Alina Natasha Kuznetsov  is the teacher of Shaun Mascon's 1st grade class. Alina thinks Shaun is a very bright student and has recently recommended to his parents that they enroll him in some more academic based extracurricular activities such as a recent after school chess and logic puzzle group being run in the school's aftercare program for kids. Alina is a first generation Russian-American, she has two older siblings who were born in Russia before her parents moved here, and then one older brother who was also born in the U.S and Alina is the youngest. Alina enjoys being a teacher and working with kids - she has a large amount of nieces and nephews, but no children of her own yet. She's currently engaged to a fellow teacher who works in their school's language department and the two fell in love over coffee and conversations in Russian. They're planning for a May wedding and haven't yet chosen their honeymoon location - but Alina is caught between wanting something tropical and relaxing or something with an interesting culture and history.