Anastasia Zabavskaya

Teacher

Education

  •  BA in Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Russia

Bio
I am from Moscow, Russia. After graduating from university I worked with children in both regular schools and institutions that cater for children with special needs. I have been working extensively with children with different types of disabilities concentrating on their rehabilitation and socialization. Before coming to Armenia I worked as a play therapist of Children’s Hospice in Moscow, in which I offered support for children that undergo palliative treatment and their families.

What is the favourite part of the course you teach?
My favorite part of the teaching process is to observe how fast children change and develop, their thought processes, the way they adapt to what is around them, yet maintaining their own individuality. I see my main role in supporting their development in a positive and caring atmosphere. 

Which teaching method you prefer and why? 
All children are natural learners. In order for their learning to be most fruitful it takes a safe, comfortable, but at the same time stimulating environment in the classroom. I use my psychology background to help find a unique approach to each child and maintain an environment in which children would not be afraid to be creative.

What advice would you give to a student of your subject?
Sleep well and be curious!

Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
My mother is a huge inspiration for me. She is a teacher of Art and I used to observe her classes when I was a child. Now we are colleagues and I still learn a lot from her. 

What is your life motto?
«Fais ce que dois, advienne, que pourra»

What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
My family, music and children.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like baking and making fabric dolls. I am also learning to film and edit videos.