school teaching staff
2 A CLASS TEACHER | LOWER PRIMARY COORDINATOR | PSHE COORDINATOR
Robert was born in Lambeth, London. He moved to the South West of England in the 1980’s with his family. He studied Primary Education at Rolle College, Exmouth and was awarded his teaching degree from the University of Plymouth in 1994. He has worked in a range of different primary schools in both London and Devon, from large inner city to small village. He has taught all age groups from Year 1 to Year 7. His last primary position was for twelve years in a Catholic school in East Devon where he was responsible for Science, Music and Religious Education. He holds a Certificate of Education in Catholic School Leadership from St. Mary’s College, Twickenham. Robert’s most recent position was at an agricultural college working with students with special educational needs. Robert lives in Gdansk with his wife, Julia and three children. He enjoys playing badminton, cycling and running. He is passionate about reading and music- his favourite author is Graham Greene and he plays the piano and trumpet.
2 B CLASS TEACHER
Anna started working in British International School Gdańsk in 2011. At first, she worked as a teacher of Economics and Business subjects. Anna graduated from the Poznań University of Economics with a Master's degree in Economics. Additionally, she completed Pedagogical Training at the Poznań University of Economics. She holds the Certificate of Proficiency in English issued by the Cambridge University. She has also completed the postgraduate studies in Early Years Education at the University of Gdańsk. Since 2016, she has been a teacher of Class 0. Anna is a mum of two daughters - Natasza and Nela. Travelling is her biggest passion.
CLASS 2 A/B TEACHING ASSISTANT
Aleksandra is a teacher assistant in classes 1 AA and 1 RA. In 2009, she studied English Philology at the University of Economy in Bydgoszcz (specialisation – translation studies). She always wanted to teach, it’s her dream and passion. Nowadays, she is studying Early Education. She’s interested in art and volleyball. On top of that, Aleksandra is leading the “Mural Club” at BISG which gives her lot of joy.
3 A CLASS TEACHER
Dorota Burczyk holds B.A. degree from Early Education with English as well as MA in Pedagogy from the University of Gdańsk. Upon her graduation, she left Poland for China and lived there for 6 years as an English Teacher. She has decided to return to Poland and is very excited to begin her new adventure in BISG. Dorota loves travelling and trying out new things (scorpions, ox's tongue etc). Her dream is to have a gigantic library at home and just read another book. She also enjoys learning new languages.
CLASS 3 A TEACHING ASSISTANT
Adrianna Goworowska graduated from the Gdańsk Autonomous High School with a distinction, she studied Painting at the Gdańsk Academy of Art and Archeology at the University of Gdańsk. Now, she is studying Early Education in the Institute of Education at the University of Gdańsk. She developed her experience with children and youth as a Świetlica teacher working for BISG for two years. Now, she works as an assistant in class 3AA and 3KA. She’s been working as a cruise organizer and sailing instructor with teenagers aged 13 to 17, gaining a lot of work ethic from this experience. Adrianna loves travelling, as well as read historical and scientific books.
CLASS 3 B CLASS TEACHER
Krystyna earned her master’s degree in 2010. She completed her PGCE at the University of Hertfordshire in England in 2016. Krystyna’s interests in teaching in international environment initially arose out of her time studying in Spain within the Erasmus Programme. She has worked in primary schools in both London and Hertfordshire. Krystyna believes in making classroom an enjoyable environment for children to explore and investigate the subjects they are learning, allowing them to shine and achieve their full potential. She was a Beaver Scout Leader in Hertford and she would love to share her love of scouting with BISG.
3 B CLASS TEACHER
Agnieszka was born in Gdynia and studied at the University of Gdańsk where she graduated in English Philology. Agnieszka moved to London in 2004 where sh worked in a range of primary schools. She has taught all Key Stages from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2. She also holds a Montessori Diploma, Early Years Professional status and a post graduate Diploma in Management in Education. She believes that the role of education is to interest the child profoundly in an external activity to which he will give all his potential’ ( M. Montessori). Agnieszka moved back to Poland in the summer of 2017 with her husband and two children and is looking forward to being part of BISG.
4 A CLASS TEACHER | MATHS | MATHS COORDINATOR
Eliza was born in Olsztyn and studied at Gdansk University of Technology, where she graduated in Biotechnology (Masters). She studied a postgraduate degree in Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Gdansk. She then went onto study a postgraduate Professional Teaching Qualification in Gdansk. She moved to the United Kingdom in 2007 where she has worked in secondary schools as a teacher of Mathematics. She is an experienced, enthusiastic and focused teacher. Eliza is passionate about Maths and giving young people the best possible education in life. She promotes a deeper understanding of Mathematics concepts and develops projects such as “Sierpinski project”, “NASA – exploring space through Math” or “Big Bang STEM fair”. Her time in school has developed her philosophy of perceiving and valuing each student as an individual, as well as part of a community. Eliza strongly believes that raising and educating young minds does not only happen at home, but it is a continuous process from one establishment onto another. Outside of class, Eliza likes to spend quality time with her family on days out, especially hiking in fresh air. Also, she likes painting and reading fantasy books.
CLASS 4 A TEACHING ASSISTANT | EAL
Lindsay is from Cambridge, UK. She studied dance and performing arts at Bodywork Company Cambridge, where she learnt dance disciplines of ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, and musical theatre. Lindsay moved to Sopot, Poland in 2008, where she continued to dance with the Opera Bałtycka ballet company, alongside teaching jazz dance at Dance Vision, Gdańsk. She decided to extend her dance studies and take advantage of a long distance, work based learning BA degree program from Middlesex university, London. She also started teaching English as a foreign language and completed the TEFL English diploma course, London. Over the past 10 years, Lindsay has been teaching English to all ages (3-70yrs) using active lessons of dance, fitness and classroom games/activities/conversation. Lindsay worked for 5 years at the American primary school Gdynia, teaching English conversation and dance. She has taken several groups of students abroad to experience her hometown for summer and winter holiday activities, plus hosted guest teachers from the UK here for dance workshops in and around the Tricity, Poland. Lindsay loves teaching dance and the English language; providing students with solid, transferrable lifelong skills. Lindsay lives in Sopot with her 2 sons. They enjoy spending time together doing anything active (skimboarding, snowboarding, cycling, trampolining and swimming to name a few!) She is passionate about jazz dance history, choreography, music, and film.
4 B CLASS TEACHER | ENGLISH COORDINATOR | ENGLISH
Neil grew up in North-East London, attending the same school as David Beckham and Harry Kane (though not at the same time). He loves literature and has a particularly soft spot for classical Russian literature. He spent one out of the four years of his BA Hons course living and studying in Russia, which was a unique and life changing experience. He came back to the University of Essex for the final year and graduated in 2002. Little did he know at the time that years later, his life in Russia would inspire him to embark on an international adventure in 2009. After working for six rewarding years in Social and Housing Services at the London Borough of Hackney, he decided to requalify and start his teaching career. After three successful years in Odessa, Ukraine, he moved to Warsaw in 2012. In addition to the BA Hons, he also holds a PGCEi from Nottingham University and CELTA qualification. For the last five years he has been teaching English Language and Literature to Years 7-11 at an international school in Warsaw, but has prior experience teaching students from the ages of 6-60. His pastimes include reading, watching baseball and both playing and watching football. He is an avid fan of Tottenham Hotspur and tries to see them whenever he visits his family in London. He doesn't cook often but when he does, he makes a mean mushroom risotto.
CLASS 4 B TEACHING ASSISTANT | MATHS
Sebastian Molcan was born in Kołobrzeg in 1993. After graduating from high school, he moved to Gdańsk to study mathematics at the University of Gdansk. Becoming a teacher was his lifelong dream and he is delighted to be working at BISG next year as a maths assistant. He has worked with children from all age groups and in addition he also prepared more advanced students to take part in various maths competitions. His biggest hobby is playing basketball. Along with his team, he competes in a local amateur league. He also enjoys taking trips on his motorcycle, watching movies and reading books. His all-time favorite series is Star Wars.
5 A CLASS TEACHER | SCIENCE COORDINATOR | MATHS | PHYSICS | CHEMISTRY
Piotr Deruś was born in Biłgoraj, Poland. He moved to Toronto Canada with his parents in the 1990’s. He studied Physics and Astronomy at York University in Canada, and Adolescent Education at D’Youville College in New York. He is certified as a teacher by the Ontario College of Teachers. He has worked in schools around the world from Canada, to the Middle East, and now back home in Poland. He has taught all age groups from Year 7 to Year 13. His last position was at The British School in Warsaw, NordAnglia’s flagship school. Piotr is single and is moving to Gdańsk to work with the British International School. Piotr enjoys working out at the gym, cycling, and classical and Polish folk music. He also loves listening to debates and talks on contemporary and classic issues. He is passionate about using live streaming for educational purposes.
5 A CLASS TEACHER | PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Magda graduated from the Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk with a master's degree in Physical Education. She is also a swimming instructor. In her free time, she reads books, mostly fantasy. Her favorite writer is Andrzej Sapkowski. Magda is a great fan of active recreation. She likes swimming, cycling and riding on roller-skating. She is also a kendo player. Her biggest dream is to visit and explore Japan.
5 B CLASS TEACHER | POLISH COORDINATOR | POLISH
Natalia Topolewska is a teacher of Polish Language and History. She graduated in Polish Philology and History at the University of Gdańsk. She also graduated from the postgraduate studies in Treatment of Disorders of Reading and Writing at the University of Gdańsk. She is completing postgraduate studies in Early Years Education. Teaching is her passion. She started working at the British International School Gdańsk in September 2014.
CLASS 5 B TEACHING ASSISTANT | POLISH TEACHING ASSISTANT
Before she started working at school, Emilia Cybulska organised various parties for children. Her first position at BISG was Class 2 Teaching Assistant. In 2017, her job discription changed to being a Polish Assistant. Emilia studied Psychology at the Sopot University of Social Psychology. She is planning to study Early School Education as she sees herself working with children in the future. Emilia is a mother of two and has a positive attitude towards life. She loves travels and animals. At her home, she pets two cats, a dog and a miniature monkey.
CLASS 6 TEACHER | ART
Zofia Plucińska graduated from the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, finishing the Faculty of Fine Arts. She finds art to be the most fascinating record of human dreams, being the “signum temporis", a reflection of its own era, yet carrying a universal message, above all – beautiful. She is a painter but also continues to study art theory - its historical and cultural background, being happy to be able to share her enthusiasm and knowledge. She has taught both adults and children, always discovering that teaching is the best way to learn. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” (P. Picasso).
As a guide around the Tricity, she wishes to publicise knowledge about the cities and their exceptional history. In her free time, she enjoys spending time away from the city, constantly exploring our unique and varied region, from time to time choosing more distant destinations.
CLASS 6 TEACHER | ENGLISH | HISTORY | CIVICS
Andżelika Antkiewicz graduated from History and English Philology at University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń. She also graduated from the postgraduate studies in Early Years Education at the University of Gdańsk. She had a great opportunity to know what the British culture and English sense of humor is like when she moved to south London where she spent nearly 3 years. She attended LITE (London Institute of Technology and English) there. Andżelika shares her knowledge and experience with the youth working as a history and English teacher. She loves developing critical thinking skills in her students thus during her classes there is a lot of intense discussion.
CLASS 7 TEACHER | MODERN LANGUAGES COORDINATOR | POLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Tomasz Garstkowiak holds a Master's Degree in Polish Philology from the University of Gdańsk. He has been working with children and teenagers since 2005. Apart from teaching Polish, he also deals with film education. He organises cultural and educational events and runs workshops for children. He has cooperated with many cultural institutions in Tri-city and in Poland. Since 2005, he has been running a Film Discussion Club in Sopot. He is also engaged in music creation for children. He was awarded a scholarship of the Marshal of Pomeranian Province (2011) and the President of Sopot (2013).
CLASS 7 TEACHING ASSISTANT | POLISH
Ilona graduated from the University of Gdańsk with a master's degree in Polish Philology. She has also completed the postgraduate studies in Applied Behavior Analysis at the SWPS University in Sopot. Ilona worked in an elementary school for five years, helping children with dyslexia. She also has experience in working with children with autism spectrum disorder. She completed an internship in Center for Diagnosis and Therapy for Developmental Disorders in Gdańsk. In her spare time, Ilona reads books or writes articles about nineteenth-century women's literature. She enjoys running too. Her new passion is calligraphy.
CLASS 8 TEACHER | ICT | HISTORY | POLISH HISTORY
Michal was born and raised in Lębork. He studied History and Polish Philology at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. During his education, Michał undertook CMAS course and devoted his time to discover the mystery that hides underwater. After graduation he moved out to United Kingdom, where he developed his English skills and spent exciting time in the multicultural environment. Michał loves swimming, travels, fantasy books, board and computer games. He is very happy about prospect of teaching in the BISG.
CLASS 8 TEACHER | BIOLOGY | ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Dagmara graduated in Biology from the University of Gdańsk. Before she started working at BISG, she conducted many scientific or artistic classes and workshops for all age groups. She was a co-host and co-organizer of teaching activities at the University for many years. Dagmara started work in BIGS as science teacher. Her free time she devotes to couple of activity as reading books, music, painting, video games or board games. She tries to enjoy every single little thing in life.
Karolina graduated in Geography at the University of Gdańsk (MS) and English Teaching (BA) also at the University of Gdańsk. After graduating, she specialised in bilingual geography teaching while working in one of the IBO schools in Tricity. She is a certified examiner of national external exams (CKE) in Poland. Since 2018, she has been qualified to teach one more IBO subject – Enviromental Systems and Societies. Karolina loves showing kids that geography is everything around us and that without geography we would be nowhere! She is interested in the issue of sustainability especially sustainable urban environments. Her hobbies are cycling through Kashubian Lake District, gardening and hiking in the mountains. Karolina is also passionate about travelling, she can spend hours planning, preparing and than showing her kids the beauty of the World.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS COORDINATOR | ONE-TO-ONE SUPPORT
Ula was born and raised in Zamość. She graduated from Psychology with specialization in Neurobiopsychology at the University of Gdańsk. Currently, Ula is studying special education and speech therapy in postgraduate studies. She worked as a shadow therapist for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration disorders and children with specific problems in writing and reading. Ula also conducts hand therapy and the Veronica Sherbone Development Movement classes. She spends her free time dancing zumba and creating her own therapeutic aids.
Patrycja graduated from University of Gdańsk (Early Education with English) and she is currently doing master's degree in Special Education Needs. She is a supporting teacher at BISG and this position makes her happy since helping people is a very important part of her life. Patrycja is interested in art, photography, psychology and literature. She loves travelling, watching smart movies and listening to music. She is glad to be in the BISG team, which she finds extremely positive and creative.
aleksandra mońko - allen
Aleksandra Mońko-Allen graduated in piano from Akademia im. K. Szymanowskiego in Katowice and also received her Bachelor's of Music from University of the District of Columbia in Washington DC, USA. Studied in NYC at the City College of NY. Aleksandra is teaching music since 2004. She was a music director at Mount Calvary Catholic Church for 6 years. She also won the first prize in a competition for the best composition in Poland. Aleksandra's encouraging her students to love music and to develop their musical talents. Music is fun! Aleksandra has a mission to guide her students through a musical journey. Aleksandra loves travelling and learning new languages.
SCHOOL COUNSELOR | PSYCHOLOGIST
Anna started working in British International School Gdańsk in 2011. At first, she worked as a science teacher. Anna graduated from the Gdańsk University with a Master's degree in ecophysiology of animals. Since 2017, she has been a school psychologist. Anna graduated from the Gdańsk University of Psychology with a master's degree in clinical psychology. She is also trained as a family therapist, she completed the full trainig of Kids Skills programme, which is dedicated to children. Travelling and reading books is her biggest passion that's why she decided to make her dream come true and, with her best friend, she runs a very small "Bookarnik", that provides therapeutic books for children.
Coach, choreographer and dance instructor since 2011. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gdańsk in Political Science. As a dancer, since 2005 he has attended numerous international tournaments, obtaining the highest national dance class A in Poland and the title of Vice Champion of Pomeranian District in 2016. In the meantime, he worked as an educator and a summer camp animator, a coach of sports groups for children at the DancePro company and taught dance to children in kindergartens and primary schools. He also worked occasionally as a choreographer and dancer at the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk and the Musical Theatre in Gdynia. In addition to working with children, his passion is teaching dance at the Salsa Club dance school in Gdańsk and travelling. He has been working at the British International School since 2014, starting as a dance club instructor.
Yvonne studied and graduated at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main where she lived until 2016 and had been a project developer and German language teacher at various renowned high schools in Frankfurt and Darmstadt. Yvonne developed several educational programs on the subject of inter-cultural learning and communication, in one of them she took part in an EU project that aimed at integrating foreign teenagers into the German labor market. Yvonne has been the German language instructor at BISG since 2016 and during this time, she has cooperated with the German Consulate and the Goethe Institute.
ALBERTO BUSTOS RODRIGUEZ
Alberto Bustos was born in the beautiful city of La Coruña in northwest Spain. He studied artistic photography and design in Pablo Picasso’s School of Art in La Coruña. He also graduated in Primary School Teaching with the specialisation in Music at Santiago de Compostela University, Then, he came to Gdańsk for Erasmus where he studied at the Faculty of Pedagogy at the University of Gdańsk for a year. In 2011, Alberto took part in the EVS (European Volunteer Service) in Varna, Bulgaria. During a year he was there, he worked in an orphanage and took part in presentations about volunteering in high schools, as well as participated in eco-festivals in Varna and the Bulgarian mountains. In 2012, Alberto came back to Gdańsk to participate in Euro Football Championship as a volunteer. Since then, he has been working in the Spanish Academy as a teacher until June 2018. As of now, from 2017, he is also a Spanish teacher at Ateneum Szkoła Wyższa in the Department of Philology. He loves traveling and going to concerts and festivals during the summer, especially rock ones.
paulina bobrowicz - tempińska
Paulina spent 7 years of her childhood in the Democratic Republic of Kongo in Africa, where she learnt French, as Zair (its name then) was at that time a Belgium colony. As a grown woman, she graduated in Roman Philology at the University of Gdańsk (specialised in Teaching French as a Foreign Language) and obtained qualifications of a sworn translator in French. Paulina has been teaching French for 15 years and hopes to do it as long as possible. She is a mother of a 8-year-old boy Paweł with whom she loves to swim, play football or bascetball and read.
Grażyna has been a teacher for many years. She did her B.A. degree in Preschool and Early School Education. She graduated in Early School Education from the University of Białystok, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology. Working with children is one of her passions. The other one is travelling. During summer she works at camps for children and youth. She is a grandmother of Oliwia, who is a great figure skater.
Paweł is a chess teacher. He started playing chess when he was 6 years old and from that point it became his main activity. He won the chess championship of Gdańsk with his school five times and he came 3rd in Gdańsk as individual in the Open International Championship of Gdańsk. To this day, he is still an active player and tries to achieve national master title. Besides chess, Paweł was also playing basketball in high school and American football during collage time. Nowadays, it is gym that helps him stay in good shape.
Vongai is from Zimbabwe and has been living in Poland for 10 years. She studied Business Entrepreneurship. She is a proud mum of three. Her kids are all in BISG which she joined in 2016. Vongai enjoys cooking and travelling in her spare time.
Tatenda has great interest in reading, particularly prose and poetry. She has just come to Poland and is appreciating the rich diversity of cultures embraced in the community around her. She is an experienced administrator. She worked in this position for over 8 years. First at Old Mutual and then at Nyaradzo Life Inssurance. She took an enormous pleasure in it. Tatenda is now completing Management and Economic Science qualification with UNISA.
Joanna was born in a small town Więcbork. She moved to Gdańsk in the 2008 to study Speech and Language Therapy at University of Gdańsk. She graduated in 2013. She has worked with children at all age groups. Joanna’s occupation is also working at school for children with special educational needs. Joanna lives near Gdańsk. She enjoys reading, listening to music, gardening and hiking.