About Us

Mission:

The mission of Cosmos international School is to raise and develop free people, who courageously with imagination and creativity will create their own present and future.

The world to the COSMOS children is an invitation to learn and discover. The children in COSMOS International School are from different nationalities and they grow up open and tolerant to race, religious and healthy background.

Our Team

Creative Director

Tatiana Zaharieva

Education: Master of International Economic Relations
Additional interests: skiing, surfing, swimming, reading
Mother tongue: Bulgarian
Foreign languages: German, English, Russian
Experience in work with kids: 20+ years

Financial Director

Elena Kaneva

Education:  Bachelor of Banking, Stock Exchange and Brokerage, UNWE.
Volleyball coach and physical education teacher, NSA
Additional interests: Sport
Mother tongue: Bulgarian
Foreign languages: English
She has participated in several startups

Manager

Marieta Vincent

Education: Bachelor`s Degree in Economics
Additional qualifications: Graphic design
Additional interests: Aromatherapy, Yoga, Gardening, Healthy lifestyle
Mother tongue: Bulgarian
Foreign languages: English
Working in Cosmos Kids since 2004

Academic Director Bulgarian National Curriculum

Kalina Borisova

Education: Bulgarian philology in Sofia University
Mother tongue: Bulgarian;
Foreign languages: English
Working in Cosmos Educational Centre and Cosmos Kids since 1997

Academic Director Cambridge Curriculum

Zsuzsanna Eren

Education: BA from Janos Kodolany University of Applied Sciences – Major: Communication and Media Sciences;
Additional qualifications: Pedagogy, TEFL – Teaching English as a Second Language Certification with distinction. Qualified IGCSE English as a Second Language teacher and examiner.
Mother tongue: Hungarian
Foreign languages: English, Turkish, Bulgarian
Working in Cosmos Kids since 2012

Music Teacher

Irenia Vasquez

Cambridge Primary Music
Education: National Music School Havana, Cuba – piano and bassoon
Mother tongue: Spanish
Foreign languages: English; basic Portuguese
Working in Cosmos Kids since 2012 

English Teacher

Snejana Serafimova

Cambridge Primary Mathematics
Cambridge Primary Science
Bulgarian language and Literacy
Education: Master Degree in French and English Language and Literature from Sofia University.
Executive MBA, Delaware University
Mother tongue: Bulgarian
Foreign languages: English, French
Working in Cosmos Kids since 2015

Teacher of History, Geography, English

Gloria Backardjieva

Education: MA in Classical Philology, English Philology, Bulgarian Philology at St. Climent Ochridsky University of Sofia since 1990
Additional qualifications: PhD in Pedagogy of Teaching Foreign Languages at St. Climent Ohridsky University of Sofia since 2020
Additional interests: Foreign Languages, Literature, Astronomy and Physics, History of Art, Ancient History and Archaeology
Mother tongue:
 Bulgarian

Foreign languages: English, French, Russian
Experience in work with kids: Teaching English to pre-school and school children since 1991
Working in Cosmos Educational Centre and Cosmos Kids since 2002

Science teacher

Nadezhda Bozova

                                                                    Education: Bachelor of Computational Chemistry at Sofia University
Bachelor of Chemistry Teacher at Sofia University
Master of Medicinal Chemistry at Sofia University
Additional qualifications: PhD student in chemistry from 2021 until now
Additional interests: music, theatre, dance, yoga, hiking, nature, biology
Mother tongue: Bulgarian
Foreign languages: English
Experience in work with kids: 2 years Chemistry teacher of 7th grade students
New teacher in Cosmos International School

English Teacher and Nurse

Petra Neychev-van Santen

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing & Bachelor of Arts in Religion
Additional interests: singing, swimming, traveling and running.
Mother tongue: Dutch
Foreign languages: English, German and Bulgarian
Experience in work with kids: 2 years

Math Teacher

Natalya Peycheva

Education: Odesa State University II Mechnikov (Ukraine)
Mother tongue: Ukrainian
Foreign languages: Russian and Bulgarian
Experience in work with kids: more than 30 years of professional experience, specialized in teaching children from 5th to 12th grade.
New teacher in Cosmos but a grandmother of a Cosmos kids child

 

Primary Teacher

Monika Stoyanova

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Education
Additional interests: visual arts and crafts, poetry, music, theatre, dance, yoga, natural health, hiking, nature
Mother tongue: Bulgarian
Foreign languages: English, French
Experience working with kids: 15 years

Teacher of Sports, Yoga and outdoor activities

Gergana Dimitrova

Education: Bachelor of Physical education teacher and Athletics coach, NSA;
Masters of Marketing, UNWE;         
Masters of Sports psychology, NSA – currently studying
Mother tongue: Bulgarian
Foreign languages: Spanish, English
Additional interests: yoga, tourism, animals, Astrology      
Experience in work with kids: 8 years

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History

The school was reborn after a large-scale project between the private kindergarten Cosmos Kids, the residents of the village of Osoitsa, Gorna Malina municipality and the donor Ivan Nikolchev. Cosmos International School continues the vision set in the learning and development of Cosmos Kids. We have been around for more than 14 years and we have kept the imagination and desire to learn of over 400 children who continue to create their present and future.

The people of “Osoitsa” village originate from the Pirin region. They relocate as a result of the horrific Turkish massacres during the Kresna-Razlog uprising in 1877-1878, and the Illinden revolt during 1903. Each family had between five and eight children and as classrooms were used spaces in some of the wealthy houses. The first teachers were from among the newly arrived populations from the Macedonian region: Razlogov, Bukarov, Grancharov. In 1926 the mayor, Dimitar Komitov, took credit from the National Bank of Bulgaria, that was worth 1200000 leva against the local forest – 36000 decars.

An Italian architect made the project of the school and the very first builders were also Italian. The local people helped as volunteers. The school was built in 4 years and it was ready in 1930; the walls are 70 cm thick – the outside is local stone, while the inside is made of brick. Around ten Bulgarian woodcutters were also involved. Two towers, a big and a small one, are also part of the school; time is measured by the big one, where a clock mechanism was built in – the bell struck in every half an hour.

In 1930 the school “Assen Zlatarov” was open. On the first floor were located the classrooms of the students from the 1st to the 4th grade, the theatre and the library. On the second floor were located the classrooms of the students from the 5th to the 7th grade; the classrooms facing south are equipped as Physics, Chemistry and Biology cabinets – classes were approximately 30 to 35 students, where the children came not only from the village of “Osoitsa”, but also from the neighboring village of “Sarantsi.”

In 1955-1957 the school was declared by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education to be the best school in the country as far as school process, material base and discipline go. Never to be forgotten are the exceptional teachers Ivan Solarski, Gesho Terziiski (math), Ilia Stoitsev (biology), the painter Bozhanchev (fine arts and music) whose hobby was fixing watches, the school principle Nicola Illiev, the school principle Georgi Haralampiev who in 1975 built the school fence and the water fountain in the yard of the school.

Next to the school building, there was another building that was used as a kitchen and cafeteria, and also as a kindergarten. The school stayed open until 1989, when it was finally closed because of lack of students.

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