The Enlightium Academy leadership team works tirelessly to constantly improve upon the services our school is able to provide and the efficiency and consistency with which they are provided—all to create more opportunities for our students to grow into strong Christian leaders.
Elena V. Solodyankin, M.Ed.
Founder & Executive Director
Mrs. Solodyankin has spoken at numerous educational conferences about the need for personalized Christian education and how she applied it to raising her three biological and five adopted children. She holds an M.Ed. in K-12 Guidance & Counseling from Whitworth University and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Leadership at Gonzaga University. Elena is ACSI and state certified. Throughout her career, she has been devoted to preparing the next generation of godly leaders by making a difference in their hearts and minds.
Aleksandr A. Solodyankin, CMA
He is a lifelong learner, passionate about helping others reach greater heights in all realms of life. A foundational principle of his is that each individual is made in the image of God, has intrinsic value, and God-given abilities, that to steward God’s creation well, must be further developed and used for God’s glory. Learn more about Mr. Solodyankin’s passion for helping children reach their full potential in his three-part blog series: Showing God’s Grace and Unconditional Love in Your Family, Realizing that You are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, and Principles that Allow for Growth in God’s Will.
Irina N. Martin, M. Ed., SHRM-CP
Since joining Enlightium Academy in 2011, Irina has worked tirelessly on developing policies and structure for a fast-growing institution. In 2018, her focus shifted to the quality of instruction, curriculum development, and staffing.
She is a firm believer that all students are capable of succeeding in academics when given a clear presentation with adequate repetition and time to digest new information. Her chief goal is to assure that all of Enlightium's students are well prepared to succeed in higher education.
Read Mrs. Martin’s article on the importance of a quality education.
Thomas Lambert, B.A.
Thomas is a pastor of a local church in Spokane, WA. He has a love for traveling and international missions, participating in multiple short and long term trips, in a variety of different places. Thomas spends his free time creating wood toys in his shop and playing disc golf.
Learn more about Mr. Lambert’s passion for Christianity and teaching in his article Missionary Stories from Around the World that Inspire.
Michael Brooks, BBA
Prepare for the school year by reading Mr. Brooks‘ technology articles concerning buying the right computer and using the best browser for online private school students.
Valentin Solodyankin, B.A.
Head Academic Consultant
Valentin is a family man who enjoys adventures. He has a lovely wife, daughter, and son whom he adores. He loves to learn, travel, and participate in outdoor activities and sports. "Enjoy life," is a motto he adopted from his father, and a motto he lives by. “We live in a beautiful world that God created and have so little time to see it all!”
Heath Robertson, M.A.
Spiritual Support Director
Marina Vagin, BA - DIP
Prek–8 Lead Counselor & Department Coordinator
She is happily married to her husband and together they are raising their daughter. Mrs. Vagin teaches Sunday School at her church and is involved with the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) program.
Andrey Karpov, BA - DIP
Student Services Director
Andrey attended and graduated from a Christian school and is currently pursuing a Business Administration degree at Eastern Washington University. He is raising his children with his wife in the beautiful Inland Northwest. Andrey enjoys quiet moments over a cup of tea and on nature walks. He is also involved with a group of Christians that focuses on evangelism in his town.