Natalia has a Bachelor degree in Education from State University of Ivanovo (Russia), Master in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Students Affairs from Indiana University.
She joined the school in 2006 as a Theater Instructor and instructor of Russian as Second Language and in 2008 took an administrative and executive position. In 2016, she received a Serve Indiana award for her work with the Russian School and Russian Community: http://currentincarmel.com/a-labor-of-love-serve-indiana-honors-carmels-natalia-rekhter-for-work-with-russian-school
Natalia resides in Carmel with her husband and two sons.
Alexander (Sandro) Akhvlediani
Sandro graduated from the Art Academy of Fine Art (Republic of Georgia, Tbilisi) with a Master's Degree in both Architecture and Art. He is a Member of "Georgian Artist's Union" and "Georgian International Federation of Arts" (GIFA).
Besides 20 years of a successful career in Architecture, Sandro has established himself as a painter of urban landscapes, musical genre, flowers and portraits creating his own impressionistic style.
While living in Georgia, he shared his passion of Art with students of all ages by teaching them drawing, painting and "cloisonne", a 12th century technique of molding glass into featured art.
Sandro enjoys teaching children understand and appreciate the beauty of art and to express their pure and generous world of fantasy through pallete.
Felix received his Bachelor degree from St.Petersburg Institute of Optical Technology. He joined the school in 1997 teaching Math class for kids from 4 to 14. Felix and his family have been associated with the Russian School for many years. Both of his children are current or former students at the school.
Основная цель курса математики в Русской Школе - это развитие у ребёнка умения рассуждать, доказывать, решать стандартные и нестандартные задачи; плюс, наш подход позволяет ученикам весело проводить время в классе - независимо от сложности решаемой задачи. Особенно удавшимися считаются уроки, на которых ученики спорят, доказывая друг другу правильность решения. Дети учатся формулировать свою мысль, обобщать, делать обоснованные выводы, критически подходить к предложенному решению. Это очень непросто стоять перед всем классом и отстаивать правильность своего решения, наши ученики делают это с 6 лет.
Подборка задач из классических учебников не всегда подходит по стилю для таких занятий. Поэтому, в большинстве случаев задачи подбираются, или разрабатываются с нуля, учитывая интересы и подготовленность конкретного класса.
Levon has been playing chess since he was 6 years old at various chess clubs, and eventually at the Garry Kasparov School of Chess. Over the years, Levon took part in many chess completions and was a winner of a city district Chess Tournament in Baku (Azerbaijan).
His classes are taught in both Russian and English. Levon with the help of Svetlana Davidovich (other chess instructor) initiated an annual Russian School Chess Tournament in 2014 opened to all chess players in the community. Please, contact Levon if you would like to enroll in the next year tournament.
Irena graduated from Georgian Technical University with a Master's in Architecture, Architecture (Tbilisi, Georgia). Presently, she works as an Architect and is an owner at the Integrity Architecture, LLC. Irena resides in Fishers with her husband Sandro Akhvlediani.
Irena has been teaching our younger beginners to work with various art media. She is also a very accomplished at Crocheting (her Sunflower Afghan pattern design is very popular among crochet community) and she is happily sharing her talent in her new Crafts class.
Dmitri A. Gusev
Video Game Programming for Teens (beginners)
Dmitri A. Gusev is an Associate Professor in Computer and Information Technology (CIT) at Purdue University College of Technology Columbus. His primary research interests are imaging, graphics, game development, visualization, and computational linguistics. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University in 1999. More information about Dr. Gusev can be found at https://tech.purdue.edu/profile/dgusev
Dr. Gusev will teach a class “Intro to Game Programming”. Below is his course description and requirements.
“Go past game playing to learn the fundamentals of how video games are made! Learn the basics of coding in C#, formulate a game concept, and import 3D objects and animations into Unity, a popular game engine. In Unity, develop a 3D game level and import an animated character into it. Use C# scripting to implement movement and simple actions of the player character. Let's throw some fireballs and ice bolts! (Warning: Don't try this at home.)
Age: 13 and up
Previous exposure/experience in programming is not required
Need to bring your own laptop. Any modern laptop meeting system requirements for both
Mila Belyavskaya received her degree in Music Pedagogy in the 1970s. Before her departure from Ukraine to USA in 1994, she has taught general music for 21 year in one of Kiev’s schools. While there, she had received a prestigious Excellence in Public Education award.
In her work with children Mila uses the basic principles of famous Polish-Jewish educator Janusz Korczak, whose main idea was that the teacher should be able to rise to the child’s level.
Mila is confident that all children are talented, especially when it comes to music. Therefore, during the lessons, she uses a complex teaching approach, paying equal attention to rhythm, improvisation, listening, singing, playing musical games, learning basic music notation and ear training. Our lesson is a lesson of joy!
Принцип построения уроков музыки - это учёба с "сюрпризами", с игровыми элементами.
Каждое музыкальное занятие включает в себя следующие разделы: музыкально-ритмические движения, пальчиковая гимнастика, развитие чувства ритма, пение, игры, слушание музыки.
В новом семестре хочется уделить больше внимания творчеству: разгадыванию музыкальных кроссвордов, сочинению мелодий, пению, музыкальной грамоте.
Originally from Japan, Mr.Kenji Matsuki received his PhD from Columbia University in 1988 and has been a full professor of Math at Purdue University for many years. Additionaly, Mr.Matsuki has agreed to join our school to teach a new Advanced Math program.
In his Advanced mathematics for 7-8 th graders (Algebra and Geometry), Mr.Matsuki's goal is to prepare the students better and stronger for the advanced high school mathematics by training them to think rather than just forcing them to memorize the formulas.
The goal of this series for Advanced 9 graders is to prepare the students better and stronger
for the Calculus courses they are going to take at the universities (or even at their
high schools). I am now teaching Freshmen Calculus at Purdue University, so I
know first-hand what they should expect.
Math tutoring for 1st through 6th grades
Dr. Susan Dluz has a PhD in Physiology, and for 16 years has been teaching at the IU School of Dentistry. Now Dr. Dluz tutors students in Algebra at North Central High School. Below is her teaching philosophy.
"Many students struggle a great deal with math, and Algebra seems to be particularly difficult for many. While reviewing and applying the Algebraic concepts, the students are also addressing areas of basic math that they have struggled with. Common difficulties I am seeing: working with negative numbers, fractions and ratios, factoring, decimals, exponents, square roots, graphing, and of course, WORD PROBLEMS! Topics could range from exponents to telling time, depending on the age with focus on students' individual needs
I am planning to work with lower division students who wish to strengthen their math skills. I envision helping students using: teams, games, relay races, or setting up simple experiments where students can practice taking measurements, calculating averages, asking questions and coming up with possible explanations. My lessons can also be tailored to students' specific needs and interests.
Svetlana Spencer received her Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from Indiana University and Master’s degree from Indiana University Kelly School of Business. She has always been passionate about languages and studied German, Turkish and Polish. Svetlana has been teaching English as a Second Language for the past 10 years at schools and as a private tutor- mostly at advance levels. She specializes in intensive instructions for adults, explaining the concepts of Grammar and Morphology so that the language makes sense versus memorizing. She uses fun interactive techniques like watching movies, listening to songs.
* Russian for Heritage speakers (3-8 y.o)
* Crafts/Fine Motor Skills early development
Ulyana is originally from Ukraine. She received her Bachelor Degree in Linguistics from Drogobych State Pedagogical University and has 7 year of experience working with children. Ulyana teaches Russian language groups for children 3 to 8 y.o. She thinks that the best way for kids to master Russian and keep it "alive" is through play and active engagement. "If lessons are boring and tiresome, children will never remember anything you teach them", - says Ulyana.
During her art and craft lessons Ulyana hopes to create the right atmosphere for the development of artistic abilities for younger kids, their aesthetic development, the ability to think creatively, develop fantasy. Students will learn how to create beautiful crafts, paintings,applique, which they can use later in the game or theatrical activity, as a gift or decoration. As a result, kids will acquire the basic understanding of form, color, fine motor skills, and enrich the vocabulary, as well as learning simplest techniques of drawing, sculpting, drawing composition.
Ulyana firmly believes that Art/Craft activities positively influence emotional state of children, develop creative thinking, and make kids proud to see the end result of their hard labor.
Tatyana graduated from the Linguistic College of Foreign Languages in Russia, Nizhny Novgorod and taught French and German to students of grades 5-10 at school in Vilnius, Lithuania.
After moving to US in 1993 she worked as a substitute teacher in middle and high schools of Knox Community School Corporation, Indiana. In 2006, Tatyana was offered to work as Instructor of Russian and French languages at Indy Foreign Languages Academy, Carmel, Indiana.
Tatyana’s strong communication and professional skills combined with her extensive experience teaching both Russian and French help adults and children alike succeed in learning a new language.
Irina Yoshida graduated from the Moscow Telecomminication and Information University and worked as a software developer mostly for telecommunication companies in Russia, Italy and Denmark. During her career as a software developer Irina also had a brief period of working for medical research lab at Moscow Sklifosovsky Research Institutes. In 1993-1995 Irina took a break from the software development to work at the Russian State TV as a on air production coordinator.
Despite her technical background Irina has always had passion for theater and took various drama classes during her school and university years.
Alaina Hogan is an advanced student of the Indiana Ballet Conservatory's Pre-Professional Day Program, where she has been training for the past three years. She has been recognized by the Youth America Grand Prix as a Top 12 finalist in the Semi-Finals in both Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and is excited to be teaching the young students at the Russian School of Indiana.
Russian for Heritage Speakers "I Want to Know Everything" (8+ y.o.)
Russian as a Second Language for adults
Alla Morozov is a skilled English/Russian/Ukrainian translator and interpreter. She was teaching at the Russian School of Indianapolis in 2006-2007. Alla was on the Board of Performing Art Companies helping with developing new programs, creating marketing materials, and teaching. This experience was very beneficial when she decided to create a new program of Russian Language for heritage speakers “I Want to Know Everything” that will be implemented into the School’s learning curriculum. Alla has the ability to see the big picture as well as the details in every step of the learning process.
Alla’s great communication skills and liaisons help her playing an active part in organizing annual fundraising events at numerous Carmel Festivals and International Art Festivals.
Alla is a co-founder of Swan Software Solutions, a software development company that helped shape her technical background.
Михаил родом из Украины, где он работал учителем математики, а также много лет - старшим вожатым и музруком в летних лагерях. В настоящее время, Михаил работает в Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis в должности Technology Coordinator. Его три дочери в свое время посещали Русскую школу и сохранили прекрасные воспоминания о ней.
Михаил твердо верит, что для наших детей изучение русских песен не только полезно в музыкальном плане, но также способствует обогащению словарного запаса русского языка и тренировке памяти.