Meet Irina Lukina, from ORT de Gunzburg School, Russia

Irina Lukina is an English teacher in ORT de Gunzburg School, in Russia. She was born in Leningrad and graduated from Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia on Foreign Languages specialty

About Irina: teaching English in Russia 

Since 1996, Mrs. Irina Lukina is working in ORT de Gunzburg School as an English teacher. The school nominated her for the 2018 Beatrice Wand Polak Award, because she not only hands down her knowledge to her students, but also, she shares her professional experience with colleagues and actively participates in educational forums and events. Moreover, she regularly provides various workshops and seminars for the teachers of St Petersburg.

Mrs. Lukina is highly appreciated by educational authorities for her professional skills and creativity. She works a lot to provide her students the best education and some of them became the winners of All-Russian Olympiads for school students, Brandeis University Scholarship, various city competitions on interpreting and literary translation.

She is also awarded by honor sign of educational workers of Russian Federation and has a title “The best teacher of Russian Federation” being the winner of Priority National Project “Education”.

Despite the awards and recognition, Irina keeps improving her professional level. She defended a thesis on using innovations for students’ educational skills development. Her paper was based on her work at ORT de Gunzburg School and she presented her work at Wingate Seminar on Using Technology for Collaboration in Project-based Learning.

She also spoke out about the distance learning approaches in inclusive education in St Petersburg Legislative Assembly.

Mrs. Lukina successfully cooperates with foreign colleagues within the framework of the agreement on collaboration between the Herzen State Pedagogical University and the University of Eastern Finland, she is the head of the internship of students from China, the United States and Finland.

We asked her a few questions about her work and achievements.

What does teaching mean to you?

What does teaching mean to you?

What does teaching mean to you?

Teaching for me is a friendly communication, beneficial for both students and teachers. It’s a unique possibility of sharing the opinions. I never miss a chance to listen to the opinions of the youngsters. Teaching young people makes me feel younger and more energetic.


How does receiving this award make you feel?

Firstly, I didn’t believe the headmaster thinking he was joking. Then I wanted to thank my students for I’m sure that teacher’s success is his students’ success as well. And I am very proud of the educational establishment I am working for and its highly qualified staff. I am grateful to the headmaster and colleagues from World ORT for a chance to participate and win the reward.