I have been teaching English (EFL/ESL) for 23 years in a large number of various settings. Prior to my arrival in Canada, I taught elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students in Russia. Since immigrating to Canada in 1996, I have taught immigrants and refugees, international students, and students in Foundations and High School Completion programs.
My degrees include Bachelor and Master of Science (Math and Science) from Russian Universities and a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University, Canada. I also possess several Teaching Certificates: for TEFL (from Russia), TESL from Vancouver Community College, BCTEAL Professional Certificate, and BC Teaching Certificate, K-12.
My interests include the philosophy of teaching and learning, ESL curriculum, professional development, teacher-training, intercultural communication, learning Spanish, incorporating technology and classroom management.
Discussions with colleagues give me a lot of thoughts for reflection and inspiration for teaching and self-improvement. For more than 5 years, I have been the Chair of ETEA Professional Development Committee and have organized 8 professional development events, where I delivered presentations on Teaching Grammar and Teaching Writing, Integrating Technology in ESL Classroom and Classroom Management, and Using Blogs for Sharing Teachers’ Ideas.
Together with many colleagues, whom I am immensely grateful to, and especially, with Michael Wicks, the co-author of this blog, whom I am indebted to for his unfailing support and mentorship, we are striving to create the community of teachers who are able to design their own program towards professional growth.
Besides teaching and learning, I like reading daily newspapers, biographies, historical fiction, mysteries, funny stories, and travel magazines. I also love traveling, hiking, sightseeing, museums, rock music, and dancing.
I would love to hear from you! Welcome to the blog!
My Thoughts on Teaching and Learning