Gergina Ivanova Toncheva was born on December 25, 1932 in the village of Sadovets, Pleven. She graduated from the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski ", specializing in Bulgarian Philology. In 1960 she started teaching at the 91st National School (also known as the German High-school in Sofia) - Sofia as a lecturer in Bulgarian Language and Literature until 1977 when she was invited to take up the post of director of the newly established National High-school of Ancient Languages and Cultures (NHALC) "Constantine-Cyril Philosopher". There she taught the subject "To love knowledge" (a literal translation of the ancient Greek word Philosophy). On 17 May 2003 she was awarded the "Stara Planina" Order for her outstanding contribution to Bulgarian culture and education. For 30 years of being a director of the NHALC she has been awarded with the award of the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski "on October 10th 2007 On August 16th 2010 the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture announces a competition for the position of Director of the National High School for ancient languages and cultures "Constantine-Cyril Philosopher", this is the year when Gergina Toncheva leaves the post of director after 33 years in the director's chair. She was dismissed as a director on 8 November 2010.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Gergina Toncheva graduated from secondary school in the town of Sandanski. She continued his education at the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" with specialty "Bulgarian Philology".
On 27.09.1954 she became a high school teacher for the first time in Ivaylovgrad, where her husband was a district prosecutor. In 1957, the family with their newborn daughter Maya moved to Devin, where she worked as a high school teacher for three more years. Her husband got a new appointment as a regional prosecutor in this city.
In 1960, Gergina Toncheva returned with her family to Sofia, where she joined the newly established 91st Bulgarian National School, with director Mrs. Tanka Hinkova (also known locally as the German High School). Gergina Toncheva taught Bulgarian language and literature for 17 years in that school.
On October 10th, 1977 in Sofia the new school of classical languages of Bulgaria [(National School of Ancient Languages and Cultures "Konstantin-Cyril Philosopher")] was born , also known as the Classical High school, and Gergina Toncheva was invited to assume the post of director of this high school. She remained in office until 2010, when she left her post after holding it for 33 years.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Her father died when she was only five years old. With her brother, two years younger than her, they were raised by their mother. She got married for Georgi Tonchev, a lawyer, and she gave birth to a daughter named Maya.
Awards and honors[edit | edit source]
"Stara Planina" Order - Ist degree
Honorary sign with a blue strip of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski "
Honorary prize of the Academy "Vivarium Novum" of Rome
"Prof. Marco Semov" award - for a strong presence in the spiritual life of the nation
Prize for her contribution to Sofia's education
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