“Meeting Danijela for the first time, I quickly noticed that she has a lot of experience. I have met her just few times, but she helped me to be more confident, and this is very important if you want to have a good score in the speaking section of TOEFL. In order to pass TOEFL as a FOREIGN PHARMACIST, I had to get at least 26 points. I have been struggling to cross a barrier of 24 points for a while, but with her positive attitude and approach to the speaking section, I got 27 points! That was a huge achievement for me. She is not only a great teacher, but also a mentor and a coach. Sometimes not just the English is the problem, but what we believe, and she helped me to believe that it is possible to be a good speaker and get more than 24 points in speaking. I am glad that I met her.”
Arkadiusz Stobierski – Pharmacist, New Haven (USA).
Olivia Pineiro Ramirez says
(Arek’s testimony inspired Olivia, Danijela’s former student, to share her own story):
“I suddenly realized that TOEFL was my first step if I wanted to succeed. I studied biology in Cuba and my intention was to apply to a Masters. My English was very poor at that moment and arriving in Vancouver, Canada, my best aspiration was as a cleaner. I decided to began the school and was there where I met Danijela. This great professor changed my life and she did not have any idea. She was very patient with me, she gave me extra activities as soon as she noted my interest and she even helped me to make very good friends when she realized I was alone in the city. She was the best one and she did a great job with my English education. I took the TOEFL. I got 101 (more than the points I needed) and all the world’s doors were open for me.
I applied to a masters in New York, I got it! and at the same time I got a position in the City University of New York as an adjunct lecturer. Coming from a cleaner to finally being inserted in the Academia, I could not be more happy! After almost two years and having my masters done, I applied to a PhD in the University of Miami presenting the same TOEFL result and I was accepted as well!
This professor was essential in starting this chain of successes! After her classes all in my life was improving to infinitive levels. It is impossible to be more grateful as I am to her!”
Dear Olivia, I’ve been following your glamorous life in New York for the last couple of years, never thinking that I had anything to do with it. That is, until I read this comment – THANK YOU for your kind words; I am really glad that I was able to help someone as deserving as you !