About our preschool

Staff

Marta Papiernik
Head of Bright Beginners Preschool

I am extremely lucky to do what I love. I have always been fascinated by people’s potential. Children’s brains are like sponges, their learning abilities almost unlimited. They are enthusiastic to learning and to explore their surroundings. My studies in early childhood education, pedagogy and English philology have helped me truly to understand children’s needs, which enables my team and I to create a safe and stimulating environment for children. From my previous experience working with students from around the world (notably in London at Milshare Montessori) I have been inspired to better understand and be open to other cultures.

At our pre-school, therefore, children have contact with people, cuisine, music and culture from different countries. As the proud mother of bilingual Michal, I wanted to provide the same opportunity to other children. I wanted to provide a safe space where children would be encouraged to discover the world around and to adopt healthy habits. As a mother of a child with allergies, I also understand the importance of healthy food, which is why we teach children to grow vegetables, provide cookery workshops, and incorporate physical activities into the routine. Sharing my knowledge with other people is a source of great satisfaction, which inspired me to complete my doctoral studies in Wroclaw University. I am still developing my knowledge, and I enjoy learning new skills and foreign languages (currently Spanish). I always enjoy exchanging knowledge and experience with my university students, our pupils’ parents and my fellow teachers. Working with a multi-cultural team that is passionate, creative, ambitious and sensitive is an amazing experience which requires continuous self-development, and being open to other people and their ideas.

I always dreamed of making a positive impact on the world, of making it better. Supporting my students during their practice at pre-schools made me realise that we need to change our youngest children’s learning environment. That is the reason why I created a safe place where children receive support to discover their talents and passions, and are encouraged to try new things, by following the ‘help me to do it by myself’ method of teaching. I also support parents by providing child development workshops for Polish and non-Polish parents, as well as writing articles and a book on this subject. As well as psychology and reading, I love cooking and traveling as a way to acquire new experiences connected to other cultures. Developing and supporting others gives me energy to go further on my journey.

Beata Kosser-Politowska
Deputy of BB Preschool

Being a graduate from the University of Zielona Góra, Faculty of Education, and having gained my experience in working with children during my employment in various kindergartens in Poland and Ireland, I have always been interested in child psychology and the ways children perceive the world around them and try to understand it.

I am fascinated by children’s curiosity, and enthusiasm in discovering new things and always try to look at the world through children’s eyes so that I can understand their needs, desires and interests in a better way.

Children’s enjoyment from discovering and creating new things are priceless for me. This is why I enjoy using creative methods of teaching, like arts and crafts, singing songs and dancing, as well as being interested in the Montessorii teaching method and Klanza plays.

I believe that each child is unique and deserves individual approach. Kids inspire me to never stop looking for new ideas, solutions and challenges associated with education, that is why I attend various courses to improve my teaching.

I am a mother of a 9 year old, Hubert, and a 6 year old, Karolina. Children have changed my life in many aspect. With them, I rediscover the world on a daily basis.

Ewa Klimaszewska
Coordinator of BB Preschool

I graduated from University College of English Language Teacher Education at University of Warsaw on English language teaching. I also studied Culture Studies of the United States and andragogy, also at the University of Warsaw. Since my first years of studies I have been working as an English teacher with different age groups from primary, secondary and high schools to adults but it is working with children that gives me the most pleasure and satisfaction. I love working with children because of their endless energy, honesty and unbelievable curiosity of the world. Those first years of a child’s life are the most important when it comes to their comprehensive development. That is why it is crucial for me to give each of my students the widest variety of possibilities for developing both their intellect, their emotions and social skills. I like music very much and I often use singing, dancing and movement activities, and playing the guitar during my classes. In my free time, I enjoy rollerblading and bike-riding, as well as being an aviation enthusiast.

Patrick Kimani

My name is Patrick and i am originally From Kenya. I did my diploma in Education and i have been working as an Teacher since specialising with children from kindergarten up to primary level.

Working with kids is always such a joy. Its fun,Imaginative, curious, and forever providing a new way to look at the world.

Educating children is not only important to me, but amazingly rewarding as I watch my students transform through learning. Bright Beginners is a school i believe in because it combines a unique blend of cultures and understanding that not all children have the chance to experience. I enjoy the one-in-one interaction with the children At Bright Beginners and it really amazes me how much children can learn from playing and interacting with other children. Children are always eager to learn new challenges and I love seeing their individual development grow and blossom into unique personalities . I hope I can guide the children I work with into not only a better understanding of English, but knowledge of multiple cultures and global awareness.

In my spare time, I love traveling and meeting and interacting with new cultures; I think it´s one of best ways of learning and growing as global citizens. I have a passion for teaching and developing programs with children and young people for this reason I’m involved with different organizations in Kenya and Poland.

Marek Sadowski

My name is Marek Sadowski and I am a student at Wrocław Medical University in the English Division. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois with a Polish-American background. Previous to attending medical school in Poland, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

My main interests in the medical field are family medicine, psychiatry and pediatrics. Being able to work with children and further their individual progress and development is a wonderful prospect for me. Throughout my life I’ve sought to help make the world a better place and promote the betterment of society, even if it is one individual at a time. What I hope to help give children is a better understanding of the vast world around them and the diversity of its people, places and cultures. I hope to impart onto them some of the knowledge and wisdom I have gained from years of traveling abroad and living on two different continents by further fostering the accepting, tolerant and open atmosphere that distinguishes Bright Beginners Preschool.

Justyna Kurzejewska

My name is Justyna Kurzejewska. I thrilled to be given the opportunity to be part of staff at Bright Beginners. My gained my experience working with children in both traditional as well as Montessori guided educational settings.

I had a chance to be part o Polish American school where children were learning both Polish and English simultaneously. Our goal was to expose children to modern Polish culture while not disturbing their natural developmental flow in their home culture. I am hoping to bring basics of that model to Bright Beginners. I believe that being exposed to multicultural environment at the early age helps children to become tolerant and adjustable to various environments.

I was in in Montessori school however that I learned Maria Montessori philosophy and its practical application. Thanks to this experience I learned to support child natural curiosity and aid in development of each child natural talents. I learned that child is incredibly curious of the world around and if supported they can be perfectly concentrated passionate learners. My experience at Montessori daycare also thought me that children look at adults as their point of reference. The ultimate model of the best they can be. That is why our attitudes toward nature, other human being, work, and material things are so important in the process of child development.

The possibility of showing children all that I have learned is what brings me joy. Supporting them in their process of discovering the world is what makes me happy. World around us is at constant change, but the future is in hands of the children. They will be the ones that will create the world that is much better than the one we managed to create. It’s in the children that I see great potential, and that is motivating me every day.

Angela Berska

My name is Angela Berska I am a native English speaker from Canada. I recently graduated from Wroclaw Medical University obtaining my Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree. I would like to further specialize in pediatrics and family medicine. I’ve been gaining my experience working with children through babysitting, individual English lessons to currently having clinical rotations in various pediatric departments during my medical training.

Working and being around children is one of my greatest passions as it gives me a lot of joy. I am very patient, creative and warm-hearted. I can provide a safe, inclusive learning environment allowing each child to grow and develop. I would like to continue teaching and showing children at Bright Beginners Preschool to respect and accept one another.

Anna Rajfur

My name is Anna Rajfur and I am a graduate of Preschool and Early Childhood Education at Wroclaw University. From the very beginning I knew that working with children is my vocation – one could say that I have a flair for doing this because of my mother who is a Pre – School and Early Education teacher too. I began gaining my experience right after my Matura exam when, after I had completed the caretaker course, I started to work at the nursery. I am a nice, cheerful, patient, ambitious and versatile person, so I’m still going to learn and improve my qualifications both regarding working with children as well as other areas. Music is my passion. Currently, I’m learning to play tenor saxophone. I would like to share my love for music and joy which music gives me with kids, because I believe that music should be an integral part of teaching and raising children as it impacts holistic development of a child. Music lessons, musical and movement activities, arts and crafts classes, give both me and children a lot of fun, joy and happiness. Constructive and creative work with children, is the work that gives me satisfaction because thanks to it I can observe the development of my little pupils doing the tasks, which stimulate their independent and creative thinking, they give them pleasure and shape their self-esteem.

Justyna Bednarska

My name is Justyna Bednarska. I am very happy to be part of the Bright Beginners team of teachers, because working with children brings me a lot of satisfaction, and observing the progress of children motivates me to develop and look for new teaching methods.
I have a qualification in the field of pre-school and pre-school education as well as qualifications to conduct sports activities. I have gained my professional experience working in kindergartens both in Poland and in Ireland.
Working with children from different cultures is a valuable experience for me, it allows me to constantly develop and improve, and also gives me a lot of joy.

When working with preschoolers, it is important for me that they feel safe and happy. It is also of great importance to build good relationships in the group, based on mutual trust, honesty and kindness. In everyday relations with children, I want to be not only a teacher for them, but also a friend who will support them in their struggle with the surrounding world. Interaction with the group allows me to develop creativity, thanks to which I can conduct activities that arouse children’s curiosity, are easy to learn and remember.

Children make me rediscover myself, I notice their small but very important matters. I have the opportunity to see the world through their eyes.
Their satisfaction and smile motivate me to continue my efforts and look for ways to create optimal conditions for them to discover the surrounding world and acquire new knowledge and skills in an interesting way.

My passion is physical activity, I take care of my good state of mind and body, and thus I would like to infect my pupils. In my opinion, physical development is one of the fundamental elements of education, which allows you not only to develop awareness of your own body, but also to develop perseverance in pursuing your dream goals.

Brooke Stahlman-Dwyer

My name is Brooke Stahlman-Dwyer I am a native English speaker from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. I grew up in a very active environment being involved in lots of dancing, singing, and outdoor activities. I love incorporating those activities in the classroom. I have been working in the childcare field for six years, practicing the Montessori method. I have a passion for kids; I love helping them learn and grow into strong, kind, and independent people. I am an energetic, patient, and kind-hearted person who strives to help others become the best versions of themselves. I will provide a safe, encouraging environment where the kids feel seen, heard, and understood. I am always practicing new and exciting ways to get the kids excited and engaged in learning through music, games, and reading. I am so honored to be a part of the little ones’ educational journey.

In my free time, I love exploring new places and trying out all the best vegan spots. I enjoy doing film photography as well as videography. I am passionate about broadening my world through traveling and experiencing different cultures.

Avery Stahlman-Dwyer

My name is Avery Stahlman-Dwyer and I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. My twin sister and I are the youngest of 5 girls. We grew up being very involved in dancing and music, which is why I love bringing songs and fun musical activities into a learning space. I have worked in childcare for over 6 years with children from all ages. I absolutely love working with kids, it has always been a passion for me. I want to make sure your children always feel heard and appreciated in their learning space. Being able to help these kids learn and grow is an amazing blessing. I am a very patient, compassionate person and I will create a safe, caring and creative learning environment to help these new learners succeed. I am very excited to be apart of Bright Beginners and the community they have.

Wesley Knudson

My name is Wesley and I’m a native English teacher from the United States. I’ve been teaching for about two years now and have completed my TEFL teaching certification. I personally have four brothers and three sisters so working with kids is something I’m very much used to. I enjoy playing guitar, photography, and traveling the world

The best thing about working with children is the spontaneous personalities and the fast paced work environment so one must always be alert and ready for anything to happen. I will pay most attention to the students’ learning behavior and adapt my lessons to fit their learning needs. This way of teaching not only affects for the better of the child but further progresses my knowledge of the countless and vast teaching methods. I will develop the students by giving them independent responsibilities to gain respect for themselves and each other.

Education is very important for me. I love working at Bright Beginners because for me it has a great team and no school can function properly without a great unit working together. I would hope my students would look up to me and be the best of themselves without arrogance or ignorance but love and respect for the ones around them.