Kristina Marcy received an undergraduate degree in fine arts from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in teaching history from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has studied five languages: Spanish, Polish, Anglo-Saxon, French and Japanese. Kristina has an extensive teaching background, which includes teaching English privately and to small groups, teaching in the Humanities Department at Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching all levels of ESL from beginning to high intermediate/low advanced and teaching Introduction to Japanese Language and Culture, a course she designed herself. She has also worked for the Japan National Tourist Organization as an information officer and as a self-employed technical translator of Japanese. Kristin has served on a number of committees, including one charged with producing a new placement test for incoming students, which is still being used at Triton. In 2008 Kristina moved to Davis with her husband and currently teaches the intermediate levels of grammar and composition. Kristina also teaches advanced reading and writing at the Davis Adult School. She now lives in Woodland with her husband and their cat, Łizhin. Kristina and Ken have two grown sons, Seth and Eli, who live in New York and Chicago, respectively. Kristina is a second-degree black belt in Shotokan karate. In her spare time she likes to go backpacking and cook Indian food.