Razem Academy Staff

Agata Bartczak-Białek, MA

Principal of the Razem Academy Schools and teacher at the Razem Academy in Midleton


I have lived in Ireland for the past 14 years. I started my adventure with school in 2004 at the Public Lower-Secondary School in Chocianów, where I worked as a school counsellor. I have been associated with the Razem Academy since 2015. Earlier I was active as a parent, currently as a Polish language teacher at the 2nd grade of primary school. As a trained occupational therapist and a school counsellor, she is guided by the principle that the best results in learning are achieved through play, which is why she uses physical games, educational games, drama, brainstorming or educational discussions in her work. Thirsty for knowledge, curious about the world, she always pursues her personal development and further improvement of her methods of working with the youngest.
Working with children gives me a lot of joy and satisfaction.

Bogusława Urban, MA

teacher and head of the Razem Academy in Ballincollig


Graduate of the University of Rzeszów at the Faculty of Philology, major: Polish Philology, specialty - teaching, and the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Tarnów at the second level. To enrich my knowledge, I also undertook post-graduate studies in the field of history. I started to prepare for the teaching profession relatively early, taking care of children during holiday camps and oasis retreats, and over time, I have also undertaken the challenge of co-organising such projects. I worked as a Polish teacher at the Lower-Secondary Schools in Gumniska. I have moved to Ireland 12 years ago, developing in other directions. I completed studies at CIT in Cork.
The aim of my work is to actively communicate the knowledge of the Polish language through games, music and by expanding knowledge about the culture and history of our country.

Małgorzata Stokłosa, MA

teacher at the Razem Academy in Ballincollig


Graduate of the Pedagogical University of Kraków. Working with children has always given me great satisfaction, my goal is to give children the joy that learning can bring.
I believe that promoting Polish tradition and culture may encourage students to learn more about it in the future.

Joanna Kania, MA

teacher and head of the Razem Academy in Cork and teacher in Midleton


I come from Świdnica in the Lower Silesian Voivodship, and I have lived in Ireland for 9 years. I'm interested in art, especially folk handicraft. My passion is also modern dance, which I have practiced for 10 years. I obtained a master's degree in Library and Scientific and Technical Information at the University of Wrocław, where I also completed post-graduate studies in the field of Polish studies. I have been a teacher for 6 years - first in primary school and then in upper-secondary school. For two years I also worked as a senior custodian at the Municipal Public Library in Świdnica.
As a teacher and a mother of three children, I am guided by Janusz Korczak's motto: "Children want to be good. If they don’t know - teach them. If they don’t understand - explain them. If they can't - help them"

Paulina Winiarczyk, MA

teacher at the Razem Academy in Cork and in Ballincollig


Graduate of the University of Warsaw, she graduated from the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Bibliology. She has stopped her work in order to focus on raising her disabled daughter, who required an individual teaching course. Unexpectedly, working with children turned out to be her greatest passion. Cooperation with the Razem Academy allows her to combine the joy of working with children. During the classes, she tries to share her passions with her students, show them how wonderful and unique the language of their ancestors is, and introduce them to Polish traditions, culture, literature, art and history.
During the classes, I try to share my passions with my students, show them how wonderful and unique the language of their ancestors is, and introduce them to Polish traditions, culture, literature, art and history.

Aleksandra Frącek, MA

teacher and head of the Razem Academy in Clonakilty


I come from a charming town on the Warta River, from Uniejów in the Łódź Voivodeship. I started my adventure in Ireland in June 2005. I got my master's degree in mathematics at the University of Łódź. I completed studies with teacher education specialisation. Since childhood, I have wanted to be a teacher - I love to teach. I love to spend my free time with my family (daughter Iga, 3.5 and husband Witold), because my family is the greatest and priceless treasure for me.
I approach work with children with passion and commitment. It is a great honour for me that I can now teach Polish community children.

Edyta Szczecina, MA

teacher at the Razem Academy in Clonakilty


I come from the village of Męcina, located near Nowy Sącz in the Małopolska Voivodship. I completed undergraduate studies at the State Higher Vocational School in Nowy Sącz, majoring in Pedagogy, specialty: Early School Education with English. I have been in Ireland for almost 4 years with breaks, because I "returned" for 1.5 years to Poland to complete post-graduate studies at the Pedagogical University in Kraków, also in pedagogy. During these 1.5 years in Poland, while studying, I had the opportunity to work in the Montessori Preschool, which has reassured me that I can't see myself in any other profession.
I have always loved staying with children, watching them develop, how they want to learn about the world and other people, and I have always wanted to participate in learning about the world with them.

Edyta Wyrostek, MA

teacher at the Razem Academy in Midleton


Graduate of the State Higher Vocational School in Nowy Sącz in the field of early childhood education with physical education. She obtained her master's degree in pre-school and early-school education at the Pedagogical University of Kraków. In Poland, she worked as a tutor in an integration day-care centre for families. Since September, she has been working as a volunteer at an Irish preschool and as a supporting teacher at the Razem Academy in Cork. Since December 2018, she is a Polish teacher at the first grade in Midleton.
Working with children gives me a lot of satisfaction and joy. I admire their spontaneity, enthusiasm, curiosity and ingenuity. I like to see them gaining new knowledge and skills.