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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.

ANNA BOROWA

VICE DIRECTOR FOR TEACHING AND ADMINISTRATION

My qualifications are in school counselling and early school education with English. I earned my Master’s degree from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, and completed post-graduate studies in Administration and Management in Education at Lazarski University in Warsaw.  I have gained my experience in preschools, working with children of different ages as an English-speaking homeroom teacher and teacher of English.

I find working with children both joyful and rewarding. It’s an opportunity to explore the mystery and colour of the child’s world. Time spent with children is rich in new inspirations and experiences. It’s a moment when I can feel a little like a child again.

My passion is my dogs, I love to spend time with them. I also love horses and music. I like to spend my spare time actively, or just doing nothing on the couch or in the hammock. I enjoy city life, but my eyes long for nature and countryside, where I come from. I am interested in photography and drawing, which I pursue in my spare time. I like to devour a book in one sitting, and not be able to put it down. I love Polish art, music and folk dance.

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.

LOUISE FERRIER

PRESCHOOL TEACHER (NATIVE SPEAKER)

Originally born in England, I grew up in Scotland where I graduated with a BA Honours degree in Business Studies.

My journey into teaching began in 2014  while I was living in Germany and studying the native language. My teachers were incredible and inspired me to study a TEFL course while working for the ESA (European Space Agency). After 6 years in Germany I relocated to London where I studied to become a German Teacher for secondary school earning my QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) this summer. I taught business, maths, english and gardening at a school specializing in Austism Spectrum Challenges. When I attended the TES Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Show last year in London, I realised my interest in preschool education.

Having a 3 year old daughter, I, like many parents have researched everything from milestones and routine, the best way to manage potty training, and of course behaviour management. All which led me to the Reggio Emilia approach. I think this is an approach for excellence in Early Years Education. I absolutely love working with preschoolers; they bring so much joy and happiness and I find it extremely rewarding. In my spare time I enjoy playing the flute, practicing yoga, life drawing and gardening. I am excited to be part of the Blossom family and to encourage children’s development.

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.

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!

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.

DOMINIKA ROSTKOWSKA

DAYCARE TEACHER

I have a bachelor’s degree in pedagogy (Early Childhood Education). I love learning new languages and exploring the world. People and cultures are my inspiration. For this reason during my studies I lived and studied in Greece for half a year and did a 3-month internship at an international nursery and kindergarten in Spain where I looked after kids from 4 months to 6 years old. I learned a lot there and totally fell in love with working with children. But generally, since I was a little one myself,  I have always liked to play with and take care of the small kids in my family. I think it is really important for society to understand the value and importance of children. Children are the future and we should put our hearts and energy into providing them with the best, most valuable, safe and stimulating environment possible so that they can become amazing, happy adults!

The things I value the most in my life are family and relationships, kindness and empathy, but creativity, adventure and positivity are also important. I think the main goal in life is to do what we love and to grow, while giving others our best, especially to children. Because of the fact that I lived alone abroad, which was my dream since I was a child, I understood that everything is possible and I really want to share that with children so that they can grow up believing that if they dream about something, it is possible to achieve – that they could fulfill their dreams in the future, thinking about other people, society and the environment. Also, I want to show them to treat the earth with respect as a home for us all.

DAMALINA ARFANI

DAYCARE TEACHER

I’m from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. I’m currently finishing up Psychology Studies at SWPS University Warsaw. During my spare time I like to go to parks, museums and explore new places. Sometimes I do cultural performances at places like the Indonesian Embassy. I’m interested in childhood and adolescent psychology. I have experience working as a behavioral therapist for children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).
For me a child’s imagination and curiosity about the world are amazing. I love to be a part of their exploration and learning moments. I believe that everyone is unique in their own way and seeing how happy and confident children are is a blessing to me.
Working to understand children is the best part of my work because understanding them helps me to provide them with what they need in order to make their learning and exploring experience fun and exciting, while simultaneously allowing me to connect with them and see things from their perspective.

MARTA PALUCH

DAYCARE TEACHER

I am passionate about early childhood education. This year I am finishing up my Pedagogical Studies at the University of Warsaw. I am a cheerful and patient person, who loves working with children. It is very important for me to create a bond with them, to become their companion while exploring their expanding world alongside them. That is what I like the most about my job; accompanying little ones on their developmental journey and watching how they grow in confidence and strength everyday, becoming unique individuals. Before I joined Blossom I worked as a nanny for four years,  with children of different ages. 

At Blossom, I take care of the toddler group. What I love about our preschool the most, is the warm atmosphere that feels almost like home. Thanks to this, both the children and the staff feel safe and relaxed here. We adore our big garden in which we like to play, explore and observe the changing nature in every season of the year.  In my free time I love to travel. I like to really sink into the culture of the place I am visiting, by exploring it, trying local food, and meeting local people. I am a happy owner of a dog and a cat, I spend a lot of time walking and playing with my beloved pets. Adopting them was one of the best decisions of my life!

MAJA JASIŃSKA

DAYCARE TEACHER

Since I can remember, my interests were related to art and I wanted to try my hand at each of its fields – drawing, dancing, writing, taking part in drama classes and learning how to play the guitar. I decided to connect my professional path with visual art, so I graduated from an art school. However, art and its fields are not my only passion – I have always been interested in psychology and the complexity of human nature. I wanted to combine these passions at the next stage of my education, which is why I decided to study Artistic Education in the Field of Fine Arts and graduated from the The Maria Grzegorzewska University, where I studied to become an art teacher and art therapist. During my studies, I explored how to use art in working with people – as a way of communication and a tool of personal development. Now I have been using that experience in my work – first as an animator and now as a kindergarten teacher. I believe that our role is to provide children with a frame of safety and love, so they can fill the canvas with colors of their unique personalities.

JULIA TRĘBSKA

CHEF

My heart and passion for cooking pushed me to study Catering & Culinary Arts at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn. I then acquired more nutrition-oriented knowledge at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), where I earned a Master of Engineering degree in Human Nutrition and Food Technology. I am no stranger to catering work either, having worked as a cook and head chef in a number of eateries. Still, I think that it is only here, at Blossom Preschool, that I am truly spreading my wings as a chef and letting my creativity reach new heights. I regard cooking for children as a great honour, and also a daily challenge, as I am well aware that children are priceless culinary critics. Every cook highly appreciates their opinions: praise, which motivates you to maintain a high standard and keep trying to do better, but also criticism, as an incentive to improve and develop. Every day I do my best to deliver tasty and healthy food to win children’s hearts and introduce them into the world of natural, delicious flavours, free from artificial substances and chemical additives.

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.

LOUISE SALTAMONTES

SPANISH TEACHER

Hola! My name is Louise Saltamones, and I’ve been working as a Spanish and French teacher for the past five years. I have a Master’s Degree in Language Teaching and Intercultural Relationships. I’ve been specifically working with kids, teaching them both languages for more than 4 years. I worked with children from 3 to 6 years old while I was living in Mexico.

My approach is very playful and fun. I think that playing, singing, and making arts and crafts are the best ways for children to learn new languages. The objective of the class is to help the kids discover some new words and sounds in a new language, and surprise themselves by understanding.

Learning languages presents the possibility of discovering the world and other cultures; I like to provide this experience during my classes.

ANNA UBERNA

YOGA TEACHER

I have worked diversely as a school teacher, preschool teacher, music teacher, yoga teacher for children, and also as an art therapist. Working with children is my passion because deep inside I am still like a little child who loves playing.

I earned  my Master’s degree from the Academy of Music in Łódź (Master of arts in the field of vocal studies)in 2008.For five years I was also studying Philosophy at the Łódź University. A few years later I completed post-graduate studies in Preschool and Early Childhood Education According to Maria Montessori at  Janusz Korczak University of Teacher’s Education in Warsaw. I also completed Art Therapy (including  educational therapy) at the Maria Grzegorzewska Special Education Academy  in Warsaw.

Because all the time I am learning something new, I have participated in many workshops connected with yoga, music, singing, and education. A few years ago I became a yoga teacher for children by completing a yoga teacher training course. I am also a Nada Yoga teacher (Yoga of the sound and vibrations) because in 2019 I graduated from Academy of Nada Yoga that was organized by Associazione Centro Studi Saraswati. I am a yogi, who is practicing Kriya Yoga and Ajapa Yoga.

I started teaching children in 2009 and gained my varied experience in primary school, music school, preschool and in a nursery.

Music  (especially singing) yoga and philosophy are not only my work, they are also my hobbies. I also love dancing, painting, poetry, contact with nature and of course getting to know the world and myself.

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. 

LUIZA ZAPIÓR

PIANO AND VIOLIN TEACHER

I completed primary and secondary music school in Warsaw, followed by Musicology and Hebrew Studies at the University of Warsaw. At present, I am in Professor Henryk Gembalski’s violin class at the Department of Jazz and Popular Music of Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. I have several years’ experience in working with children, youth and adults. In my classes, I focus on creating a friendly, relaxed atmosphere to foster creativity and develop a great musical ear. Apart from my commitment to education and musical performances, I am passionate about the Hebrew language and literature. I teach violin and piano in English and Polish.

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