Get to know our teachers

religion

I'm graduate Copernicus University in Toruń and University of Cardinal Wyszyński in Warsaw. I'm teacher of Polish language with many years of experience and catechist.

Organizer of Evening of praise of Jesus and of harvitous actions for the hospice and the home of a single mother. I'm lecturer at the retreat at Missionaries of the Blood of Jesus Christ.

In my spare time I organizes training in cosmetology and dress code. In my work I try to pass on the knowledge to the children in such a way as to release their sensitivity and empathy of them.

early-school education

Graduate of Early Education with English at the University of Gdansk and of English Philology at the College for Teachers of Foreign Languages at the Universit of Gdansk

Everyday I try to learn from the student, put myself in his position so that I can understand his way of thinking, and know the way he explores the world.

Zebra is my signature, but I see the world not only in black and white.

PE teacher

Graduate of the Academy of Physical Education and Sport [AWFiS] in Gdańsk, level two coach in basketball, windsurfing instructor, skiing instructor, swimming instructor, yachtsman and inland skipper, motor-boating helmsman, leisure manager, and summer camp tutor

On top of that, I am a keen kite surfer and snowboarder, plus an active player in the amateur basketball leagues in the Tri-City. I have coached medal winners of the Polish Championships and Pomeranian Championships in basketball. I love working with children and feel deeply satisfied with every success, be it small or large, of my charges; most of all, however, “I am human, and nothing human is alien to me”.

Polish

Teacher of Polish and Ethics with many years of experience. In particular, I am interested in education through theater and film. I am the author of many methodical publications, tests, lesson plans, and reviews. For over 20 years I was a Polish language adviser at CEN and GODN.

In addition to classes with teenagers and teachers, I conduct classes with students at AMW. For years I have been working as an examiner, a member of the Provincial Polish Language Competition committee, an organizer (together with the Gdynia Film School) of the National Film Competition Young Albatrosses.

I work closely with the Municipal Theater, the Polish Film Festival, the University of Gdańsk, and the Documentary and Feature Film Studio in Warsaw. I graduated from the PAN Post-Graduate Studies of the New Middle School and the Main School of the Educational Championship.

early-school education

Graduate of English Philology at the University of Gdańsk, the College of Foreign Language Teacher Training and post-graduate studies in the field of Integrated Early Education. Participant of many trainings, workshops and methodical conferences

In my daily work I am motivated by this quotation from Margaret Mead: "Children must be taught how to think, not what they think." I invite children to frequent meetings with a book, to travel into a world of fantasy and to the creative development of their passions. I want them to know what respect and empathy are and to appreciate the value of friendship. I think of schooling as an adventure that will prepare children for independence and maturity.

mathematics

Master’s Degree, University of Gdańsk

My passion has always been mathematics, which is why I chose this field of study. Thanks to the fact that my passion is also my profession, I do it with great commitment and satisfaction. In addition to mathematics, I'm interested in interior architecture and travel.

english and social sciences

I was born in Zimbabwe and moved to England when I was 8 years old. I studied English Literature and History at University and qualified
as a teacher in 2002. I taught English, English Literature, MediaFilm Studies and Drama for 10 years in England. I moved to Poland in 2012.
My hobbies are reading, playing guitar, drama, playing soccer, and watching films.

the Polish language, grades 0-III

Graduate of MA studies in Oligophrenopedagogy at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Gdańsk, plus numerous post-graduate studies: in educational therapy, preschool and early school education, and speech therapy, and further training courses to name e.g. a year-long course in theatrical directing and a course in puppet-making run by the legendary founder of the Miniature Theater, Ms. Ewa Totwen.

Working with children, I do my best to tap on my rich vocational experience, also out of school, i.e. in the theater, on the radio, and in the press. Following Korczak and his ideas, I cherish and promote respect for the child, its ignorance, failures and tears, for secrets and uncertainties...

I like travelling, mountain trekking, and canoeing, but my top preference is to come back to my Kashubian home brimming with children, animals, and books.

conversation & art teacher

30 years international teaching experience at University, High School and now Elementary School levels.

Education is important to me because I think we should be life-long learners. The best schools will reward our curiosity; encourage our creativity and critical thinking; open the doors of our imagination; and give us some of the skills we need to grow as thoughtful humans and engaged citizens in our communities and the wider world.

When Im not teaching, I am an art nerd - yes, it means I seek out some of the most obscure art experiences you can think of; as well as the wonders of Europes Baroque. Well, thats my cover story while I hunt down the best coffee and beaches!

English Conversation is important in our curriculum because we are all story-tellers and listeners. Apart from English being a wonderful and practical addition to childrens language abilities, we work on spoken language confidence and fluency in a fun environment, in the hope that the English language and your children will be friends for life.

early-school education

A graduate of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń with a masters degree in English philology and post-graduate studies in pre-school and early-school education at the University of Gdańsk.

Experience gained while working in an international school, as well as work in language schools made me want to connect my future with teaching.

In my spare time I like learning Russian and French.

german teacher

Graduate of German and Applied Linguistics at The University of Gdańsk. While working with kids and teenagers I am trying to enthuse and inspire them.

I truly believe that possibility of communicating in different languages broadens our horizons and develops the knowledge. I also have other passions like travelling, learning abort new cultures and local customs.

When I have moment I love reading detective novels and studying Spanish.

computer scientist

The first IT specialists appeared in the 80's. Since then, countless new technologies in the collection, transmission and processing of information have been created. How to keep up with this rapid development and involve children in it? That's what I do. A graduate of the University of Gdańsk with an IT profile.

As Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited." With imagination, we create what is useful and interesting during classes.

After creative work with the computer, I enjoy generated endorphins while playing squash, skating or running.

the Polish language – early school teaching

Graduate of the Early School Education at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Gdańsk, the Neptun School of English, and the ESL- USA.

It has always been my dream to teach in such a way that those who are taught can have a good time and at the same time develop their creative potential, not forgetting about calligraphy:) and orthography:).

I find the following quote from Janusz Korczak close to my heart: ‘When a child laughs, laughs the whole world’.
I think smile and serenity are my hallmarks (...plus a weak spot for ice-cream and chocolate). I simply like being optimistic, I am an optimist by nature.

community room tutor

Graduate of Pedagogy at the Polish Naval Academy and Pomeranian Academy, plus post-graduate studies in Mathematics and Pre-school and Early School Education.

To me, teaching is experiencing the surroundings. Each of us is a student and discovers the secrets of the world in each activity he/she embarks on. My role is to indicate where to begin, and what opportunities the selected path will open; all skills we acquire on the way will stay with us against all odds.

There is nothing I would shy away from trying.

school psychologist

Graduate of Psychology at the University of Gdańsk, post-graduate studies in clinical psychology at the Medical University of Gdańsk, and post-graduate studies in educational and social therapy

The task I set for myself is to see that every child attending out school feels important, wise, and understood.

As of September and onwards through to June I stick my nose in all problems noted so that we can all learn together to solve them and draw conclusions for the future. I split hairs to dig down to the causes of various phenomena observed as school, and that is why you can see me in a distance. I like listening to the beating heart of the school. In my time off, I pack my rucksack, share my time with friends, and listen to myself.

physical education

Graduate, Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk, majoring in physical education

From an early age I have been practicing basketball, first the Primary Sports School, and then in the Sports High School. Until graduation, I was an active player, currently I am playing for pleasure in amateur leagues.

For years I have been a big fan of the NBA. Additionally, I'm interested in music, film, books, motorization, and travel.

In my work, the most important thing for me is to encourage students to develop lifelong physical activity and to take care of their health. I believe that every person is able to find a sport or other form of physical activity that will make her happy.

teacher of early school education in the English language

Graduate of the Early School Education and Speech Therapy at the University of Gdańsk, Pedagogy (complementary MA studies), and the English Language at the Foreign Language Teacher Training College of the University of Gdańsk.

I had planned on becoming an engineer after high school. I had no clue at the time that I would find my place elsewhere. I have been working at the American Elementary School for 12 years now. I look at the world through the eyes of Maria Łopatkowa, whose “pedagogy of the heart” filled me with awe. I believe that the prime goal of education is to develop a wise love of the world and its people. A teacher is someone who believes in children and supports them in finding their own path in life. A teacher is selfless and authentic, someone present with all of his or her heart.

How should we teach? Watch, notice, and respond to the surroundings with love. Education is the effect of joint creation of the teacher and the students, one learning from the other. What methods should we use? Any that develop naturally or those suggested to us by the students. And if any of them fail, you can always draw a picture to illustrate the point… or sing a song about it ;-)

I use my free time to sing, paint, ride a bike, canoe, and take long trips on foot.

manager of educational projects

I'm a graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gdańsk. I have 10 years of experience in the preparation, management and implementation of projects financed from external funds. I gained this experience working as a project specialist at the University of Gdańsk, and as Development Director at a Portuguese training company. The successes of these roles included organizing numerous training events, post-graduate study projects, conferences and international internships for PhD candidates.

At the American Elementary School of Gdynia, I am the educational projects manager. I treat my role as a PROJECT whose main goal is to enable students to develop in a multi-dimensional way, to add to their experience of the core curriculum. I want to achieve this goal by organizing international youth exchange projects and similarly stimulating experiences that inspire students to think in unconventional ways and enable them to develop their passions. The INDICATOR of the success of this goal will be seeing our students equipped with the feelings of being a “citizen of the world” ready to face the challenges and opportunities of the future.

On a personal level, I'm the mother of two lovely children and we live in a little village near the Tri-City. I will also tell you my little secret ... whenever I have the opportunity I watch “Star Wars”, “The Avengers” and “X-Men” ... this is my unfailing way to break away from reality.

speech therapy

Graduate of Social Pedagogy and Post-Graduate Studies in Speech Therapy at the University of Gdańsk

Being with children is the source of true joy for me. I respect them and would like to support them on their own paths. The motto which leads me in my work is a quote from Janusz Korczak: ‘The child wants to be good. If it does not know how to be one – teach it. If it lacks knowledge – explain. If it cannot cope – help it'.

I love the mountains, and not in disdain of touring I take life step by step with song on my lips. I am a fan of paper books and a passionate lover of my native tongue. Working for people I favor the belief that no one is left untouched by smile :)

integrated/early school education

Graduate of the English Language at the University of Gdańsk, holder of the British qualifications: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England

‘A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child’ -
Forest E. Witcraft

teacher of history and ethics at school

Graduate of the political science at the Catholic University of Lublin [KUL] and University of Gdańsk, and of ethics at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University [UKSW] in Warsaw. Later, she took up post-graduate studies of the political science at the University of Gdańsk, and of ethics at the UKSW in Warsaw.

I have been teaching for so long that I myself resemble history. To me, history is truly the ‘magistra vitae’ and I want to share that conviction with the students. On the other hand, I want to make it live, colorful, and inspiring. After all we too are writing the chronicles, so we must weave history wisely. Every course can be a source of knowledge.

I like historical literature and detective stories, but my favorite pastime is travelling to discover the intriguing past. The most interesting expeditions I share with the students are those to the Polish mountains – they offer excellent and wise relaxation after intense work.

biology

Science moves with the spirit of an adventure characterized both by youthful arrogance and by the belief that the truth, once found, would be simple as well as pretty. James D. Watson

chemistry

Graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Gdańsk.

I specialize in instilling in the children a curiosity of the world.

When they experiment they learn the world’s secrets. I think learning is fun and fun is learning! Performing chemical experiments is a fascinating and extremely instructive adventure, and the payoff is the children’s increased interest in science. Experiments are a combination of great fun and a lot of knowledge. During their lifetime, children turn into small scientists discovering natural curiosities. The motto with which I start each work day is:

"To teach chemistry without performing experiments is like writing poems without being able to read."

primary teaching

Graduate, Early Education with Teaching English, University of Gdansk Second-Cycle studies in Teaching English, Gdansk School of Humanities.

In working with children, I value their spontaneity, curiosity, and the ability to be in the moment. The atmosphere created during the lessons is very important to me, and I think that a positive relationship between the teacher and the students helps foster in the students the acquisition of new knowledge and skills.

"When the child laughs, the whole world laughs"
~Janusz Korczak

natural science, geography, technology / Vice-Principal

Holder of the Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Gdańsk and post-graduate degrees in natural science and technology, also from the University of Gdańsk.

“Nature is an infinite sphere, whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere”
Albert Schweitzer

Teaching natural science is an endless journey, which enables me to follow my passions and working with students gives me great satisfaction. I admire the perfect world of nature and I am doing my best to show its beauty in every dimension.

Polish

I am a graduate of the University of Gdańsk, Faculty of Polish Philology and postgraduate pedagogical studies at the Naval Academy in Gdynia. Both at work and in life, I am fascinated with challenges, movement, unlimited possibilities and a fresh perspective.

In my pupils I want to arouse love for the Polish language, provoke them to be inquisitive and searching, and release sensitivity, empathy and enthusiasm in the face of the beauty of the world. In echoing the Czech educator Jan Amos Komensky, I have faith in his words: "Science must start with sensual insights, not descriptions of things with words."

In my opinion, an open teaching model is the key to success in education. At the same level of importance as excellent, substantive preparation I put good contact with students, conversation on a variety of topics, the sharing of passions, listening skills, an emphasis on group activities, and taking care of the good spirit of the class team. I try to avoid boredom in my lessons, leading spontaneously and with a guiding idea. It is obvious that the success of my pupils is very motivating for me, but the biggest reward is the flash in the pupils’ eyes and their involvement in the class.

What does it mean to be a good teacher? For me, there can be only one answer: A good teacher is a creative and searching teacher, one who is active, open to anything new, and a partner in the teacher-student dialogue.

In my free time I relax by swimming and running, experimenting in the kitchen, picnicking with my family, and in the evenings enjoying a good book accompanied by the glow of aromatic candles. I love the purity and simplicity of the white Scandinavian interiors and watching the sailing daughters.
I consider myself a happy and fulfilled person; I live on the beloved sea, I have a fantastic family and a job that is my passion and a fascinating adventure.

conversation

From the Republic of Ireland, moved to Gdansk in 2014.I started teaching English as a second language ten years ago In Argentina, I had been teaching B2 and C1 levels according to the ALTE (THE ASSOCIATION OF LANGUAGE TESTERS IN EUROPE) objectives. During my stay there I completed different workshops and attended seminars on diverse pedagogical methods. There is where my passion for teaching  languages began and I took the decision to start a degree in philology. I started Applied Languages in The University of Limerick, Ireland. However, after 3 years my credits were transferred to WSJO, Poznan and there is where I completed my bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages.

I really enjoy being outdoors playing with my children, walking, hiking and recently mushroom picking in the forest. My family in Ireland are very musical and we enjoy singing and playing the guitar. Many of my cousins are professional singers. This is something I would like to focus more on when my children have grown up.

As a teacher I believe it is my job to lead students through education while respecting and catering for all their differences.

Albert Einstein once said   "Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid".

I believe this to be very true and apply it to my lessons on a daily basis.

english

Being a teacher for over 30 years has taught me a lot, and I’m happy to say that I’m still learning. I like to have my students focus on the WHAT, the HOW, and the WHY of learning.

The WHAT of learning is the subject matter. As important is the HOW, and it is critical for teachers and students to be aware of individual learning styles, various learning strategies, and each of our strenghts and weaknesses. The final component, the WHY of learnng, has us zero in on the reasons why things are learned, what relevance they have to the students’ lives, and the ways in which the knowledge and skills they acquire can be used in other academic settings or in real-life situations.

All of this takes REFLECTION, and through reflection on the entire learning process, we hope to accomplish one of the most important goals of our school’s Mission Statement, namely, to help create students who bring joy and passion to their eduction and become life-time learners.

early-school education

In teaching, the most important thing for me is building a sense of security, effective communication and an in-depth understanding of children's needs.

Lessons are to be an adventure and a fun and a way to develop creativity. A good teacher makes children smile, to be open, and not afraid of new challenges.

What do I like? I like to swim in the warm sea, dance, and relax in the garden. I really like British movies and novels. Sushi is my favorite dish.

music teacher

Graduate of the Faculty of Choral Conducting, Artistic Education, Sacral Music, and Eurhythmics of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, and post-graduate studies in Voice Emission at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

I play the traverso flute and the piano, but my passion focuses of singing in all its varieties – from solo, through groups, and up to choirs. I also lecture at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk to the young music teachers-to-be. The classes with both the academy students and children never cease to convince me about the profoundness of the impact music appreciation and sensitivity to music exerts on comprehensive development of the child. Therefore, in my work I strive at developing artistic passion in each and every student, I try to teach them conscious reception of art and self-expression through playing and making music.

I truly indulge in my time with the family, the nature, and idyllic rural life.

community room activities and remedial education

Graduate of Pedagogy and post-graduate studies in Pre-School and Early School Education

I my work, I make it a point to get my students feel unconstrained, comfortable, and safe at the lessons, and to see that learning gives them pleasure.

I love the sun – umbrella does not become me.

english grammar, social sciences

Graduate of the English Language and Social Sciences at the University of Gdańsk

Already employed at the American Elementary School in Gdynia (as of 1996), I furthered my teaching skills in New York and England.

What I care for is that hand in hand with the students, in comprehensible and practical ways, we can build the grammar foundations of their language, and that their curiosity of the world and people is stimulated. I am fascinated with the process of cognition each of my students goes through in his/her own, exceptional and unique manner.

I love travelling, both physically and mentally. Discovering new places, meeting new people, getting an insight into their lifestyle, way of thinking, ideas is a deeply enriching experience for me. The satisfaction I get from us all wandering together on geographic, history, and cultural maps gives me the sense of vocational fulfillment. Without it, I would not be the same person today.

early education, English

Graduated of English Philology and Teaching College of Foreign Languages at the University of Gdansk and postgraduate studies in pre-school education and early school education.

I believe that there is no effective teaching without good relationships. Much more important than all teaching methods is the teacher's approach and his attitude. "All children start learning at school with great enthusiasm for learning. So it is not a matter of urge to wake it up, but not to destroy it ... Good tutor who does not force but who triggers, who does not pull but who raises, who does not push but who shapes, who does not dictates but who teaches, who does not demands but who asks – he will experience plenty of inspiring moments with children "- J. Korczak. This is what I wish the children and what I wish myself.

There is a sense in Ryszard Kapuscinski's thought: "There is such a thing as a traveling contagion and it is a kind of disease that is incurable in fact".

german

Graduate of German Studies at the University of Gdańsk and Psychology at the University of Lodz

"Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen."* ---J.W. Goethe

"If you do not know foreign languages, you know nothing about your own." --- J. W. Goethe

I try to make the students understand that knowledge of a foreign language provides more than the ability to communicate, but also broadens horizons and allows you to wander deep into oneself. I really like German detective stories and historical literature. The praising eyes of my doggie and good Swiss chocolate always soften my heart.

*"If you do not know foreign languages, you know nothing about your own."

* “Kto nie zna języków obcych, nie wie nic o swoim własnym.“

PE teacher

AWFiS graduate in Gdansk, instructor of figure skating, skiing, gymnastics and swimming.

I have been teaching at American Elementary School for 13 years, where I am successfully implementing skating, roller skating, skateboarding and dance classes to the curriculum. I have been involved in figure skating for many years, as an instructor for children, adults and students of AWFiS in Gdansk and as a judge.

Since 2015 I have been involved in the activities of the "Sport for Health" Foundation under the project "REStart - Rehabilitation, Education and Sport for Health", where I give sports classes for children and teenagers.

PE teacher

Graduate of the Academy of Physical Education and Sport in Gdańsk in the fields of Physical Education, and Tourism and Recreation. Level two coach in swimming. Summer camp tutor. Recreation leader. Lifeguard of the Water Volunteer Rescue Services [WOPR]

I trust that movement, play time, and friendly atmosphere are conducive to learning. What matters to me is that the children can find joy in physical activities and through them:

  • overcome their weaknesses,
  • be successful,
  • develop even further in all aspects.

"If you can dream it, you can do it" - Walt Disney

mathematics

I studied science, engineering, and technical sciences at the Gdańsk University of Technology, the Maritime University and the University of Vitus Bering in Denmark.

In my work, I try to convey my passion for mathematics and physics, their uniqueness and their application in the world around us.

In my free time, I wander through the mountains and visit the mysterious corners of Europe, reaching by bike into the most beautiful places.