A teacher of preschool children who uses puppets in the classroom is one of 13 B.C. recipients of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.Nadia Vassev, who teaches at Urban Academy Junior Kindergarten, was selected as an example of teaching excellence in Early Childhood Education.

“I’m overwhelmed and excited,” she said. “I think it’s a great thing. It’s a great advertisement for the school.”

Vassev teaches three- and four-year-olds. Now in her eighth year at the private school, she started using puppets in her New Westminster classroom because of her background. Before emigrating to Canada, she spent 15 years as a professional puppeteer with Bulgaria’s national puppet theatre.

(Article by Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun) 

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