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SCHOOL FOUNDER/TEACHER: Started A Digital Arts School For Children

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Yelena is the cofounder of Digital Monkey School, a school that teaches music and digital art to children. It is an after-school program in which students take on classes that suit their interests, such as Piano or Coding. Yelena is also a Piano teacher in her own school.

Degree: Music
Job Title: School Founder/Teacher
Employer: Digital Monkey School

Job Summary: Elementary-Middle School Teachers, Except Special Education

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A teacher has the unique and special responsibility of helping to develop and mold the lives of students. Teaching should be something you love to do, as opposed to being just a job. Students will appreciate a teacher with a passion for their subject, as this passion is infectious, and makes students more receptive to what is being taught.

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m='12890'>Orduyan</span> <span m='13990'>and</span> <span m='14590'>Ola,</span> <span m='15240'>they're</span> <span m='15500'>both</span> <span m='15760'>directors.</span> </p><p><span m='17210'>So</span> <span m='17420'>we</span> <span m='17540'>have</span> <span m='17780'>routine</span> <span m='17930'>classes.</span> <span m='18580'>It's</span> <span m='18660'>an</span> <span m='18830'>after school</span> <span m='19150'>program.</span> <span m='20540'>And</span> <span m='21110'>we</span> <span m='21430'>either</span> <span m='21720'>go</span> <span m='21900'>to</span> <span m='22090'>schools,</span> <span m='22790'>and</span> <span m='23120'>that's</span> <span m='23390'>where</span> <span m='23740'>we</span> <span m='24530'>conduct</span> <span m='24680'>the</span> <span m='24870'>classes.</span> <span m='25370'>So it's</span> <span m='25720'>group</span> <span m='25970'>classes</span> <span m='26340'>for</span> <span m='26470'>digital</span> <span m='26760'>art</span> <span m='27130'>classes.</span> <span m='28260'>So</span> <span m='28440'>we</span> <span m='28530'>go</span> <span m='28680'>to</span> <span m='28830'>various</span> <span m='28950'>areas</span> <span m='29200'>schools</span> <span m='29630'>in the</span> <span m='29740'>Belmont</span> <span m='30020'>area</span> <span m='30830'>and</span> <span m='31100'>San</span> <span m='31370'>Mateo</span> <span m='31730'>area,</span> <span m='32680'>or</span> <span m='33180'>we</span> <span m='33600'>have</span> <span m='34480'>our</span> <span m='34770'>school</span> <span m='35375'>in</span> <span m='35740'>Belmont,</span> <span m='36290'>our</span> <span m='36530'>offices.</span> </p><p><span m='37520'>So</span> <span m='37620'>that's</span> <span m='37880'>where</span> <span m='38090'>the</span> <span m='38260'>kids</span> <span m='38580'>come</span> <span m='39290'>on</span> <span m='39440'>a</span> <span m='39500'>daily</span> <span m='39840'>basis,</span> <span m='40640'>after</span> <span m='40960'>school.</span> <span m='41390'>And</span> <span m='42240'>we</span> <span m='42500'>provide</span> <span m='42900'>the</span> <span m='42990'>group</span> <span m='43250'>classes.</span> <span m='44540'>We</span> <span m='44950'>have</span> <span m='45350'>a</span> <span m='45420'>few</span> <span m='45610'>instructors</span> <span m='46005'>who</span> <span m='46400'>are</span> <span m='46560'>trained</span> <span m='47210'>and</span> <span m='47530'>who</span> <span m='48180'>teach</span> <span m='48400'>students</span> <span m='49930'>anything</span> <span m='50330'>from</span> <span m='50520'>Photoshop,</span> <span m='51280'>3D</span> <span m='51510'>Max,</span> <span m='53280'>and,</span> <span m='53630'>of</span> <span m='53840'>course,</span> <span m='54780'>computer</span> <span m='55090'>game</span> <span m='55520'>development,</span> <span m='56530'>which</span> <span m='56780'>is a</span> <span m='56920'>complicated</span> <span m='57580'>program.</span> <span m='58050'>But</span> <span m='58200'>it's</span> <span m='58380'>really</span> <span m='58610'>great,</span> <span m='59010'>and</span> <span m='59230'>students</span> <span m='59560'>love it.</span> </p><p><span m='60680'>I</span> <span m='61010'>have</span> <span m='61240'>been</span> <span m='61490'>trained</span> <span m='63150'>since</span> <span m='63520'>I</span> <span m='63590'>was</span> <span m='63860'>a</span> <span m='63970'>little</span> <span m='64060'>girl.</span> <span m='64680'>I</span> <span m='64760'>was</span> <span m='64940'>taking</span> <span m='65420'>piano</span> <span m='65519'>lessons.</span> <span m='67520'>And</span> <span m='68010'>then</span> <span m='68220'>I</span> <span m='68270'>went</span> <span m='68490'>to</span> <span m='68580'>college</span> <span m='68855'>in</span> <span m='69130'>Russia,</span> <span m='70650'>and I</span> <span m='70890'>went</span> <span m='71120'>to</span> <span m='71540'>a few</span> <span m='71770'>years</span> <span m='72140'>of</span> <span m='72220'>conservatory.</span> </p><p><span m='72860'>But</span> <span m='73460'>when</span> <span m='73640'>I</span> <span m='73760'>came</span> <span m='74020'>to</span> <span m='74730'>America,</span> <span m='75280'>I</span> <span m='75380'>started</span> <span m='75630'>to</span> <span m='75730'>teach.</span> <span m='80550'>Things</span> <span m='80780'>are</span> <span m='80940'>so</span> <span m='81040'>different</span> <span m='81320'>here</span> <span m='81600'>that,</span> <span m='82960'>with</span> <span m='83140'>new</span> <span m='83330'>technology,</span> <span m='84020'>then</span> <span m='84270'>I'm</span> <span m='84480'>still</span> <span m='84840'>studying.</span> <span m='85860'>I'm</span> <span m='86050'>learning</span> <span m='87840'>various</span> <span m='88380'>programs</span> <span m='88775'>like</span> <span m='90145'>electronic</span> <span m='90560'>music,</span> <span m='91730'>jazz.</span> </p><p><span m='92580'>I had</span> <span m='92770'>been</span> <span m='92990'>going</span> <span m='93820'>to</span> <span m='94000'>college</span> <span m='94450'>in</span> <span m='94550'>Russia,</span> <span m='94940'>and</span> <span m='95160'>I</span> <span m='95210'>had</span> <span m='95400'>been</span> <span m='95560'>going</span> <span m='95870'>to</span> <span m='96020'>college</span> <span m='96380'>here.</span> <span m='97100'>And</span> <span m='99440'>there</span> <span m='99670'>is</span> <span m='100220'>a</span> <span m='100300'>requirement</span> <span m='100665'>for</span> <span m='101030'>all our</span> <span m='101340'>instructors</span> <span m='102260'>to</span> <span m='102410'>continue</span> <span m='102890'>to</span> <span m='103050'>take</span> <span m='103320'>classes,</span> <span m='106360'>whether</span> <span m='106730'>it's</span> <span m='106940'>theory,</span> <span m='107600'>harmony</span> <span m='107760'>classes,</span> <span m='108385'>or</span> <span m='110380'>private</span> <span m='110840'>classes,</span> <span m='111125'>or</span> <span m='111410'>in</span> <span m='111590'>college.</span> <span m='112090'>So</span> <span m='112810'>the</span> <span m='113190'>requirement</span> <span m='113490'>for</span> <span m='113790'>our</span> <span m='114810'>teachers,</span> <span m='115500'>and</span> <span m='116620'>so</span> <span m='117070'>we</span> <span m='117570'>want</span> <span m='117960'>to</span> <span m='118340'>continue</span> <span m='119160'>ourselves</span> <span m='119780'>to</span> <span m='119910'>take</span> <span m='120160'>classes.</span> <span m='121366'>Yeah,</span> <span m='121720'>but</span> <span m='121980'>I</span> <span m='122140'>have</span> <span m='122400'>actually a</span> <span m='122820'>PhD</span> <span m='123100'>in music,</span> <span m='123490'>so</span> <span m='124570'>if</span> <span m='124730'>you</span> <span m='124830'>put</span> <span m='125000'>it</span> <span m='125130'>all</span> <span m='125280'>together,</span> <span m='128120'>which</span> <span m='128310'>actually</span> <span m='128669'>means</span> <span m='128990'>nothing,</span> <span m='129340'>because</span> <span m='129630'>you</span> <span m='129710'>have</span> <span m='129960'>to</span> <span m='130100'>continue</span> <span m='130570'>to</span> <span m='130690'>take</span> <span m='130889'>classes.</span> </p><p><span m='132310'>It's</span> <span m='132530'>experience,</span> <span m='133250'>so</span> <span m='133490'>teaching</span> <span m='134230'>and</span> <span m='135620'>playing</span> <span m='136030'>instruments,</span> <span m='136570'>it's</span> <span m='136850'>almost</span> <span m='137180'>like</span> <span m='137320'>a</span> <span m='137480'>science.</span> <span m='138360'>So</span> <span m='138610'>it</span> <span m='139030'>comes</span> <span m='139320'>with</span> <span m='139470'>experience.</span> <span m='140210'>And</span> <span m='140840'>you</span> <span m='141070'>learn</span> <span m='141260'>from</span> <span m='141460'>the</span> <span m='141560'>students</span> <span m='142020'>as</span> <span m='142180'>well.</span> <span m='143070'>And</span> <span m='145410'>with</span> <span m='145900'>new</span> <span m='146100'>technology,</span> <span m='146475'>of</span> <span m='146850'>course,</span> <span m='147620'>all</span> <span m='147820'>of</span> <span m='147950'>us</span> <span m='148310'>are</span> <span m='148660'>using</span> <span m='150155'>maybe</span> <span m='150550'>different</span> <span m='150960'>programs,</span> <span m='151860'>incorporating</span> <span m='152580'>computers</span> <span m='153220'>and</span> <span m='153520'>different</span> <span m='153890'>programs</span> <span m='154390'>in</span> <span m='154520'>our</span> <span m='154710'>life</span> <span m='155070'>and</span> <span m='155340'>in</span> <span m='155500'>the</span> <span m='155570'>education.</span> </p><p><span m='156600'>So,</span> <span m='156740'>for</span> <span m='156840'>example,</span> <span m='157850'>I</span> <span m='158070'>am</span> <span m='158270'>incorporating</span> <span m='159350'>for</span> <span m='159470'>my</span> <span m='159640'>methods,</span> <span m='160250'>Sibelius</span> <span m='160470'>program.</span> <span m='161590'>It's</span> <span m='161730'>a</span> <span m='161820'>music</span> <span m='162130'>software,</span> <span m='163130'>Photoshop</span> <span m='163280'>program,</span> <span m='163825'>it's</span> <span m='164080'>an</span> <span m='165080'>art</span> <span m='165280'>program.</span> <span m='166730'>And</span> <span m='168090'>the</span> <span m='168290'>reason</span> <span m='168670'>why</span> <span m='169250'>I'm</span> <span m='169460'>incorporating it</span> <span m='169885'>is it's</span> <span m='170310'>easier</span> <span m='170660'>for</span> <span m='170850'>me</span> <span m='173110'>to</span> <span m='173270'>make</span> <span m='173550'>my</span> <span m='173680'>own</span> <span m='173860'>methods</span> <span m='174815'>with</span> <span m='175130'>the</span> <span m='175260'>tools</span> <span m='175520'>like</span> <span m='175690'>that.</span> </p>","file":{"id":665480,"video_id":"","name":"3116-School Founder.mp4","duration":176448,"thumbnail_url":null}});