Hometown: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Education: Masters in Bulgarian Language and Literature, Masters in Russian Language and Literature
How did you learn about Montessori?
I learned about Montessori when it was time for my daughter to start school. We visited her Montessori classroom and it amazed me, and made me want to learn more about it. It was love at first sight.
What do you love about Montessori?
I had worked in the school system in Bulgaria and here previously, but what I loved right away about Montessori was the mixed ages, community feeling, individual approach to each child’s abilities, following their interests and endless possibilities for growth. Montessori does not just educate you on basics like math, language, science. It helps you become a wholesome person, develop gifts and interests you have. At the same time it teaches you to respect others’ interest, property, personalities and find a peaceful way to work together. Walking in and observing many times after that in that first Montessori class my daughter attended I felt that this is the right way to raise and educate children if we want them to become confident, responsible, accepting, peaceful adults who will be ready to work for a better future.
What are three things you can’t live without?
The three things I couldn’t live without would be books, chocolate, and coffee.
What’s been your favorite trip?
My favorite trip was 3 years ago when we went back to Bulgaria, visited Santorini for a week and then for a few days in Rome, Italy.
Do you have any pets?
I have two cats.