Teachers

Jay Lee

Korean, English

Hello. I’m Jay. I’m was born and raised in Korea and have been teaching Korean in Bulgaria since 2016. I also taught Mathematics, Science, and English in South Korea for 8 years.

 

I mostly gave private lessons to teenagers, and worked in private institutes in South Korea. I work as a freelance translator as well, whenever projects come up.

 

I got one of my bachelor degrees in Biomolecular Engineering from Ajou University in South Korea, and the other one in Biomedical Engineering from S.U.N.Y (State University of New York). I discovered my talent in the sciences early on when I became the runner-up in biology in the National Science Competition when I was in the Jeonnam Science Highschool, in Naju, South Korea.

 

I’m a native speaker of Korean. My fluency in English came from studying in U.S.A. for a long time. Currently I am studying Bulgarian intensively because of my dear wife who is Bulgarian and our cute son. I also love traveling and learning about different cultures.

Soyoung Jeon

Korean

Hi. I’m Soyoung and I’m one of the Korean teachers at Tj Center. I’m a graduate of Sofia National Academy of Music “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”  with a bachelor degree in the Instrumental… 

faculty, majoring in Violin. I’m currently doing my Master’s degree. 

I have experience teaching Korean. I enjoy teaching and speaking Korean and I’m  eager to support students who’d like to learn Korean. When I teach my students, I try to listen to them well and sympathize with them. My hobbies include cooking, gardening and walking. In addition, I love listening to k-pop.

Mina Lee

Korean

Hi, I’m Mina and I’m a Korean teacher at Tj Center. I’m a native Korean speaker with a bachelor degree in theater and a specialization in teaching pronunciation.

When I was 20 years old, I studied English in Ireland and developed my curiosity about other cultures and languages.

After graduation I have worked at the National Theater in Seoul for 6 years and I will have my second bachelor’s degree in the winter of 2021, in Korean language education for foreigners.

I love to go to museums and theaters, and I have traveled to over 80 cities in 25 countries.

I want to share Korean culture with my students. I’d like to talk about things like K-dramas, K-pop, and Korean movies.

I live in Paris, the city of art with my French husband.

I speak English, Korean and French.

Sungtaek Im

Korean

Hello. My name is Sungtaek Im and I teach Korean at Tj Center. I have a level 2 qualification as a Korean language teacher After graduating from the KBS Academy

…  with a major in Voice Acting in Korea, I worked as a voice actor at an agency. I learned K-pop dance because I like dancing. I will do my best to help you learn the Korean language and Korean culture. 

Irina Sholeva

Korean

Hello, I’m Irina and I teach Korean at Tj Center. My higher education is all related to the Korean language – I got my bachelor’s degree in Korean Studies from Sofia University, and I

… have a master’s and a Ph.D. degree in Korean Studies (Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language) from Ewha Womans University. I also have a teacher’s certificate, issued from the National Institute of Korean Language. I’ve spent around 6-7 years in South Korea as a student so I can tell you a lot about the higher education system in the Republic of Korea. I’ve been learning the Korean language for more than 10 years now.

 

My philosophy about teaching is that it should be a fun and interesting process for the student. That’s why I try to integrate a lot of games and fun activities when teaching.

 

I am also interested in Korean webtoons and Korean movies, as well as Korean literature and history.

Hitoshi Tsunekawa

Japanese

Hi. I’m Hitoshi and I’m Tj Center’s native Japanese teacher. My interest in teaching and the differences between Japanese and European languages led me to start tutoring in 2012.

 I’ve been a teacher in Switzerland at a Japanese school with more than 300 children as well as a private tutor there. Last September, I arrived in Bulgaria, ready for new adventures. I’ve continued teaching here in Sofia with the same passion and joy. My motivation is fueled by speaking with students who are interested in learning the language and culture. In addition to this, I’m a musician and I play the horn. In my free time, I also enjoy learning new languages and watching movies.

Kyoko Morooka

Japanese

Hi. I’m Kyoko and I’m Tj Center’s native Japanese teacher. I’m also a musician, living in Bulgaria. I graduated from Japanese and German music university. I was born and raised in… 

…Sapporo, Hokkaido and lived there until her graduation from university.

 

I have lived in different countries like Germany and Bulgaria, so I like to talk about the differences in life and culture in each country.

I play an instrument called the bassoon in an orchestra. 

Nowadays, you can learn a lot online, so I will help you enjoy learning a language even from home!

Yukiko Ito

Japanese

Hello. I’m Yukiko and I’m Tj Center’s native Japanese teacher. I graduated from Rikkyo University (St. Paul University) in Japan, where I studied Arts, Psychology and English.

Currently I work at Tj Center, as well as the Ruse State Opera in Bulgaria as a dancer. I speak English and Japanese and I’m learning Bulgarian. I have taught Japanese for 2 years.

Ayano Sato

Japanese

Hello!  My name is Ayano. I come from Japan and I teach Japanese at Tj Center.  After living in Germany, Holland, Switzerland, China, Lithuania, and here in Bulgaria, in several years …

… I will be outside of Japan longer than in Japan.  Because I am outside of Japan, I love Japanese history and folklore and also Chinese ancient cultures, especially philosophies.  I have a lot of experience in learning a new language, so I would like to suggest many ways for you to learn Japanese.  I have a diploma from Germany and a Masters from Switzerland in musical performance with oboe instruments, as well as a diploma for historical interpretation practice in Germany.  Music is my job but I have many hobbies.  I would be happy to talk about otaku culture with you. 

Diana Vassileva

Bulgarian, English

Diana has a Pedagogy bachelor degree from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski. She teaches Bulgarian and English. Diana also speaks Russian and Greek and is… 

…learning Korean!

 

Hello. I’m Diana and I’m a Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” graduate with a bachelor degree in Pedagogy, majoring in Pedagogical consulting. I teach Bulgarian to foreigners at TJ Learning Center and for the last 5 years I’ve been writing book reviews for the biggest literature website in Bulgaria – Az Cheta. For the last 7 years I’ve been teaching English to children and adults as well. I’m currently an English teacher not only at our center, but also at the Professional School for Electronics and Automation.

I have valuable experience in kindergartens, elementary schools, and with children with special educational needs, problematic children in different institutions, and general psychological work with children.

My school major was Arts and History. I also speak Russian and Greek, and for the last year I’ve been studying Korean. My love for Asian literature, movies, TV shows and music led me to be a valued lecturer at the festival for Asian Culture “Aniventure” for two years in a row.

I love drawing and reading, especially scientific literature. I hope that through my work in TJ Learning Center I can help more people open their hearts to Korean culture, more foreigners to integrate easily in Bulgaria, and at the same time change people’s perception about children’s educational needs.

Yoanna Aleksandrova

Bulgarian

Hello! My name is Yoanna Aleksandrova and I teach Bulgarian language at TJ Center. I am a native Bulgarian speaker. I’ve been studying Korean for about four years 

and achieved level five last year. I enjoy meeting new people and experiencing new things. In February, I will begin my bachelor’s degree at a South Korean university. 

Vyara Aleksandrova

Bulgarian

Hello, my name is Vyara and I recently started teaching Bulgarian to foreigners at TJ Center. I have been studying Korean at TJ Learning Center since 2016. I went to university in …

Scotland. I speak Bulgarian, English, and Korean. My interests include playing video games, listening to music, and playing chess.

Eli Milosheva

Bulgarian

Hello! My name is Eli and I’m a Bulgarian teacher at Tj Center. I’m in the second year of my bachelor degree, studying multimedia and computer graphics in New Bulgarian …

University. I speak Bulgarian, Korean, English, French, a little Russian, and  right now I’m studying Japanese at university. I’m very interested in East Asia, especially Korean culture and history. I’ve been studying Korean at Tj Center since 2019. I like meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. I have experience working with both children and adults. I would love to help people from all around the world learn Bulgarian and understand more about our culture.

Yu-chieh Peng (Will)

Chinese

Hi, I’m Will and I’m Tj Center’s native Chinese teacher. I and was born and raised in Taiwan. Mandarin Chinese is my native tongue. I can write in both simplified and traditional Chinese… 

…characters as well as in Pinyin and Zhuyin. I studied English Teaching and Finance at the National Changhua University of Education for my bachelor’s degree. After that, I pursued my exchange student’s and master’s studies at Seoul University, South Korea, and The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom.

During my years studying abroad, I met classmates from different countries and gained experience in teaching Chinese to them. I also have an interest in Chinese literature and linguistics, which turned out to be helpful to understand the history, origins, and changes of the Chinese language.

I’m  passionate about introducing Chinese or East Asian culture and history, and would love to share my favorite Chinese songs especially from 2000-2010.

Tania Lee

English

Hello. I’m Tania and I’ve been an English Teacher in Bulgaria and South Korea since 2010. I’ve given private lessons to students, ages 3 to 58, and worked in an English Kindergarten in…

…South Korea.

 

I’ve given private lessons to students, ages 3 to 58, and worked in an English Kindergarten in South Korea. I’m also a freelance Graphic/Web Designer, Editor, and Translator.
I got my Master’s degree in “Illustration and Graphics” from New Bulgarian University in Sofia where I moved after studying “Fine Arts” with concentration in “Studio Art-Graphic Design” in Montclair State University – New Jersey, USA. I’m also a proud graduate of the magnet high school Bergen County Academies: Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.
I’m a native speaker of both English and Bulgarian, growing up in the USA in a Bulgarian family. Korean is the language I’m working on now because my dear husband is Korean. Living on 3 continents has led me to find one of my passions in teaching foreign languages. My other passion is everything related to art.

I got my Master’s degree in “Illustration and Graphics” from New Bulgarian University in Sofia where I moved after studying “Fine Arts” with concentration in “Studio Art-Graphic Design” in Montclair State University – New Jersey, USA. I’m also a proud graduate of the magnet high school Bergen County Academies: Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology in Hackensack, New Jersey, USA.

I’m a native speaker of both English and Bulgarian, growing up in USA in a Bulgarian family. Korean is the language I’m working on now because my dear husband is Korean. Living on 3 continents has led me to find one of my passions in teaching foreign languages. My other passion is everything related to art.

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