The Canadian School of Warsaw, Principals
The Principals and PYP Coordinator cooperate closely with the Management Board, to ensure that our School’s mission and vision, align with the expectations and ethos of the International Baccalaureate Organization. We strive for academic excellence and sincerely care about providing a safe, engaging and friendly environment for our students.
PRESCHOOL PRINCIPAL - Ms. Joanna Rechnio-Haciuk
I’ve been the Preschool principal for the last nine years.
I graduated from the University of Warsaw, completing MA in French Philology with teacher’s training, and postgraduate studies in Early Years Education in English at the Faculty of Pedagogy, Warsaw University. I also completed Management in Education postgraduate studies, as well as Early Years and Elementary Education 3-9, including Special Educational Needs.
I spent 4 consecutive years in London, where I have been teaching in multicultural preschools, among others in the Parsons Green Prep School in Fulham&Chelsea.
My stay in the United Kingdom allowed me to complete several courses such as Food safety, First Aid, Efficient use of interactive boards, of which the most complex was Using the new Early Years Foundation Stage course, as well as to obtain a Qualified Teacher Status from The General Teaching Council of England in 2006.
Upon my return to Poland in 2008, I was employed by The Canadian School of Warsaw and I’ve loved it since then.
In order to become a member of an IB community, I successfully completed 5 workshops (Making the PYP happen, Teaching and Learning in the PYP, Pedagogical leadership in the PYP, Action in the PYP and Concept-based Learning).
ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL - Ms. Christine Mamo
This is my fourth year at The Canadian School of Warsaw, third year as IB coordinator and my first year as the School’s Principal. I am from Sydney, Australia and lived there all my life until moving to Warsaw in January 2014. I have a Bachelors Degree in Speech Pathology, A Master of Arts in Ancient History and a Diploma for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I have also completed “Making the PYP Happen” as part of my IB professional development. I have worked for 14 years in the area of Speech Pathology and Education with both adults and children.
I am a strong believer in holistic education and recognizing the talents of each and every student and using methods that allow students to use and develop their talents in the classroom. I am relishing the opportunity that has been given to me this year in my role as IB coordinator across all three sites, developing relationships with all staff and reigniting their enthusiasm in the PYP and transdisciplinary education. The role has been challenging but it appeals to my high achieving personality and strong work ethic.
On a personal note I love going to the movies, listening to music and traveling. My thirst to see the world and appreciate it’s history in particular has been abated somewhat since moving to Poland as the world, particularly Europe is much closer. As such I have been able to visit many places since coming here and experience different cultures. I love my home and Sydney will always be my home but it is literally on the other side of the world compared to so many places.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL - Ms. Iwona Nowakowska