Polyglottist's Founder and Director Olga is a founder and director of the Polyglottist Language Academy. She holds PhD in French from the University of California, Berkeley where she taught French for six years. She currently holds a French Lecturer position at the University of the Pacific, teaching all levels of French and literature there. She has a formal pedagogical training in teaching languages, cultures, and literature from UC Berkeley and extensive experience tutoring in different languages to professionals and high school, undergraduate, and graduate students living in the Bay area. She is as experienced in teaching in a big classroom as she is in one-to-one instruction. She has also studied Old French, Spanish, Latin, and Italian. Her interests include French Medieval and Early Modern literature, animal studies, the history of early modern political philosophy, classical moral philosophy, historiography, Latin, opera, and art.

Polyglottist's Founder and Director

Olga is a founder and director of the Polyglottist Language Academy. She holds PhD in French from the University of California, Berkeley where she taught French for six years. She currently holds a French Lecturer position at the University of the Pacific, teaching all levels of French and literature there.
She has a formal pedagogical training in teaching languages, cultures, and literature from UC Berkeley and extensive experience tutoring in different languages to professionals and high school, undergraduate, and graduate students living in the Bay area. She is as experienced in teaching in a big classroom as she is in one-to-one instruction.
She has also studied Old French, Spanish, Latin, and Italian. Her interests include French Medieval and Early Modern literature, animal studies, the history of early modern political philosophy, classical moral philosophy, historiography, Latin, opera, and art.

Italian Instructor Sole was born and raised in Rome, Italy. She discovered her passion for teaching Italian while she was still a student, for this reason she has started to teach privately, in particular offering classes to American students living abroad. She graduated in Applied Linguistics in July 2012. The same year she moved to Berkeley with her husband and she has been teaching Italian since then. She taught in different schools through the Bay Area both adults and kids from 0 to 13 years old. Besides teaching, she likes cooking, reading and watching all kind of movies, especially the ones that belong to the contemporary Italian cinema.

Italian Instructor

Sole was born and raised in Rome, Italy. She discovered her passion for teaching Italian while she was still a student, for this reason she has started to teach privately, in particular offering classes to American students living abroad. She graduated in Applied Linguistics in July 2012. The same year she moved to Berkeley with her husband and she has been teaching Italian since then. She taught in different schools through the Bay Area both adults and kids from 0 to 13 years old.
Besides teaching, she likes cooking, reading and watching all kind of movies, especially the ones that belong to the contemporary Italian cinema.

Italian and Swedish Instructor Valerie holds a PhD in Italian history from New York University and has taught Italian language and Italian history in both Italy and the United States. She is of Swedish-heritage and she also teaches Swedish at Polyglottist Language Academy. Her father immigrated to Berkeley in the 1960s from Sweden and his extended family lives in Stockholm. Valerie studied Swedish as an undergraduate at Columbia and completed her junior year abroad at Stockholm University, passing the state exam which demonstrates fluency for entering a Swedish university. She continued using her Swedish when she moved to Italy after college where she worked in journalism translating Swedish to English and Italian to English. In Rome she worked as an aid to American journalists covering the Vatican, and she quickly fell in love with the bel paese – the country's food, art, and above all, its language. After four years there, she decided to head back to school for her PhD. You can read more about her academic profile on her personal web site: www.valerie-mcguire.com. Recently, she decided to unpack her bags and to relocate permanently, or semi-permanently, to the Bay Area where she is originally from. She is currently working on a book based on her dissertation and a series of translations from Italian fiction into English about the Italian communities of North Africa. In her free time, she dances ballet and studies French.French Instructor

Italian and Swedish Instructor

Valerie holds a PhD in Italian history from New York University and has taught Italian language and Italian history in both Italy and the United States. She is of Swedish-heritage and she also teaches Swedish at Polyglottist Language Academy. Her father immigrated to Berkeley in the 1960s from Sweden and his extended family lives in Stockholm. Valerie studied Swedish as an undergraduate at Columbia and completed her junior year abroad at Stockholm University, passing the state exam which demonstrates fluency for entering a Swedish university. She continued using her Swedish when she moved to Italy after college where she worked in journalism translating Swedish to English and Italian to English. In Rome she worked as an aid to American journalists covering the Vatican, and she quickly fell in love with the bel paese – the country's food, art, and above all, its language. After four years there, she decided to head back to school for her PhD. You can read more about her academic profile on her personal web site: www.valerie-mcguire.com. Recently, she decided to unpack her bags and to relocate permanently, or semi-permanently, to the Bay Area where she is originally from. She is currently working on a book based on her dissertation and a series of translations from Italian fiction into English about the Italian communities of North Africa. In her free time, she dances ballet and studies French.French Instructor

 
French Instructor Meghan is a Michigan transplant to the Bay area. She completed a Bachelor's degree in French and English at Michigan State University. While there, she served on the Executive board of the Michigan State University French Club and participated in teaching an after-school French language enrichment program for elementary and high school students.  She then went on to earn a Master's degree in French Studies at the University of Maryland where she also taught a variety of undergraduate French courses. She has traveled extensively in France and spent time living there while completing two study abroad trips as well as working as an au pair and an English tutor. She has also traveled to other Francophone regions such as Belgium and Quebec. Meghan is extremely passionate about the French language and culture and enjoys nothing more than to share this passion with others. She is also a lover of travel, cooking, and literature.  

French Instructor

Meghan is a Michigan transplant to the Bay area. She completed a Bachelor's degree in French and English at Michigan State University. While there, she served on the Executive board of the Michigan State University French Club and participated in teaching an after-school French language enrichment program for elementary and high school students. 
She then went on to earn a Master's degree in French Studies at the University of Maryland where she also taught a variety of undergraduate French courses. She has traveled extensively in France and spent time living there while completing two study abroad trips as well as working as an au pair and an English tutor. She has also traveled to other Francophone regions such as Belgium and Quebec. Meghan is extremely passionate about the French language and culture and enjoys nothing more than to share this passion with others. She is also a lover of travel, cooking, and literature.

 

Spanish Instructor Marcelo studied History and Law in his native country of Uruguay, where he graduated from Universidad de la República with a JD in Law and Social Sciences. He also became a historian and participated in numerous research projects. He is a published author with books and articles on History topics. As an educator, Marcelo started his career at Universidad de la República in 1989. In 1999 he moved to the United States, where he has worked as a Spanish instructor teaching Spanish language and culture at all levels (Spanish I-IV and above) and ages (from middle school to adult students) in one-to-one and group settings. He is a certified ELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language) Teacher and his experience includes designing workshops and teaching special programs (Immersion, Intensive, Traveling, Business, and others). In addition to teaching, he enjoys traveling, discovering new places, taking walking tours, and doing History research.    

Spanish Instructor

Marcelo studied History and Law in his native country of Uruguay, where he graduated from Universidad de la República with a JD in Law and Social Sciences. He also became a historian and participated in numerous research projects. He is a published author with books and articles on History topics. As an educator, Marcelo started his career at Universidad de la República in 1989. In 1999 he moved to the United States, where he has worked as a Spanish instructor teaching Spanish language and culture at all levels (Spanish I-IV and above) and ages (from middle school to adult students) in one-to-one and group settings. He is a certified ELE (Spanish as a Foreign Language) Teacher and his experience includes designing workshops and teaching special programs (Immersion, Intensive, Traveling, Business, and others).

In addition to teaching, he enjoys traveling, discovering new places, taking walking tours, and doing History research.

 

 

Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian Instructor Olga has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Slavic Studies, with a minor in Linguistics, from Northwestern University. She was born in Russia, grew up in the Chicago area, and recently spent a year in in Seville, Spain, where she studied Spanish culture, poetry, and film. She moved to Berkeley two years ago. As her main job, she makes current events videos in English and Spanish that are used in the curriculum of over 80 elementary and middle schools around the U.S. She is also a Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese tutor, instructor, and translator. One of her most memorable teaching experiences was teaching Spanish to a class of eight students aged 14-75 in rural Russia. Outside of work, Olga loves learning foreign languages (she speaks English, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently and is currently learning Italian, French, and Japanese), translating songs, cooking, and traveling the world. Some of her favorite places in the world are Reykjavik, Lisbon, Barcelona, the Dominican Republic, Venice, Moscow, and northern Minnesota. However, her most favorite activity of all is sharing her love for the Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese language and culture with her students!

Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian Instructor

Olga has a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and Slavic Studies, with a minor in Linguistics, from Northwestern University. She was born in Russia, grew up in the Chicago area, and recently spent a year in in Seville, Spain, where she studied Spanish culture, poetry, and film. She moved to Berkeley two years ago. As her main job, she makes current events videos in English and Spanish that are used in the curriculum of over 80 elementary and middle schools around the U.S. She is also a Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese tutor, instructor, and translator. One of her most memorable teaching experiences was teaching Spanish to a class of eight students aged 14-75 in rural Russia.
Outside of work, Olga loves learning foreign languages (she speaks English, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese fluently and is currently learning Italian, French, and Japanese), translating songs, cooking, and traveling the world. Some of her favorite places in the world are Reykjavik, Lisbon, Barcelona, the Dominican Republic, Venice, Moscow, and northern Minnesota. However, her most favorite activity of all is sharing her love for the Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese language and culture with her students!

 
Italian Instructor Oscar Luca D'Amore received his laurea in philosophy from the University of Salerno. He also studied theology at the Institute of Religious Studies and Latin and Greek at the International Academy Vivarium Novum, where he worked for many years teaching and organizing the library. He has taught courses in philosophy, Italian literature, Italian language, Dante, and Latin. He has written poetry, articles and books. His interest is in philosophy of mind, in particular on the relationship between mind, brain and language, and phenomenology. He teaches in various schools and academies in the Bay Area. Teaching Italian for him is not just about teaching grammar, but through it the Italian culture showing his students how Italian evolved, in particular from Latin and Greek.

Italian Instructor

Oscar Luca D'Amore received his laurea in philosophy from the University of Salerno. He also studied theology at the Institute of Religious Studies and Latin and Greek at the International Academy Vivarium Novum, where he worked for many years teaching and organizing the library. He has taught courses in philosophy, Italian literature, Italian language, Dante, and Latin. He has written poetry, articles and books. His interest is in philosophy of mind, in particular on the relationship between mind, brain and language, and phenomenology. He teaches in various schools and academies in the Bay Area. Teaching Italian for him is not just about teaching grammar, but through it the Italian culture showing his students how Italian evolved, in particular from Latin and Greek.

German Instructor Anja holds a Bachelors Degree in German from The University of Warwick and obtained her Masters in German from The University of New Mexico. Anja commenced her teaching career whilst living in Cologne in 2001 and has taught German for over 15 years. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2011, Anja has joined the staff at the German School of the East Bay and at The Bay Area Kinderstube teaching a variety of age groups. Anja seeks to instill a passion for and confidence in the German language. She is a firm believer in the fusion of language with culture and is ultimately excited to teach and subsequently learn from her students. Currently to be found raising her two sons and perfecting her early morning crepe making skills, in the small window of time she has to herself she loves trivia and chocolate.

German Instructor

Anja holds a Bachelors Degree in German from The University of Warwick and obtained her Masters in German from The University of New Mexico. Anja commenced her teaching career whilst living in Cologne in 2001 and has taught German for over 15 years. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2011, Anja has joined the staff at the German School of the East Bay and at The Bay Area Kinderstube teaching a variety of age groups. Anja seeks to instill a passion for and confidence in the German language. She is a firm believer in the fusion of language with culture and is ultimately excited to teach and subsequently learn from her students. Currently to be found raising her two sons and perfecting her early morning crepe making skills, in the small window of time she has to herself she loves trivia and chocolate.

German Instructor Christina has a master degree in German and has lived in Germany for 5 years. She learned a lot about German culture and traditions. She discovered her passion for teaching when she was a student, and she has been teaching German since then. First, she had private students and after she worked for Goethe Institute in Ukraine. She enjoys working with students of all levels and backgrounds to help them improve their language skills and gain confidence. She loves traveling, learning new things, and meeting new people.

German Instructor

Christina has a master degree in German and has lived in Germany for 5 years. She learned a lot about German culture and traditions. She discovered her passion for teaching when she was a student, and she has been teaching German since then. First, she had private students and after she worked for Goethe Institute in Ukraine. She enjoys working with students of all levels and backgrounds to help them improve their language skills and gain confidence. She loves traveling, learning new things, and meeting new people.