Our Methodology Consultants
Effective teaching promotes both student and teacher development. This is why, apart from teaching practice, we attach great importance to the professional development of our teachers. We believe that their potential can make a difference in terms of business growth, which is why we created a transparent career path.
TE LOCAL METHOD COORDINATOR
Teddy Eddie Local Method Coordinator is a role intended for teachers who are highly competent in the Teddy Eddie method in their language schools. Local Method Coordinators introduce new teachers to the Teddy Eddie method, offering them training and support.
Teddy Eddie Lesson Supervisor – as a TELS you will join our team of Edu Bears methodology consultants, offering support to new teachers teaching their first classes using the Teddy Eddie method. TELS is a national-level role with an opportunity for extra income.
Teddy Eddie Teacher Trainer: as a TETT you will join our team of Edu Bears methodology consultants. You will conduct national-level training sessions and provide support to new teachers at over 250 Teddy Eddie Accredited Centres throughout Poland.
SELS and SETT
Savvy Ed Lesson Supervisor and Savvy Ed Teacher Trainer: as a SELS or SETT you will join our team of Edu Bears methodology consultants. You will conduct national-level training sessions and provide support to new teachers at over 150 Savvy Ed Accredited Centres throughout Poland.
Ola Komada, Director of Methodology at Edu Bears – graduate of the University of Silesia, teacher and then Director of Methodology at CLAN, a network of language schools in Upper Silesia, each year she used to be in charge of several dozen teachers and several hundred customers.
Her passion for teaching preschool kids lies at the heart of the practical aspects of the Teddy Eddie method of teaching English to young learners, which was nominated for an ELTon Award in the category Innovation. She is Director of Methodology at Edu Bears, where she is responsible for the company’s sustainable and balanced growth.
For several years now she has been involved in a new project – the Savvy Ed method, which is a unique language course for advanced learners aged 7 to 10. She takes a very practical approach to teaching and sets high standards for both herself and her students. As a notoriously busy person, she opts for systemic teaching solutions, which help reduce class preparation time while ensuring really good outcomes. In her private life, she is the mum of Zuzia and Emil whose language progress she has been following with keen interest and fascination.
Diana Kubica, Director of Methodology at Edu Bears – Polish and English philologist. Owner of the CLAN CITY schools of English, a Cambridge English Exam Centre, as well as a Center for Research and Development in Language Education dedicated to the development of innovative programs and teaching methods.
Coauthor of the TEDDY EDDIE method nominated by the British Council for the international ELTon Award. Author of the ambitious Savvy Ed method for older children. Co-owner of the education company EduBears sp. z o.o.
With teaching methodology her area of expertise and passion, she is also committed to developing her business competence, which she finds essential. For her, the two most needed and most difficult aspects of her work are human resources management and implementation of systemic solutions.
In her private life, she is the mum of a teenager, whom she constantly uses as a test subject for her new teaching concepts. She loves sightseeing, books about Arabic countries and TV series. Her hobby is ballroom dancing.
Bogna Śmieja, Method & Teacher Trainer Manager – with the Methodology Consultants Team under her wing, she also provides methodological guidance for licenced schools – from leading teachers’ workshops and webinars, through supporting Teddy Eddie and Savvy Ed Local Method Coordinators, to the development of new solutions in this area.
Bogna believes that teaching comes from the heart. That it is possible to reach every student – only the correct key – with the addition of warmth, patience and trust is necessary. Working with teachers and methodology consultants and observation of their development brings her lots of satisfaction.
Well aware that good communication skills are essential in building positive relationships with students or teachers, Bogna has participated in numerous courses and workshops (e.g. Nonviolent Communication or “The Art of Understanding”). Observation of children and forming relationships with them (both her own and those in “school”) is a source of unlimited inspiration.
When in the USA, she had the opportunity to cooperate for over a year with St. Catherine’s Montessori School where she observed numerous effective approaches to group management and working with children that she later drew on in practice.
In her private life, Bogna is the mum of three already grown-up children. She loves mountain trips, biking and skiing.
Ewa Zawieracz-Karasińska, Methodology Consultant – A graduate of the University College of Foreign Languages in Gliwice and the University College of Social Sciences in Czestochowa.
In her private life, she is the mum of two sons whom she has obviously introduced to Teddy Eddie’s world. She started her journey with the Teddy Eddie method in 2011 as a Local Method Coordinator with one of our Accredited Centres.
In the course of her professional career she has taught several dozen groups of all ages, including Teddy Eddie and Savvy Ed programs as well as junior and high school courses. In her work, she places great emphasis on classroom dynamics and building learners’ confidence in speaking English. She is responsible for training new Teddy Eddie, Savvy Ed teachers and Local Method Coordinators. She tries to instil a love of both methods in teachers and infect them with her enthusiastic approach to classes to make teaching even more effective.
Sonja Górniak, Methodology Consultant – a graduate of Hispanic Philology at the University of Warsaw. She studied at the University of Cambridge, where she received her Certificate of Proficiency in English.
She started her teaching career when she was three, giving lectures to her toys in an imaginary classroom, and has been teaching real students for two decades. For many years she specialised at in-company courses, but when, by a quirk of fate she started teaching children some years ago, she became really passionate about working with young learners.
She takes great pleasure in watching her teachers develop their full potential and is committed to supporting and consolidating their strengths. She is dedicated to ongoing training and development. A keen fan of modern teaching methods and trends (e-learning, online teaching, brain friendly teaching, TPR), she certainly does not underestimate traditional, well proven techniques and approaches. She attaches great value to quality and communication as well as the attainment of short and long term learning goals. In her free time she writes blogs related to her passions: teaching, travelling and cooking.
Agnieszka Matonia, Method & Teacher Trainer Specialist – A graduate of English Philology at the University of Silesia.
She started her adventure with Teddy in 2012 as a teacher in the Accredited Centre of the Teddy Eddie Method. Then, in one of her mother schools (CLAN4YOU), she was both a teacher, methodologist and manager. She also worked as a Teddy Eddie Lesson Supervisor. She has recently started working for Edu Bears as a Method & Teacher Trainer Specialist.
In her professional practice, she believes that positive relationships and communication are the key to achieving goals. In her private life, she is a mother of Emilka, thanks to whom she gets to know the Teddy Eddie method from a completely different perspective – of a parent. In her free time, she reads books and watches TV series.
Ewelina Dagiel-Surmańska, Teddy Eddie Teacher Trainer – Founder of the What’s up? language school, qualified musician and educator. In her private life she is the mum of three children: Weronika, Małgosia and Kuba.
She completed a graduate course in English Philology at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun as well as a postgraduate course in integrated early childhood education at the University of Warmia and Mazury. Her approach to education is greatly influenced by her musical background. As a graduate of the violin and viola program at the Elementary and Secondary State School of Music in Olsztyn she is highly sensitive to the melody of language.
In 2015 she completed a six-moth course in Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication” and since then she has been deeply committed to using this communication model in education processes, private life conflict resolution and strategy development.
She has introduced both Teddy Eddie and Savvy Ed to her school with great dedication and enthusiasm. In 2016 she opened the first autonomous Teddy Eddie training centre and joined our team of Lesson Supervisors, which means that she trains future Teddy Eddie teachers, holds on-line lesson observations and sessions at conferences organised by Edu Bears.
Magdalena Szuber, Teddy Eddie Lesson Supervisor – Director of Methodology and owner of the iSpeak school of English, a Premium Teddy Eddie Partner. A graduate of the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (psychology) as well as the University College of Languages and the University of Wroclaw (English philology), she has been dedicated to teaching for ten years now.
She sees teaching methodology as a combination of passion and practical, systemic solutions: How do we manage a group to ensure that all students are involved? How to maximise language production time? How to minimise the role of the teacher and develop learner autonomy in class? She draws inspiration from her young students, observing their interests, needs and abilities.
As a graduate of the PTI Talent Trainer Academy, she considers relationship building, along with promoting and developing student and teacher potential to be essential for education success.
For many years, she has been involved in induction, training and supporting teachers at her own school, providing them with classroom techniques and tools for student and parent communication.
She views her role as a Teddy Eddie Lesson Supervisor at Edu Bears as a source of joy and satisfaction and an opportunity to meet new people and share her experience.
Top row, from the left: Agnieszka Pędzimąż (TELS), Magdalena Szuber (TELS, SELS), Bogna Śmieja (Edu Bears Method & Teacher Trainer Manager) , Ola Komada (Edu Bears Director of Studies), Agnieszka Matonia (Edu Bears Method & Teacher Trainer Specialist, TELS, TETT), Sonja Górniak (Methodology Consultant), Marta Sztajerwald (TELS).
Middle row, from the left: Joanna Haracz-Lewandowska (TELS), Weronika Betlejewska (TELS), Ewa Zawieracz-Karasińska (Edu Bears Methodology Consultant), Justyna Gromadzka (TELS), Ewelina Grzybowska (TELS), Ewelina Dagiel-Surmańska (TELS, SELS, TETT, SETT),
Lower row, from the left: Ewa Szcząchor (TETT), Elżbieta Filas- Żądło (TELS), Ewelina Lipian (TELS), Marika Jackiewicz (TELS).