Our KIS Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is a formal organization composed of parents, teachers, and staff that is intended to facilitate parental participation in schools. The goal of this parent-teacher group is to support KIS, encourage parent involvement, support our teachers, and organize family events for KIS.

Why be involved in PTA?

According to the Department of Education in Michigan, U.S.A., “the earlier in a child’s education process parent involvement begins, the more powerful the effects.” Decades of research has shown that when parents are involved, students have:

The more parents participate in their child’s education, in a sustainable way, at every level—in advocacy, decision-making and oversight roles, as fundraisers and boosters, as volunteers and paraprofessionals, and as home teachers—the better for student achievement, according to an article published by the Michigan Dept. of Education.


Who benefits from PTA?

The challenges of delivering quality education in international schools around the world are often daunting. The PTA can help.

Our KIS PTA addresses issues that are important at KIS parents and teachers and administrators.

The PTA supports KIS by assisting the school toward full funding, advocating quality teachers and programs, coordinating family events at school—anything PTA can do to help KIS thrive. PTA membership is open to everyone.

PTA benefits include:

  • Power of Volunteers: the PTA organizes hard-working, dedicated volunteers. Parents are ready to help implement school programs and plan family events.
  • Communication: the PTA works with KIS administrators to communicate regularly with parents regarding school issues and upcoming events. Regular monthly meetings allow our PTA to share information with parents.
  • Parents See Results: More than 85 research studies conducted over the past 30 years prove that kids do better when parents are involved.
  • Fundraising: PTA fundraisers support school programs, building improvements, and educational resources.
  • Empowered Parents: KIS parents are involved and understand the challenges KIS faces and therefore these parents want to be a part of the solution. KIS strives to build close relationships with parents through the PTA, resulting in high student achievement.

  • PTA Chair: Tarryn Wright
  • PTA Secretary: Jisha Jose
  • PTA Treasurer: Deniz Kaprol Yilmaz
  • Early Years Liaison: Natalya Sabnani
  • PYP liaisons: Natalya Tanriverdi,  Ardak Myktybayeva
  • MYP Liaison: Jisha Jose


Class Representatives:

  • Pre-Kindergarten: Tatyana Dundukova
  • Kindergarten A: Aizhan Bekzhanova
  • Kindergarten B: Natalya Sabnani
  • Reception A:  Aigul
  • Reception B: Rana Abodeely
  • Grade 1A: Natalya Tanriverdi
  • Grade 1B: Darina Idrissova
  • Grade 1C: Yaroslava Silva
  • Grade 2A: Lyazzat Zholimova
  • Grade 2B: Aizhan Akbulut
  • Grade 3A: Oksana Zaitseva


  • Grade 3B: Gerda Schotte
  • Grade 4A: Ardak Myktybayeva
  • Grade 4B: Benusha Saibu
  • Grade 5A: Barbara Singer
  • Grade 5B: Anastassia Kim
  • Grade 6A: Sarah Gunaseelan
  • Grade 6B: Jisha Jose  
  • Grade 7: Melba Valery
  • Grade 8: Yulia Lengardt
  • Grade 9: Benusha Saibu 
  • Grades 10/11: Altynay Chalkarova
  • Toddlers: Guldana Alash


Message from the PTA Chair:

This is our 3rd year at KIS and our 4th in Almaty. My daughter is in Grade 9 and my son is in Grade 6. I am a firm believer in the IB approach and believe that KIS offers the best education and environment for my children. I have a Degree in Psychology and a Masters in Counselling and this is my second school that I have been the parent body president or head. As a family we move around the world for my husband’s work and Kazakhstan is our 5th country that we have made home. I believe the PTA has an important role in shaping the direction and future of KIS and is fundamental to the schools atmosphere and inclusiveness. I hope you will also find value in the contribution the PTA makes and we extend a warm welcome to all parents to join us at regular meetings and events.