Katya holds an MA in Russian as a Foreign Language from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) and a BA in Pedagogical Education from Moscow State Pedagogical University. She came to SRAS after several years teaching English at a State Comprehensive School in Moscow, where she created over a dozen language and cultural programs. She has also tutored international students in an immersive Russian language program college predatory program at HSE. As SRAS Student Coordinator, she supports students prior to and during SRAS programs. In her free time, she likes reading, seeing plays, watching crash courses, skiing, and traveling inside Russia and abroad.