Academic Head - Wawelska Campus
BA Psychology & US Studies, Liverpool University;
PGCE, University of East Anglia; MEd, Open University
I began my experiences in formal teaching as a teacher of English as a Foriegn Language in South Korea, where I was part of a team establishing a new language school. My subsequent EFL experiences took me to Thailand, Poland, Italy and Mongolia. During that time, I taught a variety of ages for a range of purposes, including tourism, industry and exam preparation.
I extended my training to enable me to teach Primary children and completed my induction in a small town in Norfolk, UK. I took my learning and experience to lead a teacher development and training programme focusing on implementing active learning techniques in Ethiopia.
I taught in international schools in Romania, Germany and Egypt before returning to Poland to teach at the British School. In September 2019 I led the team that opened Thames’ Piaseczno campus. Following the successes with the implementation of the curriculum in Piaseczno, I transferred to Wawelska as Head of Primary Curriculum.
I enjoy exploring my world through a range of interests. I enjoy cycling in and around Warsaw and swim a few times a week. I love experimenting with colours and materials and enjoy painting and making clothes. I also enjoy playing games such as carom, backgammon and scrabble. The world is full of learning opportunities and I have enjoyed a range of free courses offered online.
My teaching philosophy:
I believe enjoyment is central to learning and I provide a range of activities for children to explore their ideas. I see my role as a teacher as facilitating opportunities for children to express what they want to find out, how to find the answers to their questions and to compare answers to draw their own conclusions. I value mistakes as golden opportunities for learning. I encourage children to question their own assumptions and try to understand the reasons for perspectives that differ from our own. I believe that communication and collaboration are essential life skills and lead to success for both the group and the individual.
Coordinator of IB DP (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme)
BS English with Honors, University of Southern Maine
MA Teaching School for International Training
Teaching Certification in Maine and Vermont in English Language and Literature; ESL
IELTS Speaking Examiner
Post graduate certificate in IB Teaching and Learning
IB Leading the Learning Certificate
Robert holds a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, U.S.A. He holds teaching licenses in both language and literature as well as ESL/EFL and the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from Bethel University. He also holds a BA in English with Honors from the University of Maine.
Robert has lived and worked in Japan, the Czech Republic, Germany, the UAE and Poland. In the Middle East, he was a course designer, instructor and Faculty Fellow in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the United Arab Emirates University. He is a certified examiner for a respected high-stakes international English exam. He has designed and conducted trainings for a wide range of companies and institutions in both government and private education organizations throughout Europe.
The IB curriculum is a holistic approach to learning and teaching. Its foundational philosophy, that education should nurture international awareness in learners by developing personality traits and habits of mind in order to build a better world for all of us is inspirational and practical.
Using these tenets as a framework around which to build learning experiences, our teachers and learners pursue intellectual excellence by acquiring subject area knowledge, while at the same time creating a personal approach to life that is rooted in a genuine belief in the potential of individuals and societies to realize their full potential as an integrated, sustainable and just whole.
As IB Coordinator, I am here to listen to families’ concerns, clarify questions, and be a friend in the journey through the IBDP Programme.
Position Year 5 Teacher
Bachelor of Arts in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (Honours)
Teaching has always been my professional passion. I qualified as a teacher at Bath Spa University College in the UK, specialising in infant education. I continued teaching in the UK for 12 years, primarily teaching Year 1 and 2 children. Moving to Poland 9 years ago provided me with my first opportunity to teach infant children in an international setting, and a great opportunity it turned out to be. Entering my 22nd year of teaching I am excited to be part of the Thames British School community moving forward.
Having grown up in Wales, rugby has always been a passion of mine. Although I no longer play, I still enjoying watching and supporting my home nation. When I am not in the classroom, I can often be found playing pool with my family and friends, relaxing on a cycle ride and enjoying some of the wonderful towns and cities around Poland.
My teaching philosophy
When I think about my role as a teacher, the one thing that I have always focused on is the relationships that I have built with my students. I enjoy talking with them on subjects and issues that are important to them, and learn how they are feeling about and experiencing the world and what we are learning in class. I want my own classroom to be less of a class and more of a community, where we are all sharing ideas and communicating and learning from one another at the same time.
Creative Writing, Leeds University
CELTA, Cambridge University
CELTYL, Cambridge University
PGCE, Nottingham University
Currently studying MA Education and Management, Wrexham University
My first experience in teaching began in Leeds after having obtained a Creative Writing degree from Leeds University. It was voluntary and it involved teaching asylum seekers elementary English so that they could build up the confidence to use it in their everyday lives. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, but I especially valued how they were able to express their cultural backgrounds to me with the English I had taught them.
This motivated me into gaining a CELTA which allowed me to teach in language schools around the world. I chose to teach in Taiwan and then on from there to Spain. I’ve been in Warsaw for over ten years now, and I have taught in language schools and international schools and I continually strive to improve myself as a teacher which is why I am currently studying an MA in Education and Management.
In my spare time, I like to watch classic and modern British sitcoms and I’m a big fan of satirical shows such as ‘Have I Got News for You’. I’ve also started to rediscover poetry and I spend time reading the works of many poets on the commute to and from work. I still like to flex my Creative Writing muscles on occasion and write plays, short stories and the odd humorous musing on life.
My teaching philosophy:
As a teacher, I believe that pupils gain deeper understanding through application. Even when observing my first students whom I taught many years ago, applying their knowledge to real world situations, I could see how they could grasp the intricacies of their learning through practical applications. That is why I value the fact that involving every child within the classroom gives them the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the work they do in lessons and how that can transfer itself into their personal life.
Year 2 Class teacher
BA-Hons English Language & Literature with QTS - University of Central England in Birmingham, United Kingdom, with one year ERASMUS programme at Leopold Franzens Universitat, Innsbruck, Austria
Post Graduate Certificate in Education - Primary (PGCE with QTS) – University Of East London, United Kingdom
In 2005 I started my teaching career at Benthal Primary School, London. Leaving behind a successful career in the city, I had worked both in advertising, working freelance producing commercials, and for dot com start-ups as a customer service manager/marketing assistant. I was looking for something more fulfilling and I certainly found it. In fact, I found something altogether more challenging that has kept me happy and busy right up to the present day. I have grown immensely over that period and am happy to say that the message I convey to children “you never stop learning” is just as true for us as adults as it is for children. I believe it’s what keeps me on my toes and always looking out for ways to improve.
I really enjoy cooking (and eating) and have also worked as a food stylist. Did you know that many of the foods you see in magazines are not edible? For instance, most ice creams are actually mashed potatoes mixed with food coloring! I also have a keen interest in Politics and have done a speech for the Teachers’ Union in front of over 3000 people. Quite terrifying but a great experience and very uplifting.
My teaching philosophy:
I have a high standard and expectation of the learning environment in my own classroom, ensuring it is first and foremost for the children and is an example of good cross-curricular practice.
I am committed to working towards child-centered creative environments that produce improved results and happy children that want to discover the world for themselves and by themselves, with a little support from us, staff, and parents, when we work together we get the best results.
Adahi Peredo Atilano
BA. in English, UACH Chihuahua, Mexico.
MA. in Asian Political Sciences, Collegium Civitas Warsaw, Poland.
Pedagogy, Vistula University, Warsaw, Poland.
Pedagogy of Mexican Folk dance of Amalia Hernandez School of Dance and Fine Arts Faculty of Mexico City.
I started teaching English as a second language during my BA studies in Mexico, and organized cultural activities for American and Canadian students taking part in immersion programmes in my university. After finishing my studies in Mexico, I moved to Poland and continued my MA studies while teaching Spanish to children and adults. I have been teaching for 15 years now, 4 as an English teacher and 11 as a Spanish teacher in Warsaw.
I am a very open-minded person. I love travelling around the world, trying different cousins and learning about different cultures. I lived in France, Austria and Germany when I was younger and I loved those experiences. Teaching and dancing are my passions, I am a Mexican folk dancer which gives me the opportunity to share the beauty of my culture.
My teaching philosophy:
I do believe in education as the key to changing the world and breaking the chains of poverty. Teaching, to me, is not only about a subject to be graded, but about teaching values that will guide our students’ lives in the future. I would say my teaching philosophy is “have fun teaching and your students will have fun learning”.
Early Childhood Education teacher (English)
B.A. in History
Masters of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in teaching General and Exceptional Adolescent Students, Social Studies, NYS Professional Certification
Masters in Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in Childhood and Special Education, NYS Professional Certification
I earned my degrees at Fordham University in New York City. I have been teaching for seven years in various settings including co-teaching, and working with students of diverse backgrounds. I have worked in private and public schools in New York City. I have also worked with various age groups, from grade 0 up to grade 11. I have taught Childhood Education, Special Education, English Literature, Ancient Civilizations and United States History. I also have experience in teaching Polish-English Dual Language Program.
I love to try out new things and master new skills; currently, it is cooking and gardening. Other interests include history, art history, plants and karaoke singing. I love to regularly exercise to stay fit and healthy.
I believe that each student is a unique individual and that everyone learns in different ways and at different paces. I based my instruction on the strengths, preferences and needs of my students and build on their individual strengths. I believe that the main goal in education is to help a child to discover who he or she already is and help him or her become a confident, independent and successful adult who will lead a happy life as well as who will contribute positively to their communities.
Language A Department Head Extended Essay Coordinator English, History teacher
MA in English Literature and History from University College Dublin. Postgraduate studies - Teacher’s Diploma in TEFL. IB Workshop Diplomas in English B, English A and History.
I began teaching English to foreign students in language schools and then in 2004 I became an IB teacher and have worked as one ever since. I have taught English B and History and presently teach English A. I have moved towards the administrative side of teaching to become Head of our First Language Department as well as being the Extended Essay Coordinator.
I have conducted bilingual workshops for teachers in Torun and also I conducted IB Academic Writing, English A and History workshops in Vienna, Austria.
About me: I love mountain climbing and cycling. I love travelling to old and new places and I still long to work in drama which I did some training in years ago and I do creative writing when I have free time.
My teaching philosophy: After teaching for many years I see that teaching is essentially about communicating. If a teacher has the passion s/he will surely have the power! Teaching is sometimes seen as a bureaucratic job but it always must take second place to the love of helping students and the subject that you teach.
Academic Head - Piaseczno Campus
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE/QTS)
My life as a teacher began in 2003, in the UK, where I spent my first four years teaching at an inner-city primary school in Leeds. I then went on to work for a period of time in public schools in New-Zealand (Auckland and Wellington) before eventually finding my international teaching feet at The British School of Beijing. Prior to my arrival at Thames, I spent five enjoyable years working at a small-scale international academy in Shenzhen (China). During this time, I transitioned from the role of class teacher and became the principal of the school.
In my dual-role, as both Academic Head and Year 3/4 Teacher, I am looking forward to drawing on the wealth of inspiration which my work experience has given me, and adapting to this new and exciting situation at our Piaseczno campus.
I live in Warsaw with my wife and two young children. We are no strangers to Poland, and have visited Warsaw on an annual basis for the last five years. I now look forward to getting to know the city better, and to exploring parts of Poland as yet unseen, as well as visiting some of our European neighbours.
In my spare time, I enjoy making music using various electronic gadgets, reading science-fiction, fantasy and the occasional thriller, and studying Mandarin Chinese. I also like to play the ukulele, with or without an audience.
Life is a learning journey. My role as an educator is to serve as a guide, whilst providing students with the necessary tools to allow them to navigate their own way as confident, independent and inspired learners. A school is like an eco-system (a river of learning!), in which we all have our part to play, and in doing so, we affect the whole. No action, success or moment of understanding could be considered so minor as to be insignificant.
MSc in Interactive Multimedia
Postgraduate Diploma Computer Design,
BEng in Engineering Science
I had several careers in IT before going into teaching. Prior to my teaching career I did an intensive advanced Maths course. I then joined a large secondary school in West London, where I worked for several years, teaching up to A Level. Due to a shortage of staff, I was also asked to teach ICT and Computer Science, because of my computing background. I found that by linking the two, students developed their thinking and problem solving skills - something I am keen on bringing to Thames British School.
My teaching philosophy is that teaching should not remain only in the classroom but should drawn from and applied to the world around us. For this reason I like to bring real life examples to my lessons and encourage students to learn. While I am a teacher myself, I always like to learn new things and challenge myself, and I hope to instil this desire in my students.
Head of EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
MA Philosophy, Postgraduate Teaching Studies (PGCE/QTS),
Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), Diploma in Child Care
My teaching journey began over a decade ago in one of the top independent schools in London. I worked in Hyde Park School which then became a part of Eaton Square School. First as a TA then two years later I took an Early Years Teacher position. I also had an opportunity to teach Y1 and Y2 classes. After completing my second postgraduate study (EYTS) I became an Early Years Coordinator and a Deputy Head of Hyde Park School (Eaton Square School). In 2018 I was offered a Head of Early Years position and I had a pleasure and a privilege to run the school for a year. It was a great challenge and a fantastic experience to me but when a year later in 2019, Thames British School in Warsaw called out for me, I decided to try something new. I left London to enrich my experience and to get on with a new adventure of creating a school. Our school – the best place to be!
Spanish teacher (All groups)
Translator and Interpreter studies in Lima, Peru
Master of education at Framingham State College - degree programme for teachers in American schools overseas.
My first experience was in Germany teaching Spanish at a private school. It was a challenge for me and it motivated me to continue my studies.
When I came to Poland I obtained my master of education and I started to work as Spanish teacher in kindergarten, primary, secondary and IB programme at different international schools in Warsaw. I enjoy living in Warsaw, especially because I realized that I love teaching and it motivates me to improve myself.
In my free time I like to read, to cook, to listen music, to ride bicycle, to dance and travel with my lovely husband. I like to know different cultures and I enjoy tasting new food.
I think that every student has the right of a good education in a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can develop their full potential. I will provide a safe environment where students are invited to share their ideas and have fun learning Spanish.
I am very happy to be part of the Thames British school because every teacher is engaged, collaborative and we work in a good team together.
Nursery / Reception Class Teacher
BA of Pedagogy of Resocialization with prevention in addictions, MA of Pedagogy in the Field of Care and Therapy
In 2016 I gained my degree in Pedagogy in the Field of Care and Therapy at the University of Łódź, and decided to move to the USA, where I was working with children in age 0-14, as an Au Pair. During this time, I was improving my English at the Columbus State Community College and taking Art and Photography courses at the Columbus College of Art and Design.
After two successful years in the USA, I moved to the UK, where I worked as a senior childcare practitioner at an international nursery in Leeds. During this time, one of my duties was cooperation with the Leeds Art Gallery, where I had a pleasure to work with many talented teachers and artists.
This year I’ll be teaching in the Nursery and Reception class. I believe Thames British School is a magnificent opportunity, not only for children but also for teachers and I’m really happy to be part of this project!
I’m a very happy and open-minded person. I love music and art, I spend a lot of time working on my abstract paintings. I greatly appreciate time spent with my family and friends, and enjoy the opportunity to cook for them and orgainize weekend trips, where we hike, ride bikes, dance bachata and salsa, and spend long hours chatting and singing by the light of campfire. I enjoy learning about cultures from around the world, new flavors and languages. On my wish-list is to begin studying Spanish and Italian.
I believe all children are different and we have to look at them in an individual way. Every child deserves access to a good education. Creating a positive learning environment and being open to children’s needs and ideas is really important, in order to create an atmosphere where students can really develop their full potential.
Year 1 class teacher
BoE (Hons) Primary with English specialism Professional background.
In 2017, I successfully completed the BEd Primary Education degree at the University of Plymouth where I specialised in English teaching. Since this time, I have delighted in taking effective whole class responsibility as a supply teacher in the South West of England. In this role I forged a broad ability to deliver rewarding learning experiences and I secured a reputation as an adaptive, caring and hard working teacher.
I have greatly enjoyed teaching at Thames British School throughout the previous academic year. Teaching in Warsaw has allowed me to further build upon my university studies and supply practice and advance my professional skills. My understanding and experience of; implementing the UK’s National Curriculum within an international school setting; supporting the learning of EAL pupils; and my behaviour and classroom management practice have all grown significantly.
I am a professional, multi-talented individual who approaches each day with a positive and motivational attitude. Aspiring to help others and the joy of working with children form the bedrock of my teaching journey.
My teaching ethos encourages every child to take ownership of their own learning through cultivation of critical thinking and exploration. To achieve this, I believe the classroom environment must be an inclusive one which embraces each person’s needs while encouraging the highest expectations. As a trained literacy specialist, I am passionate about applying creative writing, storytelling and drama into my lessons. Such elements entice different viewpoints within a story and inspire children to ask more meaningful questions. This supports deeper understanding of texts and results in richer writing output. For me, the most rewarding aspect of teaching is working alongside the children. I enjoy applying my personal interests of English, history, technology, space and music into my lessons.
Pablo Rigual Hernández
MA in Geology, MA in Natural Risks, MA in Secondary Education- specialising in biology and geology
After studying geology in the University of Salamanca, I did some work in different European countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Austria. After that, I decided to take a master's degree in secondary education. Then, last year I began teaching international students in the Czech Republic, and I am now your geography teacher!. I decided to work at Thames School in Warsaw because I am fond of teaching in an international environment within a beautiful cultural environment.
I am a rather active person, and I like to practice sports (swimming, cycling, judo, hiking, traveling (when possible) learning languages (like Polish :). In general, I am very interested in anything from history, to sciences and I like to learn new things when possible. If I have time, I will try to learn about programming this year.
I try to ensure that students always understand the main content of the lesson, working alongside him or her, in an active way (normally accompanied with presentations) and extra content for a better review of the lesson. I also think a good way of checking the student progress is through continuous evaluation. To better reach and support, I wish to know my students as quickly as possible, in order to understand their needs and support them in making excellent progress.
Primary Teacher. Ethics Teacher.
MA in Primary Education, University of Zielona Gora
MA in Theology, University of Szczecin, Zielona Gora Campus
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language),
The TEFL Academy, London
QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) English Department of Education, London
After I had finished University and completed my masters, I moved to the UK, hoping to improve my teaching practice. I lived and worked in London for eight years where I taught Primary Curriculum to students in Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Last year, I began to teach ECE and Ethics at the Thames British School in Warsaw. During the weekends, I volunteer for the humanitarian centre ‘W Akcji’ where I assist refugees and asylum seekers living in Poland.
In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, walking and hiking in the mountains; I have been trekking since I was 7 years old with my brother and parents. This passion, encouraged by my family, has now left me with a life-long love of nature. I would never pass on the opportunity to spend a couple of days in Tatras! When I am not spending time in the wilderness, I enjoy reading classical literature, philosophy and poetry along with drinking a cup of coffee.
My teaching philosophy
I believe that as a teacher I am obliged to enter the school with only the highest of expectations for each and every one of my students. Each child has unique talents, and each can achieve greatness. In order for that to happen, I am responsible for turning my classroom into a safe, caring environment, where children are free to speak their minds and grow academically, emotionally, socially and morally. In my lessons, I encourage students to read reflectively, ask honest questions, and participate in open discussions in order to develop creativity, critical thinking skills and find courage to voice their opinions.
English and Ethics Teacher, Common Room Teacher
Masters degree in special education from Academy of Special Education in Warsaw: Special Education and Early Intervention for child’s development , British Council English Course - certificated English Teacher, Certified Montessori Teacher,, Appointed Teacher (by MEN)
In the beginning of my career I had been working as a therapist of disabled children, mostly on the autism spectrum. I completed the first degree of Sensorial Integration course as well as Montessori early education course. Afterwards, I had a possibility to work as a Montessori Teacher in International Preschool, getting familiarized with multiple cultures. Also, I have experience in leading the extra English classes:Active English and Sensorial workshops. Currently, I have been working in Thames (previous Meridian) British school as English and Class Teacher since 2017. Apart from that, I lead my additional project of “Emotiolandia”. The general goal and concept of this project is to support children and their families in their balanced growth.
I am a person who definitely has a positive approach towards life and other people. The point of my life is to work with a passion. I always try to focus on the bright side of every situation. Also, I am a highly active person: I love bike riding, gym and mountains climbing as well as music, writing and reading.
My teaching philosophy:
I love teaching. I think I could say that to teach is like to touch life forever. If I had to choose, I would describe my philosophy with these two sentences: “Do your best and forget the rest” and “Happiness is a choice”.
Early Childhood Education teacher (Polish)
MA degree: Early Childhood Education at the Academy of Special Education in Warsaw,
Montessori Teacher (age group 2,5-6 years) at the Polish Montessori Institute,
CAE in English
My teaching journey started about 13 years ago, first as a preschool teacher in Dublin, Ireland. After 2 years there, I came back to Warsaw to teach in a couple of preschools in Warsaw, where in one of them I fell in love with the Montessori approach. This led me to take a Montessori course which made me a certified teacher. After a few years, I decided to move on to a primary school level and this is where I feel the happiest to be. I have been teaching Math and Science based on a Cambridge Programme for grades 1-3 at Meridian International School in Warsaw. While teaching there, I was also happy to achieve a teacher’s professional promotion degree: “contractual” title. Now, I am very thrilled to join the Thames British School Team.
I am an energetic and active person with a positive attitude. I like to do sports like running, swimming, walking my dog as well as cooking for my family and friends. I am a happy mum of two children and an owner of two pets: a dog and 2 cats.
My teaching philosophy:
Be a guide for the children rather than a knowing all teacher, providing students with opportunities to find their answers and develop their potential.
Pre-Nursery/Nursery support teacher PSL teacher (Year 1 and Reception) Music teacher (all groups)
English Philology with Teaching Specialisation, Catholic University of Lublin
I began my teaching career in 2013 when I started my studies in Lublin and did my teaching practice in primary schools. After two years break from teaching, while working as a children’s entertainer, I felt that I wanted to teach again. A new job opportunity came up in 2017 and I began teaching English through music in nurseries and preschools. This job taught me to adjust my classes to my students and understand their needs as I visited over 350 children in different locations each week.
However, I had to leave my life in Lublin and move to Warsaw. I knew I still wanted to work with children and music. That was when I stumbled upon an offer from Thames British School which fit my needs and hopes. I am happy to be here!
I think of myself as a happy person. I am full of energy and ideas. In my free time I usually bake, paint with watercolours or practise on my ukulele. However, 3 years ago I found out that I love... eating! This relationship has started with my first trip to Italy and remains strong to this day. Even though one can never have enough pizza and pasta, French cuisine is my favourite (butter and onions rule!). What is more, I am always curious about my surroundings so I enjoy exploring my neighbourhood on foot and finding hidden gems.
My teaching philosophy:
For me, teaching means being flexible and understanding. I have bad experience of being forced to think in a certain way and I don’t want to be this kind of teacher. I think that our job is to provide children with tools and space for learning, and guide them. To achieve that, teachers have to create a relationship with the children. Which is why I am always happy to get to know my students, talk to them about happy and not so happy feelings and respect their boundaries. I believe in power of words and healthy communication.
What is more, my previous job has taught me how important and helpful music and art is in expanding children’s knowledge and interest.
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