Darya “Dasha” Kostikina was born in Russia, but grew up in the US. Before starting her current position as an English Language & Literature teacher at Pinewood, she taught in both Boston and Istanbul, and spent two years as a Fulbright ETA at Athens College (HAEF). She earned an M.A. in Education Policy at Teachers College Columbia University and a B.A. in English (with teaching licensure) from Wellesley College. As a non-native English speaker herself, she is passionate about teaching English as an additional language. She is excited to be returning to Greece and joining the Pinewood community.