Personal Statement

       Leadership is service to others. While on the Bulgarian School of Seattle Board, I support its role in leading the Bulgarian heritage language research, development, and execution. In developing the Nation Initiative for Bulgarian Language Teaching & Learning (NIBLTL)® and with the collaboration of thirty coordinators, we fostered the growth of the next generation of the Bulgarian language curriculum development.

     As an advocate for languages, I grasped the importance of making connections and speaking out. I advocate for a long sequence of study, increased digital opportunities, and expanding access for Bulgarian heritage students. Both the High School Credit Language Program ® and the Nation Initiative for Bulgarian Language Teaching & Learning ®report provide us with a wealth of information and justification for our work. We must continue to anchor our work in research-based Bulgarian language teaching and learning and provide the tools to move toward true proficiency.

     I will continue serving as a language advocate, the voice of the profession, and the colleague of all who work with our heritage learners.

    Angela Hasheva

    CEO/ Founder of the Bulgarian School of Seattle, USA