Russian Tutor, Critical Languages Program
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
World Languages and Cultures
Office: Russell Hall 107
Email: ipidbere@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2516
Irina Pidberejna was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, and grew up in the vibrant diversity that is Miami, Florida. At home she spoke (and still speaks) Ukrainian and Russian with her family, which fostered a life-long love of language and culture. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in visual arts and emerging media management and a Russian minor at the University of Central Florida, and earned a master of arts degree in TESOL at the University of Alabama. She has visited and lived in Russia extensively, including as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in Ufa. During that experience she earned a degree in Russian as a foreign language at Bashkir State University. She also has taught as a STARTALK Russian Language Instructor for intensive summer language programs and has been a part of multiple international grants including Fulbright Hays and U.S.-Russian Dialogue program with Alla Kourova at the University of Central Florida. 
Pidberejna continues to pursue her research, including publications and numerous conference presentations under the topics of language, identity and culture. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and pets, gardening, cooking and always learning something new, particularly if it’s learning another language.