Olga Batova has been fascinated with the English language from a young age and went on to graduate from Vladimir State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in teaching English and German as second languages. She went on to garner further language experience as a freelance interpreter/translator and translated several books and study materials during this time. She continues to practice her interpreting expertise by serving as a court interpreter in Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa counties since 2013.
Olga has visited Estonia, Germany, Israel, Russia, and Ukraine with the purpose of cultural and educational exchange. She has given hundreds of speeches on cultural diversity in high schools, rotary clubs, and churches in the USA. Batova’s full time teaching experience began in Estonia at the Baltic Mission Center during 1995-2003. Olga has been working as an instructor for UWF IEP since 2010 where she has been teaching at all levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. She has also trained and prepared new instructors and collaborated with Dr. Amani Habib to organize practice for future teachers. For outstanding leadership and service in diversity Olga was given an EDI Award in 2017 by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and International Programs.