Meglena Zapreva is a New Assistant Teacher in Grade Four
Meglena is an educator, museum educator, and visual artist. She began her academic career in her native Bulgaria, where she became fascinated with art and art history. Determined to study in the center of the contemporary art world, Meglena immigrated to New York and completed her BA at Hunter College, majoring in art history and studio art. While working at the Frick Collection, she discovered a passion for teaching young students and the effectiveness of integrated education. While completing a MS from Bank Street College of Education in childhood education and museum education, Meglena gained extensive teaching experience with elementary school students at institutions such as the Frick Collection, the Rubin Museum of Art, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in the City and Diocese of New York, and the High Line park.
In addition, she was awarded a diversity fellowship from the American Association of Museums in 2012 for her efforts to include diverse audiences in museum programs. She is also the founder of ArtPlant, a hands-on art-based after-school program, which teaches environmental science. Meglena’s passion for integrating art and nature has also led to her initiative to transform an abandoned botanical garden in her hometown into an ecological educational center. Meglena also volunteers at a printmaking studio and at the Bulgarian Sunday School. She continues to make prints and actively participates in the vibrant artistic life of New York City. She speaks Bulgarian and Russian, and has a reading knowledge of French.