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.
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 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.
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 is 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 works as a teacher in a kindergarten and a Russian school in Seattle since 2003.
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.
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. Worked at the Wildlife Center of Scranton Zoo, Scranton, PA. Elena is a 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." (quote from the movie "The Irony of Fate").
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 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."
Anna Krasovskaia
Anna Krasovskaia
Lead Teacher (Professors)
Anna graduated with honors from the Stavropol State Pedagogical Institute with a degree in fine art, and with a 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 like most, that my every day is full of many discoveries and smiles that children give me!"
Victoria Shabunina
Assistant Teacher (Schoolers)
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."
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 10 years teaching at an elementary school in Baku. She has also raised two wonderful children.
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."
Miss Vian
Miss Vian
Lead Teacher (Schoolers)
Orysia Bondarenko
Assistant Teacher (Academics)
Evgeniya Slobodeniyuk
Assistant Teacher (Professors)
Evgeniya was born in Khabarovsk. She has a degree in Elementary School Education. She has always wanted to work with children, and now her dream has finally come true.
Maria Carmalyuk
Assistant Teacher (Little Genius)
Maria was born in 1964 in Moldova. She grew up in a village in a big family with many children. She is a mother to two children (a son and a daughter), and a grandmother to four grandchildren (one boy and three girls). In 2013 she left Moldova to go to Paris, France, and spent 3 years there. In 2016 she had to go to the US. She spent three years in San Diego, California, working for a cleaning company. When she moved to Seattle, she decided to change her job to something different. That's how she came to Sarodgini. Maria says she is very lucky because she really loves children. She loves teaching them, playing with them, caring for them. Every day that she gets to spend with the kids, she gets filled with strength and positive emotions.
Tatiana Kudriavtseva
Tatiana Kudriavtseva
Assistant Teacher (Little Masters)
Tatiana was born on August 13th 1970 in Tatarstan to a family of a history teacher and a housewife. She has two older sisters, and an older brother. She has lived in Novosibirsk for 30 years and has raised a wonderful daughter Alexandra. She has always dreamed of a big family, but life had different plans. Tatyana really loves kids and is dreaming of raising grandchildren. This is why she chose to work with children: she wants to give them her unspent love and care. Tatyana's main hobby is reading.
Arina
Arina
Violin Teacher
Arina graduated from Mussorgsky College, in Leningrad, and the Minsk State Conservatory, specializing in violin and piano. She has received the qualifications of being a soloist of the orchestra and a teacher with the highest regard. 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 the age of 1.5 years old. Arina conducts individual music classes on Saturdays.
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.
Karina Dmitrieva
Karina Dmitrieva
Assistant Teacher (Schoolers)
"I like to work with children because they grant me a lot of positive emotions and energy. It reminds me of my childhood and makes me happy!"

Team

Svetlana
Office Manager
Svetlana was born in Armenia. She came to America at the age of 15, and she began working in Sarodgini at 16. In parallel with the work, she graduated from school, and then she studied at Bellevue College for the specialty "Ultrasound Doctor" However, Svetlana chose to work with children. Her hobbies - photography, children's photoshoots.
Larisa Shamova
Cook