Preschool Twos & Threes Director
Tsvetana taught at the Wildwood School and Mount Sopris Montessori School in Carbondale before joining Aspen Country Day School in 2011. Born and raised in Bulgaria, she moved to the United States when she was 23. Tsvetana has a BA in fine arts education and a master’s degree in early childhood education with a special education licensure from the University of Colorado Denver. Parent of two, she speaks Bulgarian, Russian, and English.
Something that was cool when you were growing up?
We’d play these games with long elastic pieces. Two people would have them on their ankles, and a third one is jumping in between, and when you pass the first level, you raise up the height, and you have to be able to jump that high. I’m not sure there’s a game like that in English. It was really popular!
Favorite or least favorite teacher?
My First Grade teacher wasn’t very patient. I remember one day, I was late, and I had to stand in front of the class with my arms out, and she had a wooden stick, so… well, education has changed a lot. Luckily, we got another teacher for Second, Third, and Fourth Grade. She was a great listener and very personal, and showed me how a teacher can impact your life.
An interesting job you’ve had?
When I was in college I went to England for the summer, and I was picking strawberries. It’s really hard job; you have to be on your knees all the time, and the fields are huge; you can’t see to the end of it. But everybody who was working on the strawberry farms were students just like me, from many different Eastern European countries, and so it was really nice to meet lots of people from other cultures.
Something we might not know about you?
I have traveled a lot. Bulgaria, Russia, England, Germany, Macedonia, United States, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Belgium, Iceland. I was the first member of my family to travel on an airplane and go to a foreign country. When I was young, Bulgaria was still under Communism, so we couldn’t travel; we weren’t allowed to go to Western Europe, so Russia was the only option for me then.
Most courageous thing you have done?
Moving to this country. You have to be strong and motivated.
Tsvetana, center, with student interviewers Fiona B. and Maggie M.