Next Istanbul IN Meeting – Asian Side – February 15th, 2013

On February 15th, Istanbul IN will welcome Vivian Huizenga, M.Sc., who works with IICS  and Suzanne Borgen, M.Ed and Nicole Incel, M.Sc., who work with MEF International Schools. The topic of the session will be “Serving students with learning disabilities/differences.”

The session will consist of a presentation by Ms. Huizenga, Ms. Borgen and Ms. Incel, followed by small group discussions. It will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Viktor Levi Sarap Evi.

We hope that everyone can come out, grab a drink of your choice, and make some new contacts and perhaps a few new friends.

Please see bios below.

Topic: “Serving students with learning disabilities/differences”
Speakers: Vivian Huizenga, M.Sc. , Suzanne Borgen, M.Ed. and Nicole Incel, M.Sc.

Hope everyone can make it!!!

Please feel free to join our Facebook group for a FB invitation.


Vivian Huizenga, M.Sc.
Vivian Huizenga M.Sc. Is a Canadian Licensed Psychologist
with a Masters in Educational Psychology and Statistics from
the State University of New York.

For the first 5 years after obtaining her degrees Vivian
worked in rural Canada as a School Psychologist with
14 different schools, including Hutterite and Mennonite
communities. For the next 10 years she worked in Montreal
with a private center for learning disabilities, The Learning
Associates of Montreal, completing assessments for
private schools, McGill and Concordia universities and for
a psychiatrist in private practice assessing and coaching
adults with attention modulation deficits. Vivian also worked
for 7 years in the far north with the Inuit and Cree nations
assessing children and implementing reading and support
programs for communities in transition.

Vivian has always traveled independently world wide and
finally took a post in Kuwait to set up entrance exams for 2
private schools and supported early years learning. Vivian has
been at IICS for 6 years and is familiar with the community,
its resources and the needs of transitional families. Vivian’s
specialties are reading and attention difficulties. She also has
a private practice.

Suzanne Borgen, M.Ed.

Suzanne Borgen is a special education teacher at MEF International School Istanbul. She received her Master’s in Education in South Carolina, USA and is a US National Board Certified teacher specializing in teaching students with exceptionalities. She worked seventeen years in a public school in rural South Carolina. Her career and training has been teaching students with specific learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder and mild emotional disabilities. She has worked with students in various classroom settings and inclusion at the middle school and high school levels. Her career includes one year of teaching students with severe disabilities in a public school just outside London. Her teaching philosophy has an emphasis on active learning. She developed and facilitated project based instruction with a global awareness and took her instruction outside the school walls with service learning programs for hands on learning in the community. Suzanne joined the MEF International School community. She supports middle and high school students, and is enjoying the opportunity to assist and further develop the learning support program to meet the unique needs of each student.

Nicole Incel, M.Sc.
Nicole Incel is the department head for student support and ELL / English teacher at MEF International School. She received her Master’s in Science in Secondary Language Arts with a focus in Teaching English as a Second Language at Northeastern Illinois.

She has been teaching for the past 10 years, four of which have been in Istanbul, Turkey. Nicole’s specialty is helping schools structure a working ELL program that assesses students’ language needs, brings classroom content into the ELL classroom, and tracks students’ language development over the course of their language learning.

Nicole has had the opportunity to work with students from grades 6-12 from various cultures around the world. She is currently enjoying her second year at MEFIS, and looks forward to further helping students improve their English skills and abilities, as well as working with teachers to help them support their ELL students.



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