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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.

NADINE GALLEY

PRESCHOOL TEACHER (NATIVE SPEAKER)

My name is Nadine Galley and I am from the UK – England. I am N.N.E.B trained (0-7 years olds) and also hold NVQ 4 in Health and Social Care. I have worked with children and families for over 30 years. Before starting at Blossom, I  was employed at another preschool here in Warsaw, and previous to that I worked for five years at a nursery, where I was based in Dubai. In the UK, since qualifying I have worked in Children’s Day care and in Children and Family Social Care.

I am married to Richard who is also from the UK but lives and works in Warsaw. We have four grandchildren. I enjoy watching football, cooking, reading and also sight-seeing – exploring new places. I enjoy working with children and seeing how they grow and develop. I feel honoured to be part of their lives and contribute to their all-round development. Working with families as a whole is very important to me and communicating on a regular basis is essential for us, as staff and parents to work together as a team.  I really enjoy meeting you all and please if you ever have any questions, come and ask me.  

ALEKSANDRA SIWIAK

PRESCHOOL TEACHER

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.

MAGDALENA FRANKIEWICZ

PRESCHOOL TEACHER

My name is Magdalena Frankiewicz. In 2018 I graduated from the University of Warsaw with
a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Teaching English to Young Learners.
These studies provided me with the knowledge and  practice needed to work with children.
During my master studies (Graduate Programme in Teaching English and CLIL at the
University of Warsaw) I have the possibility to enhance my knowledge of child development
as well as methods of teaching and learning, especially CLIL approach.

In 2017 there was a moment when I decided to start my professional career. That is why I
became an English teacher. I’ve been teaching and taking care of preschool as well as primary
school students – from 3 to 9 years old. As a result, I have discovered that I want my future
career to be connected with kids in that particular age as it gives me a great satisfaction as
well as a lot of opportunities for development – every activity makes me happy and stimulates
my creativity.

I am excited that I can be a part of Blossom and work in such friendly and positive place!

DOROTA ROGULA

PRESCHOOL TEACHER (NATIVE SPEAKER)

My name is Dorota and I am an Early Years Educator. My education background includes Cache level 3 in Early Years Foundation Stages (UK). My family and I recently made the decision to relocate to Poland, and this is the first time I have lived here since I was 10 years old. After my family left Poland, I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then spent over 12 years in Dubai where I worked as a nursery school teacher.

I have been a mother for over 3 years now and raising my daughter and seeing her develop has brought me an endless amount of joy, and I’m so happy to have a job where I can help other children develop too. I find great joy in nurturing the growth and development of young children by both embracing and encouraging a child’s innate sense of wonder, enthusiasm and creativity. My own teaching philosophy is based on the belief that children learn and develop best when they are empowered as active agents in their own learning. 

I am happy to be part of the Blossom school family, and I’m looking forward to contributing as much as I can to the learning and development of the children enrolled in the school.

SUPARNA SAHA

DAYCARE TEACHER

I am bilingual with English as my second language. I completed my schooling in English and then went on to get my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English Literature. I have recently finished my PhD in English Literature from Tripura University, India. I worked as an English teacher at my university for two years. Teaching comes naturally to me and fills me with a sense of purpose and joy. I am excited as well as very lucky to be a part of Blossom. I have absolutely fallen in love with the positive environment here, created mutually by the children and the staff. Children are the most precious part of our society and I feel honoured to have the duty of taking part in the construction of their future. This job can also be a source of unparalleled fun, and is something I greatly enjoy doing.

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.

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!

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.

KATARZYNA STANEK

PSYCHOLOGIST

I am a psychologist, family therapist and play therapy therapist. I have a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Łódź. I also did a four-year postgraduate Family Therapy Study at OPTA Association. I am a graduate of the first Play Therapy training in Poland – Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills accredited by Play Therapy International.

My experience includes working with children with autism spectrum disorders, somatically ill, children in crisis, and those experiencing difficulties in relations with peers. In my work with children I follow the principles of Virginia Axline. In this work, cooperation with parents is always an important element of helping a child. 

ALEKSANDRA MAŚLANKA

MUSIC TEACHER

When I entered a preschool for the first time to teach classes I did not know that I was going to discover so much warmth, joy, and true emotions, sometimes difficult to see in an adult world. I appreciate children’s honesty and spontaneity, as well as the fact that I can teach them so many things and that I can learn so much from them. I have been working with children for two years now, mostly in the realm of music.

For many years I have been an active musician, mostly in concerts, music sessions, and music creation. I am a graduate of both, classical music school in the piano class, and Cracow School of Jazz and Popular Music in the vocal class. Currently, I am focusing on pedagogical studies and research on the influence of music education on early childhood development. I also graduated from the Department of Culture Studies; I am interested in the studies of multi-culture and multilingual children and the role of music in these processes.

When not working or involved in musical activities, I like to go on long walks in the forest, watch Italian movies, and plan future trips.

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.

MARIETTA ATAYAN

ART ATELIER TEACHER

“Each of us carries an inner child – joyful and full of life, which we unfortunately forget
in time. Contact with children triggers the most authentic and sincere emotions in
me. I believe that everyone should try to convince themselves of the therapeutic
power of art at least once in their life.”

I come from a small city – Andijan, in Uzbekistan. At the age of 14 I moved to Poland,
where I pursued my education in Polish. I completed my studies at the University of
Warsaw and received a Bachelor degree in Russian Philology.
By nature, however, I always had an artistic soul, which is why I enrolled at the
Academy of Special Education in Warsaw for studies in Art Education with a major in
Art Therapy. In 2018, I completed my Masters degree and Art Therapy became
the area of my expertise.
Since then, Art Therapy and art have accompanied me in my private and
professional life, which I am very happy about. I believe that it is very important to
teach children from a young age that art is not something extravagant, intended only
for artists, but it is an integral part of everyone’s life. It is essential that we use the
benefits that self-experiencing art provides for training the human personality,
developing imagination and sensitivity, expanding active creativity, and improving the
ability to cooperate with other people.
Since February 2019, I have worked in the private Artistic Gallery Sznurki, where I
have been conducting sculpture, drawing and painting workshops. That gave me a
chance to observe how practical contact with art affects the human development and
broadens the horizons of participants of these classes. From September 2019, I also
have the pleasure of working for Blossom Art Preschool, where I can share my
passion and experience.
One of my passions is also the art of visage and stage makeup, which I perfected by
obtaining the diploma of the International Dziewulski College in Warsaw. I enjoy
traveling around the world and I believe travels teach us that many borders exist only
within our minds.

MIŁOSZ SIENKIEWICZ

MUSICIAN, COMPOSER, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST

I was born in Olsztyn. I completed primary music school in Warsaw, in the piano class. I graduated from the Film and Television Academy in Warsaw, majoring in Sound Engineering. I write music for theatre performances all over Poland. I am one of the founders of Fleurdelis, a music group playing folk, mediaeval and renaissance music. I few years ago, I discovered how fulfilling teaching can be and have since then been teaching guitar, piano and conducting music education classes for children. I play the piano, guitar, Irish bouzouki, percussion, bagpipes and recorders. At Blossom I co-teach traditional music with my brother Jędrzej.

JĘDRZEJ SIENKIEWICZ

MUSICIAN, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST

I was born in Gdańsk. I completed primary music school in Warsaw, in the cello class. I attend the Komeda Independent School of Entertainment and Jazz Music in Warsaw (ASMRiJ), in the trombone class. I take part in various music and theatre projects. I am one of the founders of Fleurdelis, a music group playing folk, mediaeval and renaissance music. I have been working with children for a number of years, teaching individual and group classes in guitar and music education. I play the guitar, long-neck lute (Rabab Kashgar), hurdy gurdy, trombone and mandolin. At Blossom I co-teach traditional music with my brother Miłosz.

AMALIA OBRĘBOWSKA

PIANO AND VIOLIN TEACHER

I have been playing the violin since I was 7 years old. My adventures with improvisation started at the end of 2013. A year later I discovered my passion to create and perform my own work. I graduated from the Karol Szymanowski  Academy of Music in Katowice (Jazz and Stage Music Faculty, under Professor Henryk Gembalski) with a Master of Arts Degree. Since 2017 I have also been studying at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music under Professor Mateusz Smoczyński. I am the recipient of the Audience Award and a special award at Seifert Competition 2018 in Lusławice. I received honors in the competition for New Jazz Hope at Novum Jazz Festival 2016 in Łomża as well as at Blue Note Poznań Competition 2017.  I was a finalist at Krokus Jazz Festival 2017 and Novum Jazz Festival 2017. I enjoy working with children and watching them discover music. At Blossom I teach Piano and Violin in the after school program.

JULIA SZOSTEK

POTTERY TEACHER

I am a ceramics artist living here in Warsaw. I work with children in various cultural institutions, focusing on development of their creativity, imagination and motor skills.  I believe children are passionate creative beings and the teacher’s job is to find an individual approach to the subject to keep every child interested and help them keep their passion ignited.

Professionally, I cooperate with the ceramics workshop Fenek Studio. Privately, I study Ethnology and Anthropology of Culture and tour all over the world with my band Rosa Vertov.

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. 

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