4th Grade Teacher
I was born in Moscow, and immigrated with my parents to America shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. I grew up in upstate New York, where I attended Vassar College, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy. I then moved to New York City to attend Columbia University's Master of Fine Arts in Writing program. While at Columbia, I published my first novel, a young adult book titled The Paradox of Vertical Flight, which has been translated into Spanish and German and nominated for the German Youth Literature Prize. A year into my time at Columbia, I traveled to Nepal, where I volunteer-taught at a school in a town an hour's ride from Kathmandu. That's when I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I spent this past summer teaching summer school in Phoenix, Arizona, and I can't wait to join America's Finest Charter School as a fourth grade teacher for this coming school year.
Bachelors degree in Philosophy - Vassar College
Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program - Columbia University