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.




PYP Coordinator
Elle Ryan’s teaching career spans more than 24 years and she has taught in a variety of different learning contexts in Australia and Singapore. She has a Diploma in Teaching, Bachelor of Education and Masters in Educational Leadership, Policy and Change. Elle has been in leadership positions including Head of Year - covering Curriculum, Welfare and Administration, Literacy Coordinator, Head of Basketball and Teacher Mentor. Elle believes that instilling a love of curiosity, creativity and inquiry is paramount for becoming life-long learners and the IB Learner Profile is the foundation from which children grow as socially aware and loving people. She believes that all children are capable of success and that success is reflected in many forms. Developing confidence, positive self-esteem and independence are key to this success. Elle was born in Sydney and is Australian. She is a country girl and has a love of all things nature. Elle’s interests include yoga, photography, music, coaching basketball, all types of sports including horse riding and surf life saving. She is the proud mother of Jordan, her 22 year old daughter who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is very excited to be living and working in Istanbul and looks forward to meeting all the wonderful families at MEF IS.