspective,
  • debating,
  • finding the truth,
  • identifying causal links, and using historical examples to predict possible outcomes of situations.

 

Other interests

In my free time I’m a blend of a hiker and a nerd. As far as hiking goes I just love mountains, despite my fear of heights. Lying on a beach was never my thing. When I’m outdoors I just feel the need to walk and see new places. When I stay at home I prefer to read books (fantasy and s-f novels, history, and lately philosophy) or play games. I’m a big fan of strategy and role playing games because they can be effectively used to teach history. Either through reenacting political and military struggles or by letting students to go back in time and experience the life people once led.

email: l.michalik@embassyschool.org

 

Wojciech Wątor, BA, MA 
Maths Teacher, Form tutor Yr 9

Wojtek graduated from the University of Kazimierz Wielki in Bydgoszcz with a Masters degree in mathematics (specializing in teaching). During his studies, he was involved in education as the president of the mathematics teachers association at his university.  …

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… His tasks included popularising mathematics among children and young people. In the last year of studies, he got his first job at school.

 

After graduation, he moved to Krakow where he successfully worked with students of all ages. During several years of his work at school, he proved to be a passionate teacher whose enthusiasm and commitment positively motivated not only students, but also teachers.
 
 
As a mathematics teacher, Wojtek looks for methodical solutions to show mathematics as a passionate subject, which is useful in everyday life. He is interested in neurodidactics and modern teaching methods. Therefore, modern technologies are integral part of his classes. 
 
 
As a teacher, he tries to reach every student, setting requirements to the best of his abilities, individualising work during the lesson, thus allowing all students to succeed. Wojtek motivates students to strive for knowledge, but also cares for peer relationships in his class. 
 
 
Wojtek is also a committed youth educator. Under his supervision, the Student Council in 2016 won the “Silver Scepter of Krak” and the “Crystal Bell” for the most interesting local government actions. On his own initiative, Wojtek takes part in workshops, conferences and other forms of professional development both in the country and abroad to improve his teaching skills. He is also a member of the Association of Mathematics Teachers.
 
 
In 2018 Wojtek was awarded the title of “Teacher with passion” by the Mayor of Krakow for exceptional achievements in the field of teaching.

 

Anna Sowa, BA, MA
Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry Teacher/ International Officer, Form tutor Yr 7

Anna graduated from the Jagiellonian University with a BA in Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry, an MA in Chemistry (specialization: Forensic and Conservation Chemistry) and teacher training as a Chemistry specialist. Anna has been involved in popularizing chemistry among young people…

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… and children for several years. She took part in Małopolska Noc Naukowców in Laboratory for Forensic Chemistry at Jagiellonian University and conducted classes for children as a part of the Children’s University.

 

She has always been ready to share her knowledge with others. With each year her passion for teaching only increases. Her philosophy of teaching is to show young people the beauty of science that is hidden in the objects of everyday life. She believes that teaching science, especially chemistry, should be done by experiencing experiments that explain what and why things happen in  the world.

email: a.sowa@embassyschool.org

 

Sarah Bartlett, B.Sc (Hons) Environmental Science, PGCE
Geography Teacher, Secondary Coordinator

Currently completing her M.A. in Education through Oxford Brookes University in England, Sarah has been teaching tertiary and secondary education for over 8 years. Her research focuses on the advantages and adopting of growth mindsets and the role of examinations in education …

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Having travelled widely as a child Sarah has seen the difference a good education makes and is very passionate about providing all children with the opportunities and experiences schooling provides. Sarah is passionate in her belief that education is the right of all children and she is dedicated to  individualised learning, providing each pupil with a unique experience designed to encourage, support and challenge them.

email: s.bartlett@embassyschool.org

 

 

Dr. Richard Alpin,  MEng (Hons), PGCE, PhD

Physics, Geography Teacher, ICT Teacher Primary, Form Tutor Year 11

Richard’s passion for Science and Engineering stems from his enjoyment of motorsport, in particular F1 and his curiosity to find out the way things work. This led to Richard studying and completing a Masters in Mechanical Engineering …

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…at the University of Bradford, England. For two years following his degree Richard spent time in industry with three global engineering firms working in the process engineering and quality sectors. His passion for F1, curiosity and a thirst to challenge himself academically led to him studying for a PhD in fluid mechanics, specialising in visualising the formation of multilayer fluid flows down a slide – coating die, measuring their thicknesses, interfacial and free surface flow instabilities between the fluids.

 

During studying for his PhD Richard particularly enjoyed working with undergraduate students and taking laboratory sessions with the students. This inspired him to start a teacher training course in England with the Gorse SCITT with the PGCE element awarded by Sheffield Hallam University where he specialised in teaching Biology, Chemistry and Physics to high school students. After completing his teacher training course Richard remained in Leeds where he taught general science before moving to Kraków in the summer of 2018.

 

Richard became a teacher not only to inspire students in the subjects he teaches but to also give them a deeper understanding of the world around them. During lessons Richard does this by connecting real world applications to the topics covered to give the students a greater understanding of the theory covered in lessons.

 

Away from school Richard enjoys reading, hiking, running, cycling, music, gaming, travelling and watching films.

email: r.alpin@embassyschool.org

 

Agnieszka Szubryt, BA, MSc in Biology
Biology, Science Teacher

Agnieszka graduated from Pedagogical University of Cracow in Biology and Science, as well as UMCS in Lublin in English Philology. She has finished her MA Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, where she specialized in Translation. She has worked as an English teacher for some time…

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… now, her pupils being primary, secondary and high-school students. Her love for nature came into play surprisingly early – as a little child, she learned how to read using zoology encyclopedia. Today, she is a dedicated biologist, her main interest being ethology, that is, the study of how animals behave when not influenced by people. Her adventure with the English language started when she was 10 years old and has been her another passion since then.

 

She has always been eager to share her knowledge with others and with each year her passion for teaching is only increasing. Her main philosophy of teaching is focus on communication between teacher and students. The better the relations are, the more motivated and successful the pupils become.

email: a.szubryt@embassyschool.org

 

Barbara Nowak, MA
Biology Teacher

Barbara graduated from Jagiellonian University with degree in Biology specialising in Anthropology, as well as  completed postgraduate studies in Family life education (Pedagogical University, Kraków). She has worked as an Biology and  Environmental education teacher for many years, …

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… her pupils being mainly secondary school students. Her experience in teaching ranges from classroom teacher (with Student Biology Competition winners) to co-coordinator position in Comenius Project “Neobiota – globalisation among plants and animals and how to deal with it”. Neobiota are species which are non-native. Her students conducted ecological research on these species in the local environment which were shared between the seven European partners to compare results. Having completed expected results: gained knowledge regarding Neobiota, and professional skills in presentation and writing skills, etc., she and her students enjoyed the eTwinning Quality Label and including to Comenius Good Practices.

 

Her teaching philosophy is to show the students they “can do it”, and … get the most from sources of their wisdom.

 

Parallely, she is finishing her research on the role of interneurons of hippocampus in rodent models of depression, her scientific interests include histochemical, immunocytochemical, and histopathological investigations (Faculty of Pharmacy, Jagiellonian University, Kraków).

 

She is the mother of three children, which is by far the most important fact in her life, even if some children are already quite mature. Right after the children is the garden, where many years ago she planted the first trees and today enjoys their shade.

email: b.nowak@embassyschool.org

 

Magdalena Ziółkowska Koterba, BA, MA 
Geography Teacher Primary, 

Magdalena graduated from the Pedagogical University in Krakow as a teacher of Geography. She has experience teaching in a Montessori school in Ireland, where she lived for 10 years, and in the Centre for the Development of Polish Education. …

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Magdalena describes herself as a very positive person, motivated and enthusiastic. She is also passionate about working with children. She dreamt about becoming a teacher since being a  teenager and likes the fact that she can have a positive influence on their lives.

 

Further to teaching geography in Ireland, Magdalena supported and promoted the learning of the Polish language among young Poles, living abroad.

 

In her own words: “I have always been fascinated by Earth’s natural processes and I ‘m a strong believer that humans should learn to live in harmony with nature. “

email: m.koterba@embassyschool.org

 

Suzana Ivković, MsC
Computer Science, ICT Teacher

„I strongly believe that in the years to come that technology is going to be an essential part of our lives in almost every area of human existence. What computers cannot replace are skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and effective communication. …

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My goal is to help the next generation prepare for the future by developing those skills as well as understanding technology and exploring ways to make it work in our favour.“

 

Suzana graduated in Computer Science and Informatics from the Faculty of Electronics in Niš, Serbia. After graduation she spent 15 years building a career in the IT sector, starting as a software developer and making her way up to the head of software department and a member of the company management team.  She gained vast experience in different working environments, technologies and concepts by working with many corporate clients with different needs all over Serbia. Her areas of expertise include programming languages and environments, database management systems, applications architecture. During her first career she continued professional education in the fields of project management, business management and quality management systems and holds many certificates in these areas:

 

  • Internal auditor for ISO 27001:2005 (ISMS) and ISO 22301:2012 (BCMS) (Auro Standard)
  • Financing business development (Integrated Innovation Support Programme)
  • Leading a Development Team (European software institute)
  • Leading auditor for internal quality management systems ISO 9001, 18001, 14001 (Ei EuroStand)
  • Strategy development for IT organizations (European software institute)
  • Managing IT Projects (EBRD Business Advisory Services (BAS) programme)

 

 

Suzana is a proud mother of two children. Cycling, skiing, visiting new places or just watching a movie with her family are her favourite ways of spending free time. She also runs our after school Programming Club.

email: s.ivkovic@embassyschool.org

 

Ewelina Szremska, MA, PhD candidate
Economics Teacher

Ewelina received her Masters Degree from English philology (translation studies) at Polonia University. She then completed postgraduate studies in Law and Economics in the area of European Union, Human Resources Management and Project Management. …

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She also graduated in her doctoral studies in Economics and Management at Warsaw School of Economics. Currently she is doing doctoral research on business management.

Ewelina completed various internships abroad in financial institutions and participated in the international conferences in terms of economics and business management.

 

Prior to joining Embassy International School, she was teaching IB Economics and Business Management. Her teaching style is direct and flexible in responding to constantly changing demands.

 

Aside from school, she has worked in the international financial institutions. Her experience and knowledge from economics and business area can be used to prepare interesting and challenging activities.

email: e.szremska@embassyschool.org

 

Dorota Zaleska, BA (Hons), MA
Art Teacher

Dorota received her Master’s Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, where she studied Industrial Design and completed her teacher training. She also holds a BA (Hons) in Ceramics from the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. Dorota worked in the UK at Stafford College in Stafford…

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… and at the Abbey School in Reading. In 2014 she was part of the team of ceramic artists invited to create poppies for the art installation around the Tower of London led by Paul Cummins.

 

Dorota also runs her own pottery – Kaolin Studio in Kraków, where she offers ceramic workshops to learners of all ages.

 

Her great passion is travelling and visiting local craftsmen all over the world. She then combines her experiences and observations in creating art projects for children.

 

 

She believes that the ability to relax through the process of making art is a very important skill in the modern world.

email: d.zaleska@embassyschool.org

 

Dr. Krzystof Gil  BA,PhD
Art Teacher

Krzystof is a Polish Roma who grew up in Nowy Targ. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and attained his PhD in 2018. He incorporates a wide array of media – from paintings, through sculptural drawings to ceramics. …

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Since the beginning of his artistic path, Krzysztof’s works have been featuring themes related to his Roma origin. Figuration is predominant in his works which also show a strong fondness of the artist for using drawing techniques. In his creations he combines precisely developed figurative representations with expressive abstract forms, using a narrow colour range. His works are inspired by old photographs, illustrations from old books, frames from movies, etc.

 

His work has been shown at solo and group shows in Poland and abroad, including the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture – ERIAC (Berlin), MWW (Wroclaw), Henryk Gallery (Krakow), BWA Tarnów, Galeria Szara Kamienica (Krakow), BWA Wrocław and most recently in London.

email: k.gil@embassyschool.org

 

Małgorzata Marchwiana, MA in Music Education
Music Teacher, Concert coordinator

Małgorzata Marchwiana obtained her Master’s Degree from the Music Academy in Kraków, where she studied Music Education, specialising in Eurythmics. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Social Communication from the Jagiellonian University. …

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… Małgorzata gained her experience as a teacher working and teaching music in various nurseries, kindergartens and a specialist music school. She cooperates with the Kraków Philharmonic in organising a series of educational meetings for children with disabilities.

 

Małgorzata firmly believes that music and movement are international languages which connect people. They not only develop the brain and the body but also boost social skills and self-confidence.

 

She plays the piano and the clarinet. In her free time, she dances, sings and plays in a Traditional Song and Dance Ensemble.

email: m.marchwiana@embassyschool.org

 

Zuzanna Iwańska, MA in Music Education
Violin and viola Teacher, Music Teacher Secondary, Examination Officer

Zuzanna is a classically trained instrumentalist and teacher, experienced in teaching and performing both classical and contemporary music. She graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. In parallel. she continued to work as

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… an instrumental and general music teacher in primary and secondary schools. Zuzanna’s idea is to teach music as a kind of language, to find ways to perform with joy and has  developed many music activities based on innovative methods and the psychology of creativity. She has a special interest in teaching about music technology and helping young people create songs in a popular and rock style using the latest recording and production software and techniques.

 

She is keen on modern methods of teaching and considers music a very important element in the whole education process. She believes learning music helps not only to express oneself but also to find connections with other arts and the sciences and gives the learner many wide ranging benefits, for example helping to stay mindful and focused.

 

Zuzanna has been performing, recording and making music from her early years. She still finds pure joy in music and the soundworld that surrounds us and is still active as a performing musician in many ensembles.

 

In her spare time Zuzanna writes songs and practises calligraphy.

email: z.iwanska@embassyschool.org

 

Benedykt Walerowski 
PE teacher, Form Tutor Year 10

Benedykt Walerowski is a man of many passions and hobbies. A true people person and always busy learning or teaching something new. Excelling in all manner of creative work, he believes, that if you want to change something, you must start with yourself. …

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… Because of this attitude, he can be an example of a healthy lifestyle for the pupils. Always on the move, Benedykt is an active triathlete and climber.

As one of the PE teachers Benedykt brings a lot of experience from sport clubs, where he worked as an instructor of climbing, swimming and gymnastics with children even before graduating from the University of Physical Education in Kraków. 
 
Benedykt is also a musician, with music playing an important role in his life. Regardless of whether he is playing, (he can play the piano, percussion and guitar) learning, listening or teaching, he is doing it with all his heart.
email: b.walerowski@embassyschool.org

 

 

Szczepan Krystek 
PE teacher, Form Tutor Year 8

Szczepan Krystek says he was never good at sport. During his time at school, they only played one team sport, European Football and it didn’t connect with him. However, during Junior High School, he encountered someone able to perform backflips …

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…and it sparked a passion that had been dormant.

 

They were unable to find an instructor, but became self taught masters, after much trial and error. And this passion led them to form a community of like-minded people in a small town East of Kraków and focusing on Parkour and Freerunning. As the community grew, they were joined by Breakdancers.

 

This led to Szczepan studying at the Academy of Physical Education in Kraków, where he received his Bachelors degree in 2016.

 

Since receiving his degree, Szczepan has become a personal trainer, gymnastics trainer for adults and children and most recently, PE teacher at Embassy.

 

In his own words: “During my time at the Academy, I learnt gymnastics and a variety of different sports. I promised myself that I will teach different kinds of sports to show the many types of movement and how there is some type of sport accessible to everyone. In this way, I hope to ignite passion for sport and movement in children.”

 

In his free time, Szczepan still competes in dance shows and Freerunning and has won several awards.

email: s.krystek@embassyschool.org

 

Dorota Szmidtke
Librarian

Dorota graduated with a degree in “Literary Studies” from the Yerevan State Linguistic University in Armenia at the faculty of Russian Philology. When she came back to Poland, she validated her degree at the Jagiellonian University 

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During her studies, she worked at the Polish Embassy in Yerevan and at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Lutsk, Ukraine.

 

Working abroad as a clerk, she discovered how prevalent the Polish language was there and it was an impulse for her to start her post-graduate studies at the Pedagogical University of Krakow in the field of “Polish as a foreign language”. 

 

Multiculturalism and the Polish Diaspora (and cooperation with them) are not something foreign to her, because as an embassy and consulate employee, she frequently encountered various language or adaptive problems in new environments experienced by children, adolescents and migrant adults.

 

As a philologist, she loves books, order and reading, which led her to becoming a librarian at Embassy International School and now she works with books and children from around the world every day. In addition to her work as librarian, Dorota is a lecturer at the Berlitz Language School and Inspiro Language Academy, where she teaches Russian and Polish to foreigners.

 

Privately, she is a mother of four pre-school and school children, which, combined with professional work, provides her with many impressions and is an extraordinary challenge every day.

email:d.szmidtke@embassyschool.org

 

Dr. Jolanta Szymańska, BA, MA, PhD
School Psychologist

Jolanta is a Jagiellonian University graduate ( MA program in organisational and developmental and educational psychology), completed the PhD program at Carleton University in Canada (with the same specializations), and holds a BA in English Philology from MCSU in Lublin (specializing in teaching and American Literature)….

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… For the last 20 years Jolanta has been working for the Polish MoD and is currently the Chief Psychologist at Polish Special Operations Component Command, overseeing the work of all the units’ psychologists. She sits on the board of experts at NATO Special Operations Headquarters working on Human Performance Optimisation (Mental Resiliency Panel). She has a lot of experience working with military families, Deployment Children, does family and couple therapy, crisis interventions and used to deploy herself. Developmental psychology has always been her passion and proved to be very useful while assisting families with problems. She consults children from all age groups.

 

She strongly believes that every person is unique and deserves individual attention, that every child is gifted and it is the professionals’ mission to unveil those talents. Rather than leave the child alone to master their talents, she would like to integrate them in the classroom and teach children how to work together, how to become sensitive to each other, teach them to recognise emotions and react to them appropriately, support each other and create synergy. She wants to show children that a safe, friendly, welcoming environment is absolutely necessary to facilitate healthy development, optimal learning and individual growth.

 

Jolanta fully supports the school’s mission to create classrooms free from bullying, discrimination, aggression and violence offering a solid value system based on kindness, humanism, passion, enthusiasm, and empathy. Social and emotional development create grounds for poly-sensory stimulation and discovery based learning which in consequence lead to optimal cognitive development.

 

Apart from being a lover of psychology, philosophy and medicine, Jolanta likes travelling, sports, interior design, entertaining friends, cats and horses, and music, jazz in particular. And yes, she is a workaholic…

email: j.szymanska@embassyschool.org

 


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