Cultural Adventuresfor Young Minds


We have excellent and certified teachers who are dedicated to the program and have built such meaningful rapport with the participating children. We hope you too join our amazing group where life long friendships are made and students are able to develop new skills, perfect existing talents, and grow into respectful and productive citizens as they enter into adulthood. It takes a village to raise littler ones to be successful and well-rounded adults.

Our Teachers

Olesya Babenko

Russian Language / Russian as a Second Language
StoryBook Theater

Olesya teaches Russian Language to kids from Russian speaking families, as well as to kids who learn Russian as a second language. Her method is based on using textbooks, flash cards, video and audio materials. She develops an individual program for each age group she works with. Such training programs as 'Sound method', 'Method by whole words', 'Montessori method', 'Warehouse Read method' are used in Olesya’s classes. Her motto — no boring exercises and tedious lessons. All training is a game, entertaining, with bright interesting toys. For little kids it is much easier to learn reading, speaking and writing while playing in class. Olesya guarantees that her teaching experience will give your kids an opportunity to improve their speaking skills, increase their vocabulary, learn to read and write in Russian.

Professional education and development:

  • • Graduated from St. Petersburg (Russia) Pedagogical College with a degree of elementary school teacher
  • • MS in Economic Management

Luiza Burnazyan

Math

Luiza has been teaching math to students of all ages for more than 40 years. During these years, she has demonstrated an original, individual approach of teaching to all students, great communication skills with both students and parents, and creating a fun positive atmosphere in the classroom. The priority of Luiza’s classes is to develop the logical and analytical skills in her students. With this goal in mind, she spends the majority of her class time focusing on the non-standard math problems and different methods to solve them. Luiza believes that all students have the ability to succeed in Math and she loves to build her students' Math self-esteem.

Professional education and development:

  • • Graduated from Tbilisi State Pedagogical University
  • • 46+ years of teaching experience

Katya Cooper

Ballroom Dance

Ekaterina, born in Bryansk, Russia, started her ballroom training at the age of four. She was trained by many renowned coaches in International Standard and Latin, such as, Brain Watson, Kolobova Yelena, Tataranni Alessandro, Naumov Andrew, Dmitriy Sorokin and Nataliya Burmistrova, Sakal Ilyana etc. She has competed and won at Latin, Standard, and Ten Dance events in Moscow and Germany.

Ekaterina partnered with Anton Sidorov in the USA. Ekaterina and Anton started dancing together in January 2009. Since then they became Mid-Atlantic Latin champions, Mid-West Latin and Standard champions. They placed first in Standard at the United Dancesport Championship 2010 in Orlando, FL. Ekaterina and Anton won first place in the 2010 Hotlanta Danceport Competition. They placed second in latin at the USA Dance North Carolina Championship. They continue to compete at the highest level at competitions all over the United States.

Ekaterina started teaching dance at age of 16. She teaches all ages and skill sets in ballroom dancing.

Natalia D'Angelo

Art

Наталия — художник, специалист по истории искусств, с педагогическим стажем более 25 лет. Преподает в Школе Wonder World с августа 2018 года. На своих уроках Наталия развивает в учениках художественный вкус, воображение и технические навыки в реалистическом рисовании и живописи. Помогает ученикам овладеть законами изображения и закономерностями природы. Принципы художественного творчества раскрывает на примере выдающихся произведений мирового искусства в живописи, архитектуре и скульптуре.

Professional education and development:

  • • Выпускница исторического факультете Ленинградского государственного университета по кафедре История Искусств
  • • Работала научным сотрудником в Русском Музее и Музее Революции в Петербурге
  • • Преподавала историю и английский язык в училищах и лицеях Петербурга

Marina Drankina

Music: Sing and Dance
Music with Mommy

Marina is a remarkable and kind teacher having extensive experience working with children. She graduated from the Moscow Pedagogical Institute and improved her skills as a music instructor for preschoolers studying at the Moscow City Institute of professional development and retraining workers of national education. She had a lot of experience in Moscow (Russia) working with children from 1.5 to 8 years old. Marina started her career in 1978 and has since then been improving and developing her methods. Bringing to America her knowledge, love of music and children, she continues to work with children. Her wide range of experience has resulted in a lot of interesting materials and methods for lessons. Marina will be glad to work with your children, develop and teach them the best things through play, games, laughter, and love of music.

Mikhail Elkin

Chess

The main idea of Mikhail's lessons is to teach chess while encouraging students to think independently, not to hurry and consider various options while looking for answer. These are the same qualities that often needed to make decisions in life.

Professional education and development:

  • • USCF Rating 2302
  • • Started teaching kids in Atlanta area from 1994
  • • Mikhail's students won US Championship

Olga Kektysheva

Dance Ensemble

Профессиональный хореограф с опытом работы в театральных и балетных постановках, специализирующаяся на изучении истории танцев народов мира, Ольга приглашает ваших детей на занятия в класс Танцы (Танцевальный Ансамбль). На ее уроках дети познакомятся с основами классической хореографии, а также современными танцами. В репертуаре ансамбля — игровые танцевальные номера, сюжетные постановки на основе народного танца и современной хореографии. Танцевальный Ансамбль Школы МИР ЧУДЕС принимает активное участие в театральных постановках школы, выступает на отчетных концертах и разнообразных выездных выступлениях. Например, наши ученики участвовали в фестивале факультета русского языка UGA.

Класс Танцы является важной дисциплиной в эстетическом цикле дополнительного образования. Танцевально-тренировочные упражнения формируют у детей хорошую осанку, гибкость, координацию и культуру движений. Занятия сопровождают произведения классических композиторов, народные мелодии, современные музыкальные композиции. Дети разучивают упражнения, этюды, игровые танцы; изучают основные элементы музыкальной грамоты и передачу их в движениях, пластике тела, рук, ног и головы, учатся ориентироваться в пространстве, знакомятся с комплексом движений на развитие групп мышц и подвижность суставов. У детей развивается творческая инициатива, воображение, фантазия, умение передать характер музыки и содержание образа движений.

Присоединяйтесь к нашему Танцевальному Ансамблю, открывайте для себя МИР ЧУДЕС!

Professional education and development:

  • • Kalmyk State College (Performing Arts & Dance) – Elista, Kalmykia, 2000-2005
  • • Moscow State Art & Cultural University (Folk Artistic Creativity), 2005-2010

Svetlana Khalgaeva

Little Genius

Svetlana Khalgaeva is an experienced teacher in early development. Her program is designed for young children and promotes intellectual development skills through a variety of topics and tasks. The professionally planned activities help children to develop fine motor and logical thinking skills, early math concepts and working memory abilities as well as language development skills. These activities are fun and encourage every child to think in a challenging and creative manner.

Professional education and development:

  • • Graduated from Elista Pedagogical College
  • • Graduated from Kalmyk State University

Vakhob Khashimov

Violin

Dr. Vakhob Khashimov is a world renowned violinist and teacher with experience of 50 years. Dr. Khashimov prepares children for school and youth orchestras. His students are winners of numerous competitions and are members of Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Emory University Youth Orchestra, All State Youth Orchestra and more.

Professional education and development:

  • • Graduate of Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Natalia Khomenko

Ukrainian Culture

Professional education and development:

  • • coming up

Ekaterina Kouznetsova

Art & Craft (Художественное Творчество)

After graduating from Moscow State Pedagogical University, Ekaterina worked as a preschool and elementary school art teacher. Later in her life, she decided to step into the world of graphic design industry and worked successfully as a graphic designer in Moscow and Atlanta, where she moved in 2000.

While teaching Art & Craft classes at the SOLO and Wonder World School, Ekaterina developed a unique program that is based on the lesson sequencing, which gives students the optimal result in maintaining their skills and developing creative abilities.

At the Art & Craft classes kids are involved into the creative process where they master skills required to achieve the desired result. They develop spatial imagination, ability to work on details, start seeing the world through the eyes of a designer, an artist, an architect. Kids experiment with various art and craft techniques, explore new media, create visually engaging projects.

Professional education and development:

  • • MA in Arts Education from Moscow State Pedagogical University
  • • Digital Artist/Graphic Designer
  • • Senior graphic designer with Institute Communications, Georgia Institute of Technology

Angela Miretsky

Art
Drama

Originally from Saint Petersburg, Russia, Angela is an accomplished artist and Art and Drama teacher. Angela offers a diverse background of 30+ years’ of teaching Art and Drama to children and adults. She directed numerous stage performances, plays, concerts, holiday shows, musical programs, and other events for children and adults based on her original scenarios. Worked on design of all costumes and stage decorations for different productions.

Angela has vast experience and accomplishments in managing educational, musical, and theatrical programs, directing stage performances, managing business opportunities, public relations, marketing, promotional programs, financial management and policies and procedures.

Professional education and development:

  • •B.A. in Management and Methodology of Social/Education Events/Activities from Leningrad State Institute of Culture, Russia (Now - St. Petersburg State Academy of Culture)
  • • Certificate of Completion in Master the Fundamentals of Art course (2003), in Minneapolis Art Instruction School, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • • Certificate of Completion in Oil Painting Classes, Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA (1998)

Oksana Moore

Russian Language

Oksana is an elementary school teacher with vast experience in teaching in Russia and U.S. Using a combination of several leading programs in studying languages, Oksana teaches students to read, write, express their thoughts, desires and feelings in Russian as second language. For older children who have a basic knowledge of Russian, Oksana’s goal is to help them improve their presentations in oral and written form, enhancing vocabulary and reading fluency. Her methodology is optimized for bilingual children. Oksana customizes her approach to each group and to each student individually, based on their level of knowledge.

Professional education and development:

  • • Graduated from Novorossiysk Pedagogical College
  • • Graduated from Armavir Pedagogical University in the Krasnodar Region
  • • MS in Economics

Barno Nishanova

Piano
На планете Музыка

Being a magnificent pianist, and having graduated from the prestigious Tashkent Conservatory, Mrs. Nishanova has performed in front of the most demanding of audiences, and is more than capable of conveying the beauty of music to her young pupils, and instilling in them a true love for this exquisite art form. After all, in addition to her performance skills, Nishanova has a thorough understanding of the methodology behind teaching music, having taught for many years at several schools of music, icluding the Tashkent State Institute of Culture and Arts.

Professional education and development:

  • • Graduate of the Tashkent Conservatory

Olga Novokhotko

Russian Language

Very talented and unique teacher, Olga treats each student individually. Olga knows how to communicate with kids and make them feel engaged and interested during the lessons. She has many years of experience working with kids and individuals of all ages, especially with those who have Russian as their second language. Olga developed a complex program for kids who learn Russian as a second language. Her students really love and appreciate her classes for the unforgettable and irreplaceable skill of speaking another language.

Professional education and development:

  • • MS in teaching French and Literature
  • • French Instructor to students age 15-17 in Ben Franklin Academy, Emory University, Atlanta GA
  • • French Language teacher: World Language Educator, Atlanta, GA, and Technical University of Rostov
  • • Russian Language & Literature teacher, Brussels University and Paris Lycée St. Louis

Liubov Panasiuk

Computer Programming

Liubov believes that programming lessons for children are needed primarily for general development and are essential because in today's modern world, more and more attention is paid to the processes of "robotization", automation, and technology. During our programming lessons, the child first of all learns to think logically and plan his or her actions accordingly; such skills transcend perfectly into all areas of life where thorough decision making is a must.

  • • Graduated from Dnepropetrovsk National University as a mathematician and system programmer
  • • Has more than 15 years of experience in the programming field

Yevgeniy Potashnikov

Vocal - Chorus

Yevgeniy is a professional vocalist well known in the Atlanta region. He has over 35 years of experience in the field, has performed a lot himself, organized concerts, and instructed classes. He worked in MOMA-Moscow Association of Musical Ensembles, and from 1981 to 1995 he worked in the Odessa Shipping Company on cruise ships as head of the orchestra as well as a vocalist. Yevgeniy has instructed in various schools and has participated in local concerts and now he will finally be able to share his experience, talent, and knowledge with our children here at Wonder World School.

Dimitry Resenson/Maria Arbatskaya

Math

Dimitry Resenson: Dimitry has a Bachelor's degree in computer science and high school science education, as well as a Master's degree in mechanical engineering. He has taught classes for gifted children (9-12 years) at the Jerusalem University and taught in high schools (grades 10 and 11). He works as a Senior Software Developer. He is the father of two daughters. He loves the theatre and participated in most theatrical performances staged by the Solo School of Fine Arts. Dimitry also loves music and plays several instruments.

Maria Arbatskaya: Maria dreamed of becoming a mathematician from the second grade of primary school. She loves entertaining puzzles and math puzzles. She has a Bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Moscow State University, a Master's degree in economics from the New Economic School in Moscow, and a Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University. Since 1999, Maria has been teaching economics, game theory and mathematics to undergraduate and graduate students at Emory University.

Evelina Roseman

Yoga for Parents

Drop your shoulders, lift your chin, breathe, warm up, power up, stretch. Feel better, feel complete. Classes are fit to kids’ schedule @WonderWorld: we start after you see them off to their classroom, and are done in time for you to pick them up – smiling.

Professional education and development:

  • • RYT200 certified and registered with the Yoga Alliance
  • • Has been teaching at her own studio, in parks, at corporate offices and at Russian school since 2016
  • • yoga4atlanta on Facebook

Erik Sootes

Guitar

Professional education and development:

  • • PhD in Music Composition from the St. Petersburg Music Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1988-1993
  • • Master of Arts in Music Composition, Institute of Culture, School of Music, St. Petersburg, 1983-1988
  • • Bachelor of Art in Guitar, Mousorgsky Music College, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1979 – 1983
  • • Has performed on such legendary stages as CB's Gallery in New York City and Celebrity Center International in Hollywood, CA. Erik has been invited to give radio interviews in New York and Massachusetts, including a two-hour show dedicated entirely to his works. His music in the album "Spanish Image" was selected for "All Songs Considered" on National Public Radio (NPR)

Natalia Vystropova

Piano

Dynamic and energetic Piano Teacher with 30+ years’ experience in elementary and junior high school music instruction. Excellent communicator and time manager. Highly motivated educator of music and performance arts adept in creating exciting and entertaining learning environment. Natalia's core qualifications include:

♪ Musicianship skills
♪ Performance assessments
♪ Extended piano techniques
♪ Lesson plan development
♪ Technology integration
♪ Individualized lesson plans
♪ Musical theory knowledge
♪ Creative teaching skills

Professional education and development:

  • • Bachelor of Music in Performance (Piano) with Teaching Certificate from Volgograd Serebryakov Institute of Arts, Russiа

Sergey Yakovlev

Robotics

Professional education and development:

  • • M.S. Computer Science
  • • 25 years experience in electronics and software development
  • • 10+ approved patents in software application
  • • Currently works at Absolute Software as Lead Firmware Developer

Tatiana Yermakova

Russian RF Standards

Tatiana leads the program that allows your child to receive high level of knowledge of Russian language while living in the U.S.A. Her program "Russian Language by Russian Federation Standards" helps students to study the poetry, write a composition, create a presentation, conduct a research on the subject of interest and many other things, learn to read and write in cursive, and all of that in Russian language. Students, who take Tatyana’s "Russian Language by Russian Federation Standards" have an advantage of taking "World Literature" class, where students become acquainted with classic Russian and foreign literature. Tatiana loves children, Russian language, teaching, and believes that every child can reach their highest potential if there is a strong desire. This class is for children who speak Russian well and are prepared to complete homework assignments.

Professional education and development:

  • • Graduated from Minsk State Pedagogical Institute with a degree of an elementary school teacher
  • • More than 20 years of professional experience
  • • 15 years of experience in teaching the Russian language in the U.S.

Tatiana Zelenkina

Math

Candidate of Pedagogical Science, teacher and a psychologist. Mrs.Tatiana as Elementary School teacher in Moscow, as well as a Psychologist at a Help center for population of Tyumen Region. Also she was an analytic specialist in youth policies of the region and taught at Tyumen University as a teacher of psychology and pedagogy of personality.

Mrs. Zelenkina is the author of numerous articles in scientific journals regarding self determination for carrier choices. She published two scientific books on this topic, one of which became the best scientific book of 2016, winning the competition of International Academy of Education (London-Moscow). She enjoys working at Wonder World School, teachings the subject of Mathematics. Also she is currently teaching Russian language classes and practicing psychological counseling.

She believes that the highest value in education is the uniqueness of the child's personality, the implementation of an individual approach to each and the ability to present the material interesting and understandable, so children don’t cease to enjoy learning.

Professional education and development:

  • • Candidate of Pedagogical Science
  • • Bachelor degree in Psychology from Moscow University of Social Studies
  • • Graduated with an Elementary School Teacher degree from the Pedagogical College of Noyabrsk, Russia
  • • Work experience of 20 years

Mariana Zhukova

Ukrainian Language

Professional education and development:

  • • coming up