I’m a Varsovian born and bred, currently living and working in the city of Usti and Labem.
Before I turned to teaching, I graduated from the faculty of theatre studies at the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw, flirted with Iranian studies, worked as an interpreter, a translator, a model, a crew member for several theatre festivals and as an arts journalist for the biggest Polish daily newspaper. However, it was teaching English that turned out to be the job which gives me the most satisfaction and fulfilment. Observing my students progress and achieve their goals is the best reward I can receive for getting my job done.
When I’m away from the classroom, I enjoy reading, watching good movies and travelling, but most of all walking, hiking, cycling and taking part in various fitness and yoga classes. If I wasn’t an English teacher, I suppose I would have become a personal trainer instead ;)
Just a short post to share my experiences of my first few weeks in the Palachova Primary School in Usti nad Labem.
When I arrived, I was first given several days just to get to know the staff and students, observe some classes and share ideas with the teachers I could potentially cooperate with. As a result of these brainstorms, we figured out my schedule, which mostly consists of English classes taught to grades 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9. I also implement CLIL methodology by participating in teaching maths and science to grades 3 and 4.
My impressions have been solely positive so far. Most of my students are really enthusiastic about having me in the classroom, willing to participate and make great effort to improve their English. I am also lucky to work with a wonderful teaching team, who made me feel truly welcome from day one. Some of them have also expressed interest in working on their English, therefore we are planning to organise language courses for them, which will start in January.
My work here in Palachova has been really fruitful and rewarding so far. I am looking forward to coming back to Usti nad Labem after Christmas and continuing this exciting adventure with my new students and colleagues :)