Кафедра германської філології

Сумський державний університет
Факультет іноземної філології та соціальних комунікацій




 Elissa Sperling

My name is Elissa Sperling. I am an American from Boston, Massachusetts, although I went to college in Connecticut and spent the last two years living in New York City. I have received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant. I chose to be in Ukraine and was then placed in Sumy. I will be here until the end of June. I am very excited to teach, study, volunteer, learn about Ukrainian culture and meet new people!

 Elissa MaryAnne Sperling

 Contact Information:

1-508-333-5168 or +380 95 4712981

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 Educational Background:

Wesleyan University, Middletown CT, graduated 2009 with a triple major in Astronomy, Physics, and Russian and Eastern European Studies

Dover Sherborn High School, Dover MA, graduated 2005

Interning/Professional Jobs:

English Teaching Assistant, Sumy, Ukraine, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Bookseller, Idlewild Books, NYC, Fall 2011-Summer 2013

Bookseller, The Globe Corner Bookstore, Cambridge MA, Summer 2010-Summer 2011

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Project, Wellesley Library, Wellesley MA, 2009-2010

Library Page, Wellesley Library, Wellesley MA, 2008-2009

Observer, Van Vleck Observatory, Wesleyan University, 2005-2009

Intern, Maria Mitchell Observatory, Nantucket MA, Summer 2008

Intern, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge MA, Summer 2006

Teacher, Temple Sha’rei Shalom Hebrew School, Ashland MA, 2002-2005


Middle School Science Experiments, Middletown CT, Spring 2008

Irkutsk Orphanage, Irkutsk Russia, Fall 2007

One MacDonough Place Nursing Home, Middletown CT, Spring 2007

Connecticut Juvenile Training School, Middletown CT, Fall 2006

Women and Childrens’ Center, Middletown CT, 2005-2006

International Rescue Committee, Boston MA, Summer 2005

 Language Skills:

Russian: Middlebury Study Abroad Program in Irkutsk, Fall 2007 and Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Study Abroad Program in Saint Petersburg, Summer 2007 and Wesleyan University, six semesters 2005-2007

Yiddish: Bard-YIVO Institute Program in NYC, Summer 2012 and Yiddish Institute Program in Vilnius, Summer 2011 and Boston Workmen’s Circle, two sessions 2010-2011

French: Idlewild Books, Fall 2011-now and Dover Sherborn High School, 2004-2005

Spanish: Dover Sherborn Middle School and High School, 1998-2005

Portuguese: The New School, Fall 2012-now

Hebrew: Wesleyan University, three semesters 2005-2008

Arabic: Wesleyan University, Fall 2008


Europe Trips: Ireland, England, Wales, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, Summers 2009, 2010 and 2011

Study Abroad: Russia with visits to Ukraine and Mongolia, Summer and Fall 2007

People to People Student Ambassador Program: Australia and New Zealand, Summer 2003

Also: Hong Kong, Japan, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, South Africa, and Brazil


Bard-YIVO Institute Winter Intersession courses in Ashkenazi Jewish History, 2012 and 2013

Equestrian Team, Wesleyan University, Fall 2008

Harp lessons, Wesleyan University, Fall and Spring 2008

Drawing lessons, Wesleyan University, Spring 2006




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