- BA in French Linguistics and Romance Languages, SUNY Binghamton University, USA
- MA in Law and Legal Regulation of IT Sector, MGIMO, Russia
When I was born in a small city near Moscow, I didn’t yet realise how lucky I was to be part of my family. My grandmother was an amazing English teacher radiating patience, competence and compassion. She had me speaking English in full sentences before I ever uttered one in Russian, and that left an unforgettable impression in my mind.
At 17, I went away to college in America for six years where I could find like-minded individuals who spoke my favourite language in the world. I already spoke French, English and Russian fluently at that point, and the amazing faculty and student base inspired me to learn Spanish and Italian along the way. I got the chance to solidify my linguistic prowess by working as a teaching assistant at Russian, Spanish, Italian and ESL departments of the university.
In the following years as a private tutor, an English teacher for a government project in Italy and a native English instructor in a private school in Moscow, I have been fortunate enough to meet both true pioneers of modern linguistic pedagogy and amazing students. Having considered academia on multiple occasions, I finally concluded that my calling lies within the classroom.
What is the favourite part of the course you teach?
Students realising that they learned the required material during a relaxed or seemingly unrelated activity, and that it was my plan all along.
Which teaching method do you prefer and why?
I prefer to not have a metaphorical teacher’s table between myself and the students. Every topic is a project to which we are collectively obliged. I believe pride and personal responsibility are the best motivators.
Who is your role model or mentor or who inspires you?
That one guy I keep seeing in the mirror.
What is your life motto?
“Wanna change the world? Clean your room first.”
What are the three things you can't imagine your life without?
Teaching, animals, authentic crème brulée.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Driving. Oh the places you can go by tilting your foot and arms.