John Callahan finished his Masters Degree in Russian in 1991 and is currently teaching Russian at Staten Island Technical High School.
His students have participated in the annual Olympiada of Spoken Russian contests hosted by LLC's Russian Program for several years now. About studying Russian, he says there are many reasons to learn the language. It is impressive on resumes and you stand out when applying for college. He adds "There are a lot of Russian people in Staten Island. Students have told me, ‘I was at work today, and I was able to help someone because I can speak Russian.’ "