Shamsha Berkimbaeva was born on October 10, 1942 in Kaskelen district of Almaty region. In 1966, she graduated from the philological faculty of the Kazakh State Women's Pedagogical Institute, and in 1984 from the Academy of Social Sciences of the CPSU Central Committee. She began her career in 1966 as a teacher of Russian language and literature at the eight-year school named after Kirov in Almaty region. In 1968-1970 she became the secretary of committee of Komsomol of the Almaty cooperative technical school, in 1970 - 1971 - the head of department of Alma-Ata regional committee of Komsomol, 1971- 1977 - the first secretary of Kaskelen regional committee of Komsomol, in 1977 - 1987 - the first secretary of the Soviet regional committee of party, secretary of Alma-Ata regional committee of party.
In 1987 - 1989 she was the first secretary of the Soviet District Committee of the Komsomol, the secretary of Alma-Ata Regional Committee of the Party.1987 - 1989 - headmaster of secondary school No. 12 . Almaty, 1989-1997. - Deputy Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 1997-1999 - First Secretary of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in the Kyrgyz Republic, head of Almaty Regional Education Department.
Shamsha Berkimbaeva, as a member of the Senate of the Parliament, was the only initiator of the transition to the higher legislative body in the state language. Gradually, this trend has developed. All deputies asked questions in the state language and began making deputy requests.
Shamsha Berkimbaeva began her work as Minister of Education and Science with the implementation of the program «Ауыл мектебі». For the first time the program«Ауыл мектебі» was adopted at the level of the government, during the same period 226 schools were built in villages, hundreds of schools were repaired, the chemistry and physics classrooms were reconstructed. In fact, in 2002, 77% of schools in the country were rural schools, where 65% of them were small schools. Sh. Kopbaikyzy raised not only social and living conditions of the rural school, but also the quality of education and raised concerns about teachers' educational knowledge and initiated a number of activities. At that times, Akim of Semey region Aibek KARIMOV held reporting meeting with the population of three settlements at once: Novobazhenov, Shulbinsk and Prirechnyi. At the same time, 18.4% of rural teachers who teach Kazakh language and literature are holders of other specialties. In this regard, the personnel problem was gradually solved under the control of the Ministry. In addition, school buildings have been renovated, equipped with the latest equipment, closed boarding schools have been opened, and museums have started functioning in schools.
Shamsha Berkimbaeva worked as a rector of the Kazakh State Women Pedagogical Institute from 2003 to 2011. During the years of her leadership, the educational institution rose to one level higher and received the status of an university. Besides, Sh. Kopbaikyzy managed the educational process, and also took part in updating of administrative, economic and educational work.
In those years, a 9-storey "Student House" with 450 seats of modern type was built at the University, and the educational buildings, hostels and canteens were overhauled. The number of bachelor's specialties was increased and master's degree was opened. The training laboratories are fully equipped with new equipment and furniture.
Shamsha Kopbaevna urged the educated youth to bring up morality, to provide the University in accordance with the requirements of the present time material and spiritual benefits. For this purpose, personal scholarships were awarded, which contribute to the development of youth education. To date, the significant work of Shamsha Berkimaeva has become an example for teachers and management activities in a unique educational environment.
Shamsha Berkimbaeva became a deputy of the 10 convocations of the Supreme Soviet of the Kazakh SSR, a delegate of the XV-XVI Congresses of the Communist Party of Kazakhstan, a member of the Political Council of the Party "Nur Otan", and the National Council of Kazakhstan.
For services in the development of the country she was awarded the Order of Honor, the Order of the Labor Red Banner, "Құрмет", medals «Ерен еңбегі үшін», "For Excellent Service", and the honorary diplomas named after Y. Altynsarin and A. Baitursynov.
Sh. Berkimbaeva is an academician of the International Academy of Pedagogical Education, the owner of the badge "Honorary Worker of Education of the RK", "For merits in the development of science of the RK".
One of the most famous poetess Fariza Ongarsynova wrote about Shamsha Kopbaevna - "Қыз-ғұмыр шынарым-ай, Халқымның шырағындай". In particular, she noted that the purposeful work on realization of the state program of development of public health services "Саламатты Қазақстан" for 2011 - 2015, approved by the decree of the president of the Republic of Kazakhstan from November 29, 2010 № 1113 "About the state program of development of public health services of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2011-2020".