From a young age, she had a passion for education. Tania Deleva was born in Bulgaria, and taught Mathematics for 14 years in her homeland before coming to Canada.
Once settled in her new city, she began to miss the connection she once had with her students. In 2005, Tania became an educational assistant at Fort Richmond Collegiate.
She has spent time helping students at Linden Meadows and Bairdmore School, before arriving at Pembina Trials Alternative High School as it opened its doors in 2016. She has been part of a small but mighty team that has helped guide and graduate two classes in our newest high school.
“That is the best feeling in the world; seeing them cross the stage and the smile on their faces and their eyes glowing, and I am so proud of all my students that I work with,” she shares with tears in her eyes.
Tania is one of 462 educational assistants in Pembina Trails who support our students emotional, behavioural and physical needs. For Tania, it is rewarding work with benefits that go far beyond a pay cheque. Working diligently with a student struggling to master Math, and seeing him pass grade 12 is a career highlight. Another moment she will not soon forget, is unknowingly inspiring a student to follow in her footsteps.
“She said, I am an EA because of you. She said yes, you helped me when I was at the lowest. I don’t know if it is my gift or aura around my personality, but she got a good grade and said, yes, because of you I am an EA now.”
Tania’s gentleness, kindness and selflessness is not only appreciated by students, but by staff, too.
“To put it in simple terms, she goes the distance with kids and there isn’t anything she isn’t willing to try to help students achieve their goals,” said Susan Woods, principal of Pembina Trails Alternative High School. “She doggedly follows up with students, supports them, and helps them believe that success can be theirs. In that respect, she is unique and she is also typical of the great lengths that our divisional EA’s go to, to see students fulfill dreams; each one contributing to student learning, the culture and the success of our schools.”
On behalf of our Board of Trustees and Senior Administration Team we would like to thank all our support staff including, but not limited to, educational assistants, bus drivers, couriers, maintenance crew and IT support workers. You play an important role in helping our students Accomplish Anything.
September 17 to 21, 2018 has been declared as School Support Staff Recognition Week by Manitoba’s Minister of Education and Training. Read the full declaration here.