Our Team

We are a team of open-minded and innovative professionals interested in creating the school of the future. If you are interested in joining us check our Vacancies and send us your resume.
Senior Staff
Humanities and Languages
  • Dr. Melinda Rice
    Head of Humanities Department
    BA in History from the Seattle University. Ph.D. in History from UCLA. Prior to joining Le Sallay, Melinda taught at the University of Mississippi. She has years of experience working with gifted students including at Duke University's Talent Identification Program for middle school students in India and Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth in Hong Kong
  • Bruna Gushurst-Moore

    World literature and English language
    Ph.D. in History and Philosophy from the University of Plymouth, BA in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She did postdoctoral research on the Leverhulme-British Academy Women's Early Modern Letters Online Project in association with Oxford University and the Bodleian Library and taught at different levels from middle school to Master's.
  • Olga Baley
    Foreign Languages
    MA in History from the Moscow State University. A French-based interpreter and languages teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching foreign languages to English-speaking students.

  • Anastasia Moskaleva
    Literature and Russian
    Ph.D. in Philology and a BA in Teaching from Novosibirsk State University. A teacher of literature and a developer of teaching and tutoring programs. She supervises the graduate students' teaching practice and organizes cultural projects and events.
Senior Staff
  • Nika Oksenchuk
    Head of STEM department, Life Sciences Teacher
    Ph.D. in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Didactics and Teaching Methodology. Nika has experience working in the science labs and has developed a unique skill of setting up virtual labs to teach chemistry in a blended learning setting. She is the author of several articles on teaching methodology.
  • Artem Andreev
    Earth and Space Science
    MSc in Applied Math and Physics and Ph.D. from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Artem has taught math, science and robotics in both national (Swiss and Italian) and international schools.
  • Roman Tsventikov
    M.Sc. in Mechanics & Math from the Moscow State University. A winner of the International Math Olympiads, Roman has taught at several Math Olympics boot camps and schools for mathematically gifted students.
Visiting Lecturers
  • Wole Soyinka
    Writer, playwright, activist
    The Nobel laureate in Literature visited Le Sallay to speak about his writing, activism, and his view of the modern world and its history.

  • Online publishing pioneer, digital media guru
    Elizabeth Osder presented a course on interactive media and the changing digital landscape.

  • Researcher, Ph.D. in History of Science from Princeton University, lecturer at the University of Edinburgh
    In his lectures, Michael Barany focuses on the intellectual and material culture of modern mathematics.

  • Author and journalist, Stanford University fellow
    Andrew Lam teaches Media Literacy and Creative Writing.

  • Anna Kadieva
    Principal and Co-founder
    Graduating from Sorbonne University, Anna had been working as a project manager in cultural sector as well as with kids with special learning needs and bilingual teenagers from all over the world before co-founding i Le Sallay Academy. Anna also is a member of both Executive and R&D comittees in EADL (European Association for Distance Learning).
  • Sergey Kuznetsov
    Sergey Kuznetsov is a French-based writer and journalist. He was awarded a Knight Fellowship by Stanford University. His works have been translated into multiple languages.
  • Ekaterina Kadieva
    Ekaterina Kadieva is a psychologist, instructor at the Center for Systemic Family Therapy and a specialist in child development.
  • Aleka Molokova
    Head of Academics
    BA in Linguistics and Art Management. Aleka has worked in secondary and higher education, taught English as Second Language and managed numerous educational projects in Boston where she currently lives.
  • Yuri Lapshin
    MA in Psychology, post-graduate work in professional pedagogy research. Yuri has worked with adolescents both in school and social center settings. He has trained teachers, psychologists and social workers on the aspects of teen psychology and has set up psychological support services for students, teachers and parents in his previous role as a head of psychology department.