Natalia Kaghashvili, Russian Language Teacher
Natalia Kaghashvili has a Master’s Degree in English and Linguistics from the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH) and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Language Education from Vladimir State Pedagogical University (Vladimir, Russia). For her Master's thesis at UNH, Natalia designed "Introduction to Russian Language and Culture" course which is intended for English-speaking students interested in the Russian language and culture. Natalia has several years of experience in teaching Russian, English and German languages to children and adults in Russia and the United States, including teaching advanced Russian language and literature courses to students at the University of New Hampshire. Natalia currently works as an ELL Teacher in one of Acton schools (MA). She has two daughters (9 and 6 years old).
Julia Stryzhenko, Russian Language Teacher
Julia Stryzhenko graduated from Kharkiv State Pedagogical University (Kharkiv, Ukraine) with a Masters’s Degree in Teaching Russian Language/Literature and English Language/Literature. Julia has taught English and Russian at the Kharkiv State Pedagogical University for three years while working on her PhD thesis in Russian Literature. After moving to the United States, Julia has taught Russian privately. Julia has two sons (11 and 5 years old).
Irina Rubinshteyn, Music Teacher
Irina Rubinshteyn is a graduate of Kiev Pedagogical College with a degree in pre-school teaching and music teaching. In Kiev, Ukraine, she worked as a music teacher in a day care center for children 6 months to 7 years. After relocating to the United States, Irina graduated from St. Anselm College with a degree in Political Science and minors in International Relations, Russian Studies, and Education. Irina worked at Pinkerton Academy in Derry teaching Social Studies, at Chester Academy with special needs students, and at Hampstead Central as an ESL instructor. For the past seven years Ms. Rubinshteyn has been a stay- home mom, teaching private piano and kinder music classes, and various evening programs in Derry.
Larisa Bazarova, Art Teacher
Larisa holds a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering specializing in Architectural Planning from Moscow State University of Railway Engineering as well as a Diploma from Obninsk School of Arts (Obninsk, Russia). In addition, Larisa received a Degree in Multimedia Studies from College of Marin (San Rafael, CA). Upon receiving her degree, Larisa worked as a Tutor in Multimedia Studies Program at the Department of Visual Arts, College of Marin. After relocating from California to New Hampshire, Larisa focused mostly on raising her children (9 and 6 years old). Please click here to see some of Larisa’s works.
Olga Romanenko, Arts ans Crafts Teacher
Olga has an extensive experience in working with children of different ages. In 1982 she graduated with honors from Belgorod Pedagogical College with specialization in Early Childhood Pedagogy and Psychology. In 1986 Olga received her MA Degree in Early Childhood Pedagogy and Psychology from Orel State Pedagogical University. In 1982-1988 she worked as a Preschool Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator in the children’s centers in Moscow and other cities. After moving to the United States, Olga taught arts and crafts classes to children and adults. Now Olga works as a Library Assistant in Milford, NH. Her hobbies include felting, scrapbooking, card and jewelry making. Please click here to see some of Olga’s most recent pieces. Olga has two children – 17 and 24 years old.
Irina Shirokova, Music Teacher
Irina is a qualified engineering specialist and a gifted musician. While working at the Design Institute in Kazan and Moscow, she was giving piano lessons to children. After moving to the United States, Irina continued to teach music to children sharing with them her knowledge and love for music. Irina has an extensive experience in working with children of different ages (preschoolers to teenagers). Besides teaching music, Irina has worked as a middle and high school tutor as well as a skiing instructor for children 4-16 years old. Irina's two children are 20 and 22 years old.
Galyna Chekhuta, Russian Language and Music Teacher
Galyna graduated from Voroshilovgrad State Pedagogical University (Lugansk, Ukraine) with Master's Degree in Teaching Russian Language / Literature and Ukrainian Language / Literature. Galyna has twenty years of experience in teaching Russian and Ukrainian languages in Ukraine working with students of different ages. Since moving to the United States, Galyna has taught Russian privately. Galyna is a mother of two sons (27 and 20 years old).
Elena Trikoz, Teacher of Mathematics
Elena graduated from Institute of Chemical Industry, Moscow, Russia, with M.S. in Chemical Automation Engineering. Ten years ago Elena transitioned from a professional engineer to an educator. She has been teaching math at preschool and elementary school levels since 2002. Her dream has always been to pass on her love for math to children, to ignite their interest in solving math problems and beat the challenges. Elena’s two daughters, ages 24 and 17, achieved excellent grades in all math subjects and standardized tests thanks to Elena's knowledgeable support.
Elena Krestova, Music Studio Teacher
Elena graduated from Novgorod School of Music with the major in the violin teaching and orchestra performing. In 1991 Elena graduated from the Vologda State University with a school teacher diploma in music and singing. Elena has an extensive experience working for almost 10 years as a deputy director of school with an advanced English language program in Apatity, Murmansk region. After moving to Canada in 2002, Elena worked as a music director at the Russian Cultural Club (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan). She organized and conducted music lessons and parties for children of all ages as well as events for adults. At the same time, Elena worked in the music studio as a private violin and piano teacher for children and adults. For several years Elena was both a member of Saskatoon Philharmonic Orchestra and Canadian Composers Society. Since 2008 when she moved to America Elena has been working as a program coordinator at the Adult Center in West Boylston, MA. Elena has performed with Nashua Chamber Orchestra during the last two years. Elena has children and grandchildren in Russia.