Emily-Greta Tabourin

Education: Bryn Mawr College – B.A.; University of Pennsylvania – M.A.; New York University – M.F.A.

Chair of the World Languages Department, Emily-Greta Tabourin currently teaches French and Russian History at York Prep. Previously, she taught French and history at two other independent schools in New York, in addition to Russian language and literature, philosophy, ESL, and creative and expository writing at NYU, The University of Pennsylvania, and Webster University in The Netherlands. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. from UPenn, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing ~ Fiction from NYU, where her mentors were E.L. Doctorow and Edwidge Danticat. She also studied at The Pushkin Institute and Moscow State University. In addition to her passion for teaching, she has worked as an interpreter for the Kirov Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia.

A global citizen, who was born in France and who has lived in the U.S., Russia, and The Netherlands, Ms. Tabourin believes that learning languages is critical if we are to understand and respect one another in a global society. Passionate about languages, French, Russian, and Dutch in particular, Ms. Tabourin loves helping students get to the level where they feel comfortable and excited about speaking and reading in the target language. She also believes that if one is to become an educated critical thinker, one cannot ignore the lessons of history, as we actively engage in an increasingly complex world.

A great lover of books, Ms. Tabourin has written adult and children’s book reviews for The New York Times Sunday Book Review. She is eternally grateful to J.K. Rowling for inspiring generations of children to read in a digital age of video games! When she is not reading or writing short stories, Ms. Tabourin can be found traveling internationally, biking in Central Park, or hiking in the backcountry in Yosemite, photographing bobcats and wildflowers and other wonders of the natural world.