Degrees and Certifications:
B.A., International University School of Law, Moscow, Russia, 1997, Jurisprudence M.A., Dartmouth College, NH, 1998, Liberal Arts M.A., St. Vladimir's Seminary, NY, 2000 Theology M.A., Hamline University, MN, 2021, Teaching Communications Arts and Literature Creative Writing Certificate, Normandale Community College, MN, 2021 MN Teaching License - Communication Arts and Literature, grades 5-12
Ms. Alla Boulos
Greetings! My name is Ms. Boulos. This is my first year (2021/22) teaching ELA (English Language Arts) 7 Readers' and Writers' Workshop at Battle Creek. I am excited to dive deeply into words, books, writing, stories, and ideas.
I grew up in Siberia, and came to the United States in 1997 as a student. I love school, hence all of the degrees. My path to teaching language and literature is circuitous. I have always loved literature, but it was not a viable employment option in the ruins of the Soviet Union, so I picked law instead. I moved on to studying liberal arts and theology in the United States, where I met my husband Marc. We have 4 children, ages 12, 15, 16, and 18.
After being an educator in different capacities: from tutor, to private school teacher, to adjunct professor, to homeschool parent, I decided that it was time to pursue my passion for the written word and acquire a teaching degree in literature, which I completed just this year.
Outside of teaching, I love spending time with my family, reading, walking, journaling, being alone, and staring out of the window. I think life has gotten too fast, and we don't take the time to simply enjoy the present moment in peace, which is why I make sure to pause every now and again and observe my surroundings.
I am delighted to share my passion for all bookish things with the Battle Creek community and go down the rabbit hole of literature together, discovering the wonders of the multitude of stories that surround us. I hope that in class this year we will appreciate, create, and share stories that enhance our undesranding of the world, making us more empathetic and concerned citizens of the world.