About Us

Mission:

The Association of Teachers of English North Kazakhstan (ATENK) aims to provide and promote a forum of communication among English language teachers within the region, to deliver practical training to enhance Kazakhstani teacher status, to facilitate a creative environment and think tank of sharing ideals and experiences among its members, and to promote and further the educational acumen of area teachers for the betterment of education.
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Our Objectives:

To promote and support English language teaching and usage in Kazakhstan, through the Association of Teachers of English in North Kazakhstan (ATENK). The mission is accomplished through a combination of:

  • Volunteerism & Mentorship
  • Collaboration with the Kazakhstani Teachers of English Association and the US Embassy National Alumni Network
  • Partnership with American Corner Petropavlovsk

ATENK will also support the government’s idea about increasing teachers’ social status in Kazakhstan through professional development and training opportunities. The positive encouragement of teachers leads to professional satisfaction and desire for continued professional development (CPD). ATENK puts into priority, a teachers’ motivation for CPD, and plans to encourage it through:

  • Positive reinforcement for rural area teachers through professional development opportunities
  • Diversification of trainings, seminars, courses and a conference
  • Stimulating competitions for teachers (including students)

Albina Kassenova

Founder and President of ATENK, teacher trainer

Albina is an experienced teacher trainer, presenter, and educational leader, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Ms. Kassenova has studied abroad at Montana State University (USA) and at The University of Cambridge (UK), and has received many awards and accolades from different global organizations and governments. She has over 10 years’ experience as an educator and has collaborated with the British Council, US Department of State, Kazakhstan Teachers of English Association, and the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan "Atameken" on various educational projects.

email: albina.kassenova@gmail.com, atenk2030@gmail.com 

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Active ATENK members

Assel Jaxalykova
Assel JaxalykovaATENK Vice-President, Petropavlovskassel-ds@mail.ru
Assel has been teaching both students and teachers for over 15 years. She is a certified CLIL trainer and is currently participating in the Central Asia STEM project in Bishkek. She is a US Department of State E-Teacher Program alumna and also an experienced IELTS preparation teacher. Since 2019 she has been a vice-president of ATENK.
Valentina Chernykh
Valentina ChernykhHead of the Department for the Content and Quality Assurance of Education, North Kazakhstan Education Department, Petropavlovskchernykh301@mail.ru
Valentina graduated from North Kazakhstan State University and started her career path as an English teacher in Russia. In 1999, she was a winner of the Best Teacher Award in Petropavlovsk and also participated in ‘Train the Teacher’ course with the British Council in Almaty. Holding these credentials, she became a teaching methods specialist at the education department for the North Kazakhstan region. Since 2013 Valentina has been promoted as head of the content and quality assurance department. As an active ATENK member, Mrs Chernykh was a juror for English Song Contest 2020
Botagoz Kassenova
Botagoz Kassenova“Ruzaevka secondary school”, Gabit Musrepov district, English teacherkasenova.83@mail.ru
Mrs Kassenova has been teaching English for over 10 years. She earned her teaching credential at Pavlodar State Pedagogical Institute.Recently she was awarded third place in ATENK’s Best Lesson Plan 2020 contest. And now she is studying a CELTA online preparation course with Jo Gakonga.
Irina Olkova
Irina OlkovaM. Kozybayev North Kazakhstan State University, Petropavlovsk, Head of FL Department and Assistant Professoririna_m_a@mail.ru
Irina graduated from North Kazakhstan State University, has over 18 years of experience in education and is the author of about 50 scientific articles, a monograph and 2 manuals. She participated in British Council’s ‘Train the Trainer’ course in 2018. And now she’s a facilitator for the US Embassy’s American English MOOC project in Petropavlovsk.
Beinegul Bekbolatova
Beinegul BekbolatovaSchool-lyceum ‘Parassat’, Kyzylzhar district, English teacherbekbol_beinegul@mail.ru
Beinegul has been teaching English for over 19 years, and more recently was a Fulbright TEA (Teaching Excellence & Achievement) program participant at Montana State University, USA. Since her return, Beinegul has presented and shared her experience as a TEA program alumna. Her teaching interest focuses on children with special education needs.
Irina Folenveider
Irina FolenveiderCenter of Excellence, Petropavlovsk, teacher trainerfolirina@mail.ru
Irina has over 32 years experience in education, with over 6 years experience as a teacher trainer. In 2014, she a Fulbright TEA (Teaching Excellence & Achievement) program participant at Winthrop University, South Carolina, the U.S. An experienced program developer, and in-service teacher trainer at various levels. She was nominated to take the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) by ATENK in 2020.
Zhanar Baimurzina
Zhanar BaimurzinaKishkenekol secondary school #1, Ualikhan district, English teacherzh_baimurzina@mail.ru
Zhanar earned her bachelor degree from Kokshetau pedagogical university in 1996. Her English teaching experience spans over 24 years. She actively participated in British Council’s project devoted to Shakespeare’s anniversary, titled “Shakespeare Lives” project, by organising different activities for rural students. She is also a TEA (Teaching Excellence & Achievement Program) alumna, studying at Montana State University for 7 weeks. Zhanar collaborated with Albina Kassenova on the original grant from the US Embassy Kazakhstan for ATENK.
Dina Alibekova
Dina AlibekovaSchool-Kindergarten #26, Petropavlovsk, English teacheralibek327@gmail.com
Dina has over 9 years of experience of teaching English. She won first place in ATENK’s Best Lesson Plan 2020 contest and was awarded with the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test). She was nominated to participate at CATEC 2020 (Central Asian of Teachers of English Conference) by the US Embassy in Kazakhstan. She is participating in British Council’s Virtual Teacher Activity Group (vTAG) Project for English teachers of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Tamara Chereshko
Tamara ChereshkoMinkeser secondary school, Mamlutsky district, English teachertomochka.78@mail.ru
Tamara graduated from North Kazakhstan State University, has got two higher education diplomas (English language and biology). She has been teaching English for 20 years. Recently she won second place in ATENK’s Best Lesson Plan 2020 contest and was awarded a CELTA online preparation course with Jo Gakonga. Her special interest in EFL is CLIL methodology.
Maira Kakimova
Maira KakimovaM. Kozybayev North Kazakhstan State University, Head of Germanic and Romance Department and Assistant Professormkakimova2009@mail.ru
Maira has over 35 years of experience in education, including 26 years teaching at the university. She is the author of about 70 scientific articles and 4 manuals. She was a juror member for ATENK’s Best Lesson Plan Contest. Fields of interest include FLT, intercultural communication, onomastics, comparative and contrastive linguistics.
Alexandra Ilina
Alexandra IlinaSchool # 8, Petropavlovsk, English teachermarakushkina_alexandra@mail.ru
Alexandra has been teaching English for over 6 years. Recently she won ATENK’s Best Lesson Plan 2020 contest and was awarded with a TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test). Also, she was awarded by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan an 8-week Online E-Teacher Scholarship with a university in the US.
Saule Zikirina
Saule ZikirinaNIS (Nazarbayev Intellectual School), Petropavlovskzikirina61@inbox.ru
Saule graduated from North Kazakhstan State University and is a Fulbright TEA (Teaching Excellence & Achievement) program alumna, USA. She participated in a CLIL methodology course in Astana in 2016. Her presentation experience includes the 2016 and 2017 KazTEA conference. In 2018, she was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Ministry of Education & Science of Kazakhstan. She was nominated to take the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) by ATENK in 2020.
Tatyana Arendarenko
Tatyana ArendarenkoFirst IT-Lyceum, Petropavlovsk, English teachertatyana444@yahoo.com
Tatyana is an EFL practitioner with over 28 years of experience.Previously, she was a British Council teacher trainer in Petropavlovsk. Tatyana established an ongoing International School Partnership Project (ISPP) since 2013 with a school in New York.This international collaboration has led to visitations from teachers and students from the American school to Kazakhstan and in return, Tatyana and her students visited the US. She also presented at CATEC (Central Asian of Teachers of English Conference) 2018 in Almaty on differentiation.
Lyubov Polyakova
Lyubov PolyakovaTamanskaya school, M.Zhumabayev district, English teacherplju79@mail.ru
Lyubov is a dual teacher of English and German languages. Recently she won second place in ATENK’s English Song Contest. She was nominated to participate at CATEC 2020 (Central Asian of Teachers of English Conference) by the US Embassy in Kazakhstan. She is participating in British Council’s Virtual Teacher Activity Group (vTAG) Project for English teachers of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Yulia Vassilchenko
Yulia VassilchenkoSchool-Lyceum ‘Daryn’, Petropavlovsk, English teacherjulusha@inbox.ru
Yulia earned her bachelor degree from North Kazakhstan State University in 2004. She had been working at North Kazakhstan State university from 2004 till 2017. Her current position as an English teacher in Petropavlovsk. She won second place in ATENK’s Best Lesson Plan 2020 contest and is now studying on Jo Gakonga’s online CELTA preparation course ‘Grammar for Language Teachers’.

Our Partners

KazTEA

KazTEA

Kazakhstani Teachers of English Association (KazTEA) is a national organization for English Teachers
National Alumni Network

National Alumni Network

National Alumni Network – US Government programs alumni community
RELO

RELO

The Regional English Language Office (RELO) is under the US Department of State, and cooperates with organizations & ELT professionals
American Corner Petropavlovsk

American Corner Petropavlovsk

American Corners are friendly and welcoming American-style resource centers. They are open to public and completely free of charge. Located at the library named after S.Mukanov in Petropavlovsk
Marwin

Marwin

Marwin – the online family store
Orleu

Orleu

Orleu – National Center for Professional Development, in-service training institute for pedagogical staff in North Kazakhstan
NKSU

NKSU

NKSU – North Kazakhstan State University named after M.Kozybayev, Petropavlovsk
InterPress

InterPress

InterPress IH is an international language center, a leader in the field of teaching English in the market of Kazakhstan
Oxford University Press Kazakhstan

Oxford University Press Kazakhstan

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It is our mission to further the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide
Edustream

Edustream

EDUStream educational company work in three areas: Center for Language Learning, Center for Education Abroad and the official exclusive representative of the international publishing house ExpressPublishing
ELT TRAINING

ELT TRAINING

Elt-training is a web site that aims to provide training support for trainee and novice English language teachers as well as more experienced teachers, too. There are short video films about wide-ranging topics

Contact Us!

North Kazakhstan

Petropavlovsk City

Regional library named after S.Mukanov

American Corner Petropavlovsk

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