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 enjoys downtime with his wife and children. They enjoy playing in the backyard with the family dog, going to the beach or walking at a local park. Along with teaching science and math content, Sean has also taught skiing in Colorado and surfing in North Carolina.

  • Yulia Sorokina
    Diversity Learning Co-ordinator
    BA in Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, MEd in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago
    Yulia is a coordinator of special education programming experienced in creating inclusive programming for diverse learners in a variety of special education settings.

    Prior to joining Le Sallay Academy Yulia worked as a math and special education teacher in elementary and middle schools. She is also a math interventionist and a math coach having prepared Math League teams for a range of international math competitions.

  • 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 for educational not-for-profit and bio-medical business organizations. Over the past 10 years, she worked with Continuing Education projects. Having worked and lived in the USA and Europe Helen brings an international and multicultural vision to our International School.
  • Sergio Remizov
    Head Counsellor
    Sergio leads creative labs and educational projects for kids and adults alike. His background in music (he has his own band!) and linguistics allows him to come up with truly unique ideas for games, quests, and teambuilding activities. He has organized several family camps and has been a summer camp counselor for over fifteen years.
  • Nelly Tkach
    A head of the Seattle-based center for immigrant children, Nelly has been working with numerous education projects over the years. She is an academic consultant who specializes in the adaptation of new students. Nelly has worked as a therapist and psychologist in family and kid camps in the United States, Greece, and Montenegro.
  • Asy Patrysheva
    On-site Sessions Director
    Asy has a wealth of experience in organizing unique travel experiences, travel blogging, and managing major travel projects. She knows everything there is to know about on-site session locations and navigates logistics and team management with ease.