HOMETOWN: Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Hungary, Germany
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: I began teaching English as a Second Language to college students nearly 25 years ago at my home university in Bulgaria, South-East Europe. During my Ph.D. program, I taught composition and literature courses at Warwick University in England. When I settled in Madison with my Wisconsinite husband, I taught academic reading and writing in Madison College for a number of years, and I also returned to Bulgaria as a Fulbright scholar to teach academic writing and American literature for about a year. I made the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater my academic home in 2011, and I have greatly enjoyed working with my students and colleagues here.
WHY DO YOU ENJOY WORKING WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS? I appreciate when international students share some of their unique experiences and cultures in class and on campus. I know from personal experience that being a student in another country takes courage and strong will, ambition to learn and excitement to be in a new place, and I value all these qualities in my international students. I feel privileged to play a role in their cross-cultural journeys by helping them adjust to academic expectations in the US, achieve highly, and feel connected and valued.
INTERESTS: travelling, hiking, biking, gardening, learning about my students' cultures
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