Zara Hovhannisyan is Director of Teacher Programs at American Councils for International Education. She joined American Councils in 2009. Prior to joining American Councils, Zara worked as a Senior Program Officer for teacher training programs at the International Research & Exchanges Board. She has also taught English as a Second Language in a secondary school in Armenia. Zara holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the H. Acharian Language Institute in Yerevan, Armenia and she is fluent in Russian and Armenian.