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ABOUT USSTAFF TEAM — Primary Team
WILLIAM POLAN, HEAD OF PRIMARY SCHOOL & DEPUTY HEAD OF EDUCATION
Mr William attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee for undergraduate studies. While enrolled at Rhodes, he spent six months as an exchange student at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile. During his time in Memphis and Santiago, he volunteered in classrooms tutoring students in an array of subjects. Following graduation from Rhodes, Mr William joined the US Peace Corps and spent two years living in a rural community in Azerbaijan where he conducted teacher training, implemented new approaches to education, and taught English to grades 4-6. After Peace Corps, Mr William completed his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas and taught English Language and Literature at an international school in Baku. He joined ESCA -BIS in summer 2015 as Form Teacher for Primary 2, while also completing the Post Graduate Certification in International Education from Nottingham University, UK. Following a very successful year at ESCA - BIS, Mr William is taking on a new role as the Head of Primary School, IB PYP Coordinator and the EAL Programme Coordinator for the whole school. Mr William is a US citizen from Austin, Texas.
RYAN DUNN, Primary 6 Homeroom Teacher
Mr Ryan joined ESCA - BIS in August 2015 as Primary 6 teacher and has had a very positive impact both with his class and in leading sports ECAs. He previously taught English as a foreign language in South Korea for two years, and before this he was an assistant teacher at an elementary school in Denver, Colorado. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently completing his Florida Teaching License through the University of West Florida's Distance Learning program. Mr Ryan is a US citizen.
AIDA IRSALIEVA, Primary 6 Teacher Assistant and ECA Coordinator
Ms Aida rejoined ESCA - BIS in February 2016 as Primary 6 Teacher Assistant where her skills in working with students and flexibility to take on and succeed in a wide range of roles, now leads to additional responsibility as the Extra Curricular Activities Coordinator for the school, as well as continuing as Primary 6 Teacher Assistant. Ms Aida graduated from the Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University in Bishkek with a Diploma in International Relations.
BRITTANY ZART, Primary 5 Homeroom Teacher
Ms Brittany has a B.A. in English and Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as the State of Colorado Teaching License for Secondary English. Before joining ESCA - BIS team in August 2015, Brittany taught Secondary English in Colorado, Washington D.C, and South Korea where she focused her instructional practice on project-based learning and differentiating to meet students’ individual interests and academic needs. Ms Brittany is a US Citizen.
TANSULUU KACHKYNBAEVA, Primary 5 Teacher Assistant
Ms Tansuluu graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Osh State University in 2004 then worked as an English language teacher before she joined ESCA in 2011 when the school first opened. Although she left in 2013 to move to Beijing, where she taught English to children, we were delighted when she returned to Bishkek in 2015 and rejoined ESCA - BIS as Teacher Assistant with the IGCSE class. From September 2016, Ms Tansuluu takes on a new role as Teacher Assistant in Primary 5.
AI-TUNUK TOKTOGULOVA, Primary 4 Teacher Assistant
Ms Ai-Tunuk joined ESCA - BIS in autumn 2015 as a Teacher’s Assistant in Secondary School and is now moving within the school to be Teacher Assistant in Primary 4. Ms Ai-Tunuk graduated from People’s Friendship University of Russia, where she studied Linguistics (English and French), and she worked as English language tutor in Russia and Kyrgyzstan before joining ESCA - BIS.
ALEXANDER MCQUILLAN, Primary 4 Homeroom Teacher
Mr Alexander is joining the ESCA - BIS team in August 2016. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin (B.A in Languages and Cultures of Asia) and has over three years of experience teaching English, Math and Science, to a variety of multi-cultural students, ranging from Second Grade to upper High School. His most recent appointment was in Palestine. Mr Alexander firmly believes in the power of education and the ability it has to create a more dynamic world, filled with more inquisitive, compassionate learners. Mr Alexander is a US citizen.
AIJAMAL SADYRBEKOVA, Primary 3 Teacher Assistant
Ms Aijamal graduated from Bishkek Humanities University with a B.A. degree in English and German languages then worked as an English language teacher in different language schools in Bishkek and as an interpreter of Russian and English languages. Ms Aijamal joined ESCA - BIS in May 2016 as Teacher Assistant in Primary 4 and now moves to be Teacher Assistant in Primary 3.
MAGDALENA MATYSOW, Primary 3 Homeroom Teacher
Ms Magdalena is joining the ESCA - BIS team in August 2016. She is a qualified and experienced PYP homeroom teacher who has been with The Canadian School of Warsaw since 201. Ms Magdalena graduated with honors from the Linguistic Academy of Warsaw, where she gained her Bachelor degree in English Philology specializing in teaching and translation. She completed her Master degree in Cultural Studies – with an emphasis in American Studies – at the University of Warsaw. During her MA studies she was granted an Erasmus/LLP scholarship and spent five months studying in Venice at the Ca’Foscari University, as well as at Venice International University.
CRISTINA BAEZ, Primary 2 Homeroom Teacher
Ms Cristina is joining the ESCA - BIS team in August 2016. She has worked in the education field for seven years and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts – Boston as well as the TESOL/TESL/TEFL Certification. She has worked with a wide range of students in various settings both in the USA and internationally, most recently at Hillside international boarding school in Massachusetts. Ms Cristina believes it is essential to recognize each student and validate their strengths through supportive and motivating praise, encouraging them to their best. Ms Cristina is a US citizen.
ZARINA TOROEVA, Primary 2 Teacher Assistant
Ms Zarina is rejoining ESCA - BIS in August 2016 following maternity leave. Zarina has a degree as an English Teacher from Osh State University and before joining ESCA-BIS in summer 2014 she taught English in local school and for private students and also worked with international youth in Sweden as a volunteer. Ms Zarina is delighted to be returning to work at ESCA - BIS and looking forward to her new role as Primary 2 Teacher Assistant.
SHEILA JOSEPH, Primary 1 Homeroom Teacher
Ms Sheila is joining the ESCA - BIS team in August 2016. She has a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Canisius College, Buffalo, New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Society from York University. Ms Sheila is a certified teacher of the Ontario College of Teachers. She has more than 8 years teaching experience, including as a Kindergarten teacher, Grade 1 teacher, and EAL teacher. Ms Sheila is a Canadian citizen who has spent the last two years with the Léman International School in Chengdu.
CHYNYGUL BAKYT KYZY, Primary 1 Teacher Assistant
Ms Chynygul graduated from the Kyrgyz-Chinese faculty of Bishkek Humanities University (BHU) in Bishkek in 2012. Before joining ESCA - BIS in April 2016 she was working in the London School of Languages and Cultures, and at the Kyrgyz National University teaching Russian, Kyrgyz and English language. Ms Chynygul will continue working in Primary 1 as a Teacher Assistant in 2016/17.

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