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.

Angelika Odyjas

My name is Angelika Odyjas. I have finished bachelor’s degree in early school education and preschool education at the University of Wrocław. I am positive, smiling and willing to establish relationships with children

Working with children is my passion. It is amazing how much and how fast kids can learn. I use varius forms of activities so they can never be bored. I want to develp their full potential to make them be open-minded and ready to conquer the world. It is very important for me that children can experience and build their own knowledge.

Simon McGrath

I grew up in North of Ireland were I studied psychology many years ago. I have always had an deep interest into how people think, what makes us different and why we do the things we do.

I moved to Poland only in June with my young family partner Zaneta and daughter Scarlett however in September 2019 we welcomed Alexander to complete our family.

I always put my family first and children hoping to instill some of the morals and lessons that I learnt as a child to ensure they not only appreciate life but enjoy it and understand that they are capable of anything if they put their mind, heart and soul to it.
I bring this same approach to the school and treat every child as if how I would want my children to be taught with patience, kindness and heart.

I cant wait to see the children blossom before me over the coming months and years knowing I had a chance to help them grow along the way.

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.

Sherry Delmar

My name is Sherry Delmar and I am a native English speaker from Canada. I have been living in Poland since 2019 and have been enjoying exploring my new country and meeting many new friends. I am a TOEFL certified English language instructor and have experience teaching learners of all ages. I am passionate about using children’s natural curiosity and inquisitiveness to inspire a lifelong love of learning. I enjoy working with children because of their positive energy and genuine excitement for learning. Bright Beginners’ philosophy of combining language learning with a blend of new experiences and cultures is illustrative of what I love most about teaching and why I am so proud to be apart of this community.

Magdalena Szwechłowicz

The educator who doesn’t force but liberates, doesn’t pull  but raise, doesn’t knead but shapes, doesn’t dictate  but teaches, doesn’t demand but asks, will experience many inspiring moments with the child. . . “.  – Janusz Korczak

Teacher by vocation, full of love for people and inclination to social influence.
I am characterized by a suggestive ability, self-confidence, calmness and courage as well.
My asset is also unconventional thinking, nonconformism and authenticity.

Working with the youngest is my passion, simply put is making my childhood dream come true.

In 2014 I graduated from Pedagogical Studies at the University of Opole with the specialization of Creative Education with Media and Postgraduate Studies in the field of “Pre-school education and early childhood education”. Then I upgraded my professional qualifications with the   Qualification Course in Medicine Pedagogy and the Methodology Course in Early English Language Teaching. In the course of my work I have also participated in many professional trainings and workshops, which allowed me to improve my workshop and constantly make the educational process more attractive. I’ve been working as a teacher for 6 years, working with children aged 2-7. In 2018 I received the Director’s Award for special achievements in my teaching work.

Both in my private and professional life I embody the ideals of truth, good and beauty.
It is my belief that the Teacher should “see” the child, perceive the changes taking place in his behaviour, in his appearance, in his facial expression, penetrate his life situations, in his experiences, understand him. The tutor, taking on this role, should meet certain requirements. The fuller the personal life of the teacher, the greater emotional maturity, the higher the personal dignity, the better the understanding of the child, the deeper kindness to it and, consequently, the better the educational results.

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.