OUR STAFF

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Dr Zeynep Yaseen

Principal

Dr Zeynep Yaseen graduated from Bogazici University, Istanbul with an honour degree. She completed her Master’s degree in the same University about the primary and secondary school textbooks and visuals. Dr Yaseen has worked as an academic staff at Bogazici University during her Master’s degree. In 2012, she received two high prestigious scholarship from University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for her Doctorate in Education. UTS awards allowed her to make a valuable contribution to create an effective learning environment for students. She worked as a postdoc fellow in the Teacher Education Program STEMed Research Centre at UTS in 2017.

 

Dr Yaseen specialises in student-centred learning environment in STEM education and has a background in mathematics and science teaching, in both primary and high schools. She focuses on student-generated animations in the teaching and learning of science.  Dr Yaseen supports academic and professional staff for the application of an appropriate pedagogic and technical design, and provides expert advice to develop and deliver with new technological learning sources.

 

Dr Yaseen has published scores of journal articles, book chapters on student learning and education, with a special focus on Science education. She is currently involved in several international research projects and evaluations for a variety of agencies and government departments. Dr Yaseen has lectured in science and technology education, curriculum design, teaching methods, educational psychology at UTS in Australia and Bogazici University in Turkey. 

Mrs Reyhan Caliskan Er

Head of Curriculum

Mrs Reyhan is a dedicated professional educator, mentor and leader with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth and development of every student. 

 

Mrs Reyhan graduated with a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education - Primary degree from University of Western Sydney and a Master of Education degree from Charles Sturt University. She began her teaching career over 20 years ago. Mrs Reyhan has experience in Class teaching, specialist ESL and Support teaching as well as Turkish language teaching, educating primary and secondary students in a variety of school settings. 


The breadth of experience has led Mrs Reyhan to develop a strong belief that every student is gifted in their own way and has something special they can bring to their own education, something to contribute to our world as long as they are in an environment where all learning styles are embraced and growth and development is facilitated. She is drawn to the notion that an effective educator can inspire learners by igniting imagination and instil a love of lifelong learning.

As Head of Curriculum here at Maarif, her aim is to motivate her students, colleagues and parents by fostering quality relationships through dynamic and collaborative leadership to achieve the whole school curriculum plan.

Mrs Ulku Turkmen

Kindergarten Teacher

    

Mrs Ulku Turkmen entered the Early Childhood industry in the year 2000 whilst studying Diploma of Early Childhood. After finishing the course, she wanted to endeavour the sector further so decided to do Bachelor of Early Childhood. Once completed she started working as a Primary School teacher for 3 years and then took a break to take care of her children. Whilst caring for them, Mrs Turkmen was involved with working in long day care centers as an Early Childhood Teacher.

 

Mrs Turkmen also worked as an Education Leader at a family day care office. Then became a trainer and assessor at an Adult college teaching Certificate III and Diploma in ECEC.

When hearing about Maarif International School, Mrs Turkmen made the decision to continue as a Primary School teacher and stated that she is very grateful to be given the position as a Year 1 teacher. She hopes and aims to serve the school with all her knowledge and expertise and make a positive difference in the community.

Miss Rooba El-Sayed

Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Dilek Isanc

Year 2 Teacher

Ms Amel Mehana

Year 3 Teacher

Ms Mehana graduated her Bachelor of Arts, with a major in History and Political Thought, and sub-major in Islamic Studies. After growing a love and appreciation for education, she continued her studies, graduating with a Master of Teaching degree.

 

Ms Mehana’s passion for teaching stems from an eagerness to provide students with the tools and knowledge they need to accomplish their goals; whether that is academic, artistic or athletic based.

 

Ms Mehana’s teaching philosophy is centred upon celebrating student individuality. She strongly believes that as a teacher, you must understand that all students are different, and in order to ensure optimum learning, you must cater to these differences. This simple yet significant idea begins with ensuring that the classroom is a safe and fun environment which promotes, accepts and celebrates the differences of each child. With this foundation, Ms Mehana strives to provide students with opportunities to explore the endless possibilities of learning.

Mrs Samira Asad

Year 4 Teacher

Mrs Asad completed her Masters of Education in Primary through Swinburne University of Technology. She has been working in private schools and public schools as a classroom teacher since 2016. 

 

Mrs Asads philosophy of teaching is based on a belief that learning needs to be student centred and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. Her role involves using her expertise to put the necessary resources in the hands of the students or more likely to be sure that her students are well equipped to find and evaluate the resources they need to answer their questions.

 

She believe that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. It is her desire to create this type of atmosphere where students meet their full potential.

 

Mrs Asad is passionate about the use of writing to teach students to be more aware of their thinking and setting goals for themselves. This equips them with certain goals to achieve and set a path for them.

Mrs Olivia Peach

Year 5 Teacher

Mrs Kubra Kalender

Year 6 Teacher

Mrs Aysegul Seyma Akdemir​

Turkish Language Teacher

Mrs Aysegul Seyma Akdemir has a Bachelor of Teaching Foreign Language with honours at Anadolu University Turkey in 2007. Mrs Akdemir has extensive experience in teaching a foreign language to a diverse array of students of varying ages and abilities since her graduation both in Turkey and Australia.


Mrs Akdemir believes the importance of active student participation, involvement and team work in teaching to have a successful learning environment. She aims to incorporate cultural and historical components of the target language into the curriculum to expand learning materials. Mrs Akdemir has been Maarif International Schools Turkish teacher since 2019.

Miss Esra Pamuk

Turkish Language Teacher

Esra Pamuk graduated from Hacettepe University, Turkish Language and Literature- Turkish Folklore Department with an honour degree. She completed Teach Turkish as a Foreign Language and Pedagogical Formation Certificate Programs at the same university. Ms. Pamuk also studied in Hungary Debrecen University as a researcher and exchange student.

 

She worked in one of the biggest projects in the world as a trainer between 2015 and 2019. She has extensive experience in teaching language, folklore and folk dance. She continues to deliver online language teaching programs and engages in volunteer work.

 

Ms Pamuk believes that young children are uniquely suited to learning a new language. Each child has great potential for creativity, engaging in modern techniques while having fun in doing so.

Miss Gulcan Aksu

Religious Education Teacher

Miss Gulcan Aksu is a passionate Quran and Islamic studies teacher who has been teaching children for the last 10 years. Her valuable experience of teaching Quran and Islamic scripture was gained through teaching at both primary schools within the Western Sydney region and Mosques. Gulcan's impressive academic achievement shows her successful completion of the Shariah course at Daar Aisha College. The Shariah course includes teachings in Aqidah, Fiqh, Seerah, Tarbeyah and Tajweed. In addition to this, Ms Aksu has a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education completed through H&H Accredited Training Australasia and has also completed her certificate on 'Education of Morals and Values' to school-aged children, with Sakarya University, Turkey.

She enjoys teaching children their Religion in a fun and enjoyable way and gives high importance to respect and moral values within their Religious Education. Miss Aksu has been working with Maarif International School since 2019.

Ms Bushra Mohammed Saeed

Religious Education and Quran Teacher

Ms Bushra Mohammed Saeed is a fully qualified and NESA accredited teacher. Bushra has extensive experience teaching in New South Wales and she has been teaching students for over 18 years. She is recognised as someone who is very passionate about mentoring and guiding the minds of young students.

 

Bushra has a particular interest in teaching the Arabic language and studies of religion (Quran) and she has received many accolades for doing so. Bushra is a valuable member of the Maarif teaching staff.

Ms Tulay Tatli

Administration

Ms Tulay Tatli has over 25 years of experience in Customer Service and Administration. She has previously worked in Telecommunications and Aviation, both locally and abroad (Turkey).

 

Ms Tatli is passionate about helping people and committed to supporting students in their educational journey. Having raised two children of her own, both successful university graduates, she understands the needs of parents as well as students.

Ms Tatli is looking forward to seeing all our students flourish and graduate from the school until the day she retires from International Maarif Schools of Australia.

Miss Rooba El-Sayed graduated with a Bachelor of Business and Commerce majoring in Human Resource Management and Industrial relations. Prior to entering the teaching industry she  worked in the Vocational Education Sector as a Student Support Team Leader, focusing on assisting adults achieve their lifelong learning goals. Miss El-Sayed was inspired to follow her passion for teaching and completed her Master of Teaching.

 

Miss El-Sayed’s teaching philosophy is based upon inclusive education. She strongly believes that every student is a unique individual who deserves to learn in a creative, supportive, and stimulating atmosphere. Her teaching pedagogical decisions are based upon inclusive education which values diversity, schooling experiences and opportunities for all students.

 

Miss El-Sayed implements an inquiry-based learning pedagogical approach allowing students to test and develop their ideas in a collaborative environment. Students become an active participant in the learning process, therefore increasing their problem-solving skills and abstract thinking.

 

Miss El-Sayed has also completed a Certificate lll in Fitness, she worked as a fitness coach and is determined to help students and adults alike to make healthy choices.

 

Students will be the center of all of Miss El-Sayed’s pedagogical decisions ensuring that she is providing valuable learning experiences in a safe, inclusive and student-centered environments.

Mrs Dilek Isanc completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English, text and writing. She than completed her Masters in primary teaching and has grown to become a very passionate teacher. Mrs Isanc’s teaching philosophy is centered on the thought that each child is unique, and they deserve the best quality education. She believes it is her duty to help prepare each of her students so they can lead a successful and productive life and meet their full potential. She has stated that she will achieve this by making sure her students are always challenged, engaged, and motivated, providing them with differentiated material to assist in their learning experience.

Mrs Isanc herself is a bilingual speaker who speaks English and Turkish and she hopes that her knowledge in this area will be of advantage to her students, parents and also to the wider community.