The MA program I took in Ukraine was a ‘blend’ of two majors: Psychology and TESOL. Being a student I was wondering what kind of occupation could accommodate such a combination, so becoming an ELT professional was an excellent solution, as I was able to bring together my knowledge and interest in Psychology and teaching skills to complement each other.
I started out as an English teacher in Ukraine and taught at International House school working with (very) young learners, teenagers and adults for about 10 years. I was also an Academic Coordinator and a Managing Partner of the school, and later became a Teacher Trainer and Trainer Coach with World Learning SIT Graduate Institute. At some point I realized that my curiosity pushes me to explore the world beyond one school, or even one country, so I started to freelance and consult. In the past 10 years I ran courses for teachers internationally (online and face-to-face), coached new trainers, designed curriculum and courses, co-organized professional development events, and blogged.
My mantra is ‘inspired teachers inspire learners’. I am inspired and energized by educational collaborations, creative curriculum design projects and unconventional professional development events for teachers and teacher trainers. I often get inspired by non-professional occupations and activities, such as (trail) running, hiking, walking, and traveling.
Ukrainian, Russian and English
Countries Worked In
I have been fortunate to work with teachers and trainers on long and short courses in Tajikistan, Poland, USA, South Korea, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, Lebanon, Turkey, Moldova, Morocco, Kuwait, and my native Ukraine.