school teaching staff
LOWER PRIMARY COORDINATOR | CLASS 1 RA TEACHER
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.
UPPER PRIMARY COORDINATOR | CLASS 3 KA TEACHER
Kevin Reilly graduated with a B.A. Honours Degree in English and Teaching at Greenwich University, London in 2001. He has taught in many schools in Gdańsk since 2008 (including two international schools) and in 2011, he started a successful English language school - GO global - which he and his wife continue to lead. He enjoys running, writing and spending time with his family as well as restoring old things and making cool things from junk.
CLASS 1 AA 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 1 RA / AA 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.
CLASS 2 DM 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 2 DM TEACHING ASSISTANT | GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES TEACHER
She is an Early Education and Teaching English specialist who graduated from the University of Gdańsk. She studied English Philology and plans to obtain an M.A. Magda cares about her personal development by attending a variety of training courses involving advanced teaching methodology. So far, she has completed more than 40 different courses. Her interests include, but are not limited to, travelling (she has visited over 30 countries), cooking, reading psychological as well as crime books, cycling and snowboarding. She is an open-minded and a helpful person with a positive attitude and outlook on life.
CLASS 2 ML TEACHER
Martyna Sroka is the Class 2 ML teacher. She graduated from the University of Gdańsk with a B.A of Early Education with English and an M.A of English Philology. She has also done the postgraduate studies on Education Managment. She decided to become a teacher because she enjoys oberving and participating in kids' development. In her work in BISG, she uses her dancing experience and enjoys doing music projects with her class. She is a mum of a two-year-old son and likes to spend her free time with my family and friends, especially doing sports such as jogging or crossfit.
CLASS 2 ML TEACHING ASSISTANT
Ludwig was born in Gdańsk and after graduation he moved out to UK where he was working as a glass specialist. He is a graphic designer who found his passion to teach in BISG. He is always curious about the world and people around him. In his spare time, he likes reading, rollerskating and finding himself new, interesting things to do. Right now, he is fully committed to his role as a teaching assistant.
CLASS 3 AA 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.
CLASS 3 AA / KA 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 4 PK TEACHER | MATHS TEACHER
Paula Kawalerska graduated from the University of Gdańsk with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, acquiring her Master's Degree at the Kazimierz Wielki University. Wishing to expand her skills and knowledge, she completed her TESOL course at Trinity London College. In addition, she obtained QTS in the UK. Having been given an amazing opportunity to work in various London schools, she became passionate about teaching mathematics and as a result she completed postgraduate studies in this field. Now her aim is to pass on this zeal to her students.
CLASS 4 KO TEACHER | PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Kamila Cisewska graduated from the Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk. She worked as a physical education and swimming teacher in Gdańsk Autonomous Primary School, where she gained experience and found satisfaction in working with children and young people. Also, Kamila worked in the International School of Gdansk. She is a trainer of volleyball, basketball, and handball. She is also a fitness instructor. Her favourite game is soccer.
CLASS 4 KO TEACHING ASSISTANT | PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Olga graduated in Physical Education, Sport Tourism and Recreation from the Physical Education and Sport Academy in Gdańsk. She also studied Sport at the Gerlev Academy in Denmark. She was a Physical Education teacher at the "Boys and Girls" club in United States. Olga was also a judo competitor for ten years.
CLASS 5 ZP | ART TEACHER
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 TG TEACHER | POLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHER
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 NT TEACHER | POLISH TEACHER
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.
SECONDARY CLASS TEACHER | HISTORY TEACHER | ICT TEACHER
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.
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.
SCIENCE TEACHER | SCHOOL 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.
Ewa lives in Gdańsk with her husband and two little daughters. In 2004, she graduated in Biotechnology at the Gdańsk University of Technology. Spanish has been by her side since early adolescence. She took part in Spanish language courses in Salamanca and Alicante. She fell in love with Spain immediately. Since 2005, she has been connected to the food industry by working in an international company where she works with Spanish colleagues. Ewa is also a quallified teache which allows her to pass on the knowledge she has gained. Aside from trying to show her daughters the world, she finds some time to focus on her hobbies - reading Spanish historical prose, as well as a new one - decorating cakes.
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.
Katarzyna Skorb graduated with a Master's degree in Russian Philology at the University of Gdańsk. She is interested in Russian and Polish folklore. She likes fairy tales, nature and ethnic instruments. During studies she spent a lot of time in Edinburgh, where she gained valuable experiences and skills.
Jia was born in Guang Zhou, China. She has 8 years of experience in teaching Chinese in Bolivia. She moved to Poland in May of 2016 with her family. She likes to teach, she wants more people to know the Chinese language and culture. In her free time, she likes to learn other languages, swim and dance. She also wants to travel all over Poland.
ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE TEACHER
Ewa is an English teacher born in Birmingham, England. She has over 10 years of experience both in England and Dubai. She has taught EAL (English as an Additional Language) courses during the summer at Oxford University, which she really enjoyed. She likes reading English literature and walking. She has a daughter at the school, who is learning Polish.
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.
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.
POLISH MATHS TEACHER
Monika graduated in Informatics from the University of Gdańsk. She also obtained a postgraduate certificate in Mathematics for Teachers at the Gdansk University of Technology, followed by Pedagogical Therapy at Socio-Economic University in Gdansk. She started off as an IT teacher at a primary school where she still works. She continues to work with all age groups both as a Maths and IT and occasionally as a Świetlica teacher. Working among young people, however rewarding, is often a challenge and brings Monika heaps of satisfaction. Her free time she devotes mostly to a good book, her friends, all the board or card games she can find, as well as... her adopted pussycat that pushes her buttons regularly.
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.
Łukasz graduated in Theology from the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw. He has finished postgraduate studies in Education and Rehabilitation of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Gdańsk, as well as postgraduate Ethics studies at the Ateneum University. He has obtained a postgraduate certificate in Computer Graphics and Multimedia. Aside from BISG, he works as a teaching assistant and a homeroom teacher in a primary school. In addition, he is an Ethics teacher. For a while, Łukasz lived in Wadowice and Warsaw. He loves reading books a lot, from philosophical and theological ones through adventure and travel, up to historical and non-fiction. He enjoys riding a bike, canoeing, hiking or skiing. From time to time, he likes to dive into a swimming pool or a lake. Łukasz values time spent in the open.
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.
Magdalena Gołowicz was born in Olsztyn. She then spent a number of years living and working in Elbląg. She is a qualified librarian and a teacher. She also holds a British Council English Language Certificate. Magdalena has extensive experience in librarianship having worked at the Pedagogical library in Elbląg for 7 years. In 2014, she moved to England for one year to enhance her English language and to gain international work experience. After coming back to Poland, she re-settled in Gdańsk and most recently has been working at a local primary school library. In her spare time, she is a passionate traveller, enjoys music and as a librarian is also an avid reader.
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.