Vivian Leskes, Professor Emerita of ESL at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts, served as Chair of Language Studies. In 2017, she received the Elaine Marieb Award for Teaching Excellence. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Russia in TEFL. She has conducted trainings in the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, the Far East, the post Soviet world, and South America. Most recently she has offered mentor trainings for teachers and university faculty in Egypt and Tajikistan and was an English Language Programs Master Class webinar presenter in 2019. . She focuses on professional development opportunities to ever-expanding circles of teachers, encouraging teachers to develop agency. Vivian’s other specialties include developing critical thinking skills, content-based instruction, reading and writing methodology. She speaks Spanish and Russian and is the author of Lost in Siberia.