Margaret Halıcıoğlu came to Robert College in 1991 as the Director of Music. Previously, she worked in state schools in the North of England, teaching Music, English and French. As Music Director, in addition to leading 2 choirs, she directed and produced 2 musicals a year, one for the Middle School and one for the High School, including “The Sound of Music”, “Calamity Jane”, “South Pacific”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Grease” and “Fiddler on the Roof”. Since 2003, she has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team in her role as Dean of Student Affairs, including responsibility for the residential life program for 190 students from many areas of Turkey. An important part of her role is being the designated Child Protection Officer. She teaches Music to Lise Prep students as part of the Creative Arts programme, and advises a weekly Musicianship club.
Dr. Halıcıoğlu graduated from the University of Reading with a B.A. (Hons.) in Music. She gained her postgraduate teaching certificate from the University of Durham School of Education. In 2007, she was awarded an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Oxford Brookes University, her thesis being on the IB Diploma Programme in Turkish schools. She gained her doctorate from the University of Bath in 2018, with a focus on boarding schools. She has a number of articles published in professional journals and magazines, and she is an experienced accreditation team member for the Council of International Schools.
In her spare time, Dr. Halıcıoğlu enjoys being with her family, cooking and reading, and she likes to travel and experience new cultures as often as she can. She plays the piano but her main instrument used to be the church organ. She enjoys listening to many genres of music.
“I consider myself extremely fortunate to live and work at Robert College, learning from so many wonderful people in this environment, and having amazing professional experiences. Robert College really is a very special place.”