Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Dallas Primary

Dogan Akin

Dogan Akin

Principal, Dallas Primary Campus

Dogan Akin began working at Ilim College as a Senior Coordinator in 2007.  From 2010 – 2014 he worked as a Vice Principal and currently, he is the Principal of the Primary School.  Prior to Dogan Akin’s appointment at Ilim College, he worked at another independent school for 12 years as a primary classroom teacher and took on leadership positions such as Literacy Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator and full-time primary coordination.

Dogan values strong relationships with students, parents, staff and other community members and confers with all school stake holders to review and update policies, procedures and programs.  He contributes to the development and implementation of educational programs and co-curricular activities. 

Dogan is passionate about inspiring students, staff, parents and members of the community to continuously enhance the learning of all and strives to develop and improve the impact of school policies and programs. He works with and through others to build a professional learning community that is focused on continuous improvement of teaching and learning. Through managing performance, effective continuing professional learning and feedback, he supports all staff to achieve high standards of teaching and learning and develops their leadership capacity.

Rukiye Kurucu

Rukiye Kurucu

Vice Principal, Dallas Primary Campus

Rukiye Kurucu works closely with the Primary leadership team to foster collaboration among all stakeholders including students, parents and staff to nurture lifelong learning for all.

Rukiye began teaching Middle and Upper Primary classes at Ilim College in 2009 and was involved in Curriculum Development prior to her current role at the college. In spite of initially specialising in another sector, her desire to work with children led her to Education.

Rukiye believes that learning is a lifelong process which is enriched with interactions with diverse people along the way. Her role as a Vice Principal allows her to engage with many teachers and students that have diverse cultures, experiences and talents, and her vision is one of growth and progress together.

Zubeyde Sevinc

Zubeyde Sevinc

Head of Student Services, Dallas Primary Campus

Zubeyde Sevinc started Ilim College in 2003 as an Islamic Studies teacher in the lower primary in the Dallas Campus.  She taught English in the Secondary followed by a Counselling position then started to work as an Additional Needs Teacher. 

Zubeyde believes that every student can learn and it is our job to help them reach their potential.  It is important to meet the unique needs of our students, while at the same time facilitate their social and emotional development, with a goal of becoming lifelong learners.

Noorani Ishak

Noorani Ishak

Area Coordinator Grade 4-6, Dallas Primary Campus

Noorani Ishak began teaching at Ilim College in 2007 as a prep teacher and later as an upper primary teacher at Dallas campus. She has taught grade 4, 5 and 6 and also became Grade 6 level monitor. From 2009 to 2013, she was the Literacy Coordinator for upper primary. She assumed the role of Area Coordinator G3/4 in 2014 and the Area Coordinator G5/6 in 2015.

Prior to her appointment at Ilim College, Noorani has taught and held leadership role in Singapore. She had taught all year levels in the primary, was a School Library Coordinator, Level Head and was in the middle management committee.

Noorani values relationship amongst all stakeholders and believes strongly that everyone has a part to play in the students’ education.

Sibel Selek

Sibel Selek

Prep-Grade 3 Area Coordinator, Dallas Primary Campus

Sibel Selek began teaching at Ilim College in 2009, as a Middle School and later Junior School teacher at the Dallas campus. She has been a classroom teacher for students from Years Prep – 3.  She was the Student Welfare Coordinator from 2010- 2013 and also took part in the KidsMatter Committee. From 2014-2015 she has been the Lower Primary Area Coordinator at the Ilim College Dallas Campus.

Sibel highly values working with students, teachers and parents to lay the best possible foundation for students at Ilim College.  She aims to inspire and assist students in developing a life-long love of learning whilst developing enduring skills in all subject areas. Sibel hopes the students will move successfully into higher education and ultimately take their place as an integral part of the diverse multicultural society in Australia.

Nesibe Tapci

Nesibe Tapci

Years 3-4 Student Well-being Coordinator, Dallas Primary Campus

Nesibe Tapci started her teaching journey at Ilim College in 2007 as a Grade 6 teacher.  She has taught a range of year levels in upper primary and in 2009 she was given the role as a wellbeing/discipline coordinator and is currently in this position for Upper Primary.

Nesibe has had experience being the Grade 6 level monitor in 2013 & 2014 and has been selected to be the Primary Staff Leadership Representative in 2015.

Nesibe enjoys working with children and making a difference in their social, emotional and academic performance. She organises and runs clubs every semester for students to further develop their social and emotional wellbeing. Ms Tapci uses the restorative approach in her practices and believes that a positive learning environment is vital for student success.

Clay Gehrke

Clay Gehrke

Years 5-6 Well-being Coordinator, Dallas Primary Campus

Clay Gehrke began teaching at the Dallas Campus of Ilim College in 2012, in the capacity of Quran teacher.  Prior to his employment with Ilim College, Clay has been involved in teaching Quran, to students of all ages, since 2005.

Developing an excellent rapport with students, Clay took on the role of Well-being Coordinator in 2014. Commensurate with the school’s restorative approach to well-being and discipline issues, Clay has been actively working with upper primary students and their families to reform behaviour and instill Islamic manners.

Clay values a down to earth approach to teaching Islamic values. He believes strongly in the need to motivate children to learn about and uphold their Islamic identities.