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).
I think A-List is a great organization. My tutor was positive and tailored the material to my learning style. She made learning each subject fun and presented new topics in an engaging fashion. Thank you so much to A-List for helping me achieve my personal best!
A-List gave me more than just practice tests and test-taking tips, though these were invaluable. My tutor connected with me on a personal level and helped me understand that I was capable of getting the score I wanted. Suddenly, I viewed my test-taking experience as a challenge, not a burden. I walked into my ACT with the confidence that I knew exactly how to conquer every aspect of the test.”
Mother of Phoebe C.
Both my children had an amazing experience with A-List! Steadily, she worked hard to improve her test scores. Taking the practice tests allowed her to gain confidence and learn to manage her time during the tests. Then a college advisor helped her write her college essays. She was an amazing guide who helped Phoebe focus and streamline her supplements and essays. Now she will be attending her dream college, Rice University, School of Architecture!