Lower Primary Staff
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.
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
Year 1 and Year 2 Polish 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.
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.
Year 3 French Teacher and Teaching Assistant
Fran has a Masters in French from the University of Edinburgh, a TESOL English Language Teaching Certificate from Manchester Academy of English, and is also a qualified Occupational Therapist. She has taught English and French in the UK, Tanzania, Myanmar and Portugal, and was delighted to join the staff at BSW in 2020.
Prior to having a young son, Fran's big passion was long-distance running and triathlon. She is also a qualified yoga teacher with a special interest in the well-being of young people, and has training in hypnotherapy and mindfulness.