Our main goal is to give motivated children access to the highest levels of academic knowledge, opportunities for all-round development and admission to top universities in Russia and abroad. I don’t like the idea of competing with neighbouring schools or the school’s ranking, district-wise. You should learn from your neighbours, what you should fight for is your own dream
Mikhail Mokrinskiy
Principal
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What makes the education at Letovo unique is the fact that we develop skills. You may well forget the date of the Mongol invasion, but you will most definitely learn how to work with historical and critical sources of information. And that is what we call ‘skills for life’, which are vital for every person living in the 21st century
Madlena Shaginyan
Head of Innovation & Development department
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The International Baccalaureate (IB) is one of the few international programmes whose diploma is accepted by most universities throughout the world. Its educational model is built on the principles of humanistic psychology and is aimed at the holistic development of personality. I am a big proponent of this approach and I see the need to popularize this programme
Larisa Korabelshikova
Head of Admissions
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Doing mathematics is the experience of deriving enjoyment from overcoming a challenge. What happens during solving a mathematics problem is an important existential experience
Dmitry Schnol
Head of Mathematics Department
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The combination of two educational models – those of the Russian and International Baccalaureate – opens up great possibilities for developing students’ abilities and talents, enables their fulfilment, to find themselves and simply their happiness
Irina Lyamsheva
Head of Foreign Languages department
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Everyone remembers a teacher who changed one’s life, whose opinion was always interesting and important to hear. In Letovo there is a team of such teachers, each is ready to go through all the school challenges hand in hand with the child, helping, criticizing, spreading their enthusiasm, confidence and sense of humor from the first days until the graduation and beyond.

All instructors at Letovo have teaching experience in the best Russian and international schools. We are forming strong and well-balanced team of methodologists experienced in writing manuals for teachers, of examiners experienced in developing tasks for the Russian national contests (Olympiads) and the Unified State Exam, of young yet successful teachers passionate about cutting edge tech practices. All Letovo teachers have academic and pedagogical success story, and we are all here to stay, and to commit sincerely to the idea of creating the new school.

Every student in Letovo has a rare opportunity to count on personal attention from any teacher. Due to the proportion of 7:1 (7 students to 1 teacher) our students can individually consult with teachers from any department, looking from various perspectives into any subject they are interested in.

Executive team

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Mikhail
Mokrinskiy
Principal
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Mikhail Gennadievich Mokrinskiy is the principal at Letovo School, a member of managing committee of the ‘Teacher for Russia’ programme and an acclaimed expert in the field of education. Mikhail Mokrinskiy was the founding principal of Moscow Lyceum 1535 and guided it to a leading position in Russia’s best schools rating. He has also headed the education management of Moscow Central district and has participated in several educational projects and reforms both at regional and federal level.
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Natalia
Lubomirskaya
Head of Academics
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Madlena
Shaginyan
Head of Innovation & Development department
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Madlena Shaginyan is an internationally-acclaimed specialist in education and teacher training with 17 years’ experience. She is a trainer and member of the International Baccalaureate Expert Committee for Europe and Asia. At Letovo School Madlena Shaginyan is in charge of implementing best practice in the programme as well as maintaining the quality of the educational standards and the innovative system of teacher professional development. Madlena Shaginyan has won awards from the European Council of International Schools and Ministry of Education of Russia for her contributions to developing international education.
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Diane
Riley
Head of Boarding and Pastoral Care
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With many years of Boarding experience, Diane is currently one of a small number of UK Boarding Schools Association (BSA) Level Four Accredited Practitioners. At Diane's core is a love of young people, obvious to any of our students after only one interaction with her. She remembers everything about you from that first meeting. She will do everything she can to make sure your home life aids your academic studies so that you achieve all you desire.
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Vladimir
Shmelev
Head of Extra-curriculum
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Specialist in project management in the field of education and culture. Graduated from the faculty of linguistics of Russian State University for Humanities and finished his post-graduate studies in the V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management for Global Business (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, 2018). Between 2009-2011 was a Deputy General Director for Development of the Polytechnic Museum, participated in the launching of its holistic modernization. In 2011-2018 was a Vice-Rector of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox University.
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Larisa
Korabelshikova
Head of Admissions
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Larisa Korabelshikova is a specialist in education methodology and studies. She has varied experience in co-ordinating studies at the best Russian schools (including the Lyceum of National Research University Higher School of Economics and Moscow School 45), and as a consultant and expert on international examinations. She is responsible for combining and organizing the Russian educational standards and the International Baccalaureate – a programme aimed at all-round education of students.
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Damien
Chiang
IB DP Coordinator, IB Analysis and approaches Teacher
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With a profound belief in the prowess of education in nurturing the next generations, Damien Chiang was trained as a qualified teacher since 2003 and he went on to do a Masters in Education in 2006. He has been teaching in IBDP schools since year 2010 and he saw for himself the worthy aims and objectives of IBO and there is no turning back for him. Currently serving as DP Coordinator, he aims to provide the best DP experience to Letovo students and to develop them to the mission of Letovo School and IBO, and of their own aspirations to their fullest potential.

Academic department

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Dmitry
Schnol
Head of Mathematics Department
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Dmitry Schnol is a teacher, author and manager of programmes working with talented children. He has taught algebra and geometry since 1990. Before coming to Letovo School he created and led the mathematics department at ‘Intellectual’ School (Moscow) and has worked as a methodologist at the Moscow Centre of pedagogical proficiency. Alongside his speciality in mathematics, he is also a philologist. Dmitry Schnoll’ is a member of the committee which prepares the All-Russian Mathematics Olympiads.
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Irina
Lyamsheva
Head of Foreign Languages department
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Worked in the Moscow Gymnasium №5 for 12 years. Undertook internship at one of the best US schools Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, where she taught Russian and English for a year. Besides, Irina Lyamsheva taught IB English programmes and coordinated the “Foreign languages” strand in Moscow School of Economics.
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Evgeniy
Zheglov
Head of IT department
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Svetlana
Kolyakina
Head of Science department
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Teacher of the highest qualification category. Holds the title “Honourable worker of General Education of the Russian Federation” (2009). Winner of the contest of the best Russian teachers of the Major National Project “Education” (2006). Three times laureate of the Moscow Government Grant. Moscow Teacher of the Year (2012). Three times winner of Dmitry Zimin’s fund “Dynasty” in the nomination “Tutor of Future Scientists”. Original author of the project “Scientific Salon” of the “Trajectory” fund. Among Svetlana Kolyakina’s students there are those with 100 points in the Unified State Exam in Physics, winners and prize-winners of the All-Russian School Olympiads and the International Experimental Olympiad in Physics and Astronomy, a gold medalist in the International Physics Olympiad (2016) and a silver medalist in the Asian Physics Olympiad (2016).
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Elena
Urman
Head of Social studies department
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Elena Urman’s work experience is 27 years. Elena Urman has the highest teacher qualification. She is the developer of educational programmes of the distance-learning project “Teleschool” and the Unified State Exam preparation course in Social Studies of the “Maximum” educational programme. Elena Urman holds certificates in MYP and DP of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Laureate of the Moscow Governor Grant (2009) and the Grant of the President of the Russian Federation in the educational area (2010). Elena Urman is actively involved in social and educational activities: she is a member of the International Committee of Former Prisoners of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, the co-founder of the public non-commercial fund of the “Memorial of the prisoners of fascist concentration camps named after Mark Tilevitsch”.
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Aleksey
Mashkovtsev
Head of Physical education department
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Honoured teacher of the city of Moscow. Honoured worker of general education of the Russian Federation. Laureate of the contest “Moscow Pedagogue of the Year – 2017”. Winner of the contest “Moscow Teacher of the Year – 2000”. Twice laureate of the Grants of the President of the Russian Federation in education. In 2007-2016 – acting as a chief editor of the magazine “Sports at school” of the “First September” publishing house. Author of over 150 articles, published in various educational issues.
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Sergey
Ivanov
Head of Language and Literature department
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Alumnus of the Faculty of Philology of Moscow State Pedagogical University. Candidate of Sciences in Philology. In 2000-2018 taught Russian at the Lyceum 1535. Trained winners and prize-winners of the regional and final tour of the All-Russian Olympiad in the Russian language. During his work in the Lyceum 58 his alumni achieved 100 points in the Unified State Exam in Russian, the average points of the alumni in the Unified State Exam in Russian – 90. Expert in the Unified State Exam in Russian. Author of several schoolbooks on preparation for the Unified State Exam.
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Arseniy
Petrov
Head of Arts Department
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Ph.D. in History of Arts. Alumnus of the department of Theory and History of Arts of the History faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Undertook professional training at Harvard University (USA) and Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy). Reads lecture courses in History of Arts at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian State University for Humanities, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Russian Icons, the Shchusev State Museum of Architecture.

IB Team

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Madlena
Shaginyan
Head of Innovation & Development department
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Madlena Shaginyan is an internationally-acclaimed specialist in education and teacher training with 17 years’ experience. She is a trainer and member of the International Baccalaureate Expert Committee for Europe and Asia. At Letovo School Madlena Shaginyan is in charge of implementing best practice in the programme as well as maintaining the quality of the educational standards and the innovative system of teacher professional development. Madlena Shaginyan has won awards from the European Council of International Schools and Ministry of Education of Russia for her contributions to developing international education.
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Dmitri
Ozherelyev
MYP Coordinator, IB Analysis and approaches Teacher
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Damien
Chiang
IB DP Coordinator, IB Analysis and approaches Teacher
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With a profound belief in the prowess of education in nurturing the next generations, Damien Chiang was trained as a qualified teacher since 2003 and he went on to do a Masters in Education in 2006. He has been teaching in IBDP schools since year 2010 and he saw for himself the worthy aims and objectives of IBO and there is no turning back for him. Currently serving as DP Coordinator, he aims to provide the best DP experience to Letovo students and to develop them to the mission of Letovo School and IBO, and of their own aspirations to their fullest potential.
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Aniruddha
Chakraborty
TOK Coordinator, IB Biology Teacher
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Ani’s teaching experience spans over 11 years, teaching science for middle school, but specializing in High School Biology. Originally from India, he has taught in Japan, Belgium and now in Russia. He is an IB Examiner for Biology, TOK and Extended Essay and an active member of the Curriculum Review Committee of IBDP Biology. He also possesses the experience of Career Counselor, helping the students applying for Universities. He was one of the 100 teachers for NASA Space Camp for Educators at US Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama in 2017. He is also an examiner for CAIE Biology. He is well acclaimed for preparing the students to get into medicine. He is interested in wildlife photography and have been doing it for the last 10 years.
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Alastair
Budd
CAS Coordinator, IB History&Global Politics Teacher
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Mr Budd is a teacher of History and Politics and CAS co-ordinator. Originally from the UK, he worked in international education in China for 12 years before coming to Letovo. He speaks Mandarin, and has an MA in International Relations from Keele University in the UK. He is dedicated to creating a balanced and well-rounded education for his students, and has a history of supervising a wide range of extracurricular programs at various schools such as Interact clubs and US Academic Decathlon training.
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Maria
Kazbek-Kazieva
IB Russian A: Literature Teacher
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Natalia
Khramtsova
IB Russian A: Literature Teacher
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Natalia
Krivich
IB English B Teacher
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Maria
Kalugina
IB French B Teacher
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Anna
Yermolchik
IB German B Teacher
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Gabriela
Santa Maria
IB Spanish B Teacher
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Mattias
Edwards
IB Economics and Business Management Teacher
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Konstantin
Levushkin
IB History Teacher
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George
Arabuli
IB Physics Teacher
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Gareth Robert
Kucinkas
IB Physics Teacher
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Gareth Robert Kucinkas has over twenty years of experience at boarding schools in four different countries - USA, Switzerland, China and now Russia. Over the years he continued to develop his teaching skills to include plenty of activities and experiments while meeting the strict requirements of the International Baccalaureate syllabus. As part of his professional development he trained as a college counselor. He performed this task for a few years in Switzerland and has made use of the skills and knowledge during recent position in Shanghai. This knowledge of the admission process has helped him to aid many students and reduce some of the stress and pressure experienced by students and their families during the final two years of high school.
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Margarita
Lomakina
IB Computer science Teacher
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Qaizar
Husain
IB Chemistry Teacher
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Alexander
Shklover
IB Analysis and approaches Teacher
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Anastasia
Yangirova
IB Analysis and approaches Teacher
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