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!