Experienced CELTA-Certified teacher with M.A. in Linguistics. Ten+ years of classroom experience teaching students of all levels and ranging in age from primary school through university. Extensive experience abroad includes teaching positions in Hungary and Russia and graduate linguistic research in Mexico.
M.A. Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley 2007
Main areas of study included Language Documentation, Sociolinguistics, Mesoamerican Languages.
CELTA/RSA Cambridge Certificate 1997
4-week intensive course completed at International House, Budapest, Hungary
B.A. Studio Arts, San Jose State University 1992
Senior Teacher / EFL Instructor 2014 - Present
International Center “I Speak English”, Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia. Teaches EFL courses to children (age 8+), teenagers, and adults. As Senior Teacher, responsible for teacher support and traning, improving tracking of results, and offering input into curriculum development.
Graduate Student Instructor 2007
Department of Linguistics, UC Berkeley. Led three weekly discussion sections for undergraduate sociolinguistics course, responsible for lesson planning, grading, and holding office hours.
SPELT Fellow 2001
Soros Professional English Language Teaching Program; Orenburg State University, Orenburg, Russia.
Taught university level EFL classes and conducted teacher training seminars for Russian EFL teachers.
Central European Teaching Program 1995 - 1998
1995-96: Taught conversational English classes to grades 4-8 at Lorantffy Zsuzsanna Primary School, Tiszaujvaros, Hungary, led after-school English club activities.
1996-98: Secondary school EFL instructor at Kisfaludy Karoly Gimnazium, Mohacs, Hungary. Taught conversation and grammar to Hungarian students ages 12-19. Helped prepare students for school-leaving and state English exams.
Other Experience and Skills:
IELTS Speaking Examiner 2015
Students International IELTS Test Centre, Vladivostok, Russia. Administered the speaking portion of the IELTS exam.
Language Documentation Fieldwork 2004 - 2008
Conducted linguistic fieldwork as part of the Teotitlán del Valle Community Language Archive Project in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. The goal of this collaboration between San Francisco State University and the Community Museum of Teotitlán del Valle is to create a dictionary, grammar, and archive of texts in the Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec language.
English (native speaker), Spanish (intermediate), Hungarian (intermediate), Russian (elementary).
Awards and Publications
Multiple Functions, Multiple Techniques: 2010
The role of methodology in a study of Zapotec determiners. In Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 2 (May 2010):Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Andrea L. Berez, Jean Mulder, and Daisy Rosenblum (eds.), University of Hawai‘i Press.
UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Research Grant 2007
Funded fieldwork in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico on the Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec language.
Summer FLAS Fellowship 2006
For intensive Zapotec language course in Juchitan, Mexico, administered by Center for Latin American Studies, San Diego State University.
She Saw Flowers in Her Dreams: 2005
Hungarian Embroidery Designer Bori Kis Jankó. In Piecework, January/February 2005, Interweave Press.