Gdynia International School Kadra

School Principal

School Principal - Kevin D'Arcy

Kevin D’Arcy opened Gdynia International School (GIS) in September 2013. GIS preschool is an important starting point for the development of a full international school to serve the international and local families of Gdynia and the surrounding area.

Previous to opening GIS, Kevin D’Arcy founded the British International School Gdansk (BISG), where he served as School Principal from 2007 to 2013, developing the school, to the most successful international school in Gdansk.

Kevin D’Arcy has a range of teaching and leadership roles which include working as the Head of Secondary School at the British International School Wroclaw, teacher of mathematics at The British School Warsaw, Lecturer at the University of Wollongong (Australia), and various teaching roles at the University of New South Wales as well as schools in Australia and Ireland.

His broad range of interests and hobbies include educational theory, the arts, especially philosophy, as well as the mathematical sciences. He enjoys squash and cycling, and long walks along the beach and in the woods around the Tricity. Kevin also enjoys garden landscaping, singing and public speaking with Toastmasters.


BSc in Physics, University of Wollongong, Australia MA(hons) in Philosophy, University of Wollongong, Australia H.Dip. Ed.(hons), University College Dublin

GIS Preschool Staff

Aleksandra Majewska-Kukawska (Main Teacher)

Aleksandra Majewska-Kukawska is an Early Years teacher at Gdynia International School. She graduated from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin with a Master’s Degree in English and complimented her studies with a Postgraduate Diploma in Early Years and Early School Education. Aleksandra has several years of experience working as a teacher in the tricity, including Dwujęzyczne Przedszkolaki in Gdańsk, Angielskie Przedszkole in Gdynia, and British International School Gdańsk. Aleksandra has also worked in Infinity Cambridge and Kids’ Fun language school. Aleksandra teaches to enable, enliven and encourage the children. She believes that the purpose of teaching is to assist the students with their own experiences and discoveries.

Małgorzata Bach (Teacher's Assistant)

Małgorzata Bach graduated from Slavic Studies at the University of Gdansk.  She is now completing a second degree in Early Education (with pedagogical therapy) in the Education Department.  Małgorzata has chosen working with children as her career path and has been working as a tutor for the past three years as well as a teacher in a preschool.

At GIS, Małgorzata enjoys working with children with special educational needs, with a focus on working with autistic children. Working with children gives her a lot of satisfaction and positive energy. 

Paulina Korzeniewska (Teacher's Assistant)

Paulina Korzeniewska is the main teaching assistant at Gdynia International School. She enjoys working with children and especially in an international environment. Paulina is studying Early Years Education with English at PWSNS University in Gdynia. She chose her major because working with children is her passion and she wants to pursue her professional career in the field of Early Education.

Paulina has worked with children in various roles and really enjoys the approach to learning at GIS and the teaching methods that they use. She believes that the best teaching method is teaching through playing and developing creativity. Her hobby is photography and you can see many of her photos on the GIS website. 

Lisha Liu (Chinese)

Lisha Liu is a Chinese language teacher at Gdynia International School.Lisha Liu comes from the beautiful city, Guilin, which is situated in the southwest of China, where she studied education at Guangxi University. Since then, Lisha moved to Poland where she completed her Bachelors Degree in English Philology and qualified as a teacher.  Lisha is now completing her Masters degree in English Philology.

Since living in Poland Lisha has been teaching Chinese and is very interested in education and teaching methods.  Having had the experience of both Chinese and European education, she is especially interested in European teaching methods, which are very different from Chinese methods of learning.

As far as her personality is concerned, Lisha is a easy-going and optimistic person.  In her free time, Lisha’s favourite activities are reading books and watching all kinds of films. She likes to spend her free time with friends.

Grażyna Słaboń (Correctional Gymnastics)

Grazyna Słaboń – correctional gymnastics teacher. Grazyna graduated from the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice with a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy.  She also obtained a Post-graduate Diploma in Pedagogy and completed the course of Biodynamic method for three dimensional correction of idiopathic scoliosis by prof. Dobosiewicz held in the Silesian Medical Academy in Katowice. Grazyna has been teaching correctional gymnastics in kindergartens as well as schools for many years, including the Complex of Silesian International Schools. She loves working with children and makes sure that all fun activities improve the health condition of children. 

Magda Marcinkowska (Music Teacher)

Magda Marcinkowska is a Eurhythmics and Music teacher at Gdynia International School. She graduated from Academy of Music in Gdańsk and currently she cooperates with numerous kindergartens and schools in Tricity. To expand her musical horizons, she went to the USA to study music at Gulf Shores High School, AL. She also served her internship at Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, Holland, and at Max English in Iława, Poland.

She really appreciates the value and role of play, which not only carries the child’s needs, but also has the beneficial impact on effective teaching. Her motto is  ”Fun is the best school of life for a child”. She draws the joy of communing with children, singing, cycling and exploring the unknown.