Olivia has been teaching English for over 20 years in various settings. She learned English as a foreign language in her native country, Hungary, where she had also taught EFL (English as a Foreign Language) for 8 years before coming to the US. While getting her Master’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she was teaching in the Intensive English Institute. After graduating from the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program at UIUC, she moved to Seattle where she taught in the English Language Programs of the University of Washington. While living in Seattle, she also did teacher training at Antioch and Western Washington University. When she moved to Boston, she started teaching at CELOP, and she also helped with the language assessment of the international students at Harvard and MIT.
Olivia enjoys traveling (she has visited many countries in Europe, numerous states in the US and has also traveled to Mexico and Canada), learning languages (in addition to her mother tongue, Hungarian, and her second language, English, she speaks some Russian, German and Spanish) and being outdoors. She also swims and practices yoga, enjoys reading books and watching movies.
Her professional interests include project-based language learning and developing learner autonomy.