Mary Jane Özkurkudis was born in 1978 in Izmir. She graduated from Ege University with first class honours degree in 2000 and holds a BA degree in English Language and Literature. Between 1996-2001 she worked at the British Consulate İzmir as a Consular Assistant and in 2001 with the foundation of Izmir University of Economics, she started working in the School of Foreign Languages as an Instructor. After she had worked there for five years, in 2006 she started working at the Consulate General of Greece in Izmir as a Consular Assistant and a translator. In 2012, she returned to the University and started working in the School of Foreign Languages as an Instructor of English and Greek. She is the holder of a Pedagogic Teaching Certificate (Ege University), a Certificate in English Language Teaching (British Council), a Certificate in Teaching of English Grammar to Adults (British Council), a Certificate in Teaching Phonology (University of Economics), a Certificate in English for Business (London School of Journalism), a Certificate in Learner Training (University of Economics), a Certificate in the Skills of Teacher Training (British Council), a Certificate in ELT Management (Hox&Erix), a Diploma in Business Law (Stonebridge Associated Colleges) and a Certificate in Curriculum Development (Canadian College of Educators). She has attended several conferences and presented papers. She taught English for Academic Purposes to Freshman classes for two semesters. Currently, she is the Head of the Curriculum and Material Development Unit in Prep. She completed her MA in Curriculum and Instruction at Ege University in January, 2018.