Chairwoman of the EducArt International Association:
Dr. Anastasia Novikova is a specialist in multilingualism and the didactics of language training. She lives in Bulgaria and Germany and works in the field of education and teacher training. One of the authors of the concept of language assistance “Bulgarian Language with Draco and Mimi for Multilingual Children” for children whose mother tongue is not Bulgarian. She teaches literature and film didactics at the University of Heidelberg. Author of the monograph “Screened poems for lessons in German as a foreign language. Theoretical foundations and didactical practice”.
Eslitza Popova is an artist. Creates installations, drawings, animation and scenography. Graduated in Painting at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia. After some traveling, Elitsa lived for 20 years on the tropical island of Saint Martin where she opened the Popova Art Gallery. Has participated in numerous group and international exhibitions. “In the Eye of the Hurricane” and “Creole fairy tales” are two of the exhibitions that she has staged at the Marigot Library and at the “Sur la Trace des Arawaks” Historical Museum on St. Martin. Now she lives and works in Bulgaria. Some of her recent exhibitions include “Flux”, “The vernissage of Sasho Stoitsov / Ficciones les pieds dans l’eau” and “5 fairy tales and others”.
Vyara Michailova is a specialist in early bilingual development. Has many years of experience of working with multilingual children in Germany. Has worked on the projects “Deutsch für den Schulstart” at the University of Heidelberg and “Sprache macht stark! – Fachschule” at the University of Mannheim, as well as in the German national initiative “Frühe Chancen” as a trainer and consultant for pedagogues. She is a graduate of the University of Heidelberg, specializing in early bilingualism. Returned to Bulgaria several years ago and works in the field of teacher education and training.
Pepa Kaneva-Vassileva is an early childhood educator, graduated the University of Shumen. She has many years of experience with children aged 0 to 6 years, including children with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy, as well as with disadvantaged children growing up without parental care. She has been working in the field of Montessori education for 10 years. She is the author and illustrator of “Vesseli Kartinki” coloring books, designed to promote the development of fine motor skills, eye-hand control, and logical thinking in children from 3 to 5 years.