Staff Spotlight

Enjoy learning more about our World Language Staff!
We asked our Spotlighted Staff members to answer two questions
to help everyone get to know them. See what they shared below!

How long have you been working at WSD?
25 years

Do you collect anything?
Anything with birds (because of my first name)

You have to sing karaoke. What song do you pick?
Bohemian Rhapsody

How long have you been working at WSD?
13 years

What was your first job?
My first job was working as a tour guide, serving tourists coming to Poland or Polish citizens traveling to different countries in Europe. One day, I was taking a group of American scientists to visit the birth place of Frederic Chopin, a Polish composer. I was very nervous to talk on the microphone, especially because I had to speak English, which was my 4th and newly learned language at the time. The good part was that I was sitting in front of the coach bus, hence while talking I did not have to face my audience. My hands were sweating and my mouth was dry, and I could hear the complete silence while I was sharing the story. Talking about being outside of your comfort zone! Well, I surely did it and it was my proud moment. Still today I am not in favor of facing the large audiences, but I surely don’t mind facing my students. They are the coolest!

Have you ever been told you look like someone famous, and who was it?
I was told many times, especially when I was younger, that I looked like Meryl Streep! Strangers as well as family members were sharing the same impression. Honestly, I have never seen the resemblance, but it feels good to be compared to such an intelligent and talented woman.

How long have you been working at WSD?
17 years

What is your catchphrase, or a word you say a lot?
If you were to ask my former and present students what my catchphrase would be, no doubt they will say "Hola Chiquis!". They are all "chiquis" to me not matter how old they are. "Chiquis" is an endearing term derive from the word "chicos".

What is your favorite movie?
I am a sci-fi/fantasy fanatic so Star Wars, Star-Trek, Alien, Matrix, Lord of the Rings, etc, etc, etc...I am there! :-)

How long have you been working at WSD?
15 years

What sport would you compete in if you were in the Olympics?
I would be an Olympic speed skater, despite growing up in FL!

What’s the most random thing in your purse/wallet?
I always have a small wooden ladybug in every bag I carry. It's a German symbol for good luck!

How long have you been working at WSD?
7 years

If you had a time machine, would go back in time or into the future? Why?
Back in time. I love history and wish I could experience it first-hand, so I would go back to different time periods to experience what life was like.

What did you name your first car?
The Chariot - my car from college. It was a rusty, junky car that was as old as I was. It was far from a luxury ride but I loved it. My friends teased me about it and called it the Chariot. It is still the best car I've ever had!

How long have you been working at WSD?
2 years

What is something we might be surprised to know about you?
I am scared of flying and really don't like doing it, but love traveling! I encourage everyone to do something you might be afraid of because you never know where you might find unexpected beauty and passion!

What is your favorite quote?
"Take comfort in the discomfort" You should try it sometime, you never know what you might learn!

How long have you been working at WSD?
5 years

Do you collect anything?
I collect postcards from each city/country I visit! So far I've visited 20 different countries and various cities, mostly in Europe and North America. The postcards serve as a reminder of my fun times traveling to those spots.

What is something we might be surprised to know about you?
I'm a big fan of ice hockey! I watch every Flyers game, and even play in an adult league myself. I like that it's a fast-paced sport and requires a lot of athleticism.