Ms. Nikolaeva comes from a prestigious background in Physics beginning from her country of origin in Bulgaria where she received a Masters of Physics with an emphasis in solid state and minor in Physics Education. Having taught a number of years at the most reputable high school in the country, Sofia Mathematic High School, she also coached the Physics Team representing the capital city of Sofia on National Physics Olympiads. Her students have always achieved high remarks with recognition in winning the silver medal in International Physics Olympiads. More than 22 years ago, she decided to share her passion for Physics by bringing her expertise to the U.S.
As part of the teaching faculty at Washington High School in Fremont since 2012, Ms. Nikolaeva has taught Regular Physics, AP Physics B and most recently, redesigned the AP Physics 1 course. Her students consistently perform well on the AP exams, earning Washington some of its highest marks. The 2015 AP Physics test was a newly designed exam and known to be the hardest AP exam administered. The nationwide average for passing the AP Physics exam was 36% while Washington High School students passed the AP Physics exam with a 90% passing rate. Ms. Nikolaeva’s energy and enthusiasm for the subject matter has only ignited her students to work hard and excel.
When Ms. Nkolaeva is not teaching or coaching her students in Physics, she can be found planning her next travel excursions. As a world traveler, she enjoys spending her free time learning about new cultures.
Ms. Nikolaeva is excited to bring her expertise to the students at Mill Creek Academy.