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)


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)


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)


Zelda K

Profession: Museum Administrator

Teaching Experience: Two years of teaching English to teenagers and adults in Eastern Europe. Tutored LatinX immigrants in writing and English grammar.

Spoken Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), German (Fluent), Russian (Conversational), Ukrainian (Conversational)


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)


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)


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)


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)


Nate MA

Profession: English Teacher, Copywriter/Editor

Teaching Experience: I started teaching English in 2013 when I moved to St. Petersburg, Russia with my wife (who is also Russian). My first couple of years in Russia, I was teaching at a local English school to all ages, group sizes and skill levels.
After that, I progressed into becoming a Business English specialist who has taught many in-company classes to CEOs, CTOs, executives and top managers at multi-billion dollar corporations in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Interests: Adventure Travel, International Foods, Intercultural Learning, Disc Golf, Premier League Football, Disc Golf, Street Art, Electronic Music, Classic Rock, Fishing, Hiking/Outdoors, Disc Golf again (I love disc golf! :))

Education: I attended the University of Massachusetts where I graduated with an "A" average and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. My area of concentration was digital communications, which includes elements of marketing and non-fiction feature content writing. I've also worked as an advertising copywriter on major international product launches, written for magazines and newspapers, handled public relations projects, edited and contributed to more editorial projects than I can remember at this point.

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


Nina Jay

Profession: English and Russian-speaking Masters graduate.

Teaching Experience: I worked as a science tutor in university.

Interests: Languages, history, travel, computers

Education: Masters

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