Cristina is from Newcastle in England and has been teaching since 2002. She has a BA in History and Education and a PGCE in Primary Education.
Before joining BSW in 2020, Cristina was a nursery teacher in Abu Dhabi. Previously she taught in a variety of British and International schools in England, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.
Cristina teaches Nursery and is passionate about teaching children in a creative, engaging and interactive way, which encompasses children’s individual skills and interests.
Cristina is also the coordinator for the COBIS accreditation visit in November.
Nursery Teaching Assistant
Melissa Todd is from Seattle, Washington in the United States. She has a Masters in Teaching from Tufts University, Boston and was a 5th grade classroom teacher in Massachusetts and Washington State. She developed educational curriculum for the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture in Seattle, and she taught English in Niigata, Japan.
Melissa loves the outdoors and was a Girl Scout Troop leader, as well as a volunteer for the Washington Trails Association.
Amy is from Durham in the North East of England but enjoys the adventures that come with international teaching. She has been teaching for 10 years, since graduating from the University of Cumbria in 2011. She has taught across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in the North of England, as well as teaching in the British International School of Moscow. Prior to moving to Warsaw, Amy taught in a large EYFS unit, in the North East of England and focused on working with children with Autism and Aspergers, as well as those with additional behavioural needs. This is Amy’s second year in BSW and she is thoroughly enjoying living and working in Poland.
Amy teaches Reception and has a keen interest in developing early reading, writing and mathematic skills through a play-based approach.
Reception Teaching Assistant
Natalia has completed her Bachelors degree in Pedagogy at The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. While studying for her bachelors, she participated in an exchange program and studied Education at University of Gothenburg. Following her bachelors degree, she continued her studies in Pedagogy and achieved a Masters degree from the Maria Curie - Sklodowska University in Lublin. She also completed post-graduate studies in Preschool and Early School Education. Natalia has been working at BSW since 2016 and loves working in Early Years, as no two days are the same and every day keeps you entertained.
Nursery Teaching Assistant
Zuzanna has been working with children for over 12 years. She has a BA in Education and Early Childhood Studies from Roehampton University, Masters degree in Primary and Early Years Education with Speech Therapy and a postgraduate diploma in Educational Leadership and Management from the Academy of Special Education. To broaden her educational experience she also took part in a Reggio Emilia course in Italy.
Before joining BSW she taught in various Nurseries in Warsaw, including Montessori inclusive preschool and various bilingual preschools. Zuzanna joined BSW in 2015 and has taught across EYFS, in Pre-nursery, Nursery, Reception and Year 1.
Teaching is Zuzanna’s passion and she firmly believes that every child is unique and special, and deserves a chance to thrive in an environment that supports their strengths and talents and gives them opportunities to develop at their own pace.
Year 1 Teacher
Jo Shaw has been teaching since 2014 after studying at Northumbria University in the North of England. She has a BSc Honours in Applied Biology and a PGCE in Primary Education.
Prior to teaching in BSW, Jo has taught in both the UK and the Seychelles, across Key Stage 1 and Early Years. Throughout her teaching career she has had the opportunity to experience a wide range of SEN working in schools which specialise in Autism and additional behavioural needs. This is an area that she is passionate about as she believes that every child learns in a unique and individual way.
Jo has a passion for travelling, experiencing new cultures and new environments. She believes that being able to share these experiences with the children that she teaches as well as hearing their stories creates an interesting classroom environment.
Jo will be teaching in Year 1 this year and is looking forward to creating a vivid, stimulating and engaging environment for the children. In particular developing the children’s love of phonics, reading and literacy something which she has a passion for.
Year 1 Polish Teacher and Year 1 Teaching Assistant
Ela holds an MA in Teaching Polish as a Foreign Language from Jagiellonian University and a postgraduate degree in Early Years Education. She had worked as a Polish teacher at the University of Oslo for the past 2 years. She has also brought to life a free Polish course for non-native children attending Public Primary Schools in Cracow. After hours Ela is a passionate gardener and cyclist. She is also in love with Norway and she would like to move there one day.
Ela has supported Year 1 students since last year and is looking forward to doing so in the coming year.