Specialist Teaching Team

Head of Science; Physics & Science Teacher

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Alisher Arstanbek

 

Dr Alisher holds a Specialist Degree with Honours in Engineering (KRSU, Bishkek), IB MYP and DP Educator Certificates (DePaul University, Chicago), an Educator and Researcher qualification (Russian Federation), a Qualified Teaching Status (QTS England), and the first Doctor’s Degree in technical sciences of two doctoral level scientific degrees (Kyrgyz Republic). Dr Alisher enjoys teaching and helping students discover their abilities and talents and reach their full potential. In his esteemed long-term service at BIS, Dr Alisher has been teaching Science and Mathematics to all middle and high school grades and taking on the roles of secondary school Form Teacher and Head of Science Department.

Chemistry & Science Teacher

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Artika Singh

 

Ms Artika has been working in schools for the past 17 years teaching Biology, Chemistry, and Theory of Knowledge. She has also worked as a Science Laboratory Technician. During her many years of experience, Artika has taught in the Fiji Islands, Australia, China, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Ethiopia. Being an IB educator, she focuses on strategies to encourage critical thinking in students. Ms Artika rejoined BIS in summer 2021 after a year away.

Biology & Science Teacher

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Meerim Moldokeeva

 

Ms Meerim graduated from the Middle East Technical University, where she studied Biological Sciences. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Management. Meerim has been teaching IGCSE Biology for 5 years and is a dedicated and resourceful educator with a commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every child. Her aim is to develop inspiring hands-on lessons that will inspire a child’s imagination and future success. Ms Meerim joined BIS in summer 2022.

Computer Science & Design Teacher

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Tulay Yavuz

 

Ms Tulay is from Turkey, where she studied at the department of Programming Languages before going on to complete a Bachelor of Computer Science and Instructional Technologies in the Middle East Technical University. During her studies she also went on an exchange program to University of Salerno, Italy. She has experience students at all ages from kindergarten to high school. Her teaching style focuses on encouraging creativity and critical thinking in her students. In her free time, she enjoys designing illustrations, traveling, and outdoor sports. Ms Tulay joined BIS in summer 2022.

Computer Science Teacher

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Nadia El Aoud

 

Ms Nadia has a Bachelor degree of Education in Computer Science and a University Technical Diploma (DUT) in Software Engineering from Rabat University in Morocco (UM5). Nadia has worked as a computer science teacher in Moroccan high schools since 2019, and worked as software development freelancer and interned in the Ministry of Economics and finance in Morocco prior as a software developer. Nadia enjoys sharing knowledge and developing the sense of creativity of her students. She can speak English, Arabic, French and in the process of learning Korean. Ms Nadia joined BIS in summer 2022. 

Head of Math Department; Math & Theory of Knowledge Teacher

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Toon Cavens

 

 

Mr Cavens is originally from Belgium, where he studied Mathematics and Economics. He has also studied Philosophy in Paris, and English Literature in London. He joined BIS in August 2016 to teach Mathematics and Theory of Knowledge. Mr Cavens hopes to instill in his students a life-long passion for learning, and to help them to develop their own ideas. 

Math Teacher

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Helene Fick

 

Ms Helene was born and raised in South Africa. She graduated from the University of South Africa with a Bachelor’s in Education, specializing in Mathematics, English and Psychology. She also completed a Honours Degree in Education management. She is a dedicated educator who is passionate about guiding students to become critical thinkers who strive for growth. She inspires and motivates others to see and reach their own full potential. Ms Helene joined BIS in summer 2022.  

Math Teacher

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Alisher Kakenov

 

Mr Alisher has a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan, and has been teaching in Nur-Sultan for the past 5 years. Not only a keen mathematician, Alisher has also tutored High School and University students in their development of physics and chemistry understanding. Alisher is excited to support our Middle and High School students and to continue developing high standards and enjoyment of mathematics among our students.

Math Teacher

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Dannelle Dela Cruz

 

Ms Dannelle is originally from the Philippines. She graduated from De La Salle University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a major in Mathematics. She is currently completing her Master’s degree. She has experience working with children in primary, middle, and high school. She was also involved in training students to compete in different local and international mathematics competitions. She is committed to developing active, motivated, confident, and enthusiastic math students. Ms. Dannelle joined BIS in summer 2022.

Math Teacher & ELA Teacher

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Luke Dinon

 

Mr Luke was born and raised in Alaska. He graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor’s Degree in Russian Studies and Foreign Languages. He has two certifications in teaching English as a foreign language. He has been living and teaching in Bishkek since 2019. In addition to teaching, Luke has a passion for language acquisition. Mr Luke joined BIS in summer 2021.

Head of Individuals & Societies Department; Geography Teacher

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Andrew Wheeler

 

Mr Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies, and Peace Studies from Whitworth University, Washington State. Before joining the BIS team in August 2018, he served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English as a Foreign Language in Naryn, Kyrgyzstan. As well as teaching Geography, Mr Andrew also leads Eco-Bishkek, Model UN and leads the annual international educational visit for students.

History and Individuals & Societies Teacher

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Ray Benton-Evans

 

Mr Ray obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies in Liverpool, and taught for several years in the United Kingdom before moving to the University of Alberta in Canada for postgraduate study. He has also taught in Turkey, Ghana and Kazakhstan. Mr Ray joined BIS in summer 2022.

Economics Teacher

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Azamat Kasymov

 

Mr Azamat has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), where he also taught undergraduate level mathematics. He is a part-time research assistant at AUCA and has helped to write several mathematics textbooks for primary through to university level mathematics. Mr Azamat joined BIS in summer 2014 is also currently completing his PhD in Economics.
 

Individuals & Societies Teacher

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Taylor Weidman

 

Mr Taylor previously worked as a photojournalist, producing stories on topics ranging from environmental issues and political upheaval to natural disasters and indigenous rights for outlets including National Geographic, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. As a teacher, he works to create an engaging and authentic Individuals and Societies classroom by applying this real-world, interdisciplinary background. Taylor has previously taught in Bangkok, Thailand and was a Fulbright Fellow in Nepal. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (BA Economics) and Syracuse University (MA Photography). Mr Taylor joined BIS in summer 2021.

Business Studies Teacher, Sports Tournaments & Outdoor Education Leader

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Tim Gillum

 

Mr Tim graduated from the University of Edinburgh, with a Masters of Arts in Geography. While in Edinburgh he founded his own successful Events company, and has since worked for his alma mater, St Paul’s School, London, in marketing and communications, and is currently a content creator for a board game entrepreneur. He also has experience of teaching Economics and Business Studies in a London school, and is looking forward to passing on business understanding and skills to our students as well as inspiring them to enjoy outdoor education in the Kyrgyz mountains.

Mr Tim joins BIS in summer 2022.

Head of Performing Arts; Music & Drama Teacher

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David Lien

 

Mr David has a BA in Music Composition from The New England Conservatory of Music and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Before joining BIS in summer 2020, he taught Music and Theatre at a Public Middle School in Massachusetts. He has been involved in a variety of music and theatre projects in the Boston and Seattle area (where he is originally from). Since joining BIS, Mr David has directed amazing Anniversary Shows and inspired students in both music and drama. 

 

Music Teacher

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Munara Korpotaeva

 

Ms Munara graduated from Kyrgyz National Conservatory as a pianist. In 2015 she finished her postgraduate studies in the class of Professor Tsokurenko. Currently she is also working in the Conservatory at the “solo singing” department.  She is the prize winner of national competitions and the scholarship holder of the KR President’s scholarship “Altyn Shaty”. Ms Munara joined BIS in October 2019.

Dance & PE Teacher

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Ainura Kubakaeva

 

 

Ms Ainura graduated with honors from Bishkek choreographic school. She worked for a year in the Kyrgyz National Order of Lenin Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre as a ballet dancer, where she participated in various international festivals. She also graduated from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University majoring in World Economy. Since 2018 she has been working as a choreographer at children’s educational institutions. Ms Ainura loves working with children and wants to pass on her love of dance to her students.

Dance & PE Teacher

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Sergey Zelenovsky

Mr Sergey graduated from Arabaeva University, then followed his passion for dance, working as a dancer from 1997, then as a dance teacher since 1998. He has worked as both dancer and dance teacher with leading groups and studios in Bishkek and spent six years in China as a Dancer and Choreographer in multiple cities. Mr Sergey joined the BIS team in summer 2021.

Head of Visual Arts; Art & Design Teacher

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Anna Phillips

 

Dr Anna has over twenty-five years teaching experience in both international and Australian schools, and a PhD from the University of Tasmania. She is a practicing artist and has exhibited her work in Germany, South Korea, and Australia. Dr Anna believes in student centered and enquiry-based learning, and is certain that making art assists students in the problem-solving process and encourages them to gain confidence and imaginative thinking while learning new skills. Dr Anna joined BIS team in summer 2019.

Art Teacher

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Biljana Vujicic

 

Ms Biljana has a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor, Ontario, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. She has been teaching in Canada for many years, and she also has a strong portfolio of her own creative works. Prior to emigrating to Canada from Serbia, Ms Biljana was active in both arts and sports, and was the 800m and 1500m cross country national champion in Yugoslavia in 1990, hence her prior teaching career has been wide ranging, including both Art and PE.

Ms Biljana joins the BIS team in summer 2022.

Art & Host Country Studies Teacher

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Anna Balduk

 

Ms Anna studied at the Children’s Art School and graduated from the Kyrgyz State Art School in 1991 with a degree in Teaching Art. She has over 20 years’ experience in teaching art to children of various ages and has encouraged wonderful art and built theatre stage sets as part of the BIS team since 2013.

Head of Physical Education; Athletics Director

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Zeljko Jovetic

 

Mr Zeljko graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Sport from the University of Belgrade, and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from University of Novi Sad, Serbia. He has worked as PE teacher and coach in schools and sports clubs in Serbia before working in athletics and PE teaching in an international school in the United Arab Emirates. He has school teaching licenses from both the Serbian and UAE ministries of education and is also a licensed basketball and swimming coach. Mr Zeljko joined the BIS team in August 2019.

PE Teacher

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Anna Smirnova

 

Ms Anna has both Bachelor and Master degrees from the Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports as a PE teacher. She is also a basketball referee with the Federation of Basketball of the Kyrgyz Republic. Ms Anna joined the ВIS team in 2019 as a basketball coach, and as a full time PE teacher in August 2021.

PE Teacher

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Faez Kanji

 

Mr Faez is the creator of Hockey Jam Sessions, an international ice hockey and floorball school promoting skills development and social emotional resilience in challenging circumstances. He has worked with children in North America, Europe and Central Asia through his Hockey Jam Sessions program. Mr Faez has a degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Mr Faez joined BIS in January 2020.

Head of English Department; English Language and Literature & Theory of Knowledge Teacher

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Jan Scott

 

Mr Jan has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Russian from the University of Florida and taught in both universities and language schools before joining the BIS team in August 2018. Mr Jan became Head of the English Department in summer 2021, teaching English and Theory of Knowledge in the IB Diploma Programme, and leading English teaching throughout the school.

English Language and Literature Teacher

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Nina Weidman

 

Ms Nina is an experienced journalist, editor, and educator who spent a decade writing books and articles throughout Asia before turning to teaching. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s in Journalism from Syracuse University. She has taught high school in Tbilisi and Bangkok and enjoys using her knowledge of media to inspire students of English language and literature. Ms Nina joined BIS in summer 2021.

English Language and Literature Teacher & MYP Coordinator

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Rabia Newton

 

Ms Rabia graduated from Portland State University with a degree in Russian language and literature and liberal studies. After spending a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Vladivostok, Russia, she then went on to earn her Masters in English Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Prior to joining the BIS team, Ms. Rabia spent most of her career teaching in New York City public schools where she focused on project and inquiry-based learning. In her spare time, Ms. Rabia enjoys traveling, studying yoga, playing with her cat, Begemot, and, of course, reading. Ms Rabia joined BIS in summer 2021.

English Language Teacher; English Language Acquisition Coordinator for Middle/High School

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Tom Clifton

 

Mr Tom has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Queen Mary University in London, as well as a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. He has worked in language schools and universities in countries such as Spain and Iraq, as well as 2 years working in the Kyrgyz Republic. Outside of the classroom, Mr Tom enjoys travelling around the region and documenting Kyrgyzstan through photography. He joined BIS in August 2020. 

English Language Acquisition Teacher

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Aigul Sakieva

 

Ms Aigul graduated from the Kyrgyz State University with a degree in English Language and Literature. She has 15 years of teaching experience in diverse educational institutions in Kyrgyzstan. Prior to embarking a teaching career, she was a part of scholarship program at Shriram Institute of Business and Information Technology School in New Delhi, 2005. Ms Aigul also studied at Indiana University, USA, under a Fulbright scholarship in 2014-15 and has CELTA and related certificates on teaching methodology for the English language. Ms Aigul joined the BIS team in summer 2021.
 

English Language Acquisition Teacher

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Aidai Ishenbaeva

 

Ms Aidai has a Bachelor Degree in Linguistics from the Kyrgyz National University and has been working as a teacher since 2016 and has learnt to understand the specific needs of individual students. Ms Aidai joined the BIS team in summer 2021 and looks forward to contribute to the bright future of our students.

English Language Acquisition Teacher

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Tinatin Stambekova

 

Ms Tinatin is an English language teacher at BIS. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Tomsk State University in 2017 and followed her passion for teaching. At university, she studied linguistics, English, and Spanish languages. Over the 5 years of teaching, she gained a solid grounding in English Teaching Methodology. She joined BIS in 2021.

English & Russian Language Acquisition Teacher

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Aisuluu Bakaeva

 

Ms Aisuluu graduated from the International University of Kyrgyzstan with a bachelor’s degree is in linguistics and she is currently completing her Masters degree in linguistics. Ms Aisuluu has experience of teaching both English Language Acquisition and Russian Language Acquisition in different language schools in Bishkek, and she joined the BIS team in summer 2021.

English Language Acquisition Teacher & LDI Specialist

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Kyzjibek Tekenova

 

Ms Kyzjibek graduated from the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University and has a Diploma in Theory and Practice of Translation. She taught English before joining BIS in August 2017. In August 2018, Ms Kyzjibek joined the Learning Diversity and Inclusion team based on her interest and commitment to this area of work. Ms Kyzjibek is also currently studying a Masters in Special Additional Learning Needs with Middlesex University, UK, via remote learning. 

English Language Acquisition Teacher & LDI Specialist

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Aikel Tashtanbaeva

 

Ms Aikel has a degree in English Language and Literature from the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University and a Master’s degree in Linguistics from the Social Sciences Institution in Kyrgyz Turkish Manas University. Ms Aikel says that “teaching is learning twice”, as she believes that children are the ones from whom adults should always learn to love and be happy. Ms Aikel joined BIS in November 2020. 

Spanish Teacher & Head of Language Acquisition for Middle/High School

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Marta Pascual Garcia

 

Ms Marta obtained a teaching degree in the UK in 2009 and has taught Spanish for more than 18 years in both primary and secondary school settings in the UK and New Zealand. She was responsible for developing the Spanish curriculum in her role as Head of the MFL department in her previous teaching position in London.  She gained TEFAL qualification in 2021. She loves travelling and cooking, and has run after-school clubs teaching Spanish cinema, cooking and literature. Ms Marta joined BIS in August 2022.

German Language Teacher

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Aigul Adisova

 

Ms Aigul graduated from the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University and has a diploma in the Theory and Practice of Translation. She has 5 years’ experience working with school students and students. She cooperated with Goethe Institute and has interpreted the German fairytales into Kyrgyz. Ms Aigul joined BIS in October 2021.

French Language Teacher

Lailo Youssoup-Akhounova

 

Ms Lailo has extensive experience teaching both French and Russian languages, including at local universities, the Alliance Française and Embassies. She graduated in 1984 from the Kyrgyz National University. In addition to teaching, Ms Lailo is also a professional translator. Ms Lailo joined the BIS team in summer 2016

French Language Teacher

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Nurzhamal Alymova

 

Ms Nurzhamal graduated from the French Department of foreign languages at the Kyrgyz National University. Since graduating with a Master’s Degree, she has worked as a French teacher at the National University, with Alliance Française and with international organizations. Ms Nurzhamal joined BIS in October 2019.

Spanish Language Teacher & LDI Specialist

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Marc Garreta

Mr Marc graduated as a psychologist in the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and also holds a masters degree in Learning Difficulties and Disorders from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Mr. Marc has a wide variety of teaching experience and working with childreen. He has experience teaching in Spain, Indonesia and Kyrgyzstan. Mr Marc loves teaching his own language as well as working with schools to make them as inclusive as possible. He joined the BIS team in summer 2022.

Spanish, French and Russian Language Teacher

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Adele Antheunissens

 

Ms Adele has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Saint-Louis University, Belgium and is currently completing a degree in International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Central Asia. Prior to university she attended French schools in Uzbekistan and Belgium. Ms Adele speaks six languages and joined the BIS team in August 2020 as a Spanish, French and Russian Language Acquisition Teacher. 

Mandarin and Russian Language Teacher

Saikal Alamanova

Saikal Alamanova

 

Ms Saikal graduated from the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University with a bachelor degree in Public Relations. She then received a scholarship from the Confucius Institute to learn Mandarin at Beihang University in Beijing, followed by a scholarship to complete her Master’s degree in teaching Chinese for speakers of other languages from Tongji University in Shanghai. Ms Saikal joined BIS in August 2019.

Mandarin and Russian Language Teacher

Erkeayim Zhekshenalieva

Erkeayim Zhekshenalieva

 

Ms Erkeayim has a Bachelor’s degree from International University of Central Asia and has diverse experience working with children within the Kyrgyz Republic. She taught Mandarin and English in an orphanage in Tokmok and taught English to students of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Ivanovka school. She also worked in a special school in Hong Kong with children who were addicted to drugs. Ms Erkeayim enjoys working with children as they are open to speaking their minds, being silly, and they make learning fun. She believes that the students she teaches now will one day be the people running the country. Ms Erkeayim joined BIS in October 2019.

Mandarin Language Teacher; ECA Coordinator; Houses Coordinator

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Nazira Almasbekova

 

Ms Nazira has a Master’s degree from Beijing International Business and Economics University and a Diploma from Beijing Language and Culture University. She has worked as a teacher and interpreter in China. She has already worked in BIS in the past and in summer 2021 rejoined the team after teaching in an international school in Uganda.

Japanese Language Teacher

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Makiko Inaba
 

Ms Makiko has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Waseda University in Japan. Foreign languages and cultures have always been her passion and she has lived in the United States, South Korea, France, China and the Kyrgyz Republic in pursuit of that passion. She has the UK Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and has experience teaching students ranging from elementary to high school level. Ms Makiko joined BIS in summer 2014 and is a much-loved teacher with exceptional skills in education. Ms Makiko has been IB Diploma Programme Coordinator since 2017.

Russian Language and Literature Teacher

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Indira Bekkoenova

 

Ms Indira graduated from the Kyrgyz National University, where she studied Russian philology. She has extensive experience teaching Russian language and literature to school and university students. She joined the BIS team in 2013 and loves the warm and friendly environment.

 

Russian Language and Literature Teacher

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Nazgul Kakelova

 

Ms Nazgul has a Degree in Teaching Russian Language from the Kyrgyz State National University and over 20 years teaching experience in schools in the Kyrgyz Republic. She is an “Excellence in Education of the Kyrgyz Republic” award winner. Ms Nazgul joined BIS in August 2016 as a Russian Language Teacher.

Russian Language and Literature Teacher

Gulgaaky Kadyrkulova

Gulgaaky Kadyrkulova

 

Ms Gulgaaky has a philologist linguist diploma from the Bishkek Humanitarian University (BSU) and has teaching and research experience in several educational institutions. She is currently working on her PhD thesis on the Theory and Methodology of Teaching at BSU and is also working full time at BIS. She enjoys teaching and helping students discover their abilities and talents. Ms. Gulgaaky joined BIS in 2021 and teaches Russian language and reading in elementary school.

Head of Language Acquisition in the PYP; Russian and English Language Acquisition Teacher

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Elvira Tonueva

 

Ms Elvira studied Linguistics and New Computer Technologies at Bishkek Humanities University. Before joining the primary team at BIS in August 2017, she studied at Kingsborough Community College in New York. Ms Elvira is currently completing her Masters in the Art of Teaching with the American University of Central Asia and Bard College, New York.

Kyrgyz Language Teacher

Nazgul Sultakeeva

Nazgul Sultakeeva

 

Ms Nazgul has a Postgraduate degree in Kyrgyz Philology from Arabaev Kyrgyz State University. She has over 10 years teaching experience in universities in the Kyrgyz Republic and joined BIS in August 2017 to teach Kyrgyz language.

Kyrgyz Language Acquisition and Host Country Studies Teacher

Gulbara Akunova

Gulbara Akunova

 

Ms Gulbara has a Bachelor’ degree of English Language Teacher from Bishkek Humanities University. During her study she experienced two exchange programs in the USA and China. From September 2019 to August 2020 Gulbara worked as a Reference and Instruction Specialist in the American University in Central Asia Library. Currently she is completing her post graduate study in the field of Central Asian region at The Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation in Moscow. Ms Gulbara joined BIS in November 2020.

Librarian

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Irina Pak

 

Ms Irina has a Master’s Degree in Russian Language and Literature from Kyrgyz National University. She has 19 years’ experience in library services, first with the National Library of the Kyrgyz Republic as senior librarian in the computer technologies department, then with the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) as electronic service librarian. Ms Irina is also the Executive Director of the ‘Library and Information Consortium of the Kyrgyz Republic’ and country licensing coordinator of the project ‘Electronic Information for Libraries – elFL’. Ms Irina joined BIS in 2019.

Learning Resources Explorer & Guide

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Aidana Oskonbaeva

 

Ms Aidana has a Bachelor degree in German Linguistics from Kyrgyz National University. While studying she received a DAAD- scholarship and participated in language courses for foreign students at the University of Aachen in Germany. She also has two years experience of teaching English language in Bishkek. Ms Aidana joined BIS in September 2021 and works in the BIS Library. She is happy helping students to find all the resources they need to study.