Andrea had a teacher in high school who inspired her interest in Russia. She went on to study Russian and received her undergraduate degree in Slavic Languages from Penn State University and Master’s in Russian from SUNY Albany. She has studied abroad at Moscow State University and worked in Kazakhstan for an international law firm. After completing graduate school, she worked as a service coordinator in senior housing, serving many elderly Russian immigrants. She has also volunteered teaching English as a second language and helped to start a Russian church in Albany, where she served as an interpreter.
Andrea and her husband adopted two children from Kazakhstan in 2000, and have four children now. She has homeschooled since her oldest was in kindergarten, and who now serves in the US Army. She has taught classes at a local homeschool co-op and at Hudson Valley Consortium for many years. She enjoys relationships with her Russian friends, coaching a Science Olympiad team, traveling with her family and now helping her own son to learn Russian.
As a follower of Christ, Andrea marvels at the world God has created and loves studying about it. The more she learns, the greater her awe of God. She aims to inspire students with this same love for learning and encourage them to use their knowledge fruitfully for God’s kingdom.