Alina Abazova

School & Institutional Partnerships Manager, New York
Barnard College (BA)

Alina was born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, two years before the country gained its independence. After the fall of the USSR, her family moved around the world (Malaysia, Australia and the United States) in a quest for educational excellence. She moved to the US when she was 12 and learned English in a small school in New Jersey.

She graduated from the United Nations International School and Barnard College. During her time at Barnard, she was the President of the Russian International Association and a member of the Barnard Senior Fund. She majored in Environmental Policy and wrote her senior thesis on air pollution in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

After graduation, Alina joined Teach for America in New Orleans. She taught physical, earth and environmental sciences at East St. John High School as well as biology and chemistry at George Washington Carver Collegiate Academy. Since she had many seniors in her class, she provided after school ACT tutoring, wrote college recommendations, and edited admission essays.

Her other interests include environmental science, travel, and languages. She speaks Russian (native), English (fluent), and French (intermediate).