Faculty & Administration
|Nana Tsikhelashvili, Associate Professor and Director of the School in Russia. Ph.D. (Kandidat nauk) in History (History of Russian-American Relations), Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH), 1998. Ms. Tsikhelashvili joined the School in Russia in 1997. Her previous experience includes work with the Russian State Archives, Russian Television, the American Collegiate Consortium (USIA-supported exchange program administered through Middlebury College) in Moscow, and part-time teaching American History to Russian students at RSUH. Nana previously served as the Assistant Director.|
|William Cohen, Assistant Director, Moscow. B.A., University of Oregon, Political Science and Russian Studies. M.A., Central European University, Political Science. Will first went to Russia in 2002 and then returned to study on exchange programs at Herzen University and Smolny College. After graduating from the University of Oregon, he taught English in South Korea and China, travelling extensively around Asia and then Eastern Europe. He returned to St. Petersburg in 2008 to teach at Smolny before moving to Budapest to work on his M.A.|
|Phillip Thomas, Resident Coordinator, Irkutsk. BA, Beloit College. Phillip fell in love with the Russian language and people sometime while studying abroad in Moscow. In fact, his decision to study Russian was a fateful whim his first year at Beloit College. He has never looked back. Phillip’s deep interest in the Russian language and people of the vast Russian Federation drove him back to Russia after graduation where he taught English as a Fulbrighter at a university in Siberia. Later, Phillip worked for Beloit College in the field of international education. He has an undying commitment to helping students make the most out of their short time abroad, to help them flourish both academically and personally as they deepen their own knowledge of all things Russia. In addition to grechka, mannaya kasha, and valenki, he likes puppies and celery.|
|Anna Melnikova, Resident Coordinator, Yaroslavl. MA, Yaroslavl State University, History.
Anna has worked in the fields of education and production as coordinator and interpreter respectively. She participated in exchange programs between the local youth organization YMCA-Yaroslavl and the YMCA of Philadelphia and North Shields. Anna is one of the founders of the “English Club” in Yaroslavl, which is based at the Teacher Training Center for Educators. The Club is dedicated to the study and practice of English with native speakers.
||Ludmila Grigorievna Bannikova. Senior Instructor, Department of Russian as a Foreign Language. Twenty years of experience teaching foreign students. Courses taught to Middlebury participants: Advanced Russian Grammar, Syntax and Stylistics.|
|Elena Vladimirovna Kovalchuk. Senior Instructor, Department of Russian as a Foreign Language. More than twenty years of experience teaching foreign students. Courses taught to Middlebury participants: Russian Grammar.|
|Maya Anatolyevna Volchkevich. Instructor. Kandidat, Moscow State University, Department of Philology. Taught in different universities in Russia, UK, and USA. Course taught to Middlebury students: Russian Cultural Studies: Language, Culture, Mentality.|
||Valentina Yakovlevna Trufanova. Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Russian as a Foreign Language. More than twenty-five years of experience teaching foreigners. Courses taught to Middlebury students: Phonetics, spetskurs in Language of the Arts.|
||Olga Ivanovna Yastrebova. Associate Professor, Department of Russian as a Foreign Language. Kandidat, Moscow State Linguistics University. More than twenty years of experience teaching foreigners. Courses taught to Middlebury students: Phonetics.|