Our team

Our Teachers

teacher, school owner

Maria Szumera

I graduated from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, with a master’s degree in teaching Polish as a foreign and second language, and Pedagogical University of Krakow, with a master’s degree in teaching and speech therapy. In 2019, I defended my PhD dissertation in the field of literary studies. I have experience in working as a Polish language teacher as a foreign language. I worked in several language schools, private companies, corporations, as well as in my own Polish language school, which I founded and run since 2017.

Teaching Polish as a foreign language is my passion in life, my ikigai. I love people and long conversations in a nice atmosphere, that’s why the results of my classes come extremely quickly, naturally and pleasantly. My lessons are full of conversations accompanied by positive energy and humor. Teaching Polish gives me great satisfaction, and the progress of my students, which I observe every day, makes me proud.



Michalina Rittner

A graduate of teaching Polish as a foreign language at the Jagiellonian University. She is working as a teacher for over ten years. She gained professional experience both at Polish universities and private language schools. She conducts classes in general and specialist Polish at all levels. She completes her education by participating in training courses on various topics. She knows three foreign languages, which helps her to work with foreigners learning Polish. If she were not a teacher, she would probably work with animals, because they are her great passion – but no more than teaching Polish :-).


Sylwia Różak

Having finished bachelor studies in polish philology at Pedagogical University of Cracow, she took up a master’s degree in teaching polish language to foreigners at Jagiellonian University of Cracow.

She gained teaching experience during University Summer Language School as well as supporting other educational projects. She’s been working as a polish language tutor for over 5 years already. She teaches individuals, groups and students in corporations including remote lessons. She is responsible for workshops and teaching materials preparation.

The way she approaches her students makes them feel very motivated and progress rapidly. Lessons are interesting and fruitful as she thinks about teaching polish outside the box.  After work she loves reading books, riding a bike, and traveling.


Barbara Gwóźdź

My name is Basia and I am a Polish language teacher. I teach people of all ages and levels. I have many years of experience in teaching Polish as a foreign language – I have conducted both full-time and online, individual and group courses. I always try to make the lessons interesting and make every student believe that speaking Polish is possible!


Weronika Rodzińska 

a graduate of Drama Studies (Wiedza o Teatrze) at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków and Teaching Polish as a Foreign and Second Language. She also studied Slovak philology. Since 2011 connected with the Jagiellonian University. She teaches Polish language to foreigners at all levels of language proficiency at semester courses, students of Jagiellonian University Medical College, students from the University of Guelph and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, as well as individual students. For several years a coordinator of teachers’ work during courses conducted with the use of the project method. Also responsible for the language and culture programs of summer courses funded by the National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA). A co-author of the book “At the doctors. I listen and understand! Materials for teaching Polish medical language A2-B2 level” (U lekarza. Słucham i rozumiem! Materiały do nauczania języka polskiego medycznego poziom A2-B2). As an examiner she participates in examination sessions (State Certificate Examinations in Polish as a foreign language).


Marcelina Knez

My name is Marcelina. After completing my BA in Indian Philology at the Jagiellonian University, I became interested in teaching Polish. Teaching others gives me great pleasure. I love meeting people from other countries and getting to know their cultures, that’s why I’m so passionate about teaching. I really like talking with people and I know how important communication is, so during every lesson most of all I find time to talk with the learners. I constantly strengthen students’ motivation by maintaining a positive atmosphere during classes. In my free time, I read books, work out or walk my dog.


Aleksandra Woźniak

Teaching is a great passion of mine. I love meeting new people and talking on every subject. I am an incorrigible optimist, for whom the glass is always half full. I approach each student individually, focusing on their personal language goals. I know two foreign languages and I am eager to learn more. Outside of my studies and work, I enjoy the outdoors, reading books and watching movies. In my free time, I create art in the broadest sense of the word.


Małgorzata Dryzd

My name is Gosia and teaching Polish as a foreign language is my passion. From an early age, I wanted to teach other people, and now I have a chance to make this dream come true. Daily, I enjoy spending time with other people, getting to know them and talking to them. In my spare time, I read books and meet friends. A smile, long conversations and positive energy are the best ways for me to spend my time. I invite you to my classes!


Katarzyna Jonkisz-Okraska

My name is Kasia and I graduated from Silesian University in Katowice, with a master’s degree in teaching polish language to foreigners. I’ve been working as a teacher for 5 years. My work is demanding, but I have always been passionate about teaching and it gives me a sense of achievement. When planning my lessons, I focus on creativity and constantly seek new and engaging activities. 

I am a calm, patient and reasonable person. I like to spend my time actively and constantly undertake new activities for personal development. I easily make new friends, I am communicative and I love working with people. I derive a lot of joy from meeting new people, also those who represent different cultural circles. Sharing everyday life with people from other countries is a remarkable experience!


Zlatoslava Halian

My name is Zlata. I graduated from Painting (Bachelor’s degree) and Art and Education (Master’s degree) at the Pedagogical University of Krakow. During my studies, I participated in and independently implemented various projects. It was then that I discovered that I really enjoy working and interacting with people.

I am an open, positive and empathetic person. I like meeting new people and getting to know new cultures. Sharing knowledge brings me fulfillment. I speak 4 languages fluently and I know that this number will grow. My other passion is creating. In my free time I paint, draw and make ceramic sculptures.


Nataliia Pavlenko

My name is Natalie. I have graduated from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. I have studied Polish philology, I also have studied at the University of Warsaw. I am fluent in Ukrainian and Russian, also in English.

I have been working as a teacher of Polish as a foreign language for over 5
years. I conduct individual and group classes using various language learning materials. I always try to be creative and interesting in teaching. In my free time, I read books, listen to podcasts and translate texts.


Patrycja Popiołek

My name is Patrycja and I am a Polish language tacher. I graduated from teaching Polish as a foreign language and comparative literary studies at the Jagiellonian University. 

I teach people of all ages and levels. I really like meeting people from all over the world. I try to keep my lessons in a pleasant atmosphere. Apart from teaching Polish, literature is my passion. I also love animals – I have a ginger cat.


Kamila Drak

My name is Kamila. I graduated from french philology and I’m a future speech therapist. I’m interested in methodology of teaching foreign languages and during my studies I discoverd the language that fascinates me most is my native one. As part of my speech therapy studies I’m expanding my knowledge about language acquisition by a human brain. In my master’s thesis I combine glottodidactics with speech therapy finding out about strategies used by parents of bilingual children that helped them to preserve mother tongue while learning polish.

I love working with people and nothing gives me more satisfaction than the progress of my students in learning polish. I really enjoy preparing materials for classes tailored to the needs and interests of my students.

office staff

Office manager

Ewelina Gorąca-Rejmanowska

Good morning! My name is Ewelina and it is me who you contact when signing up for the course. 

At the Polish Classes school, I help students find the best course for them, I answer all questions, I run the school office, I prepare invoices and certificates, complete documents and much more 

Graphic designer

Jakub Sokołowski

I study Visual Communication, I create photo and video content for brands as Studio Zew, I ran a youth radio show for several years, I grew up on stage in a music band

School administrator in Krakow

Zlatoslava Halian

My name is Zlata and you will meet me when you enter our school in Krakow. I work in the administration of the office in Krakow. I know four languages, we will surely find one common to talk 

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