Vanya Zankina

Bulgarian Language and Social Studies
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Mrs. Vanya Zankina has been teaching Bulgarian language to adults as well as to children at the Bulgarian school “Otets Paissii” since 2011. She developed several curricula in Bulgarian language and adapted those to the various ages and skill levels of children of Bulgarian origin born in the United States.

Mrs. Zankina has masters degrees in Civil Engineering in Industrial Management, and has a post-graduate degree in Information Management at the State Department of Science & Technology in Moscow. Her language skills enabled her to teach foreign languages to children and adults back in Bulgaria. In the U.S. she developed the online curricula in German language for all levels for the Pennsylvania Cyber School among many others.

Aleksandar (Sasho) Zankin

Dance Instructor
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Mr. Aleksandar (Sasho) Zankin has been teaching Bulgarian folk dances since 1974.  He holds Master’s degree in Bulgarian Folk Choreography and is a professionally-qualified Choreographer-Pedagogue. He was the artistic director of many folk dance groups and ensembles in Bulgaria and a teacher in Bulgarian folk dance at the public school with intensive study of Bulgarian dance folklore “Christo Fotinov” in Sofia. He has taught Bulgarian folk dances at many workshops in the USA, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. 

He has been awarded several prestigious awards by the Bulgarian state for his teaching and choreographic work. With his groups and ensembles he also won national and international awards.



Ivanka Borisova

Bulgarian Language & Social Studies (pre-school)
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Mrs. Ivanka Borisova teaches Bulgarian Language and Social Studies to the youngest students – the pre-schoolers. She has extensive teaching experience, a passion for promoting learning, and a gift for engaging with children.

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