Please welcome our expert for this week – Olga Chernomaz

Many of you have asked questions about raising kids in a bi-lingual household and have also been interested in developmental milestones as they pertain to language acquisition.  This week, we have Olga Chernomaz to the rescue!

Here is a bit about her:

Olga Chernomaz is the director of Dual Language Academy – An after school program, enrichment center, and preschool that enhances children’s education with bilingual immersion. Olga recieved her Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. She then recieved a Master of Science in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and a Bilingual Extension.

After graduation, Olga began providing therapy to children with special needs and developmental delays. A year later, she began to evaluate youngsters to see if they were developing appropriately. After several years of experience, she created a curriculum to enhance children’s education with a bilingual approach.

Dual Language Academy uses this curriculum in each of their programs. Olga continues to administer evaluations for children throughout NYC. You can reach Olga directly at or at 518-595-9352.

For more information on Dual Language Academy, please visit

Welcome to the RPN Blog!

Over the last 2 years, Russian Parents Network has operated strictly as a Facebook Group.  Starting today, there will also be a blog presence.

What this means for you, dear reader / member / subscriber / fellow Russian parent, is that we will have useful information that’s searchable and always available for a quick look-up.  This is a feature that’s sadly missing from Facebook.

The first posts to come here will be from the newly minted “Ask the Expert” series.  This will be a regular series where members of RPN will vote on a range of topics, and at the end of the voting, an expert in the field will volunteer to answer questions for the audience.  The responses will be posted here to be available forever (or however long this site survives).

Stay tuned for other exciting announcements.  Oh, and you can use your Facebook account to register here and comment on the posts.


-Michael Drob (the admin)