I grew up in Kharkov, the second largest city in Ukraine, where in 1993 I received a B.A. degree in English and French from Kharkov National University. I went to the University of Cincinnati Graduate School where I received a Masterís degree in TESOL in 1997.
Having earned my Doctorate degree in Foreign Language Instruction, I teach all levels of Russian as a full-time lecturer in the Department of European Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Stony Brook University. I also oversee all placement and testing for The Advanced Critical Language Institute
(ACLI), and offer a summer Russian language course
for heritage speakers in Manhattan. From 2007-2009 I was Pedagogical Coordinator for the Critical Languages Scholarship Program at universities in Astrakhan, Kazan and Nizhny Novgorod. I am the author of Aspects of Teaching Literacy to Heritage Learners of Russian
. My professional interests include heritage language pedagogy, online instruction, translation and interpretation.