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MAGDALENA MODRZEWSKA

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.

JUSTYNA CEDRO

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

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.

ALEKSANDRA SIWIAK

PRESCHOOL TEACHER/ METHODOLOGIST

I love working with kids – especially preschoolers! My job experience is quite extended – from working in an office, a language school, a preschool, to a nursery; working with children and supporting them in their development is my life mission. I graduated from the department of English philology, Polish speech therapy, elementary and Montessori education, as well as finished many specialized courses for teachers. I am particularly interested in the development of the language of bilingual children. I am sure maths, sensory and other activities in English will be fun for your kids. In my free time I love traveling, painting and reading biographies. I gain energy for life from meeting my family and friends, as well as from nature and meditation.

KLAUDIA KASIBORSKA

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.

MAGDA GĄSIOR

PRESCHOOL 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 🙂

DOROTA ROGULA

PRESCHOOL TEACHER (NATIVE SPEAKER)

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!

ZACHARY THURSTON

PRESCHOOL TEACHER (NATIVE SPEAKER)

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.

REENA PERALTA

PRESCHOOL TEACHER

My name is Reena. and I’m originally from the Philippines. I’m a licensed teacher and am also TEFL certified. I’ve taught English for more than 8 years to all different levels and ages. I taught English, in an Arts and Discovery Learning Program at an English-speaking preschool in Konstancin-Jeziorna for 3 school years. Before teaching in Poland, I had a wide variety of teaching experiences handling multileveled and multinationals groups which included Koreans, Chinese, Indonesians, Portuguese, Malaysians, Timorese and Japanese of different ages from 2 years old up to 75 years old!  These were challenging experiences but with them came the advantage of learning to be flexible and adaptable while working in such diverse environments; I got the advantage of teaching beyond borders. I became more adventurous,resourceful, creative and ambitious as well as aware of different cultures around the world.

Living in Poland enhances my passions because I can enjoy things like biking, hiking, mountain climbing, cooking and trying new hobbies. At the moment, I enjoy every possibility that comes and will be coming ahead; may it be on my career path or to do with my personal and social development.

I am truly excited to be here at Blossom, working with such a wonderful diverse group of children!

LAURA PENNA

PRESCHOOL TEACHER (NATIVE SPEAKER)

I was born and lived in England until I moved to Warsaw 2 years ago. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a teacher and work with children, following in the footsteps of several members of my family. Whilst volunteering in different youth organisations, I found that I enjoyed working with the youngest children the most. This led me to studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education, focussing on Early Years Education, at The University of Chester. Whilst I was studying, I worked at a Forest School. After my graduation I spent 2 years teaching 5 and 6 year olds in my local Primary School.

In my spare time I like to run and am learning Polish. I love to bake and am always experimenting with new recipes, especially since having a son and finding new recipes to bake with him. I love working with young children as they have so much enthusiasm and are keen to explore the world around them. It is an honour to be able to be such a big part of their lives and shape their futures.

RILEY DI NARDO

PRESCHOOL TEACHER (NATIVE SPEAKER)

I was born in Saudi Arabia but have lived in Toronto, Canada all my life. I moved to Warsaw at the beginning of December 2021 to pursue my career as a teacher. I am a professional athlete in the sport of rugby. I am not only a player but also a children’s coach. Through coaching, I discovered that I have a passion for working with children and guiding their growth to becoming great people! I completed my degree in education at Queen’s University in Canada. Last year, I worked at an elementary school as a teacher and thoroughly enjoyed this experience. I believe that children learn best through curiosity and exploration of new ideas and topics. The children should have a say in what they want to learn and how they want to learn, I believe that I can help the children I will be working with developing a true love for learning.

In my spare time, I love cooking, athletics and exploring the world. I believe both a healthy diet and an active lifestyle are crucial in a happy and positive life.

KATARZYNA ŻUKOWSKA

ASSISTANT PRESCHOOL TEACHER

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.

DIVISHA AGARWAL

ASSISTANT PRESCHOOL TEACHER

My name is Divisha Agarwal, I am from India. I have completed my B.A. in Psychology with honours and M.A. in Applied Psychology by standing first in order of merit. While I was studying in Warsaw, I sought a job that could help me expand my knowledge. This is how I started in Blossom preschool where I worked for more than a year as a common room teacher.

During my studies, I investigated behavioural therapy for children where I had to work with children dealing with an autism spectrum disorder. I believe that I am good with children and can help them reach their full potential.

WOJCIECH GURTIAKÓW

CHEF

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.

MAGDALENA BARSZCZ

MUSIC TEACHER

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.

MATEUSZ GARBACZ

PE INSTRUCTOR

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.

JOANNA STANKIEWICZ

JUDO COACH

My name is Joanna Stankiewicz, and I am the Judo Coach at Blossom. I completed my masters in Physical Education at the Academy of Physical Education here in Warsaw. I have worked with children as a Judo coach and physical education teacher in several preschools and primary schools throughout Warsaw,. Since 2017 I have been working with Kuma Judo Club. I really enjoy sharing Judo with young learners! It has been a fun part of my career.

I am a member of the National Judo team. I  have competed and won Medals in different championships for Judo here in Poland as well as in other competitions throughout Europe. I am also a Bodybuilding and Fitness instructor.

MONIKA CAPUTA

BALLET TEACHER

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. 

WIOLETTA JAKUBIEC

PIANO AND VIOLIN TEACHER

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.

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