Ellen Soyka

Ellen S.

Bloomington, IN

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Ellen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I'm a BA/MA student in International Studies at IU, focusing on women's education, Spanish, the criminal justice system, and related topics. I absolutely love what I study, so I want other students to love these topics too! Through international internships, volunteer translating for a legal clinic, and keeping up with the news in Spanish-speaking areas, I've been able to continue working on my Spanish skills outside of class, so I want to share learning resources that have helped me with other students.


Interpreter and IJP Volunteer
Feb 2018 - Present
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

I translate between attorneys and clients during intake sessions, dealing with cases like U-Visas, DACA, and political asylum. I also assist in preparing visa applications for these types of cases.

Human Rights Intern
Jun 2016 - Jul 2016
Fiet Gratia/Project Rescue

I interned for an anti-human trafficking organization in Madrid, Spain. There, I worked in a safe house for survivors of trafficking, where I taught a mixture of Spanish grammar, international cultures, cooking, and other domestic skills. I also interviewed women who were detained for prostitution in federal detention centers, gave them resources for assistance, and took case notes.

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BA/MA in International Studies (Human Rights)
Aug 2014 - Present
Indiana University Bloomington


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

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Enjoying some street art in Krakow, Poland!


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