Hi y’all! My name is Tamara, and I’m so happy you’ve visited my blog! This site was carefully crafted with my Moldovan EFL students in mind during my time teaching in the country. There, I employed this blog as an additional tool both in and out of the classroom. The pages also served as an extra contact between myself and those that I missed dearly whilst I was out of the States. The main blog section is the spot for news that detail what I was up to (when I found the time to write!) and also acted as a place where I was able to share my thoughts about my experience as an EFL instructor in Moldova.
For EFL students visiting the site, I hope you’ll find the “Online Tutor” area useful. It’s split up into the grade levels that I was assigned to teach at my lyceum, and generally follows the Moldovan English curriculum (although I did “color outside the lines” a little bit where I could!).
For music lovers, there is a “Chorus” section that details all of the amazing performances opportunities I was blessed to lead with the young ladies chorus I created, called Melodic Moldova!
In addition to these areas, one of my goals when I started this online project was to help future Fulbright hopefuls as best as I possibly could in their endeavors. Therefore, you’ll find sections that I’ve created especially for those applicants. Although my Fulbright term has ended, I still welcome the opportunity to chat with Fulbright applicants! The “Application Process” and “Advice for Applicants” sections are for those individuals especially. 😉
About me…I am a cum laude graduate from the University of South Florida, where I attained a B.S. in Music Education and a B.A. in English. Throughout college, I was employed at Bigel Music in Tampa as a private piano and voice instructor. After graduation, I worked for Hillsborough County Schools as a music educator at Oak Grove Elementary and Northwest Elementary. Then, I became a Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistant) in Moldova for the 2014-15 academic year!
I am a Gilman Scholarship alumna for 2012-13 to Russia, and I’m currently working on building my career in education. I’m engaged to a loving fiance named Oz (affectionately referred to as Ozzle-Bozzle by friends and family). We live with two insane cats that you’ll find here on the blog named Freckles and Prince Charming.
It is my sincere hope that my journey can help inspire students who grew up/are growing up in a low-income, “hard-knocks” environment to not let their situation dictate their desires. I’ve been through a lot of heartbreak and trials to get to this point. In the end, I’ve learned that life really DOES have its ups and downs. Right now, I’m living the high. That doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been some definite low points though.
So, it’s my hope that this blog can be a testament to the strength that comes from honest-to-goodness hard work, love, and determination. Please reach out to me for anything at all – for advice, a good rant, or even just to say hi. I’m here.
Love, Tamara 🙂
***Disclaimer: This is not an official Department of State website. The opinions and thoughts in this blog are my intellectual property and may/may not be the same as those shared by the Fulbright program, IIE, or the Department of State. Reproduction of any information presented in this blog by anyone other than Fulbright can be granted by contacting me.***