Tamara Grinshtat
Tamara Grinshtat
Assistant Director
She graduated from Lake Washington Technical college with a degree in Accountant and has more than 15 years of experience as a manager and accountant. She works in Sarojini since 2012. Tamara also is proud mother of two absolutely amazing children.
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 recall the dialogue with Masha at the interview. “After graduating from a magistracy at the university, I taught students studying Russian philology, then taught Russian at the university, and then became a teacher for entrants of the Federal University. I went down lower and lower, and now I am here in kindergarten.” It was what I said about myself. And then I received Masha’s remark that I will never forget: “This is not a descent, but an ascent”. She was right. My whole professional biography is an ascent to children. They teach me and make me grow, develop, rejoicing in the purity of hearts and pure love.
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 as a speech therapist and teacher for children with special needs in educational institutions from 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 license for teaching in Washington State.
Julia Vasilyeva
Julia Vasilyeva
English Language Teacher
Bachelor degree in English Language from Linguistic University. Julia has extensive experience in teaching the language. Julia is an excellent teacher, she is paying individual attention to every child.
Maria Levochkina
Maria Levochkina
Lead Teacher
Maria graduated from Moscow College of Culture and Arts and Moscow State University of Culture as Choreographer. She is leader and choreographer of the dance group "Ivan-da-Mar'ya" since 2008. She also works in the children's dance studios of greater Seattle. Maria works as a teacher in a kindergarten and a Russian school in Seattle since 2003.
Marina
Marina
Lead Teacher
Marina graduated from the Yerevan Medical Institute as a laboratory assistant. She raised two children. She came to the USA in 2008, and has been working in Sarojini since 2009. "I really miss my kids on the weekend! They somehow very quickly became my family, and their new skill, new word, achievement is a joy for me."
Elena Veys
Elena Veys
Lead Math Teacher
Elena graduated from pedagogical courses for preschoolers on the basis of gymnasium No. 63. She studied at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University. Worked at the Wildlife Center Scranton Zoo, Scranton PA. Elena is the mother of twins. After all, nothing can scare her :)) “- I'm trying to teach them to think. At least a little. -What are you being taught? - Probably the same." ("The Irony of Fate" movie).
Misnik Tatiana
Misnik Tatiana
Lead Teacher
National Academy of Internal Affairs (Ukraine, Kiev), bachelor degree. Marital status-married, son of 5 years. Hobbies - reading, running, swimming, beadwork. I like to work with children very much. In the upbringing of my son, I am guided by the following phrase: "Do not raise children, they will still look like you. Educate yourself." Personal qualities - responsibility, organization, discipline, ability to define purpose, decency, communication skills, optimism.
Mrs. Joan
Mrs. Joan
Kindergarten Teacher
"I am pleased and excited to be joining the team at Sardogini! 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 enjoying 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 into Canada."
Anna Krasovskaia
Anna Krasovskaia
Assistant Teacher
Anna graduated with honors from the Stavropol State Pedagogical Institute with a degree in fine art, and with second degree in the course “Pedagogy and Psychology” in 2008. "I am sure that you can find a piece of yourself in every child. The main thing is not to be shy about even the most unexpected discoveries. And what I lkke most, that every my day is full of many discoveries and smiles that children give me!"
Angelina Baburina
Angelina Baburina
Lead Teacher
Angelina graduated from the State University named for Herzen (St. Petersburg, Russia) in Business management. Married. After moving to the USA, she started to work as a nanny and teacher in a kindergarten. “I love when children express their own opinions for important issues! I am so interested to converse with them. It seems like they possess some extraordinary innate wisdom often.”
Olga Meleshko
Olga Meleshko
Art Teacher
Olga was engaged in drawing and painting with her mother-architect from childhood. She participated in various exhibitions of children's drawings. She graduated from Minsk Linguistic University and taught there for many years, devoting her free time to her creative hobbies: ballet and fine art. When she moved to the USA, Olga worked as a translator and teacher at Smart With Art, and then founded her mobile watercolor studio "Aquarelle". And now she teaches fine art in many kindergartens and private schools in Greater Seattle. “I like to help children discover new worlds, whatever it is the world of a foreign language, painting or ballet. It’s as if you become an accomplice to magic, seeing in the children's eyes the joy and happiness of a learned new word or a drawn a line. It’s a pleasure for me to work at the Sarojini Academy . A special atmosphere reigns here, every teacher, educator, kindergarten worker brings something important, unique for children's benefit. You could always distinguish a Sarogini's graduates!"
Marina
Marina
Gymnastic coach.
Marina is a master of sports in gymnastics. She is a professional trainer.
Victoria
Victoria
Volunteer Teacher
Victoria was born and raised in St. Pererburg. She graduated from St. Pererburg State Electrotechnical University named after Lenin. Before moving to America she worked as senior manager of the state kindergarten. Victoria is raising a son.
Elina Babayeva
Elina Babayeva
Assistant Teacher
Elena has a degree in early learning, and music. She also rises two children's.
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."
Arina
Arina
Violin Teacher
Arina graduated from Mussorgsky College, in Leningrad, and the Minsk State Conservatory, specializing in violin and paino. She has received the qualifications of being a soloist of the orchestra and also a teacher with the highest regards. Arina worked in the Symphonic National Orchestra of BSSR for 25 years, combining this work with teaching. Arina has developed a unique method of teaching kids music through games. She has been working with the kids of Sarodgini School since 2014. She helps them to unleash their musical abilities. She also teaches them to play the violin starting from ages 1.5 years old. Arina conducts individual music classes on Saturdays.
Natasha Kiseleva
Natasha Kiseleva
Music Teacher
She works 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 jurist for short time. Then she realized that music is her vocation. Natasha taught children music, working in Russian kindergartens, organizing music competitions, celebrations and performances more then 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 recognize music, the desire to feel it.
Karina Dmitrieva
Karina Dmitrieva
Assistant Teacher
"I like to work with children because they grant me a lot of positive emotions and energy. It reminds me of childhood and makes me happy!"
Olga Okhapkina (Mary Poppins)
Olga Okhapkina (Mary Poppins)
Volunteer Teacher
“Thinking begins with surprise” - this phrase of the great Ukrainian teacher and founder of the school of aesthetic worldview Vasily Sukhomlinsky is my teacher’s credo. All my creative life is devoted to the comprehensive creative development of children of different age groups through the prism of art. I graduated from Vinnitsa State Pedagogical University with honors in the specialty “Teacher of music and Ukrainian studies.” My students became laureates and winners of national vocal competitions. I worked in music and secondary schools, as well as in institutions of extracurricular education. Every summer I spent in camps as a counselor. Before moving to the USA, I worked in the regional philharmonic society. Now I am engaged in self-education in the field of medicine. I dream of integrating my knowledge and treating children through comprehensive aesthetic development. But the most important thing is that I’m mom and wife of the best men in the entire world!

Team

Svetlana
Svetlana
Office manager
Svetlana was born in Armenia. She came to America at the age of 15, and at 16, she began working in Sarojini. In parallel with the work she graduated from school, and then she studied at Bellevue College for the specialty "Ultrasound Doctor" However, Svetlana chose work with children. Hobbies - photography, children's photo shoots.
Anna Zaslavskaya
Anna Zaslavskaya
Chef-cook
From early childhood she was passionate about baking. Anna creates amazing beauty and complexity painted gingerbread. "Despite the fact that the doors of our kitchen are always open, you can enter here with bright thoughts, feelings, and intentions only." The motto in life is to love what you do and do what you love.