Being born in the Soviet Union Regina understood from a very early age that education was the key to progress. With a lot of hard work and some luck, her family immigrated to the United States where she graduated with a degree in engineering geology from UCLA. In search of a practical way to implement the degree she eventually joined Peace Corps Honduras, building water systems in small villages. After returning home she was involved in urban design, materials testing, storm water inspections and redevelopment of contaminated sites. Getting to combine her engineering background with education feels like what her childhood self craved back in my days of building light switchs.
She realized early on that she had a deep passion for traveling. Immediately after graduating from UCLA she took two years to explore Central and South America before joining the Peace Corps. After, spent a year learning about the cultures of Central and Southeast Asia and more recently took a 6-month road trip through Africa. You could say that Regina is slightly addicted to discovering the world. She’s now am a full time engineering teacher in San Diego, CA. When not teaching you can find her rock climbing, flying, doing yoga, camping, telling jokes about muffins, swimming in the ocean, making jewelry, attempting to catch a frisbee and trying to invent something revolutionary.
This will be Regina’s 7th year with Dragons and her first course in Myanmar. She has spent many years exploring Southeast Asia and has been researching and following Myanmar’s history and current political environment for many years. She’s excited to experience every moment alongside the students!