Originally she graduated with a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience, with an emphasis on child psychology from East Carolina University. She is a native of North Carolina, USA. Since then, Tonya has taught in various countries for years, including South Korea, Spain, Italy, Canada and also including Prague for 6 years. Her love for languages, as well as educating and supporting children, has been her passion for 11 years now. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, yoga, and embracing different aspects of European culture.