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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

Our team consists of many graduates of such universities as Oxford, Cambridge, the Ivy League and top Polish universities; experienced teachers; 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 Economics, Warsaw School of Economics

    Katarzyna Borzym

    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 Economics, Warsaw School of Economics

    Head of Social Sciences Department

    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)

    Krzysztof Sikora

    HEAD OF DEPARTMENT Krzysztof Sikora

    Mathematics, University of Warsaw
    (Specialisation in topology)

    Head of Mathematics Department

    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

    dr Karolina Watras

    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

    Head of Humanities Department

    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 Masters 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 at the University of Cambridge as a supervisor and Affiliated Lecturer at the 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. Throughout her academic research and teaching dr Watras has always followed an interdisciplinary approach, which informs her work as the Head of the Humanities Department and which she strives to instill in her students.

Teachers

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

Aleksandra Wittchen
Art & Design Department
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 place. 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 stand-out 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 tuition 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.


Anna Kosińska
Natural Sciences Department
MA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
MA European Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Europe

Specialisation – pharmacology (Master thesis entitled: “Effects of resveratrol and genistein on CFTR-mediated chloride secretion in murine colonic epithelium.”).  Anna is both a scientist and a CELTA certified English Teacher. After university she worked in a pharmaceutical company managing its corporate social responsibility projects and leading a nationwide science-educational programme for talented youth.


dr Anna Piesiewicz
Art & Design Department (artist in residence)
BA Packaging Design, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts
MFA Poster Design, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts 
PhD Communication Design, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts

Independent graphic designer. Anna studied graphic design specialised in poster design in Warsaw Academy of Fine Art. Over the past 9 years she has worked in a range of small agencies, Cultural Institution and Media House for a variety of clients, from start-ups to corporate multi-nationals.


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

Bella’s undergraduate thesis examined the interaction between Philip Pulman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and the old Romantics, especially Blake and Milton. By contrast, 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 the 18th 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, represents another field 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).


Gosia Rygalik
Art & Design Department
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 the Danmarks Designskole and gained her first professional design experience in Copenhagen. During the studies in Warsaw she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs, exhibiting, organizing and taking part in design workshops and competitions as well as industry supported projects. Gosia’s MA studies were focused on experiencing food. 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 to become a partner in 2012.


dr Jakub Mikoszewski
Natural Sciences Department
PhD Biology, University of Warsaw

Jakub’s PhD thesis was related to steroid compounds in plasma membranes, including their metabolism in vivo and in vitro. During four years as PhD student Jakub conducted numerous seminars, student laboratory tutorials and presented my results as international conference participant twice. He has 11 years of experience in IB programme (including Biology HL, SL and EE supervisor) and overall 14 years of experience as teacher, tutor as well as health and prevention workshop leader.


Jan Ladziński
Humanities Department
BA History, London School of Economics and Political Science
Master of Research [MRes] East European Studies, UCL

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.


Kay Czepli-George
Humanities Department
BA History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London
MA, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Birkbeck College, University of London
Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults – DELTA, Module 1, 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 language, literature and history of art. The source of her inspiration are not only other teachers but also her talented students who surprise her every day.


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

Born in Montreal, Kevin Green graduated from MA Sculpture at the Royal College of Art having previously studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Green has 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. Green co-founded London based architecture and design association; STORE. Green has been a visiting tutor at Greenwich, RCA, AA and London Met and he currently teaches at the Bartlett.


Kinga Stańczuk
Social Sciences Department
BA French Studies, University of London
MA Intellectual History and Political Thought, UCL

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 UK and Poland, cooperating with a number of NGOs and non-profit organisations.


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

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


dr Maciej Kraus
Director of Entrepreneurship Program
Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw
Harvard University, Stanford University

Maciej Kraus has over 15 years of experience in sales and strategy, did+100 projects in B2B and B2C in +40 countries. Maciej is a lecturer at the Faculty of Management at Warsaw University and guest lecturer at many respected schools (LBS, Kellog and Stanford GSB). He wrote 2 books on sales strategy “9 steps to higher profits. Without cutting costs or letting workers go. A practical guide to higher profits and income in a market with rising pressures.” and “The naked mind – on behavioral aspects of pricing.”


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

Magda Strzelczak 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 exchanges between the roles of artists and curators. 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 connected with the third sector. She has worked for non-governmental organizations in 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.


dr Magdalena Szalewicz
Humanities Department
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 modeled 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.


Marta Perez Diaz
Humanities Department
MA Slavonic Philology, Universidad Complutense in Madrid.
MA Applied Linguistics (Spanish as a Foreign Language Teaching), Universidad Nebrija

Marta’s research interests include conversation analysis, foreign language teaching methodology and cross-cultural pragmatics.


dr Patryk Dziurski
Social Sciences Department
PhD Management Science, Warsaw School of Economics

Researcher and lecturer at the Warsaw School of Economics. He is interested in the strategic management as well as creative and cultural industries. Author of more than 20 publications in the management science and participant of many national and international conferences.


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

Przemo studied architecture at 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, along with Lukasz Zagala, his own practice: medusagroup. In 2008 he was a visiting professor at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris (France).


Robert Czebotar
Director of Drama Program
Theatre School in Warsaw

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.


Roberto Andrade
Humanities Department
BA International Studies, University of Guadalajara (Mexico) 
MA Peace and Development Studies, UNCESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace, Jaume I University (Spain)
MA Spanish Language, La Rioja University (Spain)
PhD candidate Spanish Language and Literature, University of Warsaw

Roberto has over 17 years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language, collaborating with Institute Cervantes in Warsaw and the University of Guadalajara.


Sam Pulham
Humanities Department
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


Tony Rodriguez
Humanities Department
BA Education, Arizona State University
Structured English Immersion Endorsement

Tony is a seventh year educator who specialized in teaching English to non-native speakers in Arizona. After gaining formal experience in the USA, he furthered his education in the Czech Republic, receiving a TEFL Certificate and teaching ESL at St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno. In the classroom, he enjoys using infographics and authentic materials in order to create engaging lessons.


Wojciech Woźnicki
Social Sciences Department
BA History & Politics from Christ Church, University of Oxford with a regional focus on the Middle East and history of International Relations in the 20th century.


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