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Tobias Mattew Scholield

Tobias Mattew Scholield
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2018-2019.
Education - Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, TEFL course

Greetings!

My name is Tobias Schofield and I am a former resident of the Garden State (otherwise known as New Jersey). I moved to New Jersey from Louisiana when I was less than a year old and lived there all the way through university. After graduating from Rutgers University, I went and taught Mathematics in Liberia, West Africa for a year. Now I am beginning my next adventure in a country that birthed many of my favorite authors!

In university I studied both Math and Russian. Although I can hold a conversation about field theory, my real interest lies with Dostoevsky and Chekhov. Dostoevsky sparked my interest in literature and Chekhov in language. As such, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn the culture and language of Russia while simultaneously being able to share my native language with other interested minds. I sincerely hope and am optimistic that this next chapter in my life will be a great learning experience both for me and for those around me.

Thus, I conclude with the epigraph of the most powerful book I have ever read:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (John 12:24)


Andrea Clara Markert

Hello, my name is Andrea Markert. I was born in Chicago, Illinois but I lived in Blaine, MN. Since I am from Minnesota I will have no problems adjusting to the climate of Russia! I received my Bachelors in Arts from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. I was a double major in Religion and Russian Studies. While at Luther I participated in the Luther College Balalaika Ensemble. I played the alto domra and the ensemble took me across the state playing concerts for other college Russian programs. After college I took a course on Teaching English to Foreign Learners, in which I received a TEFL certificate.

I started my journey learning the Russian language at a Russian immersion camp in Bemidji, MN. I studied Russian for 6 years at the camp before going on to study at the collegiate level. Since I stopped studying at the camp, I have started working there as a counselor. As a counselor, I teach beginner and intermediate Russian as well as teaching balalaika and other Russian music including folk and classical. I have most recently started to teach Russian superstitions while lounging in the banya.

While I was at Luther College I took a semester off to study at the KORA Language Institute in Vladimir, Russia. I studied all aspects of the Russian language including media and life in Russia. I took it upon myself to sign up for a course on Russian folk music. Throughout the semester I traveled around the entire country. I took a couple weekend trips to Moscow, a 4-day trip to Vladivostok, and spent a week in St. Petersburg. My week in St. Petersburg took me to even more areas in the surrounding region. I enjoyed my time in Russia 2 years ago so much that I decided to come back again.

I have been teaching language ever since I was 20 years old. Teaching has always been a passion of mine and because of this, I am sure this school year will be filled with exciting new opportunities! I cant wait to see what Togliatti has in store for me!

Andrea Clara Markert
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2018-2019.
Education - Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, TEFL course

Amanda Renee Kline

Amanda Renee Kline
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2017-2018, 2018-2019.
Education - York College in Nebraska, Southern Methodist University, TEFL / CELTA course

Hello. My name is Amanda Kline. I was born in Nebraska in the United States of America, but have spent the last three years in Texas. I received my Bachelors of Arts in Vocal Performance from York College in Nebraska, and my Masters in Music Theory Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University in Texas. I received my TEFL/CELTA certification through International TEFL Academy in Chicago.

I have always been fascinated with anything and everything Russian. I possess a deep affinity for the music, literature, and culture. During my undergraduate and graduate degree I took special interest in Russian music: both in performance and study. I have always wanted to live in Russia to pick up some of the language and experience the culture. Windsor is giving me that opportunity, and I couldnt be more excited. This will be my first time in Russia. While daunting, Im sure that with the support from the school, my transition will go smoothly.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, crocheting and embroidering, singing, spending time outdoors, and visiting museums. I have a deep passion for teaching, and Im eager to put that passion to use at Windsor. I look forward to everything this school year has to offer!


Jacob Raul Figueroa

Hello all!

My name is Jacob Figueroa and I am from the great (and hot) state of Texas.

I hold three degrees from the University of North Texas. The first two are bachelors degrees one in linguistics and the other in integrative studies. I earned the first in 2014 and the second in 2015, at which time I was also able to have my linguistics capstone paper published. The third degree is a Masters in linguistics that I earned in 2017, along with an academic teaching certification in TESOL.

While earning my degrees I had the privilege to work in several different positions at the university. In 2014 I worked as a research assistant in the Human Intelligence & Language Technologies Lab. By the fall of 2015 I was hired as the teaching assistant for the Russian language program. By the spring of 2016 I was working as the Arabic teaching assistant alongside the Russian position. A few weeks after I graduated, I worked as a teaching assistant once again, but this time for an intensive Russian summer program called STARTALK.

Studying Russian at UNT has given me the equivalent of a minor, and teaching it for four semesters has only heightened my interest in the language and culture of Russia. Although learning about a culture from the outside does have some merit, it is rather artificial. Physically being in the place where that culture is lived out everyday is a genuine experience. That is why I am so excited to teach for Windsor Schools in Russia. I also just love teaching. My grandfather was a teacher and mother still is it must run in the family.

In my free time I enjoy reading, writing, hunting, and boxing. I look forward to using my scientific knowledge of language to help others learn my native tongue.

Jacob Raul Figueroa
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2017-2018, 2018-2019.
Education - University of North Texas, TESOL course

Caitlin Emily Riley

Caitlin Emily Riley
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2017-2018, 2018-2019.
Education - University of Pittsburgh, TEFL course

Hello. My name is Caitlin Riley. I am from the United States, most recently from the state of Pennsylvania.

I received my Bachelor's degree in Economics and Russian Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. I also earned my ESL /TEFL certification through Oxford Seminars.

I have always been interested in languages and cultures. They provide an opportunity to see and appreciate the world. From a very young age, I was interested in Eastern European languages and cultures, which fueled my passion for studying Russian and Serbian-Croatian. This will be my second time in Russia. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to study in Moscow and St. Petersburg three years ago. I've also had the opportunity to study the Montenegrin language in Podgorica.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, especially in Russian or Serbo-Croatian. I love to read literature, poetry, mythology and history. Furthermore, I like to visit museums, especially art museums,and listen to live music.

I love teaching. From a young age, I have aspired to learn and teach languages. In the past I have taught English, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Economics, and Mathematics as an instructional assistant. I simply want to experience what this wonderful opportunity to follow my passion had to offer and to share my experiences with my students. I look forward to meeting all of you.


Charles John Orth

Hello! My name is Charles Orth. Im from the United States of America, more specifically Middletown, Ohio. I have a double-major in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Miami University.

Ive been interested in seeing the world my entire life. Even in elementary school, I remember reading about foreign countries, wanting to go there and see them for myself. When I was about ten years old, I could name almost every country in the world and say Hello in thirty-five languages. As I grew up, travel and foreign languages remained interests of mine.

After graduating the college, willing to live abroad, I went to Mexico and got my certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I spent the next seven months teaching private English lessons there, which I really enjoyed, as seeing my students progress made me feel very accomplished. Having lived abroad before in a country that didnt speak my native language, I can empathize with my students, and I do anything I can to help them succeed.

Outside of the classroom, my favorite thing to do is travel. Ive been to all fifty states in my home country and twenty-seven different countries. Ive had all kinds of unforgettable experiences along the way. Ive learned multiple languages, ridden an elephant, climbed a mountain, flown an airplane, and shot a machine gun. Out of all the trips Ive taken, one place really stood out to me though, and that was my February, 2016 trip to Russia.

In late 2016, I decided to move abroad again and teach English. I chose Russia because out of everywhere Id been, Russia was the one place where I wanted to go back and live. Employment at Windsor seemed like a great opportunity to be able to live abroad and continue expanding my travel horizons. I am looking forward to my time in Tolyatti; I hope to meet new people, have more great memories, and make a positive difference in the lives of my students (and improve my atrocious Russian!)

Charles John Orth
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2017-2018, 2018-2019.
Education - Miami University, TEFL course

Raphael Du Sablon

Raphael Du Sablon
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2016-2017, 2017-2018.
Education - Belmont Abbey College, TEFL course

Hi! My name is Raphael Du Sablon. Im a Canadian-American from the state of North Carolina in the United States of America.

I obtained a degree from Belmont Abbey College, a Benedictine Liberal Arts school near Charlotte, North Carolina. I also earned an ESL/TEFL certification from Oxford Seminars at UNC Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

I love languages and traveling. I also love reading; any subject, literature, history, philosophy, will do! Partly because of my interest in languages and traveling, I decided I wanted to spend some time working abroad and learning a foreign language. My preference was for Eastern Europe and a Slavic language. When I found out about Windsor in Tolyatti, my mind was made up: I wanted to come and work for Windsor, live in Tolyatti, Russia, and learn Russian. And now, here I am.

Several things about the school really stood out to me. The facilities are very modern, sophisticated, and professional, as well as comfortable and orderly. The students are very engaged and really enjoy learning English at Windsor, which is something that really makes working for Windsor a good experience. Moreover, I am very impressed by the staff and teachers here. People here strike a balance between professional and creative, between hardworking and fun, and are all very motivated and happy.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, naturally. I also like spending time outdoors, playing strategy games, chess in particular, socializing, and playing piano, though I hope to eventually learn some other instruments as well.

I hope that in my time here at Windsor I can make a difference for some students, to foster a liking of the English language in them, and to be a part of this excellent institution of learning. I am excited to be here in Russia and have an opportunity to explore its fascinating language, culture, history, and geography.


Arun Stephen

Hi, I am Arun Stephen. I am from the city of Chennai which is in the Southern part of India.

Being born and raised in a culturally and linguistic diverse country and living in different parts of the country, I realized that I had a flare for learning new languages. I worked as a Corporate trainer for around 5 years. During this time, I realized that I needed to break out of the monotony of work and equip myself. So, I decided to do CELTA and convert my passion for languages to profession.

As soon as I finished my CELTA, I received an offer from Windsor to work in Russia. I remember reading about the cultural exchange that has continued between India and Russia in the past decades, I felt that it was a God sent opportunity to experience teaching outside the subcontinent.

I am looking forward to teach English and in the process, pick up some Russian too. Its been a great experience teaching English at Windsor, I'm excited to be working with teachers who are passionate about teaching English.

I'm sure this will be a trip to remember with lots stories that I could share with my folks back home.

Thank you, Windsor, for this opportunity!

Arun Stephen
Teacher from India
Working period - academic year 2016 - 2017
Education - Jabalpur College of Computers & Communication, Cambridge CELTA certification.

Michael Scott Bridgehouse

Michael Scott Bridgehouse
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2016-2017
Education - University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hi everyone!

My name is Scott Bridgehouse and I am from the state of Pennsylvania in the United States.

I am currently a graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University in Washington D.C. I received my Bachelors degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, where I studied Political Science and Russian Language & Literature. Prior to becoming a graduate student, I worked in Philadelphia, PA for the website design development company, Direct Line Development (founded in Russia).

I have always enjoyed other cultures and learning different customs and traditions. For me, this is an opportunity to expand ones horizons and truly experience what the world has to offer. I feel as though too many people prefer to ignore what is beyond their immediate scope of understanding and thus miss out on so many wonderful things. I refuse to be one of them. I began developing an interest in Russian language and culture back in high school when I attempted to teach myself the language. That later translated into my studying it full-time at Pitt. Now some of my favorite authors are from Russian literature.

My experience at Windsor will be my first time in Russia, an opportunity that I am simply ecstatic about. In the past Ive taught English to Russian-speaking students at The American School in Switzerland, so it feels right to be able to do so in Russia. In my spare time I enjoy running, playing the piano, reading, studying foreign languages (currently working on my Hindi), and going on adventures.

I cant wait to meet you all very soon!


Toujours Aceves

Hello! My name is Toujours Aceves and Im from Mexico. I was born and brought up in the beautiful city of Monterrey located in the North-East of Mexico.

My mother tongue is Spanish, the official language in Mexico. However, since elementary school I have studied in a private catholic school, where the regular subjects such as Maths were given entirely in English in order to develop our capability to express ourselves not only in Spanish but in the English language as well.

I studied International Business and Logistics, and when I was 20 years old I started to work for international companies as a logistic specialist. I really loved it, but during my working experience I realized the importance of the English language for other people, as it opens the gates to a lot of opportunities for me. It made me think about the possibility to help others to develop their English skills. I wanted to do my best to teach the English language with enthusiasm and focus on the unique goals that each of us have, so I started to give business English lessons for different companies, right from the start I realized teaching was a passion for me.

Now it is just amazing to be in Russia, so different and unique from the rest of the world, and at the same time so many things having in common with my country. Windsor has given me the chance to know such great people, to improve my teaching abilities and enjoy every working day. And as for the staff, they are all so nice and professional, yet so creative and fun!

So, hope to see you around!

Toujours Aceves
Teacher from Mexico
Working period - academic year 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019.
Education - Universidad Tecmilenio de Monterrey, TEFL course

Crystal Walker

Crystal Walker
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2016-2017
Education - Georgetown University

Hello, my name is Crystal and I am from the United States of America. I grew up in Oklahoma with my mother, father, brother, and grandparents. I began my interest in the Russian language after interacting with a Russian foreign exchange student at my high school and reading the book Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I then took a Russian class from a teacher at my school who just happened to know Russian. She told me about a government scholarship to study in Russia, I applied, received the scholarship and spent 7 weeks in Yaroslavl, Russia where I began intensive language studies. While it was difficult, I enjoyed my time in Yaroslavl and fell in love with the Russian language. I studied Russian throughout college and graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a degree in International Affairs, focusing primarily on Russian Area Studies and African-American History.

Last summer, I taught English at an international language school in St. Petersburg. I found it to be a great way to engage with Russian and also gain valuable teaching skills. After I graduated from university in May 2016, I pursued other teaching opportunities in Russian speaking countries and was sent an ad posting for Windsor. Ive enjoyed my time at Windsor. Everyone is so helpful and my colleagues are really encouraging. Moreover, most of the students are dedicated and really passionate about learning English. I am looking forward to my time here and am very open to meeting all new people and engaging in new activities. :)

While this is my 3rd time in Russia, its my first time visiting the country in the winter! Im not used to constant cold and snowy weather, but I know I will get used to it soon. In my free time, I love to knit, watch my favorite TV shows, visit new places, spend time with friends, engage in intriguing conversations, and listen to chill music.


Clifton Reeder

Hello everyone!

My name is Cliff Reeder and I am from the USA. Although I was born in Washington, my last place was the state of Utah. After graduating from Washington State University, I worked in the restaurant and hotel industry for a number of years before making the switch to become a teacher. I have taught in the People's Republic of China, Vietnam, Turkey, Tajikistan, Myanmar and wonderful Siberia! Additionally, I have also visited quite a few countries including New Zealand, Thailand and the Czech Republic. So you can tell that I love to travel.

I've decided to return to Russia because I was impressed with the professional atmosphere of Windsor, along with the modern classrooms, fun and engaging students and great staff.

My hobbies include reading, listening to music from the 1950's to the 1980's, watching football (I follow Manchester United and Atletico Madrid) and learning foreign languages. As this is my second visit to this great country, it means my trying to relearn how to say things in Russian.

I hope to see you soon at Windsor for some fun but informative English lessons.

Clifton Reeder
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2016-2017
Education - Washington State University, TESOL Certificate

Julie Grandjean

Julie Grandjean
Teacher from Belgium.
Working period - academic year 2015-2016
Education- University of Mons, TOEFL.

Hi everyone! My name is Julie. Im from a very small town in the South of Belgium so technically my first language is French. However, I spent a year in the United States a few years ago: I lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For some of you who like watching TV series, the series Breaking Bad was filmed where I lived! Anyway since my year in the United States, English became easier to me than French (hard to believe but true, I swear!). While I was having the time of my life in the United States, I took the TOEFL test.

When I came back home, that didnt feel like home anymore, I started studying in university. I just got my bachelor degree in translation French - Russian Spanish last June. So I have been studying Russian for three years now. During this time, I travelled in Russia here and there: I went to Novosibirsk and in Saint-Petersburg for example. Also I spent my last semester as a bachelor student here in Togliatti, in the translation faculty. I enjoyed my stay here so much that I decided to stay a year longer! And here I am today, teaching English in Windsor! I really enjoy teaching and I feel very lucky to be here in front of great students, with amazing co-workers by my side!

In my free time I read, write, knit and draw and of course, I travel as much as I can.


Jamaica Vaubel-Palmer

Hello! My name is Jamaica Vaubel-Palmer. I was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota but I mostly grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, a small but very international college town. When I was a young child, my mother and I traveled around western and southern Africa, where I began learning different languages and hearing different styles of English. As a result, I developed a love of languages at a young age. My mother speaks many different languages and I always wanted to learn other languages too, so I could be like her and communicate with people around the world. When I began my undergraduate at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, I knew I wanted to study languages, and initially focused on French. Once I started taking Russian classes, however, I immediately fell in love with the language and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Russian language and Russian area studies.

I was lucky enough to study in St. Petersburg during my senior year of college, where I really fell in love with Russian culture, people, and food! While in St. Petersburg I volunteered at the Hermitage Museum, where I worked on translations into English. I also taught in various English classes and lead English conversation clubs. I have spent the last few summers working at a summer language camp to help children, teens, and families learn Russian. In my free time I enjoy baking- especially cakes and cookies! I also like hiking, reading poetry, and eating delicious Russian food!

Working at Windsor has been a wonderful experience so far. I am very excited to share my love of learning languages with so many bright students. It is really very inspiring to be surrounded by so many people who love English and want to learn!

Jamaica Vaubel-Palmer
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2015-2016
Education- St. Olaf College, Indiana University, TEFL course.

Tye Smith

Tye Smith
Teacher from America, Chicago
Working period - academic year 2014-2015, academic year 2015-2016
Education- Bachelor at Grinnell College, TEFL course.

Hello, my name is Tye Smith and I was born and raised in the Chicago Area, in the United States of America.

I graduated from Grinnell College, in the state of Iowa. I have a bachelors degree in Sociology. I also have a TEFL certificate. While I was in college, I began taking Russian courses and I even lived in the Russian House. Living in Russian house, I became very interested in what it would be like to really live in Russia. Now I have the wonderful opportunity to discover what life is like in this beautiful and enigmatic place.

In my free time, I like to write rap songs and rap. I also like to weightlift and generally stay fit. I have made many friends by coming to Russia, including my wonderful coworkers and many people in the city of Togliatti.

In addition to this, I also have the pleasure of working with very motivated and intelligent students. The students who come to Windsor are here for a purpose and that shows in how hard they work and how eager and ready they are to learn. I also love the fact that Windsor provides us a myriad of resources to help us teach these incredible students. All in all I believe Windsor is the best place to learn English. But dont take my word for it, come see for yourself.


Matthew Sloughter

Hey! My name's Mat. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, but lived most of my life, before moving to Russia, in a small town called Greenville in the state of South Carolina. I've lived in Russia for more than two years now, first in Moscow and now here in Togliatti.

I stumbled into teaching several years ago while I was staying with my sister in Astana, Kazakhstan and I really enjoyed it. I love the English language, with its rich vocabulary and quirky, sometimes insane grammatical structures, so it felt good to be able to share the language with students.

I love the Russian language, too, and did my university degree in Russian Studies (meaning I studied not just the language, but also the culture, the literature and even the politics of this country), so, if I was to continue working as a teacher, it seemed natural that I do so in Russia. For two years I taught kids and teenagers in Moscow, working with an international education company. After that I decided I'd had enough of the big capital city, and I wanted to experience a different side of Russia and that's what brought me here.

Outside of work, I enjoy travel, reading (Orwell and Nabokov are probably my favorite writers), photography, and playing with my cat (her name is Bazarova, after Turgenev's Bazarov).

Matthew Sloughter
Teacher from America, South Carolina, Greenville
Working period - academic year 2014-2015
University of South Carolina, TEFL certificate.

Arthur Richardson

Arthur Richardson
Teacher from America, San Francisco, California
Working period - academic year 2014 - 2015, academic year 2015-2016
Grinnell College, TEFL certificate.

My name is Arthur Richardson, and I'm from a town just north of San Francisco, California. Contrary to popular belief, not all of California is always sunny and warm. In fact, the town where I am from is often cold and foggy. But it is still the most beautiful place to live!

I studied at Grinnell College in Iowa. I focused on Russian language, history, and literature, and while at Grinnell I had the chance to study in Irkutsk for four months. In Irkutsk I fell in love with Russian food, Russian people, and Russian language. After graduating I looked for a way to return to Russia, and teaching at Windsor came on to my radar through a friend. I'm very glad it did, because it has afforded me the chance to speak Russian as much as possible, as well as share with others all the parts of American culture and language that I love.

When I'm not working, I enjoy playing music. I played jazz trombone for many years, but recently I have been playing some guitar and bass. I even found a rock band to play with here in Tolyatti! I really like talking about music with my students, as we all have such different tastes, and there is so much to share. It's is absolutely amazing how much musical tastes can vary even in one classroom full of 12-year-olds.

And the students have been great, making my job fun and interesting. For many students, English seems to be a real passion, which opens the door for interesting discussions about the differences between English and Russian, as well as language in general. My fellow teachers are also interested in the eccentricities of English, which has led to many humorous moments and discussions. They have been a great help with my study of Russian, and have been really fun to hang out with in general. I really enjoy sharing classes with the teachers at Windsor, as they could not be kinder or more helpful.

One thing that I've said many times, whenever people I meet ask me how I like Tolyatti, is "life is good here."


Vanessa Smith

Hello, My Name is Vanessa. I'm from Nottingham, a small city in the centre of England.

I graduated from the University of Chester with a Bachelors in Fine Art and Spanish and I have Cambridge CELTA certification.

I started teaching English as a foreign language 5 years ago in the UK to international students; first in Oxford, and then back in my home town. I moved to Moscow in 2011 and taught adults and children at an International language company for two years. Last year I taught English and critical thinking classes at the school of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Moscow.

I love languages. I think learning a new language is a fascinating and very enjoyable process; the moment when you discover that you can really understand or communicate something new is an amazing feeling. I love being able to share my own language and culture with my students whilst also learning more about them and the Russian language.

Moving to Russia was a bit of an impulsive decision but I have no regrets. I've had some amazing experiences here and met many wonderful people. Tolyatti is an interesting city in a really beautiful region. The people here are very welcoming and friendly - and great students! I'm looking forward to the rest of my time here with Windsor.

Vanessa Smith
Teacher from England, Nottingham
Working period - academic year 2014 - 2015
University of Chester, Cambridge CELTA certification.

John Patrick Young

John Patrick Young
Teacher from America, Washington DC.
Working period - academic year 2012-2013, academic year 2014-2015.
Education - Bachelor at Grinnell College

Hello there! My name is Patrick, and I am a 23 year old native of Cheverly, a small town on the outskirts of Washington DC, my country's capitol. I live there with my family and my pet lizard Indigo. I am a graduate of Grinnell College. I received my bachelors in German Language and Culture with a focus on Development.

I have a background in education. During my undergraduate studies, I took courses focused on SLA (Second language acquisition). I am fluent in several languages, most notably German, English, and French. I taught at a language school during my studies abroad in India and at several language summer camps in the USA.

In addition, I am passionate about two things- the environment and physical fitness. I have worked for several environmental organizations over my career and plan to continue doing so upon my return to the US. On my days off I enjoy running/working out and playing rugby, my favorite sport.

I was first introduced to Windsor in 2012. I had recently finished working with an archeological team in Tuva, the middle of siberia. At the end of my term I decided to visit Togliatti and see some of my friends there. I had the distinct pleasure of teaching a couple of classes at Windsor while I was there. I enjoyed the freedom of teaching within a private school environment, and appreciated the nice, attentive students such a place attracted. So when I was approached a year later how could I say no? :)


Shaun Fitzpatrick

Hi Everybody!!! My name is Shaun, and I am from Cardiff, the capital city of Wales. I have been living in Bydgoszcz, Poland for nearly four years, where I have been teaching English at Empik and at the British School. My teaching life started in 2002 with my helping refugees, in Britain, to learn English to help them settle into British society. After this I moved on to teach IT to teenage school leavers. Before I went to Poland, I worked in different cities working with unemployed people and helping them gain suitable employment. Since teaching English in Europe, I have been extremely happy.

My hobbies are running, keep fit, music and football. My favourite band is Depeche Mode and my favourite football teams are Manchester United, Cardiff City and Wales.

Shaun Fitzpatrick
Teacher from England, Wales
Working period - academic year 2013-2014
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate.

Jamie Warren

Jamie Warren
Teacher from England, Bristol.
Working period - academic year 2012-2013, academic year 2013-2014
Education - bachelor at Bridgwater College, TEFL, TESOL courses.

When I arrived in Russia Tolyatti at three in the morning I had no idea of what to expect. Having never been away from home before (of course I had been away from home but never for months at a time in a foreign country) so I was really unsure of what to expect. I had never been in Russia before but I had been to Ukraine three times so I knew a few things about Russian culture. I had also been studying the language for three years so I was not a complete beginner but far from fluent.

But I neednt have worried, I was made to feel very welcome and I very quickly settled in thanks to the great support and friendship of my colleagues and flatmate. The Windsor staff have been fantastic and very supportive in every department from academic help to transport across the city.

My students have also been extremely pleasant, enthusiastic, respectful and most importantly very keen so learn. So in short they have been a pleasure to teach.

The locals in the city have been extremely welcoming and friendly. The city itself has quite a lot to offer, there are plenty of restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, bars, clubs, shopping centres and cinemas. The city even boasts its own forest right in the centre.

I certainly have no regrets about making the city of Tolyatti my home, and the possibility of returning in September is looking more and more likely and appealing.


Rev Darragh

This is the best job I have ever had. Windsors students are bright and enthusiastic, and very eager just to communicate with Native Speakers (Carryers of the Language, in Russian). Youll certainly have the opportunity to work a full 40-hour schedule, with both group and individual students, plus an open-to-all-levels Speech Club on Saturdays. My favorite thing about this job is the challenge of bringing drab grammar drills to life, injecting them with vivid examples, lots of personality, and opportunities for interaction and discussion. If you invest yourself into teaching, your students will invest equally in learning!

Togliatti is a comfortable, small industrial city located 18 hours from Moscow by train. The auto industry continues to provide a stable foundation for the citys economy, centered around the Russian car giant Avtovaz, its foreign partners, and support businesses. Modern Togliatti features numerous shopping malls, cinemas, cafes in each neighborhood, and several classy nightclubs to select from. The citys three districts are separated by a lovely forest, where many people flock on weekends to stroll, jog, ski or barbecue kebabs. My favorite aspect of living here is the small-city feel. Students and colleagues have time to chat, and in typically Russian fashion, very kindly invite us foreigners to share food and fun experiences.

My goal in coming here was to share my culture and teach well, but also to build my Russian. After just seven months (and with two more to go), I feel I have made great progress toward both ends, thanks to my 1) my students enthusiasm, and 2) my colleagues and friends generous help and support. Dear prospective teacher, I encourage you to carefully consider your reasons for coming here, personal and professional but dont be afraid to give it a try!

Rev Darragh
Teacher from America
Working period - academic year 2012-2013
Education - bachelor at Grinnel College, TEFL course.

Justin Bauman

Justin Bauman
Teacher from America, Pennsylvania.
Working period - academic year 2011-2012.
Education - bachelor at Texas University, TEFL course, Russian as a foreign language Certificate at Moscow State University, 2010.

I would first like to say that I loved my experience at Windsor. When I arrived late in the night one September day in 2011, it was the second time I had moved to Russia. I was thrilled to be back and start a new adventure. And what an adventure it was. I had experience teaching in the US but never had the opportunity to teach Russians. It was a real pleasure to see how eager and excited they were to learn every day not only to learn English but to learn about new cultures and people.

Over the course of the school year, I befriended many people in Tolyatti. Some of the closest friends I made were the other teachers and staff at Windsor. They were very kind and supportive. I remember one day at work when I became ill, everyone was so sweet and took care of me, I will always remember their kindness. The students of mine also became very good friends. I fondly remember teaching classes at GM-Avtovaz where they were able to give me a tour of their car making factory.

After my time in Tolyatti, I returned to Boston, Massachusetts in order to pursue a Masters degree in International Business. The challenging and rewarding experience of working at Windsor has given me the confidence in myself to chase my career goals. I will never forget my time in Tolyatti and hope to one day visit my dear friends there again.


Nicole Reidesel

Teaching at Windsor was one of the most rewarding and delightful experiences of my life one I would hope to be able to repeat in the future! Not only were the Russian staff there so welcoming and delightful to be around, but the students were as well. Their enthusiasm for studying English and learning more about the culture of English-speaking countries made them a joy to teach! The Saturday Speech Club was a great way of fostering cultural, historical, and political discussions among the students and getting them to speak in English as much as possible regardless of their learning level. Even those who were absolute beginners tried to join in as much as possible again just the atmosphere of enthusiasm and desire was extremely energizing and inspiring as a teacher. In the classroom, I tried my best to always bring in new pictures, slides, videos, games, and/or songs to supplement the curriculum in order to keep things exciting for them and keep that good energy up.

Togliatti is a lovely city with plenty of parks, monuments, and even a large outdoor military museum (check it out on the Day of Defenders if you want a real treat!) The many forest paths between the three districts were great for long walks in the spring, summer, and fall as well as for cross-country skiing and sledding in the winter. There are plenty of shops, several malls, and movie theaters (Russian language only, of course.) As a Christian, my main concern was finding a good church to attend, and, although the cathedrals are beautiful and the services fascinating, I needed something more personal and accessible than the Russian Orthodox Church. I attended Tserkov Vozrozhdenie (number 2a, Baumana) in the Avtozavodskii district, which is an extremely welcoming group of believers with plenty of activities you can get involved in if youre interested. I was not aware of any contemporary style churches in the district, but there was one small Catholic church just up the block from Vega and, of course, many Orthodox churches scattered throughout the city.

As the first native English-speaking teacher to come to Windsor, I was in a unique position in that I was forging ahead into the largely unknown. Maria Vladimirovna, Windsors director, was incredibly helpful and welcoming to me. She personally helped me settle in to my new living in Togliatti and constantly asked me how I was doing and if I needed something to do on the weekends. The staff members at Windsor often invited me places whenever they had time - whether it was out to dinner after work or to see a movie, and the students constantly invited me to their homes, dachas and on tours around the city. In other words, even if youre an introverted home-body type, the staff and students will make sure that you dont miss out on life in Russia!

My experience with Windsor was so positive. If you love Russia, then you will have a wonderful time living and working in Togliatti! A bit of advice: stop by the ESL section of your local teachers store before going over there and grab some exciting multi-level word games (useful while youre there but also make great gifts for the Windsor staff), also if youre from the South US like me, bring some taco seasoning and ranch packets in case you get homesick for the taste of home.

Nicole Reidesel
Teacher from America, Colorado.
Working period - academic year 2010-2011
Bachelor at Texas University, TEFL course.