TESOL Graduates at Work

TESOL is one of Marlboro’s newest programs, but here’s what some of our alumni are up to now. If you would like to contact an alumnus directly to ask them questions about the program, please contact Matt Livingston in admissions, (802) 258-9209.

Leo Sloss: Fostering Community Action

“I was first drawn to the TESOL program at Marlboro because it was an opportunity for me to improve as a teacher,” said Leo Sloss, an English teacher at a technical college in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Leo was recently promoted to the position of training coordinator, facilitating weekly meetings and hosting a monthly training session on topics helpful to teachers.

Leo was nominated to present a paper at TESOL Arabia, in March 2014, on service learning in the ESOL classroom. The paper builds on the work he presented at the Marlboro BRIDGES conference, the culminating project for TESOL graduates, exploring how teachers can incorporate student-generated community action into their ESOL classroom.

“The masters program in TESOL has helped me to become more confident in the classroom. I felt like I had pretty good instincts in the classroom even before I enrolled at Marlboro, but the program corroborated some of my views on teaching. The faculty were knowledgeable, interesting, and engaging. The diverse range of experience from my different professors made each class exciting and fun.”

Natalia Oganesyants: Establishing an International Network

“I chose the MA TESOL program at Marlboro College because the program’s philosophy and objectives are in alignment with my personal and professional goals as a life-long learner,” Natalia Oganesyants, who teaches English in Saudi Arabia. “In particular, I was interested in pursuing an academic study different from my educational background in Russia.” 

Natalia was a Fulbright fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002, and George Mason University in 2005. She worked at North-Ossetian State Pedagogical University in Vladiakavkaz, Russia, until 2009. Since then she has been an English instructor at Saudi INTERLINK language center, Al Yamamah University, Saudi Arabia.

“I am an active advocate of constructivist educational philosophy, a student-centered classroom, and technology enhanced learning. Marlboro College is a stimulating learning environment. I was able to engage in professional discussions with my colleagues and reflect on my pedagogical approaches and teaching methodology. I experienced a sense of belonging to the distinctive, international community of like-minded professionals at Marlboro. It added value to my educational institution too.”