Dr. Elena Yulaeva, Founder and Director
Elena Yulaeva supervises all key education and outreach components of SDRS. In addition, Elena works with educators from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) interdisciplinary program to further integrate the SDRS K-12 curriculum with REEES mission and activities and provide a meaningful venue for REEES students and faculty to engage with bilingual students. Elena holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington and leads a number of K-12 environmental education projects including the award-winning Global Forest Link Program.
Dr. Marianna Gorelova, Principal
Marianna graduated from Moscow State University with a Ph.D. in Physics. She worked as a researcher in Moscow for fifteen years and at the University of Rio De Janeiro for four years. After moving to America, Marianna received an education in applied arts. She is currently a contract artist and a specialist in ceramic painting. Her work was published in the encyclopedia “Russian Painting” and is showcased by the La Jolla Art Association.
Contribution to SDRS: Marianna is the co-founder of SDRS and has been teaching at the school since 1999. She develops the school curriculum, compiles classwork and homework for the students every week and collaborates with Elena in searching for and interviewing qualified teachers. She has taught Physics for three years and Russian Speech for four years. Currently, Marianna teaches “Russian Applied Arts” and “Russian Drawing and Painting.” Students learn the skills of traditional Russian craft and the historical background of Russian art styles (to see students’ works visit Marianna’s website). The class also helps students practice Russian speech and expands their vocabulary.