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 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 three 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 fortunate because she loves children. She loves teaching them, playing with them, caring for them. Every day she gets to spend with the kids, she gets filled with strength and positive emotions.
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, then 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").
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.
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."
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!"
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."
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.
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. Tatiana really loves kids and is dreaming of raising grandchildren. That is why she chose to work with children: she wants to give them her unspent love and care. Tatiana's main hobby is reading.
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.
Miss Vian
Miss Vian
Lead Teacher (Schoolers)
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!"
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.
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.
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.
Orysia Bondarenko
Orysia Bondarenko
Assistant Teacher (Academics)
Orysia was born in Lviv, Ukraine. She spent many years living and working in Vladivostok and Moscow in Russia, and in 2016 she moved to Bellevue. She joined Sarodgini recently and is loving working with kids. She says they make her life brighter and more fun. She herself has two amazing kids and three wonderful grandkids.
Victoria Shabunina
Assistant Teacher (Schoolers)
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.
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.

Team

Svetlana
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
Larisa Shamova
Cook
Larisa is from Kazakhstan. She came to the US in 2003. Before coming here, she worked at childcare. She already worked at Sarodgini 10 years ago for a year, and now her heart has brought her back to us. She has also worked at American childcare for 15 years, both as a cook and teacher. Larisa has raised two exceptional children. Her hobbies include cooking and baking. She also loves spending time with children.