Our passionate team

One difficult thing is to choose the most suitable teachers who believe in the mission of education and are capable of supporting our children to the maximum. One more difficult thing is to develop and enhance their performance day after day in a continuous improvement process. The most difficult challenge is to maintain that team and keep them motivated and passionate about their sacred mission.


Sumaya york, she's the owner and the leader of uNiK Koleji.

After studying Mechanical engineering, she completed her education in business sector. Depending on her engineering background, she started her career as a science teacher in an international school and went through different positions in different international education companies for 12 years. 

she’s an external reviewer from the American accreditation compony Cognia (previously advansED), Regarding the trainings and conferences, she attended many educational ones in different countries. She got inspired by Reggio Emilia's methodology from Italy which led her to visit the Reggio schools and attend many study groups there. She believes that learning should never stop, that is why she’s working on her master's degree of global business in Geneva university.

She is a horse rider and owns a stable. Her main hobby is drawing (nature portrait).

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"Unity is strength AND when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." -Mattie Stepanek



She is an English teacher at uNik International school. She is holding a bachelor degree in English language, Literature and Civilization from the High Institute of Languages in Tunisia, as well as a master degree in Teaching English as a foreign language from Istanbul Aydin University. She has been teaching English for children of all ages for 4 years now in different International schools in Turkey. 

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She has been working in her profession for 16th year now and she's in her second year with uNiK Koleji. Apart from having a degree on pre-school teaching, She has graduated from the Department of Child Development, Public Relations and Business Administration. 

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Safia El Solh

Safia has taught in several schools in Lebanon, U.S. and Qatar. She has a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from the Lebanese American University, and she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship in New York, U.S.A. Currently she is pursuing her TESOL certification.

Safia El Solh. Teaching is more than a profession to her; it is a journey of mutual learning with her kids. She believes that each learner has a unique potential that needs to be stimulated. 

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Ecem Pala

Ecem Pala was born in Istanbul on February 1994. She graduated from Yeditepe University with a combined master's degree in Turkish Language and Literature Teaching at the beginning of 2018. 

she took a course in education and she completed her formation. She completed the university with compulsory internship at Ataşehir Anatolian High School and voluntarily teaching middle school students. 

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After she graduated from Psychology department, she received educations about Children Assesment, Counseling and Therapy Techniques. 

This is her 8th year working with schools, she's also a Family Counselor with us at uNiK Koleji.

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Gizem Bayırbaşı

She was born in 1996 in Istanbul. She graduated from Şişli Vocational School's Child Development Department and took lessons from expert trainers. She improved herself by both doing internships and working in summer schools and different kindergartens. She has certificates from Preschool Counseling, Child Law, Gender, and Recognition of Gifted Children. She is currently both a teacher and a coordinator at the uNiK International School.

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Yahya y. Haddadi is a member of uNIK family who is teaching visual arts and French to the students in kindergarten, of first, and second graders; as he himself mentioned it. He is also a teacher of English literature. Yahya was the I.B. instructor at Mehre-Taban International School (M.I.S.). He is a self-taught artist, freelance translator (philosophy and literature), and multidisciplinary researcher (Linguistics, Theory of Mind, Self-Model of the Subjectivity). 

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She was born in Istanbul. In 1996, she started her music education at Müjdat Gezen Conservatory. she took lessons from honorable Turkish Music teachers such as Sadun AKSÜT and Melahat PARS. she graduated from Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music State Conservatory, Department of Basic Sciences. she studied Law and Piano. Then she completed her master's degree at Ege University Turkish Music State Conservatory in 2005 and received Pedagogical formation. She attended many symposiums, seminars and various trainings about pre-school music education. She joined the PSP Family by taking Preschool Prodigies Training in 2018.

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Damla Dişikara

She was born in 1990. she graduated from Bartın University, Department of Physical Education and Sports Teaching. she has taught physical education and sports in colleges and public schools for 6 years. At the same time, She's a Kickboxing and swimming coach. she is very interested in her field and willing to improve herself, that she attends seminars every year. She's the physical educator and sports teacher at uNiK School.

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