Dr. Marieta Simeonova-Pissarro is the ESL Director at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She holds an MA in English Language Philology from the University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria and a doctorate in Literacy/TESOL from the University of Cincinnati, OH. Marieta has earned the prestigious ELT Leadership Management Certificate from the TESOL International Association (TESOL National Convention, Toronto, 2015) and the Quality Matters: Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) Certification. Dr. Simeonova-Pissarro has served as a member of the National Screening Committee for the English Teaching Assistantship Program (ETA) Awards from 2016-2019, offered by Fulbright and the Institute for International Education in New York City. Marieta speaks Bulgarian, Russian, Serbo-Croat and has taken college classes in German, French, and Russian. Marieta values life-long learning and on-going professional development in English as a Second Language, Program Administration, and Computer Assisted Language Learning. Marieta is an active member of the International Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESOL) Association.
With over 19 years of combined EFL/ESL experience in various capacities: ESL teacher educator, ESL assistant professor, and ESL director/administrator, Dr. Simeonova-Pissarro has worked for the University of Cincinnati's TESOL Endorsement Program and the Post-secondary Literacy Program; University of Concordia, Chicago's ESL Department, Northern Kentucky University's American Language and Culture Program (AELP); Morehead State University, Kentucky, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition to designing and implementing two Intensive English Programs in two different universities, Marieta has also designed curricula for short-term ESL summer camps at Morehead State University and University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and has substantial experience in program administration, budget management, web design, and social media program promotion. Her most recent publications are in the area of Teacher Talk and Teacher Attitudes published in the very first TESOL Encyclopedia in the United States; and a book review in the area of English for Specific Purposes - Teaching English for Tourism: Bridging Research and Praxis edited by Michael Ennis and Gina Petrie.