My name is Marina. I graduated from Saint-Petersburg Hertsen State Pedagogical University as a primary school teacher. After graduation I was working in this capacity for 9 years in Russia. I conducted lessons of Russian language and literacy , maths, science, PE, art and craft, outdoors games and different activities.
I have been living in the UK for more than 7 years and during this time I helped my elder daughter to prepare for the Russian language exams: GCSE and A –levels which she passed with top marks. I am well familiar with all aspects of bringing up bilingual child.
Here, in Solnyshko school I am teaching expanding vocabulary and language development for different age group.
I'm striving to make our lessons interesting, entertaining, inclusive of various forms of learning: telling stories, role-playing, sensory games, funny rhymes and crafts.
The children enjoy studying here, they perform at their best and I am very pleased with their progress and enthusiasm.
Olga Efremova (PhD in Chemistry, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry)
I came from Novosibirsk (Russia), where I studied for a Chemistry degree at the Novosibirsk State University. After graduation with distinction and a medal from the Russian Ministry for Science and Education for the best student scientific work, I did a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, for which I undertook research in three different countries. Many years I worked as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Hull, where apart from teaching I also lead research in the area of materials chemistry trying to deliver new innovations for healthcare, such as new biomedical sensors and new technologies for cancer treatment.
I have a strong passion for natural sciences and believe that a love for the sciences should be developed from an early age. I show my passion to children during science lessons at the Russian Language school, where I demonstrate that everyday things are in fact interesting objects for research and experiments.
I was born and grew up in St. Petersburg. Graduated from St. Petersburg State University and then I worked as a teacher. I also worked in a kids summer camp in USA. I moved to UK in 2007 and have been teaching Russian Language at “Solnyshko” since 2013.
My classes are designed to help children to learn/improve reading and writing abilities, constantly expanding their vocabulary and using correct sentence structure. Other aims are: correct use of words and sentence structure as well as the introduction of classic children's literature in Russian language and developing an interest in Russian culture and national traditions.
I am from the far eastern capital of Russia, Vladivostok. I have a pedagogical education, which I got from the Pedagogical State University in Russia. During 2022 I attained a further degree as a Speech Therapist teacher.
My length of teaching experience with children and students is 35 years. 10 years at a Russian children’s junior school as a track and field athletics training coach, 11 years as a teacher in the Far Eastern State University and College in Vladivostok City and more than 7 years in the Russian Language School “Solnyshko” in Warrington. In “Solnyshko” I work as a speech development teacher and Speech Therapist.
Professional skills: love of working with children, knowledge of pedagogical theory and basic psychology, pedagogical teaching techniques, pedagogical creativity, excellent communication skills, high standard of discipline, organisation skills, highly responsible
My philosophy is very simple: in a healthy body – healthy spirit: Mental and physical development are interdependent. This is very important for children in nursery school, primary school and secondary school. I know how to make a happy atmosphere in my lessons by using games, sports and dance exercises to achieve an individual and harmonious development of the child.
I love to work in “Solnyshko” because there is a lovely atmosphere and i work in a team of like-minded, highly qualified teachers who have a rich experience of working with children.
I'm from Belarus. I’ve been with "Solnyshko" from the earliest days and I'm a member of the school committee. I'm proud of my work, we have a wonderful team and the best pupils! For me working in our school is my favourite work and a rewarding hobby.
I have a higher pedagogical education in the speciality of "Russian Language and Literature". In December 2020, I completed the advanced course "Features of teaching Russian as a second language to children." For many years I've worked in a school environment, including experience of social work for people with disabilities. I also have a librarian diploma and work experience in public and school libraries. Including winning an award in "The Best Librarian of the Year".
In "Solnyshko" I teach the speech development for groups 4, 5 and 9. I'm also the school librarian, photographer, webmaster and web administrator of our school web-site and Facebook page.