Sophia Z

Profession: English Teacher

Teaching Experience: I'm TEFL Certified and have taught mainly in Russia (students from 2.5 years old up to adults in their 40s), individual lessons, classroom setting, business lessons, conversational courses, and informal lessons. I was also an Apprentice Teacher in my university for students learning Russian and Spanish. I know how hard it can be to learn a new language, so I like to keep the process fun and stress-free!

Interests: Linguistics, history, literature, traveling, cooking, making videos, listening to and playing music, exploring, animals, cultural anthropology

Education: B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature (Russian and Spanish), Kenyon College

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), Russian (Fluent)

Nik English

Profession: English Language Teacher

Teaching Experience: I have taught English in Kazakhstan, Russia, Spain and the UK and have over 10 years of experience. I have taught students with all different levels of English and enjoying helping students to achieve their English language goals!

Education: I studied politics and history and the University of East Anglia in the UK. I did my Trinity TESOL Certificate in London.

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Russian (Conversational), Spanish (Conversational), Kazakh (Basic)

Tim O

Profession: Self-Employed

Teaching Experience: I have 2 years of experience teaching English as a private tutor and I have over 100 hours of professional classroom experience both locally and in NYC. I'm TESOL Certified by the SIT Graduate Institute through the Rennert New York TESOL Center, which required over 160 hours of training in current teaching practices.

Interests: Health
Go (strategy board game)

Education: Tufts University, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering 2015
SIT Graduate Institute, SIT TESOL Certificate Course 2018

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Russian (Conversational), Japanese (Basic), Spanish (Basic)

John Kivinen

Profession: Former hotel and casino executive, recently semi-retired and teaching English

Teaching Experience: I taught a few courses in a hotel management school when I got my vocational teacher's degree in 1996. I now teach English part-time in my current home city Kiev, Ukraine.

Interests: Literature, travel, contemporary music, football, basketball... Travel is my passion - I have been to over 150 countries.

Education: I started my school in England, and finished it in Finland. I further studied hotel management in a college and then, ten years later, acquired a vocational teacher's degree.

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Russian (Fluent), Spanish (Basic), Finnish (Fluent)

Peter X

Profession: Journalist, ESL Teacher

Teaching Experience: Four years ESL experience

Interests: politics, international affairs, business

Education: Georgetown University School of Foreign Service

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Native), Russian (Conversational), German (Basic), French (Basic)

Tanya SK

Profession: Linguist

Teaching Experience: I've been tutoring since I was in school myself, but my experience of teaching English started three years ago. I moved to Russia, and since then, I've taught English to both children and adults of all levels in language centers and via Skype.

Interests: Theatre, music, dance, travel, cooking, animals.

Education: I'm a senior at Don State Technical University in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, and I'm studying linguistics.

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Russian (Native)

Natalia Si

Profession: I have worked with banks, auto loan lenders, and hospital payment programs. My work background is financial.

Teaching Experience: I have tutored many Russian speakers in English both locally and online. I have helped with schoolwork, personal life, resumes/job applications and many other miscellaneous inquiries.

Interests: I am an outdoor girl, and I like to do various physical activities like: hiking, swimming, camping, and just overall wandering around new places. I do a lot of writing in my spare time and I like to be on my computer, maybe watching YouTube videos to see what people are doing all over the world. I have a curiosity and love for different cultures so I hope that I can learn something from everyone I talk to!

Education: I atteneded Grossmont College and Truckee Meadows Community College

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Russian (Conversational), Polish (Conversational)

Hilary FL

Profession: English Educator and Content Writer

Teaching Experience: 2010-2011 English Camp Volunteer- Russia,
2015-2017 English Teacher- China,
2017-Present Virtual English Teacher- VIPKID

Interests: I like running, hiking, scuba diving, and riding my bike. I love to travel and learn new languages. I make art, specifically sculpture. I enjoy reading and am currently reading Neil Degrasse Tyson's book, "Astrophysics for People in a Hurry." I also enjoy watching movies and television.

Education: New College of Florida, International Studies

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Russian (Conversational), Chinese (Conversational)

Aaron Tupaz

Profession: Social Media Marketor / English Teacher

Teaching Experience: I have been teaching languages online to people all over the world for 5 years and have over 1000 teaching hours. I speak a little of over 10 languages so I understand how students feel when learning a new language. I'm very fun, patient and easy going

Interests: Psychology, philosophy, break dancing, sports, programming, reading, languages, meditation, science, cultures and much much more.

Education: I have a double major in computer science and psychology from University of Toronto

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Tagalog (Native), Spanish (Conversational), French (Basic), Russian (Conversational), Polish (Basic), Chinese (Basic)

David Agarunov

Profession: ESL teacher

Teaching Experience: 1 year of teaching English as a volunteer to adults
6 months of teaching English to high school students in Thailand
6 months of teaching music to kids and adults as a freelancer
5 months of teaching English online with the companies DadaABC and VIPKID

Interests: traveling, video-making and editing, music composition on piano and guitar, story-telling through videos and animation and writing, movies, discussing intellectual and philosophical topics with knowledge from science such as neuroscience and biology, and knowledge from social subjects such as history, culture, psychology, etc..

Education: I finished my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology at Thomas Edison State University

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Russian (Fluent), Japanese (Conversational)