TEACH FOR BULGARIA CLASS OF 2018-2020: BILYANA, ELENA, AND GABRIELA

This year’s recruitment campaign ends on April 10. Some of the first successful candidates have already started their preliminary training and are getting ready to start teaching in September of 2018. They will also go through an intensive Summer Institute with both theoretical and practical modules.

We are presenting three participants from the latest Teach For Bulgaria class of 2018-2020. If you would like to join them and empower students to develop their potential and become successful, you can still apply at apply.zaednovchas.bg by April 10.

BILYANA VITANOVA: STUDENTS NEED TO BE TAUGHT HOW TO THINK, LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES, AND NEVER STOP TRYING

Bilyana is 29, with a bachelor’s in Psychology from New Bulgarian University

If you had to introduce yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

Today I do what others don’t want to, so that tomorrow I will be able to do what others can’t.

Why did you decide to apply to be a Teach For Bulgaria participant?

Because I want to challenge myself a lot and I have a lot to give.

What do you expect from these two years as a teacher?

To face many challenges and end up liking it.

What kind of education do students need to be successful and happy?

They need to be taught how to think, learn from their mistakes, and never stop trying.

ELENA TATAROVA: STUDENTS NEED A “MORE UNDERSTANDING” EDUCATION

Elena is 24, with a bachelor’s in Psychology from Sofia University

If you had to introduce yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

I love laughing, learning, sharing, and exploring.

Why did you decide to apply to be a Teach For Bulgaria participant?

I applied kind of spontaneously after I saw an interview with two Teach For Bulgaria alumni. I was impressed by their energy, by how much they believed in their students and in the positive impact of their work, by their love and their big smiles as they talked about their teaching experience.

What do you expect from these two years as a teacher?

I look forward to the next two years of this challenge and I hope they will be full of a lot of shared work, effort, smiles, and respect.

What kind of education do students need to be successful and happy?

Students need a “more understanding” education which adapts to their individualities and enables them to build character; which takes into account the changes children go through and how dynamic their world is; which has a clear, attainable, practical, and applicable goal.

GABRIELA POBORNIKOVA: I EXPECT A LOT OF EVERYTHING FROM THESE TWO YEARS AS A TEACHER

Gabriela is 22, with a bachelor’s in Psychology from Sofia University

If you had to introduce yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

I’m a psychologist with a special place for education in my heart.

Why did you decide to apply to be a Teach For Bulgaria participant?

This is my final year at university and I was very confused and uncertain about how to start my career, so for various reasons, I decided not to apply to graduate school right away. But I was certain I wasn’t going to sit around and do nothing. I took a long hard look at myself and my values and realized I had always cared and had a strong passion for high-quality education. Then I started thinking about all those people who hadn’t had any of the opportunities I’d had… and decided that Teach For Bulgaria could channel my beliefs and mindsets in the right direction.

What do you expect from these two years as a teacher?

I expect a lot of everything – challenges, success, changed lives, and life-long friendships.

What kind of education do students need to be successful and happy?

High-quality education which gives them opportunities and motivates them to build a better future.