I was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and grew up in the US near the city of Seattle, Washington. I began my teaching career in Turkey, where I taught English as a Foreign Language for six years in Istanbul and Izmir. After returning to the US, I got a MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a MA Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. During that time, I also taught at the English Language Program at the UW and at a community college in a program for local immigrants and refugees.
I came to Kazakhstan as an English Language Fellow in 2018, and I immediately fell in love with Kazakh culture. I have worked at NU since Fall 2019, and I currently teach Academic Reading in the NUZYP program.
My hobbies include travelling, reading, studying languages (Kazakh and Russian), playing video and board games, and illustrating children’s stories that my wife writes. In the last couple years, I have had the opportunity to travel throughout Kazakhstan and Central Asia, including Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. My favorite things about living in Kazakhstan are the friendly, hospitable people and the cuisine.