Dr. Leonora Kivuva

Contact Information:
Office: 471 Cathedral of Learning
Email: lak31@pitt.edu
Phone: (412)-624-5512
Professional Biography:
I am interested in using my knowledge and skills in language and writing to contribute to the advancement of writing, translation and editing needs in institutions of higher learning and/or communities in need. My knowledge of global/international education, African and American education has equipped me to work in a stimulating environment, and expanded my scope and skills in writing. My knowledge of linguistics, Swahili/multiple African languages and Japanese language has strengthened my ability for cultural interactions, interpretation and translation through working with people of different cultures, and has further equipped me to express myself clearly, both verbally and in writing. My experience in teaching Swahili, multicultural education and English as a Second Language (ESL) have further equipped me to foster cultural understanding through culturally sensitive communication skills. My long experience with refugee education, acculturation and other community activities has prepared me with a variety of knowledge bases that connect different topics and ideas that deserve attention in a community of learning. My teaching experience spanning K-16 both in Kenya and the United States, and my international exposure to different cultures and ways of knowing, are both experiences that equip me to understand a conglomeration of topics and issues worth attention in reputable institutional newspapers/magazines.
American Council for the Teaching of foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Tester Certification (2014)
Pennsylvania Teacher Certification-Foreign Language (Japanese), K-12 (2007)
Ph.D. in International and Development Education (Social and comparative Analysis in Education) Department of Administrative and Policy Studies, University of Pittsburgh (2006).
Advanced Certificate in Asian Studies, University of Pittsburgh (2006)
English as a Second Language Specialist Certification-State of Pennsylvania. (2003-2004).
Long-Term Course for Foreign Teachers of Japanese Language (Urawa-Saitama, Japan, 1998-1999).
Japanese Language Special course at Japan Africa Culture Interchange Institute, Nairobi, Kenya (1997-1998).
Master of Education Degree, Kenyatta University, Kenya. Comparative Education (1997).
Japanese Language Training, Japan Africa Culture Interchange Institute, Nairobi, Kenya (1995-1996).
Bachelor of Education degree in Secondary Education (Swahili Major), Kenyatta University, Kenya (1990).
Professional Affiliations:
Phi Alpha Phi Honor Society, Kenya Association of Educational Administration and Management (Affiliated to Commonwealth Association of Educational Administration and Management), National Council for Teachers of Foreign Languages, National Council for Teachers of Japanese, National Council for Teachers of English, Comparative and International Education Society, National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, African Language Teachers Association, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
Public Service:
Vacation Bible School Volunteer, Medical community (Swahili-English/English-Swahili) translator/interpreter, Parent liaison for refugee school children affairs and issues, teaching of adult ESL and translation of church services for refugees (Swahili-English/English-Swahili)