Zoe’s interest in language learning and instruction began early. As a first generation Belarusian, she developed a keen curiousity and sensitivity to speakers of other languages through communications with family, especially her grandmother. In the mid 80’s, she lived and worked as an au pair in Paris, France. She went on to study language and education at the University of Mary Washington where she later earned her graduate certificate in TESOL. She has recent experience with both individual and classroom teaching. For more than 23 years Zoe’s passion for culture and language has also been channelled into her work in book manufacturing and international non-profit publishing and business administration. In her spare time, she enjoys connecting with friends, fiber arts, swimming and walks with her dog Nina. She loves being a part of the team here at Speak! to help both individuals and groups achieve their personal language goals.