My name is Stefka Nikoltcheva and I am the new Special Education teacher in Venetie. I have two adult children. My son is accountant in Texas and my daughter is a Special Education teacher in Hawaii. I graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2009 from Storm Lake, Iowa and a Master of Arts in Special Education (2017) from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Aside from teaching, my hobbies are reading, traveling, and yoga. My intention is to teach and support Venetie pupils in a loving and calm environment as well as encourage happy, capable and creative qualities in all.
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For two decades, I have been in the vocational arts with food production and I have interests in secondary subjects. Prior to then, I was a three sport varsity athlete and over the years interests of mine have come to include folk crafts, animal husbandry, documentary films, and indigenous lifeways. These reflect an appreciation for cultural diversity and how I have been able to live in seven northern states to experience rural heritages and innovations.
I have been a teacher for five years, four of them in rural Alaska. In Fort Yukon I will teach Math and Science. Prior to teaching, I was either a student or an engineer. For me it is hard to choose any specific hobby, interests, or passion - I enjoy doing many different things in my free time. Sometimes I read about far-away places and remember not so practical information that can be easily found when needed, so geography is the thing where my curiosity resides. I hope that I will like Fort Yukon, and the community will accept me.