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.

Mark
Eilers

Term: 2018-2021
Community Member
Chair of the Board
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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.

Elizaveta
Lindman

Term: 2016-2019
Teacher
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Christian
Schmidt

Term: 2017-2020
Teacher
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Christian is a teacher representative on Nasha Shkola school board. He teaches 5-8th grade social studies at the school. Christian has been with Nasha Shkola for four years and has served on the board for four years as well. He graduated from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a BA in Political Science. He completed Hamline University licensing program to teach social studies in grades 5-12. Prior to working at Nasha Shkola, he worked as a substitute teacher for 2 years. Christian has served as a board secretary since his election in 2014.

Andrew
Wood

Term: 2018-2021
Teacher
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Alexej
Abyzov

Term: 2017-2020
Parent
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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.

Yelena
Kurdyumova

Term: 2017-2020
Community Member
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Yelena is a professional linguist and teacher of English and Russian, graduate of Moscow State Linguistics University, Moscow, Russia. She is a founder and owner of International Interpreting, Translation & PR services, LLC. (www.runglobaltranslate.com ), and a member of the American Translation Association (ATA), and of the International Federation of Translators (IFT). She is also a freelance writer, sports and travel photo journalist-stringer and photo artist, a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Yelena is a curator of international cultural and sports projects, engaged in organization of exhibition exchange; an editor-in-chief of international bilingual (English/Russian) web source www.Runglobalmedia.com, focused on sports, innovations, culture. She is a former competitive figure skater, and figure skating coach in Moscow, Russia. Yelena is a community leader in Brooklyn Park and Hennepin County: former member of Brooklyn Park Human Rights Commission and Hennepin County Human Resources Board (2010 – 2014). Living and working in Brooklyn Park since 2009, she knows well all problems and opportunities for work in this city and uses her experience and knowledge for the benefit of Nasha Shkola Charter School.

Julia
Ishanova

Term: 2018-2021
Parent
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Julia is a parent representative on Nasha Shkola school board.  She is a full time stay-at-home mom. Julia attended Sacramento State University majoring in accounting. She has worked in the Medical Insurance industry prior to her  decision to become a stay-at-home parent to raise her two children. Julia is very passionate about her children’s education and have always considered knowing a second language a remarkable skill. She was a competitive swimmer and platform diver in the past. Sport has always been a big part of her childhood.   Therefore, she makes sure her children stay actively busy with sports as well. Julia’s family has been with Nasha Shkola since the first day when school officially opened its doors to students. She loves photography, interior home designing, traveling and most of all being a full time parent. Julia is very dedicated to her children and strives to make sure that they grow up knowing how to love, share, understand and accept. She truly believes that fundamental blocks of every child’s education should be built first of all at home.

Ivanna
Gradinar

Term: 2018-2019
Parent

Paul
Kinsley

Term: 2018-2019
Community Member

Paul M. Kinsley is a former Executive Director of Nasha Shkola.  In this capacity, Paul has served the school for three years and was responsible for for school development,  policy and compliance, management and development of all school staff, systems and resources,  including finances, operations, transportation, and food service.  Prior to his taking this position in August 2015, Paul was the director of Watershed High School and helped bring them out of S.O.D., and back to profitability.  In all, Mr. Kinsley has had nearly 20 years in the educational field in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Educationally, Mr. Kinsley has received his B.A. from the University of Portland, his Master’s from Augustana College, his teaching certification from St Thomas University, his administrative certification from St Cloud State University and has completed all but his dissertation on his Ed. D. from Bethel University.  Before entering the educational field, Mr. Kinsley spent 23 years in the corporate world working with Fortune 1000 companies in protecting their assets and finances.  Mr. Kinsley has been a tremendous executive director, guiding our school through many challenges and improvement efforts.

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 www.iqsmn.org for more information about IQS. To communicate with a representative of Innovative Quality Schools, contact Thomas Tapper, Ed.D., Managing Director at ttapper@iqsmn.org or Milo Cutter, Ed.S., Director at mcutter@iqsmn.org or at 651-234-0900.

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 – 3:30 pm

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:
8 am – 4 pm