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Akademeia High School
Faculty
DEPUTY HEAD
Dr Karolina Watras
History of Art, University of Cambridge, Courtauld Institute of Art in London
DEPUTY HEAD
Dr Karolina Watras
History of Art, University of Cambridge, Courtauld Institute of Art in London

Faculty

All of our teachers are experts in their fields, with qualifications from the world’s most prestigious universities. Their passion, experience and educational background are the intellectual bedrock that lays the foundation for our students’ academic and creative successes.

Many of our experienced teachers hold masters degrees and PhDs; some are actively involved in academic research. At Akademeia we invest in our teachers’ professional development to equip them with all the necessary resources to unlock our students’ academic potential.

33% of our teachers are PhD holders and PhD candidates.

62% of our teaching staff are graduates of top international universities, including the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of St Andrews, Imperial College London, University College London (UCL), The London School of Economics (LSE), Brown University, University of Chicago, Berklee College of Music, Universite de Lausanne, Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin, University of Munich, Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen.

 

"I have never worked in a school where the faculty was so excited about their own subjects.

 

The teachers are interested and interesting. They have all got a story to tell. They pass on that excitement to the students.”

Kingsley Wray
Mathematics Teacher

  • 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

    Dr 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 Master’s at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and subsequently returned to Cambridge to pursue her MPhil and doctoral research at Jesus College.

    Dr Watras has worked as a supervisor and Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Department of History of Art, Acting Director of Studies at Jesus and Trinity Colleges, and course leader at the Institute of Continuing Education. She returned to Poland and joined Akademeia in 2014.

    Dr Watras’s broader interests include Surrealism, transregional exchanges between 20th century avant-gardes, artist’s books, art under totalitarian regimes, and twentieth century aesthetic theory. Dr Watras has always followed an interdisciplinary approach throughout the course of her academic studies and teaching. This has informed her work as the Head of the Humanities Department, and she strives to instil an appreciation of its importance in her students.


    Faculty of Humanities: 

    Dr Adam Anders
    BA (Hons.) History, York University
    MA Ancient History, Cardiff University
    PhD Ancient History, Cardiff University

    Adam studied History at York University in Toronto and went on to study Ancient History at Cardiff in the UK. There he earned an MA with distinction and followed with a Ph.D. on Roman light infantry. His academic research focuses on the Roman Army, with a particular interest in combat dynamics. His love for stories spills over from the historical to the fictional, and the latter manifests as a penchant for creative writing: Adam is currently enrolled at Harvard University, where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and Literature.

     

    Dr Alfredo Barillari
    BA International Relations, University of Naples
    MA European Studies, University of Naples
    PhD Gender and Women’s History, University of Naples

    Alfredo graduated in International Relations from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, where he has also achieved a Master’s degree in European studies. In 2017, he obtained a PhD in Gender and Women’s history at the same university, conducting research in Florence and Rome. The topic of his PhD thesis was “Patterns of Masculinity in a Changing Society: Idols of Italian Cinema in 1955 – 1963”. During four years of doctoral studies, Alfredo chaired seminars and presented the results of his work at international conferences in both France (University of Rouen) and Spain (University of Madrid, UAM). He was also a member of the organising committee for the “Gender & Crisis in History” international conference (Procida, 2015). He has been socially active for years, starting from when he was a student through to this day – Alfredo is one of the founders of the social movement “LiberaMente”, active in his city (Serra San Bruno). He has lived in Finland, Mexico, and Hungary (he studied as an Erasmus student in Budapest) among others, and has been living in Warsaw since January 2018.  He considers the opportunity to pass on knowledge a privilege, and it is a true passion of his.

     

    Sonia Blank
    BA (Hons.) Education and Humanities, Midwestern College in Kansas City
    MLitt Religion and the Contemporary World, St. Andrews University

    After receiving her BA in Education and Humanities in Kansas City, Sonia pursued an interdisciplinary MLitt focusing on Religion and the Contemporary World at St. Andrews University. Her thesis explored the concept of self-love, specifically as expressed in the writings of the Danish existential philosopher Sore Kierkegaard. Her passion for teaching led her to Prague, where she received a TEFL certificate, and then to Poland, where she began teaching at language schools. Sonia has also worked as a translator for numerous publishers and authors. Expressing herself in a more artsy way is an important aspect of her life, and she does this through singing, dancing, as well as writing poetry: link

     

    Kay Czepli-George
    BA History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London
    MA, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), University of London
    Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults, University of Cambridge
    Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching, Lancaster University
    Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – CELTA YL extension, University of Cambridge
    Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults – CELTA, University of Cambridge

    Kay Czepli-George specialises in teaching History of Art, Literature and English language to high school as well as university students. She has worked for educational institutions in England, Vietnam, Qatar and Poland. Her experience has ranged from teaching young learners and young adults, designing innovative materials, mentoring newly qualified teachers and supporting YL educators in a methodological capacity. Kay is interested in the concepts of second language identity as well as interdisciplinary and creative approaches to teaching English Language and Literature, and History of Art. The source of her inspiration is not only other teachers but also her talented students who surprise her every day.

     

    Stefan Głowacki
    Polish Studies, University of Warsaw 

    Stefan Głowacki graduated from the faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw. During his studies he directed his scientific interests primarily towards Mannerist and Baroque literature, investigating their connections with modern times. Stefan has many years’ experience as a teacher. In his work with students he focuses on dialogue and the independent exchange of thoughts and views. He encourages his students to look at literary texts from a broader perspective, to pay attention to the historical and literary context in which a given work originated, as well as consider the correlations between the work and other fields of art such as painting, film, or works of mass culture. In developing the Polish language teaching programme, he paid special attention to its interdisciplinary and intertextual character – that is why, apart from outstanding works of literature and their analysis, the programme also features elements of Polish history, world history and literature, history of art, and visual culture. Among his favourite authors he mentions Witold Gombrowicz and Franz Kafka. He is a passionate musician and composer. His works may be defined as a combination of jazz, funk, and electronic music.

     

    Natalia Jakubowska
    BA English Language Philology, University of Bialystok
    MA English Language Philology, University of Bialystok
    Master of Laws (LLM), University of Bialystok
    Acquisition Cat 1 Training, Dublin

    Natalia Jakubowska is an experienced ESL Teacher, IB Language B Tutor, and Extended Essay Supervisor. Throughout her teaching career, she accomplished professional development trainings in Poland, Ireland, and the UK. Natalia is interested in second language acquisition, cognitive psychology, and language education. She specialises in working with gifted students and designing individual courses which are tailored to meet students’ special education needs and help them grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally. Natalia promotes creative and interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning in her classes.

     

    Andrew James
    BA (Hons.) Philosophy, University of Liverpool
    CELTA, Cambridge ESOL Examinations

    DELTA, Cambridge ESOL Examinations 

    Andrew teaches English for Academic Purposes. He is also responsible for Akademeia’s Summer School.  Having last been responsible for setting up the short courses department of a well-established UK independent school he was previously the UK manager of a large international summer camp provider based out of Switzerland. English language teaching has been Andrew’s primary focus since leaving university, a career which has taken him to Poland, France and Portugal, working most recently for the British Council. Outside of school and family life, Andrew is keen on politics, philosophy and a wide range of sports, especially golf and cricket.

     

    Katie Martin
    BA (Hons.) German & Linguistics, University of York
    MA in Applied Linguistics, York St John University
    TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), York St John University
    Diploma in English Language Teaching, Cambridge University English Examinations
    CELT YL, Cambridge University English Examinations

    Katie Martin is an experienced English language teacher for both children and adults. She has worked in educational institutions in the UK, Austria, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, and has been teaching in a range of multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-national classrooms.
    Katie specialises in teaching secondary school age and also in professional development for teachers.  Across all age levels, she focuses on improving communication skills and cooperative learning, as well as raising confidence, as these are transferrable skills invaluable for our modern world.  Language acquisition and retention are some of her other professional interests.

     

    Natalia Przybysz
    University of Warsaw, Institute of Polish Language

    Natalia is a graduate of the Faculty of Polish Studies at the University of Warsaw, as well as a PhD student at the Institute of Polish Language at the University of Warsaw. Her scientific interests focus on the cognitive perception of language, primarily metaphors. She cooperates with both Polish and foreign youth publishing houses, and her doctoral thesis concerns the analysis of metaphors in classic fairy tales and their contemporary adaptations. She participates in many cultural events related to the promotion of Polish literature and linguistics: she conducted, among others, workshops for young people at the Capital of Polish Language Festival and served as a Polish language expert at the Warsaw Dictation. In working with students, Natalia focuses primarily on the interdisciplinary nature of literature and language. She tries to encourage students to look at literary works from many perspectives, loves book discussions and interpreting cultural texts in an open fashion. Her passions are reading books (in particular good crime novels), old cars, and sport.

     

    Sam Pulham
    BA English Literature, Queen Mary, University of London
    MA Writing and Society 1700 – 1820, Queen Mary, University of London

    Sam’s research interests include first-generation Romanticism and its legacy, particularly in terms of its influence on early twentieth-century poetry. Sam has also co-hosted a literary podcast on forgotten or overlooked books – Sherds Podcast: link

     

    Amy Stuart
    MA (Hons.) English Literature and Spanish, University of Glasgow
    UK Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), University of Cambridge

    A graduate of the University of Glasgow, Amy was awarded honours in English Literature and Spanish. Her thesis examined marginality in Latin American literature, with a particular focus on indigenismo and postcolonial identity. She also studied at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, researching postcolonial linguistic and cultural expression in Quechua speakers, as well as indigenous uprisings of Latin America.
    Alongside her academic interests, Amy has lead theatre workshops and has produced and directed performances with school students. Most recently, she produced and directed “The Lion King” at Good Shepherd International School in India. Her teaching experience encompasses teaching English and Spanish from primary age to university students in Honduras, Scotland and India, and Spanish Literacy to speakers of Quechua in remote Bolivia. She is thrilled to expand upon this experience as Head of Fifth Form where she hopes to inspire, guide and support students under her care.

     

    Bella Szala
    Head of English

    MA (Hons.) Art History and English Literature, University of St. Andrews
    MPhil History of Art, University of Cambridge

    Before moving to Poland from the UK in 2008, Bella studied at the University of St. Andrews, where her undergraduate thesis examined the interaction between Philip Pulman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and the old Romantics, especially Blake and Milton. At Cambridge, her MPhil in History of Art focused on late medieval panel painting in East Anglia. These diverse topics reflect two specific interests: writing for children from the18th century to the present day, and Gothic art. Both these areas encompass the deployment of didactic/pedagogic images, the history of which within Christian art is a major area of her interest. Renaissance and Jacobean drama, together with 20th century American drama, represent other fields of study, fuelled by Bella’s four year stint teaching English Literature at the Polish National Academy of Theatre Arts (formerly Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna).

     

    Dr Magdalena Szalewicz
    MA Philosophy, University of Warsaw
    PhD Philosophy, Polish Academy of Sciences

    Magda’s PhD thesis was devoted to the problem of visual thinking. Drawing on Freud’s findings concerning dreams as visual representations of thoughts and on the images produced by artificial neural networks modelled on the visual cortex, she argued that our concepts – from the most mundane, concrete ideas utilized in everyday speech to the most abstract ideas of mathematics – are mostly images, albeit coded and perceived in linguistic form. Apart from epistemology, Magda’s academic interests include contemporary French philosophy, psychoanalysis, and visual arts.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Dr Keith Walmsley

    BA French and Russian,
    University of Oxford
    MLitt Russian Literature,
    University of St. Andrews
    PhD Russian Literature,
    University of St. Andrews
    IPGCE, University of Sheffield

    Modern Languages Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Dr Keith Walmsley

    BA French and Russian,
    University of Oxford
    MLitt Russian Literature,
    University of St. Andrews
    PhD Russian Literature,
    University of St. Andrews
    IPGCE, University of Sheffield

    Dr Keith Walmsley received his initial degree in French and Russian before pursuing postgraduate study in Russian Literature. His Master’s course focused on the periods of Romanticism and Symbolism, and his PhD thesis investigated the role of the fairy tale in the development of the early Russian novel. His research has been published in the Slavonic and East European Review, and he has presented papers at various universities including Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews and Princeton. Whilst at St. Andrews he taught Russian translation and literature courses and ran a weekly grammar workshop. His interests expand to all areas of foreign language teaching and he currently holds other certificates in “Teaching English as a Second Language in Mainstream Classrooms” and in “La Formation initiale à l’approche neurolinquistique de l’ensieignement des langues étrangères”.


    Dr Ines Artola
    PhD History of Art (European Mention), University of Malaga

    MA Cultural Management, Open University, Barcelona
    MA Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Universidad Alcalá de Henares
    BA Musicology, University of Granada
    BA Piano, Conservatory of Music in Málaga
    BA History of Art, University of Málaga

    Ines R. Artola has lived in Warsaw since 2004, where she has been working as a Spanish teacher at the Cervantes Institute in Warsaw. She has conducted courses for teachers and given lectures on art and culture.
    She is a university teacher at the University of Warsaw (F. Chopin Academy of Music and Art History Institute) as well, working as a specialist in contemporary art and curatorship. She is the author of the books “A contrapelo, textos de arte no-oficial en Polonia (1960-1989)” (Metales Pesados, Chile, 2017) and “Formiści, la sintesis de la modernidad” (Libargo, Granada, 2015).

     

    Conor Johnston
    BA (Hons.) European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Liverpool
    MA Etudes des Mondes Anglophones, Paul Valery University of Montpellier

    Upon graduating from The University of Liverpool with a BA Hons in European Studies and Modern Languages (French and Spanish), Conor moved to Spain for a year, then settled in France for eight years, during which time he completed his MA in Etudes des Mondes Anglophones at l’Université de Montpellier III – Paul Valéry. In 2008 he took a two-year sabbatical to travel the world, much of which time was spent exploring the ethnolinguistic tapestry of south America. Upon his return to Europe he moved to London to complete his PGCE in French and Spanish at the University of Roehampton, before settling in Andalusia for three years. Beyond his love for language learning and teaching, Conor is also a dedicated yoga practitioner and instructor. His other passions include walking in the mountains, reading, existential/ontological philosophy, backgammon, singing and playing the guitar.

     

    Katarzyna Krzanik
    BA Political Science, Sociology, History, University of Lausanne
    Master of Research [MRes] Political Science, University Paris VIII

    Katarzyna is a teacher of Sociology, Critical Thinking, and French. After graduating from French high school in Kraków, she pursued her education in Switzerland at the University of Lausanne, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science, Sociology, and History. She also completed a one-semester exchange at the Galatasaray University in Istanbul.
    Katarzyna continued her graduate education at the University Paris VIII in France (Master of Research in Political Science), where she followed an interdisciplinary curriculum including subjects such as: gender studies, post-colonial studies, as well as nationalism and nation-building studies. Passionate about the sociology of image, Katarzyna completed two dissertations focused on the evolution of political iconography and the process of visual identity-building in ex-Yugoslavia.

     

    Neftalí Valiente
    BA (Hons.) / MPhil English Studies, University of Huelva

    Neftalí completed his degree in English Studies at the University of Huelva, during which time he developed an interest in general issues of rhetoric and poetics. More specifically, he researched conceit theory in both English and Spanish literary sources of the 16th and 17th centuries. This eventually resulted in his MPhil dissertation: “The Meditative Tradition and Baroque Conceit in Early Modern English Poetry”. Neftalí has lived abroad for long periods of time, notably in the United Kingdom and Italy, where he worked in international education and took up a position as an examiner for the International Baccalaureate. He is currently focusing on the application of rhetorical practice in order to develop students’ communicative abilities both in first and second language classrooms, particularly in the fields of persuasion and argumentation.

  • HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Katarzyna Borzym-Grzesik

    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 Economics, Warsaw School of Economics

    Social Sciences Department

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Katarzyna Borzym-Grzesik

    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 Economics, Warsaw School of Economics

    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 the Management Development Institute in India (2012). She completed a summer internship in the Department of Global Business Services at Procter & Gamble. Katarzyna is currently a PhD candidate at Warsaw School of Economics, specialising 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 an interdisciplinary approach. She created the Economics course bearing in mind that the challenges of contemporary world require flexibility, curiosity, and ambition.

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


    Faculty of Social Sciences:

    Dr Ryan Bromley
    BA International Relations, Collegium Civitas
    MSc Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University of London
    PhD Chemical Senses in Fine Art, Oxford Brookes University (sponsored by Givaudan)

    Ryan is a scholar and practitioner of Food Studies. His focus on the chemical senses (taste, olfaction, and chemesthesis) is multidisciplinary, integrating elements of natural science, social science, and humanities. Ryan’s research, lectures and industry projects have been conducted in partnership with leading institutions in each of these areas, including Monell Chemical Senses Center, Royal College of Art, University of Gastronomic Sciences, Basque Culinary Centre, Nordic Food Lab and more. Ryan has extensive international industry experience, including ten years as a chef, and a passion for connecting the kitchen and the garden through contemporary apothecary practice. One example of this is his creation of Japanese-styled incense (Kōdō) made from local botanical materials. Publications include Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture (Uni. California Press, pending), Performance Research (Routledge), Research from the Edge of our Thinking (RCA) and Food, Art & Philosophy (Uni. Gastronomic Sciences).

     

    Dr Patryk Dziurski
    PhD Management Science, Warsaw School of Economics

    Patryk is a researcher and lecturer at the Warsaw School of Economics. His interests include strategic management as well as creative and cultural industries. He is the author of more than 20 publications in management science and a participant in many national and international conferences.

     

    Dominika Fiołna
    BA (Hons.) Sociology, Brown University
    MSc Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina

    Dominika received her IB diploma focused on Psychology, Biology, and Theatre Studies from the United World College of India. She then completed her undergraduate degree at Brown University in the United States, where she was awarded honours in Sociology for her thesis looking at young women’s attitudes towards contraception and sexual education in Poland. Dominika continued her graduate education at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina (UNC), earning a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management. Due to her continuing research interest in women’s health and family planning, Dominika completed a UNC-FHI360 Research Fellowship before returning to Poland to share her passions with Akademeia students. She teaches sociology, psychology and co-leads health and prevention workshops. Dominika also fills the role of the Head of Sixth Form, supporting Year 12 and Year 13 students and their mentors in preparing for higher education.

     

    Jan Globisz
    BA Economics, University of Durham
    Erasmus Term, Università di Pisa

    Jan loves to share his passion for economics. His academic interests are energy economics and comparative efficiency studies. During his time at university, Jan had the opportunity to gain unique professional experience in IT, banking, public affairs, and marketing. Cinema and theatre enthusiast. Science-fiction literature geek. Jan enjoys doing sports, especially running, swimming, and martial arts.

     

    Monika Koblak
    MA Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw
    MA Sociology, University of Warsaw
    Postgraduate studies in Philosophy and Ethics, University of Warsaw

    Monika Koblak is an experienced English and theory of knowledge teacher. Apart from teaching, she cooperates with non-governmental organisations concerned with science and education. Monika has organised numerous interdisciplinary workshops for both teachers and students. These have been devoted to citizen science, the scientific method, open science and education, free and open licences, rules of editing Wikipedia articles, and dismantling fake news.

     

    Jan Ladziński
    Head of History

    BA History, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Master of Research [MRes] East European Studies, University College London

    Jan’s main interest lies in the history of national and peasant movements in Eastern Europe, including the origins of civil society and political participation.

     

    Marcin Stanek
    MA Geography (Hons), University of Edinburgh

    MA Research Methods, Durham University
    PhD candidate in Geography, Durham University

    After graduating from the United World College of the American West in New Mexico, Marcin pursued an integrated Masters in Geography at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. During his studies, he developed a strong passion for teaching. He pursued the latter as a Geography teacher at the International School of Geneva in Switzerland. His fascination for experiential education lead Marcin to design unique curricula to be taught in places as diverse as the Guatemalan Pacific Coast, Iceland, and Israel. He has consolidated his interest in new ways of teaching through a PhD programme in Geography at Durham University. At the core of his doctoral research is an ethnographic study of the Andean educational philosophy, as practised in prestigious schools in Bolivian cities. He is currently analysing his findings in order to draw conclusions applicable to wider debates on Sustainable Development Goals and specifically the quality of education in the majority world. Marcin moved to Poland in 2019 to take up the position of Geography teacher at Akademeia and further develop his student-centred, research-evidenced and future-oriented approach to teaching.

     

    Kinga Stańczuk
    BA French Studies, University of London
    MA Intellectual History and Political Thought, University College London

    Kinga Stańczuk is a politics teacher and intellectual historian. She completed her studies at the University of London, graduating with a BA in French Studies (QMUL) and an MA in Intellectual History and Political Thought (UCL). She also completed a year at the Sorbonne IV University in Paris and a scholarship at Kings College, Cambridge, where she worked on her dissertation on the philosophy of education. She worked as a trade-union and political campaigner in both the UK and Poland, cooperating with a number of NGOs and non-profit organisations.

     

    Robert Świstelnicki
    BSc Economics, Warsaw School of Economics
    BA Philosophy, University of Warsaw
    MA Political Science, University of Chicago
    Erasmus Year, University of Munich
    Exchange, Singapore Management University

    Robert Świstelnicki has studied Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics. After receiving his MA from the University of Chicago, he worked as a visiting researcher at the University of Heidelberg. His academic endeavors are centered around the question of the human condition in modernity. To tackle this question Robert has studied a selection of ancient, early modern, and contemporary texts. He has been particularly influenced by: Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Descartes, Hobbes, Kant, and Heidegger, as well as Richard Rorty, Leo Strauss, Hannah Arendt, and Juergen Habermas. Robert feels immense gratitude towards the great minds and hearts he has been learning from, and would like to pass it all on to his students. Robert leads a second life as an amateur musician (songwriter, composer and improviser), and a third life as a tennis (and soccer) player.

  • Head of Department Dr Jakub Mikoszewski

    PhD Biology, University of Warsaw

    Natural Sciences Department

    Head of Department Dr Jakub Mikoszewski

    PhD Biology, University of Warsaw

    Jakub Mikoszewski’s PhD thesis was related to steroid compounds in plasma membranes, including their metabolism in vivo and in vitro. During his four years as a PhD student, Jakub conducted numerous seminars and student laboratory tutorials, in addition to presenting the results of his research as an international conference participant twice. He has 13 years of experience in the IB programme (including Biology HL, SL, and as an EE supervisor) and 16 years of experience as a teacher, tutor, and health and prevention workshop leader.


    Faculty of Natural Sciences:

    Dr Mark Baynes
    BSc (Hons) Biology, University of East Anglia
    DPhil Evolutionary Biology, Wadham College, Oxford

    A keen natural historian from an early age, Mark formalised his passion reading biology as an undergraduate and then taking a DPhil in evolutionary study. Although the necessary election of just one area for PhD research was almost painful, he was finally drawn towards the world of mate selection (adaptive behaviour and phenotype in competitive scenarios). Mark maintains an academic appetite for all things cellular with a particular susceptibility towards amphibian and bird biology and adaptive games. In terms of teaching experience, he has held tenure at Charterhouse School, tutored privately in London, and finally served as principle biologist at Padworth College – an international college in Southern England. When not distracted by the natural aesthetic, Mark enjoys reading, playing funk bass, fly-fishing, film, and pop music.

     

    Dr Nataliya Marchyk
    BSc Chemistry, Belarusian State University
    MSc Chemistry, of National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
    PhD Biotechnology, Compiègne University of Technology (France)

    After achieving her BSc from one of the best universities in Belarus, Nataliya attended a master’s program in Chemistry at the Institute of Research Training while concurrently undertaking research work at the Institute of New Materials of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Nataliya’s research interest was focused on the preparation and analysis of polymer-based composite films as models of lipid bilayers. Afterwards, she moved to France to attend a doctoral program at the Compiègne University of Technology, where she worked in close collaboration with the research group from the University of Applied Sciences in Jena (Germany) and the research group from the University of Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France). Nataliya’s research interest was focused on the synthesis of molecularly imprinted polymers specific to a certain target molecule and their application in biomonitoring and diagnostics. Her great interest in an interdisciplinary approach stems from these experiences – she is fascinated with how different disciplines can work in conjunction with each other to give answers to challenging questions and give rise to the appearance of new technologies, approaches, and strategies. Thus, she wants to show students that modern science is multi- and interdisciplinary, relying on the whole spectrum of knowledge, and should not limited to any one particular subject. Answers can be found everywhere, if you just look.

     

    Dr Mark William Kelly
    BSc Chemistry, Heriot Watt University
    PhD Physical Chemistry, University of Bristol
    PGCE, University of West England

    After achieving his undergraduate degree Mark was offered a graduate job at Sasol Technologies Ltd where he was involved in the research of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Mark left this position to complete a PhD in Bristol, where he specialised in gas phase plasma diagnostics and modelling for the chemical vapour deposition of diamond. During his PhD, Mark attended several conferences to present his work and is first author of two publications, as well as being second author of several others. Following a one-year post-doctoral research position in Bristol, Mark completed a PGCE to teach secondary science with a specialisation in Chemistry at the University of the West of England. Mark is moving to Warsaw having completed two years as Head of Chemistry at a British international school in Nairobi.

     

    Dr Giovanni Peralta
    MSc Physics, University of Cagliari
    PhD Physics, King’s College London

    Physicist, teacher of Physics and Mathematics. Born in Padria, north-west of Sardinia, Giovanni completed his studies at the University of Cagliari, graduating with a MSc in solid state physics with a thesis on “Jahn-Teller stabilisation of magnetic and orbital ordering in rocksalt CuO” under the supervision of Prof. Vincenzo Fiorentini and Dr Alessio Filippetti. In 2010, he moved to King’s College London, where he undertook and completed PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro De Vita and Dr James Kermode, investigating the mechanism of fracture in brittle materials by means of computer simulations using a hybrid quantum-mechanical and classical-mechanical model. As part of his PhD duties, he had the chance to supervise several undergraduate and master students in research projects on fracture modelling, attended conferences, and organised physics talks. From January 2013 to June 2015, he lectured Mathematics and Physics at Kaplan International College London to pre-undergraduate and pre-master students, coordinating all mathematics modules. In July 2015, he joined Akademeia in Warsaw, where to date he has been teaching Physics and Mathematics to both A Level and iGCSE students.

  • 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)

    Krzysztof Sikora is a mathematician, pedagogue, and 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. He joined Akademeia in 2008, where he teaches maths classes in the following educational systems: A Level (all modules for Maths and Further Maths), International Baccalaureate (IB), Polish Matura, IGCSE, and SAT.

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


    Faculty of Mathematics:

    Paweł Chróstowski
    BSc Automation and Robotics, Warsaw University of Technology
    MSc Robotics, Warsaw University of Technology
    MA Physical Education, Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw
    PhD candidate Biomechanics, Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw

    Over the course of his education, Paweł successfully participated in several mathematics competitions and Olympiads. Counting and solving puzzles always came naturally to him, and his love for them made it impossible to imagine a future unrelated to the exact sciences. Paweł has been giving private lessons in mathematics and physics ever since he started university. Sport has always been another of Paweł’s passions. During his studies at the Warsaw University of Technology, he decided to fulfil his dream and simultaneously started pedagogical studies at the Warsaw Academy of Physical Education, where he received his teaching qualifications and football coaching license, among others. This unusual combined education brought him to Akademeia, which is a place where he can incorporate both his technical and pedagogical education as a teacher of mathematics and as a mentor. Currently, Paweł is pursuing a PhD. His research interest focuses on biomechanics, in particular kinematics and the dynamics of human movement. He has not resigned from sport – he plays football in a Warsaw league team. Paweł is an expert in the field of statistics and he enjoys topics related to probability, particularly in practical contexts and their use in everyday life.

     

    Monika Klimczak-Gromska
    MA Mathematics, University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun

    Monika graduated in Mathematics from the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Toruń where she received her MA with distinction. She then completed four years of PhD studies at the Faculty of Mathematics, specialising mainly in the field of distribution theory. As a PhD student, she published articles about the properties of kth record statistics and took part in many statistical conferences. Monika is also a postgraduate student of accounting from the Warsaw School of Economics. She is an experienced maths teacher who has been teaching across all key stages of study since 2005, including preparations for IGCSE as well as IB SL and HL Mathematics exams. Monika is also a qualified IB Examiner for marking Math SL papers. She is joining us from The British School of Warsaw, where she was Head of Mathematics for one year.

     

    Mariusz Kowalik
    MA Physics, University of Warsaw
    Teachers College, Warsaw Institute of Technology

    Mariusz Kowalik is a graduate of both the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw and Teachers College at the Warsaw Institute of Technology. Mariusz is a teacher with many years’ experience. He is enthusiastic about his work, from which he derives a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction. His teaching adventure started as early as his first year of university, when he took up tutoring. This experience would direct his future career path.  He has been working with Akademeia for 10 years – 8 of which he spent conducting individual classes,  while the last 2 years have been spent teaching group classes at Akademeia High School. Mariusz teaches mathematics at all levels and has the qualifications and knowledge to teach A-levels, IGCSE, GCSE, IB, SAT, SAT Subject Test, ATC, GMAT,  and the Polish matriculation examination (egzamin maturalny).

     

    Dr Peter Kowalski
    BA (Hons.) Mathematics, University College London
    PhD Mathematics, University College London

    As an undergraduate student in Mathematics at University College London (UCL), Peter developed a passion for mathematical modelling and how mathematical models are used to explore real world phenomena. He subsequently went on to complete a PhD in the Department of Mathematics at UCL, which involved using a hierarchy of mathematical models to quantify the effect of dynamical factors, such as ocean circulation, on sea surface temperature. Since the completion of his PhD, Peter has continued to pursue his research interests at Imperial College London. His current research is aimed at discovering new mechanisms that influence the sea surface height on decadal timescales, with a view to furthering our understanding of how the climate system varies.

    Prior to joining Akademeia High School Peter was teaching mathematics from GCSE to A Level in the United Kingdom. As a doctoral student at UCL he also acted as a mentor to undergraduate students and led undergraduate tutorials in applied mathematics.

     

    Mark Ross
    BSc Mathematics, Cardiff University
    PGCE University of Wales Institute

    Mark studied Mathematics and its applications at Cardiff University. After completing University, he went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. After working for five years at a secondary school in south Wales he went on to work at a prestigious boarding school in St Gallen, Switzerland for eight years. Mark has extensive experience in teaching A Level, IGCSE, the American High School Diploma and SAT Mathematics.

     

    Kingsley Wray
    BSc (Upper Second Class Honours) Mathematics, Portsmouth University
    Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Mathematics, Homerton, Cambridge University
    Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management, University of Leicester
    Post Graduate Certificate of Innovation in Education, Warwick University

    Kingsley Wray is an experienced mathematics teacher (all modules for A Level Maths and Further Maths) and former expert assessor for Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics. He has a long standing interest in mathematics pedagogy and has been involved in research for many years at the local and regional levels. Kingsley has Advanced Skills Practitioner and Teacher Effectiveness certifications as well as many years experience in supporting students in maximising their potential. He joins us from the Middle East where he was Head of Department and led the Mathematics Curriculum advisory team for the Aldar School’s Group. This year he completed Edexcel training for the new IGCSE 1-9 curriculum.

  • 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

    Creative & Performing Arts 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

    Faculty of Art & Design:

    Gosia Rygalik
    MA Design Department, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts
    Danmarks Designskole, Copenhagen

    Gosia graduated from the Design Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA). She also studied at Danmarks Designskole and gained her first professional design experience in Copenhagen. During her time studying in Warsaw, she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs as well as exhibiting, organizing, and taking part in design workshops, competitions, and industry supported projects. The relationship between design and food is an important field of her theoretical research as well as design practice. In 2009 she joined Studio Rygalik, becoming a partner in 2012.

     

    Maciej Stępiński
    Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts
    École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie, Arles
    PhD candidate, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts

    Artist, photographer, curator, and teacher. A graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France. Currently a doctoral student at the Faculty of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Artist in Residence (grants) in Austria (Kultur Kontact) and CAC (Synagogue de Delme) in France. Artist invited to 18th Str. Art Centre, Santa Monica, California. Presenting workshops and lectures on contemporary photography in Berlin, Geneva, Arles, Cracow, and Warsaw since 2002. His works (drawing, video, photography, and installations) have been exhibited in Amsterdam, Beijing, London, Madrid, Marseille, Paris, Warsaw, and Montreal; his photography and art projects were recently published in Austrian EIKON Magazine and Swedish RUM. His photographs and paintings can be found in collections at MA-7 (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien), CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, APT Leipzig, and in private collections.

     

    Magdalena Strzelczak
    Curator of Art Studio
    BA Fine Art, University of Lancaster
    MA Art Museum and Gallery Studies, University of Leicester

    Magdalena specialised in sculpture and installation art, receiving her Bachelor Degree in Fine Art from the University of Lancaster. Her academic research focused on the growing interrelation between the roles of artist and curator. She graduated with distinction from the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Her Master’s thesis explored the state of contemporary arts conservation and its implications for institutional collecting. Since 2011, she has worked in various curatorial capacities delivering exhibitions, performances, and educational programmes– amongst others at The Hyde Park Art Center (USA), the New Art Gallery Walsall (UK), and Cricoteka (Poland). Magda is actively engaged in supporting initiatives tied to the third sector. She has worked for non-governmental organizations in both Poland and Uganda, running projects connected to micro-finance, art education, and copyright. Magda is a vocal advocate for the public domain and the free culture movement, which promotes freedom to distribute and modify creative works in the form of free content. She is particularly interested in the changing function of appropriation as a strategy to shape distinct realms of visual culture.

     

    Anna Tryc-Bromley
    MFA Graphic Design, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts

    Anna holds a Master’s degree from Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. She has also studied visual communication at the Minerva Academy, Netherlands, and her paintings have been shown in both group and individual exhibitions. Anna holds certificates in History of Visual Culture of India, Oxford University, and Growing Art Businesses in the Global Economy, Sotheby’s Institute. Anna was the first Director of the Polish Institute in New Delhi (2012-2015), responsible for cultural and public diplomacy within the South Asian region. As a result of her tenure, Polish artists and curators began to collaborate with key visual arts institutions in India and Bangladesh. These include the Khoj Association in Delhi, Kochin-Muziris Biennale, Experimenter Curator’s Hub in Kolkata, and the Dhaka Art Summit organized by Samdani Art Foundation. In the role of Deputy Director of the Polish Cultural Institute in London (2006-2011), Anna developed Poland’s cultural presence in the United Kingdom. Among projects she instigated and produced were London Creatives – Polish Roots (Museum of London), a retrospective exhibition of Roman Cieślewicz (Royal College of Art), and the book “Scotland and Poland: historical encounters 1500-2010”, edited by prof. Tom Devine and Dr. David Hesse (Birlinn). Recently, Anna was Head of Communications for Warsaw’s Museum of Modern Art, opening the Museum on the Vistula and its subsequent exhibitions. Anna has a keen interest in South Asian art and visual culture. She is currently researching a book on Polish women travellers from the 18th to the 20th century.

     

    Aleksandra Wittchen
    BA (Hons.) Music, University of Cambridge (Trinity College)
    Vocal and Acting Studies, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw

    Aleksandra completed her A Levels at Clifton College in Bristol, where she was awarded a scholarship. She earned her undergraduate degree in music at the University of Cambridge (Trinity College), where she sang with the Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Aleksandra frequently appeared as a soloist during the choir’s international tours and CD recordings. In addition to her work at Akademeia, Aleksandra is currently pursuing a degree in vocal and acting studies at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, under the tutelage of prof. Jolanta Janucik. In her musicological studies, Aleksandra is particularly interested in character development in Classicist and Romantic opera, and the composers of the Young Poland movement.

     

    Kevin Green (visiting)
    BA, The Bartlett School of Architecture
    MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art

    Born in Montreal, Kevin Green graduated with an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art having previously studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture. He previously worked for La Machine while working collaboratively on international competitions including winning the Front Room Gallery sculpture competition in New York and the International Prix de la Sculpture for Noilly Prat, France. He has had numerous exhibitions across London. He co-founded a London based architecture and design association; STORE and has been a visiting tutor at Greenwich, RCA, AA and London Met; he currently teaches at the Bartlett.

     

    Przemo Łukasik (visiting)
    Architecture, Silesian University of Technology
    Architecture, Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin in Paris

    Przemo studied architecture at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice (Poland) and at Ecole d’Architecture Paris-Villemin in Paris (France). After graduating, he worked at P.P. Pabel Architekten in Berlin, Jean Nouvel Architecture in Paris, and Odile Decq / Benoit Cornette in Paris. In 1997 he established his own practice along with Łukasz Zagala: medusagroup. In 2008 he was a visiting professor at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris (France).

"The best teaching involves instilling in others a passion for learning.

The faculty at our school is unique in bringing together the alumni of top universities across the world and experts in their fields. Their dedication and experience help our students achieve academic excellence. Teaching through dialogue and inspiring each student to achieve their full potential are our guiding principles.”

– dr Karolina Watras, 
Deputy Head 

Head of Humanities Department
Head of Creative and Performing Arts Department

Faculty of co-curricular

Robert Czebotar
Director of Drama Program
Theatre School in Warsaw

Robert is a Polish theatre and film actor and composer – he writes music to theatre plays. Between 1992 and 1999 he worked in the Polish Theatre in Warsaw and also in other Warsaw theatres. Nowadays, as a guest, he works in the National Theatre and he also cooperates with the Polish Radio Theatre.


Maciej Domoradzki
Director of Sports Program
Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw

Maciej has always been passionate about sports. For 11 years he had been playing for a local basketball team – Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg. After finishing his career as a player, he studied sports at Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education in Warsaw. Maciej has been working as a PE teacher at the International American School since 2008. Since 2014, he has been the Head of the Faculty: Sport and Creativity. As an experienced teacher and coach he is committed to sharing his knowledge and passion for sports and active lifestyle. Additional qualifications: Basketball coach / Basketball referee / Swimming instructor / Volunteer Water Rescue Service Lifeguard / Tennis instructor / First aid course / Football instructor.


Sławomir Mincewicz
SAT / GMAT / GRE / TOEFL
English Studies (Hons.), University of Warsaw
Management (Hons.), University of Warsaw

Sławomir Mincewicz is a qualified teacher and translator of the English language with 25 years of practical experience in running courses and teaching. Warwick University TEMPUS program scholarship holder (1994). A graduate of the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw (Honours Degree, 1997) and the Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw (Honours Degree, 2000). Runs courses and one-on-one classes preparing to, among others, the GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and SAT exams since 1999, as well as conversation classes (inclusive of specialist fields) and Business English courses. Married, three children. Main interests: music, martial arts.


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