Primary School Principal
Linda Allen is the principal for MEF Primary School. Her previous experience was in Auckland, New Zealand where she has been in education for over 25 years. Her latest position was as Associate Principal of a Grade 1-8 primary school in Green Bay, West Auckland. Linda graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA in Mathematics and English Literature, went on and did her teaching diploma, and in later years earned a post graduate diploma in Second Language Teaching and her Masters of Educational Leadership and Management. She is a strong believer in the value of life-long learning. She has left three grown children behind in New Zealand, and she and her husband are enjoying life in Istanbul and at MEF IS. When she wants to relax Linda enjoys the beach, swimming, reading and hanging out with her friends and family. Linda has lived in Melbourne, Australia and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia attending the international school there as a teenager. Linda is looking forward to another positive year here at MEF IS where the school community work together to build a memorable schooling experience for all involved.


Deputy Principal
Christopher Jackson is the Deputy Principal for MEF IS Primary School. He arrived in Istanbul following 12 years of teaching at the International School of Lausanne in Switzerland. Raised in the United States, he earned a BA in Music Education from St Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and then taught in both Minnesota and Florida before beginning his career in international education. Christopher completed the Certificate of International School Leadership from The Principal’s Training Center and continues to pursue a MA in International School Leadership through a collaborative program with the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and Wilkes University. He has led and served on visiting teams for the Council of International School (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) for accreditation of schools across Europe and the Middle East. He has had a life-long passion for all things Disney and embodies this by constantly encouraging students (and adults) to pursue their dreams and striving to reach beyond themselves to new frontiers. Christopher looks forward to another successful year of both personal growth and working with the students, parents and teachers of the school.




IB / PYP Coordinator
Evelyn Hargett Galan is the Deputy Principal/PYP Coordinator for MEF IS Primary School. She arrived to Istanbul after 3 years of homeroom teaching at İhsan Doğramacı Bılkent Erbil College and eleven years of experience in teaching and leading at the International American School of Cancun. Evelyn has recently completed a Master of Arts in Education (International Education PK-6) from George Mason University with an additional certificate as an IB Educator. She has also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of St. Mary. She is a licensed Pre-kindergarten to grade 6 teacher with the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA. In addition to these qualifications, Evelyn is a certified Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction Trainer and ESL in the Mainstream Tutor. She comes to MEF IS bringing solid experience in multi-lingual education and is passionate about building and crossing cultural bridges to improve communication and promote appreciation for diversity. As a lifelong learner, she is always looking for new ways to improve her understandings about teaching and learning through study and professional development. Evelyn has lived in Belgium, the USA, Mexico and Iraq. She has two grown young adult children, a daughter in the USA and a son living in Mexico. Recently, she remarried and looks forward to enjoying all that Turkey has to offer together with her husband.