Mokotów Primary Campus

Gary Lycett

Primary Teacher

Qualifications:

BA Creative Writing, Leeds University.
CELTA, Cambridge University.
CELTYL, Cambridge University.
PGCE, Nottingham University.
Currently studying MA Education and Management, Wrexham University.

Professional background:

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.

About me:
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.

Rebecca Knight

Reception Teacher

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science in Education for Early Years and Elementary
Education, Auburn University Montgomery, Alabama USA
Highly Qualified Teacher Certificate State of Alabama
Department of Education

Professional Background

I began my teaching career in the U.S. in my home state of Alabama where I taught Kindergarten for one year and 2nd grade for one year. I then decided to expand my horizons and moved overseas to Izmir, Turkey
where I taught Reception for six years. Here, I learned to teach using a mix of the British EYFS curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum. I then moved to Trinidad and Tobago and taught a mixed class of Kindergarten-2nd grade students for two years. During this time I learned to teach Mastery Learning with the American Curriculum. Then, due to COVID-19, my plans changed a bit and I moved to Seville, Spain for a year
and worked in an international preschool teaching 1-2-year-olds. I moved again and worked in Khao Yai, Thailand in a mixed nursery-reception classroom and returned to the EYFS curriculum. I am currently in my second year here at Thames British School teaching the Reception class.

About Me

I enjoy traveling and seeing as much of the world as possible. I truly enjoy learning about different cultures and different ways of teaching and learning. I also enjoy eating and trying different foods from all around the world! My husband and I got married in our favorite place in the world, Cappadocia, Turkey and we have 1 cat that is very spoiled.

My teaching philosophy

I believe that learning is constant and ever-changing. The world around us continues to grow and change, thus we should be flexible in our learning and teaching. Children are naturally curious and when they are supported and encouraged, they can exceed expectations. I love to assist students in their own personal growth and educational journey. I take great pride in assisting students in developing social-emotional skills as well as academic skills. I believe that building a great relationship with each student is the most important part of beginning the educational journey.

Gerald Fitzgibbon

Primary Teacher

Qualifications:

Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music London (Hons),
PGCE London University,
Post Graduate Diploma in Education Open University.

Professional Background:

I graduated in music and then decided to teach. After 20 years of teaching class music in the UK and Poland, I moved on to become a primary teacher and over the last 12 years, I’ve taught Years 1 to 4 in Poland and Cyprus.

About me:

I’m a British citizen who has lived in Poland for the last 27 years apart from a 4-year sojourn in Cyprus. In my spare time, I play viola in a Tango orchestra and compose. I also enjoy wild swimming, especially in the sea off Scotland.

My teaching philosophy:

I love being a class teacher and having the possibility to engage in helping the pupils in my class to find their own pathways to learning through a combination of traditional methods and more discovery-based educational methodologies. The key for me is a positive emotional atmosphere in the classroom that enables children to give their best. My not so good jokes help in this regard.

Roseanne Russell

Primary Teacher

Qualifications:

Masters in Psychology, Bachelors in Primary Education, CELTA and IB certified.

Professional Background:

Growing up in a family of Educators I have seen the impact that a good education can have on a child’s life. After completing A’levels I dove into teacher at first getting a degree in Primary Education while teaching at several school. After that I decided to move on to the international community teaching in several amazing school in different countries. It has been over 12 years that I have been a teacher and I am still looking for ways to improve myself.

About me:

Being a lover of sports, I try to do as many sports as I can. I compete in marathons in different countries, participate in fighting sports, football and cricket. Growing up on an island had given me a love for the sea and swimming. In my pastime I love to read and play boardgames.

My teaching philosophy:

As a teacher I always strive to make my class fun. I want my students to leave my class with a smile on their class and excited to come to class the next day. I also believe that as a teacher our job is not just to teach students math and science but to give them emotional skills that they can use to make them the best persons that they can be.

Agnieszka Wade

Primary Teacher

Qualifications:

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) – University of Bolton
Masters (MA) in Applied Linguistics and TESOL – Manchester Metropolitan University
Bachelor with Honours – Tourism and Leisure.

Professional Background:

I lived in England for almost 20 years, and this is now my third year at Thames British School. Prior to this I was teaching in the UK for almost 10 years since I achieved my teaching degree.
I taught in a few institutions in the UK and for the final 5 years I worked in a college where my main area of expertise was helping and supporting young learners with various levels of special educational needs.
I have worked with a variety of ages and covered a wide range of subjects in a few different schools, but I really found a lot of satisfaction from working with the students whose first language was not English.
I moved to Poland 2 years ago with my 2 children and husband. It is a great opportunity to continue to develop my teaching in an international setting and the past years at Thames has been the most rewarding in my career so far.

My teaching philosophy:

Teaching is a real passion for me, and I love to see my students succeed.
It is my goal to create a space that can encourage my students to explore their own learning styles knowing that I am there to help guide and develop their absorption of material. Mutual respect is extremely important, and I strive to embed it into my pupils’ mindsets. I truly believe that success begins with comfort, and I aim to create a classroom that provides this.

Louise Ferrier

Primary Teacher

Qualifications:

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Billericay Educational Consortium, Essex.
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Suffolk.
BA(Hons) Business Studies, Abertay University.
Masters in Mental Health and Wellbeing for Children and Adults, Anglia Ruskin University.

Professional Background:

I moved to Poland in 2020 and took a position as a Homeroom teacher at a Reggio School for a year to experience an Alternative Education which was a great experience and has added a lot of creativity to my teaching style. For the last two years I have taught Year 1 at Thames which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

My teaching philosophy:

I love observing children to find out what they are interested in and how they are processing the information given to them. Each child is unique, and has their own way of looking at the world. Through understanding how they see the world, I can begin teaching to motivate and inspire them to be the best they can be. I see my role as a facilitator to guide children to their next steps in life on their journey of discovering who they are and who they want to be.

Through asking questions I encourage children to challenge theirs and others existing ideas. This enables children to problem solve with other children, to grow independently and have resilience to continue to push when life gets difficult. I encourage a growth mindset by encouraging children to think about how to tackle tasks themselves.

Mrs Cato

Primary Teacher

Qualifications (all qualifications were obtained in South Africa):

● Post Graduate Certificate in Education – Primary.
● Bachelor of Commerce Management Accountancy (Honours).
● Bachelor of Commerce Chartered Accountancy.

Professional background:

I worked in finance for four years before making the change to education. For the past five years I have been teaching at a private school in South Korea. While teaching there II completed my PGCE and became a fully qualified teacher. I taught at three of my Korean school’s four campuses, teaching students from age 5 to 12 and providing introductory classes to students aged 3 and 4. The experience in South Korea has equipped me to deal with students who are not native English speakers, which will help me whilst teaching the students at Thames British School. I have been teaching at Thames since March 2023.

About me:

I am an enthusiastic, open minded person, who tries to see the good in all things. I like to travel and experience different cultures. Being from South Africa I have a huge love for animals and anything outdoors. I am also
passionate about trying new foods and cooking different cuisines. I believe in lifelong learning, so I strive to constantly learn new things.

My teaching philosophy:

I am very passionate about educating students. I believe that teaching is not just about teaching students the curriculum, but also helping them prepare for the future. This means developing critical thinking skills, learning to think outside the box and learning life skills that will help them in both an academic environment and in their lives after school. I believe classrooms should be inclusive and as far as possible I try to include 21st century teaching methodologies where possible.

Olga Nowacka

Primary Teacher

Qualifications:

Master of Arts in English Philology with Qualified Teacher Status, Master of Arts in International Communication.

Professional background:

My journey of becoming a passionate teacher and team leader had already started in my childhood as I was a student of international schools in China and in Greece and enjoyed experiencing different educational systems and the international environment. I graduated from the University of Łódź with MA in English Philology and a second MA in International Communication from Communication University of China, Beijing. Following that, I've gained my 13 years of teaching experience in schools in China and Poland, among that 3 years of working as an IB PYP coordinator. I am delighted to be continuing that journey at Thames British School.

About me:

Having been raised in Beijing, China in my early childhood has given me a lifelong love of Chinese culture and the love of travelling, especially around Asia. I try to visit China whenever I can, though in the current times it is a challenge. In the meanwhile, I try to share my experience of Asia with anyone I encounter and I find ways to incorporate that knowledge into my lessons. I also love singing, both in a choir and solo.

My teaching philosophy:

I think of myself more as a guide than a 'teacher', as both a role model and someone who helps the students make discoveries by letting them explore the different sources of knowledge around them, whether the source is a person, a place and the living things that interact within it, a book, film or anything else the students come up with. This has been hugely influenced by my experience of being a PYP coordinator and a teacher of
inquiry-based learning in my previous schools and I have found this approach very agreeable with the British educational system.

Mokotów High School Campus

Alex Ricker

Y11A Class Teacher / English Teacher (IGCSE)

CAS Coordinator / Chief Editor of the Thames Newsletter.

Kwalifikacje:
BA International Relations - Lynchburg College in Virginia
IBPD CAS (Cat 1.)
Cambridge International Online Professional Development. - IGCSE First Language English
8 Years of classroom teaching experience
100hr TEFL/TESOL/TESL certified
Cambridge TKT Young Learners Certificate
Instytut kształcenie zaświadczenie - ADHD & Dyslexia
CPR & First Aid certified

Doświadczenie:: I began my teaching career in Shanghai, China where I worked for 2 years at an educational consultant company. We designed courses and then our company would sign contracts with schools all over the Shanghai area. I then came back to the USA for two years in which I focused on providing private lessons to students. I have been in Poland for 4 and a half years in which I have taught at Edison Primary and Thames British School.

O mnie: I am from the United States. I studied International Relations with emphasis on central European politics and the EU. I love to travel and stay active. I also like animals and food from all over the world.
My teaching philosophy: My teaching philosophy largely stems from a presentation, practice, production method. However I enjoy enabling students to feel comfortable in the classroom. I encourage critical thinking and discovery in my lessons. We work hard but students are able to share ideas that will help mold them into the leaders of tomorrow.

Steven Knight

Geography Teacher with QTS

Kwalifikacje:
Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography
PGCE in Teaching Geography
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

Doświadczenie:
I qualified as a teacher in 2010 and taught for one year before gaining the opportunity to work in the industry as a Graduate Geologist in Australia, this is where my hunger to work abroad began. I returned home after one year in Australia and after some time working as a fitness professional my hunger for teaching returned. I then embarked on my career teaching abroad, first in Izmir, Turkey but moved to Trinidad, Seville in Spain and also Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. So what brings me to Warsaw? Not just its illustrious history, culture, landscapes and cuisine but most importantly to educate the leaders of tomorrow.

Filozofia nauczania:
As a passionate geographer, my purpose in teaching is to contribute to the molding of students becoming moral, ethical, and globally aware citizens of an ever changing modern world. I promote an energetic holistic approach, encompassing varied teaching styles and resources to reflect historical significance and current global issues. I embrace ICT in my lessons, and use it to promote interactivity and engagement. I am always keen to stress that failure is not an end but a starting point to learning. Students should be encouraged to take risks, ask questions, reflect on experiences and take responsibility. A safe and caring learning environment in my experience, is always more conducive to a pupils happiness, motivation and ultimately academic achievement. It is also my belief that there is an importance on being a lifelong learner as a teacher and to continue striving for excellent practice.

O mnie:
In my spare time, I enjoy walking and have recently completed a self planned 272 mile hike over 15 days raising money for the Ukraine Charity. Away from hiking I am a keen sports fan and enjoy football and rugby league, following Liverpool and Huddersfield Giants respectively. I have recently renewed my Legia Warszawa season ticket for the new season.

David Calladine

Art Teacher

Qualifications
B.A. Hons in Paper Conservation
MsC in Museum Studies
PGCE in Post compulsory Education

Professional background:

I graduated from the Camberwell School of Arts with a degree in conservation, and went on to restore art on Paper mostly for Military collections in London, and Medical collections. I did my Masters in the Environmental management of museum institutions at the University of Portsmouth. With Teaching being such a big focus in the UK around 2000, I obtained my teaching qualifications and discovered my vocation, Initially teaching College Fine art, and developing teaching resources for Hampshire CC Museum services. I started my secondary school teaching in the UK (2005) of art history, fine arts, natural sciences, and since moving to Poland in 2015, English as a second language too.

I have worked in International Schools in Gdansk, and really enjoyed using the iB framework. So I moved my family here to Warsaw for the opportunity to focus on my passion, high school Art at Thames.

About me:

I was born in England, but I emigrated Poland because my wife is Polish and our kids are bi-lingual, I am starting to feel that Poland is my adopted home. I love walking, historic old ruins and art. I love exploring family history, and am a bit of a foodie, so living in this area is fantastic.

Teaching philosophy:

My philosophy of teaching is anchored by a personal goal to be a lifelong learner, consistently improving and evolving. Art is not a product, but a process, and many great works were happy accidents. So I am a guide while also being a listener, and I try to focus on gently pushing my students to become better makers and thinkers.

Karyna Volk

Lower Secondary and High school German teacher

MA Early Years and Primary Education with Early English Teaching, Pedagogy, Warsaw University. Postgraduate Studies in Educational Organization and Leadership.

Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in German studies at the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, with pedagogical preparation.
Course DLL 4 - Aufgaben, Übungen, Interaktion
Course DLL 6 - Curriculare Vorgaben und Unterrichtsplanung

Professional background:
My teaching career started when I worked in Ukraine as a German language tutor. I also took an advanced training course „Deutsch Lehren Lernen“ at the Goethe Institute for teachers of German as a Foreign Language, which was aimed at improving the form of lessons using different didactic methods. I'm excited to continue my work at the Thames British School.

About me:
My home country is Ukraine, where I was born, grew up and studied. My enthusiasm for foreign languages has opened up new perspectives in my life. I consider myself very close to the German nation in my goal orientated and responsible attitude to my profession. Besides English and German, I am also fluent in Polish. In addition to learning foreign languages, I really enjoy cooking, it's a perfect relaxing activity for me. I am a person characterized by attention to every detail.

My teaching philosophy:
I believe that while learning any foreign language it is important to have motivation and inner desire to develop and discover something completely new. My task as a teacher is to show how German is a multifaceted and fascinating language, in contrast to other languages. In my work I use not only the textbook and workbook, but also various authentic materials such as newspapers, magazines, films, music and various useful phone apps to engage the interest of the student in the learning process. This rule guides me while working as a teacher: “Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts; it is acquiring understanding” - William Arthur Ward.

Alejandra Arcila

Spanish Teacher

Qualifications:

Francisco Jose de Caldas Distrital University - Bogota, Colombia.
Bachelor's Degree - Basic education with English emphasis and Pedagogy studies.
National University of Colombia. Diploma - Educational Curse - Spanish teaching as a Foreign Language.

About me:

I love learning and teaching in different natural contexts. I enjoy very much sharing Spanish culture and language that is so diverse and rich. I have had immersions (by living with families, learning from them and teaching) in North America, Turkiye and Poland; all multicultural settings. These experiences gave me a better perspective and appreciation of life.

Professional background:

Au Pair - language exchange in the U.S.A; Youth Staff – Royal Caribbean Cruise Line;
AIESEC - Cultural/work exchange program Montessori immersion/teaching in Turkey and Poland; English teacher since 2009 to date and counting...
Nurseries, elementary/high schools and language academies. Spanish teacher since 2009 (to the present day) Colombia, Turkiye and Poland.
Zespol Szkol nr 41 (2021 - 2024) - Thames British School (2021 -2024) Spanish teacher.

Teaching philosophy:

Communication is the foundation of individual and social relationships. It enhances interaction and therefore it strengthens other skills in order to better understand the world we live in. Language as the base of communication allows us to be adaptable, emphatic and more conscious about the new and different. I like to live and experience new personal and professional challenges and through the learning of another language we are able to be more sensitive and human about similarities and differences. Being native speaker and Teacher of Spanish gives me the tools to create a friendly environment that makes more comfortable the learning process. Education, Language and communication are in constant change and evolution so it requires more dedication, motivation, effort and commitment.

Włochy Campus

Joshua Gilbert

Włochy Campus Teacher

Professional background:

I graduated with a PGCE from UCL’s Institute of Education. After that I taught in 2 different primary schools in London. I have worked with primary school children, across all year- groups and subjects, focussing on supporting children who needed extra help with their learning after the Covid-19 Pandemic.

About me:

I enjoy a wide range of hobbies, such as music, cycling, dodgeball and almost all types of games! I love travelling and intend to spend my weekends in Poland exploring the many beautiful landscapes and exciting cities.

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe that learning is best achieved through curiosity, excitement and good relationships. I think mistakes should be as welcome as correct answers, as it’s only through trying different things to understand a concept that it can be fully mastered. Most importantly, I believe learners should feel safe, included and valued. A classroom is a community where success should be celebrated together, and we can all support each other every day to achieve that success!

David Calladine

Art Teacher

Qualifications
B.A. Hons in Paper Conservation
MsC in Museum Studies
PGCE in Post compulsory Education

Professional background:

I graduated from the Camberwell School of Arts with a degree in conservation, and went on to restore art on Paper mostly for Military collections in London, and Medical collections. I did my Masters in the Environmental management of museum institutions at the University of Portsmouth. With Teaching being such a big focus in the UK around 2000, I obtained my teaching qualifications and discovered my vocation, Initially teaching College Fine art, and developing teaching resources for Hampshire CC Museum services. I started my secondary school teaching in the UK (2005) of art history, fine arts, natural sciences, and since moving to Poland in 2015, English as a second language too.

I have worked in International Schools in Gdansk, and really enjoyed using the iB framework. So I moved my family here to Warsaw for the opportunity to focus on my passion, high school Art at Thames.

About me:

I was born in England, but I emigrated Poland because my wife is Polish and our kids are bi-lingual, I am starting to feel that Poland is my adopted home. I love walking, historic old ruins and art. I love exploring family history, and am a bit of a foodie, so living in this area is fantastic.

Teaching philosophy:

My philosophy of teaching is anchored by a personal goal to be a lifelong learner, consistently improving and evolving. Art is not a product, but a process, and many great works were happy accidents. So I am a guide while also being a listener, and I try to focus on gently pushing my students to become better makers and thinkers.

Sylwia Weglarek

Polish for Foreigners Teacher

Qualifications:

MA in the field of Philology - Specialist translations (Polish, Russian, English) at the University of Warsaw.
Postgraduate in the field of Methodology of teaching Polish as a foreign and second language at VISTULA University.
Examiner at the State Certificate Examination in Polish as a foreign language at B1 level.

Professional background:

My first experience in teaching began in 2010 as a Russian teacher. Soon after I was asked to provide Polish courses for foreigners. At first I was a bit hesitant, however after the first lesson I realized that I had found my calling.

Teaching Polish to foreigners gives me a lot of satisfaction. I enjoy seeing my students expressing their needs and feelings with confidence. For the past 15 years I have taught students from all over the world.
In recent years Poland has become a destination for more and more foreigners. Most of them need to pass the B1 exam in Polish to get the permission for permanent residency. I continually strive to improve myself as a teacher and in 2020 I graduated in Methodology of teaching Polish as a foreign and second language. This enabled me to be an Examiner at the State Certificate Examination in Polish as a foreign language at B1 level.

About me:

I am a very open-minded person. I love visiting new places and learning about different cultures. I try to maintain a positive and motivational attitude each day.

Teaching philosophy:

Teaching has always been my professional passion. I believe effective learning starts with a good relationship between teacher and student, as well as fun during lessons. I offer a lot of activities for children to explore their ideas. Communicating is the most important part of my lessons, because phonetics and grammar are necessary tools to learn a language. I truly believe that understanding learning as individuals is the key to motivate kids to be active and enjoy lessons.

Thinking about my role as a teacher, I see myself as a bridge between the original country of my student and Poland. I enjoy teaching Polish to foreigners and learning something about different countries and languages at the same time.

Ochota Campus

Matthew Eborne

Class Teacher

Qualifications:

BoE (Hons) Primary with English specialism Professional background.

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.

About me:

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 philosophy:

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.

Agnieszka Brands

Primary Teacher. Ethics Teacher.

Qualifications:

PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education), University of Derby
MA in Primary Education, University of Zielona Gora
MA in Theology, University of Szczecin.
TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).
The TEFL Academy, London.
QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
English Department of Education, London.

Professional Background:

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.

About me:

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!

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.

Karolina Wowak

Early Childhood Education Teacher (Polish)

Qualifications:

MA degree in the field of Culture Pedagogy.
BA in Early Childhood and preschool education.
Certified CLIL teacher.
I graduated from the Academy.
of Special Education in Warsaw.

Professional Background:

I have been working with kids for about 8 years. First, I worked in preschool, then I started my adventure in primary school. In 2019, I achieved the teacher’s professional promotion degree: contractual teacher. Now, I am in the process of pursuing another teacher degree. I teach ECE and preschool education in Polish language (Polish core curriculum). I work with students from Year 1 to Year 4.

About me:

I am a positive and open minded person. I like to spend my time with friends and my family. I love visiting other countries, learning about new places and cultures.

My teaching philosophy:

I have always known that I want to become a teacher who will take care of students and understand their needs. During classes I create a friendly bond with my students based on respect and equality.

Ewa Syta

Class Teacher

Qualifications:

Virtual Educator for Fullmind itutor,
Masters in Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in Childhood and Special Education, NYS Professional Certification,
Masters of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.) in teaching General and Exceptional Adolescent Students, Social Studies, NYS Professional Certification,
B.A. in History.

Professional background:

I earned my degrees at Fordham University in New York City and completed my field work in NYC public schools. I have been teaching for ten years in various settings including co-teaching, special education, dual language program and working with students of diverse cultural 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. The last two years, I earned certification as a virtual educator at Fullmind company in the USA.


About me:

I love to master new skills; currently, it is horse riding and cooking. Other interests include history, art history, plants and karaoke singing. I love to regularly exercise to stay fit and healthy.

My teaching philosophy:

I believe that each student is a unique individual and that everyone learns in different ways and at different paces. I base 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.

Malgorzata Karpiak

ECE Teacher

Qualifications:

MA degree in the field of Early childhood and preschool education General secondary education diploma in the field of IT.

Professional Background:

My first experience with children was in a nursery during one summer, where I was able to put my theoretical knowledge into practice. As I started my MA, I worked as a preschool teacher in a bilingual institution called Happy Hippo as a Polish-speaking teacher, where I also spent some time as a teacher's aide. After that I had a break from teaching and started working in a different field. My university internship in a primary school reminded me of what I loved about working with children and decided that it was time to return to the classroom but this time - in school. And so I am excited for my first year adventure in the Thames British School.

About me:

I think of myself as a very positive person who always wants to bring a smile to everyone's face. In my spare time I like to relax with a book in hand, especially fantasy novels, and in addition I’m helping in a publishing house with promotion materials that require video and/or audio editing. I'm also quite a big fan of video games, especially the Sims 2 that I would still play even to this day.

My teaching philosophy:

I believe in an individual approach to children and allowing each of them to develop freely in a safe, accepting environment. And having a bit of a laugh while we're at it is something that I strive to achieve as well.

Marta Mironiuk

Year 3 Class Teacher

Qualifications:

MA in Special Education.
BA in Communications.
PYP Level 1.

Professional background:

My career has led me to experiences in a wide range of contexts and curricula. I began my teaching career as a Special Education specialist in Chicago, where I had obtained my teaching credentials. After a rich and varied experience there, I moved to Poland to teach Year 1 at BISC in Wroclaw. I continued my international career in Beijing and Shenzhen, where I gained my PYP experience. Also I worked as a Year 1 teacher at a Primary School in Hethersett, UK. I am now in my fourth year of teaching Year 3 at Thames British School and I am enjoying my experience in our friendly school community.

About me:

In my free time, I like to read, cook and bake with my family. I also enjoy doing a lot of walking. It is always fun bumping into my students and their families on my very long walks around Warsaw.

My teaching philosophy:

My belief is that the best learning takes place in environments that are based on kindness and respect, in classrooms where children feel safe and cared for. In such settings, children are open to learning new things and they are more willing to make mistakes, which are a normal part of the learning process. Not all students acquire new knowledge and skills in the same manner, so ensuring that material taught is presented in a way that suits different learning styles is very important.

Piaseczno Campus

Luke Rautenbach

Piaseczno Campus Teacher

Qualifications:

Bachelors of Education.
IRB World referee Level 1.
IRB World Coaching Level 1.
FINA referee Level 1.

Experience:

I have been a teacher for eight years at various schools. I have had the opportunity to teach various ages as well as various subjects, exposing me to a multitude of situations and experience to grow from. I have always been heavily involved in various sports throughout my time as a teacher. this has allowed me to gain various qualifications through out the various sporting codes.

About me:

I love to play various board and video games in my spare time as well as being heavily involved in various sporting activities. I enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Teaching philosophy:

It’s based on a quote by Inky Johnson which says, "Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they produce your future." Lead as an example and always try to leave something better than you found it. This not only make you a better person, but also the people you impact.

Reneldon Moodley

Piaseczno Campus Teacher

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) - Drama and Performance Studies ~ University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
International Post Graduate Certificate of Education - University of Sunderland.

Professional background:

After studying Drama and Performance Studies in South Africa, I moved to South Korea to teach English. After working with students of various ages for 4 years, I moved to Hong Kong where I worked for 8 years. While working, I became a qualified Primary teacher and found a deep passion in Education.

About me:

I enjoy reading books and watching movies. My favourite movie and book is the Harry Potter series. I love reading books that include magic and adventures. I really enjoy travelling and exploring new cultures along the way.

Teaching philosophy:

My teaching philosophy is “Children learn more when they are having fun.” There is nothing better than seeing students enjoy a lesson and knowing that you have guided them in learning something new. I see my lessons as an opportunity to take students on an exciting journey where they can learn and practice new skills that can then be realised outside of the classroom. I also strive to engage all learners in activities that support and challenge them according to their personal ability. I believe that no student should be left behind and all students, with the right guidance and tailored activities, can and will achieve their full learning potential.

Liliana Schmidt

Nauczyciel hiszpańskiego (wszystkie grupy)

Qualifications:

Translator and Interpreter studies in French and English at the UNIFE university in Lima, Peru.
Master of education at Framingham State College - degree programme for teachers in American schools overseas.

Professional background:

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 a Spanish teacher in kindergarten, primary, secondary and preparation for the IGCSE and IB programme at different international schools in Warsaw.

About me:

In my spare time I like reading, cooking, listening to music, riding my bicycle, dancing, travelling and eating different kinds of international food.

Teaching philosophy:

I think that every student has the right to 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 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 together in a good team.

Kostadin Kostov

Physical Education Teacher

Qualifications:

Academy of Physical Education WarsawMa in Physical Education.
National Sports AcademySofiaBAin gymnastics.
Sports High School Sofia.
Artistic gymnastics coach.
Acrobatics and Swimming instructor.
Certified lifeguard.

Background:

I have been working as a Physical Education teacher at all levels since 2010. I performed as an aerial acrobat in the circus for 10 years prior to my teaching career as well as having competed in Gymnastics for 16 years. This accumulates to a total of 30 years of experience in a gym. This level of experience helps me as a PE teacher.

I have been appointed according to the Polish system of professional promotion. I have various accomplishments such as: First Aid qualified, Summer camp tutor, as well as a sports camp manager.

I am a qualified Sea Lifeguard, Acrobatics and swimming instructor and Gymnastics trainer. At school, I have run many different clubs, including team sports, fitness challenges, cheerleading, tennis, and acrobatics clubs.

About me:

Privately, I am a husband and father of two children. I like to travel, exercise. I swim, I run, I ride a bike, I dance. I like to read. I run a gymnastics school.

Teaching philosophy:

In gymnastics we say: nothing is impossible, patient step by step improvements, practicing safely, learning from mistakes, not giving up - you will achieve your goals.

Maggie Gee

Piaseczno Campus Teacher

Qualifications:

BA In Early Years Education.
Postgraduate Certificate In Education.

Professional background:

My teaching career started in England. I worked in a public Primary School, as a Teaching assistant.
After a year, I moved to Australia, Melbourne to develop my professional skills, and completed my postgraduate studies in Early Years education.

Since 2021 I have been a full time teacher at Thames British School, where I can pursue my career, working in an engaging and creative school.

About me :

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, spending time with my family and visiting art galleries.
I also love traveling, trying new food and exploring new places as well as listening to relaxing music and podcasts.

Teaching philosphy:

I believe that all children are unique and bring their own knowledge and experiences to any educational environment. I believe the early childhood environment is a place for children to be free agents, to develop, learn, grow and express themselves, while having the confidence and respect they as a person are entitled to.
My goal as a teacher is to respect the diversity and uniqueness of each child, making sure that each student is a part of co-constructing the learning experiences, knowledge and the environment we create as a group.

Alina Fiszer

Piaseczno Campus Teacher

Qualifications:

MA University of Warsaw, Faculty of Applied Linguistics, The Institute of Anthropocentric Linguistics and Culturology - graduate studies , University of Warsaw, Faculty of Polish Studies Polish Language as a Foreign Language – postgraduate studies, MA University of Warsaw, Faculty of Polish, Teaching Specialization graduate studies.
Training for examination committee leaders – the state certificate examination in Polish in NAWA – nominated by Minister of Science and Higher Education as an examination committee leader.

Professional background:

I began my teaching experience in 2009 as a volunteer in Polish Humanitarian Action in Warsaw, where I had an experience in teaching repatriates and refugees, as well as organizing cultural events for them. Then I started my own company and within its activity I cooperated with various language schools, embassies, the University of Warsaw, Warsaw University of Technology, and the University of Vienna. I taught groups and individual students at different levels. I began creating my own materials then, to make sure my students receive what they really need. I taught Polish during summer courses for foreigners organised by various universities.

About me:

I enjoy bike tourism, and during the summer I like canoeing and hiking. I am interested in Glossodidactics, Linguistics and the History of the Polish language. I adore reading, especially crime novels and nonfiction, although I have started to explore science-fiction books recently.

Teaching philosophy:

I was interested in TPR and TBR during my studies and I have tried to utilize some ideas from these areas in my classes. My philosophy is to transform the difficult Polish language with its grammar and complicated syntax into something fun, nice and easy to absorb. Using pictures, posters, videos and plenty of online games, which I enjoy creating, in my students’ opinion makes Polish a comfortable language to learn.

Anna Leba

Year 4 Teacher

Qualifications:

MA in Polish Philology (Teaching Master's Degree),
Cambridge Certificate in English,
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Department for Education, United Kingdom.

Professional background:

My teaching journey began in 2008, in the UK. During my initial years in England,
I garnered valuable experience as a Teaching Assistant and as an Exam Invigilator.
In 2010, I achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), marking the beginning of my role as a teacher in diverse and multicultural primary and secondary schools in London.

Subsequently, I dedicated a decade to teaching across two primary schools. In this capacity, I instructed Lower and Upper KS2 students, assuming leadership of Geography in 2015/2016 and Maths in 2016/2017. While still employed as a primary teacher, Axis supplementary schools approached me to serve as an invigilator, focusing on core subjects such as Maths and English to prepare students for SATS examinations. I found this role captivating, which led me to extend my involvement by becoming a SATS marker through Capita Education's digital consulting service.

About me:

Optimism, energy, and activity define my character. Beyond the classroom, I engage in yoga, running, cycling, and hiking. My greatest passion is travelling, and I find pleasure in long walks or adventurous explorations in mountainous regions. The Scottish Highlands and Tatry Mountains hold a special place in my heart. I also love trying out new things like: cooking, gardening, or coding. My interests extend to reading, history, cinema, and theatre.

Teaching philosophy:

John Dewey's words, "Education is not preparation for life, it is life itself," summarise my teaching philosophy. I am dedicated to creating learning opportunities that empower every student, fostering a sense of ownership over their education and cultivating reflective learning in real-world contexts. Prioritising engagement, achievement, and enjoyment, I employ clear differentiation and versatile teaching strategies tailored to diverse learning styles, interests, and needs. My proficiencies lie in curriculum development, behaviour management, and seamlessly integrating creativity into the classroom.

My extensive experience spans students of varied cultures, backgrounds, and English language proficiency levels. My adeptness at crafting engaging classroom strategies caters effectively to the dynamic needs of a diverse educational landscape.

Kama Cendrowska-Veymont

Teacher of Literature and the Polish language (advanced level) Film director, writer, and script doctor.

Qualifications:

Master's degree in Polish Philology from Warsaw University.
Postgraduate studies: A 2-year course in Film Directing at the Media Arts Center based in New York.

About me:

Film directing seems to me a bit like teaching - you convey your vision to others and then encourage them to join you in making it a reality. I have created numerous documentary movies focusing on Polish history and psychological issues, such as complex family relationships and psychiatric problems in young people. Learning how to effectively communicate with my characters and film crew to achieve the best results has also helped me connect with my students. We engage in extensive discussions, share laughter, and even perform "on stage" - all aimed at learning how to present our viewpoints confidently in front of others.

My teaching philosophy:

I believe that learning comes through reading: the more you read, the better you navigate in this intricate world. I teach students how to express their ideas clearly, logically, and comprehensively, as well as how to navigate fluently in the modern universe of images and internet communication. I encourage them to discover their own passions and individual skills. I also emphasize the valuable phrase: "The more you write, the more you’re right”. Apart from my professional life, I love traveling, long-distance walking, gardening, and swimming.

Karolina Zaniuk

Piaseczno Campus Teacher

Qualifications:

2012-2015 College of Social Sciences.
Bachelor's degree in resocialization pedagogy.
2015-2017 College of Social Sciences.
Master's degree in early childhood education and primary education.
2017-2018 1st Level of Sensory Integration.
2017-2018 University of Social Sciences.
postgraduate studies in Education Management and Marketing.

Experience:

2013-2016 working in a private kindergarten Nutka as a teacher's assistant
2017-2020 work in the private kindergarten Nibylandia as a group teacher
2020-2022 work in state kindergarten No. 9 in Piaseczno as a group educator

About me

Privately, I am the mother of 8-year-old Olaf.
A fan of Cavalier King dogs. My two pets are always waiting for me at home.
I am a positive and open person. I like spending time with family and friends. I love visiting other countries, getting to know new places and cultures. I try to spend my free time actively with my family, this includes: cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding.

My teaching philosophy:

I have always known that I wanted to become a teacher who would take care of students and understand their needs.

During classes, I create a friendly bond with students based on respect and equality. This gives very good results: children willingly attend my lessons and actively participate in them. At the same time, I require my students to take learning seriously, be systematic and consistent.
In my opinion, children must have a clear scope of their rights and responsibilities to feel safe in this complex world.

Natalia Magiera

Piaseczno Campus Teacher

Qualifications:

MA Philosophy, Postgraduate Teaching Studies (PGCE/QTS),
Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), Diploma in Child Care

Professional background:

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!

Park Campus

Marie Fahrenholz

Park Campus Teacher

Qualifications:

Diploma of College Studies, Psychology/Social Studies, College of Old Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Bachelor of Arts, Education, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Professional background:

Already as a teenager I worked with children in summer camps, then later in college as a language tutor helping foreign students to prepare for the university entry exam. During my studies, I also provided school support within the Chinese community. After completing my teaching degree, I worked for the Greater Montreal School Board as a French/English teacher. Being a young, ambitious and enthusiastic teacher, I soon felt very disappointed with what public schools had to offer. I decided to go on a backpacking trip around Europe. This eventually led to my move to Poland in 1997. At the time, changes were palpable and things were moving fast. It was an exciting place to be. I first taught in language schools before switching to the private preschool, primary and secondary sector mainly as a French and/or English teacher. More recently, I have had the chance to experience the position of Main Teacher in Key Stages 1 and 2, which I absolutely love as it allows me to implement a holistic approach, and to get to know my students in more depth.

About Me:

Apart from being a teacher, I am the mum of two teenage boys. I love outdoor sports and camping. It allows me to take a break from city life, in remote areas, close to nature. I also enjoy concerts, refurbishing furniture, cooking and mushroom picking, a hobby I picked up here in Poland! I am from Montreal, Canada. I speak English, French and Polish fluently. This year you will see me arriving at school on my new electrical bike which I purchased recently!

My teaching philosophy:

I see my role as a teacher as one of a facilitator: guiding children through a learning process, supporting them in their development, providing them with the means to learn new things and to do their best in a positive learning environment, encouraging them to become curious, independent learners and responsible citizens of the world. I thrive in a school environment because I am constantly faced with new challenges and opportunities to develop myself.

Paulina Nowak-Rzygałowska

Park Campus Teacher

Qualifications:

MA University of Warsaw, pre-school and early childhood education
BA Academy of Special Education, pedagogy, specialty: pre-school education and early childhood education
BA Karkonosze College in Jelenia Góra, Polish philology

Professional Background:

Swoje pierwsze doświadczenie zawodowe zaczęłam zdobywać podczas studiów filologii polskiej, w trakcie odbywania praktyk w szkole podstawowej. Kolejne lata pracowałam jako guwernantka, kontynuując studia pedagogiczne, edukację przedszkolną i wczesnoszkolną. Po uzyskaniu tytułu licencjackiego zaczęłam pracę w przedszkolu w Warszawie. W trakcie dalszych lat pracy jako nauczyciel wychowania przedszkolnego zdobywałam doświadczenie, pracując w kilku renomowanych placówkach przedszkolnych w Warszawie z dziećmi w wielu od 2 do 6 lat. W tracie pracy wykorzystywałam wiedzę oraz dodatkowe doświadczenie, które zdobywałam podczas dalszych studiów magisterskich, oraz wielu szkoleń i praktyk. W ubiegłym roku dołączyłam do zespołu TBS, gdzie pracuje jako niania oraz nauczyciel języka polskiego oraz języka polskiego jako obcego.

About Me:

W Warszawie mieszkam od 16 lat, wcześniej przez 3 lata mieszkałam w Jeleniej Górze z okolic, której pochodzę. Jestem mamą dwójki dzieci, w wolnym czasie lubię czytać książki, gotować oraz podróżować.

My Teaching Philosophy:

Indywidualne podejście do każdego ucznia, jest dla mnie niezwykle istotnym elementem pracy. Życzliwość i zaangażowanie oraz szczerość to podstawy stworzenia dobrej podstawy edukacyjnej Staram się zapewnić uczniom ambitne a jednocześnie pełne zabawy zajęcia, które dają pełną możliwość odkrywania i uczenia się. Jako nauczyciel staram się być dla dzieci łącznikiem, tłumaczem skomplikowanego świata, który nas otacza.

Begum Karausta

Park Campus Teacher

Qualifications:

BA Psychology & MA Clinical Psychology
TEFL

Professional Background:

Although I am still at the beginning of my career, I have taught English to children and adolescents for 3 years in total by working in a kindergarten, an English language school, and by giving private courses. Two years of my three years of experience were in Warsaw, and I can't wait to start the new academic year with the Thames British School team and meet the students.

About Me:

Since I am also a psychologist, I enjoy reading psychological articles and books, improving myself with new therapy methods, and watching psychological documentaries and movies. Besides, the most meaningful, real, and fun times of my life are probably when I am doing my job, when I am with my students. I do not believe that there is a more pure, clean, and fun space than children's.

My Teaching Philosophy:

The system that I have implemented until now has ensured that by establishing a balance between discipline and feeling comfortable, they are aware that we are close friends outside of the classroom but that I am a teacher during the lesson. This helps me understand them, get to know how they learn and how they have fun, because each child has different styles of learning and playing, and knowing these allows me to facilitate their learning with pleasure.

Anna Zadorozina

Park Campus Teacher

Qualifications:

The choreography faculty of Dance Academy.
Masters degree in civil law, Institute of entreprenership and law.

About me:

Spent two years in Thailand, then moved to Kiev in 2014. Since March 2022 I live in Warsaw with my two teenage daughters. I usually call myself the “Slavic mix”. I speak four languages and I am on the way to conquering the fifth. I like reading, travelling, yoga and tennis.


Professional Background:

I have worked as a teacher for the last 12 years of my life. I started when I became a mother for the second time in 2011.
At first I taught choreography, in which I have my first professional training and a vast amount of experience. Then, for two years I taught it at my own private dance and gymnastics studio: AnnA-Dance in Phuket, Thailand.
Since 2014 I lived in Kiev with my family and there I worked for several campuses of Ukrainian preschool “GERELO” and for an international school “USCHOOL” as a choreography teacher and a preschool English teacher.

Also whilst in Kiev I created an interesting primary school program “Geography-Choreography” where my students could learn a lot about different countries and try their folk choreography.
Since March 2022 I am in Warsaw. Last school year I was working as a full time English teacher in a local bilingual preschool.

My Teaching Philosophy:

The main thing that I have managed to understand during my work in education was that every child is a world with its own door and a key. Therefore, before starting to teach the teacher must find the key and open this world. It is all about trust, about love, about real connection and various ways to create it. I can state with full confidence that I am very successful in finding these keys. My life and work experience have provided me with very strong communication skills, both with children and their parents, as well as the ability to understand their real needs.

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