Katya Pronin is a photographer and teacher who immigrated from the U.S.S.R. to the U.S. in 1979 with her immediate family. As a small child, learning the language of her new home came easily, but less so for family and many friends. Growing up in a multi-lingual and multi-cultural environment inspired her to travel, study language and art, and eventually get a Masters in Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has been teaching in a variety of classrooms since 2003. Currently, she teaches Academic Writing and Language Skills at Parsons School of Design and Communicative Skills at the United Nations.