About our preschool

Staff

Marta Papiernik

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.

Ewa Domańska

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.

Beata Kosser Politowska

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.

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.

Aleksandra Szaro

My name is Aleksandra Szaro. I have been a Busy Bees teacher at Bright Beginners kindergarten since September. I brought my previous experience in working with children from the Netherlands.

I appreciate the huge potential of children and I care about their proper development from an early age. I believe that it is in the power of teachers and tutors to mine and nurture them. And all in the name of the future, when these brilliant kids set off into the world or start their own ventures. It’s closer to democratic education and practitioners of Maria Montessori than to a template educational institution, where there is no room for own choices. That’s why I am so glad that I found myself in a place that respects the individuality of each child.

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.

Ashleigh Levey

I am a native English speaker. I love traveling and have seen many beautiful cultures from around the world. I have gained my experience working with kids and adults from many different nationalities since I was a teenager; from babysitting, to one on one English conversational classes and to being a nanny. I have found joy in teaching and developing ones way of thinking and imagination. You are never too old or too young to learn.
Here at Bright Beginners I get to expand my experiences and knowledge with the children, and show them a wonderful way of learning things – it will always be a new experience, for both of us. I welcome kids to use their own creativity and I encourage them to think for themselves and to always work hard and diligently – as this helps them to expand and grow beautifully.

Barbara Haggett

My name is Barbara Haggett and I am a Busy Bees preschool teacher. I am also a mum of 2 little girls, one of whom is going to Bright Beginners. I have been in living in Poland since September 2018 so my polish is very limited but I have experience working with small kids in the US where I ran a lot of different workshops for mums and kids.

I love books and Arts & Crafts. I am always excited to show the kids new art techniques or try new crafting projects. To me, manners are very important, teaching the kids to say please, thank you and pardon or excuse me is just one of the things I do on a daily basis. I love creating routines for the children in the classroom to make sure everyone feels comfortable. Exploring and learning about different cultures is what I enjoy a lot therefor Bright Beginners is the perfect place for me.

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.