Teaching Staff


Shelly Gupta

Primary and Secondary1 School Coordinator

Math and Drama Teacher


Mrs. Shelly Gupta is an internationally certified teacher from European Council of International School, by Cambridge International Assessment. It is Mrs. Shelly Gupta, who has put in great efforts to transform this vision of internationally accredited education in Kyrgyzstan such as taking the school through authorization process of European Council of International School membership and Cambridge International Examinations accredited school, into reality. Mrs. Gupta has post graduate qualification in Education and holds a Master Degree in Travel and Tourism. She started her teaching career as Travel and Tourism Instructor in South Delhi Polytechnic for Women, India. Awarded three years in a row, the ECIS Awards for Promotion of International Education, she has been working in international school settings for 14 years. As the Primary and Secondary 1 Coordinator, she believes in a strengths-based approach and recognizes the unique needs of each student. Shelly wears many different hats throughout the day: Math Teacher, Drama Teacher, Academic Coordinator and many others. Working in collaboration with parents, teachers, school leadership and community partners, she aims at providing a comprehensive guidance program to support student personal/social, academic and career development. When she is not busy with school work she loves to spend time with her family. 

Olga Emelianova

Social Affairs Coordinator



Olga Emelianova is a qualified and professional music teacher with a high level of experience.  Music has always played a great role in Olga’s life. After completing the school program, she entered the Kyrgyz State Music College to specialize as a pianist. While having regular piano classes, she attended lessons on composition. Later on, Olga applied her composition knowledge to writing songs for children and short music skits.  While Olga was learning music she also felt a deep interest in studying languages, particularly English. After successfully graduating from the Music College, she entered the Russian-Kyrgyz Slavic University, Faculty of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication.

Being a university student, Olga tried to combine developing as a pianist and teacher, so she worked as a tutor for about two years. As for her piano playing, Olga tried to use every opportunity to take part in concerts. After graduating from the university with a diploma of excellence, Olga spent a lot of time at seminars or other educational activities useful for her music specializations. Thus, Olga has taken classes of vocal art at the Kyrgyz Opera House which helps her stay fit and share knowledge with her students.  In 2002, Olga started working at Silk Road International School which gave her an opportunity to combine her two specializations – a music teacher and linguist. Having worked for almost twelve years, she considers music a great means of communication, especially between cultures; it is the art which has the power to mix and connect different mentalities and talks directly to the heart.

Evelyn Neuhaus



Ms. Evelyn has worked overseas as an English teacher for 8 years. Over the course of her experiences she has taught many different programs, various cultures, and all ages, giving her a very unique and valuable perspective. Her favourite environment is early education, so she is right at home here at CSRIS teaching Grade 1. On top of her work experience she also has an academic background, holding a Masters of Education. Ms. Evelyn's teaching style combines high academic standards with a social and emotional focus to ensure each student ends the year more capable and confident in all areas in and out of the classroom.

Brett Knazek

English, Science and Maths


Brett Knazek is a twin of Joseph Knazek and was born in New Jersey, USA. He graduated High School with honors and then graduated from Immaculata University. His first major was elementary and special education and he took many classes in those subjects. He has been very active in sports, especially baseball and was nearly signed to a professional contract playing baseball. He coaches baseball, soccer, and basketball. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management and Exercise Science. He has also been an active substitute teacher in all grades from Kindergarten to High School and look forward to bringing my experience to the students in the Cambridge Silk Road International School.

Vimmi Mittal

English, Science and Maths


Vimmi Mittal has joined the CSRIS team in August 2015 as a Grade 3 Primary Teacher. She has Bachelor in English with specialization in phonetics and phonology. And also has bachelor degree in education, six sigma yellow belt certification and over 14 years of experience teaching in schools. She acquired tremendous strength in coping up with different environments and fields, as her experience runs diverse. Vimmi is well experienced with organizing cultural programs and literary activities for the students of all classes in her schools. She is looking forward to contributing to the future of CSRIS as it grows and to develop her teaching career in this outstanding school.

Nora Elsayed

English, Science and Maths


Nora Elsayed joined the CSRIS team in August, 2016. She is from Egypt. Ms.Nora graduated from the faculty of Education. She is a teacher of English for 8 years now. She taught before in Egypt, Chile, Hong Kong and Turkey. Ms.Nora had really a great experience. And she has this feeling that her experience here in Bishkek will be even better. She likes drawing, photography and playing piano.

Alexandra Dold

English, Science and Maths


Alexandra Dold joined the CSRIS team in August, 2016. Ms. She is an ESL teacher with many years of experience in teaching English, and in providing support to students in math, social studies and science. She holds a bachelor of education with minor in teaching English, and a diploma in teaching Spanish as a second language. She was born in Switzerland, and later moved to South America where she lived and taught for many years, and she is now thrilled to be a part of the CSRIS community. Ms. Alexandra believes in setting high academic expectations for all her students, and she is looking forward to a school year full of knowledge and enriching experiences.

Kevin O'Connel

Homeroom Teacher


Kevin O'Connell joined CSRIS in August of 2017. He graduated from University of Colorado in 2014 with a Bachelors in English and an emphasis in Poetry. He is passionate about the two fields of literacy education and outdoor education. He is also interested in integrating the learning potential of electronic resources within the classroom. He is proud and excited to join the faculty and looks forward to his time at CSRIS.

Jeremy Lonjon

Homeroom Teacher


Jeremy Lonjon joined the CSRIS team in August 2017. He is from France. He has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration that he earned in Moscow. He then studied International Relations in Strasbourg, France before working for the European institutions (European Parliament, European Commission) and for a consulting company in Paris cooperating closely with the French government. He has been living in Kyrgyzstan for one year where he worked as a tutor in English and French language, but also as a journalist for a specialized website in French and German languages focused on Central Asia (www.novastan.org). His hobbies are reading books, music, hiking in Kyrgyz mountains and learning languages.


Secondary 1

Joseph Charles Knazek

Physical Education


Joseph Charles Knazek is from New Jersey, USA. His passion as a child all the way up to adulthood has been sports. He graduated High school in 2008 while playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. He developed hobbies such as fishing, hiking, playing sports, swimming, skiing and much more. He believes a strong, active body leads to a strong, active mind. He graduated college at Immaculata University. He played sports there and received honors for playing baseball. He has been a substitute teacher in grades Kindergarten through High School and looks forward to future educational challenges.




Ninez Caputolan has been in the teaching profession for more than ten years. She graduated her Master Degree in Biology at the University of the Philippines. She worked as a College Instructor along with its Chairmanship on Student Teaching for six years. She has been connected with Singapore International School, Semarang as the Science HOD before deciding to join Cambridge SRIS this year. Her exposure to training and coaching for Singapore Assessments and Cambridge International Assessments in Checkpoint, IGCSE & A Levels have been an enriching experience. She believes that raising students expectations and encouraging parents involvement are imperative in ensuring good performance among learners.

Kostas Lemonidis



Kostas Lemonidis joined the CSRIS team in August, 2016. He is from Greece. He earned his bachelor degree in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Exact Sciences Department of Mathematics and he is finishing up his MA in New Technologies in Education from the University of Nicosia Cyprus. His master thesis is in implementing new technologies, specific microcontrollers, in the education procedure. He have obtained the QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and also a degree in teaching Braille. He has worked in public and private schools in Greece and also in schools for minorities (ROM communities). He has worked as a tutor for University Students and his field of expertise is Differential Equations. His hobbies are reading books, especially political philosophy, music and learning languages.

Elizabeth Fry



Elizabeth Fry is new to CSRIS and is excited about being a part of the team. She has over 25 years of teaching experience in both Texas and in Great Britain. She has a BS in Education from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas and is certified to teach both General Education and English up to 8th grade, as well as having earned a license to teach in Great Britain. Elizabeth enjoys building a relationship with each of her students, learning about their interests, and teaching the whole child. She has a passion for teaching Reading and Writing and creating life-long learners. In her free time, Elizabeth loves to explore Bishkek and is looking forward to seeing more of beautiful Kyrgyzstan. Her interests include reading, journaling, going to bazaars, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Zhumazia Torokeldieva



Zhumazia Torokeldieva is an ICT teacher. She has 8 years experience in teaching ICT to high school students. Mrs Zhumazia has several certificates of success for teaching ICT. This year she enjoys teaching ICT in Primary and Secondary 1.


Altynai Bakytbek kyzy

Chemistry Teacher


Bakytbek kyzy Altynai has joined to CSRIS Team in August 2016. She has begun her teaching career in 2013 as a Chemistry teacher in “Kut Bilim” boy’s high school, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering at Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University in Kyrgyzstan. Also she has studied Chemical Engineering at Gazi University in Turkey by an Academic Exchange Program. This year she is working as a Chemistry teacher and a Community Services Counselor. She believes that the students will leave our school knowing what they are good at and discovering what they love.

Andrea Svejcarova

English, Science and Maths


Andrea Svejcarova has degree in English language and Geography for Secondary education. She has lived and worked as a teacher in multiple regions, including Europe, Latin America and Asia. She is a passionate teacher. During her classes she uses both visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles to accommodate all learners‘ needs. In her free time she likes to be in the nature. Hiking is her hobby number one. She also plays the piano, reads books and studies languages.


IGCSE & A Levels

Sherafettin Kuchukoglu


Chemistry Teacher


Cambridge Silk Road International School is the realization of a vision. A vision to transform the educational landscape in the country and to make internationally recognized quality education available for one and all. The Principal and Founder of Cambridge Silk Road International School, Mr. Sheraffetin Kuchukoglu has led Silk Road International School to an exceptional academic achievement. It was in 2011 that Silk Road achieved regular membership of European Council of International School (ECIS), in his leadership. The initial setbacks and challenges were never a concern for this man who had tremendous faith in his dream. It is his commitment, prudence and visionary approach to school education that has made him one of the most venerated figures in the contemporary education sector in Kyrgyzstan.  He is responsible for providing overall strategic direction to the organization and ensuring effective imparting of education. Well known for his deep commitment for students, Mr. Kuchukoglu has a strong impact on scores of students who, thanks to his persistence are now contributing members of society. 

Mary Bernadette

Economics Teacher


Mary Bernadette Conde has an extensive academic and professional experience in teaching, administration, and research in higher educational premier institutions in four countries (Philippines, Germany, USA, and Kyrgyzstan).  Before plunging into full-teaching profession, she juggled law school and her M.A. degree in History after receiving her B.A. in Secondary Education (majoring in Economics, History, and Political Science. She left law school for Bremen, Germany for a Ph.D. in History with a research grant awarded by the German Academic Exchange Program or DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) at a German university, Universitaet Bremen. She attended a Visiting Scholar Program at the History Department of UC Berkeley (California, USA) in 2012-2013, where she also worked briefly as a program or curriculum developer, teacher cum administrator in its early education program/institution. She has not only attended international academic conferences in the US and Germany but also published 2 books  and several articles pertaining to her research interests in Ethno-Colonial Photography, Historiography, Freedom and Responsibility; three of which works were funded by Konrad Adenauer Foundation and  Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation.  Before coming to CSRIS to teach Economics and Business Studies, she also served as the Chair of American Studies Department and Director of First Year Seminar Program at the American University of Central Asia. 

Leni Carpentero



Leni Carpentero is an eligible teacher who passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers few months after she earned her degree in Bachelor of Arts major in Social Science in Philippines. She worked in a private school in Philippines for 8 years teaching History and English. From year 2008 through 2012, she was a member of the teaching staff of Silk Road International School, Bishkek teaching Geography, History and English. She also worked in an international school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for half academic year in 2014. This year, Ms. Leni is back in Bishkek and joined the academic hall of Cambridge Silk Road International School. Teaching is her passion.

Said Umaraliev

Secondary1 Coordinator



Said is a Mathematics teacher at CSRIS. Mathematics has been his passion since early childhood, when he started to attend National Olympiads. He became a teacher after obtaining BA degree at Bosphorus University in Istanbul in 2007. Between 2009 and 2011, he led the International Mathematics Olympiad team of Sebat, from which 5 students among 6 elected for the International team of Kyrgyzstan. Apart from teaching Maths in CSRIS, he also helps to facilitate activities and school parliament. He is married and has two lovely daughters.

Dr. Ali Pektemir

Head of Maintenance & Teacher's Support

Physics Teacher


Dr. Ali Pektemir was born in Turkey on January 6, 1976. After finishing high school, he studied at the Inonu University, and graduated with an undergraduate degree in physics from the science department in 2000. Dr. Ali received the Master’s Degree in 2010. He got PhD in Ecology at the Bishkek Humanities University. He participated in International Science and project Olympiads three times with his students and won 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. He was also invited to INEPO in  2013 as a jury member which was in Baku.  He enjoys playing table tennis and playing with kids. He is a bibliomaniac. According to his colleagues, Dr. Ali is a shy and very industrious man. Put it in a nutshell, he likes his school very much …

Mehmet Emin Alan



Mehmet Emin Alan is a chemistry teacher. He has 12 years experience in teaching chemistry to high school students. He has several certificates of success for teaching chemistry. This year he enjoys teaching AS level chemistry in CSRIS.

Bakhtiiar Igamberdiev


b.igamberdiev @sris.edu.kg

He has been teaching Economics for last 12 years, 5 of them, from 2005 till 2010 at Issyk-Kul State University, and 7, from 2010 till 2017 at International Ataturk Alatoo University. Among the courses He taught Introduction to Economics, International Economics, History of Economics, Economic Geography, Economy of Kyrgyzstan, International Economic Organizations. He ever aspired for self-perfection, which stimulated him to participate in numerous international programs. Probably the key one was the Faculty Development Fellowship Program, in frames of which He studied at the George Mason University, Virginia, USA during the spring terms of 2008-2010, concentrating mostly on the Public Choice Theory, Development Economics and Institutional Economics. From 2010 till 2012 He has studied at “The European Union and Central Asia in International System” Master Program at the Institute of the European Politics in Berlin, Germany, concentrating on the history, reality and perspectives of the European Union and Central Asia in terms of Economics, Law and International Relations in international arena. His Master study helped him very much in developing his PhD thesis, but participation at the CARTI (Central Asian Research and Training Initiative) Program with research at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA under the mentorship of Professor Martin Spechler and field research in Kyrgyzstan was crucial in explaining the problems of economic development of Kyrgyzstan within my PhD thesis. In 2015 He defended his Economic Policies of Kyrgyzstan, 1991-2010: experience and the outcomes PhD thesis and consequently published his monograph in 2016. Since 2016 He started his Doctoral research on “Institutional Transformation in Kyrgyzstan under the Eurasian Economic Union Integration”.

Gaston Bouquette



Mr. Bouquette is an American citizen. He was born in a city named Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been teaching English, Math, science and Social Studies to students ranging from grade 4 through high school. He is currently an English teacher for 9-11 grades.He hold two degrees: BS and a M. Ed. His teaching experience spans more than two decades. He has taught and lived in such countries as Egypt, Qatar, UAE, and Mauritania. He is excited about his teaching position in beautiful Kyrgyzstan.



Uulbu Ashyrbaeva

Pre-K Teacher


She holds BA in Linguistics from Kyrgyz State Pedagogical University in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. After her graduation she worked first, as an Instructor in Bishkek Humanities University, and then in Academy of Management under the President of Kyrgyz Republic (AMPKR). During her work at AMPKR she participated in several methodological seminars and successfully completed the Advanced level of the twelve-week training course “Progress to Proficiency” organized by International Training Program took place in Hyderabad, India. Uulbu worked at Silk Road International School from 2011 to 2015, which provided her with unique opportunity to learn better the aptitudes of students and apply appropriate approaches to them. She is kind, flexible and resourceful with tolerant and open-minded attitude to her environment. She has a good sense of humor and enthusiastic about her teaching. She is always ready and willing to apply into practice what she learns from teaching training and seminars. She is always ready to help to her seniors and colleagues and appreciates honesty and dedication for the profession. She enjoys reading a lot, hiking, biking and spending time in nature.

Martin Capka

Pre-K Teacher


Martin Capka has joined this year. He is American. Apart from speaking English, he also speaks Czech, Japanese, Korean and a little bit of Russian. He has been teaching English, Math, Science and Social Studies mostly to young learners in Korea, China, Taiwan,Thailand and Myanmar. He hold two degrees, a BA and a TEFL - (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). His teaching experience spans more than two decades and he is so excited about his new teaching position as a kindergarten teacher in beautiful Kyrgyzstan.