EAP Associate Professor
Writing Center Senior Instructor
Founder/Editor of an intercultural blog "...and then I came to America"
I have always been a language enthusiast. Learning languages is my passion. It is a puzzle that I enjoy putting together. Moreover, multilingual skills build bridges between different cultures and people’s hearts. I started building this bridge in high school when I learned Russian and German. Later, in college, I was excited to learn Latin. Attending Theodor-Heuss Kollege der Robert Bosch Stiftung, in Berlin, Germany, improved my language and leadership skills.
I continued the construction of the bridge when in 2003 I arrived in the United States. At Valencia College, I started my academic journey as an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) student. In 2008, I graduated from Valencia College as an honors student and a member of PTK. While studying at the college that celebrated diversity, I eventually decided to get my Bachelors in English at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida. After two years, I have come full circle from being an EAP student at Valencia College to returning there to be an instructor. In 2012, I earned my MA in bilingual education at Dominican University in Illinois.
I enjoy working with non-native speakers because teaching people from different cultures is much like teaching to multiple intelligences; the more knowledge I have, the better I connect with the students. Every day at work, I learn more cultural nuances, ins and outs. Moreover, I understand the obstacles the non-native students face, and I can help them to overcome these barriers. Finally, as a present professor and a former international student, I can not only provide training wheels to my students to prepare them to their solo ride but also motivate them to believe in themselves and strive for success.
Phone: (407) 582-5655
Office: West Campus
Monday & Wednesday |*Office Hours: 10:00-11:00am
Tuesday & Thursday | Office Hours: 10:00am-1:30pm
Friday |*Virtual Office Hours: 11:00am-2:00pm