Teachers

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Teachers in 2017/18
Top row:  Marek Horyza, Sylwia Gwizdowska, Agnieszka Karpowicz, April McDonald, Patrick Hughes, Aldona Linek, Scott Wood.
Bottom row:  Ala Szydło, Victoria Dzedrovich, Haley Burnell, Ashleigh Vella, Denise Wood.

 

Marek Horyza
Marek has been involved in the work of the school since 1989. Initially, he was a student and he co-organised summer language camps. In 1994 he began teaching English at the school and in 1997 he took over from Ruth Kowalczuk as school director. Marek is married to Elaine, who is also an English teacher. They have two sons: David (born 1996) and Robert (born 1998). In 2006 Marek stood down as director in order to concentrate on teaching. Since 2008 he has fulfilled the role of acting director whilst continuing to teach.

Sylwia Gwizdowska
My name is Sylwia and I'm one of the teachers at WSJ. I have been involved in the school since 1999 when I started to attend some Friday activities. I have also made friends with some of the teachers, which, in turn, encouraged me to travel to other countries. While abroad I successfully completed two educational colleges, one in the Republic of Ireland and the other in the U.K. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends as well as watching films based on James Herriot's stories and reading books written by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

Agnieszka Karpowicz
Agnieszka has been teaching at the language school since 2006 but was involved with the school in the early 1990s, helping, among other things, to organize language camps. She has translated several books and has taught English in primary and secondary schools and in higher education. She loves trips to the mountains, Spanish-American culture and privately-grown tomatoes. She mother to Daniel (born 1996) and wife to the Elusive Young Man.

April McDonald
Hello! My name is April McDonald and I am from the United States of America. In addition to my CELTA, I hold a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a TESOL certificate from Huntington University. I've had the privilege of teaching English in the U.S., Poland, Hungary, South Korea, and China. I've lived in Wrocław since late 2016 and love it here!

My interests include traveling, learning languages, learning about different cultures, Bible Study, photography, hiking, walking, music, laughing (I love good humor!), watching movies, reading, board games, history, making friends, and the Olympics (Cultures + Sports + Friendly Competition = Fun!) :-)

Patrick Hughes
Pat has taught English since 1974. He has taught English as a foreign language at intermediate and advanced levels in the USA, Japan, and Poland. Pat and his wife are currently learning Polish. When they have free time, they enjoy traveling, watching movies, reading and studying the Bible with friends.

Aldona Linek
I am married with three children. I have been teaching English for a number of years. I joined the language school staff in 2005. I have a lot of experience in working with children. In my free time, I enjoy reading, walking and trips to the mountains.

Ala Szydło
I have taught English at high and junior high schools as well as in language schools. I like working with people and I could say that work is my hobby. I'm a former student of Wroclaw Language School :) I love watching films and I could talk about cinema for hours. I also love traveling. In my free time, I enjoy meeting friends and going to the cinema with my husband. Robert is a musician and plays the bass guitar. Our son, Wojtek, is a fan of Star Wars and loves playing Minecraft. In the future, he would like to become a computer game designer.

Victoria Dzedrovich
Hello, I'm Victoria.  I taught English to university students in Ukraine and worked as an interpreter/translator. My favorite things to do include traveling, photography, getting to know new places and cultures, learning new languages, walking and power walking, being outside, playing sports, especially biking, ping-pong and badminton, reading, watching good movies, listening to good music (mostly jazz, new age solo piano and classical), and making new friends :)

Ashleigh Vella
Hi, my name is Ashleigh Vella, and I am a new teacher here at WSJ. I am very excited to be working at the school and teaching (and learning from) all my students. I am originally from Melbourne, Australia, but I also have Maltese citizenship and am blessed that I have been able to play basketball for their National team for the past 9 years. I moved to the USA when I was 19 to get my Undergraduate degree. There I met my now husband John. After that, I studied for my Master's Degree in Education at Durham University in the UK. For the last two years, I was playing basketball professionally in the northwest of France. This summer I completed my Certificate in English Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) and fell in love with teaching. In my free time, I love keeping active, running, hiking and especially traveling. I also love to read and write.

Denise Wood
Hi! My name is Denise and I am from Washington State in the U.S. I've been a language teacher since 1988. I studied at Biola University and have a Masters' degree in English language teaching.

Working with internationals is a joy, and I have had the privilege of living abroad since 1999 with my family: Scott (my husband), Nathan (born 1989), and Hannah (born 1991). We lived five years in Russia and six years in Prague, and now we are in Wroclaw.

My favorite interests include piano and singing, languages, travel, photography, and Bible study. Scott is a pastor, and I am also helping him with the English language church here in Wroclaw.