John Mighton John Mighton

Dr. John Mighton is a mathematician, author, playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math. His plays have been performed across Canada, Europe, Japan, and the United States and won multiple awards. He has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2004, was awarded three honorary doctorates in recognition of his lifetime achievements, and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. The author of The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child and The End of Ignorance, John Mighton believes that "once kids are taught to their full potential by kindergarten, 99% of our students will look like our top 1% students now."
JUMP Math, which stands for Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigy, starts with the premise that "all children can learn math, all teachers can teach math, and both can and should enjoy it." JUMP’s revolutionary math curriculum draws on the latest breakthroughs in cognitive science research and combines guided exercises with independent work that breaks down difficult concepts into simple, logical steps. This methodology allows students to experience the positive reinforcement they need to encourage further learning, while giving teachers the tools they need to accomplish the nearly impossible task of teaching to the entire class while tailoring lessons to individual students’ needs.
Dr. John Mighton is one of thirty-three social entrepreneurs from around the world that have been recognized by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship as awardees of 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year. The winners were selected in recognition of their innovative approaches and potential for global impact.

Jaana Palojärvi Jaana Palojärvi

Ms Jaana Palojärvi is the Director for International Relations at the Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, where she has worked since 1996. In her work she is involved with developing international activities, preparing international agreements, multilateral and bilateral cooperation as well as coordination of matters concerning the European Union, United Nations and UNESCO. She also serves as a member in several committees and boards and has written numerous articles in several Finnish magazines and publications in the field of development policies, multi-cultural understanding and international politics.

Yavor Djonev Yavor Djonev

Yavor Djonev is the founder of the software company Sirma Group Holding, a member of the Management Board of the Bulgarian Association of Software Companies and one of the organizers of the citizens' initiative Dialogue for the future. Dialogue for the future implements Jump Math in Bulgaria, а system for teaching mathematics. The innovative system allows each child not only to increase its success in mathematics but also to like mathematical science. After switching from traditional teaching mathematics to Jump Math, many children, who previously had bad grades, are excellent and choose mathematics as one of their favorite subjects at school.
As Deputy Chairman of the Board of BASCOM Djonev is involved in developing strategic requirements of the software industry to reform the education system.
He initiated the dialogue between business, universities and line government agencies to implement such a reform.

Evgenia Peeva Evgenia Peeva

Before heading Teach For Bulgaria Evgenia works as a business consultant in international company McKinsey & Company, which advises leading companies and organizations in different sectors - from technology and pharmaceuticals to industrial electronics and non-profit activities. Joining Teach For Bulgaria is a unique opportunity for her to contribute to the sustainable development of Bulgaria, working for long-term improvements in the national education system.
During her student years Evgenia established "Step for Bulgaria" Foundation which provides trainings for independent living skills and professional training of children deprived of parental care. Her efforts attract funding and volunteers to different training programs of the Foundation during the four years of its existence. Since 2007, the programs of "Step for Bulgaria" contributed to the development of more than 150 children deprived of parental care, with involving over than 80 volunteers from different countries. Evgenia is also a board member of the American College of Sofia.
Evgenia has a university degree from Harvard University - "Economics, Political Science and Sociology." 

Vera Petkantchin Vera Petkantchin

Holds a Master's degree in International Relations from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski". Currently is studying a Master's course in Sustainable Mountain Development at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. Has rich experience in conceptualizing and managing projects in the field of entrepreneurship education, environmental protection and the links between them. Communicates successfully and adapts to diverse teams, groups of people and situations. Dreams about and works for a world where people value nature for its own sake and do not look at it solely as a resource for the consumer society.

Emil Jassim Emil Jassim

Emil Jassim is Program Director of the Center for Educational Initiatives for two years. The aim of the NGO is to restore the dignity of the Bulgarian teacher, to support reforms in the educational system and modernize it.Emil implements his practical ideas as a teacher in several schools (English and History of the Middle Ages and the Christian culture), one of which is The Classical High School, which he graduated.
He was also among the founders of the e-learning platform calledwww.u4ili6teto.bg, with over 15 schools working with it, and the competition ReporTeen for short films (up to 3 min) about a specific civil issue.
Emil graduated History at the Sofia University.

Svetlana Mihailova Svetlana Mihailova

Svetlana Mihailova is а History and Social Science teacher in the formal education system. She has international experience as a teacher in Palermo, Italy and as an expert trainer in international projects. She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of project ideas in the field of education. She takes active participataion in the implementation of various initiatives in the field of youth activity, European citizenship, social and gender inequalities.
Svetlana graduated "History" in Sofia University. Her professional interests in the field of discrimination and inequalities drew her to the European Master Program "Women`s and Gender History". She participated in professional training for teachers in Columbia University, New York, USA.
Svetlana`s professional and personal interests are in the field of formal and non-formal education, change of educational system, gender inequality, human rights, discrimination. Her perfect idea about the school of the future is a place where students are individuals, their dignity is protected, and the learning is a mutual process.

Milena Hristova Milena Hristova

Since 2008 Milena Hristova has been an ExecutiveDirector of Center for Managementand Vocational Training EAD, operating in the sphere of vocational training, human resource management, consulting and business development. She has extensive experience indeveloping and managing EU funded projects.Milena Hristova has graduated from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo, majoring in Economics and having a Master’s Degree in Finance.