Poznaj ludzi, którzy tworzą Blue Pencil

  • no image Andy Anglia

    Years ago, whilst travelling around Europe, Andy visited Poland and fell in love with the country straight away. After spending the past 5 years living and teaching in Spain, he has decided to swap a life in southern Europe for one in Poland.

    Being from the north of England, and growing up in the countryside, Andy has a love for the great outdoors.
    In his free time you can usually find him outside, either cycling or walking with his dogs.
    However, he does enjoy spending time at home too and is often in the kitchen, daydreaming about being a chef.

    Andy is a keen language learner and would one day like to be able to speak Polish.

  • no image Andy Szkocja

    Being Scottish, Andy was attracted to the blueness of Blue Pencil. Not only is it his favourite colour, it's also the colour of the national flag of Scotland. Indeed, because there isn't much sunshine in Scotland, most Scottish people even look a little blue!

    Andy has lived and worked in Poland for the last twenty years. His passion is teaching and learning, and he has pursued this passion in various roles as a teacher, trainer and HR manager. Yet his role in Blue Pencil is simple – to teach English in a way that's fun and effective.

    So far Andy has resisted the peer pressure in Blue Pencil to take up jogging, which seems to be an obsession amongst the teaching staff. He thinks that cycling is a much more pleasurable and sensible way to get from A to B … or from his flat in Żoliborz to the school in Bemowo.

  • Kerri Kerri Australia

    Kerri first arrived in Poland fifteen years ago, while making her way back to the UK after some time in Australia (her homeland), and instantly fell in love with the country and the people. She has returned numerous times since.

    With a long career in international business based mostly in the UK, and a passion for teaching and education, Kerri has again returned to Poland to fulfill her dream of combining her business and teaching careers into one that gives her the best of both worlds.

    Having recently made her home in Bemowo, her plan is to teach, mingle amongst the locals, learn Polish, and continue her research into language use and management practices in international business.

  • Vanessa Vanessa USA

    Tired of having her last name butchered and being asked if she is Russian, Vanessa decided the most obvious solution was to move from the San Francisco Bay Area to Warsaw, Poland.

    Like a stereotypical Northern Californian, Vanessa's hobbies include astrology and holistic wellness. Unlike the aforementioned stereotype, her other hobby is learning Polish.

    In her free time she likes petting cats and dogs, eating as much as possible and creatively answering her family's questions about why she doesn't have a boyfriend and when is she getting married.

  • Ryan Ryan USA

    Ryan was born and raised in Texas. When he was 17, he lived in Australia for a year. It was this experience that fostered a desire to travel. While touring Poland in a rock band, he decided that Poland would be a good place to live.

    Though he studied music in college, teaching English has been a pleasure for him. It started with volunteer teaching in Texas, then he became CELTA certified in Krakow. He has taught at several language schools and groups at the American Embassy, Jack Daniels, Katarzyna Bonda, a deputy minister, Hasbro, and other places of business.

    When not teaching, Ryan likes to practice drums, cook, and train for triathlons. You can find videos of him on Youtube and see him play with The Taylor Moore Band.

  • Ola Ola Polska

    Jeśli miałaby wskazać to, co kocha najbardziej byłoby to gotowanie (o którym myśli prawie 24/7) i las  (w którym chciałaby być 24/7), a najchętniej gotowanie w lesie. W wolnych chwilach piecze ciasta, a dla równowagi studiuje dietetykę na Wyższej Szkole Rehabilitacji. Lata pracy we własnej kuchni nauczyły ją dbałości o detale, a posiadanie brata bliźniaka - anielskiej cierpliwości. Za jedyny słuszny środek transportu uważa rower, o który dba prawie tak bardzo jak o czystość we własnej kuchni. Jeździ tak często jak tylko może, a dla przyjemności łamie swoje własne rekordy.

    Ola opiekuje się biurem szkoły i z niesamowitym spokojem rozwiązuje wszystkie pojawiające się problemy.

  • no image Anna Polska

    Anna została poproszona o napisanie kilku słów o sobie, ale akurat w tej dziedzinie nie jest aż tak biegła.

    Energiczna, otwarta i głośnia. Stara się uczyć współpracowników porządku i organizacji. Swoją pasję do jedzenia próbuje przekuć na wiedzę, zgłębiając tajniki magii dietetycznej dążąc do licencjatu w Wyższej Szkole Rehabilitacji.

    Za najlepszą metodę relaksacji uznaje porządkowanie dokumentacji szkolnej i uspokajający szum kserokopiarki.

  • Daniel Daniel Anglia

    Daniel originates from Sheffield, UK but his adoptive home is Jelonki. One of his reasons for staying in Poland is that he finds the shoes to be a better fit.

    Daniel finds scraping ice and snow off his car to be very therapeutic.  He is a keen grower of courgettes. His hopes of being a top-performing runner are regularly dashed by a fondness for curry and fancy beers. 

    His interests are music and travel and when he's not teaching, he spends his days in a hammock, writing rather silly children's stories. His lessons are fun and his students are amongst the happiest people on earth. Daniel is better-looking than fellow Brits, Andy and Luke.

  • nauczyciel angielskiego Marcin Polska

    Jest nauczycielem angielskiego i metodykiem a jednocześnie założycielem Blue Pencil.

    Bardziej od swoich uczniów stresuje się ich testami i nieodrobionymi pracami domowymi, a każdą lekcję traktuje jakby zależało od niej przetrwanie cywilizacji. Ma niską tolerancję na postawę "nie-da-się".

    Lubi pracować z uczniami z podstawówki i gimnazjum, czasami ze wzajemnością.

  • nauczyciel angielskiego Anglia Andy Anglia

    Andy likes trains, old books and live music. Andy dislikes tinned meat, February and badly lit rooms. 

    Andy wasn't asked to write in third person for this description but he is quite enjoying it and he thinks it makes him sound more professional.

    As well as an English Teacher, Andy likes to think of himself as a competitor for the world's strongest man award. He would love to be touring with Metallica as their emotional guidance counsellor. 

    Although Andy doesn't have the dull, obvious handsomeness of his fellow Brits, his appeal is more mysterious and one that takes time, time preferably spent in a pub. Just like how a doner kebab or a traffic cone become irresistible after a few hours.

  • Luke Luke Anglia

    Retired technical diver from the UK, currently enjoying the Polish winters.

    Devotes large amounts of time to spreading Cockney Rhyming Slang and mnemonics throughout the country, and occasionally has some time left over to teach.

    When not working can normally be found behind a computer screen, battling against the dark forces of programming bugs.

    Has a keen interest in psychiatry and was therefore delighted to find out that a colleague suffers from a rare condition which renders him unable to accurately evaluate attractiveness.