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Dr. Marta Simidtchieva

Department: Music

Country of Origin: Bulgaria

Language(s) Spoken Other Than English: Bulgarian, Japanese, Russian

Areas of Research Interest: Performs lectures and concerts of Bulgarian composers.

How Long Have You Been in the U.S.? Since 1996

How Long Have You Been at SIUE? Since 2004

What Do You Like Most About SIUE? The suburban feel. The school offers a small and friendly environment, yet a person still has the availability to experience a big city and cosmopolitan environment (St. Louis). The faculty is also very nice.

What Do You Find To Be the Biggest Difference Between the U.S. and Your Home Country? The education system, primarily the friendliness of students.

Interesting Facts: I have been trained in Martial Arts, specifically Taekwondo, which is a relief from a stressful work day. I was a teacher in Tokyo, Japan for one year and have traveled a lot.