Elizabeth has a B.A. in Russian Studies from the College of William & Mary, where she also minored in Studio Art. A Northampton native, Elizabeth returned to the area in 2008 to complete her TESOL certification at ILI. This helped augment her teaching skills which she had first developed by volunteering for adult skills programs in college and then teaching EFL in St. Petersburg, Russia starting in 2004. Elizabeth continued to teach EFL to adults and children in Russia, until taking a break to homeschool her own children, who are being raised bilingual in Russian and English. Elizabeth and her husband and kids have been back in Northampton since 2022 and are enjoying reconnecting with the international community at ILI and beyond.