Ever since I can remember myself, I’ve loved books and stories. Growing up in the former Soviet Union, I remember having to walk a lot, and during this time, my father would tell me stories he’d make up. It may have been raining and cold, but I was so captivated by my father’s yarns, I was always disappointed to reach our destination. I think it was on these long, cold walks that my love of storytelling began.
Years later, after my family moved to America, I went on to study English literature and philosophy at CU Boulder and earn a Masters in Teaching degree from Boston College. Wishing to share my passion for literature with children, I taught middle school English classes in both private and public schools, but I discovered I enjoy working with students one-on-one most.
During the course of the past 9 years, I’ve tutored over 100 students, helping them find success. My friendly and warm personality makes my students feel comfortable and open to learning. Indeed, I’ve helped dyslexic students become confident writers, guided students of all levels to appreciate classical literature, and coached seniors in writing essays that granted them admissions to colleges of their choice.
Aside from teaching (and reading!), I enjoy New England beaches, Colorado mountains, swing dancing, and yoga.