Meet Our Teachers

Polina Bullock
Polina BullockDIRECTOR
“Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high, and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.”
Chris Hadfield
The quote above ideally describes my vision on leadership! I also believe that my job is, to inspire my team to help raise leaders for our community, country, the world. Early Childhood Teacher in recent past, I worked with children of United States Armed Forces for 10 years in conjunction with studying in Central Texas College to be Early Childhood Teacher. I traveled the world and lived in varied states and countries. I got exposed to many cultures and traditions of different nationalities. I think the greatest part of United State of America is its DIVERSITY. As a student in Park University at Fort Bliss, TX (El Paso, TX) I studied not only subjects on my degree plan, but the cultural differences and how to understand and work with people from all over the world. I graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology.
I am thankful and proud to lead a team of professional teachers of iSmart Kids Academy!

Mamlakat Tursunova
Mamlakat TursunovaTEACHER, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGIST, SCHOOL READINESS SPECIALIST, SPEECH THERAPIST
I once read that education is like a pair of shoes: they should fit perfectly. If a shoe is too small and tight, it holds the child back. If it is too large, the child may trip and fall and can’t go forward. Have been working in education for almost 20 years, I always helped my students with their “shoe selections”!
I graduated from one of the Russian teacher training universities in 1987 and then worked as an English teacher in both secondary and higher education settings. During that time, I wrote and published several college textbooks on English grammar. With the subject of my research being in teaching English as a second language methodology, I participated in many national conferences and seminars presenting ESL strategies and methods. My new research topic in comparative analysis of Russian and American educational systems brought me to the United States in 2007.
Aside from teaching, art is an essential part of my life. Living in Colorado has been a very enjoyable experience for me and my family because of its wondrous nature and friendly people. Colorado nature inspires me to travel more and to paint; I create not only landscapes but also portraits of Coloradans. If education fills my life with meaningfulness, painting brings me happiness.
Every teacher should have her own magic strategy to facilitate learning. My favorite one is play – inspire – listen – lead. Play is the avenue for sharing laughter, encouragement, and happiness. I would say that laughter, joy, and just having fun are the strongest motivators a teacher can possibly use in education. All children are inquisitive and have unharnessed imagination; they are like sponges and soak up everything they learn. So, it is very important to listen to children, learn about their interests, passions, and inspirations, and then lead them by example.
Nilufar Babaeva
Nilufar BabaevaARTIST, DESIGNER
“There is a huge “abyss” between the creator and human. Yet there are many bridges through this abyss in the form of painting, music, poetry, and science to list a few. Decorative and applied art is also such bridge. A teacher should awaken in each child a belief in his/her creative abilities, individuality, uniqueness, as well as the belief that the child came to this world to do good, create and bring people joy”.
I was born and grew up in Central Asia. I graduated from art school and received secondary education in the field of art and design in Moscow.
Since early childhood, I have always been attracted to applied arts, and with a great desire, I have mastered variety of crafts like: Crafting, Knitting, Weaving, Sewing, Embroidery, painting on fabric, Decoupage, Felting, and making Stuffed and Plush Toys. I enjoy making handmade gifts for my friends.
During my time at University, I have taught drawing, graphics and applied crafts in preschool.
I have also worked as a 2D and 3D graphic designer in Moscow.
In 2010, I have organized a company and creative studio “Invent Design” in Egypt, where I was engaged in graphic design, led master classes for children and adults in painting the fabric, graphic and cooking.
In 2015, I moved with my family to the USA. I am inspired by the country’s opportunities and the welcoming nature, which encourages me to share my skills and knowledge with children!
Tatiana Zeltser Valverde
Tatiana Zeltser ValverdeMUSICIAN, TEACHER, MENTOR
I once read that education is like a pair of shoes: they should fit perfectly. If a shoe is too small and tight, it holds the child back. If it is too large, the child may trip and fall and can’t go forward. Have been working in education for almost 20 years, I always helped my students with their “shoe selections”!
I graduated from one of the Russian teacher training universities in 1987 and then worked as an English teacher in both secondary and higher education settings. During that time, I wrote and published several college textbooks on English grammar. With the subject of my research being in teaching English as a second language methodology, I participated in many national conferences and seminars presenting ESL strategies and methods. My new research topic in comparative analysis of Russian and American educational systems brought me to the United States in 2007.
Aside from teaching, art is an essential part of my life. Living in Colorado has been a very enjoyable experience for me and my family because of its wondrous nature and friendly people. Colorado nature inspires me to travel more and to paint; I create not only landscapes but also portraits of Coloradans. If education fills my life with meaningfulness, painting brings me happiness.
Every teacher should have her own magic strategy to facilitate learning. My favorite one is play – inspire – listen – lead. Play is the avenue for sharing laughter, encouragement, and happiness. I would say that laughter, joy, and just having fun are the strongest motivators a teacher can possibly use in education. All children are inquisitive and have unharnessed imagination; they are like sponges and soak up everything they learn. So, it is very important to listen to children, learn about their interests, passions, and inspirations, and then lead them by example.
Tetyana Palamarchuk
Tetyana PalamarchukTEACHER, ARTIST
By nature an optimistic and sociable person, I enjoy being part of the community, new events, and creating a happy atmosphere around me. I was born and grew up in Western Ukraine, studied at the State Conservatory, Piano and Choir Conducting faculty. After graduation, I worked as music teacher and choir conductor in my home town. I always imagined myself becoming a teacher and I really enjoy the profession. My family moved to Denver in 2001 and I was impressed by freedoms and possibilities that America opened before us. In 2007, I opened a private music studio Adagio. Adagio has graduated a few students who developed their talents in musical arts and now preform at churches and different events. I like nature, animals, hiking, and biking. I love my friends. In my belief, every human is God’s precious creation and deserves our loving care. My calling is to make our world more loving and caring place to live.

Zarina
ZarinaZARA THYTHMIC GYMNASTICS ACADEMY FOUNDER
My name is Zarina (Zara). I am a head coach and founder of the new rhythmic gymnastics school – Zara Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy.
I was born and grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. I was introduced to rhythmic gymnastics at 6 years old and since then it became a very important part of my life. I was a member of the National Team of Uzbekistan in Junior Group in 2005-2007, and then switched to individual competing . In 2011 me and a wonderful coach Mukhamedova Rano started coaching the Junior Group of the National Team of Uzbekistan. In 2014, for the first time for Uzbekistan, our girls won the Asian Rhythmic Gymnastics Cup and therefore got the chance to participate in Junior Olympic Games in 2014 in China. After that I started assisting the Honored Coach of Uzbekistan – Polivanova Lyudmila in coaching the National Team of Uzbekistan – Senior Group. In 2016, under the coaching supervision of Polivanova Lyudmila and Izrailbekova Zarina and the Uzbekistan government assistance, the Uzbekistan National Team – Senior Group got the chance to compete in 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Since 2017 I’ve been continuing my favorite job, teaching kids rhythmic gymnastics, in the USA. In April of 2018 the USA Gymnastics awarded me with the Coach of the Year Award in Level 4 Region 2.
I am so happy that I had an opportunity to open my own school and continue doing what I love – teaching rhythmic gymnastics. Give your daughter a chance to experience the most beautiful and gracious sport in the world! Become a part of our wonderful team! Enjoy Your Rhythm!

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