MA in Russian Language and Literature, University of California
BA in Russian Literature, University of South Florida
Valerie Sartor has been an ESL instructor since 1980, when she began her 3 ˝ year service as US Peace Corps Volunteer teacher in South Korea and the Central African Republic. Her master's degree is in Russian Language and Literature. She speaks Russian fluently, and understands French, Korean, as well as some Spanish and Chinese. In 2003 she acquired updated TESOL certification from SIT. She is fascinated with the language acquisition process, both for herself and her students. From 2004 until the fall of 2008, she lived in North China, teaching ESL, working as an editor and writer, and also as an IELTS examiner. She publishes widely in academic and non-academic journals. Currently Valerie is working on her PhD, specializing in TESOL. She started teaching at CELAC in the fall of 2008. From 2009-2010 she served as a State Department Fellow in Turkmenistan; in 2009 she returned to CELAC. In 2010 Valerie won a TESOL Travel Grant. Since 2010 Valerie has worked as Dr. Edmunds’ Administrative Assistant.