Alla is a recent member of the Speak! team as well as a new resident of Charlottesville. She is a native of Ukraine and grew up speaking fluent Ukrainian and Russian. It was her passion for world languages and literature which led her to obtain a masters degree and pursue her love of teaching. Alla owned and operated a language school in Ukraine for six years where she successfully won teaching contracts with a major steel mill and the city hall administration. She also taught languages in elementary school, technical college, and in private lessons to students of all ages and walks of life. While living in California, Alla taught a graduate level Russian language course at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Additionally, Alla holds a CELTA TEFL Certificate through Cambridge University and an Online Teaching Certificate from the University of California San Diego Extension. She also has four years of experience as a TOEFL iBT rater. Alla is a member of Alliance Francaise de Charlottesville, has studied Polish in Gdansk, Poland, and is currently studying Spanish.