Svetlana Pivovar Dimitrieva

After graduating from CIE in 2004, Svetlana Dmitrieva worked at the UNDP offices in Kyiv and Moscow, doing M&E for community projects affected by the Chornobyl catastrophe. Afterwards she transferred to the UN coordination office in Moscow where she prepared country programming products including the UN Development Assistance Frameworks and joint UN programs for the Millennium Development Goals.


Following the births of her children, Svetlana returned to doing ESL curriculum development, teaching and conducting cross-cultural training workshops in Kiev. In 2008, family circumstances brought her to Barcelona, Spain where she became a research assistant at the IESE Business School. "Writing business cases on strategic alliances was the most unusual yet enriching experience!" she comments. "Several cases were published and are currently in use in MBA programs across the globe."


In 2014, Svetlana moved to Charlottesville, VA with her husband Sergiy and their three children Lada, Boris, and Igor. While there, Svetlana joined the PhD program in Gifted Education at the University of Virginia School of Education and Human Development. During the five years of her doctoral program, Svetlana worked on a large-scale, longitudinal project investigating the effectiveness of a place-based language arts curriculum on literacy achievement of gifted learners residing in high-poverty rural areas. She travelled extensively throughout rural regions in Virginia, collecting data though classroom observations and interviews.


After graduating from UVA, Svetlana took a position as a post-doctoral scholar at the University of South Carolina working on educational research projects in rural contexts. She and her family now live in Harrisonburg, Virginia [8-23]




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