Meet the teachers!
Miss Emiliya Doychinova has a Bachelor degree in Pre-school education with twenty years of experience at international pre-schools in Sofia as a teacher and teacher-coordinator. She loves working with toddlers and most of her career has been dedicated to the younger children.
What is your name, how do children call you?
My name is Emiliya Doychinova, but the children call me Ms Emi.
Tell us something about your education and experience.
I studied Industrial Chemistry and then Preschool Pedagogy.
What is your favorite part of the day as a teacher?
Circle time activities when I try to make my lessons fun and enjoyable for children to provoke their curiosity and make them laugh.
What inspires you to keep working with children in pre-school age?
I think that our job is very challenging and interesting. Each child has different needs and demands a different approach to help them socialize and feel happy.
How do you motivate children?
By encouraging them all the time, and helping them believe that they can manage with the tasks.
How do you face difficult challenges throughout the day at school?
With good organization during the day and keeping calm.
Do you notice any changes in children’s behavior for the past few years?
I find some children have a difficult time socializing because of the pandemic, but optimistically, I believe they learn and adapt very quickly. I think if we have similar situations again we will handle them better in the future.
What is the best part of being a teacher?
When you can establish a relationship of trust and understanding with all kids and create a positive and encouraging learning environment for the youngest ones.
What sort of morning routine do you have to get ready and in the mood for the class?
I take a cup of coffee, a spoon full of patience (instead of sugar), and a lot of love!
What is your favorite child book/author and why?
‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson – it shows us that sometimes the smallest among us can be the strongest and smartest.
What is the most surprising and funny thing you heard about yourself from children?
One day while I was dancing ballet with a group of girls one of them just stopped dancing and told me with wide open eyes and admiration “Mrs. Emi, for sure one day you will become the most famous ballerina in the world!” I was 58 years old… I felt very happy!