Emilia Bacca – Acting Principal
Born and raised on suburbs of Warsaw, Poland. Moved permanently to USA in 2003. Presently living in Milford with my husband Andy and 2 children Johnny 10 and Alicia 7. Received IT degree from UC in 2008 and currently enjoying my job as a Digital Product Manager with a local retail company.
I have been proudly serving Polish American community since 2012 in various roles throughout the years: webmaster, Polish School founder, teacher, events’ facilitator and most recently as President. PASGC mission is very important to me and I believe our work is a great opportunity to honor our heritage, tradition and upbringing. I also believe that sharing our piece of culture with the world around us is our duty and a great privilege!
Zofia Guiney – Class A – Preschool
I was born and raised in Gniezno, Poland. In May of 2000, at the age of 14, I moved to the United States with my immediate family. Shortly after, I enrolled as a freshman at Rich South High School. In 2004, I had completed my high school education and enrolled at Eastern Illinois University. I received bachelor’s degree in Psychology with high honors. In 2008, I pursued master’s degree at Governors State University in counseling with a concentration in school. My work experience has allowed me to work with students of various ages and abilities in both traditional and nontraditional school settings.
I believe it is imperative to teach the Polish language as an authentic passage of cultural traditions and Polish identity. Additionally, teaching the language is a wonderful tool for children to discover the true beauty of Poland and to connect themselves with others who also nourish the Polish language.
Emilia Campbell Ragle – Class B – Beginners and Class C – Adults
Was born in Memphis TN to a Polish mom and American dad. Her fondest memories include cooking the Wigilia dinners with her Babcia and spending her summers in Lodz. She went to Xavier University, and fell in love with Cincinnati.
Emilka is a licensed teacher, traveling around Cincinnati to work with high school students with learning disabilities.
When she’s not teaching, she loves traveling with her husband and doting on her cats.
Iwona Smucerowicz-Rose – Class D – Advanced
I was born and raised in Poland – Konin, where I spent my childhood. After completing a high-school I spent 9 years in Łódź studying at the Technical University of Łódź, getting there my B.S, M.S and Ph.D in Chemical and Process Engineering.
After completion of my studies, I worked for over 2 years at the Lund Technical University in Sweden and then in a consulting company in Gothenburg. I learned Swedish and fell in love with IKEA furniture and style during my stay there.
I moved back to Poland in 2003 and started my aerospace career at the Engineering Design Center (EDC) in Warszawa, a joint venture with GE. I met my future husband, Patrick, over the phone while working together on a project in 2005. We began a long distance relationship which lasted for almost a year which culminated in our marriage 2006. Patrick and I then spent 13 months together in Poland, awaiting our first child and then enjoying early parenthood.
In fall of 2007 we moved to Cincinnati where I joined GE Aviation and currently work for as a Senior Staff Engineer in the Engineering Material Systems department.
Patrick and I have 2 children – Alexander (11) and Monica (8) and we live in Glendale. I enjoy travelling, walking, swimming, sailing, gardening and playing piano. We are members of the PASGC for over 2 years and we love the Polish school where Alexander and Monica can improve their Polish language skills. I have served as a PASGC Corresponding Secretary in 2016-2018 and I’m a Vice-president now. I am involved in a majority of PASGC and Polish school activities and events where for the 2 past years I have taught the advanced Polish class. Teaching Polish is important to me so my children can speak Polish to their relatives in Poland and learn about this country wonderful heritage.