Anita Prabhakar, 32

Program coordinator, TESOL & Part-time faculty
Hyderabad, India


Anita on the MSUB university campus


February 24, 2017

By Blair Koch, University Relations and Communications, 657-2269


Dr. Anita Prabhakar is surviving her first Montana winter. This spring, she is excited to be taking part in a new program offered by Extended Campus.

Prabhakar, who teaches part-time at the College of Business is the program coordinator for the upcoming Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate Program.

The hybrid program begins in June and runs through April, 2018 and will allow individuals to acquire the knowledge and pedagogical strategies unique to working with English Language Learners.

“It’s a very exciting program to be a part of,” said the 32-year-old.

Prabhakar will be a wonderful asset to teach TESOL.

She received her Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in TESOL from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida.

Her other degrees include Master of Philosophy in English Language Education from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India, Master’s of Arts in English (TESOL) from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, India, and Bachelor of Science in Botany, Zoology, and Chemistry from Osmania University College for Women, Hyderabad, India.


Anita in the classroom


Prabhakar did not anticipate moving to Billings, but came with her husband about year ago.

“I was excited to find opportunities for me at MSUB and have enjoyed teaching reading and writing classes to our international students,” she said.

The daughter of professors, Prabhakar’s entry into education came naturally. Her sister teaches biology at a Florida university.

“I never thought about doing anything else,” she said. “I was always playing ‘teacher’ as a kid.”

Her role with Extended Campus’ TESOL program will be teaching other professionals.

“We have a great team of instructors and this unique program will really help teachers who want to be more effective in their classroom or even teach in an international setting,” she said.

For more information about the TESOL program, visit Extended Campus