AEA Faculty 2016-2017 Academic Year
Mrs. Christina Ivanova has worked and studied in the United States for 16 years. She has a BA in “Child Development” from California State University of Northridge. Mrs. Ivanova has worked for schools in the states of California, North Carolina, and Colorado. She has over 15 years of experience working with children ranging from preschool through Grade 5. She has been at AEA for 7 years teaching elementary grades.
Mrs. Sylvia Zhelyazkova has been part of AEA teaching staff for eleven years. She has taught all subjects in Kindergarten department working with age groups 3-5. Her teaching experience includes preparing K5 to meet all the requirements needed for first grade in the American program, as well as preparing 6 year old Bulgarian children for first grade in the Bulgarian program. He has studied at Sofia University at the faculty of Pedagogy, and the department of General Pedagogy Education. Throughout the years Mrs. Zhelyazkova has taught ESL classes and worked individually with children who needed extra academic help.
Mrs. Cheryl Stoyanov has graduated from Missouri Southern State University, in Joplin, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in Elementary Education 1-5 and Exceptional Education K-12. Her teaching experience includes Carl Junction Elementary and Joplin Middle and High Schools. She has also taught for 7 years in the Kansas City Public Schools which included Southeast Middle, R.J. Delano Alternative School and East High School. In addition to being a classroom teacher for 5 years she served one year as a Lead Teacher and one year as Facilitator over the school departments. She has also been a night office manager in a retail chain of stores for 25 years where she has been in charge of office management and store supervision as well as employee training. She has taught young people transferable skills such as communication, research, planning, human relations, organization, management, leadership as well as, general work skills. She moved to Bulgaria in 2013 and taught at AEA for 4 years in the Elementary Division.
Mrs. Tina Wright Ivanovska has attended Saddleback College in California, Kalamazoo JC College in Michigan, and Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma, and is also ESL certified. She has been at AEA for ten years and has served as AEA Kindergarten Director for 5 years. She is experienced in teaching pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grade. Ms. Tina Ivanovska not only loves her students, but she also feels it is important to teach them more than just academic skills. They also work on social skills, thinking skills, creativity and respect.
Mrs. Deborah Mackay originally comes from Manchester, United Kingdom, but has lived and taught in the Highlands of Scotland in the Melvich Primary School for five years. When she moved to Bulgaria, she started off as a parent volunteer at AEA firstly helping in the kindergarten and then progressed to a substitute teacher working within the middle school through to high school. She also worked on a one to one basis with students that required extra help. She has started and led an afterschool English Club where she lives for more than three years now. Currently Mrs. Mackay is teaching third grade at AEA. She believes that all children deserve the same chance in life and her desire is to do anything she can to contribute to their success.
Ms. Elena Stanoeva has a BA in English Philology from Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’. She is a certified ESL Cambridge examiner and has worked as a teacher of English for 6 years in Bulgaria, as well as abroad. Her experience includes working for Britanica Language School while being an oral examiner for the international certificates FCE, CAE, an ILEC. She was part of the AOF Oslo og Akershus team and Language Power International AS in Oslo, Norway, teaching English to people of all ages and backgrounds. She was also on the staff of Skøyenåsen skole. At AEA she has taught English, Literature, and she is currently the Grade 3 Red Team Home Room Teacher. English has been her passion for as long as she can remember; she believes it’s a gateway to many different and exciting worlds and cultures. Ms. Stanoeva would like to pass this passion on to her students and teach them how to be curious, to appreciate life, and to always follow their dreams.
Mrs. Maya Yakimova comes from Macedonia but she has lived in Bulgaria for more than ten years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy from the Sofia University. She has taught at AEA for 8 years, 3 of which in the Kindergarten and 5 as an Elementary teacher. As a teacher she believes that besides teaching basic academic skills, it is important to help children develop good morale and character, respect for authority, and respect toward their peers. She looks forward to helping her students become responsible and independent children who love learning.
Mr. Metodi Stoyanov has an MA in Elementary Education from Sofia University and an MA in Elementary Education from the Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, Missouri, USA, and a teaching qualification from the Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri in Teaching English as a Second Language (K-12), with additional certifications in Physical Education (K-12), and Special Education (K-12). He has taught in Joplin, MO School District; Jasper, MO School District; Kansas City, Missouri School District; and the American English Academy for more than 20 years. He is experienced in the use of a variety of educational technology such as the Internet, ENO and Promethean Board, and multiple computer educational software. Mr. Stoyanov is dedicated to enthusiastic and dynamic teaching as a means of creating and nurturing a lifelong love of knowledge in children. He is eager to bring elementary students into the twenty-first century using a unique combination of international education experience.
Mr. Andrew Faber has been an Elementary teacher for eight years in Seattle, Washington. During those eight years, he has taught not only the core subjects of elementary school, but also drama, puppet classes, knitting, journalism, and LEGO Education. He has found out through his experience of teaching that there are two important keys in teaching. First, that all students express learning in many different ways, be it traditional or experimental. Second, the more relevant education is to the student, the more important and exciting education becomes.
Mr. Milko Tsonov has been a part of AEA teaching staff since 1999 and has played a significant role in the formation of the specific ambience and culture of the American English Academy. He has served as a Music and Art teacher in the Elementary department of AEA for 17 years educating more than 1000 students from over 50 different nationalities. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Tsonov is working as a creative director and project manager of all official artistic events at AEA. He is a music composer, recording artist, classical guitar player and a producer himself, being a registered member of the Musicautor Society of Composers, Lyricists and Music Publishers. He has studied at Sofia University at the faculty of Pedagogy, and the department of Preschool and Primary School Education. Mr. Tsonov has additional qualifications and Bachelor’s degree from the Medical College at Medical University of Sofia and the LOTS College in Sweden.
Mrs. Nevena Videnova graduated Art History and Art Pedagogy from the “National Academy of Art” (M.A.), and Preschool Pedagogy at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (M.A.). Mrs. Videnova has specialized Art Management in Fort William Henry Museum, Lake George, NY. She worked as a teacher assistant and lead “Art Criticism” and “History of Western Art” courses at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. She has taken part in a number of international art workshops and is an author of several publications on different artists. As a teacher she loves helping her students deepen their understanding of the Arts and inspiring them to develop their creative skills. Her students hold many awards from art contests in Bulgaria and overseas.
Ms. Eleonora Stoyanova has a BS in “Physical Education and Canoe-Kayak Coach” from the National Sports Academy of Sofia. She also has a Master’s Degree in Jazz Dancing Techniques from the National Academy of Dancing and Performing Arts in Sofia. Her teaching experience has started with nine years in the Bulgarian Education System as a Physical Education Teacher. She has worked as a certified Aerobics Instructor for a number of years as well. Besides this Ms. Stoyanova is a certified Second Category Basketball Referee. For the last eight years she has been part of AEA staff as an Elementary and Secondary P.E. teacher. She has also played a major role in the preparation of AEA concerts, musicals, and events helping the Music department with students’ choreography.
Mrs. Zaira Fandiño has been teaching actively since 2000. She has a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in Italian Philology with an additional Certificate of Pedagogical Aptitude, and a M.A. in Methodology of Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. She is also a DELE Certified Grader for all levels.
When she first came to Bulgaria in 2003, Mrs. Fandiño has had the chance to teach students from all ages: kids, secondary school, university students and adults. She is also the author of several educational materials for teaching Spanish as a foreign language. To educate young people to be responsible global citizens and lifelong learners has become Mrs. Fandiño’s dedication as a profesional and educator.
English Language Arts (Language and Literature)
Mr. David Hawthorne is an American with 25 years of teaching the English language in Bulgaria, including B1 to C2 levels and exam preparation for IELTS, CAE, and CPE. He has a Certificate in English Language Teaching (CELTA/RSA—Royal Society of Arts) from the University of Cambridge, UK. David has been a teacher of Philosophy, Sociology, Language, and Writing at City University of Seattle in Bulgaria. He has taught for various companies and institutions, including the American College of Sofia, British Council of Sofia, and the French Lycée Victor Hugo of Sofia. He also continues to work as a teacher for the Cyril and Methodius Foundation and as an editor for various companies in Sofia.
Mrs. Toni Krumova has an MA in English Language Arts, Literature, and Translation. She has been teaching English for more than 17 years to all age groups from children to adults. She has taught and prepared students and adults for the Cambridge FCE, CAE, CPE, as well as TOEFL. Mrs. Krumova has also been a part of a professional team of translators for more than 15 years. She has also edited and published articles for a Bulgarian publishing house for 6 years. Mrs. Krumova has been a part of the AEA team since 2004. She has taught in both Elementary and Secondary Departments as a teacher of Language and American and British Literature. As an educator her passion has always been to help children, teenagers, and adults in the process of establishing a positive self-image, developing their communication skills, and realizing and achieving their unique potential. She has been a Director of the Bulgarian program at AEA for two years and a part of the management team establishing the AEA dual language program. Since the beginning of 2016 she has served as the AEA International Program Director.
Mrs. Ralitsa Cenova has a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy and a Postgraduate qualification in Elementary Foreign Language Education. In addition to this, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic Studies and has studied Literature and Poetry at Damascus University. Mrs. Cenova is a dedicated educator at the American English Academy. She is very passionate about making a real difference in young people’s lives through teaching and is committed to the learning and development of her students.
Mathematics & Science
Mr. Vilen Kolev has a Master of Science (MS) in Physics from the Sofia University, Bulgaria. After graduation he has been affiliated for more than 20 years with the Institute of Biophysics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia. His research has been devoted to investigations of biological and artificial lipid membranes by a variety of physical methods. During this period Mr. Kolev gained extensive knowledge in Advanced Math, Calculus, Computing, Biophysics, Physical Chemistry, and Biochemistry and has collaborated with scientific institutions in UK, Hungary, Italy, and Russia. After leaving his scientific career Mr. Kolev’s interests moved to teaching. In 2002 he has earned a diploma as a Teacher in Informatics and Information Technologies from the University of Sofia and started teaching this subject in a variety of educational environments. Among those are 3 private language schools in Sofia, 3 departments of the Sofia University and the School of Management at the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Schools Online Academy, a nationwide program of NGO Minyu Balkanski Foundation, aiming at training of Bulgarian teachers ICT skills (as Lead trainer), Education Modernization Project of Ministry of Education and Science on ICT Qualification of Teachers (as Lead trainer), and others. Mr. Kolev has been a part of the AEA team since 2007. He has taught in both Middle and High School ICT (information and communication technologies), Geometry, Advanced Math, Calculus, Science, and Physics. His main strength as an educator is to present complicated matters in a simple way and his main passion is to reveal to students the beauty and perfection of both abstract worlds (Mathematics) and natural worlds (Sciences) and their deep interrelationships.
Mrs. Veliana Anachkova has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics at University of World and National Economy, Sofia, and Teacher Assistant Career Diploma at Ashworth College, USA. She has taught Middle and High School Math at AEA for more than 5 years. Through her line of work she has also gained experience in working with ESL and special needs students. She is also a former volunteer for Lora Foundation, A21 Campaign and The Bulgarian Red Cross, where she has taught and helped socially disadvantaged and orphaned children. As an AEA teacher she is compassionate and caring to the students. She strives to transfer her passion and curiosity for mathematics to the students and help them perceive Math as an enjoyable and useful subject.
Mrs. Maya Gacheva has an MA in “Molecular Biology and Plant Physiology” and an MA in “Pedagogy and Modern Educational Technologies” from the Sofia University. As a part of a reputable scientific group she has specialized in the “Department of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis”, in “Novartis Pharma”, Basel, Switzerland. She has participated in a scientific research at the “Institute of “Plant Physiology and Genetics” at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences for a few years. At AEA she teaches Biology, Life Science, and Environmental Science. Her passion is to teach her students to understand how their bodies work, to respect life and all living creatures, and to appreciate and keep nature clean and beautiful.
Mr. Hristo Gospodinov has a BA in “History and Geography” and an MA in “International Relations and Security” from the Sofia University. At AEA he teaches History, Geography, Political Science, AP History, and AP Comparative Government and Politics. He has been certified upon successful completion of seminars, organized by reputable institutions, like the UNESCO’s “Prevention against Child Abuse”, the German Foundation “Friedrich Ebert”, and many others. He has been a part of a delegation invited to the European Commission’s conference on “The Enlargement Policy of the European Union”. He is an author of a number of articles and publications related to History, International Relations, and Diplomacy. He has worked for 4 years as an expert in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet, the Council of Ministers, and the Parliament of the Republic of Bulgaria. As an AEA teacher he is committed to share with his students his knowledge and experience in a modern and interactive way as well as to bring an atmosphere which will inspire desire and determination in his students to achieve higher goals.
Economics and ICT
Mr. Peter Angelov has been a physical education teacher and a basketball coach at the American English Academy since 2002. He has graduated from the National Sports Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria, with an MA as a Physical Education Teacher and a Basketball Coach. He also has an MA in Informational Technologies from the University of Library Studies and Informational Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria. Mr. Peter Angelov is a professional instructor at the American Red Cross, USA, a Lifeguard (CPR, First Aid, and professional rescuer), and International Department Director at Anchor Aquatics Inc., USA. As AEA PE teacher he provides a positive environment in which students are encouraged to be actively engaged in the learning process, ensuring that students’ growth and achievement is continuous and appropriate for their age group, subject area, and/or program classification through active participation in all PE activities.
Mrs. Zaira Fandiño has been teaching actively since 2000. She has a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in Italian Philology with an additional Certificate of Pedagogical Aptitude, and a M.A. in Methodology of Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. She is also a DELE Certified Grader for all levels. When she first came to Bulgaria in 2003, Mrs. Fandiño has had the chance to teach students from all ages: kids, secondary school, university students and adults. She is also the author of several educational materials for teaching Spanish as a foreign language. To educate young people to be responsible global citizens and lifelong learners has become Mrs. Fandiño’s dedication as a profesional and educator.
Mrs. Nevena Videnova teaches Art at the American English Academy, as well as Art, Art and Crafts in the Bulgarian Program „Abraham Lincoln”. She graduated Art History and Art Pedagogy from the “National Academy of Art” (M.A.), and Preschool Pedagogy at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (M.A.). Mrs. Videnova has specialized Art Management in Fort William Henry Museum, Lake George, NY. She worked as a teacher assistant and lead “Art Criticism” and “History of Western Art” courses at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. She has taken part in a number of international art workshops and is an author of several publications on different artists. As a teacher she loves helping her students deepen their understanding of the Arts and inspiring them to develop their creative skills. Her students hold many awards from art contests in Bulgaria and overseas.