I started teaching as an assistant teacher in 1991, then I became a qualified teacher in 1994. Throughout my career I worked with people of all ages. I enjoy working with those who are in need of some additional support in achieving better results.
My main interest is focused on supporting students in building self-esteem and confidence within the educational environment. I wrote my thesis on different methods of students’ learning support.
My area of special interest is the role of creativity and expressive arts in the teaching-learning process and child development. I believe that the learning process can be much fun and enjoyable for all.
After having moved to the UK in 1999, I started to focus on educating myself further in the areas of my special interests. To further my knowledge of personal development and life skills, I enrolled on an Educational Performance Coaching Course at Newcastle University after I gained a Diploma in Business Performance Coaching. Later I trained to be a mentor. Lately, I have been gaining specialized training in the field of working with SEND students.
I worked as a supply teacher for a year before I joined the team at Mentoring Plus Islington in 2001. My work at Mentoring Plus Islington was to teach young people aged 15-17 who were considered at risk and had multiple SENDs. My responsibilities were to create and implement lesson plans based on my students’ individual needs; to create a safe and open environment for my students; to find creative ways to motivate them; and to make their learning process as enjoyable and easy as possible. I was also responsible for liaising with my students’ parents and carers in order to make sure their regular attendance on classes and keeping records on my students’ attendance and progress.
As a teacher-mentor my emphasis was on supporting the students’ learning process by encouraging them to look at their strengths and to name what they wanted to achieve rather than focusing on their limitations, disadvantages or misfortunes. We also talked about responsibility and commitment within and outside of the learning environment.
Between 2003 and 2004, I worked as an EFL&ESOL teacher at South Chelsea College at the English and IT department. I mostly taught adult foreign and home students English, Basic Skills and academic writing. It was an especially rewarding experience because I was in a position to give support to my students beyond my responsibilities as a teacher. These people were in a great need of moral and practical support because of their lack of knowledge of this country and its regulations and also because of the cultural differences they experienced. Since I went through a similar process myself after I arrived to the UK I was able to support them greatly.
Between 2004 and 2009 I initiated different mentoring and coaching programs in schools and orphanages in Hungary and Bulgaria. The main aims of such programs were to support young people to reach for and achieve their full potential while breaking down the barriers and limitations that would otherwise hinder them. The programs were set up as group mentoring sessions with the help of either school stuff or volunteers.
Apart from group projects I worked with young people and adults on a 1:1 basis as a soft skill mentor/coach as well. During such sessions I helped under-performing people to gain strength in their advantages by confidence-building activities; listening to them actively and supporting them in resolving a range of issues that were creating barriers to their achieving results. We also created and followed upon action plans towards achieving their goals.
Between 2009-2011, I tutored a 15-18 year old boy with multiple SENDs such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADHD. During our sessions we turned his disadvantages into his strength. As a result, he successfully finished his A-Levels and went to study horticulture at university.
Since 2011 I have worked as a freelance educator running workshops and training for mostly teachers and parents in the fields of ‘creativity in the classroom’ and ‘coaching techniques in education’ in different parts of the European Union such as Bulgaria, Hungary, UK, and Malta.
I collaborated with different educational organisations. I worked with Tracy Seed Associates in the UK running creativity development sessions for early years (0-5 year olds) as part of a parent child bonding program. I collaborated with a Sofia based organisation called Communication Academy in creating an after-school program called Educational Coaching for elementary school children. I have contributed to the creation of the Kidz Dream Factory Developmental Program in collaboration with Emil Minev, Bulgarian educational trainer (since 2008). I have also contributed to the creation of various creative developmental and learning projects for 8-12 year olds such as the StorySlime-Snailfarm creative writing project which aims to teach creative writing in English especially for non-native speakers.
Between 2013-2014, I also worked as a personal tutor for a 9 year old SEND boy in London.
From July 2014, I have taught English as a foreign language for both children and adults via a government funded project run by an educational organisation in Budapest, Hungary.
Since 2015, I have visited the USA a couple of times where I worked as a volunteer tutor working with 5-19 year old via a charitable organisation. I also worked in Malta as an EFL teacher of both children and adults (summer contracts). I continuously work online as a tutor, particularly with SEND students.
My main hobbies are expressive arts, drawing, creative writing and developing creative thinking patterns.
I work on my own initiative as well as part of a bigger team. I consider myself empathetic and a good listener who is able to motivate and encourage others to achieve. I am a motivated and dedicated professional with a positive attitude. I particularly enjoy working with and supporting children.
- Creative – self-designed materials
- Friendly, reliable, responsible, dependable, reliable
- Professional, ordered and well organized
- A motivated and dedicated person with a positive attitude
- Flexible – I easily adapt to new situations and concepts
- Willing and committed to learn and expand an already sound knowledge
- Self-developing and tailoring educational materials to needs
- Using creativity and expressive arts as tools in the developmental process
- Training in educational and school or business settings
- Using focusing techniques such as mindfulness meditation and visualization techniques
- Coaching and mentoring especially in educational settings
Subjects and skills taught
- English as a foreign language
- English, History, Science, Environmental Studies, Art and design, (UK early years (KS0), KS1, KS2,)
- creative (divergent) thinking and logical thinking
- drawing, painting, designing
- safe use of social media pages
- Working knowledge of Word, Excel and Windows
- Basic web designing
- Touch typing
- drawing, painting, creative writing
- swimming, walking, yoga,
Thank you for your consideration.