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Kozak Korner #01. August 12, 2022



Director's Message

Dear KIS Families,

I hope that everyone is safe and well. It is an odd feeling to think about starting the school year in the middle of a needless war. We really had hoped that things would be different by now, but as we mentioned in our end of year meeting with parents, we had thought the likeliest scenario would be that we start this school year online.

I would like to welcome those who are new to our school. We look forward to having you be a part of our school community. Even though my time at KIS has been through some turbulent times, I truly do love this school and how amazing it has been. I hope you will find the same sentiment while you are with us. 

So, what does this school year look like?

KIS will be starting our school year online. We ask that all students joining the program are prepared with the ability to join online classes.


  • THURSDAY, AUGUST 25TH - OPEN HOUSE (9:00-12:30)
  • FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH - First Full Day of School (9:00-3:30)

It probably goes without saying, but this year will be another unique year for KIS. Our leadership team and team of exceptional teachers will be working to provide a different type of experience for students. We continue to have our eyes and hopes on a return to Kyiv, but also must prepare for the reality of this timeline. Therefore, we would like to make sure our online program is the best it can be. We would like students to be engaged with the school throughout the day while still having breaks from screen time.

We will be beginning the year online. We do hope to put together face-to-face options for students and teachers who are in Kyiv, but this will depend on many different circumstances. We would prefer to shift things in this direction with the appropriate time and opportunity, as it presents itself. When I have been asked concerning "when", the best answer I can give and stick to is that we are doing this, until we are doing something different.

You will see below a list of our teaching staff for this school year and the different roles in place. Many students and parents already know these teachers, but you will also have time to meet them during our OPEN HOUSE.

We are making some changes to the schedule to reflect an experience that we want students to have. Much of this experience will be based on a general community theme throughout the year that will be incorporated into different times and opportunities throughout the year.

This year, we will have a much smaller school community and with that comes some opportunity that has not existed as much in the past with a larger school. We want to use the opportunity to support each other and build upon the already rich history, strength, and pride that has been KIS over the years. We hope that all parents, students, and teachers will be able to connect with each other in meaningful ways this year.

I am looking forward to another year with KIS, even within some obvious challenges.




Luke Woodruff
Kyiv International School


Key Dates

August 25th - Virtual OPEN HOUSE | 9:00 am -12:30 pm 

August 26th - First Full Day of School | 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Would You Like To Join PTO?

We all know how important for the school and community is Parent-Teacher Organization. It helps families adjust to life in Kyiv by providing information about the school and living in the city. It organizes events throughout the year to build a stronger sense of community. It provides a communication link between parents, teachers and staff.

If you feel the call and would like to join our PTO team, please let the school know or email:

Frequently Asked Questions

  Parent Korner

  Meet The 2022-23 Faculty

Ms. Carla Grossman
Elementary & Middle Director of Instruction

Ms. Chelsey Zoromski
Elementary & Middle School Counselor

Ms. Rachel Geary
Secondary Director of Instruction

Ms. Lindsey Rech
Secondary Counselor

Ms. Irene Bykova
Intensive English Coordinator

Mr. Sergey Berezhny
LOE Coordinator

Ms. Nataliya Yegorova
Pre-K Coordinator

Ms. Tetiana Rutkovska
Learning Center Coordinator

Ms. Yuliya Petrunyok
2 - PreK Teacher

Ms. Nataliya Rudenko
3-PreK Teacher

Ms. Olena Shefner
4 - PreK Teacher

Ms. Sarah Lopert
5 YO Teacher

Ms. Elizabeth Grzyb
6 YO Teacher

Ms. Olena Petrenko
7 YO Teacher

Ms. Julia Prima
8 YO Teacher

Ms. Amy Mims
9 YO Teacher

Mr. Zach Montoya
10 YO Teacher

Mr. Bill Rech
11 YO Teacher / Technology Integration Coordinator

Mr. Daniel Burke
12 YO Teacher / Admissions Coordinator

Mr. Lee Feekins
13 YO Teacher / Athletics Director and Activities Coordinator

Ms. Leanne Hume
Secondary Teacher

Mr. Bob Hume
Secondary Teacher

Ms. Amanda Denney
Secondary Teacher

Mr. Kyle Mims
Secondary Teacher

Ms. Sheryl Hinsvark
Secondary Teacher

Mr. John Semeniuk
Secondary Teacher

Mr. Maxim Filatov
Secondary Teacher

Ms. Oksana Chemerys
Secondary Teacher

Ms. Anna Zabara
Learning Support Teacher

Ms. Alina Fishchuk
Learning Support Teacher

Ms. Yuliya Vazhka
Secondary Safetynetting

Ms. Olga Golitsyna
Intensive English Teacher

Ms. Lyudmyla Stetskova
Intensive English Teacher

Ms. Yuliya Matveyeva
Intensive English Teacher

Ms. Alla Titova
Intensive English Teacher

Ms. Ksenia Kolonskykh
Intensive English Teacher

Ms. Dana Horbunova
LOE Teacher

Ms. Mariya Bizhyk
LOE Teacher

Ms. Anastasia Rabchun
LOE Teacher

Ms. Vita Slobodeniuk
LOE Teacher

Ms. Hanna Oleksenko
MS & Secondary Science Assistant

Ms. Olga Steblyanko
Teacher Assistant

Ms. Olena Petrunyok
Teacher Assistant

Ms. Alla Myronenko
Teacher Assistant

Ms. Nina Kolonskykh
Teacher Assistant

Ms. Liubov Onyskevych
Teacher Assistant

Ms. Ksenia Revenets
Teacher Assistant

Ms. Anna Plakhontiuk
Teacher Assistant

Ms. Zhanna Sotnyk
Teacher Assistant

Ms. Olga Zinchenko
Teacher Assistant

Ms. Kateryna Zakharova
PE Teacher

Mr. Anatoly Prima
PE Teacher

Ms. Olga Shliakhovska
PE Teacher

Ms. Nataliya Chervonyk
Art Teacher

Ms. Ionova Svitlana
Music Teacher

Ms. Anastasia Burynchenko
Technology Teacher

Ms. Lily Gorbatenko
Library Teacher

Ms. Kateryna Luzhetska
Music Teacher

Ms. Oleksandra Myronova
Art Assistant

Ms. Olga Kardash
Intensive English Teacher

Ms. Oksana Melnyk
Intensive English Teacher

Ms. Kateryna Munteanu
LOE Teacher

Ms. Maryna Anisiutkina
LOE Teacher

Ms. Alba Becerra Perez
LOE Teacher

Ms. Daria Filatova
LOE Teacher

Ms. Margaryta Manakova
Teacher Assistant

Ms. Oksana Tkachuk
Teacher Assistant

  School Announcements

Dear Campus Community,

As you know, we added Classifieds section to our Connect Page on the school website. The Section contains the following branches: 




If you have an announcement you would like us to place there, please email .

  School Calendar

First page of the PDF file: KISSchoolCalendar2022-23