Fatima is originally from Atyrau in Western Kazakhstan. She received her BA in Foreign Languages from Aktobe State University in 2005. She taught EFL classes and Kazakh to foreigners for three years in Kazakhstan, prior to accepting a position as a Kazakh language instructor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. From 2007 to 2009, she taught Kazakh while working on an MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at Indiana University. She has been teaching Kazakh for SWSEEL since 2007.
Currently she is a lecturer at the Kazakh British Technical University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.