Yelena Kadeykina, CEO
BA, Brandeis University
MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A graduate of Brandeis University and the MIT Sloan School of Management, Yelena is a "serial entrepreneur": she has helped to found numerous startups, her latest project being Hermiona Education. Yelena has consulted for organizations such as MIT and the World Bank; served as a judge, mentor, and lecturer at MassChallenge, the world's largest accelerator program; and co-founded the MIT Enterprise Forum of Russia, a bridge between the entrepreneurial communities of the US and Russia. She is also an educator and public speaker, and has appeared at a number of conferences, including the World Cities Summit, Open Innovation Forum, StartUp Village, Global Entrepreneurial Congress, and others.
Julia Barr, Director of Education
BA, Middlebury College
MA, University of Chicago
PhD, University of Chicago
An alumna of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Julia Barr graduated as valedictorian from Middlebury College with a B.A. in History and Russian. She received her Ph.D. (as Julia Fein) in Modern Russian History with distinction from the University of Chicago in 2012, based on research she conducted on a Fulbright Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. Her research has taken her to archives and museums from St. Petersburg to Yakutsk and the many places in between. She has taught Russian/Soviet, European, and World History to students at the University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rutgers University, and Macalester College. Julia is excited to use her extensive experience to help international students pursue their own dream of an American education.
Andrey Shlyakhter, Director of Education
BA, Brandeis University
MA, University of Chicago
Andrey Shlyakhter graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Economics and in History (with honors). He received his M.A. from the University of Chicago, where he is preparing his PhD dissertation for defense in the Department of History, and has taught European history to students in the College. He is the recipient of numerous academic fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award from the U.S. Department of Education and an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. A believer in the transformative power of the liberal arts, Andrey is excited to bring his extensive experience in American higher education and his commitment to excellence to the service of our students.
BS, Princeton University
Zaza is currently studying at Princeton University, where he majors in sociology and also concentrates on urban studies. His research focuses on visual media and the development of post-Soviet cities. His writings have been published in various literary journals, and his work has been exhibited internationally. He has experience teaching various foreign languages as well as preparing students to write essays in English. He likes to help his students achieve their academic goals.
BS, Stanford University
Masha Alekseeva is a rising junior at Stanford, where she originally applied to study biology. Masha was a candidate for Russia’s IBO (International Biology Olympiad) in high school after winning awards in National Olympiads. At Stanford, her interests hifted to a more practical and interdisciplinary major: chemical engineering. At Stanford, Masha works in the neuropsychology lab, studying the behavioral effects of pain, and in a bioengineering lab, optimizing and engineering proteins for neurological research. Outside of work, Masha is a board member of a filmmaking club where she helps equip and teach people with no prior experience in filmmaking. In high school, she used to volunteer and teach video-production and editing to children in orphanages. Her passion for helping other people learn and grow in unique artistic ways is coupled with her dedication to academics. Masha tutors on online platforms, as well as helps friends of friends with advice on "how to get accepted to Stanford’." She hopes to help more people to achieve their biggest goals and realize their dreams and potential through Hermiona.
BA, Princeton University
Taylor graduated from Princeton University in 2018 with a degree in Slavic Languages & Literatures, as well as a minor in Neuroscience. She began tutoring high school students in 2013, and since then has helped many students prepare for the SAT, college applications, and college essays. She has lived abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia for Russian language studies. Taylor previously represented the USA in fencing, and fenced for Princeton University's Division 1 varsity fencing team. She is currently a journalist with Poland Today and has published several articles, both journalistic and scientific, internationally and nationally. She has also written creative prose for her Princeton University Slavic senior thesis, which is a novel that features 19th-century Moscow detectives, an absurd man, and the Slavic folklore world.
BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alice Chudnovsky is a proud alumna of Roycemore School, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics on the graduate preparatory concentration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in Russian literature. Having applied to multiple universities and summer programs, she is an expert at requesting letters of recommendation, drafting personal statements, and preparing for standardized tests! For the past 5 years she has used her passion for mathematics as an instructor for students of all ages (K-undergraduate), even designing a new course in her department. Alice has conducted pure mathematics research under the guidance of leading mathematicians at Northwestern University, Clemson University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She hopes to pursue a PhD in mathematics, to pave the way for next generations of female mathematicians. Her extracurricular commitments include sitting on the Student Cabinet for Hillel International, serving as president of the undergraduate chapter of Association for Women in Mathematics she founded in 2017, and playing violin in chamber ensembles whenever she gets a chance.
BA, Princeton University
Thomas Clark earned his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Computer Science from Princeton University in 2018, where he also received certificates in Linguistics and Russian Language and Culture. Prior to attending Princeton, he received his secondary education at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he graduated as one of the top 5 members of his class, served as a peer tutor, and earned prizes in Russian, Mathematics, English, and several other subjects. He has studied abroad in Russia twice, once in Kazan and once in Vladivostok. He is currently a full-time math and computer science teacher, while earning a Masters in Education from the University of Notre Dame.
BA, Dartmouth College
With a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a member of the Ivy League, Leslie Drew knows exactly what it takes to help students prepare for admission to top boarding schools and universities in the USA. With over 15 years of tutoring and test preparation experience, Leslie is able to identify each child’s challenges and develops a customized plan to help them quickly improve.
BA, Princeton University
Leora Eisenberg is a current student at Princeton University, where she is majoring in Slavic Languages and Literatures (Soviet History). Her academic focus is post-Soviet Central Asia, where she has traveled to Tajikistan and Kazakhstan as the recipient of a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship and Streicker International Fellowship, respectively. She has tutored various foreign languages, as well as English composition and literature in Princeton and elsewhere, and is an internationally published author, with pieces in the Huffington Post, Jerusalem Post, Kveller Magazine, and more. Leora uses her experience and personality to bring out students’ best qualities and help them stand out during the college admissions process.
BS, Columbia University
David is a rising junior at Columbia University, where he is studying applied mathematics and computer science. During his time at Columbia, he has served as a student ambassador for prospective and newly admitted students, which has given him insight on what it takes to succeed in college, academically, socially, and psychologically. This summer, David is working at Edison Energy as a software engineering intern, where he helps manage risk in the energy market; last summer, he interned at Progress Software, where he worked on their blockchain for enterprise platform. In his free time, David plays hockey (he is on the club team at school) and enjoys working on cars at his dad’s auto shop as well.
BA, Bosphorus University
MA, Harvard University
Polina Ivanova graduated summa cum laude from Bosphorus University (Istanbul) with a B.A. in History. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at Harvard University, where she also earned her M.A. in 2015. She has taught courses in European History at Harvard College and holds two Certificates of Distinction in Teaching awarded by the Harvard Bok Centre for Teaching and Learning. She is the recipient of numerous academic fellowships and awards, including the Dumbarton Oaks William R. Tyler Fellowship, Social Sciences Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Onassis Foundation Scholarship, and Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship, among others.
BS, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
MS, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
PhD, University of Minnesota
Peter Koroteev earned his BS and MS at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology where he studied theoretical physics and mathematics. Peter came to the United States for his Ph.D. studies at the University of Minnesota, which he completed in 2012. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, ON, Canada. Presently, Peter is a Krener Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis and does research in mathematical physics and string theory. Prof. Koroteev has been working in the educational system through his entire career — from teaching at math summer school in Russia to his experience as a teaching assistant in grad school to, finally, his work as a professor at Davis.
BS, Yale University
Danya Levy is a current student at Yale University, majoring in Geology and Geophysics, with a focus on Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate. Danya moved to Russia at age nine and attended Russian schools for several years in both St. Petersburg and Moscow before returning to the United States, giving her extensive personal experience with both the Russian and American education systems. Due to her major's broad requirements, Danya has developed expertise across a range of subjects, including computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, earth science, and environmental studies. Danya has also worked as a geology field assistant and a research assistant on climate-related projects, and has enjoyed working with children as a camp counselor.
BS, Washington University in St. Louis
Daria Locher, currently a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, is double majoring in Political Science and International and Area Studies (focusing on Russian Cultural Studies). She is a prolific writer, as demonstrated by her numerous published works. These range from analytic pieces, written during her time working at a poverty alleviation nonprofit, to poetry, which she uses as a creative outlet. Daria has enjoyed teaching English, math, and coding to students of all ages and uses her diverse skill set to personalize her teaching approach to students’ individual learning processes.
BA, Davidson College
Jason Lu is a current senior at Davidson College, where he is studying pure mathematics and Russian language and literature. He currently specializes in works of Russian literature from the 20th century, written during the Siege of Leningrad. Additionally, Jason has studied with Middlebury Schools Abroad in Moscow. Jason has tutored subjects ranging from the English language to college level mathematics, with a focus on building his students' confidence in their respective subjects, and translating that to traditional problem solving skills. For the last few years, he has worked with children from many backgrounds: for each of them, he values the opportunity to create individualized paths to improvement!
BA, Georgetown University
David graduated cum laude from Georgetown University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service with a double minor in Russian language and Eastern European Studies. As a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Recipient, David chose to study abroad in Vladimir, Russia. He then served in the Office of Russian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. David's other academic awards include the U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues and the Carroll Fellows Initiative. David specializes in helping students apply to summer programs, private high schools, and universities, having placed students at programs including Harvard University, Brown University, the Hotchkiss School, and Phillips Academy.
BA, Princeton University
Calista Lee was born and raised in New York City. She is a junior at Princeton University and is currently studying abroad at Cambridge University for the fall semester. Before enrolling at Princeton, Calista attended the Trinity School on the Upper West Side in Manhattan. She spent this past summer in New York City as a Sales and Trading analyst at J.P. Morgan, where she also plans on returning next summer. She tutored throughout high school to New York City locals, fellow Trinity Students, and international families over Skype. She is incredibly excited to tutor again and is committed to helping her students reach their goals!
BS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MS, SUNY Albany
Christian holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in Secondary Education from SUNY Albany. During his undergrad, Christian dedicated a portion of his studies to Computer Systems Engineering with an emphasis on robotics applications. He started tutoring privately while in undergrad and has tutored students with a wide array of cognitive abilities and learning differences over the past 6 years. While physics is his specialty, Christian has a deep appreciation for chemistry and mathematics and has tutored countless students in those subjects alongside physics. Christian also has professional experience as a classroom teacher of AP Physics, Standard Physics, and Chemistry.
BA, Yale University
Tessa is a current student at Yale University with a double major in Mathematics and Intellectual History. Having conducted research in mathematics and biostatistics with leading professors and clinicians, and received fellowships for her studies in the humanities, Tessa is very familiar with preparing for interviews, editing essays, polishing resumes, and other vital aspects of the application process. As a tutor, she strives to improve students' performances not by assisting in the process of rote memorization, but by guiding students toward understanding of why the laws of physics, the theorems of mathematics, the rules of grammar, and the events of history are the way they are. Tessa earned a perfect score on the ACT and graduated as valedictorian from Hathaway Brown School in Ohio with Phi Beta Kappa honors. In her free time, she serves as chairman of a political debating society at Yale and composes operas.
BA, Princeton University
Emily Reinhold is a rising junior at Princeton University, where she is pursuing a major in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a minor in Environmental Studies. She is interested in studying environmental policy, as well as other domestic policy issues. Emily was born in Bobruisk, Belarus and immigrated to the United States at the age of six; Russian is the language she speaks at home. In high school, Emily tutored younger students in writing, math, and Spanish; in college, she helps local middle school students with homework through a Princeton organization and teaches ESL to Spanish-speaking immigrants in Trenton, New Jersey. She is also a member of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative. Helping students both succeed in their academics and find a way to enjoy learning is one of Emily’s biggest passions, and it is what has brought her to Hermiona.
BA, Institute of Enterprise Management in Lyon
MBA, French Business School
Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Aigerim was educated in France with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Institute of Enterprise Management in Lyon and a master's degree in corporate strategy from the French Business School. Aigerim has experience in companies both in America and France, where she was in charge of international training programs as a coordinator of corporate training. Today, Aigerim's biggest passion is teaching, and she has dedicated herself to teaching children and adults foreign languages (specifically, English, French, and Russian). Her greatest pleasure is seeing her students' progress. Aigerim supports her students in every way, listening to their needs; she is patient, friendly, and sociable.
BS, Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry
MS, Azerbaijan State University of Oil and Industry
A graduate of the Baku Academy of Petroleum, Mila chose to be a professional educator after working as an electrical engineer because of her desire to teach and share her love of math with others. She has held a variety of positions teaching students at the middle school, high school and college levels. The foundation of her teaching method is a development of logical and critical thinking — by breaking down each topic into a few simple steps, each one is rather a discovery for the student rather than a product of memorization.
Michael now holds his B.S. in Mathematics at Caltech with an additional minor in Geology. In high school, he was an active participant in math competitions, winning Chicago-wide competitions and placing well in national and international competitions. Wanting to spread his passion for mathematics, he launched a mentoring program at his high school for neighboring high school students and worked as a teacher for two years through the Young Scholars Program at UChicago. In addition, Michael has worked as a teaching assistant for the introductory computer science course at the California Institute of Technology. He has gained extensive experience teaching to a variety of ages, topics, and levels of experience - from middle-schoolers to undergraduates, standardized testing to competitive math, and remedial work to enrichment. After earning a master's degree in applied mathematics or statistics, he plans to become a trader.
BA, Yale University
Nadezhda (Nadya) Stryuk earned her B.A. from Yale University, where she majored in Architecture, and currently works for Robert A. M. Stern Architects in New York. She successfully prepared her applications to top American universities while attending a public high school in Voronezh, Russia. Nadya is excited to help other students succeed in applying to the colleges of their dreams, and to share the lessons she learned when she went through the application process herself.
BS, California Institute of Technology
MBA, NYU Stern School of Business
Anatole Faykin is an experienced high tech executive and entrepreneur. Most recently, he founded his own ecommerce company in China, which he grew to 25 employees, over 300,000 subscribers, and a USD 2M+ annual revenue run rate, before selling the company. Previously, he worked in progressively responsible managerial roles at American Express, Intel Corporation, and BT Group across US, Europe, and Asia.
BS, MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tylor Hess graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, where he was inducted into the Pi Tau Sigma (πτσ) Honor Society, held a Gordon Engineering Leadership (GEL) fellowship, and was recognized with many other awards (including a de Florez Design Award). After MIT, Tylor worked as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, where he serviced dozens of U.S. government agencies in technical and leadership positions. He was subsequently recruited by the President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) as the 5th member of the team that went on to create Skoltech. Tyler is currently on leave from a Master’s in Organizational Design at MIT, and working as an advisor and consultant to startups in the Boston area.
BS, MS, Brown University
Andrew Koyfman graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science and a Master’s of Science in Computer Science. After graduation, Andrew worked for five years as a software developer in Silicon Valley. After earning his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, Andrew moved into consulting at Bain & Company. At present, Andrew works at EMC Corporation, where he helps EMC’s executives define the company strategy and future direction.
MA, Boston University
PhD, Tufts University
Marina holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and a Ph.D. in Child Psychology from Tufts University, and is a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship. At present, she holds the position of Chief Analyst at the Efficiency Evaluation Laboratory of the Healthy Families Massachusetts Program, where she supervises research on the educational achievement of children being raised by underage parents. Marina also works in close collaboration with several universities in Nikolaev, Ukraine, where she has led the development of the “Elder Sister" program at the city orphanage, which assists children with their emotional growth. Marina also teaches undergraduate courses in psychology at Northeastern University.
Alex Rikun, Ph.D.
BS, Columbia University
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alex Rikun graduated from Columbia University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Economics. Following graduation, Alex spent a year working as a trader with Lehman Brothers before entering a PhD program in Operations Research at MIT. Since earning his Ph.D. degree, Alex has been working as a consultant at the Analysis Group, focusing on health care litigation, research, and strategy. Alex has also had experience in Operations consulting, as well as at IBM research.
BA, University of California Berkeley
MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management
Evgenii graduated from the University of California Berkeley, earning a BA in Finance with Honors. After earning his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, Evgenii joined Cisco as a Director of Strategy and Analysis of its telecommunications department. Evgenii has also worked for McKinsey, a top consulting firm, where he helped develop business strategy for leading companies in Russia, Ukraine, and the USA.
BA, Harvard University
MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management
Andrew Prihodko is a co-founder and CEO of HitBliss, a venture-backed new generation advertising and premium video streaming platform, where he directly oversees product development, engineering, and operations. He has been a founding team member and technology/product leader at three ther successful startups: Pixamo, an online photo and video sharing platform (acquired by NameMedia); Cambridge Network Security, a penetration testing and information security consultancy; and www.theSpark.com, an online entertainment and educational aid site (SparkNotes, acquired by Barnes and Noble). He was also responsible for technology and media investments at WNT AG, a venture capital and private equity arm of a German family office. Andrew is a graduate of both Harvard College and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
B.A, Presidential Academy of RANEPA
Evgenia is currently pursuing a B.S. in business and management at the Presidential Academy of RANEPA. In high school, she headed her Student Council, and also graduated with high honors. At the age of 15, she organized her own student exchange project between a Russian school and a school in Washington, D.C. Evgenia has been running her own media project in Miami Me Magazine and has been working at Hermiona Education since she was 16. Zhenya is an active volunteer: she participates in organizing Bosco di Ciliegi events, and also helps at various other venues. She loves Russian literature and foreign languages, and also enjoys video editing in her free time.