Nadezhda Senina, BES Director and 3 Grade


Nadezhda Senina has been the director of Bryte Evening School since 2019 and is passionate about keeping the Russian language alive within the community. She has been teaching at Bryte Evening School since 2011 before her current role as a director. She was born in Crimea in 1973, and after completing school she began working as a teacher assistant to gain experience. In 1993 she moved to Saint Petersburg to begin her studies in child development and child psychology, with an emphasis on instilling Christian values. She completed her degree, and moved to Kyrgyzstan to gain more experience teaching children,as well as doing missionary work for 8 months. After she returned home, she got married and continued working as a Sunday school teacher. In 2004 she moved to the USA with her husband and 4 kids and began living in California. Nadezhda attended American River College and completed the early childhood education program, as well as focused on raising her children and teaching them their native language. Nadezhda also teaches the 3rd grade and incorporates bible verses into many of her lessons to not only help grow her students Russian skills but also help them grow spiritually.
Her favorite bible verse is: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” Proverbs 3:5-6

Margarita Lodzhanskiy, BES Administrative Assistant


Margarita Lodzhanskiy was born in Melitopol, Ukraine in 1996 and moved to America when she was just 8 years old. She grew up in Roseville most of her life and graduated Roseville High school in 2014. In late 2014 she began attending American River College to pursue a degree in Hospitality Management and Culinary, while working various jobs to gain experience. She graduated with an Associate's degree and also received a certificate in Baking and Pastry. After college, she got married and moved to West Sacramento where she got hired as a manager in a small sandwich shop. She worked there for almost 2 years, running a team of 10-15 employees. In 2021 she decided to switch careers and began working as an office assistant for a pest control company in North Highlands where she currently helps handle any and all office duties from answering phone calls to creating contracts/proposals.
Margarita has been a member of Bryte church since 2013 and has been working as a secretary for Bryte Evening School since 2018. She stays very busy working 2 jobs, but always makes time to dive into the word.
One of her favorite passages is: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Kristina Babai, BES Administrative Assistant


Kristina Babai was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. She lives in America for 4 years. Graduated from ‘’River City High School’’ in 2021 year and have a High School graduation diploma. Now she is studying at Sacramento City College.

She attends Bryte Church and sings in the choir ‘’Credo’’.

Her favorite Bible verse is: ’You’re going to make it. Trust me.’’ Psalm 23


Zoya Stanchits, 0 Grade


My name is Zoya. I graduated from several universities in Russia and the US. After completing my Master Program in teaching Foreign Languages in Blagoveshchensk State University, I went to Saint Petersburg State University, where I received the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. After immigrating to the US, I entered a doctoral program at University of Colorado and then transferred to UC Davis, where I received my PhD in Comparative Literature. I have been teaching for more than 20 years, including courses in Russian Literature, Chinese Literature, Chinese Culture, World Literature, Russian as a Foreign Language, Russian for Beginners (ages 4-6 at Bryte Evening School) and Elementary and Intermediate Russian Language (UC Davis).
I do enjoy teaching. Other things that bring me joy are spending time with children and my family, meeting and communicating with people, travelling and exploring the world.
One of my favorite verses from the Bible is Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Landish Morozova, 1A Grade


Landish Morozova was born in 1958 in Uzbekistan. In 1975 she completed high school. In 1983 she moved to Tashkent and shortly after, began to work at a daycare. In 1989 she began attending a university where she studied for 2 years to be a teacher and began working until her move to America in 2004.Shortly after she moved, she began to work at Bryte and has been teaching since 2016. She enjoys working with children and relies on God to give her wisdom.
Her favorite bible verse is Psalm 22:1-4 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Galina Popikova, 1B Grade and Mathematics


Galina Popikova was born in Maykop, Russia. When she was 2 years old, her parents moved the family to Almaty (formerly Alma-Ata) Kazakhstan, where Galina completed high school and after, attended a college where she completed a program majoring in construction. Galina received a degree in secondary technical education, and after graduating, she began working at a university in “project ventilation” for over 19 years. After that, she began working as a technician and worked her way to become an engineering director. In 1984, Galina received a master's degree in the engineering field. From the years of 1975 to 1996, Galina was a Sunday school teacher at Second Baptist Church of Alma-Ata. In 1993, Galina was a teacher at a public school and also attended a biblical institute to become a coordinator for Sunday school. In 1996, Galina moved to California and began working at Sacramento City College in the mathematics department. Galina has also worked at First Slavic Church as a Russian school teacher and is now working at Bryte, teaching Russian and Mathematics. Galina has over 40 years of experience working with students.
Her favorite bible verse is Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord and not for people”.

Elena Iliashik, 2 Grade


Hello! My name is Elena Iliashik. I was born and grew up in Russia, the Krasnodar region, Varenikovskaya village. In 1986 I graduated from Novorossiysk Pedagogical College with an Elementary School Teacher major. After graduation, I have 30 years of working experience in my native school #56 at the place of residence. Every three years took refresher courses. In 2016 I moved to the United States.

At the invitation of the Bryte Christian Academy administration, I work as a teacher of Russian language and literature in elementary grades. I am very friendly, sympathetic, and I love children very much. During my teaching career, I received many certificates and thanks from the administration and parents. Some of my graduates have gold medals.

In my free time, I like to embroider with ribbons and bake. I volunteer in the kitchen at the Bright Church.

Yelena Bulgakova, 4-5 Grades


My name is Yelena Bulgakova. I was born in USSR, the Kyrgyz Republic. In 1974 I graduated High School. Then, I studied at Kyrgyz State University from 1974 to 1979. I graduated from Kyrgyz State University with a degree in Philology, and I became a teacher of Russian Language and Literature working in this profession for the next 18 years. In 1997, my family and I came to the USA. I started working as a teacher of Russian Language at Alyce Norman Elementary School in 1998 (it was an After School Program). At the same time, I was studying at Sacramento City College and working at a store. From 2003 to 2019, I was working for Twin Rivers Unified School District as a paraeducator. At the same time, I was also working as a teacher of Russian Language and Literature in two different Russian Saturday Schools. I have been working for the Russian Baptist Church as a teacher of Russian Language and Literature since 2008.

Olesya Pugacheva, 6 Grade


Anna Ovchinnikova, Art


Anna Ovchinnikova was born in Moscow, Russia. Anna graduated from Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry with Masters in Industrial Design in 2013. In 2016 Anna graduated with honors from the British Higher School of Art and Design with a degree in Art Direction. Anna has worked as a web design consultant while continuing her independent work as an artist.

During her studies she represented her academy at art olympiads in academic painting, winning first places. She is a member of the Creative Union of Russian Artists. She is also an artist in resident at Kennedy Gallery in Midtown Sacramento.

Since 2017, after moving to the USA, Anna has grown her own art education program. Using an innovative teaching technique, Anna has helped kids and adults to develop their own ways of self-expression disregarding their past drawing skills. In her art classes, students have the opportunity to reveal their creative potential and learn not to be afraid to express themselves. Anna has been working as an art teacher at Bryte Evening School since 2019. Teaching to children is the main source of inspiration for Anna. Her favorite famous phrase is “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up” by Pablo Picasso.