I was born and raised in a small Floridian town of Dade City, just north of Tampa. When I was 15 years I left Florida to attend a boarding prepatory school in Wellesley, Mass which is just west of Boston. After graduating from secondary school I found myself attending Rhodes College in Memphis Tennessee. Intending to go into marine science, I began my college career focused in math and science. However, somehow I became hooked on the study of Russian culture, politics and language. After spending one year teaching in Moscow I came back to the States to pursue a MED in Math Ed.