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.

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.

Christopher Marionni

English, Science and Maths


Christopher Marionni joined the CSRIS team in August, 2015. Previously, for the past four years, he was teaching fourth grade at a private elementary school in Seoul, South Korea. He earned a BA in English from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, and is currently finishing up his MA in elementary education from the University of Western Florida. He is a certified elementary teacher in the state of Florida and has seven years of teaching experience. Christopher enjoys building individual relationships with each student and discovering the unique ways each student learns. He is looking forward to teaching at CSRIS and living in the beautiful country of Kyrgyzstan. Outside of the classroom, he likes to remain active; his hobbies include biking, hiking, basketball, yoga and ultimate frisbee. He has a passion for spending time in nature and also enjoys reading, writing and cinema.

Rebecca Bhasme

English, Science and Maths


Rebecca Bhasme joined the CSRIS team in August 2015 as a Teacher. She has 13 years of teaching experience, and has taught Indian National Curriculum, PYP, IPC and American Curriculum. Currently she moved here from Kuwait where she has worked for the last 4 years as a Middle School Science teacher. She has Bachelor’s of Science from Mumbai University and a Bachelor’s of Education [Specialised to teach Math and Science]. Rebecca’s motto in life is ‘We learn by doing’, she believes in creating and enhancing the natural curiosity in her students for learning. She spends his free time reading books, theatre, learning new languages and organizing cultural activities. Rebecca enjoys working with students and parents. She looks forward to being team member of CSRIS and contribute in building the lives of the students placed under her care.

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

a.dold @sris.edu.kg

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.


Secondary 1

Johannes Smith



Johannes Smith joined Cambridge Silk Road International School in August 2014 after more than 20 years of experience as a Mathematics teacher to Grades 6-12 as well as college engineering students in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

He holds the following degrees and diploma:


  • BA in Mathematics and Psychology   -           Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Bachelor of Education                        -           Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Higher Diploma in Education              -           Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Kumon Instructor                                -           Kumon Education South Africa (Pty) Ltd

In his education career he served as, Mathematics teacher, Head of Department for Mathematics and Deputy Principal of BertramHighSchool, Port Elizabeth, South Africa with a student population of 1400 till his retirement. During the 1994 transition in the government of South Africa, he was often tasked to assist with the opening of new schools in previously disadvantaged areas. Johannes also served as senior marker/moderator for the provincial matric final examinations in Mathematics.

His continuous passion for the education of children has compelled him to remain involved by volunteering his time teaching Mathematics to Grade 10 students at the local schools in his City of residence. Johannes has also assisted in a project to roll out a techno-blended teaching and learning application for the FET phase in Mathematics and Science initiated and developed by the Govan Mbeki Foundation for Mathematics and Science of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

As a Kumon instructor and educator his belief is that every child is an achiever and has the ability to become a confident, independent self-learner, ultimately reaching their full potential as well-rounded individuals successfully contributing to society.

Oriana Guzman



Oriana is a Venezuelan-American native with more than 10 years of teaching experience. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education and a Master's in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Most recently, she had the opportunity to be the Elementary and Secondary Head of the Language Acquisition Department at the International School of Caracas, in Venezuela. Her family and she are thrilled to continue their international teaching adventures in Bishkek!

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.

Aidai Sharshekeeva



Aidai Sharshekeeva joined the CSRIS team in August 2015 as an Art Teacher. She studied at CSM University and University of Arts in London. She worked for companies such as: "Bay and Brown" , "Alexander Mcqueen","Cocoon Fabric Art ltd " , "Izmaylova" ," Ellie Kim" and others ( London). Aidai produced her first fashion collection for Tumar Fashion show in Bishkek. She worked as a fashion and design teacher ( IPU University , Bishkek) . She and her colleague organized" Bishkek Design Festival" (which was the first Design festival in Bishkek).




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.

William Christopher Budgett

History and Geography


This year, William will be standing in as a part time History and Geography teacher for secondary 1. Will has been educated in England at Harrow school and then went to Bristol University to study Russian and Slavonic studies focussing primarily on Russian pre-revolution literature and history. After leaving university, he turned his hand to teaching and became qualified to teach English as a foreign language. Since then, Will has been working as a teacher across Europe and in Kyrgyzstan. Although he is fairly new to teaching he commands a vibrant and energetic classroom and engages students with a variety of interactive methods. Having been raised and educated in England, Will is aiming to incorporate a lot of his cultural experience into the course. Apart from teaching, Will is a fanatical artist. A sculptor by trade and he has recently had several exhibitions across the UK (including the Natural History Museum and the Saatchi Gallery in London).

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.


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. 

Dina Tagaeva



Dina began her career in education as a high school biology teacher in 2010 in Aichurek Girls’ High School, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Aichurek is the school Dina graduated from.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering from Ege University in Turkey.  She has 2 unbelievable years of experience in SRIS before joining Cambridge in January 2015. Presently she prepares IGCSE and A-level students to succeed in their college biology classes.

During her first trip to INESPO Olympiad (Netherlands) with 2 of her SRIS students it turns out that teaching is fun, enjoyable and so essential for new young minds that eager to learn.

Dina believes that science is such an essential part of being human. And she wants her students to open their eyes and see something new and wonder what it is, how it works, and why it’s there.  The idea of being surrounded by kids, truly learners, is something that excites Dina and the thought of using her passion to improve the life of others in a research environment is what motivates het to continue within this field. 

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


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. 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, 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.

Neville Arthur Mitas



Mr. Neville is a dedicated and qualified ESL teacher by profession. His formal ESL-teaching career covers a period of more than twenty (20) years. He has taught ESL in public and private schools, as well as online to students all over the world. He's also comfortable teaching English to very young children, as well as adult learners. He was fortunate to have spent some time in Brazil in 2013 – teaching ESL to students of all ages in public as well as private language schools – and have thus also gained some valuable experience working in communities where English is spoken entirely as a second or third language. In a classroom situation He is committed to creating an atmosphere that is stimulating and encouraging to all students, with an aptitude to remain flexible, ensuring that every child's learning styles and abilities are addressed. In addition, He strives at all times to maintain superior interpersonal and communication skills to foster meaningful relationships with students, staff and parents. He's furthermore very experienced in preparing students for the IELTS Examinations and is also a certified IELTS Cambridge examiner, registered with the British Council in Johannesburg, South Africa. And in his free time he studies German, Brazilian Portuguese - and hopefully very soon - Russian.

Aigerim Musaeva

Guidance Counselor



Aigerim Musaeva joined the CSRIS in August 2015 as a teacher of Sociology and assistant teacher in English. She is a dedicated professional who got her BA in Sociology from American University of Central Asia in Bishkek. As she was studying in AUCA, Aigerim also worked as a writing tutor at the Writing and Academic Resource Center of the university for two years. Throughout her life, she was passionate about education and children. In her work, she tries to take individual approach to all of her students, thus developing their individual strengths as well as working on their weaknesses.



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.