Upper Primary Staff

  • 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.  

  • 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

    Mr. Stone has 11 years of experience teaching KS3, IGCSE, A level and IB. In addition to teaching English, history and geography Mr. Stone is the Cambridge exam coordinator for BSW and is the year 8 tutor. Before moving to Wilanow, Mr. Stone worked at an international school in Portugal as the head of year 9 and also coordinated Theory of Knowledge for the IB programme. Outside of school, Mr. Stone enjoys sports, listening to music and supporting his beloved Plymouth Argyle.

  • 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.