Annika Valikhovskaya

Annika V.

South Boston, VA

About Annika V.

Annika teaches: Females 15 and up
Males 16 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1989
Last sign in: 6 days ago


My first tutoring experience took place in first grade when I was asked to assist a newly arrived Vietnamese girl with her English. I myself had learned English when I first came to the United States at three years of age and could relate well to some of the issues the newcomer was facing.

A true global nomad, I have lived in Germany, the U.S., Mexico and Russia and have traveled extensively. Starting with English and German, and eventually Spanish, French and Russian, I have been instructing students since 1989 in various countries of a variety of ages in a multitude of informal and formal settings.

In 1990, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from George Mason University. In 1995, I completed my Masters Degree in Secondary Education/Teaching English as a Second Language. After one year of working in a public school setting, I began teaching privately and on a freelance basis for a number of private companies and language schools, and the government.


Foreign Language Instructor & Translator

Jan 2008 - Present

Customized small group and one-on-one language classes in German and Spanish. Also available: ESL, Russian and French.

German Language & Cultural Instructor

Mar 2012 - Apr 2014
Global Language Translations/State Dept

Intensive German instruction for U.S. Diplomats including lesson planning, assessment and curriculum development.

Translation Manager & Language Instructor

Nov 1993 - Dec 1996

Managed translation projects and taught language classes in German, Spanish, ESL and Russian. Student assessment and level evaluation. Completed translations. Headed and developed curriculum for the German department.


Masters Secondary Education & Teaching ESL

Jan 1993 - Jun 1996
George Mason University


Jan 1991 - Jan 1992
Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Mainz, Germany

Russian Area Studies

Aug 1987 - May 1990
George Mason University

French Language

Jul 1981 - Jun 1987
Coppernicus Gymnasium/Albert Schweizer Gymnasium, Germany

Spanish Language

Aug 1977 - Jun 1981
Alexander von Humboldt, Mexico DF

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Jun 1996
George Mason University

Teaching Certification for the State of Virginia


Excellence in Teaching

May 2014
Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State


Golden Key International Honor Society

Jul 1989

Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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1 Review on Annika V.

Brenda Jan 8, 2016
German · Online
I'm attempting the impossible - learning a new language! Annika makes the impossible feel possible. She is a really great teacher, has excellent suggestions for how to move forward. I like the text we work from, too. I highly recommend learning a new language from Annika!
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