If you do the math, children spend roughly 30% of their waking life in school a week, under the care and supervision of teachers. The same can be said for teachers, who will be spending most of that time with the same group of students, and vice versa. It is important to make the classroom feel like a ‘home away from home’, a place where everyone wants to be, where they feel safe and that their opinions matter. The classroom is that place for me, and the place I want my students to be as well.
I was born in Toronto, Canada, and have lived there most of my life, excluding the one year I spent in Melbourne, Australia working as a Substitute Teacher and Science Specialist. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Toronto (UofT) and a Master of Teaching Degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at UofT. Travelling has opened my eyes to the possibility that home is not necessarily in one place, but fundamentally where the people you love and care about are; where your heart is. Even though I have been to many places (United States, Australia, Japan, Korea, Italy, France, and Poland), I am well aware that there are many more to discover, and many more people to meet. Being second generation Polish, I have always felt a deep connection to my family’s place of origin and this is why I have decided to come teach in Poland.
Some of my favourite hobbies/pastimes include: composing and listening to music, going into nature (walking, hiking, bike riding), playing tennis and hockey, watching movies, reading books, playing board games and video games, and conversing/laughing amongst friends. However, I am always open to new experiences and ideas.
I look forward to making The International School my new home, and to helping make it home for those involved within it as well!