Board of Directors

Details, meeting minutes, and agendas.

NS annual board election will take place on Friday, June 4th, 2021.

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: 2018-2021
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: 2019-2021


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

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: June 15, 2021

Meeting Agenda for upcoming Board of Directors Meeting.

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes: April 20, 2021

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.

Contact Us

    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