Tanya Vernon majored in vocal performance and English at Mississippi College and studied abroad for a year at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. After working at a law school for two years, she went to work for a humanitarian aid organization in Hong Kong and soon realized that teaching English to international students was not just an interest but a passion. She returned to the U.S. for graduate studies and earned her master’s degree in applied linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington with an emphasis in TESOL. Tanya has taught in intensive English programs at Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Dallas Baptist University. She has also been a foreign expert at universities in Kunming and Xi’an, China, as well as for a petroleum company in Tianjin. Studying both German and Chinese in their respective countries has given her a unique understanding of living and studying abroad.