Lower Primary Staff

  • Estelle Burder
    Year 2 Teacher / Lower Primary Coordinator

    Estelle has been teaching in international education for 20 years working predominantly with children in Key Stage One and Lower Primary whilst also holding Key Stage leadership roles. Estelle graduated from St Mary’s Teachers Training College in Belfast N. Ireland with a BEd and Art degree. Estelle enjoys using her creativity to make learning fun, interactive and memorable. Estelle has a 10 year old daughter,  Cadhla who also attends BSW.

    Estelle teaches Year 2 and is the Phase leader for Lower Primary.

  • Brigette Henk-Gulatowska
    Year 2 Teacher

    Brigette Henk-Gulatowska holds BA degrees in Humanities subjects from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters in Education from the University of Bath in England. Originally from California, Brigette has lived in Europe most of her adult life, following her initial study abroad experience in Spain and work abroad experience in France. 

    As an international educator, Brigette has over ten years of experience working in the early years/lower primary at schools in Germany, Azerbaijan and Poland. An avid reader herself, Brigette particularly enjoys supporting the students' literacy development and encouraging their love of reading.

  • Lucy Barker
    Year 1 Teacher

    Following on from her experience working in Special Educational Needs, Lucy qualified as an Early Years and KS1 Teacher in 2012, and has since taught in both UK and International schools in Thailand. Graduating from Winchester University with a degree in Performing Arts, means that there will be plenty of singing, dancing and creativity going on in the classroom. Lucy loves messy, hands on activities and exploring in the outdoor classroom. 

    Lucy teaches Year 1 and aims to integrate her Early Years experience, ensuring a smooth transition for the pupils in this  next phase of their school journey.

  • Matthew Furniss
    Year 1 Teacher

    Matthew has been teaching in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 for the past eleven years. After obtaining his teaching degree, he spent four years teaching in a multicultural school in London. Whilst Matthew loved his school, he made the decision to teach internationally, and expand his knowledge of education further.

    Matthew's first international placement was in Malaysia, and since then he has spent time in Beijing, China and - most recently - in Sofia, Bulgaria. He led Stage 2 in Sofia for two years, as well as leading the primary in his final year there. Here at BSW, he has already worked across Year 5, 6, 7 and 8 and is now enjoying his time as a Year 1 class teacher.

  • Philippa Smith
    Year 1 Teacher

    Philippa has joined us from Bath Spa University and holds a BA and PGCE specialised in Early Years Education. She has attended 2 different International Schools during her education and has always enjoyed teaching children with a variety of international backgrounds. Last year Philippa taught Nursery at BSW and she is looking forward to teaching in Year 1 in the coming year.

  • Ewelina Janiak
    Year 2 Support Teacher / Year 2 Polish Teacher

    Ewelina has vast experience of working with students off all ages. Her first position was as a Teaching Assistant at The British School in Warsaw. She left Warsaw to work in St. Augustine's School in Dublin, Ireland. Whilst working there for 11 years, Ewelina supported 11 to 18 year olds with a variety of needs. Ewelina holds a Master in Early Years Education and a postgrad in teaching English as a foreign language. Both from Warsaw University.


  • Anna Fałtyn
    Year 2 Support Teacher

    Miss Anna Fałtyn has a degree in English Philology from State Vocational College in Zamość and studied Business Management at Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg in Hasselt - Belgium. As she loves to work with children she studied Special Needs Education at Special Needs Education Academy in Warsaw. In her free time she enjoys literature

  • Anna Pielak
    Year 1 Polish Teacher and Year 1 Support Teacher

    Anna has an MA in Sociology and a Bachelor of Pedagogy (Preschool and Lower Primary School Teacher) both from Wrocław University. She has been teaching for nine years in a number of preschools and schools. She likes theatre, good films, non-fiction books and exploring the history of Warsaw.

  • Ela Kotaś
    Year 1 Polish Teacher and Year 1 Teaching Assistant

    Ela has a bachelor's degree in Polish Studies and master's degree in Teaching Polish as a Foreign Language. She now participates in a traineeship program at University of Oslo where she gains experience as a Polish teacher. During her studies she was working as a private tutor of English and Polish with children. As a chairman of Student Research Group at Jagiellonian University she established a student project "Teraz Polski!" to create free Polish course for non-native children attending Public Primary Schools in Cracow. Ela now countinues her education in postgraduate studies. She is also in love with Scandinavia and she would like to move there one day.

  • Daria Wolicka
    Music and Dance Teacher

    Daria has a Masters degree from University of Warsaw Institute of Musicology with pedagogical specialization. She obtained her undergraduate degree at The State Music School Complex with studies in transverse flute. Her main music interests is to focus on free jazz and improvised music. She played in orchestral projects with the Warsaw Improvisers Orchestra, conducted by Ray Dickaty and the 3275 kg Orchestra conducted by Maciej Trifonidis. Her artistic achievements include 3 albums from improvised, ethnic and jazz music. The 4th album she was a part of was recorded in the Polish Radio Recording Studio and it will be released soon. In addition to music, she is also a dance artist. She studied jazz and contemporary dances at the Dance Emotion - Centre de Dansa for over a year in Barcelona Spain. During the summer of the year 2019, she took dance courses in Los Angeles California in the US at a prestigious Millennium Dance Complex. Millennium is where world-famous dancers and choreographers in Hollywood scenes master their dance skills. At BSW, she has several roles: music teacher, teacher's assistant and she also teach and coordinate extracurricular clubs: Hip Hop dance and school Choir. She is the organizer of the first in Poland "Music Workshops for Dancers" (pol. „Warsztaty z muzyki dla tancerzy”).

  • Fran Stone
    French Teacher

    Fran has a Masters in French from the University of Edinburgh and a TESOL English Language Teaching Certificate from Manchester Academy of English. She has taught English and French in the UK, Tanzania, Myanmar and Portugal, and is delighted to have joined the staff at BSW to teach French to Y2 and Y3 students.

    Fran is also a qualified Occupational Therapist with a special interest in the well-being of young people. She has extensive experience of working with children and young adults and has trained in hypnotherapy, mindfulness and children's yoga. She is now bringing the Kidding Around Yoga programme to students in Nursery, Reception and Y1.