BA, Literature, Boston University
MA, Teaching, Fairleigh Dickinson University
High School English and Drama Teacher
Defne graduated from Green Meadow in 1987. Before joining the Green Meadow faculty full-time in 2006, Defne taught English and humanities for six years at Ramapo Indian Hills High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ. She also taught literature, college writing, and creative writing courses at Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ for four years. Defne completed independent Foundation Studies under Signe Schaefer at Sunbridge College and is a certified high school English teacher.
Defne teaches high school English and drama, and is advisor to the Class of 2023. She serves on the Teacher Development Committee and the Social Health Committee. Her older daughter graduated with the GMWS Class of 2016, and her younger daughter attended Green Meadow through 7th Grade.