Teachers

staff2013-14

Teachers in 2015/16
Top row:  Aldona Linek, Sylwia Gwizdowska, Becky Dreher, Ala Szydło, Patrick Hughes, Scott Wood
Bottom row:  Marek Horyza, Agnieszka Karpowicz, Ewa Ratajczak, Victoria Dzedrovich, Denise Wood and Ann O'Riordan (New Teacher in 2015/16)

 

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.yyt

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.

Becky Dreher (New teacher in 2013/14)
I am from England and have been teaching English since 2003.  For the past 5 years I have been living in Oxford, teaching English at a secondary school. I came to Poland in 2007 for the first time and taught for some months at the school. I have been coming back regularly to help at the ladies camps which I really love! I like hiking, travelling, city sight-seeing, reading and eating international food.

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 travelling. 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.

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 travelling, watching movies, reading ad studying the Bible with friends.

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.

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.

Ewa Ratajczak
I am a graduate of English Philology from the University of Wroclaw. I was born in Wroclaw and have lived here all my life. I really like my city! In my free time I enjoy meeting with friends, reading, watching American shows and movies and studying psychology. I love travelling. My professional interest is in applied linguistics. I really like teaching. I have been happily married since 2009. My husband, Mariusz, is a software tester.

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 :)

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.

Ann O'Riordan (New teacher in 2015/16)
I am from the north of England and have a degree in international business. I previously taught in China and in Brighton, England, including business workshops, adults, teenagers and children.

My interests include walking and keeping fit, cooking, reading, travelling and making new friends. I enjoy listening to all kinds of music and am looking forward to my time in Poland.