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Computer Programming
Have designed several websites in Wordpress. Designed own theme to be released next year. Adapted and written original code in PHP, HTML, and CSS.
Russian Language
Ability to read, write, speak and translate from the Russian language at an intermediate level. Comprehension and translation from Russian to English especially strong.

Work experience

Aug 2013Present

Freelance Editor & Item Writer

  • Write, and edit rewrite listening test passages for proficiency exams
  • Edit and write test item questions
  • Align passages to CEFR standards
  • Work with corpus data for leveling and vocabulary questions
  • Keep strict deadlines and respond to multiple rounds of feedback
Jan 2007Present


English Advantage

  • Tutored ESL as a foreign language to high school students, university students, adults
  • Prepared students for TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, IELTS
  • Assisted students in applying for scholarships and finding universities abroad
  • Run website with lesson plans, advice and shared experiences

Highlights included:

  • Teaching general English in secondary schools, grades 8 – 12
  • TOEFL classes and Business English classes for MBA candidates at Kazakhstan Medical University
  • English teacher in PDO program for FLEX students from Afghanistan.
  • Teacher trainer at City of Astana English Language Center.
Mar 2013Nov 2013


Oxford University Press

  • Wrote Intro Level of Inside Writing textbook, a genre-based approach to academic writing (upcoming August 2015)
  • Worked with corpus data and Academic Word List
  • Kept strict deadlines and responded to multiple rounds of feedback
Nov 2012Jul 2013

Assistant Academic Director

ELS New Haven

  • Assisted AD in all tasks including: coordinating and approving  Contact America, reviewing and approving SSP midterms, defining ILPs for failing students, maintaining student database and class schedule
  • Acted as a liaison between teachers and admininstrative staff
  • Advised and trained new teachers
  • Managed Center Quizlet and VEC class resources, conduct Quizlet trainings
  • Managed Center Dropbox resource collection
  • Substituted for AD when necessary
Jun 2011Jul 2013


ELS New Haven
  • Taught EAP in Intensive English program to international students intending to pursue academic degrees in the US
  • Taught 6.5 hours a day, 15-20 students a class
  • Designed lesson plans, tests, and materials to supplement existing textbooks.
  • Classes included SSP (Speaking, Listening and Grammar) and Reading and Writing as well as specialized skills classes such as TOEFL Preparation, IELTS preparation, fiction reading, summarizing, and note taking
Jul 2005Jan 2007

Senior Manager

Center for International Programs

  • Managed placement of students in foreign universities. Placed over 100 students in 5 countries.
  • Negotiated contracts with 6 universities and one partner organization to place and manage 600 students
  • Consulted on questions of higher education system in the US, UK, New Zealand, conducted research
  • Developed plan for placement, monitoring students
  • Developed English language curriculum, testing strategy for in-house language courses
Jan 2003May 2004

SAT Tutor and Textbook Writer

  • Tutored high school children towards SAT exam
  • Subjects: English grammar, writing, literature.
  • Wrote sample questions for new company-wide textbook to teach SAT tutors, including researching and analyzing test questions and producing original material
Oct 2001Nov 2002


Peace Corps

  • Independently designed syllabus and curriculum for senior and junior level students
  • Produced teaching materials and assignments
  • Taught 30 students for 6 hours a week in preparatory program for DAEU (high school diploma course)
  • Tutored DAEU program 2 hours a week for 20 students
  • Advised on reshaping national English language curriculum in French language schools
  • Designed local-based textbook in English for the French language system
  • Designed and implemented a series of workshops with teachers


Jun 2013Present


Adelphi University

12 credits toward an MA TESOL in a blended learning program. Classes completed in

  •  Linguistics For Teachers
  • Tesol 1: Developing Literacy and Language Arts Skills in the E S L Classroom
  • Theories of Second Language Acquisition 
  • Intercultural Communication for Teachers

GPA 4.0

Sep 2003Jun 2005


Heller School, Brandeis University


Jan 2011Present

Core Certificate


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