Nataliya Nayavko has been the Special Language Advisor for Ukrainian language and culture at Alberta Education since August 2017 and has been a second language teacher in Ukraine for over 20 years. She was a methodologist at the Town Educational Department and a teacher trainer of second language acquisition since 2007. Nataliya has previously studied at George Mason University and University of Maryland.
She was the national winner of Eurasia/South Asia Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program in 2008 and helped develop the new Ukrainian state school curriculum.
Nataliya is an ambassador of the eTwinning Plus Program and coordinates international educational and exchange projects.
The Ukrainian Language Advisor's specific areas of focus are:
The Ukrainian Culture Through the Lens of Students Photo Contest successfully concluded with a recognition event held in June at the Government House for the top-selected students. The contest encouraged students to highlight the authentic Ukrainian elements that influence their communities and to reflect on the diversity and beauty of Ukrainian culture through photographs. Top selected photos can be found in the gallery below.
Thank you to all the students that entered the contest and congratulations to our top selected students!
For a second year in a row, Ukrainian language teachers in Alberta were recognized at the international level for their teaching of the Ukrainian language in the province.
Luba Eshenko of St. Theresa School (Sherwood Park) was awarded first place in the Secondary School Teacher category, while Lesia Lesoway of Jean Vanier School (Sherwood Park) received second place in the Elementary School Teacher category. In the 2016 competition, Yanina Vihovska of St. Martin School (Edmonton) won first place in the Elementary School Teacher category.
Founded in 2014, the annual award recognizes excellence in teaching of the Ukrainian language outside of Ukraine. Teachers can compete in one of two categories - Best Elementary School Teacher or Best Secondary School Teacher. The main evaluation criteria included:
In the 2017 competition, 127 teachers from around the world applied for the award. At the final stage, 14 teachers from 5 countries — Canada, Italy, Spain, Moldova and Russia — were shortlisted.
Congratulations to our teachers on this great international achievement!