Meet Our Team

Cambridge Online Academy is made possible by a fantastic and friendly team of professionals who are the top achievers in their respective fields, grounded in modern pedagogy and tested teaching methods. Together, we are fully committed to helping young people around the world get a top-quality education.

Vladimir Krasniakov BSc (Honours) in Natural Sciences (Physics), Postgraduate Certificate in Education
Director and Founder of Cambridge Online Academy, Physics and Mathematics Teacher

My journey into teaching philosophy started when I was a student myself. It has been fascinating to read and investigate the writings of scholars concerned with the fundamental principles of learning. Using this knowledge, I started to help children at my school in their studies, and I contributed to the delivery of teaching and tutorials by providing personal academic support and mentoring for groups of students. I continued to do so throughout my University years.

I was always interested in sciences and the Degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics, which I have been granted by the University, made possible for me to teach others and share this fascinating knowledge with my students. My first real teaching position as a Physics teacher was at the Greenfields School where I began to expand my knowledge by concurrently studying at the University of Buckingham for Postgraduate Qualification in Education and working through the Teachers’ Standards.

Working alongside many teachers and collaborating with other schools made me realise that underachieving students and over-filled classrooms are today all too common. I recognised that the cookie-cutter, assembly-line approach to education is badly in need of an update – hence Cambridge Online Academy was born, with the simple aim of helping young people around the world get a top-quality education. I always intended to create a school which offers a safe, friendly, and supportive environment; a school where children will be given not only the skills and knowledge needed to pass qualifications but also entire approaches to learning that will serve them throughout their lives.

Michelle Brown
Admissions Manager

Michelle has worked in the education & management field for over 25 years.  Before taking on her post here as Admissions Manager, she has held the positions for School Office Manager, Community Champion for community learning projects, Executive Secretary at her Church, Registrar, and Academy Supervisor. 

Her education in study technology and management was through the Hubbard Academies of Birmingham, West Sussex, and LA.  

During her personal time, Michelle can be found in her art studio, painting and creating new pieces of art, or in her garden, as she has a love for her garden and flowers. She can also be found volunteering in her local community.  

Michelle is responsible for the smooth running of the entire admissions process for the Academy.  From initial enquiries, through to registration and eventual enrolment.  

Antonina Krasnyakova MA in Linguistics
Administrative Manager and Co-Founder of Cambridge Online Academy

My name is Antonina Krasnyakova, and I am a co-founder of the Cambridge Online Academy. My education journey started in Russia. At first, it was a course with an in-depth study of the English language. I then went to Moscow State University to study Modern Languages at the Faculty of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication. I’ve always enjoyed helping people and developing their potential. This is the goal of our Academy. I also have a lot of experience in the administration. Our Academy is growing very fast, and we are helping talented and capable children to improve their skills and open the doors to a stable and prosperous future.

For me, there is nothing better than to hear from my 7-year-old daughter “Mom I love to learn!” I think our future depends on the quality of education of today’s children, as they will be the leaders of our society in the future. And we are here to do everything for that prosperous future to become a reality.

Smaida Kiesners
Admissions Manager

My name is Smaida, and I am an Admissions Manager at Cambridge Online Academy.

Having lived and worked in 4 countries – Latvia, Canada, the USA, and the United Kingdom, I have acquired a good sense of various cultures and mentalities. As you probably already guessed, I speak English and Latvian, but I am also fluent in Russian.

Many years ago, my own career choice started with wanting to become a doctor. This entailed a lot of preparation, and when I got accepted to university with a state-sponsored scholarship, I understood the value of quality education. The famous complaint amongst young students, “Why do I need algebra if I’ll never use it in life?!” is a real argument starter with me. I see a more profound value in education, no matter the subject.

When my career choice changed and I became successful in management and administration, I understood that this unusual change of occupation didn’t stop or scare me—my love of study and learning gave me a much broader view of life.

With this experience under my belt, at Cambridge Online Academy my passion lies in helping willing and determined children open the door to a bright future.

I’d like to see them grow up as confident, successful, and happy people who never stop learning.

As Nelson Mandela said: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

I invite you to start on this journey!

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