Dr Rose Lee Hayden had a highly successful career in the US, before moving from New York to live in Italy in the wake of 9/11. At the age of 17 she started working as a volunteer for the American Red Cross travelling throughout South America and becoming fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. On graduating from university she went on to teach Spanish and Portuguese and manage international projects at Michigan State University, then moved to Washington, D.C. where she served as Deputy Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Peace Corps, responsible for a $20 million language and cultural programme with 2,000 volunteers in 14 countries. She subsequently moved to New York City and into the private sector where she produced foreign language videos for TV and educational publishers. As a result of her interest in Michel Thomas's innovative method and amazing results, she studied German with him in 1982. This was the beginning of a long and exciting collaboration, developing his programme and teaching his 'Second Phase' Spanish students. She now lives outside Rome, where she continues to write, teach, and play jazz piano.