Defne was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She finished Italian Middle and High School in Istanbul and received her BA in Archeology and Art History in that same city. Thereafter, she worked in different positions but mainly as a writer and photographer for Marie Claire Maison, for almost a decade. Defne met her husband while she was working in Portugal and moved to the United States in 1999 after she married. Soon she had a baby boy, Tan, who is 17 today. While her son was growing up, she had a passion to teach, and in fact the visual aspect of her job, as well as her Italian schooling and her college years, shaped her philosophy of teaching and finally took her on an exciting journey which allowed her to apply her creative skills in the field of education. Defne is currently teaching Kindergarten along with photography at KBPS. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian and Turkish.
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