Board of Directors

Details, meeting minutes, and agendas.

Minnesota law specifies the makeup of the Board of Directors of the school. It must have members from each of the previous groups of adults working with the school. All board members must complete criminal background checks, sign a code of conduct and a conflict of interest document before they can serve on the board. Collectively the board is responsible for the success of the school, including all hiring, financial resources, and operations of the school.


Term: 2021-2024
Community Member
Chair of the Board

Mark’s extensive educational and professional background lays in the area of Building Engineering and Management.  As a community leader, Mark has experience serving on a charter school board in a capacity of a treasurer and a Board chair.   He was instrumental in helping another charter school recover from administrational mistakes and rebuild its fund balance.  Mark’s passion for the charter schools comes from a firm believe that charter school environment is very important as an alternative to the traditional public schools. Mark has joined the Nasha Shkola board in June of 2016 and served as a treasurer.   He has helped Nasha Shkola to deal with the challenges, stabilize and grow.


Term: 2019-2022


Term: 2020-2023

Alexej Abyzov holds Bachelor and Master degree in physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. In 2008 he also obtained a Ph.D. degree in Computational Biology from the Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts. Since 2014 he is leading a research laboratory in the Mayo Clinic focused on the discovery and analysis of genomic variants and their relevance to diseases. He is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed articles in various scientific journals including Nature and Science. From 2015 he joined the board as a parent of two students in Nasha Shkola. He believes that learning of Russian language, literature and culture is not only necessary for children from Russian speaking families but is also beneficial for children native in other languages and with different cultural background. As a parent he is also involved in organization of New Year celebration in the school.


Term: 2020-2023

Natalya Johnson is a second-grade teacher at Nasha Shkola. Natalya was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to the United States when she was eight years old. She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. “Serving on the school board has provided me with an opportunity to be part of a team that looks to further build the school. Helping to provide input in navigating the school to continual success is a rewarding experience.”

Nicole Nelson


Term: 2021-2023
Community Member

Ms. Nelson has served as a classroom teacher and administrator for over 15 years in charter schools. Her experience also includes serving on charter school boards. Ms. Nelson earned her bachelor’s degree in social studies education from St. Olaf College and holds a master’s degree and education specialist degree from Concordia University. She is licensed in social studies education (grades 5-12) and holds a K-12 principal’s license. Ms. Nelson has served as a cadre for Innovative Quality Schools, an independent educational consultant and professor in the department of education at Minnesota State University Mankato. Ms. Nelson currently serves as Co-founder and Director of Progeny Academy in Brooklyn Center.

Marisol Serdiouk


Term: 2021-2022

Marisol Serdiouk, graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, (UCSC) earning a Bachelor’s degree in Community Studies, with a minor in Legal studies. After graduation, she worked for a software company and during that time met her wonderful Russian husband, Evgueni. They then moved to the Midwest where she worked as a marketer for several big companies. After a few years she decided to pursue her MBA from the University of Wisconsin with an emphasis in Brand and Product Management. Upon graduation 3M relocated her family to Minnesota. Currently, she is a dedicated and proud stay-at-home mom of two wonderful multilingual kids.

Throughout the years she has volunteered at many organizations that support children and youth. She founded a group at UCSC, where students mentored children of migrant workers. She also worked at Santa Cruz, CA juvenile hall, Big Brother Big Sister organization, Oasis center specifically helping parents with children in domestic violence situations, and locally she volunteered for YA (Youth in Action!) a program in Saint Paul that specifically helps the Latino Youth Community.

She loves Nasha Shkola and this school has given her several opportunities to continue to volunteer throughout the school year. Both of her children will join Nasha Shkola in the fall and not only does she want our actions as a Board to benefit her children, but all future children in our Minnesota community.

All chartered schools in Minnesota must be authorized by an organization approved by the Minnesota Department of Education.   Innovative Quality Schools (IQS), which was approved by MDE in December 2010, is the authorizer of Nasha Shkola. Refer to for more information about IQS. To communicate with a representative of Innovative Quality Schools, contact Thomas Tapper, Ed.D., Managing Director at or Milo Cutter, Ed.S., Director at or at 651-234-0900.

Board meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm (unless otherwise noted) at Nasha Shkola. ALL ARE WELCOME! The Finance Committee meets at 5:30pm prior to the board meeting.

Board of Directors Meeting Agenda: May 17, 2022

Meeting Agenda for upcoming Board of Directors Meeting.

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: March 15, 2022

Meeting Minutes for most recent Board of Directors Meeting.

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Nasha Shkola — Russian for Our School — is an academically rigorous K-8 charter school, providing a highly-structured learning environment for students interested in Russian language and culture.

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    School Info

    Nasha Shkola
    6717 85th Avenue North
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

    Phone: 763-496-5550
    Fax: 763-424-8520

    School Hours
    Monday – Friday:
    8:30 am – 4:30 pm

    Office Hours
    Monday – Friday:
    8 am – 4 pm