Leaders committed to serving the Bulgarian language education and teachers training in the USA.

Our board members bring diverse professional perspectives about what makes community schools strong. The board of directors uses a strict approach to governance, and it is responsible for ensuring that the organization is meeting the needs of the Bulgarian language teaching and learning sector. The Board is thinking about how to increase its impact and is operating in a legally, financially, and ethically responsible manner.

 
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Angela Hasheva

President

Angela is professor of French at the City University of Seattle, Washington State, where she has also served as the World Language Lead and adviser at undergraduate and graduate levels. She specializes in language acquisition, teacher education, and holds an MBA degree in Entrepreneurship. Her research areas are in heritage language education and language input processing. She has taught French foreign language education courses in the United States and abroad. Angela is the Founder and Director of the Bulgarian School of Seattle. Through her leadership, the Bulgarian School of Seattle has formed partnerships with ALTA testing authorities, the Seal of Biliteracy and the Global Seal of Biliteracy Advisory Committees in many states across America. She develops official statistics on Bulgarian HL teaching and learning by collecting comprehensive data and pressing for inclusion of this data in official U.S. education statistics.

Contact Angela: ahasheva@absa-association.org

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Boyko Antonov

Vice-President

Boyko graduated MScs in Automation at Plovdiv Technical University. He taught computer science at Plovdiv Technical University. He holds Ph. D. degree in Information Technologies, He has lived in the U.S.A. since 1999, currently works as a Business Analyst at the Library of Congress.

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Silviya Kostova

Vice-President

The preservation of the Bulgarian language in the Bulgarian immigrant communities, was my main dedication since my arrival in the United States in 2009. As a founder of the Bulgarian School of Atlanta, Georgia, I gained a vast experience in the cultural processes surrounding the immigrant communities. Through my close cooperation with the children and students of those communities in Georgia, I came to the conclusion that they all struggle to retain their heritage language after certain age. My goal is not only to educate the children in their heritage language from the linguistic perspective but also to build a close relationship between culture, identity and language proficiency. I chose to participate in ABSA, because this organization will have a significant impact for our Bulgarian language schools. The greatest challenge is to invest in the proper further qualification of the teachers as well as to keep developing the curriculum. Those actions will ensure that families with Bulgarian heritage will continue to express their interest in continuing the heritage language education of their children.

Education: Villanova University, PA, USA – Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development Veliko Tarnovo University “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” , Bulgaria – Bachelor’s Degree in Bulgarian and Russian language Veliko Turnovo University “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”, Bulgaria - Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations