PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR – OWNER
Blossom Preschool fulfils my dream of work which is more than just a job.
I have a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature Studies, I also completed MBA studies at Nottingham Trent University/Poznań University of Economics. I spent twenty years of my life working in corporations, with the last fourteen as a publishing director at Edipresse Poland, managing women’s magazines.
I started my career while still at the University, teaching English to children, and it was a very inspiring experience. It showed me that children soak up new languages like a sponge. In my private life, I am a mother of two daughters – the younger attends my preschool. My older daughter – eight years old – is bilingual. This is because she went to an English-speaking preschool.
Outside of work, I love to travel. I’ve seen a lot of the world backpacking. I have particularly warm memories of my 3-month trip around South-East Asia. I like a good book, cinema, jazz, photography.
My name is Justyna Cedro. While studying at the University of Warsaw I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy and a Master’s degree in English Philology. I had been working as a preschool teacher for 5 years before I started to work at Blossom as the Administrative Manager.
Being and working with preschoolers brings me a lot of joy and teaches me a lot! It’s a great opportunity to discover their colourful and mysterious world!
In my spare time I like to cook, especially vegetarian meals. I also like to practice Yoga and travel as much as possible.
LEAD HOMEROOM TEACHER
I have 13 years of experience in leading preschool groups (especially the oldest children). I graduated from the University of Warsaw, where I obtained a master’s degree at the Faculty of Pedagogy. I also completed a post-graduate course in Early School Education at the Warsaw Academy of Special Education. I am certified in English Language Teaching, too.
I get a lot of joy and satisfaction from working with children. I love seeing the world through their eyes and stimulating their creativity, which surprises me every day. Interacting with a little person and having the opportunity to accompany them on their journey of discovering the world is extremely valuable and enriching for me. I believe that every child is unique, an individual with their own interests and a specific learning style and pace. I see my role as a teacher as getting to know my students well enough to help them achieve their best development and potential so that they can be successful in their future lives.
As a teacher I love to learn – I attend different kinds of trainings and courses. One of the trainings – Non-Violent Communication – changed a lot in my life, and I deeply believe that being close to our emotions and needs makes our lives better every day.
I am passionate about travelling far and near – with Italy being my greatest love. I also love the mountains and spending long hours wandering on the trails. I always find time for an interesting book and like to surround myself with music from different genres and parts of the world. I play the guitar and ukulele. I love to cook and bake. I try to smile a lot every day, following the maxim that “a smile is a curve that makes everything straight.
LEAD HOMEROOM TEACHER
I come from a small town in Podkarpacie and even as a little girl I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I watched my parents at work – my mother taught history, my father biology. Seeing how dedicated they were to their work, I wanted to do the same.
I graduated from the University of Lublin with a master’s degree in history. Immediately after graduating, I went to Oxford, England, where I learnt English and observed the work of primary school teachers in second grade. Upon my return to Poland, I completed postgraduate studies in preschool and early childhood education. I have been working in the profession for six years. In my work with children, I appreciate their openness to the world, I love their imagination, which I like to support. I also have an interest in child psychology. I value cooperation with parents.
I like to spend my free time in nature. I have a country house with a garden where I grow my own vegetables and flowers. I like traveling, good literature and I love animals. I have two dogs and I would like to take up horse riding in the future.
LEAD HOMEROOM TEACHER
Hello My name is Magda! I am a very open, curious and enthusiastic person. Being with children and participating in their development and exploration of the world is my passion and joy.
I have nine years of experience teaching early childhood education to children three to six years old in Poland and in Greece. I was also a preschool manager in Poland for four years.
I completed my master’s degree, majoring in general education and lower primary education at the University of Warsaw and intercultural education at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. I completed a preschool course through the Polish Montessori Institute as well as a program in Management of Education Studies.
I am fascinated by the theory of Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and I try to implement it in my day-to-day contact with children, parents, and co-workers. I have attended several workshops and courses throughout my educational career (e.g. education about ethnic and national minorities, project management in education, Veronica Sherborne’s developmental movement etc., Non-Violent Communication course, Positive Discipline workshop). I worked at the Academy of Special Education in Warsaw as a teacher and as a team leader for the student program “‘I Can Problem Solve,” implementing programs to develop the social skills of kindergarten children. For several years I led preschool groups focused on preparing children for school.
When I am working with children, I like to maintain a positive atmosphere based on respect and understanding of the child’s needs. I believe that learning through play brings the best results and that emotional development is as important as acquiring knowledge.
I love to travel. I try to return to Greece as often as possible. I love music and I’m learning how to play the bass guitar right now 🙂
LEAD HOMEROOM TEACHER
I’m back! To those who already know me, I look forward to seeing you again and for the new faces I am excited to meet you. So a little about me… I grew up in South Africa. My teaching career started in Dubai where I worked for an airline and after having my daughter I started my teaching career as a nursery school teacher. I am happy to be back living in Poland. My education background includes Cache level 3 in Early Years Foundations and Stages (EYFS-UK) and International TEFL/TESOL Training (USA). I find great joy in being able to help nurture the growth in our young children. I will be embracing and encouraging their sense of wonder, enthusiasm and creativity. Open communication is very important to me, as staff and parents to work together as a team. I’m looking forward to a great new year!
SENIOR PRESCHOOL TEACHER
I was born in Louisiana, in the United States, but have spent most of my life in Texas. I’ve lived and worked in Warsaw twice before. In 2017, I worked as an Au Pair, and in 2019, I was an Assistant English Teacher in an international preschool. My career path reflects my love of working with children – I have worked as a pediatric behavior technician, a pediatric speech and language assistant, and preschool teaching assistant. I always knew I had a calling to pursue a career working with children. My bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology really solidified my drive to serve and help children in the areas of communication and language development. In 2022 I completed my Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Through my studies, I have gained invaluable experience in helping children, adolescents, and adults in all areas of cognitive development, language skills, pragmatic skills, and much more. The most satisfying part of my studies was watching my clients achieve their goals, reach milestones, and thrive through naturalistic approaches and play-based therapy. After completing my master’s I knew I wanted to return to Poland. When I discovered Blossom, I knew it was a place I would love to be a part of. I have a passion for bilingual learning and naturalistic teaching methods – Blossom offers both!
Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, learning Polish and French, playing board games with friends, going for walks, and reading. Sometimes nothing beats staying at home and reading a good book!
I believe that children can brighten up any day with their natural lust for life and learning, as well as their carefree disposition. I love being a learning partner with the students at Blossom and watching them bloom!
SENIOR PRESCHOOL TEACHER
My name is Klaudia Kasiborska. I completed my Pedagogical Studies Degree from the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski. Since then I have been working with children, in a nursery and a preschool class of 3 and 4 year olds and I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to commit to professionally as it combines both my skills and passion. Even though it is a demanding job that requires a lot responsibility, it is also extremely fulfilling and gives me a lot of joy and satisfaction.
I believe that all people, young and old, can learn a lot from Mother Nature. I have been vegetarian for over 15 years now, because it is very important to me to take care of the environment and the animals of our planet. It is our childhood that shapes the adults we become, so I hope to foster love for our planet and all animals from the early stages in children’s lives.
In my private life I am happily married and a total cat lady!
I am looking forward to working together with you and your children.
My name is Kasia Żukowska. I graduated from the University of Białystok where i studied Resocialization Pedagogy. I gained some experience while working in a nursery and while caring for my little sister. I love working with children, I love to talk to them, play with them and do different activities and projects together. I like to answer their questions and explain phenomena they are interested in. In their educational journey it is important for me to give children space to do experiments independently, to experience things, and to learn about their surrounding reality. In my opinion educators should allow children to make mistakes and at the same time encourage them to draw conclusions and improve their actions on their own.
In my free time I love to swim, read books, bake cakes, and travel. I’m particularly interested in travel to the Middle East and learning about these fascinating cultures.
SENIOR PRESCHOOL TEACHER
I come from Wales in the UK. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Music and a master’s and PhD in Composition from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. My music has been performed around the world and has given me the opportunity to travel and meet so many interesting people.
After working with children and young adults for a number of years through music teaching, I decided that the pre-school route was one that I would like to explore. I found Blossom by chance on Google Maps. What a cool place! I’ve been coming to Poland since 2018 so I thought why not put everything together, take the plunge and move to Warsaw.
I aim to bring warmth, encouragement and my artistic experiences into the classroom.
In my free time I have so many interests that it’s hard to list them all here – I like playing guitar and tinkering with audio equipment, keeping fit, reading and watching as much as possible, making things by hand, painting, sculpting, etc. I also write, produce and record music and sound art.
Hey! I’m Zach. I began my career out as a professional musician working all over the world, which then landed me in Poland where I decided to settle. I’ve been living in Warsaw since 2017, and loved every minute of it! I fell into teaching in 2018, starting at a private language school as an assistant.
I have a BA degree in music, and I play the guitar. I enjoy incorporating music into my lessons as much as possible for the kids to have fun and learn whilst doing so. I have found out that employing music can be a great way for children to learn, as they are so enthusiastic about singing and dancing. Not to mention the big smile music brings to their faces. Ultimately my day-to-day job has become my passion!
In my free time I love to watch and play football – it is one of my main hobbies. I also really enjoy cooking at home, and I dare to say that Asian is my favourite kind of cuisine. When I’m not playing or watching football, or cooking, you’ll find me messing around with my guitar.
I have been cooking for almost 20 years for now and for the last 9 years I have specialised in cooking for kids. Cooking is my passion and also a big adventure that I hope will last for many years to come. Before I started cooking for kids – I travelled and lived around Europe, including 10 years alone spent in the UK where I developed my cooking skills at top international restaurants and hotels. While learning and practicing my technique, I simultaneously fuelled my love for cooking, taste creation and the joy of granting healthy and delicious food experiences.
Healthy and tasty cooking for my own son has come as a surprising challenge and also the main trigger as to why I chose to focus on kids. Proper food for children is essential. It is up to us to present them healthy yet tasty options that will result in healthy habits for the rest of their lives.
Kids are inquisitive and their young palettes and tastes are evolving – it is important to address that in cooking, so that food brings them joy in trying new things and discovering their individual taste map.
Healthy food is key for their health. That is why my main priority is to make food a healthy and tasty experience for kids. In my kitchen I base my work on natural and unprocessed ingredients designed to use up their seasonal power with close cooperation with experts on diet optimization.
On top of that I try to use all my creativity for creating a true taste experience.
In my everyday work I enthousiastically join Blossom’s experience with mine, and it is crucial for me to establish regular contact with your children – as they will be the main jurors of my dishes – and also with you – so that you know what is on my mind with menu. I hope you also get inspired at our regular culinary workshops when we gather and enjoy cooking all together.
I am a psychologist, group trainer and family mediator. I’ve completed a five-year master’s degree in Psychology at SWPS University, postgraduate studies for group trainers at the Psychoeducation Laboratory in Warsaw, the Intensive Course in NVC-Based Mediation, and I also trained at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. I’m currently training in systems therapy.
I am a co-founder of the Psychological Support Centre “Bliskie Miejsce”, where I help parents in building relationships with their children, trying to strengthen their belief in their own intuition and sense of competence.
For more than 10 years I have been working as a trainer, leading workshops for parents, and working in kindergartens, schools and day care centres. I am fascinated by children’s curiosity, which constantly drives them to act, to experiment, to challenge, to ask new questions. I feel that children are still teaching me to be open and curious about the world. In my private life, I am a mother of two boys.
I am Ola. Or Tola. And recently even LOGOTOLKA. This is the name of my YouTube profile where you can find some unconventional speech therapy videos that (according to reliable sources 🙂 ) allow children to spend a productive 10 minutes in their room. I had been toying with the idea of a channel like this for some time. The channel came into being during the pandemic to support parents by giving them a much-needed breather and to provide children with a daily dose of speech therapy exercises. Soon, I plan to provide audio stories for children’s speech therapy practice.
I am a qualified actress and speech therapist. I manage to combine these two passions successfully on a daily basis. Although I have to admit that when I started my professional career, I never dreamed how much colour and inspiring moments such an unusual mix would bring into my life.
I currently run an individual and group speech and language therapy practice, and work with a therapy centre for children with autism and pervasive developmental disorder. As an actor, you can see me on stage in plays for children (Teatr Małego Widza in Warsaw) and for adults (Me/St Theatre).
Violinist, composer, educator. Graduate of the Maastricht Conservatory of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, which she completed with a distinction for her research.
I work with the Music is for Everyone Foundation, LYO Polish Youth Orchestra, JM Poland Association, Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Sociotherapy Youth Centre in Radość, Fablab Pobite Gary, Kastalia School and Montessori Kindergarten and Home Education. I am also a lecturer of Art Therapy at the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw.
I have been working with children for the past 8 years. I gained my professional experience in London, where I worked as a music teacher in an elementary school and as an instructor of holiday art camps. After returning to Poland I worked for 1,5 year with Mommy Poppins English nursery school, where I fell in love with working with children.
I also create music and social projects, involving socially excluded people in collaborative music-making processes.
I teach using a methodology developed by Barbican Creative Learning in London.
MUSIC TEACHER (PIANO, VIOLIN, UKULELE)
My name is Wiola Jakubiec. Since I was a child, I dreamed of becoming a musician, I sang and danced, and I learned to play the violin. I am a graduate of the Secondary Music School in Żywiec. Then I graduated in musicology from the University of Wrocław. I also studied art education in the field of musical art at the Mari Skłodowska-Curie University in Lublin. I am currently improving my instrumental skills in the violin class of Mateusz Smoczyński at the Faculty of Jazz and Stage Music at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
Music is at the center of my life, but I also like reading good books or taking a walk. I love painting and photography.
I teach violin and piano in a friendly atmosphere, and I approach each student individually. I try to show that music can be fun.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHER
I have a degree in Physiotherapy from Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce. I have been
involved in sports for as long as I can remember. To date I have practised many disciplines, from
volleyball and gymnastics through to judo and wrestling. I am currently on the National Judo
Team. Working with children is very fulfilling and it gives me great joy to see progress in every
child. As a coach, I work with preschoolers as well as secondary school youth. Outside my work
as a coach and physiotherapist, I am passionate about travel.
I am proud alumna of the Ludomir Różycki Public Ballet School in Bytom. From 1993-2008, I danced with the ballet company of the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, taking part in numerous ballet productions, classical as well as modern. I have had the honour of working with some of the world’s great choreographers, including: Natalia Makarova, Mats Ek, Boris Ejfman, Jiří Kylián, Irek Muchamiedov.
Over the past few years, I have been performing for children in the Palladium Theatre. I have 9 years experience giving classical dance classes to children. I taught at Saska Dance Studio, Kabaty Dance Studio and at Egurrola Dance Kids. I have also been running my own ballet studio in Żolibórz for the past 5 years.
I am a graduate of Physical Education at the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw. This year I completed the UEFA B course, and am currently a football coach at the Escola Varsovia club.
I treat working with children as a challenge, because every child requires a different approach.
I enjoy interacting with children, giving them my positive energy through play gives me great satisfaction.
I am an afternoon teacher at Blossom, so some of you may already know me! I am from Peru, I came to Poland to study Psychology at the University of Warsaw, and have been living here for 2 years now. I have a lot of experience in teaching languages to children, especially Spanish! During my classes, the children will be doing fun activities, singing songs, and doing exercises, all while speaking Spanish.
I am a certified instructor of yoga and recreation for adults (among others, I hold certification from the KRI Research Institute) and yoga for children, an organic music therapist, and a PhD candidate at the Warsaw School of Economics. I completed music school majoring in the flute. In my yoga classes, I use various materials and instruments, both archaic and classical: a wind gong, a chau gong (tam-tam), Tibetan bowls, Koshi bells, flutes. In my private life, I am a mother of three children, with whom I experience the positive effects of mindfulness and awareness of body and emotions. I have a great passion for music therapy and kinesiotherapy. I have gained experience in working with children by teaching music and movement classes for children in kindergarten (Musical English). I am an enthusiast of innovation in education and am currently preparing my doctoral thesis in this subject.
I love the mountains, sport, including road cycling, and singing.
I am a professional Latin dancer and a dance instructor. I started dancing when I was 6 years old. As a dance teacher I work with kids in preschools, schools and with adults. I take part in dance competitions in Poland and all over the world. I am the Polish Student Champion and Polish Vice Champion in the youth category.
Dancing is my great passion and I love to share it with others. I am also a student of psychology.
MARTIAL ARTS TEACHER
I have been running the “Yawara” Martial Arts School for 20 years. I am a qualified educator, classical philologist, trainer and sports instructor. I teach people of all ages, but I have the most fun training with the youngest. When I started working in Warsaw kindergartens 20 years ago, I had a difficult task because no one before me had ever done classes for such young children. There were no programs, books or coaches to inspire you – at that time I had to rely on my own intuition in everything. IT WAS WORTH IT!
Today, irrespective of all my experience, I still feel that this is highly creative work that gives me great satisfaction. As a judo/ju-jitsu coach, I focus first and foremost on the individual child and his or her needs, while the technical aspects of the martial art have to take a back seat.
In my free time, I dance a bit, run stage movement classes for actors, read books and enjoy walking in the forests around Warsaw.