Doug Masiroff

  • Middle School Spanish Educator
  • Hiram College
  • Center for Hearing and Deaf Services

About Doug

Mr. Masiroff has over two decades of experience as a classroom instructor for English as a Second Language (ESL) adult learners. He has taught immigrants and refugees from many different countries and cultures. Mr. Masiroff also taught citizenship courses.

In my role as ESL Education Specialist at the Literacy Council in Pittsburgh he managed a budget, textbooks and other curricular materials for volunteer ESL tutors. Using a combination of standardized assessments (i.e. BEST, BEST Plus, SLEP, TABE tests) and informal assessments, Mr. Masiroff created instructional plans for one-on-one pairs and small groups and presented pre-service and in-service training workshops for instructors. Beyond this work experience, Mr. Masiroff lived and traveled extensively in Mexico and Guatemala.

Mr. Masiroff obtained certification as a Spanish interpreter through the Health Federation of Philadelphia. Following this, he helped to launch a new program to promote Language Access at a small non-profit agency in Southwestern Pennsylvania. During his five years there, Mr. Masiroff grew the Pittsburgh Language Access Network (foreign language assistance department) from 3 languages to 24 languages; hiring, training and supervising 120 language interpreters and translators.

From 2012 to 2019, Mr. Masiroff served on the Language Access Committee as a member of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services' Advisory Council for Immigrants and Internationals. And, from 2015 to 2017, he served on the Board of Directors for Casa San Jose (another non-profit agency in Pittsburgh).