Upper Primary Staff

  • Leah McCue
    English Teacher / Durham House Tutor

    Leah McCue (BA, B.Ed, MA) is from Canada and strives to help students foster a love of learning, a social consciousness and critical thinking skills. In an ever changing world, students need to be able to assess, analyse and solve a wide variety of problems. Leah's English classroom will help prepare students through inquiry based tasks and open discussions.

    Leah loves the challenge of international teaching and helping each student to achieve their full potential. So far, Leah's international teaching journey has taken her to the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, and Romania. At BSW, Leah teaches Upper Primary English and is the Upper Primary Coordinator.

  • Magdalena Pukos
    Mathematics Teacher

    Magdalena Pukos completed her Master’s Degree in the scope of Applications of Mathematics at Maria Curie Sklodowska University in Lublin. She moved to UK and completed Teacher’s Training at Southampton University and gained QTS. Magdalena also taught in secondary schools in Bournemouth and Poole. After moving back to Poland she was appointed for the position of Maths Teacher at the British School of Warsaw where she  was teaching KS3, KS4 and IB students for the past five years. Last year Magdalena spent on maternity leave and recently started work as a Teacher of Mathematics in the Upper Primary at British Primary School of Wilanów. In her teaching Magdalena is committed to uplift her students’ performance with a use of variety of techniques. Magdalena enthuses students through sharing with them the passion for Mathematics - the subject that teaches structured and organized thinking skills. 

  • Monika Smith
    Science Teacher / Cornwall House Tutor

    Monika has been teaching Science covering Key Stage 3 and 4 in South Yorkshire’s Secondary Schools. She was awarded the PGCE for Qualified Teacher Status Secondary Education Science with Chemistry from Leeds Trinity University. Science has always been a subject of particular interest to her. Monika is very family orientated and tends to spend any spare time with friends and family. She enjoys running and has taken part in a number of 10K runs.  

  • Sam Barker
    Year 5 Teacher

    Sam Barker is from a small town in Yorkshire, Northern England. He has been teaching for five years; the first three were in a small town near the Lake District and the last two years were spent teaching in an International School in Thailand. He is a graduate of Northumbria University where he earned his first degree in Environmental Management before returning to university in 2013 to study Primary Teaching at Cumbria University.

    Sam writes: "I  love travelling and I am really excited to be here in Warsaw as I love this city and all the amazing opportunities it offers both in the city and in the surrounding countryside. I have always taken great pleasure facilitating learning and encouraging children to grow as individuals. I am committed to promoting independent, experiential learning experiences and developing the children's critical thinking skills. I love taking the learning outdoors and will endeavour to do this as often as possible."

  • Isabelle Barrere Burg
    Year 8 & 9 Teacher

    Isabelle Barrere Burg has 18 years' experience as a teacher. She studied Applied Arts in Paris before completing a Masters in Education. She subsequently taught in French schools for 12 years. She has worked in France, Bulgaria and Poland, where she settled in 2006. She has taught both in international and British schools since 2006, teaching students from Y4 to Y13. Ms Barrere Burg is experienced in IGCSE and IB exams and was nominated for the Yale Educator Award in 2019.

  • Magda Halska
    Drama Teacher

    Mrs Halska is an enthusiastic teacher and a strong believer in Life Long Learning. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in an international setting where she taught English and EAL to students from Year 2 to IB DP level and produced short and full-length plays with students of various ages. Mrs Halska gained BA and MA in TESOL at Warsaw University (specialising in American Literature) and also MA in TESOL at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Mrs Halska has also got a diploma in teaching Drama. She sees drama as a great means of helping students grow in confidence to express themselves fully, both through dialogue and body language. Her passion is physical theatre as well as reading and dancing. She is a member of Warsaw Mime Centre and takes part in many acting projects. Mrs Halska teaches Drama to all students from Year 3 up to Year 8 at BSW this year. 

  • Christopher Stone
    History Teacher

    Christopher Stone has been a teacher for the last 9 years. Before coming to Warsaw he taught in Lisbon, Portugal and Yangon, Myanmar. After reading Biblical Studies and Theology at Seminary, he studied education at the University of Bristol. 

    Mr. Stone teaches English and Humanities as well as coordinating exams for the Upper primary school.

    Mr. Stone is married to Frances Stone, who teaches French and Yoga at BSW. They have one son, William, whom they talk about incessantly.

  • Cormac McMahon
    Computing Teacher

    Cormac McMahon has been teaching for more than than 20 years in Belgium, Luxembourg and Australia. He was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree by Trinity College Dublin and his Graduate Diploma of Education by Charles Darwin University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Publishing and Editing from Monash University and has been active as an academic editor for seventeen years. 

    He is married to Pascaline and they have three children. 

    Cormac teaches Computing and English, as well as filling support roles in Upper and Middle Primary.

  • Agnieszka Kołodziej
    Polish History Teacher

    Agnieszka Kołodziej graduated in history from the University of Warsaw. She firmly believes that history belongs among the most interesting fields of study and does her best to share this passion with her students. She does not favour any particular period, but instead is fascinated with the history of humanity and society throughout the ages. He sees history as life’s teacher. Ms. Agnieszka is also well-versed in teaching Polish as a foreign language. She finished post-graduate studies in this field at the University of Warsaw. Working with children and youth is her source of joy and satisfaction.

  • Pernilla Rempling
    Year 5 Teaching Assistant

    A Certified Coach (ICC), trained Stress Management Coach and Mental Health Trainer, Pernilla joined BSW in the spring 2018 as a Teaching Assistant. With a degree in engineering and following a successful career as a civil servant in defence acquisition, serving both in several engineering, policy development and management positions in her native Sweden as well as promoting international cooperation at the heart of the EU in Brussels, she now combines this wealth of experience and training with her love for helping children realise their full potential. Married, with two daughters, during her free time she enjoys sports, crafts and music.

  • Krzysztof Pypczyński
    Upper Primary Teaching Assistant

    Krzysztof is an English teacher with experience working with both children and adults alike. He is a graduate of University of Białystok with an MA in English philology and translation studies. At BSW, Krzysztof is working as a Teaching Assistant and cooperates closely with Upper Primary teachers.