Hi, I'm Katie! I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, but Baltimore is where I call home. I discovered that I loved languages through my first year French course in high school and I followed that love to university where I majored in French with a German minor. In addition to these languages, I also dabbled in Spanish, Hindi, and Welsh before discovering the Russian language, which I found to be as beautiful as it is difficult. I studied Russian for 2 years on my own, then decided to come to Russia to practice with native speakers. Teaching seemed to be the obvious choice for coming here as I had already had some experience substitute teaching at a school for autistic children and tutoring students in French in my university years.
I found Language Link and headed to Moscow, never having been here before. It was a bit daunting, but the training program at Language Link helped me adjust to my new job and the new people I met were an invaluable resource for assistance, advice, and commiseration over some of the quirks of life in Russia. As "just one year, Mom, I promise" turned into two years, turned into more years......it is a decision I have never regretted! Every day offers new discoveries and puzzles and I get to spend my time with some of the best friends I've ever had in one of the most beautiful, exciting, and challenging cities I've ever been to. I get to explore and appreciate my own native language through teaching and share my passion for language learning with my students.
My interests include video games, knitting, crafts of all kinds, psycholinguistics, reading all the non-fiction,watching all the documentaries, and appreciating British television comedy in a scholarly fashion. I can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons with my friends nearly every Sunday. My favorite thing about language is grammar and I don't believe that learning it can't be fun! I pride myself on my silly, entertaining, yet engaging and informative lessons and my ability to draw animals on the board (seriously, if you need to have a slow loris drawn on the board, I'm your girl).
For me, teaching English here is so much more than transferring knowledge from a book to my students. It's a way to connect on a personal level with people of many different ages and backgrounds and share my culture and language with them as I learn about theirs. I get the opportunity to use my creativity to invent new games and materials tailored to my students' individual needs and make each lesson valuable. I can honestly say I have a fun job and I look forward to sharing the experience with you!
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