Our Team

Le Sallay Academy U.S. Faculty
Tonya Walker
Head of Humanities
BA in English and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and an MFA in Fiction from the Virginia Commonwealth University.
Before joining Le Sallay, Tonya was a Canadian journalist and an instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

She began teaching middle school in the independent school system in 2011. She taught English and Creative Writing in Virginia and New York for six years before becoming English department chair and Middle School Head at a large private school.

New to Boston, she is currently working on her Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership at Harvard and a short story collection.
Sean Berg
Head of STEM
BSc from James Madison University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from John Hopkins University.
Sean has over twenty years of experience as a teacher and curriculum developer. He has taught in public schools, private schools and a Quaker Friends school. Sean believes in creating hands-on STEM projects that enable students to deepen their understanding of the connections between the sciences, engineering, technology, art and math.

When not teaching Sean plays tennis, surfs, skis, hikes and plays with his labrador retriever. He did teach all of the sports mentioned, including skiing in Colorado, surfing in North Carolina and tennis in Maryland.
Jo Wurst
Teacher of Science

MSc in Science Education from Montana State University, Bozeman. B.A. in Anthropology and Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming

After teaching science-based education programs for non-profits and National Parks for 8 years, Jo completed her Masters of Science in Science Education with Montana State University, Bozeman in 2021. The main focus area of her studies were the life sciences. Her capstone researched recreational impacts on vegetation in the ponderosa pine forests surrounding Prescott, Arizona. Jo has taught in a middle school science classroom at a small charter school in Arizona for the past two years.

Jo now lives in Colorado with her partner, Joseph, and their dog, Joplin. She enjoys skiing, trail running, backpacking, and drawing with pen and ink in her free time.
Natalie Gordon
Teacher of History

B.A. in International Studies from Gonzaga University, M.A. in International Studies from the University of Wyoming
Natalie Gordon graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in International Studies, focusing on European Studies. After working as an administrator for a Real Estate Investment Company, she was accepted to the International Studies M.A. program at the University of Wyoming. During her program, she worked as both a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University and a substitute teacher for the local school district. Natalie graduated in 2021, with her research fully done online, allowing her to explore and develop new methods of qualitative research. Natalie spent the spring semester of 2022 as an Instructional Assistant at an independent school in Seattle. Natalie now lives in Winter Park, CO with her two cattle dogs Archie and Ruby. She enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening, sewing, cooking, and reading.
Kristina Traylor
Teacher of French

M.A. in French from Middlebury College Language Schools, Business Diploma from the School of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris.
Kristina Traylor graduated from Middlebury College Language Schools with a Master’s in French and a French business diploma from the School of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris. She has 16 years of experience teaching French, with seven of those years being virtual.  She has extensive study abroad experience, living in Angers, France during undergraduate studies, and in Paris for her Master’s and Ph.D. She also has fluency in Spanish, as she has completed courses at the UADE in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently pursuing an EdS in Foreign Language Education from Auburn University and has completed all courses towards the Ph.D. at the University Sorbonne and Centre Middlebury.  She lives in Dunedin, Florida with her family and enjoys hiking, camping, and all things musical.
Visiting Lecturers

Wole Soyinka

Writer, playwright, activist

The Nobel laureate in Literature visited Le Sallay to speak about his writing, activism, and his view of the modern world and its history.

Online publishing pioneer, digital media guru

Elizabeth Osder presented a course on interactive media and the changing digital landscape.

Researcher of history of science, lecturer at the University of Edinburgh

In his lectures, Michael Barany focuses on the intellectual and material culture of modern mathematics.

Author and journalist, Stanford University fellow

A journalist and short-story write who teaches Media Literacy and Creative Writing.

Helen Levov

MBA in Knowledge Management from Euromed Ecole de Management, France, BA in Computational Biology from NYU.

Helen has a vast experience in strategic marketing and operational development of both educational non-for-profit and bio-medical business organizations. Over the past 10 years, she mainly worked with Continuing Education projects and the development of online learning tools. Having worked and lived in the USA and Europe Helen brings additional expertise and international and multicultural vision to our International School.
Polina Vulf
Community wellbeing manager
Polina has over 7 years of experience working as a Project Manager with various international and interdisciplinary art projects in Europe. She moved to Boston with her husband in 2020. Since then, Polina has worked on various educational projects at different institutions including MIT and Le Sallay Academy. 

At Le Sallay Discovery Polina will manage the team of counselors and administrators. She will communicate with parents, advise on school policies and ensure smooth transition from online to offline sessions.  
Faculty of the Le Sallay International Academy
Dr. Melinda Rice
Head of Humanities Department
BA in History from the Seattle University. Ph.D. in History from UCLA. Prior to joining Le Sallay, Melinda taught at the University of Mississippi. She has years of experience working with gifted students including at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program for middle school students in India and Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth in Hong Kong
Jelena Jaric
BA in Archaeology and an MA in Medieval Studies from Central European University. Currently she is working on her DPhil in Archaeology at the University of Oxford. For the past three years, she had been teaching history, geography and social studies to middle school and high school students.

World Literature and English Language

BA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, an MLit in Writing from the University of Glasgow, and an MA in Education from the Autonomous University of Catalonia.
Cila has taught in her native United States, England, Spain and Scotland. Her experience ranges from individual tutoring to online courses for hundreds of students.
Yan Rauch
Head of STEM
BA in Microelectronics from the Moscow State Institute of Electronic Technologies. Specialist training in teaching physics and math.
Yan has many years of experience developing math programs for gifted students and training students for international Mathematics Olympics.
Yulia Sorokina
Math Teacher, Diverse Learning Coordinator
MEd in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Yulia is a math interventionist, math co-teacher and coordinator of special education programming.
Evelyn Aremu
B.Sc. (Hons.) in Botany and M.Sc. in Environmental Biology from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. MBA and a Masters in Teaching Science from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah. A recipient of the Japanese government scholarship, she earned a PhD in Bioenvironmental Science from Tottori University, Japan. Evelyn has broad experience working across multicultural settings of Asia, Europe and America.