Svetlana is an entrepreneur, an educator, an actress and a visionary with a passion for education. Svetlana has 15+ years of experience in business strategy. She has extensive experience working with children internationally. She established a leading Children’s Cancer Hospital in Egypt, built orphanage programs and taught and designed training programs for children ages 5-16. Svetlana has a 10+ year tenure as a professional actress, choreographer and director. She taught acting technique to youth and staged productions. Svetlana holds an MBA from George Washington University and an Acting Degree from the Stanislavsky Theater Studio.
Svetlana Tikhonov. Founder.
Lead Guide for Sciences and Innovations
Frank is a Serenity Soular co-founder and current PACA board vice president. A 20-year STEM educator, he excels in facilitating and empowering independent learners, and advocates for greater student self-determination and autonomy in achieving learning objectives. Frank will be applying those principles at Quadrat Academy, a grade 6-12 Montessori School in Philadelphia. Former Director and Instructor at the Henry George School of Philadelphia, he’s also a competitive USAC category 3 cyclist who is currently employed as an Engineering Adjunct Professor at both Temple University in Philadelphia and Widener University In Chester, PA and will enroll at Temple's College of Education this fall to pursue his Ph.D. in Education.
Lead Guide for Humanities, Entrepreneurship & Head of Partnerships
Jason is a dad, husband, innovator, traveler and award-winning entrepreneur. He founded the Global Classroom Project and is currently also the executive director at Teens Inc., where he focuses on connecting teens to the world. As a teacher, social entrepreneur and curriculum designer, Jason has empowered hundreds of teens to take international service and immersion trips. He believes project based learning, social entrepreneurship and world travel teach kids important life lessons to use both in and out of the classroom. Through his own travels in Southeast Asia and Central America, Jason has learned an important lesson himself: step into the unknown to find extraordinary results.
Josh Thornton. Head of Social Media, Film and Photography.
Josh is a Philadelphia native, a photographer, content creator, a graphic designer and the founder of “A Photography Thing” - a venture that combines his love for teaching and inspiring people, with his love of art and design. Josh’s creative background started in graphic design. Josh is also an athlete. In 2011 he was named one of Philadelphia's top personal trainers by Philadelphia Magazine. Today, Josh spends much of his time creating and teaching photography, and building innovative social media formats. His mission is to inspire kids to think for themselves and to follow their dreams.
Alice Tarantin. Creative Associate.
Alice is an international marketer and designer who loves volunteering and working with children. She seeks to integrate her artwork and designs with data driven marketing to create transparent and memorable campaigns. Traveling is arguably Alice’s favorite thing to do; she’s been able to visit 24 countries and study and volunteer abroad. In her hometown of Baltimore, Alice taught figure skating and art classes to kids of all ages. She is also a yogi and hopes to get her teaching certification soon. Alice holds a marketing degree from the University of Maryland and currently lives in Germany, where she studies economics.