About Me

Derya is a double major PhD student in Education Policy Studies and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures with a concentration in International and Comparative Education. She started her career by teaching languages (German, Turkish, English) respectively in Denmark, USA, and Turkey. While teaching in Turkey, she also led the European Study Abroad Program “ERASMUS” at a private university and developed a project with a focus on teaching American English through exposure to cultural elements in a non-traditional classroom setting with a grant from American Councils for International Education.

Her current work at Global Gateway in multicultural teacher training and previous experience in refugee education at a local NGO in Ohio together sparked her dissertation research in understanding the multicultural response to education among marginalized populations in the U.S.