Tamara Grinshtat
Tamara Grinshtat
Assistant Director
She graduated from Lake Washington Technical College with a degree in Accounting and has more than 15 years of experience as a manager and accountant. She has been working in Sarodgini since 2012. Tamara also is a proud mother of two absolutely amazing children.
Maria Levochkina
Maria Levochkina
Lead Teacher (Academics)
Maria graduated from Moscow College of Culture and Arts and Moscow State University of Culture as a Choreographer. She has been the leader and choreographer of the dance group "Ivan-da-Marya" since 2008. She also works in the children's dance studios of greater Seattle. Maria has worked as a teacher in a kindergarten and a Russian school in Seattle since 2003.
Elena Veys
Elena Veys
Assistant Teacher (Kindergarten)
Elena graduated from pedagogical courses for preschoolers based on Gymnasium No. 63. She studied at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, and then worked at the Wildlife Center of Scranton Zoo, Scranton, PA. Elena is a mother of twins. After all, nothing can scare her :))
Julia Mur
Julia Mur
Russian Language Teacher
It is always difficult for me to find the right words to determine how I feel about my young students. I graduated from a magistracy at the university, taught students studying Russian philology, then taught Russian at the university, and then became a teacher for entrants of the Federal University, and now I am here in kindergarten. My whole professional biography is an ascent to children. They teach me and make me grow, and develop, rejoicing in the purity of hearts and pure love.

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Daria Artsybasheva
Russian Language and art class teacher

- Master of Education and Linguistics, Kursk State University, Russia
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, UNLV (University of Las Vegas, Nevada)
- Associate Degree in Commercial Photography, CSN (College of Southern Nevada

Daria had taught at Russian High Schools, the UNIC online college, and a Christian Private School. Daria loves hiking, skiing, playing guitar, and camping.

Anahit Hamdilyan
Anahit Hamdilyan
Social media specialist
Anita previously worked at Sarodgini Academy for 5 years. She taught mathematics at the Russian Language School and worked as a mathematics tutor at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Marina
Marina
Lead Teacher (Little Masters)
Marina graduated from the Yerevan Medical Institute as a laboratory assistant. She has raised two beautiful children. She came to the USA in 2008 and has been working in Sarodgini since 2009. "I really miss my kids on the weekend! They somehow very quickly became my family, and their new skills, new words, and achievements are a joy for me."
Miss Vian
Miss Vian
Lead Teacher (Schoolers)
Mrs. Joan
Mrs. Joan
Kindergarten Teacher
"I am pleased and excited to be joining the team at Sarodgini! My name is Joan Henderson. I am Washington State Certified to teach K-8th grade and have an Advanced Montessori Certificate. I do love the Montessori method and try to incorporate its methods and philosophy whenever I can. I love nature and the quiet solitude it offers. I enjoy reading, cooking and baking, scrapbooking, hiking, and searching for beautiful rocks and beach glass. I spend my summers sailing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, from the Puget Sound to the San Juan Islands and up to Canada."
Sasha Schnitko
Sasha Schnitko
Speech therapist and Teacher for children with special needs.
She graduated with a degree as a speech therapist/teacher for children with special needs. Sasha has experience working with children in educational institutions in Ukraine, Canada, and the United States. In 2014, Sasha began to work at the Children's Academy of Sarodgini, as a speech therapist. She has a teacher's certification and licenses for teaching in Washington State.
Hanna
Hanna
Teacher Assistant
Hanna graduated from Pedagogical University in Psychology/elementary school teaching. Then she got a Master's Degree in Management of Educational Institutions. She also obtained a Pharmaceutical education from a medical college. Hanna worked in a kindergarten as a nurse and teacher. Her hobbies include creativity, handmade crafts, theater, and travel. “Sarodgini is like a second home to me. The love, respect, and support present in the academy contribute to the formation of psychologically healthy individuals."
Alona Vornik
Alona Vornik
Assistant Teacher
"It is important to me to give all the warmth of my heart, the maximum support, and acceptance to every child when working with children."
Natasha Kiseleva
Natasha Kiseleva
Music Teacher
She has worked at Sarodgini since 2018. Natasha is the mother of two children. She graduated with honors from the Samara Pedagogical School, specializing in kindergarten teacher, and also the Samara Pedagogical Institute, specializing in Preschool Pedagogy and Psychology. She graduated from the Samara State Academy of Economics. She used to work as a jurist for a short time. Then she realized that music is her vocation. Natasha taught children music, working in Russian kindergartens, organizing music competitions, celebrations, and performances for more than 10 years. She has a truly inexhaustible fantasy. All of our holiday events are her merit. Children enthusiastically look at Natasha, and she gives them a beautiful world of music, dance, and, most importantly, the desire to appreciate music, the desire to feel it.
Galina Korneeva
Galina Korneeva
Teacher Assistant, - Master's Degree in Early Achievement Education
She has been working as a children's teacher of drawing and sculpture since 2010. “ I love working with children because they always delight with their sincerity, energy, and ability to make wonderful discoveries.”
Julia
Julia
Lead Teacher
Yulia graduated from the Pedagogical University and has 15 years of experience working in primary schools. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, listening to music, and crafting. “I am glad to be part of Sarodgini, because here is a truly comfortable and safe environment created for the development, upbringing, and education of children.”

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Liudmyla Astremska
Volunteer/Ballet Teacher

- Choreographic degree
- Psychologist-Pedagogue, Ballet artist
- Specializing in choreography, coaching
- International Judge in Sports Ballroom Dancing
- Master of Sports in Sports Ballroom Dancing

Lyudmila worked at the Kyiv Children's Academy of Arts. Previously, she was the president of the dance group Rondo. Working as a nanny since 2022. Lyudmila loves to organize dance camps for children. She loves to sing, travel to the mountains and the ocean, and write affirmations.
“I love working at Sarodgini Academy because I love children. I enjoy working with the Sarodgini team and spending time with them.”

Elina Babayeva
Elina Babayeva
Lead Teacher (Little Genius)
Elina was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan. She has a degree in early learning and music. She has spent ten years teaching at an elementary school in Baku. Elina has also raised two beautiful children.
Victoria
Victoria
Volunteer Teacher
Victoria was born and raised in St. Peterburg. She graduated from St. Peterburg State Electrotechnical University, named after Lenin. Before moving to America, she worked as a senior manager of the state kindergarten. Victoria is raising a son.
Nina Martyniuk
Nina Martyniuk
Teacher assistant
Nina joined the Sarodgini family two years ago. She is a proud mother, Grandmother, and healthcare worker. Nina loves reading books, listening to music, and growing plants. “I came from the land of blue fields, dense forests, and impassable swamps. From early childhood, I learned the beauty and greatness of our surrounding world, which lies in kindness, affection, compassion, understanding, and great love for everything around us. I have been instilling these values into my students every day for over two years."
Anastasia Kakurina
Anastasia Kakurina
Assistant of "Academics" group.
I am 24 years old and a Biology graduate from the University of Washington with minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Formerly a medical scribe, I'm gearing up for a Masters in Neuroscience this September. Beyond work and academia, my life is filled with moments spent cherishing my French Bulldog, experimenting with new cake recipes, indulging in diverse coffee varieties, and immersing myself in captivating books. For the past two summers, I had the delightful opportunity to impart the wonders of biology to eager young minds at Sarodgini summer camp, and for the past year I worked in different groups as an assistant. Now, I eagerly look forward to bringing my passion for learning to "Academics" classroom.
Juliia
Teacher Assistant
Juliia graduated from Khabarovsk State Technical University and the Academy of Public Administration. Juliia has been working at Sarodgini Academy since 2022. She has two children. “I love being part of the Sarodgini family. That work gives me endless energy and creative inspiration, and I want to share the warmth I receive from children."