Backgrounds



Deputy Principal, Students
Mrs. Nicole Incel has lived in Turkey for 8 years. She has a B.A. in History and Education and a M.A. in Teaching English as an Additional Language. Nicole has been working in education for 15 years, 6 of which have been at MEF IS. In past years, she has taught History, Humanities, Language Arts, and English Language Learners. She has also been the Student Support Team leader for the past 5 years at MEF. Nicole is a firm believer that all students are capable of learning anything with the right tools and strives to support teachers in providing these tools to their students. In her free time, she enjoys being with her husband and children and exploring different parts of Istanbul and the world.







IB / DP Coordinator
Ms. Alina Zamfirescu joined MEF IS in August 2017. She holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics for Teachers from Waterloo, Canada and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Bucharest in Romania. Alina has been working in education for 23 years, 11 of which have been in international education. In recent times, she taught mathematics in Romania and Morocco, and she was also the IB DP Coordinator in the Casablanca American School for 4 years, before coming at MEF IS. Alina has also different roles in the IB network: examiner, workshop leader, moderator, consultant, and online facilitator. She enjoys teaching and deeply admires the IB philosophy, which encourages and challenges educators to be role models for our students. It encourages educators to help students become risk-takers that are principled, balanced, and open minded inquirers who are knowledgeable and reflective communicators that are caring. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the world, listening to music, and, when possible, dancing.




Cambridge Coordinator
Mrs. Lauren Fajobi has lived in Turkey for 3 years. She has a B.S. in Biological Science, a B.A. in Spanish Language & Culture and a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction. Lauren has been at MEF IS for 2 years and she teaches Biology in grades 7, 8 and 9. In past years, she has been an instructional coach and she has taught Biology, General Science, Chemistry, and Spanish. Lauren is passionate about helping students develop confidence, curiosity and love of learning that will stay with them through school, university and beyond. In her free time she enjoys being with her husband, singing, and traveling throughout Turkey.