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Alex Zarganis
MA Teachers College, Columbia University / MBA Columbia Business School

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Teachers

Our teachers are specialists in their fields and enthusiasts who are passionate about their subjects.

Our team consists of many graduates of such universities as Oxford, Cambridge and the Ivy League; experienced teachers (A-Level, IB, Polish Matura); PhD holders, academics, and researchers.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Katarzyna Borzym

    BA Finance and Accounting, Warsaw School of Economics
    MA Economics, Warsaw School of Economics
    MA Psychology, University of Warsaw
    MA Philosophy, University of Warsaw
    PhD candidate in Economy, Warsaw School of Economics

    Social Studies Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Katarzyna Borzym

    BA Finance and Accounting, Warsaw School of Economics
    MA Economics, Warsaw School of Economics
    MA Psychology, University of Warsaw
    MA Philosophy, University of Warsaw
    PhD candidate in Economy, Warsaw School of Economics

    The Social Sciences Department was created in order to provide students with a good background in various social sciences, with a particular focus on Economics, Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology.

    The aim of the department is to prepare students to continue their educational and professional journeys, with potential final destinations in Law, Economics, Management, Political Sciences, Psychology, and many other fields.

    The Economics course provides students with insights enabling them to understand the complexity of modern economies and international relations. The course is also enriched with topics from different disciplines, in order to align the program with current academic discourse and the most popular fields of research, including Behavioural Economics, Experimental Economics, and Game Theory.

    Politics aims to prepare students to navigate the complicated world of today’s global changes. Students will be taught the extent to which the traditional approach to politics has changed and evolved. What is more, the program gives the students numerous opportunities to analyse political systems through specific case studies.

    In the Social Sciences Department we believe that it is impossible to study social issues without a good grounding in history – an understanding of how the state and its citizens have interacted over the centuries. Students get to know the details of the events that have shaped the world as we know it. With the teacher’s guidance, they learn how to assess critically and understand the significance of each phenomenon.

    The Social Sciences Department would not be complete without the “Human Sciences”. Our program combines insights from Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Psychology. We believe that these disciplines help students better to understand political, historical, and prepare to design tools and strategies to address those issues.

    Katarzyna Borzym has experience studying in a multinational environment, having participated in two exchange programmes: at Northeastern Illinois University in the USA (2011) and at Management Development Institute in India (2012). She completed a summer internship in the Department of Global Business Services at Procter & Gamble. At the moment, Katarzyna is a Ph.D. Candidate at Warsaw School of Economics, specializing in Behavioural Economics. She is also the author of several research articles and co-author of many publications in Poland.

    As Head of the Social Sciences Department, Katarzyna draws upon her knowledge from various educational contexts, to show her students the great potential of interdisciplinary approach. She created the Economics course bearing in mind that the challenges of contemporary world require flexibility, curiosity, and ambition.

    Katarzyna is a big enthusiast of backpacking and reading. So far, she has visited more than fifty countries, but her favourite place on earth is her hometown, Drohiczyn, located in the eastern part of Poland. Her biggest dreams are to write a best-selling novel and visit New Zealand.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Krzysztof Sikora

    Mathematics, University of Warsaw
    (Specialisation in topology)

    Mathematics Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Krzysztof Sikora

    Mathematics, University of Warsaw
    (Specialisation in topology)

    We would like our students perceive mathematics not only as a school subject, but also as a tool for solving problems.

    Reality is a set of solvable tasks, so through analysis of a given matter and by applying the principles and rules of mathematics, we are able to solve problems of calculation and geometry, as well as the tasks of logic, economics, and issues in many areas of everyday life.

    Mathematics within the A Level system can be practiced at many different levels and can be developed in many different directions. Most classes concern the area of the pure mathematics – a strict and precise science, still free from unnecessary formalism at this stage. At the same time we attach great importance to the applied mathematics: strict application of mathematics in statistics and probability, mechanics, and the introduction to algorithms and programming.

    Krzysztof Sikora is a mathematician, pedagogue, and a teacher with many years of experience.
    He worked for 12 years as a maths teacher, and afterwards as the Head of Department at 1531 IB World School in Warsaw. In 2008 he has joined Akademeia, where he gives maths classes in the following educational systems:

    • A Level (all modules for Maths and Further Maths);
    • International Baccalaureate (IB);
    • Polish Matura;
    • IGCSE;
    • SAT;

    He has taken part in many workshops and training courses in Poland, Europe, and the USA (including Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama). Laureate of the National Education Commission Medal.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Dr Karolina Watras

    BA History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    MA History of Art,
    Courtauld Institute of Art, London
    MPhil History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    PhD History of Art,
    University of Cambridge

    Humanities Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Dr Karolina Watras

    BA History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    MA History of Art,
    Courtauld Institute of Art, London
    MPhil History of Art,
    University of Cambridge
    PhD History of Art,
    University of Cambridge

    Humanities investigate how we understand and interpret our experiences as human beings: who we are and how we relate to one another.

    At Akademeia High School, all the humanities subjects work closely together to provide our students with broad interdisciplinary frameworks of how past societies developed and how they influenced the contemporary world. Students are encouraged to examine past events and cultural developments from a number of perspectives: History, Polish, English and World Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, History of Art and Visual Culture. Across these subjects, students learn analytical and interpretative methods inherent to each discipline while developing an ability to make connections between different ideas. Our aim is to educate students who not only value but also actively pursue a critical and creative engagement with the world around them.

    The Polish curriculum actively stages a dialogue between past and present as well as national and international contexts. It invites students to consider Polish cultural heritage through the prism of contemporary society and their own experiences. Historical texts are studied in conjunction with contemporary literature and in the context of broader visual and material culture including film, mass and popular media.

    In the first year of History, students follow an extensive chronological curriculum, focusing on periods and events that had a major impact on the relationship between citizen and state. They also learn the key historical skills of interpreting and evaluating primary and secondary sources as well as understanding causes and effects of historical change. The course prepares students for more in-depth studies in the History A-Level curriculum while providing a contextual background for other humanities.

    English and World Literature gives a unique opportunity to study English Literature as part of a wider global culture. Through carefully selected case studies, students develop an ability to independently analyse literary texts while learning how to place them within specific literary contexts and genres.  From Norse and Celtic myths, through the legends of King Arthur, Romantic poetry, and twentieth century American drama, the course is a tour de force journey through the history of literature and ideas. It provides an invaluable basis for further studies in English Literature and Languages A Levels.

    It is impossible to make sense of the contemporary world without an understanding of the nature of religion and the role that it plays in that world. Religious Studies offers a possibility to investigate the creation and interpretation of religious texts over consecutive historical periods. In their first year, students can thus follow the development of major world religions, something which they can pursue further at A Level, when they also engage with philosophy of religion and ethics.

    In History of Art, we study how visual culture can shape and express human relations. The subject introduces key visual analysis skills while inviting students to place past and contemporary artefacts within broader socio-cultural contexts. Art has served as a means of conveying various forms of authority and it has been a mode of interrogating social and cultural conventions. In the History of Art A Level, students are encouraged to build further on these thematic approaches when examining artworks in the light of patronage, status, gender, nationality and ethnicity.

    Our Philosophy and Cognitive Science courses do not only teach extensive history of philosophical thought but also encourage students to examine different ways of knowing and how our ethical systems affect life in society. Philosophy complements Humanities and Social Sciences studies, encouraging students to draw across the disciplines while taking an autonomous and self-reflective approach to their learning.

    Humanities work closely with the Art and Languages departments. They provide a springboard for students pursuing creative subjects such as Art, Design, and Media, and for those wishing to develop deeper knowledge of other languages and cultures.

    Karolina Watras completed her A Levels at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College in the UK. She received her undergraduate degree in History of Art from Christ’s College, Cambridge. Karolina studied Gothic Architecture for a Masters at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and subsequently returned to Cambridge to pursue her MPhil and doctoral research at Jesus College.

     

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Igor Boczarow

    MA Chemistry, University of Oxford
    PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Oxford

    Natural Sciences Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Igor Boczarow

    MA Chemistry, University of Oxford
    PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Oxford

    The Department of Natural Sciences is concerned with teaching the fundamentals of three disciplines: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.

    In reality all of these are intimately intertwined, and our teaching of the subjects reflects this. Each subject borrows from the other ones, and thanks to this unique interdisciplinary approach our student are able more deeply to appreciate the intricacies and complexities of natural phenomena. With degrees from top European universities, our deeply committed natural sciences teachers are among the best in Poland. Many of them carry out academic research in addition to teaching.

    Igor Boczarow’s interest in chemistry started in secondary school but developed into a full-fledged passion in Ks. Jozef Poniatowski High School in Warsaw. This led him to continue his adventure with the subject at Oxford University, where he ended up spending over 8 years and earning both an MSc in Theoretical Chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry.

    During the last four years at Oxford, his time was mainly filled with laboratory work on the synthesis of organic dyes for imaging membrane potential, but his academic interests also include pharmaceutical and computational chemistry. In his free time he enjoys travelling, literature, philosophy, and life-drawing.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Wojtek Pąkowski

    Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw (Graphics Department / Specialisation in graphics, painting, sculpture)

     

     

    Art Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Wojtek Pąkowski

    Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw (Graphics Department / Specialisation in graphics, painting, sculpture)

     

     

    We want to discover and foster the skills and creativity of every student.

    Education in visual arts concentrates on the following techniques:

    • drawing (fundamental for further activity in art)
    • painting
    • sculpture / installation artwork
    • graphics workshop
    • marouflage
    • graphic design
    • 3D design
    • fine art photography
    • animation
    • textiles.

    These classes are the basics for understanding chains of cause and effect in art, as well as its social aims. Our goal is to create a platform which will promote students’ comprehensive development in their chosen fields, preparing them not only for A Levels, but ultimately to achieve university places in the best art departments around the world.

    Wojtek Pąkowski is a painter, graphic designer, and sculptor.
    In graphics he uses techniques broadly understood as “Intaglio”, for which he has invented some modifications. In sculpture Wojtek casts in bronze and aluminium; he paints using oils and mixed techniques.

    Winner of many awards, including The Juror’s Award (First Place) at The Silvermine Print International and The First Prize at Hanga ’87, the Annual Exhibition of the Japan Print Association.

    His works have been exhibited around the world, including in France, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the United States and many individual exhibitions in Poland. He is a member of the Polish Visual Artists Association, Associacio Difusor D’obra, Picture International, and The International Graphic Arts Foundation.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Alex Zarganis

    MA Education Teachers College, Columbia University
    MBA, Columbia Business School

    American Program Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Alex Zarganis

    MA Education Teachers College, Columbia University
    MBA, Columbia Business School

    The American Program Department provides guidance to those students who may wish to continue their education across the Atlantic, giving them another solid option as they embark upon their academic journey.

    The staff at the American Department provide two main services to students:

    • They help students to navigate the relatively complex world of American university applications, supporting students through every step of the process.
    • The department offers courses in the all-important entrance examinations, such as the SAT and the ACT, required by American universities.

    In order to accomplish these tasks, the department draws upon nearly a decade of experience in guiding students towards American universities. During that time, Akademeia has assisted students with successful applications to Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, the University of Chicago, Brown, Cornell, UC Berkeley, the Rhode Island School of Design and the Berklee College of Music, amongst many others.

    Alex Zarganis began working at Akademeia in 2008 and has been with the organization ever since, taking a break only to complete a dual masters degree at Columbia University (MA Education, Teachers College and MBA, Columbia Business School). He graduated in 2016 and returned to Poland to assume the role of Deputy Headmaster at Akademeia High School, a seemingly perfect fit for his new qualifications.

    As the head of the American Department, Alex specializes in college counseling and admissions test preparation. Related to this, he also teaches a course that is fairly unique to Akademeia, called Critical Thinking. Finally, Alex puts his educational background to good use instructing students in both Business Studies and Economics.

    In his spare time, Alex is an American football referee. His career includes time in NCAA Division II and Division III football, as well as international competitions such as the 2011 Global Kilimanjaro Bowl, the first college football game played on the continent of Africa. Alex graduated with a BA in Economics at UC Davis before moving to Poland in 2005. He is married and has a 6-year-old daughter.

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