I came to the US at the age of 31 from Moscow, Russia. It took me about 10 years to start understanding the country, the culture, and the people. Not because of the language -- I have learned English since I was 6. I went through the same stages as my daughter while she was growing -- we watched the Sesame Street, then Nickolodeon together, because I truly wanted to catch up. I have taught here since 1993 I love my job, and very passionate about the idea of education. My first and only book (so far) was published in 2008 (theatre history).