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.
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
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.
MA 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.
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.
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.
Dr Marysia Jonsson
BA History, University of Oxford
PhD History, New York University
Hailing from Malmö, Sweden, Marysia completed her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Oxford and a PhD at New York University. During her many stints teaching, she has tutored IB extended essays, taught preschoolers the alphabet, and led college courses on religious history at NYU and Cornell University. She is currently completing a postgraduate teaching certification for secondary school at Uppsala University in Sweden. A cultural historian by training, she wants to help students reconstruct the mentalities and belief systems of the past, all while building a sense of historical empathy.
Outside of work, she enjoys historical fiction about international women of mystery, the films of Jane Campion and Agnès Varda, and going hiking with her partner and their Alabama rescue pup, Annie.
BA, Academy of Music in Łódź
MA Polish Philology, University of Warsaw
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.
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.
MA Institute of Polish Language, University of Warsaw,
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.
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
BS, Psychology and History of Law, Loyola University New Orleans
MS, Secondary Education, Johns Hopkins
Mara Steven specializes in teaching English Language Arts to middle and high school age students. Her curiosity and love of learning pushed her to study both science and humanities at a liberal arts college in the United States, and her crowning achievement from her undergraduate studies was being the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. Ultimately, her passion for community engagement led her to earn her teaching license through The New Teacher Project, and she continued her educational research while earning a Master’s of Science degree at Johns Hopkins University.
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.
Dr Krzysztof Wolański
MA Sociology, University of Warsaw
MA Philosophy, University of Warsaw
PhD Philosophy, Polish Academy of Sciences
Krzysztof Wolański is a teacher with an interdisciplinary approach to humanities and many years of experience in teaching literature, philosophy and sociology in high school and at university level. He is also a researcher and author of two books. ‘Sędzia Schreber. Bóg, nerwy i psychoanaliza’ (2012) constitutes an attempt at understanding modern subjectivity through the psychoanalytic theory of psychosis. ‘Sport nie istnieje’ (2018, co-written with Janek Sowa) is focused on the ways the spectacle of sport explains contemporary society.